Where do you want to meet up?

There’s a wholelotta good stuff in this post so read carefully. I’ve been meaning to tell you about the live workshops I have coming up in 2017. It’s been a rare thing the past couple of years to meet up with me, face to face, in a workshop. After a few years of really pulling my energy in and cutting way back on the live events, the tides have shifted and I am thrilled at the thought of being in the classroom with you again. (Skip ahead if you want to snag one of the very limited spots in my schedule coming up.) I’ve been in a deep healing season, reflecting on how my creative impulses most want to be expressed and I have to tell you, that has not been an easy journey. So much gold has been mined in the underground of this self-inquiry. I feel busted wide open in all the best ways. New ideas. Deeper authenticity. A creative flow that is surpassing all my previous surges. I’ve poured all the struggle and light in this renewal journey wholeheartedly into these workshops and can hardly wait to co-create with you in these spaces! I’m bringing the tools …

wholehearted-artist with Stephanie Lee

The Wholehearted Artist Course

A few years ago I was in a hotel room with 3 other artist friends and I was crippled by comparison and “not enoughness”. I knew these friends as whole people – mothers and wives and artists with shortcomings and feelings of inadequacy of their own and yet, they seemed so much more together than I was. So much more at peace with their creative process. So much more on top of all the demands of being a working artist that are not actually making the art (so much computer stuff!) I had always been the eternal optimist, the spontaneous adventurer, the maker of things just because it was fun and that version of me was little more than a whisper that I leaned in so hard to hear. I wanted to be in love with my life again. “Just paint every day and everything will be fine” one said. “You’re art isn’t cute enough to be licensed” another said. It was intended as a compliment. “Stop comparing yourself to others. You ARE enough.” As if it were so easy. I knew it was only part of what was creating this constricted feeling in my heart. I started paying closer …

to be okay with our realness

I have this feeling that if we keep telling each other that everything we see on social media is fake, we will loose our desire to champion for each other. I’m not talking about the stuff we see that is controlled by PR reps and business managers. We know there are more half truths and photoshopped lives than not coming from those sources and we aren’t fooled. I’m talking about the beautiful stuff “regular” people share. The vignettes of candlelit alters, the flowers casually placed in an antique vase on a Restoration Hardware table, the (3rd) tropical vacation (this year), the twinkle lights and on-point brow line. Why do we have to label them as fake to let ourselves be okay with our laundry piles and sticky floors and flaking out on appointments and never having gone on a tropical vacation? You guys, we are far too complex as humans to not have more than enough room in our lives for the spectrum of our “real” to be as wide as the Montana skyline. If we want to be better champions for each other, I firmly believe we have to stop sour-grapes-ing or dismissing our way through our feeds. Though we …

Wholeheartedness

“Being wholehearted isn’t just an inside job. (It is and it isn’t). It would seem like it if I lived alone on a mountain, but even then there is wind to be felt and trees to climb and canyons to shout into. And if I only turned my eyes inward, who would pick the wild blueberries and think to share them with a friend? Being wholehearted is as much about our interaction with the world as it is our conversations with ourselves.   Wholeheartedness has been on my mind so much lately. It floated across my consciousness one day when, weary and worn down, I asked “What do I really need right now?” (because I knew it wasn’t that candy bar on top of the fridge.) I thought I was wholehearted until I saw all the ways I had been dismissive and delaying when it came to the little things that tend to my heart. I confused wholeheartedness with focus, desire, and doing my best to be satisfied with all the ways things were just meh.    Meh. Flavorless chamomile tea when I really wanted a vanilla chai with almond milk.  Checking in on Instagram when I really wanted to have a heart to …

new (school) year

I’ve been feeling the itch to blog more regularly again. Thoughts are backing up by the minute…things I want to share. I’ve just returned from two weeks away from home and, with only two days between my return home and the first day of school, I’m sure you can understand that I’m still in re-entry mode. I posted on facebook today the following: “Today is the first day of school…a.k.a “Momma’s New Year that feels more like New Year’s Day than the actual New Year’s Day”.  This time brings intense urges to purge my home of unnecessary items, overhaul my office/desk area, rid myself of five million bits and pieces in my studio and the cobwebs they are hiding, set a hundred thousand goals to be accomplished by my next birthday, schedule in crazy fun vacations and plenty of lucrative opportunities in 2015, meditate for 6 hours a day to keep on track, and once and for all devote myself to re-learning Spanish + practicing the piano & guitar + learning cello + writing a book + weekly menu planning + growing a winter garden + read 5 mind-expanding books a week + finding my abs + falling in love all …

Painting among the Redwoods

The past couple of months I have spent the majority of my time at a computer helping a friend creating some amazing stuff. A lot of focus and planning and building and more focus. I’ve loved darn near every minute of it. Now my attention is shifting towards continuing my preparations for An Artful Journey at the end of next month. This is the LAST retreat that Cindy will be hosting at the magical Presentation Center among the redwoods and I’m so happy I get to be a part of it again! Three days with the same group of creative participants is my favorite. This venue – and the soulful artists it attracts – is divine. Lots of friendship, painting, and fresh air – sweetened with the fragrance of redwood trees. Creative energy is so strong among such ancient guardians. There are just a few seats available in my workshop if you’d like a little restorative winter getaway. We’re going to do some deeper diving than I’ve ever done in a class before to clarify and translate our intentions on the canvas. Of course, each participant is free to go exactly as deep or not-deep as he or she needs to …