The 52 Project, Chiron Return (on turning 50 this year) and 365 Leftys a Day

I am painting a Lefty-a-day for 52 weeks (365 days) as part of Riverside Art Museum's 52 Project using my non-dominant left hand (and my right hand occasionally) and posting work-in-progress on my Instagram. The 52 Project is RAM's newest "Art Make" enterprise, where a group of creative people find inspiration and motivation from one another while working on a 52-week, self-directed art journaling project. The goal is to help develop the habit of capturing inspired ideas and being more artful on a regular basis with an option to write an exhibit/project proposal to submit to the museum and have a 4-day exhibition/performance during the summer of 2016. If interested you can join in at any time.

Interestingly enough I started The 52 Project  two days before the beginning of my Chiron Return and the exact same day as starting painting Lefty Talismans

Astrologically speaking, Chiron Return (when the planet Chiron, otherwise known as 'the wounded healer' returns to the same position in the sky as when you were born) is a time where the original wounding re-surfaces. If it's going well it's a time of deep peace and completion; a spiritual coming of age (according to Astrologer, Martin Lass in his book about Chiron). I won't go into past lives and how the wounds I've experienced before have re-surfaced, other than to say that I'm learning about Faith yet again.

I'm will be documenting weekly progress here on my blog to summarize what I've learned during the week. You can follow along at The 52 Project

My goal in doing The 52 Project is to take a complete break from selling my art and focusing on the 'business of art' to instead focus on making the art and truly figuring out what the hell I'm trying to say.

Right now I'm quite overwhelmed with all the many websites and social media platforms I have. Don't get me wrong, I love them all; playing around online and social networking is a hoot, but I need to streamline. I envision my online world in one year after completing The 52 Project (May 3, 2016) and my ideal vision involves a new and uber streamlined website and just one FB Page plus an Instagram account. I see myself focused, with one primary online style and successful; whatever that means I can't tell you right now and I'm not defining it either.

When I painted yesterday's lefty-of-the-day I painted a Goddess (Goddess Love - see first photo below) and

I realized that even if no one else on the planet likes it, I DO and that counts more than anything. There are enough folks painting 'popular', 'trendy', 'political' stuff, I need to paint what I like. ~ Sketchbook notes, June 6, 2015

Week 5 Leftys

Goddess Love by k. crab

I find peace amongst all the craziness by k. crab

sketchbook

Seriously Sexy by k. crab

Full Moon in Sagittarius by Kathy Crabbe

Talisman: An object marked with magical signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection...completion, consecrated object.

Consecrated: to make or declare sacred; hallow...4. To dedicate to some service or goal.

My Instagram - work in progress

My Blog posts documenting weekly progress

Kathy Crabbe at Beltane 2015About Kathy & the Leftys

Kathy Crabbe is an artist and energy reader living in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muses, Abby the big, shaggy black dog and Djinn Djinn the small, scruffy one in an adobe home they built themselves.

Kathy is painting a Lefty-a-Day for 365 days (The 52 Project) and posting all works in-progress on Instagram

NEW: Creative Soul Guides ~ Awaken your creative soul (Creative Soul Museletter Nov. issue)

Creative Soul Guides13 years ago I began painting with my non dominant left hand; the intuitive hand, the hand that sparked my deep journey and where I discovered I was a Creative Soul Guide, not just for myself but for others as well. All this coincided with turning 40 (Uranus Opposition, astrologically speaking) and exploring far deeper spiritual and psychological waters than I'd ever ventured into before. Turning 40 kinda does that to you, but it ain't always easy! Anyway, the Creative Soul Guide paintings have evolved over the years through zines and chapbooks, poetry readings, an onstage Hollywood appearance with Michelle Shocked, getting published, winning awards, museum shows and much more. They have taught me how to take a chance, how to slow down, and how to trust myself intuitively.

With the encouragement of a small but very devoted fan base I've finally launched a Creative Soul Guide website which is live and ready for you to visit. To make things even better I am offering FREE shipping within the USA and $5. shipping worldwide.

Welcome to the NEW Creative Soul Guides site

The Creative Soul Guides have also taught me about honesty and simplicity and so I'm not going to offer you any razzle-dazzle holiday sales, but instead keep my prices fair and shipping low or free. All my prints are 8.5 x 11 inches and are $20. All originals are $75.

No matter what your situation in life, I hope these paintings guide you and inspire you to believe in you; your uniqueness, your good heart and your creative soul.

Upcoming Events

Las Laguna Gallery Laguna Beach, California "Animal Fairy Tales, Fables, Fact Or Fiction"

My painting titled Leftys.us was chosen out of 250 entries and will be for sale at the show - woohoo!

Opening Reception: Thursday, Dec. 5th, 6:30 – 10pm (during Laguna Bch. Art Walk) Show Date: Dec. 5th – 21st Las Laguna Website

Guiding Your Creative Soul

Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through online resources, inspirational art, Divine Feminine eClasses, eBooks, and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts. Learn more about Kathy here. Read Kathy's Art Bio here.

Mira dances

Kathy Crabbe, Mira dances, 2013, mixed media on paper, 8.5 x 11”.

Kathy Crabbe, mixed media, 8.5 x 11 inches.

Prints and cards are available at Leftys.us

When I draw these characters I tune into my intuition and let the painting guide me; will it be an orange stripe here or a new species of flower here? ...hmmm... that's what keeps things interesting, that, and using my non dominant lefty hand to make them!

Let Your Dreams Surprise You!

Gerrard. Genevieve. Watercolor on paper, 8 x 10 inches © 2010 by Kathy Crabbe Pisces New Moon March 4, 2011 12:46 pm pst

This month's New Moon Mascot or Muse is Creative Soul Card® ~ "Gerrard". If you'd like to choose your own Creative Soul Card please check out these thumbnails on my Flickr page (you'll only see part of the image, until you click on it).

Gerrard's Message: Sometimes it's when we're not paying attention that the magic happens.

Affirmation: I listen. I am open to all of life's possibilities.

Join the conversation!

Every New Moon we will come together in the Creative Soul Circle (a free social network created by me for women around the world to enhance intuition and creativity) in our Moon Musing Group for a shared focus group meditation. The purpose is to raise power together as a group to help manifest our intentions, wishes and dreams in a powerful way and to truly BE the change we seek in the world.

Cards and prints of Gerrard are available here.

Gerrard's Song ~ for dad.*click on image to enlarge

Gerrard's Song. Watercolor on paper, 8 x 10 inches © 2010 by Kathy Crabbe.

*drawn with my non-dominant hand

Museletter: Pisces New Moon Inspiration

Pisces. Watercolor on board, 8 x 10 inches © 2010 by Kathy Crabbe. New Moon in Pisces March 4, 2011 12:46 pm pst

This month the new moon enters the sign of Pisces, a mutable water sign. Piscean types are often beyond definition and a wee bit hard to pin down! Some keywords for Pisces are “I believe”, compassionate, intuitive, artistic, introspective and friendly. I love being amidst Piscean energy because it’s like swimming in a world without boundaries - so freeing! The shadow side of Pisces relates to forgetfulness, martyrdom, melancholy and feeling misunderstood. Pisces also relates to the feet so next time you visit your favorite Pisces check out their shoe collection, I bet you’ll be impressed!

More Pisces Inspiration plus in-depth conversation and support is offered for FREE in my Creative Soul Circle.

~ It’s like Facebook for Soul SiStars ~ power in numbers SiStars! ~

So, on March 4, 2011 when the New Moon enters Pisces get ready to:

- Take time for dreams, intuitive play, artistic pursuits and escapism - Get romantic and get spoiled - Really listen and empathize with a friend’s woes - Meditate, relax, recharge and space out! More About The Lunar Cycles

The new moon is the perfect time of the month to plant seeds of intention for the month ahead. It is a time of trust, of beginnings and of letting go into intuition. The new moon lies in darkness, not yet reflecting the light of the sun, so our intentions may not yet be fully revealed to us and therefore trust is necessary - trust and faith that your newly planted seeds are indeed germinating beneath ground.

Allow the moon maiden/mother/crone to be your touchstone for balance, serenity and divine knowing. Let her cool, pale fingers touch your spirit as your soul flows knowingly, calmly, and with strength into divine being-ness. Allow her to be your support system to keep you pure, whole, holy and connected with your soul’s true purpose. Bless her as you bless yourself, for truly, we are all One.

The moon changes signs approximately every 2 ½ days, going through all twelve signs of the Zodiac every 29 ½ days. The sign that the moon is in reflects qualities of your inner self and being-ness. Each month there is at least one new moon that will rise at sunrise and set at sunset. Astrologically speaking this means that the sun and the moon are in conjunction.

Pisces Goddess. Mixed media on board, 24 x 36 inches © 2010 by Kathy Crabbe

Pisces Meditation and Affirmation

“To feel love is pure warmth, wholeness, open-ness, selfless-ness, shameless, guiltless joy – that is love.” More Piscean Stuff

Pisces – The fish Time of Year – Winter to spring Quality – Mutable Element – Water Ruler – Neptune Anatomy – Feet, lymph system Natural sign of – 12th house Opposite sign – Virgo Color – Sea green, turquoise, lavender Gemstone – Aquamarine, chrysolite, moonstone Tarot card – The Moon Goddesses – Atanu, Dahud, Nix, Oto, Ran

A New Moon in Pisces Exercise

As a creative being (and an artist, yes you!) you can make a difference!

To begin, I want you to come up with three ways that expressing yourself creatively could make a difference in your life.

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Now, name three more ways that being creative could influence your community.

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What intention could you set to make a creative difference in your life this month? It can be something that you are already doing but would like to talk about or relate to in an empowering way, or it can be something new that you want to try.

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What intention could you set to make a creative difference in your community this month?

1. aquamarine sphereA Message From Aquamarine

Pisces needs freedom to dream. What dreams are you holding onto? What dreams are buried within your soul? Let them out and onto paper, even if you’re unsure and feeling scared. Know that love that awaits you. Be brave.

What do your dreams look like, feel like, taste like, sound like? Start out by writing down some keywords to get your juices flowing and then allow them to flow into a river as your dreams start to flow out of you.

Try sleeping with an aquamarine or a picture of one under your pillow at night and make sure to request dreams of intention, and dreams of happiness and love. Allow visions to flow through you while sleeping and be ready with pen and paper to record them when you awaken.

My Version of Pisces

“Guess Poet” is part of a series of left-handed drawings I created over a period of five years. These drawings were later turned into an oracle card deck that I use for soul readings.

Guess Poet. Watercolor on paper, 8 x 10 inches © 2010 by Kathy Crabbe

Guess Poet encourages all of us to water our souls by closing our eyes and gazing within our soul’s interior. What do you see, or better yet, what do you feel? Is there anyone else there with you? If you start to feel sleepy and want to wake up, make sure to have a glass of water handy. Now, open your eyes and ask yourself, “What parts of this inner vision do I see around me?” Explain.

If you can see your inner vision expressed in the outer world, congratulations! If not, you need a warm fuzzy hug and then I have a question for you, “How can you bring this vision into reality?” Now, make a wish list of at least three things you would like to express. Next, turn those three things into intentions knowing this is something you will put into play in the month ahead.

The artwork featured above is from my Zodiac Goddess deck and Creative Soul Card® deck that I incorporate into my Creative Soul Readings. Prints and greeting cards can be purchased here ~ LuLu Design.

More Pisces Inspiration plus in-depth conversation and support is offered for FREE in my Creative Soul Circle.