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Who Am I?

December 23rd, 2012

Who Am I?


As I Seed The Day and seize each opportunity to connect with the creative Muse within me, I remain grateful for the intuitive and expressive process which allows me to create my paintings.
As a mixed media artist, I revel in the process of weaving symbolic motifs with an endless supply of both found and man made materials. The resulting textures and layers are integral to my artwork, as they metaphorically describe the depth and complexity of a woman’s life.
Themes of the Feminine recur within the imagery of my artwork, stylized and often saturated with vibrant hues revealing narratives of a colorful and hopeful life.
Expressing myself intuitively, without restraint or self judgment is the most natural and self -fulfilling experience I have known.
Children play and create with a natural sense of wonder and freedom. Curious and joyful, they are free of self criticism and express deep pride in their accomplishments. Accompanied by my courageous muse, I play once again and share in the spontaneity and enjoyment of the healing gifts of art.

A Muse In You

December 23rd, 2012

A Muse In You

How incredible and what excitement during our recent SEED THE DAY Workshop in Delray Beach.
Five years of planning and a wonderful collaboration between Nanette Saylor of Wise Well Women Inc. and myself, led to a mindful and creative event filled with lovely, blooming Muses,self reflection and creative ,intuitive play.

As I participated in the visualization and mindful connection to my senses, while walking silently, I was reminded how far I have come in living a life filled with expressing my personal ,intuitive playfulness. My guiding muse, "Gaia", approached me once again and soothingly laid her hand on my head , blessing me for inviting her into my passionate, artistic filled life.
As I create, regardless of my materials or work/play on any particular day, she stands besides me and gently guides me.

GAIA, my friend, my teacher, my innate, intuitive colorful Muse.

A Mess

September 19th, 2012

A Mess

I have been wondering if most artists consider themselves MESSY and Disorganized in reference to housekeeping, everyday living and in their studios.
I often feel so overwhelmed by the abundance of Clutter, paperwork,collections of STUFF, art related or otherwise in all of my personal and work related spaces. No matter how much i attempt to ORGANIZE and clean, I am doomed to face an entirely new and/or much of the exact same piles and confusion as the day before. I seem to move my newly organized piles to a space merely feet (sometimes only inches) away from the original upheaval and then feel Stuck until I ORGANIZE A LIST OF what I would like to organize and then lose my list in the mess in the very room I was planning to reorganize. HELLLPPPP! Is this simply the creative, mixed media artist within? ( preparing for an interesting collage of some sort) .

What do you think?

Seed The Day

September 19th, 2012

Seed The Day

Seed The Day!
"Seed the day" is my mantra as I awaken each morning, exhausted,yet extremely excited for the first sign of inspiration which will guide me for the rest of my day. A daily cup (or three) of my red Rose or English Breakfast tea, highly sweetened and with a bit of milk, prepare my youngest child's breakfast and pack her lunch, sending her off to school and then read the newspaper in a sun-fillled home surrounded by exhilirating silence.


Why is the silence a source of euphoria for me, you may wonder as you read this. Why would the realization that my youngest is 16, driving herself to her daily schedule of school and sports, not expecting any more of my mommy-ing until later in the evening so appelaing to me? Why don't I feel lost, abandoned, useless or depressed? After all, I am nearing my 52nd birthday, will become a first time grandmother to my eldest daughter's child in December, live 1,800 miles away from both her and my son, both who live in Montreal, Canada while I sit here completing my daily Jumble puzzle, in Almost always sunny, South Florida. Hey, I think I'm on to something here, I wonder if It's all about the Jumble?


Similar to the Jumbles, I have all of these choices, opportunities and "seeds" at my disposal now and rather than feel confused and frustrated by these options, I simply make it my priority to sit in silence and unscramble this myriad of scattered thoughts....taking tiny steps with tiny seeds in hand, in the direction of solving and resolving my life's newest collage.


Today, you find me in the process of "seeding" my days, enjoying the view, reviewing my assumptions and years of societal and familial indoctrination as to who I am supposed to be. And in a not so organized or scheduled preparation of planting my own seeds, (ones which I alone have bred and nurtured, for 51 years), I am storing them safely away within, for the incredible and planting days ahead of me.
In the coming days and months I will share my story as I embark on a new journey, preparing my mind and spirit , making space for fertile thoughts, exploring my creative self, and enthusiastically learning Everything I can about Anything that peaks my curiosity.


I hope you will join me and spend some silent time of your own, even if only momentarily, once or twice a day to explore who it is you want to be and what you will be doing when you find yourself there in the days and years to come, regardless of any negativity which may enter your thoughts or daily stresses which may interfere with the loving thoughts or smiles you bring to your minds eye during your seeding moments.




Intuition

September 19th, 2012

Intuition

‎"Forget what you know in order to learn new things".

I need to use my intuition each and every day of my life,in all areas of my daily adventures. I get lost, often and at times get really frustrated that I have a horrible sense of direction. Today however, I am taking the time to realize what a cool gift I have been given, in that I am forced to be intuitive, creative and adventurous all of the time...when i get lost I find new places, new ideas, new and exciting (ok, sometimes no big deal) items for my mixed media artwork andI have learned to LAUGH out loud at the craziness wandering often brings to me.

I just found this little piece of art I had made while mindlessly wandering/relaxing on a day off from a workshop several years ago and noticing little bits of what others may think of as trash in my little scrap paper box. I don't know if the words or the collage came first but the entire process made me smile and then laugh aloud at the fun I had in assembling this inuitively based collage .

My plan today is to find random words and string them together or use a ready made slogan or ad to springboard into a small piece of FUN...I could always use a good laugh! Can you?

YOUnique you

September 19th, 2012

YOUnique you

Using a wide range of variation might feel messy, chaotic or “too much” in these first layers, but trust that you are simply giving yourself options. You can always simplify your painting at any given moment, but for now let run wild with the infinite amount of ways to play with paint. For now— MORE IS MORE. Flora Bowley

For those of you who are feeling anxious or" NO GOOD AT THIS ART THING", remember that in this moment you are free to paint without expectation, judgement or self critisism....This is simply the time to play with your paint,move to the groove of your music as wonderful outcomes await.
This is an amzing opportunity for both painters and those new to painting to discover more about themselves...painting like this is especially difficult for those who have been painting in the past and who have no expreience in LETTING GO of those ingrained habits and need to PLAN....this is a gift, so re-open it with a renewed energy,spirit and the desire to enjoy the MESS,chaos,and mystery of the UNIQUE painting waiting for you at the end of this session....Don't compare yourselves to anyone or anything...you will miss the opportunity to create what can only be yours and yours alone. The more original the better!

Creative Passion

September 19th, 2012

Creative Passion

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off… They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.” - Pearl Buck