Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Body Map

Here is my completed Body Map. It is over 8 feet tall and is hanging on the wall in my family room. I am completely in love with it, from the process to the completed piece. It has been an amazing experience!

I cut and cut and cut some more. I cut out images that spoke to me as well as tiles of color. When I thought I cut enough, I cut some more.

Before beginning to create anything I spent time working through some worksheets and writing. I ended up with a beautiful story that combined my intention with memories, experiences, feelings, and visions and I began there.

It started around my face which I imagined bathed in warm sunshine and connected to source. Because I had outlined not just my head but my hair as well, it ended up looking like a large sun.

From there I moved down to the area of my root chakra which just happened to be the same color as my favorite color. I placed down the flowers and the corset and began to work up creating this shape with spirals flowing out.

I had no idea what was emerging. I just went with the flow.

I moved up and the colors of the chakras began to appear. Orange, yellow, green and blue. Corresponding images and words found their way into the piece.

I created two beautiful bouquets of flowers which surprised me because I am not normally a flowery type of girl. But the beauty of those flowers were irresistible.

Once the top portion was complete I moved down and created a trunk filled with images of strength, spirituality, culture and self care.

I continued down and created roots stretching out and filled with wise people and symbols of culture that gave me the feeling of support and being fed by ancestors.

When I thought I was finished I knew I wasn't and I added the rich and vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds behind the roots.

I stepped back and knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was complete.

When I hung it up and really spent time looking at it I was amazed at the insight that was woven throughout the piece. I marveled at the messages it gave me and how very specific it was in regard to my intention. It was as if everything has happened just perfectly.

I am not quite half way through this course and already I am in love. I can't imagine what more there is to come!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Introducing The Healthy Artist

I used to have a blog that was an extension of my Holistic Health Coaching. I would share recipes and discuss a myriad of topics relating to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I've been missing this part of my life and have decided to introduce it to The Creative Healing Studio in this Healthy Artist series.

I am excited about this and I look forward to sharing this part of my life with all of my artist friends. I have added the Healthy Artist button to my sidebar to allow you easy access to these posts.

If you have any questions or topics you would like to know more about please feel free to let me know.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Busy Working on My Body Map

Hi friends,
I wanted to check in and say hello and let you know I haven't forgotten you. I've been so busy working on my Body Map for my Soul Art Certification that I haven't had a moment to post. I've been LOVING every minute of it!

I finally finished creating it and now I have to go back and decode the messages it is sending. I wanted to just send a couple of pictures to let you see and I will post more next week.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Simple Childhood Pleasures

I've been feeling a bit of spring fever. I want to get out and enjoy nature again. I can remember being a kid when spring came and feeling trapped in school, just wanting to be outside. Even back then I could completely relate to the term spring fever. I got it every year and I still do.

Heading out onto my walk this week I was unable to find much in the way of spring beauty. Most of the trees are still bare and there are few blooming things to be found.

It's funny though, the two things I ended up taking pictures of have a direct link back to my childhood. They brought back such great memories.

I have always had a love affair with willow trees. It's just something about the fluidity of the branches and the way they hang down, swaying in the wind. It always seems like they are doing their own dance.

Standing beneath one and looking up makes me feel like I'm in a waterfall of leaves. I remember going underneath the trees with the really long branches and feeling like I was in a special fort. Who didn't love forts when they were a kid?

I wasn't expecting to have a strong memory of the dried up milkweed pod I found but I guess you just never know what will trigger those darn memories.

I can remember playing in these empty fields behind my parent's restaurants and finding milkweed pods. They were the most interesting shape and they seemed so plump and soft. There was something special about opening up the pod to reveal the fibers and milky center that made my heart skip a beat.

Isn't it great that when you were a kid, it didn't really take much to excite you. In childhood, simple pleasures were all the pleasures we needed.

I have to say that allowing myself some time to be excited about these simple things brought a bit of joy to my adult life.

What were some of your simple, childhood pleasures? I invite you to take a moment out of your busy, adult life to immerse yourself in them once again. Remember what it's like to be a kid again.

Be sure to tell me how it goes.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Meet Rosalba!

I've been working on a new style of art.

I combined one of my favorite mediums; magazines,

With the mosaic technique from my past,

And added the power of words,

To create this heroine!

Her name is Rosalba. She is full of wisdom and beauty. I hope you enjoy her!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Abundance and Confidence Unfolding

So here we are into the 4th month of the year. I can't believe how quickly it's gone by. I am so looking forward to spring weather and the opportunity to actually see the sun, not just trust that it is still there hiding behind the clouds.

I wanted to give you a little update on how things are going with my words of the year and to remind you to check in with the progress you are making with your chosen words.

As you might remember, back in January I chose my two words for the year, Abundance and Confidence. It's amazing how things are unfolding and oftentimes without my conscious effort. So cool!

The word abundance seems to be taking the forefront for change. As I've mentioned in previous posts, the biggest change has been focusing on gratitude and recognizing just how abundant I already am. I honestly believe that was the first step and by doing that I opened up the channels to allow more abundance into my life.

I've been spending a lot of time listening to the Spiritual Path to Money Telesummit and I've been getting so much great information. I can totally feel a powerful shift happening.

Through that telesummit I was introduced to Carol Look from Attracting Abundance. I signed up for her newsletter and have been starting each day doing abundance tapping (EFT). I am seeing an amazing shift in my attitude, my beliefs, my mood, and my energy levels. I am excited!

This shift in energy has propelled me to begin to create the program I told you about in my last post. I have been working on it every day and every day I get more and more excited about it. It's so fantastic!

Now, I didn't forget about my word confidence...well, actually I did, but the Universe didn't.

I signed up for Laura Hollick's Soul Art Certification program. I am really excited about it. I started last week. We had several assignments to do and they all culminated in stating our intention for the program. My intention is "I am confidently putting myself out into the world to share my gifts."

Ha, that confidence word just snuck up on me. I had forgotten all about it and was focusing all my attention on abundance and it emerged to remind me that it needed a little love too.

I love how things are unfolding perfectly for me right now and it is amazing to be present enough to watch the show.

How are things going with your word of the year? I would love to know!