A “Silky” Sunset?

As I was editing that most colorful sunset I shared with you yesterday, I felt my head turn slightly to the left…repeatedly…until I got the message. Horizontal! And then, Pillow!


Sunset: Kirkland Waterfront


How would you like that coloring your sofa or bed in a beautiful silk pillow? Color from nature “painting” your home decor. Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s just a “tilt of the head”.

Look at something differently today. Maybe a challenge? A question? The way you’ve always “done it” or “used it”…maybe you’ll find some silky color…or something even more exciting.

Oh, and I ordered silk swatches to test out “the tilt” inspiration.

Don’t just tilt. Do.

What Touches and Inspires You?


A link to the bulletproof musician blog was posted on my Facebook Page this week.

I enjoyed reading the post about “Why It’s Better to Be Better Than Different” and thought about Dr. NOA KAGEYAMA’s comments:


“Take a moment to think about the things that touch and inspire you…Consider how you might then take these elements and create something memorable of your own, something uniquely you, requiring the unique blend of talents, experiences, and perspectives that of the 6.93 billion or so people in the world, only you can bring to the table in quite that way – where transcendence, beauty, and emotion is the target, rather than novelty or originality per se. Something that you are proud of, tickled pink about, can’t wait to tell the entire world about – and not because it’s “perfect” per se, but because you think it’s just so darn cool and can’t imagine a world without it.”


For me, the thing that touches and inspires me is COLOR! Using it in my own unique way.  Communicating through it.  Telling stories from it.  Finding beauty in the unexpected because of it.  And maybe…just maybe…changing the world (or at least a few people) by sharing it my own way.  My hope is that my journey and my voice will inspire you to share whatever touches and inspires you.  And that you, too, will find a way to put YOUR “color” into the world in YOUR own unique way.

I can’t imagine a world without THAT!


Matteo Negrin’s Inspiration

Take a few minutes to watch the Music Painting video from the post.  It is beautiful and inspiring!


Another example of coloring (and “playing”) out LOUD!  A great message and very creative way of communicating it.

Comment below and let me know what inspires you and how you share it in your unique way. I want to know!



Dreams, Boats, and Jonathan Adler…

Maybe a strange combination….maybe not….A few of my favorite colorful inspirations for the week.

I discovered the colorfully talented Jessica Swift on Facebook this week.  I love her story and her big, colorful dreams!!  Check it out below and send her a little color love (in the form of green) if you can!  I’d like to wear these boots one day.  She’s a color diva after my own heart with secret messages hidden in the boots.  I had a similar, yet very different, idea for my pillow line.  THAT you’ll have to wait for…

I saw this awesomely whimsical, right up my alley harbor decor idea on Apartment Therapy this week.  LOVE IT!  The big question for me….does the inside show…or the BOTTOM?  I have the perfect boat in mind for my ceiling.  I can find it on Martha’s Vineyard!


Apartment Therapy



A favorite boat on Martha's Vineyard!




Jonathan Adler has a new limited edition furniture collection.  I’ll take these two for my next home office.  Punctuate with some orange accents (like an orange Moroccan pouf…also available from Jonathan Adler) and my creative life will be completely fulfilled!




And finally, this is definitely my favorite color of the week. This wall paint has my name written ALL over it! HEAVENLY!


House To Home



Interestingly enough, they would all go nicely in a house together.  THAT was a coincidence.

I hope you are having a colorful week and are finding your color inspiration in the world around you!


Coloring Out Loud

I was never loud.


Quite the opposite actually.  I was quiet, shy, hoping to “fly under the radar”, just fit in and not be noticed.

I rarely raised my hand in class.  I dropped out of choir when I found out I had to sing a solo.  Complete fear set in that I’d be center stage.  All eyes on me.  WHAT?  NO WAY!  I’m OUT!

I battled myself to speak up in meetings as a young adult.  I had things to say…but what if others disagreed, thought I was dumb…

Have you been there?

When I started the “Do The Doodle” 30 Day Challenge a few weeks ago…well, I almost didn’t.  I almost chickened out at the last minute.  It meant I had to put myself out there. I had to “speak out” through my journal drawings. I had to SHARE my personal thoughts and feelings. Dude, really?  That’s SUPER scary! Not just the thoughts and feelings part but my drawings too.

“I SUCK at drawing”.

“My handwriting is so UGLY”!

“People will…[laugh, judge, think I’m strange…]”.

“I’ll share something personal and someone might discover all my secrets”.

But, something pushed me to do it.  To just let go and do it.


What You Are Meant To Learn Is What You Are Meant To Teach


My voice is important.  It matters.

Speaking up feels good.  It’s empowering.

But most important, I’m learning, is that it makes a difference.  To OTHERS!

When I silence my voice, I silence others too.  When I don’t share my thoughts, I don’t fully show up.  Others don’t benefit from my contribution.  And I, in turn, don’t benefit from theirs.


F/A Train Doodle with colored pencils! Doodling on the subway is fun...but challenging!



It’s JUST A Doodle….


I know.  It’s just some colors on a page.  Maybe a few words.  But really, it isn’t.  It’s so much more.

Yesterday I drew 3 Doodles.  I judged each of them.  I didn’t like any of them.  Most of my Doodles weren’t about listening to what that inner voice was saying.  They were about my image and your acceptance of it.  I hesitated about posting anything.  But in the end I did.  I posted the “worst” one (visual judgement again).  The first one.  The one that really carried my message and where I was in my life at that moment.

It resonated.  With several people.  But for one person, it resonated in a big way.  It touched on an emotional level something really challenging that she’s dealing with in her life.  It became a dedication to someone she loves.

Just a simple little Doodle.  Done while sitting on my bed like a teenager.  Expressing a message from inside. Making a difference in someone else’s life.  A message that almost didn’t reach her because of my own self judgement.  How sad that would have been!

I contributed.  She benefited.  I benefited.  Maybe you are benefiting too?

But, it’s JUST a Doodle.  🙂


Colored pencils and pastel Doodle inspired by a conversation with a friend about rooting ourselves. When I finally got around to doodling at the end of the day, my first mark looked like a foot!



Coloring Out Loud


However you decide to share your message and use your voice, do it!  Don’t hold back.  Don’t hide.  You are important.  You are here for a reason.

Me, I’m going to continue “coloring out loud” because it works.  For me.  For others.

It’s about to get LOUD in here!


Getting DARING! Pastels, colored pencils, AND magazine clipping (GLUE STICK) doodle! I started with the clipping and when I read it the word "color" jumped in there.


A BIG thank you to “Team Doodle” for joining me on this adventure!  If you didn’t join the Challenge, no worries!  You can start doodling NOW.  Here’s how I got started.  And, I’ve been asked to do another Challenge when the 30 days are up.  I think the Doodle is here to stay for a while.


My favorite Doodle yet. A vision of freedom and joy in pastels.



A Doodle Challenge Update – Do The Doodle!

I kicked off the “Do The Doodle30 Day Challenge last week on my guest blog post on Creatively Fit.  It’s been really fun and I love all the colorful and creative doodles that are showing up on the melissaAnne Colors Facebook Page!  If you haven’t joined the challenge or checked out my Facebook page, here’s what you are missing:

Zan Packard of Loving The Adventure has taken up the challenge and is “Doing the Doodle” daily!


Zan Packard is Doodling in California

She’s also finishing final edits on her FIRST book this week!  Zan used to write in her journal first thing every morning.  Now she grabs her COLORS and doodles…before she even has her first cup of coffee.  That’s Doodle Dedication!  Zan says she can physically feel the shift as she begins to relax into the Doodle and let her art lead her words.


Tom Evans of Whole Brain Thinking Whole Mind Connection is Doodling daily too.  I love Tom’s Doodles. They are always inspiring.  This is one of my favorites!


Tom is Doodling from Guildford England! We're going INTERNATIONAL!


My Melissa Anne “twin”,  Melissa Anne Brummerstedt, of Honey Bees Cakes is sharing her doodles too.


Melissa Brummerstedt is Doodling from Palos Hills, IL


I’m “Doing The Doodle” every day too!  Here are a few of my favorite doodles from this week.


I drew this Doodle the other morning when I was struggling over “letting go” of some things I love.  It just came out…


This one was just a fun, flowy, wordy free for all.  It even has some hidden words JUST FOR ME!  I woke up in a “not so great mood” but after doodling I felt so much better!!


This one I did late in the day yesterday.  I was inspired by the vision board that hangs on my closet doors.  The shapes and colors are from images of textiles and designs from Morocco.  The words came from within and from the vision board.  After I Doodled I sat down to create this blog post.  I think there was a reason I waited until late in the day.  After a long day of designing for a client, I was tired and ready to shut down.  The Doodle energized me to come share and “COLOR OUT LOUD“!


Inspired to Doodle?

YES, you are!

Not sure how it works?

It’s so easy!  Just grab some crayons, colored pencils, pastels, markers….anything you feel comfortable “coloring” with.  Get a journal… I chose a special journal just for the 30-day challenge as a treat and motivation.   Grab a color, whatever color speaks to you and start Doodling!  Doodle for 5-10 minutes and feel the relaxation set in.  If words come to you, or thoughts emerge, add them to the Doodle.  It’s your inner voice “coloring out loud“.

Not sure where to begin?  Afraid of the blank page and can’t even get a Doodle shape out.  GREAT!  FUN!  Take your color, the one that speaks to you, and close your eyes.  Make a mark on the page.  Any mark.  Like this:


I just made this mark in my journal.  Tomorrow morning I’ll use it for my Doodle and see what it becomes.  Check out my Facebook Page to see it!

Open your eyes and see if you see anything in the mark.  Turn your journal all around if you need to.  There is no top, bottom or side to my journal.  It’s an open canvas for MY mind!  No rules here!! If you see something start coloring it in.  If you don’t add more marks or just add color.

Maybe you never “see” anything.  Some days it’s just about the release or the thoughts that come when you give in to the process.

Try it!  Don’t judge your final product.  We’re not looking for gallery art here.  We’re letting your new voice out!

UPDATE:  Finished Doodle from Above


Can you find the original mark? Remember..NO RULES!




“Do The Doodle” and join the 30-day challenge on my Facebook page!


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