Thursday, September 13, 2012

playing in my moleskin.

 Hi guys!!!  Sorry I've been incognito for most of the summer.  It's because I have been feeling better than I have in years and have been using up all my time just playing (well, when I wasn't preparing for my workshops in july, august and the ones in england in 2 weeks).  With the weight of work off my back, I have been savoring every blissful moment I have.  I haven't posted for awhile also because (obviously) I am doing a new type of journal.  Something that probably won't appeal to many but it's just what I feel like doing at the moment.
 I needed a change...something that felt fresh and new.  When I accidentally spilled salsa all over my latest journal, I got very disenchanted with my old process for some reason.  I had this 6x8 old moleskin with really nice heavy paper so I decided to fill it up with whatever spilled out of me.  I know the drawings are cutesy but that's what came out.  I'm hoping more grittier stuff starts happening soon...but for now I am enjoying my sandbox and perhaps reverting back to childhood a little in the process.
 Been carving stamps again, getting out old rubber stamps (forgot how much I LOVE rubber stamping), playing with my copics, and just a simple pen and pencil....oh and a little collage (my favorite medium).


So we are headed to jolly 'ol england soon to relax, travel a little and teach.  I am so grateful to Erin Faith Allen who organized this so I could be a part of a retreat in a non-organizing role for a change.  I am beyond excited.  I promise to post about the trip when I return.

To answer some of the emails I've been getting:
1.  Yes, there is still something HUGE on the horizon for me (for us all) but the universe keeps telling me that I need more time off before I jump into it.
2.  I am WELL!  In fact, I feel better than I ever have.  Things that were wrong are all gone now (thanks to some incredible natural healers), I have lost 45 lbs. and I now see that it all had to happen the way it did.  My body needed a fine tuning after 49 years of stress.  I'm in love with life again.
3.  I go back and forth with teaching engagements.  Right now, since I have been teaching a lot, I feel like I don't want to overdo it (especially since I have been creating like a mad fool and want every waking moment to play!).  and yet, some days I feel such an urge to share more stuff with people.  I do not have anything on the horizon right now.  If something gets planned, it will be at our loft in Seattle, and it probably won't happen until february.
4.  I had said I would be back in los angeles in november but it didn't feel right to me.  and if I have learned anything the last few months, it is to listen to and trust my intuition.

You all are the best.  I truly mean that!  i love ya all!

69 comments:

  1. I like the new style your journal is taking! Fresh and new is good! It's wonderful to hear that your health has improved. Yay!

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  2. Or you kidding, «this won't be appealing to most of you» ? In my case, I LOVE your new journal style. It is still totally you to me...
    I am so happy to read that you are feeling better. I wish I had the funds to consult energy healers, as so many things are pushing me to find someone in that area to resolve some stuff and find finally some kind of relief.
    I can't wait to meet you again, even if i have no idea when this will happen, i just trust it will happen.
    You are such an amazing person, Teesha.

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  3. teesha, so glad you are doing well! :) i adore looking at your whatever spills out of you journal. best wishes.

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  4. I too love the "new style." I put that in quotes because you still shine through. I am glad to hear you are still doing well. I agree with you about intuition!

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  5. Simply wonderful!

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  6. I think your journal is great - even better because you think people might not like it! Screw what we think, it's yours. I'm really happy to hear that you're feeling awesome. I've missed your posts, but it seems like you're doing exactly what you need to be for yourself and that's most important!

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  7. Nolwenn, I paid out over $3000 for deductibles for all the medical tests and doctors and prescriptions. The energy healer was cheap compared to that! Also, our insurance pays for massage, acupuncture, naturopaths, chiropractors... You might look into what is covered on yours. Many of the natural practitioners are energy doctors as well.

    and thanks so much to the rest of you. your comments made my day!

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  8. I love the inside of your head! I know it's more work for you, but if you made stamps of the little carrot, potato, and bubble things in that first spread, I would be giddy. I'm sure others would, too.

    Glad you're taking care of you. It's so hard for us to do, isn't it?

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  9. I love your new journal style and the way you are listening to your intuition. That's not always easy to do. Your new work is beautiful! We need to change and evolve.

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  10. I knew you could "do sweet"! (Remember that conversation?). Miss you and can't wait to hear what you're cooking up!!

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  11. I wish you would forget that person who told you your art was too cute, these new journal pages are AWESOME!! Glad to hear you are feeling so good - it shows, girl!! Your pages are lighter, free-er but still so very you.

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  12. I think any cuteness in the drawings is balanced by the muted color of the moleskine pages. I find the combination very compelling. So happy you are feeling better and having fun!

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  13. As usual I am in awe of every page you make. Somehow you seem to just instinctively(?)make beautiful composition and color decisions all the time. A true artist, you can't help but produce stunning work!

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  14. I love your style of art, be it colorful or like now, more muted. I´m so glad to hear you´re fine, healthy and happy! And I wish you the best time ever in England! I had wished I could go, but am swamped with work that week. Ain´t it typical!? Give Tracy a hug from me :-)

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  15. Oh my, I love your moleskine pages! They are indeed different, but still very you. It's wonderful to see how a new direction works out. I think my favorite is the drawing of you and Tracey in a car, priceless! Thanks for sharing and good to know you are doing so well.

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  16. I am glad that you are so well with your new lifestyle. I too have turned to a vegeterian diet and feel so light and creatively free. I think the bulk of my weight used to make me sluggish and unprepared to try new adventures. Now I wake fresh each morning and wonder what excitement today will bring. Love the new journal pages. as they say "a change is as good as a holiday. Keep well my fellow creative spirit. xxx

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  17. i would never call it cutesy just light and internalized thoughts no one else knows. Loosing 45 pounds works wonders for everyone. Extra weight, beats the shit out of joints and throws your whole body off.
    Congratters. Go gal!

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  18. Gorgeous - thanks for sharing.

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  19. Love the new stuff...still feels like Teesha to me. Even with your quirky little self portraits!
    Congrats on feeling better. Have been making changes in my 49th year to do the same.

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  20. Love your stuff. Would recognize this as your work a mile away. Incredible!

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  21. Your new journal pages feel deeply authentic, so expressive of exactly where you are. Yes, I think I would have recognized your style in an instant. Such wonderful news about your health, your changes. So much more will be revealed. A quote I found this week, from Ram Dass, "We're all just walking each other home." Thank you for always inviting us on your journey. xo

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  22. I love your new journal! You have really inspired me as an artist...to try new things, to break out of the mold I had been in for years. I love to see artists who keep evolving!

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  23. Oh Teesha, what a fabulous post. I just love the new journal style evolution/experimentation; you really capture a unique life there. As always, you inspire us and teach us whether in the classroom or in your life. Carry on! xoxoxox

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  24. Teesha, I read your page about zentangling and I'm in total agreement. Every time someone asks me if I zentangle, I cringe. Zentangling goes against everything doodling is about. Doodling is freeform... zentangling is rigid and formulated. I know I'll get some backlash for these comments, but doodling isn't something you are taught, it's something you know how to do from the moment you pick up a crayon.

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  25. So glad you are feeling better and back to sharing your art. I love these pages, oh how I wish I could do pages like this. Take care of yourself and have fun in England, wish I could go too :)

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  26. Love the new pages-still very much you!

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  27. I love watching your style evolve over the years, it was great then and it's great now:-) A comment about the zentangle thing......for folks who have a fear of the pen and won't even let themselves doodle for fear that it will be seen and judged zentangle can help them loosen up and shake off that demon a bit....for some there has to be a line first, then coloring outside the line can happen. I'm for anything that that leads in that direction:-))

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  28. I haven't visit in awhile either…sorry but a friend send the link so I stopped in. The first thing I noticed was how profoundly different your journal looks. I love it. The need for something new I understand. In fact i was noticing how many people are making journals that looked so much like your work.. too much like your work so I am thrilled to see something fresh.

    Congrats on the weight loss. I too have recently lost weight and feel amazing. It is fun to just have confidence when I catch a glance in a window or a photo. I used to cringe when I saw myself. I love the confidence that when I go into a meeting or see someone that I know that I look normal and not worried about fat rolls. And I get to wear cute clothes again. So carry on taking care of yourself.

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  29. you are a huge inspiration to me. thank you for blogging and sharing and youTubeing.

    you rock my socks.

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  30. Your new pages appeal to ME!!!!! They are gorgeous, and knowing these Moleskine books I want to TOUCH your pages!!!!
    So good to hear that you are feeling so well.
    Birthe, Denmark

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  31. It sounds like you are in perfect universal sync with where you need to be. Your pages reflect that too. Go rock England.

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  32. This definitely appeals to me... i LOVE it. xox

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  33. Beautiful journal pages, so happy you're sharing them online! I couldn't sign up this year for your class in UK, please come back soon (2013!) to England/Europe or Scandinavia and I will sign up PRonto! :-)

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  34. I love the new journal pages. The drawings are cute, but in a fun and funky "Teesha way." Glad that you are feeling better and congrats on the weight loss. I have lost 40 lbs myself, so I know all about that good feeling!
    xo
    jeanne

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  35. Super, Spitze, grandiose Werke !

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  36. WOOOW this is breathtaking. What a wonderful work you made. There is so much to see, wonderful. Such a special art.
    Brilliant.
    Lovely greet and nice Sunday
    Marja
    (marjascreativity)

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  37. Teesha - I love your latest incarnation of your style! It's fresh, feels really relaxed and is very inspiring :-) It is totally and recognizably yours, just rendered in a different way, and I think it's awesome. Wishing you a wonderful visit to England - hopefully you will have time to visit some of the stone circles (try the Avebury Ring instead of Stonehenge) and perhaps Glastonbury to see the tor. I'm sure Erin will have some lovely suggestions.

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  38. Will there be an "Artfest" in Seattle in 2013??? Please!!!!!! I found out about the last one too late and I am dying to go. Visited Seattle this summer and LOVED IT!!!!

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  39. gorgeous, gorgeous pages! Love them. Enjoy England, it will rain, but then, that's what makes it our lovely green and pleasant land!!!

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  40. I really love this new style. It is whimsical but still funky.

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  41. You are source of inspiration !

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  42. What is not to like here? There is a lovely simplicity in what you've shared - the pages are truly a wonderful narrative of where you are right now.

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  43. Your new journals are beautiful and very Teesha. I wish my 'playing with a new style and just seeing what spills out' looked so beautiful.

    It's wonderful to hear your health is much better and you can hear in your writing how energized you are feeling.

    Can't wait to hear about your travels when you get back. Have a fabulous time.

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  44. You are an inspiration thru your art and your struggles in your life your celebration of life. your new very funky but totally you journals and your words really impacted me just wanted to tell you that !! BE all that you are and you are a testament to that ,, blessings to you on your journey :)

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  45. so loving your new journal pages. so so inspiring and am loving the new look. wow!!! i'm so happy you are feeling great. cheers to your health darling girl. loves and hugs

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  46. Looking forward to meeting you next week at Croydon Hall :)

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  47. Fun, fun, fun! Isn't second childhood wonderful now that we know how to live it? :)

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  48. Fun, fun, fun! Isn't second childhood wonderful!!!

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  49. Your new type of working certainly appeals to me!

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  50. I can't wait to meet you Teesha, I'm booked onto your class in Somerset UK and I am so excited :) You've have been such an inspiration to me over the years I can hardly believe I am going to meet you :)

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  51. I love your artistic style, it is awesome!

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  53. I am so happy to hear how well you are doing and very excited to see what the future holds for you! I adore these new pages... absolutely gorgeous. xoxo

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  54. These are so pretty!!

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  55. Seriously Teesha, you have no idea how inspirational you are!!! Your new journal is fabulous! I love your drawings!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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  56. "Won't appeal to many????" It is fabulous! Light and airy, like the new you, evidently. Enjoy, as we are.....

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  57. Oh My.... you are so very talented. I hope I can draw or just play around in my moleskin at least half as good and half as beautiful as you draw someday. Maybe in 10 or 20 if I am lucky. I am just teaching myself. I am not an artist by nature. But I have become disabled and needed a creative outlet to take up my afternoons and nights. I discovered Art Journaling and INSTANTLY fell in LOVE with it. You have some of the most beautiful and creative stuff I have seen in my search to better my skills. You should take a bow!!! :)

    Blessings,
    Kimmie<3

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