Cityline DFW Merry Market & Festival 2018

*Due to expected rain this weekend, Merry Market has been moved inside and will be held at The Lyla at CityLine.

Join local artists and myself at CityLine’s second annual Merry Market & Festival on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 12-7 PM.This free holiday event will include all-day live music, hot cocoa and cookies, kid’s activities, and an artisan market with two dozen local vendors!Cityline DFW Merry Market & Festival 2018
Saturday, Dec. 8 from 12-7 PM
The Lyla at CityLine,
located at the corner of

N. Plano Rd & E. CityLine Drive.

Enter the lobby, and you will find me on the 1st floor to the right

While there.. Be sure to enter my giveaway!

2018 Merry Market Giveway Prints:
“Face in the Crowd” © Sandra Mucha

“Buffalo Snow” © Sandra Mucha

Registration is only available for this giveaway at Merry Market 2018 from 12-7pm Dec 8th 2018. Winner of the above  2 – 5″x7″ matted prints will be notified via email the following week.

Visit Cityline DFW Merry Market & Festival 2018 event’s Facebook page for the complete vendor list and more information.

See you there!
-Sandra

TVAA Citation 2018 – Art Exhibit

I am honored to have two of my above playful perspective paintings, Buffalo Snow and Winter’s Toll, accepted into this year’s TVAA Citation 2018 – Texas Visual Arts Association Citation Show. The show will be held at the Mesquite Arts Center in Mesquite, TX til this Saturday evening.  Exhibit juried by local abstract artist and emeritus Professor of Art at Southern Methodist University Mary Vernon
TVAA Citation 2018 – Art Exhibit
Exhibition dates: November 5 – December 1
Closing Reception: Saturday, December 1st, 6-8pm.
Awards announced at 7pm.

LOCATION:
Mesquite Arts Center
1515 N. Galloway Ave.
Mesquite, TX 75149

Winter Blue Palette

Snow blindness, blustery flurries and blizzards may bring to mind the color white, but snow really is not just one color. It is a collection of blues. Here is my winter blue palette in action:

Sandra Mucha Artwork Winter Blue Palette
Sandra Mucha Artwork Winter Blues.

Golden Acrylic’s: Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Paynes Gray, Titanium White.

Winding Snow with Trees by Sandra Mucha
Winding Snow with Trees by Sandra Mucha | 48″ x 36″ | Acrylics

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SAVE THE DATE!!!

Before exhibiting at Cityline’s Merry Market and Festival come December 8th, art lovers may catch two of my below playful perspective paintings at this year’s  Citation Show. It is presented by the Texas Visual Arts Association and is a juried, TVAA Member-only exhibition. The show will be held at the Mesquite Arts Center in Mesquite, TX .

Detail of Buffalo Snow by Sandra Mucha  | Acrylic | 20x24x1.5. | Featured at this Year’s TVAA Citation Exhibit.

This years Juror is Mary Vernon an emeritus Professor of Art at Southern Methodist University. Michael Frank Blair said of her, in 2017: “Vernon’s legacy is living a certain kind of humanist ideal that holds that the product of work is always a more enlightened humanity.” She taught painting and drawing, and SMU’s noted color theory course. She was born in New Mexico, educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Mary Vernon has shown her work in France, Hungary, Chile, and Kazakhstan, as well as nationally, and is represented by Valley House Gallery of Dallas. Collections that include her work are: The Belo Foundation, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, The Meadows Museum, The Department of State of the U.S. (U.S. Embassy, N’Djamena,Chad), The Dallas Country Club, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, along with many private collectors

Detail of Winter’s Toll by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic |20x24x1.5. | Featured at this Year’s TVAA Citation Exhibit.
Exhibition dates: November 5 – December 1
Closing Reception: Saturday, December 1st, 6-8pm. Awards announced at 7pm.
LOCATION
Mesquite Arts Center
1515 N. Galloway Ave.
Mesquite, TX 75149

Print Giveaway – “Face in the Crowd”

This month my son, the art critic, randomly selected the 5 winning subscribers. I love that you guys want to keep in touch with letters from my art studio.

The winners will be notified via email, and will receive this limited 5″ x 7″ print for just keeping in touch via my newsletter.

“Face in the Crowd” © Sandra Mucha |48″ x 36″ x 1.5″| Oil on Canvas

Thanks again for voting for your favorite print.

But you missed the voting?!.. Don’t worry I’ll post another giveaway in the next month or two if you have miss this one.

Watch for future chances to give your opinion on my next poll at Instagram SandraMucha.Artist or Sandra Mucha Artwork Facebook.

-Keep in touch.

Varigated Forest in Winter – 30 of 30

I am ending this 30 paintings in 30 days challenge with a winter tree series. It takes me back to my textile design days creating varigated stripes combined with my memeories of winter.

“Varigated Forest in Winter” by Sandra Mucha | 24″ x 20″ | Acrylic on Canvas

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Snow Fog – 28 of 30

We lived in Western New York back in the 70’s, and I recall my two older brothers building a fort deep into the snow. The exit was tricky seeing it turned into an icy slide after using it.  It was probably not that steep looking back on it, but it sure felt like it wearing my bulky winter gear.  What is your earliest memory of snow?

“Snow Fog” by Sandra Mucha | 10″ x 10″ x 1.5” | 25.4cm x 25.4cm x 4cm | Acrylic on Canvas

Swirling Cirrus – Day 19 of 30

Well, with all of the seasonal changes upon us and hurricanes shifting our winds, our clouds are very inspiring in our north Texas area this week. My husband says I have my head in the clouds. I can always count on him and my son to keep me grounded.

This week, my son requested more colors to be added to my previous white textured series. Well, we will see. I always take his opinion into consideration. My son does have a good eye after all verses my husband, with an engineer mindset saying his usual, “It is Nice… I’ll take the criticism for growth even if it is an eight year old.

Swirling Cirrus by Sandra Mucha | 8″ x 5″ x 1.5″ 20 x 12 x 3.8cm |
Acrylic on Canvas

Skylark in Winter – 13 of 30

If you have kept track these past few weeks, I created six flowers, six textured cityscapes, and next I am working on a taking flight series of birds and/or possibly insects.

Today, I am inspired by the skylark, and how he takes off from the ground and flies to great heights while signing. He climbs while swirling and uses a circular movement before he returns to the ground thru the use of his steep spirals. It is his swooping perspective that is most apparent in my cityscapes paintings.

Skylark in Winter © Sandra Mucha | 12″ x 9″ | 30cm x 23cm x 3.8 Acrylics on Canvas

I would love to hear which of my playful perspectives is your favorite bird’s-eye view. I look forward to your comments below.

White Towers by Sandra Mucha
White Tower by Sandra Mucha | Oil on Canvas | 52″ x 45″ x 1.5″
Connecting Flight | by Sandra Mucha | Oil on Canvas | 72
Connecting Flight by Sandra Mucha | Oil on Canvas | 72″ x 48″ x 1.5″

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Towers in Winter – Day 11 of 30

Thanks you for following along with me on this 30 paintings in 30 days journey.

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Kahki and Red Towers by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 8 x 10 /25cm x 20 cm
Earlier Work: Inspired by CityLine, Richardson, TX – “Kahki and Red Towers” © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 8″ x 10″ | 25cm x 20cm
Current Work: Towers in Winter © Sandra Mucha | 18″x 24″ x 1.5″ |  45cm x 60cm x 3.8cm  | Acrylics on Canvas

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Buildings in Winter- Day 10 of 30

Revisiting my city view in fall, but this time I am playing with a winter feel.

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City View in Fall  ©  Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas |20″ x 16″ x 1.5″ | 50cm x 40cm x 3.8cm
Buildings in Winter ©  Sandra Mucha 10″ x 10″ x 1.5″ | 25.4cm x 25.4cm x 4cm | Acrylics on Canvas

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Winter in the City – Day 9 of 30

Save the date!! Come visit my art booth at this year’s Cityline Merry Market & Festival, December 8, 2018 from 12-7pm.

Merry Market & Festival 2017 Cityline in Richardson,TX

I’m excited to share my first art booth and experience this winter in the city among local artist and musicians. More info at: Cityline Merry Market Festival . See you there!

Winter in the City © Sandra Mucha | 12″ x 12″ x 1.5 | Acrylic on Canvas

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Winter on a Roof Top – Day 8 of 30

Revisiting an image based on this past winter’s creation.

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Current Work: Winter on a Roof Top |  © Sandra Mucha | 10″ x 10″ x 1.5 | 25.4cm x 25.4cm x 4cm | Acrylics
Water Tower on Rooftop by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″x 6″
Earlier Work: Water Tower on Rooftop | © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″x 6″

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Snow Covered Water Tower – Day 7 of 30

The temperatures are starting to drop, and that is when I like to revisit my citiycapes. This image’s inspiration was created during the last January 2018, 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Let’s see where these ideas will take me this time.

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Water Tower in Winter by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6
Water Tower in Winter ©  Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″x 6″ | Jan. 2018 30 in 30.
Snow Covered Water Tower in winter | © Sandra Mucha | 10″ x 10″ x 1.5″ | 25.4cm x 25.4cm x 3.81cm | Acrylics | Sept. 2018 30 in 30.

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Carnation – Day 6 of 30

Finding pattern in a birthday flower arrangement today, while my artist assistant looks on in the studio.

Pink carnation
A work in progress with my Norman “Rocky” Bear.: Carnation by Sandra Mucha | 12″ x 12″ × 1.5″ | 30.48cm x 30.48cm x 3.81cm | Acrylics
Carnation © Sandra Mucha | 12″ x 12″ × 1.5″ | 30.48cmx 30.48cm x3.81cm | Acrylics

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Cherry Blossoms – 5 of 30

Branching out today as I turn another year old. It seems fitting to share a cherry blossom celeberating their cloud like blooms, and how they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and how precarious life can be. In Japan the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life, and I am also blessed with a very beautiful life.

Cherry Blossoms © Sandra Mucha | 6×6×1.5 | 15.24cm x 15.24cm x 3.81cm | Acrylics on Canvas

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Point Dahlia – 4 of 30

Continuing my floral series on canvas today. I have decided I need to plant some of these spiky flowers seeing they generally bloom from midsummer to first frost, when many other plants are past their best.

Point Dahlia | © Sandra Mucha | 4×4×1.5 | 10.16cm x 10.16cm x 3.81cm | Acrylic

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September’s Daily Painting Challenge

It is time to pick my themes for this September’s 30 paintings in 30 days.

First, making sure all my supplies are bought, then plan some meals, cleared my calendar, and most importantly deactivate those pesky phone notifications.

Follow along and create with me, or join me as I daily post scenes from my studio on my social media platforms indicated at the bottom of this site.

Learn more about the benifits of a Painting Challenge from a previous post of mine: 30 in 30: Top 10 Learnings for Artist

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Finding Refuge in Calming Colors.

Did you know that just the sight of a lavender plant or the color is calming?

This year’s Pantone color offers some refuge from the over stimulated world of today. https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018

Maybe this is the color I need to revisit as I recharge from working a week-long camp for 300 cub scouts, or just from driving in our thick Dallas-Fort Worth traffic. Either one is enough to make this artist long for a calming lavender bubble bath at the end of the day.

Face in the Crowd Oil On Canvas 48 x 36 x 1.5 in by Sandra Mucha

So, with all these soothing thoughts of botanical bliss I find myself marking my calendar to visit our local lavender festival http://www.lavenderridgefarms.com one of these memorial weekends for some calming inspiration.

In the meantime my calming blues are my current craving, and wonder if the use of certain purples might be in my future.

Winding Snow with Trees” 10″ x 8″/ 25cm x 20cm Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha

Outdoor Learnings

I shared with one of my son’s classmates today how my paintings simulate the feeling of flying like a bird. Her face light up when she learned this about my work. Earlier in the day, I had the joy of encouraging her to face some of her fears on their class fieldtrip. I hope she continues to feel her efforts of bravery each day like that of a bird taking to flight for the first time.

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“Country Churches in Winter” | Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha | 8″×10”

Top 3 Hiking Trails near the Richardson, Tx Panhandle.

When the weather is cooler, my family and I enjoy exploring our local trails here in North Texas. We especially enjoy these picks for scouting or just need an escape from every day in and near our Richardson TX area.

Each nature preserve or area offers a scenic river close to the northern or panhandle area of Richardson, TX

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Blue and Green Towers by Sandra Mucha Acrylic on Canvas 16″ x 20″ x 1.5″

Remember to take your water bottle, sunblock, bug spray, camera, cell phone and to wear comfortable shoes.

3. Spring Creek Nature Area

Across the street from Richardson’s Cityline, this 51 acres south of Renner Rd extending from Central Expressway to Foxboro Park at Plano Rd and Braeburn Dr has Multi-use trail, natural areas, hardwood forest, a pedestrian bridge over winding Spring Creek, picnic benches, horseshoe pit. Trail links with Galatyn Woodland Preserve. Park across the street at Cityline Shopping Plaza or Park near the Railline

2. Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve

The Plano hot air balloons festival is held here in September on Spring Creek Parkway. Go one street over to the other side of the park with access along Los Rios Boulevard to find the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. This is Plano’s largest park, is 800 acres and extends from Parker Road on the south to Chaparral Road on the north and from Spring Creek Parkway on the west to Los Rios Boulevard on the east. The park boasts 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft surface trails located along Rowlett Creek. Nature trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Turn left into the park heading west on Lois Rios Boulevard for parking.

1.Spring Creek Forest Preserve.

While this trail is actually in Garland it is just south of George Bush Tollway at 1770 Holford Rd. It is known for its towering trees and wide multi-use trails. Use the east side of the park just off of Holford for parking.

Tiger Portrait by Sandra Mucha, Acrylic
Tiger Scout by Sandra Mucha, Acrylic on Canvas, 9″ x 12″

See you on the trail.

Art with Ms. Mucha

Wow! The buds are already sprouting on our trees here in North Texas, and our daffodils are blooming. So, based on these clues it must be time for spring break. My husband and eight-year-old son, and I are looking forward to enjoying our local parks and museums this coming week.

Today’s painting features our local garden, The Dallas Arboretum in springtime. The children’s garden is a must-see for your little one.

Red Umbrella in Springtime © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 16x20
Red Umbrella in Springtime © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 16×20 | $650

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30 paintings in 30 days : Top 10 learnings for Artist

Here are a few of my learnings from this past 30 in 30-day painting challenge. I think you’ll be amazed both at how it pushes you to re-evaluate your use of time and makes you a better painter with a daily painting. I enjoyed using Leslie Saeta’s challenge available on her site at www.saetastudio.com.

  1. Organize your studio. A challenge motivates you to organize your creative space, inspiration, sketches, and photographs.
  2. It motivates one to prepare and refresh their website for their own daily blog too.
  3. Check supply levels such as canvas, paint, brushes and other necessary supplies. Leave a fresh canvas on the easel at the end of each day. I also liked having fresh water and clean brushes waiting for me the next day.
  4. It is okay to experiment. Pick two or three different themes and be ready to shift and finesse evolving unforeseen ideas.

    30 in 30 paintings by Sandra Mucha | Feb 1, – March 2, 2018 | Acrylic on Canvas
    30 in 30 paintings ©  Sandra Mucha | Feb 1, – March 2, 2018 | Acrylic on Canvas
  5. Start painting 2-3 days earlier to the challenge.I came close to skipping two different days during this last challenge, and a few at the ready would have helped ease the schedule’s demand. It is a deadline that keeps you accountable.
  6. It pushes you to paint in different locations. Create a studio in different rooms, or on different floors in your home.
  7. Use a Journal and planner. Checking in on Monday and daily with a journal and planner to note what is working. Monitor if you are on track for the coming week.
  8. Meet other artists and give support to each other during the process via Leslie’s site or on social media.
  9. Ideas evolve. The process of creating allows the artist to grow and experiment with the variety of series. Trying mixing and apply previous ideas to the next piece.
  10. It becomes a ritual. Life happens, and one will find the creative process is always waiting there for you.

Drop me a line at sandra@sandramucha.com or leave a comment if you are interested in the pieces created during this challenge.

Water Tower on Rooftop – 30 of 30

This concludes my 30 days of exploring on canvas for now. Time to clean my upstairs art studio, and the temporary studio added to our downstairs living room. Next, this is also a time to sort and organize the images by location rural and urban as displayed on this site. I look forward to revisiting my favorites to create their larger canvases. Thank you for following and supporting my creative process this past month. Be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter for upcoming exhibits of my artwork and further art exploring.

Water Tower on Rooftop by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″x 6″
Water Tower on Rooftop © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″x 6″

Park View in Winter part 1- 24 of 30

Today, I revisited a painting that sat for some time unfinished. It is a larger piece verse the 6″x6″ and 8″x10″ one can truly fit into a few hours per day for this challenge. I am glad to finally explore these different series and locations this past month leading me back to this original cityscape. Now I am geared with various answers to what this piece needs. Location: View of Bryant Park, New York City.

Park View in Winter by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 18″ x 24″
Part 1 of “Park View in Winter” © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 18″ x 24″

Pegasus’ Tower- 20 of 30

Today, I traveled closer to the home of our friend from yesterday’s post. This image captures the ground level worm’s eye view. Tomorrow, I will capture a bird’s eye view from the top. Hope to see you there. Location: Downtown Dallas, Texas.

 

Pegasus' Tower by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″ x 6″ /15.25cm x 15.25cm
Pegasus’ Tower © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″ x 6″ /15.25cm x 15.25cm

View from Studio – 10 of 30

Day 10 and I am finding inspiration right outside my studio window.  I do feel the difference painting my clouds after yesterday’s cloud study. As well as these 30 paintings in 30 days typically make for some interesting learnings.  Location: Richardson, TX

View from Studio | By Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 10″ x 8″ /25 cm x 20 cm

Pine Trees in Winter -7 of 30

Continuing my snowscape series, featuring a rather large snow drift with more portraits of trees surrounding it. Today’s inspiration comes from a back corner located behind my in-law’s house. This area catches the wind gust swirling back out creating this large drift. Location: Ellendale, MN

Pine Trees in Winter 10"x8" / 25cmx20cm Canvas Panel
“Pine Trees in Winter” 10″ x 8″ / 25 cm x 20 cm Canvas Panel by Sandra Mucha.

$250

Winter’s Toll – 6 of 30

Thank you for following this journey thus far of my various snowscapes. Initially, I felt 10 snow scenes might be enough for this series. We will see when I arrive at that total on this Friday the 10th.

In today’s painting, I revisited the front fields of my in-laws farm with the use of my dew-drop like technique. Location: Ellendale, Minnesota.

Winters Toll Acrylic on Canvas 8
Winter’s Toll Acrylic on Canvas 8″x10″ / 20 cm x 25 cm by Sandra Mucha

$250

Six more weeks – 3 of 30

This week was Ground Hog Day, which does not seem to have much meaning down south here where my family and I live. This charming holiday still holds a special place in my heart. Maybe because I recall the heavy winters of western New York as a child.

Anyway, we still took time to watch and see if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. He did see it. That means we have to still wait for spring, which we do anyway.  Today’s inspiration: The front fields of snow at my In-laws farm in Southern Minnesota.

“Six more weeks”  Acrylic on  8″ x 10″ / 20cm x 25 cm Canvas Panel by Sandra Mucha

$250

The Big 50!

30 canvas panels Sandra Mucha Art studio Richardson, TX
30 canvas panels
Sandra Mucha Art studio
Richardson, TX

Be sure to cheer me on while I create fifty paintings this year. To kick off the journey, starting in February I will paint along with other artists from around the world participating in the Leslie Saeta 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge.  Wish me luck!!

MEDIUM  I’ll be painting in acrylics on gallery stretched canvas and panels. I am craving oil painting again. So, there might be the occasional oil pastels creations to be safe around my 8 yr old son.

SUBJECT MATTER  I am curious to see where a variety of landscape paintings, musical instruments, and cityscapes will take me for 1.5 hrs per day. Last year I had a goal to perfect pet portraits and this year I am continuing my portraiture service after my daily painting time is completed.

Marcie and 8×8’s by Sandra Mucha

SOCIAL MEDIA   I’ll be posting here on a daily basis as well as my Facebook and Instagram Page, please follow along!!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!  Are you inspired yourself?! This is a great way to develop the habit of going into the studio til it becomes a regime. Check it out at: 30 Paintings in 30 days Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Time to organize my studio. see you tomorrow for painting 1 of 30!

My latest “Ah-ha” moment…

You can usually find me working at my easel, but that does not happen until my brain is set for the day.

Each morning before heading up to my second-floor art studio, I fix myself a pitcher of water and a healthy snack for later. This simple ritual triggers my miniature schnauzer Marcie to run up the stairs and straight for my art studio door. It is like she is keeping me accountable looking up at my studio hours. My schedule is flexible, but it visually helps others and myself to see my art making hours.

Sandra Mucha Art Studio_2017Marcie waiting to enter my Art Studio.

So, while my husband works away at his office and my son attends elementary school, I escape into my world of creativity.  I turn on music or enjoy the silence of my studio.

“Before I would start to create, I wrote a few pages in my journal.”

I began using a journal during my college years. Before I would start to create, I wrote a few pages in my journal.” I found The Artist’s Way  written by Julia Cameron at a used book store. Her book discusses how to write three mourning pages each day.  I found after writing on my pages I had increased creativity.

I empty all of my thoughts of gratitude or whatever comes to mind onto the page, and then my painting ideas and logical flow onto the next page. I did not realize at the time I was using my whole brain to think like an artist.

"View from Art Studio,Denton, TX" by Sandra Mucha 30" x 40" x 1.5" Oil on Canvas © Sandra Mucha 2017“View from Art Studio” 1998 (University of North Texas School of Visual Arts, Denton, TX) by Sandra Mucha 30″ x 40″ x 1.5″ Oil on Canvas © Sandra Mucha 2017

Now as a mom, I have read Dr. Dan Siegel’s, The Whole Brain Child.  This was a major “ah-ha” moment for me to have my creative practice clarified after all these years. Just like in Siegle’s book, I was experiencing the logical side of the brain that follows after emptying the emotional side of the brain.

Sandra Mucha Art StudioI use three different journals: Gratitude, Art Ideas and a Passion Planner. Sandra Mucha Art Studio Richardson, TX

Warning: Whole brain techniques will not work if you are tired and/or hungry at any age.

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Happy Journaling!

-Sandra