Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Painting as a Prayer

There is something so moving, so powerful, when an act is done with intent.

With focused intent.

Mindful intent.

Especially if ~ through the beauty of that act ~ it connects others.

Just recently I became part of a new Facebook group. There are lots of groups to be part of, but this one stands out. This one reaches in and touches deeply.

This gorgeous woman, one of the sisters in the "sisters in paint" tribe that I am part of, created the group, but also so much more. You'll see what I mean when you check out her site.

So this painting ~ I have started it like I do many of my paintings ~ with intent. But also this time with a prayer.

Not a prayer asking for more stuff, or a better life, or more money. Not that kind of prayer.

It is akin to something more like Grace.

And as it is a work in progress, the prayer continues too, weaving its tendrils far and wide, over many thoughts, through lots of feelings, and across several days and nights.

A journey.

But what ISN'T a journey, really?

It feels so good to be painting again. It feels like forever.

Still hard at times. The inner voices can do some serious battle.

But so worth it.

Every. Single. Moment.


To be continued...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Art Love

I've been feeling really ungrounded lately. Restless. Not sure what to do with myself.

Wanting to trust. To just be okay with that.

Another part of me however is really needing that grounding.

It's been hard to sit down and paint. 

Painting grounds me. Completely. Even if it takes me half a day to feel even close to that. I know that eventually, even just a half hour of painting, increments at a time, will slowly take me to that place.

But this restlessness? Haven't even been able to sit down to paint.

Which seems to create more restlessness.

Vicious cycle.


Despite that, I was so honored to be asked to participate in the 6th annual WAM event. A wine, art and music event in the tiny little gold rush town of Amador City. I think the population is about 150. But they pull people in from all over the county and beyond.

It was a hot night. But such a great time to hang out with friends. See folks from this community that I've been calling home for the past 13 years. Connect with new people. Reconnect with old friends. 

And, very important, push through boundaries and fears and share my art and myself with locals. Face to face. A lot more scary than doing it online.

I had a wonderful time.

My booth was funky. And perfect. My dear Sister helped out tremendously in providing just the right props and patience to help me set up my space for the first time ever. And another dear Sister had a booth right next to me. Lucky me.

I'm looking forward to sharing more of my art ~ and me ~ in the future.

For now though?

Feeling itchy to take a road trip.

And yet?

Sitting down in the stillness...  WITH the itchiness.  WITH the restlessness.

Perhaps THIS is what I really need to do.

We'll see.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I'm Back!

Hello? Hello?

Anybody there? Are you still there? 

I disappeared for a while. 

Major life changes. Things upside down. 
A bit of a whirlwind ride it's been.
The dust is settling now.

And I have internet at home, finally.  
That put a serious cramp in my blogging life, let me tell you.

Let's see, what all has been going on? 

Had my first ever solo art show at a local cafe. *Squeeee!*

Sold 5 - yes, FIVE - paintings!!!  *Double Squeeee!*
Thank you Mary and Meghan of the most awesomely delicious Rosebud's.

Moved house.

Increased my hours back up at work again.

My brother came for a short visit.

I left my marriage.

Uh, what?

Yes, I did. 
I'm not gonna go into the details. 
But as you can imagine, life got, well, different.
Maybe someday I'll share more about all that, but for now, it needs a safe harbor and a quiet little place to hunker down in. Where there are reflecting pools and gentle cleansing tides...

So that catches you up to now.

This weekend I am participating in a local Wine, Art, Music event. I will be drinking wine, yes I will, but I will also have a booth to display (and, ahem) sell my art. 

Somehow I managed to find time to paint in all the ensuing craziness that came about. 

Actually, I needed to paint. I couldn't NOT paint. Even surrounded by a million unknowns and just about as many moving boxes, I made it happen. Painting grounds me. Painting taps into the core of me that is full of love, does not judge ~ myself or others, sings songs out loud and flings glitter dust about. My soul demanded that I paint. It was not a choice. 

I was more than willing to listen.

What I have learned this past year, if nothing else, is that my creativity is my lifeline. It is how I breathe. It is who I am. There is no separation. Tapping into the vast unknown of Creative Source fills my well, it brings peace to my heart, excitement to my soul, and even a certain well-beingness to my body.

I can't imagine not having a creative outlet in my life.


Can I hear a Hallelujah & Amen to that!

And, drum roll please...

I also finally finished painting #43!

Woo hoo! (And I'm still 43 years old, so that is awesome!) You can't see it here yet. Having a Firefox/Java Plug-In/Blogger problem. I have a Mac. Anyone? But you can see #1-40 there.

And, I will share #41, #42, and #43 below.

Hope your summer is full of your own personal brand of creativity! 

Tell me what you've been doing!

SO glad to be back.

Have missed you all!

Art By the Inch Mural Fundraiser - Finished! And all in pieces now!
(I will have some of those pieces available at a future date... stay tuned..)

(Don't you just LOVE her?!)

Cosmic Presence

What a perfect ending for my quest, don't you think?

Now what shall I take on next...?

Did I mention my new website? Oh dear. I don' think I did!!