Here, you’ll find a mix of my favorite resources as well as the inspiration that has touched my heart the deepest. Choose a category below and jump straight to whatever’s calling you.
Golden fluid acrylics are the main paint I use – great for transparency, building up layers (for less transparency), painting over collage papers, mixing colors, and more.
I love my table top easel. I waited years before I got one, but it was one of my smartest moves ever to finally invest in it. Love!
I’m a huge fan of these distress ink pads,especially the “walnut ink” for adding distressing/aged touches.
Obsessed with this black pencil. I use it to outline, smudge, dip in water. When used over dried gloss gel medium, it wipes away easily, making it perfect for drawing/erasing.
I’ve tried a million white pens, and this is the best fine point white pen out there – oil based, will write over anything. Awesome for adding white details on paintings.
I use these artist boards more than anything else. I like that they have a hard, smooth surface (vs textured canvas) which is perfect forpainting faces.
Simply follow the directions and be wow’d by what gold leaf can do for your paintings and craft projects. Love this stuff.
I use Photoshop to format, size, color correct, etc when it comes to getting my images ready for prints.
Worth every penny, this is the printer I use to print all my prints that I sell. I also use it to print all my large personal photos. It’s the bomb.
Love love love this daily wellness journal. Includes spaces for meal planning, workout planning, meditation, daily mantras, and so much more!
I’ve not only had my Vitamix for years, but I use it daily for the best, smoothest green smoothies on the planet. BEST INVESTMENT EVER.
I use the HP model of the Hurom Slow Juicer on a daily basis for my daily green juice. 100% worth the investment. It’s slow, which means it doesn’t heat your veggies during the juicing process (a good thing!).
My all-time favorite boots are Old Gringo’s. They’re pricey but also artisan made and worth it. I’ve never bought an Old Gringo boot that I had to “wear in”. They arrive comfortable and beautiful. When I wear them I feel like I’m wearing a piece of art. Love!
I adore Keen shoes, especially the slip on Mary Jane versions because they’re both causal yet cute. I have these in bright teal and brown and wear them all. of. the. time.
I’m a fan of NYDJ jeans. I love that they support my muffin top. I love their colors. I love that they wash well. I love that they are very very comfortable. I particularly love the straight fit/style. Love!
I love love LOVE Gudrun Sjödén’s beautiful, colorful, unique, and totally swoon-worthy clothes! I feel like they were made just for me!!
My favorite skinny jeans are Henry & Belle’s High Waisted Skinny Jean. Worth every penny, friends! The don’t roll down the waist. They keep their form. And they are high enough that my muffin top is contained. I wear these under tunics constantly.
This book speaks into all the metaphors that the painting process mirrors in life. This isn’t a straight up how to book. It’s much more than that and offers great ideas on how to be brave while painting.
I love this book for it’s permission to explore and discover who we really are through photography, poetry, and many more creative exercises.
Sabrina Ward Harrison is the artist that initially inspired me to begin creating mixed-media paintings. One peek into Spilling Open, and you’ll be inspired too. Eye candy galore.
Totally obsessed with this book. Love love love the art projects – everything from painting your spirit animal to mandalas to flowers to leaves. It’s done with such a loving, engaging tone and has inspired me endlessly.
Another of Brene Brown’s books – this one made the NYT Bestseller list and for good reason. For anyone who wants to be brave in their lives, this book is for you. I LOVED it.
I first read this book in college. It changed everything about my perspective, how I see and feel my way through life. A game/life changer.
A tiny, fierce book that reminds me that I’m not crazy, that using our creative voice is hard, and that it requires discipline of the mind and the heart (hello, gremlins!). A must read for ANY person doing creative work in the world.
I read this while in my MSW program 20 years ago and then again as a parent to a seven year old boy. I CANNOT recommend this book enough to any parent who wants to have real, engaging and loving conversations with their kids.
This book is blowing my mind. Loving the inquiry and mindfulness approach to food that it suggests, as well as how our relationship to food is a microcosm of our spirituality.
One of my spiritual gurus, Lacy Young is highly intuitive, in constant search of deeper truths, and inspires me and countless others to live with SOUL. A beacon of all things GOOD.
Pixie Lighthorse is a Priestess, a mother through and through, who helps us all connect deeper to the wisdom that lives both within and in the natural world that surrounds us.
She turned her life-threatening experience (an allergy to heat) into her dream of becoming an artist. There aren’t many people I’d call a goddess, but Carrie Schmitt is one of them.
One of my longtime besties, Andrea Scher is a fierce + wise + funny truth teller. She always knows just what to say and how to say it. It’s one of her many many superpowers.
Dani Palacio came into my life just as my spiritual inner life needed a mentor. She is both grounded in the Earth realm and soulfully wise in all things Divine. And she’s silly!
One of my besties, Lynzee Lynx is a creative force with an undeniable loving presence. She is gold, weaving her specific brand of golden magic through her creative passions.
This woman is a force. Fierce yet vulnerable. Quirky yet wise. A truth-teller with a friendly urgency. Annika Martins is a writer, and an inspiring body love coach. Yes, yes, yes.
One of my first art friends on this journey, Mati Rose is one of my dearest soul friends. She is also a crazy talented artist, author, and teacher. Get ready to swoon.
I fell deeply in love with Jennifer Mercede’s art when I walked into a Portland boutique and saw it hanging on the wall. That was 2008. I sent her an email and insisted we be friends and she obliged. All of these years later, I’m still obsessed with her art and the way she sees and lives in the world.
Katie Daisy’s popular art is sweet and delightful and her spirit is fierce with love and beauty. She is a creator of magical worlds, her life made beautiful with color, flowers, and wide open spaces. Forever inspiring….
I sent Ali Edwards an email back in 2006 when I had a zillion questions about how to start and art biz. She took the time to answer, and we’ve been friends ever since. We’re art friends, biz women friends, and wellness accountability partners. Love her.
Jen Gray’s way of seeing and nurturing her life with humor and quiet is inspiring. From filming herself singing along to old tunes while driving the country roads to the ways she rescues the monarchs, get ready to be inspired.
Lisa J hired me for my first Social Work job in Portland when I moved here in 1999. All these many years later, we’ve both gone on to do creative work with Lisa creating elegant, simple gorgeous jewelry. She is a bright light in the world, infusing her work her amazing light energy.
Flora Bowley is a fellow painter who inspires countless creatives to let go, be bold, and unfold. We met many years ago just as her career took off and it’s been so fun to watch her world grow and grow and grow…
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