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Life’s a Beach! Using Drawing to Develop Intuitiion

Detail from a recent intuitive stream drawing reading/ copyright Elaine Clayton 2013

In a recent visual-intuitive meditation, using drawing to access intuitive knowledge (I share this method in my book, MAKING MARKS: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing/Simon and Schuster/Beyond Words due out in May), I saw in a past position, a figure with the #2 (see in brown color) which to me signifies “daughter” or sisterhood, as well as some other associations. A beach scene appeared. All the associations of beachiness (not a real word, but it works here!) came to mind: the feeling of recreation, childhood dreams and sunny days. There is a large wave approaching, which didn’t feel scary, but more like the way life moves us on, away from our carefree days and into the rest of life. I enjoyed coloring in this beach scene, but it is only one way to perceive the shapes and lines. When sharing this with the client, it resonated for her in that she had many beach memories and it gave her a chance to see ways in which the good times in life were stored within her, no matter what else life brought (amongst other meanings that came to her).

Guest Poet: Amy Miller

Poetry is a way of expressing thoughts, feelings and experiences in a transformational way because it takes us out of the ordinary.  Celebrating special life events through poetry is a natural for poet Amy Miller.  Amy serves others joyfully through PoemsToGo. “I create original poems,” she says, “and original speeches and toasts.”  I asked Amy about her inspiration and she said her beloved father inspired her most.

I used to love it when my Dad told me stories and my grandparents.  Their stories stuck with me and when I lost my Dad in a tragic accident,  I turned that loss into something poetic and happy,  that’s how I created PTG –  The testimonials speak for themselves and I know my Dad would be very proud of me as I am of him, he was my role model, taken away too young when I was only 12 years old. “I used to love it when my dad and grandparents told me stories. Their stories stuck with me.” When she lost her dad in a tragic accident, the deep anguish motivated her to create. Amy says, “I turned that loss into something poetic and happy, that’s how I came to create PTG. The testimonials speak for themselves and I know my dad would be very proud of me as I am of him. He was my role model, taken away too young when I was only 12 years old.”

Amy’s ability to turn her despair and grief into an artful mission to help celebrate the events of the lives of others is very inspiring to me as an artist. If you’d like to explore her poetry or have an up-coming event that needs an excellent, original and custom-made poem, you’ll enjoy Amy’s site, www.poemstogo.tv where you can read sample poems for many occasions.

Below is a picture of Amy with her father at the beach when she was young:

Post Traumatic Stress and Art

Elaine Clayton copyright 2011

You can relieve symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress through creating art. I don’t say that as an authority on PTSD, but as an artist and person. I’ve experienced first hand the healing power of creative play, drawing and art making in general, as a way to “just be” and to feel calm.

It is a year after Hurricane Sandy and one of my sons and I still get a physically ill feeling when we drive anywhere near the house we had to rent briefly during the hurricane (we were safe there, and luckily didn’t get the rental BY THE BEACH which would have made it all much worse since all those homes flooded, but we still loathed the place we were in–think moth balls and too much porcelain and glass—and were freezing for the entire week after the hurricane). My only answer is to create. My son instinctively longed for and started building models this weekend, saying he loved, “peace and quiet” while putting the models together. I am in the studio making art to let the ptsd of that time drift away. Bless all those who still do not have their home life or housing resolved, and bless those who valiantly advocate for them!

Guest Artist: Karen Siegel’s Amazing Collages

It is such a gift to meet an artist who creates work that really captures my spirit. I want to introduce the wonderful art of Karen Siegel. These collages strike me as so positive and liberating, while feeling harmonious and playful. I love them, each one evokes very different feelings.  See below a little collection of some of her latest work:

Which one is your favorite? I cannot decide, but love something about each one. The way Karen uses color, she lets the viewer shift moods easily and with enthusiasm. I feel I’m in a good dream, or remembering something I thought I’d never forget when I gaze at her work. It is as though I knew something all along and didn’t remember that I knew it—there is a real transformative feeling in each collage. And Karen shares her vision and techniques with others, so if you’re in the tri-state area or visiting the East Coast soon, you might like to have an art session with Karen. I’m so happy to share her work here!

Karen Siegel (seen at work here) is an artist living in Westport, CT and teaches art at the prestigious Silvermine School of Art. She shares here talent, offering workshops and private lessons and can be reached at artkaren@aol.com

“Light Up Your Mind” Posters Now Available!

Light Up Your Mind Poster / copyright Elaine Clayton 2013

I posted this art on Facebook recently and many people have asked me to have it printed up as a poster. I am happy to say posters are now available for ordering! Each one is 16″ x 20″ on semi-gloss paper. They are $ 25.00 each, plus $3.00 shipping (to cover the mailing tube and postage). To order your LIGHT UP YOUR MIND poster, just go to the Intuitive Readings page here on Illuminara.com and send me a message by using the message box on the right of the page.  Thank you!

Intuitive Mono Print: Yellow and Blue with Rabbit (Abundance and Fear)

A recent intuitive mono print:

Yellow Blue with Rabbit/ mono print acrylic, pink and colored pencil Elaine Clayton copyright 2013

Rabbit symbolizes many things, including abundance or fertility and fears. I’d also encourage anyone to allow their own personal meanings and associations guide them as to the meaning of rabbit (when coming across rabbit on any ordinary day or dream).  In this intuitive mono print, I found a person tossing coins and the yellow circle became sunshine and reminded me of a coin. Coins are tossed to make wishes (and to place bets?). Fertility sometimes translates as being “rich” and having abundance. Fears want to be conquered or worked with so they evolve into strengths. Wishes are perhaps urges toward abundance and away from fears, making bets or taking risks may be foolish at times and at others the only way to go. What risks would you have to take to remove or to overcome certain fears? What would be lost or changed?

Akashic Records, Soul Keeper

Akashi Records/ mono print and drawing/ ink, watercolor and acrylic on paper Elaine Clayton copyright 2013

As I created this mono print, half the fun of it was not knowing what would happen. Art is most enjoyable when I am surprised by it as it progresses.  What emerged into my consciousness via an image on paper was a sense of purpose (symbolized by the appearance of the whale–known as the “Keeper of the Akashic Records”).  What seemed to whisper to me during the drawing phase of this mono print was the spirit of life purpose (after the print was made, I went about finding the meanings and the imagery anew).  The discovery, through experiences, of my purpose in life, and how each of us finds what that means to us as individuals kept coming to mind and heart.  For me, the purpose is to realize that all these constructs I’ve found myself in (life roles–that of daughter, teenager, wife, mother, artist, teacher, etc.) are there to show me who I am. I can easily see all the ways in which I need to grow more loving, more patient, more internally loving. The roles I’m in only show me the reflections of ways in which I need to grow, and sometimes ways in which I have over time.

“What is Heaven to You?” Dream

I dreamed that a woman took two sweet young girls around to people at a gathering and the girls asked everyone, “What is heaven to you?” When they came around to me, and asked me that question, I looked them in the eyes and felt so much love, innocence and promise, that I responded, “Heaven to me is YOUR EYES.” In this dream I was filled with that feeling of love, life, light and all things good and I felt the message was that it really is true: the light within us, that life force energy, The Source of Life that is heaven is within each of us, and the light in our eyes is proof of that.

Do You Talk to Trees? They Talk to You!

Tree Entrance/ ink and watercolor/ copyright Elaine Clayton 2010

Yes, I talk to trees. They talk to me, actually. I see faces is the leaves, bark and limbs. Even as a girl, my eyes were gazing out the classroom window, and I was mesmerized by the blurring, glowing clusters of greenish gold leaves, slowly swaying in the breeze.  I felt soothed, loved, and as though I were a part of something mysterious and good–nature was out there calling to us and I was tuning in.

I remember once years and years ago when I lived in Atlanta, I needed a change but had not done anything about it. I knew I needed to make a big move but hadn’t made myself actually do it. One day, looking up at the shimmering leaves in the trees, the trees I gazed at every day for peace and solace, I distinctly felt them say, “Time to go.” Their shimmer and sway had a different look that day. I can’t describe it, but it was there all the same, and it surprised me. You know it’s time to go when the trees around you shove you along. What was needed from the inside out (my knowing it was time to move) was reflected for me in what was outside of me, and for the first time, I really got the message. I moved not long after.

We just had the summer solstice a few days ago. In rural Texas farm country, I was taught by a neighbor when I was quite little, to put small offerings “for the fairies” at the tree roots on the solstice. I was delighted to do so and do this often, still, solstice or not. I really do think connecting to life in the most fundamental way is important for wellbeing. Opening up to feeling and sensing the magic in nature, the love and energy of growing life and thriving greenery is very essential to feeling whole. We are not separate from the environment, and it is there to support us. What you know inwardly will be reflected in what you absorb outwardly. All that surrounds you speaks to you.

My new Tree of Life Oracle deck will be available this fall on Amazon.