Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tales of the Red Fox

 Jane VAlencia of Forest Halls came to my show opening on April 6th,  and mentions it  in her blog!

This is Dragon Emerging From the Sea, from a Qi Gung excersize that is about energy emerging from the dantien, the center of power in the solar plexis. This image is available as a print or card in my etsy shop!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wings of a dragon

We were surrounded by Dragons, my Dragons, at Vashon Intuitive Arts  the night my show opened. People buzzed with juicy conversations inspired by the stories my paintings tell, as I limped around the room with my bad knee.

My knee is much better now. I can go up and down stairs without having to slide down on my bottom, and I am looking forward to sharing some of the Dragon Stories that have inspired my paintings and my life over the years. On April 28th, at 7:00 pm, I will be telling stories at Vashon Intuitive Arts. I do hope you can come!

Meantime, my cards and prints will be available on my etsy shop soon, and are available now at Vashon Intuitive Arts, 17331 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Silk for my Friends

Sometimes I think silk scarves just aren't....well, good enough. Unusual enough. I mean everyone is doing silk scarves! I might as well just hang it up.

And as I was hanging them up, hanging up my newest silk scarves, I remembered they joy these scarves give my friends. I love bringing joy to my friends through these scarves. I guess they are worth doing after all.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Giving and Recieving from my Innermost Heart

My finances are looking pretty skinny right now. I know I've lost a sale or two by somehow saying the wrong thing. I'm putting my work out there. People love it. But my income is scanty.

I have this desire to offer work from my innermost heart, beautiful work that will touch other hearts, that will inspire joy and deeper understanding in those who see my work. But income from my work is scanty.

Oh, I see the problem. Look at this meditation drawing I just did. See how the spirals reach out from my heart to touch other hearts? Beautiful, flowing, the way I want my work to be. Now look how my heart, in the middle, is encased in an armor with some sharp edges. My work, my offerings go out, but nothing can get back in!

What if I change that image, do a new image, showing a flow both in and out of my heart, not just reaching other hearts, but being received by other hearts? With the energy going both ways?


Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Why, oh why am I so full of grief today?
My whole body if full of tears and I know not why.
Spring has come.
 Even those little suns in the grass,
the dandelions,
 have come back.
 The day is glad, but my heart is sad.

I look at my work and my heart is not in it.
 I try to absorb my lessons, but they will not land in my brain.
 I try to plan for my business,
and my mind goes bump against an invisible barrier.

Is it only that I have just opened a show of my Dragon Paintings, put my soul out on the line for all to see? Or are there old griefs emerging?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Dragon Rider John Morrow and fighting for your ideas

Dragon riding is about doing the impossible, or overcoming great challenges.
John Morrow of copyblogger is a dragon rider in my book. He has a crippling disease that paralyzes him from the neck down; he has only his voice to work with, yet he figured out how to make a good living and create the life he wants. He is supporting his family and nursing staff and living in Mexico, watching dolphins leap in the Pacific Ocean!

His story is truly inspiring! His message: fight for your ideas. Never give up.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Real Work

Will I ever really know what I want to be when I grow up? After months of studying, journaling, reading, listening, facebooking with fellow students of Hello Soul Hello Business, I still feel lost. I want so much for my work, my art, my stories, my teachings, to inspire people, to be a door for others to experience that Deep Joy which pours out of me lately. My mission/vision statement is: "I will awaken Deep Joy in other hearts, in the hearts of everyone I am in contact with, through my images, my stories, my teaching, and every interaction." But How? How do my scarves, my paintings,  my book Atom's Monster, and my love of dragons all tie in to that?
The Real Work

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.
     - The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry

poem thanks to Heron Dance