• Connect With Abstract Art

    Connect With Abstract Art

    In my opinion, attitude has a significant influence on the outcome of a project. The stories we tell ourselves, how we view our circumstances, and the moral values for our daily life can sway us in the direction of success or failure. As I find attitude to be a strong power, I intend to capture…

  • Transition – In Life and Art

    Transition – In Life and Art

      Back in January I set out to create the series entitled “Transition”. Change is constant, if we like it or not. We might long to hold on to what has passed, but we need to move forward. Or we can’t wait for the future to arrive as the present is difficult to endure. Nothing…

  • Job, Career or Calling – Why Do I Create?

    Job, Career or Calling – Why Do I Create?

    Recently I read the following parable in the book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth:Three bricklayers are asked: “What are you doing?”The first says, “I am laying bricks.”The second says, “I am building a church.”And the third says: “I am building the house of God.” The first bricklayer describes his job,…

  • Creating New Opportunities to Connect With You

    Creating New Opportunities to Connect With You

    In the past, I had opportunities to show my artwork and my hand-made fabric journals at various local venues like my studio, my friend’s studio, at art festivals, at the Gallery and Giftshop of the Hillsborough Arts Council, and the Bull City Art and Frame Company. These venues allowed me to connect personally as well…

  • Express Yourself to Gain Clarity

    Express Yourself to Gain Clarity

    Have you ever felt confused in a time of uncertainty, overwhelmed with emotions, and racing thoughts clouding your mind? You are certainly not the only one! I’m right there with you. We all experience challenges: difficult relationships, financial issues, loss and grief, or health problems. Every so often, we all need to clear our head…

  • The Power of Synergy

    The Power of Synergy

    Typically, my studio is my “bubble” in which I feel safe, and creating art is an important aspect of my emotional well-being. However, back in May of this year, I felt overwhelmed with the recent situation: racial injustice, the pandemic of Covid-19, and the complete loss of income from my art business. I felt unmotivated…

  • Refining an Idea Through Sketching

    Refining an Idea Through Sketching

    Does it ever happen to you that you have an idea, but it feels like it’s only a seed that needs more cultivation to grow into a mature idea? It can happen to me for my artwork. I decided to participate in a challenge to celebrate creativity. I declared publicly (!) that I will spend…

  • How would you feel if you would commit

    How would you feel if you would commit

    How would you feel if you would commit to a daily practice for 30 days? Your project can be simple, your practice just a short amount of time. You determine how much time you want to invest. 10 minutes? 30 minutes? You are in charge. The only rule: commit! So how would you feel if…

  • Which creative habit would you like to have but don’t really commit to?

    Which creative habit would you like to have but don’t really commit to?

    Which creative habit would you like to have but don’t really commit to? What would you like to practice but never seem to get around to? Oh, I can think of so many options! Mainly because I don’t limit creativity to artists. We all are creative, we just express it in different ways. 🤍 You might…

  • Following Through with a Commitment

    Following Through with a Commitment

    Which of the following factors would increase your chances of following through with a commitment? You have an idea in mind but are not sure if you can follow through with it.  I can relate.  Sometimes we dream big.  But then we are concerned about making mistakes along the way. We are afraid that we…

  • Are you more likely to reach your goal

    Are you more likely to reach your goal

    when you announce it to your spouse, a friend or a small community? Recently, I asked this question on Facebook, on Instagram and in person. Some people said yes, others said no, but many settle on a “depends”.For them it depends on the goal and/or on who they share the goal with. Personally, I fall…

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dear Art Lovers and Students, As an artist I spend many days in my studio creating art quilts in solitude. Although I enjoy this quiet time, the interaction with you is a vital component for not feeling lost in a void. I’m grateful for each and every one of you! Thank you for supporting me…

  • Monday’s Mantra: Everything in life

    Monday’s Mantra: Everything in life

    “Everything in life is just for a while.” – Philip K. Dick It is comforting to know that bad luck, challenges, pain and suffering will not last forever. We might struggle but there is the light at the end of the tunnel. But unfortunately, joy, happiness, or comfort eventually come to an end as well.…

  • Monday’s Mantra: Trust is built

    Monday’s Mantra: Trust is built

    “Trust is built in the smallest of moments.” – John Gottman “Trust” is a big word which describes so much. When we trust someone, we feel safe with that person, we feel comfortable showing our vulnerable side and sharing our painful or embarrassing secrets. Trust allows us to approach difficult topics or opposing opinions in…

  • Monday’s Mantra: Happiness lies not in finding

    Monday’s Mantra: Happiness lies not in finding

    “Happiness lies not in finding what is missing, but in finding what is present.” – Tara Brach How do you define ‘happiness’? Often we assume that we need to reach the next step to be happy. Once we can buy new clothes, a new car, a new house, you name it, then we will be…

  • Monday’s Mantra: I am not a product

    Monday’s Mantra: I am not a product

    “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey We are all born into ‘circumstances’ on which we have no influence. We are born into a specific geographic region, our parents’ socioeconomic environment, our family’s religion. While we grow up, we have dreams, but not always…

  • Monday’s Mantra: I myself am made

    Monday’s Mantra: I myself am made

    “I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” – Augusten Borroughs May your belief in your good intentions outweigh your awareness of your own flaws! Wishing you a wonderful week! Christine

  • Monday’s Mantra: No man ever steps in the same river twice

    Monday’s Mantra: No man ever steps in the same river twice

    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus No matter how hard we try to be our best selves, we sometimes seem to be repeating the same mistake, seem to respond the same way, or show the same behavior time…

  • Monday’s Mantra: The Point of Life

    Monday’s Mantra: The Point of Life

    “The point of life is happiness.” – The Dalai Lama Is happiness the same as having fun? Or is there a deeper meaning? Is it the feeling of excitement when you reach a goal? Is it the sense of competence when mastering a skill? Is it the exhilaration of being the center of attention, or…

  • Monday’s Mantra: If you think you are too small to make a difference

    Monday’s Mantra: If you think you are too small to make a difference

    “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – The Dalai Lama Have you ever felt small and insignificant, unsure of yourself? Were you afraid that your voice would not be heard, and your opinion would not matter? Were you concerned that your idea would be considered…

  • Monday’s Mantra: You may have to fight

    Monday’s Mantra: You may have to fight

    “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher Sometimes it takes great determination and perseverance to reach our goals. We might have to defend our strategies repeatedly, we might need to request funding for a project every time we reach a ‘milestone’, we might need to reiterate…

  • Blog Post by B. Taylor, Burlington Carousel Quilt Guild

    Here is the link to the Burlington Carousel Quilt Guild’s Website: https://burlingtoncarouselquilters.org/ August 2019: Journey of an art quilter Posted on August 14, 2019 by B. Taylor   What happened to my ruler? For our August meeting, we welcomed Christine Hager-Braun, an art quilter who was born in Germany and moved to Durham, NC with…

  • Monday’s Mantra: Self-care is not selfish.

    Monday’s Mantra: Self-care is not selfish.

    “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brown While we occasionally encounter people who are all about ‘me first’, there are also those among us who care deeply about others and act accordingly. However, sometimes we are faced with the question “How much can we give, how much should…

  • Monday’s Mantra: Intuition

    Monday’s Mantra: Intuition

    “Intuition is seeing with the soul.” – Dean Koontz How often do you make a decision in a split-second without really analyzing the situation? Sounds kind of foolish, maybe even dangerous! Yet we all know when a deal is too good to be true, when something sounds ‘iffy’ about an offer, or we are cautious…

  • Monday’s Mantra: People often complain

    Monday’s Mantra: People often complain

    “People often complain about lack of time when lack of direction is the real problem.” – Zig Ziglar How often do you find yourself with a to-do list that is a mile long and complaining that you have only 24 hours in your day? The sense of overwhelm can cause a sense of paralysis which…

  • Monday’s Mantra: All progress takes place

    Monday’s Mantra: All progress takes place

    “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak As humans, we are creatures of habit. Most of us are much more at ease in our usual surroundings, among familiar people, and situations with predictable outcome than in circumstances that are different or even strange. But in order to learn and to…

  • Monday’s Mantra: Confidence comes

    Monday’s Mantra: Confidence comes

    “Confidence comes not from being always right but from not fearing to be wrong.” –  Peter T. Mcintyre Of course, we prefer to be right instead of being wrong. Of course, making errors frequently nibbles on our self-esteem. Why are we so afraid of being wrong? Because all eyes seem to be on us, because…

  • Monday’s Mantra: Aging seems to be the only available way

    Monday’s Mantra: Aging seems to be the only available way

    “Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.” – Daniel Francois Esprit Auber We all hope to live a long and fulfilling life. Yet at the same time, we are not enthusiastic about getting old. An increasing number of wrinkles adorn our face and our body loses its firmness –…

  • Monday’s Mantra: True friendship

    Monday’s Mantra: True friendship

    “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson Most of the time we define friendship as a relationship in which we can talk about everything and anything.   We can vent when we are upset, pour our hearts out when we are overwhelmed or ask for advice when we…

  • Monday’s Mantra: The most important thing

    Monday’s Mantra: The most important thing

    “The most important thing is remembering the most important thing.” – Suzuki Roshi In our busy lives with hectic schedules, long to-do lists, and places to go, go, go, we might not take the time to stop and think about the things that matter deeply to us. There are days when we feel overwhelmed and…