Art Craft and Beauty, creativity, Devotion, Faery, Feyhearted path, Land, Living Life, Magic, Painting, process, Studio, Wales
I’ve been painting more now, when I have to travel to my studio, than I ever expected. Having a dedicated space encourages me to set aside time for painting and encourages focus. I’ve got at least five paintings in progress now, including ones I’ve not worked on for almost a year which are suddenly talking to me again!
The more I paint the more truth I find in the thought that painting is prayer and prayer is conversation with the divine. I’m finding my magic leading me deeper into art and further into working with the magic of the land I live upon and the people I am descended from. The stories of Y Mabinogi resonate in this landscape and the Norse tales echo in my bones. I find myself painting Blodeuwedd and Freya side by side.
My own work with the Faeries is still central to all that I do and it is becoming clear that my path is taking me deeper into exploring the magic of this land. As I open to listening, the responses come back clearer and clearer…
I find myself stepping back magically from other traditions (though they still inform my practice) and deepening the connections within my heart, working directly with the spirits and gods who are walking with me. Its an exciting time and I do not know quite where this path is heading but I know it is enchanted!
It is wonderful, the magic that occurs when you make space for it.
How are you making space for the things you love? And what path opens up to you when you do so?
Jess Morrow said:
Thank you for this post. The painting in the photo is gorgeous. And I agree really deeply with you–that our art (whatever it may be–often for me, it’s music) IS magic. And if we approach it that way, it leads us deeper along the path.
Aw, thank you Jess, on both points! I feel this very strongly and I know from doing both ritualistic-magic and painting-with-intent how similar the states (and results!) induced by each are.
I’m curious, what kind of music do you make/do?
Jess Morrow said:
Well, I play a variety, but I’m especially influenced by Tori Amos. Especially the really early stuff she did when she was still admitting that she sat in circles & talked to faeries as part of her song-writing process. But I play the piano & I like remaking songs in unexpected ways. It’s a “hobby” that maybe one day will be more … who knows?
Ooh, I didn’t know she did that! I shall have to look it up, thank you! I already love her stuff but the creative process really interests me so to discover more about her way of working would be great. (And obviously faeries, yay!)
Remaking songs in unexpected ways sounds interesting, did you *want* it to be more than a hobby one day or are you just leaving the possibility open without preference?