Yesterday Tiega and I went for a stroll along the banks of the Willamette River. I gazed across its wide expanse and saw Bald Eagle soaring and hunting. Its strong dark and brilliant white coloring against the towering backdrop of deep green majestic Douglas Fir was striking.
Smiling, I heard myself speak out, “There’s nothing like it.”
It was a ‘grounded’ moment of delight-full renewal!
I created “Cottonwood Oasis” as an honor to fellow pilgrims who depart/journey/suffer/arrive/rest.
My wise woman former rancher writer friend commented poetically,
saying it is like “Cottonwood-Woman,”
who extols the pilgrims in the service of survival;
who stands in the atmosphere of benediction;
who comes forth through the generations
and arrives exuberant and triumphant.
We really are at the crux of that passive statement of
“you must change yourself before you change anyone else.”
We really are at the tending pool of
courtesy and politeness and deep compassion.
We really are grateful to the produce stackers,
the check-out assistants,
the neighbor who meets and greets.
We are the Peaceable Kingdom.
We all love and support and grow with one another.
“As I worked a circle, Frog came into form. Just at the time my teacher went to Spirit World. It was very nice to feel this painting come into form, very nice to feel a lovely beckoning into a “next,” very nice to find that Frog is an escort.”
A few weeks of honoring the energies we walk with in this world.
Mineral, Plant, Animal, Human
<–<–<–<–>–>–>–> Mineral King/Queendom
I invite you to create a personal altar honoring the Mineral world.
Each week toward Winter Solstice and
the great celebration of the Pan-universal Christ,
is an opportunity to create the groundwork, literally,
for the other king/queendoms to follow.
I have begun in circle, hoop.
You might choose a more linear shape.
Your altar is for your unique sensibilities, so enjoy how you make it!
My ‘start’ has rocks, crystals, although I may add a bowl of sand or soil.
My process is to light the center candle each day,
and place another Mineral-world object.
Then next week will find me placing Plant world delights.
I think the most important part is having a few moments of
“quiet good cheer”!
“This is a dry rise, outcrops of white and yellow and gold calcite roll throughout the hills. The valley affords moisture. I love this particular long valley with its rises. When I came to the canvas with this place in my heart, all the dry evaporated, and the meandering streams and low grasses took over my expression. This piece abstracts the bedded calcite, and extracts the rich feel of the place.”
“The northwest forest affords supple greenery. Take a walk through a fairy forest, collect the forest floor’s rich bounty, wrap yourself in luxurious earth-green. This piece was created as honor to a forest dancer, dressed in ceremonial’s authentic finest. He is in there!”
“She is everywhere, She is at all times.
Our Lady is in everyone’s face and being.
We each hold a name for Her–all meaning: beauty-filled, bountiful, compassionate.
All beings can participate, all beings may contribute.
This means also you and I, making resonance into the order of things.”
The “staying” part of my month was to hang a show of 13 of my pieces in the narthex of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopalian Church in Wilsonville, Oregon. The show welcomes parishioners through 29 September 2019. The Art Ministry at St. Francis displays art of several media, showing artists and photographers from the Pacific Northwest.
The northwest photographer Rod Chandler has an astute ‘eye’ and assisted me with his kindness, expertise, and exuberant energy. Click through his image to arrive on his website for gorgeous nature images.
And the ‘going‘ part of my month was to fly across this beautiful land to Wisconsin for a nephew’s wedding. I reunion’ed with nieces, nephews, grand-relatives, and my sisters. It had been 7 years. It was as if we have always lived next door to one another, even though Gwy Ann camps in Missouri, and Renee between Wisconsin and Florida
Here we are at the Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Older sister Gwy Ann (systems integration expert; gentlewoman rancher with horses, dogs, kitties, ponds, gardens); Younger sister Renee (1st mate sailing yacht Great Lakes; avid sports enthusiast championing every child and grandchild through each of their ongoing winning endeavors); and me (apple pie baker, dog walker, land saunterer, visual artist).
Currently on my easel is this 20×20. It began as a cottonwood, with thick, deep, gnarled and irregular bark. I sat with it, saw a face, took another direction, and now am working on another self-portrait!
Thus far she has told me:
“Those who know, contemplate.” I like studio time!
Balance is perpetually in a state of search and discovery and finding itself. It occurs for a nano-second, then lives into its awareness of being in balance. This is always a hold-back to the moment before.
“Evening Dance At Owl Pond” is a composition of asymmetry in its immediacy, yet the figures/beings balance one another with their territory.
Thus, you and I can balance one another in our daily living.
And, we emphatically must balance ourselves with our territory, precious Earth.
It’s a Sky Report! Similar to Griffith Observatory’s weekly, yet mine spans a few years. These are a few details from my paintings. As I once told someone afraid to paint sky, “You can’t get it wrong! They are always changing!”
These are small snippets of larger paintings. It is fun to see the Spirits in the Sky!
Our regional forecast for the ECLIPSE was sunny/cloudy. I drove to my Eclipse gathering and saw many, many, many little clans squatted out in the dog park, on the community college campus grounds, in their private yards, and I sang out with thrill!
Some traditions prescribe staying inside, feel the internal work in the dark, do your personal and communal alignment. As I felt into my reality of going “out” to a gathering, and saw people coming out of their offices and dwellings, I honored them.
We are a visual society. We want to see. And people, in their EXPECTANCY and CELEBRATION of the natural order of this unique phenomenon sought participation.
I think that EXPECTANCY IN JOY AND CELEBRATION MOVES WORLDS! We moved the skies into clarity and non-overcast. We unconsciously did “something” together because of AWE and CURIOSITY and EXPECTING-THE-BEST. We resonated with the Nature Spirits by living, simply living.
Assisting your Luck from the inside out is a wonderful model espoused by the ancient Stoics.
I took a short course from Philip Golabuk of the Philosophy Center’s Fate Project, and am reviewing its essential breakdown, which I give here as the simplest of phrases, each quality can be enjoyed as a lifetime pursuit and development!
The Well-Ordered Soul
Truthfulness is at the heart of the well-ordered soul.
Showing Up (not hiding and taking your chances).
Innocence (we know so little!, so be teachable).
Diligence (each of us is presented with things which are only ours to do, conscientiously and to the best of our ability).
Dialogue calls us to humbly open ourselves to outside-ourselves discovery, as well as being intimate with the inner voice of clarity and truth, which the Greeks defined simply as happiness, as good spirit.
Our Fate corresponds to our character, so “get lucky” and enjoy your day!!! with light, Cherilyn
I planted dozens of corn seeds and there are four glorious stalks reaching for the sun and sky. I remind myself that in time the seeds of expectancy will navigate their full reach, that I can look elsewhere–higher, broader, and the love of initial planting will hold the nest and the next in peace and light, and the nature spirits will dance whether or not I see them.
There comes a time, a moment when one simply cannot avoid recognition of integration. All of bounteous Nature, the Nature Spirits, the energetics, buzz, blitz, swim through us at all times, eternally. The imperative is to “Rise Out Of Rest” and participate!
This book is a rich, valuable, & refreshing combination of imagery and poetry, straight from the author’s lifelong engagement with wilderness. Encouragement & gentle support to Be Your Precious Self (from the front piece of Nothing Is As It Was).
Here is rich permission to receive a delightful healing through awareness of the world around and within yourself. Here are affirming prompts to pay attention to your mind and heart, to “open your skull and chest to review,” to engage yourself with nature, with the spirits of nature, to walk with a new sense of ease.
It is vital to affirm your own unique sense of ability and integrity, to cultivate your inner anchor if you sense complexity around you. It is vital for our precious planet and the earth for you to know that you are nature, you are natural, you can communicate and dialogue with the healing nature spirits. In a way, this is bringing it all back home, so that you can expand even further! Enjoy!
“Love Is A Temple~Love Is A Shrine” 22″x22″ (detail)