Painting Studies: Flower of Life

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Flower of Life 

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The symbol, the Flower of Life has been described as  “the visual expression of the connections of life that run through all sentient beings”. You can google it and find much information about this mysterious and beautiful form.

Of late, I have been somewhat obsessed with painting the Flower of Life in a variety of colors and designs.  They are on view now in my gallery.  I hope you’ll take a look… I love seeing them all together.

Each painting takes a different amount of time to complete. The process is very meditative and engenders a welcomed tranquil state of being-ness.   First I paint the background and let it dry completely.  Next, I begin to draw the “flower”, choosing which lines/curves to emphasize as I go along.  Next, for some of them, transparent colors are added for that “stained glass” effect. To others, I add opaque colors, filling in the shapes in the design. You’ll see all my recent Flower of Life paintings first in line in the gallery –  but I have done some others (scroll through the paintings in the gallery).

Each completed painting has it’s own feel, it’s own sense about it.  Each one can draw the viewer inside to the essence of simply being.  See if you can feel their effect…For me, they stimulate an awareness of the paradoxical hum of great stillness/silence, present in all…that Being behind the curtain,  so to speak.  Visit them and let me know what you experience – Enjoy!

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Each photo of each painting is marked with a # and with it’s size. 6 x 6 paintings in this series are $135,  and 8 x 8 paintings are $150.  Keep in mind that these photo’s are (good) approximations of how the actual painting looks in “person”.  The photos do a pretty good job but there may be variations in color, from what you see here.  If you are local, you can contact me to arrange to visit them in person! However keep in mind they may not  last long!

If you would like to purchase a painting from the gallery, please email me at clairoaks@comcast.net, with the name/# of the painting(s) you are interested in (I recommend putting 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices) and the paintings will be sold on a “first come (first email received)” basis.  

  Happy viewing and Happy HOLI-days.

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"Flower of Life 3" 6 x 6" Sold

"Flower of Life 12" 6 x 6

Meditations on the Day ~ (audio gift included in this post for limited time)

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Welcome to my new studio space at Heron Studios/Gallery. We are having an Opening Celebration tonight – Won’t you join us?www.heronartstudios.com

LISTEN TO AUDIO GIFT HERE:

 

The link for the preview song Something Beautiful is gone, but when the new album is out, you will get a free download of it!  Stay tuned…You can listen as you browse through the photos below. You can preview some of the tracks from the upcoming album here.

 

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A warm hearth by the window…Love this old building!

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Hanging Mexican hearts in the windows…

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Large and well lit, yep, inspiring…

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Ahhhh, the natural light bathing the studio in the mornings!

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The beauty and gift of light and color…

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Each moment setting up here in my new space (like every moment) is an opportunity to open to what is happening …an opportunity to see where I resist and where I can soften towards my own experience, whatever it might be…

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I am so grateful for this life and the possibilities that are before me…

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Picking bittersweet outside the studio…

 

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Bittersweet, a perfect reminder of our human experience…

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Preparing for all the Souls that will pass through Heron tonight…may I make them all welcome, may I see them as the beautiful Souls they are…

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Staying rooted in the essence of my being allows my heart to stay open to what is…

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Listening, again and again, returning to that which never leaves, I am home.

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Welcome, welcome, come home to yourSelf and celebrate your vast heart as it swallows you whole!

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May the Grace of God be with you always in your heart, May you know the Truth inside you from the start, May you find the strength to know you are a, Part of something BEAUTIFUL!                  ~ Alexi Murdoch

 

 

 

 

It’s All Happening…

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Meditating at yoga retreat…Treasure Beach, Jamaica 11/14

Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field, I’ll meet you there…
When the Soul lies in that grass, all thoughts shall pass, all thoughts shall pass…

~Rumi/Sean Johnson

New album coming – I’ll be working with Sean’s beautiful melody and his version of this beautiful Rumi Poem as well as many originals and some Leonard Cohen covers — stay tuned…hear samples at www.clairoaks.bandcamp.com.

Also, this weekend, Heron Art Studios (where I have a studio now! – post to come about that) is having their 17th annual Show and Sale.  Opening celebration with live music Friday November 14, 6 – 9 PM and 11/14 – 15 and 11/22 – 23 from 11 – 5 PM.

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Yummy little panels, rich color/imagery, raven, bears, trees, mandalas, moons and more… Heron Studios Art Show and Sale.   Live Music, refreshment, original art, merriment, unique gifts including pottery, jewelry, paintings by several artists, ironworks, photography, sculpture, woodwork, tile work and more. All at the intersection of Red Hill & Mount Roads (best for GPS) in Aston PA. See You There! www.heronartstudios.com.

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New Music on the Way…Free Samples are HERE!

IMG_9944Just back from a beautiful Philly Shakti Chant Festival where we rocked with all the bands and had a great set ourselves. So much fun – Loved meeting and singing with the beautiful, spirited Brenda McMorrow (from Canada) and with  the gracious David Newman who welcomed Brenda and I to his wonderful community of yogis and yoginis.  A  joyous day and so close by! – a pleasure to spend the day with most of the band – just hanging out and eating great food and enjoying the beautiful weather and the music – oh the music!

In other news, I have  been working away in the studio for some time now and the tracks are coming along nicely…I like sharing the process of my paintings as they are coming along…well, it occurred to me that I could do the same with my music.  The album should be complete mid August. It always takes longer than you think it’s going to… and it’s always finished in perfect timing.  So  here are your free samples (note, click the buy button and it lets you “pay what you want” – just put a big ole “0” and you won’t be charged a penny to download.

Hope you enjoy!

Fresh Tracks from Clair Oaks

Love, Clair

“Explorations: One Artist’s Path” First Solo Show!

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My first solo show is up at Hobbs Coffee in Swarthmore PA, – my home town.

We had a really great opening – lots of fun, the walls were filled with the color and light of my work. Many friends and many new folks as well. Great music by my friend EJ Simpson (and my dears sisters of Anjali and I joined him for a few tunes).  3 paintings from the show will be going bye bye after the show, so far.  My dear friend Martha helped me hang the show – which is a varied group of pieces including some of my photographs from my recent time in beautiful Mexico.  If you are local, I hope you’ll stop by!

Here is my artist’s statement for the show, along with a few pictures.  Hope you are all well and enjoying the fact that SPRING has finally arrived! Blessings!

 

Here’s the show “statement”:

“People say that what we’re all seeking is meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”~ Joseph Campbell

“Explorations: One Artist’s Path”

Mixed Media, Acrylic Paintings and Photography of Clair Oaks

 

April 11 – May 9, 2014

In my work as an artist (musical and visual), I have long been compelled to express my soul’s yearning to remind me of who I am. Not who I am, as in: Clair Oaks, mother, wife, friend, daughter, yoga teacher, musician, and visual artist, not as one of the varied roles I play in my life, but the deeper “me,” as a soul, an expression of consciousness, of prana, of life — that essence which connects us all as beings on this beautiful planet. During the past year, my total infatuation with painting still strong, I also began to branch out and experiment with mixed media, creating pieces using acrylic paint along with collage elements, and playing with new textures and images. The natural world still figures prominently in my work, perhaps because nature so clearly expresses Consciousness just by its presence and beauty.

For many years, I have been a lover of photography (practicing and appreciating) in addition to painting. Strangely though, I never printed my own work. I am not sure why, but after a life altering trip to Mexico (San Miguel de Allende) this winter, I decided to play with printing some of the photos taken in that beautiful place. I am sharing some of the results with you in this show.

“Explorations – One Artist’s Path,” is a body of work that represents my creative meanderings primarily over the last year, with a few pieces from earlier stages of my development as an artist. I appreciate being able to share the show with you and I appreciate your taking the time to look, and see, and feel it. My hope is that the work touches you in that place within, where we are all connected, because we are humans, because we are alive. ~Clair

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Beautiful Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende

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Gonna try sending several little posts out while we are away – from my iPad…we will see how it works.
Today like most, is spectacularly beautiful in San Miguel (I send love and a warm hug to all my friends and family back home!) We started out in Mexico City – We stayed at the Chillout Flat and B and B – I know, sounds kind of funny but it offered exactly that! David and Eloise (proprietors) were gracious hosts. He is a yoga teacher and has painted the beautiful B and B with gorgeous, saturated, Mexican colors – so vibrant and alive. We loved it. We started our trip there because since my trip to San Miguel last year, I have wanted to be able to go see the wonderful Frida Khalo museum. After reading up on her life, we were able to visit the Museum as well as the studio where she and her husband and fellow artist, Diego Rivera lived and worked for a particular time in their marriage.
What strikes me over all is the incredible suffering she endured and how her art really saved her and gave her the gift of expression. She was a strong spirit for sure and Mexico is so very proud of her!

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This was the common room at our B&B that we shared with our friends who are traveling with us…

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Frida’s beautiful studio which is in the house, called the Blue House, where she grew up in and lived for many years after her parents had died, with and without Diego.

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The beautiful garden courtyard of the lovely Blue House

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The spiral staircase that leads up the Diego’s studio.

Ok, more soon – hope you are all well, and safe and warm!

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Sunset on our first evening in San Miguel de Allende

Life Lessons

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For as long as I can remember, at our family Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings, my dad has delivered a “homily” after the main meal.  Usually he would bring an article or something he’d recently been mulling over, and add his thoughts and feelings about it. Usually it expressed some particular meaning, viewpoint, or idea that my dad shared or disagreed with and he’d make his point and leave it to us to ponder.  As an adult, especially in the past few years, I have really appreciated this tradition and the time and energy that it takes for him to prepare said homily at these events. –Thanks Dad xo.

A couple years ago, he came up with  a new idea. He said he realized that there were plenty in our crowd ( large family) who had their own “wisdom” to share and that he was going to, by way of a lottery system – aka, names/hat, choose a different family member, each holiday, to deliver the homily.  This year, surprisingly, I volunteered…It was surprising because ever since I heard about this idea I had a sense of  dread about the day my turn would come… until recently.

And I am going to share what I said to my family on Christmas Eve,

with You.

Here.

Now.

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A couple weeks before Christmas, I had lunch with my dad,  and we had a conversation which led to me to contemplate ,why the idea of offering the homily, filled me with dread.

Was it actually dread? And if not what was it…

Shyness?

Fear of not “performing” well ?

Fear of what I shared, not being interesting to others?

Fear of not “doing it as well as others who have gone before,  or who would come after…

As I considered it more, I realized that while some of those things did contribute to my emotional cocktail about it, the most compelling reason I didn’t want to be called on to do this, was because I just couldn’t imagine having anything to say…

It’s not that I lack passion, everyone in my family has seen me express myself passionately about a variety of things over the years…and it isn’t that I don’t care,-  and care deeply about many things…but honestly,   the older I get, the less I feel “sure” about,  — and the less I feel like “espousing” my wisdom”.

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Some may consider that a scary thought, or that it means I have lost my way or have fallen into a well of insecurity…no, quite the contrary actually.  For me, it feels liberating.

I feel a freedom in realizing that some of the strongest beliefs I have held for the better  part of my adult life,  have, overtime  without my even realizing it, just dissolved or become personally irrelevant.  There are many ideas, concepts and beliefs that used to consume me, that, now, I  just don’t spend much energy considering anymore.

Not because I don’t think that at least some of them have value in and of themselves,  – I realize that  many lives are deeply enriched by their spiritual beliefs and social/political viewpoints… but somewhere along the way, I came to understand, that my relationship to many of these things had more to do with me trying to prove my own value, than their value. Or… something like that…

As these transformations have occurred, they have brought with them a greater acceptance of things as they are – whatever that looks/feels like — a deep stillness, a quiet joy, that has begun to purr along like a serene, silent, soundtrack that weaves it’s way in and around and through my life.  I’d bet this partly has to do with all the beautiful practices (primarily years of therapy, yoga, meditation etc ) that have been a part of my life for so many years now…but it also has partly to do with aging.

Aging certainly has it’s bummer aspects, to which I am not immune,  but I am, at the moment, appreciating one of it’s gifts…the gift of greater perspective.  Not that all people avail themselves of this particular gift, even though, if we are lucky, we all age.   But simply living longer means you have seen more and experienced more than  you had when you were younger, and that information can, if you let it,  inform our lives, who we are, or are becoming – our very fabric, changes, grows and evolves.

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So I am not saying that with aging, one can expect themselves to become better than, or know more than those who haven’t lived as long as the aged.  My experience tells me that some people are just old souls and they are wise, beyond their years…no matter their age.   But what I am really saying is that as we age, we seem to have the opportunity to grow, change and evolve, relative to where we started out.  The aging process for me,  seems to be one of moving away from an orientation of who I am in relationship to others, to who I am in relationship to myself…who I am deep down, not who my ego says I should be according to, say, FaceBook or magazine covers in the supermarket check out or…(insert any cultural yardstick here).   So… I guess my homily is really a call for me to be ME and to figure out what that means as the days pass, by living and loving, sharing and caring from the most authentic me that I can…

And,  it’s an invitation for you to join me,  if inspired — we’ll support each other.

LOVE and Happy New Year,

Clair

I Took a Wee Break…

I am back with a little post to say I am happy, healthy and doing just fine!

I am painting, back in the studio making music – 3 pieces/chants that the band and I performed many times but never recorded, and that I had a beautiful summer, with lots of quiet with spurts of activity, travel, friends and family.  Giving myself a break from breakneck speed was a really good idea.

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"Go Within" 30 x 30 Sold

“Go Within” 30 x 30 Sold

Just finished a lovely weekend at the Svaroopa Yoga conference where I saw many old friends and met some new ones, talked to so many who appreciate my work and use it daily in their work/life. For an artist/musician, it doesn’t get much better than that.

The Swarthmore Friends of the Arts Group Photography show opening (that my friend Martha, and I are responsible for) was the same weekend.  We had a lovely time there as well.IMG_1906

Getting ready now for a wonderful show with the Heron Studios Holiday Show and Sale in Aston PA. Honored to be asked to join them this year and as a special bonus, my son Elijah – musician extraordinaire, will provide music for the event the second weekend of the show. And, I’ll be debuting this baby there as well.

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“Buffalo Medicine”, 24″ x 48″

Hope our paths cross sometime soon. xo, Clair

Springtime, Swords and Power Tools! – What?

IMG_1252We are finally seeing real signs of SPRING and I can’t be happier about that! Its been a gorgeous week here in Swarthmore.  Over the last six weeks, I have had the pleasure of participating in a project with my dear husband Rob at his beloved School in Rose Valley.  Rob is an alum of the school and, truth be told, that school is the reason we came to live in Swarthmore way back in 1996. Attendance at this wonderful little oasis of an elementary school changed his life.  He credits it with giving him the foundation of caring for others that he lives so deeply, and for that I am grateful.

The Background: Every year in the spring, the school hosts 2 of their main events.  The first is called Arts for All and is an fundraising evening of music, fun, a delicious catered dinner and community, with both a silent and live auction.  The community gathers to enjoy each others company and to bid on a wide range of wonderful auction items that have been donated by, and often made by, the parents, teachers and staff.  Classes, art work, theater tickets, toys, and other crafts are just a few of the treasures one might take home if one offers the highest bid.  I was happy that the painting I offered for the auction did well for the school. Enjoy Joel and Helen!

SOLD and all proceeds went to the School in Rose Valley at their Arts for all Fundraiser!

The second event that takes place is May Fair, the first Saturday in May.  This event involves the entire school community for a day of games and activities, food and fun and… the dances.  “What dances?” you may be wondering… Well, these are THE May Fair DANCES at the School in Rose Valley.  Each spring for the past 80+ years, during the week prior to May Fair, every classroom  at SRV has prepared and practiced a dance to be performed at May Fair.  These dances are the highlight of the Fair every year. While the younger groups have chosen or created a variety of dance moves and music over the years, the 2 oldest group dances have stayed the same since the school’s inception; they are the Sword Dance, for the Middle Circle (3rd & 4th grade) and the Maypole Dance for the Oldest Group (5th & 6th grade).

This year, some new swords needed to be made, Rob volunteered to make them…and I volunteered to help him–yes, you see where this is going now? This is where the power tools come in.

The whole process took several weeks, and the first six swords needed to be ready for the Arts for All event, which takes place several weeks before May Fair. These first six swords were to be auctioned off as mementos of this special time in the life of all children and parents at the school.  As a final touch, the children in the Middle Circle decorated the swords for the auction.

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I am happy to report that the swords at Arts for All were a smashing success!

Now to show you the process of making the swords. It was my first foray into power tool use of this kind…and I wouldn’t have guessed how much I would enjoy it!  OK – here we go!

The shop at the School in Rose Valley is a magical place…

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Rob calls this “The Great Wall.”

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The sign below has graced the walls of this shop since before my husband went to school there 40+ years ago!

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This one is a bit more recent

IMG_1279For the past 25+ years, the amazing Mike Nowell has been the shop teacher (that is his pic on the chalkboard).  Mike is a a very humble but masterful teacher.  In his understated style, he works with the children in a calm, caring, and respectful manner that inspires awe.  I sometimes wonder how my life would be different if I’d had that kind of care and encouragement in my education growing up; how the world would be different if we all did–

…but I digress–back to our project.

After Rob acquired the beautiful Red Oak that was used for the swords he cut it into long, thin wedge strips using a table saw…

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Next, we traced the shape of the handle using one of the existing swords as a template:

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Then I got my first taste of power tool use with the Scroll Saw! I got to cut out the handles and then pass them on to Rob to create the tip of each sword. He used a marking tool called a French Curve to mark the tip, and then gave them to me to cut.

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I really enjoyed this. No, I REALLY enjoyed this.

The saw is very powerful and fast and you must stay VERY focused and present while using it–if you wish to retain all 10 digits.  I found it was quite meditative.  Each piece of wood has its own pattern, each its own unique grain.

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Oh and I had to chuckle when I noticed the brand of the saw–appropriate right?

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The French Curve used to create the tips.

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In the end, they were all similar, but none were identical…
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And all were beautiful! (I am sure there is a metaphor here…)

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Rob tells me this one is a Japanese file.

Next, Rob set up the table router to shape and round the edges.  But, before that, I used a sanding disk mounted in the drill press to remove bumps from the handles. Below, you see Rob showing me how to use this beauty…

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And here we see Rob operating the finicky router!

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And, yes, below we see Todd, esteemed Head of School, who came to check on our progress.

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We did some test runs with the router and found some minor problems. The router can be tricky to adjust and we had a bit of trouble getting it right. One sword’s edge was slightly malformed but we were able to sand away our initial mishap and no one was the wiser.

And now those bad boys are almost ready to be sanded, but first…

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IMG_1281…Branding. We burned the iconic SRV apple tree into each sword by mounting the branding iron in the drill press.

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 How beautiful is that?!

And now for the final phase of production–adding the finishing coats of polyurethane to seal the deal.

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Mike offered one of his brilliant suggestion that we attach screw eyes to the end of each sword so we could hang them to dry.  Thanks Mike!

I did another light sanding by hand and then passed them over to Rob to apply the finish…(how cute is his little green apron?)

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The Sword Dance requires groups of 6 to perform. Each year, depending on the size of the class, an extra person may be needed to fill in.  This was a very special year for Rob as he was asked to be one of the extras.  Traditions that have survived the test of time hold a power and a beauty within them.  Rob was beside himself to have this opportunity to dance again after 41 years! It was 1972 when he performed with his own class at SRV.  So, not only did we make these beautiful swords, but he got to be IN the Sword Dance for May Fair!

So, there you have it.  But, wait, this post would not be complete without giving you a chance to see these little beauties fulfilling their purpose.

I leave you with the last minute or so of the

MAY FAIR 2013 SWORD DANCE

Mexico

The holidays have come and gone and in January, I was in Mexico twice!  Once in early January with my family and my in-laws in Playa del Carmen – think gorgeous beaches, palm trees, Exotic birds, beach bungalows, Mayan ruins (Tulum) and relaxation with family and outstanding sunsets…

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The other trip, I went by myself for a painting workshop, Bloom True, with Flora Bowley in San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico.  Both trips were wonderful but I have to say San Miguel stole my heart. No beach, but there are hot springs and  we visited one afternoon. Thanks so much to Brenda Deguara and Narelle  Green for sharing their pictures with me.  I had a great time with my camera, but have included some of their photos as well.

Rebecca Brooks and her husband Bill worked hard to organize the excursions (She leads Folk Art tours in San Miguel) and many other aspects of the week and made sure everyone had what we needed – Deep gratitude to them both!  Casa Carmen, the beautiful Inn we called our San Miguel home was heaven to paint in.  Cynthia, the proprietor, and her wonderful staff, attended to us with care and kindness, supplying us with beautiful breakfasts and lunches, clean sheets and sparkly floors every day, complete with chocolate kisses on our beds each night.  Cynthia and her beautiful daughter Chris also painted with us everyday.

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Under the creative and conscious guidance of Flora, we practiced her painting style, intuitive and brave… It was challenging and powerful at the same time. The group of women who attended, showed up ready to go deep and work/play with gusto.  From Flora’s demo’s,

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to our daily “heart circles” where we each shared where we were at with the process,

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and then our own painting time,

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and the incredible excursions we took to see other art in San Miguel.

We visited Casa Cuesta  (I think that was the name…) a beautiful bed and breakfast where the proprietor collects traditional and ceremonial masks from all over Mexico.  The mosaic pictures are all from an artist named Anado, and his partner Richard. They have been there 12 years and it is mind boggling what they have created – enjoy!

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the hot springs

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and great restaurants and evening outings with all my new and wonderful friends – You ladies rock!

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I should say ladies, and Billy too! We love you Billy!!

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Oh yes and there were 2 birthdays while we were there, Gail and Marti – On Marti’s birthday, the Mariachi’s paid us a lovely visit and played for our lunch for a 1/2 hour – we all loved it… Ay Yay Yay Yay….

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3 old friends united for the week – so sweet!

And then there is San Miguel itself!…The sun-drenched walls of the whole town, in ochers and golds, against the blue blue sky simply take your breath away – take a look…

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Cvita, Flora and Ariana again…IMG_2674 IMG_2676 IMG_2685 IMG_2692 IMG_2693 IMG_2697 IMG_2698 IMG_2701 IMG_2702 IMG_2704 IMG_2705 IMG_2706 IMG_2707 IMG_2709 IMG_2710 IMG_2713 IMG_2714

Part of our group out and about…IMG_2715 IMG_2717 IMG_2719 IMG_2720 IMG_2726 IMG_2738 SONY DSC SONY DSC IMG_2778 IMG_2783 IMG_2786 IMG_2794 IMG_2795 IMG_2798 IMG_2804 IMG_1053 IMG_2954 IMG_2958 IMG_2959 IMG_2960

As you can see,  the trip was memorable and I feel sooooo blessed to have been a part of it.

So, I am back at home safe and sound with my beloved Rob.  It seems however, that I brought back a lovely chest flu (ugh)! But I hear it’s be spreading itself around the states as well. Looks like I will be resting for the remainder of the week. But one, or I at least,  can only stay in bed for so long before I start going stir crazy, so I have been creating this post on and off all day long, napping in between sections, and drinking lots of tea. – This too shall pass!

Coming up, I plan to do lots of painting, to integrate my new learning and refinements,  from the painting retreat with Flora .  I am showing a few pieces at Hedgerow Theater, along with my friend and fellow artist Martha Perkins and a couple other local artists.  Martha and I will be seeing the performance there (Strictly Platonic)  on Feb 22 and will be available to chat with you at intermission if you are so inclined.  We also have a selection of our greeting cards there as well.  Hope to see you there!hedgerow-theater

And lastly – the band and I will be offering a kirtan/concert at Wallingford Community Arts Center on Sunday March 24th at 4 pm.  Hope you’ll come join us.  I will be sending out an announcement at some point soon.  Until then – lots of love to all. Stay tuned into your Self, do what makes you smile, connect with others and enjoy the beauty of the present moment! xo, Clair