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I have worked with hundreds of artists over the years, and they are always surprised that their art is telling them a story, the untold story of their inner-life. - Kristena West M.A.

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Kristena, you taught me how important it is to pay attention to another and to celebrate their process. That is Love.

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Blog posts

an Artists Life Art & Healing Podcast Chapter 1 & 2 from the Art Market to Community Arts

an Artists Life Art & Healing Podcast Chapter 1 & 2 from the Art Market to Community Arts

An Artists Life podcast art & healing I am so happy to announce my first two (public) Podcasts! As a teacher of ar...
Happy Epiphany & First day of Carnival Mardi Gras

Happy Epiphany & First day of Carnival Mardi Gras

Hanson Art Gallery on the rue Royal Street, one next to Bourbon Street. New Orleans, 1987 I am in the ...
Five Tips on Teaching on Creative Arts

Five Tips on Teaching on Creative Arts

Five Tips on Teaching on Creative Arts
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5 Tips on Teaching Creative Arts1. Always be encouraging about everything. Always. 2. Give ideas, never critiques, ask question of the student to clarify next steps. 3. Questions need to be open-ended, meaning no leading questions. 4. Encourage students to think out of the box. 5. Model creativity
Tips on Why Cultivating Your Own Originality has more Benefits than Copying Other Artists

Tips on Why Cultivating Your Own Originality has more Benefits than Copying Other Artists

Everyone has artistic obstacles, we face them daily, whether we are artists or not. How we choose to overcome or avoid them will define our creative output and originality. 

In Process Archetype Painting in-Studio Original Art Follow the Process

In Process Archetype Painting in-Studio Original Art Follow the Process

Follow the progress of ARchetypal painting as the creative intuitive process develops. After 6 months of working small, this is a 3' x 4' canvas. ...
How to Start a Contemplative Arts Practice for Festival Work - Michaelmas

How to Start a Contemplative Arts Practice for Festival Work - Michaelmas

Everyone comes to their art table differently. Some come knowing the concept from start to finish. Others want to work out of the color...
How to Collage to Create Composition and FLow

How to Collage to Create Composition and FLow

Composing a Collage-Painting.

The issue that can often happen is that a collage using templates, maps, ephemera can be a bit of a mess. The way to avoid a chaotic composition is to have "rest" areas. It might be hard to paint out or glaze over area that you just LOVE at the moment, but the eye needs resting places as it moves over the picture plane. 

Tips on Using Sticky Pix for Mixed Media & Collage Paintings I Love Lucy

Tips on Using Sticky Pix for Mixed Media & Collage Paintings I Love Lucy

here are some stick pix I LUV LUCY images - these were on my ebay store 2006. I love working with these small images and imagining a "Lucy" momen...
How to Create Art Journal Pages or Creative Collage Find Your Personal Style

How to Create Art Journal Pages or Creative Collage Find Your Personal Style

After keeping dream journals for twenty years, one gets to know the Self's inner symbols, areas of resistance, mysterious oblique corners and the t...
The Healing Power of Art & Artists Michael & the Dragon

The Healing Power of Art & Artists Michael & the Dragon

I was accepted into the Anniversary Celebration Exhibition for The Healing Power of Art & Artist's website. I painted this Michael and the Drag...
Women's Mysteries...Where Did They Go? Tips and Techniques

Women's Mysteries...Where Did They Go? Tips and Techniques

Spiritual beings that work in concert with Earth consciousness are streaming upon us the energy and love of the divine feminine. We here on Earth must open our soul forces to receive that love. We must receive, move, and integrate this feminine field into our world. The successful rebirth of the divine feminine depends especially on every woman’s ability to begin the process of emergence—emergence into a recognition of spiritual gifts, creative power, passion, and life purpose. As women emerge so, too, the divine feminine emerges.
Making Art is a Curative Therapeutic Meditation will Sooth the Soul and Create Peace

Making Art is a Curative Therapeutic Meditation will Sooth the Soul and Create Peace

Making art is a curative, therapeutic meditation to sooth the soul and create peace in your heart.