heartbeat vlog series

When No One is Looking... (vlog check-in Q for you and your muse)

unnamed It's been awhile since I did a video check-in - like, a year or something.

So, since I didn't feel like writing, I did one for my Holistic Creative Connection members this week... with a little question I love - to tempt your muse and check your creativity vital signs.

I've gotten some fun emails about it, so I thought I'd share it here this time, too. It's about five minutes long.

Make it really fun, and grab your journals to answer the check-in Q with the first thing that comes to mind:

You can also watch it on youtube HERE.

Want to join the Holistic Creative Connection for inspiration and special bits for your practice once or twice a month? CLICK HERE.


Studio Heartbeat (vlog): creative energy cycles, your prime time of day, word of the year

Studio Heartbeat: creative energy cycles, your prime time of day, word of the year (Hali Karla Arts) Trying out our new microphone today, after a cup of coffee (which I rarely drink - feeling zippy!), I thought it would be a good time to do a little studio heartbeat check-in! First one of the year...

Some after thoughts...

As for that creative energy Prime Time of the Day I mention, take note the location of where you were born and how it relates to UTC - that may definitely have an effect. Of course, I can't help but wonder how light plays a role for us, too, with that one - given its effect on our hormones, and thus energy... so maybe it is about time of day where you are, not where you were born. huh. I happen to now live in the same timezone I was born in, so I can't offer much on that one.

I mention Spectrum 2015, because much of my creative energy and attention is flowing into that virtual offering this year. A complete labor of love and I'm so excited - not just to offer my own very special workshop topic this year, but to take part alongside you in the other fantastic workshops from this amazing group of women with diverse talents, interests and wisdom to share with us. The early-bird rate is only for the month of January. Learn more HERE.

If you are declaring your Word of the Year to put energy around it, feel free to declare and share it here in the comments if you like. I'll send a little love toward your intentions.

That upper right picture, which I shared in Instagram earlier this week, is a work-in-progress wall-hanging that the hubby and I started. Salvaged wood parts + a little canvas board painting... I see a wall altar in our future.

Thanks for listening. I enjoy doing these vlogs because they help me stretch. Sometimes my writing transmits a narrow perspective of my personality (and comes across a little deep or serious, at times - what can I say? I contemplate.) - so putting my face in front of the camera and winging it for you from time to time feels like another honest facet and peek into my process - and quarkiness. Just keeping it real over here at Hali Karla Arts.


First Friday (vlog): self-employed married artists, how we do it

Red Guitar by Steve Karla  

One of the questions I get asked the most by other artists is how Steve and I do it - as two self-employed artists, living without a 'steady' paycheck at regular intervals. I've been considering how to approach this here on the blog for awhile - there's a lot to both our unique stories leading up to this and what it takes to keep at it day after day. So, I thought I'd just begin by talking it out a bit with this month's First Friday vlog...

I should point out that getting to this place, for us, didn't happen overnight - it has taken years, and - honestly - even our whole lives (with detours) to prepare us for living and sustaining as artists. It is such a work-in-progress - and that's part of how it keeps our curiosity and interest. Neither of us are doing exactly what we thought we'd be doing as young artists. AND - it also takes a lot of creative gears in action, all the time, and one hundred percent support from one another, for the other's creative process - which means a lot of flexibility and helping each other. It's a way of life. A way of trust. And we love it, and feel so grateful every day.

Steve's band, HotPoint Trio, plays regularly here in Asheville on The Biltmore Estate, other gigs and private events. They just released a fantastic Holiday Swing CD - you can hear a sample or snag one for your family HERE.

You can also see some of his older art at his website.


art journal, intuitive, Hali Karla