Lean Into The Mystery

Hello Friends,

I want to have time (I don’t have right now) to write this post. I think I need more time to make it engaging. Right now time is a race between me and my eyelids…it’s late.

Instead of engaging I will just be real… I’m tired.

I’m tired of all that has been going on in the world. I feel sad.

I am also in the middle of moving my studio.

I had to cancel my retreat “Art & Inspiration at the Inn” not enough sign-ups due to summer schedules…I was really excited about it. The flip side, I had a lot of interest – which was excellent!

Count on it happening again, in fact most likely this fall. :-)

With still lots to be grateful for, today just felt heavy…

“Lean into the Mystery” was said by someone on a podcast I was listening to recently (can’t remember which podcast), I wrote these words down and put them on my wall.

I have been leaning as suggested…and I trust that the mystery loves me as much as I love it.

It’s hard to love mystery sometimes cause it’s uncertain, but that is also where the adventure lies.

Lean into the mystery with love at the forefront.

I’ll be doing some traveling this August (more info soon), which means I won’t have any Paint Night Classes or Creative Workshops until September.

With the exception of my ~Create Your Art Nouveau Goddess~ Workshop happening on August 7th – And I would love it if you joined me.

It’s important to me that my events are memorable, creative, fun, and educational. I look forward to this one. Click here to learn more.

Art can be healing.

Art can inspire.

It does all that for me, especially when things feel heavy.

Thanks for reading my blog.

Thanks for all your support.

Here is a new share of a watercolor I did recently. I am enjoying watercolors more and more…

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Again thanks,

Have a great night, sleep well, keep leaning, keep loving,

xo

Rebecca

 

Nature, Art, & Meditation…is so Us!

Guys, what do you do when you need a boost of confidence? What do you do to reconnect to yourself and find that inner peace? When that damn self-doubt creeps in?
A blank canvas sometimes can stir up these feelings… all that white space just starring back at you. What will you create? What will happen? How will you do?
I mean seriously, I almost created a workshop called, “Let’s make mistakes!”
I am laughing just thinking about it. Hell I will probably still hold this workshop, cause I need it too! It would be a class specifically for the practice of creating & letting go the attachment to get it right.

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Ever notice in a painting class how everyone makes something different? It’s so very special.
When we are connected to our own uniqueness self-doubts become a whisper instead of a loud voice, they won’t hook us (like Pema Chodrun would say). The route back to our own inner peace becomes easier to navigate.

A blank canvas can turn into an epic adventure of exploring ones soul.

Nature, art, and meditation can free up some of those blocks we come up against. Or I’ll just say it does for me.
Nature stirs up a lot of awe in me. This article by Christopher Bergland describes awe as “that sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world.” Click here to read more.
The article asks; “When was the last time you had an awe-inspiring moment that made you say…

“WOW!”?”

I’ll show you one of mine and I’ll never forget it. The moment I laid my eyes on the Grand Tetons back in 2008:

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All of a sudden I was very small in comparison to these giant mountains. I felt an expansion, peace, and a connection.

I felt connected to something bigger.

The same article mentions William James an American philosopher and psychologist, who would hiking adventures in the Adirondaks:
“After his epiphanies on the hiking trails, he had a new appreciation for spiritual “openings” as a universal key-hole to higher consciousness accessible to anyone.”

Epiphanies guys… Epiphanies.

Last week I went hiking in the Adirondaks, here I am on Algonquin Mountain (can we say ‘perfect weather’):

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Sometimes I like to raise my hands to the sky. I imagine that I am receiving all there is to receive from the abundance of mother-nature. I also imagine that the universe is opening my heart more while I am opened up like this. It feels good.
This is how I reconnect in nature. It’s inspiration, its glory, its magnitude, its reminder to go with the flow, and to give my gifts to the world. Because that is all she does for us, is give and give and give. And if I end up with any epiphanies then awesome.

It’s quite beautiful…

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A tiny flower can bring a sense of awe. (my pic of a Lady Slipper in the forest.)
The point I am getting at is nature is a good coach. Get in nature to feel the flow and inspiration. Its all around us and there for us whenever we need it.

While creating I find that I go to a place inside that is quiet.

Quiet but also very active, active with inspiration. Where time collapses and all my surface thoughts fade. I connect with the consciousness that is me which is why its feels so good to create. It’s why a lot of my friends who regularly make art can’t not make art.  That freedom allows a r-econnection to ‘Self’.
I recently finished the book, “The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer. I recommend this book to get an idea of what I mean here when I say ‘Self’. He is refers to the ‘Self’ without a name, character, or personality… its deep.
The end product of my painting doesn’t matter. Maybe I will create something I will love, maybe I won’t. But the act of letting go during the process is what matters. It’s a place of letting the creativity inside me come through. No blocks, no judgements, it’s free. I feel a high state of re-connection to myself after I paint.
Here are two new paintings that I worked on side by side. I didn’t stop working on them until I felt they were finished. It was exhilarating to paint these, I really let myself go!

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“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart

I have been practicing meditation for 3 years. This year I made meditation part of my daily intentions and usually do it in the morning. I don’t fuss about how long, how I sit, when I do it, or even if I miss a day or two. I have grown a love for it. It has many benefits as most people by now know, one of which is re-connection to oneself. If there is a block, meditation helps me in not holding resistance to it.
Here is what sometimes happens during my meditation, my sweet girl Mossie (Mah-see) likes to plop herself right here on my leg – She looks out the window that I sit nearby. As my friend said “our pets know when we are on a good vibe”.

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Here are beginner instructions for meditation from the book “Waking Up” By Sam Harris.  “The goal is to awaken from our trance of discursive thinking—and from the habit of ceaselessly grasping at the pleasant and recoiling from the unpleasant—so that we can enjoy a mind that is undisturbed by worry, merely open like the sky, and effortlessly aware of the flow of experience in the present.
  1. Sit comfortably, with your spine erect, either in chair or cross-legged on a cushion.
  2. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and feel the points of contact between your body and the chair or floor. Notice the sensations associated with sitting—feelings of pressure, warmth, tingling, vibration, etc.
  3. Gradually become aware of the process of breathing. Pay attention to wherever you feel the breath most clearly—either at the nostrils, or in the rising and falling your abdomen.
  4. Allow your attention to rest in the mere sensation of breathing. (There is no need to control your breath. Just let it come and go naturally.)
  5. Every time your mind wanders in thought, gently return it to the sensation of breathing.
  6. As you focus on the breath, you will notice that other perceptions and sensations continue to appear: sounds, feelings in the body, emotions, etc. Simply notice these phenomena as they emerge in the field of awareness, and then return to the sensation of breathing.
  7. The moment you observe that you have been lost in thought, notice the present thought itself as an object of consciousness. Then return your attention to the breath—or to whatever sounds or sensations arise in the next moment.
  8. Continue in this way until you can merely witness all objects of consciousness—sights, sounds, sensations, emotions, and even thoughts themselves—as they arise and pass away.
It’s all a practice just like with meditation. But as my curiosity about all this increases life keeps getting more and more interesting. The blocks tend to be more flexible.

Try a creative project, go for a walk outside, and please try meditation -make the time – its worth it.

If you are interested in practicing with me check out my upcoming event Art & Inspiration at the Inn ~ A Day for the Artist in You I would love to have you!
Thanks for reading and being a part of this community of creators. I don’t take any of you for granted.
Please share your thoughts, what’s new in your world?
To opening and being,
xox Rebecca
P.S. Check out the work by Christy! Created at my most recent workshop where we used script along with mixed media.

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A New Collage, Lunch with a Friend, & Nature

Hi!

It feels like summer. I am enjoying it, its nice to sleep with the windows open and wake up to the sounds of the birds chirping.

Last week I spent the good part of the week working on some new paintings. I was working on one abstract painting and noticed a struggle to make it look like something. I felt an urge to pull a face out of the lines and textures, maybe a tree, or leaf. I fought the urge because I didn’t want my painting to “look” like something, I wanted to find my own language through the abstract process. Well, that painting is sitting on my easel starring at me… I am giving it space. The process is like nature in a way. You see things are going to bloom when they are good and ready, that goes for spring flowers as well as what is sitting on our easels. Trusting in the process and being patient is required however hard it is.

During the week I met for lunch with my former high school art teacher and talented artist Carrie Simon. It was great to reunite with her, its literally been years! :-)  carrieandme

She continues to challenge her artistic process as well and is inspired by nature. Here is an example of one of her acrylic paintings, isn’t it lovely?

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She remains an encouraging spirit for me as she did all those years ago. We both acknowledged the same struggles when working on our artwork. Working with nature came up also in our conversations. Carrie has more recently been inspired by floral imagery, she explained when she is in the zone and painting in her studio it’s like she hits a rhythm that feels like a dance. Carrie will be showing her work this fall in a solo show – see more of Carrie’s work here & info: http://carriesimonart.com/

After our lunch I felt reassured and decided to not hold myself back again when I am working on the canvas. I also agreed to feel frustrated if frustration came, I agreed to BE WITH IT.

I went home and started a small 12 x 12 canvas. It started in watercolor then I started adding mixed media collage, I let it just go where it wanted to go. Then trees began to appear. I started to create a landscape. It felt great and I was in a flow state (one of my favorite destination spots ;-)). Here are the results:20160526_125756

My mother says it reminds her of a church. I thought how perfect that is! Nature IS my church… I agreed. Nature may be wanting to be expressed more through me, maybe the language I am seeking to find is all around me… In the inspiration of the natural world. I am excited about what is to come. I’ll update you all on what happens with the one starring at me on my easel too lol!

I found sheet music in my collage collection and one of the songs was titled, “Look to Your Soul” – Connection? Ahhh yes. And it all came together. Music, Nature, Art – a great trio, top that off with self-connection and boom!.. “Look To Your Soul” was born.

The message here is trust and patience… I found this great poem yesterday which I thought I would share:

Every morning
Swimming up out of dreams
I surrender to being here
I let go into gravity
Into the way the sweet earth pulls me to her
Head, hip, arm, leg . . . . with each exhale I drop further
Into cool white sheets, firm mattress, bed frame,
floor, walls, earth, earth, earth. . . .
It takes practice
To give up habitual holding on, holding in, holding back
Every morning I open myself
And invite grace to have its way with me

~ Oriah “Mountain Dreamer” House

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts with me. I’d love to hear from you whenever you feel the urge. Share with me whats going on for you, your art, what your celebrating…

Invite the Grace…

Hugs,

Rebecca

P.S. Here is a beautiful song to create to: Sacred Sound by Youssoupha Sidibe

 

 

Art Stroll in Manchester, Connecticut – May 5, 2016

Hello… and whats new?!

Here are pictures from last night’s Art Stroll in Manchester. Thank you to everyone who came out to visit. I counted about 50 people who walked through! I have to say it felt really good to get some of my older work out and on display too. I want to thank my supportive family and also Tana Parseliti and those who ran the event so well! – Thank you for supporting Fine Arts in Manchester. We also got a kick out of the giant monkeys, they were very cool – seen below with my mom, and nephews.

Photo credit (pic of me): Zack Carroll

Photo credit (Monkees): Sarah Cruz Photography

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“Starry Night” Collage Workshop in Manchester, Connecticut – April 10th, 2016

This was a truly blissful day, 8 wonderful ladies came together to share creativity. We recreated our own collage versions of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

We started with a heart-centered meditation to open up the creative “flow” then we began by first drawing out the shapes in which we would place our collage pieces. I spoke about colors and textures to help in the decision-making process. Everyone worked on canvas and used glue, papers, and paint to create their work. We laughed, danced, drank champagne, and shared a beautiful meal. I enjoyed how much everyone was enjoying themselves!… I watched as they dove into the process and found their rhythm. It was beautiful.

Here are the pictures my sister Sarah took of us, visit her Facebook Page – Sarah Cruz Photography. I want to thank my friend Allyson for hosting and being so supportive.

My next workshop is April 17th in Manchester, Connecticut. >> Must sign up by April 15th << For more info please visit this page: http://www.rebeccamaloneyart.com/workshops/

If you would like to get together with your friends for a day of creativity email me at Rebeccamaloneyart@gmail.com for info.
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Hello from New England!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

Rebecca Maloney Art has moved and I currently live in New Haven, Connecticut. The last few months have been a whirlwind with the holidays and all that comes with relocation.It’s been a change but it’s also been a reminder of all that I am grateful for.

I have the most supportive and loving family, partner, and friends.

AND….I have a beautiful new studio to create in! I love it because it gets a lot of natural light. Here is a picture of my buffalo skull that I was reunited with upon my return.

It hangs proudly in my studio of course. It represents abundance and the courage to be me…isn’t she beautiful?

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Massima loves the new studio too, she settled in right away. She has needed extra attention ever since we lost her best buddy Miles a few weeks ago.

His passing was a reminder to cherish the now.

When I got here I thought I needed a plan right away. I felt pressure to get things going fast. I might have been trying to get busy to avoid the feelings of the change.

Change is hard but it also can be refreshing and renewing. There is a lot to learn when going through change and to me, that is a good thing… learning more about myself can lead to personal growth. Now that I am more settled I feel very inspired for the year to come.

Since I have been here I have also gotten to explore a bit. Here are some pictures from my most recent hikes in Connecticut which I plan to do more of.

I also look forward to mountain biking and cross-country skiing!

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Looking ahead to 2016 I don’t have a resolution, booked trips, or specific goals. I do have several ideas that I hope come to fruition, but if they don’t… that is ok too.

Right now I hope to do more creating with love. With love as my guide I am open to the possibilities.

One thing I can predict is that I will keep sharing my love of art with the world.

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I hope that this post finds you well and ready for the adventures that await you this year!

With Joy,

Rebecca

This Supportive Community

I feel very supported and I appreciate all the love that surrounds me here in Las Vegas.

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Thank you for all who came out to see me at my artist’s reception called “Arts & Crafts”. We made art, shared laughs, and enjoyed delicious pizza and beer from Grinders Pizza Lounge. On top of all that I was able to make a donation to The Shade Tree Las Vegas who’s mission is to provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance. It’s a freaking amazing place, check them out here: http://www.theshadetree.org/

Thank you to Grinders Pizza Lounge owners, John and Rick for all your help and sharing your space.

Thank you to my friend and very talented artist Niki Sands for letting me know about the space to hang my work, and being an inspiration to me. Please check out her website and beautiful artwork here: http://www.nikijsands.com/

Thank you to Drina Cellabos a friend and great photographer for offering to take pictures during my event! Please check out her photography here: http://drinaceballos.com/

My sister and excellent photographer, Sarah Cruz was there during the installation and took some desert pics of me, thanks sis! Here is her website: http://www.sarahcruzphotography.com/

And thank you to my fiancé Anthony for helping me hang all my pieces and be there to cheer me on as always.

Supporting the community and each other is what its all about! (For those that are not in the picture, I love you!)

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Hugs,

Rebecca

Thank you Montana…

Hello Friends!! I haven’t posted in a while, its been a crazy June and July so far. I got a chance to revisit my friends Amy and Daryl in Kalispell, MT and go back to Glacier National Park (my new favorite place), this time my boyfriend Anthony came with me. We had a great time, here are some pictures!

Upon arriving at the Glacier Park airport I took a picture in front of this sweet carved sign art!

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Anthony and I stayed with Daryl and Amy, lots of deer in the front yard.

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On our first day we did a float down the North Fork River. We ate our lunch in the sun.

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We had fun with their friends Scott, Sharon, Wayne, and Sue. Wayne and Sue made an awesome rib dinner, then we sat by the fire pit with Kahlua milkshakes and shared laughs.

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The next morning Daryl made pancakes and we went to Glacier National Park!

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I freaking love this place….

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Can’t you tell?!

 

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Incredible views!!

At the GNP visitor center there were paintings of wildflowers that were nutz… (that means great.) :-)

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We got home and rested, it was a perfect day!

Before we flew out on Sunday we went to the Whitefish Arts Festival…

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Visited a beautiful gallery in Whitefish too, I loved all the buffalo…

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Then we stopped for ice cream at Sweet Peaks, I got Huckleberry and Vanilla Cake flavors.

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Here we are together before I left, thank you to Amy and Daryl for showing us an amazing time!

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Move your Body, Make Art, Feel Joy!

While hiking hard last Sunday I was experiencing full-on JOY!

The day before I was painting to this awesome song Ed Sheeran – I see Fire (Kygo Remix) LISTEN HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWYp1xRPH5g

…and I experienced again the same full-on JOY!

I started thinking about the similarities in both activities. Could it be the release of stress?  Increase of endorphins? Or just the experience of doing something I love?

I came upon this article http://jamesclear.com/make-more-art by James Clear titled, “Make More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity”

The part that resonated with me was his explanation of the release from life.

He says, “In our always–on, always–connected world of television, social media, and on–demand everything, it can be stupidly easy to spend your entire day consuming information and simply responding to all of the inputs that bombard your life. Art offers an outlet and a release from all of that. Take a minute to ignore all of the incoming signals and create an outgoing one instead. Produce something. Express yourself in some way. As long as you contribute rather than consume, anything you do can be a work of art.”

I feel the same release when I am in nature, taking a walk, hiking, playing basketball, or creating a painting or collage. Here I am last summer on the summit of Mt. Whitney, in my element.

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I just started watching NBA Basketball again too! Those athletes are just incredible. I played basketball in high school and I am proud to say I still have a great three-point shot. *toothsparkle

There is nothing like the feeling of the release of the ball from my hands and seeing it line up perfectly, have a knowing that you are going to make the shot, and then ‘SWISH!’ It’s like magic… and compares to the feeling I have when I am in the creative flow. It’s like you don’t have to think… the magic is coming through you.

Check out this article to find “10 Athletes that Paint” by Raka Sen and Vanessa Castro

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I mean, how cool is that?

“Serena Williams took time to learn how to paint in Paris during her visit for the French Open. Jeremy Evans turned his portrait of himself dunking into a “dunkception” performance piece by actually dunking over it. Even athletes that don’t paint still have their ways of embracing art; Tyson Chandler and Usain Bolt have both taken up photography. And Carmelo Anthony and Shaquille O’Neal are known for their art collections. However they choose to do it, it’s great to see America’s sports stars embracing the art world.”

This is a painting by Ernie Barnes artist and professional football player.

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The benefits of health/fitness and the benefits of expressing ourselves through the arts are plentiful.  Exercise stimulates endorphin production, when your body crosses from an aerobic state to an anaerobic state, it’s suddenly working without enough oxygen to provide the muscles and cells screaming out for it. This is when the “runner’s high” occurs.

For artists, there must be something similar but in relation to being in the ‘FLOW’ maybe we can call it the “Artist’s High” lol!

Here are some things I experience during physical and creative activities I enjoy, i.e. dancing, painting, hiking, collage-making, weightlifting, basketball, etc:

*Release of stress and negative emotions

*Rush of positive energies

*Feelings of courage and pride

*Connection to higher power

*Connection to self

*Imagination expands

*Satisfaction in productivity

*Growth

*Acceptance of being open to new possibilities

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The happier we are the better people we are out in the world. Find the things that bring you joy and try to do them once a day even if for 30 min.

What artistic activities and sports/play to you enjoy? What are the feeling similarities that you notice?

Try them this week and let me know how you felt after! I would love to hear!

Hugs,

Rebecca

Love to Nepal…

I have been thinking about Nepal and all the people who are experiencing sadness and heartache for their loved ones lost in the earthquake last Saturday. I am also saddened by the cultural loss and devastation that occurred as well.

I am grateful to have had the chance to travel there in 2008 and trek the Annapurna Circuit. Check out the details on the circuit here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annapurna_Circuit

I would like to share some of my favorite photos I took from that trip. Prayers and love to Nepal, the most visually stunning place I have ever been.

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