We were sent into the world alive with beauty. As soon as we choose Beauty, unseen forces conspire to guide and encourage us towards unexpected forms of compassion, healing and creativity.
— John O’Donohue

*hEllo and wElcOme! 

My name is Mandy Steward. I am an artist and teacher. I teach locally and here online. My family includes my husband, Tony and our fondest creations: our four children - two girls and two boys. 

You have made it to my online artist's journal, where I share my field notes on creating my own world. Making a beautiful world is something I do by merging my love of imagination AND my love of reality. Fiction meets reality, I call it. (Or poetry meets reality. Or tarot meets reality. Or dreams meet reality. Or art meets reality. Or pretending meets reality.) It is a way of tying the spiritual to the physical. The people who can do this are exponentially more likely to enjoy their living. 

Besides my blog where I share regularly, I have two main offerings here for you at Messy Canvas.

1. I offer a membership in The Secret Message Society. With it you receive my roving reporter booklet in your letterbox once a month with the imaginative secret messages I've curated from my time spent in the real world!

Or if you are an art lover, try the Secret Message Society Art Print Subscription.

2. I offer a place to develop, learn and accredit your own magic at The Magic School. Here you will see to Make BelieFing (making your own belief system) and trying your hand at being what Anais Nin calls "Artist as Magician." (The Magic School is in its "laying the foundation stages," so please excuse the pixie dust. I am on the twenty-year-plan to develop and nurture these grounds.) 

Other things that might interest you!

Messy Canvas is a space for daring to create YOUR own world (on that intimidating blank canvas called life) by utilizing YOUR very own magic and artistry. It requires a whole lot of vulnerable YOU and the parts of YOU that distinguish YOU as unique. In other words, you're going to need to stick out, with your chin held high of course, and you're going to need to keep moving forward, no matter what. This is the path I am on, and as my guest, I am asking you to join me, however that looks for YOU. There isn't any other way. While you're here in my spaces, feel free to follow your curiosity wherever it takes you. I call this "Following the White Rabbit," and HIGHLY recommend it as a life practice.