Life With Art

Explore the purposes of art, get familiar with the genius artists that shine throughout history and get lost in the beauty of your aesthetic. There is nothing more powerful that art to transmit multiple emotions in a single statement, to catalyze political issues, to bring depth to a day and to illuminate the mystical in tangible terms. Art-obsessed me has learned a tremendous amount about myself and life from art. Sharing my art obsessions, hopefully you will find your artistic expression, a bit of inspiration or the key to unlock the aesthetic potential of your life!

yayoi kusama obliteration room I love the art as life and life as art idea so much… but its far better when its not an idea and it becomes your reality.

Today’s thoughts on life as art are all about seeing the world in your own way and creating the language in your life – in fun ways- that is inimitably YOU.  When life is your art, you’ll always feel more self-expressed and more grounded in your truth! Continue Reading…

pablo picasso quotes

If you want to be a rebel, learn the way everyone does things first.  Once you know how it is “supposed” to go, even if you practice it differently, you’ll have more of a foundation for your rebellion.

I never learned to “draw” because, well, if you weren’t able to sit down and do a virtuoso rendition with photorealistic quality of anything you saw,  and you were a kid in New Jersey when I was growing up, you just “couldn’t draw.”  Drawing is a foundational practice for thinking freshly, expanding your mind and, yes, making art.  Picasso could draw.  You never really see his drawing skill in a classical sense in his most famous paintings, but that skill enabled him to break the rules and become the groundbreaking artist that he is known to be today.

You can learn to draw. In fact, my favorite art-learning-and-making blog Marky (started by some heavyweights in the arts) can provide you lessons for free right now to sit down and learn some of the fundamentals.

Then, practice… And find your own way!

I highly tout The Artist’s Way as a foundation in creativity that we all need, no matter what we do professionally and personally.  You can learn more about it HERE.  You can also join The Artist’s Way group where we do The Artists’s Way together through 12 weeks in a FREE group on Facebook!

There are so many ways to learn rules… then break them. I learned the rules of feng shui and did it “by the book” for a few years before I realized that there were holes I needed to fill in my own way to meet the needs of my clients.  I know there’s value in knowing the full picture before you dismantle and re-style the whole thing.

If your rebellion is just taking you far away from anythng productive, you might want to backtrack, learn the best practices, then go off and do it your own way with confidence and lots of smarts to ground you.

Thriving artist ideas for the day…! xoxo Dana



feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!

  GÜNTHER FÖRGColor dances when it is energized with motion and selected with rhythmic talent.

That’s what I see when I look at Gunther Forg’s art: this kinetic flowing and exuberant party!

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gallery walls

(inside out)

You can take the bend out of a corner, add dimension to a flat room, camouflage a TV in plain sight… and load your home with art in the process.  It’s the gallery wall, and it’s never going out of style.   Continue Reading…

yarn wall hanging


Whether its a yarn and twine woven dreamcatcher or a whole wall draped in yarn, the addition of woven, spun, handmade greatness to your home brings an element of soft to a space like almost nothing else can. This unique twist on art can be bought or made… and actually made quite easily at times… with results that are full-fledged super-stunning!  Continue Reading…

michelle armas

Michelle Armas makes art that feel like floating on clouds.  Her light, bright, surprising, enchanting and totally expressive prints and paintings can bring so much energy and so many lovely stories to a space!  Continue Reading…

pink salt space clearing

Beauty elevates your space.  That means beauty elevates your life.

When I first realized Art History was something that could be studied (not really that well-known in Secaucus, NJ in the 90’s) I was immediately facinated by the ways that art was valued, prized and commissioned in large part since its cave painting earliest days to tell stories and elevate spaces to sacred proportions.

Beauty can change space.

Art can elevate life.

It’s one of its major functions.

Artfulness doesn’t need to be relegated to paint, photo and sculpture… Artfulness can be pink salt, orchids and wildflowers… It can be the way you design your day.  It can be the Opera you play in your car on the drive home.

Here are a few ways to use natural beauty- the essence of artistry- to raise your space and inspire your life!!! Continue Reading…

Florian Maier Aichen


Florian Maier-Aichen is a German artist who, in my mind, filters the energy of nature, composes it into concise packages, colors it with passion and, in doing so, makes art that is impossible to stop admiring!

Today’s art inspiration is filled with nature glowing in radical hues.  Total love.   Continue Reading…