Owl medicine has been coming back into my life this Fall. She had accompanied me on my dive down into the deep, dark feminine in 2001 after my divorce dark which brought up sexual wounds of early childhood for healing. Owl was Lilith’s companion animal, so fitting for the archetypal energies alive in me. At that time I did a life-size nude self portrait with an owl on my shoulder. There were owls living in the woods behind my house and I could hear them hoot at night. In the crux of my dark night, one appeared for a day on my trampoline in the front yard, staying there, staring at me, communing. I found out later she was probably injured and starving and asking for help, but I was too immersed in my own pain to hear her pleas. But something changed after her visitation. An inner strength welled within. I burned the huge watercolor painting of me as Lilith, having incorporated her feminine wisdom and sovereignty.
And now Owl has returned on my journey through the letting go of motherhood and the false notion that I can heal myself by nurturing my children. They don’t need or want my nurturing anymore and owl is helping me turn that nurturance back onto me.
She had been showing up in images, symbols and even a sighting in the neighborhood on an evening walk recently, asking me to honor her energies once again and allow her to lead my way. I did so with this watercolor as well as this clay piece and now her work is done, the medicine has had it’s healing effect and I’ve completed another very difficult passage in life and she has moved on, for now.
The original wound gets punctured over and over again until finally the gash becomes so deep it is an opening to the eye of God and tears of compassionate joy stream down, washing over the soul with love and tenderness toward oneself and all beings. The sacred wound becomes the source of new life, regenerating the body, mind and spirit with nourishing seeds that will ripen into bountiful fruits. One needs only to stay present with the pain and offer a witness of loving kindness to the injured self from the wisdom of God within. Then one becomes part of the flow of eternal life and love.
Birds, butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds have all seemed to enter my realm as of late. I am recognizing the energy of magical flight into realms beyond the mundane they symbolize for me as I heed their calling into a world of freedom, delight, and magic that I seem to inhabit more and more in my everyday life.
Original Painting available here: Let The Light In
They are an invitation to return to our natural state of joy as we rest deeply with trust in the arms of the Divine Love which holds us every moment.
Original painting available here: Joy Bubble
These winged creatures are a living symbol of ancient Goddess energy, always have been associated with Her power. May they guide us with their magical flights of fancy and freedom.
Original painting available here: Spread Your Wings
The fires of summer are warming and softening, allowing us to surrender to the heat that slows us down, to relax into just Being and invites us to daydream into the imagination of wonder and magic.
These so-called lazy days of summer are really the most productive in that in the energy of play and relaxation brings us closer to the realms of unseen forces and the freedom of allowing spirit to move through us. We become like the songbirds, singing and flying for the joy of it. Allow the heat to relax your body, let your worries go, and be in Joy that summer celebrates so beautifully~
Original painting available here
One of the things that I find so enchanting about the Hawaiin Islands is the rich and lovely array of bird life there.
Inspired by my visits to Maui this year I did a batch of these tropical birds that are now for sale in my shop and are available matted or framed.
Crested Honeycreeper available here
Eladio available here
Hill Robin available here
Java Sparrow available here
Strawberry Finch available here
Apapane available here
If you decide to purchase one of these I recommend buying it framed because the molding is very beautiful and I am selling this at my wholesale cost.
Here is a pic of the handsome fame and you can see pics of the paintings framed in the shop listings too.
Sending blessings for joyful play to you all this last unofficial week of summer.
And may you be free as a bird in Hawaii~
I was in a Mana yoga class recently taught by a lovely Hawaiian girl who weaves Aloha ways into her yoga practice- Yum.
She had us hold our arms out wide, receiving universal chi into our beings. Bring the energy of a flower into your left hand, she said. Mine was cosmos, sweet cosmos, so many beautiful shades of pink and magenta and symbolize peace and tranquility- it seemed to come in so naturally, intuitively, I wonder if it’s MY flower.
Now bring the energy of an animal into your right hand, she said. Again, without thought, the spirit of a turtle dove flew right into my hand- again a symbol of love and peace.
Now bring both hands to your heart space and allow to receive the gifts of these energies.
Ah, peace and love. In my heart. Had to paint, the next step for me to embody the energies. So here are flowers from my garden along with the pair of turtle doves who live in my garden and come to the bird bath every day at dusk. They are so dear to me. I soften in their presence. They are even in the Ultimate love song: Song of Solomon in the bible. I am blessed to have them amidst my cosmos garden. Love sweet love- isn’t that why we are here?
original painting available here
prints available here
As I prepare for my annual spring show at the Village Galleries in Lahaina in May, I’ve had to develop intense focus on creating new work specific to Hawaii in a short time due to my schedule of back to back shows in March and April here in Santa Barbara.
It’s been an interesting process to observe myself eliminate the least important elements in my life to create more space for painting. And what I’m finding is that less is definitely more. By releasing draining people and activities that no longer serve my highest good, there has been an opening in myself and my life for more contemplation, inner reflection, and connection to Source. This has fed my creative spirit and enriched my soul and my work by bringing more presence to the process of making art.
Round and Round
I’ve learned that by truly discriminating between what supports my best artistic expression and what detracts from it, that I have had a fair number of addictions to people and ways of being that have been toxic. It has not been easy to release some of these, but it has been an opportunity for me to explore some of my underlying issues and bring them to the surface for healing and wholeness by facing myself.
By getting into the spirit of Aloha I have created a zen way of being and living that I experience when I’m in Maui. This suits me very, very well and now I know that the best way for me to fill my vessel with creative chi is to not engage with distracting and meaningless factors that get in the way of taking time to breathe out my restless thoughts and breathe in the spirit of infinite spaciousness.
From this place I am in tune with my nature and the nature I inhabit and can weave the two together with greater flow and grace. To me, this is sacred living.
May the spirit of Aloha be with you!