Besides being a lazy Tarot card reader (no posts since September??? Aaargh...) I'm a painter and glass artist. I sell my art online, in galleries and do a couple of studio shows annually, and often use a process called "intuitive painting."
Currently I'm participating in a 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge and chose this painting to share today because it really embodies the process I use when creating. I call this piece "A Golden Opportunity" because you never know when such an opportunity is right around the corner, just waiting for you to accept.
Intuitive painting has a way of opening your mind to seeing and feeling things differently than before. Letting go and painting without rules and total abandonment lets your Inner Child loose and you find it's not the end result that matters most; it's the journey along the way. The messages floating through your thoughts while creating a piece are often gems of wisdom and insight you would normally not acknowledge in a conscious state.
While painting this piece, I received a brilliant insight and solution to a work-related issue that I'm confident will resolve the problem seamlessly while being a win-win for all involved. It's a 180 degree turnabout to how I had planned on handling the situation initially, while being the most compassionate and equally as effective.
This painting has metallic gold that's hard to photograph but makes a perfect ending to the "message received" painting session. A golden gem of insight that was right in front of my nose, but I wasn't open to receiving until I let my mind wander through the process of making art. What a blessing in so many ways!
If you want to see more of my work, check out my shops on: Artfinder or Saatchi Art or ETSY.
I'm loving this month's Tarot card - the Ace of Cups is telling us to dream big and be open to all that can be ours for the asking! Aces mean new beginnings, and Cups are our thoughts, passions and emotions. If you can dream it, you can have it - all you have to do is ask.
September will be a month of new beginnings, and for some of you, it may mean the time to plant the seed for a new project or new relationship - or even a new human being! Fertile ground is all around you now, whether it's biological, physical or mental. If you've been wanting to write that next best selling novel, then this is the month to map it out and begin the first chapter. The only thing that is stopping you is you, so remember to dream big and follow your intuition. The Universe wants you to succeed - truly it does. Lose the naysayers around you and trust you know what to do.....because seriously - you really do know!
When you keep trying to do something over and over again, and still aren't happy with the results, it might be time to let go and move on. This doesn't mean you've failed or you'll never be able to go back and try again; it simply means the timing was off and there's something better waiting for you.
When you let go of the old, you make room for the new. Trust your Guides and your inner knowledge to know when the timing is right. When things start falling into place at lightning speed, and your sense of frustration is replaced with hope and the excitement of embracing something new, you'll know you made the right choice.
Every Sunday, I try to head somewhere different to walk Jackson, the Wonder Dog. This morning we left the house early in an attempt to beat the triple digit heatwave and headed downtown to check out one of the newest urban housing/retail projects in Midtown Sacramento.
As usual, I keep my eyes peeled for cool, rusty metal objects and items to use in my mixed-media art pieces. By the construction site I found this metal circle that will probably be used in a found object sculpture or necklace, and a few blocks from the project I found a scratched penny in the gutter.
We continued our walk towards Broadway, passing lots of old Victorian homes and an assortment of 50's-60's era apartment buildings. On the corner of one of these buildings was a pile of boxes, a broken mattress, tons of fashion magazines, empty booze bottles and lots of cracked dishes. The boxes were mostly empty and the rest of the pile had been obviously well picked over.
Normally I pass by these curb-side mini-dumps but this morning I poked around a bit, looking for hidden treasures. I kicked aside a couple of empty boxes and found this beautiful statue of a faceless woman, head tilted nearly touching a big red heart held between her hands. Smiling, I immediately picked it up, recognizing the design as an Angel from the popular Willow Tree collectible sculptures. A true, albeit mass-produced work of art and to me, a true treasure.
Ironically, just yesterday afternoon I had been having lunch with an artist friend bemusing the creative funk I've been in, as we discussed burn-out and artistic dry spells. They happen to all creatives in various forms and intensities and I'm no stranger to them myself, though they usually happen right after a show and end after a few days. This one is lingering a bit longer than normal for me, and with Sac Open Studios just a few weeks away, I've been struggling a bit trying to get my artistic center back.
This year for the Tour, I'm focusing on my fused glass and have been working on several new concepts but nothing has clicked, making me excited enough to expand the idea into a series. I've been working on some dress forms and abstract figure designs both in glass as well as oils and acrylic paints, but they had felt forced and too defined. But thanks to this lovely Angel, I'm remembering how I felt in 2014 when I chose to paint 30 abstract figure paintings for a "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge, and realizing I had to do quite a few of these figures before I started getting looser and the figures started to appear intuitively. DUH - Patience and perseverance, Grasshopper - patience and perseverance!!
Finding this beautiful Angel in a pile of trash today is my sign from the Universe that the dry spell may very well be over. Between the lovely rusted round metal piece (circles are my sign for completion), the penny (my sign for good luck) and this exquisite statue (uh WOW), I'm feeling excited about heading into the studio again and am going in today, despite the ugly heat.
But first things first - I need to find the perfect spot for my latest treasure, as the new and official Muse of the glass studio. I can't wait to see what wonderful new creations she inspires!
I'm constantly being asked why "The Glass Gypsy?" Well, I have been drawn to gypsies and fortune telling since I was a child, and can be seen here as the one in the middle holding the crystal ball, wearing glasses. I was 10 or 11 years old at the time, and had been one of the attractions at a Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy fund raiser that was held at our house. I also happen to be a glass artist, so why not blend two of my favorite passions?
Gypsies, herbs, witches, Angels, crystal balls, ESP, ghosts, Tarot cards, and psychics have fascinated me since I can remember. Growing up in a strict Catholic family, the metaphysical field wasn't exactly embraced and I clearly stood out as the "woo-woo weirdo" of the family.
Attending Catholic school did little to change my intrinsic beliefs of a larger, loving and supportive Spiritual world. In fact, I often argued with the nuns, challenging things like "Original Sin," "Purgatory aka Limbo" and the "Immaculate Conception." I wanted their answers to fit into my world of Universal Law - even when I was in first grade and didn't even know what Universal Law was! I just knew what I knew - and I never questioned how I knew what I knew for a second because it simply was.
Reading the Bible and dissecting the passages of the various Books of the Lord was SSOoooooo painfully frustrating for me. There was zero flexibility of interpretation when it came to the teachings - you were expected to believe what you were being told, and never question.
When we got to Angels and the miracles, I began to pay attention. They were my proof of a larger and greater power - one that was generous, loving and supportive. This energy was bright and shiny, and inclusive to anyone who wished to see, feel or believe in it. This energy was NOT punitive, dark or fighting to be heard - it was just there for the taking.
My beloved maternal Grandfather knew I was a sensitive child and he was always there to listen and nod patiently with understanding when I would describe things I saw or knew about a situation or person. Sometimes I would say someone was "green" or "purple" - and he knew exactly what I meant because he saw them that way too.
And the shadows/shapes I'd see in a room were sometimes like dark clouds and other times like a foggy mist. They'd usually appear and hover over someone in the room, or sometimes hide in the corner, waiting for someone to walk by so they could attach themselves to it. These things never scared me - they were simply part of my world and I didn't question it because I figured everyone saw them as well. But apparently they didn't and I was told to stop talking about it, so I did.
Eventually the ability to see shapes went away, but I still see them occasionally in my home and now they're fleeting vs. looming. I often hear popping sounds and see sparks at night in my bedroom, and I constantly walk through very potent clouds of fragrances in my hallway. Sometimes it's a whiff of violets like the flowers in front of my grandparent's home; or occasionally it's the smell of a pipe like my grandfather used to smoke. Almost daily, Jackson my dog will look beyond me to follow some invisible thing, which unnerves me to no end. Some people would run and hide, but I take it all in stride, knowing how close by my departed family really is.
I regularly sage and cleanse my home and practice all sorts of grounding exercises daily. The energy in my home feels safe and protective and I know this is just part of my world. Always has been, and apparently it will always be. I've come to accept and embrace this other world instead of fighting it, and occasionally share experiences with a few trusted confidants. But I still don't discuss it with my family or those who don't "woo" - it's not worth the hassle or the awkward, judgmental silence.
What are your experiences with the "woo-woo world?" I'd love to hear them so please share!
Looks like July is going to be one of those "put your nose to the grindstone and don't look back" kind of months! It's time to take those new ideas and put them to good use. Trust your intuition to take you where you need to be and conduct your Self in a professional manner always because you never know who's nearby, waiting to help propel you to your next life journey. Don't let the naysayers get you down or cause you to veer off your path....you know what you know you know and don't forget it! People look up to you for guidance and trust your leadership skills. Stay confident and don't second guess your Self - you are Divinely inspired and protected, and will succeed in whatever you do.
Sacramento is experiencing its seventh day in a row of 100+ degree heat and today is "cooling down" to only 107. After 100 degrees I quit counting because hot is hot, and I'm just grateful to have my air-conditioning and a home with a northern exposure. I've been waking up early to take Jackson for his walk, and again been finding a plethora of things in the streets. This time it's dimes - and more playing cards (specifically sixes).
I've found nine dimes in the last six days - each one separately. Two were found in parking lots right outside my car door and the others in various places. I'm used to finding coins on my walks but the nine dimes is unusual even for me! And then I found the Six of Diamonds card in the bushes of a home I was doing a walk-through on, and two days later found another Six of Spades on my regular walking route.
Some one or some thing is clearly trying to get my attention, and I have to say - it's working!
Recently I wrote how I was searching for signs on what to do next with my art career. I took remainder of the month of May off and waited for some signs from the Universe to let me know what I need for my life path and career. The first sign came late last month when I sold a painting on Saatchi to a new collector in Amsterdam. And the second sign came when a local art consultant/gallery contacted me to schedule a tour of my studio to check out some works for a new project they had.
While none of my paintings were selected by the consultant's client, they will keep my work in mind for future projects. And the nine dimes? I'm sensing big, positive changes coming my way. As for the three sixes? A friend of mine joked the sixes were signs from the Devil and were clearly the cause of our heatwave!
He's probably right :-) But in numerology, the three cards total 18 which breaks down to a 9 (like the # of dimes found) which means attainment, fruition, nearing completion and being guided by intuition.
It feels like things are starting to fall into place. I'm being pulled back into writing and think it's time to start working again on a book I began writing long ago. The art will continue, but I'm focusing on internet sales, designers and consultants. And I just re=opened my ETSY store for Tarot, readings, and intuitive art.
Thank you, Universe/Spirit/God - I'm finally paying attention to the signs you are putting before me and am no longer taking them for granted. Can't wait to see what happens next!
I had to laugh when I drew the Six of Cups card for June's monthly reading. During the past few weeks, I have pulled the Six of Cups at least ten times for client readings, and after awhile decided I needed to figure out why. Turned out a lot of this card's meanings were applying to my own life at the time and obviously the Universe is in agreement!
Take a look at the figures in this card....the young boy is handing a cup containing a white flower to an adoring young girl, truly a vision of innocence and trust. The other five cups in the photo have white flowers in them, telling us there is abundance surrounding them.
Other meanings for this card include finding your possible Soulmate after a very long wait and telling you that all of your hard work and efforts are finally going to pay off. The presence of these young children means new opportunities are coming your way, and to begin embracing the new, and letting go of the past.
What a sweet way to begin our first month of summer. Enjoy!
I love making funky things out of found objects and often find the coolest things to use in assemblage projects while I'm out walking. Despite giving myself permission to take the rest of the month of May off to recharge my creative batteries, I just couldn't stop myself from using these little resin faces and wings my neighbor gifted me and combining them with some found treasures!
I used driftwood found at Bodega Bay for the "legs" and a sprinkler knob with a painted metal washer and some fused glass "goobers" created in my glass studio. An old section from a vegetable steamer is the "skirt" and a marble is perfect for the crystal ball. Everything is attached with either a hook, screw or E600 glue (my absolute favorite!)
The two faces reflect the conscious Self who does the actual work while the subconscious Self aka "Muse" is the inspiration. We can get physically and mentally tired (like I was from the 3 back to back shows!) but when the Muse wants to come out and play, it's time to get back in the groove and start creating again.
Vacation time is over - looking forward to seeing what June brings my way.
After three shows in three weeks, I was fried and decided to take the rest of May off from painting. Sales from the shows were disappointing and I even had a mini-panic attack at one of the openings, thanks to the hot weather and humongous crowds that had me backed into a corner. Clearly if I want to continue being a full-time artist, I needed to get smarter about selling my work or else find alternatives to supplement my income.
I told my Guides I needed a sign - something to show me to stay on this path I chose to follow on 11-1-11. I always talk with my Guides when I have a big decision to make, so this is my norm. I often draw a Tarot card (or two or three!) for additional enlightenment, and the card I pulled that morning was the Six of Swords.
I left to take Jackson, the wonder dog out for his daily walk with earphones in my ears, listening to some music. We took the same route we usually take and a few blocks in, I found the key in the center of the sidewalk in front of me. I picked it up and stuck it in my pocket, thinking "hmmmm.....I wonder what this means?" The next thing I found was the Quarter, and a few blocks later I found the Six of Spades card.
Curiosity piqued, I kept walking then found the metal nut and circular thingamajiggy. Interestingly enough, all five of these things were directly on the sidewalk in front of me on my route - not in the street or the landscape!
Nodding my head in confirmation, I knew these items were signs being literally placed at my feet. To me, the key symbolized I was being encouraged to keep moving forward; the quarter saying the money would be there as I needed it; the Six of Spades card letting me know I needed to continue pursuing a creative path and travel may be involved; the metal circle meaning full circle and infinity; and the bolt meaning for me to forge my way on my own terms, and pursue some new ideas I've recently had, no matter what others thought.
As if these messages weren't clear enough, I turned the corner to go home and the song "I Need A Sign" by Train began playing on my iTunes.
Turns out my Guides were screaming at me, telling me to once again to open my eyes and accept the signs they put before me. I'm pretty bull-headed at times and even when I get my signs I ask for (ie pennies, feathers, out of the blue art sales) I often feel it's not enough or doubt that was what they meant.
Trust is a big thing for me, and that's my word for 2017. I know I need to work on it and clearly I need to start trusting my Guides know what's best.
So the art will continue, starting back up again in June while I enjoy the rest of my mini-vacation. And I've decided I'm going to start getting more serious about doing intuitive Tarot readings for others besides my friends. So here's my new website, called "Creative Soul Revival." I actually started the business in 2013 and used the name for my classes I taught out of my studio. But after experiencing a bout of burn-out from the shows, I decided it was time to redirect the business and add a bit of woo-woo to it. After all - what better way to get revive your tired, creative Soul than through Art and a little magic?