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clontarf
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Welcome, I'm Chrissy.

I make Intuitive Art + Creative Wellbeing classes for Spiritual Mamas and Connected Kids.

Based in Clontarf, Queensland Australia.

JOURNAL

Nature Inspiration

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello beauty,

What I've been really feeling called to connect with lately is how effortlessly Mother Nature inspires us with her beauty. Truly, whenever we take the time to nourish ourselves with a walk in the great outdoors, there is so much gorgeousness at every turn.

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A daily walk has been part of my self-care practice for many years now. Actually if I'm honest, it's probably more like 5 times a week. But even if it's just a 10 minute walk down the road, there's something about being in nature that brings me back into myself. I feel refreshed, invigorated and strangely enough - more positive about the future of our planet.

Why?

Because when I'm connecting with nature, I can take time to step out of my busy mind and instead, notice how incredibly She evolves, adapts and grows ... and that brings me such hope and trust in the intelligence that underlies our lives and the Universe.

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Nature creek

The truth is, ever since I was a child, I've felt absolutely in awe of nature's expression and ecosystems. Whether it's the shape of a smooth, curved leaf, the reflections or patterns on the surface of a water, tadpoles in a creek or a surprise visit from nature's creatures - my goodness - I can't help but see it all as a beautiful blessing every time.

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As humans, we are wired to protect the things we love. I see my role as an Artist as someone who can share my inner feelings and expressions through my work and for me that means, Mother Nature. When we are so busy, we often forget how beautiful the very place we live in is. But it doesn't take much to connect with Her and drink in her natural beauty.

All of the images I've shared with you here are within a 5 minute walk from my house. There is a creek that runs behind my house and about a year ago, I discovered that the local green group had cleaned up a pathway through the bushland alongside it. It's now become like a sacred ritual to visit here and because it's a place I've grown to admire so much, I feel so deeply passionate about conserving, showcasing and sharing its beauty with others.

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Feeling inspired, this week, I taught an intuitive nature art session with my son's prep class. I just love how having conversations with children can so easily open them up to the beauty and awe within us all. And I have learned that this awe actually never leaves us, we just get too busy to notice it.

So this week, I invite you to visit somewhere natural and reconnect with that sense of wonder and beauty that exists every day around us. It doesn't need to be a grand gesture - most of us can find somewhere natural within 5 - 10 minutes of our home.

If you feel so inclined, you might like to make it a photo walk - get down low and look at the little wild flowers growing in the cracks of the pavement, or the shimmering light shining through the canopy of trees overhead. The camera in your phone is enough for this.

I can guarantee - I promise - you will return feeling all the better for it. Because when we connect with nature, we also connect with the natural part of ourselves within. Our planet is truly the most magnificent gift; an incredible ecosystem, which we are a part of. When we remember to appreciate and nourish Her, we in turn, nourish ourselves and every other thing on the planet benefits.

If you feel inspired to connect with nature creatively, I invite you to check out my Mindful Nature Artwork e-class, online with Wanderlust 2018. Details on my classes page HERE.

All my Love,

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Dear Universe

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

You guys, this is me after a really good cry this morning. I knew I'd been feeling a bit blah lately and journaling is something that always has helped me open myself up to some hidden truths.

I just needed to feel ready to hear them. 

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As I wrote this morning, I asked and I prayed and I handed over so many little and big things I'd been carrying within. Some problems were mine and some were not, without realising it.

I cried the hardest around wanting so deeply to open myself up to feeling fully supported by a loving Universe so that I can increase my creative teaching in the world.

I cried most because I often feel it is solely my job to teach my son how loved he is in a Universe I'm still trying to understand myself.

I cried in relief for touching a vulnerable ache in myself to truly make each moment in my life more meaningful.

I cried because I'm tired of worrying and feeling unsupported financially.

I let it all put on the page, I felt it all, I listened to what my heart really wanted to say.

Now I feel tired and want to curl up in my hammock and rest after what feels like a birth of a new me. Another layer of me bloomed and shed as I really faced what my big dreams are. And I told my Universe that I'm ready - actually READY, whatever that may bring.

I know above all that I have been called to where I am now, choice by choice, brush stroke by brush stroke, to create a life that feels truly meaningful and magnificent and matching of my Spiritual heart-of-hearts.

I share this here because we are all feeling beings. We all carry so much in our hearts that we are too scared to trust, too untrusting of how it could possibly come true.

We shut off our dreams because they might be too big for us. But I know this to be true: The part of us calling ourselves to our dreams is the part of us who already knows the solutions and pathways to get there too. And each step that unfolds, moment by moment is how we experience the journey on this thing we call Life.

It is our choice to listen, or not, as we walk this journey. 

All my Love, 

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New Release Online Art Class - Wanderlust 2018

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello my beauties,

I am absolutely SO excited to share some yummy spesh news with you today ... drumroll please ...

I am a guest teacher on Wanderlust 2018 

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Wanderlust is a gorgeous year-long online creative journey, offering Inspiring Art tutorials by 26 amazing International Artists.

A new Art-class video is released every week (each one is fully downloadable + high-def), accompanied by a supportive and friendly Wanderlust Community, where all of the classes are gathered. It's gonna be inspiring, colourful and full of variety!

I personally LOVE participating in online Art classes. I sit and watch the videos on my lounge, curled up with a peppermint tea and and my iPad, and get all inspired from the comfort of my own home. It's the perfect alternative to in-person classes and brings so much richness and news ways of seeing the world around us.

 

So without further ado, here is a little excerpt from my offering, 'Mindful Nature Artworks'

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Mindful Nature Artworks with Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Experience your garden through the eyes of an Intuitive Artist, as we use our natural environment for inspiration and personal connection. Using accessible materials such as flowers and leaves along with simple pen and watercolour techniques, we will connect with the essence of Mother Nature’s gifts and explore our creativity in a whole new way. Experience mindfulness, line, feeling, colour, contour and shape and enjoy the process of art-making, without any pressure of perfection. Get reading for a heartwarming session of feeling, being and seeing.

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Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to a number of leading art and craft retailers, to feed your stash of creative materials.

... and if you purchase Wanderlust 2018 before 31st December 2017, you'll save 20% off!

Early Bird Price - £79 or if you're an Aussie like me, approximately $127 (as of August 2017). 

So if you'd like your 2018 to be filled with new inspiration, ideas, connections and creativity, then come take the plunge and let's get colourful, beauty. I can't wait to work with you in 2018!

Sign up HERE.

Wanderlust 2018 from Everything Art on Vimeo.

All my Love,

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'Dear Universe' - Meeting My Abundance

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Dear Universe, my Maker. I am afraid. 

Inside me, my heart wants to play. I have visions of wonder, inspiration and generosity, yet I am afraid to feel them fully, in case they are a lie; in case my intuition is just a whimsical dream, dancing around my heart. 

My fear feels like constriction, a hand pulling me back from my lightness of heart, like a school-age child, taunting me into submission. They tell me, "You are not good enough, not strong enough, not cool enough to embody your dreams. So why even try? Stay here. Stay small, with us", they say. 

Yet, under my fears, I sense a current of grace; a vibrating truth that feels more like aliveness than any voice I hear in my mind or distant memories. It is Her, my Highest Self.

I both want to hide and I want to stay, to sit in  circle with my mindful inner being and drink up the truth that She already knows. She knows I am capable, loving and strong. She knows I am creative and unique and that I have the unique flair that only I can bring into this world through my art, my craft of loving authentically. 

I have met Her before, in fact day after day. She guides me each morning as I sit still to breathe and has guided me through storms with her softness and gentle palm on my shoulder and heart. She knows who I am, She is in fact me. Yet because she is soft I chew on her wisdom like cudd, wondering whether to trust her - or not.

She waits. With infinite patience, She waits for me to return to her with arms open wide, no matter how far I have strayed. I know She is Me. Deep down, I know this ... And this is what's so hard to bear.

The truth is that I am scared of grandeur. I am scared of the vibrancy, the audacity of my own Calling. What will happen if I embrace Her fully in my whole waking life? 

If I listen within and act on Her truth, I can not know control anymore. I lose grasp of the wheel and place my trust in the unknown. And I fear this surrender, in case She takes me somewhere too dark, too real, too full of truth. Too full of Myself.

The truth is, I have found safety here in my distrust of grace. It's easier to pine for change and relief than it is to truly hand over discomfort to a part of myself who already knows the solution to every problem, every joy, to every dream living. 

She is who I've both always wanted and feared - yet I know comes a time to surrender ... for ultimately, it is her who I want to know, to become, to Be. 

I close my eyes and listen within. 

I call forward and hold out my trembling hands. "I am ready," I say "but first: I am sorry".

I am sorry for all those times I've distrusted You, feared your ways and closed my stomach to Your feelings of knowing. 

I am sorry that I knowingly disregard the wisdom You guide me with, through tingling feelings and feathery whispers of Spirit. 

I am sorry; for inside my heart is a yearning so strong to inspire and to love and to unveil my whole Self, that it's been easier to run and hide in the shadows of that pain than to fully allow my Self to be seen and known for the truth of who I really am; the truth of becoming You. 

I sense Her touch on my trembling hands. And I hear this response:

My Love, you say. You could never disappoint me, for I know your heart in truth. A vibrancy, an energy, a feeling so strong that because you can sense, worlds are born and galaxies rotate and life begins knowing Itself. 

My Love, You say. Your knowing is real and your dreams are truth and your wisdom birthed into aliveness. Know you are qualified and able to embody your greatness, for the dreams you so wish for are created by the same energy and vision and vitality of the stars and planets

My Love, You say. Know this. I am not apart from you. I am simply a part of yourself looking on, witnessing, walking beside you and holding your hand as we navigate our way through this life. We are in this together, two parts in a whole and it is through your action, your listening, Your stillness within that together our paths converge as Alive. 

My Love. My Self. My Heart. My Truth. Place a hand on your heart now and take a deep breath. Bring awareness to where you feel your lost longing. Now know I am here and in fact, this feeling is me; calling you forward, with the power and intensity of a Universe coming into form. 

I am calling you into your dreams which are, through my eyes, already a vibrant reality. You have the choice, my love, to act from the fear of ancestors past, or to evolve into the knowingness, where you and I meet. You will know it is I calling your into togetherness, when your heart gently vibrates and a leap feels like a gentle and magnificent unfolding of petals. 

Know you are loved, and embrace your truth, in the moments before thought sparks fear as to why this couldn't or shouldn't be so. A choice is all that's required.  Simply, a choice; to love and to know ourselves as our truth, alive in this place on earth. 

Join Me, Dear One and open your heart. Breathe. See and feel and notice the life in and around you. Allow me to call you. Listen within. And together we can birth Our Dreams into existence. 

When you experience discomfort in greatness or fear, breathe into my knowing and witness your thoughts. Then let them go. Come back to Us, to the better story and version of Self. It's purely a choice, My Love. A choice to connect or not. 

Either way. I will be here. Walking beside you and within you. Calling you to Us with my feathery tendrils of feeling and knowing and sensing. 

This is the place where we meet. This is the place We reside. 

I am always here and I will never leave you. Our joining is purely a choice; a choice you have an opportunity to take, to make, in every moment and breath of your life. 

I am here with you, always. 

Join Me.

 

'Meeting my Abundance' - Prints and Original Artwork available HERE.

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LATEST JOURNAL ENTRIES

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Lately I've been really enjoying nature sketching in my journal. 

As a child I drew every single day, yet in adulthood I've favoured painting and collage as a self-expression tool. If I'm honest, some of the reason for this is that I thought there wasn't really a place for my drawing as an Art-form, because my work is kind of cartoony and naive and doodly. 

Yet, I've just pushed through that old belief, purely because I find nature just so damn beautiful and inspiring - and because I've discovered my love for mindful nature drawing. 

Mindful drawing is a bit like the continuous-line Art exercises I learned in Art school, but it's less about rules and more about presence. As I find a natural item I adore, I just look very closely and breathe, as I sketch the piece in my journal. 

Often when I'm out walking, I'll find seed pods or interesting leaves on the ground that I'd really love to draw. Other times, I'll just sit on my front porch and draw the plants in my hanging baskets and pots.

The best thing is - the whole purpose with mindful nature drawing is that it doesn't need to look perfect. In fact, I would argue that the looseness and abstract freedom in the lines make it even more beautiful and full of feeling.

If this is something you'd like to try yourself, all you need is a sketchbook, pen and something beautiful to look at.

There's a book I can highly recommend by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh on mindful drawing HERE.

 

All my Love,