farewell february

huge walls of water rolling in
last evening. 

 the ocean so lively and powerful, 
makes me feel tiny.

new moon today, the end of Mercury retrograde...
will March feel a little more settled? 

day dreaming

at the moment i can hardly sleep i'm having so many 
creative ideas swirling around in my head...
it's a delicious feeling.

and i'm busy making a dream box,
i'll show you soon. 

find the light

this iphone photo was inspired by 
photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins' quote:

"Find the light and shoot what's in it." 

on my easel

our latest art lesson in Full Circle
is all about backgrounds and line drawings.

it feels like a whole new exciting world 
opening up for me!

on working fast

one of the Full Circle assignment 
is about altering old books. 
bringing them back to life 
painting, drawing and journaling in it. 

i found a small Shakespeare book, 
here is a peek inside some of my pages:  

the idea is to work fast, 
silencing the thoughts, 
following intuition. 
to get the creative juices flowing... 

still life

i fell in love with these 
while looking for still life inspiration...

Matisse of course!

i needed to hear this today

Kiki Smith: "Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn't, do your work anyway. You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I'm given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one's own vision."


if i didn't have so many things on the go at the moment
i would sign up for this, for sure... 

i am a big fan of Susannah Conway's work, 
i love the name, The Sacred Alone...

so tempted... but not now! 

in the studio

art journaling with a twist...
these pages of collage and drawings:

became these pages of drawings and painting: 

became these triangles: 

became this wall hanging decoration: 

i still have to find a good spot for it, 
it was a huge job and i loved every minute of it! 


the other day
 i went into my studio and hit a complete blank/block,
 i felt uninspired and stuck.

and then i remembered a quote that  Lisa Sonora Beam
shared with us in Root
she had stamped it out and called it a "stamping meditation";
i thought i'll give it a try. 

the quote was from Women Who Run with the Wolves
and spoke straight to my soul. 

"The creative force flows over the terrain of our psyches looking for the natural hollows, 
the arroyos, the channels that exist in us. We become its tributaries, its basins, 
we are its pools, ponds, streams, and sanctuaries. 
The wild creative force flows into whatever beds we have,
those we are born with as well as those we dig with our own hands. 
We don't have to fill them, we only have to build them. "
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

here is my stamping meditation, 
it worked.