Chris Zydel
Wildheart Queen

Join my tribe of creative soul revolutionaries, magic kingdom makers and the sisterhood of intuitive painting wisdom.


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Wildheart Queen


Welcome to the world of Creative Juices Arts…

And I am your hostess, the Wild Heart Queen.

You have entered my magic kingdom… and in this kingdom what is honored is the healing power of the creative process as accessed through the expressive arts and intuitive painting. 

I also know that in order to support this healing power there needs to be a commitment to certain values like vulnerability, personal growth, a loving community, becoming more awake, emotional safety, integrity and trust.  That importance must be placed on qualities like honesty, bravery, generosity, curiosity, a sense of humor, psychological depth, spiritual hunger and being real.

And you will find that commitment here.

Here you will also be invited to experience the profound joy that comes from expressing yourself creatively without holding anything back. And where the magic of YOUR creative genius is celebrated, cherished and always loved.

Here you will be supported and encouraged in listening to and respecting your intuitive voice as the most precious inner guidance resource that you have.

Here you will be reminded over and over again that opening a portal into the realms of imagination and whimsy through spontaneous play will keep you juicy and energized and alive.

Here you will be championed to meet your inner demons,  your fears, your anxieties, your self judgments, your old stories and perceived limitations with huge doses of creative courage.

Here you will be emboldened to step into the unknown with only a paintbrush and your intuition to light the way.

Here you will be inspired to release the inner shackles of convention, expectation and approval and claim your birthright of unapologetic creative freedom.

Here you will be called upon to step into your full creative capacity. To own yourself as a creator … of beauty. Of truth. Of wisdom. Of art. Of your own wild and precious life.

Here you will find compassion, kindness and tender healing for your artists broken heart.

Here you will be seen. Listened to. Accepted. And deeply valued.

Here you will find a way back to loving your own sweet self, to delighting in all of who you are and to treating yourself as precious. As treasured. As enough.

I believe that creativity is soul work. A direct conduit to spirit. A way to regain our experience of wholeness. And that art making without judgment makes sacred even the most challenging, difficult and painful places in our hearts and minds and bodies.

I believe in YOU as an artist and a creative being. Wholeheartedly. And know that you contain a magic kingdom of your own brimming over with unbridled joy, sparkly brilliance, visionary knowing, ancient wisdom and the capacity to make your life your most amazing work of art.

From my Wild Heart to Yours,

Chris Zydel

A peek into the magic of a live
Wild Heart Painting workshop…

Upcoming Events…

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Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training 2016

Session 1 (Sold Out) Starts May 8, 2016, Mountain Home Ranch, Calistoga, CA
Session 2 (Now Open) Starts October 9, 2016, Mountain Home Ranch, Calistoga, CA

cja_acc_learnmoreorane_001cja_acc_heartred_001_smallPainting from the Wild Heart at Mountain Home Ranch

January 16 – 22, 2016, Calistoga, CA

cja_acc_sunred_001_smallcja_acc_learnmoregreen_001WEEKEND WORKSHOP! Painting from the Wild Heart

December 4 – 6, 2015, Creative Juices Arts Studio, Oakland, CA

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Painting With Fire! Intuitive Painting Online

 October 5 – November 16, Online at

Other Ways to Work with Me…


For those of you lucky peeps who live in the San Francisco Bay Area I offer weekly intuitive painting classes that provide a vibrant community of loving creative support and a powerful way to support your intuitive painting addiction… Uh… I mean practice.




It’s really hard for me to even talk about my teacher training program without tearing up, because what happens over the 10 months that we meet in sacred circle is nothing short of miraculous. I know that sounds like a big word. And it is. But it’s also a big truth.
There is nothing more creatively powerful than a group of women coming together with the intent to support each other to become strong and visionary leaders in their communities. Who are devoted to healing anything …. And I mean ANYTHING … that gets in the way of fully shining their brilliance and their genius into the world. Who are committed to a life filled with meaning, healing, creativity and service. Who are hungry to bring feminine spirituality, feminine intelligence and feminine wisdom out of the shadows and into the light of day. My teacher training program provides the space for all of that to happen… and more.

Astrology Readings

Would you like to get a back stage pass to the inner workings of your soul and psyche? The ancient art of astrology is a powerful tool for understanding yourself deeply and with great compassion. But it also gives you VERY specific instructions on how to live a life that  feels like the life you were meant to live. It gives you the permission and support to be your biggest self… your most authentic self … The YOU that you were utterly and completely always meant to be. Check out my astrology page for more juicy info.


Do you believe that being an artist or a healer means dooming yourself to a life of always being broke? Do you think that the term “thriving artist” is an oxymoron?  I love my work. I feel every day that I am in sacred service to my muse and my creative community. And I get paid very well for the opportunity to be creative and for the privilege of helping other folks become more creative and whole. I also get a major kick out of helping artist/healer types to find ways to become more successful in their own way and on their own terms. Let’s talk if this sounds like fun for you too!

Most Recent Blog Articles…

Letting Go Of The Wrong Story

Each and every one of us carries some old story from the past that is rigidly locked inside of our bones, our brains and our heart. This story is a pattern that we keep repeating because it’s familiar and makes us feel safe. But this story-pattern invariably keeps us... read more

The Necessity Of Creative Chaos

  I just returned from my yearly pilgrimage to the red rock mesas of the Southwest where I teach TWO wild heart painting retreats at the Ghost Ranch Conference Center in New Mexico. And like most of my retreats there is a theme that spontaneously develops among... read more

Play + Technique

When you are studying a particular technique you are studying the results of someone else’s play. As adults we invert that equation. Play creates techniques, but we get it backwards thinking that we can’t play until we have technique. But technique is always,... read more

What Are You Making?

I make magic art studios where women can rediscover the gift of their unique, authentic voice and are encouraged and supported to express themselves fully, wildly, passionately and creatively without fear, shame or judgment. I make sacred circles of community where... read more

How To Talk To Your Muse

I had a conversation with one of my creative pals the other day and I was telling her about my lively and dynamic relationship with my inner muse, otherwise known to me as The Creativity Goddess. My friend said that everyone talks about the inner critic as a separate... read more

I’ve helped thousands of women learn to live their lives from their most passionate, creative core self. And I can help you to do the same thing.

A great place to start that process is by joining my creative tribe where you will receive a copy of my fun and quirky e-book:

7 Heart Centered Principles for Leading a Wildly Creative Life!

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