The Artist's Creed by Jan Phillips

'You are here to co-create the world - to add  your vision to make visible what is not seen.'

Link to the Artist's Creed by Jan Phillips...

You are worth the time

You are worth the time.. a video on why our art, our dance, our singing, whatever your creative practice... is important and worthwhile...

'Your work is worthy of whatever time it takes' - Jan Phillips

Mixed media Green Fairy Collage Acrylic Newspaper

“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” ― Rumi

Paint, Dance, Play Music, Love, Laugh. 

Green Fairy dancer... mixed media - cut out from magazine, newspaper, sand, acrylic on canvas.
“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.”
― Rumi

Weathered backgrounds for art journals

I was about to share a great video from Millande, however, for some reason, my blogger doesn't want to show a video today... I may have used up my quota for the month... however if you click on the link below, you can watch Milliande creating a weathered background for your art journal on you tube...

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Milliande Art Community - come and play art, photography, art swaps, atc, journals - with us.
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Art Therapy and September 11

"Our sorrows and wounds are healed only,
when we touch them with compassion"

Our thoughts and prayers are with all people whose lives were changed in New York and throughout the world this weekend...

In 2008 an art therapy program was started for September 11 first responders. The tenth anniversary is now here. From September 11-18 there is an exhibition entitled 9/11 Arts: A Decade Later. The exhibition will be open Sept. 11- 18, 2011 at 34 Stuyvesant Street, Barney Building, 1st floor Commons Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Sept 11, noon to 9 p.m.; Sept. 12-17, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sept. 18, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Following is an excerpt from an article on how art therapy has been helping people after September 11... to read the full article follow the link...

For some, arts therapy offered a way to heal in the days and years following the September 11th attacks. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

Acosta says through private and public grants faculty and graduate students were able to offer 9/11 related arts therapy to hundreds of adults and children over the years. Interestingly, much of the newer art work created focuses not just on grief, but also new emotions surrounding the anniversary and issues of 9/11 related illnesses.

"So we are also focusing on that aspect that that how the people who are not only emotionally and psychologically but also physically dealing with the problems," says Acosta.

The exhibition, which opens September 11, will take place in the first floor gallery located at 34 Stuyvesant Street. In addition to the artwork that will be on view there will also be some interactive components.

Julia Cameron - The Artists Way

A few years ago now I came across The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. One of the exercises that Julia gives you in the book, is to have an Artist's Date. It has been a fun exercise, and both my husband and I have found a new fun interest that we enjoy doing together. Over the years, we have made it a part of our travels to have an artist date, and while Julia asks us to have an artist's date by ourselves, I have found it also makes a fun date for partners and friends.

Julia has a wealth of teaching to help you access and develop as a creative spirit. If you would like to learn more Julia can be found at:
Julia Cameron

Click here to watch Julia

Our Lady of Divine Presence

This artwork was conceived from a topic that has been a challenge, a teaching, and precious in my life - being focussed in the present moment. As I painted I meditated on the present moment. While I was painting this artwork, I loved how many sayings and quotes turned up in my everyday life that had to do with the present moment. Some of the words were ones that came to me as I painted, some are favourite quotes.

Our Lady of Divine Presence. Some of the words written on the fabric... Your presence is the greatest gift you can give. If you dwell in the past or the future you will miss the moment. Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.

Prints, cards and giclees are available at Fine Art America

Hand Carved Feather Stamp - by Geninne

Stamp Carving from Geninne D. Zlatkis on Vimeo.

I was visiting Geninne's Art Blog this morning and watched this gorgeous feather stamp creation... you can see more of Geninne's art: here