“Like many artists, I veer off my path at times and feel fatigue in my work. But The Charmed Studio holds up a lantern with a mindfulness I have longed to find.
Thank you Thea, for placing that candle in the window.”
— Barbara Klar, Jeweler. Clear Metals.
“Congratulations on The Charmed Studio! I think it’s absolutely fantastic – informative, witty, thoughtful, provocative, I love it. The piece on Frida is outstanding. Looking forward to more!!”
— Sara Paxton , Fine Artist.
“Your blog, your voice rises above the other voices out there.
The voices of gallerists selling my work and potential buyers who ask me to make more and more of the same art that has already proven successful.
Thank you for your reminders that making
good, original art feeds us— drawing from a place close to the center of life.”
— Chris Maynard, Fine Artist with a background in biology & ecology.
I love your blog!!! I enjoyed so many of your posts, but I most needed your Hopper and Matisse Daydreaming article at this moment.
I literally took an involuntary deep breath and felt my whole body relax as I read that it’s OK to not be “productive” for a second.
Or rather, that not being productive IS being productive (I loved the quote from Hopper’s wife about how he’s working when looking out of the window).
Thanks for lifting my focus off my to do list long enough to enjoy the kind of fascinations that really inspire me. I also loved your thoughts about windows, I’ve overlooked them most of my life! Great job, I can’t wait to read more!
—Breanna Chanson, photographer and author of the blog Rareexistence.com.
“The Charmed Studio has great and timely information for writers. Your article on Dali gave me permission to let my imagination soar and to deeply know that there is nothing wrong with that.
No judgement needed, just a graceful permission to believe that my ideas are not all loony.
The images that you’ve posted of some of the wild stuff that Dali created let me know that these images I carry around in my head can and should be made manifest.
Everything has a place, be it in a outback storage building or the Met.”
— John Fitzgerald, Screenwriter and Head Gardener of The Story Garden.
“WOW – your blog is gorgeous, passionate, inspiring! Thank you. It was like an uplifting visit from an amazing friend. Better – it’s full of supportive encouragement and reading it felt like a massage to the soul. Just wonderful. “
—Dr. Laura S. Grillo, Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University.
Your choice of books in 5 Short, Luminous Books about Great Artists That You Will Actually Read on Vacation, sound delicious.
Sure to quench the hunger of any artist.
Shawn Marie Hardy’s collage is quite wonderful, it was a lovely choice to accompany the post.
—Mickey Baxter-Spade, Fine Artist
“Reading your musings and absorbing your insights, is time well spent Thea, thank you.”
— Dr. Ann Buxie, Mythologist & Storyteller.
Founder of Malibu, California’s, “Tales By The Sea: Story Telling For Grownups.”
“Your Charmed Studio Blog is practical, has deep thoughts and beautiful illustrations.
I like the categories and tips; more importantly, after I read your articles, I feel good; calm and open, like I’ve been to a museum and sighed real big to let it all in.”
— Lynn Carrigan, Art Lover & Lecturer Emeritus, University of Washington School of Social Work
“Thank you for making a blog that encourages and inspires artists; To help us feel comfortable in ourselves, and to treasure the inner studio that you’ve made me aware— we all have within.
Your Georgia O’Keeffe post really hit home for me. From this moment on, I am accepting that the ideas I have in my head are worthy of exploration, and I will bring them out to the world.
I will be dusting everything off, and be tending to it with much more care this time round, thanks to you.”
— Christy, Collage/Mixed Media Artist
Congratulations on a blog designed to inspire artists and writers!
I just read the post on Frida Kahlo and it’s wonderful!
Rich, beautiful, evocative–just like Frida and her work.
I’m impressed by what you’ve created.
It’s wonderful to see you sharing your deep knowledge of artists and their work.
Other artists and writers will find much to enjoy and be inspired by in your blog. I already have. Thank you and brava!
—Stephanie Quinn Westphal, writer, freelance editor & writing coach
Sweet shout out ( at 1 minute mark) for The Charmed Studio from German artist and Youtuber, Scharle. Thanks Scharle!
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Ice texture: resurgere
Star texture: FrostBo and PaulineMoss
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Mouse crown: Sarah-Katherine
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