A collection of featured images chosen by Curator, Shiloh Sophia
Little Hazel Grace with standing proud with her incredible artwork
painting by artist, Juniper Maneilis
Lineage Story - A Journey Home is a tribute to the women whose blood runs through my veins: my Mother, my Mothers Mother and my Fathers Mother…and all the women who came before them. Then there’s women who have greatly influenced me…my Teacher Shiloh Sophia, my Teacher’s teacher (Sue Hoya Sellers) and her teacher (Lenore Thomas Strauss). The Red thread of connection forever linking our stories together. All these women have influenced me and are a part of me and my Lineage Story! This painting was created while participating in an Intentional Creativity Course called A Journey Home taught by Grace Steenberg. I’m grateful as I was inspired to not only connect with my foremothers, and along with the painting, I also wrote a poem called “Where I come from”, and a tribute song to the Lineage of Intentional Creativity titled “Oh, Lenore. Here are the lyrics to the song:
Lineage Story- Oh, Lenore
Oh Lenore, she opened the door. Many have followed through
She carved the way. Tender Stone on display. And by teaching our beloved Sue!
Lenore was Sue Hoya’s teacher…and Oh, she taught her well
The Foremother’s of this lineage story… In our hearts these women dwell
Oh, dear Sue, we’re grateful to you. An artist’s artist, it’s true
Saying “we’re all just cooling sacks of stardust”. Lenore, Sue, Shiloh, Me and you
Sue was Shiloh’s teacher, And Oh, she taught her well
They’re a part of this lineage story. In our hearts these women dwell
Oh Shiloh, wherever you go, many will follow you…
Intentional… Creativity. The legacy of everything you do
Now Shiloh is our teacher…Oh, she taught us well
We’re all a part of this lineage story…In our hearts these women dwell
Oh, Lenore you opened the door. And Sue you followed through
Now Shiloh leads the way. With so much more to say
Our Beloved teachers… we all Love you!
paintings by Sigird van Krieken
Sue Hoya Sellars – opening creative wings so generations of women can fly…
Letter to Sue
Thank you for the wings… Giving them back to us….those who have forgotten we could fly….teaching to live life to our full creative potential….I miss you and will always keep you ahead of my path so I can follow in your liberating footsteps… I miss your sane gutsy caring voice and heart. That down to earthness, even though I met you just for a moment, you did transfer to me some of your vision, integrity, strength and practicality, in both art and life.
When I started on the Intentional Creativity path it was love at first sight, I grew to trust my own creative nature. There were shining orbs of possibility appearing in my paintings and the cosmos, the stars, the ethereal fabric of the universe asking to shine through, I felt as one… which had happened when I began my journey into meditation as well.
Standing outside on a clear crisp night, children safely tucked into their beds I gazed in awe at the night sky, there was a twinkling of bells and an echo, an impression of knowing deeply that I was a part of the stars and the stars were a part of me… it was for me a divine moment of realisation.
…and then I met Sue Hoya Sellars and got it. Her art, her voice, her life’s work had a lot of this knowledge in it – we are bags of stardust! Although Shiloh Sophia talks about the Red Thread Connection that represents those we know and are yet to meet and it is an integral part of our gathering. Here it was in the very essence of Sue’s legacy and gift…haha! here it was… when the student is ready – the teacher appears, and there I found myself for a moment in her radar.
I know there are earthly angels, in all sorts of guises from all walks of life, they do have wings – although you cannot see them with the naked eye… they are not saintly or flying down from heaven to earth and back again every evening but still they shine and glow, especially after eating chilli! they drink beer, they swear or not – whatever, they are irreverent, but also deeply focussed on their individual healing work in the world, they inspire us, the apprentice angels to value life, to stand up, to dare, to be present and do. To be there when life is tough, to create beauty and protect the vulnerable. To live authentically with respect.
Sue was Real with a big Heart and showed in her day to day life how to be accountable and enquire into the divinity that is life. She had grace in spades and the advice and straight talk over a beer and chilli is what set me on the path toward change. I was so absolutely fortunate to spend the time that I did… her guidance in painting and finer detail… I can’t say enough of how hungry and thirsty I was for any snippet she might cast my way! To date, I am still on the lookout for a pair of overalls that I can splatter with paint and want to learn to ride a motor-bike, to have a space, a retreat for women that need time to heal, to paint, to trust their own voice. I still want to paint more and more and more. This is how she influenced me with no strings attached.
Sue gave birth to a lot of artists, Sue and Shiloh, both, the co-conspirators… as I laughingly called them when I witnessed them sitting together and planning, I remarked on this to Carron Shiloh’s mum… she said yes… that is what they are and do!
I look for her in every painting that I embark on… I still have a small guiding sketch that she drew in my notebook… I will treasure it always, I must admit that I still have not quite finished the work I started In Healdsberg that Sunday … I keep thinking is this piece good enough? enough of a tribute? my testament to her life’s work? … but then, when I look at myself and the many women – the angels – who are now part of this visionary path, that are up and flying about all over the place, in the world with their paintbrushes and love. I think that she would say that We, will do.
Sue & Shiloh
Thank you always.
Intentional Creativity painting by artist, Ally Markotich
by Ally Markotich
Here I am. Surprised?
You didn’t expect Barbie, did you?
Here I stand,
A bold declaration of
your integrated self
I’m fully aware of
all the pieces
you’ve kept small,
tried to hide,
Listen, there is
No. More. Hiding.
Your pious self is quaint and lovely—
but hell, it sure isn’t all of you.
your salty, clever,
badass, rebel self.
And, I love it.
Why be some watered down
version of yourself
showing the sweet, good girl
while hiding your wit,
your fierce power,
your sensual self?
I’m so damn sick of sweet.
Too much sweet rots the interior.
You must rethink holy—
isn’t light even in the darkness?
Are you afraid? Why?
You have creative sparks.
You see my access —
IT IS REAL
my liquid ears
my breezy eyes
my earthy voice
my magic aura
my secret knowing
I am the portal
drawing you in
to the desire I hold,
the laughter I create,
the spark I emit.
I am the freedom
leading you to
sing a different song,
dance to your rhythm,
frolic with abandon.
I am the risky one
daring you to trust
my way to take you
deeper still into
the place of revelation.
I know you have questions.
Loads of questions. But, look.
You don’t need to understand
everything about the mystery of me.
You simply need to know
I am here.
I am for you.
I am the merger.
The invitation is at your door—
A party entirely for you
to step into your full sparkle power.
Shall I grab the glitter?
Ally is passionate about kindling the creative flame that lives within each of us. She’s an artist, poet and Intentional Creativity® teacher who is trained in Spiritual Formation (Columbia Theological). Ally is the creator of Soul Kindling (LLC), a sanctuary designed to awaken participants to their inner well of wisdom. She invites participants to a table of spiritual practice where they explore their sacred story, re-member their creativity and ignite fresh vision for their lives. An advocate for Red Thread circles, Ally leads regular gatherings that uplift belonging and individual voice as imperative elements of the whole. Her art is currently on exhibit at Harrington Center (Columbia Theological, Decatur, GA) and has also been part of the Moore County Fine Arts Festival (NC/August 2019) as well as Litmus Gallery (Raleigh, NC/October 2018). Ally lives with her husband, Chris, two sons and yellow lab among the pine trees of North Carolina where a stop for ice cream is always possible. You can find her art, workshops and musings at www.soulkindling.com.
A wound needs air in order to heal. We must talk about and expose those things which have hurt or harmed us in some way. Our wounds need nurturing to heal but we must first admit the wounds exist. We must carefully do what is necessary to help ourselves feel better and heal.
by artist, Jassy Watson
Then & Now, 2019, Ink, Acrylic & Oil on canvas, 120x150cm, framed in contemporary natural oak
'Then and Now', is inspired by the view to a place in the region I live, on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland Australia, referred to as 'The Hummock'. It is the only hill for miles and miles and it offers great views to this glorious place, from the inland fields of cane and mountains way off in the distance to the rocky reef coastline on the East.
This place is the ancient site of an extinct volcano that erupted approximately 3 million years ago and it also holds an important place in local indigenous history. The 'Taribelang' Aboriginal people were the first humans to inhabit this area and it is said to have been called 'burning mountain'. Only a few centuries ago the view would have been to thick bushland of rose mahogany and maleleuca, now the view is a patchwork of farms; cane, macadamia and small crops.
This painting shows a remnant of bushland arising from the bottom left, reflecting the past moving to an interpretation of the current view with housing and farming developments, the local church off in the distance, houses and television towers dot the hill itself, reflected against a golden dusk is a depiciton of then and now.
Jassy is a Contemporary Australian artist living on the glorious sub-tropical Queensland coast. You will find her working full-time from her garden studio and beachside gallery set among the sugar cane fields, red dirt and coral coastline of the Bundaberg region. While formally trained in the arts in her early years, it has been a life of experimenting and exploring coupled with a willingness to push boundaries and break the rules that has led Jassy to develop a unique way of working with image that feels genuine. She works primarily in acrylics and mixed media but has more recently returned to oils as her preferred medium. Her use of materials is bold and assertive, especially evident in her use of heavy black inky lines, and a palette as vibrant as nature itself. Jassy's paintings are largely inspired by scenes of the everyday that she records as part of her daily drawing practice. From the lounge to the ever-changing landscape of her region to tropical Bali and even her own backyard her larger than life paintings are captivating, at times sentimental, while contrastingly quirky in perspective. With an intentional, intuitive and confident approach Jassy's deep connection to land and place truly shines through in these unique interpretations of the world around her.
"Jassy's unique compositions broadens the typical view of a landscape. Her bold use of ink with strokes that appear fluid and intuitive with drips of paint add to the wonderfully organic mood of her work, reinforcing the artists's contemporary skillset." (Editor Art/Edit Magazine)
Her work hangs in private and public collections and has been selected and exhibited in numerous solo, group and award shows at leading galleries, with her most recent solo The Sacred and Mundane; Scenes of the Everyday exhibited by Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery. Further, her paintings have also featured in a number of international online and in-text publications including journals, blogs, university text books, published books and other texts, most recently appearing in the Summer edition of Australia's National Art/Edit magazine. While most of her work is done at the canvas, Jassy is also very passionate about sharing her artistic skill and wisdom with others. As a certified Intentional Creativity® teacher she has been teaching from her home studio and travelling the globe offering educational programs and retreats for the past 8 years.
Jassy has and continues to be involved in local and global arts initiatives having hosted and curated group exhibits as part of national Earth Arts programs, selected for local creative projects including government funded public art installations and more recently completing an Arts Mentorship with Queensland Regional Arts Services Network. Future projects include continuing to develop her painting series 'Land Line', participating as a seIected artist for the upcoming exhibition 'Here & Now II' with Bundaberg Regional Gallery, contributing to FOUND! Studio Dog Art Trail and continuing to work on educational programs with the global Intentional Creativity® arts foundation, Musea.
The Curandera image was created as part of the first Apothecary class that Shiloh offered in 2018. In addition to being a profoundly deep trauma healing process, turning tragedies into remedies, it allowed me to look at my relationship with the Divine Mother in a new way. My conversation with the Divine Mother happens mainly through her aspect of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and in the case of the Apothecary process, I realized that I turn to her in my times of greatest need to ask for healing, and I receive it. She comes with her medicine basket of remedies to soothe my soul, pulling the necessary magical potions from my own collection of distilled powers. The symbolic references are to my multidimensional life here in my home in Teotihuacan, Mexico, as well as to concepts about existence I've been working with for many years. The Divine Mother appears to me as Curandera, the Healer, She Who Heals, as if I am looking into the mirror and knowing myself to be an integral part of the miracle of Life. I hold the tools/remedies with which to navigate this miracle I see in the mirror. The Apothecary offers a powerful awakening and making this image offered me an extraordinary integration of that expanded awareness.
I approach my art making as an opportunity to embark on a journey, to open doorways and to walk along that fine line that separates the visible and invisible worlds, attempting to build bridges of connection between the two. This is a pilgrim’s path, at times treacherous, at times ecstatic, but I am always aware of the symbolic signposts along the way that direct us with specific intention toward the sacred. Something is sacred when it reminds us of our connection to the Divine, when it opens our hearts, when we remember a sense of union with Life. The path I walk with my art is intended to lead both me and my viewers toward a deeper communion with Divine Source.
Much of my work is inspired by my environment around my home in central Mexico near the 2000 year old pyramids of Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan was a city created by masters who reminded themselves of their innate connection to the Divine and all life by adorning everything with symbols of it, from the most mundane tiny bowl to the most massive temple walls. To this day, the world left over here on the fringes of one of the world’s most important archeological zones dances constantly along the borderlines of duality. It is a world of cheap cinderblock houses built within hollering distance of ancient majestic structures, with mangy stray dogs chasing past temples, with people poor, jealous, guarded, and conflicted walking in the shadows of their ancestors who were known masters at overcoming precisely those ever-historic human conditions. I look for meaning in symbols that are millennia old, trying to glean glimpses into lives past and into perspectives of reality that the modern world can’t even begin to understand.
The making of art is an act of navigation, maneuvering through the waves of life with a paint brush as an oar, observing the environment, the direction of the current, the rotating display of coded stars overhead, and the pull of an inner voice telling me which way to go. While painting is a fine balance between analysis and intuition, it always points toward a destination of visionary surprise, of revelation, of unexpected heart-thumping recognition of something much greater than my tiny human self. I believe that art makes living in the world more tolerable. Art illumines the unbearable beauty and the unbearable cruelty of the human experience. We wrestle daily with trying to connect to something big in spite of our smallness. While we live in a world of duality, I also believe that duality constantly seeks union within itself, and my artwork is an inquiry into and an expression of this ongoing quest. I look for connections in my work between heaven and earth, between ancient and new, between life, death, and rebirth. My palette often reflects my inquiry into duality as I place complimentary colors side by side to allow them to vibrate as the images reveal differences and commonalities in new ways.
Finally my artwork is about craving union, a core theme at the center of all humanity. We optimistically, idealistically, steadfastly and faithfully plough toward a sense of union even when all the physical evidence appears to suggest a reality that is otherwise. Art is the only way to wonder at the great beyond and bring enough of its mystery into our experience to fuel our dream of breaking down the sense of separation that seems to define every aspect of our everyday lives. Even if we are living in the midst of total chaos, conflict and tragedy, we humans dream of love and being loved. We dream of comfort and mercy. We dream of belonging. My intention with my work is to prod the dream along a bit, to tend this particular corner of the collective dream and offer up a vision that we can change our perspective by moving beyond mere belief and questing tirelessly into a pure experience of Life.
by artist, Marie Aguilera
I have been a student of Intentional Creativity since, I believe, 2012-2013 to the present time. I have sold some of my work to friends. However, I chose to remain invisible, because I did not believe my art was “good enough” or beautiful enough” to share with others. I was constantly enrolling in different art forums to better myself as an artist until early 2019. I felt a slow transformation, and it began with our two year journey with “Wisdom Table”. The moment I blessed and wrote my prayer of intention on my canvas, the lady in the green dress appeared, and I painted her face with my non-dominant hand (I am left handed). I stepped away from the canvas, and I cried, because she touched the most innermost part of my soul. I felt her wounded soul, trapped in darkness, feeling so unloved and unworthy. I saw myself as a young woman. I didn’t know who I was—I was neither Marie, daughter, sister, cousin, niece or friend. She was lost and wrapped in a cloak of invisibility and darkness.
The young woman in green was a wounded image on the canvas—a face and a mere dress. I sat and stared at the canvas and spoke to her. What is it you want to share with me? I immediately saw the nautilus shell and the embryo, and I understood her longing. Her passion for creativity, which was there as a child. However, she felt mute and didn’t know how to express her longings or the images in her head, and the embryo appeared as a symbol of rebirthing—so she is in a pregnant state—ready to be seen and heard. The butterfly appeared as symbol of transformation and it appears on her dress by her heart. I was guided to paint her dress green, because it represents nature, growth and fertility.
When I painted this young woman, I felt the presence of Mother Mary (in the center), and she appeared next. Mother Mary presented herself as a young woman embracing my inner child in a protective and loving manner. She was the mother this child yearned for. The child represents innocence and vulnerability. And, Mother Mary has remained present in my life. She has come to me while I paint and in my dreams. I was guided to paint the dress red, because, to me, the color red represents passion and courage. These were the attributes the young woman lacked. Her dress is embellished with a bee and the beehive and flowers—symbols of sweetness and love. There is a hummingbird by the child—they are always coming to me. I see them as symbols of love, swiftness, courage, wisdom and hope.
The swan, hare and rabbit came to me in dreams—they were bearers of gifts. I flew with the swan and it provided me the vision to see my life and its inner beauty. I chose to represent the hare and the rabbit playing in water (which is my subconscious mind).
My ancestors are also represented, and I wish to honor my Mexican heritage and all those who shed light on my journey: my mother and my aunts who saw the real me. I was very close to my Aunt Hope and she saw my wounded soul, and she tried to help me.
I have rejoined this community of supportive women by enrolling in “Psalms for Creation”. A few weeks before the Psalms for Creation videos came out, I had to change my password at work--I chose "rebirth"--so I am on my journey to continue my rebirthing--the burdens of the past are a memory and I am happy that I experienced the bitterness of life, because I can now enjoy the sweetness and beauty of the life that I am creating.
I wish to express my gratitude to Shiloh Sophia and the community of the Red Madonnas. When I joined this community I lacked the vision, courage to speak, write or paint. During my time here, I have learned to love myself, to believe in my abilities of expression in form and writing, and I am so blessed to be in the presence of many woman who have supported my journey with love and compassion.
However, the greatest gratitude I wish to express is to the Divine who has blessed me with the gift of vision and listening. I wish to endeavor to be the conduit for his/her messages to share with everyone.
Muchas gracias from an old woman (I am now 76 years young) who came from the barrios of East Los Angeles.
Aho! She is here now ”She who knows”. She comes with clarity, empowerment, grounded spirit, playful fox medicine, strong energy full spectrum of colors, no holding back, enjoying life..
I am an artist, a creative and sensitive being, I am an Intentional creativity teacher, a mother, a lover of authenticity, rainbow colors and being out in nature. I am a believer in the transformative power of creativity and in the magic that is found in the unseen within each and everyone of us.
I love vulnerable and brave people allowing themselves to be present to whatever meets them in life. This is something I see happen in the creative process over and over again and that is one of the reasons what I do is so important to me. I believe that creativity is a doorway for transformation, healing and empowerment, and that we are all creators, art is not only for the “talented”.
I paint with acrylic paints. Often I paint on BIG canvases, with strong colors, women, elemental beings and dreamy landscapes.
“When we bring our love to something, we are changed, the item that we are working with is changed, and whoever interact with this is changed” - Shiloh Sophia
One of my best art reviews was from my first solo exhibition in Stockholm, the gallerist called me and told me about this woman who came in to the gallery and got stuck in front of one of my paintings; she cried for 30 minutes, her tears just released and she didn't know why. It wasn't sad tears, she was just so touched by that painting. The gallerist had never experienced something like this and he was also very touched.
Art making for me is a place where I am able to BE, allow, feel, relax, dive deep, transform, and this is also what I am bringing to people in my work, in my paintings, and as a guide in the creative process.
When I am not making art, I love to be out in nature and here I get a lot of inspiration. I also love to dance ecstatic dance and meet friends beneath the surface. I don't like chitchat, I love the REALness, of meeting, for example in a sharing circle.
by artist, Carmen Baraka
Our lady of Guadalupe, painted near the pyramids of Teotihuacan Mexico. She came through in a sacred manner - her roots run deep in the land where she is most honored and revered...Aho!
by artist, Moana Whatu
One of my favourites is my wise woman muse who came forward to bring me medicine and to remind me of who I am. The songs of the whale, the pohutakawa flowers and the peacock feathers all symbols of her medicine. The purification of the fire came to me in the form of winnowing - it was time she said to leave the limiting beliefs behind and embrace being an Artist, you belong here!