Sunday, 19 August 2012

Giving Flight... Giving Back

It's August ! And that beautiful time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when the fields are gold with stalks of grain and lush fruit is ripe on the branch... Time for bringing in the harvest, looking back on what has been achieved in the past year, appreciating our good fortune and sharing. Nature doesn't hold back on the abundance!

It feels such an appropriate season to be celebrating, and that is exactly what a group of artists I know are doing this 20th August! It is one year ago that a group of us met online, while taking part in an art business course run by Kelly Rae Roberts called "Flying Lessons" and it seriously clued us in on what it takes to develop a creative art business.

There really was a lot that I didn't know, I didn't know!

I've since taken the courage to try things I never imagined - from technical things (that would have been unheard of for me a year ago) like blogging, and learning the ins and outs of how to use an Apple Mac computer, to wrestling the 'virtual Anaconda' I call Photoshop (Oh the thrill and accomplishment I feel when I succeed even with the smallest project!)

I've grown in confidence as an artist, and begun to write my own rules as I've realised when it comes to mixed media art, it truly is a case of absolutely anything goes!

I've come to realise that my art is an extension of me, who I am, what I am about, my emotions, all comes through in what I draw and paint...

Art is deeply autobiographical, there are also never any mistakes, just deeper insights and explorations, and of course new materials to try!

One year on, there has been a wealth of information shared, blogs started, marketplace stores opened to sell creative wares, many, many photographs taken, and even more online classes enjoyed, as we've networked and honed our craft.

It's been an incredible year for me. For us all. And in gratitude for the connection and community we've built, we are celebrating with a Giving Flight Blog Hop and paying it forward too, giving others who dream of working the creative life a chance for a place on this next course starting 17 September 2012.

The 2011 Alumni class has gotten together and donated 8 places and Kelly Rae has matched there are 16 places waiting for the right students on this potentially life-changing course.

If you would like to be considered for a place on this class, please visit from the 20th August 2012 for details of how to enter the giveaway.
And now please join in the fun with our Blog hop... These artists generously contributed to the giveaway... come visit our pages and read their stories ::

Catherine Athena Louise -if you are reading this you are here already! :)

Stacey Bockness Curry

Cindy Jones Lantier

Live Laugh Love Retreats

• • •My journey through the senses• • •

smell:: The scent of newly mown hay blowing on the breeze as I ride my bike along lanes beside golden fields.
touch:: stencils and stamps hitting the surface of a canvas
see:: Seraphine ~This biographical depiction of Seraphine Louis (1864–1942) the self-taught French painter whose naïve style works were inspired by nature and her spiritual life.

Watch and be prepared to feel thoroughly spoilt (and truly grateful) by the ease of which we can easily obtain and use art supplies in these modern times. This remarkable woman had an undeniable urge to paint, she HAD to answer the call she felt, and in rural France she had to make her own paint mixtures from whatever she could get hold of; fresh mud from the river bed, crushed flower heads she gathered from the fields, animal blood (from the meat purchase at the Butchers store), candle wax carefully (and covertly) gathered into a stoppered bottle from the altar in her local church... Wait till you see her enormous canvases coming to life through the night by candlelight.

hear:: Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill Acoustic So perfect to paint to in the evenings and totally loving the 'hidden track' at the end.
think:: It must be time for a nice cup of Camomile tea!
feel:: Truly blessed to be alive - following a Lightning Strike that hit me via the telephone line during a big electrical storm on the weekend of 12 August. Not every one who experiences that lives to tell the tale!
taste:: The perfection of grilled salmon with a green leaf salad.
read:: Brett Bevell - Reiki for Spiritual Healing This is how Reiki was meant to be!
intuit:: The powerful vibes surging in this past week with the New Moon in Leo.

Friday, 17 August 2012

The Mountain

I've been enjoying doing some experimental pieces (using a lots of different mediums) that might yet end up being used for backgrounds with other images collaged in on top or added to later.

Here are some detail photos of this one piece I have tentatively called 'finished' - leaving the room of course for me to change my mind completely in a rush of spontaneity ... this might re-incarnate into something else entirely if the mood strikes!

It feels so nice to allow myself the freedom to make loose marks and scribbles - child-like, playful, unabashed, absolutely anything goes!

Etching over the top of paint, dry brush, metallics, water soluble crayons.
Bursts of ink.

Mixed media in ink, water soluble oil pastel, and acrylic
12" x 16.5" on foam board

Catherine Athena xo

• • •My journey through the senses• • •
taste:: Simple clean and light foods ; jasmine basmati rice is an all-time favourite.
smell:: The intoxicating heady aroma of purple Buddleia flowers
touch:: Coyote fur on my altar - beautiful and magical & incredibly soft too
see:: I adore gazing at the inky black-blue sky at nightfall.
hear:: The river chattering as it runs downstream over rocks.
think:: I'm feeling stronger after just over 4 months of being completely sugar-free in my diet!
feel:: Inspired
intuit:: New trends coming to the fore in alternative healing modalities