17 April 2014

Maundy Thursday...

... so called from the Latin mandatum - commandment - recalling the story when Jesus washes his disciples' feet at the Last Supper as a demonstration of the New Commandment he gives them 'to love one another': 

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
John 13.15

Ford Maddox Brown, Jesus Washing Peter's Feet (1852-6)

(This is my favourite painting of this story. I couldn't get a good photo of the one produced in the God for Us book, which is a 17th-century Greek icon.)

Liberate Your Art 2014 postcard swap blog hop

Way back in January I signed up Kat Sloma's postcard swap, thinking it was a wonderful idea, and I've thoroughly enjoyed postcard swaps before! However, when I actually read all the instructions, I realized I was a tad out of my depth - we were to produce professionally printed postcards - eek! I've never done anything like that before!

Well, thank goodness for moo.com, who not only produce business cards and letterheads, they also print postcards!!

So I created this - my first piece of digi-art...

... sent the design to moo (the website is terribly easy to use - even for a complete novice like me!) and lo and behold, a few days later 10 printed postcards arrived in the post :-)

I then sent 6 cards off to Kat in the US, with 6 return address labels, paid the international postage fees to Kat via Paypal, and waited...

Over a 6-week period in March- April, I duly received a card a week from...

Bottom left - Georgy's beautiful artwork on her desk
Bottom right - Tammy's amazing Ferris wheel
Middle left - a majestic eagle from Laura
Middle right - Michelle's inspiring message
Top left - Lisa's altered clipboard
Top right - Kat's gorgeous leaves

Kat, and her amazing team of buddies, pulled off a beautifully organized, efficient art swap. and I'm so glad I joined in! I produced something I've never done before, and for the first time in any swap I've been involved in, I received the full compliment of cards back!!

So thank you so much Kat, and I can't wait till next year's :-)

PS To any newcomers - can I point you to my Celebration Sundays:13 weeks of Giveaways button in the sidebar- we're on no. 10 :) Or you can visit here to leave a comment to enter to win this...

16 April 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

Edward A. Armitage, The Remorse of Judas, 1866

Can you imagine his pain? Will we ever know why he did it?


Back on the dining table this week to make this month's Full Moon Dreamboard. I missed last month with being ill, so I was doubly keen to make this month's!

This is midway through - I have a tentative lay-out, but I keep referring back to Amy Palko's e-book Bloom by Moon (which I bought and printed out at Christmas and keep in a binder - top right). It's a Willow Moon at the moment, which is also my Celtic birth sign (less than 2 weeks to the big 5-0 *gulp*)

You can see, and read about, the finished dreamboard here.

And can I point you to this week's Giveaway....

You can see more photos and info and leave a comment to enter into Sunday's draw on this post :)

Now, off to desk-hop over at Julia's Stamping Ground...

15 April 2014

April Full Moon Dreamboard

I missed March's Dreamboard with a stinking cold, so I was most keen to make this month's! 

Also, it's the Willow Full Moon - under which I was born almost 50 years ago (in 1964, the Full Moon was towards the end of the month - I was born on Tuesday 28 April), so it feels extra significant!

Add to that, Pesach (Passover) starts today and it's Easter on Sunday!!

Following Amy Palko's Bloom by Moon e-book prompts, a Willow Moon invites safety and shelter and space... space to be... to be vulnerable... And I think the Dreamboard shows that with less colour, less busyness than other boards I've made.

On the left-hand page are several pages from old We'Moon diaries (my go-to resource in making these dreamboards!)

Top left is an untitled image by Deborah Koff-Chapin (1995) - I'm sure I subconsciously chose it for the large egg that's being held...
To the right is Creatrix by Rowan Wildash (2008) with the words Artistry/Alchemy, and below there is a wee print by Cathy Cullis, whose work I adore - I own several pieces!
Then there's a written piece 'How Art Can Heal Broken Places' by Lily Yeh from Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, Park Street Press, 2010.

This right-hand page is my favourite. A dreamy postcard by Micki Wilde - another fav. artist of whose work I own several pieces, a photo from Country Living magazine of a potter sketching out designs, with the words 'feels like nothing else' clipped from some advert! The main piece for me is a card I bought for just this dreamboard(!) from Holistic Creations (though her stock is very different at the moment). Inside the card was written:

You have huge common sense and are very bright,
Very intuitive, into other realms you have good insight.
You may keep your beliefs to yourself, being a spiritual seeker,
Which gives you an air of mystery, an imaginative dreamer.
You are articulate, artistic and very creative,
You're family orientated, of partners and children you are very protective.

This feels a very special, and important, dreamboard to me, and I sense I need to sit with it for a while and ponder its significance...

I'd appreciate any thoughts/comments/insights - I learn so much from your wise words :-) xx