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Just sharing what I came up with in my visual journal for the May 25/26 2017 New Moon #Prompt (at least by the night of May 26)

Ironically, I also ate Chinese take out that night, and the fortune that I received from my cookie was just way too fitting for me not to include it. Pasted to the side of my new moon, you’ll notice it reads: “Accident is the mother of invention.”

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PROMPT: New Moon/Super Moon: Energy May 25/26, 2017

  • The New Moon represents the beginning of our 29 day lunar month. During a New Moon, the moon sits roughly between the Earth & Sun. Basically, we are seeing “the dark side of the moon,” (the side we never see) because the Sun is illuminating that side.
  • This New Moon falls under Gemini; bringing about inspiration, new ideas, insights, and visions. Our May 2017 New Moon is also a Super Moon (meaning that the Moon is at 90% closest approach to Earth in a given orbit) where ENERGY runs high, intuition is heightened, and you become more aware/sensitive to the energy of Nature, the environment, and everything around you.

The Significance and Meaning of this New Moon to us:

  • The SUN represents our ‘outer-world’ and how we shine our individual light out into the world. The MOON represents our ‘inner-world,’ our feelings, unconscious beliefs, and our ‘shadow self.’
  • Since the Sun is illuminating the hidden side of the Moon during this New Moon, we could say that our own ‘hidden side’ and inner feelings are also being illuminated. During a New Moon, we are given an opportunity to start again; letting go of energy from the previous cycle and setting our intentions and innermost desires into conscious action.

My Prompt/Challenge for you tonight is to affirm to the Universe your own intentions and goals for this new cycle.

You can approach this prompt anyways you like, but I will be drawing my personal intentions inside a giant circle (representing the New Moon). I encourage everyone to use that template in a way that works best for them. For example, you could write/draw your intentions, affirmations, and goals within a drawn circle however you see fit. What’s most important is that you gain a sense of personal development or discovery; a kind of self-meditative experience.


Resources & Links:

circle Using Photoshop or other imaging software?

Download this New moon Phase Symbol Vector Image 

*Designed by Freepik from www.flaticon.com*

Source:  New Moon (Super Moon) – May 25/26, 2017″ by Simone Matthews http://www.universallifetools.com/2017/05/new-moon-super-moon-may-25-26-2017-gemini/

Source: May 2017 Moon Phases – http://www.moongiant.com/moonphases/May/2017/

Source: New Moon Magic

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Visual Journal – New Moon May 2017 #Prompt Response

PROMPT: New Moon/Super Moon: Energy May 25/26, 2017

  • The New Moon represents the beginning of our 29 day lunar month. During a New Moon, the moon sits roughly between the Earth & Sun. Basically, we are seeing “the dark side of the moon,” (the side we never see) because the Sun is illuminating that side.
  • This New Moon falls under Gemini; bringing about inspiration, new ideas, insights, and visions. Our May 2017 New Moon is also a Super Moon (meaning that the Moon is at 90% closest approach to Earth in a given orbit) where ENERGY runs high, intuition is heightened, and you become more aware/sensitive to the energy of Nature, the environment, and everything around you.

The Significance and Meaning of this New Moon to us:

  • The SUN represents our ‘outer-world’ and how we shine our individual light out into the world. The MOON represents our ‘inner-world,’ our feelings, unconscious beliefs, and our ‘shadow self.’
  • Since the Sun is illuminating the hidden side of the Moon during this New Moon, we could say that our own ‘hidden side’ and inner feelings are also being illuminated. During a New Moon, we are given an opportunity to start again; letting go of energy from the previous cycle and setting our intentions and innermost desires into conscious action.

My Prompt/Challenge for you tonight is to affirm to the Universe your own intentions and goals for this new cycle.

You can approach this prompt anyways you like, but I will be drawing my personal intentions inside a giant circle (representing the New Moon). I encourage everyone to use that template in a way that works best for them. For example, you could write/draw your intentions, affirmations, and goals within a drawn circle however you see fit. What’s most important is that you gain a sense of personal development or discovery; a kind of self-meditative experience.


Resources & Links:

circle Using Photoshop or other imaging software?

Download this New moon Phase Symbol Vector Image 

*Designed by Freepik from www.flaticon.com*

Source:  New Moon (Super Moon) – May 25/26, 2017″ by Simone Matthews http://www.universallifetools.com/2017/05/new-moon-super-moon-may-25-26-2017-gemini/

Source: May 2017 Moon Phases – http://www.moongiant.com/moonphases/May/2017/

Source: New Moon Magic

 

SHLM Live Shared Canvas Collaborative

Source: Shared Canvas Collaborative

Soul Healing Love Magic will now be hosting a live collaborative canvas, which allows multiple people to draw/write/chat on a single canvas in real time. It’s free and anyone is welcome to join our public sessions, which will be kept open as much as possible and saved for the next time. There is no need to sign up for an account, it’s very simple to access.

Just follow these instructions:

In the list of Public Sessions, find ‘Soul Healing Love Magic’ and click on it, which should automatically open DrawPile. Type in any username you’d like and join the session. That’s all there is to it.

I will be announcing whenever sessions are going to be starting and whether a session is open through the Shared Canvas Collaborative page and social media.

“I Am The Quick Stop Walrus”
What I Took From My Evening With Kevin Smith

by Shelby Quino

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On Saturday, my husband and I were lucky enough to snag tickets to ‘An Evening With Kevin Smith’ at Madison Theater down in Covington, Kentucky. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Silent Bob?” then, yes, @ThatKevinSmith. I never imagined that the man who is most recognized as Silent Bob could be quite so insightful, but much of what he spoke about is the same general message that Soul Healing Love Magic attempts to deliver here. Be vulnerable. Push boundaries. Find what scares you and do it, because what scares you is bait to the imagination. I admire the ways in which artists like Kevin Smith allow themselves to be so exposed, raw, and candid with their audience.

Sure, I could just sum up the night as a celebration of nerd culture and arbitrary high points of the evening – which began with an impromptu wedding performed by Kevin Smith in front of the crowd. Hilariously, he had the couple quote the Green Lantern Oath rather than the traditional marriage vows. But I’m not going to do that. If you’d like to read an accurate review of the night that talks about those things, check out this CincyMusic article by Andrew Risch. Kevin also mentions notable experiences he’s had while in Kentucky, such as his visit to Video Archive and The Overlook Lodge (both local bars that are fantastically original). Apparently, in his own words, “the VHS is making a comeback!”

Most of what I gathered that night were hastily scribbled notes written during the show in my visual journal, as you can see in the photo pictured here (please excuse my misspelled words and other errors). Basically, I am quoting certain things that he said that really resonated with me or the message that I got from him. There isn’t really any rhyme or reason to the order in which I’m quoting him (anything I’ve added as my own commentary is in italics), but this is what I wrote:

  • “Just the word ‘art’ scares people. I don’t like to call it art because everyone can do what I do. Just wake up in the middle of a dark night and figure out what is is you love to do and go for it. Do it because you want to.” – That is what makes you a true artist. Just go for it.
  • “Innovate not imitate. It starts with imitation, but everyone is capable of generating the most interesting shit in their own way. Anything I’ve done, anyone else could do. All it takes is self-expression.”
  • “If I don’t do this shit and express it before I die, then the world is going to fucking perish, so I’m going to self-express until I die.” – The kind of thoughts that surely haunt Kevin and surely many other artists, including myself. I could definitely relate to this admission that he made.
  • “Inspiration is a mutually beneficial relationship. Even if I don’t know your name yet, if I’ve created anything that inspired you, I was thinking of you.” – I think this is probably my favorite quote from Kevin Smith out of the entire night.

The evening was resoundingly inspirational for me, but probably will have been even more of a meaningful experience for my husband, Kristian Quino. He is a cinematographer and went in hopes of asking a question, standing in line at the aisle during the majority of the show. I’m astonished that he managed to have his question answered, and it was the very final question of the night. Kristian explained that, as a cinematographer, he’s at a point in his career where he feels it’s stagnating, and asked if Kevin Smith could offer any advice to him. When the rest of the audience started to stir, Kevin told everyone to listen because this was “actually a very important question.” His advice was something to this effect: Don’t try to get it back because you won’t. Reboot. Try something completely new and different. You’re an artist, so go in a new direction and figure it out what it is you enjoy and go with it. Don’t try to recreate what you’ve done in the past and look forward as an artist. Reboot.

Ironically, the journal (pictured) that I was writing in during the show had one of Kristian’s business cards glued to the back page and I had to pull it off when we realized that all of his other cards had been left in the car. So, Kevin Smith, if you’re reading this, we apologize for the gluey mess over the logo on the back of the card and completely understand if it ended up in the trash. We’d be more than happy to send you another one, though. I also want to thank you for telling my husband what I’ve been trying to convince him of for a long time; but he finally heard it and understood when it was coming from you. I haven’t seen him truly inspired like this in a long time, so your advice really means everything in the world. You reminded him of the fact that he is an artist, which is something I’ve never really heard him call himself before. Thank you and I hope that you enjoy the fanart that I’ve drawn for you.

As a visual artist, I try to live by the same way of constant creative experimentation and I think the advice that Kevin Smith offered to Kristian is relevant to any artist because we all reach points in our lives where we feel stagnated. This is one of the main reasons for the creation of Soul Healing Love Magic, to prompt an artistic process and to incite new perspectives. Sometimes we have to get out of our own heads in order to truly get into our heads. An Evening With Kevin Smith definitely reiterated that idea for me.


Update 5/25/2017 – By the way guys, guess who was the very first person to like this post?

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What I Took From My Evening w/ Kevin Smith

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Our Ongoing List of Ideas:

  1.  Make intricately detailed bookmarks and leave them in library books for someone to find.
  2.  Create a mysterious ad and distribute among ordinary listings. See who notices yours.
  3.  Use a sharpie to draw a designs/write messages on a balloons. Bring them to a local hospital, nursing home, or other facility to be placed in patients’ rooms. 
  4.  Paint a rock and leave it anonymously in someone’s garden.
  5.  Create a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk at a local park.
  6.  Make a statue and put it somewhere unlikely and sacred, like in the middle of the woods.
  7.  Write prompts/inspiration on post-it notes and leave them to be discovered by whoever.
  8.  Draw designs on business card sized card stock and drop them in the collection bowls that local businesses put out, for example  the “leave a card, win a lunch” type gimmicks.
  9.  Fill a container/box with artwork, writings, photographs, lists, and anything else that inspires you; secure it tightly and bury it somewhere (but first make sure you aren’t trespassing or digging on private property). Draw a “treasure map” to where your box is buried and/or write clues, riddles, etc. Anonymously post an online ad or discreetly distribute the printed info/map around town for curious folks to discover. If you’d like to see who ends up finding your “treasure,” include your contact info inside the buried box and encourage the finder to let you know it has been found.

Ideas Submitted by Our Readers/Contributors:

Have another random act of art to add to the list? Comment and I’ll add it here.

“Put a drawing or a message in a bottle and launch it in the ocean or a river. It could end up anywhere at any time. Seal the lid with wax so that it does not leak. These have been known to travel for hundreds of kilometres.”Submitted by Kat 

Random Acts of Art

“Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake.
 – E.M. Forster

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Streamed with Open Broadcaster @ https://Twitch.tv/SoulHealingLoveMagic
on January 8, 2017 by Shelby Quino as part of
#KillYourEraser Month on https://SoulHealingLoveMagic.wordpress.com

(Sorry for the poor audio quality. The music is actually from one of my karaoke videos.) To watch the original video of me singing ‘1979’ by the Smashing Pumpkins, go here: https://youtu.be/mLoaNN5TTf4

Art for Art’s Sake 1.8.17 Stream

This was my original entry, posted a month ago:

Tomorrow my SHLM co-founder, Emily, and I are going to Megan’s for a weekend of Soul Healing Love Magic, painting, spirits and more. Megan is another person that has helped to found SHLM and I guess you would say that she has a place on the board. We’re essentially the “Soul Healing Love Triangle.” :p

I’m not sure about Emily, but I’ll be staying  there until Sunday painting nautically themed pieces to go with Megan’s nautically themed house. Throughout the weekend I’ll be posting photos, videos and going live on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I’ll also be writing a blog on Monday to share all of the Soul Healing Love Magic here, so look out for that!

Update: Weekend of nautical nonsense becomes drunken nonsense…


46 minute Drawing Session Speed 8x
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Streamed with Open Broadcaster on https://Twitch.tv/SoulHealingLoveMagic
on December 30, 2016 by Shelby Quino as part of #KillYourEraser Month

Automatic Drawing Tips:

  • Make a conscious decision not to control the drawing.
  • Allow your hand to move freely until you feel a sense of completion.
  • It can take several automatic drawings in a row in order to become relaxed enough to truly allow the chaotic and messy improvisation to occur.
  • Just let go and jump in.
  • There is a lot to be said for “scribbling.”
  • Let your hand and pen do what they will without fear of mistake.
  • Remember, you’re not drawing with an intention or idea in mind.
  • We aren’t expecting to draw anything in particular. We’re just drawing freely.
  • Mistakes do not exist here.
  • The process is the purpose. Don’t concern yourself with the end result.
  • Allow yourself to give into the trance. Automatic drawing is meant to be meditative.

Automatic Drawing Stream with Tips

DIY Eraser Stamps with Uncle Chuck

In recognition of this months theme #KillYourEraser
Here is a great alternative use for them!

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DIY Eraser Stamps With Uncle Chuck

While studying with the Amazing Hancock Brothers 2nd week of Frogman’s, Uncle Chuck taught us his famous rubber stamp technique. I will now share it with you guys so you can make your own fun rubber stamp collection!

DIY Rubber Stamp

All you need to make these stamps at home is a pink eraser, a set of linoleum carving tools, a drawing utensil such as a sharpie marker or ball point pen and an ink pad. The linoleum tools can be purchased at your local art store, or online, such as this Speedball set available from DickBlick.com for about $8.00.

DIY Rubber Stamp

Draw your image onto the eraser with ink pen or sharpie. Blake and I drew the orange bread tag above. On the other side, I drew a leg bone. You can use all sides of the stamp to carve, even the edges! So feel free to draw images all over it.

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This is a quick demonstration of “automatic drawing/painting” as part of December/January’s “Kill Your Eraser!” theme.

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John W. Gardner

“Look. Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn’t really have judgement in it’s purest form. So just go, just go.” – K.D. Lang

“If you’re not trying to be real, you don’t have to get it right. That’s art.” – Andy Warhol

“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” – Claude Debuss

Kill Your Eraser: Automatic Drawing