Friday, January 15, 2016


Our final project for my Color of Woman Teacher Training was to group all the blog posts from our Online Classroom into our Initiate books! I had done a good job of keeping up with the posts, and had saved most of them as files. My son, bless him, has a good document assembling program, so we played tag team to assemble it. I'd convert to pdf format, & email them, generally in order; and got together a couple of times (while he & his kids were in town for Nutcracker rehearsals), to format it. And finally, to add page numbers to the table of contents. Whew!

Priestess of the Cosmic Portal
One of our final assignments was to offer a two day workshop, then continue to work on our demo painting for several more days, completing it 'on our own' (rather than following Shiloh's lead & videos) for our 'Visionary' painting. 

My workshop (in November) was Medicine Woman, & the lady who emerged is: Priestess of the Cosmic Portal. The Compass on the bottom left includes totems from each of the paintings in our Color of Woman Compass - the Dragon dancing in the center from Legend, Rose in the N: Muse; Hummingbird in the East: Talisman; Owl in the South: Soul Fire; & Raven in the West: Visionary. There are words collaged around her heart which came during the journey I led; one is 'Raven's Gold' - the Sun is in the upper Raven's beak!

We needed to identify and document our 'Soul Work,' the work we're called to cause & create in the world; & develope our 'action plans' for 2016. Like many of our projects, this was done both Rt brain 'doodle,' beginning with December & working back, & linear from January on.

Here's my entry for January:

  • Jan. 2 Visioning 2016 Red Thread event
  • update website – new format? Host? Work on print materials – business cards, menus, format for flyers, photos of paintings for cards & prints, work on email list, put known dates on MeetUp, update FB artist page
  • Meet with youth and childrens' coordiators at FBC (First Baptist Church)
  • formalize plans for February workshop & advertize (MeetUp, Facebook event, flyers, e-mail list) coordinate with area alumni
  • attend Work Week Winedown at Walnut City Wineworks Jan 29, take cards\

    Siren Song
    I also have several personal ongoing goals - to blog more regularly (!!), a paint day (minimum) each week, and to do some of the things I've neglected while engaged in Color of Woman (including a good general de-thug of the house)!

    We're halfway through the month, & I've facilitated the Jan 2 Visioning event, & helped with 'Faith & Watercolor' at Church last Sunday; took down my show at Walnut City WW November & December, and entered a couple of pieces in Currents Gallery's January Show - "Myths & Legends," Elen Star-Path & Siren Song; which were accepted & hung! 
    Not bad! 
    I've also been asked to speak this Sunday on the support of the Art Community during this past year, and signed up to be part of the newly begun Intentional Creativity Leadership Circle. Our first Circle call was Thursday, & today there is a group painting experience, Weave, another exploration of dreams for 2016. 
    So though I feel I'm still integrating the training, I also realize I've not been as 'lazy' as I've felt! 
    My friend Sepha, who has helped with several of the workshops & the Vision board session, is enrolled in this year's teacher training!! Woo hoo! She is already an artist and teacher, and has a lot to offer, & we love sharing studio time. Weaving dreams, community, creativity!



sirkkis said...

I love your art. I can see a great spirit of these gorgeous women.
Happy PPF ♥

~*~Patty S said...

Your Goddesses are so very beautiful.
I admire your creativity along with all of your artistic endeavors.
Thank you for your kind welcome to PPF and for your nice comment at my Magpie's Nest.
To answer your question about gesso...I have not tried making my own but it does sound interesting.

Linda Kunsman said...

beautiful goddesses and an inspiring post too! Happy PPF!

Giggles said...

Lovely goddesses!!Lots of spirit here!

Hugs Giggles

Dea Lenihan said...

Love the goddesses. And so glad to find you--another Dia/Dea! I too have promises for myself this year. Fingers crossed we can stick with them! I am new to blogging and always glad to find new art friends. Happy to say I am a new follower. xo Dea

Dia said...

Thank you all!
Well met, Dea, glad you're here.BLéSSïNgS on keeping promises (I like that!) and having a good year.