Painting Practice

the mystery that mothers

Cosmic Mother of God, mixed-media painted contemplation, by Hali Karla
“What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?”
— St. Therese of Lisieux

there is an ineffable connection eternally created and creating, beyond and within cosmos and bodies and time. the constancy of interconnected change herself - permeating - becoming us with her rhythms, our rhythms, rhythms yet to be.

reliable and trustworthy in her transitory ways of inspiration and revelation, she midwives us as we ride the waves of her mysterious wisdom, becoming known only in glimpses in our own deep unknowing.

the Mystery that calls and quickens our Sacred and Ordinary Hearts, in one Way or an Other.

the Mystery that births our new ways of being and seeing, conceived from the merging, hope and inevitable release of what came before, within the very wombs and tombs in which we shift and form.

the Mystery that will deliver us back home to parts of ourselves we have lost, forgotten, buried or abandoned amidst the worlds we were born into.

the Mystery that eternally Mothers.


How did we ever get the idea that God would supply us on demand with quick fixes, that God is merely a rescuer and not a midwife?

- Sue Monk Kidd


[mixed-media painted meditation sketch on paper, Cosmic Mary, 14”x17”]

Mixed-Media Dream World Painting (Timelapse Video) | Something From The Studio 9

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It has already been a couple of months since I posted one of these Something From The Studio videos, but I enjoy making them, and so plan to continue doing so… even when my days of studio work looks a little more like sitting behind a screen (which it has lately).

The mixed-media painting in the short video below is one piece of many from my creative practice demo process in IMPULSE.

The painting was one of my personal favorites from that lesson - maybe just for its strange, dreamy-world abstractness.



Creative Practice Revelations Happen in Acts Between the Seen and the Unseen

Which Way, mixed-media painting, Hali Karla Arts
Art mirrors [our] struggle and captures the process of letting go. Every stroke pushes the painting to sacrifice itself: every creative act destroys something previously built. Imagination reveals not new vistas but revelations of reality behind reality. All art points to a transaction between reality of the seen and reality of the unseen.
— Makoto Fujimura

There is a Way that we only find in taking action.

Being present. Seeing. Listening.

Feeling. Not turning away.

Doing the hard work that is called upon us.

And then…

Believing so deeply in what we know to be real in what can’t be measured or seen, that we are willing to disarm, destroy, risk, transform, and let go of what is real in what can be seen.

To surrender to change.

Yes, there is something about this that speaks to my soul.


I was ‘supposed’ to be writing about re-releasing two well-loved Creative Practice ecourses today - now self-guided with unlimited access - but you know, these days I’m just not feeling the catchy-inspiration, lead-page, funnel-pitch in my creative energy… so, here’s to random shameless plugs at the end of short posts and keeping it real, because I trust my process AND yours:

IMPULSE self-guided mixed-media Creative Practice ecourse on awakening, trusting and relating to your intuitive, spontaneous artist’s style

IMPULSE self-guided mixed-media Creative Practice ecourse on awakening, trusting and relating to your intuitive, spontaneous artist’s style

ESSENCE self-guided creative portrait practice ecourse to develop and explore how you see, relate and translate in mixed-media, plus connect with your sense of self (and other)

ESSENCE self-guided creative portrait practice ecourse to develop and explore how you see, relate and translate in mixed-media, plus connect with your sense of self (and other)

Click the image above to learn more about each course. I’d truly would love to connect and be your guide on the side for a bit as you develop your Creative Practice. THAT is where my creative energy loves to flow. ;-)

Note: Both of these courses were previously released as part of my Making Art Medicine program.