All posts filed under: Art

Fall Art Journaling Session

We’ve been having so much fun at the Wolf + Rabbit the past few months. We’ve drawn and painted. We’ve glued. We’ve cut out lots of pictures. We shared about our successes and struggles as budding artists. One day we hummed and felt colors in our bodies and then let them drip across the pages of our journals. Another time we tuned into our creative guides for inspiration on our purpose. All together we created a beautiful collage on collaboration. It is hanging on the wall of the art space. You can see it in the far left of the following picture. Drop by and have a look up close. If you’re looking for a little extra motivation and a fun group art project come on out Monday Art Journaling Adventure Mon eve 6 – 8pm Sep 14 – Oct 26 Wolf + Rabbit Emporium 5301 SE Francis, Portland OR  Tuition: $180 for 7 sessions or $30 drop in Each week we meet as a group to draw, paint and collage together. We share some of our work …

Weekly Art Journaling Adventure

Get raw and real with yourself every day as you put your pen, paintbrush and creativity down on paper Calling all stuck creatives, hesitant artists, spiritual seekers and dreamers. Is there something you are feeling that you want to express, but you don’t quite know how or lack the motivation to keep going once you get stuck? We all have creations inside us waiting to come out. You might think you’re not an artist, but once you start doodling, glueing, slapping down color you’ll be surprised! Taking inspiration from the ordeal of our daily lives, the emotions we don’t know what to do with, the dreams we barely remember, we will be making art every day. Some of it may be ugly or embarrassing and some of it will be downright glorious. By committing to give a little time and tools to our inner being, our quiet voices, our non-verbal selves we can tap into a whole other world of information, insight and healing. Fresh creative energy becomes available for our passions and projects flowing into all areas …

Dragon Roar 2

I got in touch with this heat inside of me. A feeling of anger and needing space to be. A feeling of a deep breath coming out of me. A dragon roar! A couple of months ago I started to contemplate this concept of the dragon energy inside of me. Strong, hot, power to protect me, power to make things happen in the world. I wanted to paint a dragon, but I didn’t know how. I started to sketch and eventually outlined this dragon painting. It has been a journey of self discovery. I am still learning what it means, what that heat at the base of my spine and through my arms is telling me. Each layer of paint that went on the canvas, each time I took it off the wall and added a little more detail made me feel more connected to my own power. What does power feel like in your body? For me it is red and solid and burning. Telling me what I need and giving me the strength to …

Painting the Dreams into Being

Making art may well be the best way of tapping into and processing information from the subtle realms. My dreams are rich and vivid, whether they come in sleep or in meditation. Often they don’t make a lot of sense at first and slip away in the rush of the day. I have been writing my dreams in journals for years. Sometimes I share them with friends and family looking for meaning, insight, direction that may be gleaned from them. This type of processing allows more of the dream to be remembered. When I work with clients in a healing session I share the things I perceive to give them the opportunity to expand their awareness of the energy. After the session I encourage them to talk, write or make art inspired by their experience. This painting came out of a healing session that I received from Katie Todd a few months ago. I connected with an incredibly vivid blue light and a large, blue galactic being. It’s head extends outward like horns or ears. …

Artist date

Going on a date with myself! The notion of the artist date came to me from the book The Artist’s Way a number of years ago. It involves going out by yourself to do something fun and creative to nurture your inner artist. Last Saturday we went to explore the Portland Art Museum. Since I have been painting more I realized that I haven’t really been looking at other people’s art, and can’t quite remember the names for the various art movements and styles. Time to get inspired! First I went upstairs to the American traditional paintings. After about 20 minutes my mind was swimming. So many different styles of putting paint on paper! They must have spent hundreds of hours making some of those. Such intricate details, fine brush strokes. Did they paint with a single bristle? Who even has time for that these days? How might I integrate what I see into my own work? Needing to sit down and stare into space. Digest the thoughts and impressions. To find that balance point between …

Get your Art out of the Basement

Break all the Rules Enter your darkness and Create Do you ever have the feeling that your creativity got lost somewhere along the way? Is your life going fine, but you really wish you had more passion and excitement about it? You may not have truly lost your art, but it may be laying around in your basement under huge a pile of crap. Unfelt feelings, negative thoughts, self – judgement and failure can be between you and your creativity. No wonder you haven’t gone looking for it. Besides you’ve probably been too busy following all the important adult rules. Such as: “You have to clean the house, feed the children, make money, pay the bills, mow the lawn, … before you can make art. ” “Being an artist is not a real job.” “Unless you are going to make amazing art you shouldn’t make any art at all.” If any of that sounds familiar, please read on.

Wise Woman Spiral

I begin at the center, says the wise woman seer. I come from the chaos and the completeness at the center of the spiral. I am vital, moving, growing, unrestricted in resources, as I am born in the Wise Woman tradition. In the natural flow of my expansion and enrichment, I encounter pain; I lose control; I die. In the natural flow of my curiosity and play, I discover joy and wisdom. I am born. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. When I hurt (when my heart hurts, when my head hurts, when my shoulders hurt) I nourish myself: I nourish my heart, my head and my shoulders. I nourish myself and am strengthened, transformed and deepened; my vibrational rate increases. I expand. I open my spiral. I ask myself, ” How can I make this problem my ally? What is the gift of health/ wholeness/ holiness here?” I gain energy with each sickness or problem. My range of resonance and my capacity to receive and to share increases every time I encounter pain and …