Monday, June 30, 2008

Evolution of a Mandala - Summer Solstice- Universal Shapes

I have been slowly, but surely working on the mandala that I began at the Summer Solstice Mandala Retreat Day.  I am almost complete, but not quite.  I am just waiting for inspiration to know where to go next to bring it to completion.

Here is its evolution.   
By the way the shapes I chose were the triangle, spiral and equal distant cross...
This is the initial drawing of white on black...finding my way....


This is far as I have gotten.  The summer feel comes through strongly.   It feels like it needs something more...but what....I will wait until I get a sense of direction before I add anything else.  

Happy Summer!







Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Mandala Retreat- Five Universal Shapes

This past sunday, we facilitated another Illuminated Mandala Retreat Day.  Both Patricia Waters and myself, are facilitators of Judith Cornell's Illuminated Mandala Process.  



For the Summer Time Mandala Retreat Day, which we held up at Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga.  We focused on Angeles Arriens Five Universal Shapes... which are the circle, square, triangle, equal distant cross and the spiral.



 www.angelesarrien.com.  
If you don't know about her work please  check out  her website.
What amazing work everyone did.  Here are some photos of the days process  work.  
For more information on Angeles Arriens Shape
Preferential Diagnostic Tool,  you can find it in  her book "The Signs of Life".

Although most participants didn't complete their mandalas at days end, since it is a slow and meditative process,  they were all stunning .   



I have posted a few of them to just give a taste of their power and integrity.

We  will do these retreat days around the solstice and equinox, as well at the begining of the year.   Our Fall Mandala Retreat day will be on September 22.  See our website for more information.


Now I have a mandala to while away the summer time hours, with slow meditative drawing....which I just love to do.  

I will post my mandala's process in the days to come.  Enjoy the Summer!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Summer Time Finally,....I can relax


Now that I have finished the all consuming Art at the Source Open Studio Tours....I can finally relax.   I often wonder about what to post here. I am not one for idle chit chat on line.  



So here are two encaustic mixed media paintings that I have recently done.  Once I rest up and get some luxurious reading done, swimming,  walking and catching up on details both mundane and important...I will try to get back to my encaustic work.  












In the meantime, I just bought a new digital camera...a Nikon Cool Pix s550.  Oh, I am so excited that all night long  I dreamed about the photos I am going to take.. 

So I am very excited about not working much this summer and having time to do art, take classes and relax and enjoy life.  Ciao...caterina

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Art at the Source Open Studio- First Weekend


I am finally rested after the first weekend of the Art at the Source Open Studio Tour.
It was exciting to have people come see and respond to my art, but the set up and prelude to getting it all together was rather exhausting.
Many old friends and new, past students, art therapy colleagues and wandering art lovers and seekers, came through during the weekend.

The experience   was exhilerating and inspiring.  And although the economy is slow, I did make some sales the first weekend and got lots of positive responses to my work.  

The gardens at Paulas property, where it was held in Sebastopol, on the edge of vineyards and apple orchards were exquisite, as were her stunning plein aire paintings.  And I could look for hours at Mylette Welch's colorful and quirky dog paintings.  If you are in Sonoma County next weekend, come on out and say hello.  For a map and information regarding the show see the 
art at the source website.   http://www.artatthesource.org