It has been a long time since I last posted. This last year was magical, enlightening, frustrating and agonizing. No different than usual, right?
Spending time going inward, I read, contemplated, meditated, and journeyed in the Shamanic tradition for insight and guidance. I had some major epiphanies involving my Shamanic and spiritual practices which set me up for a very eventful 2018. I will be going on pilgrimage, completing my course work in Earth Medicine School, and going on a vision quest. More on these in later posts.
I have struggled with my art for the past year, sometimes not being able to paint or draw, feeling so stuck. I had ideas I could not start, others that did not meet my expectations so were tossed aside. I would enter my studio and feel immediately tired, and uninspired. I now finally had a studio of my own – what’s the matter with me!
I did manage to complete a short series in water color and wax. Using water color paint, ink, and pastel I created color on Japanese paper. I then moved the paper through melted wax to cover both sides, thus creating a luminescence to the paper.
I love the process with these, the playfulness, the smell of the beeswax. I will make more. One of these is currently hanging in Franklins Restaurant in Hyattsville, MD and one is in Old Line, in Beltsville, MD.
Last fall I gained incredible insight into Shamanic and spiritual work that I will begin this year. I am very excited and a little daunted. First up: a six week pilgrimage to Spain. More about this and other exciting plans in upcoming posts. (See how I set myself up for continued blogging?)