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This New Year we will be celebrating the coming year with a Full Moon. Moon being the closest astronomical body to Earth, has a profound effect on us. It represents the feminine, emotional, creative and nurturing aspects of our lives. The Full Moon brings to us the high tide of power, amplifying and creative. It is time to release that which no longer serves you, what you no longer need in your life, or an aspect of yourself that you have outgrown.
A Full Moon ritual is a powerful way to invoke this (a ritual being a set of actions, often with symbolic value, performed in a ceremonial manner). Releasing. Letting go. Unburdening yourself. Purging.
You get rid of the old, celebrating your emergence.
To let go isn’t to forget, not to think about, or ignore.It doesn’t leave feeling of anger, jealousy, or regret.
Letting go isn’t winning, and it isn’t losing. it’s not about pride, and it’s not about how you appear, and it’s not obsessing or dwelling on the past. Letting go isn’t blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and does not leave emptiness, hurt or sadness. It’s not giving in or giving up. Letting go isn’t about loss and it’s not defeat.
To let go is to cherish the memories, and to overcome and move on. It is having an open mind and confidence in the future. Letting go is accepting. It is learning and experiencing and growing.
To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry and made you grow. It’s about all that you have, all that you had and all that you will gain. Letting go is having the courage to accept change and the strength to keep moving. Letting go is growing up, it is realising that the heart can sometimes be the most potent remedy. To let go is to open a door and to clear a path and set yourself free.
The Holiday season is here, can you feel it? I am sure you can, even if you are not engaging in the hustle and bustle, you can see it all around you. Everyone is eagerly getting prepared for the day or the days they will spend with their family, exchange gifts or just meet up again after not seeing each other for so long, or maybe not even being in touch.
I love the holidays, I absorb it through my pores, and even at times, when money feels scares, I usually find a way to give, from my heart, from my soul or just an intention. I think especially the celebration of Christmas, even though I do not consider myself to be a religious person, always brings back memories of childhood, our family siting at a table, and the tree lit up with candles, and sometimes they would catch a fire. My dad and I, I think I was 7 at the time, snuck out into the woods near our town one year, and stole a tree. I know that sounds bad, but then we had a snowball fight afterwards, and I think that is the best memory I have of me and my dad being together.
We create our joy, we do have the capacity to do that, no matter how broken inside we can get sometimes, and how much we want to hide sometimes. Joy is our true nature. I just recently read something really empowering from Gaby Bernstein –
“Deep within our own awareness we have a direct line to the unified field of energy. Through prayer, meditation, positive intentions, and joy, we can enliven that field and create a ripple effect of peace in the world. If you make joy your priority and tune into this joy daily through your meditation, not only will you feel deeply connected, you will also have a huge impact on the people and circumstances in your life and the lives of people you don’t even know. You have the power to be a spiritual activist. Through your positive energy you can bring forth great healing to everyone around you. The energy we put out is either polluting the planet or healing it. Which do you choose?” – from the book The Universe Has Your Back.
I think I use my art to brig beauty and joy to the wold, and then the Beauty and Joy comes back to me from my creating. I feel truly blessed to be able to do that, and I bless you from the bottom of my heart
Happy Holiday season ❤
Our Holiday Season auction at The Heartful Soul Artist collective will be held here on December 4th, and it will be one of the biggest auctions yet.
You can still sign up for Paint Your Heart and Should one year long workshop at an amazing early bird price of $90 until December 1st, after that it will go up to $120. Find out more about this amazing course here.
And here is the last call for our Thanksgiving Art Bundle – with three teachers, Annie Hamman, Olga Furman and myself included – 9 classes altogether , here is the link with more info.
This is a one time offer and will expire after today.
Hello my friends. Olga Furman, Annie Hamman and myself created a special bundle of our 9 workshops – “Thanksgiving Art Bundle”, which includes 167 VIDEOS, 57.5 HOURS of creative fun! Wow!!! And all that for 70% off discount! We want to say big Thank you for all your support on this Thanksgiving day!
If you are a PYHaS student or you want to become one, you get EXTRA $10 discount-use coupon code: thankyou (in one word at checkout)
This Thanksgiving Art Bundle and THIS OFFER is AVAILABLE for 5 DAYS ONLY, through November 27th.
To purchase or find out more about this offer go here.
Last week of October I went to visit my fried Kara Stracham Bullock at her studio in Tustin California to teach a workshop Soulful Portraits. The whole trip was a wonderful experience, the weather was beautiful and Kara’s studio is awesome and still coming together. It is nestled in a beautiful part of town with lots of quaint restaurants to visit. Attached to her studio is a very relaxing meditative rest area filled with artifacts and decorated stones. It’s a perfect place to gather and reminisce.
Originally I was going to work on just one project, because I thought it would give us plenty to do, but as I was open for any direction in the work flow, my students asked for change of pace, and were able to work on two or three project, and everyone was able to finish something, or at least get most of one painting finished. I realized that working on one piece only and direct too much attention to it might actually turn out to be more tiresome. I think we all had very productive three days.
At the end of my stay I was able to take few days to cruise around the area to Newport Beach, Laguna beach and San Clemente. I loved taking the drive around the coast. It was very picturesque.
Before my return, I had few hours to spend at Kara’s Studious, and so I decided to start my one page journal that I wanted to create for some time now. It’s amazing how efficient I can be when all the supplies and space are available right there to do nothing else, but create. After I put my journal together, I was able to take it with me on a plane and started adding to it right away.
One Page Journal
This has been a wonderful trip and I am so grateful to have been part of it. I am looking forward to my next journey ❤
Hello, Art Lovers!
I’m excited to share that I’m going to be a part of an amazing year long course called “Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018.”
This course is a collaboration with 24 out of this world artists and instructors, who paint gorgeous, soulful art using a unique variety of styles and techniques. We will share our knowledge, tips and tricks in order to create beautiful art.
This course is designed for individuals of all skill levels, ranging from a total beginner to an experienced artist!
This course is now open for registration, and if you register by December 1st, you can purchase the course at a DISCOUNTED PRICE! How awesome is that?
And what’s more is that I’m going to give one of you a FREE spot in the course!
To enter the Giveaway, do the following:
- Share this link and the image below or above on your Social Media (FB, Instagram, Pinterest).
- Comment where you shared it, below.
Each time you shared on different social channel I will enter your name to the draw.
Each share counts as one entry – multiple entries are encouraged!
I will announce the lucky winner on September 12.
If you’ve already paid for the course and win the spot, you will get a full refund!
I can’t wait to create together!
In this course I’m going to teach two lessons: The first lesson is going to be on a challenging angle of the face something like this
And the second lesson will be creating a background as a start of a journal page or a painting and then adding some creative and interesting details to it.
And I can’t wait to hare all this with you!
My creative journey has always been a little bit of a struggle for me, as I have been trying to define the reason for me becoming an artist, or trying to make a living as one.
I don’t think that we always get to choose our career, we might be drawn to it, or it chooses us, but when it really comes down to it, I don’t think I would want to do anything else. At the same time I can easily get stuck in some sort of minimalistic thinking or a point of view.
The answers for my struggles are not always easily found, even though I try to find them by loosing myself in what I like to do best, and that is, to create more. Does that mean I am escaping or living more?
But lately, I have been immersing myself in the book by Mark Nepo, The One Life We’re Given, and his words resonate with me so much, that I wanted to share with you this short excerpt from his book –
“The challenge as we strive is not to attach our identity to what we are striving for, but to give our all with faith in how such complete giving of who we are – through what we do – will reveal our deeper nature. Just as a blossom can’t be seen until its flower fully opens, our true identity forms out of our deeper nature, once we are exhausted of our plans.
What we accomplish and create matters. But we are not defined by what we create. We are defined by how the engagement of our being shapes and creates us. When we can honor this mystical fact, then we will continue to grow, regardless what happens to what we create. While what we do might be praised or criticized, our worth continues to form within, independent of how what we do is received. Our aim is not to strive at all cost or to be at all cost. Being human, our journey is to strive in order to be.”
I would also like to invite you to my new online workshop – a mini class of sorts again – Soulful portraits 2. I like to do these mini classes, because I think it gives students a better chance to focus on one thing, as suppose to one big class that might not get to finish. I will be sharing with you few new techniques, one of them is using stencils to start what you would like to paint (flowers, butterflies and o on) and then filling them in with color. There will be about 8 videos in total and most of them fully narrated and not sped up. There will also be a bonus lesson on how I painted this journal page – Girl with a Crow on her Shoulder, but I might call her – We Cast Shadows.
Today I took a yoga class and our teacher read this to us in the beginning of our practice. I thought, how appropriate, since I was looking up this book ‘War of Art’ just yesterday on Amazon.It came highly recommended. And here is the excerpt from the book. I think its a little more of an elaborate way of saying – inspiration has to find you working, and always a good reminder .
“A pro views her work as craft, not art. Not because she believes art is devoid of mystical dimension. On the contrary. She understands that all creative endeavor is holy. But she does not dwell on it. She knows if she thinks about that too much, it will paralyze her. So she concentrates on technique. The professional masters how, and leaves what and why to the gods. Like Somerset Maughan she doesn’t wait for inspiration, she act in the anticipation of it’s apparition. The professional is acutely aware of the intangibles that go into inspiration. Out of respect for them, she lets them work. She grants them their sphere while she concentrates on hers.
The sign of the amateur is over glorification of and preoccupation with the mystery.
The professional shuts up. She does not talk about it. She does her work.”