March 30, 2015
I wanted to take a moment this week to talk about a long
term-ish project I have been working on since summer of 2014. I came up with an
idea for a fundraiser for the New Alexandrian Library, which was to create a
book about my favorite women in the magickal community, which would feature
portraits I paint of the women and interviews with the women conducted by Nicky
LeBlanc, another Assembly member, and a writer with a published book under her
belt to boot. Due to the time constraints of having a full-time job, it is
taking longer then I would like, but the project is evolving and growing in
In Neil Gaiman’s book,American
Gods,we are introduced to the idea that when Gods are forgotten, they
settle into a kind of hibernation, waiting to be remembered again, if in fact,
they are ever to be remembered at all. My own personal feeling about this is
that there have been more civilizations on this earth than we ourselves as
humans can remember, civilizations lying under water or desert sand, or rain
forest too dense to uncover easily. Imagine the thought forms, group minds, and
deities lying submerged in our collective consciousness that may never again be
spoken of or thought of by humans.
I was given a choice in writing about something to do with
either the letter “C” or “D” this week, and I chose D for Death and Dying,
because it is something that has been coming up quite a bit recently for people
of my generation. We are of an age where we are losing our parents and other
older relatives and friends. Death is not something we handle well in Western
culture, although I think perhaps we are getting better at it in some regards.
My friends and I are of an age where our parents and older
relatives are dying.
I have been working on a Self-Portrait as part of my Magical Women series. I ran into a little bit of artist's block during the Fall when I became VERY busy with school and did not have time to pay attention to my own work. Working on the self portrait has enabled me to get back in touch with my own personal spiritual practice (as anyone who reads this blog knows, art is a huge part of my spiritual practice) and back on track with making art and making progress on other projects. Whew, long sentence.
Here is my latest painting of the Irish god Lugh for the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh, which is celebrated on August 1. It is Watercolor, 12" x 16." The original is available for sale, just shoot me an email.
The Irish holiday Lugnasadh traditionally takes place on
August 1 and is attributed to the Irish god Lugh. It also celebrates the harvesting of the
first fruits of the year, often corn and potatoes. It is the custom to talk of
sacrifice at this time of year, as heard in the folk song of John Barleycorn.
I am very pleased to share that I will be participating in
Meinhart Gallery’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” exhibition with my paintingTitania. Meinhart Gallery is located at
6 East Holly Avenue in Pitman, Jersey, and the exhibition will run Tuesday,
August 5 through September 30, 2014. There will be a Fourth Friday reception on
August 29 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
When I first learned of the exhibition, I was unsure of what
I could submit for the show. I had previously done a painting of Titania with
Bottom, for those who recall the characters from Shakespeare’s play.