Thanks for joining me down this path to calmness. The purpose of this blog is two-fold: it will allow me to share my own path to wellness and hopefully encourage others. It will also provide an outlet for all of our art while learning to love ourselves, no matter how twisted we believe we can be.

Just an FYI- being ‘normal’ is over-rated. And boring.iris

I don’t consider myself a professional artist- my training’s been informal (no art degree), nor am I exceptional in my craft. What I do have is passion, desire and a genuine love for people. Am I qualified to teach art therapy? I have an MA in psychology and use art to calm my life. It works for me, so I pray it will helps others as well.

Art comes in many forms. Until recently, my art’s been focused on the written word. After publishing over sixty-five best selling novels, I realized my muse was ‘drying out’ and needed different stimulation. My Uncle (Richard Savage- UK) stepped in, taught me how to make book covers, and then challenged me to start painting. His work is breathtaking- in fact, this painting he did for me celebrated my favorite series (The Generals’ Daughter©) and served as a catalyst to explore my artistic potential.

Sam and Ton

Go check out his work! He’s also an awesome publisher and the nicest, most honest guy you’ll ever know 🙂

So, what are we going to do? We’ll have projects, experiments, discussions– the blog will be available to anyone who wants to be involved. I’ll protect the readers/participants from trolls (there’s always a few out there) and do what I can to help you guys and encourage the helping of one another.

Basic rules:

  1. Be respectful, courteous, and encouraging.
  2. This is a ‘family’ site, so please keep images/discussions family friendly. (I’ll put a PW page up if any of you submit you own mature artwork to share).
  3. This is a safe place to showcase your work! You don’t have to even give your real name, okay? This place is a safe harbor for all of us.
  4. HAVE FUN! I give you permission to paint outside the lines, make mistakes, and throw away paper. (I wanted to give you permission to buy stuff, too, but hubby John said I can’t. Pout.)

Questions? Don’t be afraid to ask, okay?

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton