Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Birth Chart Mandala

Mixed Media - Pencils, coloured pencils, water colour, acrylics, oil pastels, extracts of proverbs (negativity removed), PVA glue

For the past 9 days I've been taking part in a pilot for Patricia Ariel's new online workshop 'Creative Astrology'. I've been quite blown away by the revelations of my birthchart. So much has been explained and makes sense now. There has been some really great group discussions. I think i'll feel at a loose end when the course closes tomorrow.

A couple of days ago Ariel circulated a message to the group titled 'One or two things I know about art'. It was such a sweet nurturing email telling us to cast aside all doubts about our abilities as artists. Art is instinctive and often, the doubts we have about our creative expressions are simply echoes of the things that were said to us in childhood. They are not true.

What I have discovered about myself during this course is that I really LOVE painting, drawing, collage, mixed media. Its such great fun. I learned that I assumed I was not any good at this aspect of creativity. But if I think about it, I can't remember trying this style of art since my early teens.

When did you last pick up a paint rush, or try the artistic form of expression that you tell yourself that you simply cannot do? Give it a go, you might surprise yourself.


Below are some pictures showing the artwork of Patricia Ariel. Please click on the pictures to visit Ariel's websites. Thank you Ariel.


35 comments:

Poetic Artist said...

Wonderful piece. I really like this one.

ArtSparker said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun with this. I like the leafy mask.

Lickety Splitter said...

It is just fabulous that you are exploring your birth chart and your passion for art! Every time I write a poem, I venture into a land of creativity in which I doubt I belong, but I love the challenge and usually the result. If you love it, you should do it!

lynne h said...

ah, jasmine... this is so beautiful... and i am *really* smiling to read that you like painting and drawing!!

i too have learned a lot in my few days with the group. ariel is a unique and wondrous human - i feel blessed to have have gotten to know her, and to learn more about myself. i feel it is just the beginning - there is much more that i want to explore re: my chart and meditating before drawing. i think i'll do a smaller mandala next time though - 12" across just about did me. ; )

love,

lynne

Shadow said...

i'd love to paint. you have a talent for it. sadly the image i have in my mind never appears on paper...

Elizabeth M Rimmer said...

I love the colours you use - so rich and vivid!

Elizabeth M Rimmer said...

I also am a big fan of Paolo Freire - it's lovely to see that quotation here

Lyon said...

Beautiful. =) It's amazing what we tell ourselves we're not good at before we even make the first mark, isn't it? I do this to myself all the time. I'm glad you put it aside for you because, wow - that's a wonderful piece of art you have there.

Caio Fernandes said...

when we are kids they tell us lots of lies about our limitations , not just about art ... everything .
your painting explodes in life and mistic energy ...
i am happy you had so much fun with this course .
ohhhh every time i think about my birth ... i was bouned at midnight of the day 20 to 21 of may ... nobody explains me wich sign i belong ... so i try to do not think about all that . hahahhh!!!!
see you Dear Jasmine !!!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Glad that you are following your love of art and pushing aside the doubts. The creative energy really shines through. Be nexuberant!

(I love what you say about extracts of proverbs, negativity removed!)

Renee said...

Thanks for sharing her work Jasmine it is beautiful.

Love Renee xoxo

Delphyne said...

It's really beautiful, Jasmine - the colors, the textures, the shape and flow of it. I like the flames!

Extracts of proverbs, negativity removed - that is exactly what we've done in that workshop, isn't it? Distilled the essence, thrown out the negativity and created something wonderful....xoxo

Brian Miller said...

wonderful artwork...art allows things inside us to leak out through the brush...keep painting..

Janine said...

Wow! Jasmine, absolutely wonderful! What a fun class!

ruthie said...

yay, jasmine, how wonderful that this experience has allowed you to explore more your creative side, hope you get many hours of enjoyment from it, it is soo theraoutic x x i just am blown away by ariels work ! x happy days x

Manon Doyle said...

Hi Jasmine,
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I'm really enjoying yours!

manon

T said...

The astrology and the art coming together....into what you love most....good...

xt

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Oh, this looks fun! YOu did a great job and thanks for sharing Ariel's artwork too. Beautiful!
Thank you also for your visit and your prayers for VernaAnn!

Natural Moments said...

We create our own limitations and therefore we can opt to look at life as if no parameters exist at all. We can become a blank canvas and create a brand new picture of ourselves and the world. We are magicians that can dance with miracles.

Cynthia said...

Sounds like an interesting and
affriming astrology workshop.
The art work is astounding.

Tammie Lee said...

How wonderful that you have dived so deeply into this. Your art is so alive. Thank you for the encouragement to pick up brushes and dip them in paint.

a mermaids purse said...

hello there ;0)x thank u for your sweet comments on my blog ;0) you have such a wonderful blog! beautiful art work-- i love the mask detail...i will be back again have a wonderful creative day ;0)x

aleph said...

I was so glad to read this post and also to see your painting! So, "painting and drawing have never been strengths of mine" were really sense-less words!!!

Jasmine said...

Thank you all for your kind comments :)

Lickety Splitter I felt that way about felt in the beginning and continued with it. Now I would feel like a part of me was missing if I didn't have wool ad rovings in every corner of the house :)

lynne - Ariel is wonderful. I feel blessed too :)

Shadow you paint with words so wonderfully who knows what would happen with paint?

T - There is a design for felt in there somewhere x

Natural Moments - Its like you know my thoughts x

Tammie - I'd love to see you paint :)

Aleph - You were right. I've een meaning to email you to say thank you for your lovely comment :) x

Assayya said...

your painting---lovely--she is gaia

Martine said...

Lovely post Jasmine. Your mandala is amazing and so good to paint this, negativity removed.
So you can't ever forget this.
XXXm

e said...

Your art and blog are lovely. I hope to see more of both.

SarahA said...

I pretty much discover something new each time I visit you flower nam. These paintings, I am thinking, are very drawing in of ones eye. I shall endeavour to visit Ms Ariel.

The Scrybe said...

Hey there! Thank you for Patricia Ariel, and I also spotted that you've read Kafka on the Shore; one of my favourite books :)

joanne May said...

Hi Jasmine,
I have been meaning to visit you for a while... Lovely to see you have been busy creating such incredible work...Wow, Very powerful!!!
Great colours and textures here...
Birth Charts are amazing and help use to see ourselves as a whole person, with all our different signs and elements.
I would like to create a Mandala too!
Good to see you again and have a lovely weekend.
Jo.x

Dan Gliubizzi said...

I have been having trouble posting! so tonight I am posting to all the blogs I read and CAN post, very frustrating when you are muffled! Jasmine,I am really enjoying your work

GreenWhisper said...

i love the swirly mermaid and the way you've used words x

lk moonwood said...

YES! Playing with all the art stuff again is the BEST! I love how working on your birth chart has brought you back into tryinag all the different media!

Re: your comment about the 2 lulus - Nope I'm an Aries, not a Gemini, BUT in my birth chart I have Venus in Gemini (uh-oh, trouble!)

: ) lulu

lettuce said...

wow, she's good isn't she?
and so are you!

I went back to collage and mixed media and mucking about with paint some years ago when i did a course in weaving and design and I learned a bit about what you are saying here.

TrüSka said...

The works of Patricia are beautiful! Loved it! Thanks for sharing! Kisses from Portugal : *