Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Water Siren

This Goddess has emerged from the deep sea because she has heard the cries from the dolphins and the whales.  They are concerned that the world is in disharmony and needs extra protection at this time. She is the ultimate caretaker of the oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, streams, every and any body of water, as well as all of the sea creatures.  The Water Siren spreads her healing waters to all who call upon her for help.  She can help us by reminding us of our true purpose, to live in peace and harmony with the world around us. When we stay connected to the cycles and rhythms of our bodies(which are made up of water), this will be reflected into the outer world.   

Sunday, May 22, 2016

How to Create a Mandala

Drawing a mandala is not only a great way to relax when you need some chill time but it is also a great tool for meditation.  I like to draw them when I need to relax for a little while but don't quite want to take out all of my paints and start an involved project.  All you really need is paper and a pen or if you want to add color some markers, colored pencils, or watercolor paints.  This course has easy step-by-step directions on how to create a mandala.  There are videos demonstrating how to draw the mandala, how to add color, and how to add detail.  Here is a sneak peak at what you will see in the course:

It is a wonderful way release some creative energy that is stored up inside and just wants to be expressed in a healthy manner. Fill up an entire sketch book with mandalas.  You will be surprised at how easy they are to create.  Sign up at 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pay Attention to your Dreams

“I dream my paintings and then paint my dreams.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Your dreams hold powerful information about your life.  They may be messages from people in your life(alive or deceased), insight about your health, or signs about the next right action to take in your life. They can be a clear communication channel with the Divine and can help guide you with important decisions if you take the time to reflect on the meaning behind them.  

The only way to begin to understand how to decode your dreams is to write them down as soon as you wake up.  It is helpful to keep a notebook by your bed so that if you wake up in the middle of the night, you can write them down immediately upon awakening.   Write down every single detail that you remember.  Include colors or feelings that you had in the dream. By journaling your dreams, you will increase your ability to remember them. It is also a way to get it out and not dwell on it.  Don’t try to overanalyze the meaning of your dreams.  Trust that the meaning will be revealed to you at the right time.  When I don’t understand a dream, I start with some simple images that were present in the dream.  I might sketch these images on paper or add them to a painting that I am working on.  Eventually, the pieces come together like a puzzle and I can use this information to be more aware of a situation where I need more insight.

  I owe a lot of positive experiences in my own life to my ability to be receptive to the subtle messages that the Divine has to offer through my dreams.  There is so much there that if we paid more attention to it, we would recognize that She is trying to communicate with us important information that we can apply to our own life.  

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Intuitive Painting: The Emergence of Spring

     This painting is another step on my artistic journey to move away from realism and embrace the technique of intuitive painting.  It is probably one of the hardest ways for me to paint, being that it involves letting go of control over the outcome, embracing the unknown, and overcoming my fear of making a mistake and ruining the piece.  When you paint intuitively, you have to surrender control over the piece and what happens is that you are able to uncover the layers in your mind and get to the core of your inner vision.  There is an inner world within each of us that is only able to be tapped in when we let go our our inhibitions and allow the energy to flow freely.  

     The more I delve into the work, the more I see the parallels between painting and life.  Living your truth means letting go of control, allowing a greater force to guide you, accepting the mysteries of life, and moving through the fears.  When we do these things, we grow into a higher level of consciousness.  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Intuitive Painting: The Dark Goddess

Intuitive Painting

This painting was created as an experiment in my own creativity practice.  I have been learning about the process of intuitive painting lately so I decided to try it out.  Intuitive painting involves starting with a few symbols and adding different layering techniques to the painting.  But more than that, it is a process of letting go of any preconceived ideas about the end result and being fully present to whatever shows up on canvas.  It is also about connecting to your inner wisdom and  allowing subtle messages to appear before your eyes through line, shape, and color. 

 I began with some symbols that  are significant to me right now, including a lotus flower, a Goddess face, water, and spirals.  From here I added color and started experimenting with layers.   It was very challenging for me to let go of the original image, the perfect clean line, and the control that comes with painting realistically.  I forced myself to drip paint right over the face, to paint over the entire image in a light wash, and to cover up the beautiful beginnings of this painting.  As I delved further into the process, something in me opened up and I connected to some deep emotions that I have been dealing with lately.  Although I don't want to express the reason for these feelings here, it was a relief to uncover them and allow them to come to the surface in a healthy way. Accepting life's mysterious ways is the doorway to freedom.  Allowing space to creative expression is not only an opportunity for healing but a basic function of the soul.  Painting in this way is more than just practicing an art form.  It is a healing experience that I highly recommend for anyone who wants to connect to their own inner wisdom.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Four Phases of the Feminine Cycle: The Maiden Goddess

     Although this painting is not exactly new, it is one that I have not yet written about.  With the beginning of the new year,  I feel a new burst of inspiration to start painting again so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on where I left off before my unintentional hiatus from painting.   I am continuing on my artistic exploration of the Many Faces of the Goddess and this piece was inspired by a book that I read recently called "Red Moon" by Miranda Grey about the 4 Phases of the Feminine Cycle.  As I have always been fascinated by the relationship between the phases of the moon and the female cycle, I wanted to create a painting based on each of these four phases:  the Maiden/Virgin, the Mother, the Enchantress, and the Crone/Hag.

     According to Miranda Grey's  book "Red Moon", the first phase of the female cycle is that of the Maiden/Virgin. Like the waxing phase of the moon, it is a time of "rebirth, new energy, and enthusiasm".  It is a time when she has the energy to start new projects.  She is playful, fun, independent, and able to make clear decisions.  She is sociable and ready to take action in all aspects of her life.  The Maiden Goddess in this painting appears in the Springtime, when Mother Earth is reborn.  The animals represent her playful nature, the green grass and flowers represent her fresh, new energy, and the flowing river represents her movement towards a new cycle.  She is an innocent representation of the Virgin Goddess.