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|My frayed old Red Thread . . .|
|Red Thread in my art journal . . .|
|What knits it together . . .|
|seen and unseen.|
|Red thread strung with beads from the old thread and some new beads waiting to be knit into a sturdy I-cord.|
|My Mythic Thread Tides.|
|It's the little things coming together I enjoy . . .|
|bright beads, shiny wire, fuzzy art yarn strands . . .|
|strands of old necklaces, fat glass beads, knitting pattern with a million mistakes . . .|
|the precious clay face adorned with threads, beads and swan down . . .|
|it all comes together for something . . . personal and mythic.|
|Some of us were weaving in the ends on a really big afghan.|
|Another one of us worked on a new spread for the upcoming week of ruminations.|
|Which turned into this.|
|This painting was signed and declared complete unto itself.|
|Someone was still working on theirs.|
All good ways to recover from a busy holiday.
Includes nap time.
|Soft Gel Matte Medium spread on a page covered with gesso.|
|A photo printed on tracing paper using the inkjet, placed printed side down.|
|A little burnishing, wait maybe a minute or two (not until dry) and gently lift the tracing paper.|
|The resulting image.|
Lesson learned: Better to use photos that are not so detailed.
|Finished with some scumbling of acrylics.|
All set for the week's writings.
|Our laughing Hotei presides over the Advent Garden lights.|
|Sometimes, I like painting while sitting on the floor. It's like Paint Yoga.|
|The feel of a piece changes as details emerge and come together . . .|
|new, kissable, favorite sweet spots speak to me . . .|
|I'm getting lost in this . . .|
|but this is my Sweet Spot today.|
|At peace with Self today as I play with paper and paint and other mediums.|
Creating a page not-so-blank for ruminations throughout the week.
More images, more marks.
Pages begging for more.
Heeding the call.
|Play at work.|
|Bennie's larger canvases drying.|
|Still ruminating on those Ancestors.|
|First, a journal spread I started last night . . .|
|Second layer . . .|
|a third layer . . .|
|the final stenciling . . .|
|I am enjoying the double-vision effect here.|
Ready for ruminating.
|In the meantime, I'm gathering older art to add to my VisionQuest Stringing Stories . . .|
|It won't be very chronological, but it can be shifted anyway I like.|
|My Magenta Hippopotamus with other strange beings.|
I finished this painting in 2004. I remember some of the things going on then ~ renting and building, packing and moving, trying to maintain my art practice. I felt flattened, primal, humble. Hippopotamus offered herself as my Dream Horse, One Who Would travel underwater with me to dreams and emotions.
|Magenta Hippo holding, taking in, the Odd Doll.|
|Ginger, chili pepper and a large gray woman.|
|For some time after painting this image, I felt the doll was being swallowed ~ like Jonah by the whale ~ but now that I've brought her back out for these photos, I've more of a sense of holding.|
|This ginger reminds me of the Radish Spirit in Spirited Away.|
|She is tired and hungry and over full.|
|Moth Village was finished in 2000. We were living at my mother's and I'd discovered Painting From the Source. A liberating experience for me as an artist recovering from Academia.|
|This Cosmic Earth Mother birthed Herself.|
|Here is the village on the leaf.|
|And the moth that is the village's sky.|
|Heart Container had been finished in 2008. We were in our home at this time, but with still so much going on. The black heart reminded of that Black Heart of Innocence from the Feri Tradition. This painting made me feel connected to purpose ~ energized and alive.|
|She is in trance, speaking, singing while Others watch over her shoulder.|
|Her hands form the heart container.|
|A haiku by Kanshu.|
|One morning, around this time, Bennie was having a rough time before school so I let her paint this starfish in any way she liked. Yes, it's Patrick from SpongeBob Squarepants.|
|I let my star fish make rainbows.|
|This is a favorite part of this painting to get lost in.|
Now I can add these images to my Story.