Category: Act of Creation

30 in 30 post 29!

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Well,  January was filled with stuff that kept me out of my creative loop.  Life is drama sometimes and to maintain the practise of pulling away from other people’s drama is a challenge to say the least… sometimes you are invested in the health of those involved and there are important factors at stake that you need to keep in focus.  AND, in that focus you are bringing an energy… hopefully a healing energy… to the drama that others conjure up.

February has been more creative!  A milder than normal winter has allowed for more juices to keep flowing it seems.  Perhaps the tree sap feels the same way?  Not frozen into the base of the tree at -40C this year but just percolating beneath the surface waiting to burst forth very soon!  I am making a list of MUST dos so that I too can burst forth with the spring and create beauty of my own making.  Income Tax… yuck… is always a negative pull for me at this time of year but if I just clear that away I can more to more fun and interesting outputs.

I have been painting and exploring but found it was just too much effort to upload to the 30 paintings in 30 days and Leslie’s site has become SO popular that you need to scroll through hundreds of pictures each day.  It becomes a little overwhelming, although it is impressive that people really maintain the output for her challenge!

I noticed a little bit of morphing going on in my art… still doing the meditative Reverse Colouring Book process and getting next issue ready to publish… but in watching my morning YouTube art videos I discovered something in Encaustic painting was calling me.  Now, disclaimer here… I have never really been attracted to Encaustic works.  I guess I felt it was advanced and beyond my abilities and complicated… but Nancy Crawford inspired me to do a year commemorative board like she did for the year she turned 50.  It isn’t a hallmark year but I really wanted to try this and she made it feel doable!  And it is!  Mind you… the usual downside is the purchase of a few extra tools and gadgets and supplies!  OMG… always the shine object to be checked out.  But I find a piece of myself in everything I try and it melds into what my style is with some cross over techniques.

Here is one small 4×4″ square that I made that shows flaming of Shellac which is derived from tree sap…    You gotta love anything that involves FIRE!

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Strange Word?


The start of the year always beguiles me with all shapes of interesting things that call me to explore.  Some will just be shiny objects that flirt and tease but that I will let fall by the wayside as time progresses and as I come to understand that they are not the direction I need to go.  That being said, there is always something there wanting to give me a message and the important thing is to stay with it long enough to find that value and come to a place of calm and of knowing the truth of that journey.

On Facebook, in messages from past followings and from sharing with friends… I find myself exploring some of the directions available for the New Year and I give some casual attention to what is calling my name.  (My name will be significant in a moment!)  Some of these include 30 paintings in 30 days as a way to produce art in a rapid fire motion with less thought of perfection and more thought around play.  This group has over 570 people world wide that pump out their emotions through artistic communication daily!  It’s not practical for me to paint each and every day,  but I will find time to feed my soul in this way and share with that group as much as possible.

Others are means of journalling through the year… using word or art.  I have opened the door on a few of these groups and will allow it to push my exploration for the month of January and then I will evaluate who and what is speaking with harmony and creativity for the plan that is unfolding!

One website invited me to pick a word to guide me through 2016 and it involves a bit of soul searching to choose that mantra for the year… another group on Facebook asked for art journalling around a strange word of my choice.  I have watched some of the postings of some very strange words, indeed!

This morning I came to the conclusion that one of the most strange words in my life has been my name – CORLA.

Unique, yes, although I do know a few people of this name… but there is seldom any mention of this name in baby name books or offerings of interpretations for it’s meaning or roots.  So, I decided to investigate the root by breaking it down and cross referencing anything I could find in root languages… my choice was Latin.

COR is a defined as being of mind, body and soul.  That is interesting to me in that I seem to do a lot of my art exploring my life’s mission and looking inward to my own development of MBS (mind/body/soul) and that my Reverse Colouring Book© came out of a need to communicate and listen to my soul speak through imagery rather than word.

LA has always felt musical to me.  As a prefix in Latin I find the words LATEA (abounding), LAUADO (praise) , LATENS (hidden, concealed, secret) , LAMPAS (light, link, torch, firebrand)… but when I looked further to find the LA in a suffix format in the Latin language I discovered the word CAPPELLA (unaccompanied song- “no music”).  The others fit in their own way too but I really resonate with the interpretation of my name being “solitary song of my mind, body & soul”.

Being unique (of name) has been a challenging journey and yet it is so perfectly significant at this time of my life and I have a new understanding of why I fit that name today.  I look forward to putting the words aside now and pulling out my paints to let the true emotional impact of this research soak through all the layers of my being and to communicate visually what CORLA means in my artistic realm of creative forces.  I will post my painting and link to it here once it manifests itself to me… maybe it will reveal itself through the 30 paintings in 30 days when I let down my hair and play!

30 paintings in 30 days …. 2016

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Day 1 –

Just signed in today to start into a new session of 30 paintings in 30 days.  Yesterday, day one, was sacrificed to a special Vision Board retreat with a dear friend and we spent several hours ripping and tearing images and words and letting our imagination find the rhythm of what is in store for 2016.  It resulted in three pages, each with a different feel or theme so I will attach those pictures as my day one for the 30 paintings… they were an act of creation too, therefore for me they qualify!

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Day 2 –

I actually worked “off” canvas today.  I wanted to try a process that I saw on youtube or pinterest and it looked so delicate and “airy”.  The creation is here to inspire you as well.



Work in Progress

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I finally have my workspace defined in our home and unpacking and arranging both my office and art into the space.  The lighting is divine and it feels grounded and inspirational in my space.  For those times when I need to really throw some paint around I will take things to the sunroom or garage for a good old paint party!

Unpacking some canvases that I had retired during the build and revisiting the thoughts and trying to regain the same “mojo” as originally was intentioned is sometimes difficult but my “Phoenix Dance” is still there playing with me and I have started to ply some paint back into the piece again.  I am pleased with it’s progress but am not sure that it is finished yet — I know that I am getting close when the brushes start getting smaller!  I would welcome comments because true to my usual Art Journaling style of “see what you need to see” art, I know that you will see something different from me and that is so refreshing to hear about.  Normally I would go back into a background like this with high definition black lines and tease the muse’s conversation a bit, but I am sensing that the colours are strong enough to hint at imagery on their own.

Phoenix Dancing

Phoenix Dancing

Giving birth… the act of creation!

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There are moments that are significant markers in life… one of them is having children and feeling a creation stir inside of you for the time,  the rolling and kicking of your own genetic companion as you wait and prepare for that moment of introduction.

For me, entrepreneurism is much the same… you have an idea and you fan the flames of creation watching first the flicker then the flame as the fuel starts to feed itself and carry the momentum to a preconceived date where there is no return and you embark on a new chapter.

I have been blessed with this feeling (both types) many times over and the feeling is both rewarding and scary at the same time.  Scary because you realize you have the sole responsibility for a new creation’s survival,  for introducing it to the world,  for protecting it from aggressive opponents and to watch it soar under it’s own wings.  Exhilarating.  Anyone who has partaken in the act of creation will understand this description and will share in the adoption and feeding of the growing entity.

What do they say about the care and feeding of an elephant?  Sometimes it feels like I have bitten off more than I can chew but I KNOW that this has been percolating for almost a year (maybe years) as I have enjoyed having it all to myself and educating myself on it’s value and learning the speech patterns.    As I have shown people my recent art it has been met with fascination but it is bigger than me and I want others to grasp the significance in their own lives and to feel the impact of learning a language for the first time.

I am thrilled, I am scared to death… I am waiting patiently to see you utter your first words in this language.  So it will be with my Reverse Colouring Book © Art which will hit the airwaves hopefully in November.  I have created a group on Facebook by this name, I have test participants that will give their valuable feedback and I have a plan for how to bring this delivery into the world….

Please stay tuned until all my ducks are in a row and full introductions can be made.  If you are interested in getting in on the ground floor when this is introduced… please contact me through the contact form and mention Reverse Colouring Book © Art!