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17/52 Portraits – Self Care Extraordinaire!

This week in Vanessa’s 52 Portraits Class, I chose the prompt about the importance of self-care. I’ve actually had 20 days of extraordinary daily self-care!


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For the past 20 days I’ve listened to inspiring, transformational interviews on the Hay House World Summit. They ranged from Louise Hay to Robert Holden to Joe Dispenza to Esther Hicks/Abraham to people I’d never heard of who are lightworkers extraordinaire. I’d listen to at least one a day and usually three (there were 100!). Sometimes I listened while I was doing dishes and most times like this, on the couch in the RV with Cooper the Cattledog at my feet and Tuxedo Jack purring on my chest. I’ve soaked up so many positive vibes I’m sure I’ll wake up tomorrow with wings to fly. I plan to schedule listening to HayHouse Radio a couple of times each week to continue this great spiritual learning high and wonderful self-care experience.

My favorite quote from one of the speakers (at least today) is:

Honor the space between no longer and not yet.

Nancy Levin

I’m so glad you stopped by. What have you been doing lately to take care of yourself? Have a great weekend!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

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Get Messy | Season of Lists 5 and 6 | Reveal

I DID finish the last two weeks of Get Messy Season of Lists… on time each week and posted on Instagram and Facebook… However, to be complete I show them here on my blog in this post (quite late!).

Here are my week 5 pages… The first is a photo and paper collage talking about my lucky day. Can you find the three fairies?


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I took the materials for this one out of the trash… the prompt was “I am made up of”. I love the deconstruction of the phrase…


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I am so inspired by… dolphins, joyous dolphin energy and my spirit dolphin Lucy.


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This one was fun! I wrote a few of my favorite quotes by Matsuo Basho and with the exception of the image (found on the internet, printed on tracing paper) the page is done in makeup.

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Believe it or not I had nothing for the prompt daydreams. So while I listened to one of the speakers on the Hay House World Summit I simply doodled.


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Absolutely LOVE this page I did in the last week of #messylists. The prompt is obvious AND I used my own superimposed face to illustrate so I used an art prompt as well. Yep that’s my face on the clones from the series Orphan Black (btw awesome show and great lead actress, Tatiana Maslany).


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This next one joined the prompt about peace and an art prompt using “penmanship”… (Ok, I did use a font!).


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And next was a little upside down fun for this last week of #messylists and the prompt Home is Where… .


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My life is so wonderful it was hard to come up with a list of luxuries…


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My last page for this season of Get Messy Art Journal lists was a vision board, including the art prompt using hashtags. Some day I’d love to be free of hip pain! You can click on any of the photos to see them larger.


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There is a two-week break now before the next season so I’ll have a welcome break and a build up of anticipation! Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.

What exactly is art journaling?

Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts and random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

Get Messy | Season of Lists 4 | Lists to Affirm

I’m having a lot of fun with listing this season since I made my art journal from scratch and am constricted by the existing page designs. While answering the list prompts, I’ve noticed that I’ve made many of them into affirmations.


This first one is more journal and less art… the prompt was “in the next 6 months”, but I turned it into an affirmation for what I’d like my ideal day to be like.

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I altered this next prompt a bit, by using treasure instead of gratitude. I used an art prompt as well, stripes on stripes.

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I used an art prompt with this one as well, black and white. And instead of “proud of” I used “love”.

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I had fun with this one because I used tags and wrote the lists on the back of them. (3 photos of same page)

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I don’t use magazine photos in my art journaling very often but I think this one turned out pretty darn cute.

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I’d say four out of the five prompts were affirmative “lists”. I love that I’m doing this… it makes the journal pages even more inspiring and fun for me. Do you have a vision board to focus on what you want your future to be like? I may take pics of some of these journal pages and tack them up on a wall in my art studio.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.

What exactly is art journaling?

Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts and random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

Get Messy | Season of Lists 3| Half Way!

Goodness, I just realized after this week of Get Messy Lists, we are half way through the season! I don’t really have an over-riding theme for this week. I did follow all the list prompts and four of the five art prompts. Here are the pages, quick and easy. In fairness to Get Messy Art Journal, I’m not going to officially reveal the prompts (you can guess tho!)


Call me... (list) Write on photo (art)



Things that are magic (list)


Right now... (list), Write list in paint (art) ok... it was a brush pen and I only used it on part of the page...


I want to try (list), Use as many synonyms as you can (art)


I’m looking forward to next week’s Get Messy Art Journal prompts! I’m really enjoying working with the journal I made just for the season.

Do you have a fave list from above? Do you relate to any of them? Comment below if you’d like to know more about any of my lists… I didn’t go into detail this week!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.

What exactly is art journaling?

Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts and random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

Get Messy | Season of Lists 2 | Spiritual Connections

This was a powerful week for me in the 2nd week of Get Messy Lists. Each of the prompts elicited a soul connection of some sort. When I look at each page now, I am empowered!

The first prompt I tackled was super powers I’d like to have. Easy peasy: Communicating with animals and being an incredible and inspiring artist touching many lives. Artists represented are Leonardo DaVinci, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt and Vjatseslav Mjod.


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The next list prompt is Loves of my Life, and I also used one of the art prompts, list on something unusual. The above prompt and this one are visual lists, no words beyond the subject.


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I used another art prompt for this next list”When I grow up”: an animal letters font! It is perfect for my answer.


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The prompt “I want to go…” invites physical places. I took it in another direction (and I used the art prompt to use my favorite font).


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And I used the classic list for the last one. As I wrote this list I realized how profoundly I’ve changed in the past 10 years. Wow!


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I will look at this journal and these lists over and over for years and be inspired with each viewing. What treasures an art journal can hold. If you journal in any way, do you journal in an inspiring way?

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.

What exactly is art journaling?

Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts and random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

Get Messy | Season of Happy | Week 3

I’ve been art journaling for three weeks now during the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’m working with a few quotes to highlight on my journal pages.

My first page is graffiti inspired. I think of grafitti in more urban areas, but since my ‘hood’ is a ranch, I used the idea of writing on a barn.


 

"Take pleasure in the rich, random patterns in your life." From hector and the search for happiness.

“Take pleasure in the rich, random patterns in your life.” From hector and the search for happiness.


 

I used patterned paper, art markers and pencil. The image is a digital drawing I created from a photo I took of one of our barns. I have no color ink in my printer so I had to do it in b+w and color it. I went on a web search for grafitti fonts for PSE. The writing is off my printer on cream cardstock and then I used a paper punch to break up the lines. The two leaves are … well, two leaves. When I was weighting down the drying page they fell out of one of the books I was using. Clearly I’d pressed them in there (and forgotten them) just for this piece! lol

My second page also uses patterned paper and pencil. This time I used paint chips I’d picked up from a hardware store for color (thanks to which ever Get Messian suggested this).


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I carefully added some random text stamping… wow, that can go wrong so quickly especially when it’s on top of a layer you want to keep. But it worked! I’ve very happy with it.  I used another one of the free grafitti fonts I found.

I wish you all a happy weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.

3/52 Portraits – Lost Love

It’s week 3 of 52 weekly portraits …

What do I miss from my past?

I mourn the ability to dance with freedom and grace as I once could. Years of arthritis, a hip replacement and now a wanky back hobble me to the ground when I used to be able to fly.


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I wrote the above intro 2 days ago. While I was writing the rest of this post today, it occurred to me that there is deeper significance to this image. When I was 22, and in college, I played the part of Peter Pan in the University of Colorado’s musical of that name. I was even strapped up in a harness and lifted to fly around the stage. Flying in for a curtain call to a standing ovation was one of the peak experiences of my life.

It is interesting that I used my shadow for the portrait of my mourned ability. Do you remember that Peter Pan came into Wendy’s room looking for his shadow? … the silly thing had become detached somehow. He tried putting it back on with soap among other things but it was Wendy’s common sense and needle and thread that finally re-attached it.

Sobs come as I write this because I realize I have ‘grown up’ like Wendy… all common sense and choosing reality over Neverland, where dreams are born.  And like Wendy, I have lost the ability to fly.

This is a big symbolic realization for me and I don’t think I will find a resolution as I am writing this post. I want to dance again, and allow my body to move freely with the wind. Will I find some fairy dust when I return to the fairy circle on our ranch to help me? Will I shed all the dark and heavy energy stuck to my emotional and physical bodies? Will I allow myself to let go and let Goddess?

I think I will somehow, since I am on the right path… and of course clapping my hands because I DO believe in fairies.


Me as Peter Pan in CU’s production of Peter Pan in 1978.

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Thank you my friends for taking this journey of self-discovery with me. It is powerful to have witnesses. xoxoxox

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Red Fire Monkey and came during the new moon in Aquarius. I was born in the year of the Red Fire Monkey … I’ve come full circle. Woohoo, it’s going to be a great year.

The energy of Aquarius is cleansing, and clearing the way for the change ahead.  Aquarius allows us to refocus our vision as we take a deep look within at our own truths.  With wisdom and focus we allow our true Self to flow forth.  We spring forth refreshed, renewed and emboldened by the curiosity and youthful joy of the Fire Monkey.

This New Moon day also brings us the contrast of Aquarius the Water Bearer with the Fire of the Red Fire Monkey.  When Fire and Water meet we get steam.  Steam is deeply purifying and cleansing, revealing all.  Steam also energizes and heals. ~Amy