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Make More Art from the Heart

It’s been a whirlwind day.  I started by creating a care package for a dear friend who is going into the hospital tomorrow.  I created a few coloring pages for her with small poems circling around them, threw in a few black and white copies of my favorite drawings and a new zine my husband drew up last month.  I tucked inside one of my dreamcatchers and a few notes from some shared friends. Not long after that, my hubby and I drove out to meet her and her hubby. First I shared the care package, then we headed to dinner. It was a great visit.

I have been thinking a lot about sharing.  It sounds like a no-brainer. It was one of those lessons we have been learning since before we were potty trained.  Share your toys….share your spot in the front seat….share where you bought those fabulous shoes….share your mind, your money, your heart.  Sometimes I am better at sharing than others.  I admit it!

But recently I have been feeling the benefit of a few powerful sharing moments.  About a year ago my hubby and I gave a friend a gift. It wasn’t for Christmas or birthday, it was given because someone gave us a gift that we were choosing to share.  Then about six months ago the family we gave our gift to, gave us something totally unexpected.  Their surprise gift got tucked away during our travels and a portion of it was found in my studio yesterday.  It included an incense burner, a bit of charcoal, and amber resin.  This morning I lit the charcoal and dropped the amber on it.  The smoke-filled the house and permeated my clothes.  It is a sweet, rich smell that made me extremely happy.  It is, in fact, my very favorite smell.  The gratitude for the gift reminded me of the long chain of giving that had brought it into my life.  From someone to me, from me to another, from that other back to me.

As I am looking at the upcoming holidays, I want to remember how good giving feels.  I want to connect with the giver in me and give that part of me space to explore new frontiers in sharing.

Speaking of sharing, let me share how I ended my day….making art in the studio.  I have trunk show at Feather’s Beauty Lounge this weekend.  My focus today……why, feathers, of course!  A few owls in the works and a few chickadees.

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Art Every Day Month is a movement, inspiring artist around the blogosphere!  Head over and see what they are up to today!  Then, consider joining us.  It is a small act that makes a big different.  Creativity…….. engage!

Art Making Marathon

Yep, I am stretching, getting all pumped up, and ready, because this week I am going the extra mile. I’m doing an Art Making Marathon in the Creativity Tribe Studio.

On the agenda: more wire dreamcatchers, a wire dragonfly, a few painted birdies, and some little paintings. …..and maybe a few other goodies!  My sister-in-law, Erica Duff, has a new salon that blends her love of doing hair with her love of handmade art.  Oh, and I can’t forget her love of all things feathered!

Feather’s Beauty Lounge

I few months ago I decked her walls out with some of my paintings, and now, for her first big event (a trunk show featuring fashions and accessories from Benjamin’s) she has invited me and a few of my favorite art chicas to join in the festivities!

I have spent the last year building my business with Amy and Charlotte as my creative comadres. We meet about once a month for tea, talk about the highs and lows of having creative businesses, show our art together at certain venues, and offer rich support for the solo-preneurial journey. Growing my business has been made extra special with their energy to help keep my flying.

 Here are some goodies from the first day of my Art Making Marathon.  It a great way to channel the incredible momentum that I have felt after attending Paint Mojo Texas and doing art everyday this month with AEDM2012.

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Art Every Day Month is a movement, inspiring artist around the blogosphere!  Head over and see what they are up to today!  Then, consider joining us.  It is a small act that makes a big different.  Creativity…….. engage!

 

 

Dreamcatchers

One of my favorite art projects recently was one I did for the gals at Paint Mojo Texas.  It was a labor of love for sure.  I made 20 little wire dreamcatchers to give to them during the retreat.  I chose dreamcatchers because I wanted something that reflected the word Mojo.  And dreamcatchers, a few days before Halloween, did just that.

I worked on an extra one today that is going out in the mail to a friend who I originally met on the blog I had before Creativity Tribe. She has been an integral part of this dream for me, supporting, encouraging, sharing her wisdom and creativity.  She is one of the tribe’s wise women. I hope she enjoys it.

 

These little webs are close to my heart.  I would love to continue making and sharing them as I build the web that will catch my big, beautiful dreams.

This last dreamcatcher is also my offering for today’s Art Every Day Month Challenge. I have been doing a bit of art each day but have chosen to hold onto a few items for special projects.  Girl’s gotta have her secrets!

Art Every Day Month is a movement, inspiring artist around the blogosphere! Head over and see what they are up to today!  Then, consider joining us.  It is a small act that makes a big different.  Creativity…….. engage!

Circle Art

This last week when I attended the Paint Mojo Texas Retreat with Tracy Verdugo, we spent time exploring our personal symbols.  I have to confess that jazzed me like nobody’s business!  I like symbols.  I look for them out in the world, in the way of logos, graffiti tags, signs, patterns, etc.  I collect books that explore ancient markings including hieroglyphics, runes, labyrinths and mazes.

This evening at the bookstore, I sat, listening to folk music and letting my pen explore the page.  I began with one of my favorite symbols, the simple circle.  I added marks, allowing my hand and mind to automatically go from one strata to the next.  Gently, but quickly, a mandala appeared.  A mandala is a symbol which is said to represent the inner self.  It is like taking a snap shot that reflects some aspect of the self in that moment.

 

 

These mandalas were drawn during one of the few rain storms we have had this year. The lightening was so frequent friends kept saying it looked like a disco outside.  The water means a bit of relief from the drought.  There is something psychologically renewing about rain, especially when the world is turning brown from a lack of it.  These mandalas call forth renewal, growth and abundance….for the city around me…and for the part of myself that needs to be quenched.

Gifting

I have added a new page to my site (oooo, just LOVE doing that.) I hope you will check out.  It has another kind of mandala….a Self-Care Mandala. Head over and get a copy of it, then let me know how it works for you!  It’s a freebie!

 Check out the other AEDM entries for Day 4!

Big welcome to all the other AEDM’ers. I would like to invite you to add your creative art site to the Faces of Creativity Page if you feel called to join us.  Help me meet a goal of a total of 50 links on that page by the end of the month.

Let’s grow a tribe, together!

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 have been in a bit of discomfort for the last couple of weeks. Nothing life threatening or even anything to worry about. My spine has been working out some alignment issues.  This week while organizing my studio, I found a little stash of my Fairy People.  My back (which had been the thing that made me sick all those years ago) seemed to want to grasp at them again, as if to call on the same relief they had given way back when.

This morning I went to the chiropractor and have been taking care of myself with periodical naps and just being mindful of my movement.  When it came time to think about my creative project for Art Every Day Month Challenge, I remembered that it was Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, also called All Soul’s Day) and that we were planning to attend the street festival tonight.  I decided to explore the skeleton drawings I had done back then and to do another.

 

Then….

Now…

By the way, I am feeling a bit better. (wink)

 Check out AEDM Day #3!

Festering Eyeball Pudding

I have been straightening my studio, re-organizing it really.  Oh, how about a little peak in the studio!? We had a Witches’ Ball at the house last night for Halloween.  But before the party, I snuck into the studio for a few pics of my handmade witches hat.

Yeppers, I was having fun with the camera!

 

I also created a necklace filled with dehydrated prince charming (just add water and a kiss…simple spells are always my favorite!)

One theme of the party was to bring food with gross names. My offering: Graveyard Gruel (Texas Chili) and Festering Eyeball Pudding (grapes, tapioca pudding, and pecans…actually VERY yummy.)

We had a great time!  I loved all the energy from the event and have used it to take me into the first two days of Art Every Day Month. This challenge encourages creativity for the month of November. I did it last year and it gave me a real boost.  So I have two days worth of art, both on the same theme.

Day of the Dead Embroidery 

Tonight I am headed for one of MSN’s Top 10 Dia de los Muertos Festival in our hometown which is organized by K Space Contemporary.  It is one of my favorite street festivals of the year.  I hope to share some pictures with you (if my camera cooperates!)  Till then, keep creating a beautiful life!

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