Love is my Source. Joy is my Power. These words are my love song to you, shared with the hope that you will be inspired to dance your own joy in this celebration we call life.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Heedless gulps and thoughtful nibbles...

Well alrighty then, as they say here in the Midwest.  My last post was nigh on a year ago, and promised I'd be back with a story in a few days.  Errrrrrrrmmmm.  That's sort of embarrassing.  I could just delete that post, and start fresh.  Could, but won't.  So, what happened?

Oh, a major life change happened this year, but that started a bit later in the spring.  What happened in January happened right there in the last post.  I tried to make an internal shift public long before I had grown into it.  I wanted to share events that were far bigger than my understanding, and ideas that were not yet fully integrated into my BEingness.  Does that still sound rather mysterious?

I will eventually tell the story that I hinted at last January, but it will simply unfold in bits and pieces of other stories, I suspect.  It's all about how much bigger we are than our physical bodies, and how amazingly we are connected to others,  so I hope you will wander back soon to see if I've calmed my fears, and started fresh with manageable nibbles rather than the enormous bite that choked me into silence a year ago.  

I'm also gearing up for a move across the country, back to my beloved Oregon, though not sure exactly where I want to settle, nor when the actual move is happening.  It's already been delayed by months, and though I've been packed and ready since early autumn, perhaps there is more to be done in Minnesota before I go than I had planned on, so I've given up guessing at a departure date.  All I know for the moment is that instead of continuing to bemoan this state of limbo, it's time to get on with writing and arting and living where I am.  Including writing here, on this blog.

Happy New Year to you.  I hope you will make the changes you dream of, be easy with yourself when your fears slow you down, and that you enjoy every incredibly interesting moment of every precious day.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Taking Intuition to Work

Lorine couldn't think why she thought her kitchen arch needed to have a faux brick surround, she just knew it did.  Intuition?  Well, maybe, or maybe just the view from where she drinks her morning coffee! :)))  ...and yes, the plaster "bricks" inside do line up with the bricks outside.  I'm that much of a perfectionist.

For as long as I've done decorative painting in people's homes, I've been aware that there's an intuitive element to what I do, in that the fine details of color and design usually happen without my consciously deciding on them.  Often, without knowing I'm doing it, I'll include some element that nobody ever mentioned, and then find out it's of real significance to the homeowner.  Like putting a cat on a windowsill, not knowing the owner had a cat exactly like that until very recently, or suggesting a mural of Italy, rather than the one of France that the designer specified, only to find out the family just returned from a Tuscan vacation.  Those sorts of things have happened all along.  There's something else that's happened all along, which I noticed, but didn't understand at first, and certainly didn't talk openly about until fairly recently...

TO BE CONTINUED  (sorry!!!)

I'm working on writing that up, but it's gone novella length, so I need to finish it, edit it, and then decide how to break up what's left into blog sized segments.  Give me a few days, and I'll get it figured out.  For now, sign up to receive email updates, so you don't miss these posts, by clicking on the link in the sidebar at left.  While you're clicking things in the sidebar, you have until the morning of January 16th to sign up for the In-Visioning board workshop, so you might want to click on the link to that, as well.

And if you want to see what else I do with plaster and paint, you can click over to my portfolio website,

Saturday, January 3, 2015

In-Visioning Board Workshop

with Dawn-Marie deLara

Come for a day of guided meditation, playful exploration, and intention setting for the year ahead! If you’ve never made vision boards, it’s an easy process of cut and paste, with no artistic skill required, though in the process you might discover some you didn’t know you had! If you have made them before, you might like creating them with the help of a teacher who is both a commercial artist and an intuitive guide.

In-Visioning Boards

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Getting started: guided meditation and basic instruction 
from 9-12:30, $35

Stay on for the afternoon to finish and do another guided 
meditation from 1:30-5, for an additional $35.

Sign up for both halves prior to January 9th for $55, and 
save a little dough!

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited to 10 people, and some slots are already filled. Click on the “classes” link in the sidebar to purchase through PayPal, or call me at (952)873-4493 if you prefer to mail a check.

Plan to bring small copies of photos of you, and magazine 
clippings or pictures of things that relate to your goals. I 
have lots more here, and everything else you need. Dress for 

128 Main Street West
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
(Belle Plaine is 35 miles south of Minneapolis on hwy. 169)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Classes coming soon!

As the year winds down, I'm gearing up to share some of my gifts in a bigger-than-ever-before way.  I've been a professional artist for years, but have often kept the spiritual aspect of my artistic process hidden from view.  Things have been shifting for me over recent years though, and a major shift this summer brought me so fully into the light that I really can't hide it anymore.  I don't even want to try, because I want everyone to experience life as vibrantly as I usually do!

So, here's the truth of me.  That goofy grin and bubbling joy?  That's not me laughing at something that happened a minute ago.  That's an intentional connection to the Divine, radiating from the core of my being.  The art I painted on somebody's wall yesterday?  They think it was magic, how I just knew to put in details they never even mentioned.  Magic is a fine word to describe intuition and Divine direction.  I'm not traditional Christian, so I don't believe God cares what you call it, and for that matter, I don't care if you call me Divinely radiant or weirdly witchy. Whatever you call me, my only purpose here is to shower the world in Divine love, share the gifts and intuitive insights I'm charged with, and help anyone who asks to find their own internal spark.

As an artist and creative soul, the best way I know to do this is to teach you to honor and express your own creativity.  

Starting in January, I'll be hosting monthly "Claiming Your Creative Soul" classes, here at Belle Amie, my big old Victorian house/studio, in downtown Belle Plaine.  Some of these classes will be short and simple half-day workshops, with guided meditations and no-skill-required creative play.  Some will be full-weekend retreats, with both beginner and advanced art techniques presented.  The important thing about all of them is that the soul nourishing aspect of creative play is far more valuable than any art skill, so don't hesitate to sign up for something that intrigues you, just because you think it's for "real artists" only.  Your inability to draw stick figures and straight lines is of absolutely no relevance to anything we do here. In fact, if you haven't read it already, please see my definition of Real Artist here: How Art Thou?

So, we'll start the year with something lots of people are familiar with:  Vision Boards.  If you've never made one, or never made one using both guided meditation techniques for clarifying your goals, and graphic design pointers for creating something truly visually appealing, you've missed out on the powerful mojo these personal road maps can supply.  One acquaintance of mine recently referred to them as "cheesy vision boards", but trust me, there's nothing cheesy about having the goals that you put into visual or physical prayer manifesting quickly, in astonishingly literal ways.  There's nothing cheesy about anything that works to bring energy and focus to your most cherished dreams, so set aside anyone else' judgement, or perhaps your own feelings of discomfort over the prospect of spending a few hours with scissors and paste, and treat yourself to this fun and inexpensive play date.

In-Visioning Boards
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Getting started: guided meditation and basic instruction from 9-12:30, $35
Stay on for the afternoon to finish and do another guided meditation from 1:30-5, for an additional $35.
Sign up for both halves prior to January 9th for $55, and save a little dough!

128 Main Street West
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
(Belle Plaine is 35 miles south of Minneapolis on hwy. 169)

I'll get all this posted to a separate "classes" page and get PayPal info sorted out in a few days.  I haven't been using that for awhile, so it will take me a few minutes that I don't have today to remember how it works.  For now, if you know you're interested and want one of the 10 spots in this class, drop me an email, by clicking here: DM Mail

I'm so looking forward to celebrating Winter Solstice and Christmas over the next week.  I've been on Elf Duty for clients much of this week, which is great fun.  Folks whose walls I've painted eventually figure out that I really do mean it when I say I can be commissioned to create just about anything, and they assign me such fun projects. One thing I've always put on my imaginary jobs list is toy maker, and this time of year, I actually get to do that!  Nobody has more fun at work the week before Christmas than I do!  And along with all the toys and gifts and goodies, what a gloriously inspired season this is for re-lighting our inner candles, bringing up our light, polishing the sooty glass of the lantern we are meant to be! 

 Whatever you celebrate, I wish you Joy!

You can also find me here:
Portfolio of wall work:
Decorating and domestic arts blog:
Track me down by my own name on Pinterest and Facebook, if you like.  I'll put up pro pages on those one of these days, but you're welcome to friend and follow my personal ones.

Friday, November 21, 2014

How Art Thou?

What is it that makes your heart sing?  Do you make art, make music, make soup, make books, make speeches or dances or dramas, or maybe you make points pursuing the art of a sport?  Whatever it is that makes your heart sing, I'd like to suggest that you call it art.  What?  You aren't an artist?  Really?  I'm not so sure about that.

Art, according to Webster, comes from the Old English eart, meaning is.  That's all.  Art is what is.  It's also been used from archaic times to the present as the verb "be".  So, how art thou?  How are you?  How are you being in this life?  From the things you do, to the things you make, to the way you do them, make them, and even the way you navigate your day in general, it's all your art.

We've been trained to judge art in this society.  Good art, bad art, fine art, commercial art, high art, outsider art...blah, blah, blah!!!  As far as I can tell, about the only thing these labels do is convince most folks that they aren't artists, have no chance of being an artist, and that art is an elusive thing for the crazy talented...or the just plain crazy.  But how about just the word itself?

What happens if we take our reverence for Art, the concept of Art as a valuable thing, and apply the word to the activities of our lives?  Would you give more value to what you do, if you consider it your Art?  Would you give it more time, more attention, more credit in your daily conversations?  What could happen, if you did?

What could happen is this:  You could find life is richer when the small moments are elevated by the thought that they matter.  You could find that you do your favorite activities with more reverence for the act of doing them.  You could find yourself creating more time in your day for doing the things you really care about.  And why would you care, or why in fact, would care if you do this?

I care because I want you to live the fullest, juiciest, most joyful life possible.  I want that for you, for your own pure pleasure, and I want it for you because when you live big and bold and artfully, you impact everyone you touch.  How you pursue the art of living, how you navigate the simplest moments of your day (even those on the highway, or in the grocery store), that touches every person you come physically or energetically in contact with.  

If you do the things that make your heart sing, that song keeps playing in your soul even when you're doing other things, and if you're mindfully doing those other things as well, there is melody and harmony, and with practice, even rhythm.  That's music, which is art that everyone around you can sing or sway or hum or dance their own artful way.  And does that not sound like Heaven on Earth?

So, how art thou?  What is it that makes your heart sing?  That.  You must have and do and be more of that, for we need your voice in the Divine Chorus of Life.

Your comments and conversation are most welcome and wanted below!  If this has touched you, please do share via your favorite social media, and yes, of course feel free to Pin my images.  If you wish, you can find my (mostly about) decorating and domestic arts blog at, and my mural and plaster sculpting portfolio can be found at