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1. What Your Soul Wants

What does your soul really, truly want? Maybe you're a little bit afraid that someone else such as your significant other might not approve. Maybe you're just not sure how to accomplish it. Maybe you haven't yet identified what it is you want. You have to listen. Just be still and listen with an open heart and a child-like curiosity. Pen it all down. Then act with courage. Taking action is the

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2. I Heart Hula Hooping

To the age old question, "what did you do on your summer vacation?", I proudly reply this: I fell in love with hula hooping. It was June 2nd at the Evanston Farmers Market when it all began. A vendor was selling hula hoops, a big, beautiful, colorful pile of hula hoops. They shouted at me loud and clear. She handed me a gigantic hoop, the biggest I've ever seen, and showed me what to do (

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3. My Hubbie Wants To Record A Concept CD!

My hubbie Ian wants to record a new concept album, but we need your help to make it happen. He's using Kickstarter to raise funds for it. I hope you consider a donation, or maybe sharing the link on your Facebook page or Twitter. Please help us get the word out! IAN'S KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

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4. Stretch & Sketch

If you're in the Chicago area, come experience the first ever Yoga and Life Drawing session, Stretch & Sketch! I'll be leading a short, seated yoga session, followed by a life drawing session. I'll be one of the models. I want this to be a monthly event and I'm looking forward to making it happen. Thank you to Blick Art in Wheaton for providing the space! See you on Sept. 29th.

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5. 501st Sketch Cards!

The legendary 501st Legion has put together an awesome sketch card set for the upcoming Star Wars mega-convention, Celebration. If you haven't been to a Star Wars Celebration convention, you simply cannot call yourself a Star Wars fan (ok, well, you can but...). Anyway, this devoted group of costumers have been supporting charities with their presence for years. It was an honor to put my

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6. Meditate Like Yoda, You Must

If Yoda meditates, so should YOU. Here's why: •It will quiet your inner world in the midst of a very loud outer world (the world needs less noise!) •It will improve your memory and concentration (good for just about everything, especially as we get older) •It will improve your self-confidence because you'll tap into the true YOU, and not the "you" that society wants you to be •It will

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7. C2E2 Superhero Fitness Challenge Booth!

When my friend and fellow fitness instructor Melanie Bolen asked me if I wanted to help out with her Superhero Fitness Challenge booth at C2E2, it was an opportunity not to be missed. Being a yoga teacher, girl geek, and artist, it was a perfect chance to combine all three. This promo card was created exclusively for the show. I feel it super important to include daily meditation as part of

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8. Vector Art- I Love You, Don't Hurt Me

I'm continuing on my vector art journey. For me personally, I feel it's a must to develop a portfolio of digital work. I've experimented with digital many times before, like with these . I was combining Photoshop with hand-drawn line art and hand-painted textures. But still, I just wasn't connecting with digital media. And physically I really wasn't prepared for spending long hours in front of

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9. Star Wars Galaxy 7 Sketch Cards (Meditation Series)

I thought it would be fun to compile all the cards from my Meditation Series, from the new Star Wars: Galaxy 7 trading card set. Drawing these was definitely a meditation for me:) And yes, I do meditate daily. It's changed my life and if you haven't tried it, you should. I really love how they turned out, especially the baddies like Jabba. Yes, Jabba even takes a shot at meditation! You can

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10. Experimenting with Illustrator and Elephants

I'm in the process of developing a portfolio of vector art and what better way than to start with one of my cute, happy elephants. I've always been drawn to Illustrator much more so than Photoshop. I feel like I have a 'handle' on Illustrator, whereas Photoshop feels more ambiguous to me. I have a super ancient Wacom with a drawing area the size of a Saltine cracker which is a bit frustrating

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11. Grateful for Trees

Thanks to La Nina, it's been a very mild winter in Chicago. So much so that many trees are budding and it's only February! Part of me is very excited and hopeful for a super early spring, but the reality is I've lived in Chicago long enough to know that very soon, the other shoe will drop (just ask Tom Skilling!). None the less, here's to all the trees that give us shade, and beautify our urban

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Why I love Yoga, in a nutshell: It keeps my ego in check. It keeps me free of unnecessary stress. It shows me there's other ways to looks at life. It teaches me to be compassionate towards myself, and towards others. It challenges my courage, in a supportive way. It makes me laugh at myself. It makes me feel rather unstoppable at times. It shows me when I have to stop at times. It teaches

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13. FREE Greedo Mandala

Please enjoy this freeb Star Wars mandala! Just click, print, and color Greedo! If you send me a scan of your finished art, I'll post it on my blog. Here's some suggestions on how to color: • Use colored pencils over a light watercolor wash • Nothing wrong with shades of gray! • Throw in a little glitter (or use glitter gel pens) • Color it digitally! • Scan the print out, resize

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14. FREE Star Wars Ewok Mandala

I LOVE LOVE LOVE drawing mandalas and decided to create another with a Star Wars character, perfect for your kids (or YOU) to color! Just click the image and print. It measures 8"x8" and is 300dpi, so it'll print nice and clear. You can also print and color my Yoda and Vader mandalas (just click!). Please leave your comments and suggestions for other mandalas in the comment box. If you color

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15. Combining Art and Yoga

Just like yoga, my art has always been a therapeutic, meditative process. These days I'm combining my love for both. These cuties are small works of art known as ACEO's. If you're not familiar with the term, ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions, and Originals. Art Cards are original works of art, that the artist sells or trades with other artists or to collectors. Sometimes, artists will turn

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16. My Mandala Coloring Book

I've illustrated a collection of 12 beautiful, original mandalas that you or your kids can color! The book is currently available as a PDF document which means you can print it right from your home or office computer. And for a limited time, it's only $1.99! The images are high res, so you'll have a nice, clean print out. I drew these using Adobe Illustrator CS3. Below are some free samples for

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I haven't been keeping up with Illustration Friday as I would like, so I decided to pull out this old(ish) piece for this weeks theme, Messenger. The original art was sold long ago (2007), and this one is still a favorite of mine. It was an ACEO, drawn with Copics. It's called "Into The Post".

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18. Yoga Flash Cards

I've created printable flash cards as an aid for teachers who want to help their little Yogi's and Yogini's have fun learning yoga. The artwork is drawn as line art so kids can have fun coloring too! Just print the file from your office or home computer. The asana is shown on the front side of the card. The English/Sanskrit names are on tabs that you simply fold and adhere to the back side.

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19. Welcome, Summer (at last)

Earlier this week I chatted with my neighbor while she planted more summer annuals. She seemed so natural at it, the way she knelt in the flower bed, so connected with nature and spirit. The urge to join in couldn't be resisted and I helped her plant impatiens and marigolds. There's something about digging in the dirt that makes all the troubles of life just float away. 

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20. Star Wars Yoda Mandala

Please enjoy this free Star Wars Mandala! Just print and color! I'm creating more of these so please check back again shortly. They'll be uploaded soon. Have suggestions for a favorite character? Please let me know! 

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I drew these cuties for fun earlier this week and thought it would be a great fit for this weeks IF them, Imperfect. After all, yoga teaches us that it's perfectly ok to be imperfect. If we could teach this to our young kids, especially girls, imagine how pressure it would take off them. Imagine.

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Hello again,and let me say it's good to be back! I'm feeling refreshed, renewed and energized from after a much-needed hiatus from art. If you don't know, aside from being an artist, I'm also a yoga freak. I practice like crazy because frankly, it feels amazing and it does wonders to leave me a lot less mentally SCATTERED. And it's not surprise that yoga has crept into my art. It was

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I love elephants and I love mandalas. So here you go, an elephant mandala created with Adobe Illustrator. You have permission to print and color this artwork from your home computer (the image is 8 inches). You do not have permission to reprint or sell this art, or any art on my blog for that matter, for commercial purposes. I love to share my art and hope many people get much joy from it, so

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24. Star Wars: Galaxy VII Sketch Cards

Back in 2004, I worked on my first set of Star Wars sketch cards for Topps and Lucasfilm. Since then I've worked on one or two sets a year and have really enjoyed this work. If you're not familiar with sketch cards, they are one of a kind works of art found in hobby boxes (hobby boxes are purchased direct through Topps and contain several packs of cards, one of which contains a randomly inserted

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25. Elephant Meditation - Art For Sale

I drew this last week, just an H pencil on Bristol paper. It's matted and measures 5"x7". The art is 2.5"x3.5". I LOVE working in pencil. Working in pencil becomes a meditation and I feel more connected with it than any other medium. This original sketch is for sale. PayPal accepted. Click to view a larger image. Please email me if interested. E: cynnaricisi@gmail.com

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