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Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My Dear Friend Cheryl asked about the collages on the side bar of this page. I thought I'd take a moment to explain where the "remnants" came from.

Some of the paper is from the first day of the Art and Jewish Spirituality classes at Prozdor-I rolled out a long piece of white paper and had the students stand around the table. I offered different suggestions for mark making and gave them a few moments at one place, then asked them to take a step to the right-circling the table-creating a community piece of art that they tore and reconstructed creating new color/texture relationships-then I took the remnants and collaged them into my own work. Other remnants came from work they did on heavier watercolor paper, working individually using similar techniques (exploration) and again creating their "world" anew-integrating pieces from other students work in their own. The assignment was based on a Kabbalistic creation myth-God filling the world with light (in this case color) shattering (tearing) the creation (paper) with too much God-ness-then we as human beings, through our relationships with God, ourselves and each other spend our lives putting the world back together (tikkun olam).

I pretty much mirrored what I asked my students to do on a much smaller scale. (I like to work small)

We used a combination of acrylics and water soluble oil pastels. Then once I re-integrate the pieces I like to add some gel pen or more marks of paint/crayon to bring out certain areas of a piece.

I hope that helps-if anyone has any other questions, please feel free to post a comment:)

1 comment:

  1. I followed a link from Cheryl's blog and am so glad I did. Beautiful!


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