A Look Back at This Moonth

This moonth was an unplanned painting of what is happening as I design the class on journaling with the lunar cycles.  I wrote less, and painted more, my little gurl as she moved through the cycles, unplanned, working from intuitional ranges.  To see them all together tells a story of how the cycle unfolded, painted from my sketches created often at 3am, as I moved through the moonth.  This is one way we will look at the moonth cycle.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES CRESCENTI have so much to say about working with cycles, yet as I went into silence for the
New Moon I realized that painting the cycles was completely new to me.
I had a panic and a bit of a nutty when I thought of it.  How to express the lunar cycles in paintings?  I don’t paint ideas, but rather images come to me and then I find out what they are about!
EEEK!
On Rosh Chodesh, I  found myself sketching at 3am that night, a sketch of the Waning Crescent and a Waxing Crescent.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES 1ST QUARTERFor a few nights, I woke at about 3am
and found another sketch place itself
on my little tiny pad, sepia tones.
By the Waxing Quarter,
I had images of her in my mind, dancing her way through the cycles,
and while no words came to write
toward the  journaling classes,
the fear of not having  any examples of painting the cycles dissipated.
My little girl was back,
dancing herself across the pages.
She picked up the brush!

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES FULLFull moon, the colors are delicious.

Lapis and Prussian night skies,
Caput Mortem moons,
my favorite mixing color,
Quinacridone Gold was her color.
Daniel Smith’s Primatek gemstone
colors puddled on the paper,
Black Tourmaline hills with
Sap Green foothills, and Minnasota Pipestone or Terra Ecola earth colors
mixed with blood-black Hematite,
grounding each image in the earth.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES 3D QUARTERAs the Waning Quarter approached, I realized I was fine without words right now.  Images were colorful and juicy.
Whatever was going on just below the surface would be written in its own time!

Swamped with work as a conservator,
I kept my head down and stitched stitched stitched.  I gave thanks for continued abilities to bring in a paycheck, especially when a client did not pay on time, very unusual, while keeping an eye out for ways to remove busy-ness from our lives.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES WANING CRESCENTWe go into quiet time, and I said
goodbye to the sliver of the waning crescent moon, thinking of the first moonth in which I painted moons without words.
I was in pain and relative silence this
Dark-of-the-Moon, and more stitching, repairing the tapestry.  I let go of the moonth, asking what is appropriately next to be done.  I may be ready now to start the Moondae Monday Challenge. . . and possibly words will come.  I will see, as this moonth gave me confidence that the images would come and the words will follow.W14 5 27 She Said Goodbye to the Light_2

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES NEW

New Moon.   I had to work today but slept late!  I made choices.  No  meetings.  I needle-pointed, quiet stitches, in-and-out.  No computer work, no chattering with
our work neighbors in the hall.
I planned a slow-roast herbal chicken,
but then it didn’t work out so
we ordered Chinese.  We ate vanilla ice cream over berries for dessert.
I don’t know what the next moonth
will bring, but I know I am taking classes, and so there will be six weeks
of structure there for painting.

See you during the next cycle.  I continue to prepare for the classes!

 ☾

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES NEW copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES CRESCENT copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES 1ST QUARTER copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES FULL copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES 3D QUARTER copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES WANING CRESCENT copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES NEW copy

I agree to the  Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License, which you can learn more about by visiting the site, or, visit my web page for a more user-friendly summary on my terms.  My images/blog posts can be reposted;
please link back to LunarMoondae.  Images courtesy DKatiePowellArt.

 

Advertisements

About dkatiepowell

cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist began as zennie then turned to tibetan AND interested in the study of various spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business, making a dream happen insomniac who is either reading mysteries or autobio journal thangs or buddhism early in the morning when i can’t sleep. . . lover of dotz . . . and dashes –
This entry was posted in art, balsamic moon, Booby Gurl, crescent moon, dark of the moon, full moon, goddess, journal, new moon, personal, waning crescent, waning quarter, watercolor, waxing crescent, waxing quarter and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to A Look Back at This Moonth

  1. Sammy D. says:

    Katie – i loved, loved this month with you, your lunar phases and your delightful, dancing companion. I hope we see more of her – especially how she expresses herself during the winter moonths. Her gifts are many – juicy, ripe, full, abundance, whirling, celebrating, balance, joy, jopeful, alive.

    Like

  2. Sammy D. says:

    Uh, hopeful 🙂

    Like

  3. Reblogged this on D.Katie Powell Art and commented:

    As i am moving Booby Gurl home to D.Katie Powell Art’s blog, I thought to show you a moonth of her back in June, when she became a focus of the cycle.

    Like

I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s