Practicing My 4-A Ideology:
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The Inner Fire of Unbreakable Will
I just had breakfast with a dear friend and we shared a deep and meaningful conversation about life, death and, like almost every conversation we have these days, the political milieu in which we are living.
We laughed about Saturday Night Live skits and teared up at the thought of what it potentially could mean to Mother Earth to have a climate-change denier heading up the EPA.

In part of our conversation I said to him, "My life right now feels like the opening lines of the Dickens' novel, A Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of times. It was the worst of times..."

Every day I am full of gratitude for my family and friends, my art and my lifestyle. I am contented and at peace with myself most of the time. And, every day I wake up to more opportunities to feel angry, heartbroken and powerless.

But! I refuse to give in to that powerlessness. So I sign petitions, show up for protest marches (for the first time in my life), donate money and try to let my heart soften. Above all, I try to soften my heart. I tell myself that I can't see the full picture of why this is happening or where it will take us. 

All I can do, all any of us can really do, is to stay in the moment, take the action that feels right to each of us, and trust that all will be well. Very simple words; not always easy to do. 

Through all this I turn to art for my solace. It's my way of  soothing my soul and spirit. It's also my way of offering something to the world that is uniquely mine to give -- creating a gathering place for others to join together in community and make beauty, encouraging loving tangible expressions of our joy and grief.

Now more than ever we need ways to transform negative thoughts into hope and right action--and, equally important, beauty. Art can be an antidote. 
Find your own way of making beauty in the world and stay inspired to keep offering your unique medicine, whatever it may be. Chief Seattle of the Washington Suquamish Tribe said it well: 

"When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive.

A-ho! Blessings to all,

Glenda Goodrich
GG's Down to Earth Studio

Mark your calendar:
SoulCollage® Solstice Soul Renewal Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs - June 11-14, 2017  
download info here 
GG's Down to Earth Studio Offerings: 
"Take your broken heart, make it into art."
Carrie Fisher
Shrines for Hope and Healing
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:30 am to 4 pm
GG's Down to Earth Studio 
Shrines are ways of showing in tangible form what might be happening in our hearts and spirits. We will gather and put these mysteries into visual expression by creating our own personal shrines for hope and healing. Your shrine can be dedicated to the environment, diversity of all species, return of the great feminine, your higher power, your spiritual practice, or to simply heal your broken heart...whatever moves you. Read more about the power of shrine making   here. 

No cost for the workshop instruction; this is my love offering. (a $20 material fee will cover materials and supplies). Participants may want to bring additional totems, talismans and charms for their personal shrines.
Register with GG here.


Sumi Ink Abstractions 
Sunday, March 26, 2017, Eugene, OR 
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
All skill levels will experience success in this joyful exploration of abstract design. Images can be used in large format as framed art, or in smaller pieces for cards or collage. Designs are created with Sumi ink and watercolor, watercolor pencils, colored inks, gel pens, glitter pens...pretty much anything goes for color!
Color combinations and basic elements of design
will be included in the instruction.
Cost $30.00 ($25 for members of the Arboretum) 
Proceeds to go the arboretum. All materials are provided. 
($10 materials fee)  
Register with Mt. Pisgah Arboretum 541.747.3817
Visioning for 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Grants Pass, OR 
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Come and join us for an afternoon of relaxed creativity, self- exploration and Soul nurturing as we envision 2017. 

We will explore our inner landscape and renew our Soul as we create SoulCollage® cards -- visual reminders of who we really are, what we love and what we believe. We will create visioning cards to use as reminders of what we want more of in 2017. 
Sliding scale $25.00 to $35.00. All materials provided. Register here.

Windows of Wonder - A collage, drawing and painting workshop 
Saturday, May 7, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Currents Gallery Back Door Studio , McMinville, OR
  We will explore the joys of true mixed media in this workshop as we combine collage, drawing and painting to create "windows of wonder." Decorative and handmade papers, pencils, markers and paints are your materials in this critic-free class that encourages your own personal artistic expression. 
Cost $70.00 plus $15 materials fee (includes most supplies: substrates, paints, collage materials, pens, pencils)
Register with Currents Gallery 503.435.1316 Minimum 4.

Broken heart shape of red paper for love theme on Valentine concept. Heart paper, heart shape, heart of love, heart background, heart texture, broken love, broken heart and heart elements for love concept design.
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