The Garden Fairy

Some paintings/artwork come with the idea of improving oneself
or the aspects of accomplishments in the past present and
future. This happens to be one of them with symbols, animal
totems, and certain words representing one’s plight are sometimes
hidden the background of the painting. I find I journal first,
sometimes with each item mentioned or I write an entry of
thoughts and feelings and then paint over it. It is how I start each
spread.

Class by Willowing Arts – Art for Earth

Longing

A class through, Art for Earth – teacher, Melanie Rivers

The Moon and the Raven – some thoughts

Mapping highlights and shadows in a drawing as in life. Do you have a reference for life? Someone as a guide. The answers could be in mid-tones. Should one blend all the layers? Is there a fourth tone. So many questions. Blend all. Find the shadows, the mid-tones and lights. Draw a map. Draw a raven if even in your mind. Trace around the shadows with words or pencil. Leave some of your life in a collage, let it peak through. Most is transparent. Some is secretly lingering in the past of one of the dark tones. The missing flower I don’t understand, why? I hear the ravens song, I smell the damp earth and touch the trees …

A Story

The sad strings of the violin can be heard somewhere close by as the smell of burning oak. A soft warm fire keeps her warm on this late Spring evening. She saw the raven early this morning and found him powerful, assertive, confident. She remembers wiping a single tear from her cheek. She wishes for something from the past …

Spirited

Art for Earth, class by Angela Kennedy

I can see this young girl both gentle and strong as many of the
definitions of ~spirited~ imply. She loves to learn, all subjects
interest her and yet she has her own direction to pursue. I can tell
she spends most of her time alone, enjoying the company of
herself. She dreams of a gypsy life, wearing flowing dresses in
bright colors, silky scarves cover her head. Her bracelets make a
sweet tinkering sound as she weaves flowers into a hanging bouquet.
Aging will not intimidate her – she looks forward to graying hair,
her memories are cherished as the freedom she has come to
embrace.

“I am a free spirit. A spirit that evolves. I’m a diamond.
I’m just refining it. Polishing it. Glossing it up.” ~ Simeon Rice

The Queen Archetype

In creating ‘The Queen Archetype’ card I have found new meaning with the seven feminine archetypes that I find seated at the imaginary table.

I haven’t paid attention that is full of information about the queen. She is the keeper of confidence, perhaps of leadership, part of alliances to be made and the ability to attract the finer things throughout life.

I have ignored the needs and wants of each archetype at the table and the seven are rather unhappy. If given the proper attention to each type they could be a help to one another.

I feel because I am the reclusive type of person hearing the queen’s complaints have not been heard and at times ignored. The queen’s needs are a bit scary for me – that need for power becomes over whelming as I don’t think of these concepts in my day to day experiences. I haven’t the need for either power or control. Power is granted by a people – it isn’t lasting. Power should be used for the greater good of the people or it becomes an illusion and compromises the integrity of the queen.

Power and authority can be additive and very hard to let go of. It almost seems to become a huge give and take or lose oneself entirely.

Through this short study I have concluded ignoring the short comings of the queen can cause her shadow side to emerge and become more intense. She knows her integrity could be in danger.

It is well to keep a balance and avoid the struggles for all who take a seat at the table.

Past, Present, Future

A painting of the Past, Present and Future. The whimsy girls remind me of archetypes. I have always been interested in the study of Jung. One of the girls represent where I have been in the past – the word that best describes the past is ~ambiguous. While the present word would be ~anxious in various part of my life, I look to the future where I could be ~adventurous.

~Notes: Another class from Iris Impressions Art

Wonky Byrd

Art from a ~Journal Jam~ Class with, Effy Wild. The ~Wonky Byrd~ is from, Willowing Arts on YouTube. At ~Journal Jam~ I have been experiencing many of these whimsical ladies. Each lady I sketch and then paint are lovely with their own personality. Their face colors are different, the eyes vary – some are as almonds and others large, dominating the entire face. Hair styles are unique and tiny lips are always very colorful. The ladies are slowly becoming a family of sorts – sisters, cousins, aunts, great aunts and grandmothers. They are taking on a life and place of their own and I enjoy creating them.