Fire in Your Belly

This painting reminds me of passion and pursuing things that really ignite my spirit . . .

. . .so today I’ve got my calendar out and I’m blocking out time in the new year (and the remaining days of 2017 )  to do things that I really want to do. Like seeing people I want to connect with and learning some new skills (want to try out some Thai cooking).  I’m also blocking in time just to relax and recharge my creative battery. 

The key here, is that I’m putting it down in writing...adding it to my calendars and making a commitment to myself. By doing so, I’m giving myself permission to pursue these goals and ideas and you can do the same thing! 

Give yourself permission to pursue your passions, however big or small they may be, and listen to that fire in your belly that lights you up inside. That excitement is your compass...trust it!

The one question that always gets me moving forward on my ideas is: If not now...then when? And if that answer is later, mark it in your calendar and move towards it with intention. 

Hope you find a little motivation and inspiration here and thank you so much for reading!  

Until next time...Cheers! 


Learn To Burn is Now Online!

The Learn To Burn E-Course is now available!


This course delivers all the detailed information and resources of my Live Workshops with the ease and convenience of an online class.

Oh my...YES...this day has come! 

Online Course is now Open for enrollment. 

You can head right on over to the Online Studio Portal now to sign up---or click here for more detailed course information and video previews.

The Learn To Burn e-course is a monumental labor of love that I am beyond thrilled to finally make available.

As an artist and a teacher, it is my honor to open up this virtual atelier and create an opportunity to share with you my knowledge and passion for encaustic painting.

I hope you'll come join me in the virtual studio.


Update: Online Encaustic Course is Live!

Oh my gosh...I am so excited!

I'm so giddy that I can hardly get a decent night's rest these days. And just in case you're wondering what's causing my insomnia and has me up all night... here's the skinny...

For several months now, my studio team and I have been working fiercely on the creation of a very special online encaustic course for you and now we are closing in on the launch date. Oh my...I can hardly believe it! 

Alicia Tormey 

...is almost here!

I'm spilling all my secrets and I just can't wait to share them with you. I will be making lots of milestone announcements as we near our actual release date! The online course will be available very soon (early October if all goes well). If you don't want to miss the launch party be sure to sign up for email notifications here:
Get the scoop: Alicia Tormey's Newsletter Sign-up

Shellac Attack...

This is a very in-depth encaustic program that covers the technical aspects of working with this material. Throughout the course you'll discover Pro Tips & Tricks and there's an extensive section on my Shellac Burn techniques. 

It's a love story...

My love affair with this medium began nearly 20 years ago and this course is packed with all the juicy tidbits I have developed and discovered along the waxy way. I've laid it all out for you in a beautifully produced video format. This online course goes into great detail showing you critical methods that will transform the way you work with encaustic and light the way if you're new to this magical medium. 

There's still some work to be done before we can get this baby out into the real world so check back at this link below for more course information, registration details and release dates as they become available:

Learn To Burn : Online Encaustic Course Info

...and then maybe...just maybe... I can finally sleep through the night! In the mean time, stay tuned for more updates! 


Begin Again…and Again…and Again.

With spring finally here I wanted to give you that extra bounce in your step with this inspiring reminder of the creative process. This is a video adaptation of the Ira Glass article I shared with you last month in my post about "showing up" and creating success in your creative practice. If your an artist or creative this will hopefully keep you from throwing in the towel too soon. Ira Glass shares a great reminder to us all that we are not alone as we struggle and strive to create better work. Hope you get a little jolt of inspiration from this.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.


A must watch for Creatives!

Even if you are not a writer I recommend watching this thoughtful and inspiring interview with Marie Forlio and author, Cheryl Strayed. 

I guarantee this is time well spent. The topics discussed translate to any creative field or endeavor and as I watched,  I was replacing the word "writer" with the words "artist" and "painter".  This is empowering for those of us in creative fields and especially enlightening if you are waiting for permission to live out your creative life!  Watch this NOW!!!!



The Simple Secret to Achieving Success

Is there a secret to success? Yes! And I'm about to let you in on it. It's one of the best known secrets for achieving success as an artist, (or writer, musician, photographer, maker…you name it)!

It's surprisingly simple really. 
The big secret is this...

Seriously…that's it! Show up! Show up for yourself, for your craft and for your own success. Show up everyday and do something that will impact your creative goals. If you only have an hour…then devote that entire hour and do nothing but focus on your project or goal during this creative time.( see my tips below for help with this) Obviously the more time you commit to showing up for yourself the sooner you will see results.

You will be surprised at how quickly your time compounds into real progress…and how progress can translate into success. 

Make it a priority to show up in your studio and produce your art, compose your music or write that novelSometimes you'll make really great things happen, but many times you're more likely going to make mediocre and even terrible creations. Ignore your inner critic and just keep it up. 

If you consistently show up you will eventually produce work that moves you, amazes you and even sometimes surprises you.

One thing I have learned from over 30 years as a professional artist is that making decent artwork is kind of like going to the gym…very difficult at first... but after you consistently workout for awhile you start to see improvements and feel positive changes in your body. Well…the same goes for your creative practice and the work that you are putting out. Give it some time and you'll start to see improvements in your art, your music, your novel...etc). 

How to Show Up For Your Own Success:

Make it a Date: Add your creative time to your daily or weekly calendar. Just as you would block out time for other reoccurring activities such as yoga class or social commitments, regularly book your studio time and keep it sacred. You'll quickly form the habit of showing up for yourself and your future success.

Tune Out: This one's a biggie so listen up! Limit your distractions and honor this creative time. Mute all notifications on your phone and other devices. Shut down your computer and set your phone to Airplane Mode. Close your door and shut out anything else that may break your focus. Your time expands when you reduce the number of interruptions that can disturb your flow.

Beat The Clock: Try this…you will see impressive results on your very first round. Use the timer on your phone (that is now set to Airplane Mode) or some other timing device with an alarm on it. Block out a specific amount of time to devote to your creative project. Work in time modules (I prefer 30 to 90 minute sessions) and keep working until the alarm rings. (no cheating) Feel free to keep going once your alarm goes off or set up another round on your timer.

Make it Sexy: Turn your creative area into a luxurious and inspiring place that you just can't wait to hangout in. Add special furnishings, lighting and objects that "lure" you into your creative space and "seduce" you into a creative state of mind. Warning: Be careful not to go overboard and clutter up your space…clutter is distracting.

Take Bribes: Reward yourself for staying committed or completing some aspect of your project. It could be as simple as allowing yourself 20 minutes to flip through your favorite magazine or something more indulgent like a latte or lunch with a friend. This works best if you set up a specific reward before you begin your session or task. When a distraction calls for your attention set it up as your reward for completing a time module.

Think Present Tense: Stop putting projects off for your future self to accomplish "someday". Make it your "today self" and think in terms of days and hours instead of weeks, months and years. Instead of telling yourself my deadline is in three weeks...no no no dear one...your deadline is in 21 days. See how that makes you think in terms of action instead of planning? It's a cool trick and your mind will fall for it every time.

These are just a few ways that you can increase the amount of time you devote to your creative practice and show up for yourself and your success. You will see significant progress in your work if you start implementing some of these tips and while there aren't many sure things in life... I can guarantee: When you do nothing...nothing happens! Start showing up right now and you'll begin to experience success. 

Check out this fantastic article on Success from Ira Glass, the host and executive producer of the popular National Public Radio show, This American Life.