dirtyfootprints This is my studio/office/sanctuary & it is a total disaster & I love it. You know why? It's mine. It will never be boho cool chic. I doubt I'll ever hang twinkly lights or have all my supplies neatly stacked in turquoise colored bins...& yes, I do clean it --quite often actually -- but work & life has squeezed all the energy I have to give so studio hygiene needs to wait. Though this space not only homes my creativity, my business, & my heart -- but many a beautiful Soul have slept, created & left their magic in this space over the years like @halikarla @selinab @janedavenport @darrahparker @tashanacho --- in a little over a month I'll be saying good bye & leaving her shelter forever -- but my gratitude will never cease. #dirtyfootprintsstudio #busy #thesummermiracle #thehereco 22h
  •   darrahparker Beautiful, cozy space. Thank you for welcoming me there and making magic with me in that space. (Let's talk soon! I want to hear about your upcoming adventure.) 21h
  •   maitrilibellule I LOVE it because it is exactly as it is. This is the studio of a working artist. The super neat ones always make me wonder if people ever really DO anything in there! Ha! Fabulous! 21h
  •   sbg12.13 Real creative spaces that inspire! I appreciate you sharing. 21h
  •   halikarla 20h
  •   selinab So honoured to be mentioned wow the time has come to move on from this place - it really does hold such special memories. My god do you remember when I was last there and realised that being a mother was something I really felt was in my future?...that was almost exactly a year ago and I'm writing this as I feed little Sammy on his 5 week birthday! Xxx 4h

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dirtyfootprints The path of the #artist is never straight & narrow -- sometimes it leads you over several continents & across the sea. Joyce van der Lely is today's guest on #21secretsconversations & her journey has been just that. Hit the link on profile & come be inspired. #21secrets #artjournal #artjournaling #mixedmedia #visualjournal #visualjournaling #creativejournaling #drawing #artistjourney #dirtyfootprintsstudio 3d

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dirtyfootprints Almost there. Almost done. Almost ready. Almost Autumn. Almost enough. Almost believed you. Almost rained. Almost lied. Almost got it. Almost lost it. Almost ran away. #thehereco #thesummermiracle #somewhereinaz #almost 4d

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dirtyfootprints 21 SECRETS comes out in September but you can sign up now & receive ten FREE 90 minutes art journaling workshops to keep you company till then. This Fall edition is packed with inspiration, new techniques, & juicy approaches to #artjournaling. Come join us -- link on profile. #21secrets #mixedmedia #artjournal #visualjournaling #visualjournal #creativejournaling #dirtyfootprintsstudio 4d

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dirtyfootprints One of my dear teachers once told me that straying from the spiritual path is actually a part of the spiritual path. And I know, at least for me, that with each homecoming I make back to my heart, the more and more I return to the simple things that brought me to this path in the first place. Music - song - chanting, these have been both trusted companions and the arms I return to again & again when I lose my way. #song #thesummermiracle #thehereco 5d
  •   gullahmama I like this. It's reassuring! @saramakeba 5d
  •   brandireyn OMG you are so right...with each homecoming I know myself a little better. Thank you Connie, for this. 5d

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dirtyfootprints I love sketching in cars. I love sketching in general. Today on the blog I write myself a little reminder why. Hit the link on profile to take a peek. #sketcing #sketchbook #handboundjournal #artjournal #artjournaling #visualjournal #visualjournaling #mixedmedia #charcoalonmyheart #dirtyfootprintsstudio #charcoal #drawing 6d

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dirtyfootprints Color is pure magic. It just pops out & kisses you on the Soul wherever it is. #somewhereinaz #prescottaz 6d

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dirtyfootprints If you look closely, you'll see it. #breeze #thehereco #thesummermiracle 7d
  •   cjust I see it! 7d
  •   biomouse From a lifetime of living in the Central Valley of CA, I can hear the whistle of the wind,and follow the rustle. 7d
  •   biomouse Thank you so much for the beautiful way this made me think of so many sensations and deeply tender small memories. 7d
  •   dirtyfootprints Oh sweet Carmen, your words made me cry. Being here at this spot stirred up so much emotion & memories for me as well --- I'm so moved that it could do the same for you @biomouse. 6d
  •   mamatawn it's there, such magick 6d

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dirtyfootprints I'm sitting on a park bench that was put here by the city to enjoy the view of the river, except the river is gone. Obsolete. Vanished. Dried up. Evaporated. Only 3 years ago, when Phoenix was a baby, I sat on this same exact bench nursing him while @hansel_solera captured the beauty with his camera. Three years ago. Three. Three. THREE!!! What are we doing to this planet? What are we doing to ourselves? #devastatedandangry #itstimetowakeup 7d
  •   hollychrome That's crazy fast... 7d
  •   sarahlbales There used to be a lake in a large park where I have lived the last year. The lake was there 2 summers ago but it was gone by the time we had moved here last June it's a terrible thing 7d
  •   kyliecoostudio I read today that July was the hottest time on earth since records began. Given that the weather in the UK hasn't been great and here in Scotland in particular it's been dismal with temperatures more akin to autumn (fall) that must mean that other places have been even hotter than normal. It's scary what's happening yet so many, especially governments, seem to be oblivious to it and the irreversible impact we are having on the planet. 7d
  •   mamie53 Visual evidence is sobering 6d

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dirtyfootprints For some folks paradise is a beach chair or hammock planted on some tropical island, but not for this gal! Give me a fold up chair, a tote full of art supplies & an incredible view in the middle of nowhere & I'm in heaven!! ... Plus I threw in a tripod & video camera to share the goodness with my #dirtyfootprintsstudio peeps later! #ilovemyjob #solitudenserenity #somewhereinaz #prescottaz #charcoalonmyheart #sketchingfromlife #lovemotherearth #sketcing #visualjournal #mixedmedia #hikingarizona #hikingaz 1w

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dirtyfootprints This is what is making me #smile right now. Cooler temperatures. The smell of pine. A soft breeze & my morning spent hiking around this lake with only my art supplies strapped to my back. I'm on a solo retreat -- solitude, deep breaths, & time to just be. #thesummermiracle #thehereco #azhiking #ariznahiking #prescott #lynxlakeiloveyou #arizona 1w
  •   darrahparker Enjoy! 1w
  •   leeleykeel Looks & sounds amazing! Have a great time ! 🌳🏻 1w
  •   cjust I can feel that with all of my senses! 1w
  •   keysgoddess Gorgeous. Enjoy your refreshing retreat! 1w
  •   cathygomesart What is the name of this lake? We are moving to AZ next year and my husband is looking for good lakes to fish in. 1w
  •   dirtyfootprints It is Lynx Lake in Prescott @cathygomesart -- such a beautiful place!! Where are you moving from? 6d
  •   cathygomesart We are moving from CA. to Buckeye AZ! 6d

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dirtyfootprints Look at all that talent, creativity, & love!!! I'm so honored to host another edition of 21 SECRETS! Click the link on my profile & preorder your copy now & receive a sweet early bird gift of ten 90 minute workshops!! Fun! Fun! Fun! 2w

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dirtyfootprints 21 SECRETS Fall art journaling workshop is no longer a secret! Today we announced the amazing line up of teachers & workshops, plus if you pre-order your copy now you receive 10 FREE 90 minute workshops instantly to keep you inspired as you wait! Link on profile! 2w

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dirtyfootprints I spent my evening helping out at an amazing new horse rescue that is being lovingly & compassionately run & cared for by a very young woman -- she can't be more than 23 years old & right now there were 13 horses, 2 donkeys, & 3 pit bull rescues as well. I was talking with her Mom & she told me that her daughter was passionate about horses all growing up but her father pushed her to played sports. When she graduated from high school she had three different schools offering her full scholarship -- but she knew with all her heart she was meant to care for horses. So her mother sold almost everything she owned to buy this land for her daughter to start a horse rescue. Her mom told me that she knows nothing about horses, unlike her daughter, but this has been the most healing she has ever experienced in her life. She is in love with these horses & how they have transformed her family & she said it's all because she believed 100% in her daughter. There are truly amazing people out in the world doing amazing things -- taking big risks -- & nobody knows who they are & their life is far from glamorous. But there are good people making a difference & all it takes is believing something else is possible. #soblessed #somewhereinaz 2w

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dirtyfootprints My husband @hansel_solera born & raised in Costa Rica where #lounging is an integral part of life & over the years he's showed me the grace & beauty that comes from living simply & lounging big! Just another reason why I love this man so. #thesummermiracle #thehereco #phoenixariel 2w
  •   judylawhon Sounds good to me 2w
  •   mamatawn What a sweet photo2w
  •   lis.hofmann I must have a few drops of Costa Rican blood in me ;) 2w
  •   artlover1961 I love this. Both the photo and the thought behind it. Lounging matters! 2w

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  •   tjgatten Love it! You're amazing! 2w
  •   janehinchliffe Had to share your most recent blog post - really touched me... 2w

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dirtyfootprints In my 20s I always had some kind of bar job. Partially because I was always broke & needed the easy cash, but mostly because the only way I truly felt comfortable socializing was while drinking. -- you see, I've always preferred to be alone. Always. Some of the greatest memories I have from that time in my life were spent alone painting for days on end. So when I abandoned the bar scene & drinking altogether 10 years ago, I felt at lost on how to socialize sober. Though most of all it's taken me 10 years to embrace that this is who I truly am. I now honor my need for solitude & deeper connections & smaller intimate gatherings instead of ignoring and pretending that certain social situations don't drain my energy. I guess you can say that I've finally learned how to be my own true friend. #thesummermiracle #thehereco #friendship 2w
  •   aspotfortea Beautiful 2w
  •   debipaynedesigns I can so identity!!! 2w
  •   blueheronweaving Yup. 2w
  •   jessicawernerartist I've been working through that too. I keep trying to reach out to be more social but I'm pretty sure the Universe keeps saying, "you are your own best friend." On Sunday I planned a meet up for crafty mamas, reserved a table for 7 and ended up alone eating my lunch. I was only mad for a few minutes and then went on an adventure. 2w
  •   halikarla 2w
  •   fromrags This introverted soul is most comfortable with myself, alone. Even prayer is an exclusive relationship for me and least shared in groups, however small. Often dismissed as snooty and aloof (sadly), I choose my connections intentionally, while working to embrace those who are put in my path. And yet, I love the collective energy of a classroom setting! Grateful for this snippet share of self in your forum. 2w
  •   mamatawn Oh darlin, yes yes 1w
  •   kindledhope Love it! Keep sharing! 1w

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  •   colleenmulrooney Oh Connie! Your words! I love that: when the paper curls in your direction. Beautifully put. @rozannehenry you'll love this blog post too. 2w
  •   rozannehenry @colleenmulrooney thank you so much. The angels have spoken to me yet again and today through you. I am listening. Blessings to you Colleen 2w

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dirtyfootprints Here I am, totally primping & propping things around our shoe rack to get the "right shot" for today's #thesummermiracle prompt (#sandals), when @hanselasolera is standing there laughing at me and BOOM!!! There it is!! No fussing necessary once again --- let it flow Connie. Let it flow! (Plus, Hansel just took a photo of me taking a photo of him on his IG --- yep we're dorkie like that!) #thehereco #dirtyfootprintsfamily #dirtyfootprintsstudio 2w

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