Notes for the Anxious No. 1 Don't Worry about the Money

Don't worry about the money. Don't do it *for* the money- you don't need extravagant vacations to escape your life if you are doing more of what you love.

The Inter-Connected Web of Existence: a painting with a message for these times, step-by-step

"The connections we make in the course of a life- maybe that's what Heaven is" 
- Fred Rogers
I love when a painting I am working on teaches me real life lessons and works itself into my consciousness so that I can not ignore what it has to say. The painting seems to lead an open dialouge in those moments- it's what keeps me moving down this path. I don't believe in casual coincidences. I don't think that one of my oldest friends and I just happen to think of one another at the same time, on the same day, and then just coincidently reach for the phone at 3:15PM on a Tuesday to catch up after weeks of letting life stuff get in the way.  Like Carl Jung, I do believe in synchronicity; I believe in acasual connections, meaningful connections, collective consciousness. As a species we are all connected, and so is every being here on Earth and in the Cosmos, and it was from this place that this particular painting was expressed. 

Exhibition at Riverside Art Museum: Opening Tonight

After a year in the making, I am thrilled to announce that my exhibition, Affirm Your Colorful Life, (a part of The 52 Project) opens at Riverside Art Museum:
Thursday July 7-24, 2016.
Private Reception for Friends and Family: 5:00-6:00 PM
Public Opening coinciding with Riverside Artwalk: 6:00- 9:00 PM
3425 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside CA 92501

Open Your Own Doors: Show Up and Hop To It Already

Don't wait. Do not sit around and wait. Whatever it is you most want to do, just get up and start doing it. We can remind each other of this one daily, you and I, whatever it takes to not forget it. Don't look at people doing what you wish you were doing with envy- they just got up one day and got started too; they got up this morning and did it all even more. 

What doors would you paint so you could open them too? Don't wait.

Preparing for a Juried Art Show: Pasadena ARTWalk Oct. 10

Last month I was so delighted to announce that I was chosen by a panel of jurors as 1 of 44 artists to be a part of the 10th Annual Pasadena ARTWalk! I am now in the last week of preparations as the show is only a few days away on Saturday October 10th. From the moment I received my acceptance letter, my mind has been reeling with ideas for new work and all the necessary preparations that I've needed to get underway. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how I've been preparing for a juried art show:

Hot Off The Press: Coloring Books and Coffee MeetUp

There is nothing like gathering up your favorite crayons, markers, and pens and settling in for a couple hours of coloring until your heart is content. Adult Coloring books are all the rage right now, but let's be honest...they've never left my book shelves! I've always had a serious obsession with all things color-related. My favorite book in first grade was "Purple, Green, and Yellow" by Robert Munsch and I've worked my entire life, building up my collection of markers, crayons, pencils and things to color-in to match that of the main character's , Brigid, for this very moment: 

My first grade self is freaking the heck out right now.

Oh, my GOUACHE! Work-Life Balance: Teaching, Painting, and Play

Confucius may or may not have advised us to "choose a job you'll love and you'll never work a day in your life," but regardless, it's good advice. At this point, I maintain a part-time job as a Behavior Therapist for children with Autism while teaching Art and Yoga Classes and working on my own artwork, so work-life balance is something of a myth around here, though I love everything that I do. I believe that creative entrepreneurial-ship is a lifestyle, not just a job, and this past weekend really stretched my balancing act as I taught FIVE yoga classes in two days, three of which were back to back!

New Growth: Now Teaching at Roots for Wellness Center in Sierra Madre, CA

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley in Sierra Madre, CA, Roots for Wellness Center opened its doors this week to offer residents opportunities to develop self-love, acceptance, freedom from pain and the freedom to move their bodies through "the practice of yoga, meditation, massage, bodywork, life coaching and facilitating teacher training programs". I immediately felt connected to the space and its owners and knew it was a great fit for expanding my business, so I was delighted to attend the Grand Opening!

Right Now: Inspiration

"Afrofuturist Portraits of Cloned Empathics Can Feel You Watching Them” 
SayaWoolfalk, February 2015. Click Images for more information.

Pastels. Neons. Patterns. Geometrics.

Rituals. Repetition. Meditation.

Exploratory forms and organic growth.

Crystaline Formations. Luminosity. Texture.

All of this is fueling me creatively RIGHT NOW.

This Week in Children's Yoga: Imaginary Play Takes Us to the Beach

This week in Children's Art and Yoga, we went to the beach! Using Imaginary Play to take your little yoginis on a field trip is a great way to appeal to all of the senses, build visualization skills, and incorporate yoga postures and strength training naturally.