I'm in an art guild with skilled and inspiring writers, musicians, and of course visual artists. One would think my inspiration for this piece would come from the other visual artists but it actually came from the musicians and writers. As I develop my skills as an artist, I am grateful for inspiration outside of my head; it can be critical and harsh in there. I don't know if the story of Snowflake and her violin will ever be written. Every artist needs a place to share what is hidden because it might be something wonderful and inspiring for others
It has been a while since I've had the opportunity to do a workshop with adoptive moms. It's always a privilege to be around these amazing women.
Every month I get to be with people who have hearts and minds and souls that are so beautiful. I learn so much from them and they lift me up. I am taken to a higher level of understanding of who I am and why I create when I share from the depths of my heart. Artists need each other, we are not meant to be alone in our endeavors.
It's time for me to start new projects, try new things, and open the ears of my heart even more. I have been in a spiritual formation program the past two years. A soul jostling, gut wrenching, grace filled, eye and heart opening, inside out, kind of program. Program sounds limiting, BSFP is only limited to what I am/was willing to acknowledge and ponder, and then ultimately be transformed. This mosaic guitar, "One Sacred Piece at a Time" represents a journey in life that really has no beginning or end. Just deepened.
I started working on this over a year ago and abandoned it for quite a while. It has become such a part of me now I can't imagine doing so. As I complete it, I am both anxious to find a home for it yet can hardly think about letting it go without some sadness.
"I hit the million mile mark at seventeen years old."
Oh my, I think I did indeed. I hope all parts of me are in the second half. This new mosaic guitar is a story about the two halves of life. Now it looks like a mess, but it will all come together in the end. The list of tesserae keeps growing - bullets, antler rosette, agates of course, nuts and screws, glass, dog tags,...it goes on.
I love coming together with people that aren't afraid to go deep and be vulnerable. When we come together in our brokenness and share it; we create something beautiful.
Joshua Tree is a place of moments. The light changes and so does your spirit, the temperature changes radically at night and the stars are so close. This is a moment that can never be repainted or repeated on this earth. It's divine, it's a tiny slice of God's creation given to me - and you.
A nice way to start the weekend - going to see Rod Dreher http://www.anselmsociety.org/events/2015/10/30/how-dante-can-save-your-life.
Also, fellow Anselm Society authors and visual artists will have their works for viewing.
21" x 21" x3.5"
Frame made with gray beetle pine.