Relaxing Creatively

Recently, I have been exploring organic forms, especially orchids. I have also been investigating new art materials and techniques. Here is a day I recorded, of my afternoon of watercolor painting, after my new set of watercolors arrived. It focuses around an orchid I received for Valentine’s Day.


As you can see, it starts with a relaxing combination of teas–sipped throughout the process. Then relishing my lovely new watercolor set. (I love to play with new art materials!) Followed by a sepia-toned sketch. Next, layering-in colors lightly and then finally, full color. All in my handmade paper sketchbook. Then, I went to mixed media board and did a dissection of the petals, using the watercolors, some inks and charcoal (featured image).


New Artist Portal and Gallery

With the New Year of 2018, I’ve decided to dedicate more time to getting my art out into the world and out of the studio. To the end, I joined Saatchi Art. It’s fun having a new space in which I can share my work. Primarily, I’m showing my latest work from the last part of 2017.

This mixed media drawing is called “Eyes Wide Open.” It is a diptych of 30″ x 44″ and was created in 2017. The drawing depicts a flower bouquet in a Neo-Cubist Expressive style. The end result is an Organic Abstraction. My goal was to encourage movement and cultivate an abundance of vibrant colors.

Excerpt from “Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss” By Stephanie Rose Bird

Book excerpt on through Life Force Arts Center. This shares information about the inspiration and backstory to “Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss.” This is an intro to the workshop derived from the book, which occurs this Saturday at Life Force Arts Center, in Chicago.

Pantheon: a journal of spiritual art

Bird head shot Stephanie Rose Bird

Note: [Join Stephanie Rose Bird on June 3, 2017 for her workshop Cerridwen’s Pig at Life Force Arts Center.] I am what many people would call an Earth Mama.  As an avid butterfly and wildflower gardener, herbalist, natural product designer, landscape painter, botanical arts instructor, companion to four animals, wife and mother of four children, I amply fit the profile.

Bringing my children into the world, nursing them and watching them grow are the pride and joy of my life.    The problem is, I have been growing and expanding exponentially with each child, averaging a 60-pound weight gain per child.  As a young woman, I found it relatively painless to lose the 180 pounds gained with the first three children, but my late in life baby was an altogether different story.

If you thought it was impossible for any woman to wear a few more hats, think…

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Memorial Day at Deer Lake

Having visited Deer Lake, Wisconsin, near the border of Minnesota, several times, I’m feeling as though I’m starting to understand the way land and water come together. Here are a few of the mixed media paintings and a drawing I did there, over the past week:


Sharing some News!

My sixth book, Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss was released earlier this week. It is wonderful to have the book finally out from my computer, and out into the world. This book helps those on the weight loss journey stay relaxed, calm and in control as they take on the changes they desire.

The book further helps readers engage with the Earth Mama, also known as Mother Nature, in numerous ways, for assistance while they slim down. In its pages you will find recipes and formulas that incorporate herbs, flower waters, flower essences, essential oils, spiritual baths, altars, ceremonies and rituals, to help along the way. There is also journaling space at the end of each section, for personal reflection on your progress and thoughts.

Though a slim book, it contains a rich stash of information that encompasses Earth-based Spirituality, Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, Earth Wisdom, Meditations, Affirmations, Invocations and sustained spiritual practice.

The book was a challenge and a pleasure to write. It went through growing pains, challenges and struggles along the way to its becoming, as have I. Part memoir and part nonfiction spiritual guide, it is a book rich with information, written in the nonjudgemental spirit of openness and sharing of a healer.



New Spring-Inspired Abstracts

This is a sampling of my newest work, inspired by spring, the Cubists, and Looney Tune cartoons. From left to right “Crazy Kitty,” “Largess” bottom image is titled “Imagine.” The top image is called “Hum” and is acrylic on linen. Other images are mixed media on paper.


Spring Cleaning

Since our weather is incredibly mild for February, I’ve gotten spring on the mind. I’m cleaning my studio today, thoroughly. Getting it ready for a fresh new body of work, starting tomorrow. I’m thinking it’s time to give the flowers and still life a rest. Time for something new:

Conceptual Art using Portraiture. A series potentially called Specimens of a Negro.



Will be back to share, as the process develops.