Yoga and the artist- Lion’s Breath

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This morning’s pose/Pranayama (yes, it is a combo deal!) was empowering and fun. I like sticking my tongue out and pouring my breath out like a lion. I am a Leo girl so this pose/Pranayama was right up my alley. Thank you Yoga With Adriene!

This is what I’m working on now in my Sunroom Studio. This is a page process in my art journal all about meditation….

 

After I finish my Artist’s Way Morning Pages, I read something inspiring and lately that has been the remarkable book The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson. As an artist and a freelancer (writer and publicist) it is a challenge to survive financially from one month to the other. Honestly, at the end of the day when I get everyone fed, I say a simple prayer of gratitude. “Thank you Jesus that you gave me the ability to feed everyone today and keep a roof over my head and keep a floor beneath our feet.” I’m a big prayer. I pray constantly. I flip a switch and the light comes on, I say Thank You. I run a bath of nice warm water and that’s a Thank You moment too. Everything, and I do mean everything, is essentially a Thank You moment.

So Marianne’s book is particularly helpful to me as daily financial life is a huge challenge. It’s risky to be a freelancer. But I have been in freelance land for so long, I accept the challenges as well as the ginormous blessings that come with being able to use my creativity to make a living.

It’s part of my job to create pitches for my clients. I create radio pitches for airplay, pitches to send to venues the artist would like to play, pitches to magazines to write stories about my clients. Today, Marianne talked about a friend who was a clever screen writer but who shook in her shoes when she tried to pitch a project.

“Her mind could formulate a pitch, but only her spirit could be inspired and inspire others. In summation, there are Four Rules for Miraculous Work Creation
Be Positive
Send Love..
Have Fun
Kick Ass
Amen
– Marianne Williamson, The Law of Divine Compensation

I have difficulty with the have fun part of this equation, but I am determined to try harder. I like the Kick Ass, Amen part though.

Wishing all of you a happy, positive, loving, fun and kick ass evening!

 

 

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Yoga and the artist

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I’m two months into a new yoga practice. I am proud of myself and that is ok to say to myself; that I am proud. I am proud that I get up, get my The Artist’s Way Morning Pages done (that is also a new practice) and hop on the mat to “find what feels good” as Adriene, my online yoga teacher puts it.

This morning I learned Sitali, a Pranayama practice. Pranayama is breath practice; the ability to marry the breath with the movement. I am a big fan of Nadi Shodhan pranayama, which is alternate nostril breathing. It is an immediate way to calm the heck down, refocus, reshift, reset. I love it. I tried to link to Adriene’s tutorial but couldn’t get it to work. So please visit https://yogawithadriene.com and search for Pranayama.

So Nadi Shodhan is rockin, but now I am in love with Sitali as well. Nothing like siting in a modified hero pose and taking a deep breath with your tongue hanging out of your mouth rolled into a taco shape. Now that, my friends, is a great way to start a morning.

I’m still working hard (art is hard work) to record, edit, add music to, upload new art videos to my youtube.com channel a few times a week. Generally, I rise around 5:30am, put some coffee on, do my 100 (a set of isometric exercises I do while the joe is brewing) pour my cuppa, head upstairs to yoga and write, and then head back down to my Sunroom Studio to record a video. After my Moonstruck work day is done, I upload and edit the video then upload it to youtube too. Yep. That’s a lot of work. But I think eventually it will be worth it. Eventually. It has definitely kept me on my toes. I am not tech savvy. Wasn’t born with a mouse in my hand. So there’s been this giant learning curve to navigate to learn to video, edit and upload and then promote videos. It’s all rather….time consuming.

Here’s one of my latest videos. I like the idea of Gallery Wall art but all the cutesy white frames just really don’t appeal to me. So here’s a video of my take on a cool Gallery Wall piece. It’s a mosaic cross on a repurposed Belvita Biscuit box I painted black. Hope you enjoy. Thanks so much for reading.

 

 

 

 

Launching a youtube channel takes a lot of time…

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June 30, I was honored to be a participant in Shannon Green’s Inspiration Conspiracy video hop. I was invited early this year and since then I have done a major sprint to learn new technology. I was not born with a mouse in my hand and haven’t had jobs that required me to learn much more than very basic computer skills. Shannon’s invitation meant I needed to “learn” youtube and I needed to learn to shoot a video in a tutorial, over-the-desk style.

Shannon was a remarkable and encouraging teacher and cheerleader. I created a video about making tie dyed bookmarks for Inspiration Conspiracy.  To date, it’s received over 1300 views, which is a lot considering I’m completely new to creating videos and I don’t really know what I’m doing.

Since June 30, I’ve been recording how to and instructional and show-and-tell art videos daily. I’m steadily improving my skills in Movie Maker; learning to edit, add and control music, add photos, and other cinematic skills.

https://www.youtube.com/user/le0moon2

I’m also working full time so there’s that as well as this….

I also launched a yoga practice over the past month and a half. I’m 45 days into a daily yoga ritual. Whether it’s Goddess Pose or Hero Pose or Yoga for Complete Beginners (I am raising my hand- that’s me) or Yoga for Anxiety ( a personal favorite), starting my day on a mat has worked wonders for my physical and mental health. I’m really grateful to Adriene at Yoga With Adriene. She is my personal yoga trainer.

I realized last night, I’d allowed my blog to lapse. And I don’t want to lose connection with my writing again. Did I mention launching a youtube channel takes a lot of time?

Thanks for reading and allowing me to be a part of your day!

 

Journal a Day June 27-Blister Pack Shadow Box

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Journal a Day June 26-First Day of Summer journal cover

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I talked about the totally awesome Jennibellie July Challenge at JournalWorkshops.ning.com using tissue paper to create abstract art. I used Jenny’s technique to cover a former biscuit box and then used twine to create flower stems and used painted desk paper (my desk liner made of paper bags)  for the flowers.

I haven’t bound this journal because I’m not sure what direction it’s going to go. I am very pleased with the cover and was able to use stuff I had around the house to make it.

You really don’t have to go to a craft store and purchase a lot of stuff to create art. Look at the things around your house with an eye for crafting. The natural world is full of wonderful crafting supplies: sticks, stones, flowers, leaves and other gifts from nature make wonderful art materials.

Before I had any supplies, I perused youtube.com videos to check out supplies people were using for crafting. Then I scouted around my house to find similar items. One of my best early finds was realizing the bottom of a worn out pair of flip flops made a great rubber stamp.

Do what you can with what you have. And have FUN!

Journal a Day June 20-24: Mama’s Birthday

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My dear Mama’s 78th birthday was June 21. I traveled to Belmont to  be a with her and my daddy and the rest of my family. It was a particularly joyful reunion, as last time we were all together, we were navigating a health crisis. We are so glad our MAMA is still around to see her 78th  birthday

We celebrated at the newly opened Nellies Southern Kitchen in our little town of Belmont. The remarkable Jonas family opened the restaurant as a nod to their hometown and their mom, grandma and great grandma, Nellie.

We had an excellent dinner. Nellies biscuits were light and buttery and served in a bread bucket instead of a basket. The Pimento Cheese with crostini was divine. We were happy to hear these and other Nellies treats will be available for take out along with pastries and other breakfast fare when Nellies opens their morning service.

The food was simple, elegant and unabashedly southern! Homemade mac and cheese was served in an individual size iron skillet. Green bean casserole was served in another individual skillet. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, drunkin collards, barbecue, and shrimp and grits were beautifully served and delicious.

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The serving plates were gorgeous, the glasses, napkins, silverware all beautifully designed but so distinctly southern grandma’s kitchen. Nellies decore is stunning.  A massive cotton bole, metal and glass, hung over the bar and the space featured huge paintings of southern landscapes. The chandeliers are white and showcase thebirds of North Carolina.An entire wall is dedicated to Nellie, and features a giant painting of her, replete with an iron skillet and spoons hanging from her waist, cotton in her dark hair, and a hound dog at her feet.

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And the MUSIC! The house band is phenomenal and waiters and waitresses routinely took the stage to sing. Butch and the band blasted out beach music, old gospel tunes, new country songs and greatest hits. We ate, we drank sweet tea, we danced and celebrated the joy of being together.

A restaurant can have a great chef, a great menu, a lovely setting, but without heart and soul it is nothing. Nellies Southern Kitchen has the sweetest atmosphere. Everyone is happy to be there. And that sweet spirit and warm love is palpable. It is evident Nellies Southern Kitchen has a perfect combination of downhome southern elegance, style, food, music, spirit, and soul!

 

https://m.facebook.com/NelliesSouthernKitchen/