It’s not too late to join my current mixed media / art journaling ecourse titled Art Journaling Journey. We are coming up on week three, but the course will be perennial so you can work at your own pace. I would love to see you there!
Art journaling is a true of journey of exploration outside and inside. It never gets old, but it can get weird sometimes, but life is weird sometimes too. Here are a couple of recent art journal spreads.
“What fires you up?” I asked a friend of mine, and she said she didn’t know. I have encountered that many times on my path and I find it sad.
Are we as people so programmed, so CONVINCED there is no other way than to stay in the fold where education or happenstance landed us in life. We have to think about 401Ks, retirement funds, insurance, and basically manage our lives to a point where there is no memory of what we would like to do instead of working 9-5. Don’t take me wrong; many people like their jobs, so there is nothing wrong with that. We have to do something to be productive in life. However, there is a lot of drugs and alcohol to deafen the pain inside that comes from living a “canned” life. We are not here to be victims!
I used to do psychic readings and saw that problem A LOT, the pain of conforming to society. I would point it out, but I also knew that the person would never DARE to step out of the box. To me, that is utterly sad. All of the reasons I described above, the need for control and security in life override any soul urges. Those soul cries are squashed down and ignored to the detriment of our health and happiness.
One way to get deeper in touch with your soul is through art. Anyone who has liked to dabble with crayons or paints as a child is closer to accepting that fact, but anyone who has never tried making art is also capable of creating art that brings up the needs of the soul. It’s is a therapy as well as a joy!
Art can free you to look objectively at what lies underneath, gain a greater understanding, and inspire you to start follow those urges inside that truly make a difference in life. I KNOW that art is a great bridge between the humdrum and soul destroying to an awakened state of understanding. If you follow that path, you have the chance to liberate yourself and truly live from your own inner wisdom, create the life that you really want to live.
Even if you’re clueless as to what that would be like, it’s time to start somewhere, to explore the possibilities of who your are and what your unique gifts to the world are.
I have created a mixed media art journaling course, Art Journaling Journey, that helps to open up your creative side, and hopefully inspire you to continue to express through art. At the least you will have some answers of what is going on and where to head next.
My claim is: everyone is an artist.
You might not be called to work as an artist, but art is still a wonderful tool with which to excavate your soul needs.
If you want to know more, please click on the link. I have an early bird price going until February 23, and the course starts on March 1 and goes for four weeks. Art Journaling Journey.
I know I’m my own worst enemy… It baffles me that I can’t seem to get where I want to get with my life. Not that my life is bad in any way, but I’ve been working on making art my main career, something that truly comes from my heart. I know I can help people to find an added dimension to their lives with art. Non-artists might poo-poo the idea, but once you start playing with art supplies a whole new world opens up, guaranteed, whether you ever considered yourself art talented or not. Children don’t question their ability to create, not for one second. Not until they are told by others that they have to focus on serious things to get good jobs. Art is something we dabble in when the mood strikes. It’s a frivolous thing…. not!
I grew up with the concept you can’t make money from art, and you have to get a decent job to make your way in this world. True, in some ways, but you sell your soul along the way, unless you’re doing something you love. Most people hate what they do, and I don’t want to fall into that trap again.
I have decided (something I have to re-decide every day) is to fully follow my heart. My heart has held steady over the years even if I have meandered from this to that over two continents, mostly hating my jobs–except my writing career, but that’s another story.
This decision is not a New Year’s resolution; it’s a decision that sits in my bones now. It’s kind of a life or death situation… my choice.
When I got really firm about pursuing this goal all the way, all hell broke lose financially. Out of the blue I lost one income, and then I had to have a big rotting tree removed from the yard. It ain’t cheap! Then my computer croaked, my main artery to uploading my art tutorials and such. Learning Windows 10 now… Anyway, those expenses pulled up the old patterns like clockwork. To pay for this, you have to get a job right away. I’m a responsible person, but fearful thinking sucks.
BUT, if I stand my ground and make this goal a “MUST” the universe will yield and my pattern will break. Believe me, I have been working on breaking that pattern for years. Fear is a wondrous, useless thing, and it’s bone deep too, but I have a streak of stubbornness.
Through this somewhat painful journey (at times) I have felt totally alone. However, that has helped shift my focus to wholly rely on my inner self and not seek (or gotten) support from others. It’s a lonely path, but wasn’t the Hero’s journey a lonely one as well?
To accomplish something worthwhile it’s sometimes necessary to strip away all the fluff and the distractions, all the excuses, and all the opinions of others (who aren’t REALLY there.) They can’t be. Everyone lives in their own bubble.
I’ve been creating some art tutorials and art e-courses and I love every minute of it! Full commitment is the only thing that will gain any kind of solid result. It might not be monetary, but it will certainly be fulfilling. So, even if January kicked my butt, I brushed the dust off and by gum, I will never give up living my life doing what I love!
What do you love doing the most? Leave a comment if you feel so inspired.
P.S. I have a four week e-course going right now. We’re in week 1 so far. It’s called Art As Oracle and it combines art making and doing an intuitive reading for yourself via the art. Art As Oracle. $49
I have been busy too this last week with creating Art As Oracle. I had a great inspiration for an e-course that combines art and intuition, a very basic and fun course. You can read all about it below:
I started the new year with a bang! I’m excited about this new e-course I created that combines art and intuition. You can read all about it below:
If you have trouble letting go of limitations; if you doubt your ability to make art and have a connection with your inner self, this e-course is for you. UNLEASH YOUR ART AND INTUITION NOW using simple techniques.
To me, art is the perfect medium to explore your intuition, though there are many methods. For myself I use a blend of art and writing, but I have discovered that the simpler the method, the better. I guarantee you that ANYONE can learn to get accurate psychic information for themselves, and I would love to get you started! You don’t have to be an artist to take this e-course!
Example of an intuitive art expression. (Everyone’s art will be different.) The main message I got was “it’s safe to fly even in stormy weather.”
What you will gain:
New ways of making art.
You will learn how to let go and trust the information coming through the art.
You will have several ways to access your intuition, something you can use all the time.
Deepening your intuition will help you make better choices in your everyday life.
The guidance will make you feel more sure of your inner abilities.
Get back to the very basics and find that things don’t have to be complicated in life.
Get fast and easy answers and solutions to problems.
Let loose your art muse!
Why take this course?
This course is for you if:
You wish to explore a childlike way of creating without pressure to perform.
You long to learn a new way to get to know your inner self.
Make some art to open up your creative flow.
Use simple techniques to access your latent intuition.
Unleash your creativity.
Challenge inner blocks and move past them.
Kick fear to the curb.
You will have support as you open up your intuitive sense.
You will open up the door to future art expression if you wish to continue.
Pretty much all of my life I have loved making art. I have tried every style imaginable, and I’m always amazed at what comes out of my explorations. I also spent years as a fiction writer, and in the last 20 years I’ve been doing clairvoyant readings for the public. I’m at a point where I’d rather help people develop their own intuition since we all have it! Think of a muscle that has been sitting unused. When you start exercising it, things happen and new experiences come forth, enriching your life in untold ways.
Another EXAMPLE of intuitive art. The main message here was to break the boundaries and allow what makes me happy to burst through.
This is a four week e-course and a bonus week with a guided meditation.
Over the course of four weeks you will learn four different ways to access your intuition via art.
Week 1: We will play with paints on paper and interpret the forms that come through.
Week 2: We will use a doodle technique.
Week 3: We will work with random words and colors.
Week 4: We will explore using written text and art.
Week 5: BONUS! An audio meditation that will inspire a finished art piece that you can use as guidance and inspiration in 2016. It deals with how to transcend an internal block using meditation and magazine images, plus paints.
You will learn to interpret the messages in the art (with my help if needed.)
You will receive four art videos with voice instruction, available on Mondays, starting on JANUARY 25, 2016.
I will also supply an intro video where I explain about intuition and how to read the messages, plus HOW to ask efficient questions to your inner self.
To explore your art results and learn how to read them, there is a dedicated Facebook group where I will personally help you interpret the art and give you other tips on accessing your intuition.
This course is great for beginners and art veterans alike.
It is a $75 value and a bargain at $33 until January 11, and then it will go up to $75.
I’m a long-time mixed-media artist and writer, and I have combined my knowledge into various e-courses and YouTube how-to videos. I’m excited to share this e-course with you, and my hope it that it will inspire you to explore your creativity. The adventure does not end as you finish your course, but is the beginning to a new life of exploring creativity and your inner sixth sense.
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“The spiritual guidance and expertise I’ve received from Maria for the past 15 years has successfully shaped my career and personal life. Her accuracy is undeniable.” Cheryl, Professional Feng Shui Practitioner.
“I’ve always been a believer in psychic abilities therefore on referrals I saw Maria Greene. I went in with an open mind and hoped for answers regarding my past, present and future. What amazed me Maria did not want any information other than the questions I wanted clarity on. I was blown away how accurate, kind and honest she was…. She didn’t say what she didn’t see. She is very intuitive and a caring reader!! I will definitely go back and recommend her to others.” Shannon, Canada
“I have been getting readings from Maria for a number of years. She has helped me explore my deepest self, past lives, guides and inner longings as well as helped me when my path has not been clear. She is one of the most gifted readers I have ever encountered.” Sharon, Florida
“Maria created a safe space for me to explore further with her after her initial reading and provided some amazingly accurate insights into what’s been going on for me. She brought so much truth to the surface, it brought tears to my eyes. If you’re at a cross roads or having trouble focusing or making big decisions, Maria will bring clarity and focus back to your life so you can move forward with certainty”. Natalie, England
What are you grateful for this coming Thanksgiving holiday and every day?
If you’re not feeling grateful for your life, you can shift your mindset easily by making a CHOICE to be mindful and look around for things to be grateful for.
Either you bitch and moan about the every day grind or you find something to be grateful for. There is always the possibility to step out of the box that you hate. All that is needed is a decision to do so, grow some balls, and claim a new destiny that is laced with happiness and gratitude.
I have a huge list of things that I’m grateful for. Art is pretty high up on the list since it’s my deepest passion. Lately I’ve been thankful that I can let loose and create like a child again. Judgment is a heavy yoke to carry, so why carry it? Young children don’t judge art.
Every moment is new, truly.
Every day is another chance to make things better for yourself and others. When you’re happy and doing well, you walk around inspiring others just by being. That is pretty awesome.
Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for today and include three passions you have but never make any time for. Which one has the highest charge? Take a step even if it’s tiny toward manifesting that passion. Small steps create big goals. What makes your heart sing?
There is no time to waste on nonsense that other people told us to do. How do you want your life to shape up from now on?
I’m going deeper into my art. I can’t really set a creative goal since I never know in what direction the art will lead me, but I do have a practical goal: do some art activity every day! Funny how good that makes me feel…
Feel good today. Gratitude will automatically make you feel good. 🙂 A first step, right?
Thank you all who read this blog. I’m truly grateful for you, and many blessings this holiday season coming up at warp speed.
I made an art video that was supposed to be “raw” unplanned art and it turned out to be doodle mania. Link HERE.
This is a picture of the doodle mania art journal spread.
P.S. I have some other tutorials you can check out and try HERE.
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder, right? To me, ugly is okay. I googled free pictures of “ugly” and there were a whole bunch of them, all wildly diverse. Who decides what is ugly anyway? I saw the toad picture and thought of the saying “ugly as a toad,” but truly, he’s kind of cute, warts and all! After all, he is Kermit’s half(?) brother…
Do we judge something as ugly because of the colors or the shape? Opinions are as diverse as there are people. Then there are clueless people who don’t like anything, but they are not important in this post.
As an artist, I deal with “ugly” every day. Many times I judge my art as ugly, or that the result of a day of painting turned out ugly. However, a friend might come by and totally love the piece. Who am I to judge??
I think it’s about making art in the face of fear and failure. We make art because we love it, not so much hoping we are going to outshine Vermeer or Michelangelo. Still, it can be painful to have your art judged as ugly, or that you hate the result. What counts is that you showed up at the blank page.
We all start somewhere. The technical skill might be lacking but the essence of the person who made the art shines through. Especially if it’s not a copy job. It can be hard to fly in the face of trends. The cuteness factor is hard to compete with if you’re painting mostly in black and gray.
No one paints like you or me or Vermeer. We are unique and we came here to share our unique gift with the world. Share the good vibe as they say. 🙂
Artists who keep coming back to making art “has to” share their unique vibe and it’s a beautiful thing.
The point of this post: don’t compare yourself to others. You will never paint as cute as they do, haha, but your art is important. If you consider your art “ugly” own it and be proud of your accomplishment. Someone might come by and fall in love with the piece, and then what are you going to say?
We share at the level we are at. We might no be a genius like Mozart or Leonardo, but our art is just as important if in a smaller scale. If you touched only one other person, that would be enough. Then again, as you practice your art, you may dig deep into your inner genius, and then your name will be on a plaque in a museum too. You never know unless you keep on going!
Let’s go paint some ugly pictures! I’m excited. 🙂
P.S. I have a bunch of short free tutorials and a couple of paid ecourses on my other site. If interested you can check them out HERE.