This is my year of harmony, and I’m preparing for a year of making art.
In this Studio Talk, I'm talking about the questions I'm answering as I stand at my current gateway and exploring things like missing myself as a fiction writer, letting go of dreams and picking them back up again, time and energy management, compensation for work, the weirdness of money, pretending to be like other people, the advice I would give my younger self.
My loves, it is Ash Wednesday.
And Valentine's Day.
And we are right on the cusp of a new moon eclipse (which happens to fall on my birthday.)
Sounds like the time for a Studio Talk if there ever was one.
I have always been captivated by St. Bernadette and the Lourdes vision. There is something so beautiful, so gentle, so fierce about it - the way the young girl doesn't know what she is seeing, but knows that she is compelled to return; the way Mary shows up again and again, revealing a little at a time about who she is, who Bernadette is.
It's a snow day and instead of baking something (look, let's be honest, I'm not going to rule it out), I'm talking in the studio.
In this video - to which I've applied a warm vintage filter for maximum watchability - I'm explaining what I mean by Prayer Painting and Vision Painting and sharing a bit about that process; talking about an upcoming trip (Hey, West Coast, I'm looking at you!); and sharing a recent realization about how I've pretty much been waiting my whole life for someday to happen.
I recently read a blog post about how the economy for artists and healers and coaches - online entrepreneurs - is changing.
It seems the old trusted ways of making money online aren't working anymore.
I have to tell you, this sent a jolt of joy through me.
As I stand here at the beginning of 2018, I am a working artist.