Each time I sit in front of a blank canvas I quietly close my eyes and take a couple of deep breaths.

I acknowledge the fear that is usually always there.

I say thank you for the opportunity to have the time and space to make art.

I give thanks for my creativity and ask that I be connected with something bigger than myself that will help me to make a painting that the person who receives it will love.

I tear up almost every time I do this.  Then, I open my eyes and I begin.

I believe all of the creative ideas are already out there.  I just have to show up and open up with a grateful heart.