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!

 

 

 

 

The Banc of Humanity

I love this painting. It looks like this beautiful angel is surrounded by her own loving thoughts. We all have thousands of thoughts or more daily and our thoughts are so powerful.  With the right intentions, collectively we can raise the consciousness of this planet with our own positive thinking.  Learning to focus on the good, what we are grateful for and what we want is so important. Its something I work on daily. You?  #bancofhumanity #drskippyart

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All is Well with My Soul

Hello friends. I hope your summer has been magical. This summer has been full of many blessings for us here. I am however happy that school started last week. Balancing life while working as a healer and teacher, an artist, and raising my son can be challenging at times.

For the most part we have had a quiet summer. We did venture to San Francisco for an unexpected trip with family that was absolutely fantastic in so many ways and a very unexpected blessing. What a fantastic city by the way. Absolutely fell in love with it. Especially the Botanical Garden and Golden Gate Park in general. Not to mention the Italian section called North Beach of course!

I’ve been working on my first art commission and its going quite well. Just putting on the finishing touches.  I will post some pics when it is complete.  I get such a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart when people are moved by my art. What an honor to have a commission. I feel truly blessed.

I’ve also started conducting mixed media art workshops at the coop gallery that I recently joined by jury, called Fountain Hills Artist Gallery.  My goal is to be able to have workshops on a monthly basis. The first one was a success, can’t wait for the next. For up to date details please visit the gallery link above.

As you can see, all is well with my soul. I hope all is well with yours as well. Namaste.

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Be Free

May you free yourself of any limiting beliefs and self imposed blocks this Independence Day and manifest your biggest dreams.

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Only Love is Real

With a leap of faith she dives into her deepest hearts desires

Her faith may falter but it never tires

With an open heart she creates her life with zest and zeal

Finally realizing that only love is real

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Original art by drskippyart. Print available in my shop.

Let Your Spirit Guide You

I love the meaning behind this mantra. It holds a special place in my heart because that is exactly what I have been doing this past year. While I don’t want to belittle the fact that I do believe my spirit has been guiding me my entire life, this past year, however, I have been better able to listen and follow along with the least amount of detours.

I especially love how this mantra can be interpreted in more than one way. For example, it could be read “let your SPIRIT guide you” or ” let your SPIRIT GUIDE you”. Whether its your inner spirit/higher self, one of your actual spirit guides, or hopefully both, I believe we will find our true purpose when we let go, listen to our intuition, and truly follow our heart. We must do what makes our heart sing and if we let our spirit guide us then we will naturally follow along the path meant for us.

This is how I have decided to live the rest of my life. Listening to and following my heart. Only partaking in activities, relationships, work, etc that make my heart sing with joy. Love, joy, abundance and more are our birthrights. When we listen to the song of our soul, played via the heart strings, guided by our spirit, then we naturally follow along the road of our true life purpose.

Its been a little over a year since I started making art and living a creative life. Art has not only healed many parts of myself and my life but it has healed my career as a healer! I have found joy once again in being a veterinarian and have embraced my purpose as a healer, an artist and a writer. I am so grateful that I have been able to quiet the noise and listen so that I am truly guided by spirit in all ways.

I am so honored to announce that this print has been selected by Society6 to be highlighted in their online shop. I am even more excited to announce that the original is for sale at the Fountain Hills Artist Gallery where I am one of the new local artists. It feels so good to say that. I would also like to thank Ivy Newport for the inspiration behind this piece via her wonderful Spirit Horse Mixed Media Workshop. I highly recommend her online art classes. She is a joy to learn from and a brave beautiful soul.

I would love to hear from you. Let me know where your spirit is guiding you. Namaste.

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Flow

You know that feeling of being one with the universe? When you are in sync,  flowing and experiencing synchronicity after synchronicity. When people you thought you would never see again just pop up out of nowhere and they happen to have exactly what you need at the time. When you meet someone new who is unmistakably a part of your soul tribe. When its blatantly obvious this new person has come into your life at the right time for a very specific reason to help you along your journey. That’s where I am right now and it feels so good.

I want to share a very special painting with you. The prayer on this painting was given to me by Judith, the beautiful soul at A Peace of The Universe. Not only do I love the message and intention but I love that it fits absolutely perfect on this canvas. I made this canvas a few months ago and it has been hanging on my wall waiting to be finished. I knew in my heart that it was going to have a very special message. I just wasn’t sure what the message was.

Last weekend was the spiritual fair at A Peace of the Universe. Judith, the owner of this wonderful metaphysical store, is an open channel. While I was there, I asked her if Spirit had a message for me. At the end of our conversation she gave me this shortened version of a beautiful prayer she had me recite aloud and instructed me to say this prayer daily in the morning. The minute I got home and pulled out the scrap paper with the prayer I knew this prayer is what my canvas what waiting for. I immediately began working on the canvas and finished the painting the same night.

I kept the canvas in my sacred space for a few days reciting  the prayer every time I saw it. The other day as I was getting ready to leave for work I felt compelled to bring it with me. All day I knew I wanted to stop by the metaphysical store but I really didn’t have specific reasoning as to why. I thought maybe it was to show Judith the painting.

When I entered the store this overwhelming feeling of love encompassed every fiber of my being to the point of bringing tears to my eyes. I  was drawn to the large Celestite geode which is one of my favorite crystals. Its a New Age crystal known for its ability to communicate with the higher realms ie angels. I knew then that I was meant to gift Judith with the special painting so that everyone who visited the store could also share in the beauty of the prayer.

If you love this prayer too you may visit the original piece at A Peace of the Universe and also enjoy a loved filled hug from Judith!  Or visit my online shops for your very own 🙂

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Namaste.

Spirit

Mimi

Today is my moms birthday. She passed away seven years ago. Making this painting helped me heal from the grief that I have been carrying around with me. So far today it has been an overcast, breezy, rainy day. Her favorite kind of day! Miss and love you mom. Ti amo.

Healed

Believe in Love always

Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder

Keep rosemary by your garden gate

Add pepper to your mashed potatoes

Plant roses and lavender for luck

Fall in love whenever you can

~Practical Magic

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Twin Flames

 

Twin flames. Just the thought makes my heart flutter. I love reading about twin flame relationships. Twin flames are different from soul mates. A twin flame is the other half of a soul although each individual in the pair is complete. The ultimate goal is to be reunited with your twin flame and ascend together. Soul mates, on the other hand, are thought to be numerous and can range from friends to lovers. It is said that we each have many soul mates but only one twin flame.

 

A Peace of the Universe

Hello friends. I am excited to share that I will be participating in the Spiritual Fair at A Peace of the Universe this month in North Scottsdale. The fair will be held on Saturday April 16 from 11 AM to 4 PM. I attached a flyer below with the location info. I will have original art and prints for sale. Stop by and say hello!

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“Soul Journey” artwork available in my shop

The Healing Power of Nature

I don’t know about you guys but I feel the outdoors calling my name. In fact, I feel the silent pull of the sea calling me. That thought makes me reminisce about my days in Los Angeles during vet school. My vet school was in Pomona, CA and  I could easily get in the car and be at the beach in forty minutes.

My favorite spot and secret hideaway was Balboa Island. I used to take my dog Maya with me. She loved riding the ferry from Balboa Island to Newport Beach. She had her little group of buddies that she liked to say hello to. There was the bulldog who was always chilling with his owner at the Starbucks on the main drag of Balboa and the German Shepherd who lived in a house near the boardwalk at Newport, to name a few. The two of us used to spend hours just walking and people watching. Sometimes we would go to the dog beach at Huntington or the nice dog park nearby as well. One day at the Huntington park we stumbled upon a group of Golden Retrievers having a birthday party.

Sometimes I think about taking Maya back to the beach one last time as she is now geriatric. I’m not really sure of her age as she was a rescue. She was brought into the clinic I was working at prior to vet school by a good Samaritan after being hit by a car.  Shes been my one-eyed,wonder mutt, beach dog ever since. Except now shes my retired beach dog!

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Maya and Sam

 

“Spirit Guides” artwork available at my society6.com store.

 

 

Guardian Angels

It’s been an emotional week.

As I was driving to teach my class, another driver made a left hand turn directly into my car and I spun about 3 to 4 times before stopping in the dirt median. All I kept thinking was please let me stop in the middle and not go into oncoming traffic. It was almost as if someone gently picked up my car and placed it in that median. My door was jammed and I had to crawl over to the passenger side to get out.I was sore in my shoulder area and emotionally shaken up but that was it. I am so blessed! I know my guardian angels were watching over me, especially Archangel Michael. I even found a feather and a penny in the dirt near my car. Both a sign that angels are nearby.

Angels have become a big part of my life in recent years. I started seeing “angel numbers” a few years ago while working at a hospital that wasn’t right for me. It started by my noticing that whenever I looked at the time it was always a sequence of numbers such as 11:11 or 1:11, etc. I began to look up the meaning of the numbers and the concept of angel numbers and messages resonated with me.  I’ve been fascinated with numerology and angels in general since.  In fact, when I sat down to edit this blog post I noticed that it had 444 words. That’s one of my favorite angel numbers!

My favorite books on the subject of angels and angel numbers are written by Doreen Virtue. I’ve pretty much bought out the New Age section in the local bookstore since starting my spiritual journey.  Doreen Virtue continues to be one of my favorite authors. Her teachings and writings resonate with me on a soul level. Aside from her wonderful books, she also has beautiful tarot card decks and apps for smart phones.  Her angel number app is one of my favorites. I love to check the meaning of the number sequences that I see on a regular basis.

I truly believe that the universe sends us messages in many forms and always has our backs. When we are in tune with our higher self and guides I think we can decipher these messages with many of our natural intuitive abilities. We just have to be open to them. I am so grateful for my guardian angels constant love and protection. I do not know why I was recently in a car accident but I do know that there are only blessings to be sought and lessons of gratitude to be focused upon. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Angel artwork “Joy” available in my shop on Society6.com  

 

The Angel Store

Hello friends. A lot has happened since my last post. It is with a grateful heart that I am able to tell you that my art is now available for purchase in a local shop! For all you local Arizona friends please stop by and visit The Angel Store in Old Town Scottsdale. Its located in the Kiva Center at 7121 E. 5th St Scottsdale AZ 85251.   I am so excited and feel so blessed. You can find Drskippyart original mixed media work and prints. Thank you so much for your support.

Spirit Animal

She galloped on the wings of destiny…….

Hello friends, sharing a work in progress from my Shades of White online painting class by Ivy Newport. I am just loving everything about this class. I am learning new techniques such as encaustic painting and much more. I highly recommend it.

The horse in this piece emerged on its own so I followed my intuition and painted with the flow of the spirit guide. I cant wait to see how it progresses. This piece is called Horses on the Horizon. There are meant to be multiple horses along the horizon line. I love how this winged horse is the spirit guide of the horses that will be below.

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend. Thank you MLK for your contributions to humanity.

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horse spirit two

 

Spirit Traveler

Hello friends. I hope you are all settling into to the beginning of a marvelous new year. This is going to be a wonderful year with many of my intentions already manifesting. I am almost bursting at the seams with joy with all the amazing things I will be able to share with you very, very soon. For today I wanted to share with you my first angel of the new year. This is my first sketch and my first watercolor and I just love her. I hope you do too. There is a promo code for 15% off and free shipping today only on society6.com . Enter promo code GETHOMEY at checkout. Remember, thoughts are powerful, plant seeds of intention, water them with gratitude and watch your dreams manifest into your own flower garden of magical bliss.

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Grateful

It was a beautiful weekend as I displayed my art to the public for the first time. We had a marvelous experience participating in the annual spiritual fair at A Peace of the Universe this weekend in North Scottsdale. It was a blessing to meet so many wonderful, beautiful souls. I am very grateful for the opportunity and thrilled that my art was well received. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This weekend was also my sons ninth birthday. We had even more to celebrate as he scored the only goal in his soccer game on Saturday.

Here is a photo of one of my new pieces. The veterinarian finally decided to paint an animal! Print and other products available in my shop at society6.

Have a blessed week.

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Angel of Hope

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops at all” ~Emily Dickenson.

I will never forget the night I went to visit my mom in the hospital while she had cancer. A stranger came up to me in the hallway and handed me a beautiful journal that said Hope. She said she wanted me to have it. Not knowing at the time that this journal would get me through many long nights of grief after the loss of my mother.

Hope was one of my moms favorite words and it became her motto late in life. She liked to use the word to inspire friends, family and coworkers. It was only natural that when I made her funeral remembrance pamphlet for family and friends that I put the word Hope on the front cover.

One night I was looking through the journal and found the Emily Dickenson poem above. It reminded me of my mom and I put it in her remembrance pamphlet as well. I thanked the kind stranger again in my heart. I never saw this person again but I still treasure the journal and the sentiment. Perhaps she was a guardian angel who knew I would need this comfort after such a great loss.

I think everyone has an angel of Hope. A guardian angel that never lets us give up whether it be our dreams, our faith or our will to keep going no matter what is happening in our lives.

I started to make this angel and noticed it resembled my mother. I wasn’t trying to purposely paint my mother and honestly not sure I could paint a portrait as this is only the second face I’ve ever painted. Oddly enough it kept reminding me of my mom. Only it was “chemo” mom. Before this angel had hair it looked like my mom after she shaved her head because the chemotherapy was making her hair fall out. I don’t think it looks like her as much as I wasn’t able to duplicate her hair style but I decided to make her the angel of hope in my moms honor.

I am finally coming to terms with the loss of my mother. After she died I felt like my life ended as well. I suppose that would be normal for most daughters especially if their mother was one of their best friends but I don’t think it should still be the case six years later. For many years after my mom died I really did feel like my life was over.

I have always been very sensitive to other peoples energy and emotions. Being in loud, busy environments is becoming more and more challenging. Its even difficult to watch the news with the overload of negative stories and headlines. Its not uncommon for me to come home from a simple trip to the grocery store totally exhausted to the point where I have to lie down. I can even pick up other peoples energy via phone conversations that again require rest on my part to recover. Its also not uncommon for me to be approached by total strangers who poor their heart out to me in intimate detail. These conversations depending on their tone may leave me drained and tense. As a veterinarian, its also becoming ever more difficult to work in extremely busy clinics or hospitals where I have to go from patient to patient every 20 minutes or so with no time to recover in between. I am even becoming more sensitive to the animals but that’s another blog!

I have finally realized this past year that I am a highly sensitive/empathic person. I truly believe that while living in my moms house, I have picked up on her residual feelings of despair knowing that her life was over. I have been feeling like my life was over not because that is truly how I feel but because I was confusing my mothers emotions for my own. Its a relief to finally realize this so now I can cleanse the house and myself of this energy. Its also very sad to know just how my mom felt.

I am now learning how to protect my sensitive soul and energy. I know my mom is lovingly watching over me and is no longer suffering. As am I.

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La luna bella

Her soul had a long standing relationship with the moon.

The moon lovingly smiled and laughed as she finally embraced her authentic self. It had been shining its brilliant light upon her soul night after night. Hoping she would let go of all that no longer served her and remember the wisdom she carried deep within.

“Nice to see you lightworker, I was wondering when you were going to show up. Its time to shine your light upon the world”, said the moon.

After this night, she never looked back, finally embracing her beauty, power and wisdom. “I remember my magic!” ,she exclaimed. “Good” said the moon. “You are a powerful lightworker my dear. Its time to start living your life purpose. Get to work lightworker!” And so she did…………..

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Sweet Soul….Angel of Whispers

What an exciting day my friends. After taking my leap of faith, today I received my official drskippyart business cards. I also confirmed my first art event! I will have a booth next month at a local event in North Scottsdale. I  will be displaying my art which will also be available for purchase. I am feeling very blessed and excited.

Below is the progress I have been making on my first angel. She’s not quite done but I just love the way she is emerging.

Be gentle with your hearts, sweet souls………..

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Angel of Whispers….

Hello my friends.

I wanted to share with you my first face! This is my “Angel of Whispers”. She is a work in progress from lesson 1 in my Sprit Wings art class. I love using the Sennelier oil pastels that were used to paint her face. They are so soft and velvety. Just like butter! I cant wait for lesson two to see how she progresses.

Would love to hear how everyone else likes using oil pastels. I tried using them again to make a butterfly on a mixed media canvas but they didn’t work as well for me as the face. I only have a few colors though. I cant wait to get a complete set in the wood case!

My “Angel of Whispers” is a gentle soul with a lot of wisdom behind those kind eyes. She has been nudging me to take steps towards a fulfilling career and life that makes my heart sing. If you were to paint an angel what kind of angel would you make and why? Please comment below. Would love to hear from you.

Angel of Courage

Angel of Whispers