I have been sitting with my Paint Mojo Texas experience, letting myself gently make my way into a fuller understanding of the process and what it means to me. One part of the weekend keeps standing out and is ready to be shared.
The second morning we were at Paint Mojo Texas, Tracy Verdugo, our teacher, took a walk out on the dirt roads of The Lotus Ranch. After lunch, she asked us to join her for an excursion. We blindly followed her, as we had all weekend, but instead of trustingly delving into the landscape of our imaginations through paint and brush, we made our way to a lotus pond.
As we wrapped our new sisterhood around the edge of the pond, we giggled like school girls. The tiny frogs made their ways from lily pad to lily pad as we, one by one, shared what the weekend had been like for us. Every woman had a different story, and every story felt like a square on a giant quilt that we all shared. After only a few short days, we had found connections that were steeped in meaning, meaning that unfolded like magic in front of us.
Anyone can host or teach a painting retreat, but it takes a special team to put the mojo into a retreat. Tracy Verdugo brought a soulFULLness to the weekend that left me wanting for nothing. Our hostess, Selah Gay approached the retreat as if it were her own personal masterpiece. She crafted her love of what she was doing into every detail. It was exactly what a girl might dream of an art retreat being.
Now, that lotus pond……I returned at sunset on the last day just minutes before leaving. The blue haze of twilight just strong enough to catch me before the sun went down. Over one shoulder, a glowing full moon, and just within ear shot the howls and hollers of a few coyotes and a pack of wild artist women settling in for an after party. I wouldn’t be staying, but my heart was sure to linger even as I drove through the Texas Hill Country, making my way.
Coming soon…. images from the retreat and the ways this retreat has changed the way I think about life.
Art Every Day Month
Today’s AEDM offering comes out of a series of works I am doing around healing art. I shared earlier in the month that I have been using little works of art as medicine for years. On the adventure to embrace life fully, I have been working with the cards more often. Today’s card will ultimately be sent to a doctor I have teamed up with to help me with wellness and longevity practices. (Don’t worry, I am in fine health, just wanting to keep it that way!)
I wore the earrings attached to the card (above) today and got invited by a local salon to sell them for the holiday season. Told you, good mojo!
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