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Vision Board Workshop

Art Center of Corpus Christi
Saturday, September 6th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Instructor: Rachél Payne
Cost: $35, Supply List Below

Vision Board Workshop

They say if you can see it you can achieve it! Vision boards help us focus on what we want to create in life while giving us a daily reminder of what is important so we can steer our life in the right direction. Creating a vision board with others is a great way to officially claim our goals. Join Life Coach and Artist, Rachél Payne, for a workshop that helps you create a visual representation of your dreams and makes your goals come to life right in front of your eyes.

 

Supply List:

* Sturdy surface for the vision board…like a large piece of cardboard, foam core board, large watercolor paper or poster board

* Plenty of glue stick or rubber cement.

* Inspirational magazines and other images (calendars, ephemera, etc) to be cut up.

* Journal, sketchbook, loose paper to make notes and brainstorm you goals.

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Follow the Impulse

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My dear friend Jessica with Wild Heart Holistics often talks about “following the impulse.”  I remember her talking about it years ago when she was leading dance classes.  She wanted us to pay attention to how the impulse wanted us to move. At first I didn’t fully understand what she meant, but over time, I found myself trying to detect the impulse so I could follow it.

The impulse isn’t something that lives somewhere in the body and yet, that is where it comes from…the body…from our being.  For me it can come from different places…. a radiating wave of urging from the heart, a subtle knowing in the brain, a quick jump of the gut, a sharp pull on the shoulder blades as if we had wings that wanted to jump into motion or the echoing of many senses that pull the whole self towards a resolution.

Detecting an impulse is a very subtle art.  The impulse is often buried under foggy awareness so that it doesn’t occur to me that I have had an impulse for minutes, hours, or even days later.  But once it is detected, I know it as if it were a good friend.

Now days I have gotten really good at first detecting and then following the impulse.  When I act on it, I am often led to beautiful synchronicities.

Unicorn Magic

 

A Recent Impulse with Big Rewards

The listening…..

A few months ago, Jessica invited me to offer my art and share about the essential oils I love at the Earth Day Care Fair for her church.  I was in the middle of healing from surgery at the time and had no idea what the outcome would be or what my energy level might allow. But, there was this impulse to join in.  Finally, I decided to follow it.

I spent a few weeks preparing.  I got busy painting, bought a brand new Easy Up (purple!), and gathered the essential oil goodies I wanted to offer.  It felt good to work again.  Felt healing to dive into the paint.  And the nights that I stayed up bottling samples were delightfully aromatic.  I was having so much fun. (If you take a long breath, you might even be able to smell the wild orange and peppermint I have going right now in my diffuser!)

First reward….

A few days before leaving for the EDCF (Did I mention it was out of town ….about a 3 hour drive?), I posted a few pics of my art just to show my friends what I was working on.  When I woke up the next morning, I had an offer for my little unicorn (the background art for the unicorn above).  I knew then my impulse was taking me on a ride!

Double feature…

My artist hubby, Eric, and I headed out for our trip.  We visited Rose Duncan of RoseHeartNSoul Creations & Coaching for her art show at Intermezzo Gallery and Studio in Boerne, Texas.  The show was beautiful.

Heart-Glow Inspiration Deck

Photo: Alyssa Morgan Gonzales     Background Art: D. Ellis Phelps

 It was exciting to see so many art lovers doing their thing.  As the visit was about to wind down, the impulse took over and made another synchronicity bloom.  The manager of Intermezzo, Kathy Cody Gallaway, introduced herself.  We got to talking about my art. Rose suggested I share art images from my phone, and before I knew it, I was their newest artist!  Intermezzo is representing 12 of my mixed media works.

What is even more exciting is that we started talking about me potentially teaching workshops at Intermezzo.  Rose and I are collaborating on one right now that is very near and dear to my heart involving Artist Trading Cards.  The other involves a labyrinth walk and processing with art.  I can’t wait to see where that all goes.

Did you know I love labyrinths?  They often show up in my art… and on the beach when I have a few friends to make them magically appear!

Irene Jaan takes her turn at drawing out the labyrinth’s circuit.

They keep coming….

Later that night, Eric and I ended up at Jessica’s house and began telling her about the exciting news.  As we were talking to her a friend wrote me about doing the cover work for an upcoming book and I got a message about a return coaching client wanting to continue our work together.  All this before the actual Earth Day Care Fair even began.

The EDCR went well.  I shared the oils with lots of folks and did some really fun trades for my paintings.  Then, out of the blue got another message that a friend who had seen my paintings online when I post pictures of my booth wanted to buy my owl painting.

Owl Be Here

And when you get it all….

All that bounty in the course of three days was amazing for me, especially after a year of putting off so much of my passion as I pursued a victorious outcome with the uterine cancer.  I found myself that weekend holding up a new realization that I really could have it all.  Success with all my passions….  art, workshops, my love of essential oils, and life coaching.  And not only could I have it all, the Universe was sending signals for me to get
exactly what I was wishing for.  The trick?  Follow the impulse.

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Missing Mojo & The Skull Trade

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 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 had layered in symbols and done a wash…then tucked in automatic paintings inspired by a poem….

Paint Mojo 3

We then added stencils and other markings…and painted back what was off balanced or added color to help even things out.  I wasn’t in love with mine and was feeling frustrated, so I grabbed some paint and let it wash over some parts and drip around….that’s where that runny blue at the bottom came from.  Then I walked away.  Sometimes you just have to walk away.

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This is what it looked like at the end of the day on Saturday.  I wasn’t in love with it.

Our next step was to look into the painting and see what came to us.  The runny blue patch towards the bottom seemed like it could be a skirt and before I knew it, I had fleshed out a woman…turned mermaid.  That moment of desperation with the blue became the catalyst for something beautiful that ended up touching my heart deeply.

This process is sort of like painting blind.  As you go along, you realize you were creating an image with your intuition that you would never have achieved intentionally.  That is the mojo of it all!  MAGIC!

Mermaid 500

The Skull Trade

That isn’t all the MOJO I have been spinning.  A month or so ago…maybe two at this point, I joined an online artists’ group hosted by April Cole.  April is a blogger that I have been following since I was a new brand new blogger.  I considered her a kind of wise woman that I would turn to for inspiration and direction.  That, of course, would be news to her.  I have just secretly basked in her passionate offerings without offering much beyond energetic support.

But  I joined The Studio – Artist Community and decided to spin some real energy with her.  It has been super fun. She has a great collection of creatives there, offers lots of opportunities to share/trade art.  It is seriously like a party for artist.

My First Trade with The Studio: Journal Cards

The challenge was to create Day of the Dead journal cards to trade.  I love Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). It is a huge celebration in my neck of the woods. In fact, my hometown (and lots of my artist friends) throw a shindig that is touted as one of the top festivals in the US for the holiday.  They close several blocks down town and bring the flavor of this beautiful Mexican tradition to life.

Here was my skull card…

Collage Skull Card Rachel Payne

My card went to Belinda Dworak.  Here’s her card…

DayoftheDead BeBe Dworak

Here is the card I got back… from Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson Art Card

What fun it is to share art! In fact, it is one of my very favorite things about art.  SHARING!

Super special thanks to April Cole for sponsoring the challenge.  Loved it!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

 

 

Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo

Paint Mojo Austin

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 around or….OR….. Head over and sign up for her upcoming Paint Mojo book.  (Can you say, Santa’s wish list??! I am eagerly awaiting mine!)

Pre-order Paint Mojo by Tracy Verdugo

Wanna dive into my Paint Mojo process with me?  Come on in! 

Tracy had us start our large piece by adding symbols to our painting.  This is the same way she started the first Paint Mojo I attended and I loved the idea so much that I have created a Symbol Journal that I have been filling with interesting symbols for the last year.

Symbol Journal 1

Inside my Symbol Journal, I collect and record personal symbols that have shown up in my  life with deep meaning or that have come in for a day that seem to capture the moment in a certain way.   When I apply them to my paintings, they flesh out a new story for me.

Inside Symbol Journal

Some of the symbols you might see in my painting (and their meanings for me) include a flower (growth), spiral (going inward), doorway (entering another realm), heart with cross at the bottom (neverending love), flaming chalice (sacred woman), female reproductive system (personal healing), and pelvic bone (cradle of creation)… to name a few.

Paint Mojo Austin 1

Next we added color washes.  These have the potential to bring the painting to life and give it cohesion.

Paint Mojo 2

It may take a patient eye to look for differences between these two pics.  At this layer we took small paintings we did as automatic responses to a poem and added them to the painting.  It was a stretch, but added more dimension and interest to the canvas.

Paint Mojo 3

I know it is a big jump from this image to the next.  My camera gave out on me, so some of it will remain a mystery.

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At the very end, we looked into the mess of colors, symbols, textures, and marks that we had created and attempted to cull something out of it.  I sat with trust and tried to be open.  I felt a twinge of fear that I might not find something or that I might fall into having to force an image out, but in the end, a woman showed herself to me.

The skirt (or waist as it is now) was the first part to peek out.  Then, as I worked with her, she showed me her fabulous mermaid tail.   I was overwhelmed once I got her sketched out.  So much so, that I started to crying.  The image touched something deep inside.

I continued to work with her and soon, the moon over her womb appeared.  It was perfect.  The symbols I had chosen were my way of calling up the feelings and themes that circle around the uterine cancer diagnosis that I got this summer and the upcoming surgery that will ultimate leave me physically unable to have children.  I went to the workshop knowing I wanted to “go there”….knowing I wanted to give myself space to explore what not having a uterus will mean.  I also wished to invite myself to a new understanding of the womb itself.  As I painted, I asked myself, Is the womb a physical thing or could it be more?

The mermaid showing up as she did helped me somehow re-vision myself.  Uterus or not, I am a woman.  Or as the painting whispered to me that day in the circle of my Paint Mojo sisters….I am a Womb-Moon.  From the day I was born until the day I die….I am a creatrix… a supracreative… a spinner of dreams into reality…. a holder of space for the birthing of delicate cries for grand existence.  Take any part of the body away and I am still as much so….and perhaps with the trance-formation, even more.

That’s my mojo….ultimately. 

Paint Mojo Austin

Big thanks to Tracy for unleashing such beauty from each of us, for opening a circle that could hold our inner world as we turned it into an outer work, and for guiding our hands and hearts on the journey to discover our MOJO!   You are a dear friend and a gift!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

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

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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 especially love the hair.  Isn’t that funny!  I have been growing my hair out and letting some of the gray have its way with me.  I am not loving the grey so I have been dying it purple.  It’s great fun!  And some days when the weather is just right, my curls come out to play.  Makes me feel like a wild child!

For more of my art images check out my Rachél’s Art page.

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Playing with My Food

In the studio with me this morning is also a bowl of chia pudding.  It is my creative food contribution to the day.  I have been playing with chia seeds for the last several months

chia seed pudding

The chia seed pudding is so crazy simple.  If you have never had a chia seed, I like to compare them to tapioca or flax.  They have a little gooey-ness to them when they soak a bit in liquid.  They are uber good for you.  Most people I talk to are pleased with chia seeds, but the texture is not for everyone.  I crave it!  And YES, they are the same chia seeds used for chia pets.  Cool, huh?

When I make chia pudding, I use what I have on hand and am very flexible with how it turns out.  The most important ingredients are the chia seeds and the coconut milk.  Some days I just eat it like that.

But this is how I LOVE it…..

I take a can of organic coconut milk (full fat) and add chia seeds.  Some days I like it super thick and some days soupy, so just play with what works for you.  I add to it shredded coconut (again, according to how thick you want it) and a nut I love (pecans today, but almonds, pistachios, walnuts, or cashews all work too.)  Nut butters are also a fabulous addition to bring a little flavor.   A few drops of stevia (an herbal sweetener) helps brighten the taste.  Add a dash of cinnamon and cardamom if you like those and a few berries for color  if you have them.  Let it set up for 15 minutes or put over night depending on your schedule and how you wish.

Sometimes I have this for breakfast, other times it is a snack.  I also often save it for the end of the day when I know I want to feel like I am treating myself to a dessert.  It reminds me a lot of my grandmother’s rice pudding (especially if it has extra cinnamon and a few raisins) and other times it is similar to Indian Rice Pudding (especially when I add cadamom).  It makes enough to share or to have more for the next day.

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Art Journal: Summer Solstice

Art Journal

At the first of the year I discovered Galia Alena, a New Zealand based mixed media artist with a deep understanding of the creative spirit.  She and I were in the Fly Tribe Word Hop, sharing our words for the year.  Her offering was mesmerizing.  It was a video chronicling her journal process for exploring her word.  I loved it especially for its invitation to let intuition guide the process.  This is how my art usually evolves and I could appreciate witnessing that on her video.

So when I got an invitation to participate as an instructor in Angels In My Studio 2013 and saw she is part of the gathering of teachers with me, I was thrilled!

This weekend, she posted her Journal as Sacred Vessel Summer Solstice video.  It is lovely. I watched it Friday and have been letting it percolate.  Tonight I visited my journal as time would allow.  Here is where I am…

Summer Solstice

I see a woman emerging.

What the journaling brought up for me….

I have had a weekend filled with introspection.  I feel very connected to the world inside, and somehow to the world of symbols, metaphor, and stories that exist in the reality where imagination, intuition, creativity, and spirituality bloom.

Summer Solstice in South Texas is the beginning of a very intense time.  I think we often associate the Winter with a time to go inward, but I believe that is completely subjective.  We wrestle with extreme degrees in the heat of Summer that send us looking for shade.  It has already begun.

That going inward has made Grandmother Bear show up in some of my sketches.  For me the bear in an introspective creature, extremely fertile, birthing, feeding, nurturing….all while in a slumber.  She creates in a dream-like state.

The words I wrote beneath the painting helped remind me that I should balance movement and rest and that the movement should be gentle and flowing.  This mirrors the insight I felt about Bear.  She is active in an inactive way. I also got in touch with the importance of water (birth water and the consumption of water) to help relieve the fiery nature of the season.  I even felt like the foods I would pick should be more water based….fruits and veggies, light soups, smoothies, fresh juice, lighter proteins.

I still have several layers to add to my journal entry for the Summer Solstice.  I don’t mind not getting it done in one sitting.  This will be a great project to let simmer on a slow burner.

Special thanks to Galia Alena for her seasonal journal offering. I will leave some links below, including a guest post she wrote for The Amulet Magazine that I enjoyed finding when I was looking for links.  It is a jewel for sure!

Journal as Sacred Vessel Summer Solstice Video

Galia Alena Blog

Amulet Magazine Guest Post

Angels In My Studio 2013…. where you will find us BOTH!

AIMS NAMES

What is a Goddess….

Collaborative Creatives

Recently, I joined a brilliant gathering of women in co-creating The Goddess Chronicles: A Traveling Art Journal.  The mixed media, multi-country journal is the brain-child (perhaps that should be heart-child) of Texas artist (and world traveler) Sofia Dabalsa.  Sofia and I met on-line while taking Flying Lessons with Kelly Rae Roberts.  Not long after the class ended, we arranged a meet-up and have been cultivating a friendship ever-since.

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Texas Fly Girls: That’s Sofia in the middle with the beautiful, long, curly hair and me in the green.  We are joined from left to right by Christina Fajardo, Ann Marie, Amy Hillenbrand, Rose Duncan, and Lisa Stamper Meyer.  Christina and Rose are also part of the Goddess Chronicles. 

Being part of the Goddess Chronicles is one of those game-changers for me, the way Flying Lessons was.  I have always been comfortable with the word goddess, but I know lots of people who aren’t.  They struggle with it’s alignment to a form of deity.  I took that to heart when I joined the project.  Latching onto it gave me the opportunity to figure out how to make the word safer for others while still being true to myself.  Certainly my intent would not be to convert someone to my way of thinking, simply hold up a mirror so that the word might be reflected in a new light.

Sunflower brilliant

Another part of the project that drew me in was the fact that The Goddess Chronicles will eventually make it’s home at Girls Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.  My friend Rhonda Wilson Williamson is President/CEO, so contributing to the girls she works with brought the intention close to my heart.

When it came time for me to do my page (which I can’t show you because the project may potentially go to publication…..but a good story will potentially satisfy your curiosity) I contemplated those people who might not get the Goddess thing and tried to put myself in the shoes of the girls who would ultimately take possession of it.  I kept thinking…What is a goddess anyway?  Over and over the answer came….Just another name for woman.

It is simple and profound all in the same utterance.  The word lets us know that we are special, that we have always been enough, that we don’t have to try to be more. We are enough today. We were enough yesterday.  We are enough at our best, and enough in our worst moment. Always enough.  It also informs us that goddess is common and universal…not touchable, but everyday.  When I say everyday, though, I mean it as it refers to all the beauty of what woman is.  Beauty in her simplicity, authenticity, and in her the complex intricacies she exudes.  What a paradox, woman…what a paradox, goddess.

flower girl

Lastly, the pages I offered for The Goddess Chronicles: A Traveling Art Journal became a reminder to myself of how precious I am.  Everyday I have the opportunity to honor the goddess I am.  I honor her by creating a life worthy of the divine-feminine in me.  I honor her by being in my power when others need the gifts I have to offer and especially when others are in their own power.  I honor her in small ways, like mindfully choosing how I talk to myself, and in the big ways like making self-care and self-love the standard of living that I set for myself.

The Goddess Chronicles isn’t just about me, though. It is packed full of amazing women.  I would like to invite you to get to know them…be inspired by them, and maybe along the way you might make friends with the goddess in YOU.  Sofia is featuring the goddesses on her blog so you can do just that. This week I was one of the featured artists.  I would love for you to stop by and support Sofia and what she is doing.  She proudly sports the Creativity Tribe badge, so feel free to let here know you dance to the same groove!

My Feature on Sofia’s Blog

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Creativity Tribe Studio {Ornies}

I have been busy creating ornaments for the Apocalypse show at KSpace Contemporary.  They always have great ornaments created by area artist. I am excited to offer these up from the Creativity Tribe Studio.

I still have some work to do on them and will make sure to show them to you when they are all finished up.

Deep Gratitude

A few years ago, I started blogging with the idea that someday I would have a full blown website, get to share my art, my exquisite passion for the creative lifestyle, and help people discover their own creativity.  Now I am living that dream.  I am days away from launching the coaching portion of my business, my hands have been marked with paint everyday for a month, and I realize that my heart is so blessed that I overflow with gratitude.  YOU are a significant part of that blessing.  Today as I sit down with family to celebrate the Fall festival of Thanksgiving, I will be giving thanks for this community, for the bonds we are developing, and for the promise of more meaningful connections soon to come.

Where ever you are in the world…USA or otherwise….I encourage you to count your blessings. Blessings counted seem to multiply!

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