Saturday, August 29, 2009

14 Secrets for a Happy Artist's Life

Be Last night I stumbled on a Yahoo group called “14 Secrets for a Happy Artist’s Life”--- The group is all about art making, art exchange, and making ourselves happy with art.

"14 Secrets?" I mused. I love secrets so I joined the group. Here are just a few:

--- Find three good things every day, whether they are experiences, or objects, or both. Find a way to use them in art.
--- Make everything special. Embellish your life.
--- Play more often.
--- Find something to love about where you are everyday.
--- Create beauty with what you have on hand.

They made sense to me.

Group owner Lani Gerity is an artist/art therapist/writer/puppetmaker who was raised in Taiwan, schooled in New York, and currently lives in a fishing village in Nova Scotia. A magical muse, she offers an on-line course starting September 7th called The Artist’s Happiness Challenge—An eWorkshop. The class seemed a bargain at $40 ($19.95 if you’re smart enough to click on the “Top Secret Discount for Blogspot Readers” which I wasn’t) and I signed up immediately.

Who could resist “three months of art challenges, current research, and happiness inspiring stories... weekly art challenges based on current research from positive psychologists... and exploring the connections between positive emotions, art making, and health benefits?"

Check it out for yourself at Lani also offers free downloads of an e-zine that is definitely worth the read at

I love retirement and time to dabble. My march has slowed, and there is so much to see and sample!


Lani Gerity said...

Beautiful blog!
Thanks for the mention!!!
"See" you in class!


~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Play more often is definitely important, in fact "Play every day" IS my motto along with the quote at the top of my Magpie's Nest blog ;)

Fun finding you and your blog from your flickr note :)

I am still learning my way around flickr, being a pretty low tech person here! It's amazing I even have a blog at all!

Happy Sunday to you!
~*~ Patty