Soul Art 2019

Soul Art 2019. 12 x 16, Acrylics on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Soul Art 2019. 12 x 16, Acrylics on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Soul Art Day ( June 5th) with Laura Hollick is a day of creativity and connection. The insights from taking part in the process usually last long after the art has been created. This is from Laura:

Soul Art is a unique creative practice that uses art and creative expression to commune with spirit to awaken deep healing, soul-empowered insights, transformations, and high-vibe visions for your life and career. This is our annual event where thousands of people gather online from around the world to create art together for the day. as you’re journeying through your Soul Art process, know that you are held in the collective vortex of our Global Creative Soul Art Family. There is something deeply profound that happens when we collectively connect in this way. Even though we are each on our own journeys, our collective intention to create art on this day amplifies everyone’s creative power.

Creativity, Connection, Curiosity, Kindness, Respect, Joy.

Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

The day starts with a video from Laura. Guiding you through the Soul Art worksheets. This is your journey, where you find your intention and action. There are five steps in this process. Intention, Bodymapping, Creative Expression, Insight, and Spirit action.

To warm up, I made marks on a 4 x 6 piece of paper. I used new paint markers. I am not familiar with them, so it was one small step out of my comfort zone. I planned on doing more of these, but I quickly felt limited by the small size.

Warming up with paint markers.
Warming up with paint markers.

I mindlessly filled the paper with marks. When there was no more white to fill, I rotated the paper several times. Is it just me, or does that look like a fish?

Warm up, SMDelgado
Making marks.
Making marks.

A fish can symbolize fertility, feelings, creativity, rebirth, good luck, transformation, health, abundance, serenity, intelligence, happiness, strength, and endurance. Connecting us with the water element, it represents the deeper awareness of the unconsciousness or higher self. How serendipitous.

Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe.
– Elias Freeman

I laid out my palette on a butcher tray. Along with what you see, I included white, two blues and green. But this turned into an analogous theme. For my first layer, I took a comb with paint and just made a mess on the clean white sheet. Gone with the “paper is precious”.

Body mapping is often done with the artist, laying down, and having a friend outline their body. For my map, I used a watercolor pencil. I drew my lungs, esophagus, and stomach. The parts that need healing. These layers are under what is seen.

Throughout the day, Laura and her guest artists broadcast their progress in the studio. Watching them work, and listening to the meditative music, lulled me into a relaxed state. Standing, I painted until the sheet was filled.

My only goal for the day was to participate. To put a brush in my hands. I didn’t really think about what I was going to paint. When we post our piece in the Soul Art Gallery, Laura asks us several questions. My reply regarding insight was this:

“It has happened before. I am not sure the insight has revealed itself to me just yet. I have the painting propped up in full view. I’ll see what it reveals. I feel more myself, more whole, having spent the day creating. This piece is about flow. Free flowing, exchange. Breath. Breathing. Taking nourishment in. Energetic movement (while painting). Release. Repair. Prayer. Connection. Healing. Freedom. Independence.”

Inhale the future, exhale the past.
– Author Unknown

Here’s a look at previous Soul Art pieces.

Soul Art SMDelgado

Awesome News!

My surgery is set for July 11th. 8 am. I have one more appointment with the surgeon and a class before then. This first surgery is to repair my esophagus. The procedure is basically the surgery that people have to lose weight. Bariatric. The class is on what to eat and what not to eat prior to surgery. I will have a second class after surgery as well.

I really like the surgeon. She explained everything very well. The image below shows a dilated and narrowing esophagus. In addition to that, my stomach stays open. The little flap doesn’t close normally. Because of this, I have GERD. And that is what has damaged my lungs. My surgery is more about removing the damaged part of the esophagus. The stomach will be brought up and reattached to it.

Damaged Esophagus

Next month is going to be a very good month indeed!

26 thoughts on “Soul Art 2019

  1. Eric

    Sheila, We are so Thankful to God and All the doctors and nurses that are treating you! So happy that all went well, and you are on your way to breathing easier and feeling better!
    We are all Blessed!
    We Love You!
    Your Family!! 8^)

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Very thankful for all of your support brother 🙏😊 and Mom, Pete Dad, and Iza. I am blessed. 😊🙏

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  2. Katie Jeanne Wood

    Oh, wow..surgery??! I’ve been wondering why you haven’t been posting. I didn’t know you weren’t feeling well. I’m sending you lots of good healthy vibes, Sheila, especially on July 11th.

    Your soul art painting is awesome!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thanks Katie, I am grateful for the good the good thoughts 🙂 So glad you like that piece 🙂

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Aww thanks Dianne 🙂 I was just thinking about you, and taking time away from our cubicles. LOL 🙂 Grateful for your prayers, keeping you and Dana in mine 🙂

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thank you Chandra, I appreciate your prayers 🙂 Hugs right back to you, hope you’re feeling rested and relaxed 🙂

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thank you Val. It is sort of impressive. Just like the 30-day challenge. The gathering of so many like-minded individuals! Laura has built a whole career out of it, and helped others to as well. Have to admire that 😉
      Thank you for the good wishes Val – I really appreciate them 🙂

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Aww, thanks Lana. So nice to hear. I do enjoy it. I am glad you do too. I will keep with it. No worries there. I just needed time to rest and gear up for surgery. And more rest! hahaha.
      Thank you for your prayers Lana. The power of prayer is STRONG 😉

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  3. carol edan

    Those markers look and act marvelously! Do continue! The puce almost looks like intricate embroidery! Will look out for those markers here! BRACHOT!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Did you see the video? There are a few on Youtube showing more about them. I was thinking they would be fun to add marks with on top of a painted piece. That is interesting… looking at it again. Embroidery. 🙂 Yes 😉
      BRACHOT my friend 😉

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  4. dotty seiter

    Sheila, I’m SOUL delighted on your behalf that you participated in SOUL ART DAY—my hat is off to you! Your 12 x 16″ piece conveys simplicity, directness, flow, freedom of movement. When my eyes take it in I feel as though I’m stepping into the river of life.

    HOORAY for your AWESOME NEWS re a surgery date. All best wishes for the best possible outcome!

    Thank you for the reminders from Thich Nhat Hanh and Elias Freeman—my prayers for today.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Haha, love that Dotty, Soul delighted 🙂 River of life, I will think of that while I am waiting to go under. 😉 I so appreciate your good wishes Dotty. Thank you 🙂 Those thoughts spoke to me, I read through so many that night. I am very glad they speak to you as well.

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  5. Sea Dean

    Totally love your soul art. I told you I was into pink lately! So happy you are going in for a re-fit. The wonders of modern medicine. I will be sending good vibes.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Mauve, rust, wine, flesh tone. I enjoyed watching the colors mix on the paper 😉 I wanted a soft light in it, not a harsh white.
      I like that Sea, a re-fit. Exactly 😉 I appreciate the good vibes Sea – Thank you!

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