Making time to be creative is part of the natural flow of my day. Like many artists, I have developed several, tiny rituals to invite inspiration. I call it ‘Gathering My Totems’ and it goes a little something like this: I make myself a hot, frothy cappuccino, water my small garden and potted plants, greet my studio muse, light my favorite piñon incense, put on some classical music… And I get to work. By mid-day I meander up a wooded trail with my beloved dogs, Nugget and Cowboy, and eventually return to my studio for the afternoon. I’ve left out a lot of details, but that’s the gist of it. Some days I am so focused that I ignore things like eating and getting dressed… It’s amazing how much one can accomplish in their undies. My surroundings and creative space provide a sanctuary. In the summer, I leave the studio door open so I can hear the splashing creek and whirring hummingbird wings, and so I can better my chances of letting in a wild idea.