Friday, July 27, 2012


I'm always late for Wishcast Wednesday...maybe because it's my day off and I spend it cleaning and running about--who knows, I'm just late!  At any rate, this week we were asked what it is that we would like to share.  I've given it a lot of thought, and my wish is to have the opportunity to share my painting/art and consequently a bit of my heart and soul with the world.  That leaves one a bit vulnerable and perhaps a bit uncomfortable, but after taking Flora Bowley's Bloom True e-course (and 13 years of yoga practice), I've learned that being uncomfortable isn't necessarily a bad thing.  It really is an opportunity for growth if you let it be--if you can remember and then embrace the experience!  Ha! It's not always easy!   I'm starting on this painting this afternoon.  We'll see where it takes me--I know I'll be uncomfortable and frustrated and flustered, but ultimately transformed. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wishcast Wednesday!

Who do you wish to become?  I wish to become a quiet, centered, soaked in creativity, brave, and “joy-full” woman who forms bonds and friendships with like-minded people while continuing to remain close to family.  Jamie’s question this week is once again timely for me.  My morning pages were filled with becoming and birthing.  There are many of us out there looking for very similar things.  I wish us luck, I wish us patience and perseverance and I wish joy along the way. 

I keep thinking that the whole process of painting intuitively (via Flora Bowley) is a metaphor for life. It’s about BECOMING that person you long for.   Look closely—what’s working?  What isn’t?  What can you change, eliminate?  What do you want to preserve, expand upon, and highlight?  I was working on this painting yesterday and about 30 minutes in threw my hands up in horror, walked out of the room, and closed the door until this morning.  It still has the same “issues” but now I can see that it too is “becoming.”  Not sure what it’s becoming, but that’s what’s exciting—most of the time! 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Morning Pages

Today I rededicated myself to the practice of Morning Pages.  Jamie Ridler is hosting a check in to help keep us honest, and for that I’m grateful!  I also went back and listened to the podcast where Jamie interviewed Julia Cameron as a dose of inspiration!  Thank you Jamie!   Actually, the practice of morning pages couldn’t come at a better time for me, and it felt WONDERFUL to just let all the monkey mind talk flow out through my pen.  Ihave been reminded that creativity is indeed a spriritual process. 

I’m taking on a number of creative endeavors this month.  First, I’m firmly embedded in Flora Bowley’s online class and have several paintings in different stages of development.  It is fun, it’s frustrating, and it’s magical to paint with ease and abandon.  Getting out of my own way is challenging but knowing that you can cover what doesn’t work and preserve what does has taught me a pretty big lesson.  The canvas is kind of like your life.  You can choose to keep what’s working and eliminate what isn’t.  Yes, that’s probably a simplification, but true non-the-less! 

In progess via Flora Bowley process

My second major something is the “Big Fearless" painting class via Dirty FootprintsStudio.  Again, this is very fun, very freeing, and all about getting out of your own way.  Class just started yesterday and I can already feel the joy brimming from Connie!  Today I am going to paint big! 

Finally, Kimberly Wison's book club selection for July is "The Joy of Less: a Mimimalist Living Guide" 
by Francine Jay.  It's another serendipitious offering from the universe it seems!  I have been groaning under the weight of too much and this is just the push I needed to start me on my way!