Kinks are worked out and new blog is officially up…hope to see you there

I’m officially moved and all set up….I’m providing a link to this morning’s post “Word Play and the choice of Creative Energy…a bear or beauty?”

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You can sign up on the blog page if you’d like to join me there. If not, may your trails be lovely ones…take care.

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Hope to see you on the new frontier…still working out a few tech kinks

oh dear…still trying to get the mailchimp account linked up with a button for people to subscribe to the squarespace blog…tis been breeezy up to this point. In 3-4 days, it should be working.  In the meantime, here are links to recent posts …hope to see you on the new frontier. Hope all is well.

the Call of the Soul

“Seeds of Benevolence”, a meditation

the new website is at www.bebebutler.com you’ll be able to find me there

 

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Officially moving to Squarespace within the week

I just wanted to post a notice that I’m moving the blog and opening a squarespace site, http://bebe-butler-z19h.squarespace.com/. Within the week, I’ll migrate this address to that one, so you’ll still be able to find me at bebebutler.com and sign up for email posts in a week or two.

It’s a big decision and I’ve sat with it for a while and am now just going to leap. Why? I discovered that in order to install newsletter plugins and sell online art journaling teaching tutorials, I would have to migrate all my data from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. To do this, I would have to pay a techie who knows how to dance with code. That was no small fee.

I did a trial account with squarespace and these are the pros and cons of moving:

Pros:

1) Squarespace is so easy to use and requires no coding. Whenever you do get stuck, they have customer service that is supreme. Within a day, they send you a video that’s easy to follow. I love them.

2) I don’t have to keep paying techies. Squarespace isn’t free but in the long run, it’s cheaper for me because I can make all changes myself without code headbanging and techie hunting.

3) They have great designs in terms of templates and I can expand creatively in the ways I’d like to right now.

Cons:

1) I lose all my followers and wasn’t able to import most of the blog posts. I’m really having to do the zen thing and let go in order to move on.

I’ve been recalibrating in terms of the direction I want to move with all of this. I  want to  teach art journaling techniques but also the healing part of the process that’s about opening up to muse magic.  Anyhow, I hope you’ll join me as I start over from scratch. I’ll post another entry when it’s officially migrated and you can sign up for email posts if you like.

And, I have to share this..just for a good laugh…made me crack up…I love Ellen

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A New Creation….”Move into Your Center and Your …

IMG_4939 …just back from Thanksgiving with family and finishing final touches on another larger piece. The quote to this found me on the back of a magazine …”Find Your Place.” Then when I was meditating early one morning, the muses revised the quote and a new version dropped in. It made much more sense to me.

IMG_4932Also loving the pixlr app I just downloaded on my mac…I can only imagine how this would be a grand addition to the art journaling process…whether doing self portraits, transfers or collage, it has lots of great effects that turn ordinary images into interesting ones.

play2Have a peaceful one….

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A Day of Listening & Improv in Art & Life

This week’s art journal exploration…

IMG_4921 I’ve been in a phase of letting the imagery find me before I approach the page. I used to just show up at the page and let the paint fly. But it feels lately like the soul is listening … allowing imagery, guidance and intuition to precede creation….it makes painting more of a collaboration than a solo act.

IMG_4923For example, this morning I knew I was in the mood to create. I pulled out a few magazines to look for a message or some words to guide the creative process. When I pulled out the pile, the magazine on top had the words, “Find Your Place.” Boom. The idea for today’s piece arrived.

Later, I showed up at work to create…the background papers I was looking for weren’t there…sooooo…and this is where improv gets fun… I photocopied a bunch of stencils to create background patterns, ripped off pieces, and used gel gloss to adhere them to gesso prepped wood.

20141122_114245Have you ever done this?…lots of fun. Even the dried paint drops on the stencil show up in the copy….more texture which we love.

IMG_4925I adhered these to the wood, but they’d also make really good transfers because of the high contrast.

IMG_4926 It was a good reminder to me that we don’t need tons of stuff. We can usually create by making the most of what’s in front of us…so feeling thankful today for the chance to both listen and improv on the journal page and in life. Again, the journal always teaches me not only how to paint but how to live. I’m also lovin’ painting larger pieces…art journal pages all blown up.

IMG_4927Hope you get some time to create and mingle with the muses. Happy trails…

oh…and here’s my favorite spot to get stencils…proceed with caution. It is really easy to lose financial control here.

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Slow Art on the Side of a Fast Life

“Loving the Luminous Festival of the Heart”

Life has brought some great tools to heal the heart wounds in the last several months….you know…those ones left over from decades that you thought were taken care of but alas…they pop up like ghouls and beg to be freed…so I’ve been listening to their request and letting them go one by one.

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I think we’re in a special time that supports that healing and awakening and actually demands it if we’re ready to rise.  I’m feeling a whole new level of quietness, expansion and spiritual warmth. And more than ever, I feel inspired to do work in the world that facilitates the creative and spiritual healing of other people’s heart. I don’t believe we can heal anyone. They have to want that for themselves. However, I do believe we can create spaces and experiences that nurture the healing and free the heart to bloom.  I have no clue what that’ll look like but the intention is there and signs and clues are arriving.

I found a big ole paradox this week that showed me a tip about heart centered journaling. When life goes fast, you can savor the slow journal. With only 20 minute chunks of time to journal, I had to break it up over several days….that actually left time in between to sit with the imagery and allow space for more images to find me. It allowed time to let the words arrive. I didn’t glue them down for a few days so they kept evolving until they revealed what the soul truly wanted to say. So much of the time, I can get obsessive and want to keep at it ’til it’s complete. And that rush or “go go” create mode doesn’t always feel as nurturing as this did.

I think there’s a time for “go go” but the heart tends to bloom with the art of “slow, slow”. I feel the heart moves slowly. It digests. It listens. It becomes still. It receives. Leaving hours and even a day between working on a journal page or any other artistic creation  gives you time to slow down, dip into the heart and allow the process to truly say something to you…. So may you enjoy some slow, savory and soulful creation time….with a side of yummy, hot coffee.

one of my favorite heart healin’ tunes by Sinead ….my song to the Divine

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“The Magnetic Image” , an art journal exercise

I love finding images that speak to me without  understanding why yet. I also love to paint from images not necessarily to emulate them but to learn the nuances of shading, shapes, etc…I had such a good time creating the page that I thought I would share the steps…

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Art Journal exercise using an image that “magnetizes” you

1) Take a moment to relax and be still. You can do this meditation or just turn on some quiet music. Open yourself to more than just this world of form and sound….tis the portal of inspiration…at least for me.

 

2) Then find an image…face, form, whatever…something that draws you in.

 

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3) Cover a 10 by 10 piece of watercolor paper with fiber paste and crackle….also add some stencil designs with modge podge as it resists paint and adds to the buffet of texture…These days texture is my “food” of choice.

4) Let it dry..Paint over it with watered down inks and watered down acrylics…using your hues of choice. For this one, I used blues and greens.

5) After that layer dries, use a credit card to scrape over a contrasting hue….this one was painted with “Golden” Indian Yellow hue.

6) Sketch out your own abstract or detailed version of the image onto the painted page, using the elements you like the most. Then paint the face (or image) using the shadows and light in the image as a guide. I like to paint the shadows first and then add in the lighter hues for the highlights.

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7) Paint one more hue around the face or your image…one that will make the colors of the image pop. I picked white to make the blue of the face and the orange hair (or headdress??) pop.

8) After it’s painted, sit in silence with the image and listen for what it says to you….what message is there for you. Begin to free write on and around the image…scrawling if you’d like to keep the words private.

IMG_49029) Then sit with it once more and pick one word that captures the image. Stamp the word onto some painted paper or find your letters in a magazine. I have been using old journal pages and cutting out their backgrounds to add elements like the necklace and the letters…

IMG_4905Painting from “magnetic” images that draw you is  a way to open a dialogue with yourself and the “beyond” as well as a way to learn how to draw better by understanding the nuances of shading, light, shapes, dimensions, angles, etc…Hope you’ll treat yourself to some creative soul time….have a beautiful Saturday!

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