My Giant Strawberry began with a blog.
Before I started making art, I started a blog. It was a way for me to document my creative journey and it was a reminder to believe in the magic of imagination and the possibility of big dreams. (Read about my journey here).
That first blog no longer exists and today my creative focus has narrowed, but the heart of the My Giant Strawberry blog remains the same. Art. Magic. Joy.
What to expect on the blog today:
The posts on the My Giant Strawberry Blog aim to encourage you to believe in the magic of imagination, to incite you to notice the beauty that surrounds us each day and to remind you of the transformative power of creativity.
Below you'll find a sampling of the topics and features on the blog:
Art is not separate from the everyday. Art is not something accessible only to a select, "gifted" few. Look at any young child. To her art-making is a natural form of self-expression. Somewhere along the line most of us lose that.
When I realized what I'd lost, I began to try to find my way back to my creativity and, ultimately, to art. I strongly believe that if I can do it, you can do it. If you have a secret yearning, listen to it. Listen to those whispers and follow your dreams. It won't necessarily be immediate and it certainly won't be easy, but it will be worth it.
On the blog I share my contemporary botanical watercolors, my sketchbooks, glimpses into my studio and other fun projects I'm working on. I also share inspiration from other artists, with my weekly Sketchbook Conversations posts, monthly Artist Interviews and sometimes just a mention or a link. There's so much creativity in the world, so many talented people to learn from.
Life is sweeter when we're making. I encourage you to be creative every day whether you're making art or something else.
The world is a magical place. As adults we sometimes forget this. As a child I believed in giant strawberries (learn more about that here) and a pet giraffe that lived in my backyard. Anything was possible in my imagination, but we don't need it to see the magic. Nature is miraculous. Flowers of every color grow up from dirt. Tiny birds buzz around flowers and drink their nectar. Insects whose very bodies are like lightbulbs, turning on and off in summer evenings. Rainbows. Sunsets. Sparkling stars in the night sky. Magic.
When I began my creative journey I also began to see anew the magic in this world. I captured that magic in photographs and paint. I shared that magic on my blog.
I want my blog to remind you to look for magic and beauty. Both surround us all the time and yet it's easy to forget.
I find magic in my garden. I find magic in the beauty of nature. I find magic in everyday inspirations. And I hope you will, too.
Joy. If I could choose one word to describe My Giant Strawberry, that word would be joy. (Learn more about my Mission of Beauty and Joy here). I haven't always been joyful, but finding joy, focusing on joy, choosing joy have been integral to my journey. In darkness, in fear, in uncertainty, little glimmers of joy remind us to keep going. Joy, like magic, is always here. We just need to be paying attention in order to see it.
Underlying the art and the magic is joy, always joy. That joy might be found in the garden, on the painting table or in the kitchen. It might be made with paint or yarn or paper or fabric.
I hope to bring you joy and to inspire you to look for (and create) joy each and every day.
Joy Lists and gratitude are the best tools for cultivating joy. Write down your joys. Remember to say "thank you" for all of the wonders in your life.
Thank you for being here. I hope you'll stay awhile. Spend some time exploring and drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you. Whether you have a question, are interested in a custom painting or just want to share your thoughts or your own joy, I'll be sure to get back to you right away.
Wishing you joy.