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Wild Heart Painting Workshop – Gifts of Change

Monday, December 10th, 2012
Intuitive painting fir cone

Intuitive painting fir cone

“Paint like you are in first grade and in silence.  Look at other’s work but do not talk or evaluate,”  were the last words of instruction spoken by Chris Zydel at our Workshop.   I took her at her word and felt the excitement as I filled my tray with paints and hung a clean sheet of paper onto the easel board.  I had chosen 3 brushes and found a smock.

I placed the widest brush into the paint well and touched the paper to begin.  A large drip of blue paint chose gravity as its guide.  Just like in first grade, I did not know how to control the paint or the brush.  Oh well, we were to be directed by our intuition and I decided to turn my paper 90’ and make that blue line into a swirl of waves on the beach.  I began painting the Pacific Ocean of our drive the 2,000 miles down the coast to this workshop adventure.  It was the story of our trip, just like in first grade.  The wind swept trees along the bluffs looked like a row of green hearts and that looked too contrived to me.  I needed to learn more about mixing the colors and how the brush would connect to the paper; I began hiking into the experience.

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So Do It.” ~Kurt Vonnegut Via Chris Zydel

The brush made a nice dob of paint and if I pulled it down slightly I could get a wonderful shape which made the rain clouds explode across the top of the paper.  The tiny brush connected the millions of Redwood needles that were beside the roadway and stuck to the bottoms of our shoes; still stuck in the floor mats of the car.   I found satisfaction in the dob-pull stroke of the brush and changed to mix a pleasing purple tone that captured the rain to ocean sky.  Chris came by to see how I was doing, and I said I was exploring the brush and color and finding a nice petal shape that was pleasing me, but I was done with this sheet of paper, I wanted to use this knowledge to start something new.

A pink petal shape emerged first but this was not the right color and I tried to make it more mauve.  No, what was touching me was the purple color in the petal shape.  It was lightening my spirit and I was as focused as in meditation, I reapplied the color and began again.   I still wanted for a wee bit of green; thus achieved.  I stood back and a fir tree cone was there before my eyes.   Royal.  Regal. And just what I wanted to say. Cones often are grown when the tree is dying or in distress; a signal of the creation of something new.    Then I thought that brush stroke would make a fuchsia bloom and that appeared next.  I could not figure out how to make the dancer’s skirt of the blossom, so I just kept painting fuchsias and cones.  I needed yellow to add the pollen at the end of the stamen so added that to my tray. The warmth of the yellow flooded over me and into me, and yet, the picture was not complete until I added the dots of Redwood needles.  I was happy and filled with joy.  I knew my painting was about the seeds of change – as graceful and elegant as petals.   Yes!  I was calm, unburdened, happy, and filled with joy.  It was enough.

“Every painting is a self-portrait” ~Chris Zydel

I am making so much change happen in my life; I can testify that doing something completely different to the usual can truly make the change happen.  It was immersion into the self.  A deep gift that I remember in the all of me.

What gift are you giving yourself this year?  Will you hear your soul? Your heart voice?  How will it touch you?



Chris Zydel’s Creative Juices Arts Studio is located in Oakland, California

Wild Heart Painting or Intuitive Painting Workshops are full of wonder and exploration and Chris shares lots of the work and words on Facebook.

The blog: http://creativejuicesarts.com/blog/  

If you would like to see my partner’s painting experiences you can find them on the Biking Architect.

If you purchase anything from Amazon  or Powell’s from this site, I will receive a few beans in my bucket.  Donations Welcome.  Thank you

Related Reading:
Do Something for the Fun of It
Code to Joy
Holy Preparations

Trust What You Get ~Lisa Wechtenhiser

Monday, September 12th, 2011

No more Guessing!  In this practical guide, find out how to bring your natural intuition into consciousness and learn to use it on demand.


Trusting the messages I am receiving presently is very hard for me.  Swollen joints, heel pain, headaches and just plain tiredness were not on my To – Do List.  Were these really things I was asking for?  I was thrilled to win a copy of Lisa’s book on her blog giveaway at Practical Intuitive.

This book has helped me to trust the message and start healing.

Lisa has been a blogging friend for awhile now, and has given me good advice about developing Wise Ears my Professional Listening Services Site, directing me towards understanding money issues in my life, and getting a good business class into my noggin.  In other words, Lisa has helped me learn how to trust and hear my intuition.

Trust Me! The book begins with some good definitions of what intuition is, how to listen and hear, how to connect with your higher self and that voice while at the same time deleting those deceptive messages from your ego or habits that are not relevant but just keep running through you mind.  Lisa is very practical, thus her tips and suggestions are grounded, normal behaviors that you just might need reconnection with and practice.

This book does what it proposed to do and with humor and interesting examples and stories. I liked that the book was not 300 pages and much more plain spoken. I think the author must have a twinkle in her eye at all times and certainly a welcoming smile.  I trust what she has to say.

While reading the book, I clearly understood that I had made a mistake with the newsletter program that I have picked for my business site.  That the struggle I had been having was from jumping too big and trying too hard.  I needed more baby steps in between.  This book and the exercises pulled me back from my fanciful day dreams into a workable, practical reality that I could handle.  I am learning to ask different and new questions.

This book is a trust fund of valuable information.

I can highly recommend this guide book to you and think it would make a great gift for others who might be in the decision making process or need to get connected to their own “common sense”.  I think young adults who are making big decisions that will make big differences in their futures would very much benefit from this practical guide.


Even more fun – the book is on sale this month from Practical Intuitive.

I was not asked to review this book; I did receive a copy from a random drawing held on the website. I will not receive any compensation or beans in my bucket.

How do you practice listening to your guides and common sense?  Is it just a natural gift or do you have to work at it?  Is your intuition working for you? How do you trust that you are hearing the right voice?

If you liked what you read here you might also enjoy exploring my other sites Biking Architect and Wise Ears.

Related Reading:
The Gifts of Imperfection
The Wisdom to Know the Difference
How Yoga Works
Naked In Eden