a soundtrack for creating.

I thought it’d be fun to share what I listen to when I’m creating! Sometimes I prefer to work in silence, but often I like to enhance my imagination by listening to soothing but fun music.

In college I got in the habit of listening to Jack Johnson when I was doing my art assignments, and I’ve stuck with him over the years. I tend to listen to mellow, whimsical music to get me in a good, creative mindset. My favorite artists to listen to their entire albums during creative-time are Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay, so you’ll notice that they appear frequently in my playlist!

Here’s my current playlist (and I just put it on repeat), some of them have been on it for years now:

Lego House– Ed Sheeran
Kiss Me– Ed Sheeran
Atlas Hands- Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Arms– Christina Perri
Miles– Christina Perri
Mary’s Song– Taylor Swift
Treacherous– Taylor Swift
Begin Again– Taylor Swift
Silver Lining– Kacey Musgraves
Dandelion– Kacey Musgraves
I Miss You– Kacey Musgraves
Back On The Map– Kacey Musgraves
Somebody’s Heartbreak– Hunter Hayes
Barely Love You Too– Frank + Derol
Do You Think About Me– Carrie Underwood
Us Against The World– Coldplay
Amen– Love and Theft
Never Had– Oscar Isaac (from the 10 Years soundtrack)
Wagon Wheel– Darius Rucker
Don’t Rush– Kelly Clarkson
Little Bit of Everything– Keith Urban
Sitting on the dock of the Bay– Otis Redding
Swallowed in the Sea– Coldplay
God Only Knows– The Beach Boys
You Really Got A Hold on Me– She & Him
Windows are Rolled Down– Amos Lee
If This Was A Movie– Taylor Swift
If You’re Gone– Matchbox 20
Back To You– John Mayer
Ships in the Night– Mat Kearney
Come Back… Be Here– Taylor Swift
For Emma– Bon Iver
Something Beautiful– Needtobreathe
Stolen– Dashboard Confessional
The One That Got Away– Katy Perry
Paradise– Coldplay
Get To Me– Train
Your Song– Elton John
The Night Before (Life Goes On)– Carrie Underwood
Warning Sign– Coldplay
In My Place– Coldplay
The Hardest Part– Coldplay
Comfortable– John Mayer
Faithfully– Journey
Jack and Diane– John Mellencamp
Free– Zac Brown Band
You and Your Heart– Jack Johnson
Better Together– Jack Johnson
Never Know– Jack Johnson
Banana Pancakes– Jack Johnson
Good People– Jack Johnson
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing– Jack Johnson
Times Like These– Jack Johnson
Taylor- Jack Johnson
Upside Down– Jack Johnson
Broken– Jack Johnson
If I Had Eyes- Jack Johnson


I listen to all this when I’m not creating as well. Love singer-songwriters. Any suggestions for me to add to my music collection? :)

xo, Michelle


Art Show Details!

Exciting news!

Orange County Creatives asked me to participate in their upcoming Art Walk! They run a gallery, and the art walk happens on the first Saturday of each month in the Artists Village in Santa Ana, and their gallery is in this beautiful historic building called the Santora building. It’s a cute little area I never even knew existed. The Santa Ana Art Walk is awesome; it has tons of different types of artists showing in one place, in a lively environment. I went last month to check it out and it was really fun! I love seeing the work other people do. There are also restaurants and things all around, so you can make a night of it!

Here are the details:

I’ll have a table set up with some of my work displayed and all of my prints available to see/buy in person! (There are two suites for OC Creatives, so just follow the signs- it’s easy to find)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

7 – 10 pm

Santora Building
207 N Broadway, Suite D
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Free admission!

$4 parking in the structure across the street (North of the Santora Building) (cross streets are W. 3rd and N. Broadway). The structure fills up/gets crowded fast, so if you come later, you may have to find other parking.

I hope some of you will come and see me if you live nearby! I’m so excited I get to participate in this and show people my work :)


(above) the Santora Building in 1930

A few quotes I like from famous artists.

My mind has felt at war with itself the past week or two, and I don’t want to put that negativity and confused thinking on this blog, so I’ll share a couple of my favorite short quotes about art instead. Found some photos of the artists as well & used fun fonts. The quotes about perfection & courage are especially resonating with me right now.






I’m currently working hard on preparing for my first art show next month! Details on that to come. I’m also figuring out my next steps in all my business details, while constantly reminding myself that there is a learning curve with all this.

xo, Michelle