Take this class!!!!

You won't regret it, I guarantee that...

taught by Wendy Lee Lynds, collage artist, stand-up "comedian". *

*she's very funny...


Candy Tin Assemblage class was fabulous fun...

Some of my students' work from my Candy Tin Assemblage class that took place last night. These photos show various stages of progress throughout the evening. My students were mostly teachers (middle and high school), and artists. I felt like I was in very good company. Teaching this class was a very rewarding experience!


How to kiss up to your muse

A creative friend emailed this article to me, written by Danielle LaPorte. After I read this fabulous article, I went on to read a few more, all very compelling...

The Muse of love, art, cash, strategy, worship, desire, wellness, beauty, business plans.

Don't you adore her? Do you...adore her? Actively? Adore.

Muses simply must be adored. They're as grandiose as they are generous. They like to be respected. If you meet them half way, they'll give you the moon, the breakthrough concept, the stroke of...genius. Dis' your muse and she's likely to stop dropping by. She's righteous. Genius is like that.

As Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) puts it in her freshly legendary TED Talk, we've made "a huge error in believing that creative genius comes from the Self," rather than a greater source outside of us. Can you hear the Muses saying, "Yeah baby. Got that right. You say it sister."

There are a zillion starry ideas floating in the milky way and they need you as much as you need them. Genius is looking for a vehicle. You gotta pimp your ride.


1. Drop everything when she shows up.
In an interview with Neil Young, Charlie Rose asks Neil about following his muse. (You won't hear this in the clip below.)

Charlie: "So if you get an idea at say, a dinner party, if you hear a tune or a lyric, do you excuse yourself form the party?"
Neil: "Of course. You never know when she'll (The Muse) come again. I'm responsible to her."

When you feel an idea comin' on, excuse yourself. Pull over to the side of the road. Get lost in the creative flow. Be late. Barge in. (Eccentricity makes Muses especially horny.)

2. Have your tools ready.
Anne Lamott, keeps 3×4 white note cards and pens in every purse and drawer and vehicle to capture thoughts that float out as quickly as they float in. If I leave home without my kraft Moleskine and blue medium point PaperMate pens, I feel discombobulated, like I might miss my train. Keep a notepad by your night stand. Leave yourself a voice mail. Don't assume that the best ideas will come back to you.

3. Go looking for her.
You know where she likes to party: the art gallery, by the lake, on your morning run, when the stereo is cranked and the lights are low, in the stillness of a church or forest, when you first wake up. Set the stage and chances are she'll take to it.

4. Engage her.
She's busy, for sure, but The Muse LOVES it when you actually play with her. When she drops an idea in your bucket you can ask her what the hell she's thinking. You can ask her what chapter should come next, or where to look for funding. She could yammer 'til dawn and before you know it, you've mapped out your magnum opus.

5. Do what she tells you to do.
Ignore your muse at your own peril. She doesn't always have it right, or maybe we don't always hear her clearly, but the more you heed her wisdom, the faster you get to drive on the Creative Awesomeness Highway. You and The Muse in the diamond lane. Godspeed.

All text in this post is Copyright Danielle LaPorte.


Dia de los Muertos, oh my!

These photos were taken during my trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2007. Every year in late October and early November, the Mexican people (families) celebrate and honor their departed loved ones. This is truly one of the most beautiful celebrations I've ever witnessed. To see more photos of this trip, please visit my Flickr site.


Candy Tin Assemblage class in Everett Washington!

Spend the evening (with me!) creating tiny assemblages with metal candy tins. Learn how to create fascinating works of art using “everyday” objects and collage materials. The possibilities are infinite! October 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $40. Contact for registration: Arts Council of Snohomish County, 425-257-8380, or visit:

Altered Apples

Altered Apples, originally uploaded by jomoma58.

"An apple a day..."
Altered by hand using alcohol inks, bleach and sandpaper. To see the proper cropping (as it was meant to be), just click on the photo!


Maui 'finds'...

Beach Detritus, Copyright 2009 JonesMoore

I'm so easily pleased...detritus from a beach in beautiful Maui.


Yellow Bloom, Mexico, COPYRIGHT 2009 JonesMoore

Flow into the knowledge that
what you are seeking
Finishes at the start, and with ending,

--Rainer Maria Rilke
(thanks to Donna at Layers for this! What a great quote to start off the week.) Copyright for text belongs to Rilke.


Treat yourself! Take an art class, attend a show...

Fall is such an exciting time for NEW beginnings. I invite you to attend one of my art exhibitions, and even better, learn a new art technique! I am offering several classes in Seattle, Edmonds and Everett, Washington. All levels of experience are welcome!


Beeswax Collage • Nov. 7, $105.

Edmonds Community College/ ArtsNow

Lynnwood, Wa


Register and Info: 425-640-1243

Candy Tin Assemblage • Oct. 22, $40.

Clipboard Assemblage Art • Nov. 11 & 18, $90.

Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett, Wa


Register and Info: 425-257-8380

Altered Book Shadow Box • Oct. 17, $51.

The Painted Page •  Dec. 5, $45.

ASUW Experimental College, UW Campus, Seattle, Wa

www.exco.org, Register and Info: 206-68-LEARN


ArtsNow Faculty Show • August 20 – October 2

Edmonds Conference Center

201 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, 425-640-1243

Oasis Art Gallery , "Natural Influence"• Opening reception Oct. 25, 3–6 p.m., runs through January 17, 3644 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle, 206-547-5177

Puget Sound Artists Gift Show •  November 28, 10–5, ArtWorks, 2nd & Dayton, Edmonds


I'm brainless today...

How can there be such a feeling of utter exhaustion after nine days of relaxation? I'm still trying to locate my conscious brain this morning...where did I leave it? I believe it may still be floating above the exquisite coral 'gardens' at Ka'anapali Beach in Maui, perhaps even wondering where the rest of my body is?

More photos to come...thank you to Patricia Green for this one (from the Morgue file).