Into the Deep Group Show

by Sarah

For the past 10 weeks I have been honored to work along side Catherine Just and 10 amazing women photographers to create a body of work in a master photography class called Into the Deep. I have known Catherine for many years but this was only the second time I have taken a course from her. By spending some time every day making and photographing the world around me, I have been able to strengthen my creative practice, something that it so important for artists of any medium.

Throughout the process Catherine challenged us to view as much photography and art as we could. This is something I do anyway on a weekly basis but Catherine opened my eyes to additional photographers that I did not previously know about. Cig Harvey was one such artist. I was drawn to her work because we both shoot mainly in a square format and her subject matter of home, nature and family were intriguing to me. Her handmade photo books are beautiful pieces of art in their own right and something I aspire to create more of with my work.

For Into the Deep, my subject matter included Reno/Tahoe, San Francisco and Los Angeles. I live in the Reno/Tahoe area but am constantly drawn to San Francisco and LA for work, family and play and have a deep love and longing to live back in the city.

All the photographs for this project are black and white and I chose to exclude myself from the images. It was important to me to be able to evoke a feeling and sense of longing through what I was seeing in the camera. Many days, I would stop the car and capture an image of the clouds as I glanced and saw something that caught my eye. In addition, when I travel I like to sit in the window seat so I can glance at the world below the airplane. Again, if something captured my attention, I would shoot several images through the window of the plane and adjust them slightly to create the feeling I was looking for.

In the course of the last 10 weeks, I took hundreds of photos and narrowed them down to just 20 for the exhibit. This was probably the hardest part of creating a collection. Being able to decide what stays in and what gets discarded, I am sure is a life long endeavor as you keep creating.

At the beginning of the course, Catherine asked us who inspires our work or who is inspiring us now? As part of my business I work with many creatives, who constantly inspire me to work harder and smarter but for this particular project, my friend and fellow photographer – Nick Holmes influenced much of the work I created. His use of light and shadow to enhance his subject matter encouraged me to view my work in a completely different way and allowed me to set aside my expectations of perfection and just shoot. For that I am grateful.

To view the entire show please visit Into the Deep on Catherine’s website. This group of women are remarkably talented and I am honored to be exhibiting along side them.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

September Creativity Tips – Starting a Personal Project

by Sarah

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“Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits” – Twyla Tharp

Back in June, I asked you to follow along with a new book I was reading called The Wander Society. I have read about 3/4 of the book. In it, Keri Smith discusses Walt Whitman and the fact that he may be one of the founders of this “secret society”. I’m not sure what I think about the possibility of a secret society of artists and creatives but I do believe it’s a great place to begin to explore and find new ways of refining your path.


[Mary Jo Hoffman – STILL – relative losses]

This month, I’m taking that explorer notion and opening it up to “personal projects”. These are projects you create that are purely for the desire of making and building your skill set as an artist. I have completed several of these over the past few years and find my art and photography has really grown because of the discipline to do something continuously.


[Mary Jo Hoffman – STILL – one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small]

I’m also inspired by other artists and their thought processes behind what they create. Have you seen STILL blog? It is a blog created by artist – Mary Jo Hoffman. She has been sharing a daily photo for (4) years, of gathered natural objects, on a white background. The images are strikingly beautiful but its also the discipline to keep creating after such a long period of time that interests me.



[Lisa Congdon – Collection a Day – 2010]

Of course, I couldn’t write a post about personal projects without including, my dear friend Lisa Congdon. One of her first personal projects is called: A Collection a Day where she photographed a collection each day for 365 days. This project had it’s own blog and eventually turned into a book published by Uppercase Magazine.


[Lisa Congdon – Experiments in Blue – Week 34]

Lisa’s most recent project is entitled Experiments in Blue. For 52 weeks, Lisa is painting, drawing and creating artwork using primarily blue as a starting point for her creations. As you can see these are two very different projects that show a great range in her development as an artist.


[Lisa Congdon – Experiments in Blue – Week 23]

By continually stretching yourself and gathering subjects that interest you, your art, photography and creative discipline will grow into a body of work that over time can become a jumping off point for further exploration.

In the coming months I will be exploring personal projects in greater depth and sharing some of my personal journeys with you.

Have a great Thursday!

Note: Special Thanks to Mary Jo Hoffman for the use of her images and to Lisa Congdon for the constant friendship and YES! when asked to use her images!


Nick Holmes: Time Spent Falling

by Sarah Stevenson

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Poetry has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. As a child my aunt-Sally Morrison would read A. A. Milne out loud to me and my cousin; later in high school I remember reading Beowulf and really falling in love with way the words flowed across the page. This summer, I picked up a copy of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman and have I Sing The Body Electric” marked dutifully with a pencil. I had almost forgotten my love of language and then I read Time Spent Falling by my friend Nick Holmes.

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Nick is a portrait photographer, actor and an incredibly talented poet. His portrait work spans across Hollywood and beyond and I feel blessed that my own son Ben is included in his portfolio. You may know Nick as a “Gilmore Guy” who is reprising his role as Robert on the upcoming Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life. But to me, it’s his words and photography that really show his true artistry.

Poetry is not something that you read quickly; instead it is something to be savored to allow the words to truly enter your soul. It is a beautiful form of writing that expresses deep emotions and feeling without being pretentious. Nick captures this perfectly with his prose and keeps you wanting more.

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Time Spent Falling renewed something in me that has been laying under the surface for many years. Sometimes in life we can forget parts of our deepest selves only to be reminded by beautiful words on a page. Nicks poetry does just that…gives you a reminder, a nudge if you will, to something deep inside and encourages you in bringing it back to the surface.

In his words:

“My hopeful wish is that any one of these, with luck perhaps a few, will serve you as they served me. A memory recalled, a flavor not forgotten, a lover called to attention, or the simple escape inside yourself.”

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I quite often write about the cross over of disciplines in this space and have lately been broadening my reach of creatives to share with you here. As artists, we are often called to many different sources of creativity, whether it be acting, photography, painting, or writing. Nick transforms these many disciplines and shares his mastery of seeing and feeling in both his writing and photography.

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Virginia Madsen wrote about the book:

“In many ways, poetry is the music of literature. It often reflects the changing moods and trends in society. But somewhere along the way, we have lost the gift of language. TIME SPENT FALLING is reminiscent of a time when that gift was treasured…”

Thank you Nick for sharing this treasure with the world and thank you for providing all the excerpts, photos and cover art for this piece. You are a pleasure and someone I am happy to call a friend.

You can find Nick at the following:

Website: Nick Holmes

Instagram: @narcissusholmes @narcissushorse and @nickholmeshair

Twitter: @narcissusholmes

Have a great weekend everyone!

NOTE: Please do not use images from this post unless you have permission from the artist. Thank You.





Where to find me on social media

by Sarah


The other day, my dear friend and PR guru, Rachel and I were chatting via email about social media and she shared a really great post via ohjoy explaining where you can find her on social media and what she is doing in those places. We thought it would be a great idea to share something similar here so that you know where I am and what I am finding inspiring out there on the internet.

Website: This is the main home for my business. From here you can see a gallery of my work; link to the blog and my shop and find out what kind of services I offer. I keep it as up to date as possible but if you are looking for a “day in the life” type view of me and my business, definitely check one of the sources below.

Newsletter: As a newsletter subscriber you will be the first to hear about upcoming workshops, talks, new products and business and creative tips. I email about once a month, sometimes more if I am promoting classes and retreats.

Blog: here I take an in depth look into creativity. I have a deep love of how creative disciplines intersect and how we can look toward other creatives for inspiration. In addition, I post about workshops, my wholesale and retail products and my creative process. I blog about 2-3 times per week or more if I find something really worth sharing.

Instagram: You can find me here almost everyday. It has been my main platform to share my photography for 3 years. I do not have a curated feed as it is more about what is inspiring me, testing out my photography skills and sharing my story as a creative. It’s the back end look into my life and business.

Twitter: You can find me here throughout the day, re-tweeting about art, design, architecture, music, and other creative disciplines. I follow a really diverse group of people and businesses. Right now I am really into the show Roadies so you will see A LOT about it. I also connect with other inspiring creatives that I hope to interview, meet or have come to one of my events. It’s really where I have fun and show my other side.

Pinterest: Here you can find out about what is inspiring me in design, architecture, quotes, fonts, small business. My boards are curated by the branded look and feel of Red Line Design. I have been on pinterest since it’s beginning days and strongly support Ben Silberman’s efforts towards the blogging and design industries.

Facebook: My facebook page is where I post about product, shows, events and my business. You will see my instagram feed pop up every now and again. You can purchase my products straight from my facebook page and you find my studio information here. It is updated throughout the week.

Periscope: Although quite new to video streaming, I do have an account set up and will be scoping in the coming months as I get my new studio location up and running. Be sure to follow me so that I can keep you updated on when I will be live. You can find me @redlinereno.

As you can see, I have a large social media presence and would love to have you join me wherever you hang out most often. If you do not like any of the platforms I mentioned, that is totally awesome. Sign-up for our newsletter and we can keep it really simple. Please note: I do all my own social media posting so you will always be talking to me and I do my best to answer back as quickly as I can.

There are a few peeps in the photo above that I need to give a quick shout out:

Have a great Tuesday everyone!



Summer Photo Series – June 23

by Sarah


It’s time to Explore.

Create Explore Discover and redlinedesign® are excited to offer a series of summer photo workshops.

Not a great photographer?

This class is designed to help you feel more comfortable in creating great images with your iPhone that you can share for your business or personal use.
This is a hands on course and will cover basics of how to take a photo with your phone, useful apps to edit your photos and setting up a series of photos to post on social media throughout the week that focus on building your business or wowing your friends.
No camera experience necessary, just a desire to learn and have fun. You will leave knowing how to use your phone camera and an added confidence in photo taking.
We will be taking a photo walk in downtown Reno – come out an enjoy a beautiful summer day along the Truckee River. This is an easy walk. We will walk .5-1.0 miles along Riverside Drive and the Truckee River
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Location: Please meet at Hub Coffee Roasters on Riverside Drive.

Registration Now Open

Please bring the following to class:
• iPhone
• notebook and favorite pen
• bottle of water
This is a hands on course and will cover basics of how to take a photo with your phone, useful apps to edit your photos and several methods for saving, storing and printing your images. 
You will receive a specialized handout with step by step instructions for the class.
*Please note this is not a technical photography class. No camera experience is necessary, just a desire to learn and have fun. This is a flat, easy walk.
USE CODE: NOSHIPPING in the checkout to avoid automatically added shipping costs
Class size is limited to 15 students to allow personal assistance and interaction


Friday Moments in Creativity – May 20

by Sarah

I’ve been thinking a lot about music lately and also about sharing deep personal stories and how they can really impact the way we see the world around us. Today, I want to share some pieces with you that I have found from people I admire for their honesty, friendship and the bigger impact they have on the world around us.

Up first is this awesome video above Ordinary Love created by Oliver Jeffers and Mac Premo with U2. As I have been talking about the last several weeks, when creative disciplines make a cross over something magical happens…

Design Sponge I have followed Grace Bonney’s work for many years and have written several posts for her blog: Design Sponge. Her essay today reminds us that in the face of difficult life experiences that it takes time to heal and to develop a path to move forward. I appreciate her honesty and candor and understand personally how difficult medical issues can be for anyone trying to run a creative business and juggle everything life hands you.

Joy is Always Possible In the past year I have reconnected with several of my high school friends. My high school experience was unique in that most of us also went to middle school together. This essay written by my middle school friend Melinda is a beautiful reminder of music and its healing virtues. It is an honor to share her thoughts with you today.

In case you missed our most recent posts:

On Pursuing and Living Your Dreams

Memories of Prince

Elle Luna: The Crossroads of Should and Must

Matt and Mike Czuchry: Brothers on Life   Incidently its Matt’s birthday today – Happy Birthday Matt

Have a great Friday everyone!

Matt and Mike Czuchry: Brothers on Life

by Andrew Sieracki

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As you may know, I am an avid reader. I love finding books that may not be on the mainstream bestseller list but are well written and share something of deep value. These types of books don’t come around often but when they do, they can provide a space of deep reflection for your own life and creative journey. In addition, they are the one’s you can read over and over again and find different nuggets of wisdom each time you look through their pages. They are also the ones that you mark up and write notes in the margins to come back to whenever you need that spark or push to move you forward.

Brothers on Life by Matt and Mike Czuchry is one of those books. For those of you who don’t know Matt, he has played the role of Cary Agos in The Good Wife on CBS for the past 7 seasons and will be reprising his role as Logan Huntzberger on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life later this year on Netflix. At the printing of this book, his brother Mike was an assistant professor in Psychology at a small liberal arts college in Texas and has his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology.

Written in three acts, the brothers share their stories through what Mike calls GEMS (thoughts about life written on notebook paper)…. These GEMS give a glimpse into certain points of the brothers personal journeys. At the opening of the book each writes their own letter to the reader sharing that we are all universally connected in one way or another but to always remember that our imagination and dreams are what allow us to live in the moment.

“…I had forgotten an essential cornerstone of my childhood; the beauty of life embraced through imagination, dreams and living in the moment.” xii – Matt

“…we both embrace the core perception that life is beautiful, challenging, precious, and an experience that interconnects us all.” xiii – Mike
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Throughout the book, the brothers share these moments through prose, photographs and handwritten messages to each other. Each piece shows real individuals sharing their thoughts, troubles, loves, losses and the deep bond that only siblings can know. It’s these moments in our own lives that we need to stop and take stock of because sometimes they can be fleeting or just out of our grasp if we don’t savor them completely.

Having now read and reread this book several times, I have marked the pieces that I could relate back to my own personal experience and counted 24 as I sat down to write this…Pieces on love, family, dreams, faith, fear and death all brought my memories to the surface.

One such piece called Paint on Windows recalls Mikes experience with his daughter in the hospital and how as parents we hold and protect but that we must also allow something greater than ourselves to take over in times of need. My own daughter had life threatening surgery when she was just 6 months old. What got me through that experience was being surrounded by family, loving friends and a deep sense of faith that everything would be OK. At one point during the surgery I walked outside in a garden with my family and a hummingbird flew over head as if to say, don’t worry I am here with you and I like what I see…. I’m not leaving yet. After the surgery the anesthesiologist told me we had a fighter on our hands and that she made it through. Today, that little fighter is 14, strong willed and confident and makes my life so happy each and every day. We still have to visit the doctors once a year and they are continually astonished at what an incredible person she has become.

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(photo credit: Jorg Meyer via

In addition to the stories shared in Brothers on Life, I marvel at the crossover of disciplines that many creatives make within their professions. Seeing Matt first as an actor and then as a writer sparked a curiosity that I have had for many years with how, as creatives, we are not bound by just one thing and it seems that we have many loves and passions that drive us. Although we may not share the same creative path, you can take some basic elements from each discipline and be able to find a common thread that connects us all – dreaming, imagination and storytelling. This for me is the basis of creativity. First, DREAM and IMAGINE and then TELL YOUR STORY in whatever way serves you, then perhaps we will grow and develop into something greater than ourselves.

Special thanks to Matt and Mike for writing and sharing their story. You can find Brothers on Life through Matt’s website.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Elle Luna: The Crossroads of Should and Must

by Sarah

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Last fall I read The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna. After I read the book, I put it down for a few months. For some reason I kept coming back to the beautiful illustrations and the message that it was sharing for me. I’d tried to write a post but the right words wouldn’t come so I tucked the book away and moved on with my fall doing normal life things that Elle calls SHOULD.

“Should is how other people want us to live our lives…. It’s all the expectations that others layer upon us….” p. 29

I also signed up for ALT Summit (a design blogging conference in Salt Lake City) and lo and behold Elle was slated as the closing keynote speaker. I’ve attended ALT four times and this year really was a turning point for me and my business. At the keynote, I sat in the front row and throughout the speech I kept nodding in agreement to everything that Elle was saying.

As a speaker, I know that when you find someone in the audience that connects with your topic you have a tendency to continually look at and focus on that person. Elle was looking at me in the front row and I was nodding!

Alt Winter 2016 Closing Keynote with Elle Luna from ALT Summit on Vimeo.

Here is a link to her speech in its entirety. Its really worth a listen and something to come back to over and over again.

After ALT I came home and again pulled out The Crossroads of Should and Must This time I absorbed the meaning behind it in terms of my own life and career. I’ve been incredibly lucky in choosing MUST…and having such a great network of support all around me has definitely helped along the way.

According to Elle:

“Must is different. Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self.” p.31

I knew I wanted to be an interior designer as a senior in high school and I followed that path. Once I got into the business of interior design I followed my PASSION for 13 years working in Chicago for Fortune 500 clients. Along the way I learned how to project manage, design and made some of the best friends in my life. But ultimately I was missing some piece of my own creativity. I could never quite put my finger on it until I had my first child and then my second. After both their births I had come another crossroads and had chosen a different MUST – raising a family. This has been the most important MUST of my life and one that I have treasured every step of the way. I have shared art, design, photography, creativity and a love for the world with my children and have helped them grow into who they are today! (Thanks to my dear friends Aryn and Lisa for reminding me of this recently)

Now that my kids are older, I am once again coming to those crossroads. Elle’s book reminds us that we come to this over and over again in our lives and this really isn’t a bad thing at all. I’m excited what MUST has in store for me now and have been exploring what it means for me…Photography, painting, writing, books, music, theater, film and travel. With these passions I always thought that they must be my career but I have come to realize that they are now just an extension of who I have become. I am lucky enough to get to share my passions with the world through my business and in this space. But I also get to savor some of the MUSTS just for myself and that’s the best part of all.

For those of you out there who are unsure of where your path is leading, look at where you are and you will find that you are actually right where you need to be on this journey. Enjoy the moment!

Elle says it best at the end of her book:

“We each have a unique potential that was given to us at birth, but whether or not we cultivate it is entirely up to us. In its purest sense, Must is why we are here to begin with, and choosing it is the journey of our lives.”

Special Thanks to Rebecca and Jenny of Workman Publishing for providing photos from the book, ALT Summit for the Keynote Address, Brooke Dennis and Justin Hackworth photography from ALT and Elle Luna for creating such a beautiful book and story about choosing MUST.

You can follow Elle on Instagram: @elleluna

Have a great Wednesday everyone!




On Pursuing and Living Your Dreams

by Sarah

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For the past 6 weeks I have been recouping from a torn plantar fascia. When I first found out I would have to wear a boot on my right foot for 4 months and stay off it as much as possible I sent myself into quite a tail spin. You see last year I had a 2nd major shoulder surgery which took my away from my business for almost 10 months. I wasn’t quite sure what all this meant and I certainly was not happy with the outcome.

I was on track in January to hit the ground running and go all out with new projects and new products. It starting to happen and was gaining momentum when my injury hit. So I did what the doctor ordered, stayed off my foot and binge watched movies and TV for a month. During the course of this time I began to wonder about my dreams and where they were going and exactly what I wanted to accomplish with my business and my life.

Part of this wondering lead me down a path that was surprising. You see I haven’t actually watched much TV since my obsession with Seinfeld back in the 90’s.  Last summer, my daughter Emily introduced me to Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I watched a few episodes with her to make sure it was “appropriate TV” and then tucked it away into my Netflix profile. She would keep coming to me to share funny moments and story lines that she enjoyed and kept telling me that I needed to watch it. So I did. I began halfway through Season 5 and binge watched until the end of the series on Season 7. This fall, she began watching it again so naturally I took another look. It wasn’t until the middle of February that I started from Season 1 and watched all the way through. I had no idea the buzz around the show until I started looking up some of the actors. This lead me down a rabbit hole and to a book: Brothers on Life by Matt and Mike Czuchry. (Matt was on the series for Seasons 5-7 and stars in The Good Wife on CBS)


If you have followed me in this space for a long time you know I used to interview fellow creatives and I shared a lot about books that have had some impact on my creative journey. Reading this book reminded me of my original mission of sharing about creativity and what drives us to follow our passions. So in a weird round about way, the book brought me back and has opened the flood gates to a project I have had on the back burner for the last two years.

Yesterday, I shared a series of books on facebook and instagram that I will be talking about in this space over the next month or so. Brothers on Life is one of them. My plan is to write a synopsis each book and talk about the way each has impacted me, reach out to the authors for a possible interview and fully develop the special project I started so long ago. I hope you will come along on this journey with me and please feel free to share any of your favorite creative books in the comments, I might add them for future posts…

Happy Tuesday everyone!



January 2016 – Small Business Tips

by Sarah

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Welcome to the first in a year long series on small business tips. Each month of 2016, I will be sharing a new topic in regards to running a small creative business. Here are the topics we will be discussing for 2016:

January: Make a Plan

February: Say Thank You

March: Know Your Numbers

April: Inspiration Files

May: Social Media Tips

June: Board of Directors (AKA Business Mentors)

July: Finding Your Tribe (AKA Circle of Influence)

August: Back to School/Back to Business

September: Ramping Up for the Holidays

October: Branding Basics

November: Business Resources

December: Looking Back/Planning for the Future

As a small business owner and creative entrepreneur that’s been in business for (6) years I have many tools and tips that can help you grow your own business and a wealth of project management skills from years as an interior designer that are equally as useful as a business owner.

As it’s the beginning of the year, what better way to start than with a PLAN. I first began mapping out my projects way back in the days of being a project manager for Fortune 500 clients in Chicago. Back then I used Microsoft Project – a project management tool that integrated dates, tasks, and resources into one very big calendar. I have now simplified and use Basecamp to map out everything for my business from blogging calendars, marketing efforts and collaborations.

Tweet: mapping out everything for business from blogging calendars, marketing efforts and collaborations is an important step to business success

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Here is a step by step of what I do to prepare for the year ahead.

  1. Plan a business retreat for yourself: it can be as simple as blocking off 1-3 days on your calendar and making your business a priority or as extravagant as a weekend away for focused planning.
  2. Gather supplies: computer, notebook, 3-ring binder, calendar, fun office supplies such as markers, highlighters, pens etc.; I have a moleskine notebook that travels everywhere with me – it houses notes, addresses of cool places I have visited, sketches, ideas and plans. I use a 3-ring binder as an overall inspiration binder and ideas I have for my business – I also use Pinterest for the same purpose and find that it is easier for me as its portable. I have two calendars: a large planning calendar on the wall in my studio and a spiral calendar for more notes and ideas. I LOVE office supplies and probably have way too many but its nice to have good pens, markers and highlighters for planning purposes.
  3. Prior Year Review: Once you have gathered all your supplies its time to sit down and take stock of the last year. You may want a notebook or paper to note what worked and what didn’t and how you might like to move forward. This is a working document and as the business owner, you can come back to this at a later time and make changes or adjustments according to how your business might change throughout the year. An easy way to do this is to divide the year into business quarters: January-April; May-August; September-December.
  4. New Year Plan: After you have reviewed the prior year you should be able to make a rough layout of the year ahead. On a large planning calendar write in the items that worked for you in the past and that you know you want to include in the planning of the coming year. My friend and business coach Jen Lee uses post-it notes to plan on her calendar and color coordinates them to her specific business tasks.
  5. Add New Tasks: Once all the existing items are included you’ll be able to see where you have space in your calendar and can begin to add other important tasks to fill out the year. When you are looking at each month, make sure you include vacation as a task as time to rejuvenate is extremely important.
  6. Moving to a Digital Format: Once my calendar is mapped out on paper and I am happy with all parts of it, I also add it to my digital calendar as this is what I use to create my daily and weekly schedule. As I mentioned above I use Basecamp to plan my business and it connects directly to the calendar on my computer and phone, so I always have an up to date overview of my business. There are many digital programs for managing your business; this is what I use and have found it works well for the type of business I have.

Next month we will be discussing how important it is to say THANK YOU to your clients, customers and the people that help your business THRIVE. Until then…Happy Planning!


December Reflections with Susannah Conway

by Sarah


As the last month of the year approaches and the busyness of the season sets in, my friend Susannah Conway steps back and takes a moment to reflect. This month she has a special project that I am participating in for the 2nd year and I hope you will follow along as well.

December Reflections is a photo or journal project to help you look back at your year and to find some quiet special moments during what can be a very overwhelming time for some. The prompts are listed above and if you take a look at Susannah’s site you can add your blog, sign up for a flickr group to share your images or simply take a moment to read her post and spend a few moments reflecting.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!


sneak peek: 2016 redlinedesign calendar

by Sarah


So excited to share a sneak peek of our 2016 calendar with you. This year, flowers were everywhere in my world and I am thrilled to announce that our calendar will be filled with my favorites for each month. Most of the flowers were actually taken in my garden in Northern Nevada, so they have an extra personal touch from me.


Special thanks to Libby at Stan Can Design for helping design the template and thank you to everyone that has liked my flowers over on instagram. It’s what keeps me creating!


The calendar is now available for pre-order and will be available to ship on November 1st. We will only be printing 25 calendars in this first run!

Happy Friday everyone!

Enjoy Life Sip by Sip

by Sarah

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Although I have been relatively quiet here in the last several months I have been creating like a mad woman. Sketching, photography, painting, and reading a lot!

Part of all this creating has been experimenting with different art supplies including gouache, pen and ink and marker. this piece is one of my experiments and I am showing it to you today to remind you doing the work is the only way to grow a creative practice. I have now filled several pads of mixed media paper with different pieces including this one. Some days it is really hard, others the inspiration comes quickly.

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One of my favorite areas of experimenting has been with pattern design. I learned how to create an 8×8 pattern from Molly Hatch on Creative Live last month and I think I have finally found a way to create patterns that works with my hand drawing background and my computer skills. I have a companion piece in the works for this one. I’ll share it here and on instagram once its complete.

Have a great Monday everyone!


redlinedesign: strike away show

by Sarah


Today, I am really excited to share that I am participating in my first show in San Francisco. My friend Courtney Cerruti along with Alicia of @adorndesign have created The Strike Away Show which is a show of matchbooks. you can alter them, paint them, chop them up or do whatever to make them your own.


The show is open to anyone that would like to participate and you can find more information on Courtney’s site.

I’ll be creating my pieces this weekend and hope to share some of my process with you over the coming weeks.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

redlinedesign: sketchbooks as inspiration

by Sarah


I have been keeping sketchbooks and journals for as long as long as I remember. They are a huge source of inspiration for me and are filled with postcards, notes, writing, sketches and lots and lots of color. I have shared a few images of my sketchbook pages over the years and am excited to share that I spent some time over the weekend painting in a new sketchbook.


My inspiration for these images comes from my pinterest board: Flowers. I have gathered so many images on this board that I want to grow my creative practice through painting and sketching, thus the new beginnings of my most recent sketchbook.

In addition to this pinterest board, I also follow some amazing artists that use paint in their own journals. Here are a few to check out:

I’m considering turning some of the sketches into prints. Let me know what you think…

Happy Monday everyone!

5th Annual Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit

by Sarah


Calling all creative entrepreneurs! If you’re ready to build a profitable and lasting business on your terms, come join me at the f*ree 5th annual Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit March 9th through 20th. Grab your no-cost pass to get practical and proven business-building resources that will help you decide what’s truly next for your business.

Last year I was interviewed on the summit and had a blast! I can’t wait to take part in this exciting event again.

Grab your F*ree pass here: Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit

Some of the things you’ll learn from this fabulous line-up include:

  • How saying no to your business can create a big YES to what’s next
  • How to create a conscious and compassionate relationship with your money and achieve financial freedom. It’s more right-brained than you may think!
  • How coming out of the spiritual closet can help your business boom
  • The power of starting small to become big and why listening to your customers is gold
  • How to diversify and maximize your moola-making methods over time
  • What to do when you reach a “meaning crisis” in your creative business

I can’t wait to “see” you there!

Please note: I am an affiliate for Jenn’s Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit. I receive a small commission if you signup for Jenns Premium Package. I believe wholeheartedly in Jenn’s coaching and she is my business coach.


52 weeks of black and white: week 8

by Sarah


{dreaming of future possibilities}

I’m two months into this project and just want to remind you that you can play along. Just tag your photos #100wednesdaysbw and I may feature your work on the blog and instagram!

Have a great Thursday everyone!


Embrace YOU!

by Sarah

{portrait session with Vivienne McMaster}

Last fall I had some photos taken by Vivienne McMaster at a business retreat I was attending. Vivienne is a photographer that teaches you to embrace YOU through self love and self portraiture. Our morning included journaling, self-portraits and a 20 minute individual photo session with Viv.

{Sarah and Viv} photo by Sarah

This was admittedly one of the hardest things I have done. As women, we can be so critical of our appearance and of what we look like as we age that it is often difficult to see ourselves without blinders on. I am no different. I automatically thought “oh my god, those wrinkles around my eyes” instead of saying those wrinkles have so much to tell and to share from what they have seen.

I’ve held on to the photographs from our session for the last several months and have only just begun to share them. I think part of this is because I was nervous. I nervous because I was critical. All the things I have been teaching my own teenage daughter to embrace and I was not embracing them myself. This is where I am in my life: a 47 year old woman with two teenage children and I have been married for 25 years. I have a lot to be proud of and Vivienne helped me to see that.

{self portrait}

I decided to share these photos today because last week I received this video from Susannah Conway and I also read about a similar experience that my friend Lisa Congdon shared. These are both women that I admire deeply for consistently sharing their own truths. This is an important dialogue and one I hope to continue to talk about more in this space.

In the meantime:

YOU are your most important asset and YOU are ENOUGH!

Have a great Monday everyone!



Nevada Museum of Art: Artists’ Roundtable

by Sarah


On Saturday, February 21 I will be joining Casey Sibley, Lisa Kurt and Francis Melhop for an artists’ roundtable and discussion on identifying yourself as an artist. We will be talking about “branding”, building your portfolio, finding work, building your audience and your artists network.

I hope you will join us for this lively discussion.

You can register on the Nevada Museum of Art website.

See you there!

Have a great Monday everyone.

redinedesign: Red Hearts and Flowers

by Sarah


Looking at these images takes me back to Paris and the incredible trip we took as a family a few years ago. We were lucky enough to stay with my uncle and his family on this trip and their view was of the Eiffel Tower. Everything about our stay was magical. The meals we shared, the places we walked, the sights and sounds we gathered on our daily trips.

I’m drawn to images of flowers and hearts. They envelop me in memories of my family. Flowers remind me of my grandmother and hearts make me feel connected to family far away. I’m also a hopeless romantic. I think it drives my husband crazy but he indulges it on occasion.

Take a moment today, to think about someone you love; write them a note, give them a kiss, and don’t forget to tell them that you LOVE them!

Happy Friday everyone!

52 weeks of black and white: week 5

by Sarah

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{my girl}

Got a bit behind this week in posting my black and white image to the blog. But here she is…I was asked yesterday if I took this photo. The answer is YES, I take all the photos on this site unless I am profiling another artist or have images given to me by someone else. At those times I clearly let you know who the photographer or artist is as photo credit is a very important topic for me as an artist.

Hope you had a great Wednesday, yesterday!


Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating

by Sarah

I have been following Elizabeth Gilbert for a number of years and I find her TED talks on creativity really motivating. At various times in my own creative process I have achieved both success and failure but somehow I still continue to create. This is what Elizabeth is speaking about in her most recent TED Talk… Hope you enjoy.

I am off to San Francisco for a meeting tomorrow. I’m sure I will capture some photos along the way so please feel free to follow along on instagram. You can find me @redlinedesign.

Have a great Monday and I would love to hear your thoughts on the drive to keep creating!

redlinedesign + BRIKA

by Sarah

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For the last several weeks I have been working behind the scenes on a wonderful collaboration and I am so excited to share today that (16) pieces of my work are now available for sale on BRIKA. BRIKA is an online curated shopping experience based in Toronto, Canada that believes in handmade, good quality design.

I hope you will take a look at their site and at my shop page. They interviewed me and have highlighted some of the questions on the site. I have a new headshot featured in my shop taken by Vivienne McMaster. (Thanks Viv!)

Thank you also to Kena, Gavin and Stephanie for working with me on getting the shop together. I am super excited for our collaboration!

Have a great Thursday everyone!

52 weeks of black and white: week 4

by Sarah

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{the plaza hotel}

While in New York last week my son and I walked from the Guggenheim to the Plaza Hotel for afternoon tea. The floral displays always wow me in the front lobby as does much of the old grandeur of the lobby’s interior.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!


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