Krista and I met online because we both love Dreamscaping. I am honored she chose Dreamscape No. 343 as the cover art for her newest CD!
Krista’s Dreamscaping music, softly playing in my last two alcohol ink art instructional DVDs: Level 2 Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping and Piñata On Ceramic Tiles, creates a relaxed atmosphere.
The state of heart and mind we find ourselves, is often revealed in our art. Feeling rushed, pressured, nervous, uptight, anxious or even angry? Consider listening to music to help lead the way to a state more conducive to creativity and free flowing art.
Listen to Krista’s newest CD: Dreamscapes Sampler
For CD Pricing Info: Click Here
Travel Lightly When Dreamscaping
Leave any extra baggage behind
Because of the response I have gotten from fellow artists, subscribers, face-to-face friends and Facebook friends regarding yesterdays’ post…I wanted to show you some of what I did yesterday and today:
Writing yesterday’s post was a risk. I have a tendency to hold things in and endure, which is what I had been doing.
But by expressing my true feelings, I felt something shift. And then when I began receiving encouraging e-mails, phone calls and comments on this blog, I felt affirmed for being real. Thank You!
Yesterday and today, I’ve been dreamscaping. And based on the energy infusion I’m experiencing, I might as well say, I’ve been breathing. Because when I am not experiencing the creative process, I am suffocating.
What Have I Learned?
How easy it is to think there is no time for art, for creativity.
How easy it is to put art last on the list.
But if we don’t claim and carve out the hour or two or three for art, yet another day will go by, and another and another…
And the artist we might have been…
Will never be.
A new feature on my blog will be Guest Artists. People, processes and art that have had an impact on me that I want to share with my readers. Here’s the first Guest Artist Post. Enjoy!
I met Stacy earlier this year during an online Lenten retreat with Christine Valters Paintner. I loved her artwork and her process.
She creates mandalas in two different ways – by hand, mostly using a combination of watercolors, acrylics, gel pens, dimensional paint and swarovski crystals, and digitally, utilizing source images such as photographs taken, existing hand-drawn artwork, or images which are made from National Geographic pages that have been treated with a cleaning product called citra solv.
Her digital explorations began when she enrolled in Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Contemplative Practice. She wanted to find a way to incorporate the nature images she was receiving into a mandala format and began using Kaleidoscope Kreator
Abandoned Paper Wasp Nest
Natural Stained Glass by Stacy Wills©
Digital Mandala created from abandoned paper wasp nest photo
Learn more about Stacy’s journey here.
See more of Stacy’s inspiring artwork at a magic mom and her mandalas
Whenever You Can.
For Bridal Bouquet Portrait Commission
Sometimes I’ve gotten up before dawn to paint in the wee hours of the morning and sometimes I’ve painted on into the night. Today, I have been blessed with a quiet afternoon, sipping green tea with a peony from the flower garden to contemplate color combinations.
Everyone is different. I need peace and quiet for the creative muse to flow. Phones ringing and doorbells chiming don’t make for a good painting session. Anyone who works with watercolor knows this. There are certain times in the process when stopping for even one minute, spells ruined attempt.
But I’m also speaking of peace and quiet within. Whatever is happening on the inside, soon shows up in the artwork. It has a way of coming down the arms, into the hands, through the brush and onto the painting surface.
Now, the real growing edge would be to maintain a calm center when the outside is a helter-skelter bombardment. But for now, I will get lost in the bliss of this watercolor-peony-filled afternoon.
I don’t know what inspiration is.
But when it comes, I hope it finds me working.
Fall In Love With Something.
Not new for followers of this blog to know my painting passion the last couple of years has been the bearded iris I’ve grown.
They are currently in the midst of their spring show. Here is how they looked around 7:45 this morning as I was heading to 8am yoga class.
The light wouldn’t be the same when I got back 90 minutes later.
And who knows, I might not see them this way again….
I never made it to yoga, but I did experience zen, nirvana, peace…
whatever you want to call it, with the iris this morning.
See for yourself what brings you contentment, clarity, peace.
That is the path for you to follow.
This year’s Lenten Journey has been especially meaningful
I had previously read and benefitted from Christine’s book, the Artist’s Rule and her invitation to combine visual and expressive arts during an on-line Lenten Soul Of A Pilgrim Journey called to me.
Soul Of A Pilgrim
Art Journal Cover
We were encouraged to make an art journal and begin a daily practice of art-making and journaling.
We set a prayer intention.
We were asked to create within a sacred circle or mandala and then record awarenesses into our journals.This is more about what is revealed from the process than working towards a pre-determined end result.
Here are a few of mine:
Being Poured Out Into The Night Sky
One-winged angels can't fly.
Map of My Heart
I thought this was about the sun rising in the east
until the profile heading west appeared on its own.
And now, on this Good Friday,
Knowing, and not knowing,
My freedom-loving inner artist that lives to splash color
is needing to wait her turn today :/
Structure, her counter-intuitive partner, is hard at work, laying a firm foundation.
This stage is not my favorite.
Funny, this morning’s reading from Christine Valters Paintner’s, the Artist’s Rule, Abbey of the Arts, was:
Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter – like the riverbanks - forcing the spontaneity into various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.
- Rollo May