Rituals to Awaken Your Creative Potential

This is one of my personal favorite ways to think about creativity: Creativity flows from a commitment to curiosity and learning.  I like this because it means creativity is unique to individual purpose and passion. It isn’t subject to the majority’s whims because it is entirely personal and purposeful.  Even if Read More …

Creativity is a small beginning.

Creativity is a small beginning. It cannot be underestimated how infinitesimally small. It begins in darkness and ether-dust, born from the closest real thing to nothing that matters. It is energy to its smallest power. It is perfectly normal magic. Every potential starts small. Birth from near nothingness always happens. Read More …

Maybe you don’t know this

We are all artists. When you sit and paint with me, I am reaffirmed. We paint and we learn. Consider that art-making is dedication to a learning process more than product making. The products are beautiful, yes, (sometimes surprisingly so) but the human-ness of the dedication, patience, openness, frustration, practice Read More …

When Painting doesn’t “Work”

“What do you do when you are in a phase when you dislike everything you paint?” a workshop artist and participant asked me. Well, I struggle. I try not to beat myself up, but of course I do. I try not to quit, but I practice mini-quits and start again. Read More …

Would you like to join my *NEW* Art Classes?

What do Art and Spirituality have in common?  I’m not really qualified to answer this question. Though I was baptized Catholic, I didn’t make it to church much as a child and I’ve carried that  habit with me into adulthood. However, I imagine the church-going experience to be a practice of Read More …

A Mind Shift and Small Act

“If you are self-taught, how did you start painting?” I’ve been asked this a lot lately, especially since meeting so many intrepid locals and travelers through my Airbnb.com Experiences workshop. My answer involves the biography of Frida Kahlo which I read in my early 20s.  She was in a horrible Read More …

What’s in the Book?

Some people have asked me what’s in my new book *The Art Ritual, A Pursuit.*?   It’s a little bit of everything over the last few years; a few poems, art, essays, fun and inspiration.  It’s a loose collection of what I’ve been up since leaving my tenure at Bellevue College, Read More …

I’m Going to Disneyland (A Studio Party Recap)

Now that your studio party is over and you raised over $600 in support of CEPIA Costa Rica what are you going to do, Marika? “I’m going to Disneyland!” Yes, I did. That photo is kind of how I felt everyday leading up to the party.  And I’ve sadly dated myself Read More …

4 Tips for Finding and Bringing Inspiration

It happens frequently; a blank stare, the wandering brush, a few extra dips in the water and a heavy sigh. The question is palpable. “What am I going to paint?” An artist doodles hopefully on scrap paper, she explores wet on wet techniques and brush strokes, the little experiments that Read More …

Final Details Before the Party: November 12th

Hi Friends – November 12th is fast approaching and here are some final details before I see you on Sunday: Through Wednesday 20% of all Original Artwork, Watercolor Pendants and Workshop sales in-person and online or email will be donated to CEPIA Costa Rica for those displaced and most affected Read More …