Yay bubbles!!

Earlier this week I was looking for creative inspiration. I wanted to paint but couldn’t find my mojo. So, I went to the Internet and my Facebook friends.

  They were a great help and I now have a list of prompts and topics to explore. 
While awaiting responses, the idea of bubbles kept surfacing in my mind. I have a friend traveling now and as she left I sent her off with the visual of traveling in a “joyous bubble.” That seemed like a fun place to start. 

So, I grabbed a canvas I wanted to redeem and set to work. I love it. 

My son named it “Galaxy Bubbles”

 
I look forward to further exploration and play with bubbles. 

Time for a studio??

As much as I believe that creativity can happen anywhere and in any length of time….I believe there is value in having dedicated chunks of time and space for creating….places that don’t need to be cleaned up and aren’t “in the way” of the rest of life…..a place that provides sanctuary away from the demands of the home and family relationships ….

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So, I am going to meet with a studio owner today and tour the facility to see about purchasing a membership ….yay!! Not sure what that all means or what it will look like but I LOVE the idea of this as my next step as an artist…

#paintmyresearch

Today I worked on developing a process for reflecting and designing a line of inquiry for my next research project.  

 
I approached it as map making… Islands of inquiry and methodology connected by routes of inquiry methods and surrounded by seas of diverse literature. 

I’m not a fan of the final result but I really enjoyed the process that ended up developing. And look forward to the next iteration of this map making and inquiry process. 

Courageous Art Continues

Last Friday night I hosted another Courageous Art event at the Barn art Corban. This was the second one at Corban and I really enjoy end space!!

We explored characters in our stories, meaning the story of our life and who the various characters have been in the unfolding of those stories. 

Protagonists, antagonists, sidekicks, love interests, jesters, compatriots, etc. All serve to shape our story and move us forward in our journey. 
 
Courageous Art events happen monthly, let me know if you are interested in being informed datesof the  and times. 

Of late….

Last week I had the BEST time hosting my first ever Reflective Art Retreat for a lovely group of women on the Oregon Coast. “Unfold the Soul: Reflective Art Retreat” was an amazing success, beyond my wildest dreams.

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I am looking forward to offering many more of these in the (near) future!!

We connected, created, enjoyed decadent foods, rest and the sea!! Keep posted for  updates on future offerings!!

Bold Layering: Take 2

Tonight I shared the evening with some brave and adventurous women who are engaging in my Bold Layering: from attachment to healthy detachment class. The goal of this class is to use the same canvas month to month and continue adding layers, textures, and images on top of what was there before.

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The task given to these ladies last month, was to live with their creations and engage with it regularly (engage meaning to look at and admire it). Then this month we used that canvas and added elements continually, taking turns leading the additions – adding papers, adding paints, adding images, etc. It was so much fun and interesting to see how each woman took charge when it was their turn to give a prompt.

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The beginning of the session included two freewrites – one reflecting on the painting they’ve been living with, and the other about how they feel about letting it go.

Then…we got in the messy of the process…..SO MUCH FUN!!

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As we reflected afterwards, here is what came to mind for me, “at some point all the seeming randomness becomes connected and cohesion comes into focus.” This was really meaningful to me as I think about letting go not needing to be an active choice but could also be engaging in the next thing and before you know it the past is covered over, embellished, and texturized.

In the end, as much as we were hesitant to cover over our paintings, no one missed the old one and was embracing the new and loving it. So, we live with this one for another month and embrace transition again.