Sunday 26th May 2019
10am - 10pm BST
5am - 5pm Eastern
4am - 4pm Central
2am - 2pm Pacific
For those who don’t know, years ago I was inspired by Laura Hollick’s International Soul Art Day and I did a full 24 Hour Paint-a-thon! That was back in 2015.
I created from start to finish, one of my most favourite pieces (up to that point) during that 24 hours; Wisdom Waiting aka Stag Moon.
(the original of which I gifted to a dear healing, soulful artist friend of mine, but which is still available in print in the form of greetings cards which I will include in my upcoming art auction - I have only 9 of these remaining).
A couple of pics from my 24 Hour Paint-a-thon back in 2015 :
It was a total blast.
I created a public group and invited friends to just watch and follow along or to participate, and the Group is still going to this day.
I then moved much more into Mixed Media rather than paint only
and also because of needing to be a responsible pet sitter, doing 24 hour ones just was not feasible and so I renamed the Group “12 Hour Create-a-thon” and I mention it now because I am doing my next one tomorrow.
I shall pop the link to the Group in the comment below just in case you are interested in either following along or actually participating for all or part of the day.
** I am doing a 12 Hour Create-a-thon tomorrow! **
I think I best make my start time 10am so that I have time for breakfast and for transforming my bed into my creation station. :)
So here are the times that I will be over here creating like a fiend!
10am - 10pm BST
5am - 5pm Eastern
4am - 4pm Central
2am - 2pm Pacific
If you’re in another timezone and want to participate or follow along, let me know and I’ll add those times to this list !
I will Live Stream as much as possible so that it feels like we are truly together and not alone in this. xx
My focus will be on completing pieces for my upcoming online ‘Ang’s Auction’ (June 1st) so I will be working on : :
- handmade art journals
- canvases big and small
- possibly another wall hanging or dream catcher as it has been a while...
What do you fancy making progress on? or getting lots more practice hours in with? Maybe there is something else that you would like to blitz - such as a huge decluttering of one room, or organising and filing all of your paperwork!
If there is anything at all which you are finding really hard to drum up motivation on your own, but that you would really like to build momentum on, then this is your chance! You will be supported by me and my tribe virtually and we can cheer one another on when we are flagging - as well as remind one another to take care of ourselves of course : : Pee breaks, hydration, nourishment and walking or dance breaks are just as important as the activity here.
Today I might pop in to the Create-a-thon Group too.
I am creating art process videos for the final two modules of ‘cARTe postale’ which obviously I can’t share with you but I will touch base between recordings, and if I have time, then I will be painting three small 6x6 canvases which I am submitting for the Waseca Art Center fundraising exhibition. So I will share how that is going.
So the question is
Who is game for a Paint-a-thon tomorrow?
Or a Sew-a-thon ?
Choose your activity.
And of course yours can be a three hour one if you like, or whatever feels good for you.
I call every Sunday Soul Care Sunday and I do hope that you are able to join me at some point tomorrow to feed your soul some creative nourishment.
Please feel free to share as many pics and vids as you like in the Create-a-thon group : : this is OUR space for flexing and stretching our creative muscles.
And please invite anyone who you think might enjoy participating or just following the fun.
The 12 Hour Create-a-thon Group is an open group and is the place to join if you want to hear about when the next date is set.
I do rather fancy attempting another 24 Hour one at some point, before the year is out!
Just maybe next week, on International Soul Art Day itself - 5th June - seeing as I am not pet sitting right now and it is no big deal if I am an exhausted mess the next day :o)
So, tomorrow : :
12 Hour Create-a-thon ~ Sunday 26th May 2019
The virtual gathering itself will take place in the Group above.
I will be sharing photos, videos and live streams as much as I possibly can throughout the whole 12 hour period, and I encourage you all to do the same during your own timezone periods.
I have also created a Facebook Event.
This makes it much easier for you to get a reminder yourself ~ click that you are attending, and the event will pop up in your events calendar to remind you about it ~ and it also makes it much easier for you to share with others and to invite friends who might enjoy joining some or part of it.
Just be sure to let everyone know that on the day itself, it is on the Group Page and not the event page where they will find everything!
Well my friends, I do hope to see you tomorrow for a day full of inspiration, motivation, and momentum, but if I know this is really short notice, so if you were unable to make it, all of the photos and videos from the day can be found on the 12 Hour Create-a-thon Group Discussion page, where you will also be the first to hear when I schedule in our next event.
2019 : : In Love
I mean this in every way imaginable.
I know from experience just how interesting committing to a theme, a philosophy, a mantra or a word can be. Life sure has a sense of humour. In years passed I have cursed the wicked and cunning ways it seems to draw what I want out of me. I choose resilience? Then life throws curveball after curveball at me so that I develop an extraordinary amount of resilience. Thanks a bunch!
Be careful what you wish for people! :o)
If I am to stay inside of Love then fear will need to be faced and cleared - constantly / frequently - so I may well be challenged in a multitude of ways this year, and tempted to be sidetracked by fear, anger, frustration, irritation - any and all things that are NOT love. Fear and Love cannot occupy the same space at the same time. They are opposing forces.
I am as prepared as I can be for Great Mystery to bring this concept to life for me and I will endeavour to be brave and to stay my course. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, aka Tapping) will be my friend, and the tool I use daily to clear any and all blocks to Love.
Wish me luck!
As always, I love to hear your theme / mantra / word of the year if you have chosen one as your way of moving consciously through your life and cultivating the kind of life you choose and desire. To do so, scroll just passed my annual themes on the right hand side and you'll see the link for dropping me an email. xxx
Back in the day when the terms 'Goddess' and 'Priestess' made me flinch or squirm just a little (like embracing the word 'artist' which took me three years to adjust after I added it to my multi-passionate -preneurial descriptors and my website etc) and when those words still gave me the 'inner eye roll' (just like whenever I heard the term "self care"), I got inspired by a friend's photograph edits and decided to make a Priestess Portrait of myself by having fun with filters and layering on effects using whatever photo editing apps I happen to have on my iphone at the time.
Let me just give you a moment to look at this photo and see how it makes you feel. How you feel about the woman you see. Do you like the effects? Or would you for lots of light and sparkles? heaps of colours?
For me, this process was a powerful one, largely because I didn't get 'dressed up' or prepare for it at all. There and then, the moment inspiration struck, I went into the kitchen where there was sunlight, I propped the phone against something (I didn't have my tripod back then), and I stood in front of the macrame plant pot hanger (see the plant back there?) and set the timer. For some reason I chose to frame my face with my hands like that, beaming energy toward the camera. No multiple poses, just the first one because it wasn't blurry.
And, cue the filters. My hair was scraped back and not particularly fetching that day and my clothes were cleaning clothes because it was a day of housework and gardening if memory serves. My roots were overdue and so I had a good cm or two of white-grey hair showing clearly against the dark brown.
And none of that matters.
So right now, are you make-up free and blotchy? Is your hair in need of washing? Are you sweaty?
Hear this. None of that matters.
None of that matters because the Goddess, the Priestess, your Divinity, is inside of you. always.
None of that matters because my ability to harness my inner Goddess - my ability to claim the word Priestess - does not depend on me running barefoot with wolves, wearing feathers in my hair and long flowing gowns, or skimpy leather tarzan-esque tribal gear either - as my Pinterest boards would have me believe.
I have gather those photographs together, and I am drawn to images of wild and natural women, because of HOW THOSE IMAGES MAKE ME FEEL.
I have this photograph printed off and stuck into the front cover of my Danielle LePorte 2018 Planner which says on the front What I will do today to feel the way I want to feel. This photograph serves as reminder when I use my planner. As if I am keeping myself anchored to my more magnificent self. Asking myself to reach higher. To maintain higher standards (not to seek 'perfection' but to ask more of myself because I can trust myself to step up and be more capable that I ever gave myself credit for, to make change in this world and to step into my highest destiny instead of letting fear and resistance run the show).
The end result of my experimenting with filters here, has been that I am able to see myself with new eyes, literally through a different filter/lens/perspective. I am able to see the potential in me, when I do choose to step into my power, and because I know all about the scruffy clothing and the grey roots, I am also able to see every-day-me. The woman who everyone else around me will view differently depending on their own lenses and filters and histories. And their past experiences of interacting with me.
I need not let myself remain tied to other people's visions of who I am, anymore than I need imprison myself in my own old definitions of myself and how good and loveable and capable I am.
My opinion of myself and my ability to love myself has increased no end this past few years, and my ability to shake off that feeling which so many of us carry deep beneath the surface,
"I am not good enough and probably never will be"
"I am not______ (loveable/capable/kind/nice/powerful) enough"
has also improved to the extent that I no longer have an inferiority complex. I no longer put people on pedestals, and I trust myself and my inner guidance so very much more.
The array of things which has helped me get to this (ever improving, never ending) place, include (but are not limited to):
Yes it is mysterious.
No there is no set path for you on this journey - not even if you join us today and follow the curriculum Vanessa Sage has created for us.
Really, it is far more about learning to become comfortable and at ease with NOT knowing. With uncertainty. Hence the word Mystery!
If there were no mystery, there would be no Priestess.
Please do sign up, or explore further here if you are hearing the whispers calling to you.
If you would like to share your Priestess Portrait with me, or share your own relationship with the words, Goddess, Priestess, Self Care, Artist, or any other power-full, and potentially triggering labels to lay claim to, and take ownership of, I would love to know.
Please share in the comments below. I read every single one of them.
We are all lighthouses, shining our lights and, in turn, guiding others Home to their greatness too. Shine Your Light Bright One! xxx