Monday, November 17, 2008

Here there be Dragons

Two or three Mondays each month I help at my youngest granddaughter's play school, & watch them dress up, create art, get messy, eat snacks, & clean up! This morning I took a turn with the pastels & art paper -

The heart circle is a coffee filter - last month they dropped ink in three 'fall leaf' colours onto the filters, then whished them around in the ink on the table, & some the resulting papers went into the stack to choose from. The quote
is on the wall above the paints - 'What children need most are pictures on the walls of their minds & experiences to attach words to.' Bev Bos

Here there be dragons - I was born in a Tiger year, but had a powerful shamanic awakening in a Dragon year. The Tslagi (cherokee) bespeak the dragons of the Smokey Mountains; I have a tatoo with 5 'dancing fairie dragons' spiraling on my uppper arm, Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Sacred Sound (Metal in the Chinese trad)

Anne McCaffery's Pern series has long been a favorite, I love just about any dragon story, especially th
ose with

empowered princesses; & when I paint faces, cloudy dragons often show up . . .

This is the 'Creation Station' whence comes the blog name! Doesn't it make you want to get out the paints & MAKE SOMETHING?!


Anonymous said...

i love your creation station! i wish i had room in my house for one! and i loved the Pern books, too, they were a favorite when i was little.

Nadya said...

Thanks ;)
Tee hee! This 'Creation Station' is the one at playschool - I'm working on a mini version at home!!

How fun that you grew up with Pern! I read the first book in novella form as a young married, & hoped there would be more!

Leah said...

oo, i love your creation station too!! you should definitely set up one at home too.

i really love that dragon, dia! i was born in the year of the dragon!

TammyVitale said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - love the quote and oh my am I a BIG fan of dragons. Though I am a Rat (only by accident), my daughter is a full on Dragon (of course! reality showed up in her). I'm very big on magical creatures - I did not know about the Smokey dragon - I'll have to look it up now! Thanks! Tammy Vitale

Rowena said...

I love the jugs of the rainbow.

And I love dragons, too. I like to think that as a girl growing up in inner city, my love of Pern, and other books like it helped to save my life.

I have a tattoo of an abstract dragon on my shoulder.

And the creativity of little kids? It's pretty cool... but so messy I get agita! I've got to learn to let that go.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. When I saw the words "Pern" and "McAffrey" in your post, I positively squealed. I adored the Pern series growing up and still have them all and even pull them down to read occasionally. Pern was my escape and it gave me an appreciation for dragons and dragonfolk that has never waivered.

Jul said...

Definitely does! There's something so irresistible about colorful art supplies all lined up and ready to go.