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Clearing In Order To Create More Space...

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oh dear god!  it got worse than this!! i've been feeling really good lately... i'm taking a couple of workshops that seem to be helping me with all of the things i've been procrastinating on...  i feel like i'm cleaning up and preparing for my life to start awakening to where it should be...
on sunday i started pulling everything out to the center of my studio floor!  i mean everything! the mondo beyondo workshop i've been taking has us working on creating a physical clearing in order to make space for more to come in to our lives...  i want REALLY big things to come in to my life so i am doing a REALLY big cleaning!!  trust me it has gotten a lot better since i took this photo...  i will take some "after" photos so that you can see the difference...  i can't tell you just how excited i was to start pulling art supplies and drawers filled with beeswax, pigments, brushes, paints, tools...  i've gotten a little out of touch with my creative side this …

Intuition On My Creative Journey

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About three years ago as I was approaching 40 years old my intuition slapped me across the face and shook me...  I had been working in the corporate world, working so hard to please and get everything done and get it right, to be a team player... play the game... always striving for praise, perfection and the hope for more money or a promotion... then I would truly be happy.  I had always had good reviews, the 401k, the profit sharing, bonuses and the people I worked with were really nice...  I had never had that in a job before and I thought I should be grateful for everything that I had achieved but I was not happy...  The truth was that I was playing a game, maybe "the" game.  I was doing what I was "supposed" to be doing in my life.  Any creative thought that I had had was immediately dismissed (by me) and shoved down deep as a passing interest that would just distract me from my 24/7 job.  And then it happened... 

A few months before my 40th birthday I went to…

pulled in two different directions...

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kari j young i've been struggling a lot lately with defining who i am as an artist (i think this might be a common theme among us artists!)... its seems the harder i try to move in one direction only in my work, the more confused and anxious i become... for some reason i feel that i must choose one way of painting right now... i have a side of me that is SO playful and likes to draw and paint with child like curiosity, simple shapes... sheep, different characters, birds, simple drawings, etc. and then there's the side of me that wants to paint and explore abstract shapes, work large, exploring colors and textures. i want deeper meaning and connection which is more on the fine art side...

i love both ways of painting and i think that i am realizing as i write this post that i am trying to put myself into a box again (i hate it when i do that!!)... my box has many doors and windows... i can leave the box and get into other boxes and i can come back to the box, break down th…

another workshop!

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violets on my walk the other day I did my first video diary this morning and it was easier than I thought it was going to be! :o] It was kind of fun and a little bit emotional as I spoke about people who have influenced my creative journey in the last year or so... and how my week was last week (SUCKED!) and how its better now looking down the home stretch to June 30th... I'm doing a lot of cleaning, organizing and preparing for my summer off... I want to hit the ground running with the projects I have brewing and I want my creative business more clearly defined and working more smoothly. another workshop i'm taking starting this sunday I've signed up for a second workshop that starts Sunday! Its called Mondo Beyondo and there is a "badge" for it if you scroll down a bit on the right hand side of this blog. I like to have a lot of things going at once and I find that I've been needing something to push me back into the excitement of my life and my blooming crea…

progress...

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another tasty sandwich from "hillside quickies" veganism:
its been almost a month now since my new vegan lifestyle began and i can't tell you how good i feel inside and out.  i've had a few people comment on how mellow i seem and i know emotionally i feel more balanced.  i was really getting to a point where my inner voice was just anxious and unsatisfied all of the time (it was torture!).  i was having several dips of low energy every day which fed my addiction to more coffee or the bowl that sits in front of me (at my job-job) filled with mini candy bars.  (yes, i was sneaking them all day long... just one or two here... and one or two there...)  my skin looks more hydrated and overall is looking and feeling better.  for right now, in my first few months of this new way of eating i have given myself permission to eat as much whole grain and vegetables as i'd like.  i'm eating a bigger breakfast, having miso soup and whole grain toast and tea.  it fuels me for…