Start with Yellow

 
As I mentioned in my "November begins with No" post, I've been doing my Time Bender course again this month. Heading into the holidays it's such an important time to get in the habit of little bites of creativity amidst the other obligations. Today's Day 12 prompt - just little touches of yellow while feeling into lightening up was, as always, surprisingly satisfying. I really do love this course.
 
I've been posting  my daily progress on Instagram:
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Inspired Inquiries Muse turns three!

My messiest Muse and most ambitious creative endeavor turns three today!

 

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On the Joy of a Goldfish life + Inner Monsters PEEK

 

Do you have someone in your life who really GETS your humor? Someone who knows just what's going to tickle your funny bone?  I have a confession to make - "historic me" makes me laugh.

When I gave birth to Hazel in 2015 I crossed over some sort of weird memory bridge. Maybe it was the hormones or sleep deprivation or simply that whole "erase previous files" initiation of having a baby but honestly I don't really remember what happened before her.  Serious bonus - that means I can go back and read all my favorite books "for the first time" and it also means that I can watch the prompts from my older classes and enjoy them as if someone else made them. 

I've just made my Inner Monsters class available to add to your library this month. It's half off (or free for 30 days if you're low on funds). There's a lot that feels antiquated from 2014. iMovie graphics, the size of the frame, my editing. But the prompt that I added above might be one of my favorite parts of a course...

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PEEK A painting process for communing

 

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...

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PEEK The story of an underpainting

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...

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MUSINGS: Inspiration begins with "Off with their Heads" ... and other Muse tactics

If you follow me on Instagram or by some magical algorithm see my Facebook posts then you know I've been hippity skippity filming through the FEISTY online painting course I'm producing for you.

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...

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8/23 NEWSLETTER Permission to skip to the good stuff

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!

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7/11 Newsletter: Courage of your Peculiarities + Art Show in Oakland!

"By the time one reaches a certain age, one should be able to have the courage of one's peculiarities." Anne Morrow Lindenbergh

I love creating art journaling courses because they are only sure fire way for me to hear what I'm trying to tell myself.

And in the midst* of our Rebel Rules journey that quote above stopped me in my tracks. Let's read it again:
"By the time one reaches a certain age, one should be able to have the COURAGE of one's PECULIARITIES."
What does it mean for you, for me, to have the courage of one's peculiarities? I love this question because it points to the places where our weaknesses and strengths converge. Like following the lines of your face in a line drawing (woah - where did all these lines come from?) there's a surrender to who you have always been and are becoming. And if you let it, a surrender to what you are not.

Momming an active 2.5 year old means that I'm sharply aware of...
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