Monday, June 27, 2016

JOURNEY OF BECOMING

Friends are hatching Monarch Butterflies in their home for release into the wild.

 
The Beginning



Hangin' Out



 Searching:  Out of the Box





Chrysalis:  Overnight Magic




On my way into my writing zone today, I got a nudge of inspiration and made a 180 degree turn to pick up a book.  I remembered some notes about butterflies.  From many years ago, I quickly find....


*** Incoming Spirit 

"I stop to download an E-mail from Kathleen.  I am surprised not not surprised to read:

'I was amazed and surprised at your book title, Silver Butterfly.  Morphing means form [or] change form.  In class I note the morpho family of butterflies and how the metamorphic change from cocoon to butterfly is so dramatic.  Just like suddenly emerging to a higher spiritual level!  Morphing comes from the Greek god Morpheus who is the god of sleep.  Sleep involves dreams which have forms hence the connection to the term morph.' "

 


* "Caterpillar sheds It's skin to find a butterfly within.

"First there is a mountain 
then there is no mountain 
then there is...." 
song lyrics by Donovan.  




Patterns

** "And butterflies are free to fly...." music by Elton John lyrics by Bernie Taupin,



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Resources:
* Donovan Leitch, song, There is a Mountain. Donovan is a painter, singer songwriter, poet, and mystic.  The Autobiography of Donovan, the Hurdy Gurdy Man, how does Donovan create? 

** Elton John (music) and Bernie Taupin (Lyrics), song, Someone Saved My Life Tonight 

North American Wildlife, an illustrated guide to 2,000 Plants and Animals, Reader's Digest, (1982) Milkweed Butterflies, Monarchs and Queens (p. 264), and Coppers, Blues, and Hairstreaks (p. 266).


*** Dahlis Roy Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor
Free Illustrated E Book, PDF format, Silver Butterfly Create A Vision, Awaken Your Creative Spirit via E-mail.  Out of the Blue continues the evolving journey of becoming.



Images:
Evolving series of first four photos, The Herbal Mamma, printed with permission

Dahlis' images
photo, Monarch on Marigolds 

oil painting, Blue Butterfly, the  dark blue butterfly, close up in early morning light catches a blend of muted lavenders; greens, and blues 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

OUT OF PAINT EXPERIENCE





Joey the Collie

While painting Linda's Peaceful Mountain painting, we talked about Joey, Linda's blue merle Collie.  Linda loved Joey but there was sparse room for a big active dog who needed to run over larger spaces.  Joey was given to a farm.  Joey received and gave much love and joy with his family.  He loved the children.  Linda and Tom visited Joey at his new home~joyful.

"What does Joey look like?"

"He has a large white full collar.  He is mostly black except for his face.  It has grey and black speckles with tan over eyes and on cheeks."

I remembered, * "Shades of grey from smoke to pearl, mottled with black is called blue merle."

"Do you have photos of Joey?"

"They are in storage, somewhere."  I can relate to "photos somewhere...."  

I pondered Joey the Collie.  I love Joey the Collie.  I rewound memories of joyous portraits of many collies painted through the years.  My own Collies, Lad and Sky, paraded in front of my eyes.

"Is Joey with you when you meditate in your vision?"

"Sometimes he is there and sometimes not."  
 I felt that.

While painting Linda's mountain vision, I felt Joey near the pond.  One day I "found" him in the pond, a misty image in a vortex of light.  I saw his ears and eyes first!




 
Black and White and Shades of Grey~


The day I finished Linda's painting, I had just sqeezed out some titanium white and black from their tubes.  All the other colors on the palette had been used on Linda's mountain painting.

No Paint Left Behind!

Leftover Paint~can paint the best pictures.  What will I paint with just "black and white and shades of grey?"  Light Bulb:  I'll paint Joey the Collie!


Select:  The smallest canvas: 8" x 10"

Pick Up one medium sized chisel shaped brush:  one brush wonder paints thick and thin lines or blocks of paint.  Perfect~


First, I sketched in Joey's head with in my imagination with no paint on the brush, "placing" the image into the space.  I close a profile view "easy."  I need easy.  Paint flowed out as if by magic.  I felt gentle refreshing energyI love bringing an animal friend to life with paint.

Five minutes later, I turn to the palette, brush in hand:
"I'm Out of Paint!"

"I'm having an Out of Paint Experience!" 

"Quit!" 

 Free from touch up, re-working, or thinking Joey has arrived.

Effortless


Later when Linda and Tom came to view the finished mountain, they also noticed Joey.

"That's Joey~" 




Joey gazes at Joey in the pond.


Note the images in Joey's painting, around the Collie's ears and down the side of the face we see a baby bird.  I also see faces of a terrier, a lamb and a raccoonAlmost visible in the lower right grey painted area is a shadow of an eagle flying toward Joey.  There may be more~"Calling All Animals."


**  "Let go of agenda or outcome and the universe takes care of the details," Deepak Chopra



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Resources:
* Quote about blue merle color is from Laughlin of Fairloch by Betty W. Ford, a story about a blue merle Shetland Sheepdog, written in poetry.

** Deepak Chopra:  chopracentermeditation, Meditation helps calm and focus, sparks creativity and enjoyment of life.

Song of the Day:  Taylor Swift, debut album, 2006, cut is Tim McGraw, by Taylor Swift and Liz Rose.  Playing this song repeating while writing today is upbeat yet relaxing, I can sing and hum along.


David Gilmour:  Wider Horizons (2016) VHIC, aired June 18, 2016.  Music Documentary, creative process is explored by David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, "Painted movies with sound..."  

Albert Payson Terhune, journalist, author, mystic, Lad a Dog, Gray Dawn, and other Collie stories.  View The Sunnybank Collies with Terhune on YouTube.

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Paintings by Dahlis
Joey the Collie~absolutely effortless 

Joey's Face in the Pond Mist, close up from Peaceful Mountain~Visions painting. 

Joey Gazes at Joey in the painted pond, combination of Joey the Collie and close up from Peaceful Mountain~Visions paintings. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

PEACEFUL MOUNTAIN~VISIONS



Linda's Mountain Vision, Sketch by Linda


Pictures Speak Louder Than Words~



Animal shapes appear dotted by sunlight and shaded by a tree branch shadow




Mountain rocks, a snow leopard face at top, a lion image lower left




White figures appears in the mist at bottom of photo, note blue grey color of rocks instead of brownish hues as in above photo due to effects of shifting light.





We have a waterfall here!  Animal and bird shapes can be seen near Bill's feet and to the  right of the waterfall.
* Photo of Bill Homann







Waterfall added, much thinner than originally pictured so as not to disturb animal images




Joey the Collie's face  makes an entrance in a vortex of pond mist.  Linda and I have the same dream A red shiny sash is added to her dress





Gathering Light: outspread arms display lace effects. The red tablecloth/picnic blanket is a symbol of freedom.




Mountain Top:  Peaceful Mountain symbols appear floating rather than painted onto the mountain.  Detail of Snow Leopard face on right and shrine spire on left.





Green Light!  Finished painting glows and looks 3-D placed over another completed canvas.  The scenes suggest fantasy painting or book illustrations.



Every Picture Tells A Story
** "Time Tunnel Approaching~"



There are many ways to read this post: simply stream through the photos and let your imagination run "wild."  If you want more, read or scan on down. 

Enjoy an Energetic Day~filled with the Wonders of Light, Energy, and Color



Linda's Original Vision Linda told me "This mountain is my quiet sacred space I can go to anytime to meditate or in a stressful situation to feel instant calming and peace." 

The sky is blue with puffy white clouds.  The solid mountain is tree covered, with rock slabs showing here and there.  There are spots of iron oxide color in the strataAt the base of the mountain are maple and oak trees.  They meld into pine forest as we go up the mountain.  The mountain itself was in the distance, smaller than it appears in the painting.  

Linda is sitting in the left foreground on the red checkered tablecloth and looking at the mountain.  She is dressed in jeans and a casual shirt. The pond beside Linda shows two deer nearby.  The doe is drinking water while the stag keeps watch.  Lop eared bunnies, with speckles of tan sprinkled on creamy white coats and energetic black squirrels frolic in the grass beside Linda.  The grass is not bright green, but a soft gentle spring hue.  Joey the Collie is "there sometimes in the vision with me and sometimes not." There are three bald Eagles flying near the mountain.
  

In the beginning:
"This painting will be easy,"  I chuckled as I first touched paint on canvas, beginning with the blue sky and puffy clouds, I felt Louise and Sharon near.  They are Angel Guides I have known for a long time.  I'll just let go of the outcome and without thinking at all, enjoy a fun autopaint event.  

Well!  Was I surprised when the snow leopard appeared as if by magic on the mountain top! I didn't paint her in, how did she happen? 

"She looks like a Sphinx," Rob added

Then more and more fanciful animals came to call.  Where did they come from?  I had not painted any of the animal shadows on purpose, just swirls of random paint.  Linda and I love animals, that's for sure!  They answered our call.


*** Another White Feather
Meanwhile, Linda and her husband were walking leaving a Tai Chi class one day when Linda noticed a small White Feather on the ground.  She bent to pick it up, but someone stepped on it first.  Linda had seen the white feather before, a symbol of our Friend, Louise Watson, R.N., now an Angel Guide.



Evolution
Then a Lion Face carved itself into the mountain base on the left.  I discovered the image when I stepped back to view the painting at a distance.  Up close, the lion sculpture looks somewhat strange.  At a distance, the figure looks like our cat, Sancat.  San always wanted to be a Lion.  He loves watching little lion cubs on TV.  San and Linda have a special bond, as if they already know each other.


Sancat is our Lion in Residence.
 
Next, deer bunnies, and squirrels vanished from the scene.  The paint has a path of its own, a "pathless path" of letting go.  No room for any more animal additions.  Even the grass became filled with animals including another lion, a dog, and a fawn nuzzling a Japanese Bob Tail kitten.
How can this be?   


Finished!

In the completed painting, Peanut the Chihuahua's face can be seen in the rocks near the base of the mountain to the right of the waterfall along with Joey the Collie's face again, ears back this time. Adults and young animals all appear:  Cheetahs, German Shepherds and other dogs, Wolves, Horses, Ponies, and Sheep, Deer too plus Cats and Kittens, a Squirrel and others are there.  Some humans are also in the pond.  

There are two Mayan faces on the mountain, one in profile, nose pointing at waterfall The other is full face with eyes looking to your right, visible in the mid right hand side of your view..  The spring grass, once a muted soft green somehow brightened to a vivid hue.  How?  I actually got the three flying eagles into the painting!  Imagine~


Visions Unlimited:
The finished mountain scene in Linda's painted vision turned out nothing like we originally pictured.


Invisible Window?
Look at Linda's original sketch at top, there may be a "window shape" there.  I feel I am looking into and through a two way window into the beyond.  Three of us co-created these visions Linda, Louise, and me, a flexible spontaneous series of events.   

**** "We all must lend a helping hand or a helping feather."  
+ Perhaps feathers, along with twigs, leaves, and hands shaped the first cave paintings?

 
The more we look, the more we see.  How About You?


DREAM
PAINT
DANCE
Thanks to Louise's input, now Linda is dancing in her own vision~Absolute Magic!




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Resources:
Books: 
Angels: Doreen Virtue, Ph. D. Books: Healing with the Angels, Earth Angel Angel Realms, I open at random and read the subheadings:  "Pixies, Elves, and Brownies, Unicorns, and Incarnated Animals," (pp 74-5)

*** Proof of Angels by Ptolemy Tompkins and Tyler Beddoes.  There is a white feather on the book cover!

Fantasy Writing: Eyes Like Leaves by Charles de Lint Vivid descriptions of humans shape shifted into wolf bodies. 

Film:  
Fantasia (1940) by Walt Disney Studios, art gone "wild" with classical music and paint.  My favorite, the Flying Horses in Greek Myth and other fanciful creatures painted to the Pastoral Symphony segment A Day in the Country by Beethoven (6th symphony), 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a "mountain" vision sculpted out of mash potatoes?  Richard Dryfus stars

Back to the Future, Universal Pictures (1985) Back and Forth We Grow!  Staring Michael J. Fox

Nature:  
The Rise of Black Wolf, NatGeoWild TV, DVD, online, June 6, 2016  "From Renegade to Alpha...a wolf like no other."

TV
*** Peg and Cat Save the World, educational cartoons for kids of all ages, PBS kids.org, quote from song June 6, 2016

** Dinosaur Train, PBS kids.org animation, education, today we saw a Therazinasaurus, family, displaying long claws and practicing Tai Chi and self defense with Chinese Music, June 6, 2016

Chill channel (Chiller TV) The Twilight Zone Healer, A Drifter Steals a Mayan Stone (1985), "Caring is part of the secret, the heart cannot heal what the eye cannot see," and The Leprechaun Artist (1986) 

Lion Guard, DSNYJR, Disney educational programs for kids, Paintings and Predictions, Can Rafiki's paintings predict the future?  Rafiki, the cave painter sage, to Bunga, the Honey Badger, "You didn't see what you think you saw.  You saw it backwards!"  The Lion Guard Rescue Squad is made up of young animated African animals including Kion, son of Simba and Nala , Fuli the Cheetah and others.  Pumba, the Warthog, and Timone, the Meerkat,  join the fun, new in 2016.  Based on The Lion King animated movie by Walt Disney Productions 1994. 

Cave Art 
+ Among the first cave paintings, 45,000 years ago found at Chauvet Caves in S. France, include a Lion panel, a Cheetah, Horses and more, lifelike muscle structure, heads and shoulders show expressions, 3-D quality in action. "A Land Before Time~"
 

Images:
Linda and Bill's Images printed with permission:
Mountain Vision sketch by  Linda, photo at the top

* Waterfall with Bill Homann, 4th photo from top.  You can see animal images in the rocks and water.  In front of Bill's feet and toward the pond, I see suggestions of wild and domestic cats, Cheetah, Lion and more  On the right side of the waterfall as you look up, there is a giant short beaked bird image in the rock "drinking" from the waterfall, a giraffe, a dog and other shapes.  

Additional photos by Dahlis