Tending the Soul

Recently someone asked "how can I prepare for the upcoming workshop?"  This question prompted me to publish here in this blog a section from my upcoming Juicy Creatives Teacher Training Manual.  Click the Read More button below to discover ways to "tend your Soul" in the midst of every day life.

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The Images You don't Like...

Sometimes the images you make that you are the most uncomfortable with have the gift you need to see the most!  I experienced this phenomenon again, as if for the first time, at an Expressive Arts Conference this weekend. 

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Go For it!

This morning as I was in the shower (the fountain of all good ideas), I was thinking about "Art As Meditation."  One of the three key principles of the Source Painting™ workshops I facilitate is that Art can be a practice, much like meditation, that brings us into the present moment and helps us "unhook" from repetitive thought patterns.

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The Art Car that Helped Heal My Grief

The Art Truck that Helped Heal My Grief

The image you see above is me in my art-truck almost 15 years ago, packed up and heading out to open not my first, and not my last, Process Painting Studio!

I've described myself, for many years, as a Process Painting Monk....

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The Shadow Princess and the Synchronicity of SoulCollage®

I recently headed out on a 7 day shake-down cruise on 27’ sailboat with my boyfriend, his rescue dog Cricket, and a bag of arty accoutrements that included my SoulCollage® deck. 

I had a fantasy of creating a wee art studio in the cabin of the boat while we motor -sailed down the Intracoastal Waterway with cool breezes and happy dolphins, while I rested and rejuvenated from a very busy schedule. 

After 3 days (and nights) of blazing hot, sticky South Carolina weather a boat breakdown, a tow, a repair, mosquitoe swarmings punctuated by plagues of biting horseflies that made me wish for the mosquitos back and perhaps worst of all, a marine toilet that smelled like those port-a-potties at the end of a 3-day music festival…

After THOSE three days I pulled a SoulCollage card with the prompt (thank you Suzie Wolfer) “What are my core values?”:

I stared at it blankly….

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We have arrived at the Holidays--the most "glittery" time of year!  I've been thinking a lot about glitter these days wondering, "what is it that we are reaching for when kids and adults alike spread glitter through their artwork."  My conclusion is this:  we crave a way to experience and express the NUMINOUS.

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As a painter, and now a teacher, I see the painting process as a shamanic act.  A shaman is a tribal healer whose main duty is not to heal sick individuals within the tribe but to commune with the elements, land and creatures that support the tribe so that “right relationship” is maintained.  Right relationship ensures the health of the entire ecosystem.  While painting, images and colors come through us, move through our bodies out of our hands into the brush and onto the paper.  These images and colors are strange visitors from strange lands – messengers, warriors, and gift givers.  Like dreams and shamanic visions they have the capability of returning us and our tribe to “right relationship” among everything we are connected with if we allow their honest expression. 

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