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The 100 Day Project

Wow! I am so excited (and a little nervous) that, starting tomorrow, April 2, 2019, I’ll be participating in this year’s “The 100 Day Project”. You can find more info about it here (link opens in a new window so you can still find this one).

I already paint pretty often, so I didn’t feel the need to paint 100 days in a row for extra practice… but there is something I’ve been feeling the need to practice. And that is… meditating!

So here’s to 100 days of Meditation + Creation!

For a little back story, I must say, I have a huge creative crush on an artist named Linzy Arnott. If you haven’t seen her work, you really ought to check her out. She is out of Vancouver, British Columbia, and her work is so absolutely stunning, you have to see it yourself to understand. She uses a lot of texture in her acrylic landscape/seascape paintings, and a lot of gorgeous colors, my favorite being her incredible use of gold. I’ve been taking classes with Linzy since last year, learning different methods for applying texture and color in my own work. But the most important thing I’ve learned from Linzy this past year has not been the way she paints. It’s what she does before she paints that’s got me so inspired.

Before every painting session, Linzy sits down and gets really connected to Spirit, and the highest vibration of love, through a special visualization meditation she walks herself through to open her heart, ground her body, mind and spirit, and connect to the highest realms of spirit. She also creates a bubble of creation, which is almost like a special room that includes all of her art making supplies, her canvas and easel, herself, of course, and whatever other nearby space and materials will aid in the creative process for the piece(s) she’ll be working on.

She has personally guided me through this meditation many times, and I am excited to bring some of her visualizations into my own sacred practice that I will be starting tomorrow.

Each and every day, I will be starting my meditation with an exercise in Dr. George Pratt’s book, Code to Joy, which was recommended to me by both Linzy Arnott and another artist and entrepreneur, Ann Rea, the face behind Artists Who Thrive. This exercise I’ll be doing lasts about 2 minutes, and is said to help unlock your natural state of happiness. After this exercise, I’ll be going through either a guided visualization of some sort, or simply walking myself through a meditation. I may start with shorter meditations to make this a manageable new habit, and work up to full 30 minute sessions later in the 100 days, once I’ve developed a routine behind sitting and listening within.

After the meditation, I will work on my art pieces, whichever pieces I’m feeling inspired to put energy into.

I’ll also be taking photos and videos of my process, and blogging about my findings in this new, exciting practice!

My desires are to:

  • Establish a consistent connection with my heart center.

  • Develop a daily meditation practice

  • Deepen my sense of inner knowing.

  • Expand my relationship with God.

  • Inspire the child within to come out and play.

  • Tap into the wisdom my soul longs to share.

  • Express myself without holding back.

I can’t wait to share with you how this goes… Please join me for this year’s #the100dayproject

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Don't Should All Over Yourself!

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Don't Should All Over Yourself!

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Double Rainbow over Durango!

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Double Rainbow over Durango!

I’ve seen many breathtaking scenes that I could not capture, some that have torn my heart in two because I knew the memory would fade as a digital photo does not. However, I have been so blessed with moments like this one, where, intuitively deciding to take one last photo, and taking action to get the right lens for it, led me straight into something even more epic and beautiful than I could have imagined.

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Made it to Colorado

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Made it to Colorado

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The Patience of Flow Painting

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The Patience of Flow Painting

Yesterday, I discovered a different way of applying paint while creating two flow paintings, "Luxe" and "Glam". Using little plastic dixie cups, I poured the paint onto the canvas instead of using squeeze bottles like I normally do. Somehow, this one detail changed my entire process for finishing a piece, and I really really love the way they turned out.

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How to Live

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How to Live

“...Eat, drink and be merry when it is time to... surround yourself with beautiful things, see distant lands, feed your mind, develop your intellect, love [others], do kind things, and play a good part in helping the world to find truth.” 

- Wallace D Wattles

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Process Ain't Always Pretty

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Process Ain't Always Pretty

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Blood Moon, Super Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse!

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Blood Moon, Super Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse!

Wow. When I found out it was going to be a blood moon, Supermoon, AND total lunar eclipse last evening, Sunday September 27, 2015, I really wanted to go out and photograph it. This hasn't happened since 1982, and is not going to happen again until 2033. Because of it's somewhat rare occurrence, it was important for me to make it happen, and bring my Laboradorite stones to soak in the cleansing moon energy.

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Milky Way Through the Trees

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Milky Way Through the Trees

Oh, driving home on Labor Day evening, I was so pleased to notice how dark out it was, and our amazing Milky Way galaxy popped into view from my peripheral vision out of my dirty car window. Seriously. It was that bright. Or I'm just attuned to it, maybe both ;) Either way, I feel so grateful to live in an area where the city lights don't permeate the sky. So of course I had to shoot.

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Moon Halo

Ever seen a ring around the sun or moon? It's quite a sight, and of course, anytime I've experienced this, I haven't had my camera on me. So last night after an amazing collaborative painting session with a friend, we stepped out into the night to encounter an entire ring surrounding a waxing gibbous moon. It was magnificent, and moreover, privately synchronistic for me in this particular time in my life.

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Couldn't Not Stop

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Couldn't Not Stop

while crossing the border from Arizona into Utah, my mom in the u-haul following close behind, i skirted off the side into a sudden turn off to capture a breathtaking sunset in place of the Horseshoe Bend shots i missed out on. i was terrified that my mom would crash into the back of the car, or worse, pass me by, indicating a no-can-shoot-now. she made it. complete with tripod and the 24-70mm lens that was already on the camera, i planned to shoot a couple photos...

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