In Times of Terror Wage Beauty

The art piece above is my version of the Pedernal Mountain near Taos, New Mexico. The Pedernal is the mountain that moved and inspired one of my favorite painters, Georgia O’Keeffe, as she studied and painted it from her studio at Ghost Ranch. After her death, her ashes were scattered there as a testament to the bond she felt with the mountain. I love this quote from Ms. O’Keeffe, “It’s my private mountain. It belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it.” Sometimes I feel like the Great Spirit is telling me…read more here https://conta.cc/3EiBzqe

Healing the Maternal Lineage at GG’s Down to Earth Studio

All families have some sort of traumatic history. And much of that trauma has been borne by women in the form of domestic violence, physical/emotional abuse, sexual abuse, childbirth complications, death, mental illness, and the list goes on. Over the past several weeks I have been working toward healing my own maternal lineage by educating myself about how trauma is carried through generations (if it is not reckoned with and healed) and what I can do about it. Read more…

In My Heart of Hearts at GG’s Down to Earth Studio

It’s coming up: Valentine’s Day! GALentine’s Day! PALentine’s Day! February 14th, the day we celebrate love here in America.
I’m adding another one of our beloveds to the list, EARTHentine’s Day! (Not the most romantic title, I know. Let me know if you come up with something better.) But think about it…is not Mother Earth the greatest lover of them all? She gives of Herself fully and consistently to provide the food and water that sustains us, the air we breath, and the ground on which we stand. She entertains and delights us with a plethora of diverse and fascinating wildlife, and brings us to tears with Her unfathomable beauty. At 4.543 billion years old, She can teach us a thing or two about how to survive and thrive if we watch and listen.
In honor of EARTHentine’s Day, I just Read more

Top 10 Highlights of 2021

I love the ritual of reflecting on the year that has passed and contemplating the renewal and rebirth that a new year brings. There’s something so refreshing and hopeful about turning the page to a new year filled with possibilities. I hope my list of the top 10 highlights of 2021 inspires you to take a look back at the high’s and low’s of your year as you transition into 2022. My mantra this year is “More kindness: to myself…to others…and to the planet!”
As I do every year on January 1st, I threw the I Ching coins and received Hexagram #5. Read more about my top 10 highlights for 2021 and discover what the ancient Chinese Oracle Book of Changes told me about the year 2022. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Nurturing the Seed at GG’s Down to Earth Studio

Winter is coming — the time when everything will once again lie dormant in the silent earth. Winter is a sacred time of rest and reflection before the slow build toward brighter days. We can follow Mother Nature’s cue and nurture ourselves with compassion, rest, and reflection. As we consciously link our awareness to nature’s cycles, and feel ourselves in kinship with the Earth and all of Her beings, we deepen our understanding of the importance of the cycle of rest and growth. Read more...

Giving Thanks at GG’s Down to Earth Studio

Along with everything that is deeply troubling these days, I feel especially grateful this month; grateful to be alive and able to explore and enjoy what remains wild and beautiful; grateful for dear friends and family; grateful to have opportunities to make art and write a book… read more

 

 

The Paradoxical Nature of Autumn

Have you felt lately like you are living a profound paradox, where two opposing ideas are true at the same time? My Libra nature always inspires me to view both sides of things – the agony and the ecstasy, as they say. That’s what inspired the above artwork titled, Being Held in Deep Grief and Unbearable Beauty. The painting illustrates the heartbreak of living with an uncertain future of not knowing whether we are headed into the Great Unraveling or the Great Turning, and the exquisite experience of falling in love again and again with what the Earth brings us, especially in the autumn season. Read more

Bowls With Stories to Tell

It seems I have become the golden joinery fix it lady — the creatrix of Kintsugi. Bowls and platters have found their way to me for loving repair, each with a story to tell. Everything in the mending and painting process has become a metaphor, and each vessel has offered me a valuable life lesson. Here are some of their stories. Read more…

 

 

 

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Creativity is Blooming at GG’s Down to Earth Studio

Offering HeART and SoulCollage(r) Classes to inspire your creative spirit. Spring flowers, Summer Solstice, and 3-day Breaking and Mending and Retreat.

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