Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Creating Personal Retreats an Online Workshop


The Entrance


This is week three, Contemplation!  So the front side of our Retreat House is done, mostly, I can see where I would like to add more personally meaningful additions here and there. I'm taking this Online Workshop with Cathryn Antyr, the collagediva. I did another workshop with Cathryn and was very pleased with the details of instruction and the photos which guide you along and this workshop is no different.  I beleive that through this work I am finding balance in my life which was sorely needed.



First Panels
My artistic blossoming is depicted by a Louts flower.  Each petal reflects an aspect I am working on.  I also added that while I am doing this work I will allow myself to gently unfold but at the same time allow
exploration while holding close to what has heart and meaning for me personally.


Center Panels
This panel is a santuary for Ganesh.  The little window opens to reveal some of the attributes of Ganesh, he is the Lord of Protection and Refuse.  He Repels Obstacles on the Path of Righteousness and allows for the Sweetness of the Realized Inner Self.


Last Panels
The last panel is for Lectio Divina, loosely translated means, slow prayer,  I wrote my favorite quotes by my personal heros on this panel to read very slowly each day.  There is a lot of heart and meaning to this repeating the quotes each day.

I am enjoying this workshop and beleive I have made some major artistic breakthroughs working with this material.  I feel that this workshop is bringing forth the spirituality I have in a new way. It is satisfying and deep and spirituality fullfilling.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Composition Art Journal, Nice People Page 2



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Nice People

This page was inspired by my room mate, Nicole Douglas.  She and I walk around town a lot, she more than me.  We enjoy everyone's gardens as we pass by.  We have commented to many of our neighboors on   their beautiful gardens.  One Saturday morning while Nicole was walking a neighboor came out to greet her with the lovely little flowers pictured above.  I just so happened to have the most perfect and tinyest little vase known to man, it was a recent gift from my dear friend Lamona Walraven. That is a Golden Delicious Apple behind the flowers.




Composition Art Journal, Beginings Page 1




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Beginings
This is the opening page of my new Composition Book Journal.  I was inspired by my new Yahoo Group, CompositionArtJournals.  In this group we share our love of art journaling -- using a simple black and white speckled composition book as the starting point! Using this inexpensive and simple beginning, we've let go of expectations and guilt that some of us have with more expensive blank journals -- which has inhibited our creativity and made us too cautious. Pick up a cheapie journal, slap some paint on a few pages, and jump in, as they say in my group! And that is exactly what I have done...jumped in with both feet!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Soul Journaling



This photo is my "soul armor".  It's one of the pages from my Soul Journal that I am creating by following a blog called  Caspiana , by Sarah Whitmire.  There are 22 days of soul journaling to do there.  Each day you work,  little by little creating your journal, the work is deep and satisfying.  Sarah's instruction is very easy to understand.  I do have other pages but this is my favortie so far. I'll post more later

Friday, October 16, 2009

Black and White


I created this blog as a place for me to post my art as it develops. A chronicle of development, sound ominous. It's a little scary, well a lot scary, but I don't know why. Anyway, I'm sure I'll get over it.

So here is the first peice, entitled Black and White. It's a series of new techniques that I learned just this week. It was inspired by Kathyrn Antyr, collagediva of True North Arts when I read her post on Facebook about the Marsha Beck's workshop on her book, The Joy Diet. I guess they are working on chapter #4.

I learned the lettering techniques from Nicolette Anderson , and that was just from a sample she sent me. I will be taking some or all of her online classes especially since they are only $20.00 per class.

And the colors came from a challenge with Michelle Ward at GPP Street Team: Crusade #34.
I had a lot of fun creating this page for my art journal!