[VIDEO] Shaken, but OK after our 7.5 Earthquake – and work in progress

Hi Friends,

Last evening we had quite the shaker here in Oaxaca, Mexico. A 7.5 Earthquake centered in our state’s coastal region was very strongly felt here in Oaxaca City where I live.

As messages of concern continue to pour in (thank you!) I am happily puttering around in my studio and thought, you know, I want people to SEE I’m OK.

Update Post Earthquake from Oaxaca City Studio

I felt rather shaken last night, vulnerable to go through this alone (with dogs, you are never alone, right?!) and grateful to have a friend here in Oaxaca (Judy Wise!) to go have brunch with and share shaker stories.

While I’m at it, I’ll show you what I’m working on.

Journals, sketchbooks, notes for an upcoming project

Journals, sketchbooks, notes for an upcoming project

Book Project Organization

One of the projects I’m working on today is creating a physical space to hold all of my notes, sketchbooks, reference material and inspirational books for my summer project: I am working on TWO visual manuscripts, starting in May.

Wooden magazine holders corral all of my loose notes and papers.

My dog - I mean art director - Macchiato, supervising the photo shoot today.

This is my art director. Macchiato. Supervising my photo shoot today. Thanks, Macchi!

One shelf of this china cabinet is the parking space for holding everything together. I love china cabinets as studio furniture. The glass doors allow my to see what’s in there, but keep the dust out.

Project organization is something that really helps me focus on my creative work.

The process of collecting and sorting gives me all sorts of ideas for the books as well. So I take notes while I organize.

Preparing for the Upcoming Travel Journal Workshop

I mention in the video gathering up goodies that will go in to the Travel Journal Bags that everyone gets in the Creative Passport workshop coming up in March.

Here’s a printable set of stickers I made from some of my art + travel Instagram photos.

printable set of stickers I made from some of my art + travel instagram photos

printable set of stickers I made from some of my art + travel instagram photos

Below is a tray of just *some* of my travel journals. These will be used for inspiration. The pages are layered with textures of writing, photography, and mixed media paint and collage.

Some of my layered travel journals, examples of what we create in my workshops

Richly layered travel journals I’ve created on my travels – we make these in the Creative Passport Workshops

Links About Travel in Oaxaca, Mexico… and Elsewhere

In the video, I mention a post that is intended to clarify the earthquake situation here in Oaxaca City vs. Earthquakes affecting the coastal area of Oaxaca STATE.

Oaxaca City, Mexico Travel Update (Sept. 2018)

Oaxaca City, Mexico Travel Update

I wrote this back in September, 2017, after several earthquakes struck Mexico.

Related is this post: For the Love of the World: Why Travel Now?

I share my story of why I travel and what I hope to accomplish by leading creativity retreats for women around the world. I do hope you’ll read it. The conclusion fits this post as well:

Doing what we love most takes us the places we really want to go.

If you are following a dream or idea that really lights you up, you’ll be afraid sometimes.

There will also be reasonable and logical reasons presented on why your dream or idea might be too dangerous or worth putting off until you’re ready or the political climate is better.

Go anyway.


For the Love of the World: Why Travel Now?

Please share this post with anyone you know who wants to travel!

Info on the travel journal workshop in Mexico:

Creative Passport Mexico, Textiles & Talismans Art Workshop & Tour.

We’ll be making art, visiting amazing indigenous crafts villages (the best in all of Mexico), eating, and…yeah, shopping for textiles: embroidery, weaving, tassels… one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing to wear and unique home decor.

It’s a small group of 10 max, who love textiles and want to have a creative adventure.

Thanks for popping in to visit today.

Time to get back to work!

3 Responses to [VIDEO] Shaken, but OK after our 7.5 Earthquake – and work in progress

  1. Paula February 19, 2018 at 9:07 am #

    glad to hear you are doing well. Always so fun to see the luscious layers of your studio. I’m working on pulling mine together.

  2. Gloria February 17, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    As always, you are an inspiration. Glad to hear that you are safe.

    Attending the art retreat with you in Oaxaca in 2016 still resonates with me. In fact, I’m going to Swaziland for an art workshop in April….something I wouldn’t have done if you and Oaxaca hadn’t been so amazing.

    • Lisa Sonora February 18, 2018 at 8:26 am #

      Gloria! That is so great that you are continuing to travel and create!!! Good for you!

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