Monday, March 30, 2009

You, Yourself, and You: A Self-Portrait Workshop

I am excited to be offering a workshop all about YOU on Sunday, April 12. Really, it's all about you!

In this workshop you'll create three mixed media self-portraits. These self-portraits can be as literal or symbolic and you want them to be. There are no rules, just your openness and willingness to explore and play! Think collage images, wax, paint, string, feathers, glitter, found objects, and more!

If you know of someone who may be interested in this workshop, I would be grateful if you passed this blog post along! Thank you!

You, Yourself, and You: A Self-Portrait Workshop

When: Sunday, April 12, 2009: 1-5pm
Where: Rising Bird Healing Arts
Cost: $60 (cash, checks, and credit cards accepted)
To Register: Email Courtney at

In this hands-on art workshop, we will explore the self in three parts: past self, present self, and future self. Using mixed media collage as our medium, we will cut and paste together meaningful images to reveal who we once were, to celebrate who we are now, and to imagine who we might become with some nurturing and encouragement. Feel free to bring meaningful images you’ve collected. Otherwise, all art supplies provided! Light refreshments provided.

Space is limited, so register early!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Authentic as the Iris

Radiance and Authenticity, mixed media collage, 6" x 8"

With some stellar help from Mlle. Mishel over at Eat Dirt and Write, I have been exploring my authentic self -- the self that radiates Courtney-ness without self-consciousness and worry. This self just is. An image that seems to embody this feeling of authenticity for me is an iris (at least for now -- it could change at any moment).

What I didn't know about irises until I did some searching was that an iris has three large petals called "standards" and three outer mini-petals (or sepals) called "falls" (see iris diagram in background of art piece by clicking on image for larger view). I wonder if my life is a bit like these standards and falls. Sometimes I feel vibrant and visible (I'm still working on this one) like those prominant petals and often I feel like I am peeking out from behind my life like a little fall.

In what parts of your life do you feel more like a bold standard and when do you feel like the subtle and delicate fall? What would happen if you played with these aspects of yourself a bit? What if you stepped back to observe more in a situation in which you are usually leading the show? Or what if you took a risk and flared your colorful petals at the world with one of your hidden (or at least not so visible) gifts?

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Wee Bit of Sharing

In my latest issue of The Healing Nest Newsletter, you'll find lovely art pieces by two amazing women artists and bloggers. I want to highlight them here so you can see for yourself how fantastic they both are.

First I'll introduce you to Karin Bartimole of the Beyond Words blog. Karin creates her art in a journal and posts her powerful creations daily.

This art piece to the left is Karin's Feb. 16, 2009 entry.

Alberta McCullen, of the Amusing Muses blog (a blog she maintains with her sister Ava), creates vibrant, soulful art that ignites the imagination.

This piece to the left is Alberta's Awakening Strength, Compassion, and Wisdom.

Alberta and Karin: thank you for sharing your beauty, creativity, and strength with me.

Please visit these two inspiring blogs!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Shine, mixed media collage, 4" x 5"

I've been thinking a lot lately about my relationship to shining. I am perfectly comfortable feeling the sunshine on my skin and surrounding myself with shiny, sparkly things, but I am not so sure how comfortable I am with being the shining one. I have always known I wanted to be influential in some way, but right now I am feeling confused about the idea of being in the spotlight.

For instance, what is that feeling I get right before my art shows, when I look at my partner and say, "Wait. You mean I have to be here for this?" Ah, the spotlight.

How do you feel as the shining one? Do you feel comfortable with the idea of being known, even well known? What about right-out famous? Do tell me: do you prefer to be behind the scenes, in the shining spotlight, or somewhere in between?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bring on the Tweets!

TWEET!, mixed media encaustic, 6" x 6"

I am ready for the tweet-tweety-tweet energy that comes with spring! It has never bothered me that birds like to wake up so early (and thus wake me up). I like to know that the birds have such open throat chakras. Sometimes I chirp back to them and say, "Yeah, you say it, bird!" and "Yes, tell me all about it!"

It's gray in Seattle today. Extra gray. Super-saturated gray. So here's a little lively spring energy for this monotone day: Chestnut-backed Chickadee (click on listen button).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vernal Tricks

Vernal Tricks, mixed media encaustic, 8" x 10"

We're in this season of vernal tricks: simultaneously, hail pelts the earth and the sun warms the sidewalk. Frost hardens garden beds and the green heads of daffodils open their tongues to the sky. It is the time of year where I feel like an acrobat, tightrope walking the edge of winter, fearing I'll fall back into its depths, and hula hooping my way into sexy spring, my hips loose and uninhibited. This in-between time is a tad erratic, a smidgen hopeful, and certainly confusing.

How are you feeling as we roll into the season of green?

Monday, March 09, 2009

Hope and Feathers

And Baby Makes Three, mixed media encaustic, 6" x 6"

For L & J and the hope that they're giving to a beautiful baby boy.

Saturday, March 07, 2009


Uncover, mixed media encaustic, 8" x 10"

Look closely. Deeply. Sift through the moist earth. Listen to your heart's thumping echo. What do you uncover when you scratch for letters, dig for images, travel through the tangled roots of your life? Who is singing? What messages are waiting to be held in the light?

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Just Barely Emerging

I worked on encaustics for a good, solid span of four hours today (here's my trick: this is what I do when my business is a little slow!). I worked on several pieces, and I seemed to be playing with the image of spring--spring emerging, spring dormant, spring hopeful, spring elusive, and so on. I clearly have spring fever or spring-itis or restless spring syndrome (RSS!).

With my mask strapped on and my heat gun in hand, I took over the kitchen and made a royal mess (sorry, Walaka!). Here is one of my creations from today:

Just Barely Emerging, mixed media encaustic, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, March 04, 2009


My friend Tatyana shared this video of Elizabeth Gilbert's speech, and I want to share it with every creative person I know! Do you resonate with Gilbert's sense that our creative impulses are not held tightly inside us, but are energies/entities we encounter?

Monday, March 02, 2009

Incubating Possibility

Incubating Possibility, mixed media collage, 4" x 6"