Snail Mail Art & Synergy

 

I was recently introduced to Donna Otter of Donna Otter Loves Snail Mail & So Do You by a friend on Facebook who described us as Kindred spirits.  What amazing synergy arises from such kinship.  We both want to see the arts take on greater and greater roles in shaping our culture but we also want it to build community, awareness of the environment and create a safe space for integrating wholeness.

 

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We met for coffee and shared our dreams, projects we’re currently working on and what we want to see grow out of those projects in the future.  From this little beginning, we are finding common ground for collaboration, inspiration, shared resources for making manifestation of our dreams more concrete – more alive and real.  YES to synergy!

 

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When such wonderful things happen – I just have to share the wonder and inspiration with others so yesterday, I hosted a Snail Mail Art Party..  I can’t describe how amazing it is to see women leave perfectionism behind, shed their fears, get lost in the flow and create something beautiful.  It was the quietest party I’d ever thrown!  Once everyone was in the flow, the room became almost Zen-like.  Music drifting in the background, reverently softened voices sharing stories…the atmosphere had become a safe container for letting go.

 

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As my friends began, one by one, to leave – they each gave me a long hug and said it was just what they’d needed and they hadn’t realized just how much.   The best reward is to give something so precious to others.  Heart sings.

I can’t wait to do it again.

 

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To learn more about Donna Otter and Mail Art, visit Donna’s Facebook page and website:

www.facebook.com/DonnaOtterLovesSnailMail

http://www.longlivesnailmail.com/

 

 

Pagan Love Song

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This is an encaustic and mixed media piece I did last November but I’d never mounted it.  Since I had so much fun working with watercolors and encaustics for Buddha on the Mountain, I thought I’d mount this one on a framed wood panel with watercolor and encaustic wax on crumpled tissue paper.  I love the colors and textures that emerged in this process.  

In The Moment

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I love my studio days – the rare times when I can spend the entire day lost in the creative flow.  Yesterday was just such a day.  The preparation for creating art is all part of the process.  The hours spent mixing the encaustics – melting wax with damar resin and adding color are just as rewarding as the hours spent painting.  I love the serendipity of it all.  Yesterday was a very good day and it was all about being in the moment – ergo the name of my Bodhavista who emerged from the flow.

 

In the Moment

In the Moment

Waxing Poetic

Waxing Poetic

There are days when the Spirit fills you and it cannot be contained. Once we open to it, to her, she will posses you when and where she pleases. Some call her Muse, others name her God – I like to think of her as Lover. She strokes my soul with an electric hum – vibration and movement which cannot be resisted.

She is my Love and my Life and my Savior. She is the spark which ignites me and sets me on fire.

Yesterday, her flame grew so hot she melted wax and guided my hand to create something new…a work in progress.