Wednesday, March 5, 2014

feather meditation

The other day, I added some details to one of my stamps with a trusty micron pen.  I'd done this from time to time, but something about it struck a creative cord that needed to be plucked.
 All day I dreamed of watercolors with fine black lines. At 11pm, when I maybe I should have gone to bed, I put on my earbuds, gathered some paint and brushes and began the sweetest meditation I've done in months. It reminded me of the feeling I get when I carve stamps... but maybe even more soothing since there are no sharp tools involved.  I snapped a few pics with my phone of the process. It's super simple. You know, I like that.
 It was gentle. It was peaceful. And I had the best dreams... 
I awoke refreshed. Got the kids up, made my coffee and took a morning glimpse. This is what I saw. I'm super pleased. I can't wait for the the quiet of tonight to paint some more!
 Don't forget to leave a comment before tomorrow to have a chance at winning a beautiful hardcover copy of SHE... Your chances are pretty good this time around, so go for it!

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36 comments:

  1. I've been doing the exact same thing lately! Isn't it wonderful? I've been painting them on some old receipts and correspondence from the 1800s and they are beautiful. I must post. Love these, Maya P. And love you!!

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    1. Tingle! twin feathers... love the idea of painting them on bits of history. love you right back!

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  2. They are wonderful Maya! I really like the photo of you painting the purple feather. That colour just glistens. And I too have been doing feathers lately. How funny is that!

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  3. So beautiful....have to give it a try. I love the idea of late night crafting, sounds so peaceful.

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    1. Please do try it- peace really comes when the house goes to sleep.

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  4. Simply. Beautiful.....SHE would be great to win, but I would love to win that watercolor! Since that's not what was offered, you have inspired me to try my hand at it. Now where are those watercolors?!

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  5. I find when I Zentangle I get the same feeling. I can Zentangle anywhere and use it as a meditation when life is getting overwhelming.

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    1. I have to try a Zentangle book one of these days!

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  6. I woke up this morning with feathers on my mind too! Today is my b-day so once my kiddos are in bed, I shall celebrate, tonight by finishing up my painting!

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    1. Happy Birthday... hope you got your bday wish!

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  7. Thanks for the reminder of the calming power of watercolors. I think I'll set aside some time today with my brushes too :)

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    1. The ink afterwards is also soothing, but the watercolors do open the doors to CALM.

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  8. I love the idea of adding on to something that has been made. It really take a craft to another level. These are beautiful!

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  9. Beautiful flow. I felt relaxed just looking at these photos. So very nice and inspiring. SHE is what I'm waiting for now but until then, I will put my brush to the paint and the paper and "feather".
    Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. Love that they had that effect. xo

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  10. Wow, those are amazing, Maya!

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    1. Thanks Heather! We need to have a creative evening together one day!

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  12. Do you know this person?

    http://www.gollybard.blogspot.com/

    Your paintings today remind me of her work. :)

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    1. What a huge compliment! Thank you. Golly Bard's watercolors are stunning... and in a class by themselves.

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  13. Beautiful Maya!
    The feather immediately reminded me of some of the zentangles I have been doing. Have you checked out the book "One Zentangle a Day - a 6 week course in creative drawing for relaxation, inspiration, and fun". The title had me the minute I saw it so I bought the book and it's rekindled my love of drawing!

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  14. I wish I bad seen this last night when I was up with insomnia until 3am !

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  15. I hope I'm not too late for the book contest! LOVING those feathers, Maya!

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  16. I love the idea of the late-night meditation and the peek at your results in the morning. So glad you gave yourself the time. You're an inspiration.

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  17. Love those feathers, so pretty would look lovely framed :) Hope I'm not late for the contest :)

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  18. I am completely in love with those feathers. I don't paint or draw but I agree that watercolor and ink are so great together. I might give something a try..and hope it is meditative and not frustrating lol Yes to them framed!!

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