From discarded to regarded!

"Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here! Make. Good. Art" ~Neil Gaiman

It's never ever too late. What is that wild abandon that calls to the you, that is deep within?  Go inside her and explore. Is it a paint brush, camera, paper, pen, crochet? Do you want to explore nature, or culture?  My father picked up his paint brushes and oils at the age of 65. He built an art studio, and makes amazing recycled oil paintings. He visits his local thrift store, buying up every single old discarded oil painting with its out dated frame. He takes it into his studio for the ultimate transformation. A quick coat or two of jesso, gives him a clean slate. He then goes to town on his "Bob Ross" style landscapes, loosing himself in each and every brush stroke. He emerges from his studio, slightly high from the paint thinner, and blissed out creativity that allowed him to soar outside of time. It makes him giddy, to reclaim, recycle and re invent the old unloved uglies into his own precious masterpieces. 

Im a big believer in mistakes. Ive lived the heroes journey and had more than one dark night of the soul.  I know in my bones, that our biggest mistakes are our best teachers. Ok so if your sitting in the middle of the schmack down, you aren't looking at it in such a loving way, but I know for sure, that if you search for it's lesson, you will soon find your greatest strengths are found in the old crappy outdated thrift store oil painting that was discarded. Throw on a little Jesso, break some rules, dig deep and watch yourself transform from discarded to regarded. Re frame your new masterpiece and look with new eyes at your potential. High on the experience, proudly sign your name on your new artful creation.  

Rumi always has a way with words...

"Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do! There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the earth" 

Go people, make art out of your precious beings. Create, evolve and soar. Break some rules, and be interesting!! 

Carpe Diem 
Seize the day!

Creepy Crawlies make great totems

Are you afraid of that creepy crawly spider that makes its way into your space? Give the little guy a chance, perhaps it is a magical animal totem with a message. 

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." 
~Chief Seattle

Spider is the weaver of stories, dreams, illusions, fate. Spider is often seen as linking past to future.

You have a talent for writing, and can weave words in creative ways that can often affect others in deep ways. Spider is guardian of all ancient languages and alphabets. Many attribute the very first letters to the patterns and angles formed by a spider's web.  Spider is considered to be the teacher of languages and the magic of writing - it may be time to write creatively - without the constraints of form, tradition or habit.

They are associated often with the number 8 and are said to be the keepers of the internal plan of creation. The spider is considered to be associated with the Earth element. Several American Indian tribes tell the story of Grandmother Spider. She is said to have spun the web of life and that all living creatures, beasts, and humans are interconnected through her web. Every life touches another via the intricate, complicated, interwoven threads.

Transformation of the Shaman #12

This bronze statue is called "Transformation of the shaman" The original, life size sits in the healing gardens at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix Arizona. There were 22 smaller castings made to raise money for the installation. Pat Mathieson, the artist, was commissioned to create a memorial for a Dr. at the hospital who passed away from cancer. Pat's love for the native american traditions, and her great respect for women, led her to the vision of this healing statue. The Dr. loved birds, and Pat wanted to capture the transformation and healing vision in the cape, as it turns into Eagle feathers. The eagle is a powerful totem suggesting that we can see the bigger picture as we coast on the thermals, transforming one way of being into something else, perhaps better.  Pat told me that she received a call from a nurse at the hospital shortly after the installation was complete. There was a tribe of Hopi sitting in a circle around the statue in prayer, as their patriarch Elder was in surgery at that moment. She felt honored that her art was transformed into a place of gathering and healing, hope and love.  Pat also told me that at the time of the installation, the first lady of Iraq was at the mayo clinic receiving treatment. She was so moved by the energy of this statue, she took one home with her.  The cast of this shaman, made available 40 castings, only 22 have been cast so far. She thinks that the number has tapered, keeping this collection small and elite. 

Christmas morning,  2012 I opened a small box with a pair of labradorite celtic earrings. In the silken bag, was a note that said, "put these magical stones on and join a special someone in your bead room. 

I didn't have my reading glasses on and what I read was "put these magical stones on and join a special someone in your "BEDROOM." I was confused and wondering why my husband was asking me to join someone in our bedroom.  All of our children and my husband stood up waiting for me to lead the way. I headed for the bedroom, and was met with a shout "where are you going?" Perplexed I replied, to the bedroom, the note said there is someone special in our bedroom. My husband laughed and said, "NO, it said your BEAD room."  My bead room, is my art studio where I make jewelry, meditate, and create. 

So now with new bearings, I headed to my studio. When I opened the door,  I was met by my someone special, in all of her glory, standing on top of my jembe drum, casting number 12 "Transformation of the shaman." 

What a perfect Talisman to add to our home. So symbolic of my own journey, this fine art will be much loved and adored in my sanctuary.  I was able to find the artist on line, and contacted her. We had such a lovely conversation, and she shared with me her process, and love for inspiration of the native americans who are so deeply rooted in their spiritual path. She is a brilliant artist, I feel honored to own #12 of currently only 22 castings. Her web site showcases her lovely work, I invite you to have a look.  She is a treasure and a gift. 

Gratitude this holiday season!

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance,chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

Melody Beattie

It is with deepest gratitude that I sit in awe of the bounty of blessings that I witness every day! We jump for joy, in our expressions of love, laughter, and pure giddy delight. May you all have a year full of abundance and gratitude!