Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Healing Nest Has Moved!

Nest Becoming, mixed media, 8" x 9"

I've been busy in WordPress Land getting my new website and blog ready for public viewing.  I'm still working on the nooks and crannies, but I am happy to announce that The Healing Nest (complete with all the posts from this blog) have been moved over to WordPress here:

I'd love to see you at the new site, and I look forward to adding more of your website and blog links to the new site. 

The cawing crow heralds a time for change!  Follow me, will you?


Saturday, July 10, 2010

What's Hiding Under Your Bed?

Saving the Sun, mixed media painting on foam core, 4' x 5'

My partner and I bought a new bed frame this weekend (impetus: so I can store my mini trampoline under it!) and discovered this old art piece sandwiched between the box spring and mattress when we disassembled the bed. 

When I found this piece, I had that feeling you get when you find money in an old birthday card, or when you find that one sock that has been missing its pair.

I created this painting in 2007 in honor of the one-year anniversary of my business. The little superhero bird with the "W" on his chest is my partner Walter, who has always been my biggest fan and support during the ups and downs of my being a one-woman show.  I am the bird in the heart of the sun, trying to reach for success with my beak.  I'm not yet sure who the haloed hawk represents, but I do feel like it is a protective presence.

So for the past three years I have been sleeping on this art piece, which I now call Saving the Sun, perhaps absorbing its radiance, its hint of possibility for success and abundance and joy.

So here's my task for you today: check under the bed, between your mattress and box spring, behind your headboard.  What do you find?  There has got to be something that's living under the bed or something you stowed away for safekeeping (or secrecy, perhaps?).  Now write about whatever you find there.  Go for 10 minutes.  Write fast.  What is the history of this thing and why is it where you found it? If you found nothing, think of someone you know - or even a character in a movie - who stows something under or near the bed. Don't analyze too much. Get out your pen and paper or keyboard and write!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


This Year's Answers, visual journal page

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer." 

~ Zora Neale Hurston

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Breathing Out, I Smile

Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Visual Journaling Workshop

One week ago Saturday, I hosted a group of six women who participated in my visual journal workshop. Here are some pictures from the fruitful and inspiring event:

What is so powerful about visual journaling is how this art form is all about freedom. The answer to every question is yes. There are no rules. There are no restrictions. There is no right way to create.

Using words and images together in visual journaling, we connect that very old part of our brain (our lizard brain) of image-making (think cave paintings) with our conscious mind (the frontal part of our brain) using words. How dynamic it is to bring these two aspects of our consciousness together to express how we are feeling right now in the present moment -- without our inner critic interfering.

We started off the workshop by doing a fast page. I gave the women only 10 minutes to create their first page. This way, they sped past their inner critic, leaving him/her/it in the dust. When you work fast, the inner critic has a difficult time interjecting. So we sprinted for our first art-making activity and everyone reported that their pesky inner critic either did not appear or was as least stumbling to catch up.

One of the participants, Wendy Lee Lynds, posted her pieces -- and her experience in my workshop -- on her blog Off the Cuff Collage. Click on her blog link to read about her personal insights as well as to view her gorgeous, critic-free pieces.

If you are at all interested in visual journaling for yourself, it's easy. Take a journal, notebook, old datebook, or any bound book and start smearing paint, pasting collage images, gluing words, and writing thoughts. Take 5-10 minutes. It's like freewriting: just go! When you're first starting you may not even wish to look back until you've created a few pages so you keep your forward momentum. This process is about your personal expression, not about creating great art (although I guarantee you will love much of what you create anyway).

There is a fantastically funny and insightful woman with a You Tube channel who talks all about visual journaling. Someday I hope to be as spontaneous and carefree as she seems in her videos. Check out her show called SuziBlu here. I particular like this video about creating layers in your journal.