It’s been a Year!

It’s been a Year!

I can’t believe how time flies. I’v spent the last year living life and making art. I started Lifebook in January and the things I have learned are amazing. Making art is truly healing my soul. Each project has something deeper for me to internalize and I have grown so much as a person and artist.

Have a great day, summer vacation, and life!!!!!

Zen

The Artstronauts Club

The Artstronauts Club

The last 6 months has been a huge learning process for me. I decided to dedicate my spare time to making art in as many ways as I can that speak to me. I made polyclay jewelry for a few months and loved it, through that I found out about art classes online. Making art journals is totally amazing and really lets me feel free to express my feelings. In an art journal you can make mistakes and no one cares. It seemed very freeing for me. My favorite two artists at the moment art Tamara Laport from Willowing Arts and Teesha Moore.

Today I want to share about The Artstronauts Club and the art of Teesha Moore. (http://teeshamoore.com/) (

I have been a fan of Teesha for several years, starting way back when she and her husband started Zettiology.  I tried on my own several times to try projects inspired by her art but I was never able to grasp the whole process and my work ended up looking sloppy and muddy.  The bright, crisp colors and contrasts plus the writing and bold, whimsical collage made me drool with appreciation and excitement… and envy.

Soooo, this spring I decided to join her online group that has a very small monthly fee of only $5.  Wow it was amazing. The insights into her art and story are just a tiny bit of the awesome goodness I have found so far exploring the club site.  Videos and downloadable collage art for personal use abound.  There is also a closed facebook page for posting work and chatting.

It’s amazing that it’s only been a few weeks but I have made 5 page spreads in my journal so far and I am addicted.  🙂 🙂

I read an article today where she talked about how it’s good fro artists to have a blog, that really inspired me to start blogging again. So here I am. I want to take more time for this blog and really share all the cool stuff I have been learning and making in my free time.  I plan on posting some of my art inspired by Willowing Arts soon!

Have a great day!

Peace, Love, Hope, Joy,

Kate

 

Be Like Water

Be Like Water

I finally remembered the quote that I wanted to share….

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Bruce Lee

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Dealing with Death

Dealing with Death

It’s been almost a year since I have felt normal. Life has a way of shaking you up just to see what you learn.  The hardest thing I’v had to deal with was the diagnosis of cancer that my father received last summer and then watching him slowing grow sick and then eventually pass away in January of this year.  I became very depressed and actually started this blog hoping to give myself some positive encouragement and direction.  Well, I have not been very good about posting, with the darkness of grief and anxiety having left me feeling drained.  I decided to stop all contact with people except my close family.  I don’t read Facebook or blogs anymore.  I don’t work on my digital art from Second Life anymore. The colors in life had faded.

Since the funeral, I have read the book “Dying to Be Me” by Anita Moorjani.  I had read it in the past and had even asked my Step Mother to read it, knowing it would give her comfort but I didn’t pick it up again until this week.  The comfort I feel after reading her story and listening to several youtube interviews with her is amazing. I really feel like what she tells us about the afterlife is true and it is what I feel inside at my core as the source of all love and peace.

I want to start living my life through love and shut down all the fear I usually guide my life with. Being alive is a gift and death is something that we should not fear.

What I have learned is to be totally  myself  and live through love and joy and laughter.  I want to be the best ME I can be and that’s enough. I don’t have to please everyone around me. I can do my best and relax in the idea that all is well. Love is the universal energy.

I saw a blog once called Be Like Water.  I don’t even remember what the content was but the title has stuck with me in difficult times and I use it as a mantra for acceptance and presence. Be Like Water and flow, be accepting and let the troubles pass through you, let the day and hours and minutes be your guide and don’t obsess over what the future holds or what happened yesterday.

Death is just a return to the perfect spiritual dimension and I no longer fear passing on. I have peace in my heart. I also have no more fear of living… this is my chance to enjoy being alive, I refuse to live my life using fear as my guide.

 

 

 

 

What can you add…

What can you add…

What can you add to this moment that is not already here?

Sitting in bed at 12:12 on a Sunday afternoon with my sweet little doggy next to me.  The littlest kids are playing on the floor, telling me all about the cool game they are making up about stuffed doggies and baby carriages.  My husband is at the computer making music. The teenagers are sleeping in. The middle kids, that are not visiting grandparents, are playing Minecraft.  We only have 6 kids home today, 3 are out visiting grandparents.  The house seems quiet. It’s my moment…. and I love it.

Thank you, Kate