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    Remembering a Christmas Long Ago I remember hanging stockings…


    Remembering a Christmas Long Ago

    I remember hanging stockings on the mantelpiece over the fireplace every Christmas Eve when I was a kid–six of my dad’s big wool hiking socks in a row. We all put something small in each other’s stockings, but Santa always surprised us with the orange in the toe, the Brazil nuts, the filled chocolates, and a special just-for-me gift.

    Stockings first before breakfast followed by the Unwrappathon. Sometimes Santa hid gifts like bikes and instead set us a series of clues that kept us treasure hunting from one end of the house to the other.

    I did this collage as a reflection from my increasingly more golden years back to a time both long long ago and as near in memory as yesterday.

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    I’m just a Lollipop of the Gods Daily Create was to…


    I’m just a Lollipop of the Gods

    Daily Create was to express the concept of being an “outsider” as in “outsider art” as in “art not officially recognized.” I looked this up. “Outsider art” is so cool that it is “a thing” and “officially” recognized, which means anybody can see it’s cool and “officially” put it in a gallery or show. Therefore, it’s really no longer “outside,” is it?

    Romeo “denies his stars,” but they get him in the end anyway. Odysseus is a plaything of the gods. The cleverest man in the world can’t get home without their help.

    In this image, I am taking a selfie, totally self absorbed as a god annihilates me with no more consequence than if I were a child’s sweet.

    This is not about belief or atheism. Neither matters. We are caught in the vast machinery of the earth and stars, and we are of consequence only to ourselves.

    Ah, the nihilists! Ah, the existentialists! What have they done for us lately?

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    Lights Through the Steam The Daily Create was great challenge…


    Lights Through the Steam
    The Daily Create was great challenge involving a glass plate, a bowl of candy and a golf tee, none of which I had on hand. So I invented my own version of photographing through water droplets.

    It involved taking a hot tub first in order to steam up the windows in the hot tub room (for art, of course!). Then some fun shooting through glass ceilings and windows💧💧💧

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    Today’s Daily Create #tdc1434 is to write Elfje . The Elfje are a Dutch poetry form. It means “Little Fairy.” The rules are: Line one is one word and is a color or feature that represents the atmosphere. Line two is two words that is ...
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    Remembering Childhood Art


    “Remembering Childhood Art” by Cheryl Renee Long recalls drawing around her hand when she was a child, and doing it again as an “elder.”

    Remembering Childhood Art  By Cheryl Renee Long Somewhere far back in my childhood, a visionary teacher asked me to draw around my own hand and color it. I remember feeling delight when I drew my hand and frustration with the blunt and wimpy crayons. Even then I longed for intense color and precise drawing tools. This morning at 3:20 am, my art naturally gravitated to black paper and gel pen.…

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    Heron Keeps the Secrets of Magical Writing


    “Heron Keeps the Secrets of Magical Writing” is a new article from

      Heron Keeps the Secrets of Magical Writing Yesterday was a day of dark storm clouds broken by sudden sun openings. Although I felt weak from a lingering flu, I picked up my camera for a short walk to see for myself what all the drama was about. From the bridge over the Willamette River, still golden cottonwoods lit up with sunlight while thick, black clouds roiled behind. The light quickly…

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    “The Tower shows a tall tower pitched atop a craggy…


    “The Tower shows a tall tower pitched atop a craggy mountain. Lightning strikes and flames burst from the building’s windows.

    People are seen to be leaping from the tower in desperation, wanting to flee such destruction and turmoil.

    The Tower signifies darkness and destruction on a physical scale, as opposed to a spiritual scale. The Tower itself represents ambitions built on false premises.

    The lightning bolt breaks down existing forms in order to make room for new ones. It represents a sudden, momentary glimpse of truth, a flash of inspiration that breaks down structures of ignorance and false reasoning.

    Notice the lightning bolt is oriented left to right (from the perspective of the card), from heaven to earth, and from Spirit to material.

    The falling figures correspond to the chained prisoners in the Devil card. They fall headfirst, because the sudden influx of spiritual consciousness represented by the lightning flash completely upsets all our old notions about the relations between subconsciousness and self-consciousness.”

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    Finding the Doorway to Mythtime


    Finding the Doorway to Mythtime

    “The Doorway Between This World and the Other World” Prismacolor on black art paper by Sandy Brown Jensen Finding the Way In Your Mysterious Night Vision Field Journal is not like any other art you’ve done or seen before. Because the soul is always dreaming, awake or asleep, the stream of images is always available to you. Just as the stars are still out in the daytime, Dreamtime is always with…

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    How to Do a Scribble Drawing

    by Getting started with your Mysterious Night Vision Journal couldn’t be easier. This short video will get you up and running in no time. Here is the drawing I did for the video in sequence: First: SCRIBBLE! Second: Let spontaneous play ensue! Use whichever colors appeal to you. Bring out faces or landscapes or whatever you “see” as you scribble. Keep on going! Give it a…

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    She Who Guides My Stars

    “She Who Guides My Stars” Night Vision Journal by Sandy Brown Jensen 11-28-15   SHE WHO GUIDES MY STARS By Sandy Brown Jensen I am home with a bad cold today. I am reading Sidewalk Oracle by my favorite dream guide, Robert Moss. I fell asleep for a while. Images floated through my mind, but nothing stuck except when I awoke, the name or word Gaia was with me, the name for Planet Earth. Still in…

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    Jitterbug Dancer

    “Jitterbug Dancer” Gel pen on black sketch book paper by Cheryl Renee Long   JITTERBUG DANCER By Cheryl Renee Long Before I could talk, even before I could walk, my young mother would scoop me up and dance with me in her arms. By 3 years old, I was her tiny dance partner. I knew all the big band sounds, the crooners and the words to the popular songs of the 1930s and 1940’s. I didn’t learn to…

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    (I’ll Row My Boat to China) When Pigs Can Fly

    (I’ll Row My Boat to China) When Pigs Can Fly By Sandy Brown Jensen There are lots of ways to find inspiration for a practice of daily creation. I turn every morning to my @DS106Daily Create Twitter site to see what crazy idea is next on offer. Today it was: When people are opposed to doing something it is common in some parts of the United States to say “when pigs fly” Draw a picture of a pig…

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    How to Get Started With Your Mysterious Night Vision Journal

    NOTE:  Cheryl Renee Long’s “Color Your World” Colored Pencil Sketching class begins Jan. 4, 2016 and is only $50. Click here to view the sales page and/or to enroll: NEW CLASS ANNOUNCED In late February 2016, Cheryl Renee Long and the hard working behind-the-scenes crew at Toucan Create! will introduce a brand new online class on how to loosen up your…

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    How to Start Your Mysterious Night Vision Journal


    How to Start Your Mysterious Night Vision Journal

    [learn_more caption=”Color Your World Colored Pencil Sketching Class starts Jan. 4″] [box] Cheryl’s “Color Your World” Colored Pencil Sketching class begins Jan. 4, 2016 and is only $50. Click here to view the sales page and/or to enroll:[/box][/learn_more] In late February 2016, Cheryl Renee Long and the hard working behind-the-scenes crew at Toucan…

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