Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Inter-being with My Cup

Filling My Cup Half Full, mixed media collage, 6" x 7"

"Nothing can exist by itself alone. It has to depend on every other thing. That is called inter-being. To be means to inter-be. The paper inter-is with the sunshine and with the forest. The flower cannot exist by itself alone; it has to inter-be with soil, rain, weeds, insects....

A glass can be empty or full of tea, but in order to be either empty or full, the glass has to be there. So emptiness does not mean non-being, and it does not mean being either. It transcends all concepts. "

Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear



Friday, February 20, 2009

Pain, Panic, and Transformation

Pain and Panic, mixed media collage, 3" x 5"

As a therapeutic art exercise today, I decided to create a piece that reflects some of what I have been experiencing lately with my anxiety. Ms. Anxiety Pants has been making daily visits and I am trying to form a dialog with her, ask her questions, soothe her. Perhaps making her a visual entity like the piece above will let her know that I see her. She doesn't need to shout so loudly anymore.

Transformation, mixed media collage, 2.5" x 6"

The second part of this therapeutic art session today involved creating a piece that reflects what I want to see for myself. It's supposed to be a positive vision--one of growth and transcendence and change. After creating this piece I was tempted to strap on some butterfly wings and plant myself in a pot. With some good nurturing and a feeling of safety, who knows what could happen!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Valentine

Act of Giving, mixed media collage, 5" x 6"


(I want to give a thank-you to Ms. Juliet for giving me fabric scraps the other week. The red behind the Buddha is from you! Thank you, generous J!)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Harmony

Peaceful Co-existence, mixed media collage, 5" x 7"

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Art Card Winnings!

Today is the day for art card winnings! View the video below to find out who the winner is!



Congratulations to the recipient of the 6-pack of assorted greeting cards! As I stated in my video, I have decided to give all ten of you prizes, so I will be sending you each a couple of my cards as well. I just need your mailing addresses! Please email me at cputnam@rising-bird.com with your full name and mailing address and expect a pretty package soon.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Art Card Give-Away!

I'm itching to give some of my art away. I think this 29 Gifts in 29 Days Challenge has got me in quite the lovely state of giving. It's contagious! I wake up each morning wondering what I will want to give. This morning I woke up with the feeling that I have an abundance of art. Why not share it?

An assorted six-pack of my art print cards could be yours! Just post on this blog and mention something that you are grateful for. That's all you have to do! I will draw the winner's name this Sunday, February 8.

Good luck!

Courtney

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Returning

Return, mixed media collage, 4" x 6"

What would you like to return to? Return is also re-turn--turning again, turning to face something you have experienced before, a place or state where you've been before.

Is there something you've put on the back burner that you'd like to bring forward? Is there a state of mind or a feeling you'd like to bring to the surface? Is there an activity that brings you joy that you'd like to engage in again? Perhaps this is a good time to return to yourself if you've been focusing on others' needs more than your own.

If you need permission to return to something, I hereby give it to you! Go on, return and prosper!