Friday, October 4, 2019


How can it be Fall?!! Time is zipping by so fast!

Last weekend Maestra Shiloh invited our Red Thread community to pull out a WIP out two, and Git-er done! I made good progress with CODEX (a 13 moon journey - I am about half-way through! ... We began last year - fortunately there's no "behind" - right? ... But I need to Git-er done if I want the certificate!) 
CODEX - WIP (Work in Process)

This weekend, Jassy Watson and Gisela are up from Australia, and will be offering Treewoman and Soulscape at the Musea studio in Sonoma. When I began my Intentional Creativity journey in 14, I painted mama Gaia in an online offering with Jassy, and love her easy supportive style! 
Mama Gaia - 2014
I painted similar dancing tree women when I was living in the words in the early 90s, and am looking forward to this offering. I'll be offering online support with my IC Guild SiStars Mary Ann, Rosie Mac and Jo Laurie. it is always a joy to witness and support our sisters in their proceeds of self discovery through painting and journaling. We'll continue work support over the next couple of weeks. You'll find information on and registration for the class here.

I'll be preparing a birch panel - seems appropriate for #Treesister!! 

Happy PPF

Friday, September 6, 2019

Codes and Codecies

I've been in the Atelier this week, which also marked my birthday! This time last week, I was in the mountains with my daughter's family and our friend Monika with her younger kids - a wonderful end of summer camping trip before the kids headed back to school. Then a visit to the ocean for sun in the beach, and several yummy BD meals ...

The Apothecary journey was again powerful, and it was an honor to hold space in the virtual classroom with several SiStars, as we watched the work unfold. My vessels are bubbling away... More to come! My friend Sherry and I intend to offer an in person event within the next few months.
Apothecary Medicine Painting
Last fall our intentional creativity community began a 13 Moon painting journey called CODEX, which began with journal prompts and a big canvas. After "awhile" away, I brought mine back to the easel yesterday, brought in more symbols and energy codes. Do you get distracted, and wonder where the time went? Guilty! But "there's no behind," ... Just different process! 
I've been shepherding a group of SiStars on the Color of Woman journey In years past, who are in "Muse Time" as they compete their quests, and am so pleased that several have competed their initiate books, and graduated from the training! 
CODEX - in process
I've shared to do more coaching, and a few weeks ago I had an individual session with a nearby SiStar. We were both pleased with our inspiring time together. I love this process of each doing our own work, and bring forth our own symbols and images! Our session was only 4 hours, and I've spent more time with mine since.

My Demo 

Muse of Creativity
My friend Margot and I are planning our fall workshop in her studio, set for the second weekend in November. I'd love and SiStars in Oregon to join us! 

What's in your cup, and on your easel? 
Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Apothecary 2019

Our painting community is embarking on another journey into the alchemical plan of the Apothecarian, with around 100 from around the globe using the process of inquiry, journaling and paint to transform tragedies into remedies. 

This will be the 5th time Shiloh and Jonathan teach Apothecary, and is the second online version. (You can read about last year's journey here)  Our art journal prompts come from the wonderful Jenafer Joy, and are awesome as usual. The process itself has been put in the crucible, and is being distilled for IC teachers to offer our own versions of Apothecary to local students.

I am one of the gals witnessing and offering support in our online classroom, and am working
Altar holding space for the Atelier
this morning to get my space ready. For more than a year, I've been "in process" with moving my studio from my dinning nook to part of my living room, about time I finished that project, don't you think??!! (Where does the time go?)

Yesterday we opened the Apothecary class with a Zoom session - this is such a great way to connect with community! 
Shiloh invited us to do a couple of "pen and paper" exercises, identifying one old story that was coming up - draw a representation of it, then find and draw an antidote. These processes are so accessible, and are one of the tools I use in my coaching practice. Mine was around valuing I need to do it all myself - the antidote is the triple spiral of connection/interdependence! 

Journal prompt
Time to get back to the clearing and shifting of the Atelier! 

Happy Paint Party Friday! 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Rose Beads and Red Thread

June roses are so magical and I love those with old fashioned fragrance! 

Since my teen years, I've been making rose beads, you can read about my adventures here, and here

For yesterday's Red Thread Circle I led a group of 6 SiStars through the process, and everyone went home with at least a dozen beads in an egg carton! One SiStar shared a necklace she made when her son was young, strung with beads she'd made wrapping the petals around a toothpick, saying a prayer/wish for him as she wrapped each one. She and another participant had driven around 45 minutes to join us (!) and two others also came from our of town.

I have 5 fragrant roses, and old Moss from a cemetery, my family dark pink rose, a
Fragrant fresh rose petals
variegated  with pink stripes on white, and two David Austin roses. With the abundance of fresh petals, I gathered petals daily, simply pulling loose petals off the centers, leaving the hips to develop. 

I filled my crockpot nearly to the brim, and added a splash of rose tea. I kept the spices simple, Garam Masala and some extra cinnamon, and began simmering three days before our gathering.

Rose tea : rose petals, rose geranium leaves, lemon verbena, yarrow and lavender, steeped in my little French press.

I'd turn the crock pot on, stir a bit, and leave it at the lowest setting for an hour, and did that a couple of times the first two days, adding a splash of liquid as needed. Late the second day, I ran then through my food processor, and returned the mash to the crockpot, heating and cooling again. Since many of the petals were pale, and the crock pot ceramic, the mash stayed pale. Farmer petals and exposure to iron makes them darker.

Rose petal mash after grinding
We had a delightful circle, with 4 of the 6 gals traveling as far as 45 minutes to join us! One wore a necklace she'd made with beads filled with prayers and wishes for her son (now a teen!) She'd simple rolled petals around a toothpick! We each passed our necklace around the circle before beginning to craft the beads.

I brought fresh raspberries and strawberries (both in the rose family!) And two sun teas - one raspberry leaf with yarrow and lemon verbena from my yard, the other a ginger mango white tea. The chocolate was a delicious Honey Mamma beer which rose petals and lavender! 

I had little cups for a handful of mash (squeezing the juice back into the crockpot) we filled our cups, and chatted while rolling our beads, and had plates for the finished beads. (More details on the process here)

When we finished, we each had 1-2 dozen beads, and took then home in an egg carton or
A carton of Rose Beads
two!  Give the egg carton a shake to keep the beads from sticking, and pierce holes (likely today).  Several of us went to a favorite restaurant, and then on to a drumming circle! What a lovely way to compete the day! 

When I got home, there was about 1/2 C of liquid with bits of mash in my crockpot, so I gathered a last round of fresh petals, and added them to the pot. Then got out a couple of jars of dried roses and petals, and separated petals from the stems and other pieces. 

Grinding: I filled the hopper of my seed mill, added a sprinkle of Garam Masala and cinnamon, and whizzed several times, then dumped the powder into the top, and refilled the hopper with whole petals, tipped in the powder and ground again. I did that a couple of times, which made for a finer grind! (I'm always learning!) 

This was added to the pot, plus some more liquid, and heated (I may have left the crockpot on the warm seeing all night, oops!! Could small them in the morning - mmm!) So sometime today/this weekend I'll  grind them, then roll more beads!! I can think of worse things to do! 

Lastly, here's a sweet video one of the participants shared - I love the way this Harper/ fairy women sings while rolling the beads! I'm a Harper as well, and the pale yellowish rose at the beginning looks like my Jude the Obscure (one of the Austin roses) 

Jude the Obscure

Do you have a favorite memory/ use of summer roses?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Wonder Woman's Allies

It's sometimes challenging to wait for the Muse to announce the theme for our monthly Red Thread circle ... "Maybe?, ...ok, how about? .... Mmmm,  ...." 

We've been working with several prompts and inquiries as we journey with #wonderwoman, we ask ourselves, "who are her allies? What superpowers is she developing?" So that became the theme for Thursday's circle! As we often do for these circles, we worked on Watercolor paper and, used Inktense pencils and shimmer watercolor for "bling!"'
Items on the altar included wool cards that my great grandmother brought over on the wagon train, and rose beads I made (inspired by grandma Mary's)
Red Thread Alta
I was excited to have a newly minted Intentional Creativity teacher, Jan Jorgensen from Olympia, join us! 
Jan and Nadya
In addition tho teaching intentional Creativity, Jan is also a singer and sound healer, so we have quite a bit in common! We shared the Purple thread of leadership (and got the memo on what color to wear, hee hee!) She's also made Rose Beads! 
Jan's Ally
There are nearly a dozen of teachers in the Pacific NW, it was special to meet another. Jan moved to Olympia fairly recently, and is still in process of connecting with her tribe. My cousin Leah came again, and we had a sweet afternoon connecting with allies and a common message of relaxing into sharing our Light. 
Leah's twirling Ally

  • In what ways does your ally support you?
  • What would you like her to tell you?
  • What don't you want her to do, ever?! 
  • How does your Wonder Woman shine?
Oracles and Allies

Friday, April 26, 2019

Into the Fog

One of the scariest of our painting process with Intentional Creativity is the "risky glaze,"  where we take our painting into the fog ...

During my first class, our teacher Elizabeth handed us a  spray bottle, a big brush and transparent color (Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold), a soft cloth (piece of T-shirt) She had us lay our canvases on the floor, then demonstrated spraying the canvas, brushing on the color, and then burnishing it in, using the cloth! ... And then we went off to lunch! 

Yikes and Wow!! 

Used this way, a glaze integrates the colours we've used, and helps unify the picture. It also offers an opportunity to reflect on what is going "into the fog," what concepts are being integrated. We usually spend some time with our journals, exploring these inquiries, noticing insights, and sketching new symbols. We generally sit 5-6 get back from the canvas while writing/sketching, to gain perspective.

The first time I glazed a painting, I was indeed shaking in my boots - what was I going to loose? This painting process becomes a crazy process of "loose her, find her!" ...distinctions disappear, lights darken, colors merge ... Now it's become a favorite part of my IC explorations, and one I look forward to!
Blessing Star

After the glaze, it's time to begin to bring her back, a new round of lights, darks and mediums, a round of highlighting, of deciding whether to reemphasise symbols from the earlier ladye, or bring in new ones. Here's the story of my hummingbird that is with my Taliswoman, and has become a spirit helper for my IC classes. My WW has a Blessing Star as her ally.

It's also a time to change shapes a bit of if I need to- reposition all eye, lengthen or shorten the nose ...
Acrylics are easy to rework - you can't get this wrong!!

We generally use the Golden Fluid acrylics, delicious colors and richly pigmented, but very sheer. Like my first muse, Gabriella, Wonder Woman has a harp, and I'll use gel to bring in more dimension.

Second glaze

Wonder Woman has gone into the fog a couple of times now, (she was in a hurry, and called for a glaze before Jessica invited one!) 

We used different colors on the right and left sides of the canvas - Quin Nickel Azo Gold, and Quin Magenta, ... I added a bit of iridescent gold over parts of the hair, and burnished with my cloth. Then, I let her wanted a bit, while I explored in my journal. 

One of our inquiries is on allies and arch enemies - which super heroines balance between. What are some of those inner demons?'

We've done another round of lights and darks, bringing clarity and dimension as she reemerges from the fog. We're sitting with any new symbols, the background, and any new colors....

Wonder Woman - Stepping out of the fog

Gabriella's Harp

I love this process of exploration with intention. Here are some thoughts and images on the inquiry, "what would you tell a friend who is considering Color of Woman training," from last year's class, Color of Woman 2018.

Definition and more color

Friday, April 19, 2019

Emerging with Wonder

It is such magic to paint with friends halfway across the globe - I'm so enjoying our Wonder Woman journey with Dr Jessica Enovald-Duncan, who lives in Karlskrona, Sweden. Dr Jess and her husband own and run the Gefion Guest house. I *met* Jessica (online)'during her Color of Woman training in 2016, when she was one of the students under my wing, as their *Reader,* and I enjoy watching her blossom! 

Inktense journal process
In our Wonder Woman journey, we are identifying our Super Powers, how we access them, and also some of our weaknesses, so we can fly higher.
Some of the inquiries:

  • what needs to change?
  • What are some of my superpowers, magical tools and qualities?
  • How will I develop and access them?

Emerging in the early 1940s, Wonder Woman was a new role model for girls and women, at a time these roles and opportunities were rapidly changing. She was brave, with both strength and beauty, a natural leader, who redefined everyday qualities. The child of an Amazon and a demi-God, Wonder Woman still inspires and invites us to tap our own superpowers and our humanity.
  • She has a lasso of truth
  • Speaks all languages (how do we communicate/receive information?)
  • Magic bracelets to defend herself (how do we do this, with least harm to others?)
  • Liberation - approach each mission unencumbered by past experiences - but with the wisdom gleaned from them.
  • Theme Song to engage power
  • What to Wear Dare - what reminds me my own superpowers? 
We've been exploring our symbols of power, our allies and mission, good and "bad" angels/behaviours we want to explore, and ones which no longer serve. 

We began with string (red thread) dipped in paint, and putting nadis/ lay lines on our canvas (I love round canvases, and chose to use one for my WW.) I had my students begin this way in our Gaia class, a wonderful way to connect with the energy! 

Wonder Woman Altar in my supply wardrobe (repurposed entertainment console!)

After several under layers of paint, she begins to emerge!

Color blocking

Sketched some symbols in my journal
I love this process, and Inktense pencils are so vibrant when activated with water

Harp - theme song and healing tool
Crystalline - Stellar connection
Winged heart of compassion
Chalice of renewal
Phoenix of transformation
Winged eye of inner vision

Wonder Woman in process, with symbols
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