What a pilgrim seeks
must be found and refound,
each finding both
the fulfillment of a moment
and the echo of a desire
the illuminated spiral within
What a pilgrim seeks
lives within a single moment
the sillage of a promise
given when the soul forgot
that it was
slipped into silence
What a pilgrim seeks
are the eyes of wonder
that see with sparkling clarity
the delicate home
that was always
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Cyber Monday Special Offer:
Bring a friend for Free
Black Friday through to Cyber Monday, sign up for Of the Heart and you get to bring a friend along for free (or half price each :) ).(just include both your emails in the message to seller box and I will add you both to the classroom)
For more details click here
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Julie Cameron
It wasn't the journal page itself I was pushing against, it was myself, it was life. All I could see was ugly, I wanted to screw the whole thing up, I wanted to toss it in the bin. I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I layered and layered, more and more layers of ugly, not the ugly teenage stage, just plain butt ugly and I didn't see any way to escape it. I hated it, it showed me up as a failure who had not a clue what she was doing. I had no control over it. Disheartened, I did my Scarlet O'hara and decided that tomorrow would be another day.
The next day I went back in determined to make things work, lemonade out of lemons. Usually I love the opportunities that mistakes give you, threads for the imagination to tug on until something gives. I tell my son that I set myself up for accidents, and his face struggles with the concept "oh, no, that's just not logical". Accidents are opportunities, ugly means I'm not attached, not attached means freedom, freedom to push against my edges, freedom to try something new, freedom to discover.
When I journal I don't need to make "pretty" pictures, I don't need to make "art", there's a sense of journey and discovery, and while pages are never really "finished" there is a sense of that is how it should be, completion, almost fulfillment. Equally there is also this sense of not done, more to discover, not authentic and other such indicators which let me know to keep going, that the messages aren't complete, that the work is not authentic, that I have to dig deeper.
I know that life is beyond my control, but on most days there is a general illusion that I have some control over my life, that I steer my own ship. On this day I didn't feel this, I felt all was beyond my control, out of control, out of my hands. Life was in the air, free falling and I just didn't know how to juggle any of it. I felt helpless and lost. This is what showed up on my page. I didn't know what I was doing.
And as in life, the next day I picked myself and kept going, pushing through and squeezing those lemons, showing up, pushing though, risking. Is the page pretty, no, is it art, no, but what it is is LIFE, my life and I squeezed those lemons and got myself a rainbow.
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” ― Mary Oliver
To learn more about Spectrum, which inspired this page, or to join on this journaling journey with some truly amazing guidess pop over here: SPECTRUM
Monday, November 18, 2013
This journey is about connecting with
BODY as guide and ally,
ART as intuitive, expressive oracle,
and NATURE as provider of love, lesson, abundance and belonging.
So excited to be able to finally spill about this wonderful new workshop with over 30 amazing contributors (some of whom I love dearly, including one of my inipi sisters and my land of the long white cloud sister-friend, to mention but a few, as well as many I am really looking forward to getting to know- some truly magical and wyld women) making up this beautiful collective of holistic wisdom and creative inspiration!! I'm really excited to be going on this journey with you.
Each month has a new theme, working through the body, devoted to awakening, exploring, deepening & celebrating the innate wisdom within YOU. I will be contributing to the first month "OPEN", a theme that is very consistent with my own journal work and beliefs about that but the going first is going to be pushing against my own edges, not necessarily a bad thing, we all need stretching. I'm really looking forward to doing all the months and all the lessons in my own journal (more about that in my lesson). I do hope you'll join us if this is calling you, it's going to be AWEsome and INspiring. To find out more and check out who else is contributing to this amazing course pop over HERE
November 18 through December 16, 2013
December 17, 2013 - October 1, 2014
A 10 month online, self-guided Holistic* Visual Journaling exploration
Spectrum is a collective of 30+ holistic-minded artists, healers and visionaries that have come together to offer a 10 month online workshop in which you will create a visual field guide devoted to awakening, exploring, deepening & celebrating the innate wisdom within YOU.
- A 10 month membership to the Spectrum Community via a private facebook group, with ongoing engagement questions
- 11 rich pdf SPECTRUM guides sent directly to member’s inboxes once a month ~packed with project, workshop, activity, wisdom, prompt, poetry and inspiration, shared via text, video, image and audio - from over 30 artist & healer contributors (2-4 contributors per month)
- Each month will also contain an in-depth introduction to the month’s Body~Connection theme & Visual Journaling mini-workshop with Hali Karla
- 3 Live Spreecast meet-ups for the SPECTRUM Community, which will be recorded and available to watch at a later date for those who can’t attend
- Optional flickr group for sharing creative works
If you do feel called to join us, feel free to sign up using my affiliate link, https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1294159&c=ib&aff=226019&cl=204091 a girl can always use some new paint ;) & if you're itching to get started on your journaling journey before then you can join me for Calling in the Elements, my self-paced journaling workshop.
I'll be drawing the winner of Calling in the Elements (pop your name in the singing bowl here if you haven't already) and sharing about a journaling process inspired by Spectrum in a couple of days.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
And the winner is:
Thank you everyone who entered and shared the love. Xx
Today I'm delighted to be offering a giveaway of my mixed media journaling class: Calling in the Elements. It's a self paced, instant access class working through the elements to deepen our journaling practice hosted over at The Trodden Path.
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here and I'll write your name on a slip and toss it into my singing bowl from which I will draw a name in a week.
To increase the number of times I write your name you could do any or all of the following, just be sure to pop back and let me know in the comments:
- share this competition or the class on your blog, twitter, pinterest, google or facebook page
- subscribe to my newsletter in the side bar here.
- like my facebook page (or invite some friends to)
- Tell me why this class is calling to you
- subscribe to this blog
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Finally made myself a blessing bowl for my own altar and I'm so excited, totally in love with how it turned out. We were lucky enough to do a pit fire this weekend with cuttings from the local pinot noir grapes and they turned out just beautifully. I'm totally in love with the alchemical fire markings in black and "pinot" wine colour, and specklings. I had to restrain myself from including too many close up shots because the texture is exquisite. Only wish I had had more time to make pieces for the firing but I am keen to try this again and soon. so delicious
My bowl says "GIVE WITH ABANDON" & "RECEIVE WITH GRACE"
On the back is a Rumi quote "When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you a joy."
All perfect, reflecting the work done in Woman as River- exploring money mythology, through second chakra work around flow. Below is a journal page I did inspired by an artwork shared in the group (artist unknown). Pixie's next Woman as River starts next Monday, details here: Woman as River
This piece is still a work in progress, she needs her hand dyed lace and feathers but the pit firing has turned out better than I could have imagined on her, although the earth did seem to taken an offering of her snake and a flower or two. She might be awhile before she's finished but I'll share when she is.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Shortly I will be losing access to my current kiln. I've loved being a member of the local pottery club and even stepped up to be president of it for about 5 minutes but that time is ending. So last week I put a call out on facebook for the last custom made orders of my blessing and offering bowls. These bowls hold peoples intentions at the cross road of the elements and sit on many beautiful altars around the world. It has been an absolute pleasure to make these, I worked with a friend across the oceans this week to clarify her intentions on a particular issue and tears were shed by both of us as the bowls cracks let the light in and out of the wound.
The reception of facebook was so overwhelming that I didn't get a chance to announce it here. A scramble was made as I ran out of clay and the joys of living on a small island in a small country at the bottom of the world was felt as I couldn't source anymore. Today, though, I found a friend who had some that she didn't need and I can offer them here too. So if you are feeling the call to have one of these hold your intentions on your altar or in your sacred space I am taking orders for a few more over the next few days only: https://www.etsy.com/listing/155790114/custom-offering-bowl-perfect-for-your?ref=shop_home_activeI am holding close to my heart the intention that there is another kiln in my not to distant future because I love making these and I love working with the clay. There is both an organic element and an alchemical element to these that I really love. That joy of not really knowing what you are going to get until you open the kiln reminds me so much of my early love affair with old skool photography when you never really knew what you were going to get in the darkroom- a slight bit of mystery, serendipity and magic...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Things have been so busy here that it has taken me until now to put together a little promo video for Calling in the Elements so that you can see if this is for you, the flip side is I get to share some of the class work that's happening so far. More soon on all the crazy busyness going on here.
Even though the class has only been open for a short time I am already being inspired by the work of the participants. It is absolutely the best part about putting together a class like this- watching how others are inspired and where they take things, feeds straight back into the well. Thank you. I think I'm ready to work through the elements again myself.Class work from some of the participants:
The above air pages are from Tracie Hanson. To see more of her page and read a bit about what came up for her pop over to her blog http://mybloominglife.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/the-quickening.html
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Even though I've known about this for awhile, and have dreamed and planned my class (which I'm really looking forward to doing myself), I hadn't gotten so super excited until yesterday when the enrollment started and I see the work of the other artists together in the one place and am hearing the buzz that's being generated. I'm really looking forward to this, to taking it and participating in it. And wow, it's had a record launch, possibly because of the amazing line up of artists, possibly because of it's fabulous reputation from the last few years or maybe its the new format which is as a pdf you can keep, so no expiring, no time pressure, you get to keep it and work through all the amazing classes in your own time. I will want to devour all the classes instantly and then will re-visit them time and time again. How perfect.
My Class: Claiming Our Mythos
Each of us has many stories… Our personal mythology….Stories we frame our lives and our identities through. In Claiming our Mythos we will unveil one of our own life's narratives through the sacred practice of intuitive and intentional art journaling. Through collage, journal writing, doodling, painting, and just about anything else that wants to come through you--we will reframe our personal mythos into powerful expressions of transformation.
To read about what all the other presenters are offering pop over here
& please note the early bird places are flying out the door fast so if you want that discount pop over now.
And if April is too long to wait to get your creative juices flowing and have your art journaling practice inspired please join me in Calling in the Elements, an instant access self paced art journaling e-course.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Did I mention there was a lot going on over here at the moment?
Well here's another super exciting thing, I am honoured to have been asked by Connie of Dirtyfootprints Studio to be one of the teachers for the 2014 21 Secrets art journaling workshop. Wow its such a fabulous line up, my beautiful Inipi sister Katie Kendricks (who I want to be when I grow up), the radiant Jane Cunningham (who I was lucky enough to have coffee with today and wish that conversation could have gone on), radiant Goddess Erin Faith Allen whose gorgeous work has been on my radar for a few years now, the fabulously raw and dynamic work of Juliette Coles and many many other fabulous artists. 21 of us in fact. And of course one of the perks is I get to join in and do all their lessons too.
If you're interested in signing up please don't delay, there's an early bird price schedule so the sooner you sign up the less it will cost you :)
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I look out the window here and I see the wind moving through the leaves, the earth reaching up to the sky and meeting in the middle with a layer of snow on top of the mountains, the light which stretches out across the lake shimmering and sparking, the delight of spring pushing its way up through the earth to smile at the sunshine and soft transparent clouds drifting between the valleys. I feel the sacredness and the depth of such simple pleasures and magnanimous beauty. When Jane from The Trodden Path first approached me to teach a class on her ning page, after the initial woohoo and excitement and honour, I knew straight away that I wanted to work with the elements in some sacred journaling. It took awhile before I was able to sit with the elements and see what they had to teach me but finally the class in live on her site and I would be thrilled if you felt called to join us.Calling in the element of air, of dreaming and ideas, of where creation gifts first sprout their tender seeds, of the realms where the muses reside, swirling and blowing, flying freely. I call on the elements of air to visit me in my dreams and deliver me gifts of inspiration and divine sparks that remind me I am one with all.
In this class we will be Calling in the Elements to deepen our connection with both our artistic practice, the elements and ourselves. Through some intentional sacred journaling we will be accessing a deeper level of consciousness and bringing some of our personal symbolism to the fore.
Using collage, painting, doodling, free associative writing you will learn one method to use your art journal practice as both sacred play and personal exploration.
To join this class please head over to here: Calling in the Elements
Thursday, October 10, 2013
"What bravery to love yourself wide enough to lean into your own magic" Dominque Ashaheed
Last night I fell asleep smiling because someone had wished me "love and light and bad assery" and then this morning I woke up to this INspiring poem, such beauty to breath in first thing. Today, as on so many other days, I'm feeling truly blessed to have such a glorious extended tribe of likesouled sisters who gather online, sharing their gifts, joys and all the beautiful things that their souls urge them to birth forth to hold us all and propel us all closer to ourselves.
Please go and enjoy more of Dominque Ashaheed's work over here
love & light & bad assery to you all. Xx
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
|Angels in my Studio|
I've been working cycles, a week of ceramics, a week where the canvases are calling me, and then recently a week (or maybe two) lost down the rabbit hole of journaling. The above journal page is a recent page from the class I'm presenting for Angels in my Studio which will be released in November (so you can still sign up if you would like to join me, link in the side bar). It was such a revealing process. A few more days and I'll be announcing my next project which I'm hoping you'll join me for, in the mean time I'd love to hear how other multi-passionate, renaissance woman types juggle all their interests.
|Calling in the Elements: Air|
Thursday, September 26, 2013
What can I say, its an artist's dozen, and since I have placed Gabrielle's hand, brush and palette on the bottom of every post in this series so far, I thought I would include some of her amazing work (lucky last in this series):
More photos and info here: http://galiaalena.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/method-press-issue-02.html
More photos and info here: http://galiaalena.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/method-press-issue-02.html
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
"Every painting is an unknown journey" Kathy JonesSome wonderful samples of Kathy Jones' work:
"My paintings are about silence, solitude, space, and shadows—about the moments between actions." Kathy JonesWebsite: http://kathyjonesstudio.com/