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"If I-con, you-con!" The new slogan for Father Damian Higgins' Iconography workshops. I'm apparently the new "poster child!"

“If I-con, you-con!” The new slogan for Father Damian Higgins’ Iconography workshops. I’m apparently the new “poster child!”

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Iconography Workshop with Father Damian Higgins 4/23/13-4/26/13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Wow! What an incredible experience it was 2 weeks ago when Fr. Damian Higgins of Mendocino, CA graced us with his presence & “Classical Iconography Workshop!” Fr. Damian led us through not only the techniques & execution of completing our very own Icons from start to finish, but also gave us the background & significance of this ancient “Icon Writing” tradition.

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Hi, everyone! I just wanted to take a moment & share my painting, “Earth Angel” with you on this most sacred of days, “Earth Day.” When I look at her and the way in which she is holding the Earth as tenderly & lovingly as a newborn baby in her arms, I am deeply reminded of the importance of treating our “home” with that level of intense care. Our planet & all of it’s abundant resources provide endlessly all that we need, more than we need, really. Yet we seem to be facing one crisis after another, much caused by our general lack of appreciation & abuse of what is more than enough. Let’s all take just a moment today to think of one way that we could tread just a tad more lightly on this Sacred Ground, and then try to carry that forward into our week, year, perhaps even our lifetime. Maybe just recycling a little more, or eating a little more organic food, or re-using, recycling, up-cycling or donating items, rather than just throwing them away. There really is no “away,” is there, because it all stays right here with us. It just gets moved to another place.

Thanks, as always for stopping by & for reading this & supporting me.

***”Earth Angel,” acrylic on canvas, original 16″x20″ painting is available for purchase, as well as prints, cards & giclees. This painting is not yet up on my fineartamerica.com store (Under Artist Susan Risse,)but there may be others there you might like. If you’re interested in purchasing “Earth Angel” just leave an inquiry below. Prices are comparable to that you will see on my other pieces in my fineartamerica.com store (Susan Risse)

Aloha nui loa!

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I’m thrilled, honored & excited to be one of 23+ artists participating in this multi-faceted art exhibition, devoted to all things Mary Magdalene! Opening on 4/27/13, with a 2:00p.m. artist reception, gallery walk, poetry reading & more, this is a not-to-be-missed event! Please visit http://www.herchurch.org, then CLICK ON MARY MAGDALENE WEEKEND (in San Francisco, CA) for ALL of the details & incredible FREE events comprising this show.

**Please sign up for my newsletter here at glittergypsy.com to get updates regarding my NEW art & workshop offerings, which are currently in the works.

Thank you for stopping by….aloha…

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Hello, dear friends! How have you been? I’ve been away for a while due to some health issues, so I REALLY appreciate your stopping back in here! I’ve missed you.

Anyhoo, I’m really excited to announce my next event, and I do hope that you can join me! It’s on the evening of 12/12/12 in Honolulu, Hawaii at Glitter Gypsy Studio. Mark it on your calendar, ok? It’s not only on the night of the “New Moon,” which symbolizes new beginnings, but numerically, it’s also really significant. The next time we have a numerical line-up like this will be in 01-01-2101! And it’s also my Birth-day! Not to mention that my Birth-Day is & has always fallen on the Feast Day of the Virgen of Guadalupe, Protectress of all of the Americas & my Patron Saint. So…if these aren’t enough reasons to celebrate & create in community, then I don’t know what is?! After a rough year for me & for so many others that I know, would you like to join me for an evening of abundant new energy? This potent combination of the New Moon’s energy, the numerical energy of 12/12/12, the Feast Day of “Our Lady,” revered by so many around the World & the energy of me beginning a brand new year in my life is sure to create a powerfully energizing night! Won’t you please join me as we vision our future together in a creative way?

What to expect:

**5:30-6:15p.m.: Drinks, food & socializing

**6:15-6:45p.m.: Circle Ritual: Introductions, Connection, Ritual

**6:45-8:45p.m.: Creating Your “Vision Board” for 2013 by visually documenting the coming year as you see & desire it to be. We will be journalling, collaging, embellishing & of course, !glittering! onto your Vision Board to cement your intentions into your psyche & then send them out into the Universe. You will leave with not only a beautiful piece of art that you’ve created, but a tangible visual reminder to refer to throughout the coming year. Setting clear intentions &  seeing visual reminders dramatically improves your success rate for living your “Dream Life” in 2013. By ‘putting it out there’ rather than just having “spinning thoughts” in your head allows it to become REAL. **NO PREVIOUS ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.**

**8:45-9:15p.m.: Closing Circle Ritual with community sharing

**LIVE MUSIC BY INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SINGER/SONGWRITER LUCIE LYNCH TO ACCOMPANY & ENHANCE OUR CREATIVE ENERGY**

This is my gift to all of you. I would like to share the energy of my Birth-day & the energy of 12/12/12 & the New Moon with anyone who like to do this. Practicing “Intentional Creativity” (as taught to me by my teacher & mentor, Shiloh Sophia McCloud) has completely changed my life, so I’d like to share this gift with you, as well. Would you like to re-boot, wipe the slate clean & begin anew in 2013? Then this is the event for YOU!

And it’s FREE. There’s no catch. I just want to share this evening with those of you who feel that this is something that speaks to you & that you would feel empowered by doing! And it’s going to be FUN–I promise! (If you’d like to bring some food or drink to share with the group, or leave a donation in the box to cover the cost of my supplies, that would be gratefully appreciated. But, again, there is NO expectation of anything FROM you, I just want to share my time, energy & creativity WITH you. Also, if you’d like to bring a personal item to place on the alter as an offering or prayer, you are welcome to do that, as well.)

So—If this is something that you’d like to do, please leave a comment below or email me at susan@glittergypsy.com so I can plan accordingly. Space is limited, so if you’d like to come, please let me know as soon as possible. Also, as the date approaches, begin by spending some quiet time with yourself every day or every other day, at least. Even 10 or 15 minutes is enough. Go through magazines, books & the like & just randomly tear out images, words, quotes, etc. that “speak to you.” (There doesn’t need to be any rhyme or reason to your process–just tear it out. Let your subconscious mind, rather than your conscious mind do the work for a change. I’ll also have plenty of supplies here, but by doing this in advance, you’ll have more to work with.) Also try doing some journalling or free-writing during this quiet time & allow things to just flow onto the page. Again, don’t think about it too much, just write down what comes to you. There’s no judgement here, we’re just trying to activate our “right brains,” since we spend most of our time in our “left brains” doing more logical type work. We just want to balance our right & left brains, so that creativity can inform our daily lives. It is a great way to achieve a more balanced life. Instead of always thinking, planning, doing, making lists & the like, if we can also tap into our just being-ness, dreaming, doodling, painting, etc., that balance is more accessible. We sort of have to re-train our brains, otherwise, we just end up in stress & burn-out much of the time. You can actually get MORE done by using BOTH sides of your brain & end up feeling happier & more joy-full!

OK, you ready? I can’t wait to spend time with you, my friends! It’s going to be awesome & inspiring!!!

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**Lucie Lynch is a professional singer/songwriter and actress influenced by Joni Mitchell, Jewel, Eva Cassedy, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. She uses her voice as her primary instrument with her travel-guitar “Martin” strumming along wherever her Song may take us. It’s not uncommon for Lucie to visibly shift as the music starts to channel spontaneous lyrics, sweeping the audience to arrive together with a

   collective exhale at a new destination.

**To learn more about Susan “Glitter Gypsy” just click on the link at the top of this page.

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Based on demand, the previous post describing the  “Exploring Your Deepest Soul in the Land of the Virgen & Goddesses” has been changed. Glitter Gypsy will now be offering a 1 day “Workshop Intensive” based on the same theme. We will be painting  your “Lady, Virgen or Goddess with acrylic on canvas at beautiful Casa Frida in San Miguel de Allende, MX. 8/10/12 from 10-6 and all materials and lunch is included! The fee is just $110.00 (or equivalent  pesos,) so now, there’s no reason not to join us! Glitter Gypsy will guide you as you journey inward to reveal & express your “Inner Wise Woman” on your canvas.  Explore your own rich terrain in community with other like-minded creatives. No previous art experience neccessary.

Email Glitter Gypsy at susan@risse.com to register.  See the details on the post below, too.

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Won’t you please come join me in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico August 7th-10th, 2012 for my latest retreat offering? “Exploring your Deepest Soul In the Land of The Virgen & Goddesses” promises to be an unforgettable, transformational experience.

Four full retreat days, five nights & 6 days in a luxurious, beautiful Casa, perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of the city and mountains. Beautiful art, Mexican tile work, gorgeous grounds & a rooftop terrace will transport you to a magical state of mind. Colorful rooms with private baths will allow you the privacy that you desire, while lovely living rooms, terraces, full kitchen & more invite you to mingle with other guests if you like.

**4 Day Retreat At A Glance**

Day 1: Private tour with Professor Albert Coffee, (www.coyotecanyonadventures.com) archeologist, on the recently opened historical site: The Pyramids of La Canada de las Virgens. This tour will set the tone & help to inform us for the next 3 days of creativity.

Day 2: Our creative journey begins with Rebecca Peterson, MA, artist & art therapist (www.windowstothesoulrebeccapeterson.blogspot.com). Rebecca will guide us as we journey inward to excavate our own personal mythos with a variety of creative prompts as we journal, sketch & more.

Day 3: Artist Susan Risse (Glitter Gypsy) will guide us as we approach our canvasses. (No previous art experience is necessary–Susan will lead you step-by-step through your creative process.

Day 4: Susan will assist you to completion of your painting of “Your Lady, Virgen or Goddess.” We will be creating from a space of the Feminine Divine within in each of us. Everyone will leave with their own spirit-guided & finished painting!

**All breakfasts, lunches & materials during the retreat are included.**

**2 options available:

**Local residents- all 4 days, including lunches & materials = $400.00 USD

**Travellers: All of the above, plus 6 days/5 nights luxurious accommodations including breakfast. Transportation to and from Leon airport.

$1,075.00 USD (Bring a friend & save on double occupancy.)

Payment arrangements can be made be contacting susan@risse.com

USD or Mexican pesos accepted

Sound perfect?? $250.00 will save your spot! Or~pay in full & save!

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Join me at The Fresh Cafe for the Spotty Dotty Party on April 26th from 5-10pm. $3.00 entry at the door gets you a diverse evening of live Music, Live Art and lots of wonderful local vendors like ME! (Pssst – if you wear polka dots it is only $2.00 at the door.) Browse through this one-stop-shop for local vintage & handmade fashion, art, music and more!

This is an all ages event featuring a prize raffle and Twister competition.

Enjoy the vibe, check out my new artwork and introduce yourself!

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