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Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop Sneak Peek

Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop Sneak Peek

This sneak peek at the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up shop was promised in last week’s post. I shared the big news that Creativity Tribe can be found as a year round vendor at the Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market, Saturday mornings.  This week, I want to dig a bit deeper and share some of the goodies we have created.

You can find Creativity Tribe at several local markets and events. We set up our Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop featuring handmade mixed media art, jewelry, cards, smaller prints of larger works, and spiritually influenced art-ifacts.

Small Sculpture Art

Hand-built ART-ifacts and Prayer Boxes

Both Eric and I love to make art with a wink towards spirituality.  The Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop has been a fun way to connect with that part of our creative spirit.  I have sculpted works out of clay since my early 20’s, and these little art-ifacts are some of my favorite small works.

For Eric, the little prayer boxes or travel altars have allowed him to dive into his roots as an eco-artist.  The Altoid Boxes are perfect for small but meaningful art.

 

Creativity Tribe ART-ifacts

 

Wearable Art

Crowns, bracelets, and necklaces fit for a Queen.

When I began making art, I would go hide out at my favorite-ever bead shop… Artitude.  Artitude is no longer around, but it lives on in the handmade jewelry of artists from my area… including me.  That is where I fell in love with wire.  The love affair is still quite steamy!

 

Creativity Tribe Golden Butterfly Queen

Amanda Mathews of Love is a Seed as Golden Butterfly Queen

 

Pretties…

Mixed media works, prints, handmade cards, stickers, and magnets

These are some of our newest pieces.  We have made prints of our larger paintings, including a mural Eric did for a local business.  It’s a great way to share big pieces with more people. Once we joined the Farmers’ Market, we decided to expand to include handmade, one-of-a-kind cards as well.  One of our best sellers, though, is consistently our stickers…. we have originals and prints.  We are pretty much in love with them ourselves and can’t wait to add more to our collection!

 

Slap Sticker

This sticker grabbed up by @ohliveeyuhhh.

Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop Stickers and Magnets

More to come for the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop…

The last several months, as we have increased the offerings in the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop and increased our presence in the art community, we have been beautifully embraced by art lovers.  We are looking forward to making more goodies to share over the course of the coming year.  More to come!!

Life Coach Rachel Payne

Loving the Farmers’ Market

Recently, when I began telling people the big news that I am about to share with you about Creativity Tribe, I would say it and wait for the Earth to rumble back in delight.  The actual rumbling never happened, but my heart would leap ever so slightly, and I would know that my decision to apply as a year-round vendor at the Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market was the right choice. And with that…. it’s not hard to guess my announcement… You can now find Creativity Tribe at the Southside Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings!

Yep!  There goes the heart leaping… and the tummy fluttering with a bit of nerves too!

As a matter of fact, sitting here, just a few weeks since joining the Farmers’ Market family, I keep thinking about what makes us a good match for the Market…. and the Market a good match for us.  Before I go there, let me talk about the US in that statement.

Since the beginning, Creativity Tribe has been my baby …  with my sweetie Eric Payne acting as my biggest supporter, official Creativity Tribe roadie, occasional contributor to projects, and A-number-1 creative consultant.  Eric is an artist in his own right and a creativity advocate.  And over the last year, we have begun to blend our talents more and more. I am creative consultant to his projects, and he to mine.  We brainstorm about artwork we produce and often create art together for the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shops.

So, when I say WE are a good match… I mean Mr. Payne and Me.  AND… I mean Creativity Tribe as a creative biz and entity of its own right!

A Good Match

The day we found out we were accepted, my mind began dreaming on all things agricultural.  I don’t think my life necessarily screams “country-girl” at first sight, but my beginnings had strong whisperings of it.  I grew up on a couple of acres on the outskirts of town.  My parents had what I called a micro-farm.  We had chickens, an occasional cow or goat, horses, and a sizeable garden.  In the morning when Mom made breakfast, we would ask her if the eggs were homemade. They usually were. We could even tell her when they were store-bought by the color of the yolk.  When my mom passed, I leaned away from homemade things.  I relied more and more on store-bought.

Additionally, when I met Eric, I loved that his family had strong agricultural ties. We made natural, slow food a bigger and bigger part of our life.  Our country living roots have shown up more and more in our life the last several years and that is due in some strong ways to the Southside Farmers’ Market and its people.

Loving the Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market first hit my radar when I was working at the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, now called The Purple Door.  I was the weekend case manager.  Every Saturday, a bit after noon, a bright-eyed woman named Sharie would ring the bell with a delivery of farm fresh veggies she would have brought straight from the Market.

I loved delivering the basket to the kitchen of the shelter.  Over the course of the week, I would watch as women incorporated the veg into meals for the families there.  Sometimes, the vegetables would seem foreign to the ladies.  Inevitably, one woman would teach another how to use it, or they would research what this was and how to prepare that.  It was one of my favorite parts of shelter-life…seeing the community reach in and inspire creativity and wellness for the families there.

Consequently, I began wondering what I would do with the veggies if they were in my home, and eventually, I made my first trip to the Southside Farmers’ Market. While there, I discovered the donation basket that Sharie would bring.  I was one of the few people to see its offering in full circle. That was the beginning of loving the Farmers’ Market.

Sharie is now a dear friend…..

 

Creativity Tribe at the Farmers ‘Market

In February of 2011, (wow… 8 years ago!) an opportunity came up to share my art at the Farmers’ Market Craft Fair. Seasonally, the Market expands itself for a day, opening to more handmade art and crafts vendors. I jumped in and did Creativity Tribe’s FIRST EVER pop up shop there.

Here is the progression of our set up there over the years.



When I first began, my set-up was small and rather rough around the edges, but it was a start!  Each year, I tried to improve. Over time, I have honed my art-offerings and developed a pretty sharp-looking tent.  Nowadays, I adore the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop!  It is colorful and overflowing with whimsy!  I am so very proud to represent handmade art side-by-side with the other makers and to offer all the support I can to our fabulous Farmers.

This picture was from Instagram Story for our first official Farmers’ Market a few weeks ago!

What’s to Come

Next week, I will share a peek at some of our regular art lines.  In the meantime, I would love to encourage you to fall in love with the Farmers’ Market in your area.  And if that area happens to be OUR area, hop out and come visit Creativity Tribe

Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market
Saturday’s from 9 am – noon
5800 Everhart, Corpus Christi, Texas
Event page

Come out and say, HEY!!!

On a Roll Art Shows

The last several months I have had some art shows pop up locally.  One was part of Contemporary Art Month- Corpus Christi (in March), and the other, a series which features a local artist each month.  As it happens, they are also at two of my favorite local sipping spots. One, for tea; the other, coffee.

Lotus Dreams Tea

This is my second year to join with a local business for Contemporary Art Month – Corpus Christi, sponsored in part by K Space Contemporary.  (Last year’s show celebrated the year after cancer.) I have been partnering with the tea divas at Lotus Dreams Tea for workshops and creative happenings since the first of the year, so, it made since to connect for this event.

Lotus Dreams Tea and Creativity Tribe event

The art show centers around two large pieces.  I worked on them simultaneously, along with a handful of the smaller works.  I floated around the studio anointing whichever canvas spoke loudest to me until it felt settled in the moment, then I would move to the next.

I worked on the two larger pieces as my extended family struggled with a very difficult loss….a little girl child.  I took my feelings to the canvases and moved them out with each brush stroke, each finger swipe, and mark. This is how I first came to know art after losing my mother over 20 years ago, a deep grief that lead eventually to a new understanding of life… and the life after life.

This time it was no different. I moved from the electric grief of Baby Emery’s illness and passing into the brilliant blessings that her life brought in its short but powerful existence. To see the work, you may never know it was seeded in difficulty, but that is the magic of art…. healing art.

Rachel Payne art Corpus Christi

Cafe Calypso

The coffee house show is at Cafe Calypso.  This is where hubby and I go most weekends.  We met our roommates and some of our closest tribe there. I was honored to be included in their artist line-up.  I wasn’t sure I had enough work but I pushed to finish a work of art that I began as part of a Masterpiece in a Day event led by Corpus Christi’s Marina Arts District.  VivaCC! The premise was that we were invited to go out into the Marina Arts District and create one piece of art that same day that captured the essence of the district.

I had such a blast.  When I was done, I felt a bit high from doing what I love in the midst of such a dynamic environment.  The sun, wind, water, and visitors were so energizing.  But with just 6 hours or so, I was not pleased with the work as a finished work of art.  I hung it in my living room and pulled it into the studio every month or so to work on it a bit.

Masterpiece in a Day Corpus Christi

When the Cafe Calypso art show came around, I spent a few nights working late into the early morning. Little by little it came together.  The night before it was to be hung, the dancer turned into the goddess Calypso, and finally, I fell in love with her.

Dance Calypso Dance artist Rachel Payne

On a Roll Art Shows

Over the course of the Summer there are a few more art shows I have the opportunity to join.  Every time I put my art out into the world, it is a stretch for me as an artist.  It feels risky in the beginning, but in the end it is exhilarating.  These upcoming art shows are collaborative in nature, and I love that.  Celebrating other artists while celebrating myself as a Creative…that is the nature of Creativity Tribe.

Invitation to Stretch

If you have found yourself here, you are most likely a Creative.  Maybe you paint, draw, write, dance, or just have a creative way about you.  Creativity is a mindset.  I would like to challenge you to share your creativity with the world.  Put yourself out there and dare to express something.  It doesn’t have to be deep.  It could be playful, sensual, or just spontaneous!  Let me know if you are planning on it and then drop back by when you do.  I want to celebrate you!

Life Coach Rachel Payne
Invitation: Read about last year’s Contemporary Art Show
and how it was a reflection of my life after cancer.  Here’s to healing art!

You’ll Never Guess What I am Celebrating Today!

Celebrating You with my heart wide open!

Girl About Town

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.

 

Angels & Faeries Week: Faerie Friends

Angel Week 3

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 Faerie Friends

Fairy Friends

 

Faeries, everywhere faeries!  

 I have to admit, I am a sucker for the faerie folk!  I love the lore, the mystique, and the variety of ways they manifest within the Arts.  Some of my favorite movies are fae friendly…..Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Neverwas, Willow, and, oh goodness…don’t forget Peter Pan!

I began drawing faerie art just as soon as I had the courage to play with drawing.  I found them comforting.  They were fun to draw, felt inviting, and let my mind slip into a world of fantasy and folly.  They provided an integral part of the deep healing journey I took on after my mother passed away.

Decades later, in one of the times of my life that was most physically challenging, I found myself stricken with sciatica from a bulging disk.  No fun!  I was flat on my stomach for a few weeks, unable to stand of sit without excruciating pain.  I had never felt so low in my life.  But the tide began to slightly shift, and one day, I felt good enough to sit in a chair for a few minutes at a time with an ice pack numbing the worst pain.

On the table where I was sitting, I discovered a scrap of paper, a pen, and a magazine.  I tore out a little face and drew a silly body.  I remember thinking when the crude sketch was done that I had been about 2 minutes without severe pain. It felt like a huge breakthrough. In front of me was a wee one (see below).  This little faerie with her tiny broomstick, blossom hat, and witchy heels was the first of many faerie friends to take my pain from me for short periods of time.  They were my distraction, my meditation, and my medication. Who knew a faerie could be such good pain management!

AngelsFaeriesWeek

As time has passed, I go back to my collection like paper dolls and look for wisdom, joy, understanding, and inspiration in them.  Some have been transformed into other works of art or have led the way to understanding some aspect of my being.  They are some of the brightest, most child-like, funky art I have done, and yet, they usually show up when times are the darkest….perhaps to usher me to a new level of light.

They are a joy to share with you.  I hope you might see something in them that feels comforting to you or inspires you to look for your own tribe of faeries.

Fairy Friends 2

 Did you miss some part of Angels & Faeries Week?

Current Workshop: Angels In My Studio 2013

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN……CLICK FOR DETAILS

Say YES to YOU with Angels In My Studio…the e-course

Angels in My Studio 2013

Starts soon….would love to take it with you!

Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

My Dirty, Filthy Artsy Life

art journal 2

I have been getting my hands dirty with paint and marker, glue and glitter almost everyday.  It makes me feel alive!

Spirited Sprite

The drawing above was done during an early morning drawing session with a few little girls I was hanging out with before Art Camp.  They started talking about fairies and asked me to draw one.  This is my little Spirit Sprite.  She was the delight of the little artists and inspired a whole day’s worth of winged one art sketches by them.

This Summer has been filled with Art and Drama Camps, each day offering a chance to dig into my creativity with play and spontaneity.   All that art helped me realize I don’t share enough of my art with you, so I have created a page on the site that features different kinds of my work.  Some formal, some just doodles.  They are all from my heart.  I hope you will take a peek and let them inspire you to live a dirty, filthy artsy life.

Would you like to see my art?

Hop over and take a look!

Next Friday I will be sharing the finished Summer Solstice Journal Page.  And more Faces of Creativity Tribe.

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I love Fridays around here because it is my chance to spin some energy for the folks who have bravely claimed creativity as a way of life on the Faces of Creativity Tribe page (you can put yours in too).  I hope you will head over to their blogs for a bit of inspiration….let them know you are part of the Creativity Tribe.

Linda Barutha is a super creative who has her fingers in all kinds of glorious projects.  She hosted the Art Retreat I taught at in Wisconsin…What a to do!  Her most recent endeavor includes a Call for Entries for a Design Team….due today, so hop on over!

Yugen Ro is hands-down one of the most creative people I know.  Musician, Poet, Artist, Lover of Life.  He also happens to be one of my dearest friends and was featured as one of the instructors for my e-course Touch the Moon in Fall 2012.

Jamie Birch is an aspiring author and jewelry designer who is chasing her dreams.  Jamie and I met through Kelly Rae Robert’s Flying Lessons and have supported one another’s creative and personal growth.

Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

 

Where Art Meets Mystery

art and soul

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!

art line

Current Workshop: Angels In My Studio 2013

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Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

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