How to Practice Self Care on the Full Moon & Invoke Creative Intelligence

Full Moon in Taurus- November 3

Happy Full Moon to everyone reading this blog. This is my first Full Moon that has cycled around to rest. As you all know, I am taking a break from the full moon workshops, but looking forward to picking them back up when I am done with hibernation. Currently, I am swimming deep in the depth of Self Care <3

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Empress/Emperor Self Care

Are you feeling anxious and sleepy? Has exhaustion taken you over? Are you worried about the New Year or are you excited for it? Are you reflecting on everything that has happened in the last few months? Well, you are not alone. The Taurus Full Moon comes at a time where we can take a moment to invoke awareness at where we are needing rest. Where do you need to be a Cosmic Parent to yourself? Accept those random hugs and gifts from the people you are connected to and remember that there is no time like the present to start a self-care practice.

And please, keep in mind that you do not have to break the bank to start a self-care practice. Most of the things that I do myself for self-care are found in my kitchen cabinets.

Before I start on my self care process, I always journal and hear the messages from the full moon, but then it is time to have some fun and relax and honor my mind, body, and spirit.

The Ritual Process goes:

  1. Light an Incense of my choice (some of my favorite ones are created in house at Crystal Fox in MD)
  2. Cook a delicious dinner (lately, I have been so busy with school, I treated me and my family to fancy homemade dinners from Green Chef!)
  3. Sage my Home with Flower/Sage Bundles from Aquarian Soul
  4. Take a bath. (my favorite for this past year and my go-to is a Salt, Basil Bath. It is easy to do- Just boil some fresh Basil from your fridge- pour the water into the bathtub and then put 1 cup of Sea Salt in there)
  5. Lather Up with my favorite go-to Lotion Products
  6. Snuggle in my favorite blanket on the couch or walk around the neighborhood moon gazing with my family and my dog
  7. Unplug from the internet & my cellphone (hugely important lately- I think I went almost a whole month last month without my phone in the daytime & rarely used it in the evenings)

Invoke Creative Intelligence

So, how is self care linked to creativity? It is scientifically proven that self-care, silence, and resting enhances our creativity. It gives our nervous system and our mind a moment to recharge. It also gives our energy a moment to restart and come back to the present. It refreshes and prepares us to be ready for our new projects whether that means painting, poetry, starting a new business, entering a new relationship, or creating a vision board of some sort. Creativity is the source of almost all actions that we do in this life.

I think that for me, Self Care reminds me that I am merely a medium and Creativity is the source. Much like Pen & Paper is the medium where I write down my poems or Acrylic and Canvas is the medium where I paint my paintings. I am merely a reflection of the source- Creativity. Energy. And hey, have you ever tried to paint, draw, or create with shitty mediums? It SUCKS.

So clean yourself up-rest- enjoy your time this full moon.

 

Love you Lots,

Mel B.

 

 

NOTE: 4 more open studios happening in my studio this year. Mark your Calendars and come hang out <3

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Why Letting Go on the Full Moon is the Key to Creativity

Why Letting Go on the Full Moon is the key to Creativity_Mel Bikowski

Happy Friday, Everyone! Did you feel that Full Harvest Moon last night? 

Letting go on the Full Moon can be a challenge. It can be intimidating and challenging to enter a state of self awareness. It can be scary to find out that we are all connected and we are not as unique as we think we are. It can be EVEN scarier to realize that our problems aren't unique and there are thousands among thousands of people out there that are dealing with the same energy shifts that you might be feeling.

I feel you. It's scary as hell! But something I realized is, it is also empowering. You are not ALONE in this world. You are not alone EVER. And that is why I worship the rituals of Nature. Because it reminds me that these challenges, these new shifts, these obstacles are just cycles within our society collectively that we are all healing. Understanding the cycles also helps me clear up any and all emotions, thoughts, situations, or issues that might be removing me from my connection with the things that are most important to me which is creativity, connection, and family.

 

These Rituals bring me CLOSER to my true intentions and source. It connects my light and darkness. It allows me to be ME through and through!

The Ritual Process goes:

  1. Open my Full Moon Journal
  2. Check out The Energy of the Full Moon- some good places are Chani Nicholas or Hoodwitch if you need some assistance on this!
  3. Set an Intention about what I am releasing or illuminating that applies to this moon
  4. Reflect on my goals, my life, and make sure that everything within is in alignment with me.
  5. Release it- if that means dance it out, write it down, lash out paint on a canvas, or just clean my house- Vibes Be Gone!
  6. Do a Tarot Reading- Write down my self awareness, my creative goals, and connect with my spiritual guides through the cards.
  7. Share my knowledge with the community

So What Am I letting go on This Full Moon?

This past couple of weeks, I have started my last semester of school (for now) and I find myself in one of the most turbulent semesters that I have EVER experienced. It's distracted me from community, family, and creativity. It has made me feel somewhat destructive and angry and most of all stressed out! (yikes!)

So, here comes the full moon- time for journaling, tarot, and addressing my own problems. But not just my own, I needed to be social and face the community! I host Full Moon Workshops once a month in my studio and I was feeling a sense of chaos and forcefulness in my soul. I am so excited to host these workshops for everyone that it was KILLING me to not put my full attention to it. My Tiger is so close to being unleashed on all things that don't let me do what I want!!!!!!

So here we are, Full Moon in Aries.

The Full Moon for me is a ceremony to celebrate beginnings and ends. To address goals that we can illuminate and goals that we can end. I realized this full moon that I want more time for Family, School, and Creativity that I am going to put a pause on these workshops until Next year when I have graduated and have so much more time for the community.

On top of that, I have so much creative juices ready to explode on the canvas that I truly need to find more time for my Shaman Creative Thesis.

And letting go of these workshops for the year of 2017 is giving me space to shine on what matters most to me. It is also showed me how boldy and brightly and independent I am. It feels good to say that I am not honoring myself and it feels good to be heard.

This space will allow my art to grow, my school, and my family. I can't wait!

I have more space for creativity. I have more space to be myself.

But let me just say that last night at our workshop at Olly Olly. We had one of the best meditations that we have ever had. The support and vibrations from the community that we have built at Olly Olly through these workshops is amazing and I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me on letting me pause and take some time for myself. I really look forward to coming back in full swing to help you all out and continue sharing how applicable, pratical, and mindful Astrology and Meditation can be used as a tool to ignite our creative Fires.

Love you all lots.

Wildly,

Mel

 

End of the Year Open Studio Sale and Coupon Code

End of Year Open Studio Sale 2017

It's that time of year.

Time to bring on the End of the Year Sale! What a beautiful year of exhibits, paintings, studio time, and artwork. Thank you to all that support the arts and thank you to all the people that have become new collectors of my work!

Part of my own ritual around now is that as the trees shed their leaves, I also like to simplify and reorganize to prepare for the upcoming year ahead.

While much of the creative thesis I have worked on will continue on into the new year, I am looking to clear some space up in my studio for new works and hoping that I can offer you all some champagne for the upcoming holidays.

End of Year Studio Sale 2017

 

Paintings are now available in my shop: here

All Artwork, which is my original Paintings & Prints are going to be on sale- 10% off with the Coupon Code WILDLYMEL

You can get them online in my shop or come to my studio to scour my work new and old and see what is available for sale.

Sale goes on until January 1st

Open Studio Days

September 26

October 11

October 26

November 8

November 12

November 29

December 6

December 20

 

I will be in the studio from 7-10pm. All works will be available for sale and you are more than welcome to schedule a specific time to come see them if you aren't able to make it those days. I will also be open to taking on commissions for Christmas time.

Olly Olly 10417 Main St 2nd Floor Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Thank you to all of my collectors for supporting the arts and supporting me along my journey. I am looking forward to unveiling new works and continuing on this beautiful quest.

 

Wildly,

Mel

 

Body Flow-LoveLight Festival- Beyond the Blacklight- Art Blog

Events: Body Flow- Lovelight Festival- Beyond the Blacklight

Lovelight Yoga Festival_Mel Bikowski
Lovelight Yoga Festival_Mel Bikowski

Art Blog- August Updates

August 12- August 20, 2017- I have not had time to update you all on the events that have been happening mainly because August is a whirling wind of Art Events! It has truly been a transformational-evolving- and learning experience to be very busy and adjust to standing outside in the public beyond my little art cave and home. Lotus & I's show and workshops have been phenomenal. Pure gratitude for all of those that have supported and showed up to the events to learn something new, gain deeper knowledge, or share their energies in our intentional art community. You all inspire me and I hope that I inspire you.

Body Flow Workshop

August 12, 2017- An evening of colorful vibrant dancing-movement- art making- and connection. Lotus started out the workshop by leading us through an intuitive dance routine that allowed us to see shapes with our bodies.  It was really cool because part of the time we were blind-folded! What an experience to share space with a group of people and be able to feel comfortable enough to dance with literally not even yourself watching!

Within both Lotus & I's abstract paintings, we can find intuitive shapes and symbols and this exercise allowed us to see that these shapes manifest and transform with every movement of our physical form.

After the dancing, I led our participants through a series of exercises that allowed them to break free of their analytical mind and enjoy the connection between paint and their bodies. We got messy- especially our feet- because we danced all over our canvas!

A special thank you to everyone that participated in the workshop. Thank you for allowing my space to honor creativity- your openness and exploratory inner child.

LoveLight Festival

August 18-20, 2017- I managed to arrive at this festival with minor expectations. as an INFJ, I tend to stand in the middle between my idealistic vision of how the present should manifest and how it really does. It is a real struggle for me to just throw myself into the wind and see where I fall. But I did do just that with this festival.

Lotus had invited me along to the festival because she had been invited to be a featured artist at the festival and wanted to bring her son. She had asked me if I could come along and help watch her son while she did a couple art things, which I felt was an opportunity for Cayce and I to join in and experience a new side of our Yoga and camping lifestyle.  Lovelight also took this opportunity to add me to the roster of artists that were being featured. A special thank you to the art coordinator for allowing all the artists to display their talent and works.

Lotus and I managed to get a good amount of painting in throughout the day and switch off live painting at the Main Stage at night. One of my favorite parts of having my paints with me was when I pulled out sticks and paint and 10 kids came over and did a impromptu stick painting workshop with me in the middle of the open field. It was pretty special and spectacular to share creativity with the kids. I was also glad that they were able to take their sticks with them and remember that special time creating. I taught them how to mix different colors and it amazed them that blue & yellow could make green...etc.

Something about the festival that I really enjoyed was the openness, compassion, and connection that happened almost everywhere that I went. The festival has Kirtan music, healing Workshops, Kids Yoga, Flower Crowns, Vegan Cafeteria, Artists, Concerts, shops, and just ultimate relaxing within nature. I would say probably my favorite part of the entire festival other than camping with my soul fam was the impromptu drum circle that manifested on Sunday.

Lovelight Festival_ Mel Bikowski
Lovelight Festival_ Mel Bikowski

Children, Parents, Young, and Old all joined in Kids songs, drumming, and dancing until we all separated and went about our ways at 11:11. I mention that time because if you follow mindful- intentional community, you would understand my amusement and excitement about the ever exceeding divine flow. 11:11 for me is always a reminder and a thank you from my intuitive self that we are flowing on high vibes.

This festival was truly a continual reminder to connect deeper with my soul community as well as the practices and places that I truly believe I should be. I can only hope for future moments and spaces where I will find myself connecting together with people closely linked to my mind and heart.

Being at the festival also reminded me that I need rest. I am personally, an extremely driven woman. My truest intention on this plane is to manifest change and healing in this world. Every part of my life whether it be peaceful parenting, studying to be a psychologist, or working hard to build an intentional art community, represents my vision of honoring the change that I seek. That being said, I cannot heal and change the world without also resting and honoring my own body. I cannot give you all the truest form of myself if I am constantly exhausted.

Lovelight Yoga Festival_Mel Bikowski
Lovelight Yoga Festival_Mel Bikowski

Some of personal synchronicity transformed my beliefs I have and I plan on honoring more personal rest and self care. One of my spirit animals is the Bear and as you all know, although, deeply wise and exploratory in the woods or the arctic, a bear still needs time for hibernation and rest. I need to honor this part of me and I am going to take an active role in honoring it and integrating it better into my life.

Beyond the Blacklight

August 19, 2017- Although, I was at the Lovelight Festival for the closing reception- 3 of my paintings were still on display in the closing of Beyond the Blacklight. They lit up the neon blacklights for one last viewing of the art exhibition before de-installation.

Three of my paintings that were installed in the show were a painting of my underwater fairdom called "Neon Reef" and two paintings of the primal creatures that I have been beginning to paint here and there. I really feel strongly connected to the primal techniques of our ancestors and sometimes just like to establish a deeper skill with those type of abstractions. I feel as if they invoke and deeper integration between our animal being and our spiritual soul.

Anyway, I am now starting to get wordy and weird (hahahaha!)

I hope that you all enjoy the Solar Eclipse today and remember to touch base with strong intentions for this next go around. I hope that all your dreams and wishes come true and I urge you to not just put faith in them, but hardwork. Just don't work yourself to hard :P

Tonight New Moon Meditation-Source Renewal with Lotus at Village Gallery- Our paintings are still on display- feel free to check out the closing reception this Saturday as well!

Art Print-Lunar Gaze- Mel Bikowski
Art Print-Lunar Gaze- Mel Bikowski

Art Prints Available in my Website's Shop!

All of my moon collage art prints are available in my art shop- after the takedown of the Nameless Show, there will also be paintings for sale there, so please keep an eye out for art and if you are looking for something in particular, feel free to message me, so we can discuss.

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Nameless, An Exploration of Form Opening Reception- August 5, 2017

Nameless, An Exploration of Form-Village Gallery- Opening Reception

August 5, 2017- Lotus and I did it. From idea to manifestation, this show blossomed. Massive, explosive rainbow beam love and gratitude sent to every single person that was able to come out to the opening reception! It was a night to remember with beautiful conversation, great music, and new and old connections. I cannot thank you all enough for the massive love and support that has oozed from the community!

This colorful and vibrant show is something that Lotus and I have wanted to share with you all for some time. The mere title of the show "nameless" is a larger understanding of our own friendship, energetic connection, feelings, and desires that have been manifested through the perspective of visual artists. The emotion and inspiration that has led us to this point in both of our lives has only manifested a dialogue between ourselves, the painting, and the viewer. A conscious connection. An elicit emotional wave of beauty and harmony that resides within us all. A reminder that we are all very much connected in this life and throughout all our lives. You inspire me to create and I hope that I inspire you as well.

A special thank you to the musicians that did the opening as well. Shadow Farm is an amazing intuitive band and my husband, Darius Twin, put on an amazing set. He has intentions of posting it to his podcast, DammStr8 sometime this month, so keep a look out: here.

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I think I need to specifically send out a specific shout out to my dear collaborative friend Lotus Heartsong. Without her friendship and the magic of our connection, this show would not exist. Her presence in my life has been more than special to me and it holds a very special place in my heart to honor creation with her. Community blessings to all. I am still glowing from the reception and I am sure that Lotus is as well.

 

Nameless, An Exploration of Form will remain up for viewing from August 1-30, so if you have time and are in Fairfax, I urge you to go check it out!

Address: 3950 University Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Nameless: Opening Reception Photographs

My brother who so graciously came up from Norfolk to be there with us took my camera and snapped a few shots. Here are a few of the snapshots he took of the Opening Reception:

SPECIAL NOTE: There will be special events happening all month as well, which you can check out the list, here

Thank you most of all, the reader, the art lover, the vibes are more than felt of your sent love and support. <3

 

Reminder:

To keep up with other things that

are going on at Olly Olly, where Lotus and I both continue to journey with creative community- follow their FB page, Lotus's FB Page, or my own FB page.  I

have monthly meditations at my studio at Olly Olly every month. The next one will be a special workshop that I will be leading myself on my Wedding Anniversary, September 6th. You can find more information about the meditations in the FB group, here.

The main intention of these meditations will be to focus on the journey within. and continue to immerse ourselves into strengthening our community connections. As we approach the jewels within ourselves, I find it’s a really cool way for us all to raise the vibes of community in our NOVA area.

 

Contact me with any questions, here.

Beyond the Blacklight-Olly Olly- July 22, 2017

Beyond the Blacklight-Olly Olly-Opening Reception

Beyond the Blacklight-Olly Olly- Opening Reception

July 22, 2017- Can I just say, WOW! An Amazing show put on by Olly Olly! Beyond the Blacklight immersed us all into deep, dark, and wonderful lighting of the purple blacklight with beautiful glowing artwork from local artists all over the Northern Virginia Area. You can find the list on the Olly Olly website!

Before I go on to rant about my thoughts on the artwork, I have to do a shoutout to all that came out to the show! It was packed shoulder to shoulder like a rabbits den and it stayed like that well past to the end of the show! WOW! Lots of amazing conversations could be overheard, great costumes and outfits that also glowed in the black-light, and even a nice dazzling thunderstorm from mother nature herself to send us all home.

Much of the artwork that was on display reminded me sparkling dazzling luminescence of our own lights and how sometimes we can mistake our shadow selves as who we really are. But I have found on my own journey that the darkest times and darkest places will show you your truest light. There is no darkness that can shine out the light. The black-light, the caves, the depth of the deep sea itself only enhances our lights and that's just what this show did! The talent that oozes from the community around the Northern Virginia area is so incredibly inspiring. I am humbled every single day for the opportunity to connect with these amazing people. I managed to even paint and chat with some people who worked on the neon mural that happened during the reception! It was an ooey-gooey collaboration of love.

Tariq Omar&  Jessica Kallista, the curators of the show truly did a fabulous job of displaying the mystical magicalness of the glowey blacklight and the community sent lightning beams of love through my soul with all the support that came through. I exude with gratitude that I was invited into the show and had three pieces of art to display! Seeing them in the blacklight was a dream come true!

Beyond the Blacklight Slide-Show of Photos

 

I am looking forward to more events happening at Olly Olly and as always, you can find more press on the Olly Olly Facebook like the razzle dazzle video that was made about the opening!

It truly feeds my soul to come out of my art cave and jump into a world where community, art, and raising the vibes of our world is the focus. I felt as if this exhibit brought to "blacklight" (hehe) our inner child and really illuminated our gigantic beautiful hearts. We all crave creative celebArtions such as these and really truly can't wait to dive deep into more.

Overall, it is a magical exhibition that runs from July 22- August 19 and can still be viewed by appointment. I have done a slideshow of pictures of the exhibit.

SPECIAL NOTE: There will be a closing Beyond the Blacklight closing party on August 18 and an Love Glow Art Gym happening August 8th.  (Ms. Kallista must know my beautiful synchronicity love with the #8-infinity divinity!! hehe)

Thank you most of all, the reader, the art lover, the vibes are more than felt of your sent love and support. <3

To keep up with other things that are going on at Olly Olly, follow their FB page. I myself have monthly meditations at my studio at Olly Olly every month. The next one will be a special workshop with my dear friend Yuliya May on August 7th for the Full Moon in Aquarius

The main intention of these meditations will be to focus on the journey within. and continue to immerse ourselves into strengthening our community connections. As we approach the jewels within ourselves, I find it's a really cool way for us all to raise the vibes of community in our NOVA area.

Reminder:

Next week on August 5th, we have my opening reception for my first solo exhibition with Lotus Heartsong, where we will be showcasing our solo and collaborative works as well as the music of my husband, Darius Twin and our dear friends, Shadow Farm.

Nameless_Press Release

Info on the Art Reception: here

Art Show Reminder

Art Show Reminder for July and August

Northern Virginia Arts- Mel Bikowski-Olly Olly-Village Gallery

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Beyond the Blacklight Opening Reception at Olly Olly

July 22, 2017- Beyond the Blacklight   opening reception is happening at Olly Olly where we will all celebrate the joyfulness of the night. I have been accepted into this art show to showcase three of my best artworks in the neon purple glow of the blacklight.

Looking forward to being side by side with so many talented and awesome Northern Virginian artists that are displaying works in this show.

A list of the artists that can be found are:

Diana Adams Lina Alattar Rockeats Alcoreza Pedro Arias Thalia Baez David Barr Melanie Bikowski BS Martin J. Cervantez Naomi Christianson Jason Davis Abner De Jesus Jenny Drummey MistyDawn Forester Key Han Lotus Heartsong Toni Hitchcock Jessica Kallista Zoe Kallista Jane Matricarti Emily McGrath Javier Padilla Kim Sandara Hannah Son StarMachine MG Stout

About Olly Olly

Founded in 2014 by Jessica Kallista, Olly Olly is a call for local artists to come out from their hiding places to make and show their art in a nurturing, creative, alternative art space. Olly Olly is also a call to the community to come out, support, and benefit from an art scene that helps our community prosper and helps to provide an authentic, art filled environment.  Olly Olly promotes collaboration rather than competition and provides artist and writer studios, an incubator space, as well as a gallery, open studio, and VIP event space for the community.

Olly Olly, located at 10417 Main Street, 2nd Floor in Fairfax, VA, is open for special events and by appointment.  Please call 703-789-6144 for more information.

Nameless_August 30th Flyer

Nameless an Exploration of Form Opening Reception at Village Gallery

August 5, 2017- Nameless, an Exploration of Form   opening reception is happening at the Village Gallery where Lotus Heartsong and I will showcase 30+ of our best individual and collaborative works. I feel so grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity to co-create with my soul sister and plan such a beautiful event that consists of everything that wish for an event we would like to through (meaning lots of sparkley gooey higher consciousness and love)

If you all can't make it to the opening, the show will be up for the entire month of August and we have events planned for almost every weekend. (The schedule: here)

Feel free to reach out with any questions and I can't wait to CelebARTe with you :P <3

 

Village Gallery

3950 University Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030

 

About Mel Bikowski & Lotus Heartsong

Co-creators who share a studio together at Olly Olly in Olde Town Fairfax. They believe in intuition, higher mindful living, and creating. We were placed on this Earth to enjoy the beauty of this dimension. Thank you for blessing us with this space.

Talk Show- Olly Olly- May 20, 2017

Talk Show Olly Olly Fairfax VATalk Show-Olly Olly- Opening Reception

May 20, 2017- Talk show  immersed us into a 1970's glam jam! There was gold glitter, shag carpets, and of course, beautiful art from local artists in the Fairfax Area. You can find a list of the artists on the Olly Olly Website!

Much of the artwork that was on display reminded me of the continued importance of love. The talent that oozes from the community around the Northern Virginia area is a beautiful example of support and encouragement.  My husband had been out of town, so I had thought that i might not be able to make it to the show, but Jessica Kallista, the curator of the show, urged me to come along and bring my daughter.

Talk Show Olly Olly Fairfax VA

My daughter's energy added to the energy of the show because it showed that she was included as well as myself in my role as an active Mom. The art and intellectual world is not casting out suburban mothers from the world they might of been immersed in before. I chatted with some new friends and some old friends. Cayce's best friend, Davi even came to play.

Unfortunately, Cayce's bedtime approached quickly and I did not get to stay around for the Talk Show interviews. But a lot of them are posted on the Olly Olly FB page and can be reviewed there.

It truly feeds my soul to come out of my art cave and jump into a world where community, art, and raising the vibes of our world is the focus. I felt as if this exhibit challenges the separation of the art world to the other worlds that strangely enough, I feel the art world is a bridge between. The bridge begins with exhibitions like these and I am the lucky one to have a studio here at Olly Olly.

I love that Northern Virginia is filled with such talented gems and how much Art is supported here.

Overall, it was a really nice exhibition that runs from May 20- July 8 and can still be viewed by appointment.

To keep up with other things that are going on at Olly Olly, follow their FB page. I myself am starting monthly meditations at my studio at Olly Olly on June 9th and look forward to those that attend.

The main intention of these meditations will be to focus on the journey within. We will approach the jewels of creativity that we have within ourselves. Plus, it's a really cool way for us all to raise the vibes of community in our NOVA area.

Full Moon Meditation June 9th