Protecting the Land

Earth pigments, it’s so important to remember to protect the land. I have formed a relationship with the Earth that I cannot really put into words. It didn’t grow overnight, but over a long time of interest and curiosity, give and take. Collecting Earth pigments requires some mindful actions that are important to remember before taking.

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The Gift of the Land - In Search of Natural Earth Pigments

Collecting natural Earth pigments is a gift. It hones your senses to the environment around you, connecting you to the landscape in ways you haven’t felt before. Finding these minerals is about being aware. To a degree there is a science to it, but having an innate sense of curiosity will springboard your search for pigments. 

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Studio Reflection 07/19

For a few years I’ve frequently found myself in a new place. Moving isn’t a foreign concept to me, but every time I embark on a new journey it’s full of reflections and learnings. This week, I embarked on another move to my fourth state, Maryland.

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The Language of Material

Throughout the month of June things have progressed very slowly in my studio. Most of the month I have placed my energy and focus on gathering my supplies into boxes so I can continue my creative journey in a new city. The time I’ve spent processing through each material, supply, and pigment has gathered an array of thoughts on my slow studio practice .

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Slow Studio Conversations - 002

You know when you meet someone and they just have this light to them? This is how I felt when I met the women I chose to have my second slow studio conversation with. She was pure and full of endless knowledge. We clicked and immediately decided we needed to extend our conversation over a long coffee.

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Slow Studio Conversations - 001

My first conversation was shared with someone who has quickly become a really great friend of mine. At the beginning of the year, I slowly began to let people into my studio practice by sharing my process on Instagram live. It is a very raw and a very vulnerable step for me. One day out of the blue, this amazing soul reached out, sharing her thoughts and joy in seeing the process. Once the live was over, she quickly messaged me and our conversation flourished from there.

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Growing Your Creative Muscle

Creativity is a muscle - figuratively and literally. It figuratively needs exercise, discipline, and habit to grow and become stronger. It literally flexes through your body as it moves throughout your work. When this creative muscle memory grows, you open up to your work effortlessly, leaving room for light and inspiration.

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Conscious Consumer : The Handmade Popup

I am thrilled to be a part of The Handmade Popup (HMPU) for the third season! This event is truly near and dear to my heart. It’s provided me the perfect platform to build community and support other makers, while also sharing a place for you to shop consciously and support small. This will also be your last chance to shop the remaining art pieces from my Spring painting collection. In an effort to inspire community, I’m sharing a small assortment of some of my favorite vendors featured this Spring season.

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How to Successfully Create a Studio Ritual and Follow It

Stepping into your studio should wake something inside of you. You should feel energized, motivated, inspired, curious, joyful, and peaceful. You should effortlessly move throughout your creative practice without question or hesitation. Working in this manner is the definition of creating a studio — habitual — ritual and when this happens these emotions come in abundance.

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3 Reasons Your Studio Goals Will Fail (and how to realign)

Do you remember a few months ago when you gained clarity and felt real excitement for what was ahead for you? Do you still feel that same excitement? Are you still actively working towards your goals? There are many reasons why goals fail, but there are so many more ways to get ahead and keep your mindset focussed and clear.

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Elizabeth Suzann x Lauren Sauder

I’m so excited to finally share that while I spend my days working through my 100 day project, I am letting my imagination run wild on a collaboration with Elizabeth Suzann! Since moving to Nashville two years ago, Elizabeth Suzann quickly caught my attention as a brand/fashion label working to bring quality over excess to their consumer. Always made with 100% natural materials, their clothing celebrates sustainability + simplicity, made for women who want their clothing pieces to live with them.

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365 Prompts

How do you slow down? How do you find intention — in yourself, in your relationships, in your career, in your lifestyle, in your home? One way is to create slower moments for yourself, a space for you to be present and honor your thoughts and ideas.

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Why You Should Stop Seeking More Time

Time is always changing. Influenced by your perspective. Altered by your reality. There are moments in life where it's easy to wish for more time. More time to finish a task, more time to spend with someone, more time for the weekends.

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Ridiculously Simple Shortcuts to Rest

Rest can bring a busy mind a bit of peace in the midst of turmoil. It’s underrated and undervalued. Throughout your week, there are a couple easy ways you can slowly incorporate a little bit of rest into your daily routine. They are simple changes and can be incorporated daily, weekly, or even monthly.

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Timeless Home Trends I am Loving for Spring 2019

I love getting a fresh new home inspired catalog in the mail. It always inspires my intentional living space and also gives me new ideas for displaying original art. I am not a fan of trends, but instead love spotting timeless ideas in fresh perspectives, and there are so many goods ones this season!

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Buying Original Art

Becoming an art collector is a process that will reflect personal expression and help you create a warm and intentional living space. When you purchase an original art piece there are a couple things you should consider.

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