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.

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:  theartofthehome.com
Decorating and domestic arts blog: theartofthehome.blogspot.com
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 to...in 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 theartofthehome.blogspot.com, and my mural and plaster sculpting portfolio can be found at theartofthehome.com.