about the artist - marisa anne cummings

Photo by Bonnie Tsang

And "what is Creative Thursday?" you ask. A question I hear often. Pretty simple answer really – and one that only took me fifteen years to trust.

I am happiest when I am being creative.

While working a 9 to 5 job, as an interior designer in Boulder Colorado and still hardly getting any creative time in, I decided that at least one day a week, Thursdays, had to be set aside for Fun and Creativity! And this is how CREATIVE THURSDAY was born. Just a short time later, while chatting with a friend driving from Boulder to Denver  – I announced that Creative Thursday would be the name of my business that I would have ‘some day’. I knew that I would be endlessly inspired creatively and would never want to be boxed in - and ‘Creative Thursday’ would be the perfect umbrella to house all of my artistic ambitions.

As you know, since you are reading this while visiting my web site ‘some day’ happened, and In 2004 I started {my second} business.

Trial and error, successes and failures, moments of joy and many tears, and most importantly a willingness to just keep going {through it all} - brought me here to create and share the art, the fabric, the book and soon to be web series {coming May 2015} that you now know as Creative Thursday. Those characters in my paintings, the ones wearing hats and holding hands, first made their appearance when I needed them most, their soft expressions reminding me it would all be okay. Today they are still here to cheer us on, providing a calm reassurance and a gentle reminder to live joyfully and contentedly - to a live a life we love.

Marisa Anne Cummings lives and works fulltime as an artist in Los Angeles California with Sean and Garbo {her creative muse}. Marisa's work can be seen online; here at her website, her Etsy shop and on the Creative Thursday blog, also home to her podcast. She tweets and instagrams and finally returned to Facebook {only with a business page}. Her work is licensed through Oopsy Daisy and Papyrus, and sells in select boutiques and stores throughout the country from Urban Outfitters and Land of Nod to Target. In 2011 her first fabric line launched through Andover Fabrics. In November 2012 Marisa’s first book ‘Creative Thursday – Every Day Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice’ was published. Marisa's work has been seen in, Better Homes and Gardens, Where Women Create, Artful Blogging, Home Decor Buyer, Southern Living Magazine, Interview Magazine and on blogs including, Apartment Therapy, Decor8, Poppytalk, Bloesem, Design Sponge, A Cup of JO, SFGirlbybay and Soule Mama. Her art has also been featured in television and film, in shows like Up All Night, Criminal Minds, and Army Wives. Marisa also speaks, consults and teaches in person and online via her e-course, "In the Fish Bowl. Life as an Artist Online" that she launched in 2009. Marisa’s bit of advice {if you're asking}: you know that little voice of inspiration, the one that gets excited when you decide to go a certain direction…follow it.