Embracing Grace


  It is how I create and teach others to create. Embracing Grace is an attitude of openness to the realm of the unknown with innocence and trust. It is also a heightened state of alertness to what is there in the present moment and allows me to discern the motivations behind the choices I…

Is it Mostly About Endings?


  The woman who installed this door protector in her home approximately a month ago wrote that so far, this has been mostly a journey about significant endings. She noticed which relationships or aspects of some of these liaisons drained her energy, and resolved to keep clear boundaries around them. Laura C.  knows that she…

The Arousing Symphony of Spring


Can you feel the excitement this painting conveys? The colors and textures bespeak of Spring, new growth, sunshine, and fun. Its vividness stimulates all the senses sweeping us in an arousing symphony that brings about pure joy and fills out hearts with love. I created this mixed media painting on glass as a sample for…

A Painting as a Master Bedroom Feng Shui Adjustment


  I was privileged to spend ten fabulous days in Carmel, California creating this painting directly on the glass pane, to serve as an energetic adjustment for a master bedroom window located above the master bed. Given the couple’s energies, stylized flowers, yellows, shrimpy rose, teal and a spark of violet were the colors I selected. Windows…

After the End


This painting sat untitled for about month and it followed Perfect Order as part of a series exploring the fluidity of inks, both alcohol-based and acrylic-based. The medium demands full presence and the willingness to trust unexpected surprises as part of the creative process. After several meditation sessions, I began to see implications of an…

The Power to Live a Meaningful Life


A full moon lights up the Wish Granting Jewel Mantra spreading gifts of luminous wisdom on an azure sky and scattering new seeds of growth on fertile rolling hills. A raw aquamarine set on a round mirror helps to wash away past hurts with love, understanding and kindness. As the moon recedes in the horizon,…

It is About Hearing the Heart’s Song


Working on a technique I wanted to teach at one of my Full Day Painting Retreats, this brightly colored acrylic painting seemed to magically appear on the canvas. As it was intended for the morning exercise, I allotted 3 hours and when the bell rang, it was as if I awakened from a dream. I felt…

Dilbreen’s Trek Updates


  No matter what we do and where we go, we are always embarking on a journey of sorts but a trek, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is a long arduous journey, especially one made on foot. Such was the fate of a young Yazidi family and their first-born son, when they fled their enclave on Mount Sinjar in Northern…

Simply Love


  Seating on the cushion, pondering on love, I soon uncovered some old wounds having a lively party with my “small self”. The revelry festering in the shadows soon became loud enough for me to notice and I began squirming on the cushion. I became snippy, short-tempered, and felt very hungry; all clear signs that I needed a bright light to…

The Courage to Come into Full Bloom


It all started with creating a video teaser inviting people to a workshop I will be teaching next weekend. After the video was posted on social media, I continued developing the painting by manipulating the brightly hued alcohol-based inks and adding various textural elements with brushes, sprays, dabbers and a thin white marker. The flower…

Dwelling in Peace, Love and Fulfillment


I don’t need to tell you that our planet is in distress and so are all who inhabit it. I mentioned it last week. I also don’t have to tell you that living with stress is not living fully or authentically. It is like we walk around with an invisible fence around us, yet one…

The Perfect Order: Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Antonin Scalia


  It appears that the world is in utter chaos. Social media and the 24-hour news cycle broadcasts in detail, the atrocities and mayhem that humans inflict on one another all over the world, compelling us to feel distraught and emotionally pulled in directions often guided by primal concerns. And so it is that we…