I've been making changes. I've been editing things. I've been keeping what I love and eliminating what I don't as best I can. I believe Mother Earth is sacred. So I have been editing my art supplies. I am gradually eliminating all my art supplies that aren't kind to the Earth and replacing them with non toxic, green, eco friendly, and sustainable supplies. I have been using recycled canvases and am going to experiment with different types of canvas material. And instead of paper I've been painting on teabags! I love painting on tea bags. Here is some of my latest tea bag art.
I've been in a very artistically intuitive mood lately. My favorite way to paint is to let the paint and canvas tell me what it wants to be. I love letting the paint be wild and free to be what it wants. And I love when the painting is complete because I really like being surprised! When I paint this way I feel like I'm in another world and that is where I feel this type of painting comes from. I feel this type of painting comes from that place between sleeping and waking, just on the edge of a dream when the images slowly slip away. Do you ever create this way or from this place?
What does an enchanted life mean to me? To me it means living in harmony with Mother Earth and her rhythms. It means knowing that there is seen and unseen magic and beauty in the world and seeing everything as miraculous. It means using one's gifts and talents in a way that creates a meaningful fulfilling life and benefits others. An enchanted life is a pared life. Chaos and clutter have been released and removed to make room for what one truly loves, is delighted and inspired by. An enchanted life is a life that has been spring cleaned. Once it is cleansed there is space to breathe and there is time. Space and time to decide what is lovely and meaningful and what to embrace and include. And space and time to notice what is already there. Planting a seed and watching it grow, sipping tea, hearing the crows chat, following the moon, pens, the color of paint, laughing with my love, expressing kindness, the scent of honeysuckle, an unknown forest trail, the memory of salty sea air. These things are touchstones for me, gentle reminders of present joy. Life is a mysterious gift. There is so much to be grateful for and so much to be enthralled by. Living an enchanted life means remembering this when you've forgotten.
“The Wisdom Keeper” is the latest piece on my easel.
It is mixed media on canvas.
She was born on the Summer Solstice
the day most likely to connect with the fae
inside her she held
but somehow she let it slip away
the fae came to her
when she needed them most
the fairies, the mermaids
all manner of nature spirits
and reminded her
of what she held
and the enchantment
was alive once more . . .
I started this blog to share my art and poetry and thoughts on life. Lately I've been thinking about what I really want my message for this blog to be. I know we live in a world of polarity, dark and light and every shade of grey. I know we can get caught up in the darkness, the fear, the sadness of this world. But I also know in this world is incredible delight. So my message is a reminder to myself and others that this world is a place of beauty, magic and enchantment. Is it possible to live in a place of enchantment most of the time? All of the time? In the near future I hope to explore and share this even further. And I will scatter sparkling breadcrumbs on the path. :)
I love this time of year, when the bees are buzzing and everything is starting to bloom. Life feels enchanted. These paintings are pages that I altered and then painting on with watercolor, gouache and metallic acrylics.
Thanks for your sweet comments always and thanks for stopping by.
December 21, 2012 is finally here. I've been curious about this day for a long time. There has been so much talk about this date. I always viewed this day as a new beginning, a clean slate, a reset. I heard someone say once that instead of calling it December 21, 2012 we should rename it Day 1 Year 1. I like that idea, a fresh new start. Whatever this day means I am grateful that I get to live in these times, even with all the chaos, I feel these are exciting times. Maybe people of all times felt this way. Well I wish you a beautiful enchanting new beginning in this coming new year.
Today is the last day of art every day month, and it really flew. I didn't post everyday but I did create every day. This little piece of transformed plastic started off as part of a soda bottle, now it is this little bowl. :)
I'm continuing with my experiment to transform plastic bottles so that they won't be sitting in landfills, floating around the ocean or lying on the ground. I call this a wish bottle. It's an up-cycled soda bottle with a lid that was originally a kimchi jar lid.
I'm continuing from where I left off at my last post. I spoke about transforming trash. Today I share with you some found art. A plastic apple cider jug, transformed, and a memo lying on the ground that is now today's poetry.
When I go for walks and I see trash on Mother Earth, I first get angry, then sad, then angry, then sad again. Well the last time I went for a walk I decided instead of getting angry or sad I would turn trash into something else. I would take a plastic bottle and look at it in a different way and recycle, up-cycle, re-purpose it into something, unique? pretty? whimsical? Well this is what I came up with for this plastic bottle, it's now a vase type of thingy. During my last walk I picked up trash that I saw lying around like I usually do but I wasn't angry or sad, I was just thinking of things I could create. :)