“Bold Commitments” A Session with Flora Bowley

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After a day of wild painting we snuck away to Plaza Blanca (The White Place), a full moon on the rise, lighting sinking fast.

“Making bold commitments, while staying open to change.” Something you will often hear Flora say in her classes.

Magic happens in that space, doesn’t it? When you take action, going with your gut but at the same time stay open to possibilities.

This is how it is with painting… with photo sessions… with life…

“It was all unknown to me then, as I sat on that white bench on the day I finished my hike.
Everything except the fact that I didn’t have to know.
That is was enough to trust that what I’d done was true.
To understand its meaning without yet being able to say precisely what it was,
To believe that I didn’t need to reach with my bare hands anymore.
To know that seeing the fish beneath the surface of the water was enough.
That it was everything. It was my life – like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred.
So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me.
How wild it was, to let it be.”

-Cheryl Strayed, Wild:From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

You don’t always have to know where you going or how it’s all going to turn out. This mysteriousness, this wildness is the sweet nectar of belonging to life.

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“Courage” A Session With Misty Mawn

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“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

-Ambrose Redmoon

Misty says she used to be incredibly shy, the idea of teaching absolutely frightened her.

Yet the desire to paint was greater. The desire to create was greater.

The desire to be who she truly is, was greater.

I am filled with gratefulness that Misty had courage to paint/teach.

Her work and life is truly inspirational. Thank you dear… thank you for being courageous!

 

(Photo’s taken at the luscious Call of the Wild Soul, Ghost Ranch Art Retreat created by: Erin Faith Allen)

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“Whole Heart” A Session with Katie Kendrick

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I found the perfect quote on Katie Kendricks blog: Joyously Becoming, for how I think we all feel about Katie!

“Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.”

~  Brene  Brown

She arrives with her whole self.

She tells her story with her whole self.

Over and over she demonstrates the courage of this quote.

In how she smooshes paint around paper… In how she delights in the beauty of dangling tree branches.

In how she hugs you, laughs with you and see’s the world.

Thank you my dear for sharing who you are with all of us. xo

 (All photo’s taken at the luscious and incredible Call of the Wild Soul Ghost Ranch Art Retreat by: Erin Faith Allen)

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“Momma Tumbleweed” A Session with Orly Avineri

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In the Chama River valley north of Sante Fe, we found the bones of this beautiful home crumbling in it’s own wild beauty.

Orly is no stranger to finding beauty in the decomposing, the oddity, the strange places. And THIS is exactly why I love her.

Her art speaks for itself, if you ever get a chance to met her, you will inevitably be lit up with her wisdom and hilarity.

A brilliant badass that I feel… well… pretty damn lucky to have been around for two whole weeks at Call of the Wild Soul, Ghost Ranch. 

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”

-Jack Kerouac

Roll on Momma Tumbleweed… Roll on…

 (All photo’s taken at the luscious and incredible Call of the Wild Soul Ghost Ranch Art Retreat by: Erin Faith Allen)

I put an audiobook on, brewed coffee then, I dyed.

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Boiling a large pot of water with onion skins.

Sinking in, one by one, bundles of Navy t-shirts full of leaves, and rusted bits.

And of course all the things I want to let go of. Metaphorically.

String bound bundles. Taking a plunge into hot waters.

Transforming you… in all the uncontrollable ways life does.

Unbound. Unwinding. Deep breathing.

Everything has changed inside of me. I am Stained.

I am Unraveled.

P.s. *Im not talking about the bundles anymore.*

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(Taking processes learned from Erin Faith Allen at Call of the Wild Soul, Ghost Ranch and exploring them more deeply during the quite moments to myself.)