Monday, December 21, 2009
I have been receiving some wonderful inspiration from Lynn Jericho's Inner Christma s guide and website. If you to have been longing to find balance and equilibrium seasonal needs for spiritual fulfillment and the material too muchness of this time of year I recommend her work heartily. She offers a free pdf on her website of her inner Christmas Guide.
" Reflecting the natural world, the soul seasons transform at solstices and equinoxes. The light and the dark aspect of our inner lives move from attention to ourselves as earthly beings to attention to ourselves as spirituals beings and returns. In summertime's light and warmth, our souls embrace our intense perceptions of the world. But in the dark cold silence of early winter, our souls turn inward seeking the Spirit."
Many blessings to all... follow your instincts for goodness, let the magic happen. Happy Solstice.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I added this to my gratitude blessing book which is an ongoing process for me. I fall out of it and then life situations remind me to remember what I am grateful for and that being in a state of gratefulness is a form of prayer for me.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I haven't taught an encaustic group since late spring, and I am excited to be doing this again.
It always gets me going on a new piece and as of late I have been not cranking up the hot plates and producing. So sharing is a way of getting me motivated.
Time to open up the door to my studio and get going.
I will post images from the workshop after the fact. Ciao...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
In the group two weeks before this one, ( we meet alternating Fridays), we created images honoring our inner child...(inner creative beings, which led to us creating the dolls in the next meeting.
This is mixed media collage of my inner child. She looks a little moody, and I realized that I was a rather introverted child, due to having many health issues in my childhood.
She loved to make paper dolls and little people out of all kinds of supplies, so doing doll making with others definitely in a healing, and joyous salve to my inner little girl.
She also loved to do art with others, parallel imaginative, play, and I am so blessed to still be able to do this. I have created my life work out of the longings of my inner child.
Speaking of being with others and making art as well as pushing my creative limits. This weekend I am going to the Mendocino Art Center to take a class in " Creating Stunning Abstracts" along with my friend and fellow art therapist, and partner in the Creative Arts Studio , Patricia Waters. This class and its teacher, Mira M.White , have come highly recommended. I am looking forward to doing something very different from my normal creative focus.
Mendocino is one of my favorite places to go, and taking a class at the art center is a wonderful experience. I will post images from the class and my trip next time I get around to posting. Happy Art Making!!!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Some people painted the forms with watercolors or fabric paint, while others decorated the bodies with marker pens.
I am so happy to have been able to facilitate this process for her and her dear grand mother and my friend Gail.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Here are two more new encaustics that I worked on yesterday for my Festa Italiana series...Bella Italia. I plan on having a series of these to take to a big Italian Cultural Arts Fair that I will be selling jewelry at on Oct. 11th.
Whether they are complete is the question, the first one is a photo transfer from an earlier mixed media encaustic that I did several years ago. I plan on clarifying this one a bit and perhaps adding something on the right side. We shall see. Sometimes the dreamy quality of photo transfer adds to a piece other times it leaves something lacking. Which is it?...
This doorway was a bit more evocative in the original photo, but I still love it. I again am not sure where to go with it and if it needs something more or to be changed.
The good thing is that I am back in the studio playing, and exploring with the hot wax. Now that the weather has cooled quite a bit here in Northern California, it is much more appealing to crank up the hot plates and heat gun.
Since I am planning another Encaustic Class for the begining of November, getting back into the swing of things is good. It seems I often need an external goal to get me moving, so at least I am moving forward.. More to come I am sure. Perhaps one of these days I will show some of my jewelry here as well. I have been making jewelry for years and years, having done Craft Fairs for ever. I only start making jewelry these days close to the holiday season, since earrings always sell no matter what the economy. Doing a fair is something I haven't done for a long long time, but since I was laid off from my faculty position last December I am revisiting it again. The Italian Festa is a fun event, many Italians, which reminds me of my family, lots of good food...and it is short and sweet...11-6, is also a plus...not alot of hours to sit.
If you are in Santa Rosa on Sunday Oct. 11th, come on by to Festa Italiana at the Veterans Building and check it out!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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I shared the process with my friends and once they started they couldn't stop making them.
Judy was up all night for 2 nights in a row, it was as if a storm of creativity broke free in her after being bottled up for years.
So I am including some of the cards made by both my friends, Vicki and Judy as well as some created by me, and a few other's created in another seasonal women's art group.
I love witnessing how this simple process allows one to be free and say what needs to be expressed in a visual way.
Perhaps it is the small format, or the freedom of collage that allows one's inner guidance to come through.
Each card is both beautiful and evocative.
This is just a sampling of the images that emerged. I love this process and keep adding to my stack of cards as well. With all the best intentions...!!!