Cellular template for drawing the energies of the solar eclipse within Gaia.
While home in Santa Fe, NM.
Returning the next morning.
This altar is located on a steep hill in a tiny valley. Mary was falling apart the last time I visited, so I did my best to restore her. Several wonderful changes began to occur in the village, including more Mary statues arriving in the community. Now she's receiving frequent visits and blessings. This star was made near the altar.
The Blue Corn Star is a gift of love to Mother earth.
Offering blue corn meal is a very ancient gesture of feeding the earth.
Later in the day I visited the shrine and church of El Santuario de Chimayo
~ dahlias and roses given to the sea. ~
. . . . Breathe deeply . . . .
Imagine the waves of your heart,
sparkling with golden light,
and the essence of rose illuminating your spirit.
Feel the gentle ebb and flow of the sea moving thru your breath,
and thru your heart.
. . . . Breathe deeply . . . .
The doorway to the divine beckons here.
With grace and love to all Creation.
7' x 10'
Dreamweaving with dahlias and roses in the earthereal light.
I was recently commissioned to create a large rangoli for the city of Vancouver's celebration of Diwali. Vancouver's Vandiwali is the South Asian arts and culture festival that brings together people of all backgrounds to celebrate Indian New Year. Diwali, popularly known as the "festival of lights", is the triumph of light over darkness. Celebrated thru out South Asia, people light clay lamps, create rangoli, decorate their houses, enjoy wonderful feasts, and celebrate with dance, music, and storytelling.
People give thanks for the bounty of the year gone by, and pray to the goddess Lakshmi for her blessings of prosperity and protection in the year ahead.
What is rangoli? It is a sacred art form done by women of all ages thru out India. Auspicious symbols that have been passed down thru the generations, are drawn inside and outside the home to welcome the blessings of the deities. Rice flour is traditionally used to render these geometric and floral designs at the entrance to the home or in the family courtyard.
The Vancouver Diwali Celebration Society has created a beautiful time lapse video of the whole process of making this large 28' rangoli. With the support of many volunteers, 250 lbs of rice were dyed so that participants could "paint" the rangoli during the 6 hour arts and cultural event at The Roundhouse.
Print out each individual dot template and then bring the set to a copy store to make 10-12 copies of each one. Place a piece of colored paper between each group for differentiation. Have all the copies spiral bound together to create your drawing journal. This is what I use for most of my designs. I take one of my notebooks and a cup of chai and sit outside during warm weather to render new work. You can also use a quadrille ruled notebook or a Moleskine squared notebook. Grid notebooks are great, but you will need to draw your primary dots each time.
Harmonic bridge of light for the lunar eclipse.
Feminine aspects of the tree of life, with dahlias and roses.
12' x 10'
It's becoming challenging to photograph these pieces directly over the center and back far enough for a broader view.
I need to rent a cherry picker so that I can stand in the basket to photograph.
For May's New Moon.
Although I had blocked off the area, the StarTouch broadband service technician
decided to drive right thru. I had only rendered the points where I begin,
so no damage done. Travis pointed to the StarTouch logo on his uniform to
assure me that he had the correct address. Celestial support had been sent!
I like to photograph these pieces between twilight and nightfall.
There's a brief window of time where there's a subtle illumination before full darkness.
I was blessed by an eagle sitting atop a nearby tree.
He remained for the hour that I photographed.