Having a vision and intention when beginning an artwork, I am not attached to its outcome. Every weave and knot is an inward stillpoint of silence.
The physical aspects of this piece have an awareness of the different surfaces and how they absorb light and reflect white, all colors – be it a bright white, blue white, grey white, white white, and on and on.
The rainbow spectrums on the artwork and wall are truly a visual pun for White on White.
Young Children’s Art is… – innocent, intuitive, expressive, playful, exploratory, in the present, and in your face honest – messy, muddy, rainbowy, scribbly, splattery, tangly, so everywhere, and so wildly spectacular
it’s hard to imagine a world without children’s art
it’s easy to imagine children’s art being a teacher to us all
Everywhere Now on Our Planet
To leave one’s environment
and enter another
expands the world of knowing
new worlds come into view
to explore and discover
bridging together realms we once knew
Be present in it all
for change is constant
slow down and groove to a new rhythm
live in this world and not of it
to be happy and uncover
spiraling wisdom everywhere now on our planet
Poetry comes in many forms. Infinite possibilities, from letter to letter, word to word, line to line. Another avenue for creativity to flow.
Exploring the themes of children, nature, art and consciousness, here are a select few to begin with from my musings. More to come. Enjoy!
Portraits from Within Portraits from within unleashes swirls of color sparks of light in an ocean of eternity the hum and vibration radiate outward attracting a resonance of being portraits from within
Dashes and Dots dots and dashes
..-..-.. dashes and dots
..-..-..-..-.. making marks in so many spots
small and big
..-..-.. big and small
..-..-..-..-.. didn’t know they could get so tall
make some yourself
..-..-.. you’ll see
it’s dashes and dots
..-..-.. calling the shots!
Comes Clarity through the thick dense fog comes clarity
Sharing a past post that today still rings true for creating, creativity and working with the mandala as an expressive and spiritual art process. Enjoy!
Within the Circle
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 young children and teens is to turn the dots into stars! With a colored pencil or marker, draw stars over/on top of the dots. Express the stars free hand or use small star cookie cutters or star templates. Connect the stars to create a personal Star Constellation Mandala.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.