First Quarter Moon

This moonth is all business, and family emergencies.
So I am doing just one thing, which is sketching.

I am participating in “one book, one pen, one month” as a challenge.
I am getting ready to do Sketchbook Skool, and doing the challenge alongside the Skool
reinforces that I have to do fast sketches, lots of them!
Below, three of the dieties on my desk!

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Moons On RedBubble!

A Shameless Sunday Plug, the Old Moons are up on RedBubble,
along with the Mexicali Moons and Suns!

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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

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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!

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New Moon Lion Face

W14 5 16 New MoonOn the New Moon we rest.  We dream.  We go within.
If not full rest, which is hard in our 9-to-5, six-days-a-week work craze,
Then we rest by being soft with ourselves.
I have to work today.  I’ve had issues that took me away from work and so,
today, when I planned on being in silence, I will work.  I did sleep late!

W14 MJ FAUTEUIL TEX 1So my plan was to make choices.  I have no outside commitments today, no  meetings.  The work I am doing is traditionally women’s work, as I am needle-pointing,
quiet stitches, in-and-out, repairing a broken tapestry for a 18th century fauteuil.  No computer work, no chattering with our work neighbors in the hall.  Even our dinner
for tonight is slow-roast herbal chicken!

If I had a busy job, a sales clerk or telecommunications operator, today I might take my lunch break in a quiet spot outdoors, or be in silence early or late.  Choices can almost always be made.  And if not, then you just be gentle with yourself, watch you inner chatter.

I have no idea what the next moonth will bring, but it will be new.
I ditched the idea of planning ahead, so as you all follow along toward the class,
you will see what it looks like being stuck (if I am stuck),
being inspired (I like that one better), and being real.
We need more real in this world, and more inner wisdom.

☾  Happy Sleepy Paint Party Friday + Dreamy Friday Sketches. . .

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Dark of the Moon, She Dreams

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This moonth, as I worked my cycle, I found I had few words and painted as much as possible.  I struggled in the beginning with what and how to teach lunar journaling.

I have journaled since my first “Dear Diary” and drawn in my architectural journals.
I only recently began “art journaling,” the new phrase for an old idea.  In naming it you create it in a new light, make it a something where before it was just what happened when an artist had a journal and doodled or recorded what they saw or what they felt.

Not having the words for the class, I had to fall back on what I do when I am not writing and have the luxury of wet paint near me; I painted.  In painting with watercolors, in working through the frustrations of a new medium (I have far far to go),
I had such enjoyment playing around with my gurls.  AND,
I finally had a breakthrough at the end of the cycle, this image for the Dark of the Moon.  How appropriate!  The Universe never ceases to amaze me!

Why do I say a breakthrough?  I am not a cartoonist, and want to do something I see in my mind’s eye, but I can’t get there from here through will and mind.  Magic must happen, and the magic is when I can know the medium enough to work it (even just a little) and then I play, and my minds stops filling in the cartoon, stops saying, “This is that color, add shadow, make the sea and earth” and drops into a type of play-full-ness and experimentation that allows my hand and the medium to move toward an unknown product.  Then I have that “just right” feeling, an a-hah moment when I see it and feel that it is just as I want it.  At that point I had better STOP and enjoy the finished product.

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For the Solstice, a Tribute to Suns

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My Mexicali Series started with my love of Mexican Sun faces.
I grew up with in Southern California, big, copper and silver happy faced suns.
My mom had one hanging in our living room forever.

This morning was Solstice!
In the Northwest I look forward to the diminishing sunlight,
frankly, because my body is set to wake and sleep with the sunlight.
I am up every morning at 4:30-5:00 as the light begins to move into the sky.
In Southern California I didn’t pay too much attention to the times of the year,
but as we move away from the equator we see what the tilting of Earth does to our planet, and so we are more aware of the cycles.
I like it not too dark, and not too light, but just right —
Spring and Autumn are my favorite times of the year.

And where would our feminine Moon be without her partner, the Sun?
A marriage made in heaven!

Happy Solstice!

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Third Quarter Waning Moon

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A Woman in the Moon graces another Waning Third Quarter.
She is a bit sleepy, getting ready to release into the Dark of the Moon.

Quinacridone Gold, Phthalo Green, Genuine Hematite,
Quinacridone Brunt Orange, and Cobalt Blue, all Daniel Smith colors.

Offering this to Happy PPF and Friday Sketches!

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Waning Quarter, She is Pushing the World

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So much has manifested in terms of loving the gurls,
loving painting the cycle, speaking without words!

So why this image?  She is pushing the world.
It takes effort to align with intentions.

When the lunar cycle started, I had plans.
The challenge did not manifest (Linky problems, mine not theirs),
My time to write was taken by last minute reports for a client’s estate.
I see that I must clear the my life of extraneous busy-ness, which is not easy.
Then my right hip became inflamed and hurt and pain became the last half of the waning moon.  How do I move through this pain?  I am having to push the insurance people to serve me, push the American Medical (not Chinese acupuncturists) to pay attention to what i am saying, and push myself to do the yoga to get through the pain.

This will take a bit of time, possibly two moonths.
In the meantime, I always felt this class on lunar journaling
would come to fruition later, not earlier.

Patience and Perseverance.

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Two versions, which one do you like best?

BTW, this pose is a pose that I am working with while healing my right hip.

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Wordless Wednesday: Between one day and the next

Change happens so fast, even in a world.

Sukanya Ramanujan

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