Poetry

….continuation of creativity expressed

These poems are inspired by the present textile art piece I am working on.

Golden DeLight
I Am Awareness and Energy
in a place of Being and Knowing
I Am a Sovereign Being, here now
in a place of living Fully, Happily and Growing
breath in, breath out
breath in, breath out
breath in, breath out
I AM my hearts Golden DeLight

………………

Nature’s Sweet DeLight
Opportunity arises
a breeze flows through the air
My branches are dancing, swaying and moving
to Nature’s Sweet DeLight
All around me nature’s sweet grace dances together
to the celestial music composed in the air
As the breeze moves on to my branches graced in stillness
universal source nourishes the dance within

With Sweet Grace.

 

Golden DeLight

A new textile exploration…

textile art, beads and fabric

When I begin a new project I always have a vision or feeling of the finished artwork. Golden DeLight is about working with the sun, light and the new. We’ll see how this transpires as the weaving progresses.

So much fun making these beads and working with wire. Each one taking on their own image of a spirally cosmic nest.

wire bead making

I’m excited about this weaving as I’ll be incorporating some found objects that I’ve picked up on my morning walks. Oh, the pure joy of co-creating!

close up of new textile weaving

 

With Sweet Grace.

 

White on White

Absorb & Reflect – Light

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.

spectrum on textile art    wall spectrum on textile art

textile art close up     textile side white on white

cropped white on white - 1     cropped white on white - 2

White on White Textile Art

With Sweet Grace.

Poetry

….a continuation of creativity expressed

children's art

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

With Sweet Grace.

Seed Meditation

Complementary Therapies Series
Wellness House, Hinsdale, IL

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Tuesday, February 3, 6:30-8:00pm

This Seed Meditation evening is one of four different Wellness House evening programs being offered as part of a Complementary Therapies Series for those living with cancer.

Seed Meditation is an Expressive Arts tool used for calming the mind, centering our focus and enriching our creative spirit.

I welcome you to join me for this evening to learn more about Seed Meditationmindfulness, beginning a daily practice, and take part in creating a personal Seed Meditation.

The four evening programs are Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki & Energy Work, Seed Meditation and Acupuncture. The programs are an opportunity to have your questions answered about complementary therapies available through the Wellness House that can help manage side effects.

With Sweet Grace.

Seasons change……

……and so do I.

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Seasons change and so do I

Nature’s beauty is getting ready to put on a spectacular display of color and light. The changing of seasons. The change from one season to the next also acts as an opportunity to observe, reflect and Be the gratitude.

As we enter Autumn look at the world around us –  what trees (and other plant life) are changing color, what seasonal foods become available, what is the local wildlife up to, what is the color of the sky? Observe all nature has to share with us.

As we enter Autumn look at the world within us –  what are we beginning to harvest from seeds planted earlier in the year, what is our pace, what makes us come alive? Reflect on all our inner nature has to share with us.

The Seasons change and so do I artwork represents the Midwest seasons. I chose to express them through creating a mandala. All the seasons flow from one to the next, coming together as a whole. No beginning, no end. And as in life and the universal forces, change is one thing we can count on.

To create your own Seasons change and so do I mandala, gather 140lb multi purpose paper, acrylic and watercolor paints, tacky glue, scissors, hand-made artisan paper, needle and thread, beads are optional. Decide on four to five different art processes. I used stamping, swirls, sponge brushing. For the cut out shapes create organic shaped templates. Trace, cut, assemble and glue! Instead of gluing the mandala circle on to the background paper, stitching the circle to the background complements the hand-made paper. You can also add a bead to each stitch.

Before laying down the cut out pieces begin with an intention for your mandala. Setting an intention grounds the co-creative process and embraces our intuitive nature.

expressive artscut out free-form pieces

Seasons Mandala

This seasonal themed mandala can also be used for life stages – birth through death, or what ever transitions you’d like to express.

Gratitude.

With Sweet Grace.

We As Creators

Intentions – Boundless Creativity

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Have you ever come across a book where you found yourself saying, “I wrote that!” All the words resonate with you on a higher level and knowing. It’s as if you co-authored it coming into your physicality…all ego aside.

craftingcalmRecently, a participant in a jewelry class I was facilitating brought a book to share that she checked out from the library, crafting calm-projects and practices for creativity and contemplation by Maggie Oman Shannon. Looking through it I could tell this book held much wisdom. After class I picked up the book at a local bookstore, went home and created a space for embracing the wisdom, creativity and energy within crafting calm.

In Maggie’s Introduction, and throughout the book, she shares simple yet profound reflections on creating.

The soulful statement that I hope this book makes is that whether you call yourself an artist or a craftsperson, both or neither, we are all creative. We are all creators. We are all creations of creator. It is to this that this book speaks–how we can stoke our deepest sense of ourselves and the Divine by employing the inherent flame that lies deep within each of us: creativity.

I see this essence when facilitating expressive arts classes. There is a creative spark that’s lit and participants voice this with an I wish the class could go longer, I could do this everyday, oh thank you so much, and this is fun! When we connect with the creator within us, we are at home with our Divinity. And that feels amazing. It’s light, at ease and timeless. It’s available to us when we are present.

It doesn’t matter if we are creating a craft or another life modality, the act of creating extends out to all creations; creating a meal, a vacation itinerary, a new space to relax, foundations for a new business, peace within a relationship, or a musical composition, we are all creators.

 At first glance, some of these crafts and suggested spiritual practices might seem simple, even simplistic. But everything–including the simple act of breathing–always offers an invitation to go deeper. The key, the alchemical ingredient that changes an activity from craft to spiritual craft, is one’s intention. How one consciously chooses to dedicate his or her creative time–and to what or whom one dedicates that creative time–is what turns an ordinary crafting experience into an experience of the holy.  

Intention is powerful. In this moment create an intention for what you have in front of you – maybe it’s a garden that needs weeding, a blog that needs completion or meal preparation for family and friends. How will what you are creating serve others and your well Be-ing?  As I begin _____________________, my intentions are _________________________. Apply this throughout your day and see how the energy of the world around you shifts. As Maggie Oman Shannon expresses it, crafting calm.

What are you presently and intentionally creating?

Enjoy the creative journey!

With Sweet Grace.