Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New journal work

Time away from Facebook has proven productive. It's helped to focus my energies and new ideas and possibilities are revealing themselves to me. I am finding being Still is really the most important time in my day. I am still when I'm walking the poodles.....yoga in the mornings and evenings....in the bath.....driving....in the studio....basking in the sun on the porch. These moments are the ones I cherish the most right now. My time spent with God through Stillness is.....IS......

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Recent journal work

There is aliveness in quiet.

There is every answer in stillness.
In solitude I'm never alone.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Disney Journal Pages!

I'm back with another update from Disney. I wanted to share with you all the journal pages I created while we were there. It truly was a beautiful balance between experiencing the parks, savoring all the cherished moments with fellow creatives, and diving into your journal. I just had to show off the journals a bit too. The first picture is of the cover. Tangie's husband Dave created these beauties for each of the participants. By the way, if you really LOVE these journals…(I know I do) then you can get your very own HERE.

First photo is credited to Kathryn

inspired by Mickey's Magical Map
Disneyland map…..I taught a short class on how to create these lovely watercolor maps.
I drew this in the animation academy. I don't follow directions too well and drew her alongside steamboat Mickey….(below)

journaled this after we rode Haunted Mansion.
I am a bit obsessed with the bride with the hatchet. "till death do us part"…. :-)

another animation academy Alice which I colored with the peerless afterward.
another Alice….obsessed much?!?…lol

a neat page where I was cleaning off my brush….

Journaled after riding Pirates with my new friend Cindy.



inspired by Kathy Yurek's flowers and 
Mickey's Magical map show

portrait of a darling girl I spotted walking around Fantasyland
by herself. She had a gorgeous fair complexion, a dark bob haircut with blue
streaks, and a bold red lipstick. I even saw her the next day as well. 
I'm calling her a contemporary Snow White.

Bride from Haunted Mansion.

peerless watercolor palette - sheet 1

palette - sheet 2

ps. After this retreat I am feeling a some sort of shift happening within me. I'm not sure I can define it at this moment. But regardless, it's there. I have decided to remove myself for the time being on Facebook. I'm not sure how long my absence will be. 
This shift and the answers can only be found in stillness….in the quiet moments in the sun on my porch…..being with my poodles….and walks in nature, listening to the vast number of species of birds that our Creator put on the earth.
Being still. Being in my breathe. Being quiet. Being with my Lord. For there lie all the answers.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Disney Retreat

I am back and rested from the Disney Retreat.  I am so blessed and thankful that Tangie asked me to be a part of this amazing retreat. We had a great group of ladies, as well as my husband Tim and Tangie's husband Dave. The first day we met for Mexican food and chatted and really just got to know each other. Also, Tangie organized for us to meet later that evening at Californa Adventure lodge....where she presented us with the most beautiful and inspiring packets ever! Dave made all the journals that were constructed with watercolor paper and Disney golden book covers. In heaven. I wanted to do a twirl around the courtyard (like the little girl in a princess costume that I saw earlier that day....she twirled and twirled with no worries. She was just being. She didn't have a care in the world. And at that moment I believed she was the happiest person on the planet. And I was as well, witnessing that beauty of a child's wonder!)

And just allow me for a second to sing the praises of our leader and Disney expert extra-ordinaire, Tangie..... She had the best put-together itinerary for the 4 days that we were together. It was evident that she did her homework and went step-by-step through the park planning our days together and the time spent at each perfect journaling spot. I imagine her being lead by Tinker bell herself as she planned and created each and every detail.

I took lots of photos of our time together.
and psssst.....I hear we may be doing this again in October

 Cindy and I waiting for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
This was the first ride we did as a group.
(check out the dude behind us…photobomb….lol!!)

 I made this journal page shortly after the pirates ride over in the Saloon.
That's what I loved so much about this retreat is that you get a chance…and take the time to
journal while inspiration is fresh in your mind.

 loved the "square" trees over by Alice

Innoventions entrance
 Teacups were closed for the evening because of the rain.
but it made for a wonderful shot.

 Tangie and I getting ready to demo at the Rainforest cafe
The dreamiest room ever!

 All of our Journals - made by Dave Baxter
pinch me, I must be dreaming. 
When we opened the kits our eyes became that of a kid again.

 Walt's Apartment in the Firehouse on Main Street
They leave the light on 24/365 - symbolizing Walt's presence still
(made me tear up….)

 me inside Walt's apartment. This was part of the "Walk in Walt's footsteps" tour

 Mulan journal page - inspired by Mickey's Magical Map show

 My sweet, beautiful friend Cindy and one of her Mickey ears self portrait. 
Serious love for this girl!

 bride from the Haunted Mansion

 Lightening McQueen - Cars Land

 Tim's Drawing in the Animation academy
He does much better than me. I don't follow directions to well :-)

The next 3 shots are of Alice's Mad Tea Party 

 Sammy Baxter, Tangie and Dave's daughter….
crazy awesome drawing/painting skills 
this girl possesses!
 one of my favorite parts of the retreat was hanging out and journaling
over at the big thunder Jamboree in Disneyland
The older, more obscure characters also made a showing.

 My dear Cindy girl, rocking her orange ears and shirt (orange being her favorite color)

 ooo bee doooo….i wanna be like you--oooo. walk like you, talk like you
at Mickey's Magical map show
(check out the awesome trumpet player on the right…)

Tim and I in a Pooh honeycomb

 sunset over Cars land….sigh….dreaming of being there now

A spectacular ending to a retreat that I'll never forget. 

I will post all of my journal pages very soon!!