moving through stuck places (a painting in progress), and hello spring

once in a great while, i paint. today i’m not sure which feels more worthy of celebration – the fact that i’ve been painting, or the fact that spring is officially here! (well, tomorrow) and today has really felt like it! hooray. but since this post is about painting, i’ll wish you all a happy spring and get on with what i have to say. … Continue reading moving through stuck places (a painting in progress), and hello spring

new art journal cover

hi loves, now that i’ve banished my 2016 planner to hell (and the year along with it), i’m thinking about 2017. …. the things that are slated for the year (album release, playing shows, filing taxes, managing my business….) …. the things i’m hoping will happen (a monthly continuation of my drum workshop, taking lots of classes and expanding my drum skills, buying a house … Continue reading new art journal cover

i can’t wait to say goodbye to my 2016 planner

so i bought this day planner online last year. it was my first time ordering this particular one, and when it arrived i immediately i hated it. everything about it got on my damn nerves. the images, the size and weight of it, the goofy “inspirational quotes”, the lack of space to actually write anything, and the crappy functionality of the rings. the colorful pages … Continue reading i can’t wait to say goodbye to my 2016 planner

so damn liberating

i’m artjournaling again :] here’s a glimpse of my current book: i’m having so much fun with this one. no rules. no goals. no prompts or guides. just play play play & who gives a shit how it looks. each entry an honest expression of that moment and nothing more. if you’ve never art-journaled, and are curious: there’s something so damn liberating about journaling with images, shapes … Continue reading so damn liberating

Nine Goddesses (from my artjournal archives)

Today marks the eighth day of Navatri – a huge, nine-day celebration that takes place in India and Nepal every year- dedicated to the Goddess Durga, in her many forms.

I thought about doing my own nine-day goddess series on this blog when the festival started, but that didn’t happen.  So instead, I’m sharing nine goddess-inspired art journal spreads with you, along with my two measly cents about what each one represents.

To start things off, in honor of Durga and the festival that inspired me, I give you..

Kali Ma

Kali

The fierce, the fabulous. The wild-eyed, long-tongued Kali. Thee Number One Badass for Waking-You-the-Fuck-Up.  She’s been known to cut off heads and lap up the blood (metaphorically speaking… sorta.)  She’s not fucking around.

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Inanna / Ishtar

Inanna:Ishtar

In some of the most ancient texts we have record of, Inanna was written about as the “Queen of Heaven”. She had it all – power, beauty, riches – and she chose to descend to the underworld to meet her sister Ereshkigal (Queen of earth and death).  At the seven gates of the underworld she was stripped of all of her jewels / possessions, and then she was hung from meat hooks. good times.  a very powerful story worth reading.

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Coatlicue

Coatlicue

Aztec Mother Goddess… Coatlicue means “serpent skirt”.  She is the goddess of fire, earth, sex, death, creation, transformation.  She’s another fierce goddess, with a gentler touch than Kali. She is there to usher you through the darkness (the end/beginning of a cycle, grief, loss, transition)… with presence, surrender, acceptance.  I visited her statue in Mexico City.  It brought me to tears.

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