As I was thinking about transformation, and how I would define it, I happened upon this sculpture.
Every side is fascinating. Is the person transforming into the wisdom of the owl or emerging from the tree?
Or emerging into human from owl?
Oh the questions that went through my mind and still are.
Images taken at The Sculpture Walk at The Arts Centre Gold Coast
It's been a fun swap at Milliande this month. Halloween is the theme and this creepy little box has now been sent off to the USA. The spider is a little beaded treat that I made and it lurks inside.
So many stories abound about Halloween and how it came into being.
Trick or Treat
I've read that trick or treating came from and old English tradition of beggars knocking at the door and asking for a 'soul cake'. They promised to pray for the dead of the house in return for the cake. Here's an excerpt from one article you might find interesting...
Soul cakes, a form of shortbread — and sometimes quite fancy, with currants for eyes — became more important for the beggars than prayers for the dead, it is said. Florence Berger tells in her Cooking for Christ a legend of a zealous cook who vowed she would invent soul cakes to remind them of eternity at every bite. So she cut a hole in the middle and dropped it in hot fat, and lo — a doughnut. Circle that it is, it suggests the never-ending of eternity. Truth or legend, it serves a good purpose at Halloween.
A Halloween Art Therapy Activity - Art Therapy Blog has a great art therapy for Halloween article if you'd like to read it... here's an excerpt
where I found a link to Jason deCaires Taylor's underwater sculptures...
You tube links:
Real people can't live underwater...
Anway... where was I... back at Kristin's blog... when I came across this gorgeous video that Kristin had... and I wanted to share it too, but for some reason my blogger doesn't want me to post it...
Now this may be obvious to you and if it is please let me know what I'm doing wrong so I can share it here.. but if you click on the link below you can watch it anyway... I loved this video by Derek Sivers - Obvious to you, amazing to others.
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25494440" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/25494440%22%3EObvious to you. Amazing to others.</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/sivers%22%3EDerek Sivers</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com%22%3evimeo%3c/a%3E.%3C/p>
Link to the Artist's Creed by Jan Phillips...
'Your work is worthy of whatever time it takes' - Jan Phillips
Paint, Dance, Play Music, Love, Laugh.
Green Fairy dancer... mixed media - cut out from magazine, newspaper, sand, acrylic on canvas.
Milliande Art Community - come and play art, photography, art swaps, atc, journals - with us.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all people whose lives were changed in New York and throughout the world this weekend...
In 2008 an art therapy program was started for September 11 first responders. The tenth anniversary is now here. From September 11-18 there is an exhibition entitled 9/11 Arts: A Decade Later. The exhibition will be open Sept. 11- 18, 2011 at 34 Stuyvesant Street, Barney Building, 1st floor Commons Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Sept 11, noon to 9 p.m.; Sept. 12-17, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sept. 18, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Steinhardt.nyu.edu.
Following is an excerpt from an article on how art therapy has been helping people after September 11... to read the full article follow the link...
For some, arts therapy offered a way to heal in the days and years following the September 11th attacks. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Acosta says through private and public grants faculty and graduate students were able to offer 9/11 related arts therapy to hundreds of adults and children over the years. Interestingly, much of the newer art work created focuses not just on grief, but also new emotions surrounding the anniversary and issues of 9/11 related illnesses.
"So we are also focusing on that aspect that that how the people who are not only emotionally and psychologically but also physically dealing with the problems," says Acosta.
The exhibition, which opens September 11, will take place in the first floor gallery located at 34 Stuyvesant Street. In addition to the artwork that will be on view there will also be some interactive components.
A few years ago now I came across The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. One of the exercises that Julia gives you in the book, is to have an Artist's Date. It has been a fun exercise, and both my husband and I have found a new fun interest that we enjoy doing together. Over the years, we have made it a part of our travels to have an artist date, and while Julia asks us to have an artist's date by ourselves, I have found it also makes a fun date for partners and friends.
Julia has a wealth of teaching to help you access and develop as a creative spirit. If you would like to learn more Julia can be found at:
Julia Cameron Live.com
Click here to watch Julia
This artwork was conceived from a topic that has been a challenge, a teaching, and precious in my life - being focussed in the present moment. As I painted I meditated on the present moment. While I was painting this artwork, I loved how many sayings and quotes turned up in my everyday life that had to do with the present moment. Some of the words were ones that came to me as I painted, some are favourite quotes.
Our Lady of Divine Presence. Some of the words written on the fabric... Your presence is the greatest gift you can give. If you dwell in the past or the future you will miss the moment. Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
Prints, cards and giclees are available at Fine Art America
I am learning how to paint faces at present, so I have set myself the challenge to paint lots of faces and see what happens, this is my first attempt at a face with eyes open. The text is from The Language of Letting Go by Melodie Beattie.
Idea from a Black and White art prompt challenge by Tam at Willowing - link on the side of this post - you can watch the video below...
2011 International Year of Forests
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
Through the magic of Twitter and other social media tools, artists from around the world are coming together to create beautiful artworks inspired by their own natural environment. Each signed, original artwork is selling for only £45.
This is a fantastic opportunity to support a great cause and to own an original work of art. Moreover, every artist is very generously donating 100% of the sales to the award winning Scottish charity Trees for Life!
The United Nations declared 2011 International Year of Forests and this year Trees for Life aims to plant its one millionth tree! This would be an amazing achievement and we want to help make this a reality by raising £10 000 through this exhibition.
Trees for Life Exhibition
To read the rest of this article visit Candy Chang.com
What do you want to achieve before you die?
After carrying guns in combat, soldiers who return from Afghanistan and Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would do well to grab paintbrushes and pencils. A new study has found that art therapy can help alleviate psychological traumas that come from the horrors of war.
While art therapy as a PTSD treatment has been examined before, no studies have previously investigated its effects on soldiers who participated in military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. “According to a 2008 report from Veterans Affairs Canada, 10 per cent of Canadian soldiers who’ve been exposed to war zones develop chronic post-traumatic stress disorder,” says Cheryl Miller, who completed her study as part of her master’s thesis in Concordia’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies.
Miller conducted her research at a government-operated veterans’ hospital. Art therapy was offered to PTSD-affected soldiers twice per week in group sessions, as a conduit to externalize recurring sentiments of fear, shame and anger. “Through art, participants were able to express positive feelings, externalize difficult emotions and gain insight into their PTSD symptoms,” says Miller. “Art-making fostered discussion and allowed veterans to show empathy for one another.”
Veterans who took part in the study were 28 to 56 years in age and suffered problems such as insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, hypervigilance, depression, suicidal thoughts, isolation, chronic pain and interpersonal problems. “All participants had served in the Canadian Forces and experienced various types of trauma,” Miller explains.
Participants made use of an array of art materials: paints, markers, charcoal, clay, Plasticine and images for collage. “They produced artworks based on themes such as anger versus tolerance, grief and loss versus new beginnings,” says Miller. “The aim was to give participants an opportunity to express their emotions and to explore their hopes and goals for the future.”
After each session, behaviour observation forms were completed by therapists and nurses. “All staff members noted how art therapy seemed to have a positive impact on participants,” says Miller.
Group dynamics were found to be a major strength of the study. “Through the process of creating and discussing art with peers, participants were able to open up and express important thoughts and emotions in an atmosphere of mutual support,” Miller says, noting groups appeared to be particularly useful in addressing issues of avoidance: loss of interest in pleasurable activities, feelings of detachment and a foreshortened sense of the future.
“Art therapy can engage the creative potential of individuals — especially those suffering from PTSD,” says Miller’s supervisor, Josée Leclerc, a professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies. “Art therapy is considered a mind-body intervention that can influence physiological and psychological symptoms. The experience of expressing oneself creatively can reawaken positive emotions and address symptoms of emotional numbing in individuals with PTSD.”
Miller has presented her findings at several conferences, including the 2010 meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. What’s more, the program she developed for this study has become a permanent treatment component at the hospital where it was tested.
With a high number of soldiers who return with PTSD following tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, Miller stresses, creative treatment solutions must be explored. “Individuals with PTSD often have difficulty verbalizing their feelings,” she says. “Art therapy can complement other types of treatment for PTSD because it provides an alternative to verbal expression. Art therapy groups can provide opportunities for peer bonding and appear to reawaken positive emotions in participants.”
Source: Concordia University
'A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing'. William Dobell