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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spark! Day 27

Day 27
1~ My focus is finding art I can delight in creating every day.
2~ The story that I am claiming as my Spark Experience is Sue Sellars came into my heart with Jenafer Joy's magical invitations to look at Sue's art and read Sue's words and be inspired to art journal every day for the month of October. This story has a Happy Everafter Ending because from here I just wanna go on and on... creating art journal pages...
3~ My spark actions for today are seeing the environment (light shining from a hole in a tree trunk near the roots) and waiting for the little fairy to flit in...
4~ My report back on Yesterday is that I created a Lady I absolutely, positively love and was able to create a very detailed background for her to stomp dance in the mud in.

Spark! Day 26

Day 26
1~ Considering my own "fixation" I am struck by how I am stuck in a body that just naturally dresses in bright gypsy colors and dances wildly barefooted stomp dancing in the juicy mud.
2~ My commit art focus is to live heart~first into all the empty vessels I can create to fill up with elan vital.
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was a change from my usual acrylic expression and a foray into watercolor painting of Rapunzel in her lonely tower.

Spark! Day 25

Day 25
1~ My commit art focus is to see art in stories~ the books I read, the stories people tell me, the plays I see.
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was alchemically transformative. I took butterflies and melded them with angels to create a butterfly angel.
3~ Ocular PREorientation is what my eyeballs do as I PREpare to create a painting. Today I kept my eyes open collecting colors, shapes, ideas for anything I might like to include in  my painting.

Spark! Day 24

Day 24
1~ I am remarkably good at being me. Particularly I am thinking about how I try to be a catalyst for people to feel self~empowered and good about themselves so they can stomp dance in delight on their path with heart.
2~ Seeing the beauty in butterflies and angels is my commit art focus today.
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was inspired by Kris' underpainting and transformed by me into the heart love of the masculine and the feminine and the way the Lady She has a ladder that connects earth to heaven.
4~ You can see pictures of my art journal pages on  my blogsite @

Spark! Day 23

Day 23
1~ One thing I have been seeing in a new way is landscapes and environments. I can get lost in Nature~ painting whole scenes or looking at fine tiny little details about something I see in Nature.
2~ My commit art focus is to soften up and paint something ethereal. To use Kris' pastel spiral underpainting as inspiration to create my own magical wonderland of love.
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was Mickey Mouse/cartoon~like. I wanted to create a person with bones but it came out more stick~figure~like than serious, sincere pumpkin~ this is the real thing!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spark! Day 22

Day 22
1~ I'm going to strengthen the bones of my life/art today by
celebrating 3 bones I KNOW I have in my body:
love, truth and beauty:
the bones of my foundation.
2~ My commit art focus is
to see art everywhere.
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was
I took the image of the Artist on a Spirit Oracle card
and used it to paint my own version
of a young male artist.
I stayed up all night painting.
I found great joy in painting.
I feel like I have turned a corner
and am walking down
a new path in my painting....

Spark! Day 21

Day 21
MESSAGE from the Artist card in the Spirit Oracle deck:
You hold
the infinite power
 of creation within you~
a divine artist.
Create something
beautiful today.
Feel the stars shining.
You are one with
the Universe
and Nature.
The eternal light of creation
shines through you forever.
1~ What I am composting today is
all of the ways my body, mind and spirit
are not aligned with the music of the spheres.
2~ My commit art focus is
using a tarot card titled the Artist
for inspiration.
3~ My experience making art yesterday was
literally full of shit.
As I art journaled
I sat in shit
that squirted out of me
without warning
 I dripped soupy poopy
all the way to the toilet.
Since today's post is Sue's comment:
Compost your shit
I wonder if the Powers That Be
were giving me
a real life experience
that was a prediction
of things to come!!@??

Spark! Day 20

Day 20
1~ I forgive myself for thinking
instead of feeling.
All those years I wouldn't allow myself
to feel artistic and creative.
2~ My commit art focus is wondering
what colors do I see when people meditate?
Elgia~ royal blue
Karen~ red
Janie~ lavender
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was
enhanced by studying the way Walter Anderson
made patterns.

Spark! Day 19

Day 19
1~ My commit art focus is looking for patterns
I can blend together/layer over each other.
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was
discovering how to bring the new to the old
/how to find new meaning from
my Ladies of the 4 directions.
3~ My plan for today that does involve nature
is how to lay patterns over different patterns
to create depth
and add layers of meaning
and how to use different patterns
to define different spaces.

Spark! Day 18 b

My Lady of the Open Sky
is a celestial being
in an earthy body.
She births
and ideas.
She has a posse of angels.
She owns a ladder that connects heaven to earth.
She can read tea leaves
and predict futures.
She is a teacher.
She adds the sparkle to jewels
and knows the stories for all the stars in the sky.
She's been to more than one universe
and knows galaxies
like she knows the back of her hand.
She has the healing touch.
My Lady of the Flaming Heart
takes in the energy of the One Force Source
and breathes it out as Love, Light and Laughter.
She burns up what is no longer needed
to create space for new things.
She shines.
She is radiant.
She is the Mystery personified.
She tends to the smoke that rises from flames
as prayers.
She is the keeper of what's sacred.
She guards and guides spirits.
She takes care of spirituality.
She makes sure things are done for
the Highest Good of All.
She lights the fires of passion
and gets things done.

Spark! Day 18 a

My Lady of the Living Waters
This sassy splashing mermaid represents freedom to me.
She's on a breathtaking holler screeching thrilling ride through rapids
and takes me gleefully free falling down waterfalls
screaming Wheeee!
and submerges me in her underwater domain.
She's Kwan Yin's cousin
and is chockfull of strength
so she can go to great depths in delivering her compassion
to those most in need of it.
She's drenched in emotions
and a wild spirit from the git go.
Kind of a cross between Kwan Yin
and a waitress in a rowdy bar.
She dunks me in her silliness
and wipes me clean
of all pretenses of seriousness.
My Sassy Mermaid Lady of the Living Waters
reminds me we are created to be childlike
~living in joyous delight.
She teaches me the value of living with every emotion
and gives me wild rides on her seahorse
through her KIN~dom.
She's fresh and young and daring
~always ready to step off a cliff
to get to deeper waters
and more intense understandings.
She's spirited.
Kinetic and moving.
She's always into having Grand Adventures
and likes to show me new vistas
of incredible breathtaking beauty.
She knows where there are hidden treasures
of great value.
She's truthful and honest
and boldly and brazenly in direct connection
with the Divine.
Her Living Waters wash me clean.
My Lady of the Flowering Earth
stomp dances with her barefeet on the ground.
She's a whirler and a twirler.
She's Queen Bee of all the honeyed sweetness in this world.
Her favorite sweet smellum smells are
gardenia, jasmine
roses and lilies.
She's a  good one to be with when
you want your spirits lifted.
She lives music
and is in tune with the music of the spheres.
She was there at the beginning
when the morning stars sang all together.
She connects things, ideas, people and places
and builds bridges.
She likes fruits and vegetables.
rocks and trees
and is friends with
creepy crawlers
and creatures that fly and swim.
She likes midnight and late night partying
and midday sun at the beach.
She loves waterfalls.
She has a gypsy soul
and people call her Big Mama.
She's married to Lordy.
She gives hugs and snugs.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spark! Day 18

Day 18
1~ My commit art focus is finding meaning in my paintings of the 4 directions.
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was realizing that sex and art are acts of creation with sweet babies, seeds and flowers.
3~ Today trying something new looks like wordsmithing words about my 4 directions paintings and placing them upon the matrix web.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spark! Day 17

Day 17
1~ Sex/art...something I've noticed is...both sex and art are creation stories.
2~ My commit art focus is looking each day to find some art
to create in my journal.
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was creating
a vision of my heart in my Tree of Life with
Blue in the West for Water
Red in the North for our flowering Earth
Turquoise in the East for Air
Orange in the South for Fire
The red heart in the center is for Tipareth
and there are green heart~shaped leaves
painted in their proper places in the Kabbalah
to represent the other Sephiroth
Expanding energy lines of gold spread out
and in the center of the red heart
there are golden compass arrows pointing in the 4 directions

Spark! Day 16

Day 16
1~ When I imagine being the 68th monkey I think how blessed I am
to be my heart that is the center of My Tree of Life
and all I have to learn from the elements
and precious stone stories
that surround me.
2~ My commit art focus is to find the pictures and stories
that make the magic come alive and transform the mundane
with the miracles and mysteries that bring heaven to earth,
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was gleeful
as I mixed the colorful patches of my patchwork skirt
with quotes from my recent discovery of Richard Rohr.
It is alchemy such as this
that stitches delight into the very fabric of my being.

Spark! Day 15

Day 15
1~ What is "slowing my stride" that I'm ready to get rid of
is the feeling that what I draw or paint is not as good as
what someone else draws/paints.
2~ My commit art focus is what in  my colorful clothes/the way I dress
can be painted onto my art journal pages?
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was ecstatic,
first I was inspired by Danna Clare's paintings,
then I was brave enough to take a vision of 2 different eyes from meditation
and paint them onto my art journal page.
Today I painted my art journal pages to represent the  pastel
lavender, pink, apricot, blue, yellow and green patches
on the patchwork skirt I wore today
and then I scribed Richard Rohr quotes in the patches:

~ "One great idea of the biblical revelation is that God is manifested in the ordinary,
in the actual, in the daily, in the now, in the concrete incarnation of life,
and not through purity codes and moral achievement contests,
which are seldom achieved anyway...
We do not think ourselves into new ways of living,
we live ourselves into new ways of thinking...
The most courageous thing we will ever do
is to bear humbly the mystery of our own reality."

~ "Most of us were taught that God would love us
if and when we change.
In fact, God loves you so that you can change.
What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change
is the experience of love.
It is that inherent experience of love
that becomes the engine of change."

~ "Faith does not need to push the river
because faith is able to trust that there is a river.
The river is flowing.
We are in it."

~ "In solitude, at last, we are able to let God define us
the way we are supposed to be defined~ by relationship:
the I~thou relationship,
in relation to a Presence that demands nothing of us
but presence itself.
Not performance but presence."

~ "When you get your 'Who am I?' question right,
all of your 'What should I do?' questions
tend to take care of themselves."

~ "Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves,
but of uncovering the name we have always had."

~ "Faith is not for overcoming obstacles;
it is for experiencing them~
all the way through."

~"There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect.
I am who I am and it's enough."

Spark! Day 14

Day 14
1~ My "commit art" focus is looking for something in my daily life
that will reflect what I learn from Danna Claire's paintings.
It came to me during meditation this evening when I saw 2 eyes in a cave.
One in the sunlight through an oval~shaped hole in the rock wall.
One through a hole in the ceiling that revealed a night sky Cosmos.
3~ The artist that I'm going to study today is Danna Clare.

Spark! Day 13

Day 13
1~ What I am letting go is reactionary feelings where I sometimes
(even hidden from  me) feel like I hafta justify/make worthy
Living in joyous delight
2~ What am I galloping towards is being able to express myself
Visually with pictures as easily as I can express myself
with words.
3~ My "commit art" focus is lightning strikes of revelations.
4~ My no excuse promise for today is I will art journal each and
every day
~even those days
(like today)
when I hafta stretch
to do it...

Spark! Day 12

Day 12
1~ My commit art focus is landscape environments.
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was
REWARDING in that I dared to paint a vision I had inside my head &
DISAPPOINTING in that what I painted didn't very much resemble my vision.
3~ Whether a literal landscape/ the "landscape" of your life
where do you feel your eyes drawn today?
My eyes were drawn to turtles on a teeny tiny little island in a pond
(except they kept sliding into the water whenever I tried
to get a closer look at them.)

Spark! Day 11

Day 11
1~ My "commit art" focus is seeing pictures inside my head with
my mind's eye and painting them into my art journal.
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was revealing.
It showed me how to add sparkle to my stars by adding
Sakura pen glitter.
3~ The "new"  I am considering doing today is being brave enough
to transcribe/ translate/ transform a picture in my mind's eye
onto paper in my art journal using paints and pens.

Spark! Day 10

Day 10
1~ My "commit art" focus is how do I find my own voice in my
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was celebration of
journaling 9 days straight one after the other.
3~ What's showing up right now as part of the job of being me is
expressing Cosmos while following instructions and yet making
the Cosmos my own.
Option: The cosmic cowgirl name I could grab today is...
Flamingo Gypsy Mama Susan Daniel and it invites me to be more
Flamingo Gypsy
[I tried to come up with a new handle but this one wanted to stay
with me for a while.]
Flamingo because I fly with the flock
Gypsy because I get to traipse around having Grand Adventures!!

Spark! Day 9

Day 9
1~ What I am hearing from my heart is
2~ My "commit art" focus is to be heart first in creating my art into
the world.
3~ My experience of making art yesterday was a wacky compass
rose that led me to dream:
You don't hafta go anywhere
or do anything
(to acquire it)
It is inside you
Creative Spirit
/the One Force Source.

Spark! Day 8

Day 8
1~ My "commit art" is LIVING ART NOW...
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was FINDING IT
3~ What arises when I imagine "taking something away" is IT IS


Spark! Day 7

Day 7
1~ My "commit art" focus is how can I paint the sun's sparkle on the
water in the river in my backyard?
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was a revelation to me of
how much I love doodling sparkle onto my Art Journal pages with my
Sakura glitter pens.
3~ I have been experiencing TIME becomes more precious and
valuable when I carve out time to read good thought provoking books
and simply do some art journaling.

Spark! Day 6

Day 6
1~ What I am letting myself off the hook for is being too pooped to
retype in Day 5's post when it got lost in the Cosmos last nite/in
the wee hours of this morning and waiting to do it again tonight.
2~ My "commit art" focus is: to art journal something each day for
30 days.
3~ My no excuse promise for today is: I will find some fun way to
art journal each day like I did when I used my Sakuro glitter
pens to sketch what I saw in Weeks Bay.

Spark! Day 5

Day 5
1~ My "commit art" focus is staged in a beach scene setting today.
2~ My experience of making art yesterday is simply sassy and added to in every way by my girlfriend Claudia's visit. She who talks art and travels, soaks in nature and shops for treasures of great beauty.
3~I'm going to observe nature by feeding my soul and insides soaking up sun at the beach and storing it for winter.
[Note: I fingerpainted water color paint onto pages of my art journal and added handfuls of the Gulf of Mexico salt water to the pages and wrote:

In the Long Ago and the Way Back
the Great Mother created the waters
and the wind that came from her mouth created the waves.
You can go now to the water's edge and catch the rhythm of her breathing 
inside your heart.
There are lines within the waters
that connect us with
the All That Is.
I am a strand in our Great Mother's weaving.
Her Watersong flows into me.

Universal Cosmos



^I used the first letters of Sue Hoya Sellars' name to write this.

Spark! Day 4

Day 4
1~ My "commit art" focus is enhanced today because one of my
favorite artist friends Claudia Giannini flew down to see me and
we visited Antique shops and went to an Art Show/Festival.
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was the result of
double dog daring myself to make art even when it was late and I was dog tired.
3~ The way I'm considering experimenting today is keeping it
simple and sassy.

Spark! Day 3

Day 3
1~ My "commit art" focus is glued into my painted art journal
pages with the questions:
What did being an artist mean to Sue?
What does being an artist mean to me?
2~ My experience of making art yesterday was creating the vessel
of my art journal to be the soup pot where I throw the ingredients
3~ My whining that I'm willing to stop today is even when I am dog
tired and it's late at night I can make some space

and do the act of art journaling...

Spark! Day 2

Day 2
1~ My "commit art" focus is Sue Sellars.
What did being an artist mean to Sue?
What does meaning an artist mean to me?
2~ What am I noticing about today's inquiry of "making art that
makes me feel more alive" is actually gluing Sue and her art work
into my journal.

Spark! Day 1

From my visualization I learned that I have a deep hunger for 
painting and art journaling. I am gathering my posts as Hearth 
Tender for Red Madonna Matrix 2014 with the intention of making
a chapbook and I am playing with writing a children's book about
our 3 Mamas: Sue, Caron and Shiloh in collaboration with Cathy and others.
The art practice that I am choosing to commit to for these 30 days are...
painting, art journaling and writing.
My relationship with Sue is through Shiloh and the times she shared 
Sue with us in videos and the ways Sue, as Shiloh's Mentor, 
influenced and inspired Shiloh and infused Shiloh with her wisdom
and her creative process.