Contemporary Art Show

Hello friends. I am excited to announce I will be showcasing my art at the upcoming Conception Contemporary Art Show in Phoenix. It is scheduled for Friday, February 10 at The Duce on Central from 5PM to 10 PM. Join us for great fun, art, food, music and more. Hope to see you there! Click link for tickets. Thank you for your support.

http://conceptionarts.com/artist/eKgVdXGqkZ

 

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The Art of Following your Heart

I am so glad I took a leap of faith and decided to go to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association conference a few months ago in Columbus, Ohio. I think it was one of the best decisions I have made in a very long time, besides picking up a paint brush of course. It was absolutely fantastic in so many ways.

At the conference I learned a ton about integrative veterinary medicine, made new friends, spent time with like minded people, and basically for the first time in my veterinary career, met my tribe.  It completely solidified the urges I have felt to pursue integrative veterinary medicine. As an added blessing, my son and I were able to spend some quality time in Ohio with family.

I am very excited to start training at The Chi Institute to gain certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Food Therapy. I also wish to continue to learn more about Aromatherapy for Animals and other healing modalities like Animal Reiki and  Healing Touch for Animals.

Love, love, love!!!

I am feeling very blessed. I hope you are too. What are some of your dreams and goals?   I would love to hear from you. Lets support each other together. The painting below is still a work in progress but it just seemed to fit this blog so I decided to post it anyway. How would you finish the text on the painting? Love is the key to your……………

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Love is the key to your……………

The Empathic Veterinarian

I am a good doctor. Those were the words I kept telling myself.  I drove the scenic road back home hoping to catch a glimmer of my spirit animal.  The beautiful drive from my home to the clinic went through the part of the mountains where one could catch a glimmer of one of earths finest blessings, the wild mustang. Horses could always heal my heart in less than a heartbeat.

I am a good doctor. I repeated this mantra with every attempt to wipe the tears from my eyes. I wanted to make sure I would be able distinguish between a boulder and the magnificent creature that God created from the wind. I am a good doctor, I am a good doctor, I am a good doctor, I told myself over and over. I don’t recall if I saw any wild mustangs that day but I do know that they were there, healing me, like they always do.

It was Christmas Eve, Eve, and I was driving home after euthanizing a pet I just diagnosed with an endocrine disorder. I was trying to console myself because if I wasn’t a good doctor the pet would have been treated empirically and gone home to spend another holiday with his human family.

Wait, that’s not right is it? If I wasn’t a good doctor the pet would have gone home and continued his suffering holiday or not. Adding Christmas to the mix pulls on your heart-strings. Especially when the owner tells you he lost his other pet right about the time of his birthday.

The decision regarding the fate of my patient, of course, wasn’t mine but if I wasn’t a good doctor the owner wouldn’t have had the diagnosis so fast and wouldn’t have had to make any quality of life decisions until after the holidays. But I am a good doctor.

Veterinarians are often times affected by the day in and day out of the profession. Some suffer in silence. Some don’t even know how much they are affected until its too late. I’m sharing this story because compassion fatigue is a very real issue in veterinary medicine today. I personally know two local veterinarians who ended their lives. Far too many colleagues are no longer living their life purpose of healing due to compassion fatigue.  Not very long ago I didn’t want anything to do with the profession. I have finally found my tribe and practice balance on a daily basis. I am so grateful for all the blessings in my life. Often times the healer needs healing.  For me, art heals.

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Her eyes…..

Her eyes were as bright as her soul

She hoped that someone special would know

She had so much love to give

Waiting for her heart to forgive

Her eyes were as bright as her soul

She wanted so much for her life to grow

She knew she wasn’t destined

To spend it alone as an old crow

Her eyes were as bright as her soul

Deep down she really did know

That the universe would give

The heart for which hers is meant to live

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Do Archangels drink coffee?

I’ve learned a lot about Angels since I began painting them a little over one year ago.   When I started my spiritual journey, I bought almost every Doreen Virtue book I could get my hands on. I’ve read about Guardian Angels, Archangels, Nature Angels, Romance Angels, Angels of Abundance and more. But coffee Angels?

I’m pretty sure Angels and Archangels don’t drink coffee, but if they did, chances are it would be today. Aside from being my favorite aunts birthday, September 29 is celebrated as The Feast Day of the Angels and Archangels, and oh yeah, National Coffee Day!

I’m not surprised my favorite aunts birthday falls on this day. For she has many angelic qualities that I hope to aspire to myself. I was surprised, however, to see the number of people on social media who knew it was coffee day and not angel day. Starbucks, on the other hand, would probably be happy to hear about the high number of people celebrating their magic little bean today.   Although, since its officially Autumn, they probably don’t need too much extra advertising seeing as how, I myself, have probably already surpassed the number of pumpkin spice lattes one should consume and its not even October yet.

I was recently reminded myself that today is Archangel Day. I say reminded because as someone who was raised Catholic I probably just forgot, right? All joking aside, September 29 is what has been known as Michealmas, or The Feast Day of St. Micheal, the Archangel. It was later changed into The Feast Day of all Angels and Archangels.

In honor of today I decided to hold my first Etsy sale. Now thru Sunday enjoy 10% off all purchases in my Etsy shop. At checkout please enter Coupon code:  Archangel.

And you thought I was going to go get another pumpkin spice latte!

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Art journal watercolor angel by drskippyart

 

 

Chocolate and Art Show

Hi everyone. I am so excited to announce that I will exhibiting in the upcoming Chocolate and Art Show this weekend. I will be showing three different mixed media pieces that are available for sale as well. Art, live music and chocolate! Hope to see you there.

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Mixed Media Workshop

Hi everyone!

I am excited to announce that my next mixed media workshop at The Fountain Hills Artist Gallery will be on Thursday, September 15 from 11 AM-4 PM.

Gratitude is a daily practice for me, so much so that I created a Gratitude Tree painting as a daily reminder of some of the things I am grateful for in my life.

Your Gratitude Tree will be made of acrylic paint on top of a beautiful mixed media background created by using various papers and colors. You will include your choice of words as your daily reminder of everything in your life you are grateful for.

Please join me in making your own Gratitude Tree to share with your family and friends.

Please contact the Fountain Hills Artist Gallery directly at 480-836-9919 to sign up. Cost is $65 with all supplies included. Light healthy snacks will also be provided.

See you there!