“Dalton’s Garden”, a beaded art quilt whose image came from tapping into his energy field is now completed. The 16″ x 20″ (40.5cm x 50.6 cm, without the frame) employs a lot of his favorite colors and thunder clouds in the background, of which he is quite fond. By saying the commands in the middle of the Transition Portals – Meditation Gardens page (in bold face) on this blog site. With practice, you too, will be able to enter his energy field by looking at this photo and saying the commands over and over. The second one… “Move through the garden, begin the Flow” is especially effective for this particular image.
This detail shot shows how I solved the problem of the light blue batik background. I used 3 different sized beads, a flat pale aqua rondelle, a size 6 seed bead sewn flat, and some darker blue size 10 seed beads. I sewed the pale aqua rondelles down individually first and used them as the main element on the blue batik fabric. Next the size 6 seed beads were sewn down flat and then horizontal rows of the darker size 10 seed beads filled in the gaps. I used the mottled effect that was already on the blue batik fabric to decide where to sew the beads, and left some of the original fabric still showing. The result, to my eye, reminds me of the rough texture of coral reefs and since Dalton lives in Florida, that seemed to be appropriate.
Here is the final detail shot of the sky and the thunder clouds that I was afraid that I would cover up too much with buttons and beads. I’m pleased with the restraint that I used, and still was able to show my love of glitter and gleam. (I think that I’ve mentioned before that I must have been a crow in another lifetime… love the shiny stuff!) More of the gold chain maiile rings outlined with gold size 8 seed beads were added for extra shine. Dalton often speaks about how when he’s out driving on the back roads of Florida, he’ll be going through pouring rain, only to suddenly drive into an area of brilliant sunlight. I’d like to think that I’ve captured the best of both types of weather in this piece.
The images for these Meditation Garden Series of small art quilts come to me by tapping into the person’s energy field. Through my shamanic training and my long distance spiritual healing practice, that I’ve been in for the last eight years, it’s very easy for me to access a person’s personal energy no matter the distance. I’m having great, good fun doing these smaller pieces. Keep checking back in to this blog, to read as more and more of these Meditation Garden pieces are created.
What are some of you favorite sources of inspiration? How have you ever used energy that’s not easily explained in your own art medium?
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