Sunday, 30 December 2012

Gato Mexico

I'm having a Watercolor renaissance. It really is my most natural medium to work in. I am completely self-taught and I think that has really contributed to me finding my own style of painting. 

I smiled with delight when I read the latest art course listings come through from Creative Clearinghouse with Monica Lee (of Smart Creative Women) saying... 

"Waterolor is a beautiful fun medium and it is trending HOT right now!"    - it certainly is in my world anyway!  

Here is my latest painting . . .I'm enjoying painting child-like and playfully.  (Please click on image below to see the painting larger) 

                                Gato Mexico.  Watercolor & collage on paper    
Catherine Athena xo  

• • •My journey through the senses• • •

taste:: Sundried Tomato Pesto and spaghetti - sublime!
smell:: Palo Santo wood smouldering in an Abalone seashell - a coconut-woody-scented offering that is both purifying and attracts helpful benevolent Spirits into the home.
touch:: My soft-soled suede slippers on a cold floor. I'm snug on the inside!
see:: The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey : better than I even dared to hope it would be.
hear:: Savage Garden (self-titled first album)  - a totally retro moment
think:: I'm about ready for this New 2013 Year to begin!
feel:: Very determined and on-purpose. Lots of goals. And a plan to make them happen.
read:: Artists & Illustrators Magazine.
intuit:: The dawning of a new World Age is underway. Love more, relax more, 'be' more... you are exactly where you need to be at this moment in time.

Friday, 28 December 2012

What a difference a {week} makes

One week ago today was the Mid-Winter Solstice and the long awaited, much anticipated 21 December 2012, the 'end of days', regarded as the end-date of a 5,125 year long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count. The start of a new time and a new way of being in the World. 
I had been listening with interest to the words of Ac Tah, a direct descendant of the Maya, who had been selected as a messenger of the knowledge and information encoded in the Mayan glyphs and at sites that are sacred temples to his people throughout Mexico. He spoke of the planetary alignment that would be taking place over the three days of 21st, 22nd and 23rd December, and suggested that the best way for people to capitalise fully on the transformative energies coming in to the planet during this time of awakening would be to have a pen and paper ready, because he said "Many ideas will occur to you - so write them all down, so you can later figure out which ones are useful and use them. And we need to act on these to make them happen".  

This Solstice felt rather important and meaningful, so my partner and I scheduled three days of Holiday from work to coincide with this time. Three days of introspection and dreaming awake and simply 'being'. And gently celebrating the dawning of this new World Age.  

On Friday 21st after a luxurious lie-in, we headed into the City of Bath and hung out in a cafe for a leisurely brunch.  I had my camera with me and my Turquoise Filofax on hand - like a journal with binder pages - to map-make my year/s ahead. To record down any insights as they came. I found myself taking note of many impressions and thoughts that came in over those three wonderfully super relaxed days. 
I also found myself doing a mind-map of associations around my 'one little word' for 2013 (more on that very soon in an upcoming blog post!) 

I was surprised to find answers to some questions I've had on where I am going with my art.  Having re-visited my very early paintings again over the holidays I suddenly realised there is a common theme of a narrative or story happening within my images, they are all story-telling imagery, open to interpretation by the viewer. I'm actually more of an illustrator! I had somehow forgotten all of that. 

And I'm strongly compelled to go back to my natural medium - watercolor. Only this time, I've learnt anything goes and I can make it a 'mixed media' with paper elements and acrylic if I want. 

It's taken me a long time to be able to see what was there all along. It's amazing what messages from our wise-Self come to the surface when we give ourselves downtime and space to think and dream clearly!   

Catherine Athena xo

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Living a Hand-made Life

I've been wanting a new Painting Apron for ages. I had a really clear idea of what I was after but just hadn't been able to find anything even remotely close to it.  I'm not much of a seamstress...what to do?

Well, y'know I got to thinking, 'if you can't get it on Etsy, maybe the best thing to do is make it yourself' that's exactly what I did.

I purchased a piece of cotton canvas fabric and begun by hand-painting my first Surface Pattern Design on a piece of heavy canvas that would become the pocket.

I love how organic this is as a process. I didn't feel the design needed to be absolutely perfectly mirrored and measured, I preferred it to be a bit rustic and obviously hand-designed & painted.

Then I got to work measuring up the fabric, cutting and sewing the full apron shape, the straps and sewing the seams. Firstly the pocket...

Then sewing the pocket to the Apron...

Voila! It's done! 

                                                                    I love it!
Catherine Athena xo