The Times They are A Changing….
Feeling frustrated, for me, is a precursor to change, leading me to stir the complacent waters into something new. According to the Mayan calendar, July 26th was the beginning of the new year. The full moon showed a brilliant red in my nighttime sky, the result of ash from a large wildfire–it was an astounding sight that makes you stand still to gaze in wonder. Seven planets are in retrograde. Seers tell us it’s a transitional year and I feel it urging me along. The pushes and pulls of the planets, the moon and personal stage of life, are urging me on to higher plains, questioning the “no direction” I seem to be circling in, and wanting to break free from an old part of myself that holds me back. Sometimes we just have to stop, quiet the mind and listen with our heart. So that is what I am going to do.
I’d like my art to reflect that breaking out by letting my hand loose to explore a different type of expression. Some of my visionary art is part of that, but I’d like to take it further, exploring more with color, texture and shapes to capture a mood moment, or set a tone.
NOW is the time to give myself space to recreate by taking some downtime. When it feels right, do it now. I will begin by cleaning up my art room, –it feels overgrown with junk— then smudging it with sage to clear out energy. (A drum roll and an little more gumption to get started please!) This web site is wanting reconstruction – stay tuned for that. Blogs may be sporactic, but my intention is to share my journey to inspire others to keep reaching out to their creative muse, listening to and seeing what wants to present itself into a creative expression. You may find it in the most ordinary places, like your own back yard!
Towers Gallery – Cloverdale, CA – The new 3-month show starts this month. My art will be on display there for August only, then I will be pulling out as a member artist for a while to concentrate on new material.
Current Projects – I have a 12-floor cloth project going – which may take some new modern twists from what I’ve done before. Three done, nine to go! They are quite time-intensive, but I am passionate about creating them–that’s the important ingredient. Here is a sneak peek at one of them.
I just picked up a Wabi-Sabi art workshop book by Serena Barton, Check out her web site at www.sarenabarton.com. It’s a fabulous little book filled with techniques. It is just what I need to encourage myself to express in a new way and just have fun as she describes it, “embracing imperfection and celebrating happy accidents”!
New Paintings at Towers: I’ve just completed a few new paintings that will be included at Towers Gallery this month. They are quick studies of subjects I love – flowers, the ocean, and butterflies which join some others from the previous show. The new exhibit officially starts August 15th, but most new hangings are up now.
Stillness brings clarity and from there we create what our heart sees.
© Maria Doglio August 2015
You are a genius, my friend! xo