Sunday, December 30, 2012

I have had some real time off over the Christmas holiday; desperately needing to be off the grid in a major way, to give my heart, mind and soul a rest ~ far from the madding crowd. I finally finished a painting which has been sitting on my easel for about six months. It a companion to my digital piece, "Leap of Faith." It is mostly in acrylics and then finished up the fine details with gel pens, so I guess that would make it multimedia. I took a bunch of photos and tried to get a good color correction via Photoshop. This is as close as I could get. The teal, turquoise and blues are much more intense.
Next on my agenda is a book cover design for an author friend of mine who is getting ready to publish her first book. When that project is finished I will post it here and on my facebook page.
"The leap of faith is not so much a leap of thought as of action.
One must... dare to act wholeheartedly without absolute certainty." ~ William Sloane Coffin
"Soul Surfer - Breaking Free"
24" x 24" Acrylic and Gel pen
C E French, Artist ©2012 NPA

Monday, December 24, 2012

Post Apocalyptic Thoughts

Dear Friends;

Well, here we are breathing a sigh of relief that we, the human race and the beautiful planet we live on have survived yet another apocalypse. How many has there been? Too many to count. Sorry, that's just me being snarky. I was a little worried, but figured if my time was up... then so be it.
Some years ago, my son who was quite young, spoke his worries to me re: the 12-21-12 doomsday predictions. Seems his young friends at school were repeating what their parents were saying around the dinner table. At that point, I reeled back my own worries and decided to thoroughly explore the Mayan calendar, doomsdayers, archaeologists, authors, etal. I came to realize the calendar was about the location of our solar system in the Milky Way galaxy and the Mayans preoccupation with Venus. I told my son what I had learned, that it was all a bunch of hysterical nonsense, and armed him with scientific weapons of truth. I felt that the hysteria fomented by religious sources and those who wanted to make money of the doomsday count was very irresponsible.

I did observe the winter Solstice though, and no, I am not a pagan. I smudged my house and body, smudged my son (who rolled his eyeballs but let me do it), then went about my day in a mindful manner. The Solstice was around 3:11 a.m. I was awoken by my spirit guides voice around 2:50 a.m., it said "It is time to rise little one, light a candle for peace and hold vigil." I lit a candle, smudged, then wrapped a scarf, robe and slippers around my body to go outside and observe the sky nation. I live in Oregon, it had been snowing and heavy cloud cover obscured the sky. However, that morning the clouds had parted and the stars twinkled in the sharp cold night. I could see Orion's belt and Ursa Major among the litter of stars above my head. Unfortunately because there was too much lamplight I couldn't see the road to Xibalba ~ the dark rift in the Milky Way. But I knew it was there.
I went back inside and sat in front of my altar. I prayed for peace and held vigil. The message I got was to take care of the earth and its inhabitants. That it is time we get off our haunches and find a cause to promote, which will better the earth and ourselves. I got the clear message to try and do something about Monsanto and GMO foods. That came out of nowhere... so I had to pay attention to that. If you have a cause, then you have to promote it. Ask yourself, what is it that you do to make the world a better place to live in. We are all one, we all must hold vigil.
May Peace and Joy fill your Heart ~ Love C