the practice of art every day {secret messages of collage}

art card

art card reminder of my “credentials” & life experience

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. -Lewis Carroll

Change is the collection of frames for a proverbial flipbook. It is not until we pause in “creating frames” and {allow} for pause and reflection that we can fully appreciate, celebrate, accept and receive — “flip-through” and build on what we experienced. Continue reading

My Week 47 // enough …

dreamYou must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. -Anais Nin

This week was full. I was not afraid of its fullness because I was focused on {enough} … Continue reading

September reflections

blueWe know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost. -Henry Rollins

September will be blue in my mental color book for 2014. It was everything and nothing like I expected. It was a month of shifting … of listening and noticing.

I posted both on Secret Rebel Club and The Art Journaler Community today …

Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. … To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down. -Clarissa Pinkola Estés


Braveheart, I believe each day is a canvas awaiting the collage elements we decide have meaning — splashed with the authentic paint of amazing triumphs and agonizing suffering. My canvases include my mind’s eye and my stack of journal-planners. Glimpses of what I creatively document provide the foundations for this site, Secret Rebel Club and The Art Journaler and The Art Journaler Community.

Week 36 // watercolor lines, the cycle of a day; what are we busy about?

metamorphosis watercolorIt is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis. -Henry Miller

metamorphosis // the divine nature of changing from one form into a completely different one; watercolor lines of progress; full-to-empty, empty-to-full.

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Week 36 Dailies // do; stop; re-member {repeat}

purge the unnecessary

Conditions would some way adjust themselves, she felt; but whatever came, she had resolved never again to belong to another than herself. -Kate Chopin

book store

{book store to decompress before going home yesterday}

going back to school - relearning

{going back to school//re-membering & re-learning}

  • remembering creative rituals when my children were younger; like visiting the library and books stores as a creative ritual; a reset; just for fun

Suggestions from Creative Every Day Theme for September:

  • Take yourself back to school and learn a new art skill or try a new material this month.
  • Use old school photos of yourself in a piece.
  • Write about your learning style in a free form way.
  • Think about the things you want to learn in the remaining months of 2014. What’s the next step to making those things happen?

Although you have many different roles in life, you are ultimately one and the same person, with limited time, energy and resources. If pressure is applied in one area of life, the consequences ripple outwards to other areas. The same is true for our partners and colleagues. By respecting this interconnectivity we have with each other, and across our different roles, we will all benefit. Source: Work/Life Separation Is Impossible

planning patternsCreate a system or be doomed to continue this. ~note to my-self

So, today … I blog here. I post this template and I name this fear and jump into this day!

August Dailies — Knowing When

august 6

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again. ~Pema Chödrön

“It’s all blue …” she said; and I knew {everything} would be okay.

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August Dailies — Building Resilience

one thing leads to another

One thing leads to another … routines, rituals, dailies, day-be-day — complimentary themes that go well with Leah Piken Kolidas’ choice of “Cycles” as the theme for August’s Creative Every Day. Right brain planning is allowing something mundane to become art; this week I will post my daily planning-art — and likely  hopefully the remaining days of August. ;) Continue reading