Creative Play with Archetypes

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

-Jackson Pollock

Creativity Tip: When your creative energy is low, try spending time playing engaged in a different kind of art with the intention of discovering something new about yourself. Your Muse will be attracted to the variety of a new art form and most of all to the play. Creative playfulness leads to creative activity and new ideas! Your Muse longs for play like a 2nd-grader longs for recess.

Example: My current series of angel paintings stalled out last week in a flurry of stressy personal stuff and a heavy load of general adulting. I found myself doing more daydreaming than actual painting in the few stolen moments I had in the studio. Once I realized just how depleted my creative energy was, I switched gears and had some fun with one of my favorite divination decks – Caroline Myss’ Archetype Cards.

Archetypes…Five minutes later, I sat with a mug of tea, a notebook, and the 8 cards featured above.

…Thirty minutes after that, I’d discovered a lot about myself. I had quite a bit of fun writing and found myself in a frame of mind conducive to painting.

…Two hours later, I was really late to bed, covered in paint splatters, and happy as a rich painter in an art supply store.

Archetype Cards

I’ve recently received requests for more personal information on my About page. Good news – I’ve added some details (including a visual scavenger hunt and a silly photo from my childhood). As a supplement, here are three of my favorite musings from the archetype exercise detailed above.

The 3 Archetypes


screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-7-41-28-pmThe Healer: I use my skills as an Earth Medicine Practitioner to heal myself and to inspire others. I create art and I write and teach about creativity with the intention of bringing more joy and freedom to the world. It’s my hope to create balance where there is disharmony and pain. Click here to read about my near-death experience – it’s a story of creative resurrection and healing.

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-7-41-56-pmThe Creator: Every act of destruction is an act of creation. The most obvious Creator traits I enjoy are being a Painter and a Writer. Click here to purchase original artwork and prints. I’m a Creator in a lot of less obvious ways too: I enjoy designing training curriculum; I enjoy gardening; and I love to cook (especially for others). I am always experimenting and trying new things. I’m a mad scientist in the kitchen, in the studio, and at my keyboard. Curiosity reins my life: “I wonder what would happen if….?” is my mantra. Looking for more detail? Click here for a list of shows and a selected biography.

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-7-42-19-pmThe Guide: The Guide is a Teacher and a Mentor who introduces new ideas and offers encouragement. I blog and teach about creativity rituals and skills to inspire others to explore the healing powers of artistic practice. I have 20 years of teaching experience – as a Classroom Teacher and as a Corporate Trainer. Looking for inspiration? Click here to browse more blog posts on how to boost your creativity.

In joy,


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