Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quotespirations!


"I put on my dream-cap one day and stepped into Wonderland."
Howard Pyle

This is my contribution to a wonderful new book by Lesley Riley called Inspirational Quotes Illustrated. I titled my image "Inspiration Arriving". You'll see the woodpecker has food in his mouth!

Lesley invited artists to submit images in response to quotes which she gave us relating to the creative process. Quotes have always inspired me and enticed me into my creative life, so I really related to this project. One of my most precious possessions is an old notebook in which my grandmother hand-wrote her favorite quotations. And I have numerous notebooks filled with quotations which I turn to when I need fresh insight.

What are your favorite creativity quotes?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Your Portable Path to Peace



What is a labyrinth?

Lauren Artress, in her book “Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool” explains:

“The labyrinth is a spiritual tool meant to awaken us to the deep rhythm that unites us to ourselves and to the Light that calls from within. In surrendering to the winding path, the soul finds healing and wholeness.”

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol, usually in the form of a circle, with one path which leads along a meandering and somewhat spiraling route into the symbol’s center. Labyrinths are usually large enough to walk, and the winding path to the center and back again serves as a metaphor for our journey through life.

You can find a labyrinth to walk close to you by visiting the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.

As we don't always have easy access to a labyrinth to walk, I created this journal to be used as a portable path to peace, as a guide for your inner journey, whenever and wherever you need it. An inspirational quote and journal prompt accompany each labyrinth image as guides to discovering your joy as you journey on the path. You can use these prompts for your journaling, or you can choose to write on the labyrinth path with one word, with an affirmation, or with a pattern. However you choose to journey on the page is the right way.

If you want to explore the labyrinth with your eye, your hand and your pen, you can order a copy of "Journaling the Labyrinth Path" from amazon

Monday, October 20, 2014

Slow Photography: Seeing with Your Senses and Your Soul - in Orvieto, Italy



In this video I share some of the beauty of the hilltop town of Orvieto in Italy. Adventures in Italy host creative groups in this magical little town every May and October. I taught my Slow Photography workshop there in September, 2013 and am delighted to be going back there to teach in May, 2015.

Apart from the photography, we will be creating a unique project using photos of doors from Orvieto - and there are plenty of interesting doors for us to choose from!


Perhaps I'll get to meet you on the cobbled streets of Orvieto.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Images as Allies of the Soul


This quote from Shaun McNiff reminds me of the reason for my SoulCollage® practice.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Photography as Reverence and Revelation

When I read Joanna Patterson's poem This is Not Photography, I realized that I had never really defined for myself what photography meant to me. So, inspired by Joanna's words, I sat down and thought about how making images makes me feel and wrote my own poem This is Revelation. Photography is about so much more than a camera and a memory card. It is a way to connect deeply to your soul.

I agree with Edward Steichen who says: "Photography was conceived as a mirror of the universal elements and emotions of the everydayness of life ... a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind."


This is Revelation
Inspired by Joanna Patterson

This is not photography.
This is joy of radiant light.
This is shape of soft cloud.
This is touch of fern, delicate and vulnerable.
This is curiosity.
This is wonder.
This is slow time.
This is seeing past appearances.
This is a language deeper than words.

This is not photography.
This is silent conversation between line and color.
This is soul seeking voice.
This is recognition.
This is connection.
This is praying with soft eyes.
This is embracing the world.
This is celebrating beauty.
This is a thousand new perspectives.

This is not photography.
This is the heart at play.
This is paying attention.
This is dreaming with eyes open wide.
This is songs of praise.
This is my soul as sacred scribe of light.
This is light reflected.
This is reverence.
This is revelation.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Slowing down for the Soul


"Slow is the new slogan. Slow food, slow art, slow time. Many artists today are tuning themselves to slow down and pay closer attention to their lives as a source for inspiration."  These are the words of author, Suzi Banks Baum, and they are words that resonate deeply with me.

In the past ten years, I have learnt a great deal about slowing down.  I was forced to start learning when I had chronic fatigue which left me unable to do much but shower and get back into bed for a period of about two months.  I made a commitment to listen to my body, and to give it permission to rest when it was tired, instead of pushing it on.  Learning to be kind to ourselves is not easy. 

I leave this weekend for three weeks in Italy.  And even though I have learned to slow down significantly, I still find myself needing to slow down even more, and more importantly, wanting to feel comfortable in the slowing down, the doing less, and just being more.  I hope to learn much from being surrounded by the Italian culture.  To see how a culture which values the siesta - called the riposa in Italy - can stop in the middle of the day to rest and restore (what about that list of things waiting to be done?)  I believe knowing how to let go to bring oneself back into balance is an art form.

Apart from a week of Slow Photography in Italy: Seeing with Your Senses and Your Soul, I will be spending three days in Chartres, where the well-known labyrinth built in the 13th Century is laid in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral.  So the labyrinth will be teaching me how to slow down as well, one step at a time.

I hope all will understand if I am slow in responding to emails during this time away.  To find a new slow, I think one has to remove oneself from familiar patterns, and for the three weeks in Italy, daily access to the internet will be one of the ways I will be giving myself time to let my soul slow down.