Creative Flow

Creative flow, that river of electricity that runs through me taking everything in its path along with it, determines my daily existence. Some days it’s a wild raging torrent coursing through me, one that has me forgetting to eat and sleep. Some days it’s a slowly moving stream that offers a respite from the wild, an opportunity to reflect and rest. I never know when I wake up what kind of a day it’ll be.

I’ve learned that this is My Way. My Tao.

Creatively, I’m not good at the 9 to 5. It’s not tangential enough for the way I think. It stifles and controls. It makes me want to rebel. Listening to the Creative Flow, and moving to it in its time, is Freedom for me. It is necessary for the well-being of my soul.

I spent a lot of years being admonished for my undisciplined methods for making art, of hearing and reading that to be a “real” artist meant that one must do it everyday just like going to work at a 9 to 5 job everyday. Guilt seeped in, living deeply and darkly in me. It became something I had to fight each time I wanted to paint or work on a neckpiece at midnight . . . I wasn’t doing it when I was “supposed to.” One day about 10 years ago I had a realization: I’ve never done what I was “supposed to.” And I’ve never felt guilty for doing what was different, so why feel guilty for the non-9 to 5 creative?

I consciously worked on transforming the guilt. And I have made more art in the last 10 years than in the previous 30.

Always move to your own creative flow . . . to the beat of your own heart.




My Art. 48 Hours. 40% Savings. Nov. 26-27.


Yep, you read it right . . . 40%

But only for 48 hours, midnight to midnight, Nov. 26-27. 

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my online store, VOSTENAKstudios,
and I want to include you all in the celebrating!! 

Click here to enter my store: VOSTENAKstudios

All of my artwork is one-of-a-kind & limited edition so once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Check it out now to pick out your favorite pieces!

All is eligible for the 40% . . . from my signature hand-forged steel and sterling silver sculptural jewelry to the Vacation & Travel Collection, paintings, and sculptures.

Use the LAUNCH40 code at checkout!

AND I’ll be adding more everyday until midnight Nov. 26!!

40% . . . 48 hours . . . Nov. 26-27 . . . See you there!

A One Year . . .

A One Year is about new beginnings, new ideas, completion of the last nine years of action and activities. We are now in the middle of the One Year, transitions are in full swing and with this full moon, the energy is wild! Just wait until the eclipse . . . so exciting!

One of the changes I’ve made is to my website . . . it’s now a blog/website. In the Designer Jewelry section I’ll try to keep you updated with my latest pieces. Archival jewelry will be accessible through the silver neckpiece on the home page. Click on it and it’ll take you to a page of some of my favorites. I’ll be making changes to the Painting section too as I get them photographed. Lot of photography to do . . .

I wanted to have it be easier to share thoughts, ideas, info, and tips on art, life, mindfulness, marketing, and design. I’d love to hear back from you too! Please leave comments . . . I think this will be much more fun!


Winner of Saul Bell Award

Recently, Valerie traveled to New Mexico, where she was a finalist for the 2017 Saul Bell Award for her original design, “Old World Vines” neckpiece.



At a well-attended celebration dinner held on May 21, during the Santa Fe Symposium in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande, Valerie was announced as a finalist.




One of the jewelry industry’s foremost design events, this competition is judged by jewelers and industry leaders who are masters of their craft. They look for originality of design, successful incorporation of materials, wearability (except in the Hollowware category) and quality of workmanship as they examine each finalist piece both by hand and on a model.

Please join me in congratulating Valerie for her impressive accomplishment!

To view more of Valerie’s elegant designs, please visit VOSTENAKstudios


Stunning Piece for Robert Manwell Auction

Have a look at this elegant neckpiece designed and created by VOSTENAKstudios for the Robert Manwell Auction.

In its 8th year, the auction raises funds for a 2019 scholarship to benefit the classmates of young Robert, an Idaho boy who was beaten to death in 2009 by his mother and her boyfriend when he was just 8-years-old.

Thank you, Valerie, for your generosity and support of this young boy and helping to keep his memory alive. Valerie Ostenak-Robert Manwill Auction

The auction will be held at the Payette County Fairgrounds. 310 East Blvd., New Plymouth, Idaho