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Soul-Connections

by junemaffin , August 29, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: art, contemplative, photography, soul, spiritual growth

"Soul-Connections" ... that's what happens when we do art. Have just posted a new blog about Soul-Connections at www.soulistry.com Thank you for visiting and sharing a comment 0 comments

A New Year will be upon us soon (for those in the other hemisphere, you're already in 2010! Happy NY!) and with it comes a gentle wish for a creative, healthy, prosperous year filled with abundant blessings which delight, challenge, nurture and enrich our spirit. It's starting off great --- gave DH a tangerine and he peeled it (see photo). As I looked, I was delighted to see the emergence of a star. Creativity abounds - may we have "eyes to see", energy and motivation to "do" and the gift of simply "be-ing" in this wonder-filled universe… Continue reading… 0 comments

ArtID subscribers are finding their way to the new Facebook group ... "CreativeSpirituality" I've recently created. The rationale for the group: I believe that we have all been gifted with creativity in some way and that all people have a spiritual component to their humanity. While I wouldn't self-define as a watercolourist, painter, sculptor, fibre artist, calligrapher, dancer, architect, photographer, singer, quilter etc., I would self-define as a CreativeSpirituality Artist - a coined phrase to describe the connection between creativity and spirituality as expressed in my artistic endeavours. Fascination with the connection between art and soul resulted in the birth of "Soulistry" (Artistry of the Soul ... www.soulistry… Continue reading… 0 comments

This Christmas "JOY" card for each of you was initially created as an experiment to see what I could do with the zentangle technique and a Christmas theme. I'd played with Christmas bells, trees, angels, stars and ball-shapes and then decided to see how it would work out with letters. I'm not an experienced calligrapher so thought I'd stick with as few alphabet letters as I could - and, as I'm feeling particularly "joy-filled/joyful" these days, the word selection was easy: JOY ! I drew the letters and then zentangled inside them. Using gel pens, I coloured the outer white spaces with either green/gold/red/silver and then ... voila! The reason for my joy is simple. Three-fold, actually… Continue reading… 0 comments

Sunny

by junemaffin , September 14, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: art, artistic, creative, encouragement, self-growth, spiritual growth

Sunny. It__™s a name that suits my friend well. Her easy, friendly manner encourages smiling responses in those she meets. Her patient, open acceptance of others, her loving nature and grace blesses those who encounter her. She brings sunshine in her very step. Yes, Sunny is well named. Each time I encounter Sunny, I find myself learning something because Sunny is a gifted teacher who by example, teaches a simple lesson: ___Take each day as it comes, appreciate it as gift and play a little!___ Sunny embodies the saying of the Jewish Rabbi, Joshua Heschel, who wrote that ___Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy___ and she points to the truth of the saying that ___Yesterday was the past. Tomorrow is the future… Continue reading… 0 comments

For decades I have wanted to do calligraphy. Too timid to buy a real calligraphy pen holder and nib - thinking only 'real calligraphers' used them - calligraphy fountain pens and felt markers were purchased. I tried them (once), but could never get the 'thin' and 'thick' lines or write words that looked anything like what I saw in books etc. When a friend suggested I take a calligraphy class, I was ready, willing to try and learn about one of the visual arts. I was determined to have fun and not focus on the end-product in comparison with others in the class. Maybe, just maybe, I could learn to do calligraphy for my "Soulistry ArtCards". Some say that calligraphy is easy. Some say it__™s difficult. I say it__™s fun ..… Continue reading… 0 comments

The ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu was reputed to have said ___Nurturing your love is like tending a small garden. If you keep pulling up the plants to see if the roots are growing, you will not harvest anything.___ Over the years, I have come to recognize the importance of self-nurture and that regardless of what/who the ___love__™ is (Lao Tzu__™s quote), when we care for and encourage the growth and development (of another, ourselves, our art, our vocation), the result is self-nurture. How often have I said/thought ___I__™m not an artist.___ ___I can__™t draw.___ ___I can__™t ______ only to realize that the more emphasis I put on the negative, the less likely it would be that I would cultivate my artistic and creative soul… Continue reading… 1 comment

Spirituality. It__™s a word that evokes a variety of responses, not the least of which is a belief that unless one is religious and connected to a particular religion, they__™re not spiritual. And yet, for centuries, writers have expressed the opinion that religion is not a necessary component of spirituality but that being in touch with one's creative / artistic self, is… Continue reading… 1 comment