Wednesday, July 22, 2009

more ICELAND pages

I am still processing my photos and ephemera from our ten days in Iceland during the solstice.
Vikings and their wonderful festival in Rekyavik.
Arches of wood and stone, Cairns along the highway marking the path for a thousand years.
Sun and sun and sun with no moon or stars.
Cameras and driving and ponies and sheep and more sheep and even more sheep.
Waterfalls, rocks, geysers, rainbows, ocean, cliffs.
Hot springs.

I just truly loved this country and hope one day to go back.

"Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers, that the mind can never break off from the journey." --Pat Conroy

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

finally some more pages to share. . . .

"Get a Mac!" they all said.
"You will love the way it handles graphics."
"You will make movies, and scans, and photoshoppy magical collages, and make magazines, and your life will be perfect and wonderful and full of unicorns and rainbows," they said.
So I did.
I got a MAC.
and my life hasn't settled down yet into a routine and it has been SIX painful months.
I am pretty good with this computer stuff.
and yet, still.
So finally, I just took out the ole camera, snapped the photos of these journal pages, and dumped them here using my OLD TRUSTY Vaio and all my old software.
My Mac just won't talk to the scanner and it really hates my printer.

I will keep at it (I have no choice at this point, the old system is at home with the family, now.)
Last night at our monthly journaling meet-up, I did these three pages, so here, finally are some images I can share of actual journal work. I was so sorry to miss the last two meetings with travel, as it is always wonderful to work on journaling in community.

I do hope YOUR computers are co-operating with YOU, and more importantly, that your journal is there for you, as is mine!

"No pressure, no diamonds." --Thomas Carlyle

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Sacred Practice"

Those two words sort of make my heart beat just a bit faster.
I realize that my journaling is my sacred practice.
The triple strike of: 1. I am setting up a new computer arrangement in the studio, 2. at the same time as meeting some deadlines, and our 3. family reality is in huge flux, so my normal making of pages, scanning and posting them here has gotten quite off kilter.
When I have news, when I get the scanner talking to the computer, and when I am back in the routine of my regular sacred practice, there will be more pages here to share with you.

In the meantime, I am following my own advice (that I seem unable to remember so very often) and BREATHING and doing YOGA and just being in each moment as it comes.

(now go work in your journals!)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


I am having a hard time with a new set up in the studio - can't get printer/scanner going, so in the meantime, here are some words from RUMI that feed the soul:

Enough Words

How does a part of the world leave the world?
How can wetness leave water?
Don't wash a wound with blood.
Do you put out fire with more fire?
No matter how fast you run, your shadow always keeps up.
Only full overhead sun diminishes your shadow.
Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.
You must have shadow, and light source, both.
Listen and lay your head under the Tree of Awe.

More journal pages to come as soon as my machines co-operate - Now go do some juicy work in your journal and allow yourself to have an Art-gasm!

Monday, July 13, 2009

UPDATE on Et Studio - more journaling pages to come.

Until I can get journaling pages uploaded, here is an update from the studio:

I had the good fortune to visit some amazing places in June.
First was Breitenbush Hotsprings in central Oregon, where I will have a solo show of my Mushroom Collages at their annual Mycology Festival in October. Mushroom experts from around the world come to share science and ideas about this amazing family in the plant kingdom, so I am honored to be included in this work.
I was then lucky enough to be able to take a Nature Spirits Shamanism course with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies on Mt. Shasta in Northern California.

Finally, with my husband, mom, and youngest daughter, I drove the Ring Road around Iceland for a glorious ten day journey during the Solstice. We were within a few miles of the Arctic Circle, so the sun never set. It was a magical experience I will never forget, with many views of glaciers, rainbows, waterfalls, and countless Icelandic sheep and horses in the very green landscape. Having studied Viking Runes, it was a treat to actually go to a Viking Festival and see some of the old ways reinacted.
Some photos are here if you would like to see more:

Other news is that the end of July, I will be selling my work at SpiralHeart Camp in southern Pennsylvania. Look for journaling pages about this wonderful experience in the blog early in August.

The first issue of Creativity Cafe should be out the beginning of September - so thank you for your subscription order if you already subscribed, and if not, I will be sending out another ET Studio update when the magazine goes to print so you won't miss out.

Our lives are in transition now, as we face decisions about our future in this uncertain time, but my art and my Shamanic work continues to keep a solid foundation under me -- I hope and pray you also feel supported in this changing landscape.

bright blessings,