And the winners are..

Thank you for entering the giveaway!

I was so delighted to see the number of entries for this class! There were so many names I recognized, and so many friends of mine who signed up!

I would love to see you all in the classroom but I did have to choose two winners... 

Congrats to Sue Harmon and Charissa van der Viles!

To those who entered, but didn't win.. I'd still love to see you in class!

There will be 12 teachers, live videos, projects, interviews and so much more. The course lasts 30 days, and is only $70 to sign up!
 

Pull + Pen + Paint

 

I just finished up the details on my segment for Pull - Pen - Paint.. 

and I'm really excited to share my process with everyone!.. as well as learn new things myself! 

I hope to see you in the classroom!

Purchase your seat here.

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

* Combining Art & Tarot * Enter to Win! I'm giving away 2 seats!

Duality Mixed Media Art | Tree Talker Art Rachael Caringella

A little while ago, I was given a wonderful compliment about my art. Someone had mentioned that my art was very "alchemical." Another person also said that they could see the Tarot in my art, saying they could recognize some of the symbols.

Much of my artistic inspiration comes from old medieval art, illuminated manuscripts and the use of symbology. 

(I should show more pictures of the inside of my home! It's covered in medieval style decor to help keep me constantly inspired.)

Have you ever felt drawn to certain symbols or Archetypes?

The old medieval style Sun and Moon symbols have always called to me, even when I was little. So much so that I insisted my bedroom be covered in old style moons and suns when I was a kid. 

(I even have a Pinterest Board to feed my obsession/inspiration.)

I feel that my innate love for ancient symbols is what drew me to being both an artist and a Tarot reader.


Tarot and Oracle cards are often highly visual, and are based on symbols and archetypes that are easily recognized by our souls/higher-selves. We seem to know their meaning just by looking at them. When I was illustrating the Spirit de la Lune deck, I was sure to use symbols that would be easily recognized by the soul. 

Symbols can mean different things to different people. But they are like little clues or keys that our higher self gives us to spark knowledge, new perspective, or even give answers when we need them.

Which is actually what I will be teaching on and sharing this month for Pull + Pen + Paint!

 
 

i'm really excited to get to combine my two loves

Step By Step Art| Tree Talker Art Rachael Caringella

and share them with you!

Using our Tarot and Oracle cards, we will get in touch with the symbols and archetypes that our soul may be in need of at this time.

Looking at the cards in a different way, we can gather stories, symbols and signs that may even be repeated in your waking life. 

We will then take our symbols to our art journals and create a mixed media story-telling page from our reading, while looking into the deeper meanings the symbols might hold.

By learning to recognize symbols and signs with our divination tools & creativity, we open our mind's eye to greater intuition in our day to day lives.

I've taken a look at all of the teachers and classes... and it's going to be an amazing month! 

Teacher Line up

 

This is a course for both beginners and advanced readers and artists, so everyone is able to participate and deepen their intuition and practice their creativity.

The class is also done live for the most part, with meetups, videos and weekly lessons and projects. There will also be a facebook group where we can share our work in a community. (I do believe the videos and lessons will be left up for quite some time after the course ends.)

You can purchase your seat here.

Or enter to win!

I am also giving away TWO free seats to the class!

All you have to do is sign up below and share my post or tag a friend on facebook or instagram.

I will email the winners using the email address given in the above form. (Don't worry, you won't be added to any email list.)

I will choose and  announce the winners February 14th!

 

Blessed Imbolc and happy February First!

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Art Journaling - Creating Habits and Seeing Progress

I've officially spent the last year working mainly with watercolor and colored pencil. This feels like a big deal, because I always thought I was going to work with acrylics.

I feel like it's given me a lot more freedom. Instead of changing into my painting clothes and setting up my pallets, I have just been working on the floor or wherever it's easier. I have given up the notion of things needing to be perfect, and so I started to focus on expressing myself instead. 

Much of my art making has turned into art-journaling.

Having that freedom to just express has helped me create when I feel like creating. For no reason at all other than to express myself. It's been fun to watch my progress over this last year as I've filled sketch book after sketchbook.

Uncovering Symbols and Stories Art Journaling | Tree Talker ARt

Last January is when I really started art journaling. I started the year off with a broken finger, and pretty bad depression. 

I had no idea what Winter's depression really had for me in the coming months, but I'm thankful I taped my broken finger into the pencil-holding position and kept going. 

I sometimes just scribble colors, words or symbols. Sometimes I hide my poetry or my thoughts behind the faces.

 

Sometimes I share my pages on Instagram, and sometimes I even list them for sale in my shop. Sometimes I keep them hidden all to myself.

I did list 8 new pieces today.

I feel like this is one of my most "emotional" batches that I've ever listed.. so it feels a little bit vulnerable to share them. 

Art Journaling With Rachael Caringella of Tree Talker Art

You can view them in better detail in the shop.

 
 

One of the most important parts of my day is sitting on my floor creating art in my art journals... so I'm very excited to announce that I've been asked to be a part of Pull - Pen - Paint!

Pull - Pen - Paint

Journaling with Tarot and Oracle Cards

 
 

This is a month long art journaling class using Tarot and Oracle cards. Doesn't that sound amazing?

I will be teaching and sharing a class called "Unearthing Stories and Symbols From the Soul."

We are going to get to combine tarot and oracle readings with art journaling, and I get to share part of my process! 

I'm so excited that I get to combine my two passions. I hope you will join me in class!! 

I will be back next week to give away two seats in the class, as well as some more details about the class I'll be teaching! 

Have a Happy Lunar New Year! 

p.s. did you know I do monthly lunar reports over at Spirit de la Lune?

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Taking Back Our Power.. it's personal

"Though her soul requires seeing, the culture around her requires sightlessness. Though her soul wishes to speak it's truth, she is pressured to be silent." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run With The Wolves) 

I don't have very many words right now. In fact, I haven't had any for a little while.. I've been working on this post for a very long time now, it's been weighing very heavy on my soul.

Nothing has really been making any sense lately, has it..  Everything feels so fast and fleeting, I don't know if I should even try sometimes. 

I think what it comes down to is the feeling of being unheard in general. Feeling powerless. I don't mean that I'm feeling lonely or that none of my friends listen to me, I think it's just been a general feeling of powerlessness. Especially with the new presidency and how things have been transpiring.. 

I can't believe the ugly underbelly of America that has revealed itself over this last year. It's like we have gone back in time in many aspects, or perhaps it's shown us that we haven't moved forward enough at all.

Nearly everyone I know and myself included are feeling fearful and apprehensive of the future. Many of the friends have expressed they feel totally and utterly powerless.. 

I know that women have been raised to feel extra powerless for centuries. I believe that this is the main reason our planet is in the turmoil it is.

Hundreds of years ago women were treated as property. She was passed straight from her father to a husband. She was a daughter, sister, a mother. Being smaller, she was thought weaker, less capable. She didn't have the right to own land, she could not vote, and in many cases she could not even seek divorce. The Man of the House, his word was law.  

I know that we have come very far since those times, but it's like this one sticky thing has lingered on and is oozing in through the cracks... That man's word is law.

Men are seen as more powerful in our society. That their say is more important than than what a woman would have to say. 

It's not that all men are evil and do this on purpose. But we weren't born this way. We were brought up this way. Because our parents were brought up this way.

Many people will say power is in strength or size. It's the ability to be commanding and domineering. The loudest one in the room. It's an admirable trait.

But when a woman or a girl does act on her own innate power, she is told she is too aggressive. Too intimidating. Too Loud. Bossy. What a bitch. 

We live in a society with rigid gender roles that are programmed in since birth. 

Not only has this manifested in almost every interaction in life, but it has sadly shown up in every single relationship I have been in. 

 
 

It's left me feeling powerless in an abusive marriage. I watched people walk away from me because they felt undermined by simple questions. I've watched huge reactions happen, over small assumptions, when male ego and pride were in the way to ask a simple question.

But this isn't even about my own personal story.. it's not just that this is "unfair".. It's not just the surprising statistics of rape, domestic abuse, murders against women that happen each day...

This is down right dangerous and fatal to our existence as whole. This power imbalance is effecting the lives of everyone. The earth is suffering, the animals are suffering.

Because of this imbalance in power our world is where it is at.

The fact that women have no say in government, our own reproductive rights, the future of our Earth is the reason that we are on the edge that we are on.

And I cannot and will not stand for it any longer.

Have you reached your breaking point? I think we all know. Enough is enough.

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Why is this so important to me?

I am a part of the 1 out of 6. I was sexually abused for years when I was child. I was later in an abusive marriage. Both of these painful experiences taught me a very important lesson.

When it's time to call in my own personal power and how to do it. 

I wish I had the answers on how we as a nation can take our power back, but I think this is something that needs to be done internally first.

Before we can establish any balance in the world, we must first find the balance within ourselves.

We must first call our own power personal back.

We must first begin to stand up for ourselves. Speak up. Speak out. The only true hero we could ever ask for is ourselves.. 

We must first release the idea that physical strength or size denotes power.

Power is the ability to act. It is our Will, and our ability to act on it. 

We choose to give our power away daily when we tune into the media. When we listen to things like "you can't."  When we stay silent. When we don't ask questions. We give our power away when we blame others, or ourselves, when we complain about our circumstances. We take our own power away by putting our happiness onto others rather than taking responsibility ourselves.

By taking our personal power back we begin to take control of our own lives. The way it's meant to be.

Here are 3 simple but powerful ways you can begin to take your power back.

LOVE and understand yourself. This one seems like a given, but it is sometimes very hard to do. When your personal power has been taken away, self esteem, confidence, and bravery also seem to be missing. It's hard to not hate yourself  when you feel powerless. Because the one taking your power has also manipulated you into thinking other horrible thoughts about yourself.

But take small steps each day if you have to. Show yourself love. Laugh at your own jokes. No one is ever going to love you the way you can love yourself. No one is ever going to comfort you the way you can comfort yourself. Our self love is our true power.

Set your boundaries and stick to them with fierceness. No is a complete sentence. It needs no further justification. For the love of self, don't say yes to anything unless it brings you utter joy. Find your personal integrity. Get to know yourself by spending time alone. This will make the next step easier. 

Remove any limiting beliefs and fears. Limiting beliefs hold us back from our true potential. You've heard people tell you that you can't do something or that you shouldn't do something before. You've had limiting beliefs cast on you since you entered this world. It doesn't matter your gender here. You have been fed limiting beliefs since day one.

Removing them takes time and practice. They are used to keep us powerless as they control our thoughts and behaviors.

But a belief is just a thought we keep thinking. Not all beliefs are true, and over time with conscious effort, we can shift our beliefs and shift our lives. This one takes conscious effort to understand just how powerful you truly are as a being. 

Stand Up! For yourself and others.  Like sticking to your boundaries, stand up for what you believe in, and stand up for yourself. Don't give in to victim or martyr mindsets from yourself or others. Even though they may feel real, don't rob yourself of your personal power by dwelling in that space. If you are being treated poorly, speak up about it. If you see other's being treated poorly, stand up and say something.

Stand Up Women

Get out and protest peacefully. Join a cause. Speak against violence and harassment when you see it. Stand up for others and stand up for yourself. When you stand up for others, you give everyone watching a voice and a new platform for the future. 

Now isn't the time to just not be racist or sexist. It's time to be anti-racist, anti-sexist. The time has come to be irreverent, and to stand up for what you know to be true. 

All great change first begins from within. 


What methods or advice do you have when it comes to taking your personal power back?

I'll be attending tomorrow's Women's March in Park City wearing one of the many pink Pussy-Hats I knitted and sent out to fellow marchers. 

Are you joining in any protests?

 

Stay safe and peaceful and grab back. ;)

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

..Fall Fell..

.. and winter quickly followed..

Cabin through the pines

I can't believe the last time I blogged was in July. Everything has happened so quickly. Summer rushed by, Fall flew in, knocked everything around and now I'm in sitting in a pile of snow, scratching my head and holding onto the pieces of my heart.

Sterling moved out in October. 

I don't want to go into the details right here and now.. He moved into a neighboring cabin with Meko and Merlin; we are in contact often, and are still rooting for the other the best we can.

It was a pretty big shock for me.. I didn't see it coming, and the events leading up to it all kept me from being able to formulate words for any blogs. Many of my emails and messages got backed up as well.

Icy Cabin

This year has been an utter mess hasn't it? It's like the rug just keeps getting pulled out from under us all again and again.

So.. I'm living in this cabin alone now, and Winter has already set in with a foot of snow.

I'm sure I'll be blogging more, because it's an interesting experience to live alone like this.

I'm especially nervous for the darker months of Winter. We just don't get a lot of sunshine during the Winter. The sun sets around 2 pm behind my mountain. 

I have been filling my spare time with making art. It's always been a therapy for me..

I did a lot of drawing in October, and I think it helped hold me together while Sterling was moving out. I think Inktober saved me. I almost made it through the entire challenge before I couldn't keep up any longer.

But I ended up loving each of the drawings so much!

I finally sat down and was able to list all of the new pieces from this entire Fall including the Inktober drawings.

I had a few people ask me if I would sell the originals, and I will! Just send me a message and let me know which one you are interested in.

You can view a larger version of each print by clicking on the image. Or visit my etsy shop for more pictures, information and links to purchase. 

 
Spirit de la Lune Set Illustrated by Rachael Caringella or Tree Talker Art

I've also been hard at work with Spirit de la Lune this Summer and Fall. We released our second edition, designed some calendars and have been shipping out tons of orders. 

The deck now has silver stamping on the backs of the cards and the cover of the guidebook. The set also features a new box that fits everything inside. (Also featuring silver printing.) 

It's quite the magical deck, and I'm happy to have been so busy working on it this year.

Spirit de la Lune Stands for Standing Rock

This week 20% of Spirit de la Lune's Sales are going towards Standing Rock.

I really wanted to go out there in person, and I think I still might. 

My plans didn't seem to work out, and the I didn't hear from the people I was planning on going with. .

So I'm trying to come up with a new plan so I can still make it out there with some donations.

But for now, Marissa and I doing what we can. So if you've been wanting to get the deck, and help out at Standing Rock now is a great time. 

 

I'm sorry for not posting at all since July. I literally cannot believe my blog posts and pictures are going to be snowy again. And if you've sent me a message, and I haven't replied, please politely remind me. 

This year has been chaos. I'm both nervous and excited for what this new year will hold.. 

I'm thankful that we were able to gather the firewood I would need for the cabin since I last posted. It's turned cold and we already have more snow on the way. It feels nice to have all the wood gathered for this winter.

Though something within me has decided I won't be at the cabin for another year after this.. A new place is calling me next fall.. I can feel it...

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

The Golden Spaces | Finding Inner Peace During Chaos

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Even though I kinda missed blogging for most of July, this summer sun has been so sweet. 

We are still waiting for the day we feel we need to install our AC unit, but I have a feeling that day will never come!

While it has gotten hot; there is a lovely constant breeze keeping things feeling nice. 

It's also that same constant breeze that kept that bitter chill in the air over the winter.. but I knew I would welcome it in the summer.

In fact, that was something I looked forward to during that hard winter.

Summer at the Cabin Pano | Tree Talker art
Winter at the Cabin | Tree Talker Art

I can't believe I'm still blogging about winter, but this one really did leave a lasting impression on me!

I enjoy being cold for the most part, but I also experience SAD (seasonal affective disorder), and up in the mountains, we did not get a lot of sun or color.

Winter at the Cabin

Winter is the season of death, and there were so many experiences of the life-death-life cycle that we faced.

While winter's death is hauntingly beautiful, it was difficult to not have any sun to light our way through all the internal chaos we were facing on top of the harsh winter.

It really took focus and daily practice to get myself in a "good" place, but after some time I did get the hang of it.. 

I guess that's mostly what I'm trying to write about today. Finding a bit of happiness and comfort when the world is cold and the sun just isn't anywhere to be found.

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We had a storm that lasted several days, and the clouds covered the sun for more than a week several times this winter. Just a blur of grey, black and white, and silence.

My bed and heated blankets were my best friends. 

One cold morning, clinging to that space between sleep and awake, I felt the warm sun on my skin, and I heard bird's chirping and ocean waves near by. 

It felt like I was wrapped in the golden warmth of sunlight, and the birds were singing just for me in the warm breeze I felt at peace and hopeful. 

Of course the more I woke up, the more I realized that it was just the heated blanket, and the ceiling fan was squeaking...

..but the feeling of that warm peaceful moment had been very real. 

Sometime in the darkness of December we ran out of firewood. Without a constant fire going, our cabin got as low as 42 degrees!

We had been traveling an hour into the city each week for firewood in a car that didn't have a heater, and it was literally always snowing.

If we had to bring anything up to the cabin, (food, firewood, cat litter, etc) we had to trudge through the snow, and pull it all behind us on a plastic sled. Which meant several trips in the freezing weather. 

But, this was our weekend ritual all winter and when I get myself into a situation, I try to at least make the best of it, or at least learn something from it.

One night on our way up the lonely mountain road, my mind wandered in the darkness, and I remembered that warmth that I experienced that one early morning.

Wrapped Up In Song | Tree Talker Art

That peaceful golden moment in the space between sleep and awake. 

And as we pulled up to the entrance of our driveway and begun to unload the car onto our silly sled, I focused all of my mind and heart on reaching that golden space again. 

I wrapped myself up in a cloak of warmth and focused on the sound of the song birds that had brought me comfort that early gray morning.

The visuals brought in the peaceful emotions, and the dread in my heart began to fade, and while it didn't change the outside temperature, it made the walk back to the cabin just a bit better.

Reaching these Golden Spaces became an important part of surviving the winter.

I believe we all have an inner light that is accessible to us.. an ability to feel at peace no matter how chaotic the world around us is.

 Of course, I miss my mark sometimes and allow the influences of the outer world to get to me.. It takes practice. But with focus, slowing down the breath, coming into the now, and feeling for that inner light, we can achieve that inner peace. 

I call these the Golden Spaces.. kinda like my "happy space." Abraham Hicks listeners may call it the Vortex, while some along other paths may just call this Spirit. 

But, I'm a visual person, so imagery helps take me to that peaceful state that no one can argue exists. 

I imagine blue skies traced with golden light around me, or a cloak of songbirds held together with golden thread. Or I imagine a forest of golden leaves and twinkling lights. An image that I can surround myself with that brings my soul peace and comfort, and then I just soak it in until things begin shift. 

The Golden Spaces | Tree Talker Art

And with more practice we begin to live and operate from that place of peace.

Like attracts like, meaning that a peaceful mind, will create a peaceful life. 

I've been trying to paint these spaces more and more. 

Because even though the sunshine is back, the world still doesn't feel peaceful at all.

It's my hope that by painting these pockets of peace that exist between dimensions, maybe, just maybe it will help bring some peace here as well. 

 

And if not, then maybe others will feel peace when they look at them.

The Golden Spaces Series | Tree Talker Art

Shop Art Here

Painting them brings me comfort, so expect to see more Golden Spaces over time. 

 

By the way we already have quite a bit of wood saved up for next winter, and a truck with a heater! 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Fit For Precious Rubies and Gems

Traveling Art Supplies | Tree Talker Art

I've been doing a lot of art outside lately...

It's just so nice out! There is no point staying inside if I don't have to! 

At first it was several trips, carrying my art supplies outside and back in.

Sterling made me a wooden box that folds into an easel for my birthday, which has helped a lot, but I don't like to have art supplies roll around, so I thought of a pretty clever idea to solve this problem..

 

I bought a bunch of sparkly, satin lined, party bags from the thrift store! 

and it has been the best decision ever.

Carrying Art Supplies in Style

I know that they make pencil cases, bags and such for carrying supplies.... But why not give old thrifted party bags a try? They are lined in satin! And the one I carry my most fragile stuff is actually padded. 

I'm super funny about my art tools... they are my babies. My gems!I've always been like that.. Art tools should be treated like the special gems they are.

I dropped a pencil of mine off the deck the other day... I panicked and cried. I was so heartbroken!

I know it was just a pencil falling off a deck... but I was mortified. 

Back when I was teaching art, my students really liked to push my buttons. They knew that a pet-peeve of mine was pencil throwing... so obviously, they threw the colored pencils around the room, into the ceilings, at me, at each other. 

I was teaching art at a residential high school/treatment center.. rowdiness was pretty normal, but I couldn't handle the pencil throwing.

I finally was able to explain this to them: "You know how frustrating it is to sharpen a pencil, then go back to your seat, press your freshly sharpened pencil to your paper, only to have it break again and again? Or how annoying it is when you sharpen and sharpen a pencil and it just keeps breaking? That's because the lead inside breaks when you throw them!" 

Suddenly everyone understood.. And I don't think we had a pencil throwing problem any longer. 

             post on this piece coming next week! 

             post on this piece coming next week! 

Back then we were just using Crayola colored pencils.. (Though I had a special set of prisma colors for students to borrow if they were respectful)

I'm now working with pencils are that 3.00 a pop! That is why I call them my gems.

That is why I carry them in satin lined bags with sparkles.

I don't know. Maybe I'm weird, but it just makes sense to me. 

Plus, maybe if/when people come over, they will see all the party bags scattered around the floor.. they will assume I'm normal and go out and socialize. 

Win-win. 

 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Summer Drives and Cabin Chores

Wild Flowers at the Cabin

I can't believe it's already the Summer! Time has really been flying by.. Like we only have a few more months to get our fire wood for the next winter. 

In fact, thats a lot of what our weekends are spent on. 

This weekend we dug the foundation for our new shed, built a saw-horse and chopped our wood for next winter. We have a lot of dead wood that we need to get chopped up. 

It's been a bit of a rough go on the Ruby situation.. Turns out the rebuild process of a vintage trailer takes some extra tools and parts that aren't too easily available, or are just plain expensive. 

We have a few things to work with, but will need metal for C-channels, metal cutters, a rivet gun..  

But I think I've got a genius idea to use some of the C-channel that came with the shed in the trailer.. and just build the shed out of wood! We were given a really old shed from the landlords. It's missing some key pieces... But I think I can replace a lot of them with wood, and use the left over metal for the Trailer. 

It's been nice just having the trailer here though. Once the truck is up and running again I hope we can pick up some metal.

Until then I've just been enjoying the beautiful summer sun with the pups. We've been taking the truck up the mountains for fire wood. Now that we have a chainsaw we are able to cut out own wood. (With a permit of course.) 

Tree Talker Art Summer Sun
Meko Exploring
Aspen Leaves
Wild Flowers
Mountain Drives
Deer Creek Reservoir
Cloudy Skies | Tree Talker Art
Rolling Mountains | Tree Talker
Mountain Drives

It really has been so beautiful out here. I've been bringing a lot of my art work outside. I've got a really nice traveling art set up that I want to show you. 

Even though I haven't felt "in the studio" much... I have been creating. I've just added 4 new prints to the art shop!

Tree Talker Art Shop Update | June 2016

 

 

 

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I've been having a lot of fun with my watercolor pencils and crayons.

 It feels really good to color and scribble in crayon and then go and paint the details in with water.

I'm off to sit on the back porch and watch the sunset while playing with my new favorite paints! 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

come take a walk with me

Winter Wonderland | Tree Talker Art

Sterling and I have officially decided to stay here at the cabin for another year. 

We've lived here for a little over 8 months now, and we've decided to stay another year!  Even though this Winter was one of the longest darkest one I've ever experienced.... 

We signed up for another ride.

Not just because we know what to expect during Winter, but because we know what to expect for Spring.

This spring has been the most animated and lively spring I've ever seen. Sure it came late, but it was well worth the wait. 

 

Every time I think the forest has bloomed it's last flower, I see one of a new color, or shape. The forest is keeping me on my toes once again and I'm in love with the treasures that I see. 

So come take a little walk with me through the forest..

I'll show you my most favorite sights.

Leather Flower
Wild Flowers in the Rocky Mountains
Blossoms in the sun light
Wild Flowers
Little Blue Flowers
Small White Flowers
Sunlight
Sunlit path
Water Droplets
Rainy Day in the Forest
After the rain
Sunlight through the leaves

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Itsy Bitsy Spider Cat

Meet Spider, the newest member of our little family. 

Spider Cat | Tree Talker Art

We've had her for a few weeks now.. and I'm just now getting to posting this! She is one of the silliest and sweetest cats I've ever met.   

I felt her energy come into our space a few months ago. I started to see a little black cat in the corner of my eye and around the house. I would hear another meow aside from Merlin's, and feel a small feminine presence follow me around the house. 

I told Sterling, "I think a little black cat might be coming into our lives soon... I keep feeling her. She's got green and gold eyes and little dainty paws"

Which is similar to how Merlin came into our lives. "I keep hearing the tiniest meow coming from a big grey cat! I think we are going to be finding a grey fluffy cat soon"  He matched the vision of him perfectly, and came into our lives shortly after I began seeing him and feeling him.

We found Spider about 3 weeks ago while picking up food for the dogs. There was an adoption event going on at the local pet supply shop. They worked with the animal shelter in the area and were having a huge adoption event. So I naturally went to see if Spider was there.

I named her Spider before I even met her in person! The name has been pretty fitting. 

Merlin and Spider

I felt weird about being so "picky" when I asked the shelter workers about finding a little black female cat, (but I had met her before, and I wanted to help rescue her. )

No one at the shelter thought we were silly for being so picky! They said they were thankful someone was keeping an eye out for black cats, since they are less likely to get adopted. 

They told me they had one cat who matched my exact description, except they didn't take her to the event. They had a feeling to leave her at the shelter that day! 

So we drove to the shelter and got a chance to meet her in private.

When I picked her up, I immediately knew, this is Spider! 

We went home, to talk and meditate about it before we went back for her to sign any adoption papers. Even though I knew we would be finding another cat soon, we still wanted to be sure this would be the right decision for her, us, and the pups and Merlin.

Once we brought her home, the next day we had to take her into the vet about some health issues, which landed her in the cone of royalty (no shame) for a week or two. 

Meko coincidentally needed to be in a cone for a week as well. Which was a blessing in disguise as Meko and Spider did not get along at all until they were both in cones. They seemed to form a friendship and a bond based on their cone-ship. 

By the time they both got their cones off, they had become pretty good friends.

She fit in with the other animals so flawlessly. 

Merlin and Spider are best cat pals, who love to play Crazy Cat at 4:30 in the morning. Which I think is a contest of who can be the crazier cat while taking tally on who can knock over what, and who makes the louder crash.

Spider loves Wicket too, who won her over by showing her his tail and spinning around in circles over and over and over again. I think she finally realized he poses no real threat. (I assured him, she does think his tail is nice.) 

Spider and Meko have a complicated relationship. He tends to bully anyone he feels steps out of line, and to him, her entire existence was "out of line." for a while. Until a ruptured anal gland landed him in the cone, and her past incision spot infection landed her in a cone... they suddenly became friends. Which has lasted even when their cones were taken off. Meko sometimes still goes into his bully mode, but Spider's got this "Don't mess with me" look she shoots at him, and he usually rethinks everything.

She is the sweetest, bravest and most darling cat I've ever met, even though the people at the shelter warned us that she had an attitude problem. She was abandoned and abused as a baby, and was pretty skittish and shy at first, but has become one of the pack within such a short time.

On the way home from her adoption, I was sure to remind her that she was a brave kitty who has done hard things, and she will continue to be brave and overcome even more. I told her that sometimes us girls get the "attitude problem" title when we just have a strong personality. ;) 

And her personality is purrfect. 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.