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Update about Living the Dream and a Giveaway

Today I wanted to write an update, about life in the studio. Since my decision to take the leap and prioritize artmaking, in late December, life has been an intense adventure. Living from my core, there is no anesthetizing, protective layer between myself, my dream and life anymore.

Hanging out in the core, in the thought book, by Marie D. Tiger.
Hanging out in the core, in the thought book, by Marie D. Tiger.

This has required extraordinary care in drawing boundaries to protect both my studio time, the tenderness of opening up widely to make art each day and also my leap of faith from the fears and doubts of well-meaning people around me.

Working in the studio has taught me new things about my chosen work. It is physical, involving building, swearing, sweating, wrestling with canvas, being coated in grime and color, working ahead always in trial and error. Translating emotion and energy into color on canvas is fascinating, at times painful as the feelings wash through me as a force of nature and it also involves a lot of interaction. Smearing acrylic color on canvas is a lot like communicating, each individual action produces a change in the whole system – often surprising changes. And no undo buttons – only the keep going one.

The biggest unfolding, perhaps, has been the sheer amount of love, both in my own artmaking and in the workshops where I teach the making of core art. I am learning that painting can also be a practice of self-love. Accepting and even more allowing the creation to be what it is, being able to encounter what I create; how it looks, what it feels like, what it says is a potent experience that some days leaves me and those I teach gasping.

Big Dreams, by Marie D. Tiger in the thought book.
Big Dreams, by Marie D. Tiger in the thought book.

My biggest joy is that for the first time, in the ten years that I have been an entrepeneur and business owner, everything is flowing. You, my beautiful darling customers, have been in touch, come to my studio and bought my paintings. I am deeply honored and moved, to be allowed to sell you these paintings, painted from my core to yours.

Since I was thirteen years old, I have felt this wordless urgency, to expand, to find myself, to be myself fully so I can participate in the world. Now I feel I am at the center of my reality, able to be of true service, just being who I am. I want to thank you, all, deeply, for following this adventure and for being who you are.

As a thank you, I am having a celebration for my blog readers. If you want to take part, please send your postal address to mariedtiger@hotmail.com before the 31st of March, please write Celebration in the subject line. Your addresses will not be used for any other purpose than sending this giveaway, if you’re the lucky winner. 🙂 I will draw five winners of all who participate and send the winners an artful surprise from my print inventory.

So, an exuberant Hello There, from my studio to where ever you are. You are seen, you are loved, you are part of something beautiful, just by being you.

P.S. If you want to follow my day to day musings and work in progress, you can do it on Instagram.

 

 

Preparings the Space for Change, the Unknow Guest

I'm going in! In the thought book 2013 by Marie D. Tiger.
I’m going in! In the thought book 2013 by Marie D. Tiger.

 

This week, the feeling of approaching change is strong and visceral. I dumped the contents of my private notes, image journals, photos, work papers on the living room floor and started making my way through the circle of the past. The fastest way I know to invite in change and movement, is getting rid of old stuff that doesn’t resonate anymore and also seeing the stuff that still matters more clearly.

 

Empty....
Empty….

 

So much art, so many encounters, so. much. life. Twenty-two garbage bags of past, out the door. So much past processing, stuff that I can let go of.

So much art, so much life...
So much art, so much life…

Here’s a toast to no more processing, just living, moving and making art instead. I think I’ll go take a walk in the rain and just enjoy these clean open spaces for a while. I feel a bit like someone organizing a party, everything is ready now for the Unkown Guest – Change.

What kind of spaces are you playing in today?

the calling

the road. the road is calling, calling out to me
and the quiet voice inside:
find me. find me.
got to go.
this is, more important, has always
been.

find me
find me

the beat of my feet, running
my night run

find me

the melody in the wind, the rhythm
in the stories I write

find.
me.

sometimes I don’t even dare hear it
only when life is barren, death on my shoulder
I throw my head back,
courage cascading through
eyes of golden

find me.