Archive for ‘April, 2015’

Brave Joy Studio

Our new Albuquerque studio is alive and well– hurrah!  Hol and I have chosen a name we love– Brave Joy Studio.  We invite you to courageously find your joy in our creative space!  My first workshop was a fun, inspiring afternoon of shared insights and art process.  Come join me for more adventures– May 9, June 5-7…  See Events to watch for what unfolds.

Meanwhile, Hol and I have postponed our studio open house, cancelling on May 2.  We’re sorry for the inconvenience if you’d marked your calendar.  It turns out Hol needs a bit more time for healing her long-term fatigue illness before we throw a party.  🙂  We’d appreciate your prayers or good thoughts for her continued recovery.  Thanks!

With growing excitement and gratitude for this creative journey…  Melanie

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PS– Thanks to my cat, Mila, for “helping” to write this post…  🙂


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A Moment of Beauty

Like the Tibetan Monks who created an intricate, sacred sand mandala prayer and then swept it away, 550 participants made a meaningful, nourishing conference this week in Louisville, Kentucky before scattering back to their homes across the country and around the world.

Completed Mandala

Completed Tibetan Sand Mandala


I’m still savoring and celebrating the 2015 Spiritual Directors International Conference… grateful for the opportunity to hear teachings, teach a workshop twice, and share my art with the community there.  And what an incredible extra blessing and inspiration to watch these artist monks pray in color and chant for four days in the very same room with my exhibit table!  Their persistence to make this impermanent beauty reminded me that I too am invited to offer my best each day, then let it go.

Melanie shares and sells art - photo by Susan Robbin Etherton

Melanie shares and sells art – photo by Susan Robbin Etherton


As always, I loved the personal connections and stories from new SDI friends and old.  This year, many people let me know they’re using my art prints in their offices and ministries, as gifts to dear friends, and in their personal prayer spaces.  I can’t convey just how marvelous and encouraging it is to hear that the art serves in all these ways!  The workshops I hosted were a short, shining prayer of collective wisdom and insight too– as we enjoyed art and told stories in a circle that will never happen the same way again.  I was so delighted with those collaborations, I wish I could relive them!  But I get to remember, and let it go… my heart singing with the memory of sweet goodness.

Thanks to all who helped create this conference, and to all who carried art and books home with them.  Your support helps me to keep working!  May you be blessed until we meet again!  –Melanie

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Creative, Kind Response

I’m grateful whenever artists and friends of mine add their voice in response to conflict or injustice.  Kudos to my friend Mandy Ford of This Girl’s Doodles who created this drawing to remind Indianans (and all of us) to choose kindness along with speaking out against discrimination.

When will my art and voice be needed next?  And I wonder when you might respond with creativity and kindness?

Kindiana -Mandy Ford

Blessings as we use our art, lives, and voices for good in the world.


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