Vision 118: seeds of inspiration & interconnection

Dear Laura, Getting back into my garden after the summer heat has subsided, I am finding that it has transformed into autumn already.  The plants and trees are releasing their seeds…

ReVision 117: gratitude for nature’s gifts

Hello Sweet T How are you? I finished ReVision 117 and decided to go with the smaller paintings. I felt like I needed more time with the other paintings I shared…

Tina’s ReVision 117 complete: Time Well Spent

      Dear Laura, I titled this piece “Time Well Spent” not only for the watch molds that are sewn on the bottom, but also to mark my understanding…

ReVision 117: What I See & What I Feel

Hello Sweet T, How are you? Thank you for reminding me of Parker Palmer in your last letter. I think we could talk for days about his essay, “We Teach…

ReVision 117 Progress: Drawing & Sewing Metal

Dear Laura, I am feeling good that I am sticking to my studio schedule while being pulled in so many directions with my new teaching job.  I am really thrilled…

ReVision 116: colorful tomatoes & tending to what matters

Dear Tina, I loved seeing your ReVision 116. You cracked me up with your “homage to the moth”. Poor little guy…I like the way you incorporated the patterns from his…

Dare to Suck

Dear Tina, I am so sad you are no longer here. Miss you already! You have officially got me addicted to Nashville by the way! You are right, those women do…

On the day that I die…

Dear Tina, My friend Liz once said that concerts to her were a religious experience and I get what she means by this. While seeing an artist perform live I…

Vision 117: Queen Ann’s Lace, Meditation & Growing Muscles

Dear Laura, After spending the afternoon outside your studio last week, I became fascinated by the shapes of the Queen Ann’s Lace.  This particular one is just about to unfurl…

Speaking of Meditation….

  Dear Friends, On our trip to Block Island on Saturday we set an intention for the day.  Laura got “intention tattoos” created by Jess Lively for us and we picked…

Can You Meditate and Be a Bad Ass?

  Dear Friends, Laura and I went to Bluff Point State Park today to hike and sketch.  We stopped along her favorite part of the rocky shore and chatted lightly…

What we tend to: the art of being a bad blogger

Dear Tina, I should be sharing my ReVision with you along with lots of finished pictures but honestly I just don’t feel like it. It is so close to being…

sketchbook: ReVision 116 in progress

Dear Tina, How are you? Yes, Brett & I had a wonderful little get away for our anniversary. We stayed in  Portsmouth, NH where we haven’t been in many years. Even…

ReVision 116: Grasshoppers & Moths

Dear Laura and Friends, In my last post I posed the question about our Vision/ReVision project changing it’s format to follow a line of inspiration I have been following.  I wondered…

Inspired By Insects: A ReVision In Process

Dear Laura, My friend Donna gave me this moth and it is inspiring my response to your Vision. Isn’t she beautiful?  Notice the furry texture on her back. I have…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

Dear Laura, A friend of mine pointed me to this TED talk and it inspired me so much that I wanted to share it with you and our readers. In…

studio/soul cleanse

Dear Tina Friday can only be what I would consider a studio/soul cleanse….I went to my studio to teach a private art lesson with a special girl, then planned on painting…

boat drinks, art and instagram

Dear Tina, It seems so strange to not have talked with you on the phone these past few weeks. Summer sure is FULL isn’t it? Did you have a nice…

Vision 116: zooming in on summer’s bounty

Dear Laura, Ahhh, summer.  This is my favorite time of year in the garden and at the local farmer’s markets.  A good friend of mine grew these tomatoes.  He researches…

Laura’s ReVision 115: lilac color story, a Robbins nest, noticing…

Hello Sweet T, How are you? It was a delight seeing how your ReVision 115 came together. I love the layering you are doing and the use of the stencils for…

Tina’s ReVision 115: Lemon Balm

  Dear Laura, Starting this piece of art in your garden in Connecticut and completing in my studio in South Carolina was a great experience.  I wish we could visit…

creative deserts & lilac love

Dear Tina, I can totally relate to your thoughts about “creative deserts“. I find I can be distracted from my creative work by all the goodness that comes with summer. As you…

InstaAmazing!

Dear Tina, How are you? I am on a bit of an “Instagram High” after taking the Creative Live workshop with Instagram expert Sue B. Zimmerman. My instagram account has been active for…

3 simple wishes

Hello Sweet T, How are you? I wanted to share our intentions from our last “wish ceremony.” It was so late when we wrote them on your last night in CT…

Why am I here? The BIG question

“Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is the essential part of their own inner most being- their true nature.” ~Eckhart Tolle Dear…

Simple Yet Profound Thoughts by Ellen Langer

Dear Laura, Click on the image above and it will take you to Ellen Langer’s interview by Krista Tippet on her show On Being.  I want to be sure you…

Lessons from Eckhart Tolle Part 2

  Dear Laura, I am back in the studio and making new work.  I find that there are productive, happy times in the studio and then other times when I…

Flowers & 4 am Fever

  Hello Sweet T, How are you? I cannot tell you how much it lit me up that you were just in Connecticut filling my home with your goofiness and bright…

Lessons from Eckhart Tolle Part 1

Dear Laura and Friends, Six years ago, you were reading the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and deeply reflecting on his philosophies. Yesterday I decided to turn on his audio book for…

Our very FIRST video!!!

Dear Friends, We made a short video for you to document and share what we discovered from exploring the idea of beauty in our work. It was exciting to see…

The Unexpected Surprises & Beauty of an Art Opening…

  Hello Sweet T~ I think the daffodils are blooming just for you! Do you know how EXCITED I am that you are going to be here TOMORROW?!?!? Yippee!!! It…

Vision 115: Delicate explosions of inspiration

Dear Laura, This morning I walked out my front door and was greeted by the beautiful aroma of jasmine.  I know that if you were here you would love this…

What are your filter questions?

  Hello Sweet T, How are you? First of all I want to thank you for fixing our blog!!! I don’t know what the heck happened but I was in…

Etching and Found Objects

Dear Laura, I am so thrilled to have this work complete and in the mail to you.  I can’t wait to see how this collaboration comes together.  It is the…

silence is my teacher…

Dear Tina, While journaling this morning I found myself writing about things I hadn’t thought about in years. I wonder why some memories come back to us and others don’t.…

meditation, art & beauty

  Dear Tina I woke up early this morning with my mind twirling and couldn’t sleep. One of my affirmations this year is my mind is brilliant and clear, my…

Epoxy Resin & Molds in Tina’s Studio

Dear Laura, When I woke up this morning I couldn’t wait to get upstairs to my studio to see how the resin dried in my hand-made circle molds.  If this…

ReVision 114 (art collaboration)

  Dear Tina, I was in awe of the ice sculpture in your Vision. It made me think of an old song by the Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn!  “To every…

How flowers help me be a better person… studio notes from Laura

Dear Tina, I finally sent off my website to my designer and feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. There were SO many decisions to be…

Laura’s 2014 Affirmations

Dear Tina, A few weeks ago I taught my yearly Affirmation Book Workshop. I cannot tell you how much teaching this class fills me up. Every year it ends up being…

Charleston Supported Art

  Dear Laura, This picture above is part of an article I wrote about what inspires me. I wrote it for Charleston Supported Art.  Head over and check it out…

Sometimes we just need a quiet nudge…

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut Dear Tina, I should have been…

Under the Florida Sun…

Dear Tina, How are you? I am back from my trip to Florida. Brett & I had a delightful visit with his parents at The Villages. We took a road…

Inspiring People

Dear Laura, I have had a few days in a row to work in my studio.  It is delicious time.  I have been very busy creating work for the Charleston…

Vision 114 (art collaboration)

Hello T, How are you? I have been dreaming of warmer weather and put this little collection together. I found the black and white picture of the sailboat at a…

ReVision 113

Dear Laura, You are right that this Vision photo you gave me is my color palette.  While you may not be enjoying the cold up there, I do admire the beauty the…

Inner Beauty, crafts & conversation

Dear Tina, I really enjoyed reading your last letter. It was fun to see your journal and read your ideas about beauty. I agree with what you wrote about there…

Vision 113

Hello Sweet T~ I worked from home today sitting in front of the fireplace, cozy and warm. We have been greeted with a very pretty but heavy and wet snow…

ReVision 112: Risk and Connection

Dear Laura, Your Vision had me stumped for awhile.  What got me thinking was this idea of risk and your description of how your cats simply jump where many of…

Tina’s Studio Today

  Dear Laura, I am finally working in the studio today after many days of my children having school off due to the ice storm here in the south.  This…