What a glorious first day of Spring. I hope you are all reveling in the signs of new life that are emerging around us. Granted, that can be pretty subtle in this high alpine desert, but welcome none-the-less.
So today I share with you a new deck of Oracle Cards that flowed out of me unrestrained like a rushing, mountain stream. I guess it was time as I have been thinking of these for literally years now. I have no idea how they will be reproduced, but since interest has already been expressed, I shall open my heart and mind to the guidance of Spirit and see how it can be done.
For now I am using them in my own daily, creative writing and arting explorations. Soon I will invite you to join me in creating your own. If you are interested in being notified of upcoming workshops just subscribe to the mailing list to the right of this post.
Blessed Awakening to you all!!!
One of the great things about keeping a visual, painting & drawing journal is that you can experiment with techniques without worrying about screwing up. In fact, it's the best place to play for my creative child. So I thought I'd share a close-up of a recent page and point out the techniques that made the different effects. Mind you, I am pretty stripped down and simple when it comes to this process. I am not interested in having hundreds of dollars worth of stamps and inks and stencils etc. I like to recycle and use things that might otherwise go to the landfill like bubble wrap and mesh onion bags.
Below you will see a sample of purple, puffy paint that squirts out of a pointy, little bottle and makes lines and swirls. Then there are the green dots made by spreading heavy-body acrylic paint through a stencil using an old credit card. There is also a laser print transfer of a thimble that was done by glueing it face down with acrylic medium, letting it dry overnight, and then wetting the paper and rubbing it off with my finger revealing only the ink in the acrylic medium. A great way to get some neat details. I just printed out the thumbnails of free clip art I found on google. Last but not least, there is the reverse print of the green dots by turning over the stencil and rubbing the dirty stencil on the paper. One of the things I love the most is making textural pages that feel really interesting to rub my hands over, which makes it a full body experience. Then later on I can use these tried and true techniques on more finished images.
So give it a try and most of all have some fun! If you want to see a free video with more techniques like textured sponge and oil pastels then go to Visual Journaling Techniques. See you there!
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I invite you to join me in stirring the inner flame of creativity. Autumn is a wonderful time to spend enjoying the splendid colors and crisp, clear air of nature. It is also a great time to begin a creative practice that can take you through the dark winter months and help you re-birth a more authentic Self in the spring.
Today I am working on the prototype for an upcoming workshop called Painting Without a Plan. So I thought I would share some process photos that show some of the techniques I use to get rich, spontaneous surfaces with depth and translucency. The most important thing is that I have no plan, sketch or even idea when I begin this process. It is totally intuitive, somatic and very much about feeling the materials and letting them guide me. Then an image or idea often emerges from the abstract base layers the then leads me onward. It really isn't about trying to make a great work of art as much as it is about allowing out intuitive, inner guidance to take the reins and trusting it to lead us where we need to go.
If you are interested in learning more about these processes I invite you to visit creative-awakening.usefedora.com to learn more or to be notified when this new course is available.
Are you ready to explore the deeper terrain of your soul? What if you could use simple drawing and painting techniques that bring through a level of insight and wisdom that talking and words hasn't reached? After decades of talk therapy from both the client's 'couch' and the therapist's chair, I finally realized that the same issues kept coming up for me and the people I work with. I was very useful in offering comfort and companionship during the rocky parts of my inner journey, but I found I just wanted to discover what really made me tick.
That is when divine intervention introduced me to a simple process of visual journaling that began to move through the firewalls that my cognitive mind had built. With this simple process, that in no way requires one to be artistic, I found a way to explore the path of my Soul.
It can be a little intimidating at first and sometimes we encounter some resistance because we are trained from a young age to rely primarily on words for learning and understanding. But our soul communicates more in feelings and images, even for those who feel they are not creative. The reason that images, colors and the simplest symbols can be such powerful doors to our inner awareness is that they flow from the right side of the brain, which is more intuitive, visual and musical in nature. Words and language, however, arise via the left brain, which is much more verbal and analytical.
So the real magic of visual journaling is that it brings these two faculties together to explore who we are in a more holistic way. Yet for most of us, yes even artists, we haven't really allowed ourselves to experiment and play with visual processes even a fraction as much as writing and talking. So this is where it gets juicy! If we start with even a little scribble in our notebook and then start writing, the words seem to flow from a deeper place.
I invite you to take a little time in your day or evening to play a little with me in my new, free online, Visual Journaling mini-course, that shares three simple techniques to get you started. And most of us even have the basic materials around the house already or can easily get them at a local store. So give it a whirl and see how it feels. If it sparks some interest in you there is a half off special if you register in July for my 4 week, self-paced, Drawing from the Unconscious course. But make sure you check out the free mini-course first.
Happy whole-brain exploring!
One of the amazing things about spontaneous process paintings is that they give us access to feelings that may lie unrecognized under the surface of our censoring mind. When we allow ourselves to just feel into the movement and the medium, sometimes amazing things are revealed. I know many people can relate to the feeling that sometimes there seems to be more sadness or grief within us than we have tears for. Yet for me, allowing this image to come forth actually moved and cleared a lot of the bottled up emotions, paradoxically no longer needing an ocean of tears to cleans it. For more information about using creative expression to assist your process of healing and growth please go to Creative Awakening Sessions.
Today I realized it was time for a Soul Council Gathering. So I gathered together all of my paintings since the Winter Solstice to See and Hear what they were communicating. For despite their many faces and voices, I knew they were all sending me the same message. They were all imploring me to hear the One Message from Spirit. And so I listened and watched and waited........
Then I knew that it was time go give all of it up to Spirit/HolySpirit/God/Goddess. It was time for the ego to let go of trying to control where this was taking me. I also became aware that as I approach the time of Summer Solstice that this phase of Creative Awakening is coming to a crescendo. Then I saw and heard clearly that it is time to go to the Bear Cave, which is a special place among the Stone People here in my sacred high alpine valley......and so I go!
I felt the energy amplify as I approached the cave entrance. Once inside I began to pray and sing and ask for guidance. I then felt a clearing of old energy that was limiting my ability to allow Spirit to flow through me and my paintings. Later that afternoon I met with my "Soul Mentor" and brought my Soul Portrait painting. There another powerful process ensued involving clearing many old collective beliefs regarding women and the conditioning I have believed about my pro-creative abilities. I was guided once again to keep painting without a plan and began to sense the presence of many Beings who I have previous been blocking my awareness of. I am also being asked to Allow more psychic gifts and abilities to come through my paintings, so we shall see how that unfolds! What an amazing process this has been! ♡ Jeanette
Welcome to my Painted Journey. I invite you to join me as I explore this process of intuitive painting, uncensored writing and somatic awareness. This work is calling me out of my Spiritual/Creative Closet. It is a passionate adventure in re-discovering why I am here and I know that by sharing the journey we will grow and learn together! ♡ Jeanette
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