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Imramma 2013!

Though I've traveled overseas and lived in the USA,
I've never done so without family and never been to Europe.

I have been VERY VERY hard at work to make this happen.

Getting a day job and juggling a lot of things.


Today I'm booked in for next year..... :) HAPPY!
PS... side trip to London for an Creative Expedition is already on the list.


  

Good Work(s)

Good Work(s) wrap bracelets.
A1hWuJjCMAAd1Po.jpg-large I am in LOVE with everything about these funky, gorgeous and worthy cause assisting rock chick items!

As a dedicated cuff wearer these took my eye in a flash, well actually my one is a gift. BUT WOW!
NOTE: AWESOME gift idea.

25% of all net profit goes to projects that this group works with.
At present these are in the USA but plans are underway with growth to expand locations of projects.

Bottom line... Rocking piece of gorgeousness ANd you are helping someone on planet earth!
WIN WIN

They come in LOADS of colours, widths and styles, bling, no bling, nail heads, sparkles or none. 

ADORE the clasp! GREAT design.

AUSTRALIA:
www.goodworksmakeadifference.com.au

USA: 
www.goodworksmakeadifference.com


Have you got one? Seen one? 
Have I been living under a Rock? lol...... I adore them! xx

Happiest Creative Blessings,
Cheralyn xx 


Blue Moon Spell ~ Spiritual Art Adventure Postcard

This mornings' arty spell WAS popular... so as requested a Blue Moon Spell.

The Blue Moon brings us a wonderful opportunity to set new goals/reset and strengthen existing ones. It is also a great time to deepen psychic connections and gifts. 

Find yourself a nice spot outside under the glorious blue moon or if that is impossible at the very least have her sighted through a window.
For this spell you will need to first protect and ground yourself, as with ALL spell work.
Protection can be in the form you find works for you or simply by surrounding yourself with pure white light from above. 
Grounding can also be as you see fit or by visualizing yourself connected to earth and then spreading roots deep within the earth to the warm glowing core.
Bring the energy back to you and feel it beat with your intentions. 
After your spellcasting, send the light back, release your attachment to the core of earth, shake, clap, yell, stamp your feet!
Come back to now and here. 

*You can also light a white candle before all the candles burn out by touching it on the flame of each. Blow it out and carefully put away in a cloth.
Repeat this spell each full moon relighting the new candles from this candle. Bringing the energy and spellworking power into each cycle to keep your goal on track and strong. 

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Creative Blocks Banishing Spell ~ Spiritual Art Adventure Postcard

I get asked A LOT for spells, rituals and blessings for Artists (this includes writers, poets, dancers and all creative souls!) ... so here goes... your first. ENJOY!

For this spell you will need to first protect and ground yourself, as with ALL spell work..
Protection can be in the form you find works for you or simply by surrounding yourself with pure white light from above. 
Grounding can also be as you see fit or by visualizing yourself connected to earth and then spreading roots deep within the earth to the warm glowing core.
Bring the energy back to you and feel it beat with your intentions. 
After your spellcasting, send the light back, release your attachment to the core of earth, shake, clap, yell, stamp your feet!
Come back to now and here.

Yes you can share it and print it out too! xxxxxxxxxxx

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Creative Voice ~ A Sense of PLACE

THANK YOU! I am thrilled to welcome so many new friends this week
and YES I will be posting some TIPS on how YOU can develop your personal creative voice over the next few weeks

Sedona_Thursday-247x343HERE's ONE... A Sense of PLACE
I think this works well as a lot of your asked me about Sedona
after seeing my painting in my last Blog Post
 
My first journey to Sedona was about 15 years ago now and while living in the USA, I was called back many times.
If you are REALLY interested in Sedona, Journeys, Meditation and finding a sense of place on earth then I'd recommend "The Call of Sedona" This book by Ilchi Lee is wonderful, for all those who have been, are hearing the heartbeat or those who simply wonder.
www.callofsedona.com (more information about the book)

From my first journey to what remained in my heart, my personal experience changed everything about the way I live & create. I was asked to go that first time by an American friend and to this day know I came home. Never in a million years could I have envisioned living in America and so being able to return whenever I pleased and I realise now that the circumstances that lead to me being there for that length of time where part of my first visit. I was drawn back, brought home to learn and to connect. The personal change in me was seen by some as "American Moxie rubbing off" :) But I know I had found where I was from and I could hear the new pulse within me.
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Ok so does that mean you create things that are Native American?
NO! Well sometimes. Actually I'd say my artwork is more directly inspired by Mexico, I did live in San Diego and spent every OTHER spare moment travelling Mexico.
The feeling of, I'm here was strong. In reality I know so many of you have already connected with place without ever going there. I wasn't so spiritually developed at the time. Oh I THOUGHT I was! So it was a big cosmic KAPOW that knocked the ego and crap out of me that first visit.
Artistically, it calmed me, it cleared my vision and made me love.
So if you are called to Ireland, ok you MAY wish to carve dragons and castles for evermore but perhaps not! 


S45Why Finding Place is important.
Finding home is what some call it. You may in fact be a transcended celestial being of light. AWESOME! But you WHERE born of this earth now and I'm guessing many other lifetimes and one of those, in fact the very first earth birth you experienced, is your Place. Your roots, your connection with Gaia. 
Finding THAT place, I have noticed IS usually one of these mystical, awesome places. I know, I can hear the cynics saying, "Oh yeah like EVERYONE was born at Stonehenge" yeah maybe! I mean there weren't many of us back then was there! 
Creativity IS connected with place. We find out deepest connection with Gaia and we are at peace.  I am sure you have heard the saying, "To create is to be human" and thoughts along those lines. We are born of earth, we create with it while being enlightened by the stars! We start here though.
We can go to our Place or back there anytime time we choose through meditation or simple remembering and we feel our original callings. 
It's not really about finding the artist, it's about finding YOU. It's a whole lot easier to create with your authentic voice once you know where you are from, connected to and to be able to work with her rhythms.


300px-Bodiam-castle-10My8-1197I can never hope to go to my Place

You know what? I NEEDED to go because I was so entrapped and covered in cosmic crap that unless I was dragged out into the desert by an enlightened friend, I would never of heard the heartbeat of my place calling me! 
You don't need to go. You just need to listen and connect. But magical things happen and you will find doors opening to physical journeys once you do.




How do I find it?

IMG_2438Ok as you can see I'm not the best at being an example of an enlightened being, but I'l share what I have noticed in others with strong connections before going to their Place. 
Meditate! Daydream, record night dreams. What culture are you drawn to? What makes your heart sing? 
You will start to get a pretty good idea of where and after more work will hone it down to a more precise location. 
Collect pictures from old magazines of what you like without too much thought. Write down the type of books and stories you like. The food that you are more drawn to, the people, clothing, seasons, landscape. Patterns will emerge for we are all carrying within us the sense of Place. 
Remeber that amazing first holiday you ever had? That awakening to fun, relaxation, adventure? I bet wherever that was can instantly inspire in you a feeling of happiness. It's a bit the same with your Place but a zillion times more intense. 

OK Got it! Now what?
For me, I close my eyes and I meditate. Sometimes for a long time, but often a minute or two.
Don;t stress out over this part. EVERYONE DAYDREAMS! Well not if I am yelling at them, but come on, close your eyes and imagine your Place. No you don't have to be the guru of visualization, just think.
I feel here warm breezes and I know the smell of her earth. In a instant I can recall those elements and I'm there. I am there each time I create, I am there in times I need strength personally and I am there to just be there. 
I may be all the way in Australia, but that red earth and blue sky embraces me. It's probably why I'm in Australia this time round. I think I needed to come a little bit closer to centre. 
My creative voice is stronger and surer now I am GROUNDED. I am not flitting around wondering. I have purpose. I can paint but I am called to do other things. I am not frustrated at apparent failures because I know it's all part of the journey. 
As my connection to Sedona grew stronger over the years, amazing personal experiences followed that I'm still working on. Doubt left me and a lightness of heart and an amazing tenacity in not only creativity but everything in this life was ignited. 

Ground to HERE and Now
Exercise: Ground to here! This is where you are now. Grab a journal, a sketch book, a camera and record here. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The more you know about here and your personal emotional connections and experiences to HERE the easier it is he find your Place. Hey it may be here! *Do you like Pina Coladas... and getting caught in the rain....* 
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see your experiences!

Sharing Time
Because I've seen this happen before, you are MORE than welcome to share your stories here, ask for help on WHERE YOUR PLACE is.
You are more than welcome to post here with your thoughts and experiences in finding Place.
I might not know but someone else might. But I will say this, YOU WILL KNOW once you find it and if you are offering your opinion to someone else PLEASE be respectful. No insisting you know better than others or especially the person! 
Play nice and share.... you can link to photos if it helps share....

Now find your place and start finding your voice! 

Happiest Creative Blessings, 
Cheralyn xx


Artists who copy Artists! YIKES!!


IMG_2670This topic raises its head so often and I usually let it slip by me.
This week... COME ON my ASTROLOGY crew, what is going on???... THIS week I have LOADS of messages from other artists pointing out people 'copying' me or those asking my advice on what to do when someone copies their artistic creations (paintings, jewellery, writing and so on)
So here goes..... CAN OF WORMS OPEN!





HOW I DEAL WITH IT
DSCF3454I don't.
I really don't give a rats bottom parts. This is not an invitation for you to start "photocopying" my work though. You better finish reading my post :)
I don't need to deal with it because I have something that not a single person can actually 'steal' from me, no matter how they mass produce and punch out my ideas. They don't have my passion, my heart, my vision and my love of what I do.
If they did, then they never in a million lifetimes would do anything as stupidly crass as directly copy another artist.

They are not artists at all, they are object/homewears/jewellery producers.
Artists have vision and a story to tell. They do not mime others. 
YOU DEAL WITH IT BY HAVING BELIEF IN YOURSELF & YOUR ART.

 

 

 

 

YOU TEACH SO THAT IS AN INVITATION TO JUST COPY, RIGHT?
Wrong!

Teachers teach techniques! But if you are blind and empty of personal connection to the Universe and your own message, then you need to go and do some personal work to open those pathways. 
OK THAT'S hard tough love.
I also know many of you will be saying 'but I can't get ideas' YES YOU CAN!

Go and get a note pad and pen, I'll wait.....
OK write down EVERYTHING you like in the room you are sitting in.
NOW write down everything you don't like.
TWO lists of things that you have an emotional response to, a PERSONAL emotional response.
Artistic Inspiration comes from emotional response. Many years ago I stood in Brett Whiteley's Studio, anyone can do it... lol I'm not being a name dropper! In fact if you want to go with me, I'm planning a trip soon, its in Surry Hills, Sydney so jump on over to Creative Witchery on Facebook for details. ANYWAY over at Brett's place I was really pulled into a notice board of his ideas. All where questions and ideas about everyday really simple things. No grand design plans there. 
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A lot of my work has wings.... BECAUSE.....I can sit for hours watching BIRDS!

See you thought it was Angels or Fairies didn't you ??    ;)

When it comes to materials I agree it can be really really tricky. You adore the effect that your teacher/artist has achieved so how do you emulate it? Well colour ways are a great way to move towards YOUR response and YOUR personal reflection on the subject. 
Also, if a teacher shows you how to do something with a certain brand/colour/length ribbon and you can't go out and source something that speaks to YOU, then can you see my point? 
It's also a WIN WIN situation. You never know what you may see, discover, connect with while doing so. You MAY just become the Queen of using multi coloured electric cord in your artwork... or WHATEVER! You will also FIND YOUR VOICE!
PLAY THE TEACHERS RECORD BUT SING WITH YOUR OWN VOICE BEFORE RECORDING.


"YEAH YOU ARE RIGHT BECAUSE I AM THE VERY FIRST PERSON TO MAKE CARDS WITH ROUND HOLES IN THEM WITH THE MOON"
No NO you are not!

Sedona_Thursday-247x343Sorry but really there is NOTHING that new in the Universe, but new ways to put things together and do them. This is VERY VERY hard to hear for many people I know it. I'm also not the first to make Talismans with wings, or paint pathways and doorways or make goddess sculptures out of recycled materials.
Look someone, somewhere, sometime has done work similar to you. DEAL WITH IT. You didn't invent air brushed Dragon-cats... GREAT IDEA but yeah no. You where not the first one to write about Fae Circles either. You can however develop your own STYLE and you most certainly can add YOUR voice and vision to what is there. It can take a long time sometimes but it's achievable. Your style and voice come from all of the above AND from what you like, what empassions you, what works for you. You may find you may also need to technically  learn a few things first Tiger!
LISTEN TO YOUR OWN HEART.

That's Sedona! I painted that over there when I found my own heart & voice. :) 

IMG_0274I hope this post helps just a little. 
I truly understand how exciting it is to see a new artwork and have that thrill of 'OHHHHH I'm GOING TO THAT!" Of course I do! It's beautiful, you are artistic, you want to try it.
Often artists and teachers do say when offering to teach you, "Look its ok if you make a direct copy, just keep it for personal use, don't sell it"
I really don't believe that. 
Create with your own voice and
if you want the exact article HONOUR the artist as you wish to be honoured and 
purchase it from him/her.
If you can't afford it, barter, sell YOUR creations or cup cakes until you CAN! 
I own many, many beloved pieces made by other artists that I could of perhaps easily (or not so easily!) created myself. 

If you are the artist worried about people copying you, then please find peace. These people may be just miss-guided, they may at times, sadly, be trying to financially/artistically overshadow you. The former can be enlightened & guided by you to find their voice, the latter will copy it anyway. 
They will steal your energy, make you sad and leech more than a few dollars and 'fame' in their neck of the woods with your design. 
Don't waste your time with those without artistic integrity......
BE BUSY MAKING AMAZING ARTWORKS
DON'T REST ON YOUR LAST ARTISTIC SPARK
KEEP GROWING, KEEP BEING PASSIONATE
PS... that's my favourite tree... come and sit under it a while and BREATH :) 

Happiest Creative Blessings!
Cheralyn xx