More That An Artist's Way

What is the meaning of a love/hate relationship with your chosen work? If you're a writer, like every other artist I've ever known, you cannot put away your creative impulses.If you're not allowed to write, you might take up some other form of creative design that allows you to paint pictures--i.e. photography, music, cooking, crafting, sewing, etc. Creativity must be released. The consequences of not releasing those impulses are not to be contemplated....more

I'd Like to Thank the Anonymous Lover

Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home I was visiting with my sister over the holidays and we got to talking.We talked about kids, work, movies, music, all kinds of stuff. You know the way girls are.Our conversation touched briefly on Adele, and how much we are floored by her voice....more

After the Fair

Last year Anne-Marie wrote about attending local art fairs in Chicago and she shared where to find some of those artists after the fair season in a two part series here and here. This is one of many passions that Anne-Marie and I share....more

Stories ~ Comfort for the Soul

Stories, poetry, and the visual arts⎯all have a personal resonance for me. I want to play in their beauty, the truth of their perpetrators, wrap myself in their mystery and endless imaginings. Stories allow both author and reader to explore a character, a situation, or a place (basically everything) from any and all perspectives. Annie Dillard wrote In the Writing Life, “Push it. Examine all things intensely and relentlessly. Probe and search each object in a piece of art....more

Thank you!

Yes, writing soothes me, and helps me to figure out who I am and what I think and ...more

DIY on Demand Marketplaces for Designers (and the Rest of Us)

There was a day when designers, artists and other creatives were limited to the Zazzle and CafePress marketplaces to offer their creations on demand....more

Little Artists Making A Difference & Some (Literal) Change

Kids are amazing. The way that they view and approach life never ceases to amaze me. That's why the story of Aidan touches my heart. Aidan is a five-year-old boy recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. To help combat medical costs, Aidan, with the help of his parents, is selling his artwork online. ...more

The Miracle of Music

I’ve been thinking a lot about music lately. I love it! There was a time where I kept music around me constantly. I had a stereo in my bedroom for my afternoon listening pleasure and to send me off to dream land every night, in my bathroom to help me get ready for school, a walkman for when I was on foot or in the car with my mom, and music videos on TV to learn the choreography of the hottest new song.  My freshman year of college, I was referred to as “that girl with the big headphones on” or to my dorm neighbors below me, “the girl who blasts Mary J....more

Art Bloggers to Read Now

Art can amuse, heal and sometimes reflect -- for better or worse -- our true nature. A work of art can stay with you long after a reality show has ended. This is my open invitation for you to mentally switch the channel to art. These are a few of the many art review and artist blogs that are waiting to be explored. ...more
I'm an artist, but I don't blog about my own work anymore. My blog is a source of inspiration ...more

Mia Pratt's Honeymoon for One: and Horse Whisperers

I’ve discovered something humorous today on this honeymoon for one. Many of the people I meet here are travelers, just passing through - and with little time to waste before parting ways, we tend to open up to each other very quickly. I might spend an entire night engaged in deep, philosophical conversation with someone - from the US, Britain, Australia, Canada - and by the time that person leaves, we know each other better than many long-time friends back in our home countries....more

Mia Pratt's Honeymoon for One: Skinnydipping at Midnight in Ajijic

I just finished skinnydipping in the dark at a secluded villa here in Ajijic, where I will be staying for the next three weeks. I wrap myself in a giant towel, dry my hands, and begin to write. This amazing property belongs a pair of friends I met last year as they were passing through the Nahua Indian fishing village where I was living; we became acquainted, and they invited me to come house sit for them at their estate in Ajijic while they returned to the US for a month. I accepted, and within days of my arrival at their home here in Ajijic last April, I fell in love....more