Tuesday, July 7, 2015

We are Poets & Painters! (Beyond Words Part 1)

When the four of us (Anne-Marie Colwell, elle o'dowd, MK Shaw, and myself) decided to undertake putting on an art show, we had no idea what it would grow into. We wanted it to include poetry and art. Simple enough. After all, our group is comprised of poets and painters, and we had been meeting sharing these things just for the sake of sharing. Even the title of our show, Beyond Words, started simply and flowed out easy-peasy. We wanted something that described going beyond poetry. What we got was something so much more. 

The name came to mean TRULY Beyond Words. As I can't even describe the beauty and alchemy that occurred. I can attempt, but really what happened is Beyond Words. 

For the longest time, the show seemed far away. Each time we met we would add a little bit here and a little bit about how we wanted this thing to take shape. Dates were hammered out. Anne-Marie masterfully took on the task of applying for a United Arts grant. We decided which poems would be included in the show. Elle set about inquiring about permissions for use of the poems. We made BIG decisions like wanting this to be more than an art and more of a community project. MK contacted PACE - Center for Girls about the possibility of our group visiting their school and presenting a program supporting poetry education. 

Things started to fall into place. We got the grant! PACE was onboard and receptive to our coming to visit. We began actively working on art and working on our PoeTree. 

It was truly an amazing experience working with this wildly wonderful women. The most significant aspect for me was the freedom to express ideas. I believe that this is truly the heartbeat of a great collaboration. Even if those ideas aren't the ones that come to fruition, just the simple act of being able to voice ideas that pop up without fear of ridicule or rejection. All things were considered. Even the challenges we faced were met with bravery and thoughtfulness and honesty.  Lots of tears and hugs and laughs were shared. This plus the actions that we took is how we created this magical show. 

My lovely little family on opening night!

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Week of Magical Thinking...

It is finally here. Our annual family trip to Sanibel Island. We always go around the week of July 4th, as my dad's birthday is July 3rd, so we have a lot to be thankful for and to celebrate. There is pure magic on this island! I know it to be true! This is a place where dreams bubble up and incubate in the warm Florida sun. Our bodies are in motion, riding bikes, playing tennis, frolicing in the sea (for real, this is where frolicing actually takes place!) And our imaginations are in motion as well. Dreaming, planning, and thinking of a future living by the ocean! Life on the island always instructs me to Simplify! To wake up early and go to bed tired from the day. Nature reminds me of her texture and her perfection and her quiet strength. I inquire of my self. I listen. I gain clarity here.

On this island, dreams seem within reach. I want to soak up each delicious moment. With this in mind, rather than walking around with my phone trying to document my feet in the sand (actually I have wanted to toss it into the sea quite a few times already), I'll catch you up on some pretty awesome things that have happened over the past few months...like our Beyond Words show and Myrtle, the PoeTree!

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spirit Animal #4-Dolphin

Summer is here! This dolphin was inspired by walks on Sanibel Island at sunset where dolphins can often be seen playing in the little waves. Our annual family trip to the island is underway and I think we were all overdue for some dreamy sunsets, salt water, and family fun! 

This painting will be the 4th in my Spirit Animal series where we will explore a little about Native American Animal medicine and learn how to paint this happy jumping dolphin. These classes are limited as my goal is to do 12 total, so sign up early if you are interested. Here is the link for the July 11th class which will be held in Deland, Florida at Funky Trunk Treasures. 

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!