• Creative Growth,  personal growth

    Gratitude {The Heart of Healing}

    When I was little, the giving of thanks came around the dinner table and at night before we “laid us down to sleep”.  As I grew older, I found myself part of a movement to more fully embrace that for which we were thankful.  I say movement because it seemed that Gratitude came into the global conscience  just as I was becoming conscious of healing from all those wounds we pick up on the way to adulthood. The Practice of Gratitude (although I didn’t realize it in the beginning) feels like it is at the heart of healing. It is a worthy practice that can feel a little slippery at…

  • Challenges,  Creative Growth,  Inspiration,  Mixed Media Art

    Missing Mojo & The Skull Trade

     Missing Mojo Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing about the Paint Mojo workshop I went to with Tracy Verdugo.  Last week I showed pictures of the process and got to one part of it that seemed to jump too far ahead….my camera pooped out on me and I just missed a few steps. I found one more image that I want to add. (Judy Witkins….this is especially for you.  Hope it helps you see the process a bit better.  It is a hard process to show.) Let me catch you up…. (for more pics head over to the original Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo post.) We…

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  • Creative Growth,  Faces of Creativity Tribe,  personal growth,  spirituality,  Travel

    Running Buffalo Journeys: Spiritual Adventures

    Sometimes at night as I am drifting off to sleep, I follow my imagination to Guatemala.  The space around me becomes green with plant life, alive with the sounds of monkeys and children laughing, in my hand waits a steamy cup of pure, ancient-sourced cacao.  Somehow I feel at-home in that dream even though I have never been to Guatemala. I know part of that comfort comes from the connections I have with friends who have made Guatemala their home and the stories they tell of their adventures, both physical and spiritual.  Someday I will join them there.  In the meantime, I am planning and dreaming. Today I want to…

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  • Creative Growth,  Healing Art,  Mixed Media Art

    Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo

    I absolutely am in love with Tracy Verdugo’s Paint Mojo approach to painting.  It is intuitive, based in a love of symbolism, an invitation to stretch yourself and let go of what painting is supposed to look like….it is beautiful and messy all in the same moment.  And sometimes the messies is where the beauty really surprises you! I wanna share the evolution of my painting so you can get a feel for the way the workshop went.  But realize I can’t boil down a two day workshop into a small post.  So if you want the expanded version, you will have to catch Tracy the next time she comes…

  • Creative Growth

    Paint Mojo Deja Vu

    Seems I have been down this road before! A year ago this weekend, I headed out for the Texas Hill Country for an art retreat with Aussie artist Tracy Verdugo.  The event was beautiful.  I was so moved by her painting style that I have been playing with and tweaking it for the past year.  When I found out she was making her way back to Texas, I jumped at the chance for a reunion.  I am calling it Paint Mojo Deja Vu! Note: You too can soon have a Paint Mojo experience.  Check out the pre-order option for Tracy’s upcoming book!  Paint Mojo {Making Life a Work of Art}…

  • Creative Growth,  Creative Organization,  Essential Oil

    When Life Gets BuZZy, Make Honey

    Life has recently gotten super busy.  Some of the busy-ness comes from bee-ing ready for more in my life.  More ease.  I feel as if a screen with a pattern on it came down in front of me and is insisting that I fit my life into its shape in order for me to go in the direction I wish.  I could stay where I am or go some other way, but if I want what I want, I must shift into this new way. So the new way means being better at some of the things I struggle most with.  Left brained kinda stuff.  You know, task oriented activities,…

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  • Creative Courage,  Creative Growth

    Encouraging Creativity

      This is an invitation.  A calling to deepen your connection with a part of yourself that wants access to more of your life.  When we quiet the chatter in our heads enough that our hearts can be heard, we often detect the voice that quietly demands expression.  It wants to take you on a ride that you will never forget.  But fear has squelched it so often that it is threatening to go away. Where will it take us?  What will others think?  Are we doing it right?  What sacrifices will we have to make?  What will slip out once we open up? Good questions, all.  I don’t have…

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  • Creative Growth,  Mixed Media Art

    In the Studio {Wild Child Art + Chia Seed Yummines}

    Making Art…Making Life The art below is out of my journal that is chronicling my journey since my uterine cancer diagnosis.  When I first drew her, I wasn’t in love with it.  Her hair was a little big and it just didn’t feel like I wanted to.  But then I decided to keep going, which is a great exercise in trusting the creative process. I used my Yasutomo shimmer water colors on her with a few strips of collage paper.  The image is edited to help her show up a bit better for the computer.  In real life she is super shimmery and almost glows. Looking at her now, I…

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  • Creative Growth,  personal growth

    Surprise Gift from Universe {Holding Sacred Space}

    I have decided to engage a little experiment with the Universe this month.  I am asking it to open up the field of possibility and shower me with gifts. Surprise Gifts from the Universe: Everyday a Party! What abundance of support there is in this life! Last week I listed the surprise gifts I recognized from the Universe but today that didn’t feel quite right.  Maybe it is the state of mind I am in as I am sitting down to write this.  I feel so grateful for the people in my life.  I have so many rich relationships and many of them are based around personal growth and discovery.…

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  • Art Journal,  Body Wisdom Project,  Creative Growth

    Body Wisdom + Trance-Formation

    Body Wisdom Wednesday is a new series for me.  It invites me into relationship with all my bodies…the physical, spiritual, and emotional.  I invite the bodies to dance with my intuition and creativity, finally capturing something of myself with a small image on a card to add to my growing collection. I have been cultivating Body Wisdom for decades.  It is amazing what the body knows….what it remembers.  For example, when I was very, very young I had a traumatic event take place.  I never forgot the happening, but I was so young that I didn’t have a sense of exactly where it happened in my hometown.  One day when…

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