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Getting Actively Artistic for Peace

Mid-Winter Blues…reds…golds…yellows…greens and Getting Actively Artistic for Peace For many of us worldwide, it is the season of Light Festivals and lots of work preparing to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Diwali … but whatever your faith or traditions you may have time for some introspective art making … (read more…)

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Season of Remembrance

Here at 55 degrees North days are getting shorter and darker as the traditional Season of Remembrance approaches. Towards the end of this month we’ve Hallowe’en / All Hallow’s Eve, All Souls or All Saints Day, followed in November by Guy Fawkes’ Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday – celebrations for all our lost loved ones, our ancestors and the nation’s armed servicemen and women. Amongst these ceremonies we include homage to the dark side, mischievous ghosts and ghouls of nature and the city and the ancient spirit of protest as honoured in the famous failed gunpowder plot. Celebrations from varied cultures and religions, here and abroad, share similar themes; Jewish Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement – and the Mexican and South American Day of the Dead. (read more…)

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Harvest Time in Our Garden of Images

Einstein, like many scientists, said that all scientific theories begin in the imagination. I am writing this on ‘big bang’ day – as scientists in Switzerland prepare to collide protons at light speed – to mimic our universe’s (hypothesised) first moments. What’s grabbing my attention is the imagery; ‘big bang’…’dark matter’…’the god particle’… metaphors of mystery and imagination, evocative of ancient creation myths.This experiment is the culmination of 30 + years’ work for some of the scientists and engineers from over 100 nations, all captivated by mystery – What are we? Where did we come from? What will become of our universe? Any result will seed new questions and research. (read more…)

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Mandalas: Sacred Circles

Summer is for many the season to be outdoors painting and drawing. Art often begins with looking and touching – inside ourselves for feelings, impulses, images and outside for inspiration, beauty, colour, and subjects… wherever calls us, stirs a creative response. (read more…)

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Walk in Beauty

‘I work as I walk, not knowing what I might find…’ Geoff Yeomans, Painter – from catalogue notes to his exhibitions since 1989 Everywhere there is talk about our carbon footprints. And talk about organic food, farming, clothing, paint… but much less talk – save for a few like the Slow Food Movement and Satish Kumar – about organic time; the time it takes a tree to germinate and grow, fruit to ripen, a wounded heart or broken bone to heal. (read more…)

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Art and Art Therapy in Sustainable Community

In art we can lose ourselves to find ourselves Many life crises erupt in metaphoric thought, language and body symptoms, which can be actively engaged with through the arts. Given the opportunity, many who have grown mute, unable to find words for their experience, confused or overwhelmed by others’ words and concepts, find relief in artistic expression, insight into originating causes and freedom from symptoms, in the self-reflective, ego-transcending process of art-making. (read more…)

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