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I’m so excited to be Artist in Residence at Artists’ Mediums. In a world that gets busier and busier, and yet more isolating for people, this opportunity feels like a great gift that can connect and refresh those of us who are nourished by art.

The Brothers Peacock.  One of these reminds me of George Clooney. Private collection.

The Brothers Peacock. One of these reminds me of George Clooney.
Private collection.

I value supporting our local community in whatever ways I can. As an artist I’m deeply appreciative of the support and feedback I get from other artists, arts admirers and from customers. I feel the same when I buy from a local artist, even if it’s just a small thing, a greeting card print of their work, or small painting that fits my budget but carries so much more value in its meaning and connections. I’ve been able to do that through connections with Artists’ Mediums, and receive incredible support, education, feedback and supplies from this great store.

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Making time for creativity is therapy to me. If I can’t make time for it, I get a little depressed, a little anxious and sometimes cranky. Equally important to this process is my need to share my artwork. If I only sat in my house, working in my little studio corner and created, that experience would become very empty for me. This is intrinsically connected to my needs for beauty in the world and to share myself with others. I get to connect in a lovely way with this residency. I can’t imagine a better way to connect and a better crew of people to connect with.

I’ve been supporting Artists’ Mediums with my business for years. Theirs is one of the few retail places I feel totally comfortable in going to by myself, and be myself. I can go there without needing to find a sighted friend and find excellent customer service to help me navigate and help me find what I need in the store. I’ve found over the years and in various places that store personnel and customers sometimes can be put off when a blind person enters a store, because of fears about not knowing what to do, or what is expected. It’s a great thing to be able to connect with people and allow them to “see” me and share what I might be needing and offering. In my experience this can only happen in real relationship, over time and experience with real conversation.

 

That’s what I have at Artists’ Mediums. They are like that old TV show “Cheers” for me. “Sometimes you just got to go where everyone knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” That’s what real community and relationship is.

Biter.  Sometimes you just have days like this.  Making art makes it better.  Private collection.

Biter. Sometimes you just have days like this. Making art makes it better. Private collection.

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I’m taking advantage of the new year energy and setting my intentions for my 2011 experiences.  These new energies feel quite potent to me, and such a refreshing release from the energies of the past six months.

I’m fortunate to share connections with many intuitive friends and colleagues in my local area and all of us have felt a certain degree of stress, frustration or strain towards the last months of 2010.  The mercury retrograde cycles were intensely effecting communications, while the recent Venus-in-retrograde cycle of October-November, sent me into a pattern of withdrawal and reflection.  I and others also felt the very intense energies surrounding our recent elections, and the negativity generated from the campaigning leading up to the November elections.  Most of the time I felt physically tired, very protective of my own space and energy, and reserved in my abilities to connect and share myself in the larger world.  In a word, I felt constrained on many levels.

Things would have been much more difficult for me if I had not had like-minded (and dare I say, like-energied) friends to share with.  Most of all friends who were experiencing similar responses.  By knowing that I was not alone, I was able to surrender to the energy patterns, move inward to do the deeper work at hand, and just weather this storm.  By getting acknowledgement that I was not the only one experiencing the turbulent energy shifts, I was able to let go and surrender to the lessons these shifts had to offer me.

I’ve found surrender must occur before I can connect with any deeper insights or lessons.  If I’m experiencing stress or struggle of any kind, and I choose to keep trying to force my will, or my limited view of resolution, I only create my struggle within myself.  But the minute I literally choose to surrender to the universe, acknowledging that a higher power is wiser than I, I immediately feel relief.  And to my surprise, that’s when solutions, answers and insights appear.  I have experienced this over and over again.  And each time I think, “I can’t believe how I knew better than to participate in struggle again.”  But I obviously need those reminders.

We all have this experience and, I’m hoping that many of us begin to choose surrender within the struggles.  If you cannot find the answers or solutions you think you need, stop, take a breath and just make some kind of acknowledgement that there is a high source of wisdom and that you can tap into that.  Then truly let go and allow the connection between you and your Source to flow.

Messages and resolutions can often come from very unexpected places.  The universe has a sense of humor and so the way the solutions show up for us can be quite amusing.  Personally, I love it when some message or solution shows up for me with a little humor attached to it.

So I really recommend setting clear intentions for manifesting in 2011.  Take advantage of the new year energy, these few weeks of all planets going direct, and your own ability to co-create with the universe.  Take charge and dream.  Allow the old and out-moded energies to fall away and welcome in new energy.

Seeking support and sharing from friends who also participate in manifesting is really helpful. I do that all the time.  When I’m experiencing struggle, which I’ve developed an allergy to, I stop and surrender.  I’m intending to create new and better energies this year, with new and better stories and outcomes.  I hope that everyone will participate in their own conscious creation process and manifest the best for ourselves and our planet.

My support partners:

Carol Wheelock,  Feng Shui Vermont

Gretchen Hidell, intuitive astrologer, astro-update.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lewis, Wellspring Hypnotherapy,  www.kindinnervoice.com

Glenn and Cameron Broughton, Earth Spirit Conferences

Michele Knappi, Moonlight Gifts

Marna Ehrech, marnasmusings.blogspot.com

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