psychologist, speaker, author + art playgroundist
1. Please tell us about you. What are you up to lately?
I work as a psychologist, author, art playgroundist, and speaker out of St. Paul,
Minnesota. My deepest passion is listening to the beauty within people and reflecting it
back through affirming words and vibrant colors. I’m illustrating and writing my fourth
book and also just completed a new website that I poured my heart into! I’m quite
excited about them both!
2. What are a handful of your favorite art supplies?
I’m a magic marker magnet! I adore their bright colors and way they feel in my hands.
The ones that smell like fruits and candies are especially delightful! My very favorites
are Copic markers. I also recently created “Soul Collage Cards” and LOVED making them
with just scissors, glue sticks, index cards and magazines! (You can find loads of YouTube
videos with instruction and inspiration about them!)
3. If you were to pass on some encouragement about people being who they are in
the expression of their everyday and in their creativity, what would you like them
If you are also hoping to express yourself in some creative way, my encouragement is
this. Write out pages of your ordinary thoughts. Spill you on to the page. Then read your
life. Notice what moves you. Don’t judge. Invite compassion. Pull out crayolas. Let
cornflower tell your story or all one hundred and twenty colors. In words. In pictures.
Send love to your whole story. Play with it all.
4. Quote from one of Rachel’s books, all i did was listen:
“I am learning from the wild kingdom. From the starfish in the depths to the mountain
goat in the heights and all life in between. Who abide in their strength. Who breathe
into all they are and who are art on earth. Maybe our only business is to be beautiful.”
*Books are available alongside NEW ART at http://rachelawes.etsy.