Less Is More

Less Is More

This past fall my family moved to Boston for a semester. We packed our bare necessities, and drove 1800 miles to an unfurnished apartment for the next six months. We had no dishwasher and shared a laundry machine with the landlord. We borrowed furniture and shopped at thrift shops to finish out our temporary home.We were on an adventure...

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Move Boldly In The Direction Of Your Dreams


Dear Friends, 
I am excited to be embarking on a new journey of sharing my thoughts with you through a newsletter/blog. I will share some of my inspirations and ideas around how to sustain a habit of creativity. I wish to bring you along with me on my creative explorations. I hope to inspire you to dig deep and find your authentic voice of creativity and freedom. 



Creative Confidence by the Kelly Brothers.
Last Fall I read a great book by the Kelly brothers that inspired me to lean into the directions of my dreams. Rather than spend most of my time planning out a perfect entrance onto a stage that has no dress rehersal. I decided to just move boldly in the direction of my instincts. I started to actively learn, change, create and repeat in this direction. The Kelly Brothers talk about rapid innovation and growth. If you have a project in mind forget working on it alone and waiting for that perfect moment … as you might be creating your ideas in a vacume. Simply start on a project even if it is rough. Improve the work through continual communication, assessment and innovation.  This process has helped me grow tremendously.

So I ask you what dreams have you been holding back for the perfect moment to arrive? The moment is now! Wake up and start your day journaling and brainstorming whatever is on your mind. By the last page I bet you will hear a little voice pointing you in the direction of your dreams. Go for it!

The Year My Vision Changed


I am always amazed how the course of a life can change directions through a random conversation with a person and how often we are unaware that the direction of our path is dramatically affected by this moment in time...

It was the mid-80s and I was about to enter high school when my neighbor mentioned to me that I must take a class with an art teacher named Mr. Bartman. Little did I know that this random advice had put me on a path that would dramatically influence my life.

INSPIRATION - The Year My Vision Changed

The first day I walked into Mr. Bartman’s art class, jazz was playing through the sound system. Mr. Bartman, my new high school art teacher, was reading quotes and displaying inspirational images of famous artists. Art was everywhere. I immediately noticed the huge poster boards with lists of challenging art assignments. The goal of all our projects was to help us see in new authentic ways. We were expected to fill an entire sketchbook every semester! There was always a huge crazy still life in the middle of the room created with random objects  that looked like they were dragged out of a fisherman's boat. Cables, boxes, rusted traps, buckets and more. In that hour of my high school day time stood still and the doors of freedom instantly flew open. I learned to stop and smell the roses, to see differently... I was hooked.

Mr. Bartman, my dear teacher, continues to teach and paint every day of the year. He takes groups to paint outdoors - in the fields, in the snow, on the coast. He urges his students to not make descriptions but to create poetry. I am grateful that he encouraged me to create, to push through the struggle to find beauty in the ordinary so that I can express the invisible through the visible. Marianne

*See Walter Bartman’s work and workshops here: