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No, not aliens. Plankton!

Studying and painting plankton in this way, really brought out the Naturalist in me. By looking so closely at them, and painting them, I was able to learn so much about each individual species. I already thought plankton were amazing. Now I’m even more in love with them. I can appreciate the uniqueness of the thousands of different species and their important roles on our planet.

“What is that? Some crazy space scene?”

I smiled at the question, secretly pleased. You see, the organisms in the mural I was painting do look completely out of this world. The iridescent shapes on the mural, standing out from the dark, black background, look like nothing other than bizarre space ships flying through space. Continue reading “No, not aliens. Plankton!”

Well, here goes something.

Hey Friends,

Do you ever get sidetracked by those silly online quizzes? I just did. I woke up early to write, and ended up checking my email, reading a blog post, and taking this Life Assessment quiz. It was all a way to procrastinate actually writing, which is one of the things I’m actively practicing right now. My writing muscles are still weak, so it’s not easy. Continue reading “Well, here goes something.”

Join us! Climate Action through Art Forum

Climate Action Through Art
May 11, 7-9 PM
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe
300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501
Carrie Ziegler, Earth Art has joined forces with Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT), and several environmental organizations to create a multi-faceted, collaborative Art and Action Project.  This Art and Action Project is a powerful strategy we will use to address climate change issues in our community.

Presented by Carrie Ziegler and TCAT, this forum will include:

  • A presentation on how art can be used to inspire change in our communities.
  • Information on the current status of the Climate Art and Action Project.
  • A project design workshop. Carrie will facilitate this workshop, guiding us through the design process. We want to hear your ideas on how to develop and implement this project!

Moving from the Center and into Action: Part 3

Of all of the places I could really move into action, why climate change? This is a question that I find somewhat difficult to answer as there are so many elements involved. Let’s see if I can break it down.

It’s an opportunity for me to learn.

Continue reading “Moving from the Center and into Action: Part 3”

Moving from the Center and into Action: Part 2

 

Sometimes, when finding my center, I imagine myself in the radiant center of a flower, with the petals representing all of the different aspects of myself that I move in and out of all day long. Other times, it’s more like a hurricane. Continue reading “Moving from the Center and into Action: Part 2”

Moving from the Center and into Action: Part 1

Note: I wrote this piece a few weeks ago, then life happened. It’s the first in a 3-part series.

I had this breakthrough the other day. It’s such a small thing, but sometimes these small things feel HUGE. Continue reading “Moving from the Center and into Action: Part 1”

The Joy of Uncertainty???

I heard myself say these words the other day: “I’m really enjoying the uncertainty in the direction of my creative business right now.” Whoa, where did that come from?! In the past, uncertainty has been a very uncomfortable place for me. Uncomfortable and sometimes terrifying!

I think it has to do with not running away. Continue reading “The Joy of Uncertainty???”

To allow what could be

Painting is all about letting go. I think that’s why it’s sometimes so hard for me to pick up the brush. The blank canvas can be very intimidating. What am I going to paint? What if it’s not good enough? For me, it’s almost more intimidating to work on a painting in progress. Continue reading “To allow what could be”

There is something big on the horizon

It’s like when you’re driving across an open landscape and there is… something on the horizon, but you just can’t tell what it is yet, and the only way to find out is to keep heading in the same direction. Continue reading “There is something big on the horizon”