Hello kind souls. I am SO grateful to every single one of you for stopping by last week to learn more about these 7 AMAZING ARTISTS. It has been a complete honour to bring these stories to you. I hope you will continue to check in on all seven of these talented women who create work from their hearts every day. Thank-you from my whole heart dear Carissa Paige, Micki Wilde, Juliette Crane, Stephanie Lee, Mindy Lacefield, Nolwenn Petitbois and Kelly Barton. You all make this world a better place, with your heARTs and stories. xoxo
I thought I would offer a bonus day with my answers to the same questions I asked all week long.
But first, I have HUGE EXCITING NEWS to share:
I will be teaching a class called PAINTED TOTEMS, an in-person class in June 2014 in Victoria, B.C, CANADA! The super talented and chill Andrea Soos is hosting a unique retreat called Six Breaths Retreat. Here is the lo-down:
“To inhale is ultimately an act of connection: breath to body, body to mind, mind to spirit, spirit to the Creative. To breathe in is to say yes to possibility – to bridge your own potential with the action it seeks. Join us for a weekend of inspired mixed media art workshops, invigorating yoga sessions and nourishing local food at Sleeping Dog Farm, an oasis just outside downtown Victoria, B.C.”
Learn more about the classes and the instructors here. I am SO EXCITED to be teaching this class IN PERSON in one of the most BEAUTIFUL cities in the whole-wide-world! I just know this will be an extraordinary experience as we dive into the world of ANIMAL TOTEMS.
Join me as I take you on an uncommon journey where you will meet your totem animal, face to face through a series of guided visualizations and exercises. You will then learn to represent your totem through paint and paper as I share my layered mixed media process with you.
This class is meant for those who want to deepen their understanding and relationship with their totem animal along with developing their mixed media art toolbox…
Join us on this incredible journey this June!
1. What is your totem?
2. How do you know this to be true?
The bear first came to me in my dreams and then appeared several times before me as I traveled through different cities. Twice in the woods, twice standing on two legs, and another time when I was forced to stop my car to allow a mother bear and her cub to cross the road in front of me. This all happened in a period of two months!
I am like the bear. I go through periods of deep hibernation where I need quiet and isolation, where I need to work in solitude. I then need to leave my cave and explore my connection with the outside world.
I am like the bear. I roar loudly when I need to. To protect the ones I love.
3. How do you integrate animals or the animal kingdom into your work?
In most of my work, animals, birds and butterflies add to the story of my paintings. I often use ravens to represent truth in my work. Butterfly wings are used to represent transformation, change and vulnerability. I also integrate animals parts onto the human form.
4. Do you feel guided by them as you create?
My book : “Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox” is the direct result of my listening to my dreams and being in tune with my surroundings and the natural world. It is the result of letting the animals guide me. However, there are other times that I seek it out as well. By taking long walks in the forest, feet on ground.
5. What can animals teach us about ourselves. And the world?
I believe that animals can teach us to stay connected to the natural world and Mother Earth. And for me, this means the forest. We are so attached to our computers and technical devices everyday. Animals remind me to unplug and get back to the basics and to get in tuned with the nature again, its natural rhythms of the day and the seasons.
6. What animal do you fear? Why?
Without a doubt, I fear the mouse. I think it’s because it is so small and can fit in the tiniest of places. After living in the boonies for several years I was forced to dispose of many field mice that made their way into our home, since we lived in the country and (since my husband was in the army and away from home for months at a time.)
The scariest memory I have is when I started cutting the lawn with the riding lawn-mower and a mouse crawled up my capri pants. It didn’t take long for me to jump off the machine and rip off my pants. LOL! It is not a day I would like to relive anytime soon.
My husband also tells a story where I once gave a mouse a heart attack by yelling so loud, standing on a stool in my kitchen. It scurried under the fridge, then down the stairs and where it dropped dead. True story.
7. If you could be an animal for one day, which one would it be? Why?
I think I would like to be the WOLF. To face the night and feel brave in the dark. To howl into the moonlight and run wild into the unknown.
I would LOVE to know what your Totem Animal is!
Feel free to add the why you know this to be true too…
Love danielle xoxo