All posts tagged: inspiration

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 …

Awaken

A still quiet voice inside calls to you: Awaken to your true self! Feel your body and your connection to the Earth. Know your mind and your connection to the Cosmos. Experience the depths of your emotions and connections with each other. Let me help you awaken to heal Welcome, to my blog! Here you will find stories of my journey of awakening. I am still very much on that journey, but perhaps there are ways that I’ve walked that are still new to you and perhaps there is some part of my experience that can help make your walking easier. I write about art, healing, plants as medicine, food and friends, moments of connection and disconnection, energetic transmissions, inspiration and revelation, religious and spiritual experiences and bees. If there is anything you read that resonates and  inspires you, I am grateful. If it sparks a desire to delve deeper into your own growth or you have a question you want answered, please contact me. It is my heartfelt desire to support you. Blessings, Catherine

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 …

Clearing Roadblocks

A nice camping trip to the east side of Mt. Hood. Some folks call it Wy’east over there. The mountain itself is called Lookout Mountain. I’m sure there are other names, but I just remember how to get there. As I pulled on to the dirt road leading up the mountain I saw some fallen trees by the side of the road and it reminded me of the MovNat video my trainer from Bootcamp showed me. I started to tell my friend S about it, how the guy ran around in the woods half naked and barefoot. He jumped off cliffs into a pile of pebbles and dragged around huge logs with his bare hands. Then we turned the bend to our campground and right before us was an enormous pile of downed trees blocking the whole road. We both had to laugh at that synchronicity. Being adventurous we jumped out assessed the situation. We decided that if we moved all the smaller logs we could drive around the main roadblock and make it to …

Making Stuff

I seem to be obsessed with making stuff, or at least the idea of it. Beef stock Saurkraut Kefir Beeswax candles Knit seat cushions Intarsia gloves Salad dressing (just made some with my daughter yesterday, Yum. duelling flavors) Fermented Ketchup Kombucha not to mention the pile of half processed herbs and about a dozen new blog post ideas All these are running around my mind and whenever I have a minute I come up with more.Whoa! What is going on? I so don’t have time to make all of this. And where are all these ideas coming from?I’ll credit the 4 planets in Pisces, Realm of Possibility, where my Sun and Mercury live. My imagination is currently highly stimulated. Well, it’s weekend now so we’ll see where I get too. Maybe my hands in the dirt or a brisk walk outside would be good too. To clear my mind and ground my inspirations. ******************** Checking in a few months later. I have finished my fingerless gloves, and they are lovely.     It pleases me …