It’s not easy watching my own dance videos. If I wait a year or two, it makes a huge difference. I have enough distance to see it with less tension and more generosity. In this case, I had the good fortune to have my friend Cherie Sampson, edit three performances into one video, capturing and overlaying, the best moments into the whole. What a gift. Now I look at it and enjoy it even more. My friend Tim Britton, well known Irish musician and sound guy (and player and maker of Ullean pipes) mixed the two tracks. Sheila Chandra and Zakir Hussein do not know they jammed for me. I put all my new favorite moves in with my beloved Kathak moves and combined choreography with improv. I performed this piece in a show put on by Hilary Jordan, contemporary dancer, health practitioner, Druidess – in training, and a good…
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Teaching the Soulful Art Journal
This is why I love teaching the Soulful Art Journal classes! When a 16 yr. old girl I’ve just introduced to the mixed-media art journal, produced this wonderful piece, I have to admit, I kind of wished I’d done it myself. There is so much for the imagination to play with when we allow ourselves the freedom to explore different media and approach the process with an open and curious mind, when we allow ourselves to follow our hearts. Following our impulses let’s us discover what works and what we like. It gives us a push into the unknown. We discover that we do not need a map. We do not need to know what the end result will be. In fact, one of my teachers said to me, “What would be the fun in that?” The media has a way of telling us what to do.
Kids have an…
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Next month, several women in my The Soulful Art Journal Workshop will be taking my workshop – Soulful Divination Cards: A Workshop for Women. I was inspired by the work of Seena Frost, who created and teaches a method called, Soul Collage, to begin this journey. I began creating my own one-of-a-kind cards inspired by inquiry into my personal archetypes and energies that I wanted to explore. I wanted my cards to be art pieces, but more importantly, part of my process of self-discovery. I also wanted to explore using them for readings and divination. I’m looking forward to sharing my approach to this process with other women in my workshop starting next month. It will be exciting to see what we all come up with and where this process takes us.
The card at the top is called “My Voice.” It represents the importance of self expression and…
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Experimenting with layering:
Yesterday afternoon was the 4th session of my Soulful Art Journal Workshop. It seems the participants are focusing more on layering and becoming more comfortable using mixed media. The technique of layering adds interest and dimension to art journal pages. It requires experimentation and time to find what you like and what works for you. This is one of the pages I finished yesterday and it was very satisfying to see how it evolved as I added layers.
The layering process involved:
- Starting with some paint strokes using black gesso. I love colored gesso and I just bought some grey and black. They are now staples in my art supply stash along with the classic white.
- As I collaged, I continued adding acrylic paint by rubbing it on with my fingers. I absolute adore M. Graham and Co. and use the color Terra Rosa regularly. It has…
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Sunday was an interesting and fun Soulful Art Journal Workshop. This was the second session in a series of 4. The workshop is working in the mixed media art journal, so on Sunday I introduced ink. I love seeing what the women come create. I worked on my own mixed media piece along with the other women, and some of us were struggling with the inner critic.
Why I love Titan Buff paint color
Making art requires us to be flexible and learn ways to deal with so-call “mistakes.” In reality there are no mistakes because art is just a process of trying things and learning what we like and how to make what we like happen more and more.
What do we do when we don’t like what we are producing? Do we have to rip out the journal page and start a-new? This week while teaching my workshop, I used…
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