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Sacred wishes

Sacred wishes

Sacred wishes

Hi everyone!

Last week felt like I needed to take a step back and get off the computer a bit. I really needed some quiet meditative time, which for me meant... plaster time!

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

Oh! the bliss of those immaculate white strips of plaster gauze... Gently soaking them into warm water, smoothing them with my fingers and watching the magic happen is sooo relaxing. I never had a manicure (don't tell!) but I'm sure it doesn't get much better than this! And I just love the natural feel of plaster, the texture of the overlapping strips, the stray bits of thread here and there that I surely wouldn't want to trim, the amazing way oil pastels pick up the texture! The whole process is so relaxing, my mind just goes blank and all I have to do is enjoy...

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

So anyway, what did I end up with?... Well, the holiday spirit is definitely kicking in and I felt like doing something about wishes... This is a season when we feel that, very soon, light is about to take over darkness again. And the little girl within me feels that this is a sacred time when anything is possible, a time for hope and wishes...

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

So I made these little "wish-holder" sculptures. Their shape is reminiscent of a kimono or a sacred robe, and inside their "chest" is a heart. They are meant as a daily reminder of our own sacredness, our own divinity and our heart's deepest wishes.

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

A little label holder at the bottom will hold wishes, and as always, I incorporated a real little 4 leaf clover in each one for extra good luck! There are different kinds of hearts too : some are made of silver birch bark, another is polymer clay, and my favorite is a heart shaped dried leaf that I found on the street... I just love love love the result! How simple and peaceful and hopeful they look...

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART AND MAKE A WISH!

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

Compassion, a mixed media painting comes to life

Compassion, a mixed media painting comes to life

Compassion: Mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

Compassion: Mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

The inspiration for this painting comes from the amazing experience of finding a group of like-minded women and artists through Kelly Rae Roberts' "Flying Lessons" e-course: within this group we create a safe and supportive environment for each other, where we can share anything from technical tips and everyday worries and joys to the most difficult struggles, fears and experiences (many have yet to recover from hurricane Sandy). Although this is a "virtual" place, it enables us to connect in a very real way across the planet, and to truly practice what Brené Brown speaks of in "The Gifts of Imperfection" (I can't recommend that book enough!). These gifts are Courage, Compassion and Connection. They mean that we can share our most authentic selves, our whole hearts, and truly be seen, heard and valued for who we are, where we are in our lives, without judgement of any kind.

Compassion detail by Laly Mille

This new painting is the result of the "work in progress" project that has been ongoing on my Facebook page for the past 3 weeks! I really want to thank all those of you who have followed this process day after day and participated with your comments! Below are all the different steps again, from the blank canvas to the finished piece.

The words "Coeurage", "Compassion" and "Connection" are written on the painting. I like that they all begin with the letter C, which reminds me of the moon crescent. So for the text on the 2 characters' faces I used en enlargement of a dictionary page with the definition and origin of that letter.

A mermaid's heart

A mermaid's heart

A Mermaid's heart by Laly Mille

A mermaid's heart © 2010 Laly Mille 54 x 65 cm - 21,3" x 25,6" Mixed media painting on canvas

A richly textured painting full of little "clues" that tell the story of a "little mermaid" who dared to risk her heart. Love can wash over us, drown us, but also reveal us to ourselves... With a quote from Tori Amos's song "Silent all these years".