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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 towa…

Learn To Burn is Now Online!

The Learn To Burn E-Course is now available!ENROLL HERE!This course delivers all the detailed information and resources of my Live Workshopswith the ease and convenience of an online class.
Oh my...YES...this day has come! 



After nearly a year in production the Learn To Burn Online Course is now Open for enrollment. 
You can head right on over to theOnline Studio Portal now to sign up---or click

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! 



Learn to Burn Encaustic Painting  with  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…

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 novel. Sometimes you'll make really great things happen, but many times you…