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Angels & Faeries Week: Tea Cup Angel

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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 Tea Cup Angel

Tea Cup Angel

This little angel lives in my studio.  She was done as part of an art challenge hosted by my dear friend and Flying Lessons classmate Kathleen Conrad of A New Creation and Upcycle and Remix.  Kathleen and I roomed together at the Art Retreat in Wisconsin.  She is a sweetheart for sure!

Kathleen and Rachel

Kathleen invited us during the challenge to use tea bags in a creative way.  I used mine to honor the anniversary of my mother’s passing.  For more of that story, visit the original post about this project on my previous blog Art of Collecting Yourself.

A Cup Full of Gratitude: Tea Bag Momma

An excerpt from that post in 2011:  This cup forms the base of an art doll I created over the last couple of weeks to honor my mom.  It has a skirt made of 21 red zinger hibiscus tea bags (the pink color comes from the tea, to gold, I added).  The tea bag in the center of the cup is black tea…the kind mom made sun tea out of in the Summer.  The gold and pearls are to help remind me to treasure the present moment as much as I do the past.  The tag of the tea bag has been made into a tiny heart shaped journal.  It is blank to remind me that my future is wide open and not strictly defined by my past…but certainly influenced by it.

 

The doll is constructed of wire (one of my favorite mediums to work with).  Her face is a watch, altered with a drawing.  The drawing looks more like me than it does her, but I am okay with that…reminds me that we are much alike.  Hanging inside her chest is a glass vile filled with garnets and a note that reads love.  And in her hands, she holds a nest with three eggs representing to me the three phases of womanhood.  As I move through each phase, I not only learn about myself, but learn more about my mother.  Kind of magical.

The doll makes me so very happy and helps make this day extra special. My mom was the first artist I ever knew.  She painted oil landscapes and taught me the importance of engaging the creative.  I don’t know who I would be without having had her influence in my life.  Luckily, I don’t have to figure that out.

Look for more angel and faerie art here tomorrow.

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Angels & Faeries Week: Spirit Doll

Angel Week 1

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 Spirit Dolls

spirit doll

One of my favorite ways to find inspiration is within my own art.  Often I will do a doodle, sketch, drawing, or painting and some element will jump out at me.  That then inspires exploration of the element.  I might take that into a poem, a new drawing, a sculpture, or song.

The doll above is made of cardboard, tissue paper, and mixed media.  She is in-process.  There are a few more elements to be added but I am letting them simmer.  She originally came out of a drawing I was doing after a conversation that I had with my friend Kakali about near death experience.  I love that she is looking within.  When I hold her in my hand, she inspires me to look within myself.

This is a poem that bloomed from looking within.

Gratitude Poem

I absolutely love how one work of art has inspired another which inspired another.  Perfect!

Tomorrow’s featured art: Tea Cup Angel

Current Workshop: Angels In My Studio 2013

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Where Art Meets Mystery

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My journal has become my closest companion this last month.  It all began as I started attending a weekly meditation group and found rich stories pouring out of my inner worlds.  Often the stories were of my own healing or the impressions I felt from those I was close to.  Then, I began working with family members who were ill and a friend who was dying and the images I saw when I closed my eyes and got quiet invited themselves onto the pages of my journal.

I didn’t set out to draw my inner landscapes and the muses that populated them, but as my hand moved across the page to doodle, scribble, and otherwise make a mark, I found them showing up there.  They feel like some of the most personal drawings I have ever done.  They are more raw, more intimate, coming from my intuition. They are an expression of my spirituality.

I want to share them with you because they have felt like medicine to me and that kind of spirit-soothing through creativity what I hope to nurture here in Creativity Tribe Studio.

Today’s Intuitive Drawing came out of an evening spent in hospice with my friend.  As I waited in the silence of her room, I heard a call from within myself to sing a song I sang at the death bed of another friend.  The first time I sang it for the dying friend, I sang it over and over in her last minutes.  It felt like I might be helping to sooth the way for her.

The song says, “Surely the presence of Love is in this place, I can feel it’s mighty power and grace. I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face. Surely the presence of Love is in this place.”  I think I have changed some of the words over the years, so it may have another version floating out there. But this is what I sing.

I struggled a bit with the urge I had to sing the song.  Others were in the room with me.  So I decided to sing it in my mind and began meditating on the door in front of me. The door to the room was cracked so that only golden light spilled in.  As I stared at the light it changed to a neon lavender…changed as things do when you stare long enough.  And I felt like I could see shadows like people passing in between the room and the door….as if they were in the room but all I saw were the shadows.  I thought perhaps I should stop staring so hard but for some reason I was drawn in.  I wasn’t scared because somehow although I felt like I was actually seeing something, I was seeing nothing.  Now I know that is a strange thing to say, but sometime there just aren’t words for making sense out of the unusual.

A nurse came into the room and asked the family to step out so she could tend to our friend.  As I walked away, I tried to shake the feeling that I had peeked into another world.  I tried to let go because if I was ever to REALLY experience something like that, I wouldn’t want it to be forced.  I wouldn’t want to spin a story from nothing.  And those pulses of light shadows were barely there.  Perhaps I was tricking myself.  Perhaps I wanted something more to happen.

I made it to the end of the hall and sat.  There was a hubbub in the room next to ours.  The family came out to let the nurse know their loved one had passed.  I was stunned.  I couldn’t help but wonder if I was singing the song for him.

Crossing Over

That night, alone in my room, I turned to the journal.  My journal has been one of those things that has been with me through the craziest, most confusing of times and has never let me down. It brings me clarity.  Letting my hand move across the page, I let go of the image above.  The picture is grainy, but I actually prefer that to the crisp lines.  The event was grainy.  It is an in-between life and death, knowing and unknowing, kind of experience. It left my mind curious to see the whole picture, wishing to know if what I sensed was the real deal.

I think  in times like this, in times where something other worldly, super natural, or something of the spirit has happened, you have to make a decision to doubt or just go with it.  Going with it is what I chose to do.  And this is what that means….

I think I sensed the passing of a person from this world into the next.  I think my intuition connected with him and wanted to ferry him to the next part of his journey with that song.  I never knew him….never saw him….but this image feels like it will connect me with him forever. And for that I am grateful.

Do you have a curiosity about spiritual art, intuitive art?  Join me and a host of spiritual creatives for a journey into a place where art means mystery.  Enrollment is open now….Angels In My Studio 2013.  The Magic begins July 22nd. I for one, can’t wait!

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And the Winner Is…..

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When we give, we get….and I feel like this giveaway has been a huge gift for me.  What a lovely pouring out of interest in this course!  Your stories, your desire to connect with your creativity and spirituality is beautiful.  It makes me fall in love with life!

Enough gushing though….here is what you came for!

The winner of the Angels In My Studio 2013 Giveaway is Loz.  Your name and email will be shared with Sheri Ponzi over at Painting Herself Into Being for acceptance into the course.  Congratulations!

Angels In My Studio 2013

If you didn’t win, take heart. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the angel loveliness.  Registration opens June 8th.

 I will be looking for each of you and hope you can make it happen.  It is amazing what the Universe will bring your way when you are open to inviting in the possibility and positivity!

For more details, head over to the AIMS2013 event page.

I will also be keeping folks signed up for the newsletter in the loop as the class develops.

 

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Angel Work

Marvel Us Moon

I simply marvel at the story that life writes for us.  It can be more captivating than any dime store novel, more heart breaking than the best  Hallmark commercial, funnier than an extended bloopers reel.  Sometimes it doesn’t feel so marvel-us, but if we step back just far enough and cock our head just right, we can often see magic before our very eyes.

My work the last several months has been thick with stories which play out in both my inner and outer life.  Working as a life coach, creativity mentor, and massage therapist means my work can take on many shapes.  Recently, I have been working with individuals who are re-storying their lives after news of life threatening illness.  I didn’t go out looking for them per say  didn’t place an ad inviting this theme, never even consciously put it out into the Universe, but they all came to me within a short period of time.  When that happens, those big synchronicities, I look at them as gifts. (Gift is my word for the year….and boy, do they keep coming!)

The work varies. Sometimes I do something simple like offer a sip of water or listen.  Other times, my work is more hands-on and more closely associated with my training in massage and life coaching.    That would all be enough, that work….it would be fulfilling on its own.  But as sometimes happens when we open our hearts to another, we heal something in ourselves.  I like to think of myself as their Angel and them as my Angels.  That is something to marvel over!

This week there has been plenty of Angel Work!

That has been reflected in my artwork, as well.

Angel WorkThis is from the art journal I started at the Art Retreat I taught in Wisconsin during a class I took with Junelle Jacobsen.   I have been playing with it the last several weeks.

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Angels In My Studio

This deep healing work and the art that is coming from it also reflect one of the focuses I am going to take up this Summer as an instructor for Sheri Ponzi’s Angels in My Studio 2013.  I am teaching a Spirit Doll Workshop where we will be creating mixed media dolls and getting in touch with our Creative Spirits!

Check back Monday for all the juicy details for a giveaway I am hosting for a spot in the class.  Wouldn’t it be fun to spread our wings together!?

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