My sweet little "Bella Bird" encaustic mixed media painting is being featured on the etsy Beeswaxteam website. I just love this piece. It is exciting to see others like it as well. I enjoy connecting with other artist's who work in encaustic, which is what this site allows me to do.
I am getting excited by the fact that my upcoming Exploring Encaustics two day workshop at the end of February is filling already. Today after my Medicine Art Women's group I plan on getting the hot plates fired up and making another large batch of encaustic medium. I am happy to be back into the swing of working in my studio again.
Well I haven't gotten back to the encaustics yet, but I have been slowly cleaning, sorting, rearranging and getting into playing with possibilities.
I have joined an ATC (Artist Trading Cards ) group to get me moving creatively...even though I have made ACEO's before and sold them on my etsy site...I haven't traded them.
There is something very freeing about doing art just for the sake of it, without worrying about selling it.
So I decided to post my process. I
just am having fun playing with possibilities. These are still in process by the way.
Speaking of process art, which is what my work as an art therapist is all about, and what primes the pump creatively. Last week I attended Patricia's Creative Process open group, ( my friend and partner in the Creative Arts Studio, and fellow art therapist).
She shows a film of an artist for inspiration....and then participants do art in response or influenced by what they saw in the film. She showed a film about Betty La Duke who is one of my favorite, contemporary woman painters. This oil pastel drawing is what came through for me that day.
I was so engaged that I worked on it some more
when I got back home.
Later I realized that this piece was all about RELEASE and opening up to messages from the
unconscious, as well as embracing the spaciousness that has come with me no longer working everyday working at Santa Rosa J.C.
I forgot how much I love working in oil pastels and just letting what wants to come through to come through.
So far, I haven't gotten back to the mandala I created at the retreat...but I will soon. Ahh, so many directions that call me, no wonder, I am so busy even though I am not working in a traditional manner any more.
Speaking of reorganizing the studio...I am doing this because I hope to build up my private practice once again, fill my womens group and get ready for a two day Encaustic Class I plan to do at the end of next month. MOre to come...
I created this collage last year on New Years Eve. This year I find myself far more reflective, turning inward and reevaluating my life, my dreams, goals and visions. Perhaps, the long
needed rain that is falling today here in Sonoma County, adds to the feeling of reflection as well.
My thoughts turn to celebrating life and all it has to offer, the gifts all around me, the sacredness of the earth, the creative potential of life, and the joys of creativity. I am placing my attention more on the open doors, than the ones that have closed.
Next weekend, we will be facilitating an Illuminated Mandala, New Years Intention Setting Retreat, in a lovely setting at the Center for Spiritual Living in Petaluma. I long to settle into a delicious day of slow, and sacred artmaking. Placing my attention on my visions for the year in a prayerful way, as I create a mandala with prismacolor pencils, brings me to a deeper sense of my life, my dreams and my focus for the year. I also love, love love to draw in community.
If you are in or near the San Francisco Bay area and want more information, check out the Creative Arts Studio website for more information. I will be posting lots of images of the mandalas participants create soon!
I received this Mary Oliver poem today, from my good friend Patricia. I love Mary Oliver's poetry, and this piece speaks so perfectly for this time in our lives, so I am offering it up to you all. Wishing you Peace.
by Mary Oliver
Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings and flocks of redwing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists and
breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion
and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen
and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.
Wage peace with your listening; hearing sirens pray loud.
Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.
Make soup. Play music, learn the word for thank you in three languages.
Learn to knit and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,
imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty or the gesture of fish.