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Here’s another experiment with painting using Gimp tools. There are two hidden faces and a little moon in this one….I swear, I can get immersed for hours with this stuff! I don’t know exactly what the meanings are for these faces. The girl seems to be connecting with lunar energy and the high/low tides of emotion. Maybe she has issues with the people represented by the faces and is working on energetically releasing them although the faces don’t necessarily look like enemies, just observers.
I’m not done yet, I see a few more faces in there that need to be pulled out. Hmmm “pulled out“. I wonder if that’s like pulling out a tooth? Bringing to the surface to be healed? I don’t know, all I know is that this is some fascinating stuff and hopefully it will all make sense at some point.
I did a distance Reiki session with the sweetest girl the other day named Anya. She’s a new Etsy seller and just started a blog. Her shop is called ShopDionne and her blog is Start With Style . Anyway, the session was way cool, and I realize once again that I’m clairsentient. I “feel” what the other person is feeling, including physical sensations, although for some reason, many times I’ll feel things on the opposite side of my body from where the person is feeling them. I always think I should be clairvoyant where I “see” things because it’s so easy for me to visualize, but I don’t seem to do that during a session. Sometimes I’ll “hear” things, so I might have a little clairaudience going on, but I don’t really trust that yet….I have a vivid imagination that might be filling my head with thoughts or at least that’s my suspicion.!
Anya is into Reiki and seems to be very clairvoyant. She connected with me also during the session and told me of the visuals she received during it. She saw me climbing a mountain, the higher and steeper the better, sometimes I’d lose my footing and slip, but I didn’t feel fear, I just kept going. I was also wearing a cape which she interpreted as me not taking myself too seriously. lol I’d say that was about right! When I reached the top, I was being chased by wolves, but I hid in a tree that had spy holes in it. I threw the wolves off by leaving my false self out where they could attack it. She had some nice encouraging things to say about me.
I thought this was a very accurate reading from someone who didn’t know of my journey at all! I have to really think about that part where I leave my false self outside as a decoy and let the wolves go after it. That visual keeps coming into my mind, so I’m thinking there’s some profound wisdom in it that I need to wrap my brain around. Anyway, it was super cool and I’m really glad to have met her.
Well today is a studio day. The sun is out, the rain has stopped for a few hours and my grass has grown about 10″ in the last week!! We missed the tornadoes that hit Joplin and Oklahoma. Joplin is about 1 1/2 hours away, 30% of the city was leveled (Joplin is a fairly large city) and 123 people are dead so far. The scenes from there are heart wrenching.
I couldn’t believe my eyes this morning. It had to have been a mistake, but if it wasn’t, I hope someone gets their ass fired. On tv, there were some previews for the 8 a.m. news. They were showing scenes from Joplin and one was of the rubble of a house There was a closeup of the dead face of a kid buried underneath. I almost puked. Of all the insensitive shit I’ve ever seen, my Gawd that was some of the worst.
Sorry for that visual. Put it out of your head, but send love and light to that poor community and the traumatized family of that little kid.
“To discover the truth of our own vision, we must take action by remembering our tools and putting them to work”.
I was cleaning up the debris littering my computer area and ran across this quote that I’d written at the bottom of a piece of paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t write down whose quote it is. I wish I could claim ownership of it, but surely I didn’t come up with something so profound!! Finding this particular quote at this particular time is one of those synchronistic “the universe will show you the way if you stop being so freakin’ dense” moments.
The thing that struck me about this quote was the use of the word “tool”. Several years ago, I had gotten my Reiki II Degree which means I can practice distance reiki in addition to hands on healing. (I don’t claim to be a healer, but I can channel healing energy from the Source to the recipient or attune an object or place so that it emits healing energy.) One of the phrases that was used frequently in my classes was toolbox… “put this in your healing toolbox”.
I became fascinated with energy work, no, maybe obsessed is a more accurate word. I learned all kinds of alternative healing practices like EFT, chakra work, Therapeutic Touch, cutting cords, biofeedback, tons of stuff. I have a very impressive library of alternative healing books. After about two years of fun, learning, and healing, I got distracted with some really hard-core bumps in the road that led to a “black night of the soul” that lasted for four years. Dark times, dark times.
I started to emerge into the light again about five months ago.
When I look at my Etsy shop and see the category of the things that have sold there, the writing’s on the wall. I mean, come ON! How much of a sign do I need? I’ve only sold seven things there, but get this….five, FIVE of those seven things have been chakra and healing wall sculptures and paintings. Below is the latest one that sold.
I’m ready to buckle down and really solidify my focus and intention on the creation of art that can be used as a tool for healing and transformation. I’ve been doing that to an extent, but it’s been in and out, wax and wane, mexican jumping bean brain, just a cutting, no roots.
I believe I just sprouted roots. Live every moment with intention and awareness, no more mexican jumping bean brain.
Wake up, Laurie, be who you really are. And who would that be? A Lightworker.
Wow. Where did that come from? I had to look up the definition of lightworker to verify what it means. The following comes from a really awesome article by Doreen Virtue. To read the whole thing (it probably applies to many many people) click here:
“Lightworkers are those who volunteered, before birth, to help the planet and its population heal from the effects of fear. Each lightworker is here for a sacred purpose. Very often, however, life on earth with its material focus creates a form of amnesia in lightworkers. They then forget their divine and perfect identities, and also their abilities to miraculously help the earth and all living creatures. When lightworkers forget their true identity and purpose, they feel lost and afraid.”
I got some serious goosebumps when I read this article after writing this post. That usually means truth.
Fascinating place, this universe we live in.
Have a fantastic Sunday!
Your Daily Checklist
Five New Products listed in your ArtFire Studio (good grief!)
Three Posts on the ArtFire community Forums (I’ll try….)
Three Tweets sent from your Twitter Account (I can do that…..)
Two Posts on your Facebook Fanpage Wall (Oh maaaannn, nobody will even notice)
Social Media Day Two
We encourage every seller to maintain both their ArtFire blog and an offsite blog (with different material). While this may seem overwhelming, but committing to two blog posts a week (one on each blog), will provide you with the benefits of being an active blogger and keep your readers coming back as long as you post regularly.
(Two blog posts a week, one on each, that doesn’t sound too bad……)
Your Daily Checklist
Three Posts on the ArtFire community Forums (We’ll see…)
Five Tweets sent from your Twitter Account (5 tweets now? Gah!)
Two Posts on your Facebook Fanpage Wall (noooooo)
One Blog post on your offsite Blog (Done!)
If you go to the Success Guide there are all kinds of helpful links for each day plus more in depth suggestions.
Well I’m off to tweet something, maybe I’ll post something in the forums, (I’m not sure about that), and I may drag myself kicking and screaming to facebook. I think I’m nervous about getting addicted to the popularity aspect and then feeling up or down based on the number of comments, impressions, likes…. I even read somewhere that some people are getting facebook depression because they aren’t getting noticed like some of their peers. That saddens me…..
My success at following the success guide doesn’t seem to be too successful so far!
Have an awesome day!
By removing blockages within our chakras we are able to remove blockages within our lives and can discover our true self, and purpose in life and in that discovery live to our fullest expression and potential.
A unique blend of cosmic alignments over the next few days opens a
portal into new potentials fed by deep streams of renewed creativity and
inspiration. This is truly a portal of new beginnings and powerful
Tonight’s (Friday) full moon is closer to the earth than at any time since 1993.
This full moon in Virgo coincides with the spring equinox, which lasts
three days from March 19-21. The spring equinox marks a time of year
when day and night are of equal length, helping us achieve greater balance.
Add to this mix a rare alignment of the Sun and Uranus at the equinox
point of zero degrees Aries. This alignment holds the potential to open
energetic portals for inspiration, creativity, new insights and visions.
It marks a time to listen to deep streams within and work with
intentions powerfully aligned with our spiritual purpose for the highest
good of all.
As we work with our highest intentions, we are able to align with others
on the inner planes to anchor a new time in human consciousness. This
weekend’s cosmic alignments will greatly facilitate these efforts.
We Stand at the Threshold of an Unimaginable Future
This is an important moment in time when energies are crystallizing in a
future that is at times difficult to imagine within our present
timeframe. The best way to navigate this time and utilize the
opportunities it offers is to go within your heart and reside in place
of peace, love, and allowing. As you exist in harmony with the flow of
your natural rhythms, you exist in harmony with all the universe.
Standing Strong as Old Structures Crumble
During this time of accelerating earth changes and troubling events
playing out on the world’s stage, it is more important than ever to open
to the wisdom and guidance of our higher knowing. As old structures and
forms crumble to make way for the new time on planet Earth, we are able
to stand strong in love and compassion by staying connected through a
telepathic connection to our higher self.
We offer here some steps to strengthening spiritual telepathy. As we
develop a telepathic connection with our higher self, we become
spiritual seers able to reach beyond ourselves into the heart of love no
matter what comes before us. This ability to remain centered in love and
compassion is the source of true healing.
Click HERE to read the whole article which includes her recommended steps for spiritual strengthening.
Now I know there are some who might think this is a bunch of woo woo, and that’s cool, but I’m one of those woo woo girls who resonates with this information. There are things in this universe that are hard to understand with the logical mind, but when the logical mind is bypassed, the intuitive mind can kick in and that’s when things start to flow.
The full moon image I created this morning was done in preparation for my fourth chakra painting. I think the fact that this astrological event is occurring at this point in time is very synchronistic. Ironically, today is also my 50th birthday which despite being just a number, feels like a turning point of some kind. I believe that all of this is very relevant to not just the healing of my extremely damaged heart chakra, but is also setting the stage for the next phase of my life.
Wow, that’s some deep sh*t…
Happy Spring Equinox!
Yesterday I was feeling kind of rebellious and my post was a little on the….shall we say…..unprofessional side. I’ve never been known for having great timing, and of course I would have to choose the same day that Etsy artist Sybillinart featured my third chakra painting “Fearless” on her blog which sent some people my way, and what do they see? A monkey sticking a finger in his butt, smelling it and falling over backwards from the horrifying stench. (Good Gawd, my timing is horrible, still, though, that video is so hilarious…..heheeeee!)
Anyway, I’m sorry Sybillinart for that unfortunate timing and I’ll make up for it today.
Sybillinart is a decoupage artist on Etsy. She has something for everyone in her shop from pendants to boxes, cards to wall decor, vases, journals, you name it. She really made my day when she included my third chakra painting “Fearless” in an Etsy treasury within hours of me listing it on Etsy. Then she bought it which sent me into a wild spree of happiness, confirming to me that working on my chakra paintings is the right thing to do. Thank you for that Sybillinart!
I’m really honored that she did an Artist Feature about this painting on her blog Sybillin’ Art News. Go to her blog and check it out! http://sybillinartnews.blogspot.com/2011/03/artist-feature.html She even has a photo of it hanging on her wall right above her desk, which I thought was super cool.
For those who might be interested in the behind-the-scenes story concerning this painting, I did a couple of blog posts about it awhile back. The first post is called “Third Chakra Issues” and chronicles the intention behind the painting and the emotional debris that emerged as I was working on it.
The second post is called “Fearless: Third Chakra” and shows the progression and visual evolution that took place from the first and second chakra paintings to the third and my thoughts on the process.
In other news, I got my prints from http://www.adoramapix.com/ yesterday, and they were awesome! I had them printed on this metallic paper that has some kind of subtle pearlized metallic glow to it. The colors are deep and rich, they’re really beautiful. They’re small, though, 8″ x 10″, and I’m thinking I’d like some bigger ones, say 16″ x 20″. Maybe I should figure out what I’m going to do with them first….
I made and airbrushed a wooden frame for my first energy art creation that I printed on my own printer and gave it to Andi for her 21st birthday. She’s my biggest fan, so I thought it would be appropriate to give her the first of something new that I’m starting. I called it “The Beginning” and unbelievably forgot to get pictures of it. It turned out good and looks really nice hanging on a wall, though.
Here’s a picture of it without the frame, (the frame or maybe more appropriately the wood mat was 3″ wide on all sides, 1/4″ thick and painted with a gradation of turquoise and aqua to deep blue).
This is a warped out digital abstraction taken from a photo of my orange second chakra painting. I’ve decided I like it after a period of Yes? No? Yes? No? Ok ….yes. Sometimes I’ll look at something I’ve created. and I’ll like it for a minute, or maybe even for a few hours but then it’s like my brain twists around, my eyes flip out and I’ll start to hate it. The creative mind is a strange one. Below is a slightly different darker version. I like it too, in some ways, even better than the one above.
What really sucks is when I like something I’ve made and declared “I’m finished! Me likey”, then days or even weeks later, I look at it and say “Ewwwwwwww, I…… hate it!!!!!”. This is usually accompanied by my usual eye rolling, groaning, throwing my hands in the air, spinning around with copious amounts of hair tossing and acting generally overly dramatic.
Eventually I’ll resign myself to the fact that what’s done is done. From that point on, though, I’ll cast the occasional sideways glance at the offending piece (never a full frontal gaze ever again) with a look on my face that probably looked like the face I made yesterday when the bartender accidentally gave me a drink with grapefruit juice in it. (Eeee-yuck…that’s some sour sh#t, grrr-ossss.).
I survived my hour at the bar with Andi, by the way. She ordered for both of us like some kind of pro…..(what the…..?) It wasn’t too horribly painful, however, one drink and I promptly forgot my coat at the bar and almost forgot my purse at her friend’s house. Me no likey the alkee-hol….. I’m spacey enough as it is.
She was in a hurry to get back to Fayetteville so she could meet her friends for dinner, but I forced her to stay and have some cake. I could have sworn we had candles but the only one I could find was a #7 candle which I found in the bottomless pit we call the junk drawer. I think it was from when she was 7 year old which would make it…what….14 years old? It looked like maybe a mouse had chewed part of the bottom off of it, but I pretended not to see that. I brushed it off a little, stuck it in her cake deep enough to hide the chewed off end, told her to make a wish and blow it out.
I wonder if she wished for a normal mother? lol
Have a good one!
I was thinking today about streams of consciousness and how that’s been part of my artistic evolution. A stream of consciousness, in my mind, is all about intuition, bypassing the brain, having a visualization that flows out through my hands with no interference from the meddling left brain.
I’ve been creating three dimensional sculptures from wood for the last three years, and frankly, I’m starting to find it confining. The stream of consciousness exists, it’s just halting and infused with left brain planning and thinking. It’s starting to feel like a real drag.
Well that’s just great. Everytime this happens, everything has to come to a grinding halt (including income) while I experiment with something new and exciting enough to hold my attention. It’s like I’m always looking for something, but what the heck am I looking for anyway?
I think I’m finally starting to get an idea about that after stumbling around in the dark for a few months….again. Don’t get me wrong, stumbling around in the dark can be fun for a minute (God knows I do it enough). The dark is kind of exciting and risque, until you walk face first into one too many closed doors.
The stream of consciousness work I’ve been doing with my photos in gimp is so fun.. It’s so infinite, and it’s very cool to see a visible evolution in the form of abstract imagery…….true stream of consciousness work in its visual form….. Energy Art. Too cool! (Except my hands don’t get dirty and my clothes don’t get covered with paint, which is super weird.)
Now, though, I’m getting hung up on how I’m going to incorporate this new imagery into my artwork. My first thought is to make prints of the new imagery and make a wood wall sculpture as a frame of sorts around the print. The thought of doing that doesn’t give me the tingle and the tingle is essential for my short attention span, but I’m probably going to do it anyway. (Did I just feel that heavy sigh and drop in energy? Pay attention Laurie).
I also thought of using the new imagery as a reference and then painting the design on a wall sculpture. Parts of that one catch my attention but not enough to trigger the fire. (Oh no, was that a grimace?) Acccckkkk!!! What…is…the…problem?
In contrast, the way I create in gimp is so natural and so flowing, it’s like the left brain gets totally bypassed somehow and it’s mostly right brain pure stream of consciousness stuff. I like that….alot. (except my hands aren’t dirty and my clothes aren’t covered with paint…..weird).
So, what to do, what to do……. Maybe I should just start on my fourth chakra painting. (Did I feel anything? A little tingle perhaps?)
Have an awesome day, my one or two readers!
I’m no Speedy Gonzales when it comes to working on my chakra paintings that’s for sure, but I’ve finally finished “Fearless“, my painting intended for opening and clearing the third chakra. My lower chakras were a friggin’ mess, a MESS I tell ya. It’s interesting to me to see how these first three paintings have evolved.
My first chakra painting entitled “The Red Portal” was tight and controlled, practically closed up completely and had lots of black debris in it. Dark, dark, dark….