Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Links at Lulu are live!

Lulu has a digital version and a paperback version of "Elephant Training and the Happy Artist."  Do have a look!  Here's my store front: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lanipuppetmaker

Sunday, April 14, 2013

New Elephant Training Zine and Yahoo group are almost ready!

We are almost ready to go live.  This eZine will be in both PDF and iBooks formats.  Both should be viewable on pads and readers.  Lots of illustrations in 24 chapters.  My intention is to list in on Lulu, in iBooks, and here on my blog.  Here I'll be using a paypal link and then I'll manually send the file to you via YouSendIt where as Lulu and iBooks will be automated.  

We will also have a Elephant Training Yahoo Group for those who would like to share stories and "training" techniques (yes, and some of my collage techniques as well).  Should be an awesome, elephantine amount of fun!

Friday, April 12, 2013

We always have a choice...

First published over on 14 Secrets blog, but I love it, so I'll repeat it here!!!
"Honour that innocent monkey" Collage by Lani and textures from FlyPaper

I read this Love Letter to the World on Kate Swoboda’s site Your Courageous Life and thought sharing it might be just the thing!  I know life or people can be overwhelming, but we always have a choice...  And I really like Kate's list of options!  I think they might just be secrets to a happy artist's life!

“Whatever we see in the world, that is us, too. Cultivate a willingness to compassionately drop down into the zero center of someone else’s imperfection, and you’ll see their pain, and piece of your own. We are not so very different. We are far more alike than we often believe. With courageous hearts, we can change the world. So here goes:

In the face of complaints, look that person in the eye and imagine what it might have been like to be raised to see only what is wrong.
In the face of selfishness, wonder what it might be like to walk the world with a feeling of lack, of depletion.
In the face of insults, consider where this person first learned that it’s okay to abuse others.
In the face of disconnection, think about what causes it, and ask if your response will widen the river between the two of you.
In the face of laziness, recognise the fear of living big dreams.
In the face of extremism or fundamentalism, see the clinging, as well as the terror-filled silence that would arise for that person if they risked letting go.
In the face of controlling behavior, understand the chaos that must have bred it.
In the face of “always needing to be right,” see how often this person was once made wrong.
In the face of arrogance or bravado, hold gently that still, small piece that says “I’m not enough.”
In the face of drama or attention-seeking, see the person who wishes so much to be seen.
In the face of accusation, imagine what it might be like to live life with suspicion.
In the face of judgement or comparisons, step into the opportunity the world has just provided you for practicing love and acceptance.
In the face of passive-aggressiveness, recognise the child that wasn’t taught a safe way to express their truth.
In the face of anger, see the pain of isolation from others.
Most importantly: In the face of ferocious hatred, believe in the possibility that there exists the potential for equally as big, intense, lovely and fiery ferocious love.”

Saturday, April 06, 2013

More Flypaper Love!

"Elephant Love" Collage by Lani with TinType Textures from FlyPaper 

Whether you are playing with elements from your art journal pages, or old family photos, there's absolutely nothing like a little  FlyPaper action to add fun to your day!  I love what these guys do for my work!  And of course I adore their work!  (Once you get to FlyPaper check Jill and Paul's blogs for all kinds of inspiration!)

"Three Sisters" Collage by Lani with TinType Textures from FlyPaper 
This is an old Cabinet card that I had super fun with TinType Textures and some old favorite Flypaper.

Early passport photo with TinType Textures from FlyPaper 
This little passport photo has two TinType Textures on it.  Definitely increased my fun quotient for the day!!