ask Rae


So many of you stop by each day to read, find creative inspiration and share in my art filled journey. I love the huge variety of questions I get asked and thought it might be fun to start answering some of the "most asked" queries here.


 Is there something you have been wanting to learn? Are you wondering what that tool is I use over and over again? Need an opinion on a new paint color before you hit the stores? Join me here in the studio each week and let's chat!  Leave me a comment here or email me using the contact form above and I will gladly add your question to mix! 

1. How did you get started in art?

That is a hard question to answer because I feel like I have been creating my entire life. Even as a young child I was crafty and always trying to make or invent something new. From painting to needlework to writing to taking photos I can't remember a time when I didn't have that deep urge to just MAKE STUFF. As an adult I really got into memory keeping, (didn't everyone?) and just a few months into the this new creative adventure I realized I would never be happy following the rules. I immediately began adding my own mixed media style to my projects and never looked back. 

2.  Have you read anything lately that really stuck with you?

The Diary of Frida Kahlo. Wow. Very tragic. Very powerful. She was an incredibly strong woman and a wildly talented and imaginative artist. While the text is dark at times, (much of the text in Spanish too by the way so find a translator) and the art not for everyone, it was a deeply interesting and striking read. 

3.  What color do you struggle to use?

Purple. I try very hard to use it on a regular basis for that reason. True story- almost every time I create I reach for purple. I think subconsciously I want to use it so badly and it just never works for me. Eight times out of ten I wind up covering it up, but oddly enough it keeps making an cameo appearance. Peeking through it works as more of a supporting color rather than one that steals the limelight. 

4.  Do you like to listen to music while you create? If so, what genre? 

I do like to listen to music, but it doesn't always happen that I do, or rather not the kind of music you are referring too. When I can turn up the tunes my favorite is orchestral music. I am in love with everything that Lindsey Stirling does- she is a wizard on the electric violin. Other days I listen to the sweet (but mostly loud) music of my two little peanut granddaughters. They run around here with their tinkling voices and happy sounds and it tops any #1 hit in my book!

5.  What are your tips for keeping your studio tidy?

Create an area for each project. Even if this means a corner of the table it helps me to keep my ongoing projects separated. I have a designated area for sewing, one for painting and one for textile arts. I also have a big rule about doing a quick "pickup" at the end of the day. By that I mean a brief tidying- emptying dirty water, brushes back in the bin, etc. Little things that make walking into the studio the next morning refreshing and not a chore. Once a week I deep clean- I sweep, clean the tables and refile all unused supplies. Once you get in the habit it really helps and makes you feel much more organized. I'm a big time cleaner and most certainly a Type A personality so learning to let things go for a day or two has been a bigger chore for me than the actual cleaning. BUT... It has helped me grow as a person who struggles with letting things go... and there is something really wonderful about a well loved and well USED studio!