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Today was the last day of school here. Summer officially starts tomorrow. There will soon be mad rush with summer camps some of which are already under way but today I’m playing and watching FIFA.
If you too are looking to boost your summer creativity, check out the self-paced 21 Secrets workshops via the link in my bio. You’ll have fun with the short doable video workshops!
Here’s my take on the first class by @dirtyfootprints out now. It’s me and my kids, two of whom are taller than me now, but I still feel like I’m arching over to protect them :)
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Word painting #10: Colossal. /// When I look at this piece on its own I want to say it’s one “colossal” mess. But when I see it next to the other pieces so far if feels more like that dip between breaths. The night you couldn’t sleep. The day you missed the bus. The text you wish you never sent. You know, the things that make us human. The things that remind us life’s more colossal than we think.⠀
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Hey Friends! After a little break in Mexico & a bout with the flu, I’m back to sharing my #101wordpaintings again. ⠀
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So for those of you that don’t know, in January I started a series of 101 paintings where each time I finish a piece I pull out my old dictionary & randomly choose a word that I then glue down. It’s been wildly revealing & so much fun — like pulling an oracle card!⠀
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But social media is a strange bird, in the fact that you can create a gap between what looks like reality & what really is. Right now, in the studio, I’m on piece #52 — but this piece will be the 9th one I share publicly. ⠀
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Now that I’m past the halfway point I’m really feeling like these paintings need to be held in a book form when I’m all done. That’s why, my lovelies, I’m going to keep sharing the actual pieces here and over on my blog, but I’m going to keep my musing to a minimum as I save that for the pages of a book these paintings are longing to fill.⠀
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I don’t know what the details of this book will look like — if it will be an actual book or just a PDF. But I do know that this series has become something that needs to be digested in ways that social media doesn’t support. I want to show the magic of how each word, each brushstroke, each line, shape, and form are all weaving a story together & social media with it’s scrolling approach just doesn’t honor that. ⠀
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So with that said, I’m excited to get this ball rolling again with word painting #9: Elderly. Thanks for all the loving & support around this series already — I appreciate it to Jupiter and back.⠀
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My Spring session of Painting The Feminine begins Monday March 12th & now until then I’ll be sprinkling some video magic your way on things I do & incorporate to keep me connected to my own Feminine Wisdom & nourish my creative practice. ..
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Feminine Wisdom speaks to us through symbols, archetypes, beauty, and most of all through the careful tending of the little things in our day to day lives. Having a studio altar embodies all of this & has been a powerful part of my own creative, teaching, & business practice. Hit the link on my profile & come learn more.
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This time in Mexico I worked on six pieces all at once & then quickly chiseled it down to just these two. So on the surface my body of work looks pretty slim and incomplete. Though what you don’t see are the numerous India ink sketches I created each morning. Not everything an artist creates should be shared for public consumption. Some of it must stay sacred and hidden as offerings, talismans, and prayers. ..
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The streets in Zaachila, Mexico are covered in gorgeous murals. But it’s this pocket of destruction/construction I find most mesmerizing. #gotascrewloosesomewhere ..
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Notice how the coffee colored door is echoed in her skin tone? See how the light green sweeps down so the darker green of the tree can join the party? Look how absolutely perfect it is that the drops of marigold yellow on the right are balanced by the marigold lines in the street. And then, the grey of the concrete wishes it could reach up and tickle the grey of the clouds’ under bellies. This is how I see paintings. This is how I see the world I live in, it’s just Oaxaca makes it easier for me to see the connection between the two. ..
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This is Joan’s 2nd time at #paintfearlessmexico — it’s so exciting to see how much deeper her painting is going! Love it! 💕🎨🙏🏻💥 🇲🇽 ..
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Here’s a little of what I’ve been working on here at #paintfearlessmexico — these love bugs aren’t quite finished yet, but they’re getting there & they sure are singing the tune of my biannual Painting The Feminine that goes on sale next week!!!! ..
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I took this photo yesterday as I guided my #paintfearlessmexico students on a walking tour of Oaxaca. “I’m obsessed with how one block of color butts up against another”, I said. “Throw in some texture and my heart becomes butter.” What you don’t know is that while writing this I had to put my phone down and catch the morning sun as it poured through my hotel room in one slow drip. The same pour of honey I watched glide over rooftops years ago when I rode my bike each morning in Phoenix. I remember wondering how different a person’s day might be, if they knew their morning was anointed as such. And so I stopped what I was doing, put down my distraction of choice, and opened my heart like a honey jar. ..
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Before leaving to teach #PaintFEARLESSmexico in Oaxaca, I packed up all my materials and supplies needed to keep my #101WordPainting series going strong and healthy. Though, the closer I got to Mexico, the stronger I felt the pull to create another body of work dedicated to my experience here.⠀
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Yesterday, before @lisasonora and I headed out to the Frida Kahlo paint store we popped into a paper store where I happened to find the most loveliest of Fabriano paper. It’s Ivory colored and with the softest of tooth. It almost feels like velvet — if velvet could feel like paper. And the fact that it was singing “Connie! Connie! Paint on us! Connie!” didn’t help matters either!⠀
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But that’s all it took. My decision was made. As you might know, I purchased 11 gorgeous pieces, took a taxi back to the studio, and started hanging those babies up pronto. Now I’m ready to start that Oaxaca body of work.⠀
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I still may work on my 101 Word Paintings while I’m here. Or I may not.⠀
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Either way, it doesn’t really matter to me because what you don’t know is that yesterday as I posted #8 in the series, the secret is that I’m already on #34 in real time. I actually started this project at the beginning of January, even though I just started sharing them last week. (Aren’t I clever!?)⠀
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That means, the 101 Word Paintings are not going anywhere. I’m just taking a slight detour in sharing them until I’m back in the States. I can’t miss out in harnessing the magic that is Oaxaca -- I'm sure you understand!⠀
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Photo credit: @lisasonora.⠀
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So I debated & debated if I should continue my 101 Word Painting series while I’m here in Oaxaca or do another body of work completely inspired by my visit....then I found this Fabriano paper I taped onto the wall here & my decision was made!!! Let the adventure begin! #paintfearlessmexico ..
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Since arriving in Oaxaca I have been a bit sick & I fell down a flight of stairs 😳 resulting in a massively sprained ankle. Thanks to some powerful Medicine women & the TLC of @lisasonora I am definitely in the mends. So brace yourself — I will now be spamming you for the next couple weeks with Oaxaca amazingness!! #paintfearlessmexico ...
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For those of you that don't know (I didn't!) -- the word suborn means: to bribe or otherwise induce (someone) to commit an unlawful act such as perjury.⠀
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Tonight the ladies in my #PaintFEARLESSMexico retreat and I will be officially opening our journey together over tapas. I won't be bribing or inducing any of them into committing any serious crimes or perjury. But I must admit that the first night together always feels a tinge felonious.⠀
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We'll gather privately around a table to eat, laugh, introduce ourselves and discover some of the strings that have pulled us together.  The doors to the cafe will be locked, the kitchen help will be busy cleaning up, and the dim lighting will create a safe womb for this experience to unfold.⠀
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Perfect -- because this is where our hearts make their jailbreak from the routines, expectations, and responsibilities of everyday life.⠀
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For many women it can feel like a crime itself to escape their lives, their jobs, their husbands and their families to ignite an affair with their one sweet beloved -- their Artist Soul.  For others, even calling themselves an Artist invokes fear of breaking some unspoken law or being caught stealing an identity that was never meant to be theirs.⠀
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Oh my sweet dear FEARLESS Painters, how I love each of you, even without looking into your eyes yet.⠀
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Because when a woman steps firmly towards her dreams, when a woman crafts her destiny by merely showing up to her desires -- magic is the bribe that the Universe will suborn her with.⠀
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Don't tell anyone please....but my job is to encourage them to take it.⠀
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Grasp. (1.) seize and hold firmly. (2.) a firm hold or grip.⠀
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This is the hardest thing for me as an artist. My battle with wanting to grasp it all and hold on tight. But at the same time, I think it is also the ammunition that propels me forward and fuels my painting process.⠀
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I want to grasp it all. ⠀
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Life. Beauty. The poetry of a heartache. The longing of justice. The forgiveness of a child. The youth of my son. The entanglement of Souls I meet. The way I lose my breath from the deterioration I see in these old Oaxacan buildings. The wrinkles on my face. Azul. Rojo. Verde. The laughter in last night's dream. The taste of salt. The deep yearning for something different. The dance that only language makes. The warm hug of a trusted friend. The way you are reading this right now fully in the present -- while I sit here in the distant past writing it calmly.⠀
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Now that I'm back in Oaxaca again, today's 101 Word Painting word fits perfectly: familiarity. After spending close to dos months here in 2017, there's a definite familiarity to being back.⠀
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My feet curve easily over the cobblestone. Spanish is playing badminton in my head again and the sounds of random fireworks don't startle me as quickly. ⠀
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I was thinking on the flight here how incredible it is that this is my job. That here I am, an artist from Phoenix, Arizona whose studio is in a little, tiny room of her apartment, has the ability (and audacity) to gather women from all over the globe for a week of painting, adventure, and deep renewal. It's amazing to me.⠀
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Absolutely amazing. ⠀
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And it's a big sign, I feel, that the world is changing. It can be hard to swallow at times that on one plane of existence people are still advocating for building walls and banning people.⠀
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But what gives me hope is that there's another plane of existence coinciding where hearts are coming together and creating whole communities, economies, and movements that know no boundaries. It happens online and in person.⠀
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And it's only the beginning my friends.⠀
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Only the beginning.⠀
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So when the desperate state of affairs in the world starts to eat at your Soul, think of this...⠀
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Every bit we do as artists to come together -- be it online or in person, is creating a new world. But we're the pioneers, dear heart. This stuff is too new -- too dang early for us to understand the impact our intentions truly have yet.⠀
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We're just the ones laying down the tracks and building new roads. Things are bound to get messy. People are unfortunately going to get hurt. ⠀
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But have faith in your open heart like it is gold in your hand. One day, this coming together -- not tearing apart, is going to be the new familiar. I believe it and honestly, I already see it happening.⠀
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I paint because of the magic. I paint because of the way it makes my past, present, and future blend into one. I paint because on a good day it's like having access to an ancient oracle that has never swayed me wrong and on a bad day -- it's still a pretty damn good life to wake up to — as an artist, don't you think? ⠀
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But this kind of stuff...this is mine. This is all mine. This is the medicine that I was given, and I know it. ⠀
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What am I talking about?⠀
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Today's word painting is Duende and It’s perfect for sharing today, only a few hours before I head to my sweet, mythical Oaxaca, Mexico to teach my #paintFEARLESSmexico retreat.⠀
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I first learned of Duende when I was in my early twenties and totally obsessed with Flamenco. 💃🏻👏🏻 I made a body of paintings back then as my humble attempt to capture this elusive Duende that Flamenco artists give their lives to. This uncontrollable passion. This deep desire for beauty -- for emotion -- for life in full unabridged color, sound, feeling and pattern.⠀
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In many ways that's what I reach for in Mexico too. I swoon, I sink, I surrender to the old mysterious ways of the city and let them breathe through me. Painting helps me do the same in my own blessed life...on my own patch of land...in my own artistic language. ⠀
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