Yes, that's "alter with an e" as in alteration. The art you see here combines traditional mediums of paint, collage and photography and takes them into the digital realm to be transformed into something new.
I met June Rollins earlier this year during an online retreat through Abbey of the Arts. I was captivated by her sweet spirit, and fell in love with her incredible art; in particular, a process she calls "Dreamscaping." June has been offering in-person workshops for awhile now, and has recently put together a dvd showing her step by step process for the rest of us who live too far away to get to one. The process involves using alcohol inks on yupo paper. I love experimenting and learning new techniques and methods to bring beauty into the world, and June is a wonderful teacher. So if you're in the mood for something new, I'd highly recommend giving "Dreamscaping" a try! I created At the Butterfly Ball by following June's method, plus a little "sacred altering" for good measure.
Under the Full Moon is the result of a recent Saturday afternoon of creative bliss at my friend Bev's fantastic new studio in Clinton, MS, The Intuitive Painting Place, plus a little more "sacred altering" at home. I went to Bev's studio not knowing what I would end up painting - this is not the kind of place where everyone paints the same thing, but rather, the kind of place where leaning into one's own intuition and innate creativity is supported and encouraged. All art supplies are provided for you, you don't need to bring a thing except yourself and a willingness to PLAY! Love to paint? Great! Don't know how to paint? Even better! Group, as well as, individual sessions are available.
The Handless Maiden Heavy with Child (Stacy Wills, 2012)
Offered without commentary, this image was inspired by working with the story of The Handless Maiden during week 7 of Women on the Threshold, an online retreat offered through Abbey of the Arts. You can find variations of the story by googling, "the handless maiden" or "the girl without hands." There is also a version available on Wikipedia. Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Robert Johnson have also worked with this story and offer valuable insights in their writings.
This video, Creation Two Ways, is really at the heart of what this new blog is about. Although it falls into the mandala category (and can also be found on my other blog), the alteration process used to transform my photographs into digital mandalas, is what Sacred Alter is all about...taking one art form and transforming it into another by a means beyond my natural capability.
Creation Two Ways, is a creative response to some of the material I am currently engaging with in an online course, Women on the Threshold, offered through Abbey of the Arts. This week we have been immersed in the life, writings, music and art of Hildegard of Bingen. Mandalas are something Hildegard and I share in common.
If you are not able to view the video on my blog, you can watch it here on YouTube. It is best viewed in full screen if possible. Enjoy!
Coyote Was Here was inspired by the amazing and talented story midwife and songstress, Trish Bruxvoort Colligan. It was she who introduced me to Grandmother Coyote during Week 3 of Women on the Threshold, a twelve week, community online class offered by Abbey of the Arts.
Visio Divina (Latin for divine seeing) is the practice of praying with images. Like Lectio Divina (divine reading), it has four basic movements:
1. Read the text...or in this case...the art, slowly. Notice the colors, the shapes, the lines, the subject. What catches your eye first? What feelings are stirred within? What emotions are evoked? What do you like about the image? What do you dislike?
2. Gaze...take a deeper look. Engage with your imagination. What is happening here? What do you see? Is there a deeper meaning that emerges? Can you place yourself in the piece, and if so, where? What do you see from that perspective? Are there any memories that arise?
3. Respond...with prayer. Have you been reminded of a situation, an experience, a person or issue that you would like to lift in thanksgiving or intercession? Offer your prayer to God.
4. Rest...rest into the quiet center of your being, and listen for what the Spirit is saying.
You can use any type of art (photograph, collage, painting, sculpture, etc.) in the practice of Visio Divina. You are also more than welcome to use this image to practice with. If you do, I would love to hear from you. :-)
Welcome to the Sacred Alter - yes, that's "alter with an e" as in "alteration." The art on this blog has been created using a combination of traditional mediums and then altering them digitally. It is about the art of transformation...the art of going beyond one's natural capabilities...something akin to with God all things are possible.
In December of 2005, I found myself at a crossroads. A decades long battle with depression coupled with a series of significant losses in my life had me reeling. In the midst of that long, dark night of the soul, I yearned for a creative outlet, and finally found one in drawing and painting mandalas. My first blog, A Magic Mom and her Mandalas is dedicated to that art form.
Mandala-making satisfied my creative appetite for many years, but then I began exploring new ways of art-making such as collage and photography. I discovered the digital world, and was able to do things with my art that went beyond the scope of my limited capabilities. Soon I was using a combination of traditional mediums plus digital alteration to achieve the desired effect on a fairly regular basis.
"from now on, my story lives in you" (collage, mixed media, digital 2012)
I have no formal art training, so I'm making it up as I go...learning on the fly, absorbing knowledge along the way, finding inspiration in all sorts of places...taking source images, such as photographs, collages and hand painted pieces, into the digital realm...to play with them, layer them...to see what they will become.
This blog is the beginning of a dream...a seed has taken root in my heart...and I do not yet know exactly what will come of it, but I know it's there. I invite you to take from these images what you will. If you find meaning in them...or they speak to you in some way...I would love to hear from you.