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Sometimes you’ve just gotta put it out there. No matter what folks say, think or do. You gotta be you. It’s true, the older I get the less I am intimidated or concerned with what people think of my choices. Quite frankly, a huge relief.

One humongous decision I’ve made in the last couple of years is to put it out there. To share my work and hope for the best. To find comfort in a space of suspended vulnerability. Grace, confidence and a shield from the naysayers are my armor.

So far, so good. I could not have fathomed the positive response I would receive with respect to my artwork. I am growing in trust and personal style. Finding my eye, voice and mixed media passion. I am pushing through the learning curve. I am leaning in to my work, myself, my gifts.

The thing is, once it’s out there, it’s out there. It’s fruitless to try to take it back, cover it up or run away. Better, it is, to move forward to that place that can ignite, create and release. I’m getting there. But it hasn’t been easy. In fact, in the beginning I was petrified. Not to do the work. That’s the easy part for me. I love it and can lose hours, days in a blissed out creative trance. Nope, it’s the sharing that’s hard. So today I am giving myself a pat on the back. I’ve come so far and am propelled to continue. Trusting my intuition. Embracing instinct. Doing what feeds me and scares me. Loving it!

The photo above is Lifelines, 12×12 inch, acrylic on masonite. My first assignment for my painting class. Yup. There it is. I’m putting it out there. You saw a few glimpses of it in my studio post, last friday. Now, my friends, the finished piece.

Insert big exhale here. What will you do this month, week or day that scares you?

Go on, be vulnerable…

One Love, walk good, embracing, improving and sharing my gifts…

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It’s studio Friday. And I’m over at Studio JRU again sharing some fab photos of my beloved creative space. All in a weeks work. In joy these macro and beyond views.

I am participating in Get Your Paint On! A wonderfully, inspiring and encouraging e course designed to support you (in this case me) in getting your paint on. It is a five week course. I have yet to complete my first assignment but I’m loving the homework. I should wrap up by saturday (so more photos soon). As you can see paint has been the focus in the studio. Yes, the beads are wining and chiding me for neglecting them and the metal. Fret not, I’ll get to them soon enough. I love moving across mediums. It infuses me and keeps my perspective fresh. A big thanks to Mati Rose and Lisa Congdon for putting together this class for folks who’ve never picked up a brush (but always wanted to) experienced painters (that need a kick in the pants), and a few of us in between (like me).

Have an ilaful day and a gorgeous weekend! Do something you love.

One Love, walk good, off to paint…

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For the short version of this post skip to paragraph 4.

I do embrace the clean slated energy of Monday. Usually with zing. But, I must admit, sometimes Mondays, Tuesdays and frankly, any day of the week can grow unremarkably dull. The groceries, the bills, meal prep, laundry, domestic chores, home school, nap time, washing dishes, day in, day out, can leave a whole heap to be desired. I know, you know what I mean. It’s particularly challenging to lively up the dailies when faced with living in a rural area. I find myself missing the hustle and buzz of the big city, and most of all the chance to connect with dozens of conscious people, artists, musicians, baristas. Enlightened faces in general, make my day.

A few nights ago, my five year old held up his hand and proudly shared that “some people “call this baby finger, a pinky”. Hmmmmm, true. Did he just learn of this? This? From the boy who tells me he wants to build a house in Madagascar because it’s “highly populated with chameleons”. In a flash, I realized that there are a gazillion things I already know, that my babes are just learning or have yet to learn. I mean, simple things, like pinky fingers, hold huge fascination and W O W factor!

This is a reoccurring realization (if that’s even possible). It’s not that I forget the fact we can move mountains in home school and still be turning over pebbles in the daily. I think I just tuck it away for safe keeping. So I can be pleasantly surprised and deeply aware of fleeting glimpses of children’s light speed growth and comprehension. It’s precious and reminds me to look at every little thing with a spirit of discovery, exploration and excitement.

Here’s a tip, when things are feeling gray, dreary and repetitive to a point of nausea, peel your peepers a little wider. Look high, look low. Pretend you have the eyes and curiosity of an infant or even better, a toddler. Like things are still new. Enter Canon. My camera gives me toddler eyes. Through the lens, everything is new, challenging and often full of W O W factor!

Yesterday, for the weekly food shopping pilgrimage, I carried my camera in hand instead of in my purse. Generally, not a particularly exciting endeavor, going out for groceries, with my Canon in tow is way more intriguing. We stopped before we reached the main road so I could snap a few shots. See photo above. This flower and a multitude of other little things (that I don’t ordinarily take notice of) added up to a way better trip. Easy right? Just add camera!

How do you infuse the mundane with a little fun?

One Love, walk good, stoked for studio time today…

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You hold the keys to change.

It is Monday, which has it’s own built in opportunity to cleanse, if only by the sheer luck and misfortune of being the “first” day of the week. Here’s to manifesting, organizing, clearing, refreshing.

I spent time yesterday in the tangled delight of a studio cleanse. It always makes me feel inspired to move stuff out and straighten what is staying. I don’t know about you, but I’m rarely inspired by studio clutter and project remains. I prefer a crisp and clear, creative expanse. I am energized by empty, open spaces.

Shelves, journals, desks, tables, walls, etc.

Wherever you are, I hope you are inspired to have a productive day. Sometimes sorting a stack of magazines on the coffee table can make you feel more organized. Sometimes, a simple chore (i.e., cleaning out your purse) is enough to trigger a spark of inspiration so grand you are unable to contain it! Keep it on the positive and change won’t overwhelm you. Distance is reached in baby steps.

What are you manifesting this monday? Whether you are making lists, crossing items off of your list, or just incubating and floating in creative process, I wish you a beautiful and organized Monday.

One Love, walk good, Wo~manifesting…

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