Healing Stone Collection: Gemstone Shield Necklaces


Do you ever wish you could walk through life with the knowledge that you are protected? That you sense an invisible shield around you, keeping negativity at bay and amplifying more of the positive energy you want to embody? I want that too! I believe in the power of gemstones and created the gemstone shield necklace collection as a beautiful way to support you so you feel confident to walk boldly in the world. Gemstones emit vibrations that that can aid the wearer in different ways. Each stone’s unique composition infuses it with powerful energy that can be utilized for specific purposes, such as to protect, heal, release spiritual blockages, energize, provide mental clarity, and more.


Click to see the collection and the energy each necklace embodies.


Peace: A Symbol of Love and Equality

Peace Mandala
Original available. Message me to inquire.
Prints and printed products available >> http://tinyurl.com/h9u329l

A few Peace Mandala prints have sold over the last week. One was purchased this morning and it brought my attention to the fact that peace is something we all crave. Especially in times of fear and sadness. I began this painting during a soul quenching painting party a year ago. The mandala grew into a sunflower and then the peace sign appeared after the attacks on France. I painted through the fear and sadness and the symbol emerged to guide me. It’s a symbol of love and equality. To remind me of the good in the world and to let that be the guiding light in my heart and mind.


It does not mean to be in a place with no noise, trouble or hard work.

It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

~ unknown

Catching Dreams, An Intentional Art Workshop


Catching Dreams is an intentional creative workshop. For this workshop, I am teaming up with intuitive life coach Kerry Burki to help you tune into your dreams, your desires, and your intuition. Kerry will guide you on a meditation journey and mini-oracle card reading beforehand to help you get clear on your dreams and what might be blocking your access to them and Kristen will guide you to create your own dreamcatcher artwork that will hold magical power for your journey ahead.

The new moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle and is a rebirth and regeneration of energy.

It is a more restful and calming energy though and becomes more active towards the full moon. This is a good time to explore new projects and goals and dreams you wish to see through.

Some believe feathers hanging from a dreamcatcher are a soft ladder for good vibes to glide down.

Through getting clear on your desires and the creation of your dreamcatcher artwork during the new moon, you will attract those good vibes and have a visual reminder of those big, beautiful dreams of yours! Create art as a mindful practice and bring your intention for the coming months into visual form.

Heart full of moonlight
Soul full of dreams

Catching Dreams Workshop Details:

October 1, 2016
Lively Mind Art Studio
3232 N 16th St.
Phoenix, Arizona
1 pm – 4 pm

Click Here to Register

Bring a pen and paper or journal.
Have a dream in mind that you are working towards or want to explore.
No experience needed.
All supplies included.
Bring your favorite beverage (BYOB).
Light snacks provided.
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

*** Limited to 10 Dreamers.***



Watercolor Arrow Illustrations

It’s not every day that a project comes along that fits with my style so well that the work is all play, but that’s exactly what happened when Kerry contacted me to work on arrow illustrations for her. I started out with page of arrow sketches in pen, then I created a couple watercolor sketches. In the final step, I needed to adjust the color palette. I manipulated the colors in Photoshop based on the color swatches that Kerry provided and BOOM Kerry Burki’s arrows were born.

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I thought it was extra sweet that Kerry had a phone case made for herself from the arrow artwork. What a beautiful reminder for her to keep aiming for her dreams.

I truly loved every moment that I worked on these arrows. To have the opportunity to combine my art with design was pure magic. It’s a direction I have wanted to take my design work for a very long time. So grateful to work with a such an amazing person with a beautiful vision and desire to help others slow down to move forward. You can find out more about Kerry at kerryburki.com.










Art Blocks for Sale at Green Goddess Cafe

Shipped a few art goodies to Vermont! You can find a few original art blocks on reclaimed wood for sale at Green Goddess Cafe in Stowe, Vermont. If you are local or in the area for a visit, go grab a delicious espresso and baked good or bite to eat for brunch and support small business.





Reclaimed wood from Heather and Fred Studios in Tempe, Arizona.

Mandala Magic


Mandala Magic at Lively Mind Art Studio

I’m happy to announce a new offering at Lively Mind Art Studio this Saturday, September 17th – Mandala Magic. Create and explore the magical art of mandalas in a fun and nurturing environment.

In this workshop, you will create beautiful layered backgrounds with acrylic paint on canvas and add your own expressive mandala art. We will explore how to draw a freestyle mandala and create a collaborative design on paper before taking it to the canvas.

Even if you do not have a creative bone in your body, you can do this!

What is a mandala?

A mandala is a circular form with all kinds of shapes and symbols emerging from the center. Mandala art has been used throughout the world for self-expression, spiritual transformation, and personal growth. Mandalas are one of my favorite ways to get lost in process of creating.

Circles are very powerful symbols throughout nature, art and the world around us. They symbolize “wholeness, continuity, connection, unity, harmony and the cycle of life.”

Mandala Magic Class Details:


October 15, 2016
Lively Mind Art Studio
3232 N 16th St.
Phoenix, Arizona
6:30 pm – 9 pm

Click Here to Register

Please register in advance.

No experience needed.
All supplies included.
Bring your favorite beverage (BYOB).
Light snacks provided.
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

*** Limited to 10 creative souls.***

Below are a few mandala paintings from past classes.








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Studio Tour


Artists that inspire me at my desk: Clohn Art, April Howland, Kirk O’Hara, Tara Dawn. Affirmation banner, lotus and mandala paintings by me.


This summer my boys got their own bedrooms and I moved my home studio to a new spot in our house. It was a slow process. We downsized toys from the loft/playroom to make room for my studio and office. Lots of furniture re-arranging and space planning. We had to reorganize a bunch of closets too. I am officially setup in the loft instead of the spare bedroom and my sons are loving the extra spaces that are all their own. I’m excited to be in a much bigger space to spread out and create in! Two weeks ago, I popped in live on my Kristen Fagan Art and Design facebook page to give a quick studio tour.

Here is the Studio Tour video if you missed it:







Spiral Notebook Giveaway


Win this Spiral Notebook!

As August is my birthday month, I wanted to have a little celebration with you. I’m gifting one lovely studio news email subscribers this be brave. love deeply. shine brightly. spiral bound, lined notebook with the featuring my original artwork on the cover. I just love a new notebook, don’t you? It’s a fresh start with new pages ready to be filled with possibility.


Spiral Notebook Features:
120 pages
Front cover printed with my original artwork
Available in ruled or graph pages
Handy document pocket inside the back cover

Find more of my art notebooks for sale in my redbubble shop here.

Giveaway Details:

Are you already on my art studio news list?

Awesome! Then you’ll be automatically entered into the drawing.

Not on my art studio news list yet?

Simply sign up by August 31, 2016 to be in the drawing.
Plus, get a FREE coloring page drawn by me each month.

Sign up >> http://tinyurl.com/kc8oozs

Winner chosen randomly on September 1st, 2016 and notified via email.






Honoring the Trees at Woods Canyon Lake


Last month, after our visit to the Grand Canyon  we headed home along the scenic Beeline highway. It was the first time I traveled from Flagstaff down through Payson on that road. Our first stop was a quick one at Lake Mary to admire the HUGE dandelions and make some wishes.


Next we drove through Happy Jack, Strawberry and Pine. The tall trees and cooler temps were delightful. We wanted to stop and have a picnic before getting to Payson, but didn’t realize how tough it would be to find a sub shop. In hindsight, I should have packed a cooler before we left Flagstaff. We ate lunch at a cafe in Payson instead. Lunch was great, but I was pretty disappointed we didn’t end up having a picnic in the trees. I was so looking forward to that. After lunch we decided to take a side trip to one of favorite spots to decompress, Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim. We all enjoyed being outside in the cool air surrounded by trees and water.

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I was so happy we stopped that I was inspired to honor the trees with tree pose. I just learned to do full tree pose and it’s my new favorite. I have practiced yoga for a long time and could never get my leg up in the full position, instead I always placed my foot between my ankle and knee. During my morning practice one day, I decided to give it a try yet again and low and behold I did it and have been able to hold the full position ever since. Good reminder that even if you have tried and tried before, always try again.

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To get to Woods Canyon Lake from Phoenix, take loop 202 east to Arizona 87 (Beeline Highway) and go north to Payson. From there, Arizona 260 about 29 miles east to Forest Road 300. Turn left (north) and go 4 miles to Forest Road 105. Turn north and continue for 1 mile to the lake.





Finding Light within Darkness

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July was rough. Intense and hard. Filled with stress and feelings of lack. It was the toughest month I’ve had in awhile.

When I’m out of sorts, I contract and withdraw. I have confronted this kind of lack and stress before and made it through the darkness back to the light countless times. So I know this dark time it’s fleeting, but then, that may be why I was so frustrated. Because I’ve been here before and I didn’t want to be here ever again. But I will be here again. We all will. It’s how life rolls. Control is an illusion (Thank you, Mr Robot for that tidbit, I found comfort in repeating it when I felt out of control.)

There were valid reasons for being so angry, upset and frustrated. However, I was often angry when compassion was what was really needed. I had to ask myself is this anger helping? and if not, let it go.

Thankfully, after many cries and allowing myself the space to process my feelings, I was ready to live in the truth instead of fighting it. I was ready to accept that we are human.  I was ready to open my heart again. I did the deep feeling. I didn’t brush past it or stuff it down (well I tried to stuff it down with food, but that back fired leaving me feeling worse). I ate a bunch of chocolate. I wrote. I meditated. I collaged. I spent time in my yard, enjoying the hammock, tending to my succulent garden and planting seeds. I once heard to plant a garden is to believe in or have hope for tomorrow. I felt that saying come to me as I planted flower seeds and allowed it to uplift me.

Most importantly for me, I painted. I gave the canvas all of my feels as I shared in this blog post. I love re-learning how to heal through creative practices, With creativity, I reclaim ownership of my life. Abundance comes from within. I remember that I can create something from nothing and that is empowering. Love and support and inspiration is always available. In this remembering,  I find the light within the the darkness, just as the moon shines in the night sky and the lotus rises from the dark, muddy waters.