Thursday, March 31, 2011

43 Paintings

I started a painting challenge for myself.
(click on those first words above to see her challenge)

43 paintings this year.

In honor of my 43rd birthday. I wrote a little about it already here.

This one, #6, is dedicated to her. Not only did she inspire me to start this challenge, her latest blog post and one of her paintings (the one of Sarasvati) even helped to undo a creative block, or wall, that I'd been up against for a few days. (i promise Lis not to rush ahead of you!)

Lis, thank you so much for your creative inspiration, your loving spirit, and your warm and generous friendship.

Painting #6 ~

Sarasvati is the Hindu Goddess of all arts: music, painting, sculpture, dance, and writing. She is credited with presenting the gift of writing to mankind so that her songs could be written down and preserved.

You can also see this one along with some other groovin' art from some fabulous artists, over here today at

And don't forget:

Support your local artist!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

the joy of music

I have a very wonderful and generous friend who sent me over 50 tracks of music from Africa.

Habib Koite, Mali
Mose Fanfan, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Orchestra Baobab, Senegal
Tinariwen, Saraha Desert, northern Mali
Daudi Kabaka, Kenya
Femi Kuti, Nigeria
Kenge Kenge, Kenya

To name just a few.

There is something about the music coming out of that continent that brings me so much joy.

I love to paint while listening to the playlist he sent me.

I feel something deep within that stirs, my body moves, my soul smiles...

As most of the songs are not in English, it keeps me in my very right-brain-creative-space which is perfect for painting.
My creativity is tapped into twice.
Double creative power.

I made this for him as a small thank you... I'm pretty sure he's already received it, so I won't spoil the surprise by posting this here.

(this is also painting #5 in my 43 painting challenge this year)

And here's a song to inspire you, by Habib Koite, from Mali.

Joyful creating!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dedication to Love

I love to paint.

Yes. It's true. You've probably heard me say that a few thousand times this year.

It's only taken me 42 and 1/2 years to finally embrace that.


So, inspired by my dear friend and fellow artist, Lis, over here at her blog, I too am creating a shiny new project for this year. I would like to paint 43 paintings this year.

Why 43, you ask?

In honor of turning 43 of course (not until September).

But why must it be a certain number? Why don't I just paint.
Well, there is something about dedicating oneself to something concrete. Not just an idea, but a tangible goal. There is a little bit more accountability required when there is a goal at the end.
And even though I want to devote this year to painting
anyway, (because, let me say it again, I LOVE to paint) I
feel that having a certain number will help
me hold that intention.

Better yet, putting it out here, in front of friends and family, REALLY makes me want to stick to it. You know, witnesses, and all that.

So here goes.
43 paintings for the year.
I have 3 I have completed already.

That's not cheating, right? The year HAS already started. And I've done them all in the past month. Besides, it's my personal challenge, I get to make the rules.

Thanks for joining me on this fun-filled ride.
This journey of paint. And of LOVE.

And, in case you didn't catch them before, here, in reverse order of completion, are paintings number 1-3.

This first one below, (my first ever CANVAS painting ~ squeee!) is also ~ I'm totally honored and amazed ~ featured over at Creative Nachos today by the lovely Natasha. A perpetual cartwheel of motion that girl. Go over and say hi. There's lots of other lovely creative juiciness to see too!

What do you Love?

Friday, March 11, 2011


Love makes the world go 'round.

That takes on a new meaning on a day like

Love is being sent in so many ways to Japan right now.

As it was, and still is, to New Zealand, to Australia, to Haiti...

That it takes something so huge, so devastating to wake us up to Love...

Perhaps it is because I lived in Japan for two years, that this reaches down deeper than the others.

And that, well, that's good.

It's good to be woken up. To stop. To shift my perspective. To appreciate this life. Right now.

To see the sunlight through the fog. To hear the creek gurgling nearby. To feel the coldness through my hands. To let go of the craziness of the early morning rush and routine. To breathe it all in. To really experience this moment. To not take it for granted.

To feel the love in my life.

To share that with others.

Sending my love 'round the world today.

Friday, March 4, 2011


I have discovered that the best way to hear my Soul's calling is through painting.

I never thought, never imagined, in a million years, that this could be true for me.

But it is.

So I plan on doing this for a long, long time.

Thank you for sharing this delicious discovery with me.

How do you hear your Soul's calling?

How do you express your Soul?