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a snippet of Spirit Girl Jo’s Inspiration and Creation

Hi All… Thought you might enjoy seeing the process of inspiration and creation that happens in the birth of a “Spirit Girl”!  Peace, Paula   So great that Spirit Girl Jo’s inspiration is sourced from  a passionate guitar player on an island in Panama!  So she was actually painted in Topanga California… her roots are in Central America. And well of course.. Belize in Central America is where she traveled too  to find her home!!  Notice she even made a couple of gallery appearances while in California Love the global, cosmic cycle of this art ….and of life itself!! Enjoy paula



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retreat to ojai

The Heartstring of Spirit Girl Wilma reads: “Cross, Share, Collide, Tangle, Untangle”

Spending four days and three nights with 25 women at the Power Of A Woman Retreat gave even deeper meaning to Wilma’s Heartstring.

It was through crossing paths, sharing with each other,, colliding into ourselves, tangling in uneasy personal places that we found a bit more of ourselves individually. Through being in communion with others we constantly saw ourselves in each other. Somehow in the safe womb of the sweat lodge on Saturday night we were able to untangle ourselves in some deep places that had been tangled for a long time.

So I now invite you to slow down and share with those you cross paths with in the next week. Through your communion with another you may be surprised at what tangled places surface … and then magically untangle through that union with another human being.

Peace, Paula

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what you see of me

Well…Of Course …I showed up at the Power of A Woman Retreat last weekend in Ojai California with one of my intentions being : To gain clarity about the purpose and power of “The Spirit Girls” and see where they will serve as healing tools. After about one hour into our first group session 25 women were instructed to pair up with a woman you did not know, and sit cross legged facing each other. My partner for this was Kristen (20 years my younger). The next thing we were instructed to do was to stare into one another’s eyes without looking away for 5 minutes.











This was a most powerful experience of “What You See Of Me..Is What You Know Of Yourself” , the Spirit Girls Mantra on the back of each of their Heartstrings hanging over their heart. As I had tears rolling down my cheeks during the duration of the 5 minute EYE CONTACT , it became so clear why the Spirit Girls only have one facial feature….EYES. I also know now why the paint drips spontaneously often from their eyes on the canvas to form little tears…..well, of course!

So I invite you to focus this week on making direct lingering EYE CONTACT with everyone that you cross paths with ..and be ready to SEE YOURSELF.

Peace, Paula

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sourced from same soul

I have been painting for over ten years. Many guests at my exhibits have referred to my paintings as “soulful abstracts”. When the first “Spirit Girl” was born I remember being astounded at the image that unfolded on that raw loose piece of canvas. I KNEW she was inspired from my meditation practice…. but she seemed so unrelated to my abstract paintings I had been painting . It was not until 4 months later as I was hanging my exhibit titled “Stillness” at Topanga Canyon Gallery that I was re-astounded!
Each “Spirit Girl” was sourced from the same place aesthetically and soulfully as one of my abstracts that I had painted over 8 months before! I beamed and wanted to dance at this discovery! The titles were in synch. The color combination were perfectly in synch. Even the sizes of each pairing of paintings were in synch.

The earthy deeply textured bottom layer on “You Are Bird…I am Nest”, the abstract below , seems to be the source for Spirit Girl Birdie’s” earthy, rusty, textured hair. Her eyes are certainly sourced from the sky blue layer in the painting. Her tutu necklace grabs all the colors into a” light in flight ” kind of feeling.  So, “Well Of Course” they are sourced from the same soul….mine.    Peace, Paula

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the “interconnectedness” of the universe

How I love the interconnectedness of our universe! Eight weeks ago the not-so happenstance meeting of a lovely musician Calypso Joe on a remote island off Panama has led me to the creation of a gorgeous soulful new Spirit Girl “Jo”.

The connection started on a hot , sweaty, day on the island of Bastimentos while sashaying around the island on foot with my two girlfriends Kathy and Hyta. We met Joe who led us to a little cafe on the water to have lunch. He played Reggae and Calypso music for us on his guitar while we waited for our food. His question to me was :”Do you like my music?”.

Spirit Girl Jo’s heartstring tag reflects his comment back after I replied, “Yes, Very much!”.

Oh the glory of our interconnected universe! Jo is currently a part of my latest exhibit “STILLNESS” at Topanga Canyon Gallery in Topanga California. Spirit Girl Jo and a collection of other current Spirit Girls have been paired with my abstract paintings and glass “Inspheration Vessels” for a contemplative exhibit. Of Course… a wonderful surprise became evident as I hung this show. The rusted iron hair on the Spirit Girls is really derived from the deep earthy brown soil-like layer in my paintings. The wet sometimes water-like eyes of the Spirit Girls seems to have been sourced from the greens and blues in the waterish layer of my paintings.

The red tears which drip from some of the Spirit Girl’s eyes already existed in not so random droplets of red paint in many of my soulful paintings. A Surprise? Yes! An accident or coincidence? No such thing.
You are invited to view this magic this Sunday September 8th, 2013 from 3-6 at the gallery at my Artist’s Reception. My work will be featured with the meditative photography of Felice Willat of Topanga.


Peace, Paula Fagan

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I am back home safely in my studio perched high up in Topanga Canyon. After a month of travel in Panama I am blessed with wonderful photos, a smile on my face, and more life lessons. The night before I departed California to make my way to the Islands of Bocas Del Toro in Panama, I had a strong intuition that I was to roll up six of my Spirit Girls in a yoga mat bag and carry them on my adventure, as if a heavy backpack on my back was not enough!

I somehow just KNEW that those paintings were meant to spread their energy at a gallery on an island. I trusted my strong feeling enough to carry them by planes, buses, taxis, ferries, on foot through rain forests, wooden boats, bicycles and more. The best was crossing the border between Costa Rica and Panama on foot. The 103 year old footbridge spanning across a river had loose boards, gaps with no boards and a beautiful aged well worn patina. So there I was with a backpack strapped to my back and spirit girls hanging on my front .. balancing all the while.

  • Ready to walk the 103 year old well worn footbridge border crossing. The paintings are well protected in my arms leaving Costa Rica entering Panama.

  • “Spirit Girl Martha” hanging beautifully in harmony with all the other artistic treasures at Island Traders in Bocas Town


  • I left “Spirit Girl Deb” peeking out from behind island surf boards!


  • “Spirit Girl Kairos” is hanging behind a handcrafted dream catcher .. of course!

Never did I doubt that they were on their way to exactly the right gallery space on some small island which I knew nothing about.
Well of course… I met Francesca the owner of Island Traders in BocasTown on Isla Colon. The funky little gallery right in the island hustle and bustle now has six Spirit Girls for sale , hanging as if they just belong there… because they do!! Peace, Paula


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calypso joe/spirit girl jo

Soon after stepping out of a small simple wooden boat onto a dock in the town of Old Bank on Bastimentos Island, we were greeted by Calypso Joe. Joe was born on this island. He helped us find the only place open for lunch on the island. After we ordered our fish dinners he offered to serenade us till our food arrived.

He asked after 3 or 4 reggae and calypso songs if we liked his music. I said yes. He then responded with: “It may not be my voice, it is because I sing always from my heart” , as he placed his hand over his heart and smiled that bright smile.

I thought to myself that in life isn’t that what makes songs sound sweeter and smiles seem brighter… when they come from the heart ? Calypso Joe is an inspiration for another spirit girl: “Jo”. She has been conceived and her image and message await her canvas back in my studio. What a sweet way to commemorate such a simple connection with such a lovely wise island man.

Peace from the islands,


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spirit girl island inspiration

The rain….. Nature’s way of slowing down an already slow pace of life. On this island today it has been raining since daylight. When one relies on only his/her own two bare feet for transportation, life becomes simpler. You puddle jump through the sea level dirt roads, catch a very wet boat ride or….just stay home and thank God for the free drinking water. The rhythms of Life on an island are dictated by Nature….and really isn’t all other life on earth as well ?

Peace, paula

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three spirit girls by the sea

Spirit girls Kairos, Paula and ZigZag spread their energy on the beach on Bastimentos Island in Panama.  The beauty of this new art form is that each canvas rolls up around it’s bamboo hanging pole for traveling to her new home. The spirit girls can ship anywhere in a mailing tube safely! I am excited about how well they can travel and sync so well with the bohemian, nomadic habits of the artist…. me!



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spirit girl inspiration in panama

With Five Spirit Girl canvases strapped to my back, I have hunkered down for at least 5 or 6 nights on Bastimentos island off of Panama in the jungle at the edge of the sea. We are at Palmar tent camp which is totally off the grid!! All solar everything and only rainwater.  Our meals are cooked here by a young  & funky staff from UK, US and locals.

Yesterday we went on our own exploring of some very tiny, simple villages, housing a school and a few hut like structures. My Spanish carried us into some simpler conversation with the indigenous people (scary that MY Spanish was our savior!!! ).  I feel right at home in our canvas pole tents!!! The sea is rough and the days humid, rainy and cloudy!! Perfect. Just as it should be!! We are relieved to have taken those HEAVY backpacks off our backs for awhile!!!  Laughing.. Chilling and feeling ever so grateful for this gorgeous universe we inhabit!!



Tomorrow i travel by small boat to another island for a 10:00 am meeting to introduce “Spirit Girls” to a small gallery and a possible home for the ones I brought with me!!

Peace and hugs,


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