Meet Lauri Grimshaw-Cox & Michelle Turbide of 21 Secrets Fall!


From now until October 1st, every Friday here at Dirty Footprints Studio, Hali Karla the new 21 SECRETS Creative Director, is honoring the amazing teachers of 21 SECRETS Fall  by personally introducing each of them to you here! We are certain that you will love these artists as much as we do! Be sure to check out each artist's links & come join us in 21 SECRETS Fall this October!  To see past teachers in this series just click HERE.



Lauri is a life coach, artist and entrepreneur dedicated to creating a living from her greatest passions after spending years in the corporate world. One stop by her site, and you will see just how enthusiastic and committed she is to reaching others with the power of creative possibility - it is her calling! Her art includes dolls and prints of highly textural mixed-media work, and she supports women in transitional soulwork, too. Her workshop, Essence of S.H.E. Journal, is bound to delight and ignite our hearts and souls!

Read Lauri's official bio HERE and visit her website HERE.


I’ve had the blessing of knowing Michelle for well over a year now, as friend and collaborator for several creative visions. She is Soul-full. Courageous. Wise. Both tender and fierce. The creative fires burn deep in her, guiding how she creates her own intuitive art, guides others as an expressive arts facilitator and bears witness to human resiliency as a social worker. She is a Listener, and a See-er, and an inspiring artist. With a generous heart, she will share with us a journaling practice near and dear to her own creative discoveries, Communing with the Ancestors.




Read Michelle's official bio HERE and check out her website HERE.





21 Secrets Fall is on sale now!
GO HERE for more info!


Meet me here next Friday when I introduce 21 Secrets Fall teachers Rachel Urista, Sheri Ponzi and Veronica Funk! 

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This beautiful post was written by Hali Karla, the 21 SECRETS Creative Director.

Hali is an artist and writer passionate about cultivating holistic creativity. She enjoys gathering artists, healers and visionaries for collaborations, workshops and circles. Her soulful perspective and background as a nurse offers a meaningful framework for how she guides others, which has been described as nurturing safe space for truth-telling, healing and courageous transformation. Celebrating our wholeness through imagery and presence, she encourages trust in body, nature, and intuitive expression as a way toward vitality and joy. Grounding in her own daily creative practice, you can see her current musings at HaliKarla.com.

Are You Ready To Blaze A New Path?


The last job I ever had to interview for was almost ten years ago now. 

It was what I considered at the time "my dream job".

Not only would I have my own art room to teach in -- but also my own ceramics studio as well.

This combo was like finding buried treasure!!  I couldn't believe that such a thing actually existed -- an art room all to myself and a working ceramic studio?  Really!?! In a public elementary school none the less?

But yes, it was true.

And I wanted this job.  I really, really wanted it. Really.

So I wasn't willing to play around or let some tired bureaucracy have their fingers in my fate.

Instead of completing the application, polishing up my resume, and dealing with some stressed out human resources person, I decided to contact the principal of the school myself.

I waited till school hours were finished and when the secretary asked who was calling I said very matter-of-factly that it was the art teacher for next year and I just wanted to touch base with the principal and find out  when a good time would be to come see my room and start bringing my teaching materials over.

Yes.  That is exactly what I said.  And yes, it caused a bit of confusion at first.

When the principal got on the phone she asked if there was some mistake since she hadn't started interviewing candidates for the position yet.

No, there's no mistake.  I said.  I know how busy you principals are, and how the last thing you want or need to do is find another art teacher.  So, I'm just saving you the stress, and I can guarantee you that no matter how many candidates you screen you're going to choose me in the end.

The very next day I sat with my resume in hand filling out an application in the hallway of "my principal's" office. We must have spent just an hour or maybe two talking.  I met the vice principal, the librarian, and a handful of teachers.  I even got to see my room and ceramics studio.  And then it all came down to this:

Why should I hire you, she said?

 
Because I want to be here for all the right reasons and I'm willing to blaze my own path to get here.





I was hired immediately.  She never interviewed another candidate and my principal even walked my application over to human resources herself that night.

But to be completely fair, it's not just my gusto that got me the private art room with ceramics studio.

Under my art apron lied already a decade of teaching art, numerous awards, accomplishments, degrees that I could show for, and a pretty hefty list of "professional experience" as an artist that I personally thought was the real jewel in my pocket!

But if you've been around Dirty Footprints Studio for awhile you probably already know that I ended up hating that job with a passion.

No private art room with a fancy ceramic studio could take away the fact that being in a public school system was killing my Soul.

What I thought was a dream job, ended up feeling more like a prison.



I spent four years of my life teaching in that school.  Three of them were spent hating every minute of it--well not every minute.  I truly loved being with those kids and did amazing stuff with them.  But it wasn't until my last year, when I decided that this was my life.  I started to ask myself: what if this was it?   What if maybe I never could leave here -- and from where I was standing, I believed I couldn't at the moment.

I had made my mind up that I needed the steady pay check, the health insurance, the retirement,  and all those paid "sick days".

You see, that was the real prison I was locked in: thinking that I had to sell my Soul for that type of "security".

It wasn't until I started to challenge my own beliefs that change began to take place.

The first thoughts I was ruthless about shifting was the hate  I felt around being where I was.  I started to focus on the things that I liked, that I loved, that I was grateful for.  And yes it was hard. I had to excuse myself from certain people and conversations and at times it was lonely.  But I was determined to blaze a new path again.

But my reason for the blaze was no longer about reaching a set destination, it was about living a fulfilled, happy life no matter what was in my path.  




And so here I am.  It's been almost five years since I left that job.

But that's not why I consider myself happy and successful.

It's because five years ago I let go of the belief that it takes a steady pay check, health insurance, retirement, and paid sick days to feel secure and supported in this beautiful LIfe of mine.

It's been five years since I stopped selling my Soul and started fully expressing it.




Are you an artist ready to blaze a new path for your life? 
Do you have a creative vision in your heart that wants to come alive?

Do you dream of empowering others through the creative process but aren't quite sure how to go about it?

 
Registration for my next session of the IGNITE Online Intensive is open!  We begin January 5th!



The IGNITE Online Intensive is a five month online program where women artists gather in circle to ignite their own unique creative passions and innate gifts into sustainable, heart centered programs and businesses through teaching the creative process and facilitating  transformation.
 
In IGNITE you will learn how to hold sacred space, teach creativity, and facilitate transformation in a method that utilizes your own unique passions and gifts while providing a nourishing, inspiring experience for those you are blessed to connect with.
 
IGNITE is NOT a training or a certification program.  There are no formulas to follow, structured systems to adopt, or  detailed contracts to sign.  Instead IGNITE is a journey devoted to helping each woman identify their innate greatness, grow more confidant as artists, and gain the tools to bring their own unique blend of passions and interests into heart centered programs and teaching experiences.

Do you feeling ready to let go of the beliefs that are suffocating your creative vision and blaze a new path?

To learn more about the IGNITE Online Intensive please go HERE...space is limited to 12 women.

Maybe one of them is you!

Twenty Years Later




When I was 18 years old I sat on the floor in my Mom's bedroom in front of her full size mirror and drew the self portrait above for a drawing class I was in.





Twenty years later, I find myself in her room again, but this time with my sketchbook and no class assignment to fulfill.




This is the real reason why I make art.

This is the real reason I don't give a shit if  I sell my work or not.

Because it's not about the work.  It never has been.

It's about how I see the world
and how those parts of myself that I haven't acknowledged yet
are perceiving me.

Meet Kristal Norton & Latisha Guthrie of 21 Secrets Fall!


From now until October 1st, every Friday here at Dirty Footprints Studio, Hali Karla the new 21 SECRETS Creative Director, is honoring the amazing teachers of 21 SECRETS Fall  by personally introducing each of them to you here! We are certain that you will love these artists as much as we do! Be sure to check out each artist's links & come join us in 21 SECRETS Fall this October!  To see past teachers in this series just click HERE.



Kristal Norton is a busy mama, who describes herself as a “multi-passionate” artist on a mission to empower other busy women with the gift of creativity. Her vision came from a time when she was feeling deeply depleted herself, in the daily grind of life AND in her art business - which had come to feel like a systematic cage for her. She had to courageously stretch her comfort zone and discover what it felt like to create freely again - and she did just that! In Spilling Your Heart, she plans to help you unleash your creative freedom, too!


Read Kristal's official bio HERE and visit her website HERE.


As a naturalist, artist and seeker, Latisha Guthrie is devoted to creating a life in alignment with her values, and she’s not afraid to hold out her generous heart to do so. In fact, she recently made her beautiful herb-wisdom content and courses free of charge - because she knows this knowledge is helpful and needed. What I love about her workshop, The Deva’s in the Details, is that we get a glimpse of how Latisha’s perspective bridges intuition, art, and nature - and how you can easily connect and awaken this spirit in your journal practice, too!



Read Latisha's official bio HERE and check out her website HERE.





21 Secrets Fall is on sale now!
GO HERE for more info!


Meet me here next Friday when I introduce 21 Secrets Fall teachers Lauri Grimshaw-Cox and Michelle Turbide! 

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This beautiful post was written by Hali Karla, the 21 SECRETS Creative Director.

Hali is an artist and writer passionate about cultivating holistic creativity. She enjoys gathering artists, healers and visionaries for collaborations, workshops and circles. Her soulful perspective and background as a nurse offers a meaningful framework for how she guides others, which has been described as nurturing safe space for truth-telling, healing and courageous transformation. Celebrating our wholeness through imagery and presence, she encourages trust in body, nature, and intuitive expression as a way toward vitality and joy. Grounding in her own daily creative practice, you can see her current musings at HaliKarla.com.

Fun & Functional Public Art :: Bike Box






I'm so in love with the Bike Boxes that are popping up all over Cleveland, Ohio...like this one you can find over at Edgewater Park.

They are made out of repurposed shipping containers and not only add a little fun and pride to the environment but promote sustainable transportation.

(And believe me, I was literally ACHING for the Mothership so I could interact with this public art installation myself!)

Most of all, I was so excited to share this with you -- just another way Artists impact the world we live in for the better!

To learn more about Bike Boxes go HERE.

Resurrecting My Love Of Clay






Our visit to Cleveland wouldn't be complete if we didn't spend some time with my BFF in her clay studio: Terra Vista Studios.  Here's a little peek into our visit...being around clay (and Andrea) always makes me happy.  But after this visit especially I've decided it's time to resurrect my love of working in clay again!

The Magic Of Mandalas






Just last week I was on a plane headed to Cleveland.  I brought tons of work with me to do and a book I've been dying to read but my heart decided to use this time instead to draw a mandala!

I started drawing mandalas when I was pregnant with Phoenix about three years ago and it's been a shameless addiction ever since!

There's something wildly relaxing about creating these symmetrical circles of bliss! And for reasons unknown to me yet, I've been obsessed with using only grey tones as well.

Plus, I keep all my mandalas in the same red sketchbook and I draw them totally freehand with my Pitt Pens and Tombow Brush pens.

Though, you wanna know a little secret?  When I first received the inspiration to draw mandalas I traced the bottom of my tea kettle on each of the pages so that now I have a perfect circle to start with each and every time.  Then all I do is start from the middle and work my way out turning the page as I go!

To take a peek at more of my mandalas please go HERE and be sure to check out my real love --- making Earth Mandalas from places like Costa Rica, to Sedona, to right here in Phoenix, Arizona where I live!

And a great big, circular thank you to Andrea Schroeder for including me in her Mandala Blog Hop today!  Read below for more information!

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mandala blog hop 
The Magic of Mandalas Blog Hop is a radically inspiring sharing circle, with artists from around the globe sharing the stories behind their process of creating mandalas. Our mission: To inspire you to see new possibilities for your own creative practice.

Click HERE to discover new artists, soak up new ideas and fill up on creative inspiration to fuel your creative practice.

Meet Kate Robertson & Kimberly Davis of 21 Secrets Fall!


From now until October 1st, every Friday here at Dirty Footprints Studio, Hali Karla the new 21 SECRETS Creative Director, is honoring the amazing teachers of 21 SECRETS Fall  by personally introducing each of them to you here! We are certain that you will love these artists as much as we do! Be sure to check out each artist's links & come join us in 21 SECRETS Fall this October!  To see past teachers in this series just click HERE.



Kate Robertson is a Creativity Coach who does more than help others with their creativity. She remains devoted to her own creative practice and curiosity - so when she shares, she does so from an authentic connection to the process. She is not afraid to experiment, explore and share what she’s learned. I’m thrilled she said YES to joining us in 21 Secrets with her workshop, Animal Totems - Discovering Your Animal Guides!


Read Kate's official bio HERE and visit her website HERE.


To say Kimberly Davis is passionate about creativity and bringing the joy and healing of art-making to others is putting it lightly! She has co-owned and taught at a successful quilting shop for over 10 years, and you can see the influence of that aesthetic and form of expression revealed in her bold, lively intuitive paintings. Having personally experienced glimpses of her journal pages and her gift at articulating the creative process, I know we are in for a treat with her workshop, Shine Your Light: Painting the Color of Your Heart Energy.



Read Kimberly's official bio HERE and check out her website HERE.





21 Secrets Fall is on sale now!
GO HERE for more info!


Meet me here next Friday when I introduce 21 Secrets Fall teachers Kristal Norton and Latisha Guthrie! 

______ 

This beautiful post was written by Hali Karla, the 21 SECRETS Creative Director.

Hali is an artist and writer passionate about cultivating holistic creativity. She enjoys gathering artists, healers and visionaries for collaborations, workshops and circles. Her soulful perspective and background as a nurse offers a meaningful framework for how she guides others, which has been described as nurturing safe space for truth-telling, healing and courageous transformation. Celebrating our wholeness through imagery and presence, she encourages trust in body, nature, and intuitive expression as a way toward vitality and joy. Grounding in her own daily creative practice, you can see her current musings at HaliKarla.com.

Creativity Softens The Heart

A total collaboration between Phoenix & I.

Mr. Phoenix and I created this little collaboration together. Both of us were painting on it at once and it just flowed naturally.

Plus what's so exciting is that Phoenix has become interested in ripping and gluing paper.  Hence, notice the  little collage action happening?

Though seriously....at times I just get so overwhelmed with joy to simply watch creativity blossom through him and I have to admit that sometimes I honestly can't believe that this right here is actually my life.

That things can be so peaceful.  So full of ease.

But you see, I spend most of my time at home.  As you know, Dirty Footprints Studio is my only gig and my studio/office is in our little apartment.  The only time I ever really leave is to ride my bike in the morning with Phoenix, to walk my dog, or to go to the store and when I do, I always feel like Siddhartha from the Herman Hesse novel.  I'm always thrown back by how much aggression exists outside our little sanctuary.  

From the second I pull out into the street I can feel the energy racing at me and when I'm on my bike especially the energy swirls around me like a fire breathing dragon.  It's hard for me to believe that I use to navigate through this world day after day after day.

And the crazy thing is that I never noticed it back then.  Never.  

I'm not referring to the aggressive drivers (I've always been aware of them)...I'm talking about how the world is such an aggressive place --- that so many people are moving around with incredible pain and sorrow in their hearts.  

But now I see it and most of all, I can feel it.  I can seriously feel that energy and I know how real it is.




That's why when I look at myself and my family I see how blessed we truly are.  Not because we work from home and spend all our time together.

But rather because we've chosen a life devoted to creativity at whatever cost.  

I made the decision long, long time ago that I would live as an Artist.  That my creativity would not only be a priority in my life, but that it would be my life.

And believe me, this decision hasn't always been easy.  There are times I think I'm crazy and times I wondered how I'd ever make ends meet.

But a Creative Life has given me something bigger to live for.  

Creativity alone has brought greater meaning to every facet of my life.  It has softened my heart, healed so much pain, and been a stream of constant blessings....like collaborating with my sweet Phoenix.

So when I go out into the world now, it's with a greater sense of compassion and a deeper understanding of how important my work as an Artist is.

How crucial it is to let other Artists know that we have a real purpose here -- to keep up that warrior heart -- the Creative Life is always one worth living.

Magic Is All Around Us



Hansel was in the living room practicing yoga in the midst of Phoenix's toys.  Sure, not the ideal place to practice, but when I saw him, I could feel something real special happening in the room.

Something called me to take a video.

Hansel had no idea that I shot it --- and I didn't alter it in anyway or use any filters.  You'll even hear when Phoenix runs up to me crying about the "nasty banana".

But this video is proof.

Magic is all around us.