Unfold your wings as you fall. Drawing on Pain at Espana Gallery Aug 29-Oct 13

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall. – Ray Bradbury  DRAWING ON PAIN Aug 29- Oct 13, 2013 ESPANA GALLERY 689 Abbott Street, Vancouver BC Curator, sales manager: Angie Heintz 778 773 2861 infor@angieheintz.com ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “My painting carries with it the message of pain.” – Frida Kahlo…

Fear and resistance on a Monday morning. #Journal

The more scared we are of a work or a calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. ~ The War of Art by Steven Pressfield I am answering a call.  More on that soon. Yet still I struggle with the same old anxieties around money.  I am taking steps, mind…

Responsibility garden… #journalexercise

I am taking charge of my own life.  All the seeds have been planted.  The shoots are healthy.  And growing.  It’s time for me to tend my own garden.   In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are…

Drawing on Pain at Espana Gallery Aug 29-Oct 13: exhibit list

A huge thank you to Angie Heintz and The Espana Gallery and to everyone who attended the August 29, 2013 opening. What a fabulous crowd! Thanks for listening so intently and for your support. Thank you as well to those who provided interviews for the documentary FEAR NO ART w. Patti Henderson. You have all empowered me and I am so…

Flight journal-stream of consciousness questions in the clouds.

Flight journal-stream of consciousness questions in the clouds. On takeoff, as the earth rushed underneath me and the draw of gravity pulled my attention in my window seat 32F, a question struck me- is it ok to die today? Would I run into Mamma and Pappa’s arms? Would I be at torpet? Would there be…

Journal entry: Changes ahead. Surrending and allowing.

I sense big changes ahead.  For many of us. Tomorrow I am sitting down with my daughter and with large boards and pens and laying it all out. Where am I in this moment?  I will make a complete list of all debts owing, where my accounts stand today, and three months projections ahead.  I…

Mind maps integrate both right-brain and left-brain thinking. And you know me- I LOVE them!

Impromptu session mind-mapping with my dear friends, Evelyn and Reem today.  So healing.  I just love starting in the centre and working our way out.  We don’t necessarily know what we are focusing on, but letting it evolve. Mind maps integrate both right-brain and left-brain thinking by capturing your stream of consciousness in a structured…

Journal entry: In DEBT yes, but inDEBTed to art as well.

I have been experiencing chronic anxiety [or more than usual] of late.  I am better able to sit with it [not perfect by any means, for at times I am debilitated by it] and to ride through just the physical symptoms. Many changes are happening in my life- there are new developments in my art…

The failure dragon may be too tired to sabotage me today…

On the cusp of things moving forward and still facing extreme financial issues but I dare say the fear/anxiety has a different tone.  I want to write question mark ‘?’  Different tone?  But actually no- different tone.  Period.  This is the time in our dream quest where we have to: Wait And Allow. You’ll come…

Where From Here? Creativity Workshop June 29, 2013!

I am honored and delighted to be be working with my dear friends, Jennifer Lyons and Nancy Kirkpatrick on a new creativity workshop series! Our first workshop: WHERE FROM HERE? JUNE 29, 2013! Do you long to connect with your creativity, rekindle your passion, fuel your purpose and evolve your career but do not know where…

What does your guardian angel look like? #journalexercise

This morning I woke up with a start.  As my scrambled mind and churning thoughts calmed down, I thought about the need to reflect on the image/metaphor of the guardian angel. I recall in Grade 10, Bernadette’s mother reading my tea leaves and telling me that I had a guardian angel that would stay with…

The purpose of the design is to unsettle the bee. #journalexercise #anxietytool

ANXIETY is part of life.  It can beneficial.  It can hinder.  When I am overwhelmed by it, to the point of distracting me from enjoying my life and making it hard to live in gratitude,  I pull out my copy of A Slender Thread- rediscovering hope at the heart of crisis and read the following quote….

Celebrating being what @SusanAkaSARK calls SPLENDIDLY IMPERFECT. #journalexercise

There is a lot of joy in the mess and chaos of living as a “splendidly imperfect” human being. – Sark Draw yourself in the centre of the sheet. On one side list things that come to mind when you think of the word IMPERFECT. Don’t worry about getting it all in or making sense….

Change. What does it mean to you? #journalexercise

Change.  What does it mean to you? Write it out.  Collect images that reflect your thoughts. Journal: Sometimes I long for stability and sameness.  Change is the constant though.  I have learned to not fight it, learned to embrace it, and go in the direction that feels right in the heart and in the mind….

Inner dialogue in 5 panels. New #journalexercise. #arttherapy

I’m loving the dialogue bubble post-its that I found at… I can’t remember where.  You can cut out dialogue bubbles if need be as well.  Narrow down those racing thoughts and write out your inner dialogue on the bubbles.  Paste them onto found images, in old journals or on new drawings.        

… the proper sorrows of the soul. #grief #journal

There is a sanity to grief… given to all, [grief] is a generative and human thing…it acts to preserve the self. – Kay Jamison Absolutely drenched.  Wrenched.  And drenched.  I spent the full day with Dad today after his morning procedure when I “could” have been home finishing our manuscript and “should” have been trying…

JOURNAL: process out the stickiness

Working on the book, I find myself falling into expected dips of low energy.  Stickiness.  I ride the waves of excitement and melancholy.  I remind myself that it’s ok to take a break and to journal out those moments that feel heavy.     You don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in…

Desperately seeking Karin… #journal #grief #arttherapy

As I work on the book with Dad, I am drenched in memories and find myself obsessively looking at photos of my mother.  She’s around 20 in the photos and just starting her adult life. I am loving it, but it’s also overwhelming.  Knowing the path that lies ahead of her… Last night I walked…

Facing the wall of fear… #journal exercise. #arttherapy

Waking up with the cannonball weight of anxiety and fear in your chest?  Racing thoughts about all the usual?  Worried that you won’t be able to deliver all you have promised?  That you don’t have enough resources?  Financially, physically, spiritually?  Forgetting to live in the moment and over-thinking the future?  Scattered and feeling disorganized?  You…

Anxiety journaling tool. #heart #lettinggo #outflow #arttherapy

Focus on 3-4 things that are blocking you, that hinder you, frustrate you, nag at you, keep you from living your life peacefully. E.g. I picked Anxiety, Fear, Money, Low Self-esteem Write for 10 minutes in your journal about these blocks. On a drawing/photocopy of an anatomical heart, write your main words repeatedly throughout the…