Spirit doll faces are new to me. I have always wanted to try self-drying clay, but I know it doesn’t work well for my mosaic tiles. I did get inspired by cruising on etsy to try my hand at some free-form sculpted faces.
To finish them, I used the same process I use for painting mosaic tiles. I have a video on YouTube on how to paint tiles. VIDEO
I had so much fun and they are pretty easy to make. I used a purchased face mold and then sculpted the edges as I felt inspired.
I could use all of my favorite colors!
To get the imprints I used rubber stamps mostly. I also added some clay “hair” and the pieces fused well to the clay as it dried.
I’m playing with making a doll in a shadow box, but so far, I’m not very happy with the result. Assembly with lots of materials is tough, but it’s always fun to try something new.
I’m using hand-painted fabrics, but nothing is finite in this picture. Just playing!
I love to write, but having to come up with interesting posts every day is not easy. I do love to inspire where I can, so expect to see some inspirational posts and art of course.
Life is truly about following one’s dreams and that is what I’m doing, but I have found that my dream is morphing into something slightly different. I love art and art classes that expand my skills and imagination. Art is a constant exploration, not a fixed “dream” per se. Being immersed in art is being inside the dream, so it’s process. Nothing new there but sometimes I look at art as something concrete and inflexible.
In the nineties I was obsessed with communicating with nature and learning about flower essences. I lived in Upstate New York at the time and then I moved to Florida and all that work went by the wayside. I have not had the same connection with Florida nature since it’s very different. Think savage and tough to survive the heat. Lots of prickly and biting things, but every landscape has its own beauty.
I have always been fascinated with the metaphysical aspects of nature.
Have you ever stopped by a tree and felt its presence? Why are we drawn to certain areas of nature but not others? It is an intuitive reaction and the body might feel more comfortable by the beach than in the mountains.
Working with nature metaphysically takes patience and stillness. The challenge is to still the mind and be in the present. All of nature lives in the present, so the gateway is NOW. The more we practice being in the moment of now, the more open we become to energies.
I believe the destruction of nature will end if people become aware of the beautiful life force of everything. We won’t be so eager to do, make, and use things that destroy.
Since I’m aware that nature is highly intelligent and a totally AWARE Being and WANTS to work with us, I feel it’s only right that I endeavor to inspire others to grow that connection Nature can help us with every aspect of life. Nature spirits are not a myth, but they only exist on the inner plane, though people have seen them. They can appear as any form. 🙂
Next time you go out in nature, pick out a tree that seems friendly or any other plant. Take a deep breath to still yourself and see if you can tune into the energy of the plant. It might surprise you. The energy is usually loving and fun.
That would be a first step to connecting with nature. If you don’t feel anything, keep trying. It can take some time so practice the connection. If you can, go to the same plant each time. You can also use a house plant.
How does this connect to art? Art is energy and if I were to translate nature’s energy into art, it would be mostly colors in an abstract way for me. I believe we recognize the energy that flows through everything and that’s why we like good art.
All for now. More tomorrow about the wonders of nature and other things. 🙂
I wish you a creative week!!
P.S. I have three evergreen mixed media art e-courses available for self study. CLICK HERE.