Archetypes at the 108 Contemporary

Archetypes at the 108 Contemporary

I’m thrilled to be teaching my workshop Personal Archetypes as Artistic Inspiration –sponsored by the 108 Contemporary Gallery in Tulsa, OK, March 11 - 15, 2019. There are still a few spots open, and I love the Arts District in Tulsa as well as their fabulous facilities. I want you to come and be part of this workshop because it will help your creative life flourish!

Archetypes are an incredibly rich resource for artists, but I know the concept of working with them isn’t familiar to most people, so I’d love to explain a bit more about what I mean by archetype and how they can become guides to taking what we make as artists to a deeper level.

Archetypes are universally recognized symbols of human behavior found in every form of storytelling across different times and cultures. The use of archetypes to explain behavior was introduced by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, and has been expanded by other theorists including Caroline Myss. Archetypes offer a rich symbolic language through which we can define, refine, and understand life experiences. 

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Loving What Is

Loving What Is

I was in Florida last week. On Wednesday I woke up before dawn and on the spur of the moment headed to the beach. I don’t usually plan any beach time when I’m working, but I’ve been trying to be more mindful of my own self-care when I’m away and water is a healing force.

Off came my shoes. Toes dug into the sand. The morning was cool and the tide was high. Majestic waves rolled onto the glaze of sand at my feet. I skirted a string of seaweed at the water’s edge and squinted into the sunrise. Light sparkled like diamonds on the water. As each wave crested and broke, the smooth water behind it transformed into gleaming liquid gold. I wanted to dive into the water and shoot straight up, coated from head to toe in a wet suit of gold.

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Her Sister’s Keeper Project

Her Sister’s Keeper Project

Marie Plakos is an artist friend. In 2016, her exhibition, Our Sister’s Keeper, opened at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. 

Prior to her exhibition, Marie spent several years traveling to communities around the world photographing women in an effort to capture images (in her words) “ That depict the beauty, dignity, and strength I see in women and children who are living in some of the most underdeveloped regions in the world.” She visited Chiapas, Mexico, Gujarat, India, the Witch Camps of Ghana, West Africa, and Peru. Her photos are striking. I was taken by the gorgeous fabrics commonly worn in these settings. But also by the buoyancy on the faces in the pictures. I choose that word intentionally. The looks on the faces aren’t always happy, but they are resilient.

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Mexican Story Fish Stencils & Giveaway!

Mexican Story Fish Stencils & Giveaway!

It’s always a thrill to get my new stencils from Stencil Girl, so I can begin playing to see what they can do. Here are a few of my recent explorations! I hope these will unleash all the ideas swimming in your own head. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!!)

First, I tried my homemade gelli plate. Just an FYI, I made this plate with gelatin, water and rubbing alcohol and I’m going on a year with it, with no refrigeration required. It’s amazingly sturdy and easy to clean.

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Guest Blog: Emily Graham—A Happy, Hoppy Easter Without the Mess Is Possible With These Kid-Friendly Crafts

Guest Blog: Emily Graham—A Happy, Hoppy Easter Without the Mess Is Possible With These Kid-Friendly Crafts

I am always looking for ways to include creativity in daily life, so when writer, Emily Graham, reached out and wanted to share a fun tutorial with our audience—I was pleased. A mother herself, Emily finds ways to interact with her children creatively every day. We think she's found great strategies for kids, grandkids and adults alike–and ideas to celebrate Spring no matter where you are or what your spiritual practice.

Crafting is as much a part of Easter as chocolate and egg hunts. Kids cannot get enough of them, but parents often worry about the mess pastel paints and dyes can leave behind. Here are some egg-cellent tips on how you can embrace arts and crafts that won’t leave you with another round of spring cleaning afterward.

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Guest Blog: Joanne Weis Interviews Project Runway Contestant, Zach Lindsey

Guest Blog: Joanne Weis Interviews Project Runway Contestant, Zach Lindsey

With costuming, you are working around a character.  With fashion, you are working with a woman in mind.  My mom taught me how to sew.  When we were living in Chicago, she taught me how to make pillows so I had a little pillow company for a while but I kind of got bored with that. 

Originally, I wanted to be a lawyer. I interned for a day under a lawyer and we went to court and it was the most boring thing I ever did and I figured I have to find something different. I also played saxophone and every time my family would say to go into music I would say It's fun and I like it but it's not where my heart is.

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