The Artist Within – A Guide

The Book Has Launched!
November 18, 2008, 4:25 pm
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Saturday night at Rumouas FABULOUS!  I hung my new art all day long and the lounge has officially been transformed!  You can see in this picture below–I was like a deer in headlights at the beginning of the event!  How many hats can we wear at once!?!?!?  I’m still counting-I’ll let you know.

Tam (on the right) has taken classes with me for years!

Tam (on the right) has taken classes with me for years!

Instead of feeling like I have finally arrived, I feel more like I am on the edge of a cliff!  Last night I had an amazing dream in which I was hang gliding from the hugest, snow-covered mountain peak!  The mountains were sooooooooooo steep and I jumped off with my flimsy hang glider and swooped up and down thousands of feet at a time.  I was in control, but it was certainly EXTREME!  Resist the temptation to look at people who seem to have it all going their way or have all of the success and think that they are never fearful or intimidated or that they never want to give up!  We ALL feel that way–it is what we do with it that counts!  For me, all of that feer and “overwhelmedness” (is that a word?) exists in my left brain.  NOW, when you feel that way pull out your book, The Artist Within, and get into your right brain.  You will feel better and will be able to refocus on what you can do NOW to take those small steps forward instead of slipping back.  Buy the book!  Create CHANGE!  Woo-hoo!

I have new paintings on the Gallery page of this site and a new Gallery page with examples of the Creativity Workouts from the book.  I will be adding more daily.  Stay tuned! 

  See you soon-Whitney


New Article in HER Nashville
November 11, 2008, 8:02 pm
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Follow this link to the latest article about me, Whitney, and The Artist Within!

Even today, I am battling between my left and right brain.  I am madly trying to get ready for the art opening/book launch this Sat., but the cel phone rings and so-and-so needs a check TODAY, and I have not received the numbers for the accountant yet….  Remember to take deep breaths and reiterate, “Just one step at a time.”  If we stay present (right brain) we can handle anything life throws at us!

Whitney in her home studio.

Whitney in her home studio.

Creatively yours, Whitney

Los Angeles Book PR Trip!
November 10, 2008, 3:18 pm
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Hello, Los Angeles!  I miss you already!  I just got back last night from a whirlwind of a book trip to Los Angeles!  How much do I love Los Angeles?  Let me tell you!  The creative energy there is incredible.  No one is ever going to tell you in L.A. “You really shouldn’t do that/wear that/say that….”  They thrive on whatever is different, outside of the box, innovative.  I play the music in the car a little louder-dancing in my seat with a little more gusto-because anything goes!

I visited some incredible little book stores–I love Barnes & Noble (my book will be in every B&N in L.A., San Fran, Chicago, New York and Nashville), but the little book stores are where my heart is. 

I am proud to say that Bodhi Tree Bookstore will be carrying The Artist Within!  Mark there was so nice and I will hope to hold a workshop there at my next visit.  I am working on Aroma Cafe’/Portrait of a Bookstore on Tujunga and Skylight Bookstore on Vermont.  If any of you go in to either of those stores, ask about The Artist Within!  If you go to Aroma Cafe’, please stop in Hoity Toity across the street and say “hi” to Ann!  She designs all of the fashions in her store and I bought an amazing dress that I wore Sat. to the book signing at Sushiya.  Ann and I had flurry of creative energy as I tried on her beautiful clothes–she is a new friend! 

I also met Daphne Brogdon of at her husband’s restaurant, CAMPANILE, at 624 S. La Brea.  Amazing (both her and the restaurant)!  Us “cool moms” have to stick together.  Go to her blog and hopefully she will blog about my book!

The other COOL thing about being in L.A. as well was that everyone is sooooooooooo fired up about CHANGE!!!  The momentum from the election was rippling through L.A. and everyone is conscience of our need for change.  Obama nailed it when he said during his acceptance speech that we all need to take ourselves to a higher level of service and expectation.  It is our “artists within” that will empower us to create that change!

I could go on and on…Thank you to Jeanne Jolly (amazing singer in L.A.-sheck her out) for organizing my book signing at Sushiya on Sunset, thank you to all my old high school friends who came out and to Jen Weigel, author of Stay Tuned–get it read it!  Thank you Stonehoney–my favorite country rock band for coming out to support my creative expression!  Thanks to Phyllis Chase who has a radio show on KCSN and to Michael Davis who also has a book coming out soon! 

I also squeezed in a 20 hour trip to Las Vegas to hold a client event for a friend!  We talked about the creative process of wine making and compared it to paintings!  We had a blast–viva Las Vegas!

Now, all of you who bought my book…READ IT…mark in it…talk about it to friends…comment on this blog….  We are starting a movement!  One in which the public will become conscience of our ability to create change and in our ability to access our ARTIST WITHIN, inside of our right brain!

Chicago and San Fran will be next on the tour!  Thank you, thank you for all of your support and creative energy!  Whitney

On eof my paintings!
On eof my paintings!

Oooops.  “One of my paintings”

So much fun! My radio interview…
November 2, 2008, 8:05 pm
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I just finished my interview on Blend Radio (link in previous blog)!  It was a blast!  This book has been my own little secret for soooooooooooooo long that it was fabulous to hear the two hosts talking about the book–it’s really here!  (It would appear they really liked it too!)

If any of you who heard the show are checking this, I wanted to be sure you knew about my book signing event in Los Angeles next Saturday, November 8th from 4 to 5p at Sushiya on Sunset.  Sushiya is on W. Sunset Blvd. in W. Hollywood (  We are going to combine a happy hour and a book signing–why not!?!?

The best part of the interview is that I felt I was really able to communicate that my book is NOT designed for “artsy” people.  It is designed for ANYONE who wants to create change; who has ideas in their heads that they want to see come to fruition.  If you do the exercises in The Artist Within, you will empower yourself to create the change you want because the part of your brain that is responsible for creating change will be stronger.

I so did not just spend the last decade writing and getting this book published to ask people gently to read the book and consider its ideas.  I WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE THINK!  I want you to be aware of how many times you tell yourself “no, I can’t do that” and replace it with “Hey, I really want to do this so I better do some right brain workouts!” 

So, for now, until Nov. 15th, order your book on or come see me in L.A.! 

Creatively yours, Whitney