The Beginning of A Magical Collaboration (Between Faerie Magazine & Dark Fairytale Art)

Recently, I discovered an enchanting magazine called, "Faerie Magazine".  The title was the first thing to attract me.  When I opened its cover,  I saw the gorgeous pictures and spreads and was smitten even further.  Finally, I read the articles and couldn't believe how well they were written and how there were actually people who believed and felt similar things to me about magic and fairytales.  

I had to write them a letter of appreciation....but not just any letter.....a very special letter to let them know that they had touched my heart and they were special to me.  

When they received it, they loved it so much they asked if they could share it with their newsletter subscribers.  Below is what they shared and what they wrote.

You can also email us just to express your love, of course. Reader Melissa Kojima of Dark Fairytale Art went a step further and sent us this gorgeous handmade card with a beautiful note inside about how moved she was by our autumn "vintage & Victoriana" issue (and gave us permission to post it here)

When we got in contact with each other, we also discussed some kind of collaboration.  We were both excited to do something magical together.  I gave them some ideas of what we could do.  They chose one and you will see it in their next issue, March 2017, The Warriors & Goddesses Issue.  You will have to wait until then to see what magic we brewed up together.  Let me just say it will be a special gift for everyone to play with.  

How We Discovered The Long Awaited Secret: Her Magical Creature Pt. 1

Who would like to know what magical creature they are?  Who even believes they have magic inside of them?  Does it just seem like a fairy tale----long ago----far away----and impossible?  

Well, I worked with one very special lady (a newsletter subscriber) to reveal the long awaited secret of her magical creature.  She answered a series of questions and I had to meditate on her responses for about a week.  

In my next few blog posts, I'll reveal the magical process we went through to discover her magical creature and the custom drawing I created of her magical creature.  You don't want to miss it.  Stay tuned!

Here's a Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Reminder: YOU GOT MAGIC!

When the weather is warm, it's sidewalk chalk drawing season!  Below is one I drew for everyone to remember that they have magic!  I sent this to my newsletter subscribers first before I showed it to anyone else.  Many of them told me how delighted they were to receive it in their email inboxes.  You too can get these magical reminders 1st when you sign up for my newsletter.  Join it now by clicking the link.

My magical sidewalk chalk drawing.

My magical sidewalk chalk drawing.

Would you like to see the top 5 magical & inspiring artworks?  Click here to see them.

Whatever Happened to That Sketchbook You were going to Paint upOn for the winner of your newsletter contest? (WIP)

Yeah, I know.....thanks for asking....I never did let you know what happened to that sketchbook.  I left you high and dry, didn't I?  Sorry.  Sorry.  Last time you saw it, there was nothing on the cover.  Well, take a look below.  It got better.  Here's how it went: 

I was going to paint a vicious wolf on it who was tearing apart a helpless bunny....But when I talked to the winner of my newsletter contest, I found out he was a much more docile fellow than those violent images.  I also discovered that he loves riding bikes, helping his community, and he lives where it rains all the time.  

Sketchbook Cover-Fox-Penny-Farthing-Melicious1900

I thought about it for a while and I finally came up with a fox who is riding on an old fashioned bike (a penny farthing) and who is helping his fellow animals stay dry in the rain.  I felt like the winner saw the positive side of everything in life so I added a happy statement in some hand-lettering on the bottom of the sketchbook.  It says, "Possible Together".  I thought this would inspire him to keep on keepin' on.  I hoped every time he picked up the sketchbook, it would fill him with happiness and uplifting energy.    

You can see the whole process below from the beginning sketches to the completed painting in my little video.  

When I gave it to him, he said he loved it and he'll always cherish it.  I was so happy to hear that.  That makes it all worth it.  

Switching It Up To Keep You On Your Toes (New FREE Printable Card Offer)

Every once in a while, I'll be offering different or new FREE items to you when you sign-up for my DEMON-BEATING NEWSLETTER.  You know...because I gotta keep you on your toes.....I gotta keep things fun and fresh around here.  This time I'm offering you a FREE printable blank card that's a little detail of my bigger painting, "CATCH YOURSELF"

 It's meant to be an inspiration and to add some whimsy to your life.....or to anyone you give it to.  You can print as many as you want since it's YOUR FREE PRINTABLE CARD, when you sign up for my AWESOMELY, FUN, & INSPIRATIONAL NEWSLETTER.  Don't miss out on this new printable card....I'll keep it up for at least a month (until May 8th, 2016).

My Art Reminds You to Beat Your Limiting Beliefs

Do  you know why I've been writing about letting go of limiting beliefs like in my posts:  

"You Should Never Feel You're Not Good Enough"

and

"Are 1 of These Beliefs Holding You Back?"?

Do you think it's because:

A) I've been there, doubting and holding myself back?

B) My art is about overcoming limiting beliefs by rediscovering your magic to get through the darkness and self-doubts? 

C) I'm a therapist by day and a painter by night?

D) Both A & B

Well, the answers is D.  Yeah, I've been in such deep, darkness, I've forgotten I have magic to get me through the doubt and pain. I almost gave up, but the way I got through those struggles was to create art.  The art that came out of me wasn't about denying where I was----in the dark, in pain, suffering, angry and alone---I embraced that darkness with dark fairytale art.  But I also recognized that it was temporary.  If I hung on, I would discover a way to get through it.  I would find the resources.  I would say yes to what I needed and no to what I didn't.  My art reminded me of my magic to get through the darkness.  

Detail of my  "Catch Yourself"  painting which is how I felt when I was struggling to figure out how to release limiting beliefs and discover my magic to get through the darkness.

Detail of my "Catch Yourself" painting which is how I felt when I was struggling to figure out how to release limiting beliefs and discover my magic to get through the darkness.

For example in my painting "Catch Yourself", being in pain and struggling felt like I was falling upside down without anything to catch me.  But if I remembered I had myself, I had knowledge and connections and MAGIC, I could catch myself on the way down.  It was like having a MAGIC book to help me.

Detail of my  "Vicious Cycle"  painting which is about being stuck and not being able to release the limiting beliefs in my subconscious.

Detail of my "Vicious Cycle" painting which is about being stuck and not being able to release the limiting beliefs in my subconscious.

I also knew if I didn't become conscious and release my limiting beliefs, I'd end up stuck and just creating more pain for myself like in my painting, "Vicious Cycle".  I'd think I was changing by leaving a relationship or bad situation, however, unless I let go of the subconscious limiting beliefs, I'd still find bad relationships and bad situations.  Those negative and invisible beliefs created a vicious cycle of my life.  I had to heal in order to progress.  

Detail of my painting,  "A House Divided"  is about uniting the dark and light halves to become whole and love myself.

Detail of my painting, "A House Divided" is about uniting the dark and light halves to become whole and love myself.

My painting, "A House Divided" is about trying to reunite the dark and light sides of myself to become whole and to love all of me.  When I reach total acceptance of myself, it's like having a love affair.  It's big, beautiful and magical.

This is the mission of my art to keep reminding you and me of our magic to get through those dark times.  They will never cease, but we'll get better at remembering and we'll get through them quicker and easier when we tap into our magic.  Join my newsletter to get reminders of these things and to invest in art that will remind you that you are good enough and you have magic.

The Sketchbook I'm Painting on That You Could Win

I went to my local Blicks Art Supplies Store and picked up his sketchbook. You know what I’m going to do with it?  Well, like the cover says, PAINT IT!  I’ll be giving this original painted sketchbook to one of you who signs up for my newsletter.  Click the link and fill out the form.  It’s that simple to be entered to win it.  My offer ends February 2, 2016.

Stay tuned for the work in progress.  Hmmmmm…now what should I paint on it?  Something that is darkly magical.  Something mysterious and innocent?  Something creepy yet cute?  The wheels are turning.  I’ll let you know. 

Sign Up & Stay Connected to Magic & Mystery

I'm so excited to start this new chapter in my artistic career.  My previous focus was on helping connect children to play through my retro paper puppets.  Now, I'm focusing on helping connect lovers of dark fairytales to magic, mystery, transformation and beauty through my delicious, retro art.  

When you sign up for my newsletter, you'll be able to stay connected.  

I will be posting a raffle prize that you could win when you sign up between now until February 2, 2016.  It will be an original painting on a sketchbook.  I'll post images of it soon.  So stay tuned.

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