The Soulful Artist

Life. Art. Transcendence.

Find the courage!
Be Fearless!

Day 9 of my 30 Days of Creativity Challenge!

Short and sweet today because it’s my weekend to work. It’s so fun to collage in my journal. I realize my theme today centered around not being afraid, about having the courage to be unapologetically yourself.

Up until recently, I’ve had some imposter syndrome when it came to my art and creating. I’ve kept mostly to myself, quietly and happily creating so many beautiful things, yet not sharing with many because to me my art and my creations looked “amateurish.” I was afraid of being scoffed at, and laughed at.

Here’s the thing … the things that I’ve created, or painted have NEVER been before until I birthed them. I won’t lie, there’s still a tiny bit of self-doubt that creeps in but it stays for a moment and then quietly makes it way out because it knows. I no longer as, “Who do I think I am?” because I know that I am an artist and a creator. I know, and from the deep recesses of my heart I feel it.

My creations may not be in museums, but they hang on the walls of houses of people who love and believe in me. You don’t create art to be famous, you create because you are a creative, a creator and the world needs your brilliance! The world needs you to shine like the star that you are!

Not creating because you feel as if what you have to offer the world carries any weight is a disservice. It’s an insult to your spirit. Comparison is the thief of joy and by you not sharing your gifts denies your soul of it’s joy. It robs us of the beauty and joy that you would share with us.

By shining your light, you give others permission to shine theirs. Be unapologetically you. Do what makes your heart smile and your spirit soar. Live your life fearlessly! And if you’re waiting until you get better at your craft, or until you produce something that you believe is worth showing, you’ll be waiting for a long time. Start now. Start right where you are. There has never been a better time to be you and to share what only you can share!

Art Collage Journal
Morning Pages Journal

Day 7 of My 30 Days of Creativity Challenge.

I love journaling! I’ve kept a journal since I was a small girl, always writing, doodling, documenting, drawing … It’s amazing how much my writing and even my art has transformed since I’ve been keeping one. Where I once searched for answers outside of myself, asking crazy questions of God and The Universe, I can see that over the last maybe decade, I can see the answers to my own questions are not answers found on the outside, but that the things I am seeking are already within me, answered. I only need to tap in.

The biggest changes I’ve made in my journaling practice is the fact that I write every morning (or whenever I awaken since I work the night shift) without fail. This practice, called “Morning Pages,” I learned from Julia Cameron in her book, “The Artist’s Way.” I make it a point to make the intent to ask my Spirit/Soul what it would like me to know/do/be/go/meet today, I then pull one of my own Oracle Cards Of Self-Realization, and a playing card, and I write. The writing is meant for you to purge the thoughts that prevent us as artists from creating, and by writing in longhand it forces you to slow down. Writing every morning has become my meditation, my time to reflect, tap in, and to communicate with my Highest Best Self (HBS) and/or with any one of my spirit guides or angels that want to come through. If you don’t know what to write, I’ve been know to write over and over, “Just write,” or “I don’t know to write,” etc. until the writing begins to flow with ease. Some of the things that emerge is nothing short of amazing! It’s been a game changer for me as I’ve gained clarity and have received really insightful answers and some creative guidance.

In recent years I’ve begun keeping an art journal. I paint, draw, doodle, practice my writing in it, but one of my favorite things to do is collage. It brings back memories of being a child, using scissors and cutting, and pasting! I love it. It allows me to access my inner child and we create some great things together! It’s been so much fun.

Grab your journal! Tap in and allow your soul to speak. You’ll be amazed at what comes forth!

Shape Shifter

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Transmute (original)!

Day 6 of my 30 Days of Creativity Challenge.

Making art is hard. It’s a challenge that when coupled with self-doubt it makes for a disastrous outcome. Paintings and works left undone, forgotten. Self-criticism is rough. But if we look through a wide angle lens versus a macro lens you’ll see it from a different perspective and you may find beauty in what you’re creating.

My painting today, was initially a painting that I attempted to copy from another, however, I didn’t find it very good so I buried it in a box (swipe to see it, it’s the second photo). I pulled that painting out today and repurposed it. That’s the thing about painting, if you don’t like it you’re not happy or satisfied you’re not obligated to keep it as it is. It’s only paint. My intent was to keep things light and joyful, so … I finger painted over it. Finger paint.

We are more than what’s initially placed on a canvas. We’re allowed to change, and transform, and transmute. We all have the ability to shape-shift. We all have the ability to create our realities and our future. We only meed to be brave enough to do so.

She who is brave, is free …

Micro-Paintings

Day 5 of 30 of my 30 Days Of Creativity Challenge.

I talk to a lot of people about their passions and creativity. It’s not really what you think. I’m a Nurse by profession so I talk a lot as a distraction when I’m doing unpleasant things (giving injections, starting IVs, etc.). What I’ve learned is that a lot of people have forgotten their creative side, or they use the excuse that they don’t have the time to pursue the things that light them up.

My creative practice is usually under 30 minutes when I’m strapped for time. When I’m not pressed for time, I am able to devote as much time as I desire. The excuse of, “I don’t have time,” doesn’t really fly with me when I know many people who scroll through IG and FB for hours – HOURS – at a time.

I also hear people balk when they tell me that 15-30 minutes isn’t enough time to accomplish anything. I’m hear to show you that my little creations for today was 30 minutes max, then I even went for a run afterwards and still got a nap in before I head off to work.

15-30 minutes a day IS enough time. These little “micro-sessions” are commitments with yourself to make the most of what you can with whatever time you have. Don’t discount the amount of power these little pockets of time can have. As humans we thrive on creative flow. It’s how our brain plays and like I posted yesterday, it has very similar benefits as meditation.

My 2 little micro-paintings today are both 4”x6”. I have a whole slew of these little micro-paintings. I love them so much. They’re fun and easy.

Listen, you don’t need a bunch of supplies. You don’t need paint, or canvases. You don’t need a huge space. Markers and a meditative coloring book. Pencil and paper for mindless doodling. Journaling only requires your journal and a pen. You only need to carve out the time. So … no excuses. Do this for yourself.

Present In Every Moment

Day 4 of 30 of my 30 Days Of Creativity Challenge.

Sometimes I feel as if I don’t have the time to take to paint and create, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It’s when this happens that I know that the time I take is necessary. The time I spend creating is my time to reset. It’s my quiet time, my time to reflect, my time to go within. My soul speaks to me when I’m creating. My best answers come to me when I’m lost in the zone.

Being quiet for 5 to 10 minutes and just letting yourself get lost in what you’re doing becomes a meditation, or a prayer. God, Spirit, The Universe – whatever it is that you call your Higher Power – can be found in all things and the time that we take to create allows time for commune. It’s provides the same exact benefits as meditation – increased resistance to stress, neuroplastity, improved immune function, and so many other things. Your mind and body relax. It’s like releasing a huge sigh. That’s why it’s important to take the few minutes to allow yourself to play.

I used bubble wrap to paint today. I love bubble wrap. I love popping the little tiny bubbles, but for my painting it provided a little bit of texture and contrast. It’s different and I like it.

My words for this year are presence and moments. To be present in every moment is my intention for the year. I don’t find it ironic that I came across a quote by Henry David Thoreau that reads, “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

Have fun with whatever it is that you are creating. Use non-traditional tools to paint – bubble wrap, forks, corks from wine bottles, anything. Use colors that light you up.

Hand made cards. Made with love!

Day 3 of 30 of my 30 Days Of Creativity Challenge.

When it comes to creativity, for some, the most challenging part is in getting started. What I’ve learned is that if you wait to feel like it, you won’t ever do it. You just have to start.

I’m a runner so when I think about how to explain just getting started, I think of how much thinking about running makes me not want to do it. I can come up with several excuses before I even get started – it’s too cold, my feet ache, I’d rather stay in bed, blah blah blah. And by the time I’m done making excuses, I could’ve already been done with my run. On the days when I don’t think about it and just get out there and run getting started is hard, but once I get going, it gets easier and I actually enjoy my run.

Creativity is like that. You think about all these things before you even get started – your space needing to be set up, the medium you’ll be using, thinking about what you’re going to do, etc. instead of just starting. Too much thinking can lead to your demise. There are times when I find that I’m having difficulty getting started so listening to music, singing, dancing, just moving helps me to get started. Do something. Do anything. But just start.

Today I made some cards using excess paint. (I hate “wasting.”) I take the extra paint I have, put it on some card stock paper, and hand write a quote on it. Doing this combines my love of art and words which I am able to share. I’ve sent out hundreds of these cards over the last couple years. I love sending out “snail mail.” For me, it’s always a nice surprise to receive something in my mailbox that’s not junk or bills.

If I have your address, I’ve probably mailed you a card or two. If you want one, I make it a point to mail out several every month for birthdays, encouragement, love bombs … DM me your address and you may find one in your mailbox!

Serendipity

Day 2 of 30 of my 30 Days Of Creativity Challenge.

When I first picked up a paint brush in late 2016, my “painting” was nothing more than a big, blue blob of blue paint on a canvas. It resembled absolutely nothing. But something happened to me that night. Something stirred and awakened within me. I looked at that blue blob painting for a long time. In fact, I still have that painting. It hangs on my wall.

My point is, you can’t be afraid of getting it wrong. There is NO wrong when it comes to your creativity. Everyone begins somewhere – at the beginning. When you worry about what you’re doing, or that it’s not good enough, you actually block your creative flow. You get in your head and you’re no longer in flow.

Had I allowed my blue blob to get in my head, I wouldn’t be where I am today – happily creating my own soulful art. I’m not a professional by any means. It took me a very LONG time to call myself an “artist.” I’m just doing what I love, practicing and creating and figuring it out as I go along. I’m just me doing me. 🙃

You do you. Whatever it is that you’re creating … enjoy your time, enjoy your process, allow what wants to emerge, emerge. Give yourself permission to express yourself! Just start.

My Day 2 painting is called “Serendipity.” My painting journey started as a happy accident –
All because I wanted to buy a painting that was way out of my budget and took a class from the artist instead to learn how to maybe paint something similar.

From The Shadows

Day 1 of 30 of my 30 Days of Creativity Challenge.

I love “pulling paint.” Just mixing up colors and seeing what comes through. I love blues and purples – they’re obviously my favorite colors. I never know what’s going to appear or what the end product will look like. It’s why I love abstract painting. Well, that and the fact that I don’t have to make it look like anything, I can enjoy the process.

The definition of being creative is the act of creating from original thought, or expression. It’s using your imagination. For me, creativity is nothing more than setting your mind free. It’s allowing your mind to relax. Letting go of expectations and assumptions of how something is “supposed to” be. It’s being in the moment. Being creative is something that is within all of us, not for a select few. Nor is being creative just about art, or painting. That’s a huge misconception. Creativity can be found in writing, playing the piano, dancing, singing, how you fold your laundry, how you prepare your family dinners. As children we used our imaginations constantly. We played and created with abandon. However, as we got older, we left our creative spirits on the back burner as we got caught up in the mundane of life. Thankfully though, even though we left that part of us behind, it never left us. It has been waiting for us to come out to find it and to play.

This challenge I have set forth, is really getting you to remember. It’s remembering that you were once, and that you still are a creative being. Brene Brown says, “There is no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are just people who use their creativity and people who don’t. And not using it doesn’t go without penalty. As it turns out, unused creativity is not benign. It’s dangerous!”

I titled my painting for today, my first painting for the year 2021, “From The Shadows.” You see, I wasn’t always “creative.” I was always told my art was junk. Yeah, well, let them tell me that now! From the shadows comes some incredible things if you’re willing to let them come through.

Here’s to your creations in 2021! Let whatever wants to come through, come through. No thinking. No judgements. Just play!

Let’s start 2021 off right! Come and create with me!

Life can get a little stagnant, and when that happens you feel as if you’re “stuck,” or somewhat lost. You’re easily frustrated, maybe even depressed. Usually when this happens, it’s because you’ve quit doing the things that light you up.

In an effort to shake you to wake you, beginning January 1st (or you can start now if you wish) I’m challenging you to “30 Days Of Creativity.” You choose your medium – Painting, collage, photography, writing, singing … whatever makes your heart happy and fuels your soul. It can be different every day. All I ask is that you do it for a few minutes every day for 30 days.

If you’re wondering if this is for you, let me tell you, it’s for anyone and everyone who desires to tap into their creative spirit and to eventually develop a creative practice.

Creativity is an important skill for EVERYONE not just for children or “artists.” We all need creativity to awaken our spirit and to thrive in a world that is currently experiencing turbulence. Taking a few minutes every day to slow down and tap in allows you to reset yourself.

If you’re not convinced because you’re not an “artist,” or “creative” … Believe me when I say that you are. In this challenge, your medium can be anything you choose – Paint, draw, doodle, write, cook, sing, dance, even picking up a set of crayons and coloring!

Every day, I’ll post my own creations and share a tidbit or fact as to why creativity, even in micro-doses, IS beneficial for you, your health, and your overall well being!

Creativity is the canvas of your life. You’re the artist and creator. You hold the brush/pen. It’s time to take back your creative power and I’m here to give you permission and hold space for what is possible! So … Get ready to awaken your creative spirit! Let’s have some FUN! Let’s start 2021 off right! Come PLAY and create with me!

So come on a journey of self-discovery with me. It’s not about creating a product, it’s about shaking off the dust off of every day life. 15 minutes. 30 days. January 1st.

“Original!”

Day/Card 39 of 39 … Original …

There is only ONE you. There will never be another you, ever. I heard somewhere that there has been a study where scientists did the math and took into account all the natural disasters, wars, and all kinds of other things and calculated that the odds of YOU being born at the exact moment that you were born, to the exact parents you were born to, with the DNA that you have was 1 : 400,000,000,000! That’s ONE in 400 TRILLION! No joke! That is how rare and unique and special you are. One in 400 trillion!!!

For you to believe that you’re nothing or no one special is a shame! It’s a disgrace to your creator. It’s a disservice to yourself! You and only YOU can give what you have to offer to the world – all your amazingness, all your quirkiness, everything about you! Regardless if anyone has ever done the thing you desire to do, only YOU can do it your way! There are 7.8 billion people on Earth, but only one you. You’re an original!

The “Original” card shows up for you today to ask you to acknowledge everything about yourself! It asks you to not compare yourself to another because there is NO comparison. There’s no need to compete because life is not a competition! Be your own being. Love your originality! Be aware of yourself! Be at peace with who you are and know that what you have to offer us is enough!

This was the card that sealed the deal for me in my oracle card creation course with Justine Sereberin. It was the card that spoke to me the LOUDEST, and it was also the card that gave me the most feedback from Spirit. It’s the last card in my deck. I’ve enjoyed sharing them with all of you! Thank you for letting me share. If you would like a reading, please feel free to send me a DM!