Finally…Summer Solstice Spread Revealed…

So—I am a bit behind in posting around here…I had planned to post my Summer Solstice spread, you know, the day after Summer Solstice…I tend to schedule posts out for a couple of weeks, leaving space for holidays and things that may come up…and when it came time to sit and write … I … didn’t…
Sometimes Life happens…and around here, Life…or the avoidance of it…happens…a lot…
This is my Summer Solstice spread:

watermarked-summer solstice

I am allowing myself to stop working in my comfort zone; I am learning to allow what wants to happen happen, in a more open and genuinely …just let it flow kind of way…and this is SO not my comfort zone…
This spread…that’s how it happened…
I seriously had no clue where it was going or how it was going to get there…and in fact, I kept having different ideas in mind…until I sprayed it with a fixative and prepared to seal it (Dorland’s wax is my new best friend …)
The first thing I did, in a multitude of colors and mark making tools (charcoal, kids markers, water-color pencils), I wrote out my intentions…and then I sprayed it with water and smooshed that about a bit.
I covered that, while wet, with a light layer of gesso…and sprayed it with some inks…and then…walked away from it…
I listened…and what I heard…really made my head hurt, because I do not work on just one piece at a time…I work on many…and I was in the middle of working through Hali Karla’s free (and so wonderful) Seven Directions program…well at the same time, working through … Hali Karla’s offering for Spectrum 2015, Calling On The Grandmothers (more on this workshop later…) … while working on what has turned into a series of Manifestation portrait canvases (again, another post on this is coming…the last canvas is not yet complete…) … on top of…you get the picture… yada yada yada there…
I walked in, where my journal was laid out on the table, with some paint and supplies lying around waiting to be used…and I drew … a box…is it a window? Is it a door? Is it a mirror? Yes…
Right now, faces are my thing…so it wasn’t too difficult to find the face waiting to be brought forth…
The tree is a bit … different… even though I love trees and trees…they are a part of my thing, yes…this one…just appeared and kept talking…
And once it decided it was done…the piece was done…
I sprayed it with a workable fixative…and let that dry—and then buffed the whole thing with a light layer of Dorland’s wax (yay—pages don’t stick anymore…) … and there we go…

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