Even without consciously telling myself "Hey! Day of the Dead and all that!" I notice that as this season turns, and I step two feet into October, my thoughts organically turn towards those who have come before and those who have walked on. I find it so striking that the veils actually are thin in this season. That poetic seasonal themes wrap around a natural intuitive inclination.
In honor of this urge to honor, I created this short process for communing with Kindred Spirits - both kin and kin by claim. I wanted a process that was basic - for beginners and advanced painters - so that the focus could be on listening instead of any technical aspect.
What I didn't expect is that the process would be so powerful personally. That my own ancestors would be right there and accessible- with such distinct personalities and with messages that that make me cry (and cry again every time I edit the video!)
I can't wait for you to try it. Here's a speed through...
There is nothing better than the freedom of being flung from the rigid stand you were taking. It's a bit bumpy...but better!
Even if you aren't up for arting along right now, I would highly recommend listening to the Miracle Road talk that's included.
Mystic Tune Up is one of my most favorite extended journal courses. (Turns out I was a smarty pants while pregnant with Hazel!) In this class we take a creative pass through the Tarot and the evolutionary sequence of the Major Arcana. Each "week" has a delicious diverse selection of prompts based on the themes, inherent inquiries and the gestalt of the card at hand. Videos, audio recordings, and simple written instructions alternate through the 160 prompts in this 22 card series. This course is available in DIVE: Inspired Inquiry Immersion
Which Tower is the right tower from which to be flung? We’re faced...
Yesterday I sent off an old "canvas friend" to her new home. My daughter (almost 3) very sweetly kissed her goodbye.
I'm so happy that she'll be in a new home but I really am going to miss her. She's been a work in process since (this is shocking to me) 2010.
I had been thinking I would be slowly working on her this year as a backdrop of my Siren Series but once she became a mermaid she moved quickly to completion
The underpainting was created during Legend in 2010. Leading a Legendary Life is the core Cosmic Cowgirls curriculum. You paint a larger than life painting, write a mini adventure story and explore your own poetic landscape. Here's the under painting:
Here's me dressed for the part
And here's the story I wrote
PART ONE THE CALL
Everything was grey. Tansy looked down at her hands. They were wrapped around the nondescript coffee mug so tightly that even her skin looked grey in patches. Outside the jackhammer paused for a single breath and then started...
VENUS WEEK THREE WITH LAURA
It is my intention today that you receive exactly what you need to from this talk and these meditations. I hope that you have an embodied experience of Venus and allow for some healing and movement in the realm of love, trust and connection. Today we are going to be looking at Venus as a supply of love and the basic principle of trust and goodness in our relationship to self and other.
Venus we come to you with the intention to restore our full connection to you. Today I ask you to shine your wisdom through the clouds of grief, pain, self-hatred, and all the various lies we have learned along the way about loving and being loved. We raise our hearts up to you for healing and make ourselves present and open for magic.
We are going to explore the balance of aliveness and spaciousness in the body and the idea...
The reason I chose to tackle fairies as our topic for Feisty is because they match the muse version of creative living. Feisty, fickle, f*ckityfudge. Which is to say that listening to your own fei Muse gets you into the right kind of trouble. Depending on the moment, you're likely to jump outside your comfort zone, kick that terrible habit/situation/person to the curb, or find that your true priorities are suddenly non negotiable. This painting workshop includes equal amount of canvas work and aha producing writing exercises. Of course, since I'm demoing, I'm doing it with you. And fairies are as oblique as any muse, so I shouldn't have been surprised when I wrote down the odd phrase as dictated by my feisty friend:
"We all might treat ourselves as royalty."
What does that mean?! I'm...
How do you spend your art time? Why do you make art? The biggest shortcut I take is that 7 times out of 10, when I'm creating a painting, I start by following the lines of a person in a photo. I coooooould be spending my art time teaching myself to draw by hand. But that part is a bit yawn for me. My favorite parts are playing with the paint as it layers on the canvas and finding the story that my developing character wants to share. So I jump right to those parts!
There are some seriously crazy ways to transfer images out there. Light machines, unwieldy tracing paper, a ridiculous technique where you lay down matte medium and then rub it away with water. Gracious, I don't want to spend my time doing any of that either! The easy peasy way is to use charcoal (esp on a canvas) or even colored pencil if you're in your journal:
Following the shape, choosing what to accent and what to adjust, feeling the grace of a curve, noticing the lift of a line - fun!
That video is from my longer...
Hey again! As I've mentioned, Rebel Rules opens tomorrow and I'm giddy about it. I wanted to share the opening prompt because it is deliciously informative, surprising and fun to do. I hope when you give it a go, you'll email me with what you learned!
Day One. Let's get this party started! So! During our three week cycle together we will be defining and refining our own set of rules for wellness. Previously I invited you to start to notice which habits are calling: those you are ready to start and those you are ready to stop. And now I want to you shake all that off and just LISTEN. We're going to invite a character onto the page who is a facet of our internal genius. We're calling this aspect the "Rule Maker" and I'd love you to get ready to be surprised by what they have to tell you. For today's start you'll need your journal, collage supplies and a sense of curiosity!
Summary: Intentionally call upon the "Rule Maker" to reveal themselves as you flip through a...
Creating an external representation of the Wild Woman, especially one that can point you to some new information, is always useful. If you are free with your doodling or painting, that would work. But I find that collages surprise me the most... What message might you find in 13 “random” images?