Neurographic Art

I’ve recently come across some posts and videos of neurographic art, and before I even looked into it further and discovered its therapeutic value, I loved it. The style reminds me of some art that I was doing several years ago a great deal. When I first started seeing it online, I knew that I was going to have to give it a try. Last night, I saw down and started a piece. Below are a few pics of the progress from last night. When I get further along with it, or perhaps after finished with this first one I’ll come back and post. It feels good to be creating again!


Happy Beltane

I’ve still been a bit out of touch spiritually, so Beltane snuck up on me! This day of the year marks the midway point between Spring and Summer and is a joyous time in which we celebrate life. The warming of the earth, fertility, and growth of this time of year not only awakens the trees and flowers, but it is also a time of more vitality for us humans too. It’s a coming together of masculine and feminine energies, which is very beneficial and potent when it comes to stepping into fully balanced power and harmony.

Another thing about Beltane is that it’s a day of the year in which the veil is thin. At Samhain (Halloween), the veil is very thin between the worlds of the living and the dead, while at Beltane, the veil between our world and that fairy realm is said to be at its thinnest. It’s a good day to soak in the energies of the blossoming fertile earth and celebrate it by enjoying the greening up of plant life and bountiful spring blooms. An important way to honor this day, in addition to appreciating our plant life and fertile soils, is fire. A bonfire is ideal, but for those who do not have the space to do that, something as simple as a candle to honor our strengthening sun with fire is just fine.

Even though I wasn’t aware of Beltane’s approach, something was stirring in my soul as I sat down with my art journal twice in the past handful of days (which is another thing I’ve been out of touch with) and did a few primitive sketches. My skills are rusty, but I’m sharing them anyway because I’m so happy to be getting back into it, plus I am a fan of primitive art, and because of how appropriate they are to mark Beltane.

How much more Beltane can it get? 😉
I call this one inner wisdom, due to the unplanned owl integrated into her body. The candle…Beltane much?

Have a wonderful Beltane everyone! See you next time.

Embracing Introversion

This morning, I sat in appreciation of the quiet time before the city truly wakes up. It’s often the best time of day for me, as an introvert. The few precious hours before anyone is stirring and wishing to communicate are priceless. For those who are sensitive, creative, and/or introverts this alone time to simply be in one’s own space and company is a necessity. We often ignore or neglect this need, because our society wasn’t geared around those traits.

From early childhood, we are taught that we are supposed to surround ourselves with others and strive to be on the go almost constantly in order to be successful, or even “normal”. Many introverts buck against their inherent personality in order to fit in, and at times even wonder what’s wrong with them for not fitting into the extrovert mold. I sure used to!

It’s unfortunate that it took something like the social isolation of a pandemic and my own extended illness to have it sink in that I don’t need to force myself to be someone I’m not in order to have a fulfilling life. After two years of so many people practicing social distancing and creating bubbles of trusted others in order to try to avoid becoming ill or make others ill, I clearly saw that those years of forcing myself to be more social than I had the energy for didn’t make my life better for having done so. Actually, it made no change at all except for depleting myself. I wish I hadn’t been too ill to really run with it, but the knowledge alone is a treasure.

All of this makes me wonder how many other introverts had similar epiphanies during this time. Now that things are returning to what many consider normal in terms of the social whirlwind, I think it’s important that introverts work to retain the space we need. As for myself, when I push myself beyond my endurance with socializing, things feel like they are spinning. I lose myself sense of being grounded and present.

Not only that but I lose my ability to focus and create, because my energy stores are too depleted. Another way I’ve started to think about all of this is that creating things whether art, writing, music, or any other thing adds tremendous enrichment to our world. While we may struggle with those who do not understand how our creative process works, it’s not a battle worth undertaking as what we put out into the world is appreciated and needed. Even by some of those who might give us a hard time about the amount of space we need to put it out there.

At the end of the day though, it isn’t about them or anyone else. The point is that we all thrive in different ways and have not only the right but the responsibility to do so, because the world needs all of us to be shining. Just think of all of the wonderful things which wouldn’t exist if we were all the same. A key thing to remember is that we do not need a global pandemic to have our need for space validated, or for it to be a handy reason for taking it. While it can be hard to say no, I feel that now is the perfect time to build that muscle before we forget how.

So, dear readers how many of you have had similar realizations about your own lives during the last few years and what do you plan to do with what you’ve discovered?