my book

Cultivating your Creative Life is one of my favorite art books ever! Not only is it visually stunning but she encourages you to find that something inside of you that is aching to get out. I truly believe that art is an outward expression of the soul. The book is chock-full of ideas and prompts to take you further in your artistic journey. She invites you to slow down a bit…. to coax your inspirations and let them evolve. By doing so, the true, higher self can work its magic. And I ADORE the project ideas….so unique and full of life” –Mindy Murphy Lacefield, beloved teacher & professional artist.

”Cultivating Your Creative Life” is a must-have for anyone who wants to dive deep to find their creative self. Lushly illustrated and sensitively written, this book steps the reader through finding and releasing thoughts and habits that stifle creativity, finding inspiration from nature, the necessity of self-care, and what needs to be done to manifest creativity. Each chapter has exercises for the reader to do, from journaling to intuitive drawing to creating flower essences. For those who are professional artists (or for those who aspire to be), each chapter closes with a “Tip of the Trade.” I have not done any “art” since I was in elementary school and have always been intimidated by art supplies. However, Alena and her book have inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone. This act of creating has changed the way I look at the world and it has changed my perception of myself. It is truly a gift of the soul.” –Teri Simonds