Saturday, February 26, 2011
Another ARTful Journey (Part II)
It rained most of the time I was in California...it even snowed. But one morning, the sun was shining and I took a walk to fill my lungs with the cool morning air. It had been such a long time since my feet hit the ground free of snow, ice and slush.
I closed my eyes and let the sun shine on my skin as I walked the beautiful grounds in Las Gatos.
This was my second time at this retreat and the second retreat I have ever experienced. It is more than just learning new art techniques. This is a place where connections are made on a whole other level.
It's fitting actually that the setting for this retreat is at the top of a hill where the Sisters reside. Nuns who open their doors to us so we can experience sisterhood, a deep connection of the heart and soul. This is the building where they reside.
While I could never trade in my family for the nunnery, I envy their lives in a way. They are able to live with their tribe everyday and share their passion with each other. I am not nun material by any means, but I am so grateful to them for opening their doors to us so we can get a taste of sisterhood even for a short time.
I mentioned in my last post that I struggled through Jesse Reno's process. He is a very generous and passionate teacher. He is a natural storyteller as well. I was mesmerized by his stories of synchronicity and life lessons, how they all intertwined. I have never met anyone so passionate about his art before. It was awe inspiring but also difficult at times. Being an intensive three day workshop, there is not much time for processing, you just DO. Having time to look at it now, I guess I can say that I was rattled by the process and affected by the intensity in the room. This workshop is not for those who wish to take it slow, feel it out and sing Kumbaya. This is physical and raw and could open up a box inside you that you thought was sealed and stored far far away.
This is where my TRIBE comes in. The women I met last year. (Some who were not there physically, but I carried them in my heart). The new friendships I made this year. The faces of those I heart so, they helped me move along, work through it, and ultimately grow. I respect these women so damn much. Each and every single one of them inspire me through their journeys and their desire to be better and strive towards their dreams.
I never had a tribe before. I always wanted one. I would pray to God to send me just one friend who got it, who got me... Well, in the last few years, she has sent me an army. I am beyond grateful for these gifts and I sincerely hope they know how much they enrich my life and help me move forward. I hope I do the same for them.
I think when we have this kind of tribe, we can't help but get better. We are inspired by each other's success and we cheer and cry by one another's side. These women make me want to keep reaching. They still believe in me when I forget. It's nice to know I am not going at it alone.
For me, this tree represents what is possible this year as long as I continue to listen to my heart and work hard towards my goals. I look forward to seeing my heART sisters again this year. I plan on seeing them as much I can.
Here are some paintings I have finished since coming home. I wanted so badly to paint pretty again. I love the Spring palette I went with. There are canvas paintings and mini art book journals inspired by my Bestie Mindy Lacefield. I'm seeing her in just a couple of months in Hampton Virginia!!!!
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