Did something unexpected happen? Laura asked. #sfo #reflection

I had a wonderful conversation about my San Francisco trip today with my incredible friend, Laura Mack.  As always, she managed to ask powerful questions that nudge me to reflect.  Did anything happen during the trip that was unexpected?  Hmmm… The art event was amazing- and not unexpected. The street art filled my soul with…

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…

“Taming the inner critic” journal exercise revisited.

PART 1: With your dominant hand write all those nasty things your inner critic hacks away at you. With your non-dominant hand, tell the inner critic off, tame it, write positive things about yourself. This exercise allows those racing thoughts to purge out on paper with the hand you usually write with. Forcing yourself to…

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…

“Never forget you are Daddy’s girl.” Drawn Together excerpt series Part 4

 Drawn Together excerpt series Part 4: My father always ended his letters to me with: Truth. Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art Roar’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world after a devastating stroke. YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK HERE: – NEXT STEP: Workbook/workshop series under development to…

Helena, the film. A script idea by my father. Drawn Together excerpt series Part 3

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art Roar’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world after a devastating stroke. My father drew inspiration from many sources.  His newspapers, his readings, his scrapbooks.  Films like Hemsöborna. He not only drew, but wrote and wrote and wrote.  Drawn Together excerpt…

Change comes upon us, not slowly, but suddenly, abruptly. Drawn Together excerpt series Part 2

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art Roar’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world after a devastating stroke.  Drawn Together excerpt series Part 2:  Roar’s journal entry: YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK HERE: – NEXT STEP: Workbook/workshop series under development to accompany the book. MISSION STATEMENT To…

“… just two people, riding the waves of life.” Drawn Together excerpt series Part 1

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art Roar’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world after a devastating stroke.  Drawn Together excerpt series Part 1: She could not tear herself away from the old man.  She clung to him and wiped her eyes on her apron, her manner…

JOURNAL EXERCISE: Who am I really?

Inspired by moments of self-doubt and lack of momentum, I found myself looking at who I really am, to me. JOURNAL EXERCISE: Who am I really?   Write without hesitation.  What happens?  Who are you? — I am many. I am the 9 year old too frightened to use the washroom at school and peeing…

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….

ADD TO THE JOURNAL PAGES AND BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT! #drawntogether

ADD TO THE JOURNAL PAGES AND BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!  Join now on ETSY: Sign up for $30! YOUR PURCHASE INCLUDES TWO ORIGINAL HAND-MADE DOUBLE-SIDED THERAPEUTIC JOURNAL PAGES CREATED BY MY FATHER AND I. YOU ALSO RECEIVE OUR BOOK, “DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART.” Click on image…

My Dad’s #journal recounts the daily trials and tribulations in Rm 207. #residentialcare. PART 4

Found journal.  Roar Thorsen recounts the daily trials and tribulations in Room 207 and the halls of a residential care facility. 2007-2008 Roar had a debilitating stroke on September 2005. On February 14, 2007, he moved into room 207. See  PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 — PART 4: [My father loved driving.  LOVED it….

My Dad’s #journal recounts the daily trials and tribulations in Rm 207. #residentialcare. PART 3

Found journal.  Roar Thorsen recounts the daily trials and tribulations in Room 207 and the halls of a residential care facility. 2007-2008 Roar had a debilitating stroke on September 2005. On February 14, 2007, he moved into room 207. See  PART 1 PART 2 — PART 3: My life has changed completely since it took…

My Dad’s #journal recounts the daily trials and tribulations in Rm 207. #residentialcare. PART 2

Found journal.  Roar Thorsen recounts the daily trials and tribulations in Room 207 and the halls of a residential care facility. 2007-2008 Roar had a debilitating stroke on September 2005. On February 14, 2007, he moved into room 207. See PART 1 — PART 2: Next candidate for room.  He is wearing the green scrub uniform…

My Dad’s #journal recounts the daily trials and tribulations in Rm 207. #residentialcare. PART 1

Found journal.  Roar Thorsen recounts the daily trials and tribulations in Room 207 and the halls of a residential care facility. 2007-2008 My father passed away in Room 207 on October 25, 2012 at approximately 9 PM. To share this journal is incredibly healing for me, for as I type it, I feel I am…

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….

Life has no opposite. – Eckhart Tolle #journalexercise

Birth <–> LIFE <–> Death What comes to mind?  Draw it out in your journal. When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing…

Gather your abundance… journal ramblings.

What’s the one thing missing in your life?  In mine- that’s easy.  I have passion, I have my art, I love being myself, and being by myself, I am happily divorced, I have no unfinished business with my mother who passed, nor with my father now, I have an extraordinary family and friends who lend…

… 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…

Father and daughter journals. #artheals

I am delighted to be collaborating with Julie and Greg Salisbury of Influence Publishing in bringing Drawn Together to fruition! — I went to the storage room and pulled out some of the journals Dad and I shared from 2002-2005.  They are quite magical and they carried us through those tough years as I was…

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…

Alarm! “Failure.” Snooze. Repeat. #journal

Those first thing in the morning internal conversations can be brutal. From: How to Stop Morning Anxiety Few things are worse then than waking up stressed and facing anxiety which is a highly unpleasant but rather common occurrence.  The reason that anxiety is worse in the morning for many people is because this is when…

Legacy. What does that mean to you? #journal #arttherapy

I put out the following question the other day: Q: What does the word “legacy” mean to you?  The responses were thoughtful and beautiful: Creating something that will outlive you. A permanent mark. A lasting impression. – Peter B. Creating something that can definitely withstand the test of time. – Evelyn W. Epic love. – Lindsey…

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…

“I came to a realization the other day…” journal exercise. #arttherapy

“I came to a realization the other day…” Finish this sentence. Fill a journal page.  Just let the words flow out.  What have you realized of late? Write it. Draw it. … actually it was when I turned 50.  I realized that if I live as long as my mom did, then I only have…

Anxiety from anticipating/processing loss requires pulling out the tool kit. #journaling

I’m working on a book with Dad and it’s a beautiful process.  It’s about maintaining connections through art and with art. But as Dad goes through his past, and I take dictation and notes… … I am filled with nostalgia for a life passed, I am filled with the heaviness of missing my mom. I…

Loving my @JPGaultier treasures from @deyoungmuseum thanks to @The_Social_Life!

Check out The Social Life‘s coverage of Gaultier’s show at the de Young Museum: —

Curiosity, exploration and self-esteem… #journal exercise #MSL and @neiltyson

I was so moved last night by the NASA’s successful landing of Curiosity on Mars.  Many of us were pulled out of our navel-gazing and looked outward in unison and celebration.  But to look inward and to look outward is the human dance.  An important one. What do my self-explorations in journals mean?  Is it…

Fashion blog foreshadowed. @annatfabulous’s journal, 1997.

In celebration of my daughter’s birthday, I will share with you some amazing pages from her 1997 journal (age 12).  They certainly illustrate the shape of things to come.  Fashion, events, life is planned and analyzed and celebrated.  Anna is now founder and editor-in-chief of the online fashion magazine/blog: THE SOCIAL LIFE– where fashion, events,…

Approaching fruition: my weekend with @InspireABook and Influence Publishing

I just spent an intensive and fabulous weekend with Julie Salisbury of Influence Publishing at her Inspire A Book Mastermind class!  Incredible!  I am working on the book that showcases my Dad’s art and our journey together. Julie has a brilliant way of facilitating a group to support each other in the creative process and…

Fifth Chakra, I love you but you’re bringing me down.

I love the concept of your biology is your biography.  It’s not science but I find it a great way to address pain and blockage and to reassess your life.  It just makes you go hmmm. Caroline Myss explains: What I recognized is that your biography becomes your biology–you are one and the same with…

Sunday journal/ moments. Contradictions of ancestral stems.

#WomenIAdmire journal series Part 1 @RebeccaBree

Celebrating female by celebrating women in my life in my journal pages. Part 1: Rebecca Rawlinson. She’s flawless. Period.  Inside and out, one of the greatest women I know.  I adore her transparent beauty- her honest way of living.  Living FULLY! And I could not be more proud of her as she prepares to open…

Doodle Therapy.

I find it very relaxing to doodle.  Full journal page doodles.  Try it.  It’s healing.  Stops the noises in the mind. Guest doodler today is Maryellen Groundwater: —

Journal/drawing exercise: “best way to learn is copy copy copy.” Tonight: #DANIELCLOWES

Give yourself a few minutes to check in with yourself in your journal.  Write/draw… Copying a fave artist can be very meditative.     —

Saturday visual experimentation. Redo. Transform.

I love transformation. Seemingly subtle changes can make a dramatic difference. I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  Just sitting with the page, then transforming it without pre-conceived notions, can be very liberating. I’m currently using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale.  Today I just used china marker on the shiny…

Best way to learn is copy copy copy. Tonight: ARCHIES. #duh

My teenage sketchbooks were filled with my own versions of Archie conversations. — — I wish this was real:

The Goat and I. Taming the Inner Critic Part 2. #arttherapy

Recall: Taming the Inner Critic Part 1 It’s been an interesting few days, dancing between taming the inner critic and it taming me.  Allowing it to guide me and shutting it up.  Controlling it  and letting go.  Being a bitch with it and befriending it.  I realize the critic has a life of its own,…

The beautiful collage journal of Darcy G.

Recall my wonderful afternoon last week with Darcy.  Yesterday we spent some time doing beetle studies… … and I delighted in looking through Darcy’s marvelous collage journal (ca 1999). Here are some highlights:      —

Friday night journal exercise: taming the inner critic. #arttherapy

With your dominant hand write all those nasty things your inner critic hacks away at you. With your non-dominant hand, tell the inner critic off, tame it, write positive things about yourself.  This exercise allows those racing thoughts to purge out on paper with the hand you usually write with.  Forcing yourself to write positive…

“Fresh sheets.” Journal exercise: your favorite memory. #arttherapy

Write for 10 minutes about your favorite memory.   Maybe a favorite unusual moment in time.   Stream of consciousness.  No censorship.  Keep the pen moving.  Don’t worry about grammar or making sense. Sometimes favorite memories can feel poignant, sad, sentimental, amazing. A favorite memory.  I thought of it last night as I changed the…

A day of creativity with Darcy Glip!

Spent an amazing day with Darcy yesterday creating and chatting and eating in his beautiful new space.  Reconnecting with old friends is very healing. Find the recipe at: I added a few things, Tandoori spice to the onions near the end of cooking as well as crumbled pecans. Instead of dijon mustard I used a…

Evolution of a portrait: @Joshuajpresents #SanFrancisco

       

A young woman’s healing journal.

My student, Rajwi, has an extraordinary journal and she shares her pages with us today.  How lucky we are to get such insight from this young spirit with an old soul! Kudos to Rajwi’s art teacher for this great project- to create a journal within a secondhand book.  There is something quite magical about it….

San Francisco Journal: my new Doc Martens! @drmartens

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. —  — I wore my old docs to San Francisco, knowing (hoping) I would finally be buying new ones at the Doc Martens store on…

San Francisco Journal Excerpt: Portraits 3 and 4: TC and David

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. — On March 10, I finally met Anna’s besties Tony and David. See Anna’s fabulous blog post about our first meeting on Saturday morning March…

San Francisco Journal Excerpt: Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco Ballet @sfballet

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. — My daughter, Anna, surprised me on March 10, 2012 with tickets to San Francisco Ballet‘s Romeo and Juliet! I used to be a dancer…

San Francisco Journal: Portrait #2 TONY (@tsiress)

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. — I was especially excited to finally meet TONY on this trip. He and I have been online friends for awhile now.  Tony is a…

San Francisco journal excerpt: Brunch at Brenda’s with @annatfabulous and @killian

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. — On the morning of March 10, 2012 [after a night of deep chats] my daughter Anna and my second son, Joseph, took me for…

New York, I love you but…

I had the strangest dream t0 the soundtrack of LCD Soundsystem‘s New York I Love You: I accidentally poured Drano on my forearm (my left one).  I felt no pain.  But I did notice that the Drano was slicing through my skin and working its way down to the bone.  But not in a messy…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 2 Part 6 PORTRAIT COFFEE DATE #Picasso #arttherapy

WEEK 2 PART 6: Picasso Last part before we move onto our third artist, Lisa Larson! Invite your journal and a friend out for coffee and draw while you chat.  In Picasso-esque style. I had the luxury of spending an hour and a half with my mentor and my dear friend, Laura Mack: Self-portrait: See…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 2 Part 5 INFLUENCE #Picasso #arttherapy

WEEK 2 PART 5: Picasso I can’t imagine my world, or our world for that matter, without the presence of PICASSO.  Where do you see Picasso’s influence?  Write about it or doodle in a Picasso cubist style.  Immerse yourself. Here are just a few fun Picasso-isms: My cubist sock monkey: My cubist sock bird: My…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 2 Part 4 THE SILENT STUDIO #Picasso #arttherapy #wherewecreate

WEEK 2 PART 4: Picasso Today think about the space where you create.  Maybe take a photo of where you are when you create.  Personally, I can be anywhere as long as I have some supplies.  Being a mom, I have trained myself to work “in total seclusion” in the midst of total chaos and I…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 2 Part 2 BREATHING #Picasso #arttherapy

WEEK 2 PART 2: Picasso As we prepare for copying a favorite piece by Picasso, we’ll just have Picasso (as we did with Frida) as a companion as we check in with ourselves.  Write for 15 minutes about where you are in the moment.  Just stream of consciousness.  BREATHE PICASSO Tomorrow we do a “reproduction,” which…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 2 Part 1 #Picasso #arttherapy

WEEK 2 PART 1: PICASSO Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. PABLO PICASSO Picasso is THE ARTIST.  THE ONE.  My teacher.  His personality is maddening.  His talent, monstrous. Go to the library.  Go online.  Pull out your books and notebooks.  Watch videos.  Start researching.  Start the immersion. Write his name. See…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 1 Part 4 ARTIST WORDS #FridaKahlo #arttherapy

WEEK 1 PART 4: Frida Kahlo We have looked at Frida’s works and have viewed some of videos about her and saturated ourselves by breathing with her and reproducing her. Now find her words.  Quotes and letters. I have a large collection of Frida books, but you can find lots of sources online. I have always…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 1 Part 3 ART ABOUT ART LOOSELY #FridaKahlo #arttherapy

WEEK 1 PART 3: Frida Kahlo Choose your favorite Frida Kahlo piece Now open your journal wide and use 2 full pages to reproduce LOOSELY the full piece or part of it. INGEST/DIGEST/REGURGITATE it. ART ABOUT ART. I use coffee instead of water when I use watercolor etc.  It gives a nice aged look.  I always…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 1 Part 2 BREATHING #FridaKahlo #arttherapy

WEEK 1 PART 2: Frida Kahlo As we prepare for copying a favorite piece by Frida Kahlo, we’ll just have Frida as a companion as we check in with ourselves and build our relationship with our journal.  Write for 15 minutes about where you are in the moment.  Just stream of consciousness.  BREATHING. Tomorrow we do…