The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Solstice Magic...Creativity Unfolds and the beckoning of the warmth and light brings on wonderous moments

Native flute music and art on the roof tops!

Fire dancers, working their magic with fire....

Sun goddesses...beckoning the sun to return for longer periods...basking us in warmth and delight...

The Lovely Jane and Desmond....

The Caribou greeting local Torontonians in the streetcar trying to get home or places to go....

The lovely Maya...whom I am so blessed to have in my life...

Us and our lanterns..I am behind the camera... : )

These beautiful lanterns were made by us, and the making of it was guided by my friend Jane....they were so wonderful to make and easy to do....
Thanks Jane for your creativity and sharing....

The Solstice Festival helped release a creativity block I have been was so wonderful to dance with the crowds, join the parade through Kensington Market, bask in the glow of the fire dancers, the burning of the solstice alter, beckoning the light to return for longer as each day passes.

Kensington market has an allure which calls us back often, enjoyed cheese, chocolate and gourmet hot chocolate blended by the motion of a bike....

The many wonderful costumes, jazz music band and the great company of Jane, Desmond and all brought about a magical nite which helped bring wonderful visions for creativity.....

Saturday, December 19, 2009

One Last Christmas Show - This weekend, Come Visit me today if you can!

This weekend I will be showing some work for the Christmas Fantasy Show at the In A Heartbeat Gallery, come visit me on Sat. Dec. 19th from 12 - 4 p.m. I would love to see you if you can pop in. Eden Mills is a lovely town just 12 minutes or so outside Guelph by car...a great quiet get away...In a Heartbeat Gallery is located at 103 York Street, Eden Mills, hope to see you there?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Year - New Visions -- Creating a Vision Board

On Sunday January 3rd, I will be hosting a VISIONING BOARD session, and I am so the new year always is a great time to cast out all the possibilities you heart calls for....Last year I created a vision board, and it is out displayed in my studio as a constant reminder of what I wanted for my year, the intentions and the was so wonderful to create it gave me clarity and focus....

This year, I have invited friends to join me in a session to create one in community with food, wine and merriment...and I am excited about doing this with my lovely friends ....

As a way to begin to think about the process, I have decided to list a few resources to help us start think about creating our vision boards and wanted to share this with you here they are:

How to Make a Vision Board - credit for this info. goes to Christine Kane:

February 1st, 2007 by Christine Kane

what is a vision board?

A vision board (also called a Treasure Map or a Visual Explorer or Creativity Collage) is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. It’s simple.

The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.

For instance, before I ever started performing music and I had no idea how I’d ever get a gig, write enough songs, or assemble a press kit, I drew a picture of myself in a bar with people watching me perform (I’m a terrible visual artist, so I actually had to label the people “people!”). And though it wasn’t the only factor in making it happen, I had a calendar full of bar and coffeehouse gigs by the next year.

My drawing was a kind of a vision board. Vision boards do the same thing as my drawing did. They add clarity to your desires, and feeling to your visions. For instance, at the time I did my drawing, I knew I wanted to play in bars and coffeehouses. (I have since left the that circuit, and I’m performing in theatres and at conferences. But in my early twenties, I wanted to play in bars and coffeehouses. I was pretty clear about that!) Taking the time to draw it out, even poorly, made it indelible in my mind.

There are several methods you can use for creating your vision board. I’ve written about each one below. You can choose which one works best for you, depending on where you find yourself on this path of creating your life.

supplies you’ll need for creating a vision board:

- Poster board. (Target sells a really nice matte finish board. I highly recommend it.)

- A big stack of different magazines. (You can get them at libraries, hair salons, dentist offices, the YMCA.) Make sure you find lots of different types. If you limit your options, you’ll lose interest after a while. When I facilitate my women’s retreats, I always make sure we have plenty of Oprah, Real Simple, Natural Home, Yoga Journal, Dwell, Ode, Parenting, Money, Utne, and an assortment of nature magazines.

- Glue. Not Elmers. (It makes the pages ripple.) I like using Yes! Glue or Rubber cement. Glue sticks are my second choice because they don’t last.

before you begin your vision board:

No matter which method you’re choosing, have a little ritual before you begin your vision board. Sit quietly and set the intent. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what it is you want. Maybe one word will be the answer. Maybe images will come into your head. Just take a moment to be with that. This process makes it a deeper experience. It gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little, so that you can more clearly create your vision.

Put on soft music. My favorite music for activities like this is AnugamaShamanic Dream I and Shamanic Dream II. I love these CD’s for massage or any activity where you want to keep your mind quiet.

the five steps of creating a vision board:

Step 1: Go through your magazines and tear the images from them. No gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy. Have fun with it. Make a big pile of images and phrases and words.

Step 2: Go through the images and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board. Health, Job, Spirituality, Relationships, for instance. Or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place. Or you might want to fold the board into a book that tells a story. At my retreats, I’ve seen women come up with wildly creative ways to present a vision board.

Step 3: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers.

Step 4: (optional, but powerful) Leave space in the very center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy. Paste yourself in the center of your board.

Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.

three types of vision boards:

1 - The “I Know Exactly What I Want” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

- You’re very clear about your desires.
- You want to change your environment or surroundings.
- There is a specific thing you want to manifest in your life. (i.e. a new home, or starting a business.)

How to create this vision board:

With your clear desire in mind, set out looking for the exact pictures which portray your vision. If you want a house by the water, then get out the Dwell magazine and start there. If you want to start your own business, find images that capture that idea for you. If you want to learn guitar, then find that picture. I remember at the last retreat, one woman yelled out, “If anyone finds a picture of a little girl with red hair who looks happy, give it to me!” And someone else yelled out, “I’m looking for a Cadillac!” Pretty soon, a lively trading session began. Following the five steps above, create your vision board out of these images.

2 – The “Opening and Allowing” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

- You’re not sure what exactly you want
- You’ve been in a period of depression or grief
- You have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain about it in some way.
- You know you want change but don’t know how it’s possible.

How to create this vision board:

Go through each magazine. Tear out images that delight you. Don’t ask why. Just keep going through the magazines. If it’s a picture of a teddy bear that makes you smile, then pull it out. If it’s a cottage in a misty countryside, then rip it out. Just have fun and be open to whatever calls to you. Then, as you go through Step 2 above, hold that same openness, but ask yourself what this picture might mean. What is it telling you about you? Does it mean you need to take more naps? Does it mean you want to get a dog, or stop hanging out with a particular person who drains you? Most likely you’ll know the answer. If you don’t, but you still love the image, then put it on your vision board anyway. It will have an answer for you soon enough. Some women at my retreats had NO idea what their board was about, and it wasn’t until two months later that they understood. The Opening and Allowing Vision Board can be a powerful guide for you. I like it better than the first model because sometimes our egos think they know what we want, and lots of times those desires aren’t in alignment with who we really are. This goes deeper than just getting what you want. It can speak to you and teach you a little bit about yourself and your passion.

3 – The “Theme” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

- It’s your birthday or New Years Eve or some significant event that starts a new cycle.
- If you are working with one particular area of your life. For instance, Work & Career.

How to create this vision board:

The only difference between this vision board and the others is that this one has clear parameters and intent. Before you begin the vision board, take a moment to hold the intent and the theme in mind. When you choose pictures, they will be in alignment with the theme. You can do the Theme Vision Board on smaller pages, like a page in your journal.

some things to remember about vision boards:

- You can use a combination of all three types of vision boards as you create. Sometimes you might start out doing one kind, and then your intuition takes over and shifts into a whole different mode. That’s called creativity. Just roll with it.

- Your vision board might change as you are making it. I was just talking with a friend of mine who said that she had been making a vision board for the new year. The theme was all about what she wanted in this year. Then, as she pulled pictures and began to lay them out, the theme changed into a simpler one about her everyday life and the moments in each day. It surprised and delighted her to experience that evolution. You might find that you have little epiphanies from making a vision board.

Another option is to use these same principles in a big sketch book. Get a large sketch book and keep an on-going vision journal. This is especially effective if you’re going through many transitions in your life.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Winner is.....

Recently, I announced that I would do a random draw prize for any one who answered the following two questions, which was put forth to any students from the year 2009, as a way to say thank you for your support of my growing creativity business and your belief in the services it provides:

1. Which encaustic tool is my most favourite tool as of late?

2. What is the main philosophy I share with regard to art and creativity, and the process of art making?

The answers are:
1. The encaustic iron, which my friend Andrea Bird sells out of her encaustic supply online store at - check it out.

2. The answer to number two would be any of the following responses, which many of you mentioned:

Non attachment to outcome
Healing process
Trust and be free and try it and see
Do what makes you HAPPY : )
Practice non attachment to outcome

All of which would be the essence of the what I like to share and what the process of painting with the encaustic medium has taught me over the last four years.....

So for those of you who answered any of the above to either of the questions your name was placed into a random draw and the winning name drawn from the magic hat is: Caitlin - who wins a gift certificate value of $85.00 from Supria's Designs services/workshop or product.

This is just a small way to thank you all for your support of "Supria's Designs" as it was launched two years ago and the joy it brings me to share creativity with others....

wishing you all well over the holidays and a wonderful blessed new year, 2010.

Caitlin, email me so I may arrange a way to get you your gift certificate.

Friday, December 11, 2009

In a Heart Beat Gallery - Eden Mills - Christmas Fantasy Show Upcoming Dec. 18- 20th.

Come and meet up with me on Sat. Dec. 19th from 12 - 4 p.m. at the In a Heartbeat gallery in lovely Eden Mills. I would love to see you there.

And the One Hundred and Under show continues at the Whitestone Gallery over the December month...find your lovely art treasure here. New work being brought in as pieces sell...check it out!