Monday, May 14, 2012

What's on Your Nightstand?

For years now, I get almost daily inspiration from Kelly Kilmer, blogger, teacher, and fab art journalist. Every so often, she blogs what she's reading and her latest post encouraged me to share what I'm reading, too.
my "nightstool"
Okay, so it's not a nightstand, it's a (poorly) repainted stool. But I like it. Moving into this house last summer, my man and I put our 17 year old bed frame in the basement, put our mattress on the floor, and are winging it with this stool, instead of my cherished (over-priced) ABC Carpet nightstand.
On my nightstool (from the bottom up) is Martha Becks' first book "Expecting Adam", shared with me by Doodlebugheart partner and co-Martha Beck crusher, Deborah; Gloria Steinem's "Revolution from Within" (female empowerment galore! this should be required reading for all!); "The Art of Fielding" by Char Harback (my most current obsession); and "ICONS: Indian Style" published by Taschen, also recommended by Kelly Kilmer. "ICONS" is more of a photo book, but oh, my, it's good stuff!
Indian curtains in ICONS: Indian Style
Also on my nightstool is my newest pair of earrings. I bought them at ArtFest last month from Melissa Manley Studios. I love them so much, I wear them just about every single minute of every single day,... until I go to bed and have to take them off. (Melissa's currently reworking her site, hopefully it'll be up again soon.)

What's on your stand? stool? bed table?
***What's next?***

Doodlebugheart is hosting the super creative, ahh-mazing artist/teacher/guide Erin Faith Allen in New York!

Email us immediately for more info and to register: this class is filling up!

June 9 and 10, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Larchmont, NY
(1-855.OUR DBUG)

Erin Faith Allen ~ As an international mixed media art teacher, I act as a guide inward ~ to the innate creative genius spark that lies within every one of us.  An artist and empath, I experience the world on a supernatural level.  I make art to understand and process my self, life, and the planet I live on.  My work conveys the delicate dance between light and shadow, and I believe we must know our depths to know our heights: we must howl in wild stark exposure at the moon in order to know true bliss in the glow of sun. 
My artwork can be found on
Is your soul a stream of consciousness word parade that flows across your surface?  Does it swoosh in gentle abstract harmony, or blaze it’s way vibrantly across the page?  Have you ever created a piece of art with direct connection and intention to express this pure and unique essence of self?   In this soul-full hands-on collaging workshop we will dive into the depths of our very being, to find our own unique soul signature and express it through mixed media collage. 

The clarity of self-image will assist greatly in manifesting your dreams, desires, and circumstances that are your hearts desire.  To hold a self-created image of WHO YOU ARE is a talisman for growth, a gift that keeps on giving for years to come!  You will be given tools of self-awareness that can be utilized in your studio and career, to unleash your potential through this creative process at any time you need to connect with yourself for answers, guidance, or fun.

With guided visualizations, music, and stream of consciousness writing we will create at least one Soul Portrait, and as many as time allows! See some examples of Erin's work below:

by Erin Faith Allen
by Erin Faith Allen
by Erin Faith Allen

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout out! I love seeing what others are reading!

    Erin's work is amazing! I hope that her workshops fill up and that everyone has a great time!