Monday, September 8, 2014

i believe in you~

i believe in you.
so believe in yourself.
you can do anything you want to do.
it's true.
you are just as important as anyone you know.
you are powerful.  (even if you don't know it yet)
you are a beautiful soul.
you can manifest joy in your life.
just by being you.
you can do anything you want to do.

there is an amazing force within all of us. sometimes it's in hiding. we have to discover it for ourselves.  to reach deep down inside and remember who we are.  no matter what, we can change the course of our lives.  all you have to do is believe in yourself.  start with one little mantra each day.  choose joy.  receive everything with love.  don't take anything personally. we are allowed to shift our perspective.  what you saw yesterday, you might see differently today.  it's ALL in how we look at the world….at ourselves…at each other.  so, wherever you are and whatever it is, you can be anything you want to be.  it's true.

this is star mica from wrightsville beach rocks in wilmington nc.
(the most awesome rock store ever….with the most amazing women taking it all on.  nicole and kristin are SO knowledgeable and intuitive …they know just what to show you and when.  this little baby has rocked the love in our house…. 
i highly recommend getting yourself a good piece of something awesome to assist you in whatever you need at the moment :) 

"where do you want to go?…..go with all your brave heart" 

and don't forget to "trust your intuition"…..because you are brave.  yes, YOU are brave.
and you are love.  

"be love"

cheers to you and wherever you are in your journey.  
if you want to make a change, you can do it.
just decide today and you're on your way to doing whatever you want to do.
i've made some changes lately that feel amazing.  a 30 day cleanse was the beginning to an even deeper transformation than i could have imagined.  besides losing some pounds and inches, i have a new found energy and level of excitement that i didn't have before.  i feel even more amazing than i did…and feel like the sky is the limit.  nothing can stop me on this journey i'm on.  every single day, i want to continue to feel amazing and do something positive.  i want to meet everyone where they are.  i want to   be an example and live "the four agreements".  i want to tell everyone i know that i believe in them….that it's never too late to make a change or do something you love.  to fuel your passion. 

this is proof that anything can be done….. look at that amazingness…..
so, do it.  whatever it is that you need/ want.  today is the first day of that journey.
make it happen and grow strong.
because you are love…...


*and on a side note, i would like to share an experience i had last week.  ….. proof that people are awesome.  i have a workshop coming up and it's called "BRAVE-INTUITIVE-YOU".  i love to paint that way…intuitively…fearless…and brave.  my mantra is "be love" (i'm sure that's a popular mantra)… so after naming my workshop and putting out to my peeps here in little wilmington nc…..i happened to see on Facebook a post from flora bowley about a really cool blog thing she has going on.  so i went to her blog and ……GASPED!  her blog is named, yes, you guessed…"BRAVE INTUITIVE YOU"… here's what i did.  i messaged her on Facebook and told her about my workshop.  i assured her that i had no idea this was her blog name…her brand.  she responded and wished me the best for the workshop.  ….we corresponded back and forth for a minute…i had also written in one of my journals before "roots and wings"….this happens to be a workshop that judy wise, misty mawn, katie kendrick and stephanie lee held in utah.  again, just writing words that come to me.  we agreed that we are all kindreds.  likeminded spirits with a collective consciousness going on…..i just want to say thank you to flora bowley and to all the other beautiful artists out there who share and know that we are all on a sacred journey, all connected.  those who are compassionate and understanding….thank you.  
if you are looking for an awesome workshop, go HERE, for flora's "bloom true" e-course.  you will love her~

Thursday, August 21, 2014

feeling the love

feeling the love….
summer. gardens full of sunflowers.  chickens scratching
 in the dirt.  honeybees foraging.  annual beach trip with our friends.  rainbows after storms.  girls just being girls.  relaxing. reading lots of library books.  making lots of art.  being love.

this video makes me happy

upcoming workshops:
i will be teaching "collage play" at random arts in saluda, nc, oct. 11 and 12. i love the fun vibe there….jane makes it comfortable and cozy and there's shopping too! art supplies and cool clothes…a little bit of everything :)this makes it so convenient when traveling, as she will have plenty of supplies for the workshop!  it's a great place to visit, especially in october.  we will make a hand stitched, coptic bound journal and fill the pages with collage and my "explosion journaling" techniques. i will demo some of my favorite collage and journaling techniques and photo transfers! FUN~~~~~  there's a beautiful waterfall just up the street that is well worth the short hike…
reserve a room and come on! 

 "a painted journal" here in my "heARTspace" studio in wilmington, nc, oct. 18 and 19. my friend jenny wentworth and i will be teaching a collaborative workshop where we will make a hand stitched , hard cover journal and learn techniques to paint, collage and decorate the cover, then jenny will teach her beautiful portrait techniques to fill the pages. a quiet and intimate setting, filled with soulful creativity, you will not want to miss it!!

"plaster covered heirloom journal" at the cameron art museum, museum school on nov. 1 and 2.  my friend melissa manley and i are happy to be teaching this class for the second time! you will leave with a beautiful, tactile, heirloom quality, plaster covered journal.  melissa and i both bring to the table our shared expertise and knowledge….collage and journaling techniques and lots of plaster ideas along with our shared passion for teaching art.  we have such fun teaching together and it's contagious.  please join us if you can for this awesome workshop! 

(carolyn with her plaster covered journal at the last workshop)

and here are some of my
 journal pages, a little art and bookmaking from this summer. 

(this piece was inspired by michael franti when he was here and was auctioned for "do it for the love foundation".

making art at the beautiful "wrightsville beach rocks" location. heart filled journaling...

art on the porch during a visit to my friend in nags head, nc.

feeling the love is all about doing whatever it is that defines what you love to do.  for me, (besides the obvious, like spending time with family and friends, etc.) that means creating.  a lot.  everyday. it means surrounding myself with people that bring light and love into my world, and me doing the same for them.  it means taking really good care of myself in every way possible.  and being fully present with friends and family. and raising my bees and my chickens….growing my own food.  feeling the love, is being the love….keeping the peace and knowing when to say yes…knowing when to say no. 

choose joy.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"A Painted Journal" collaborative workshop with Jenny Wentworth in Wilmington NC

Jenny Wentworth and I will be teaching a collaborative workshop here at my "heARTspace studio" in Wilmington NC, October 18 and 19.   We will make a beautiful hard covered art journal filled with Fabriano Hot Press Watercolor Paper.  We will paint, collage and finish the cover with some of my favorite collage and mixed-media techniques, then fill it with beautiful paintings.  Jenny is know for her soulful and dreamy painted figures and faces.  She will take you step by step into her world of painting, sharing with you her very own techniques and secrets along the way.  You will go home with a beautiful, coptic bound art journal with your  paintings, and lots of ideas to keep it rolling when you are in your own studio.

You can find all the information HERE to sign up for this awesome workshop.
"heARTspace studio" is a cozy and intimate setting with limited space.  Please sign up early to ensure you have a spot.  Limited to 10 students!

we will make this journal and begin to fill it with beautiful paintings under jenny's instruction

simple coptic binding, matte board cover and beautiful hot press fabriano watercolor paper

a blank canvas for you artistic adventure….

my journal cover~

Jenny, Judy, and me in Judy's studio during my visit to Oregon~

Making art in the hotel lobby with Jenny and my girls~

Jenny whipped this up for me in my little art journal ! 

See you in Wilmington!! 

Monday, May 5, 2014

blog tour…and teaching plaster heirloom journal making

blog tour….

while heavily anticipating spring and all the beauty that surrounds us during this spectacular season, i have received an invitation from my friend suzanne to join a blog tour.
i had just gotten home from a big trip to oregon and washington and was feeling a bit overwhelmed getting back into the swing of things at home, but said "yes"!  i am honored to be part of this virtual blog tour and look forward to seeing where it all goes.

1.  what am i working on?

wow, this is such a loaded question!  what am i not working on??
so, i'm working on cleaning out the refrigerator and trying to get a little more organized around my house and yard….fresh flowers in the gardens, my new bee hives, building a chicken coop for 3 chickens i am getting from a friend and much more.  all of this excites me so and i am inspired in ways that keep me going creatively as well.  so, seriously~~~  i'm working on (constantly it seems)  to stay grounded and keep my focus on my dreams…..taking my art in new direction and building on the foundation which i have been working on for so long now.  i'm working on staying dedicated to such things as my yoga practice when all else seems to get in the way…..balancing taking care of me while also raising a family, being a wife, and doing all the things we all want to do.  i'm simplifying.  and working on sustainability.  and trying all the while to keep the little voices in my head from bringing me down, as they often can when all is going so great.  i am teaching, learning and beginning in many ways to find myself.

2.  how does my work differ from others of its genre?

my work is just a reflection of me.  it's my vision, my journey and my imagination that i work from.  i am so inspired by so many artists and have struggled in the past to find my own way.  i received a great compliment from an artist i admire dearly while i was in oregon.  she referred to my paintings as "my style"….and that truly made my day.  although it changes with my moods and my feelings or even the seasons, i use my imagination to paint and journal.  i often work with the sound of a memory in my mind, drawing from real life experiences and also nature, the sea, the mountains.  i gather many things along the way and incorporate them into my work.  my mom's writing journals are stacked in my art studio and i tear bits and pieces from them to add to collages and all of my mixed-media paintings.  she is all around me and in all that i do~

3.  why do i write/create what i do?

i create to keep myself afloat.  from a young age, i kept journals, sketched on anything i could find and was constantly making things….whether it be macrame, pinch pots, pillow cases with little needlework,  knitted scarves, prints with potato stamps….i was always creating something!  i create because i have to.  i want to document this journey, so i work in my art journal everyday.  i often wonder what will happen to them when i am gone from this little life…and imagine my daughters sitting down with my journals one day, as i have done with my mom's journals.

4.  how does my writing/creating process work?

i crave mornings.  upon waking and making my tea, i end up outside in nature, and then in my art studio.  i start my day each morning with journaling and then see where it leads me. often, sketches in my journal lead to paintings or some type of mixed media art.  inspiration comes from within, from my memories, from photos, the sea, and all kinds of places.  there are times when i wake in the night with an idea that i have to write down and then am inspired the next day to follow through.  it seems that my brain is always thinking up ideas and ways to make things….i get quiet at the end of the day and use my lavender and serenity oils in my diffuser to assist with relaxation and sleep ;)

my friend melissa manley and i co-taught this weekend at the museum school at the cameron art museum!  we had the most awesome students and they created beautiful plaster covered heirloom journals filled with texture, color and energy.  teaching art brings me joy…xo

carolyn with her beautiful journal

my journal before paint.

etta's journal with a little bird house tucked into the plaster and the beautiful texture she created.

first layer of paint on mine before about 3 more layers…and still working~

we had a great time teaching this class and will offer it again in the fall.  i am also working on an online class and will have more info. in the near future.

as for the blog tour……i have asked a few friends to participate and they have declined due to the time constraint and the awesome things they have going on that are keeping them busy.  so, instead of saying that it stops with me, i would love for any of you reading to join in and just leave a comment on my blog with your blog site listed !!!  all you have to do is answer the questions i have answered and then ask 3 others to do the same.  they will answer the same questions a week later than you and you will list their blog addresses on your blog!  it's simple and fun!  join if you feel you have the time and would like to share your story.  

embrace all of your moments that add up to this thing called life..
explore…create…and share~