Why do you make art?

The answer to this question will help you to make better decisions.

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about why we create art – is it for business or for leisure? Determining the answer to that question can help you make better decisions about every aspect of art making.

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5 tips to cope with crisis fatigue

Psychology-backed tips to help you deal with long-term stress and uncertainty.

5 psychology-backed tips to help you cope with crisis fatigue

It feels like we’ve been in crisis mode since years.

  • At the end of 2019, protests broke out in India over CAA-NRC
  • In the first quarter of 2020, the world went into lockdown due to the pandemic
  • Then came the distress caused by the great migration of laborers, who fled the cities and made the long walk home.
  • Student activists were arrested. Farmer protest broke out.
  • Border skirmishes broke out at the India-China border.
  • As if this wasn’t enough, all hell broke lose with the second wave of the pandemic in India in the first quarter of 2021.

These are just some of the crises that have rocked India since the last couple of years. There have been many more protests and injustices on a global scale.

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June 2021: Tarot spread for the full moon in Capricorn

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the full moon in Capricorn.

Tarot spread for the June 2021 full moon in Capricorn

The June 2021 full moon falls in the sign of Capricorn. Symbolized by the mountain goat, which maintains perfect balance while it climbs over precarious rock ledges, the Capricorn archetype is one of disciplined and dogged determination towards the attainment of our worldly desires.

Spiritually, the Capricorn archetype teaches us about integrity and helps us to harness the ability to plan our work, and stick to it, no matter what. In these times of 24×7 consumption culture, it’s easy to be addicted with shiny object syndrome and forget about our goals and plans. Capricorn teaches us about the meaning of integrity: to align ourselves with our highest ideals and actualize our potential.

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On my art table: The Bridge

Because all we need is love

abstract landscape painting the bridge

I love painting intuitively. Often, I start by picking up a bunch of different kinds of paints – heavy bodied, inks, fluids – in a variety of colors. I always have a variety of mark making tools on my table, ranging from brushes and pencils, to catalyst blades, palette knives and my fingers; and a variety of mixed media supplies like colored pencils, oil pastels.

Just throwing everything together, following my impulse, and seeing what arises brings me immense joy. Like on this piece – finding those little hearts within the layers of paint, and then noticing so many more abstract heart shapes peeking out throughout this piece.

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June 2021: Tarot spread for the new moon in Gemini

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the June 2021 solar eclipse in Gemini.

Tarot spread for the June 2021 new moon in Gemini

The June 2021 new moon falls in the sign of Gemini. The Gemini archetype is very curious, an excellent communicator, and a disseminator of knowledge. It is the sign of the writer, of those who tend to think deeply, are highly perceptive, and prefer to learn from experience.

Spiritually, the Gemini archetype is about courageous conversation, be it with another person or with the Universe. Gemini adds its vibration to the advancement of culture and civilization through dialogue, be that via books or blogs or letters.

This month, we also have a solar eclipse, which will be visible in parts of Russia, Greenland and northern Canada. Northern Asia, Europe, and the US will see a partial eclipse. This gives the June 2021 new moon an extra oomph, helping us to break habitual patterns, bringing in an awakening, and offering us the chance for a cosmic reboot.

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May 2021: Tarot spread for the full moon in Sagittarius

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the May 2021 lunar eclipse in Sagittarius.

Tarot spread for the May 2021 full moon in Sagittarius

The May 2021 full moon falls in the sign of Sagittarius. The freedom loving Sagittarius archetype is in a constant search for inspiration, new avenues of exploration, and adventure. This is a sign that gets bored of the status quo easily, and needs the rush of a new quest to keep them on their toes.

Spiritually, the Sagittarius archetype teaches us to cultivate our own personal relationship with the divine. Contrary to what most religions and a lot of spiritual teachers say, you don’t need an intermediary between you and Source/God/the Universe. You have that connection available to you at all times. Learning to tune in and trust that connection is where a lot of us seem to stumble, though.

This month, we also have a lunar eclipse, which will be visible in Australia, parts of the western US, western South America, and South-East Asia. Lunar eclipses can bring a sudden change or shift, or give rise to an urgent need to transform our lives in a new direction. Lunar eclipses can also help us to release things that no longer serve us.

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Gentle creative invitations ❤

Some resources and invitations to soothe your tender heart

I thought I’d share this month’s issue of Gypsy Wanderings because these invitations feel like they need to be shared more widely, especially given the times we are in. I hope this also gives you a taste of the love letters I send out every month – intimate, personal, and filled with love and care. You can sign up for Gypsy Wanderings at the bottom of this post. xx


Hello loves,

It’s hard to believe that one year on, we are still held hostage by one small, constantly mutating virus. The chaos and destruction it has caused this time around in India – and on a global scale – is difficult to comprehend.

But where there has been death and despair, there has also been birth and love and hope. It can be very difficult to “be positive” in these times, ButAndAlso, we are simply not built to deal with this overwhelming tsunami of grief, guilt, fear, panic, and rage.

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5 top book recommendations for art journal newbies

An all-round selection of books that are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. Perfect for more seasoned art journalers too!

5 best books to help you start an art journal.

On this episode of the podcast, I’m sharing 5 of my top book recommendations for art journaling. These books are perfect for you if you’re new to art journaling. If you’ve been keeping an art journal for some time, you may still find something that interests you on this list! These books offer a variety of different approaches and techniques, and can help you avoid the pitfall of buying too many books that feel very similar in terms of content and scope.

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May 2021: Tarot spread for the new moon in Taurus

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the Taurus new moon.

Tarot spread for the May 2021 new moon in Taurus

The May 2021 new moon falls in the sign of Taurus. The Taurus archetype is grounded and steadfast, calm and composed, firm and also somewhat stubborn. This is a sign that is practical and earthy, and is associated with material pleasures, desires, luxuriousness, and abundance.

Spiritually, the Taurus archetype teaches the principle of belonging through presence…our presence as sacred human beings…honouring the body temple…honouring the flow of life. This can be difficult given the society we live in, which praises the hustle over reverence and treats time as money rather than a finite resource that should be used wisely in the pursuit of the things that give us meaning.

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Feeling overwhelmed? Try this expressive arts exercise

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, which was recorded soon after a deadly second wave of the pandemic hit India, I share a simple yet effective creative art practice. Drawing from art therapy and somatic healing techniques, this practice will help you to move any charged emotions out through your body.

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