Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Imperfect PLAY

Play - print available here

I have been finally reading Julia Cameron's, "The Artist's Way". I don't really know why I put it off for so long. Maybe I presumed to know what it was about. Maybe I thought she'd whip my butt into shape and I wasn't ready for that. Whatever my reason, was there standing in my way. This year, for me, has been all about letting things emerge by being still. By letting my imperfectness just be. To go through life at an unhurried enjoy the process of life like I enjoy the process of painting. I'll admit the being still and unhurried pace is a real struggle for me. But Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra and assured me that if you take the this path of expending the least amount of effort the universe will work in ways that will not only surprise you but you will actually get MORE things done. To not Force let them evolve naturally and just in time as they always have.

So I've been writing my morning pages for 4 days and a bit of a poem emerged on the 2nd day. 

imperfect play 

feeling in the moment, expanding
fingertips out to reach, but slip
in their thoughts of perfection.
so where do they hold on to next?

its that middle ground where imperfections play
where mistakes frolic, and where true love resides
its where a scrape on the knee results from
playing so hard and forgetting the rule of gravity

it is this magical realm 
where i don't have  to be 
perfect or accepted. 
to just play....acting silly
and being so uniquely me, 
i don't have to compete with
the other kids.
 there is no competition in this magic place
only individuals connected as one.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

the magic that was artfest

smiles, sand, bonfire
jenny's song
calm with closed eyes
creating from your 7 year old self
discoveries made

neon bursts of happiness
rainbow serenades
symbols that speak volumes
reaching a place of connectivity
with ourselves and others

tears of uncontrolled inspiration
salted carmel and wine
laughter to the nth degree
hoping to hold the moment
for it to never end

thank you, my friends for making this last artfest truly beautiful. i love you Kym, Sunny, Heather, Jenny, Orly, Cheryl, Kathie, Danielle, Kate, Michelle, Janna, Dawn, Sarah, Glenny, Marie, Lisa, Liz, Jesse, Lana, Juliette, John, Misty, Katie, Miss Mindy, Catherine, Betsy, Mary Beth, and Serena.

and to all my awesome, amazing, inspiring, rock star students. keep painting and make those beautiful mistakes!!

 Kym and Jenny
we met at Play and instantly connected.
you guys are medicine for my soul!

inspiring student work from my Expressive Color class

 the massive line of paintings from Expressive Color
I encouraged the students to work on several simultaneously
to detach themselves a bit
Some folks did 2, 3, 4, or even 5 paintings!
 more crazy awesome work from the Expressive Color class
Everyone really embraced the Neon color pallette

 students photographing the batch of bird and bunny
paintings in my All 'a Flutter class

more sweet, amazing birds and bunnies

i loved how everyone's pieces looked so uniquely their own
they painted with their soul and what came about was
absolutely beautiful.
i had tears of joy and realized teaching is not only rewarding
but can reach folks on a level only art would be able to go.