“Out of the mists of our long oppression,
We bring love for ourselves and each other,
And love for the gifts we bear,
So heavy and so painful the fashioning of them,
So long the road given us to travel them. A separate people,
We bring a gift to celebrate each other,
’Tis a gift to be gay!
Feel the pride of it!”
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
“So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”
― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Monday, November 4, 2013
We spent a wonderful weekend in the woods of Big Sur Glamping (Glam + Camping). I'm a city girl but I love nature. Every 3-6 months I need to take a trip to the mountains or the ocean to recharge my batteries. We usually go deep into the mountains to camp. This time I wanted to try something new. I wanted to see if we could get the camping feel without all the gear required to go on a full blown camping trip.
For the first time in my life, we booked a cabin in the woods. I didn't know what to expect but it was a lot nicer than I thought...maybe a little too nice to feel like camping. We did cook outside and sit at night around a fire pit. We probably brought too much gear for the glamping trip but we learned what works and next time we will know how to pack. Its a great alternative to traditional camping.
We did have a little run in with the local wild life. On our first night we were warned that they had a skunk problem on the campgrounds. We kept a watchful eye for most of the night. As we sat around the fire, suddenly Dexter started to bark like crazy. Andy flashed his light into the darkness and there it was a Skunk with its rear facing us and its tail in the air. I grabbed Dexter and started running to the cabin. The skunk walked off before I got inside. We where not sprayed but I was shaken. The rest of our stay I was on skunk alert. We never saw another skunk.Thank goodness!
There are some great advantages to glamping, since we spend less time to setting up camp, I had more time to journal in the morning while Andy slept in. We we could have eggs and croissants on the patio while Dexter played off leash in the fenced in patio. We had hot water for showers and heat at night.
It was a nice trip for all of us and we will surely return again in the fall.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
With the cold weather approaching and more time spent indoors, it is a perfect time to get prepared for some journaling time. Nothing warms my heart more than quiet time curled up in a cozy chair with a cup of tea for some art journaling. I am really inspired by fonts. It brings my story telling to life. I collect fonts that inspire me, then type inspiring words that I then print and collage into my journals. Here a a few of my favorite free fonts...
3) Sketch Serif
5) Birch Std
Please check the licenses before using any of these fonts for commercial purposes!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Thanks everyone for coming out to continue in existing art journals or start new journals!
Generous baskets of inks, paints, brushes, papers, gesso, ets.
First time ever...Ephemera Bar...Lots of flea market finds to use in our journals.
4 years ago, Andrea and I dreamed up the Juicy Soul Retreat as a way to demystify the creative process and share techniques we use in our art journaling process with others.
It was a personal challenge for me to figure out how to teach something I've done most of my life. Teaching the class allowed me to slow down and notice the components of my creative process. In the process I learned to appreciate not only my creative process but the creative process we all share. It's this sacred conversation between the artist and the Divine. Its really precious.
It's amazing to look back at the early days of the retreat when we followed a very specific agenda and set of techniques. Now we have simplified our workshop to offer the techniques with the most creative impact. We've also started to share ways of approaching the blank page and included games that bring out creative expression. The result ... more interaction in the class, more experiencing the creative process and more opportunity to learn from each other.
As we close on the 4th season of the Juicy Soul Retreat, I grateful for the opportunity to offer guidance to those on the creative path and I am inspired by the bravery of the students and the unwavering partnership of my co-lead, Andrea.
We'll see you with more retreats in 2014...stay tuned!