Saturday, 1 November 2008

today starts a month of daily challenges....

.....and soul searching.

ART EVERY DAY CHALLENGE/NABLOPOMO
i'm actually quite excited that i made it through the first day. i had no prior plans in place as i just thought i'd go with wherever the day took me art-wise. i did set my alarm an hour earlier so, this morning, i jumped out of bed at 4 AM, instead of the usual 5 AM. i did some morning pages which i haven't done for ages so it seems i am getting back into old habits which i see as a positive. here is a sketchbook page i did today signifying some of the things i did.

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aaron and i also had a play with an art atomiser/diffuser for the first time. what fun we had with that. at first, i couldn't get the paint to spray out of the spout but, finally, got the hang of it.
this is my efforts so far on a background -

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...and aaron's -

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unfortunately, the glare spoiled this pic so I'll try to get a better pic tomorrow as it looks so much better in reality than this shows.

SOUL COACHING -
jamie, organiser of the blog book club thought it would be a good idea to use the first of the month as preparation and reading the introduction to the book. then we will work through it day by day until the 29th and use the 30th as a summary/closer.

so, today, i arranged my altar -

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....and wrote out my sacred contract on the first page of the journal i will be using the record my progress each day.
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i plan to add to my altar as i progress through the book.


all in all, it's been a pretty good day....a few distractions but i handled them okay. wish me luck for tomorrow.

26 comments:

  1. hey Serena, love your altar too! a gorgeous statue, I love Buddha, makes me feel so peacful. And absolutely adore your morning page sketch! The morning pages are something i haven't done in awhile.. maybe I will start them during November.
    Have a wonderful journey this month, it is amazing how things like this help us meet other people - Jamie is fantastic for pulling it all together.

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  2. That is a beautiful alter, and your art looks amazing. I'm glad to be doing Soul Coaching with so many different people. It's nice to meet you!

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  3. What a wonderful start to your month of challenges, Serena. I'll be checking in everyday :D

    I love your journal page & your contract . . . jumping out of bed at 4am, how ever do you do that? LOL I can hardly drag myself out at 6am most mornings :D

    Have you read Kelly Rae's book? It has a lot of soul-searching in that too, which I'm finding very helpful.

    Till tomorrow, namaste

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  4. I'm a wee bit nervous as well! I love the look of your altar, very classy. I'm going to do my 'intro' items after I get home from work later in the afternoon :]

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  5. I love the serenity and simplicity of your altar, that inspires me. I still have to do mine. You are your own creator and apparently a wonderful artist as well! Sounds like you are taking a gentle but powerful approach this month, I like it!

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  6. Well Miss Serena cangratulation you have taken on a big job this month good for you my dear.
    Your sketch is really beautiful, the spray painting look lovely already can't wait to see what else you do to it..
    Good luck in all your ventures, but you really don't need it..

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  7. Oh, everything is beautiful!! I love your morning pages and your soul contract. You do such beautiful work. How do you get to have such nice penmanship? This is going to be so great to be able to come here every day to see what you have created.

    Beautiful beautiful..

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  8. Love the colours of the background pieces. Looking forward to keeping up with you this month

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  9. The page in your sketchbook is wonderful. I love the colors and circles. And your alter is fantastic! I have a couple of Buddhas but mine are smaller than yours.

    The sacred contract is a good idea. A nice way to hold yourself accountable. I usually begin with great intentions and then fizzle out about midway through!

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  10. What beauty!

    It's wonderful to see all that you're creating. Seeing your journal and your contract really inspires me to think about how to explore this November soul journey with art!

    May this month be full of magic and creativity!

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  11. Hi Serena, Your journal pages are lovely. Looking forward to sharing this process with you and the other amazing women in this circle.

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  12. Serena, I love the way you did your sacred contract!! I think I'll try something like that too. I like the idea of making it artful. Yours is beautiful!

    I'm excited to share this journey with you!

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  13. Hi Serena

    Just saying hello and so happy to have you and your artistic creations be part of the journey.

    One on the things I have as my intention is really letting my creativity shine through. I look forward to a wonderful unfolding of everyone involved.

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  14. Good luck, Serena. I'm sure you will grow from this experience.

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  15. great altar and beautiful artwork!!!
    peace
    Ellie

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  16. Your art is inspiring. I love posting images with each of my postings, perhaps seeing your art will inspire me to create an image of my own! Thank you for sharing your colour and creativity with us.

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  17. How beautiful this all is! Your artistry is motivating. I look forward to learning more from you throughout this month! -rice

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  18. wow!! i'm so inspired that you got out of bed at 4am to do artwork and morning pages!!! i am looking forward to sharing this experience with you..

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  19. Thank you all for your wonderful words of encouragement and support. :)

    Maria, I've always been an early bird so feel fairly refreshed in the mornings. I find late nights harder to do and usually start yawning from around 9:30 PM. Yes, I'm still making my way through Kelly Rae's book and find it inspiring and a great compliment to my own soul journey. I'm loving your latest project inspired by one of her projects.....can't wait to see it finished. :)

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  20. Serena, what a beautiful start you've gotten off to. You inspire me.

    :)

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  21. ah, your altar is fabulous and i love what you did with your art too. you're on fire today! :-)

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  22. OOOOOH! Serena!!!! What a glorious beginning to a fabulous adventure! I simply adore your journal page...and love seeing you back doing things you love to do...Your altar rocks...What great fun it will be to share this journey with you!

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  23. What beautiful art! Having no artistic talent of my own, I resorted to istockphoto for my image. And got a day ahead, as I blew through the intro and went ahead to day one. So much for reading the instructions!

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  24. What a great post! I like the way you apportion the entry into different sections, Serena. It is very well organized. What an awesome way to catch your soul with such clear presentation, and uncluttered with different themes. I like your altar. You mention that you will add more to it. I am looking forward to see how your altar evolves. Your contract shows that you are serious about this. Your sketch is wonderful, and the atomizer is great. I like how you include Aaron in your activity. Once again, altogether a great post!

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  25. What a way to start the month! :) Beautiful sacred space you have made--will love to see it if you add to it.

    Awesome color on your atomizer paintings you and Aaron worked on. I love that you two do artistic endeavors together! Is that an atomizer that you blow through? Did you use acrylic paint? Just curious. Have seen one for sale at Cheap Joe's that I had wondered about. Could I ask where you got yours? :)

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  26. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    I love the vibrant energy eminating from your sacred contract. Wishing you all the magical blessings along the way. Nicole x

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