Art Journal

This is my new hand-bound coptic stitch art journal. Its front and back feature prints of my own photographic images, and its pages are composed of a variety of scrap paper. I like to use this type of journal for collage and mixed media.

Honoring Tea Culture

Honoring tea culture and the donkeys, horses and mules used to transport tea was my inspiration for this mini mixed-media collage. It is part of a little tag journal that I did. (A tag journal consists of tags held together by a ring, whereby the tags are used as the journal pages.)

Monstera Deliciosa

Forced to shelter at home for months, many people have developed a deep appreciation for indoor plants. Collecting indoor plants has become a way of bringing nature inside and surrounding oneself with it in the safe environment of one’s own home.

Plants provide us with oxygen and give us great joy with their various shapes, sizes, colors, scents and peculiarities. My monstera deliciosa’s peculiarity is that it always develops little water droplets on its leaves overnight.

Limitlessness

This is an oracle card I did in a workshop with Asheville, NC oracle card illustrator, Cathy Nichols. The oracle prompt I pulled from the bag was ‘Limitlessness’.

I really wanted ‘Magic’, but I guess the Universe wanted for me to ponder and respond to ‘Limitlessness’.

It is hard to wrap one’s head around such a big word, but our inner, intuitive understanding of it can be tapped into through art.

Before I Die ….

What is it that YOU want to ……….. before you die?

A retreat with Chris Saade (philosopher, psychotherapist, author and activist) prompted me to revisit this question. Based on Chris’ teachings, to tap into one’s truth or authentic self requires genuinely and deeply honoring one’s …

  • choices and struggles of freedom
  • unique personality
  • profound wounds and failures
  • heart
  • spirit force
  • passionate and generous love
  • passionate and particular calling

From this position one is able to also honor the same in others and support them in their own search for authenticity. Living authentically promotes freedom, mutual respect, harmony and inner and outer peace.

The question is: What is authentically me, and what is a learned perception of me? It takes some soul searching to be able to discern one from the other. Sometimes it helps to think back to childhood. What were my interests and passions when I was still an ‘uncarved block’? The answer may lie there.