Soul Ancestor #2 - Time is a Cruel Mistress

Time is a Cruel Mistress
2014 

Summer appears to have finally arrived here in Santa Fe. Not that I've had much of a chance to get out and enjoy the nice weather. I've been wicked busy in my studio working on the pieces in my new Soul Ancestors series. There's been a lot of experimentation and some false starts as the techniques I thought would be oh so very cool failed miserably. What can I say, it happens.

I've also been spending a lot of time preparing for the Uplevel Your Business LIVE! event in Atlanta next week. Every year this conference is my impetus to start checking off things on my "to do" list. You know, all those little things that are so easy to keep putting off. The last couple of months have been really challenging so I'm looking forward to getting away and spending time with people who are excited about their life and the little things that come with travel like room service.

I've made a couple of new discoveries over the past few months that I want to pass along. The first is Fabeku Fatunmise. My description will never do him justice so you'll just have to check out his website. The second is Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady. You'll love her site even if you aren't really into tarot. And, of course, you know I've been a huge fan of Christine Kane since I started working with her in 2010. Even if you never sign up for one of her programs, you should register for her weekly eZine. I guarantee you'll look forward to receiving it each week.

And now I'm off to finish packing!

Soul Ancestor #1 - Rebirth

Rebirth
2014

The masks which have evolved into my latest series, Soul Ancestors, came to me in a series of dreams many, many years ago when I was living in Colorado. In the dreams I was walking through the forest when I came to a clearing filled with women each wearing a different mask. Each mask had its own personality and was like a tiny universe, woven and feathered and embellished with its own headdress. As I joined the women, one of them slid a mask over my face as she explained in detail how she had created it. She said, "This mask will open a window to your soul where you can develop your own personal mythology. Never give away your power or hide your gifts from the world."

 The materials utilized in the creation of the Soul Ancestors include vintage wooden cases, found objects, woods, metals, shells, fibers, ivory, clay, horn, stone, feathers, furs, bones, handmade paper, glass, beads, and fabric. Surface treatments range from rugged simplicity to intricate carving and from over-the-top embellishments to more conservative painting, polished woods and mosaics.

I believe that all of the organic and inorganic materials used to create the masks contain spiritual power and that the mask itself possesses the power of the materials used to create it. As the form of the mask develops, it acquires power in its own right.

Each Soul Ancestor is a one-of-a-kind creation.

 

The Transformative Energy of Spring

"River God"

Spring is finally here and with the longer days and warmer weather comes the urge to release everything that's been holding me back and to move into the light. I can throw open the windows and enjoy the fresh air and the sounds of birds singing which always seems to clear the cobwebs from my brain. Each Spring I start to see my life in a whole new light. Anything is possible.

So with a renewed focus, I'm back in my studio working on theSoul Ancestors series. These masks bring together everything I've been working with over the past 25 years... ceramics, embroidery, rubberstamping, polymer clay, collage, assemblage, weaving, printmaking, and beadwork. Mask making has always touched something deep in my soul so it's a blessing to be creating works that resonate with me on such a deep, primal level.

I've been working with an amazing artist lately who is also making huge changes in his life including a new direction for his artwork. It's always gratifying to work with artists who are willing to push beyond their established boundaries to try something new. And now it's your turn. Where do you need to initiate change? Your thoughts? Your habits? Your relationships? You have the power within you to accomplish miracles. All you have to do is look inside and commit to doing the work. It isn't always easy but it opens the door to the changes you need.