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Art is my Fave

This month I have been all over the place… quite literally!  My art work is showing in four different venues in my hometown, and I couldn’t be more over the moon!  I can’t help but think back to the days when I first began showing my art.  Having one piece in a show was a big struggle for my self-esteem.  I was an artist, tight in the bud.

Fresh out of college, I discovered a local artist co-op, KSpace.  I had taken a few art classes, was doing The Artist’s Way, and decided to follow the impulse of my Creative Spirit.  I took some photos of the little bit of work that I had and applied to be part of the co-op.  To my delight, I was accepted.

Towards the end of my time with KSpace, I attended a Christmas party where the organizers were handing out funny certificates that captured some little bit of each artist’s story.  My award….Most Improved Artist.  I think some might have been taken aback….Are you trying to say my art wasn’t good?! But I knew without question that I was very loved by the group and I listened as they shared their inspiration for the award.  One of the artist shared that when I applied, my art was not yet developed.  Several of the artist weren’t inclined to let me in, not out of meanness, but out of a desire to keep the quality of the work they showed.  But one artist, Day Wheeler, saw something in my art and advocated for me.   They respected her enough to trust her instinct, and after a short time, I began to bloom.

Day Wheeler at the KSpace Contemporary

One of the things I love about the shows I am doing this month is that several are shared with other artists who are stretching their sense of who they are as artists to show their works with me.  I feel like I am giving them the same boost that Day gave me…..and for which I remain grateful.

A Quick Peek at Some of My Work

Garcia Arts and Education Center

I am showing a piece that was originally created for the Apocalypse Show at the KSpace Contemporary December of 2012.  The work is inspired by the Paint Mojo Texas Retreat I attended some months before that with Tracy Verdugo.  Wanna see my process? Check out the blog post about it….My Art was Destroyed!

Art Center of Corpus Christi

My hubby (Eric Payne), room mate (Lisa Fonseca), and I have been making art together for the last 3 years since we all started sharing a home together. We usually create small 4 inch by 4 inch drawings of faces that have a different part of the face drawn each by a different artist, then one of us makes the whole piece come together. Some are whimsical, some creepy, all of them have inspired us to push ourselves as artist and human beings.

Exquisite Corpse Drawings

The collaboration comes from a little drawing game my mom would have me and my brother do when we were very little. I learned years later that it originated as a parlor game called Exquisite Corpse Drawings invented by the Surrealist. Who knew my mom was so darned with-it! Every time I do it I think of her!

Lisa, Eric, and I created three larger pieces to help give the show a bigger presence.  The pieces below, done in the same way as the smaller pieces, are mixed media on cardboard.

Exquisite Corpse Cardboard Art
art project
Art In Process
Later this week….
I will share my other two shows later this week along with a guest blog post by Amy Putkonen as part of This Sense-Sational Life Blog Series.

 

Breath of Life

Now for the second half of the creative visualization I did last week that helped me turn my trajectory away from a crash course with Death and aim for a life well lived.  Let’s see, where was I?  Oh yes, Death had transformed into a wise elder-woman with the tell-tale signs of many years of joy reading all over her face.  She walked away to join The Fates, leaving me with the woman who had come when I let out a call for help…..this sounds like a metaphysical soap opera.

In the mediation, I felt as if a new story was playing out in front of me.  On one hand I had a sense of what should happen.  I was, after all, working to shift into a story of healing, but I could not see how the story would play out. I was invested in the happily-ever-after but had not been let in on the script.  Every action of my own or another participant was as fresh and new to me as it might be in real life.  In fact, that is how it felt…real, authentic…as if I was living in the moment.

The helper woman stood up and walked behind me. She placed her hands firmly on my shoulders and stood me up. I had been handled like that once before in a healing ceremony I participated in at the Peace Vigil in Washington, D.C. just days after 9-11.  I remember feeling the power of having someone who cared about me support me like that. Some days I can still feel my friend’s hands on my shoulders from that first ceremony, as if they have never left me.  Feeling them again in the creative visualization connected me immediately to a sense of deep, powerful healing.

The helper woman guided my body to turn and face her. She was standing on a small mound so that I could not see behind her.  She looked me in the eyes, with love and intensity and asked me, “Do you want to see your new life?”

I offered an eager, “Yes!”

She stepped to the side.  Before me was a vast valley.  My heart sped up.  “I have been here before,” I told her.  I could feel the same overwhelming beauty in that moment that I had when I visited this place several years ago on my trip to Oregon.  I was standing at the top of Crown Point, a majestic vista which overlooks Columbia River Gorge. I started to cry.

Vista House Sunset – Time lapse from Even Quach on Vimeo.

(This is a video shot by Even Quach. The house you see in the distance is located at Crown Point State Park. That is where I was standing in the meditation. The valley beyond is what I was shown. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.)

“This is how wide open your life is,” the helping woman said.  “This is how full of possibility your life is.  No limits are placed on you. None.  And having no limits feels just…like…. this.”

The wind blew across my face, and I breathed it in as if I were breathing in Life itself.   My body shivered inside.  That place is overwhelming in the best way.  That place is so immense that it felt surreal.  I sat with it…with my new Life.  I drank it in.  I felt as if my body was quenching itself after a long thirst.  I could swear my cells were reforming, as if my DNA was actually restructuring itself.

And you know, maybe it was.

All new….new life….new possibility….new me.

 

 

Life in All Its Fullness

We all have a sacred path we sit in front of, sacred in the sense that it calls to our very soul. It whispers  in the darkness, twinkles around us in the light of day, makes us feel alive as we move down it or encourages us to wish for some place new when you have forgotten it and lost your way.  The path is like this huge magnet that directs our lives or makes us fight hard to move against it.

We travel the road on our own, but if we are lucky, it runs parallel to the roads of others who are on their own shiny path.  Seeing them live out their passions is contagious. We wish the same for ourselves. We are inspired.

If you found your way here today, maybe you feel the call to travel your own sacred path. I am here on my bliss passage encouraging you on. Close your eyes and let its whispers grow louder and more focused, let it tell you exactly how to get there. Let it describe the path to you. Today you will get a few details, tomorrow more. When you can see some portion of it, take one step in the direction of your dream…..and then another. Let the momentum take over and the fears fall to the wayside. Feel that bright spot? Feel that exhilaration?  Feel that zeal….that’s you on the path….that is life in all its fullness.

You’re doing it.  You are doing it!

My Creative Growth

When I started running my own creative biz, I made a decision that the best way to guarantee that I could be the best I could be was to regularly practice self-care, schedule opportunities for continuing education, to play, and to live authentically….scars, beauty marks and all.  This is what I am doing for my creative growth.

Coaching School

Yep, I have headed back to school!  I LOVE learning.  A few years ago, I completed my Masters in Counseling, and now I am fine tuning my love of helping others by joining Brandi Graves at iCoach University for coach school. I will be wrapping up my coach training soon, until then, I am enjoying the experience. Brandi is motivating and inspiring.

Business School

 I told you…headed back to school.  I am taking Simply My Harvest – Starting Your New Business, a great e-course taught by my friend, Connie Rawlings. Connie is a living paradox. She is a CPA and a SCW (Super Creative Woman).  Her class blends the two and has been a delight to take. It didn’t take long for me to relax into learning what I have for most of my life been afraid to look at. But, if I am going to work with others to face their fears, I might as well join the party!

 Traci Bunkers 30 Days of Get Your Art On

I discovered Traci last year. She has lots of energy and amazing ideas. I had a blast making flip-flop stamps from her video last year and have incorporated several of the stamps I made into my art. I started the challenge on the first and will be keep up with it through October. You can find pics of my art projects on the Creativity Tribe Facebook Page.  It’s not too late to jump in. If you are doing the challenge, make sure to drop me a line with your blog so I can share the experience with you.

I am also working on a few projects that I hope will help you take care of your creative growth. You can subscribe to the newsletter, Facebook Page or RSS feed to stay connected. Either way, make sure to check back soon for all the SENSATIONAL details.

Listening Inward

I like to know where I stand.

 I like things spelled out in black and white. 

I like things tied up, nice and neat.

But sometimes life gets messy.

And we have to let go of what is safe….

And reach for what is right.

If we are lucky, we will find the path that is made for us.

But how do we know when it is time to leave the proven for the possible?

We listen inward.

What do you hear when you get quiet and go inward?

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