Friday, November 30, 2012

Fearless love

"Fearless Love" collage by Lani
"The more you take care of yourself, the more you can take care of the people and things you love."
                      -Christine Arylo, author of Madly in Love with Me

A very cool part of Christine's book is the "Daring Act of Love".  She's got nearly 30 of these little tasks which are guaranteed to boost mood, encourage creativity, and just plain make you happy.  So one of my favorites is what she calls "Self-trust Tic Tac" in which you counter fear, anxiety, doubt, confusion, etc. with a little (as in a tic tac) self-trust and love.  Here's the secret tic-tac: you put your hand on your heart and say "I choose to have faith in love.  I choose to release my faith in fear."  You say this until the fear releases its grip.  It doesn't take very long.

Then of course I'd make some art to anchor the feeling into all levels of consciousness.   Try it and let me know how it works for you!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Follow your heart

"Follow your heart" collage by Lani with help from FlyPaper and Papaya Art
Here's a "Love Boost" from Christine Arylo's Madly in Love with Me (pg.110-111):
"Whenever you feel down about ... yourself, try boosting yourself in one of these ways:
...Be kind, gentle, and compassionate with yourself by saying nice things out loud to yourself.
...Put your hands on ...your heart and send pink love vibes.
...Ask, 'What can I do to take better care of you?'"

Try this "Love Boost" and make some art and then see how you feel! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Make a Wish

Morning Pages collage by Lani, "Make a wish"

"What would it... feel like to have such unconditional love and respect for yourself that only situations and relationships that reflect that same unconditional love and respect would be acceptable to  you?" - Christine Arylo,  author of Madly in Love with Me

Here's SARK on Succulence and Self Love

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Imagine a world full of love...

Imagine a world full of love...
"Imagine" collage by Lani (with help from FlyPaper)
"Imagine generations of girls and women who never suffer from eating disorders, who refuse to tolerate an abusive or toxic relationship in their lives, without guilt or obligation, rendering exhaustion and the sense of being overwhelmed obsolete, ancient diseases only read about in textbooks."  - Christine Arylo,  author of Madly in Love with Me 

(Yes, imagine...)

"Speak up for Love" Collage by Lani (with help from FlyPaper)
"Where there is love, there is nothing to fear." - Christine Arylo,  author of Madly in Love with Me
"Dream Medicine" Collage by Lani (with help from FlyPaper)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Subversive Book Alert

Collage by Lani (with help from FlyPaper)

Watch out, there's a new, highly subversive book out there.  And if you want to be a happy artist this may be your best investment this year!  It's all about creating more joy, freedom, and love, right here, right now!  I just wish this book was around for our ancestors, seriously!

While in college I worked as an au pair/domestic support person at  an orphan's home.  I loved how the kids seemed to feel so proud and happy with themselves when they were working creatively.  Later, while working as an art therapist in NYC, I loved how people were using the creative process to pull themselves out of some rather negative life situations.  One woman I worked with explained it this way, that in the art room she discovered that she could love who she was, that there was something in the creative process that allowed her  to love herself more, love others more, and be less dependent in her relationships.  There was more freedom, confidence, and joy.  Because of that, she was more capable of doing things for herself, which increased her sense of self worth.  What if I'd had a book back then, chock full of ideas, tasks, questions, and art adventures?  This would have been great not just with the folks I worked with, but also with my own adventures in creating a happy artist life.  Okay, you want to know what the book is (and maybe why I call it subversive)?

Christine Arylo's newest book "Madly in love with me; The daring adventure of becoming your own best friend" is truly a great idea, a sort of "Self-Love Handbook" full of wisdom, reassurance, and of course love.  Oh, and there are these amazing interactive links that you can follow to create a richer experience.  (It's in paperback, so the price is fine, and the kindle version has an even nicer price!)

If you want a peek at what it's all about there's lots of ways to peek!  No risk at all!  First of all, there's the You Tube Self Love Station, full of sweet and inspiring videos.  (My favorite so far is Self love book with Kris Carlson, but who knows what tomorrow will bring.)  There's the facebook page  MadlyInLoveWithMe, and a Madly In Love With Me website which has freebies, a chapter, meditations, coaching, retreats and workshops.

"Take a stand and make sure that, from this day forward, your relationship with yourself is as important as every other relationship in your life."  - Christine Arylo

PS - Why did I call it subversive?  Because if you can truly love yourself, you are truly free; free from the marketing messages of the media, free from negative or abusive relationships, free to live your life and be the very best you can be.  Truly free people are brave and willing to speak up about what they feel is important, without being afraid of judgement or criticism.  Isn't that delightfully subversive? 
PPS - You may see some extra subversion in future artwork on this blog, heavily influenced by "Me Art" prompts from Christine's book

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New FlyPaper Love, French Receipts

Collage by Lani (with help from FlyPaper Overlays)
Background paper by Lani (with help from FlyPaper Overlays)
Yes, I'm stuck on FlyPaper.  I love the spindly, spidery script on these  FlyPaper French Receipt Overlays.  They really are beautiful.  I've used them as backgrounds on my morning pages.  They suit the seriousness of these old tintype kids.
Collage by Lani (with help from FlyPaper Overlays)

Collage by Lani (with help from FlyPaper Overlays)

Monday, November 05, 2012

For anyone attending my workshop at the Summit

I hear there's confusion about the download so I'll post it here:

In addition, here are some awesome links:

Roland L. Freeman, “A Communion of the Spirits; African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories”

Roland L. Freeman Gallery

Quilts of Gee's Bend Catalog

Brief history of African American Narrative Quilts on Prof Susurro’s Blog

Kyra E. Hicks - Black Threads - An African American Quilting Sourcebook (website)

The Prayer Flag Project Blog

Darn Good Yarn

Spirit Cloth (beautiful blog)

India Flint