Together in Sweet Creation

I just returned from teaching a series of workshops out on the West Coast. The first week of teaching proved rather challenging, with me catching one of the worst bugs I have ever had. The second week I came back to life and rocked 3 workshops in a row. I keep learning more of what each participant needs each time as my lessons grow deeper, richer, as well as more light. As I grow and evolve as a facilitator I notice my students’ work deepens as well. They were amazing. I feel in love with SO many pieces. I flew back to the East Coast with a full heart, so thrilled for them, so content on the many exercises and processes we explored.
blog1Have art media will travel: one of three suitcases that I brought along this 2-week workshop journey. This large hard-shelled case is filled to the brim with art supplies. One of the more not-so-glamorous parts of the job.

blog2 One exercise I had students do was two Quick, Affirmative, and Intuitive paintings. They can only work for 20 minutes on the first and then 10 minutes on the second one. They must work completely by instinct, play, and trust. It is pure delight to do this! Takes us back to our inner child when we made art without involving the ego.

blog3 Another student example, the 10 minute painting. I love her whimsical lines, her carefree way of being. It is perfectly imperfect: the wabi sabi style of painting. I emphasize this concept to my students repeatedly.

blog4 The above photo are some of the delicious materials that I have my students work with. Sometimes I have them paint their own paper pieces that they then collage into a painting. It is so rewarding and teaches them how to make the elements and principles come alive in a work.

blog5 A student painting almost complete in a day-long workshop. It is so free and rhythmic. I believe the energy and state of mind that we pour into the a painting can be felt by the viewer.

blog7 This is my first chaotic layer that I paint with water-based media so that it feels fluid. I love this free process, working like a child: free, exploratory, curious, instinctual, trusting

blog8 “You Blossom my Heart“: my completed demo-painting. This was done after many layers and exploring various techniques and intuitive art principles. This was sold the next day.

blog9aAfter the long journey on the road, it is so rewarding to come back home. There is no place more special in this country to me then my darling home town of Asheville, NC. My love and I took a hike to see numerous waterfalls. The water and warm/cool rocks restored my being. Connecting to this source of life, the Natural world, is imperative for my being and peace of mind.

blog10Of course it’s always nice to receive a beautiful bouquet when you return home as well! He knows my favorite flowers. Feeling so blessed and under a magic star these days. I am grateful in so many ways. I thank you sincerely for being here. Never give up… dreams held close to the heart do come true. Stay on the path, both feet on the ground, trusting and surrendered. Let it unfold for you. Love all of creation.

Inviting Grace

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child–our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.” –Robert A. Heinlin

The fires of suffering become the light of consciousness.” — Eckhart Tolle

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Definition of grace:
(grās)
n.
1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
3. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.
4. Graces Greek & Roman Mythology. Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty.
5. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.

tr.v. graced, grac·ing, grac·es
1. To honor or favor: you grace us with your presence.
2. To give beauty, elegance, or charm to.

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My next online offering is one that holds close to my heart. The lessons within it will be rich with the many paths that have brought me here today, along with, or most importantly, the value of love and care for one’s soul and self.

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Topics of exploration include:

1. Automatic/intuitive drawing.

2. Plant Spirit Allies for self-care and beauty.

3. Chakra meditation: expanding your field, letting go, and fortifying.

4. Divine feminine soul collage, connecting to your Goddess archetypes.

5. Self-love self portraiture.

6. Nature photo walks.

7. Flower essences for healing and transformation.

8. Luscious thick floral paintings.

9. Bless your mess art process.

10. Finding your magic and calling.

…. YUM!

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Those above sweet nuggets of truth have been gifts for my soul and now I want to pass them on, you see. There is so much magic we can uncover when we do this together.

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So, if you are feeling even a little tug or yes, this is your invitation to sign up and journey in this experience with me. Currently, there are just about 10 spots left, (I am keeping enrollment on the smaller side so I can give more attention to each participant and hold sacred space).

*May grace light your path and unfold your many gifts within, like self-propelled butterflies out into this world.*

Co-Creating in San Miguel de Allende

blog1blog2ablog3blog3ablog5blog4ablog8blog7aThis was such an awesome experience for so many reasons. Bright fluid movements with paint, ink, and other materials used as a medium to come together in the spirit of passionate collaboration. The themes of ease, flow, letting go, trusting yourself and learning/unlearning all took place. Flora Bowley hosted this delicious occurrence. What a treat to work with her and beloved Anahata Katkin of PaPaYa! So. much. FUN.

That Which Makes You Come Alive

blog1This New Year, I would love for you to ponder the following questions:

What truly turns me on?
What makes me come alive?
Where do I find real joy?

Such simple questions, but when we take the time to sit with them, honor them, nourish them, unfold them… we may be surprised as to what comes up.blog2I’d like you to invite you to be exactly the woman you want to be, no apologies. I’d like to invite you to wear bright colors on your nails, to put a tiara or flowers on your head, to sing out loud or to recite a line from your favorite poem to a stranger. I’d like to invite you to be entirely you: authentic, bold, beautiful, outlandish you. Even if at times that feels discordant, that’s OK. More than ok. You are a brilliant multitude: complex, simple, and light-filled. Trust me, you are. This I know to be true. blog3 I believe this is how we start unleashing our creativity. We become true. We make no excuses. We travel lightly and freely. We wake up one morning and say “I really don’t give a ____ about what they think anymore, this is just how its going to be.” We live true to our insides. Its scary at first, but very liberating. That liberation is a damn good thing. It brings all sorts of goodies. Welcome it. blog5Start by making a list: let it come uncensored, let it be unleashed. Let it contain all the simple things that you love, all the big things too. Dream big, dream sweetly…

And Happy New Year dear ones.

Uncovering Treasures within the Well of Grief

blog1Photo to the left by Danielle Cohen, creatrix of Amulet magazine. blog2The other night I was having dinner with a friend when she told me about a powerful grief ritual she attended. She shared what a profound influence it had on her and how much her soul needed it, even years after experiencing a deep loss. I had heard once before of this woman’s gifted work and was sorry I was not in town to attend. In the past two to three years, I have been sitting with the meaning of loss, its impact on our lives, and what it means to grieve. It is such a mystery, really. When deep loss hits another human’s life are there enough ways to support it in our culture? Is it the type of grief that is socially acceptable to receive waves of support or is it just too private or personal to share? I was sitting with this the other day after receiving some sad news about a family member, along with some other personal circumstance that seemed unfair it its timeliness (aka, an emotional trigger that related on several levels), when serendipitously I came upon this post from the Good Life Project. blog3About three years ago I was in deep period of sadness, a particular shade of that feeling that was completely new to me. I was waking up to how unexpected and truly hard divorce is and remember not feeling the support my soul was crying out for. I did have several friends I could call on, but none of them had a married partner for almost a decade so they could only understand so much. Also its hard to ask for support when you yourself aren’t totally clear on what you’re needing to begin with. Although, many of my friends were well-intended, it was no way near enough. My dear Mother could only say so much as well, for truly what are you to do when a person is experiencing so much pain. The pain is just there. It exists and you cannot ignore it. For almost one year it felt at times like my solar plexus was in big knot as I drifted off to sleep. My body was experiencing it whether I wanted to or not: its as if it had its own message for me. One way to describe it was that it was like being pulled down to the underworld, or underwater, murky, unclear, deep, slippery, dark, just able to only take the step in front of me. The guilt and shame I was feeling from losing my best friend, who also could no longer could be my best friend, because it threatened his current partnership, was unfathomable at the time. All my childhood sh** was up. My fur was raised and I was heated. There was more than one loss happening too, I should share. There was a multitude of identities within myself, many related to security, along with several relationships of the heart, that I had also pushed away. I needed to push them away, for my soul had to be alone for a while. I did not know where to go but to take flight. blog2And yet, slowly, slowly… like a door opening or window beginning to crack, the light started making its way back in. Little by little I made my way back up to the surface. After spending about five months with some Nepalese Buddhists, doing contact improv (and dropping art for a little while), along with a whole lot of solitude, I felt my hopefulness again. I was still in the waiting room although, or in between two worlds, as Christina Rasumssen so aptly puts it, but at least I could feel the sun rays beginning to cross my face. The warmth was building. The pieces were being put together. Little pearls were being discovered at the bottom of the shore. It could take me paragraphs to describe what those pearls are and I’m not even sure words could do them justice. It was the gift of humility, of building courage, or realizing and understanding the heat I had stored up within me for many many years. It was learning what a good man looked and felt like, or why a man living through the protective armor of his own narcissism was dangerous for the soul. It was so many things. But it was transformational.blog5I feel there are often points in life when you come to a spiritual crossroads, where you either give it your surrendering yes and start dancing again, or duck back under and hide. I am grateful for my ability to step back out on the dance floor, along with the many human angels that helped make that happen whether they realized it or not. There is a grace, unwavering, silent, and flowing. This grace is my muse. It flourishes the well after its deepening through grief. It breathes compassion into understanding the lives of others. It calms the soul after a long arduous journey. Sometimes losses are pearls in disguise, it just takes the act of opening further to feel and see them. It’s not that you do not know about that loss anymore, it still resides there, it has just taken up less room in your soul-house. The fulfillment of your soul is your calling, even more so when risen above its ashes of the past.

When We Gather

blog1 blog2 blog3Why is it that something sacred happens when we gather with a shared intention? What is that exactly? Why does creative process challenge, thrill, and fill us so much?
blog6Colors, textures, lines, patterns… this visual language: unspoken and silent, yet it speaks in volumes; gently, passionately, richly. Its up to you decide: do you want to push it all the way to the edge with quick movements, layers, stories, repetition, a dance between the contrasts? Or do you want to draw it all in within simple refinement, balance, symmetry, calm? Of course there are many more choices from there and in between those two, yet the truth of the matter is, it’s your choice. blog6aHere Lindi is in the flow of her process; letting go and becoming moved, responding to what she creates, and allowing the inks and movement of water to guide her. She pastes down colors and textures that she is drawn to. It is an attraction, a deep and sweet pull, a dance back and forth within yourself…a meditation and act of trust. So in this we find not only complexity but also simplicity.blog7 blog8This sweet little magic painting is by Jenny Messerle. Watching my students work like Jenny is such a gift to me, sometimes they chatter away with intermittent gingles and coos, other times silent with serene and intent focus, a little fierce, but nonethleless a softening always takes place at the end during our final share. Here we can accept and relish in how we are able to seize the day, through these elements and principles of art, in a knowing, playful, or intrinsic fashion, where we are able to gather together these moments in time. So yes, something sacred happens when we gather. blog9We will be doing this virtually here (only a handful spots left until 200 spots are full for the second tier) and here in the Spring (with limited spots to keep it intimate) and through out next year in person (with a few more to come). Perhaps you will feel the call too and join me in this loving adventure.

Art Becomes You

Several people from my overseas Instagram account asked me to post on my blog this recent article I wrote for Somerset Life magazine on how blogging changed my life. Here it is in pictures, which I hope you can read. Basically the gist of it is that what you put out to the world through thought, action, and word, is incredibly powerful. Those actions get reflected back to you somehow, as the Universe has to do something with that energy. So be mindful and speak your truth. Share out loud your dreams and see what comes of it. Be amazed, be humbled, be grateful.

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Co-Creatrix Chat with Flora Bowley

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Definition of creatrix:

A female creator. Someone or something that creates; feminine in nature.

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A few days ago I had the divine pleasure of speaking with the lovely Flora Bowley, goddess-in-paint extraordinaire. I first met Flora several years ago when we were both teaching at an art-making retreat. I had heard of her work through some mutual artist friends for years, and we later discovered how much we have in common in terms of our philosophy of creating, living, loving, and being. So it was so nice to have a have a sweet chat with her and discuss our upcoming projects and thoughts on art-making and creative community, along with the practice of gratitude, among other gems.
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blog5This painting on paper I created several years ago is entitled “The Jeweled Forest“. I assembled this altar welcoming the Change of Season and new beginnings. This has proven to me to be a season of shedding and letting go, and welcoming my newly birthed self, bare bones and all, to that which meets my greatest joy, my soul, my self. Learn to create sacred altar paintings, pen and ink, acrylics, mixed media, and more gems through my upcoming course.

Here is a video of our chat.  I adored sitting with this beloved spirit and plan on sharing more with others in our ever-expanding network of spirited creatrixes. So perhaps something in you is longing to explore your artist within? We welcome to join us in deepening your voice, seeing what in you is craving to come and step out, to express and share your truth in a way that feels supportive and fulfilling. As Flora and I share, there is no competition here, just an ever-expanding circle of love and creation.

The Big Annoucement!

My new intro video for my most beloved online project yet is now live & direct! I am so thrilled, over-the-moon excited about this! I cannot wait to paint, create, and explore all the varying creative outlets through visual art-making and even some craft with you all. The Seasons will delight us as we inspire and support one another in pure creative joy! Spaces are limited for the second tier and filling up fast, so register today.

So without further ado, here is the new video!

This is also doubly and equally thrilling because this special online journey coincides with my new book coming next Autumn (2014) entitled The Painting Workbook. This will be my 3rd artist book that I poured myself into this entire year with over 160 paintings created! Both in the course and in the book I will be sharing varying techniques, projects, and ways to bring out the best in you; from different ways of seeing and ways of creating,  so that you may gather more depth and magic in your artist toolkit, along with creating some sweet prosperity in your creative life.

In celebration of all this good news, the next 10 folks to sign up for the course will receive the first 10 signed and dedicated copies of the book when it first comes out next year, along with a special welcome gift in January– a one-on-one mentoring session with yours truly (this is over a $95 value altogether)!

To secure your very coveted spot and join our amazing group of artist and magic-makers right here.

* UPDATE: This offer is now SOLD OUT but you can register  while the course is still in 2nd tier pricing*

All the best to you on your creative journey, with many warm wishes and sparkles!

LifeBook Giveaway!

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I’m teaching this upcoming year in LifeBook, which has a long and stellar list of teachers offering all their varying and creative lessons! My class is entitled Joy of Intention: Create a life-affirming mixed media art piece based on manifesting principles and conscious language practices. Learn to paint with a variety of materials, including: ink, paper, and more to make one sparkly-gorgeous work of art. I can’t wait to share it with you, along with many other delicious goodies in my Year of Painting class. But wait–there’s more! You can win a spot in this course by simply leaving a comment below. Simply share why being creative is good for you or why you enjoy it!

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*UPDATE: Your answers are so exquisitely gorgeous and are touching my soul deeply! I realize that since creativity has been my way of life and source of income for many years now, I should probably share just what it means to me.

*THE WINNER: is Kristin! Kristin, please get in touch with me! xo

For me, creativity is about turning and tuning in to a meditative state where I feel simply content. From this place my mind gets to take a rest and my intuitive and child-like playful spirit takes over. Colors, textures, lines, and subject matter become alive and reveal to me deeper languages that sometimes I do not have words for. It is healing and fulfilling. I have seen time and time again how art can save and transform a life, through its intention and the sheer joy of creating. The Universe responds to what you put out, it becomes a personal reflection of your mysterious soul, a way to awaken and bring people, experiences, and abundance (true abundance) into your life.

Here is the list of other teachers in our big Blog-Hoppin’ party! Creative community just rocks. 

13th Sept 2013 – Tascha Parkinson – www.timewithtascha.blogspot.ca

14th Sept 2013 – Lesley Riley – www.lesleyriley.com

15th Sept 2013 – Alena Hennessy – www.alenahennessy.com

16th Sept2013 – Kat McBride – www.KatCanPaint.com

17th Sept 2013 – Carla Sonheim – www.carlasonheim.com

18th Sept 2013 – Jane Davenport – www.janedavenport.com

19th Sept 2013 – Danielle Daniel – www.danielledaniel.com

20th Sept 2013 – Jennibellie – www.jennibelliestudio.blogspot.com

23rd Sept2013 – Kelly Hoernig – www.kellyhoernig.webs.com

24th Sept 2013 – Micki Wilde – www.thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk

25th Sept 2013 – Kate Thompson – www.fracturedangelics.blogspot.com

26th Sept 2013 – Flora Bowley – www.florabowley.com

27th Sept2013 – Anna Dabrowska – www.tworzysko.blogspot.co.uk

28th Sept 2013 – Steven Speight – www.speightoftheart.com

29th Sept 2013 – Mika Diaz – www.mikadiazmixedmedia.com

30th Sept 2013 – Serena Bridgeman – www.serenarty.com

1st Oct 2013 – Dyan Reaveley – www.dyan-reavely.blogspot.co.uk

2nd Oct 2013 – Effy Wild – www.effythewild.com

3rd Oct 2013 – Carissa Paige – www.carissapaige.com

4th Oct 2013 – Marieke Blokland – www.bloknote.nl

5th Oct 2013 – Christy Tomlinson – www.christytomlinson.com

6th Oct 2013 – Traci Bautista – www.treicdesigns.com

Allowing Grace.

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I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kind of things. Also, that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace’s arrival. But no, it’s clog and slog and scootch, on the floor, in the silence, in the dark.”   ~ Anne Lamont

Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” ~ Friedrich Schiller

This morning as I sit down to write I am filled with the sweetest feeling of what it means to allow. When I say allow I do not mean tolerate, or accept blindly. Instead I offer the word allow to mean let grace to flow, the trust and let the Universe have its way and let it unfold naturally. boldcolorcollage So what are you allowing or letting in to your life? Is there something that you are holding close yet with gentle open hands to allow the river of grace to move freely through them? What are you feeling grateful for, and in turn, letting go of to make more room to receive deeper heart wishes? 3When we ask and state out loud to ourselves to the ethers, we are creating a contract for our life. Writing and speaking what you are feeling is a powerful tool to create a life you love, accept, and allow to transform. Clarity is freedom and the adventure is consistently afoot. Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings in the comments here. I welcome your dreams and hearts wishes, along with your letting go of what no longer serves you as a tool to transform your life.

Everyone is an artist, everyone has their own magic.

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Paula Madonna is someone who I “met” last year in one of my online classes. Immediately I noticed her natural gift and inherent expression that allows her work to feel fluid and free. She did not fear bold color or rich movement, and was willing to try everything, to explore the simple photography and flower essences, to process and intuitive art-making.
paula2Whats been so wonderful about this and that since after the class was complete, Paula continued to work and grow deeper into her own language and voice. She took the techniques and ran with it, but distinctly made it her own. Paula and I began working together through my mentoring program and from that, she began to explore new means for sharing her work. Her children had all left her nest, so this was a perfect time (its never too late, BTW) to tap into what she knew was meant to be hers, to live her life as a working artist. This is why taking the time to learn is of so much value, it is making space for yourself. Now you may be able to understand why past students can get so giddy after taking a class they are opening up new worlds for themselves.
paula3Having a passion about painting is not always an easy thing, but it can be so dang addictive in the best sense and reveal to us in a visual and crafted format, what beauty we hold within ourselves to be dear. Paula’s new beginnings paid off, as one of her paintings was featured in Spirituality & Health magazine, and her work is starting to be shown and collected in select galleries and art boutiques.
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p5I am so proud of this dear soul! I also love her work, adore it. It speaks deep knowing to me. So, my point is two-fold: its never too late, ever, and that each one of you, has your own magic that is longing to be uncovered. No two are alike. We can all dance in that and honor one another’s unique expression. Lets celebrate in the vastness that is available to us in this way. We each creating our own dream, through sacred marks and solving our own visual puzzles. How delightful.

Magic is Alive, Magic is Afoot

magicmakingcollabimagelargeWhat a total delight it was to travel to the quiet and still woods of Arkansas and greet the gifted and just adorable spirit of Mindy Lacefield. How I met this darling lady was some time back Mindy wrote to me the sweetest message after reading my book. She expressed the impact it had on her creatively and we began a pleasant and inspired dialogue. I became enchanted when I began to look at her work– and saw that she was a professional and accomplished artist herself who traveled around the States teaching workshops as well. Then later that year she came to an art retreat where I was teaching and took one of my classes and I was further enchanted by the way in which she worked. I saw that we had a symbiotic and harmonious thought process and style of making art, as well as how we viewed life and what intentions or dreams to hold sacred. Thus the idea of collaboration was born. Finally we came together and for about a week straight we painted, sparkled, spilled, and deeply reflected on what we valued most as artists. We realized that creating is a form Magic * Making — where you uncover your own authentic visual language and voice, which naturally brings forth art that has the extra special something– whether its cute, quirky, romantic, spontaneous, messy, or balanced, unified, and beautiful. It can be any and all of things really. But truly its about bringing out that shine through your own intuitive process and spirit of play. And yes, as you may have gathered, this class was a total joy to make. Mindy and I will share with you our deep love of color combinations, poetry, fine glitter, fluorescents, our favorite surfaces to work on, and just ways to make your work come alive — and feel so while you are doing it.

So with all that being shared…TAH-DAH! I am honored to present our new class. Early bird registration (limited spots–my feeling is that they will go quickly as a Year of Painting did) is now open!

ning_new_magicmakingAlso this would not be a party without some gifts! I am giving away one free spot in this class if you share it with on Facebook (the top collaborative painting image if preferred, see my page to share also) and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so. Also, you can win the painting that Mindy and I did together by leaving a comment on her blog as well after you have shared it on Facebook and/or your blog. This painting is very special to us so both and honestly was a little hard to give away! But its worth if if you join in the magic with us… because oh goodness, magic is alive and afoot (ode to Mr. Leonard Cohen) and I am filled to the brim to come together in this spirit. Lets make it happen together.

UPDATE: The winner of is Kim Smith! Congratulations Kim… until then sweet creators, early birds spots are filling up and you can assure your spot by registering here. The price will soon go up once this tier is full. Thanks all for entering and we look forward to making magic with you.

That which moves you moves through…

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Shown above: an up close shot of one of my paintings done on handmade paper along with a plethora (just a snippet actually!) of my art supplies.

Lately I have been pondering why painting has been of such value in my life. We have had such a deep and intimate relationship, second to that of my parents, so why, of all things, has it been so important to me?

Well, it allows you to turn off the chatter of the mind and channel something greater through you. Personality and story aside, you get to create your own story, land, color themes, tiny or big worlds, and become something beyond your everyday reality for a period of time. It is a resting place, a place of discovery, and a chance to explore the act of creation– which is the nature of life itself.

Okay, perhaps that is a lot to initially take in… but nonetheless, painting is a medium– both physically and metaphysically. As for me, I have been making art of some kind ever since I was a wee one, probably since the ago of four. I remember it was essentially the same to me back then as it is now: it was my time to shut out the noise for a little while and go deeper into my world. Time has no meaning when we create– we simply get to play, we get to enjoy a deeper silence, along with being surprised by what comes through our own hand. I find it wonderful that something I enjoyed so much as a kid I also truly enjoy now. It does not tire like so many things can in life… it is endless, as creation itself. Therefore creativity, an energy we tap into everyday, is a life force energy. It is natural and divinely human.

Painting also allows us to move through fears and find acceptance. To overcome and to love what you make– or at least kinda like it– that is an awesome thing. Do not underestimate that feeling– it is like a ripple that goes out into your life and can touch it in many ways. What we touch, what becomes tangible through our own making, becomes innately woven into our lives. Painting is a raw and real expression of that. There is infinite possibility within this relationship, of not only within the process of making art, but the way it enhances our existence.

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So I have introduced to you some of my thoughts on painting, or art making, because I happen to believe it in wholeheartedly. In fact, you could say I am one satisfied devotee. And as we create as individuals, and come together to share, magic will happen, in fact… every time it happens! How extraordinary is that? I have seen it in every single one of my classes, a little breakthrough, a little more love, more sharing and togetherness, more ooo-ing and awe-ing… its complete and utter vulnerable fun. And from that note, I would like to introduce to you a very special offering that already is forming a totally awesome group so far (folks from the States, Denmark, Australia, Iceland, and Canada have already signed up). It’s a super sweet good deal right now– I think there are just a dozen spaces left for the first tier then it will close. This workshop is based on all the feedback I have been receiving from students on what would work best for them. It will allow you the whole year to learn with ease and grace, and to be supported within a rich community of creatives. The intention I will be holding for this space is one where our lives become richer and deeper in many levels in the spirit of color, movement, subject, and network. It also coincides with something very special that I will announce soon. In all truth, I will be sharing most everything I know, and creating, right alongside with you. So yes, I am over the moon excited to be facilitating this work and to dive more deeper into this sacred language with you.

Alive & Fresh in Spring

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“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
-Kobayashi Issi

A quick warm note to welcome you to my new website and to the freshness of Spring. I have many exciting announcements to make (one in particular) and look forward to sharing more of my life, art, travels, and experiences in creation here. Please take a look around at my new offerings here too, I am particularly excited about the new bamboo prints–they are so gorgeous and sleek in person, as well as a completely green item.

I wish you a most joyous season of new growth and fragrant sweetness. May you walk in ruthless sincerity.

UPDATE: As I celebrate this new website and many new endeavors, I’ve decided to do a special giveaway and pick one winner at random (I will pull a number). All you have to do is leave a comment here–on anything! The winner will get to pick out something of their liking from my website. I will announce the winner on Friday April 12th. 

UPDATE No. 2: And the winner is the darling Jea Tea. Thank you for sharing everyone… more bright and earthy goodness soon.

Traveling Light

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Here are a handful of images from my travels overseas to Spain. I was attending a a residency of sorts working on a handful of projects and recharging my creative vessel under the glorious Sun. So much beauty (and unexpected blessings) came about before and after this trip. I wanted to atleast post some images on my neglected blog… more on this and other gifts soon. Be well.

Unwavering Samsara – Time to Awake

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A few weeks ago I had what some may call a ‘near-death experience.’ Without getting into too much detail, I will say that I was rushed to the ER in an ambulance off the highway in what I heard was a four car pile-up. I was taken out of my car and placed on a stretcher, with a brace around my neck. I was terrified, tense, and almost half there for much of the immediate experience. During the time in the hospital I felt like I was being treated by strangers– although there were some notes of kindness and warmth in humanity that shone out. Today as I sit here typing I can honestly say that it is a miracle that I am OK. I have just a little swelling and bruising, along with the expected tightness in the shoulders and back. I know it was divine grace because when my father and I drove to see my vehicle the next morning and it was smashed. My airbag did not deploy and my seat belt was not of use. This is what some may name ‘a wake-up call’. Because I was on my way to teach at a retreat on the beach (at the beloved Squam-by-the-Sea) I had to make the decision as to whether or not to go. The next day I had the click that I should, that feeling that tells me “yes. I am so glad I did. Nothing is more healing to me then the ocean air and sound of waves, or the way the light hits the water. It was so fulfilling also because my students brought it — I mean they rocked it — in meaning, technique, openness, realization, transformation, and co-creation. Below are some examples of their work. Each piece varies in its myth and narrative, along with sacred symbolism and just exploration of materials. These classes were nothing less than joyous.

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A few days into the retreat I ventured out into the beach where I joined a circle of divine and gorgeous women. After the circle organically closed I was given a milkweed pod by the lovely Jen Gray. She told us to to make a wish and release the seeds onto the sea. So I held it close until my wish sank into my being from my hands and to all the little light-whispies enclosed inside this gorgeous container. As I watched them float out into the infinite blue, over the waves, I felt that little miracle-knowing again… this one being how simple and profound it is to be alive.
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This Samsara- or cycle of life and death continues on, unwaverlingly, on this fragile and wild Earth. So many intense changes are afoot, as consciousness creeps in.. knocking– gently or loudly– at the door of the human body. So here I am today, still here, way too young to go anytime soon (that’s at least what my mind told me at the time). I ask myself what I so often ask my students: What am I most longing for? What do I know? How do I live each day with reverence? What dream is taking place within me that is yearning to express itself? Everyday that we have on this Earth is a gift– there are no guarantees, no promises made. Life can be a celebration; of the ones we love, of the practices we love, of the evolution of loving and caring for oneself. For me, in my post-accident state of mind, my feeling right now is to slow down and be clear, be aware of this moment that is taking place. Make time for my practice, sans distraction, sans the illusion and enticement of what we think fulfills us. Also, to learn how to receive. The post-divorcee archetype of the strong and independent woman carries some illusion, as nothing is as feminine at times than the art of receiving. So in the greater scheme and design of things, when I do ponder the nature of Samsara, perhaps everything is witnessed / everything is observed… yet from a place of higher (and non-judgmental) love. 

 
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My demo painting (a little botanical/mixed media/alchemical creation)– this baby is also for sale. Update: now sold.
 
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There inevitably will come a time for the great let-go… but until then, why not let it in? Letting in means loving fearlessly. Letting in means seeing the truth. Letting in means you are you and I am me. Letting in is a natural law, it is human, as much as the letting go.

There is so much to love…

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…and so much to explore. Spaces are filling up for my go-at-your-pace + share-what-you-like + live-your-best-most-fulfilled-life course. And there is so much we get to explore: from hand-lettering, to collage, to intentional/joyful expression, to collage, to intuitive wash to simple self portrait making… oh my…the list goes on. Yet the best part I feel is the opportunity to be seen and connect. What a very special (and affordable–come to think about it) opportunity this is. No reason to hesitate, only time to dive in. Register right here.

(Student work examples from Mira Rubiano, Lisa Hamlyn-Field, Celina Wyss, Mindy Murphy-Lacefield).