Day 17: 30 Days of Self Portraits

Shapeshifter 🦁🌕❤️🔥



Image: Self Portrait, Acrylic paint on canvas paper

I broke out the acrylic paints for the Leo full moon! For this painting I kept a pretty limited palette and did it on a piece of gessoed canvas paper so I wouldn't spend too much time on it. Maybe I'll do a bigger bolder version of it with a lot more gold in the future. Acrylic paint is and always has been my favorite medium ever since the one class I had in college (1992) with a very expressive professor. This class taught us not only about using the paint, but a number of different mediums to build up texture and color with a bunch of layers... and to let loose! Get messy and experiment... no perfection allowed. I was in heaven ❤️ Acrylics dry fast, which I LOVE, because then I can get onto layering! The professor who taught this class was relatively well known in the art world at the time, and would wear ONE pair of sneakers for the entire semester, for every class. We were messy in this class. At the end of the semester, these sneakers would be covered in paint and be a work of art in themselves... and he would sell them... for good money!


For this painting I kept a pretty limited palette and did it on a piece of gessoed canvas paper so I wouldn't spend too much time on it (I can get lost playing here for hours...) Maybe I'll do a bigger bolder version of it with a lot more gold in the future.


In my own astrological chart, my moon is in Leo. Big, bold, loving expression that I've had a hard time letting loose sometimes... but things are gonna change 🔥 This shapeshifter is not hiding anymore... the big cat part, at least, is coming out more 🦁 I've missed her. Leo loves to PLAY and have fun. Keep the curiosity and wonder alive! #Chiron in Aries is right next to Venus, who just moved into Aries as well. It's time for more reprogramming in my pleasure world, so anything that doesn't bring more of what makes me feel good has gotta go.


Sounds for the day: Björk - All is full of love


"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." —Albert Einstein

I also need to share this piece of writing that I got in my email box yesterday from the amazing Christina Dunbar with whom I took a workshop with a few weeks ago on using my VOICE and standing in my power 🌟


When was the last time you heard a woman say… I am in awe of myself.

When was the last time you heard yourself say… I am in awe of myself.

When was the last time you FELT…. ...in awe of yourself.

Maybe it was recent. Maybe this is a practice you have, to be in complete and utter awe of yourself. If so, I bow to you Queen. Keep rocking it.

Me? I want to fall in awe of myself more often.

You know how they ask what your intention is for the new year? I’ve got my soul goals and dreams, the tangible to-dos.

But the thing I’m working with on a spiritual level and not just some fluffy shit you say… … is to feel more in awe of myself.

I don’t mean that from a “I’ll never make mistakes” place. Because. Humanness.

I fall. I fuck up. I have blind spots. I am messy. I can be fragile. And then too tough. I say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Or not say the right thing at the time it is most needed. I have doubts. I want to quit my dreams on the days where everything feels so. damn. hard.

And with that… can I STILL feel in awe of myself? With my mess and my glory and my fire and my pain.

Can I reach out to that thing called awe and call it closer. closer still. Can I pull it into the fabric of my Being and call it closer. closer still. Can I knead it into the muscles, tissues, and bones of my body and call it closer. closer still.

Awe. For waking up in the morning.

Awe. For loving humans (that can be really fucking difficult sometimes haha).

Awe. For speaking my Truth.

Awe. For making poetry out of this experience.

Awe. For this life. For the way I move through it as a woman… an artist…. a girl who just wants to sprinkle soul all over the earth.

And you? What about you?

Can you call on awe, can you bow to the existence that is you? Can you hold on to that awe even and especially when you fuck up? Can you call it closer. closer still. And remember to hold that feeling in the deepest corners of your flesh.

Do you know how beautiful you are? Do you get how powerful you are? Do you see your brilliance?

Can you channel that power and USE IT to create what you desire?

Patriarchy has done a number on all of us. It is intentional. It is political. It is personal. It is dangerous. One of the things we can do in this lifetime is remember.

Remember the wisdom we carry, know that our words can cast spells, understand how potent we are, lean into our desires. We can write a new story. One where we are the heroine.... where we hold ourselves, we choose ourselves, we author our lives. 

I dare you.  I dare you to walk this earth with your head held so high that the moon gets a whiff of your essence and the stars get a taste of your soul.... and then watch... as the whole Universe begins to dance.



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