Success with the Wishing Well Cavern

Wishes! Wishes! and More Wishes! 

Being a part of Turning the Wheel Missoula’s Enchanted Forest was a Full Body YES! and then the cherry on top was the event going smooth as butter. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the magic at the Enchanted Forest and participate in the wonder of my Wishing Well Cavern Installation.

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The actual installation looked even better than I imagined in my head. I projected images of water I had collected from all over the world, and it completely transformed the white and silver Mirror Paintings into a cohesive space that completely immersed people in the waters of the Earth.

In addition to looking amazing I felt so good about the interaction and participation I experienced with everyone who came to visit me as the Wishing Well Woman. Each person was invited to make a wish through a series of simple, and embodying activities. First they would choose a stone to imbue with their wish. Then they would choose a Mirror Painting to reflect, amplify, and empower their wish. The dances and movements people came up with made me want to weep. I never expect much when making a request that is quite outside the cultural norm for interacting with a piece of art, but people really engaged, dropping deeply into the exercise. I could really feel the authenticity and sincerity as each person chose a Mirror to interact with, while also holding their wish in their mind.

Once they finished their dance we finished the wish by adding some “Starlight Magic,” as well all know the power of wishing stars, and then some “Earth Energy” to ground the wish back to each individual. Finally they dropped the wish into the well, another mythic way of manifesting our wishes here on Earth. I felt so blessed to witness and guide each wish, and I truly believe some powerful magic was conjured up in my watery little installation.

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Now all of the Mirrors Paintings, which have been powered up with the most wonderful wishes from all the visitors of the Enchanted Forest are for sale. Each radiates powerful wishing energy, and will sure to fill any space with wild potential. All of the Mirrors will be posted with prices on my instagram, and you can send me a message there if one of them calls to you. I can’t wait to send each of the beauties out into the world to beam good energy wherever they go. Even if you can’t afford to adopt a Mirror Painting I would love love love to hear which is your favorite and why it resonates with you in the comments.

Be well and may all your wishes come true!

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The Enchanted Forest and Wishing Well Cavern

My life is full of blessings and one of them is having the opportunity to participate in this amazing event being put on by my friends in Missoula, MT, Enchanted Forest.

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I am creating an enchanting installation, a Wishing Well Cavern, that participants will enter and make a wish within. The cavern wall is covered in crystal mirror paintings and shimmering with the waters of the Earth.  These beautiful mixed media paintings are for sale and a portion of the sale goes towards Turning the Wheel Missoula’s school programs.

In addition to constructing this one of a kind immersive art installation I will be performing a vignette from my one woman show, Red Shoes. 

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Society 6: Full Moon Collection

Color is normally where I am most comfortable working, but for my fall projects my palette has been almost exclusively white, grey, and silver. To share this current theme with you I have created a mini collection of six new paintings on Society6. ENJOY!

The magic space in fall and winter when the days shorten and the brightness of the moons builds to a nourishing fullness. The alchemical energy of letting go and manifesting simultaneously in this quiet season. Blessed Be.

Check out the New Collection Here.

This fun new collection has a bunch of new society6 products that I haven’t had available for purchase in my store before like the credenza and wall mural. Have fun exploring and if there is a piece you like be sure to give it a heart. Your love on my Society6 store is almost as valuable as actually purchasing a goodie from the store. And I really enjoy seeing what pieces people are resonating with. Look forward to seeing what you think.

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Sacred Spheres of Self Realization

My life has been tossed upside down this month. After a lot of bumps and ups and downs I’m taking steps to know myself better. And as a result I’m on my own for awhile on a journey of self realization.

This big leap into the next phase of my life has inspired a new series of paintings. Last week as my show, Red Shoes, wrapped, and the realities of the next few months settled into place I turned to my trusty Triple Goddess Cards for insight.

I drew “The Journey Home” which resonated deeply with where I am currently. This card talks about the sacredness of the number seven and ecstasy of self realization, representing the Chariot from the traditional tarot. The card discusses the Seven Spheres of TranscenDance and I was immediately inspired to create a series of painting to kick off this time of exploration. In addition to discussing these seven spheres the card is linked to the ancient Bird Goddess. I have resonated with the medicine of birds for a long time and incorporating bird magic into this project felt like a perfect fit.

So for seven days I drew a card from my Bird Cards deck and listened deeply to the message of the card and created a painting. To further explore the vibration of each bird messenger I listened to the bird song while I painted. It was really soothing to paint to birds singing and I think it influenced how I worked. All of the messages I received were extremely inspiring and so I wanted to share each painting and its message with you.

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Day 1: Nightingale

“Expressing the sheer joy of creating universe upon universe of wonder and miracles.” If you’ve ever had the joy of hearing a nightingale sing they are breathtaking. It calls straight to the heart and pierces the air with thrilling energy. Nightingale reminds us that through the power of love we have the ability to change anything. Here is the song I listened to while painting. 

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Day 2: Rooster

I was very worried when I drew the Rooster card because I was committed to listening to each birds song while I painted, and listening to a Rooster crow for several hours didn’t sound all that appealing. However, I was pleasantly surprised the find that the call of the Rooster was actually quite enjoyable to listen to. Rooster teaches us to Celebrate! To toot our own horn! To remember how magnificent we truly are. Let me know what you think of the Rooster’s song.

IPQJ0455Day 3: Wren

Wren asks us to release old stories that no longer serve us. Wren tells us that it is our responsibility to choose joy, and that ultimately we have to have the confidence to follow what brings us joy and leave behind anything negative that is no longer serving us. To me the energy of this card was a soft sort of departure, not an abrupt letting go but to melt into the deep knowing inside our hearts, and that is what I hoped to capture with the colors and energy in the painting. Listen to the wren here.

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This bird stumped me for awhile because it’s not a real bird. Its an idea that represents the transcendent quality of bird medicine. Blue Bird of Happiness is an experience we all have inside of us, a knowing of joy and wholeness that resides in our hearts. Its that bursting feeling of joy that swells from the heart when we find ourselves in those peaceful, most serendipitous moments. Since the Blue Bird of Happiness isn’t a real creature I chose to listen to a loop of the mountain bluebird, which resides in the mountains above where I live in Boulder, CO. 

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I also struggled with the Raven energy when I first drew the card. It spoke of pulling back the veil and revealing the truth that everything is interconnected. No imagery or colors came to me at first, but after meditating and resting I chose to paint by candlelight and chose colors that resonated deeply with me. Since I am one with all, the colors are also one with the Raven which may defy the usual associations people have the bird and its energy. In the end this became one of my favorite paintings in the series and I look forward to painting by candlelight again.  Listen to Raven here. 

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetDay 6: Swallow

Swallow reminds us to follow our inner path. Encoded in our hearts and minds is a map to greatness and joy. Swallow asks us to follow that path and trust where we end up, staying present and positive. I really enjoyed this painting. I felt like I found the rhythm of the shapes and colors with ease, and finally had a grasp of how to work with my paints of the metal canvases I ended up using.  It feels so light and airy, perhaps a reflection of the bright and heartwarming chirp of the Swallow.

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I loved the serendipity of this final bird messenger. Cuckoo signals a completion of a process and the dawning of a new life. It filled with such excitement and resolution to draw such a fitting card for the final day of this series. It really affirms the power of creating art in a meditative state. This final painting is like a bright sun shining and I found the song of the Cuckoo to be a joy to paint with.

 

I was a little sad for this series to come to an end and I am excited to come up with more meditative projects like this to complete in the future. All of these beautiful sphere paintings are looking for new homes to fill with their radiant vibrations. Message me for more details on that. Each painting is on a nifty metal sign as the canvas , and I’m beyond pleased with the result. They have a built in stand in the back for placing upon an altar or shelf, and can easily be hung on the wall. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Blessed Be. 

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RAW:Denver Presents OVATION

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I am so excited to have been invited to RAWartists showcase in Denver this fall.

The event is an inspiring combination of visual artists, performers, musicians, fashion designers and more. I am attending as a visual artist and will be sharing my “Sphere’s of Self Realization” series with everyone, as well as other shields and mandalas.

Tickets are $22 and if you follow my link it helps cover my cost to participate in the event. Hope to see you all there! Its going to be so much fun.

http://www.rawartists.org/magicksocks.

RAW’s Mission 

To serve independent artists with tools, resources, education and exposure needed to thrive and succeed in their creative careers.

RAW showcases indie talent in visual art, film, fashion & accessories design, music, performance art, beauty, and photography.

RAW is a fun and alternative way for creatives to showcase both to their local community and the world-at-large.

We are not your average art show. We are loud, colorful, creative, and all about our artists. We are RAW.

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Prints and Furniture for your Inner Landscape on my Society6

Screen Shot 2018-09-17 at 3.02.16 PMIts been almost a year since I released new products on society6 but with the announcement of FURNITURE, thats right! Furniture! on Society6 I couldn’t resist putting together a new collection for the fall.

Visit my Society 6 store to see all the fun new products. Link Here

Lately, I’ve been cultivating my inner landscape, nourishing myself and growing a sacred garden filled with intention and joy. Visualization is an important part of my personal practice and these images help me visualize and strengthen my inner magic. I’m excited to share these images with you, so that you too can remember to nourish, grow, and live in a state of bliss. From prints to adorable tables (I think i’ve found my new altar table ^_^) there should be the perfect piece to bring color and vibrancy to your home.

Use the Code FALL4ART before Midnight PST tonight for 30% off  (9/17/18)

Garden Circle – Fire

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Garden Circle – Orange

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Garden Circle – Gold

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Garden Circle – Bright Yellow

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Garden Circle – Jade

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Garden Circle – Navy

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Garden Circle – Blue

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Garden Circle – Purple

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Garden Circle – Violet

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What I Learned from Red Shoes

First and foremost – THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who came out and saw my first one woman show. Thank you to my friends and family for the constant support and encouragement. Thank you to the Boulder Fringe for pulling my name out of the hat and providing a space for me to explore my art completely uninhibited.

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This show has been a huge portal for me. I have been saying for years and years and years and YEARS that I want to create a one woman show and put my artistic voice and vision fully on stage. And now it’s over and I feel so pleased having completed the process. After my opening night show wrapped, and I was flooded with praise from my audience, I felt truly triumphant. What a rush!

IMG_0264I learned several lessons on this artistic venture. The first one being, You are not alone. I have a tendency to dig in my feet and feel safer doing everything by myself. As a one woman show there are certainly a lot of aspects to the creating that were extremely individual and solitary. However, as the days ticked by, I found my stress mounting and my doubts growing the longer I kept the creative process to myself. When I finally reached out and starting asking for feedback and guidance and assistance, that’s when the piece really began to solidify and become real magic. AND everyone I reached out to was so honored and excited to be a part of the process. Thank you to all the people who helped me ask for help.

I learned to Trust my timing. I’m sure many creative types struggle with procrastination like me, but over the course of this six month period I reframed my procrastinator as a powerful ally. Instead of letting my inner critic shriek endlessly about the time I was wasting, I calmed that voice and realized I was letting things simmer, allowing creative ideas to dance about, rather than beating them into the shapes I wanted them to be. One piece of choreography in the show was stumping me over and over again. I had formed an idea for the segment, and yet continued to ignore working on it. Finally it dawned on me that I didn’t feel comfortable with the original idea, and procrastinating helped me ease into that reality. After addressing my fears, and pivoting to a new possibility, I fell into a piece of choreography I truly loved.

People have asked me if I would do this kind of project again, and I know for sure if I did, it would look radically different to this show. What I do know is that I will continue to be an artist. I will continue to dance and perform. And I’m excited to see what new opportunities will come my way now that I have passed through this artistic portal.

If you saw the show I would love to hear your feedback. Follow this link to the Boulder Fringe Website and leave me a review. I appreciate it SO MUCH!

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