Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What fires you up?

“What fires you up?” I asked a friend of mine, and she said she didn’t know. I have encountered that many times on my path and I find it sad.

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Are we as people so programmed, so CONVINCED there is no other way than to stay in the fold where education or happenstance landed us in life. We have to think about 401Ks, retirement funds, insurance, and basically manage our lives to a point where there is no memory of what we would like to do instead of working 9-5. Don’t take me wrong; many people like their jobs, so there is nothing wrong with that. We have to do something to be productive in life. However, there is a lot of drugs and alcohol to deafen the pain inside that comes from living a “canned” life. We are not here to be victims!

I used to do psychic readings and saw that problem A LOT, the pain of conforming to society. I would point it out, but I also knew that the person would never DARE to step out of the box. To me, that is utterly sad. All of the reasons I described above, the need for control and security in life override any soul urges. Those soul cries are squashed down and ignored to the detriment of our health and happiness.

One way to get deeper in touch with your soul is through art. Anyone who has liked to dabble with crayons or paints as a child is closer to accepting that fact, but anyone who has never tried making art is also capable of creating art that brings up the needs of the soul. It’s is a therapy as well as a joy!

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Art can free you to look objectively at what lies underneath, gain a greater understanding, and inspire you to start  follow those urges inside that truly make a difference in life. I KNOW that art is a great bridge between the humdrum and soul destroying to an awakened state of understanding. If you follow that path, you have the chance to liberate yourself and truly live from your own inner wisdom, create the life that you really want to live.

Even if you’re clueless as to what that would be like, it’s time to start somewhere, to explore the possibilities of who your are and what your unique gifts to the world are.

I have created a mixed media art journaling course, Art Journaling Journey, that helps to open up your creative side, and hopefully inspire you to continue to express through art. At the least you will have some answers of what is going on and where to head next.

My claim is: everyone is an artist.

You might not be called to work as an artist, but art is still a wonderful tool with which to excavate your soul needs.

If you want to know more, please click on the link. I have an early bird price going until February 23, and the course starts on March 1 and goes for four weeks. Art Journaling Journey.
May you find your true path!

xoxo

Maria

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Art As Oracle.

Hello lovelies,

I started the new year with a bang! I'm excited about this new e-course I created that combines art and intuition. You can read all about it below:

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If you have trouble letting go of limitations; if you doubt your ability to make art and have a connection with your inner self, this e-course is for you. UNLEASH YOUR ART AND INTUITION NOW using simple techniques.

To me, art is the perfect medium to explore your intuition, though there are many methods. For myself I use a blend of art and writing, but I have discovered that the simpler the method, the better. I guarantee you that ANYONE can learn to get accurate psychic information for themselves, and I would love to get you started!  You don’t have to be an artist to take this e-course! 

Example of an intuitive art expression. (Everyone’s art will be different.) The main message I got was “it’s safe to fly even in stormy weather.”
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What you will gain:
  • New ways of making art.
  • You will learn how to let go and trust the information coming through the art.
  • You will have several ways to access your intuition, something you can use all the time.
  • Deepening your intuition will help you make better choices in your everyday life.
  • The guidance will make you feel more sure of your inner abilities.
  • Get back to the very basics and find that things don’t have to be complicated in life.
  • Get fast and easy answers and solutions to problems.
  • Let loose your art muse!
Why take this course? 

This course is for you if:
  • You wish to explore a childlike way of creating without pressure to perform.
  • You long to learn a new way to get to know your inner self.
  • Make some art to open up your creative flow.
  • Use simple techniques to access your latent intuition.
Other benefits:
  • Unleash your creativity.
  • Challenge inner blocks and move past them.
  • Kick fear to the curb.
  • You will have support as you open up your intuitive sense.
  • You will open up the door to future art expression if you wish to continue.
Pretty much all of my life I have loved making art. I have tried every style imaginable, and I’m always amazed at what comes out of my explorations. I also spent years as a fiction writer, and in the last 20 years I’ve been doing clairvoyant readings for the public. I’m at a point where I’d rather help people develop their own intuition since we all have it! Think of a muscle that has been sitting unused. When you start exercising it, things happen and new experiences come forth, enriching your life in untold ways.

Another EXAMPLE of intuitive art. The main message here was to break the boundaries and allow what makes me happy to burst through.



This is a four week e-course and a bonus week with a guided meditation.
Over the course of four weeks you will learn four different ways to access your intuition via art.

Week 1: We will play with paints on paper and interpret the forms that come through.

Week 2: We will use a doodle technique.

Week 3: We will work with random words and colors.

Week 4: We will explore using written text and art.

Week 5: BONUS! An audio meditation that will inspire a finished art piece that you can use as guidance and inspiration in 2016. It deals with how to transcend an internal block using meditation and magazine images, plus paints.

You will learn to interpret the messages in the art (with my help if needed.)

You will receive four art videos with voice instruction, available on Mondays, starting on JANUARY 25, 2016.

I will also supply an intro video where I explain about intuition and how to read the messages, plus HOW to ask efficient questions to your inner self.
  • To explore your art results and learn how to read them, there is a dedicated Facebook group where I will personally help you interpret the art and give you other tips on accessing your intuition.
This course is great for beginners and art veterans alike.

It is a $75 value and a bargain at $33 until January 11, and then it will go up to $75.


About me:

I’m a long-time mixed-media artist and writer, and  I have combined my knowledge into various e-courses and YouTube how-to videos. I’m excited to share this e-course with you, and my hope it that it will inspire you to explore your creativity. The adventure does not end as you finish your course, but is the beginning to a new life of exploring creativity and your inner sixth sense.

Reading Testimonials from satisfied customers:

“The spiritual guidance and expertise I’ve received from Maria for the past 15 years has successfully shaped my career and personal life. Her accuracy is undeniable.”
Cheryl, Professional Feng Shui Practitioner.

“I’ve always been a believer in psychic abilities therefore on referrals I saw Maria Greene. I went in with an open mind and hoped for answers regarding my past, present and future. What amazed me Maria did not want any information other than the questions I wanted clarity on. I was blown away how accurate, kind and honest she was…. She didn’t say what she didn’t see. She is very intuitive and a caring reader!! I will definitely go back and recommend her to others.”
Shannon, Canada
“I have been getting readings from Maria for a number of years. She has helped me explore my deepest self, past lives, guides and inner longings as well as helped me when my path has not been clear. She is one of the most gifted readers I have ever encountered.”
Sharon, Florida
“Maria created a safe space for me to explore further with her after her initial reading and provided some amazingly accurate insights into what’s been going on for me. She brought so much truth to the surface, it brought tears to my eyes. If you’re at a cross roads or having trouble focusing or making big decisions, Maria will bring clarity and focus back to your life so you can move forward with certainty”.
Natalie, England

Do you want to be part of learning something new this year? Don’t delay and miss this opportunity! Click here to go to the sign up page! 
 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Free Christmas card tutorial videos for you!

Hello gorgeous,

Free Christmas card tutorials went up this afternoon as an early gift on my course site and you can choose to make a few or all five of them. They are simple to make, but look difficult. ;) Check them out HERE.


Merry Christmas and I wish you a fabulous new year. 2016 will be a great year. Let's make it so!
xo
Maria

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What a deal! Everything is 50% off in my etsy shop.

Hello gorgeous,

Are you looking for a special gift? My original art is 50% off on etsy until December 20. Use coupon code 50offxmas. You can check it all out HERE.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Inspiring Interview with Julia Osterc from Loving Rd

Hello lovely soul, 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing artist Julia Osterc Loving Rd. Her art and mine are featured in a book/journal that just launched today, WARRIOR SOUL: a journal to inspire your fiercely alive whole self. Link at the end of this article. :) 

I thought it would be great to ask Julia a few questions to get to know her better. 

 1. How did you get into art in the first place? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

 I recently called myself a "born again artist," while having a discussion with a classmate and that seems to describe my experience pretty well. As a child, I remember loving art. I can recall one Christmas when I got one of thos big crayola art sets in a case with lots of crayons, colored pencils, paints, etc. I was thrilled with this. Unfortunately, I don't think I picked up a crayon or even doodled with a pen much after elementary school until I finally had children of my own to play with and teach how to hold a crayon.

I fell into the role of being straight "A" student and people pleaser and doing what others said I should be doing without ever trying to listen to the whispers in my heart. They were there all along. I was valedictorian and went on to get a master's degree all while just following others' suggestions for what would make me successful and land me a decent job. 

When I had kids and chose to leave my prior career behind to be a stay at home mom, everything changed. That's when I started playing with art supplies again, but still only with my kids.




 
When my mom passed away in 2010 after losing the battle with ovarian cancer, my world was turned upside down and inside out. That's when I started creating again for the sake of creating and for healing. That's when I stated Loving Rd in her memory. That's when I found that art could lift me up and help me process the grief and brokenness and turn it into something beautiful. I could acknowledge the bitter aspects of life while still choosing to focus and be grateful for the sweetness. Instead of turning to anti-depressants or sleeping pills when I struggled with grief and insomnia, I turned to art.
I found my way back to the joy of creating that I had long forgotten. I found mysterious messages coming through the art to speak to my heart and soul. I found a way to honor my mother's memory and her love of life. I can hear the echo of her love and joy and vitality coming through in my art. I knew she would want me to teach my kids to love life, as she had shown me, and not focus on the grief and pain. I knew in my heart that I had to get through the grief, the tears and the fears and let wonder and love guide our lives. Art, including writing and journaling has been a huge part of being able to do that. 
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                                       Julia and happy hands!

2. What are your favorite tools to use and surface to work on?

I adore them all! I’m drawn to play and experiment with anything that can be used for expression, including found and natural items, recycled and re-purposed items, along with more traditional art supplies. I’m currently loving the magical flow and unpredictability of water and acrylic inks on canvas, metal, and wood.  Here are a few works in progress.



Yet, my go-to tools can change as fast as my mood and the crazy weather changes here where I live in the southern Blue Ridge mountains. It depends on which way the wind blows. I’ve also recently enjoyed making festive clay holiday ornaments and some with inks on recycled canning jar lids. :)


3. Where to do you see your art evolving?

I’m currently hosting two online collaborative e-courses and have loved the process of putting my material together. It’s like all these other past parts of me, many from so long ago they feel like past lives, have finally come together in a harmonious and meaningful way to enable this art development. 



I hope that I’ll be able to participate as a guide in many more online art courses. I’m a guest artist guide in the upcoming Mixed Media Mythology hosted by Sarah Leonard. All courses I’m involved with are listed here: https://lovingrd.wordpress.com/art-school/.

I also hope to share and reach many more people in an inspirational way with the art that flows through me. I’d love to fill more homes and lives with smiles and soul food via artistic prints and products. I want to inspire the kind of energy and vibes that have touched me from the art of others, and now from my own creative process. 



I’ve had visions of co-hosting creative gatherings, both locally and around the world, and that both excites and overwhelms me a bit. I’ve had book ideas as well. I have many scribbled and passionate notes in several journals about all of this. :) Thankfully, the well of inspiration seems to be flowing freely so I hope that divine energy will work with me and continue to guide and bless this path while still allowing time, attention, love, and provisions for my family.

4. Who is (are) your fave artist(s) and why? 
Now, this is a really tough question for me because I sincerely appreciate every voice and soul and think that we are all artists. My kids and my nieces have that special child’s fingerprint in all that they do, which I adore. When I first started Loving Rd, I envisioned their art being featured as well and I have collaborated with them on a few pieces that have later been made available as prints and printed on mugs and tote bags, too. :) The sweet souls that have participated in the collaborative courses I’ve hosted (Art of Gratitude and Brave Boots, Brave Hearts) are making my heart sing with their lovely creations. My husband fills our home with the most beautiful music that feeds my soul (he’s playing the piano as I'm writing this!).  He even let me do the artwork for his album. 

  
In my home I have art by Josephine Wall, Kelly Rae Roberts, Tracy Verdugo, Alena Hennessy and others. In addition I have framed my children’s and my niece’s art. My Grammie has been a painter all her life (she’s in her nineties now,) and I’m grateful to have special paintings in our home like the watercolor she did of a postcard I sent her from Austria when backpacking across Europe. 

     

I love the vibrancy of Van Gogh and have been blessed to visit museums featuring many more of the greats, like Rembrandt and Picasso in Europe along with viewing art at the Louvre. I also very much appreciate the beautiful art created by indigenous cultures all over the world and across the ages. I’m grateful that my parents collected art from our travels and many cultures, art that filled our home as I was growing up. I can even call my cat an artist and adore the gesso footprints he’s left on the sidewalk by our front porch. I see nature as a spectacular artist and love both manicured gardens and wild forests, rocks, and waters. Obviously, I view all of life as art and all of existence as creative. 

 

 Yet, if I had to choose a favorite it would be my momma, who taught me the art of gardening, exploring, playing, living and loving, in addition to buying me crayons. 

5. What are some suggestions and inspiration you can give to artists just starting out expressing themselves?

The same advice I give myself over and over. 

Trust your own voice and hands, and the divine to meet you there.  

Wonder what would happen if I tried this or that? Look at those awesome lines the shadows are making, etc., PLAY, get messy and experiment A LOT!  

All shapes and subjects and inspiration and places and colors are fair game for all of us!

Practice and Play makes Possible! 


6. We are currently both contributing artists to the new book, Warrior Soul, available now on Amazon.  Would you please share a bit about your contribution to this offering?



  

I call it ‘warrior within’ and would like to share a bit about what ‘warrior’ means to me. When I use the word warrior here, it is not to describe a military soldier. It is more about how we greet life, especially the aspects that can be painful, such as abuse and pity. It is about finding strength within to keep greeting life with open arms in spite of being cracked, wounded and broken at times. It’s about getting to know ourselves, taking the time and effort to listen and look within, to have the courage to follow our hearts, to trust the divine light in each of us.  It is about the printed ideas on my favorite pint glass: Dare, Risk, Dream. Now that I’m writing this, I realize that these ideas are what inspired my Brave Boots, Brave Hearts e-course. 

I first came across an idea/definition of a warrior that resonated with me from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  I found the following description online at http://www.toltecspirit.com/:

The quest of a Spiritual Warrior is for Personal Freedom. Personal Freedom means freedom from fear, illusions, and the fear based beliefs in the mind. In essence it means to win the war over the beliefs in the mind. It is with Personal Freedom that we are free of the human condition of emotional suffering. Spiritual traditions around the world have their own names for this state of awareness including nirvana and heaven. It is a state that is simply described as living your life with unconditional love, gratitude, and respect, for your self, and for others.

I might add to be free from self pity, guilt, and grief, which are the scars that have affected me most personally… to find ways to thrive in harmony with one’s inner selves and all of creation; all that IS. If this kind of warrior ‘fights,’ it is for wisdom, presence, peace, freedom and harmony
I wrote a blog post sharing the story of this specific piece, along with a dedication here:
Link to purchase Warrior Soul book/journal. CLICK HERE.

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Maria! Brave Blessings, Julia
  

Thank you Julia for sharing something about your art and life with my readers! :) 
You can connect with Julia on social media via these links: 
Links to all Shops from here: https://lovingrd.wordpress.com/shop/
I hope you liked this glimpse of an artist's life!
 xo
Maria :)

 

 
 

 


 


Friday, November 20, 2015

Doodle mania!

Hello oh gorgeous reader,

I had planned to make a cool "raw" video about an art journal spread made without any kind of plan. It's very freeing to make art that way. All pressure is off and I don't care how it turns out.

Anyway, I ended up doodling like I do when I talk on the phone, just at a larger scale. I find it meditative to doodle without a care in the world.

Can't say I was super thrilled with the end result but it turned out "happy." I always loved bright colors as you can see. I'm glad the vibe is happy because art makes me happy always. I do have expectations but I'm relying less and less on the outcome of my art these days.

I'm having more fun as a result. I made a video of the Doodle Mania art spread. You can watch it HERE.

 I hope you're making time for some art!
xo
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Maria

P.S. I wrote a blog post about gratitude on my motivational art blog. You can check it out HERE.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ugly is okay!

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Ugly is okay for sure, but if you’re like me, art holds certain standards. We try so many methods and techniques; we compare ourselves to others. Some styles we like some we don’t. It’s hard to know which style suits you the best. Have you ever tried just being yourself as you approach art? Forget about the rules and be free, like kids fearlessly showing up at the empty page. Paint outside the box! To reach the true core of who we are involves a lot of unlearning or ignoring what we know. Unlearning is deeply satisfying.
Like you I make a decent painting and art journal spread, and I’m proud and happy about the results. When it comes to spontaneity however, it can be very frustrating since we’re always striving for results.
My aim for this micro workshop is to give you space to be yourself, to wait and see what will come onto the page without you pushing anything.
What I get from this kind of art is a sense of Self. I can actually recognize my own energy in the art. It has a very intimate feel to it, and I find it addictive to paint in this way. I also receive sudden insights and messages about the state I’m in at the time of painting. This particular spread turned out happy, and it’s a state I’m in a lot, but others I’ve done are dark and dreary. The tendency is to rip out those kinds of pages, but to honor myself, I also have to honor my darker, more destructive side. Usually, I don’t like showing those pages to people. They are basic and pretty ugly. It’s like trying anything new and unknown, you just have to immerse yourself in it to find out the truth about it.
I invite you to explore.
I invite you to leave all your knowledge at the door and explore you inner self.
I invite you to paint “ugly,” unfettered like a child.
I invite you to meet your inner self without fear.
Are you willing to take this trip with me?
All you need is an art journal page, or a watercolor sheet, or even a canvas. Whatever you have on hand, and you need some paint, brushes, and markers. That is all. You can even use colored pencils, pencils, ballpoint pens, and oil pastels. There are no rules.
I need to point out that your art will be completely different from mine! The video will show the process I go through and you’ll get an idea how to go about it. And then you can make your own art spread, woohoo.
Check out the micro workshop HERE.
xo
Maria
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