Friday, April 24, 2020

Dancing Entrepreneurs

One of the things I love about our art community is the invitation for us each to claim our own "piece of Red Thread." In circles and trainings, each SiStar is encouraged to discover and claim her gifts, and empowered to share them with others. During this time of social distancing - ehm - Artist In Residence - many are offering prompts and mini classes.

This week, my IC SiStar Ally Markotich invited us to paint a series of Prayer Squares "A Three step spiritual practice to engage your innate creativity as your prayer."  Ally posts prompts Monday, Wednesday and Friday Details are available on her site. Materials are simple, paper and colored pencils, markers, watercolor, etc. 
Earth Day Medicine Basket
This weekend, students in Color of Woman teacher training and Intentional Creativity® Guild members meet online to paint Vision Plan Book for these changing times. Shiloh writes that she does one of these graphic plans as preparation for each of her offerings. These folded booklets are done on watercolor paper, and are one of the Red Thread projects during the CoW Teacher Training. 
Vision Plan Book
In this month's Mothercolour Guild Call, we painted simple color wheels...I'm always intrigued that some of my favorite colors are easy to mix. It's fun to do a wheel using different colors for the primary positions, and the Mothercolour can be mixed combining all three basic colours used.
Hansa yellow, Quinacridone Magenta, Curelean Blue

Shimmer watercolor

This month's Red Tread women's circle will a Zoom call - on Resilience - check it out here!
What's on your creative agenda this weekend? 
Happy Paint Party Friday ❤ 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Sedna of the Northern Sea

What times we are living in! And even with lots of time, I've found my creative juices don't always flow. I'm tending several online class in our community, including this year's teachers training, and enjoy our new private App , iMUSEA, for delivery.

My Australian friend and color of Woman teacher Tania McGinnis decided to offer prompts in her Heart Speak group on Facebook - a journey to paint Sedna, the Inuit sea goddess. We're beginning with a stone cairn (I'm using a canvas I began for another painting)
Stone Cairn
In the stories about Sedna, she has a hard time choosing a husband from those who court her, and finally decides to marry a handsome stranger... He takes her to his island home, and reveals that he is Raven! Her father comes to visit, and decide to take her back to their home ... But a storm comes up, perhaps Raven's friends in protest ... And Sedna falls overboard ... In his brought, her father won't let her back in In the boat, and stikes her hands with his oar ... Her fingers become seals, whales, walruses, and all the creators of the sea, and Sedna herself the sea goddess, providing bounty. 

In 2003, a planet with an egg shaped orbit of 11,500 years (!) was discovered and named after Sedna. Astrologer Heather Ensworth offers this version of Sedna's story,  how the planetary orbit impacts earth's story, and her role as a guide through this Transition.

And here is a rare interview with visionary and astrologer Barbara Hand Clow on these times we're experiencing - she mentions Sedna toward the end of the session. I've enjoyed Barbara's books on astrology and our transition times for 30+ years, and was excited to find this. 
Apothecary in process
Over the last month, I've been participating in some wonderful online classes and circles, plus spending time with my daughter and her family. I grateful for the connections, and inspiration.

My friend Sherry Rueger Banaka and I will offer an online Red Thread session on April 27th  on Resilience and Healing. We will include a simple creative practice, and an EFT tapping sequence. I've needed to cancel my in person monthly circle, so it will be nice to get together via Zoom! (Let me know if you'd like to join us!) 

Stay safe and enjoy your creative time! 
Happy Paint Party Friday!