Music begins the first time our heart starts beating, then in rhythm with our mothers heart beat. From here on we begin nature’s song and dance with nature and as nature. Sharing videos that express this in a variety of wonderous ways.
Nature is ever-changing through Nature’s Dance, Lena Elboim
My Roots Grow Down through the song and voice of child.
Meaningful connections to nature through Natural Leaders Legacy Camp.
Simplicity and play are two facets of pure soulful expression that I like to share with others through many art forms and processes. The seed for this art process was planted back in November when visiting a local vendor fair. I purchased several origami star bursts from a young boy who had his own vendor table (next to his mom’s!) using colorful post-its as his paper source. Yes to supporting a young budding artist!
The motion, colors and 16 rays kept the curiosity flowing and led me to the next step – painting these star bursts using a new tool I’ve wanted to explore for an upcoming art event. The tool is called a sponge stick and many artists use these for blending charcoal and pastels, they are also used for crafts. Let’s see what happens when we use watercolor paints! Once I started making marks on the paper a texture appeared that brought on a feeling of new birth, something wanting to come forth from the painterly marks. The space between the painterly marks became the space between each thought and breath, a graceful dance and meditation. Now on to sharing this process with others.
But wait! Let’s add another element, painting with our non-dominant hand! Yes to gifts from the universe, a recent fall and wrist fracture of my dominant hand – this art process has allowed me, and my left side, to express movement and change while staying in the present moment, exploring new patterns with different color pallets and simply being open to process. Creating in this way has always empowered me in service to working with others. This time around with love, compassion and purpose heightened to a new level of awareness. I am grateful for this.
We are all conduits of pure Source energy where creativity and natural forces of nature flow. Bring on your expression from the other side.
This class is about integrating play, patience, and beauty into the creative process as we focus on balance through color, movement, texture and pattern. Mandala, which means circle, acts as a container for this self-expression. Participants will be introduced to a variety of simple and playful art techniques used for cutting and creating organic shapes and symbols. These organic shapes and symbols are then assembled into a radial formation on a circle made from handmade paper. Handmade paper provided as part of class materials. Stitching and beading are added elements to mount and adorn your mandala. The completed Celebration Mandala is hung from bamboo rods. All class materials provided.
I am pleased to announce that Seed to Blossom is now available for ALL to participate in as an expressive arts home-based eCoursehosted here on Nature’s Sweet Grace. Visit the eCourse home page and listen to the inspiring welcome by John Sarantos with Native American flute. You’ll also learn more about his Seed to Blossom journey, the story behind how this eCourse came to life and how you can warm up and have fun with a Dash of Curiosity.
It is my intention that Seed to Blossom be a window for those willing to go deeper with an adventurous and creative spirit into knowing one’s Self through the life of a flower.
Moving beyond a standard size sheet of paper, going from an 8×8″ paper size to an 24×36″, to create a mandala can be a turn to an unknown world. It stretches our comfort zone. It’s too large, that’s a lot of space to fill, it will take forever, are some of the concerns expressed. Here is an introductory mandala exercise that will ease the jitters of creating large! Mandala Connect-the-Dots. Working with eight or sixteen spokes, the connect-the-dot mandala is designed to act as a guide for drawing, along with allowing for the intuitive process and creativity to flow. Mandala Connect-the-Dots is also for anyone exploring the circle, looking for an expressive art form for meditation, or for creating community connections working together coloring a mandala. Children, teens, adults, watercolors, acrylics, crayons, markers, or colored pencils.
DownloadMandala Connect-the-Dots and have the eight or sixteen spoke mandala printed in B/W, 24×36″ at an office supply store such as Home Depot. Here in the U.S. a B/W print is $3.00.
Dots to Stars: A creative way to involve children is to turn the dots into stars! With a colored pencil or marker, draw stars over the dots. Connect the stars to create a personal Star Constellation Mandala.
Stillpoints are opportunities for quiet observation and meditation. They are moments when you stop what you are doing and take notice of your breath and something near you that captures your attention. A Stillpoint could be the steam rising from your coffee cup, a leaf falling from a tree, the way your pet companion cleans its paws, or the design of a flower. Stillpoints are simple and awe-inspiring.
The morning light shining through tree leaves, accompanied by a breeze, makes for an orb-like dance of light and soft shadows.
Stillpoints are also incorporated into a fitness program for body and brain called Ageless Grace. Being aware of Stillpoints throughout your day can help create a life filled with gratitude and appreciation for the beauty everywhere now. As an Ageless Grace Educator I share this practice in my Ageless Grace classes.