Today I am starting a new series on this blog. I am participating in a month-long challenge sponsored by artist Leah Piken Kolidas her blog, Creative Every Day: it's called Art Every Day Month. So, each day of this month, I intend to make something: draw, paint, collage, scribble, photograph, cook, knit, or otherwise do something creative. (You can see the "rules" of this challenge posted by Leah here. And some of you will find that the challenge fits whatever creative acts you are doing already each day.) I'll try to post one image a day, depending on how my schedule is going.
For me, the goal is to document my work everyday, in order to keep track of all the various kinds of creativity I have brought into my life. I have made a space for art-making as daily practice, and now I'm challenging myself to record it and share it.
I hope you'll stop by to see where I am on my journey.
But, enough exposition, get to the art, runningwave.
|Ancestors Walk Among Us by ~runningwave~|
These celebrations are deeply spiritual in significance. It is a way of reconnecting to your genetic ancestors and your cultural ancestors. I can be difficult to see them in the Halloween celebration we grew up with, so you have to peel back the commercial layers and get at the point of why it is important to embrace the darkness, mystery, and ask for guidance from the souls who've been there before.
|Dia de los Muertos altar in La Jolla, California by ~runningwave~|
Darkness from which emerges light,
We thank you for the time to pause and remember.
Ancestors, walk among us and speak your truths.
Charge us to work towards a more humane and peaceful world.
We light a candle in all your names,
Foremothers, Forefathers, Friends.
Call to us. Transform us.
Be here now.
--runningwave, October 2001
Sources for art journal page above: Skull stencil from TheCraftersWorkshop.com; sugar skull and mum rubber stamps from Papersource; Distress inks, and Memento dye ink, colored pens and gel ink.