• Good Life Vibe,  Healing Art

    Blogging at the Speed of Life

    Sitting in front of the computer, I don’t know where to start.  Blogging has been the most dedicated practice I have ever had in my life and the last 6 months Life pushed me off my game so I could pay attention to it.  This Summer I got sick and discovered I had uterine cancer.  It took awhile for me to get the surgery that was recommended.  But Life has its way of moving you into what is important. Its trick:  The more I needed to slow down, the less my computer worked.  I was pulled far from my blogging life. Surgery behind me now….Today I woke up at 4:40…

  • 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…

  • Art Meets Life,  Creativity Prompt,  Healing Art

    Painting Up a Storm

    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,…

  • Healing Art,  Spiritual Art

    Angels & Faeries Week: Faerie Friends

    Welcome to Angels and Faeries Week!  I am celebrating the countdown to the grand opening of Angels In My Studio 2013 by sharing some of my favorite winged, spirited, and energetic artwork. Angels In My Studio 2013 is a 5 month online class that goes to that space where art and mystery, creativity and imagination meet.  As part of the art course, each week you will be invited to explore angelic imagery through art and guided meditations. Featuring My Faerie Friends   Faeries, everywhere faeries!    I have to admit, I am a sucker for the faerie folk!  I love the lore, the mystique, and the variety of ways they manifest within…

  • Creative Growth,  Healing Art,  This Sense-ational Life

    This Sense-sational Life {blessing}

    This Sense-sational Life is a blogging series that explores the senses as a way of cultivating a more mindful, connected life.  This week’s post is inspired by a women’s ceremony called The Blessing Way. .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-. The women gathered around one woman whose body was round with child. A first-time mother joined by the first-time father.  The grandparents beaming.  The friends fluttered around in excitement…in anticipation…and then, in celebration.  It began with food. It always begins with food. Then the showering of gifts. Booties, lots of booties. Onesies adorned with cute sayings, stripes and the occasional monkey. Crocheted this and that.  The mother’s smile growing, the vision of the family’s life taking shape.…

  • Creative Growth,  Healing Art,  Wellness

    Love of Massage

    Falling in Love with Massage Before I ever had a massage, I knew I wanted to love it.  I didn’t know why I needed massage in my life, I just knew I did.  The first time I had a massage, I went because I was ALL knotted up, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Massage doesn’t just work with the physical body. It also has the ability to touch the emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. I have always been a sensitive person. As a child, I cried easily.  My feelings were delicate. I held onto the weight of the world. My body took it all in. I had just graduated from high school…

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  • Good Life Vibe,  Healing Art

    Self-Care for Survival

    Because awful things happen and we often struggle with how to make sense of them…. Because there is no making sense of the senseless…. Because our hearts are designed to feel…. And our society often tells us not to….. Or fails to teach us how to care for the heart that cares…. Because I care that YOU care and want you to feel the same comfort you wish for others….   For all those affected by the tragedy at Newtown or by any tragedy….. peace.

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  • AEDM,  Art Meets Life,  Challenges,  Healing Art

    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…

  • AEDM,  Challenges,  Healing Art

    Healing Art

    Several years ago when I was very sick, I made my way back to health while preoccupying myself with little drawings. I called the simple little sketches my Fairy People, although they rarely had wings and some were even skeleton folks.  I think I must have thought of them that way because something in me felt like modern medicine and even alternative medicine was not fully helping. I unconsciously turned to my imagination to help me escape the pain and wished for an ounce of magic or miracle to cure me.  Something I was doing worked. When I drew, the pain left for a bit. And eventually I recovered. I…