Saturday, November 30, 2019

Progression...Swallow's Flight...PART THREE


“There is a desire within each of us,
in the deep center of ourselves
that we call our heart.
We were born with it,
it is never completely satisfied,
and it never dies.
We are often unaware of it,
but it is always awake..."


The Swallow.

As I stood on my balcony looking out, she came to me in the form of a small flock in the Spring swirling across the sky in tiny black dots...darting here and there to find their meal.

As I took my morning walk several days later, she showed herself in many sitting along a fence-line chirping happily in the sun.

She also started out in off white silk...


...It is the Human desire for Love.
Every person in this Earth yearns to love,
to be loved, to know love.
Our true identity, our reason for being
is to be found in this desire...


It is in her dyeing process that I started to uncover my love of color...once again. Not having to shield it or protect it.
Silk, linen, vintage kimono fabrics


..Love is the "why" of life,
why we are functioning at all.
I am convinced
it is the fundamental energy
of the human spirit.
the fuel on which we run,
the wellspring of our vitality...


She became my voice...my message of hope through Love.

Her coloring, span of wings, and split tail became my song.

Swallow's body and undergarment pants dyed. 
 Swallow's face painted.
Her outer garment to reflect her flight...
Sewn and dyed front
 Back
 With "wings" added
...And grace,
which is the flowing,
creative activity, of love itself,
is what makes all goodness possible...

I am finding this entire Progression so very interesting as I write to you from my continuation of my own's Soul's Flight. From the Moths to now the Balance of Raven and color of  Love within Swallow.

As my own wings had started to open, my heart for the first time on my life- felt safe...and now my art has been able to open and spread its own wings. 
I found that my series of Birds on Wing was complete...more to express in word and art.

...Love should come first,
it should be the beginning of,
and the reason for everything.”
Poem throughout this post by Gerald May, Living in Love

Swallow.
  

Coming next Cicada and Bee...

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Progression...Raven's Flight...PART TWO

Welcome to my series of Progression. Flight.

It is a retelling...no better yet...it is now a discovery of what I learned in how (my) art was my true voice of what was happening in my life at that moment.

As I left my cocoon from my Moths gently stepping out into world again. 
I need to add that at the time of creating the Moths, my soul felt it was in the need to protect its color...so the Moths were very quiet only showing color that was protected in the backside of their wings.
If you missed the first *PROGRESSION* installment you can read it here.

I found I was now able to connect to my soul that had been traumatized and now was finding it safe to start to spread my own wings.
And the journey of awakening continued...

I found my voice in the wings of birds...or I should say they found me.

The Raven

...who comes to me very regularly- either in the form of a raven or of its cousin the crow.
I have seen them as one or as an entire field covered in these black beauties.

They both, Raven and Swallow,  started out in plain off white silk crepe...an open and willing canvas to come to this world as they wished.
Then to be added to with color...by being in the moment- mindfully NOT listening...just being guided by the brush, the dye, the soul.

I found for the first time in my art work, I was able to let it just happen.
This I believe, was the beginning of my art going from a controlled plan to being a spiritual path.
It is also, at this time, where I found a need for her fingers and toes to be darkly dyed...perhaps of being singed by life's heat and then rising from those flames...but more importantly of carrying the soul knowledge of the lessons learned from those tempestuous flames.

Her eyes needed to express an understanding vision of what life could be. The ability to see further than what was directly in front of her. 
Anticipation... perhaps balanced with some new Wisdom. A Balance.

With the dye...she came into full flight.


"And as she took flight...
she was on the verge of finding
a new understanding within herself."
-Leslie O'Leary



Want to learn more of the Raven Process?

covers creating her body and my mind, body, and soul connection
covers the physical process of dying her costume
final detailing

Next Week PART TWO continues with The SwallowNow, starting to feel safe, my return of color...


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