Tag Archives: creativity

Defying The Grooming: Showing Up As A Rebel of Presence

Throughout our lives, we get groomed to be acceptable to others: our parents, our teachers, employers and society at large. For those with lived experience with grief, mental health challenges, chronic disease or abuse, the stakes are even higher.  We … Continue reading

Creativity As Exploratory Surgery

Expression through creativity is many things: colorful, raw, poignant, a statement. Creativity is also something else: Exploratory surgery for the soul. Feeling angry? CREATE Feeling depressed? CREATE Feeling betrayed? CREATE Feeling pain? CREATE Reach inside that wound, pull out the … Continue reading

The World We Create – New! Painting in Progress

What lies within you?  Fire? Water? An alternate universe?  The sea?  So much lies within:  heart, soul, mind, emotion, nerves, breath and love. This painting seeks to encapsulate through line and color what lies within. Painting is a new creative … Continue reading

I Am From: Surviving Trauma and Becoming A Phoenix

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Success, Hopes and Dreams 2014 Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference.  As part of the advocacy I do with the Truth Leadership Council of the Domestic Violence Council, I offered the opportunity … Continue reading

He’s A Sophisticat: Journal 52

What makes you smile?  Have you stopped to consider that question?  For me, living in a city that has a vibrant arts scene, strong community and urban landscape (Omaha, Nebraska) makes me smile.  Animals make me smile as well, especially … Continue reading

Draw Them. . .The Journal 52 Project

When color leads the way, the soul cannot protest.  This thought kept playing through my mind as I made my cover for the journal 52 project.  An artist friend of mine told me about the project and encouraged me to … Continue reading

Naked Art – Revealing Ourselves

The subconscious mind is a mine, holding nuggets of gold for those who dare to travel into the dark to find the light.  Such is the nature of art.  The creative braveheart pours his or her Spirit Energy into each … Continue reading

Breathing Lessons

Not so long ago, I needed to learn how to breathe.  What?!?  What self-respecting person doesn’t know how to breathe?  Well, I have learned that there is breath and there is breathing.  Think of all the ways in which we … Continue reading

Untangling The Soul Through Art

Pain and confusion are often looked upon as bad things; things to avoided at all costs.  Yet the creative process responds to pain and confusion by drawing us in (figuratively and literally) and asking us to play with it.  Mold … Continue reading