The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sark's Magical Soothing Words - "How We Stop Ourselves" - We do don't we?! & May Intention Collage

This morning I was drawn to the book shelf and I took out Sark's "Succulent Wild Woman - Dancing with your wonder.full self!"...and I opened it up to this interesting this was for me...sharing it with you and my May intention collage below,

"How We Stop Ourselves"
I am always "turning away from the ecstasy".  There are things I know I love doing, yet I stop. Why? Everytime I meditate, there is a benefit. Still, I stop myself all the time from doing it.  My mind is filled with fresh and realistic reasons about "why it's not time to meditate.  "exercise creates more oxygen and a "new mind", but I am almost frantic to postpone it. eating well provides an almost instant reward. yet I run to empty foods from childhood that used to comfort me, and now are sedating.
I'm often seduced by struggle.
It's as though it's painful to feel "too good". I'm used to the effort, and sometimes confused by the joy.
I am familiar with rejecting pleasure, and with a low-grade, almost constant feeling of despair.  There are many companions for this journey, even though it makes no sense, I find myself clinging to sadness to avoid feeling my emptiness, or even happiness!
I think it is easy to stop ourselves from being too bright, too happy, too successful. conformity also soothes us. we can predict it, and there is the illusion of control.
Unfortunately, we also stop ourselves from being too visible, unusual or vivid.

"I am not eccentric! It's just that I am more alive than most people.  I am an unpopular electric eel, set in a pond of goldfish! "Dame Edith Sitwell

We stop ourselves from being too loud, too different, or too much.
Yet we crave our individuality, our wild special selves. We want to live our adventures, and be seen for our essences.
Who are you after the guests have gone home? Who are you after you take your makeup and clothes off? What do you dream about? Who are you reading? How do you stop yourself? Who are you?

I found this a powerful excerpt to read this morning..and I ask myself these questions and most of all encourage myself and all of us to really live loud, your wild selves and enjoy being all that you are ....wonder.full.

This is my May Intention Collage I did for the "creative awakenings" process - Side 1 above and Side 2 below...

During this May Creative Awakenings Envisioning Process...This came out...The lotus imagery is coming out loudly for me in my work..I think it symbolizes the awakening time coming out of this dark and drudgery time...where things were murky, unclear..and yet out of this time comes such a beautiful blossoming, like the lotus...So for May, my intention was to Let Go and blossom anyway, relinguish, art, grow, creatively....

I am finally sharing this now...but I did this a while will soon be time to do the June Envisioning process..highly recommend this process...Check out Sheri Gaynor's Creative Awakenings book and site etc.

Technically speaking, this collage was so great to do also, I have been really pushing myself to use different materials, techniques, glazes, etc.  I did this in preparation for my May 11th teaching Collage and Mixed Media Workshop at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art was a ball of fun too....

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Revived Newsletter

I have decided to revive the newsletter...thought it would be a great way to let everyone know info. and business news from a one pager, which I can send out regularly...
In doing so I got to thinking what do people like to see in a and tricks, techniques, news about workshops and classes, shows and events etc...if you have any thoughts would love to hear back from you..
If you want you can also subscribe to this that I can make sure you are on the list...

Here is the first issue for this year....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Vision Board Play with Wellington Holistic Network

I am a member of the Wellington Holistic Network (WHN) and recently I facilitated a vision board play session with the is always a great idea to do a bit of visioning, focusing on intent, whether it is for your life in general, a part of you life, like your passion, career, family, spiritual life, health etc.  Here are some shots from that session..thanks for the invitation to lead this fun session with you all...

The Wellington Holistic Network (WHN) will be hosting an event on June 2nd..."Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life!  With Dawn James, author of book of same title...Join us as Dawn introduces us to the laws of vibration and how to use them to de-stress, increase vitality, and live life with grace and ease.  Ancient teachings and scientific studies show that we have the ability to increase the rate of electric flow (vibration) within our physical & subtle bodies, and that there is a direct correlation between raising our vibration and our health & well-being.  Pre-registration strongly