january studio + life recap

How was your first month of 2019?

I spent my January painting, and I feel like that bodes well for the rest of the year.

I completed eleven Your Sacred Word paintings. Half of them have been sent them off to their new owners, the other half are getting boxed up and will be sent soon.

If you purchased one, and haven’t received it yet, and want to be surprised when it arrives, don’t scroll down to the bottom of this post, because the images are there!

The first Prayer Painting of the Year is at Christ Church Cathedral in the Mother Earth exhibit.

I also have six paintings on the wall at Art + Invention in Nashville. I’m so thrilled to have paintings there, I can’t even tell you.


So, I’ve been painting a lot, but also really feeling the pull of fiction writing, which has been on the back burner for a while.

The desire to write is like any other desire. It presents as a deep physical longing and a sensation not unlike another world reaching in and trying to pull me across a threshold.

At the same time, I have a couple of offerings moving around in my heart, asking to be developed, and I want to get those things out in the world.

I don’t typically create this many paintings in a month, but I kept to a schedule for the YSW paintings and the energy of January has been productive. Whereas time recently felt sped up, January felt slowed down and I was able to get a lot done.

I also had a little studio visit this month with another artist who feels like a kindred spirit and is definitely a new friend.

In personal news, I spent (as you know from the Love List) a luscious life-affirming best friend weekend in Louisville.

I don’t know why I can’t learn that hats look weird on me.


I released an additional four pounds, bringing my total weight loss to 34 pounds since I began BLE in September.

This is a slow process, but it is about something other than just weight loss, and I’m happy with this slow release rate because it comes with freedom around food and a better feeling body.

I cleared a lot of clothing that I can no longer wear, and continued to streamline my closet. I’m trying to figure out what size I wear now, and make style refining decisions.

That’s it for the first month of the year.

See you in February!



If you haven’t received your Your Sacred Word painting yet, don’t scroll down. Your image might be posted below!

This Month’s Art Journal