Thursday, November 5, 2015

Spiraling Inward and Outward


 I live in the movement of the spiral. I circle around similar themes in my life and each time they come around I go deeper and find more puzzle pieces. Sometimes I live out loud, full of expression and outward motion. Other times I withdraw into my own cocoon to grow, expand. Spiraling deeper and wider with each circle.

The time within nourishes and fuels the outer expression. The outer expression encourages deeper reflection in my time within.

I go into times of inner growth thinking that I'm going to share my process of learning and growing. Yet, each time in the midst of it all I feel too raw and tender to open it to the world.

So here I am spiraling back out of the depths of an intense, incredible period of growth and self understanding. Ready to share, ready to shine again.

I have been building a foundation for four years to make money doing something I love and makes me feel radiant. In the beginning, I learned that it has something to do with helping others connect with their own creativity and intuition.

I fell in love with Laura Hollick's Soul Art process and became certified as a Soul Art Guide.

I took Connie Solera's Ignite: Fearless Painting Teacher Training class which created much of that foundation through embodying the artist title, deepening my own creativity and expression, making friends with my past, and welcoming my passion and devotion into my life in new ways.

When I signed up for the Laura Hollick's Nü Icon program the end of last year I thought I would be launching something from that foundation. Instead I found myself down in the mud and muck beneath my foundation, digging out and letting go of the unneeded junk, and growing deeper roots for a much more stable foundation.

I've learned so very much about myself. I've had tremendous growth.

I discovered that after my biological father left at a young age I had put up a wall to protect myself from receiving such crushing hurt by anyone else. This has distanced me from pain but also from deep fulfilling connection with others, leaving me feeling alone in the world.

I worked to dismantle the wall but in doing so felt raw and exposed. I felt so much. I was a wreck in public places with so much people energy swirling around me.

I withdrew further into my own inner world and found strong emotions. Sadness flowed from me. Resentment. Anger. More sadness. I felt stuck in their grip. I sought help from my naturopathic doctor. He explained how to integrate my emotion.We're often taught by society to contain, hide, or suppress our emotions. "No one wants to see your messy emotions" we hear. Yet it's such an important part of human existence. Once you listen to and honor one emotion, they all want some attention. So I let them flow, acknowledged them, thanked them for the gifts they were bringing.

While in that intimate inner space I also found separation within myself. The scenes of a childhood experience came to mind: camping in a powerful, torrential rainstorm with lightening and thunder crashing all around me. I realized that the feelings of fear in those moments caused feelings of being unsafe in my body and in this world and separation from my own power.

Soon after these realizations, I was gifted with an opportunity: experiencing a similar powerful storm with more wisdom and insight than I had during that childhood storm. I stood out in the pouring rain, facing fear, visualizing inner connection and integration, recognizing the beauty of Earth's power, and claiming my own power.

Such healing, understanding, and growth have come from these experiences!Now that so much has been cleared, healed and integrated, the last couple months have been all about true inner connection.

Communion with the Essence part of myself that is so wise, loving, compassionate, joyful, radiant, passionate, playful, and centered. She has the answers and direction to everything I need and desire. She's inside me, She IS me.

I'm learning to love Her, trust Her, value Her, honor Her more deeply.

I've found that's really what my whole journey is about and what I'm here to share with others: true reverence for Self.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A View From Eden




A View From Eden
© 2015 SaraAmarie
Acrylic, Ink
14"x11" stretched canvas 
SOLD

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

International Soul Art Day



Awaken your inner artist, connect with your deeper desires and receive communication from your soul. Join me for this in person full day workshop, a creative journey inward.

Thousands of creatives around the world will be gathering to celebrate International Soul Art day  by listening to the callings of their heart and creating art. Will you be one of them? Both the creative curious as well as experienced artist will enjoy this journey. On Wednesday, May 27th we’ll begin at 9am, break for an hour for  lunch, then continue until 5pm. $95 for the full day workshop, supplies and snacks included. To register, email saraamariedesigns@gmail.com.

Check out testimonials from past participants of my workshops at the bottom of this page.


If you are unable to attend this local, in person workshop, Laura Hollick the creator of Soul Art will be guiding a virtual journey here!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Honoring the Cycles of Life

I'm finding how important it is to honor the cycles of life, the seasons of change, the ebb and flow. Then honoring myself, my needs and desires, in those times. I'm sharing through video instead of writing.

Honoring the Cycles of Life from Sara Amarie.

Join me on Facebook and share your thoughts. Much love to you as you honor yourself more deeply.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ancient Ways






Ancient Ways
© 2015 SaraAmarie
Acrylic, Ink
30"x24" stretched canvas 
SOLD

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sun Bather




 
Sun Bather
© 2015 SaraAmarie
Acrylic, Ink
12"x9" stretched canvas 
SOLD

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Park Avenue Sisters


As you walk along the Park Avenue trail in Arches National Park, these majestic rock formations keep guard along the east side with strength and beauty. Perfect for a set of four painting for four sisters.



Park Avenue Sisters
© 2015 SaraAmarie
Acrylic, Ink
32"X10" stretched canvas
SOLD

Monday, February 9, 2015

Blooming Sunrise


I love the beautiful, peaceful, morning light shining on the rocks. It gently caresses and illuminates all the details of the land formations.




Blooming Sunrise
© 2015 SaraAmarie
Acrylic, Ink
20"x16" stretched canvas 
SOLD

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Invoking my desire for 2015

 I've been thoroughly enjoying this first month of the Nü Icon Program, and am delighted to be guided by Laura Hollick for this whole year! We've been clearing, letting go, making space for, and dreaming about the amazing things we want to attract this year.

I was inspired to unpack 2 boxes in my studio that have been sitting since we moved 1.5 years ago. Well that turned into a complete overhaul of the whole space. I got rid of things I never use, discovered fun supplies I forgot I had and organized so that everything is now accessible. This re-sparked my love of mixed media!

Lots of time was spent journaling about what I really want. This is my desire and intention for this year:

I am radiant and at ease in the complete authentic expression of my essence. 
I have a luxuriant, fulfilling connection with my tribe and offers.

To invoke this energy and start bringing it to life, I felt inspired to do a mixed media art piece. I started with a ritual to anchor myself in the feeling of my intention by burning sage, doing some intuitive movement, inviting in the Universe and Guides, connecting with my Essence, and opening myself to receive.




I had no preconceived idea of how the art would turn out. I simply listened and followed. Moving around my studio, I chose supplies that called to me, old maps, music score, gem stone beads, paint, small round mirror pieces, rock heart, wooden circles, buttons, wool roving, charms, heart doilies, washi tape, rubber stamps, etc.





 A board with a white finish became my foundation. I wrote my intention in big bold letters, feeling each word.










Then I began layering my treasures, staying in the moment and listening. More words, more layers, paint. Not knowing where I would end up, but being open to the flow of creativity and my intention. 






Then came the color, bold and lively. I spread the paint with my fingers as I love feeling that close connection with the paint and art. The other layers peeking through the paint makes me smile.


At this point, I disconnected a little and a bit of fear arose, "Now what do I do??" As if the quiet direction I enjoyed thus far would suddenly leave me. I took a breath, reconnected, and heard, "More color." So I went for it, scraping and swiping more color.









A sunshine and flowers were asking to be included. Then all the other treasures added on top.








I wish you could see this in person, run your fingers over all the texture and gems, take in all the little details, and see yourself in the tiny mirrors! If you click on the photos below it's almost like you are in person. Enjoy.