Every Line is Beautiful: The Art of Tabitha Lahr

“I am always drawn to the lines in everything I see," she says, "the beauty of the planes and intersections, the movement that happens when a person, or something in nature, is perfectly still. The intense honesty of what makes up a living form, rather than an easier to please softness. My passion for cultural subjects—such as a song, a musician, a writer, or a performer—often evolves into a need to release my adulation in the form of painting with gouache.” Tabitha Lahr was born in Brooklyn, and raised in Queens, New York. She received her BFA from The School of Visual Arts, with a major in illustration. In 2004 she moved to San Francisco, where she still resides, and she contributes to various group shows throughout the Bay Area. I first met Tabitha in 2005 while we were both working at the same publishing house in the Bay Area; her work in illustration the perfect foundation for book design. She's smart...
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The Art of Letting Go: Laura Jane Walker’s Mixed Media Sculpture

Laura Jane Walker has a visionary approach to art. First, there is an event, something that negates control, like a spilled glass of milk. Freedom comes from the element of surprise, the lack of resistance to the event, the willingness to see what is present. Then, there are the nails, the structure imposed upon the creation, a symbol for that which cannot be changed or transmuted. Static elements, the nails are the guideposts of navigation. Between the event and the structure, thread creates a compositional element, a delicate weaving between fluidity and rigidity, understanding and the understood, what comes easily and what appears as "challenge." How do we navigate through life? What do we deem "good" or "bad"? How solidly do we rely upon structure?  What is required to be flexible with change? And what does it take to remain open in the face of challenge? Is it courage? Perseverance? Love? And what makes these experiences beautiful? Here's what Laura had to say: Many works...
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A Conversation with Sarah McLean: Musings on Meditation, Love, & the Power of Attention

On Saturday, October 25, I had the opportunity to chat with Sarah McLean about meditation, its importance, and its transformational abilities.  I first met Sarah at a monthly meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, a local professional writing group in Phoenix, at which Sarah was invited to speak. At the meeting, I learned about Sarah's personal journey and her expertise in meditation. Later, on a weekend trip to Sedona, I stopped for a Sunday afternoon meditation at the McLean Meditation Institute, where Sarah is the founder, and she was facilitating that day.  The thing I like the most about Sarah's approach is her down-to-earth savvy, easily digestible explanations, and the warmth with which she exudes her wisdom. During our conversation, we chatted about meditation techniques, the paradox of shrinking time, the ego and the monkey mind, and more.   You can also learn more about Sarah's work, the McLean Meditation Institute, and the programs and retreats offered by clicking here. Image used in...
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Tammy Schuetz: Photographer, Pianist, Visual Artist

Tammy Schuetz is a vocational coordinator for student with disabilities, in the Chicagoland area. She's also an artist, photographer, pianist, and composer.  With a body of work that ranges from photorealism to abstract, surrealism to post-modern, her work utilizes a vast expanse of mediums including: oil paints, water-soluble oils, gouache, oil pastels and sticks, graphite pencils, and other materials. She received her M.A. in Arts at Northern Illinois University, which culminated in a solo show of 15 similar pastel paintings that depicted both Midwestern and Southwestern landscapes framed in light-oak shadow boxes. Recently, Tammy has worked on Southwestern landscapes, and stadium paintings. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with her and chat about her body of work. When did you first begin working with visual art? What impetus in your life spurred this interest? "Three things influenced me between the ages of five and ten years: First, getting 100’s on my school work, I would make comic characters (today’s anime characters.) out...
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A Row of Tombs: Sabine Lucas on Past Lives (Part 2 of 2)

In the previous post, we learned about the fascinating life of author Dr. Sabine Lucas. Part 2 of the interview explores the idea that everything is connected through the quantum field, why past life healing work is important, and how we can move forward as a collective. The film A Row of Tombs also talks about the quantum field. How do past lives relate to the quantum field? “As far as I know—and I am far from being a physicist—the quantum theory has many different aspects to it. The only aspect that has any bearings on past lives is the hypothesis that time is not an absolute. According to quantum physics, what we call time is really quantified eternity. It is pretty clear that past lives and past life memories exist in a timeless zone outside of 3-D reality. In this timeless zone, past, present, and future are one. This means that what we did in the past, affects us in the present. And...
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A Row of Tombs: Sabine Lucas on Past Lives (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Sabine Lucas was born in Germany and raised there during the Second World War. She studied German and English language and literature at Heidelberg University. For eleven years,  she instructed undergraduates at Reading University in England in German language and literature while acting part of the time as a German language consultant in the educational programs of BBC London. In the throws of a midlife crisis, she entered a Jungian analysis in London which lasted five years. During this time, she got deeply involved with the many inspiring Jungian events organized for the public by Jungian analysts and theologians in London. This led to a career change and, initially, to a psychotherapy training with the Guild of Psychotherapists in London. After two years of eclectic studies with this experimental group she transferred for a more specialized training to the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Here she supported herself financially with dream workshops and the German translation of Jane Roberts' Seth Speaks,...
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The Studio of Frank Gonzales

In the heart of Tempe, Arizona, amongst the hurried activity of the nearby university, artist Frank Gonzales makes his home on a quiet street, where his studio provides a sanctuary for creative work. Knowing that environment is important and can impact creative work, he peppers his studio with important items that bring inspiration. Alongside the tubes of paint and jars of paint mixtures, his primary easel sits, facing the window overlooking his sleepy front yard. A terrarium of carnivorous plants sits on the table across from his easel, next to a wide bookcase filled with art and plant books, magazines, and supplies. One of his cats lazily sleeps under another table covered with newly finished works nearly ready to be sent to one of his galleries. Botany and ornithology inform his works; bright, playful paintings that reveal the type of personality that each creature exudes. Most of his pairings are unusual—not necessarily the elements of natural habitat or examples of symbiotic relationships in...
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Frankly Explicable: A Conversation with Mary Burger

The art of poetics begins with the intersection of the visual and the unseen. Word gives way to image, image to thought, thought to inspiration. As communicators, human beings desire to bring value to the exchange—something ambiguous in the visual art world, value. What holds meaning for one may not for another, and what inspires is highly subjective. More than value, we search for meaning. Who are we? To what do we devote attention? On what do we spend our time? The idea of categories amongst thought makes experience easily interpretable. But what of the things that meet and mingle? Where does communication end and poetry begin? How is experience cataloged as “art”? Writer, visual artist, and environmental designer, Mary Burger is interested in cross-genrewriting that merges aspects of poetry, essay, and fiction. Her books include Then Go On (Litmus Press, 2012), a collection of lyric prose pieces, Sonny (Leon Works, 2005), a novella on the Trinity bomb test, and A Partial Handbook for...
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Welcome to 2014: Insights for the New Year with Elaine Marolakos Edelson

I can’t believe it’s already 2014!  The 2013 year passed so quickly—and with many ups and downs—that it feels great to settle in to a new year and being again. I always love the time of year when we let go of what came before and envision a new way of relating to the world, perhaps expansive, perhaps introspective, but always moving forward and (at least for me) with intention. I don’t use the world resolution, and for many reasons. With each passing year, I learn some new things, I have grown in knowledge and wisdom, and have experienced important moments that I’ll remember forever. Time passes quickly—now more than ever before—and I felt it important to spotlight this fresh start in a new way. This month’s blog post features Elaine Marolakos Edelson, intuitive channel, empath, and astrologer. Elaine is also the author of the highly acclaimed Minutes to Manifesting, which she now uses in her Bodhi System ~ Intuitive Mastery Mentoring Program....
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Kicking and Screaming to Enlightenment: An Interview with Mary Bell

Mary Bell R.N.C. is a spiritual healer, author, teacher, and channel who has been in private practice for more than twenty years. Her passion has been to bring ease and grace into the transformational process. She specializes in understanding and integrating the shift of consciousness that is currently occurring on the earth plane. Mary offers a unique blend of new age and traditional spiritual philosophy in her approach to healing, which makes her work appealing to many different people. Her background in O.B. nursing and her study of psychology through Bioenergetic Analysis, prepared her for a direction in her work in which she is able to find the root of any issue and heal it at its core. She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Awakening Your Light Body, as taught by Sanaya Roman and Dwayne Packer, and has been teaching her own work since 1995. Mary has taught nationally with the Healing Touch program before she...
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