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I always ponder my attraction to painting faces. Even if I start an abstract piece, I always see a face in it eventually. So what is the point in fighting it. I see the face as the expression of human emotion, and emotion is what I really want to paint. I found this writing about the human face, which answered my question – The human face is an artistic achievement. On such a small surface an incredible variety and intensity of presence can be expressed. This breath of presence overflows the limitation of the physical form. No two faces are exactly the same. There is always a special variation of presence in each one. Each face is a particular intensity of human presence.
The human face is the subtle, yet visual autobiography of each person. Regardless of how hidden the inner story of our life is, you can never successfully hide from the world while you have a face. If we knew how to read the faces of others, we would be able to decipher the mysteries of their life stories. The face always reveals the soul. It is where the divinity of the inner life finds an echo and image. When you behold someone’s face, you are gazing deeply into the persons life.
The human face carries mystery and is the exposure point of the mystery of the individual life. It is where the private, inner world of a person protrudes into the the anonymous world. It is the meeting place of two unknowns, the infinity of the outer world and the unchartered, inner world to which each individual alone has access. This is the night world that lies behind the brightness of the visage. The smile on the face is a surprise or illumination. When the smile crosses the face , it is as if the inner night of the hidden world brightens suddenly. Heidegger said very beautiful that we are the custodians of deep and ancient thresholds. (excerpts from Anam Cara, by John O’Donohue)
Once a month I am part of an online auction called Heartful Soul Artist collective, a group of artist that prepare new paintings each month according to a theme. Last month in March I managed to put together about 6 pieces, one was a rework from an old painting. And I did not sell one painting. I was not happy about that of course, but more so, then to make money as an artist was the feeling of failure to create something that another would appreciate as a part of their art collection. I always think that I paint mostly for myself, that is, something that I really am inspired to paint, but being a part of a collective also means we are under a pressure to create something fresh and new every month. It can be challenging to see that it is not wanted. It reminds of something that artists all over the world struggle with I think. If you want to paint, you have to make money to support yourself, so you are also under the pressure to sell. And the two don’t always work together very well. Being under pressure throws you out of the zen flow, that special place so needed to create fresh and unique art.
In times like these I really try to shift my focus from a needy space of necessity and put my attention on things I am grateful for. Sometimes that means cleaning up my space and my studio and making it special again. In that way I really appreciate having it around me, and I am so happy to be there again. I also take my unsold paintings and try to find frames for them, making them really special for myself. And from there, I start seeing so many other things I already have and I am grateful for, even appreciate the time that I have to create in. Life is good again, teaching me as usual, that I am grateful for so many things, love is always there after all ❤
My art has was inspired by my yoga practice and so it’s only natural that I would bring art to my yoga practice. I love designing tops to wear, because lets face it, I live in my yoga clothes. I also love, that I can wear a message, that reminds me to be mindful throughout the day, and that message is literarily close to my heart. You can purchase my tops on this website – Customized Girl, or if it is more convenient, you can buy them through me. If I have them on hand, it take only few days to ship, but if I have to order them for you, please allow couple of weeks for them to materialize. I really don’t make any money on them, but it would tickle me pink if you would love to wear them 🙂
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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 ❤