White on White

With Playful Natural Lighting

My creating space has beautiful sunlight throughout the day. The light coming through the windows cast all kinds of shadow designs that create new masterpieces of their own against the textile work. Always in awe of these happenings.

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The beginnings of White on White.

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With Sweet Grace.

Creative Adventures

New Materials, New Beginnings 

Following instincts to explore new materials, I found myself going through my closet to upcycle clothes I no longer wear. My intention was to start a weaving that did not involve a frame, and create freestyle. The process was freeing, organic and filled with discovery – texture, color, loose, tight, clay, fabric, knotting, weaving, smooth, shiny, child-like, balance and reflecting light. I am happy how this textile art turned out and have decided to do a series of three. I’ve begun the second which will be all white. The third will be rainbow.

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There are several aspects I like about this new process, (1) fabric knotting and how it creates a spine down each twine, (2) the way weaving with ribbon and shiny pipe cleaners reflects light, (3) making beads with terra cotta clay and (4) the how each new material ends up being loose or tight, taking on a life of its own.

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This new creative adventure has my mind and heart coming up with many ways to expand this process and collaborate with community. Stay posted for more to come!

With Sweet Grace.

 

 

Music, Dance & Nature

Trinity for the Arts

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.

Performance Art with a Feathered Friend

Marie-Laure et Bayo - La Confidence des Oiseaux de Cie Le Guet...
Marie-Laure et Bayo – La Confidence des Oiseaux de Cie Le Guet…

John Sarantos with Native American Flute, Blossoming Seeds
Welcome to Seed to Blossom eCourse.

 

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Expression from the Other Side

Non-dominant hand wants to come out and play!

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!

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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.

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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.

With Sweet Grace.

 

 

Celebration Mandala

An Opportunity to Create Together

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The upcoming Celebration Mandala class is being held at the Naperville Art League beginning February 26.

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.

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Pieceful Creations

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Seed to Blossom

Self Expression Through the Life of a Flower   

I am pleased to announce that Seed to Blossom is now available for ALL to participate in as an expressive arts home-based eCourse hosted 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.

Seed to Blossom eCourse, An Exploratory Journey Co-Creating Your Unique Flower Essence

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.

 

With Sweet Grace.

Creating Big

Within the Circle

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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.

Download Mandala 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.

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24×36″ Mandala Connect-the-Dots, sixteen spoke
Mandala drawing connecting the dots with straight and curved lines.
Mandala drawing connecting the dots with straight and curved lines.

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.

With Sweet Grace.