Game for a 30 Day Art Jornal Challenge?


The 30 Day Journal Project – Lisa SonoraLisa Sonora

Last winter when I was in Oaxaca I had the good fortune to meet this talented mixed media artist who creatively mixes and matches old maps, stencils, sundry ephemera and acrylic paint in her funky and stylistically unique work. 

She offers a 30 Day Art Journal Challenge with daily prompts delivered right to your inbox to kickstart perhaps some latent/ dormant or hibernating creativity in the new year. You can use whatever you’ve got journal wise or art supply wise, btw. It’s really ALL about process!

Happy sketching, painting, cutting, pasting and hot glue gunning! Why be controlled and boring. Have ephemera and pockets sticking out in all directions and go through some of the weekly giveaways if you’ve attended any of the last Artist Way groups in Nanaimo, Ajijic or San Miquel de Allende. 

No Journal? White or black gesso some ordinary playing cards, punch them in the corner and put them on a binder ring.How easy is that?
There’s no time at all like the present while 2017 lies before us like a fresh white fluffy snowfall! Yeah, we know it’s gonna melt revealing litter and dogs are gonna urinate on it but right now, this very hour/ minute/ second it’s a totally blank slate for you to make your mark; any mark at all!

Get ARTing !


Soul Collage on Both Sides of the Border


A SoulCollage® Community Update – November 2012

One thing I’ve dabbled in for quite a few years now is Soul Collage. A good friend and I took a brilliant and inspiring all day soul collage class and since then I’ve done shorter workshops in Vancouver and at the LifePath Centre in Centro San Miquel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. 

I’ve also informally held Soul Collage experiential playshops in Penticton and Nanaimo, British Columbia and in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico as part of an ongoing Artist Way group. 

Always fun; always interesting and always insightful!

I’ve been toying with the idea of taking the facillitator training course that is offered in various places all over the world for some time. Soul Collage very nicely dovetails with both The Artist Way and the Jack Canfield Train the Trainer online classes I won a scholarship for a year ago. I was recently in Kamloops, British Columbia at an all day live seminar with Canfield where I pledged to complete my TTT by 
Canfield instructs us to be very precise with our intentions and since it is the first of the month as I head towards the end of 2016 it is a good time to take stock of what did or didn’t unfold this year. 

I’ll be doing this retrospective reflection in a different locale this year. I’ll be in a city I’ve never been before; the beautiful city of Cuernavaca, about an hour out of Mexico City.

Words of wisdom from an ancient sage. Says it all, don’t you think?

Time For Some Blogging Challenges? You Bet!


The ultimate guide to blogging challenges

Great list that I’ll be exploring one at a time and annotating. Since the list is three years old it likely needs some updating. 

Blog Challenge #1

Go through list separating wheat from chaff, so to speak.

Interesting expression!


Time For an Artist Way Reboot!


Well, as we know, life is what happens while making other plans and viva for other plans because these ‘ accidental’ delays, detours and yes total pull overs in the breakdown lane have led to the good, the bad and the ugly…but never ever,  ever the boring!

Last winter, I was in the beautiful city of Oaxaca where I taught Intermediate English and Conversational for Oklahoma English in Centro. This was a very rewarding experience and because it was all encompassing this blog went on an inadvertent hiatus.

Well, let me announe that I’m baaaaack and have recommitted to getting back to the joys of being involvedette in the blog o sphere!

With not one but three blogs!

Okay, now that I’ve declared my intention; always a good first step I need to FOCUS on following through!

What’s the NEXT right step as Julia Cameron likes to say?

Stay tuned, as they say in television land!




Creativity is rejected: Teachers and bosses don’t value out-of-the-box thinking.


Sadly, this can be the case while still working full time. I know it was when I was teaching in the most conservative school district in Penticton.

Fortunately, when retired, you still have a chance to unclip your wings, spread them right out and fly to new horizons!

Join us in August for another Magical Mystery Carpet Ride that is the Artist Way! Julia Cameron is releasing a brand new book called

It’s Never To Late! Explorations in Midlife and Beyond.

Twelve weeks. Twelve themes. Unimagined benefits in ALL directions in your life!

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in Nanaimo. Place TBA. 175. plus a 20 material fee. We will be doing some intuitive painting this session with  acrylic paint in riotous colours from Mexico!

Group/Grupo Twelve coming up this ssssummer!


Creative Expression


Who knows how our why I find these things on the world wild internet but I do! If your creativity needs an energy infusion, check this out!

And remember that last April, Julia Cameron released a new 12 week Artist Way program!

It’s Never Too Late; Creative Adventures turns in Midlife and Beyond


Exhausted? Me too. 3 Things Lisa Does To Feel Better (with downloadable art for you) | Lisa Sonora


Re: Winter in Oaxaca

A couple of weeks back I had the good fortune to attend a cafe/galleria opening where I met one of the featured artists in attendance, an expat originally from Chicago. Her name is Lisa Sonoran and she’s made her home in the funky, upscale colonia of Reforms. This neighborhood is next to my barrio of Xochimilco which is at a walkable distance from  Centro.

In chatting with Lisa, I found out that at some point she met Julia Cameron in person! I mentioned that I’m an Artist Way facilitator who has led eleven groups/grupos on both sides of the border.

Penticton and
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Ajijic, Jalisco and
San Miquel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Before leaving for my fifth winter in Mexico we wrapped up the eleventh session in a friend’s spectacular oceanview home. We had nine participants and the book we used was Riding the Dragon; the Artist Way at Work.  This is a phenomenal book with powerful themes for our twelve week session. I’d certainly love to journey through this book again but for the full 12 weeks this time.

And, the big news is that Julia Cameron is releasing a brand new book in April!  It’s called

It’s Never Too Late; the Artist Way in Midlife and Beyond.

I totally believe this because at 53  due to an idea planted during an earlier Artist Way group I applied and was accepted to attend Documentary Film School in Havana, Cuba. While there I co directed and co produced an eleven minute documentary called Nowhere Man.

Here’s the link to view my first eleven minute documentary.

But I digress. Just tonight I offered the Unity Church of Nanaimo first option on the next right step (as Julia Cameron likes to say) on the Artist Way journey. A 12 week session using the new Artist Way book including some experiential explorations of intuitive painting this time around.

Just this week I discovered a fantastic art supply store in Centro called  Freida Khalo Art Supplies. They carry a riotous collection of all kinds of acrylic paint in vibrant Mexicana colores! They also stock round and oval canvases which are an interesting departure from the usual square and rectangular ones.

And finally, it feels quite good to be blogging once more. Due to a fairly intensive involvement in my first paid TESL teaching job here my writing has taken a back seat to researching videos and materials at the right level for my three classes. But, because I have no television I’ve been reading vociferously! One or even two books a week! It all started with

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

which is set right here in Oaxaca.  I’m familiar with most of the local references because I’ve walked past them in my daily walkabouts! If you are an Irving fan I would definitely check it out either from the local library or from Google Playbooks. It’s taken a while but I’ve finally made the transition to enjoying reading on my tablet. Certainly it’s so handy for traveling!

Buenas noches from Oaxaca City in Oaxaca State, Mexico!