The year has almost reached this mysterious point where night and rest prevail, while light is preparing to return and bring renewed energy to the world. It is a good time to reflect upon what has unfolded in the past months, and to make a wish, blowing the seeds of possibility into the wind...
Let's kick off the new year with a smile!
Hey guys! I'm in the middle of preparing for my final exam but just reeeally wanted to say Hi! I mean, my last blog post was in November... I don't have much time (yet) for the artist life, but 2015 has started, and in spite of (or because of) the recent events, I say let's kick off this new year with a smile! So there you go:
And I wish you all the most beautiful, loving, joyful and light-filled year.
Have you chosen your Word of the Year (or "woty")? It's the 3rd year I choose one (or rather I let one reveal itself to me). In 2012 it was Truth, in 2014 it was Trust (with Abundance as a co-woty) and this year it is EASE... The fun thing is that it kept coming back to me but for weeks I just couldn't allow myself to "choose" it, I felt huge resistance.... which I took as a sign that I really should let it be my word, and just eeeeease into it. Believe me it has already helped me and taught me a lot in just 3 weeks... If you have a woty you can share in the comments!
I'm going to make one of my little "Sacred Wishes" wish-holders for it (I Picmonkeyed the picture above). I don't have a single wish-holder left, I either sold or gave them away as gifts, a very good excuse to dive into plaster bliss again.
And by the way, look where they've gracefully landed... on the pages of the new Somerset Life Magazine! (which is one of the most gorgeous magazines ever!) I haven't seen it "for real" yet but my friend Lorene has been super sweet and sent me a picture of her copy (thank you!!!!)
Although I haven't managed to keep up with the blog lately, I do try to pop up on Facebook several times a week so if you want the latest updates, that's where you'll find me.
* By the way I want to say a big thank you to all of you (all 171 of you, and counting!) who have "liked" my FB page in the past 2 months. I've often felt so far from my creative life lately, not blogging, not painting, but seeing all these new faces has been truly uplifting (gratitude+++) Would you believe we're fast approaching the 1000 landmark? That's a whole lot of positive energy and I'm glad I'm sharing with you guys!*
So, these past weeks on FB I've shared a few glimpses of what (or who) is currently on my easel...
She's a guardian, a light-bearer, soft and strong... I can't wait for her to be complete (as well as her sister that I started too and will soon share on Facebook). I'll leave you with her now and get back to work...
Light and love dear ones.
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!
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...
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...
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.
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...
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART AND MAKE A WISH!
Lucky little winks
© 2012 Laly Mille
I have been finding, collecting and sharing 4 leaves clovers ever since I was a little girl: my mum recently found a drawing that I gave her when I was maybe 10, adorned with one of those lovely green little things! I also remember that some girls in my class so badly wanted to have some themselves that I spent a lot of time searching the grass along the schoolyard! But generally with very little success... Because the thing is, you don't look for four leaves clovers. You just find them. Or maybe they find you?
Most times when I find one I'm busy doing something else, like hurrying to catch my bus, hanging out the clothes, playing with the kids or opening the garden gate to the man delivering our piano. Every time it's like they're telling me to stop for a second and look at the magic of the moment. To look at the world with a little girl's eyes... They are like lucky little winks from the universe telling me "I'm with you, in every little moment, in every little thing, so don't worry, make a wish and enjoy!" And at key moments in my life, they tell me to pay attention, to trust my deepest feelings, and that I am in tune with who I truly am.
For years I have been collecting them in a little box, not really knowing what to do with them, apart from giving them to friends going through a rough time, or exams, job interviews... (OK, that may be silly but on big occasions I actually make lucky tea!) But when I started walking my creative path 2 years ago, I immediately knew that they should be a part of my art. So every time I finish a piece, I incorporate a four leaves clover in it. Sometimes it's hidden in the picture, or sometimes I glue it at the back or on one side. I like to think of it as a blessing before letting go and moving on to a new project. And I wish for the blessing and good luck to expand to the viewers and to the person who will eventually take the painting home...
Up up and away
Up up and away © 2012 Laly Mille 80 x 80 cm - 31,5" x 31,5" Mixed media painting on canvas