Monday, October 16, 2017

At the Guest House....what a blessing


For privacy...I will not share the place that I stayed at but I will share the Japanese Garden, Friday Morning before the workshop started I was gifted with a walk in the garden and meditative time in the Labyrinth at the bottom of yard....so amazing tucked away behind this very old house in the Mineral point. 



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book on Tape....Road Trip


Pictures are from a past workshop there at Shake Rag Alley 

Music is important to have....but lately I've been enjoying a book on tape,  My last one was Braving the Wilderness from Brene Brown...I drive around doing  errands and listen to it weeks in a row.  But this road trip has me traveling to Mineral Point WI, to Shake Rag Alley,    I got it just in time at the Library...the Magnolia Story about Chip and Joanna Gaines. I'm excited to listen to it on the road...Good positive people and story... love it. 

Shake Rag is a great place to stay, eat and learn a new craft or work with some amazing artists.  It will be my first year and I'm tickled that they have asked me to come back next year too....a bit surprised and  blessed too.  Means I got to get on stuff here and up dating my website there are  a few new place I'll be teaching come 2018.  All within driving distance which I'm happen about...I can bring my supplies with me. Flying it's not for me...though I'm not scared to fly,  I just would rather see the land and change of it plus get a real feeling for what's going on instead of flying over. Sure it's a bigger picture from up high..and by the time to get to the airport hours earlier...check in and through...get on then get off some where because it's never a straight flight then get back on and you are spending the same amount of time...it is to each her own...right?  Rambling. I'm a road trip kind of gal. 

Any ways...full workshop, excited as a little kid and feeling very grateful.. 





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Jumping right in.....




I love my artists way book...there's rich history in there from the many years of doing it...I think the date I have that is the earliest is...1998.  That's 19 years of the Artists Way guidance.  My artists date was to have breakfast at Whole foods and sit and lookout the window and read chapter two and get prepare for the next week.  Jumping head a bit because I have to be out of town...workshop in Mineral Point this weekend...all excited. 

I made up a whole sheet of this for the Class...Giving ourselves permission... to do what we hesitate doing for ourselves...and I won't get into details....this has and is out the in the self help and recovery groups of all sort...even Brene Brown talks about this.  


Blurts to Affirmations...a small bit of book make was done in our first Artist way class.  



So one of the Task was to take yourself to the Dollar store...and I had 5 bucks....and spend only 4, got some change back...lol... and bought these items.   I have to say when I opened up the play doe and took a smell...I was in play heaven...so funny as my one daughter has gone back to school and in one of her classes they had to play with play doe for about 10 minutes...and one of the guys said that's why I don't remember my childhood...I was all huffing on the play doe smell.  too funny...  and Yes I was feeling totally Gitty. 



 So as I'm preparing to head up to Mineral point....to teach a workshop I'm trying to prepare a fresh collage to bring up to show...and I need it framed for when I get back...because I've got a full class-Collage and Spirit Animals...so this will be one of the styles shared in the class. Problem is I forgot I don't have glass big enough...24 x 24, I need to pick up some today...scrambling to get all things ready and packed up in time. Did I mention I'm loving this....the rambling and scrambling of a creative life.

Just resting the black frame on top...I cut the one mat wrong...actually backwards so well that was a good things as I needed to raise up the matted are for the string I stitched in and  added, With height ti will lay gently and not be smashed down...though I think a few might still be a bit...Oh well...going to be what it is.

OK got to bust a move and get this life moving in the right directions....Good Orderly Direction at that.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Five Imaginary Lives.....

If you had Five other lives to lead, what would you do in each of them?

My first response is this...


1. A drummer circle leader
2. A creative circle leader
3. A creative space and gallery owner
4. Author of how to books-Collage Art 
5. Always reinventing my personal Artist....book maker, best collage artist I can be, sculptor in clay. 
6. Owner of large land space for horses, animals, big pole barn for workshop-art shop


Now I questions...imaginary lives....I have to say I'm not that imaginary about the lives...I'm pretty ground there...

Does this sound weird if I say I like my life...and what I'm doing and growing with in the life I have manageable growth steps...

this is a task to do in the Artists Way and well done now...can check it off this week...need to fit in an artist date and a trip to the dollar store with a few bucks to see what I can gift the inner artist with. 




Monday, October 09, 2017

Notes for Artists Way Class today....

Creative recovery - Growing up is proactive, working with the balance of the inner and outer of your   life.
                               Growing down is reacting habitually to outside circumstances in same way.
       Staying stuck in your muck.
Resistance- Withdrawal- We ourselves are the substance we withdraw to, not from, as we pull our overextended and misplaced creative energy back into our own core. Change and uncertainty are dances of energy remember. We will find what and where to dance with the energy.

Greif- process, we mourn the self we abandoned. Times of mourning, our tears prepare the grounds for our future growth. 

Pain- We will learn to recognize, nurture, and protect your inner artist; you will be able to move beyond pain and creative constriction.

Spiritual Path-Circling at different levels, continuous life, frustration and rewards at all levels on the path. Our aim here is to find the trail, establish our footing, and begin the climb. The creative vistas that open will quickly excite you