Painting Practice

Easy Framing for Paintings on Paper (video) + Intuitive Mandalas | Something from the Studio 8


In the video below, I share an easy, inexpensive way to frame paintings on paper, as I frame a set of three custom, intuitive birth-chart mandalas for a family.

Just a little something from the studio...

I used this frame in the videos:

I've been so touched by the joy and response that my mandala making process seems to bring others - it is a bit like eye-candy watching one come to life - AND they are so fun for me to make!

I usually share any peeks at the process over on my IG account.

In the process, there is a combination of letting the actual astrological chart inspire decisions about how I will begin and end the piece, but in the middle it is all creative energy and flow - and letting go of control to open up to the blooming of the mandala.

This particular set (in the video) was for my sister's family, but I have made several rounds of these commissioned mandalas over the past year for various families, couples and birthday gifts. That make beautiful sets.

Personalized commissions take a special kind of attention and time in the studio, so I don't always have these available to order.

However, I have some space to make a few custom mandalas as the summer is wrapping up, for anyone interested, and for a limited time. See the details to order yours on my new shop page.

As for the framing, I love simple... and hope this little idea inspires some of you with your creations and collections.


Before I go, here is an old photo just for kicks... a young, but-oh-so-tired Hali back at the art school exhibition I mentioned in the video - where I received an award for a set of drawing 'meditations' - no frames, just pinned to the wall like little art specimens, evidence of process, as-is.


Altered Book Art Journal Flip-Thru (new video) | Something From The Studio 7


In this flip-through video, I share a peek at one of my favorite little altered-book art journals from a couple of years ago.

I didn't totally fill up the book - I often don't - but sometimes in creative practice things are just complete and have run their course, without forcing ourselves to stay with them to the end and fill up all the space when our heart, attention and time is being pulled elsewhere, ya know?

There's a time for sticking with things, and a time for just going with the flow and following the energy. And sometimes in the creative process - often, even - we look around and realize we've circled back anyway, refreshed with perspective, to re-visit something we thought we'd left behind.

As in art, so in life....

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100 Day Project: Start and Pause | Something from the Studio 6 (new video)

I started the #100dayproject this year with the intention of doing 100 portrait paint-sketches.

In the video below, I share about beginning the project... and then Life+Work happened... so I share a bit about how it got integrated into my Creative Practice a little more organically, temporarily put on pause, and now will be moving forward at a slower pace.

I keep finding myself - and my creative rhythm and energy - to be relishing and thriving within a slower pace this year. Just noticing how inner intentions show up in my living and creative experiences...

More savoring. Less expectation. More space. Less output. More love. Less conditions. More acceptance of my rhythms, needs and interests and how they ebb and flow. Less explaining and striving, and more listening. Living art, as a way. A way of Seeing and connecting. Not just the thing that gets observed or made, but the making of movement and transformation within the deliberate, slow act of taking the time it takes to appreciate the gift of Creative Spirit, moving {me}, with Life, as it will. Slow Art. Yes, please...

... more pauses, presence, participation.

Feels like the best state of awareness I've been in as summer starts in quite some years.

So here's a little Something From the Studio on the 'assignment' I gave myself this spring, inspired by the 100 day project, which will *not* be complete in 100 successive days:

Anyone else reading this post doing a 100 day project? Would love to hear about how it's going - and how you've made it your own - if you'd like to share.