I am so excited to be doing this art opening in the sweet historic town of Westminster, a little city that is near and dear to my heart! It has a lot to offer with its endearing character and abundant charm. The art scene here has, and is continuing to, expanding at a wonderful pace. Among many supporters of the arts, is Birdie's Cafe owner, Sherri Hosfeld. An amazing woman who has worked hard in reviving the space many have come to know as the lovable Birdie's Cafe. Sherri and I have been big supporters of each other and the community here, and she is graciously collaborating with me to bring this art show to life this November. Many of the pieces that will be displayed at Birdie's Cafe have not been publicly posted before, so this show is very special to me. The show will feature the Nature of the Goddess, a series of pieces that have grown out of my spiritual journey and embracing all sides of my feminine nature in a more full and complete way. The qualities in each art piece is a direct reflection of aspects I see in every one of us. We are strong, reverent, radiant, soft, powerful, mystical, enchanting, luminous, nurturing and full of grandeur! It is a great joy to be sharing this body of work with the public and I look forward to meeting everyone at the opening night on November 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm.
My active imagination has been my buddy for much of my life. It is not uncommon for me to see images in ordinary objects, or even the spaces between them. I am grateful my children are filled with this same skill:)
This was a fun and happy moment. I'd just finished making Spring Rolls for lunch and I love my GF soy sauce to go with them! There was a spatter on my plate and that was the shape it created (see upper left image). I immediately saw a new character born before my eyes!
Meet Polka, and her sister, Dot :) I have many ideas for the adventures they will go on and cute outfits that will adorn them.
I would love to partner with a talented author to create a story. If you know of someone that fits this well, please contact me!
A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of being in one of my favorite places on this planet, Uvita, Costa Rica. The energy there is unlike any other I have felt before. There is a sacred beauty in the land and the people. We were staying at a lovely off the grid house that was built by an amazing and conscious woman. Situated about 1800 ft. above sea level, you had an expansive view of the pacific ocean, with the famous Whale's Tale formation. Along with magnificent misty mountains that swept down to the sea. Truly magical. I found myself, again, in my favorite spot on the property. A lovely little treehouse styled rancho where hummingbirds buzzed around and the breeze was fresh and sweet. I sat in meditation, feeling quite a bit of discomfort in my lower back. I breathed through it and before my closed eyes I felt warm bright light fill me. Out of the light appeared this Shaman. He was very tall and thin, with flowing white hair. The ancient wisdom was very present in his being. He appeared to be Native American, with some Mayan aspects in his garb. He carried what I perceived to be a medicine staff and with him he brought forward a small bowl. Inside was a pasty terra cotta colored mixture that he had created from natural plants. He placed the contents upon my back, which sent a warming sensation through my lower back and into my womb space. Light appeared there, melting the pain away! I sat longer in awe of this Healer and thanked him repeatedly. When I opened my eyes, my discomfort was completely gone and I felt a renewed sense of wellbeing. Immediately following this, my view became filled with dozens of dragonflies! Until then (and after this) I had only seen one or two the entire time we were there. But this felt significant and I could feel the presence of the Shaman as I watched the dragonflies hover and dance.
I am deeply grateful for this moment. Above is a quick sketch I did to get as much detail down as I could before any of it left me. In this moment I am not certain if this will make its way into a full colored piece, only time will tell.
I have experienced wonderful and unexplainable things before. I know I am not alone in this. I simply wanted to share my story and hope others will share theirs.
This sweet hibiscus caught my imagination and out poured a fun impromptu sketch. Moments like these are pretty abundant for someone like me. I am constantly seeing forms in the patterns of nature and various objects around me. It is delightful to see this in my children, especially my oldest. I love hearing what she sees and the stories that compliment her sightings.
It is absolutely amazing what we can see when we take the time to be fully open to what is around us. Even observing a leaf. First you'll see the obvious color and shape. But then you will notice the particular shades of that color, even undertones and subtle hues. Next you'll be in awe of the thousands of minuscule lines that are branching off from the main stem. Before you know it you are deep in your mind's eye at the shear wonderful of every cell in that plant. Following this, a spiral of deepening fascination with how these patterns show up in other areas, like in the human body or even in outer space! You'll settle into a place of joyful humility as the vastness of how everything is perfectly designed and is all connected!
What a beautiful feeling it is!
Breathe that in!
Soak it into the roots of your very being!
(Final colored version of this image can be found in this gallery, click here)
On a recent trip home from doing a project in Jamaica, we found ourselves seated behind a family that was traveling together. The kids were very good and each had something to occupy themselves with. Mostly electronics. Yet I noticed the this little girl, who I would guess was about 5 or 6 years old, only had a single coloring page from the resort they likely came from. Needless to say that when you have to fill time on a three and a half hour flight home, a lone activity page is not going to cut it. I noticed how to she colored the simple image of Elmo rather quickly and was soon looking around for something else to do. Her brother was busy playing a video game. But at that age, being a spectator can get pretty boring after a while.
I knew I wanted to do something to contribute to her amusement. Thankfully I am always prepared with my sketchbook:) I found a mermaid drawing I started but had not yet completed. This would be perfect! I worked in a few more details to add some complexities for her to enjoy. Once the seatbelt sign was off, I stood up and tapped her mother on the shoulder and offered my drawing to her daughter. It always feels good to do something nice, especially when you have something to share.
I was deeply touched by the response from her Mom and the rest of the family members nearby! The delight that glowed on their faces was sweet. Even her brother and cousins were amazed. You could see and feel her whole body float with glee! It was so cute! I could tell she wanted to bounce up and down, but contained herself and immediately set to grabbing her coloring supplies.
She was focused in her quiet coloring. I could feel her energy still beaming over the seat. Every now and then she would peak through the gap in the airline seats at me to see what I was doing. She'd flash me a twinkling grin when our eyes made contact. Then she'd zip back around and continue working.
I am happy to say that kept her happily occupied for the rest of the flight. I was grateful she (and her Mom) allowed me to take a picture of her beautiful work. I was very impressed with her coloring! She even added elements from her own imagination to the image! I love it! Her Mom informed me that she loves art and is always drawing or coloring. Oh yes, and she loves mermaids!
My heart was even fuller than I expected it to be. To know that this simple act of kindness rippled out to her and her family is wonderful! I believe we can all do things that make such a difference to others. I encourage you to be open to these acts of kindness and carry them out. Even something seemingly small like holding a door and smiling.
Please comment below and tell your stories of kind acts you have performed or received. I would LOVE to hear them!
Growing up I was heavily into drawing, especially Cartooning! Which is a interesting since my Mom, whom I remembered as having extreme challenges holding and controlling pencils/pens, was an extremely wonderful Impressionistic painter. And my father (who never considered himself artistic) would "support the Arts" through classes and workshops. All of which I am deeply grateful for.
Leaving behind cartooning I went to art school for Graphic Design. After graduation I got a job and soon began a family. Aside from the rare 'boredom doodle", my illustrations were not exactly at the fore front of my life in that time. And my artwork certainly did not look like it does now!
But in the recent years, my style has been influenced through my exposure to Middle Eastern dance, an adventure I began about 11 years ago. That spawned a sweet dance journey, that I am still very active in. You can click here to explore those offerings.
I fell in love with many aspects of Middle Eastern and Asian cultures, including the food and art. Henna was something that was introduced to me and fascinated me. Soon after that I discovered Mandala art. The intricate designs would rapture my mind as I marveled at the details and cooed for the artist who crafted them! Cartooning was so easy for me and I became very fast at producing pieces. The idea of sitting for hours, putting so much work into a single piece, seemed crazy to me. Yet, one sunny afternoon by the stream with my kids (whom are older now), I found myself in a very meditative state and I began to draw. I did not have a finished idea in mind or even a pathway to anything in particular. Just simply started with random shapes and lines. Then it became this fun "game" of seeing what interesting shapes I could fill the page with and how much white space could I cover! I worked on it in my spare time and before I knew it, I had a completed piece! It struck me then how and why these types of drawings are so meditative. When I removed the orientation to "goal", it freed me to just allow the creativity to flow! So I kept creating. I found myself filling with inspirations and my spirit was rejuvenated! The natural joy that I experience doing this art is beyond words! I am very conscious of my emotions and energies in each creation. I've been told that energy is present in my artwork, and it is a delight to know that natural joy is being conveyed.
Please continue to enjoy these creations and I pray it uplifts your spirit in some way and even inspire you in some measure! Until next time dear reader.