Friday, January 30, 2015

Labyrinths in the Wind

Have you ever thought of taking the pages from Journaling the Labyrinth Path and hanging them up as a prayer flag? In winter, when the surrounding landscape isn't as colorful as usual, this is a fun way to brighten up the space around a labyrinth or even your garden! I did this yesterday by tearing pages out of the book, trimming the torn edges, hanging some rope from two trees and pegging the labyrinth pages to the rope. I just love how they looked!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Art Stretches Us

This quotation comes from Danny Gregory's blog. Danny is also author of a number of inspiring books as well as the upcoming book Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are, which is already in my amazon basket.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A labyrinth for the beginning of the year

One of the ways I like to use my book Journaling the Labyrinth Path, is by pulling the pages out of the book and laying all the pages out so that participants in my workshops can choose whichever color labyrinth is calling to them that day. I did this at my annual open studio in December. In addition, on the back of the labyrinths is a quote and a question, and it is always interesting to watch the synchronicity that is at play when the messages are revealed.

Feel free to print out the above image (by right clicking on the image) and use it to journal the path of the labyrinth. The colors of the labyrinth felt right for the beginning of the year as they reminded me of the quiet of winter and the seeds that sleep beneath the soil, waiting for the right time to birth themselves into the world. 

The quotation that goes with the labyrinth above is 

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Joseph Campbell

Think about this as you journal the labyrinth path.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Secret Patterns of the World

For my international photography retreats I create printed journals for the participants which incorporate photographs, quotations, journal pages and creative approaches to image making. I like the idea of participants being able to have a container for their journey. Because there is always a creative component to my retreats I like to call them Creative Pilgrimages. Right now I'm  preparing the journal that will be used for Slow Photography: Seeing with Your Senses and your Soul which I'll be teaching in Orvieto, Italy for Adventures in Italy, in May, 2015. I found this wonderful quote from a TED Talk given by Pico Iyer which I'll definitely be including in the journal as Pico expresses so beautifully one of the reasons I love to travel.

I've always felt that the beauty of being surrounded 
by the foreign is that it slaps you awake.
You can't take anything for granted.
Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love,
because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked "on". 
Suddenly you're alert to the secret patterns of the world.
Pico Iyer