dirtyfootprints I've been working so hard on the new website coming out in a few days & also preparing to announce my next session of IGNITE that the only one getting to do any painting around here lately is this cute guy!!! #phoenixariel #dirtyfootprintsfamily #dirtyfootprintsstudio 8h

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dirtyfootprints It's official!!!! A brand new online home for my creative work, my heart, and so many beloved artists I'm blessed to serve is on its way!!!! Click the link on my profile to take a tiny sneak peek! (And Big thanks to @darrahparker for the precious photo she snapped of Phoenix & I in the studio!!) #dirtyfootprintsfamily #anewera #phoenixariel #fearlesspainting 2d

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dirtyfootprints Spending my morning with THE most amazing designer @quinncw as we start to finalize the brand new Dirty Footprints Studio website coming out soon! soon! soon! (finally!) You have no idea how excited I am about this! I've basically have had the same ol' site since 2009ish. And most of all I can't wait to start blogging again! #imissbloggingBIGtime #dirtyfootprintsstudio 2d
  •   darrahparker Woohoo! 2d
  •   discriv68 Can hardly wait to see it! 2d
  •   quinncw I'm excited for you! 2d
  •   cristinaparusartist I hope this will be soon in a couple of hours when I'll wake up (again) - now it's 5:30A - coz I can't wait to see it, Connie! I am as excited as you are about it..I loved the old one, was your "brand", screaming with all pores Connie Solera, but I bet the new version will exceed our expectations! @dirtyfootprints 2d

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dirtyfootprints Dads & sons have their own special magic. #phoenixariel #dirtyfootprintsfamily 4d

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dirtyfootprints I know this is a lousy photo -- but those little darlings are baby peacocks!!!! I've never seen such a thing before. #toofreakingcute #babypeacocks 5d
  •   marysu_bennett The baby peas at my house seldom made it, got eaten by foxes and such. Once they could roost they would make it usually. Yes, sooo cute!! 5d

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dirtyfootprints Once a week my family & I volunteer at a permaculture farm where our friends, the owners, traded their huge paying corporate jobs, big house on the hill, & posh private schooling for their 4 kids to homeschool their kiddos & live off the land. They had no idea what they were doing & much of what they have learned about permaculture in 2 years is from the Internet, reaching out to others, & simply listening to Mother Earth herself. I always leave our visits inspired & deeply grateful for how much abundance there is in the world --- with resources, food, friendship, knowledge, & even money. But what I love the most is witnessing how it all flows in so much freely when we are willing to give it all away. #permacultureframeofmind #permacultureheart #dirtyfootprintsfamily #europafarm 5d

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dirtyfootprints And today in the studio we're getting our stamp on...literally! #dirtyfootprintsfamily #dirtyfootprintsstudio #kidsmakingart #phoenixariel 1w

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dirtyfootprints Today's the last day of summer sports camp so Phoenix is making a thank you card for his coach --- abstract of course! #phoenixariel #dirtyfootprintsfamily #kidsmakingart #gratitude 2w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #found :: Every now & then I transition through a phase where I question what's the point -- why am I doing this -- & the worst one that crawls across my mind is "should" I be doing this. "This" being art-creativity-painting--basically everything I've built my life upon. I stumbled upon this course right while treading water through the deepest part of this phase. Beautifully it was the medicine I needed to remind myself why I create & help shed some old scales around my creativity. Today, on the final day, I found myself with a burning need to start painting again--to pick up the brush & land where I left off (#charcoalandpods!!) Like I said at the beginning of this journey, I am not lost-- but it's funny how coming back to my studio after a little break, I always feel like I've found myself again. Thank you @henrylohmeyer. Thank you. Thank you. 2w
  •   amymaricle I hear where you are coming from. I go through the same at times! 2w
  •   taraleaver Love it, and can relate. Have so loved the photos you've been sharing from the course. Happy painting :) 2w
  •   naomi281 Oh yes, I've doubted the value too. I find that when I am filled with my favorite activities, I'm spreading joy to others, which helps the energy of the world. Paint away! 2w
  •   henrylohmeyer I have to say that halfway through your post, I thought, welled up, and realized that all I could ever hope for this. Thank you for sharing this message. It means the world to me. You photo makes me so happy. 2w
  •   magentamatters You have such a gift with words, as well as your visual art. This resonated with me so much, as I am living those very questions right now. Cannot wait to see what your paintings will reveal. 2w
  •   _kkatek8_ how great! 2w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #you :: This was the hardest exercise of all @henrylohmeyer. I initially was going to skip it. But something really spoke to me when you shared that you use self portraits to check in with yourself. The intention still doesn't make it easier or calm my inner critic, but it makes it sacred. And that's enough to risk my vulnerability for. 2w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #reveal :: I love letting the light pour in. 2w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #awaken :: My studio. His arm. And I should probably be in bed right now because I'm absolutely exhausted. But I was determined to get a shot for this prompt today. Ironically, it's my determination that's usually my greatest ally and biggest obstacle and well, I think that's what this photo was trying to reveal to me. 2w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #look :: What the hell is happening to me? I got up super early on a Sunday morning to go shoot photos of the parking lot that stains my view from my living room window. @henrylohmeyer asked us to shoot something that we normally don't see with love & to photograph it with our hearts. So I choose the parking lot. Before even stepping outside I already had a vision in my head of what these photos would look like, but boy was I taken by surprise by what followed next. It was early & it was quiet. Except for the symphony of birds that serenaded me as I walked mesmerized by how the morning sunlight was transforming this sea of tar, automobiles, & lonely olive trees. But here's the thing -- I didn't see the scene with love right away. I was looking at it with a goal of shooting something pretty. I know that. But as I walked around looking -- I started to remember the night my water broke while watching Forrest Gump. How at 2am Hansel & I walked & walked that parking lot waiting for our little guy to make his arrival. I remembered all the hours I spent pushing that chubby little baby in his stroller. & I could still see him wobbling around holding his walker & how excited he would get over the rocks, sticks, & leaves he found scattered on the ground. All of a sudden I became overwhelmed with love for that sidewalk, that parking lot, those droopy olive trees, the rusty carport covers, even the cigarette butts started to seem sacred. But when I got home and looked at the photos I wasn't impressed. It didn't express the love that I was feeling. They looked stale & static & empty, to be honest. So I decided to just let it go. Hit delete. Maybe try again tomorrow or save this prompt for another day. & then, tonight, Phoenix was playing outside with his friend -- riding his scooter back and forth. I walked down stairs with my phone in hand to tell him it was time for dinner & as he rode joyfully towards me, I saw it. I saw what I was looking for appear effortlessly -- & I quickly turned on my phone & got it. This is the photo that truly expresses my love. Truly. #phoenixariel 2w
  •   angelahappyheather Wow wow wow. 2w
  •   happytiler Wow beautiful how this photo transpired! It's gorgeous, timeless and emotes the love you described! Thanks for sharing! 2w
  •   peacechild4 It says everything your feeling and your words and explanation draw me into your world. 2w
  •   paulateach Loving these stories and the photos that go with them! 2w
  •   henrylohmeyer Timeless. Love that. You've made this place look like one of community and together. You've truly looked and shared it with different eyes. Thank you. 2w
  •   blueheronweaving Beautiful. Thank you. 2w
  •   darrahparker 2w
  •   taragill What a great story and photograph. 2w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #intention :: The last apartment we lived in before here was a hot mess. We had neighbors fighting next to us all the time, a leaky ceiling, landlords that went into foreclosure & didn't give a damn to tell us, & a young college student was stabbed on our front door stoop while we were at work one afternoon. Needless to say, that was our final push to leave, & we moved to suburbia seeking a bit of peace & quiet & hopefully a homicide free landscape. We've been here for 7 years now & these walls have stories to tell. They've seen things that I'm still trying to process & I'll be honest, I think that's why I hate living here sometimes. I don't want to look at it anymore. I've washed the walls, scrubbed the floors, & rearranged the furniture in a million different configurations but I can still hear the whispering of things I haven't let go of yet. I'm so ready to move in just a couple months. But I know that there is still healing needed to happen here -- if only I could get myself to look. This photo was the beginning of that healing. My intention was to release the light that's still hidden behind the darkness. {thank you @henrylohmeyer, thank you} 3w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #desire :: Desire isn't always wanton, sometimes it's just the glimmer of his Soul touching mine. ‪ 3w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #abandon :: When I abandon my Self, corners & cracks in my home begin to accumulate clutter & dirt. It's those places for cleansing or nourishment that seem to be the first areas of my heart that get buried & neglected too. 3w
  •   smcq Astute observation. Hmmmmm.... 3w
  •   henrylohmeyer Such an authentic and beautiful photo. Truly. 3w
  •   ethiopifinn Oh yes. I can relate. 3w
  •   pshaw06 It's so true...when we abandon ourselves other things...people...places suffer. Never thought of it that way before. Thank you. Gotta focus on the self to insure other things receive the attention they need. Wow your words really spoke to me. @henrylohmeyer the words may just be my favourite part of this course ! 3w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #need :: I need deep pockets of solitude -- to write, to paint, to echo the dreams that stir inside me, to mend the tulle that shields my heart. That's what I need. ‪ 3w

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dirtyfootprints #wideopencourse #lost :: Even though fear may sometimes fog my vision, I am not lost. There are days where I am unfolding from the past & days spent organizing my attachments to the future & days where I wish my heart was nestled safely in a cave of calcite, but I am none of those things. And I am not lost. 3w

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