Women Inspiring Women
I’m so happy about the wonderful group of women who participated in the Soulful Art Journal Workshop this Sunday. I was so inspired by watching them in the midst of making art, connecting with themselves through exploring and playing with mixed media. One of the most exciting things for me is when women share their stories and ideas about life and art. Everyone has unique ways of working with media and being creative, and the more we open to OUR way the fuller the well of creativity becomes. The well never runs dry if we continue to dig deeply and don’t allow fear to obstruct the natural flow. I feel so blessed that so many women both inspire and encourage me on the journey of living the artist’s way. We can become each others teachers and muses.
I’m in love with Altered Books.
One on my current passions is creating altered books. I’m having so much fun with this process that I’m already imagining what my future altered books will look like. Both of these pages reflect my current love affair with vintage lace. I cannot get enough of it.
Altered book page using collage, paint, lace, handmade paper, and tape
The wise Picasso understood that life is gritty and covers us with worries. For me making art is a life-saver, a place of refreshment.
We all need a good dusting on a regular basis!
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Buddha in the City – Collage by Kartika using fine art books, paint, and paper
Buddha in the Garden – Collage by Kartika using fine art books, paint, and paper
Buddha with Devotees – Collage by Kartika using fine art books, paint and paper
The Buddhist Way
I have loved working on this collage series because the symbols and the images of Buddha move me so deeply. Although I’m not a Buddhist, I love reading bits and pieces of the Buddhist teaching. The Buddhist practice of “mindfulness” is one we can all benefit from. Paying attention to our breathing, our bodies, the present moment is powerful. I’ve read books by Thich Nhat Hanh whose teachings help us be better Christians, Buddhists, and people in general. I believe love is the only religion we need. And, who better to remind us to forgive and to love our enemies than Thich Nhat Hanh, a survivor of so many social injustices. Yet, his life is dedicated to love and to kinship with all sentient beings.
There are so many wonderful Buddhist teachers both known and unknown to the world. I love this quote by the Dalai Lama, one of the world’s greatest teachers , who in spite of all of the suffering he and his people have experienced, he teaches only love and forgiveness.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple, the philosophy is kindness. – The Dalai Lama
My Muse Blue
Women, poets, and especially artists, like cats: delicate natures only can realize their sensitive nervous systems.
Helen M. Winslow
This is Blue. He loves art and cannot help himself from wanting to get into the mix of things when I’m involved at my art table. He loves sitting on easels and standing on stacks of collage magazines, or pushing pencils and erasures onto the floor. This can drive me nuts, but he has so many good points. I think artists in general like cats and find them soothing, entertaining, and mysterious companions.
I think Blue would love to be a cat who paints, but I haven’t given him the chance. He is a big and patient boy. He is mellow and undemanding. He is very cuddly and good in bed. He likes to spoon. He doesn’t judge me for loving sleep and wanting to sleep in the afternoon – for being a night owl.
I’m certain Blue admires my creative endeavors. He isn’t the least bit critical of my art. In fact he considers me fascinating and never tires of the scraps of paper, the pencils, the markers, and especially the water in jars that I bring to the table. As far as he is concerned I’m Frida Kahlo or Georgia O’Keeffe. I adore him for that.