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Stolen Sharpie Revolution and the Little Cat Who Could

Schatzie Studio 404My day started in a bit of a funk.  I don’t know where it came from but when I woke up, it was in my face enough to make me close my eyes again.  I began thinking about what our home had been like in the years past when my hubby and I shared our bed with our cat Schatzie.  She was our bestie beastie, our forever furry. She had been with us exactly 7 years when she passed this Summer.  The first month after she died, I missed her terribly.  Then I picked myself up and have been scooting along in my new normal.  But today, my heart was aching.

A few years into having her, we discovered she would come to me when I was singing.  Honestly, I think she thought that sound coming out of me meant I was hurt, and she was checking on me!  I developed a song just for her after the Ritchie Valen’s song, “Oh, Donna”.

Schatzie Collage Glow

I have a kitty and Schatzie is her name,
Once she loved me I would never be the same.

I would sing it, then announce her arrival with my best emcee voice….Ladeeeez and Gentaaaaaahmen, please welcome to the stage, Mizzzz Schatzie Payne!  She would hop up on the bedroom pillow, and we would all fall asleep in a pile.

So this morning as I was thinking of her, I began to sing it for the first time since her little memorial service.  But I got choked up enough to stop, knowing she couldn’t come to the big stage in our bed if I sang.  And….I fell back to sleep.

My dreams were wild but felt beautifully magical.

I awoke to quick, hard footsteps coming up the stairs to my bedroom.  Running.  And then they stopped outside the door.  I was on alert.  No body runs in our house, really.

The door opened and my husband excitedly approached me with his cell phone in hand.  He was sharing Alex Rekk’s Kickstarter Video for the Fifth Edition of her book Stolen Sharpie Revolution.  This book has been with us about as long as Schatzie had.  Eric is a Zine maker, and I bought the book for him one of our first Christmas’s together.  Alex is a household word ’round Creativity Tribe Studio!

Eric Stolen Sharpie Revolution

I wiped the sleep from my eyes, sat up, and set my grief aside.  The video started with energizing music, narration by Alex, and pictures of her book in different scenarios.  And then…there on the screen, from the World Wide Web, was our own Super Star Kitty, Schatzie, sitting with our copy of Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2.  Mizzzz Schatzie Payne had come to the stage after all!

Alex had asked for images of her book being used in every day life.  As it happens Schatzie loved to sit on Eric’s zine collection.

After watching the video, Eric and I marveled.  We had both been missing her especially hard today.  And she found a way to affirm ……what? (as I am typing this, I am trying to put my finger on what she was trying to affirm….that we are still connected….that life goes on after death…. that what we had was as important to her as it is to us.  And through my headphones that were meant to block out the noise of the tv in the next room, comes a song by India Arie….I Am Light. I have never heard it, but it is blowing my mind in this instance.)

I am Light India Arie

And she found a way to affirm we are light…and we are more than the body, more than than cat and human, one life form “owning” another.  We were light together. Divinity defined, God on the inside, a star, a piece of it all.  Light.

Glow Cat Creativity Tribe

We are joining the other SSR lovers in supporting Alex and dedicating our support to Schatzie.  Seems fitting.  If you would like to see Schatzie and/or support Alex, head over to her Kickstarter.  Schatzie is the first cat in the video….among many cats who make an appearance.

And to Alex, if you happen to be reading this, we just never know what our message as Creatives is going to say to another or how our daring to share what our heart has to express will touch the heart of another.  Thanks!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Painting Up a Storm

Art Heals

There is a storm in my body.  I think it has been brewing for a long time, although I didn’t know it.  Recently it made itself known in a big way.  And now, I am sitting on the front porch of my soul watching it pass over me.

In the last several weeks it has felt so big that all I knew to do was sit with it. As luck would have it, I was in my studio the other night, and I began painting while I was doing that sitting.  The painting felt good.  I could tell it was doing something in my body.  Something…a hormone or feel good chemical, perhaps the workings of my creative spirit….something was helping the storm dissipate.

storm 1

This isn’t a huge surprise to me….this feeling that comes when we dive into creativity, no holds barred.  That is one of the benefits of art, it is a catalyst to healing.  And so, I am painting up a storm….or should I say OUT a storm.  And my body feels grateful.

storm 2

So grateful for the release that I have just kept painting…..a piece of cardboard, a bigger piece, a small canvas, then larger….then the entire top of my studio table.  The more I paint, the more cleansing.  The more I paint, the less dark the storm.  The more I paint, the better I feel.

storm 3

This is how creativity leads to healing, how it helps us understand ourselves, and connect with the world we have spinning inside.

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Creativity Prompt:  Invite yourself to sit with simple art supplies….pencil and paper, pen and paper, cardboard and paint.  Nothing fancy, just what is at hand.  Close your eyes and let the supplies give life to what you feel.  You don’t have to paint pain….but you can if you wish.  You don’t have to draw storms, but you can.  Perhaps what wishes to come up is that smile that doesn’t get to glow often enough or bright enough.  Don’t think too much and don’t halt what comes forward.  Make a mess.  Start with silly, ugly, scribbly, doodles, dashes, and wing-a-dings.  It doesn’t have to make  sense or look beautiful.  Think of it as giving your creativity permission to wander around.  When you are done, let it be what it is. Share it or keep it to yourself.  But KNOW….that this kind of self-expression builds bridges to healing us.  It gives us permission to express who we are and love ourselves in the process. 

Creatively yours….

Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

Crafting Time

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I like to break life up into time chunks.  I suppose all of humanity does that.  We measure it in minutes, days, weeks, months, seasons, years, etc.  As a creative, I use these time bits as a medium for crafting life.  The year begins and I am thinking back on what I loved, what I want to improve, and how to make the year to come fit the dreams I have for myself.  Each night, I envision the day to come, working through the rough places to help me think through what might be a tripping spot.

Time Tower

Mondays are my days for Weekly Wishes, that place where I decide general themes for the week, where I will put my energy, and what the landscape of the next 7 days will be.  I use various tools to plan it out.  Sometimes there are lists made on Sunday night.  My calendar holds the appointments with hints of what is flexible enough to allow for extras.  Some appointments are in stone, others are penciled in.  Some weeks feel monumental, while others are transitional weeks that help me recover from or prepare for the more intense parts.

Three Big Projects

The week in front of me is going to be about balancing care of myself while giving attention to others.  I am starting a new half-day camp that blends drama and art.  I am the drama teacher.  We are focusing on improvisation and experimental movement.  Drama, Drama, Drama! Can you say FUN?!

Summer Solstice is this weekend.  I have signed up for Galia Alena’s Summer Solstice Sacred Vessel Journaling Ritual. I am teaching Angels In My Studio with her and can’t wait for a first hand glimpse into her teaching style.  I discovered her at the beginning of the year when we were both choosing our One Little Word for the year. (Mine was Gift and hers, Generosity.)  Celebrating the seasons is a great way to craft life with time as a medium.

I am also gearing up for a large mediation gathering that will take place this weekend. I will be on the team working with newcomers. We will be drinking ceremonial cacao. Some of my attention will be going to getting my head and heart in the right space for giving during the event.

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As for the Self-care

In between commitments to others, I am continuing to support my healing knee.  I find long soaks in the tub to be the best medicine so far.  I am also playing house, getting my studio in shape and organizing a space that I hope will be just right for shooting more videos.  I have also been doing a lot of drawing and want to continue exploring some of the work I am doing there.

Brilliant Idea….How about I share my Summer Solstice Journal next week in a video?!  Score!

How About You?

What tricks do you have for crafting time?  What wishes have you cast for the weeks  or seasons to come?  Where are you working on balance in your life?  Do you have any Summer Solstice plans? I would love to know.

Join the Conversation

You can find more conversations with creatives and wanna-be creatives (those folks who haven’t yet figure out that they ARE creative) in the Creativity Tribe FB Group. Simply click the link and request entry into the group. Would love to see ya there!

Before you leave:  Check Out Angels In My Studio

Angels in My Studio 2013

Starts soon….would love to take it with you!

Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

 

Art Opening {Apocalypse Show}

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A story in images……..

Old Kress Building

The old Kress Building…now the upstairs studios to the KSpace.

Night shot into the studios.

A quiet start to the evening.

Contemplating Ascension.

Ascension, an assemblege by Eric Payne

My piece behind the bar.

Existentia, mixed media by Rachél Payne

Writing in a thank you journal for Michelle Smythe

Artist stands beside self portrait…multiple realities.

What kind of chaos would await us after the Apocalypse?

In what would we find comfort and refuge?

Where would our anger rest?

Who would stand with us?

Congratulations to KSpace Contemporary for their 5 years of keeping the doors open and the art flowing.  A special celebration and thank you, too, for Michelle Smythe who has been the main guiding force for KSpace (as a gallery, studio and non-profit) for 13 years.  I know that I personally owe a debt of gratitude to her for opening the KSpace studios to me when I was a very novice artist just over a decade ago.  Since then, KSpace and the artists who have continued to cultivate its place in our city’s culture have been guiding lights for me.  The work I do here at Creativity Tribe pays homage to that spirit of giving.

What Dreams May Come

 

I have been visiting an old memory, going back in my personal history to a time just a few years into adulthood.  I remember feeling like I was chaotic inside, a tangled pile of jewelry. So tangled I wasn’t sure anyone, even the most patient of souls, could clear the confusion.  And yet something made me examine the knots with an eye bent on weighing out the treasure that might be held there.  Sure enough, I discovered the snarled pile of bobbles and trinkets promised to offer a few genuine gems.

It began with a line, a hope stretched out before me, turning into a curve and loop, a reach and dip until it created a map of my future.  For years that map served as my guiding light.  On it, I proposed that I might help people, that I might help others find their voices, show them how to activate their creativity.  I fancied the idea of being a published writer, of traveling cross country to speak at conventions, retreats, workshops, and intimate circles.  I wanted to offer experiences that would move people to be better, and somehow (and I really didn’t know how it would happen), I would be happy, confident, at peace with who I was, and stable enough to serve as a leader to others.

I have been visiting that old memory. They come in flashes, moments over the course of a month or so when I looked deep within my battered spirit and tried to scry a future for myself.  That memory represented a gamble I was taking….on myself and on life.  Did I dare dream?  Did I dare contemplate a possible destiny that was THAT big and THAT different from where I thought I was?

There are some choices in my life when I have chosen bravery over staying at the status quo, flat out said to myself, “To do this takes courage.”  I am grateful for the choice I made then.  It is because I took a chance on that possibility that I am where I am today.

Where I am on my Life Map

I am a helper.  I open doors for others.  I help them find their voices. I show people how to access their creativity.  I have been published.  I have traveled across the country to speak at a convention, been honored with an award for blending my helping skill with my creative gifts.  Have taught workshops and led intimate circles.  I offer experiences that move people…that move people to a better place.  And somehow, thank all that is good, I am happier than I have ever been in my life.  I am stable enough to serve as a leader to others, am confident and at peace with who I am.

I would say the map worked!

And so today, I sat down and began looking at that once tangled web of treasure….now put in order and set as a lovely collection of the beauty that is me.  I asked myself where these riches might take me, what new horizon was in store.  And I began working on a new map, an act two to my BIGGEST, BESTEST dreams come true.

The paper was too small to hold my dreams.

This coming week I will be making a shift here at Creativity Tribe to offer life coaching as my primary service.  It make sense on paper and in my spirit. I have been in the helping profession for years, teaching theatre and art, acting professionally, selling my work.  I have help creatives risk exposing their inner thoughts and imagining, assisting them in redefining what being an artist means so that they don’t have to come from a place dark and twisted to create.  I have been a massage therapist for a decade now, growing my understanding of human anatomy and the anatomy of the spirit all at the same time.  I have been asked by friends to serve as officiant at their most sacred life shifts: marriages, house blessings, births, menstruation celebrations, deaths, and funerals.  I have pursued my interest in the creative arts by earning an undergraduate degree in communication arts and have followed my desire to help by attaining a masters in counseling.

I can’t tell you how good it feels to put my hands out and say, “I have this to offer.”

The word coach doesn’t describe what I feel like I offer, but it is the closest term our culture has.  Companion, champion, wise woman, mentor, or perhaps guide?  Whatever feels comfortable, I am here to help….I am a helper.  It is what I have wanted to do professionally for years and now I am making it official.  I am a coach…of life, of creativity, of dreams wishing to be fulfilled.

What adventure awaits you?  I am in!  Shall we?

(All the Life Coaching details will be rolled out next week. You can subscribe to the blog by email ….at the top of the side column …if you are interested in following the shift in the site.  I would also like to invite you to celebrate a peace-filled holiday with the StressLess Holiday Cheer Party….my gift to you.)

This post coincides with the ending of Art Every Day Month.  What an adventure it has been!  Personally I have felt indulgent, diving into creativity for such a long streak.  I also have a very deep appreciation for the relationships that have grown out of this adventure.  I hoped to meet a few creatives, and was delighted when  a few stepped forward to connect as friends!  Thank you, each of you, especially Leah, for offering your creativity and your support.

 

 

New Traditions

Remember when Thanksgiving was simple? You would get up early, waking to the smell of all the regular holiday favorites wafting down the hall, the sound of plates descending from their cabinet dwellings, and remember it was Turkey Day?  Turkey Day!  You had been waiting for a month for the time off from school, time to hang out with your cousins, time out in the backyard, the warm sun taking the chill off the newly cool air.  Then Mom would call everyone inside.  You found your place at the kids’ table, eyeballing the black olive plate and deviled eggs….and yes, the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and all that jazz.  A prayer.  A sip of Aunt Joyce’s sweet iced tea. And then weighing that plate down with your favorites.  One by one you went around, each person saying something they were grateful for when what you really wanted to focus on was what was on your plate. But by the end of the day, you would collapse in some soft corner into a turkey coma, your heart and tummy both satiated, both filled with gratitude for the day and your life.

Years have passed, so have some family members, the food on the table comes sprinkled with statistics about how much water you will might retain, weigh you might gain.  You feel the strain of a Black Friday early morning sale calling. Suddenly Christmas is at your door and the pressure is on to make this the perfect year.

Gratitude seems oh-so-far away. You know you should feel it, but does it have to feel so forced?…forced through a wall of stress. How in the world do you get back?

Several years ago I asked myself the same question.

My answer….new traditions.

This year I was excited to add to the my personal holiday traditions by joining Sherry Richert Belul of Cherry Blossom Soup for the New Black Friday Love List.  I knew for several days that I wanted to participate, but couldn’t figure out who I wanted to make my list for. I decided to let the day lead the way.  When Friday came around, I got sick.  I recovered quickly and then my hubby got pretty sick.  Spending my time those couple of days after Thanksgiving caring for myself and then for my honey, my thoughts went to the team of helpers we turn to when we need a hand with our health.  We are both doing well now (whew), but I am remembering that when we are truly in need, we never worry about being alone.

We currently have three special health care providers we use. One is a specialist and two are chiropractors.  Each has helped us out of some difficult times or sent us down roads towards better living.  My Love List this year is for each of them.  I created a card, made prints and tucked our gratitudes inside.  They will go into the mail this afternoon.  I think we often spend so much time getting down on the medical profession that we forget the gifts they give us.  This year I am especially thankful for them.

I want to thank Sherry for sharing her new holiday tradition with us.  It is one I look forward to incorporating year after year.

 

Art Every Day Month UPDATE

I have loved this new practice of being creative every day. I am looking forward to the end of the month only so I can look back and take stock of what has come of it.  One of the most dear acts of creation has been the new friends I have made and the new blogs I have discovered. What an amazing group of people….and still so many to explore.

Make sure if you have stopped by and you think you might like to “join” the festivities around here that you grab the badge and connect with us by leaving your blog address on the Faces of Creativity Tribe Wall.  The more the merrier!

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Art Every Day Month is a movement, inspiring artist around the blogosphere! Head over and see what they are up to today!  Then, consider joining us.  It is a small act that makes a big different.  Creativity…….. engage!

My Art was Destroyed

Have you ever done mixed media art?  It is my new passion, partly for the product it creates, but mostly for the process.  I love it because it mirrors life itself.  It is messy, textural, organic, and holds the potential for beauty to come out of destruction.

I have been working on a painting the last several days….and nights.  It has been in my mind for a month.   I am creating it for an art show.

The Details

Is 2012 the End of Times? Doomsday? Armageddon? Well, if this is indeed “The End” my friend, K Space Contemporary has a “Final Countdown” for you! “The Apocalypse Show” is a huge group exhibition of artists from all across Texas and features their unique takes on the end of the world scenario. It’s also K Space’s 5th Anniversary this year so please come down, experience a fantastic show and help us party like it’s “1999″! If this is “The End of the World As We Know It”, you won’t want to miss possibly the last show ever!!! It’s going nuclear!

The Process

 I am taking the painting through some of the painting layers that I learned at Tracy Verdugo’s Paint Mojo Texas Retreat.  The process is complicated, and honestly, I am sure I have forgotten a few steps.  But I am pleased with the parts I have remembered.  I don’t want to make Tracy’s art. Instead, I want to explore my own themes, calling on some of what I learned from her.

One of the consistent themes in her process is to let the painting have its own life so that we never know when we will lose some little or big part of it that we have been in love with since it made its way onto the canvas.  That is the push and pull of the process for me.  I hate it because I sometimes am directed (by the process) to completely destroy parts of the image that I am totally digging.  But the part I LOVE about the process is that I only destroy out of a sense of trust in the process itself.

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And that, my friends, is what I cherish about life…about being a Creative.  That is at the heart of the work I am doing as a Life Coach.  Trusting that something beautiful can grow out of chaos, pain, destruction, and difficulty. 

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So, enough talk about the painting. Let’s see the progression.

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Art Every Day Month is a movement, inspiring artist around the blogosphere! Head over and see what they are up to today!  Then, consider joining us.  It is a small act that makes a big different.  Creativity…….. engage!

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