Creating an Artists and Authors Festival

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I am heaven-bent on championing artists and writers by curating art-filled, fun events for artists and authors to show and sell their work and expand their reach in the community.  No more starving artists or authors!!!

We creatives have bought into the idea that because we have a gift of art or writing that we have to give it away.  It is easy for us to create so why should we ask a lot of money for what we create? Because we add value that no one else can add.  We have a unique way of seeing the world and expressing it through our craft that no one else can do.

Using the word “gift” to describe someone’s talent is part of the problem.  Yes, it is a gift that was given to us from our soul, God, Goddess, Spirit or the Universe or whatever you want to call it, but that does not mean we have to give it away.  If we underprice and undervalue our work we perpetuate the myth of the starving artist.

Have you ever been to an art show and someone next to use is selling their paintings for $20?  I have!  Not only are they devaluing themselves but they are creating an environment in the buyer that says art should be cheap.  If you think about it you know that a painting took more than say an hour, possibly 2 or 3 so, in essence, they are making between $5 and $15 an hour if you take off money for supplies.  So art is worth what you might pay for a Big Mac at McDonald’s and if it is any more than that it is priced too high?

That is the equivalent of selling your soul because you put your soul into what you paint.

Another thing I hear all of the time is “I have to mark it cheap so it sells because I have bills to pay.”  That statement comes from lack consciousness and a belief that if it isn’t cheap it won’t sell.   What if an art collector walked by, saw your $25, $75 or $100 painting and would have bought it if it was $1000 or more.  The same painting!  That actually happens!  Collectors like to show off what they buy and what fun is it to show off an amazing painting that you bought for $25.  $25 means it has little value.

So I am creating events where artists and authors are valued.  Where authors and artist support each other and the community takes notice.  For example, I will be interviewing each participant and posting the interviews in both of my blogs.  I will share on social media and ask each participant to share each blog on their social media.  Imagine the impact of 25 people sharing your interview on their social media pages.  That will touch a lot of people who the participant might never reach.  In order to build community before the event, I am having a gathering of all the vendors to get to know each other and brainstorm ways to improve attendance.

Brush & Pen is currently taking place at Blue Harbor Center for the Arts on Saint Paul’s West Side. The first event is August 18, 2018.  This is an intimate venue that will comfortably hold about 25 individual vendors.  Katelyn curates each show to make sure there is a diverse variety of artists and authors.  Individuals are invited to participate. There are no crafts in this show.

Imagine lots of people appreciating and buying art, strolling musicians, and lots of beauty.  Artists meeting authors and artists and authors meeting community! Followed by a meet the authors and artists networking event.

All the events are in the spirit of fun, creative expression, to showcase local artist and bringing the community together.


Prophetic Art

I am posting this because it is a beautiful painting but because I noticed something interesting that I didn’t see before that is very profound. I hope you read the interpretation.

I am a visionary artist, so much of my artwork is prophetic. I paint my vision from a higher perspective. When I paint I am not thinking about what is coming through, I just listen and painted what I “hear” and “see” at a higher level.

I painted this on November 4th. If you look at the right side of the heart it looks like there is a bypass coming out of the side. It actually goes up and connects into the DNA/Tree of Life. I found out on the 8th that I needed to have the bypass, so 4 days after I painted this.

The painting is full of beauty, new beginnings (the eggs), Life (the tree of Life) and change ( the number 5) fertility (the earth) and it says that I am going to be amazing after the surgery. Life is actually coming out of the arteries in the form of eggs. The DNA is transforming into the tree of life. The crystalline core of the earth is sending energy to the heart. WOW!

I usually don’t get messages this fast, sometimes it takes years for me to understand what a painting is saying. This might not have meaning to anyone else but it is profoundly healing to me.

This message makes me really happy and gives me a lot of peace. I am so blessed to have this prophetic gift.


The base of the DNA in the painting that goes into the heart is almost the same as the actual bypass. See the drawing of the surgery on the heart pillow drawn by my surgeon. So the bypass has opened me to a new level of life.

The Importance of Incubating an Idea


Sometimes it is crazy being a creative and visionary who thinks outside the box. If you are anything like me you understand because our minds are always popping with ideas.  When an amazing creative idea pops into my mind I get so excited that I want to share it with someone immediately.

I have to stop myself because I have learned the art and importance of incubating an idea.

Nature, a great role model of incubating, is teaming with examples. The egg, the seed the cocoon and the womb are all examples of incubators.

To incubate an idea means, to provide a protective environment where an idea can develop and mature. I see incubating as one step of the four stages of creativity, which are:

1: The Seed Idea Stage: That is the idea that seems to drop in from no where. It’s like the embryo, the caterpillar or seed in nature. It’s fragile and needs protection.

2: The Incubating Stage: This is where we provide protection from outside influence so our unique idea can grow and mature naturally. The idea is not ready for the light and needs the darkness in order to percolate.

3:The Building Energy Stage:  This is where the idea takes shape, and often transforms into something more powerful. Sharing our idea too early dilutes it and reduces its energy. Others might pooh pooh it, or try to distract you or claim it as their own if you share too soon.

4: The Release Stage: The idea has come to life and is ready to be shared with others. Did you know that if a butterfly is removed from the cocoon too early it either dies or is never able to fly. We want our creations to take wing and fly.  


All four stages are important to the successful launch of a creative idea.  There is not any set time and you will know when it is ready if you pay attention to your process.

I have this little journal to incubate my ideas.


Next time you get a creative inspiration step back before you share it and remember it needs to incubate.


The Cosmic Womb


Heart healing painting #12

I did it! It took me four times more time than normal but I finished it!

There is a lot going on in this painting and because it is visionary I don’t always know right away what it is saying.

This is what I know so far…

This was inspired by the idea that the heart is the first organ to form in the early stages of the fetus. So this heart is in the womb with an umbilical cord connected to the cosmic womb of the Divine Feminine. I feel that the heart continues to have a direct connection with the Divine and receives information all of the time from Source if we listen and pay attention.

PS. I painted this without being able to see very well.

My Personal River Styx


As a visionary artist my paintings are often prophetic.  This one was painting in Ibiza, Spain and at the time I wasn’t sure of its meaning. 4 months after I painted it I began a journey on my personal River Styx that started with a heart attack. (You can read some of my blogs about it here.)

A simple understanding of this painting is that it is Psyche floating in a chrysalis on the River Styx toward the moon.  She moves gracefully over the souls of the dead who lost their lives in the river. I understood the image to mean it is possible to float gracefully over perilous waters when navigating the darkness with light.  The light and dark create balance and she is able to find her way.

In the story of Psyche and Eros she has to complete 4 almost impossible tasks in order to win the favor of the Goddess Aphrodite who was jealous of her and wanted her to die. The last part of the story, in which Psyche has important tasks to fulfill, shows the making of her Self. The third task was to go to the mouth of the River Styx where it entered the underworld and fill a crystal vase with water.  Through death, which is an organic and symbolic part of life, she is born into eternal life by undergoing tests, purifications, death, resurrection, and ascension.

In Asteroid Goddesses, Demetra George says that Psyche archetype is connected with psychic sensitivity, especially towards the mind and feelings of another, but also with being able to feel and communicate with nature.

The river Styx (“the river of hate”) was the boundary between the Earth and the Underworld. It separates the realm of the living from that of the dead. To touch the water is fatal, yet the Styx is the river of life and psyche is learning that she must meet life patiently and carefully. Mythologically the River Styx is the river of life and death.  Its raging torrents are the source of human creativity and vitality.  It could be seen as a symbol of the collective unconscious.  Psyche’s task is to draw from its primordial waters only those energies that are appropriate for her emerging individuality (ego self) symbolised by the crystal goblet.

On her path, Psyche is now integrating the archetypally masculine energies symbolized by the eagle: a solar bird of consciousness. The only way for Psyche to complete the task is to not only listen to her feminine self but also subordenate herself to the masculine spirit of the eagle/Zues. This symbolizes the union of the masculine and feminine and how working together gets the task done.

“Eagles are the opposite energy to the energy carried by the river Styx: thus this labour entails the unification of opposites. In connection with eagle symbolism, Cirlot shares an interesting thought in his Dictionary of Symbols: “… the constellation of the Eagle is placed just above the man carrying the pitcher of Aquarius, who follows the bird’s movement so closely that he seems to be drawn after it by unseen bonds. From this it has been inferred that Aquarius is to be identified with Ganymede, and also with the fact that even the gods themselves need the water of the Uranian forces of life.” The higher Aquarian waters of pure understanding are juxtaposed with the murky, toxic waters of hate flowing in the Styx. Both streams reflect the mysteries of Life and Death, as the whole myth of Eros and Psyche does.”

Zeus’ eagle now comes to Psyche giving her an overview of how to go after what you need, how you avoid the dangers, keep your eye on the prize, and go for it. The eagle takes the crystal goblet. It returns to give Psyche the goblet, now filled with Stygian water that she was to get for task three. One would say that at each step Psyche has learned something new. The eagle, has the ability to see what it wants and plunge from the sky to grab it in its talons. That ability to see the overall picture, to see the forest but not each individual tree, is a way of being in the world.  The masculine focus and action combined with the feminine intuition and creative thinking forms a balanced union of the energies, which helps her complete this difficult task.

In my journey to heal my heart I was very aware of the energies of death, especially after the second heart attack which had a 1% chance of happening.  I felt like I was floating on both the waters of life and the waters of death in a very delicate juxtaposition. My task was also to integrate the masculine and feminine energies within myself so that I could live a balanced and authentic life.

At times when I was focused on the idea that I might die I had to rise above those feelings like and eagle and get a higher prospective otherwise I was overwhelmed with anxiety. My task was healing and anxiety didn’t help me with that task.  I had to draw from the life giving waters remembering that I had the vehicle to float gracefully above that waters of death that seemed to be pulling at me.

There is so much more to that painting and so many more connections that could be made but that is a taste of how I see it as being prophetic for my journey and how the information I get is often ahead of what happens in the physical world.


Rune Story


Rune Story Painting by Katelyn Mariah

People of olden times used runes to communicate with one another. The runes are ancient keys to other dimensions which hold secret information and can shed light on our path.  They are guides for our journey of self discovery that lead us back to our source.  They were left by our ancestors to show us the way.  Just seeing the ancient symbol can awaken our memory.

There are many types of runes and the Danish runes are one such writing system created between 800 and 1000 C.E in the Viking age. They are known as either the Danish Futhark or the Younger Futhark and it is theorized that they originated in the Danish region and are based on the old Roman alphabet.  The Younger Futhark consists of 16 characters, which is 8 characters less than the common rune system. It was common place for the rune master to write what they called ‘rune poems’ to help them remember the meanings of each rune.

I wrote this rune poem as part of a book.  It goes along with the image at the top.

Realm of the Runes

On an ancient path,

the spirals round.

up to the castle throne,

at the left side of the gateway,

stands a giant stone.

Local legend echoes,

of the ancestors who with

their swords did cover,

magic symbols

on the stone

like a time capsule

to be discovered.

They say it was the Vikings,

on a journey to other lands,

who left this ancient message,

in the place that it still stands.

Each letter is a magic rune,

with a story all it’s own,

and if you can crack

it’s secret code,

it will help you journey home.

On either side,

of the ancient words

carved upon this cold face,

stand two swans,

 frozen in eternal grace.

Like guardians on the road,

this moss covered stone is cast,

A long forgotten memory of days of old,

whispers mysterious secrets of the past.

I Was Afraid to Look Back!


I sat in the audience near the back of the room, transfixed, as the man in front of the room talked about the powerful art on easels in front of him.  What he was saying shocked me and I could hardly take it in.  He talked about how each image pulled together symbolism from all different cultures around the world into a cohesive whole.

It wasn’t until he said ” and therefore, I am extremely privileged to be here to be more or less the official midwife to announce to the world that this is not just an artist- Katelyn is an initiate of consciousness”, that I went into complete shock and shut down, as the entire room turned toward where I was sitting, stood and began to clap.

The world at that moment was surreal.

I was rushed to the front of the room where I stood paralyzed as people asked me how I did this, what was my process, what did I do to prepare.  I couldn’t speak.

I didn’t do anything special, I just listened to the promptings of my soul and painted pictures of what I was shown.  Images that came so fast and furious for two months that I couldn’t capture them all. I listened and I painted. I painted 44 images in all.

I met Ron Mangravite in 1996, at a spiritual salon that my friend Dr. Jan Adams held in her home once a month.  I happened to bring my paintings with me to the salon and as I sat next to Ron, showing him the images he started saying things about them and their connections to different cultures and mythology and symbolism.  I looked at him and told him I didn’t know what he was talking about.  He told me he thought I had years of study in mythology and ancient symbolism and was surprised when I said no.

After a visit to a friend she decided to help me make the images into a meditation deck and “Awaken the Goddess Meditation Deck” was born.  Ron had told me that if we ever had an art show with my art he wanted to be there to talk about the images.  I had no idea what he would say about my paintings but we invited him to speak at the launch party for the deck.  There were about 100 people in the room.  Everything change for me that night.  Someone spoke the truth about who I was and it scared me to death!

In attempting to find her identity, which is the Goddess, and find ways she could manifest, she apparently went down deep enough to get totally past Katelyn, to get totally past everything but her femininity, because these images are the Goddess.  Katelyn dug down deep enough to get past anything that is the person and found real legitimate expressions that came from such a mixed bag of a culture that it would be very difficult for her to have truly cheated.  She does not know that some of these symbols are Babylonian, Sumerian, Chinese, and Welsh.  She cold not possibly known without at least 10 or 15 years of study.  She could not have made this mixed bag up by faking it.  It has to come from someplace very real. Ron Mangravite


Ron had a mystery school where he taught about occult mysteries and many of his students were in the room.  Some of them were friends of mine.  Other people in the room were friends, family and my two children.  The experience freaked me out.

It didn’t stop me from painting at first.  I painted my impressions of the balance between the masculine and feminine that came through my soul.  There were more then 66 of them.  I met with Ron the next time he was in town and we looked at my art and once again he told me all of the symbolism that he was seeing in my new paintings.  I really couldn’t get my mind around it.  During that meeting I asked him if I could join his mystery school and he told me that I knew more than he did and I wouldn’t benefit from his courses.  Once again I was shocked. I couldn’t comprehend what he was saying to me because it didn’t make sense.  I was just painting what came through me.

Ron told me that he wanted to try and create a workshop that we both would facilitate.  He told me “let us plan on meeting the next time I am north under any circumstances.” He expected that to be around October 1998.  On the 1st of October I was in my studio when suddenly I was downloaded information about the ancient blood mysteries.  I didn’t even know what that meant but I wrote down what I heard.  Ron died that day while teaching his class.  I saw one of his students soon after that and I asked her what she knew about the blood mysteries and I told her the information I had gotten.  She looked at me shocked and said “That is what Ron was teaching the day he died.”

Ron had indeed connected with me in October under any circumstances…

To Be Continued…

Part 2 Why did this scare me so much?

A Sample Soul Portrait

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Here is an introduction to how I do a soul portrait for clients.

Soul Portraits are created through the energetic connection with clients’ inner being.  I quiet my mind and center myself, connect with my Divine Inner Genius and that of the person I am painting for.  Through this connection I gather information, metaphor and symbolism to create an image that is specific to each person.  The image brings to conscious awareness the message that the soul wants the client to have at the time it is created in order to enhance growth.

It is the Spirit that manifests through each creative work that gives it life and imbues it with symbol, color, energy and movement that touches the soul of the viewer.  It is the same Spirit that indigenous peoples have worked with for thousands of years in healing work.  The painting becomes a tool for continued healing, transformation and insight as it speaks to the client’s psyche.

Each painting supports opening the doorways of the pituitary and pineal glands in the body which align us with our soul purpose and help us stay centered in our energetic frequency.

These watercolor images can include sacred geometry, symbols, animal totems, numeric patterns and verbal guidance from spirit.  The information acts as key codes to open gateways to the soul.  The image will facilitate your ability to continue to connect more deeply with your inner wisdom and higher guidance.  Each painting includes a written information sheet reflecting on symbols, astrology, numerology and spiritual guidance as it pertains to the image.


This image was created for a woman in Washington State.



The rose is a symbol for perfection, the pleroma, completion, the mystery of life, the heart center of life, the unknown, beauty grace and happiness. As the flower of the feminine deities it is Love, life, creation, fertility, beauty and virginity.  It’s fragrance is the highest frequency on the planet. It symbolizes the mystic center of the heart.  The rose (Latin, rosa, in Greek, rhodon) is a sacred symbol of regeneration, purity, virginity, fertility, sexuality, secrets, and most of all, love. It is a feminine symbol of the two extremes of the universe found in the virgin planet we know as Venus and also Jupiter which is the, “AS ABOVE, SO BELOW.” In the earliest of times, women were often referred to as a ” rosebud,” and a bride a “rose.”

In Ancient Egypt the rose was an emblem of immortality, and the rose with the cross was the symbol of the “secrets of immortality.” The rose is the flower of the virgin Goddess of a thousand names who governs both heaven and hell, Isis.  In Ancient Egypt, in the temples, rites, and in festivals of Isis, roses were always a main decoration, and the Egyptians had also exported these roses around the world. The rosette continued to have a royal symbolism down into later times.

In Greek mythology, the rose with five petals became the five-pointed star (pentagram or pentacle) of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite and the red petals of the rose are the blood of Lord Adonis (Jupiter). In the Ancient Greek legend of Harpocrates, the god of silence; Eros presents a rose to the god of silence. This is where the term “sub rosa,” or “under the rose”- meaning “the keeping of a secret” is derived from, and why it is used in many secret societies as their main symbols.

This just scratches the surface on the meaning of rose.  I suggest you do more research to see what resonates with you.


Hummingbird medicine is the vibration of pure joy.  Hummingbird conjures up love like no other medicine does and hummingbird feathers open the heart.  Without and open and loving heart you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life.  The humming bird is a natural symbol of beauty and harmony.  They teach us how to use flowers to heal and win hearts.  It is the symbol of accomplishing that which seems impossible. It’s wings move in a figure 8, the symbol of infinity, linking the past and future and the laws of cause and effect. The hummingbird will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own circumstances.



The Number four repeats in the image.  Four is the number of order, definition, meaningful alignment, discrimination and natural cycles such as the four seasons and the four directions.  It is the number of strong foundations. It is the square which is at the base of the pyramid, the solid foundation that unifies the lines of directional forces. Four asks you to utilize tools of discrimination.  Now is the time to manifest your dreams or vision. You are being brought into alignment, bringing healing into this cycle of your life so that you can become the architect who manifests your dreams.  Channel your creative energy constructively, generating the power to practical manifestation.


(This is always written before studying the individual symbols and you can see the correlation between the two)

Meditating on this image will bring you into the vibration of pure love and joy. There is not an opening of the spiritual heart.  The heart is a delicate rose, love is it’s fragrance and beauty is its color.  Just like the rose bud, one must push itself outward to release the flower, petal by petal. An oping in the heart is like the bud coming into flower.  This is a process of movement and finally a display of great beauty.  Notice that the star wheel is moving clockwise.  This is the direction of the movement,  Be like the rose and know that you move toward love, beauty, joy and harmony.

This image will continue to inform you over time.  As a suggestion you might do further study on the symbols, numbers, meaning of colors and information from the intuitive guidance section.  You can also use the image as a meditation piece to further explore it’s meaning.



“I love my soul portrait, the rose and hummingbirds and the number four were so appropriate for me at this time.  I have been doing a lot of inner digging and feel the rose represents the awakening and compassion I need to bloom.  Recently my partner and I purchased hummingbird feeders four our home and I have been practicing learning my lessons through the experience of joy and bliss rather than pain and hardship.  Four represent the work I have accomplished in creating and nourishing my home and establishing roots.  We have been here for exactly 4 years.  I love my soul portrait, it is a very uplifting, breakthrough experience I will cherish.”

Go here to Get your own soul message created just for you by Katelyn



Morning Star Evening Star


” If you have found your truth within yourself there is nothing more in this whole existence to find.  Truth is functioning through you.  When you open your eyes, it is truth opening his/her eyes.  When you close your eyes, it is truth who is closing its eyes.

Then you live as truth-alive, radiant, contented, blissful, a song unto yourself.  Your whole life becomes a prayer without any words, or better to say a prayfulness, a grace, a beauty which does not belong to our mundane world, a ray of light coming from the beyond into the darkness of our world.”   Osho

The collage below and the poem that follows is my expression of these beautiful words and my understanding of wholeness and connection with all that is and all that created us.   morningstar


You are the morning star,

you are the evening star,

shining bright above,

descending and ascending

kissing the earth with love.


Venus of the morning

Venus of the night

alighting gently

on the palm of my hand

and filling me with delight.


I have found my center

and discovered

the truth with in me

nothing left of which to search

for I have found the key.


Truth is in my center

it lives within my heart

it know no bounds

alive with bliss

inner truth the art.


Close your eyes

and come with me

a journey to discover

go deep within

that sacred space

and find your inner lover.


Listen closely

on Venus Rounds

this sound will make you whole

for the music that is playing

is a song to fill your soul.


Carry me off

on angels wings

accompany me with swans

A radiant light surrounds me

as joyously my spirit sings.


You are the morning star

You are the evening star,

shining bright above,

descending and ascending

kissing the earth with love.


Katelyn Mariah, poet