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All Rachel Did Was Listen

January 4, 2013 | Art, Artist Interviews, Books, Writing, Writing/Art Community | Permalink

all i did was listen is an exceptional book written and illustrated by the incredibly talented Rachel Awes. Rachel is a super colorful, sassy, joyful, down-to-Earth soul whose deep, active listening moves her to create gorgeous works that change the world for the better. Rachel gathered quotes from her psychotherapy clients and wove them together to […]

You Really Are

February 2, 2012 | Exercises, Musings | Permalink

Original Page from Natasha Reilly’s Sketchbook Project Submission 2012 It is hard to feel like shit. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about feeling good versus feeling like ass. If that were the case I would have to say that I think it is much harder to feel good about things than to […]

Listen to Beautiful YOU

June 28, 2011 | Exercises, We Are So Much More - Nacho Series | Permalink

One evening when I was 17, I went to dinner with an Aunt who was considered “the expert” in our family about college. I remember sharing a random thought. “You know I’m really interested in yoga.” “Yoga is a fad. People try it and then tire of it. Move on,” she responded. I felt stupid […]

Rain Makes It All New

May 16, 2011 | Musings, Writing/Art Community | Permalink

I have a million things that I “should” be doing right now but this scene from Ocean’s Eleven keeps repeating in my head and there are words I feel a deep need to share. The rain has been falling since yesterday and I’m quite happy about it. At this particular time I need the rain, […]

Let the Rain Fall Upon Your Life

February 28, 2011 | Exercises, Musings | Permalink

I was having one of those days where I felt like an old, crusty leaf blowing along a NYC street destined for the sewer. In other words, life sucked. I kept asking myself, “What does it mean to be alive?” There were no answers for me. At the very least, I knew that being alive […]

Listen, It’s Playtime

May 30, 2008 | Creative Stumbling Blocks, Exercises, Musings | Permalink

Behind these shades you will find an avid people watcher and, sometimes, listener. (By the way, I hijacked the shades from my friend, Theresa. Shhh, don’t tell her. She’ll get a ransom note soon demanding a large bag of M&M’s in exchange for their safe return.) When I want to jumpstart a character that seems […]

Beauty and Fear: Lessons from Children

June 30, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Photo by A. © 2014 From where I sit I could tell you about a million things wrong with these photos. I’m incredibly skilled at pinpointing ALL of my physical flaws. I try to find them first because if I can be my harshest critic then perhaps it won’t be as bad when others judge […]

The Tempting Question

January 11, 2013 | Art, Paint Party Friday, Writing | Permalink

Questionable Kitty Original Painting by Natasha Reilly, © 2013   Trusting that you know what needs to be created is a true test of heart. The entire time I was painting this my head kept saying, “What are you doing? A cat? You don’t even have a cat!” But my intuition was saying, “A cat. […]

Dance in the Deep, Dark Forest

January 7, 2013 | Art, Exercises, Writing, Writing/Art Community | Permalink

A Celebration of Wanderers Original Painting by Natasha Reilly, Copyright 2012. I used to get so upset and frustrated while watching Dorothy walk along the Yellow Brick road. Yes, the road was quite pretty – dare I say, even sparkly – but it seemed SO confined like walking the plank. I mean EVERYONE knew about […]