2015 ~ You are totally welcome here! This is where I am quietly and gently leading others to live with their truest artful spirit each and every day. Trying to guide with my own words, poetry and art adventures. Join me as I just experience life with a wide open heart! I am so glad you found your way here!
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
I am always amazed when the Creative Process takes hold.
There are days, sometimes weeks, nothing seems to come,
and there are days when in the studio,
it just overflows and time passes quickly.
The process of play and intuition go hand in hand for me.
The hardest thing for me is blocking out time in the studio,
I mean NON INTERRUPTED time,
it is rare these days.
I have been so blessed to take workshops
with some amazing Artists,
attend soul inspiring retreats,
work on some wonderful e-courses
and with each workshop and each book read,
I learn something new ... I take a creative nugget
and apply it to my own artwork.
We are all in this Creative Process together!
I am grateful for the knowledge and experience
I have gained over the past few years.
Now I am creating my own works,
with my own style and techniques,
choosing a color palette
and designs that speak
I have been creating my own canvas work
to fill my home,
I felt it was time to hang my own work,
not just the work of artists I have admired over the years.
I have created large canvas works as gifts for others,
each one carrying their own unique style,
feeling proud of my own accomplishments
as an Artist.
It has taken quite sometime for me to
call myself An Artist,
and mean it with confidence!
Creativity is a gift,
time alone to create is a gift,
having my own room to create in is definitely a gift.
How I feel a sense of wonder
whenever I enter the studio,
filled with white lights, art supplies,
and inspiration from others!
I am at home with my brushes,
I have learned to just let them move on the canvas,
letting them dance all by themselves.
I love just letting Creativity flow,
there were so many years I tried to follow
others style perfectly, being afraid
to step out on my own,
Believe me, I don't think that way anymore!
The Process is about letting go, no judgement and certainly no rules, that is where my best work happens!
Now I am teaching others through An Artful Spirit,
I am thrilled beyond any measure
to share what I know,
every quarter my Artful Spirit partner Suzan Thompson and I
lead others in day long mini art retreats,
the days are filled with magic and creativity!
You can check out our latest offering here
Our next will be held on February 28, 2015
at the beautiful Virginia Beach Resort Hotel
I would love to see you there
and you too can learn this
beautiful and meditative painting process!
Sending you blessings, love
and all the creative moments you can find in your life.
we got a whole lot of brainstorming done too! I love it when we put our creative minds together.
From the moment we entered Catherine's studio,
I felt a sense of belonging, I knew it was going to be
a magical three days of learning.
My heart was wide open and spilling over!
The studio was a feast for the eyes,
inspiration everywhere and such beauty,
Catherine is an incredible artist.
She freely let us photograph whatever we wanted to
so I am sharing with you!
Catherine opened with the reading of a poem
which was one of my favorites by Hafiz.
I was overjoyed to hear so much poetry read
the Poet in me was delighted to hear
Catherine's beautiful soft voice
reading the words of so many poets.
Each moment, each exercise, each lecture
was thoughtfully carried out,
so much love and attention went into
the care and feeding of our souls!
First Day was wonderful,
and we still had two more to go!
We loved where we stayed,
I had looked into a Bed and Breakfast
called 803 Elizabeth Lane
that was recommended
and we were not disappointed at all!
Martha and Will, the innkeepers were charming,
the room was delightful
and our breakfasts were created with
love and care each morning ...
a great start to the day ahead!
Days Two and Three we continued to gather,
share, learn, open our hearts, learn from Catherine,
dig even deeper ... and all the while not wanting the day to end,
and I am sure I speak for all of us.
I have attended many retreats in my lifetime,
each one teaching me something wonderful.
I am so grateful and beyond thrilled with
this Facilitator training,
it has changed me, re-directed me
and for that I am over the moon.
SoulCollage® is a beautiful and self-directed process.
It is a gift you can give to yourself.
It is an intuitive card making process
using images that inspire me.
There are no words or adornments, only images.
My cards are created by me and carry along
the wisdom I need when seeking
life questions for myself (my written definition created during an exercise)
We browsed through image after image,
Catherine supplied unending images,
We created our cards with beautiful and inspiring music,
each one of us in our own zone,
not much talking going on . . .
we then shared our cards in a small group,
answering with a question . . . "I am One Who ..."
we were guided through meditation,
we were touched with poetry read to us,
danced to music,
ate delicious meals,
had tea and snacks
cried many tears,
hugged lots and lots,
we opened up our hearts to each other, twelve women became twelve sisters
in the course of three days,
how hard it was to leave Sunday.
I always capture my world through my camera,
I think the best thing is to share my pictures with you,
they truly say it all ...
I look forward to sharing this process with others
in my hometown, or even further away.
If you have a chance to have a session, I encourage you ... I strongly urge you to do so!
It seems that each art form I pursue,
grows me deeper and deeper
to finding my own self . . .
My Zentangle® practice,
My SoulCollage® process,
Art Journaling and Poetry writing.
I am on a path to self discovery,
growing a little bit more each and every day.
I am so grateful to have experienced
so much this past weekend;
bringing me closer to my heart,
my dreams and my soul longings.
My 2015 is definitely off to a terrific start!
I was totally overtaken with emotion, joy and heartfelt feelings.
How blessed I will always be to have taken my
Facilitator Training with Catherine.
She is light, she is love and she is a total inspiration to others.
Thank you Catherine for making every minute
of these three days so beautiful!