Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wordless Wednesday *Happy New Year *



Wisdom


Spirit


Love


Zen....





Altered book 2007
Happy Kuumba and have a Prosperous new year

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gene Sea Tagged me with the tree of happinesshttp://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i10/lovebevvy/blogger/TREE_OF_HAPPINESS_AWARD.jpg

:)

The Rules
:

• Link to the person who gave the award to you.
• Post the rules on your blog.
• List six things that make you happy.
• Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
• Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
• Let the person who awarded you know when your entry is up. * I'm lost on this one...

Six things that make me happy:

  • Creating
  • Thinking of Central Park
  • Thinking of food
  • Thinking of Chocolate
  • Music
  • A good book

Now to bestow the Tree of Happiness


Happy Holidays

Six People

Trula - because she seems an interesting person and has done a lot for people it seems.

Seelah - because she is a fine and healthy yoga sista.


Dia - A creative soul like myself.

Dorothy L A soul who helps others



Creatrix A new friend

Mystele Another Talented Artist.

It was a powerful Solstice so keep meditating for what you wish to bring into your life for the next six months. In light of the current recession still keep focused as it is now a time to go within not the externals. But you knew that already :)

Have a Happy Holiday .








Monday, December 15, 2008

Creativity Watch and Syncronistic events part II

I you followed my blog back in July you would know that I was capturing some graffiti around London. There was one artist that I found by chance and I spoke about in this post but I didn't know his name . I found out from a free newspaper the artists name Christian Guemy..or C215 from Paris . The piece I saw is called Sudanese Refugee, which is on his Flicker page. I love this guy's work and will be visiting his pages more often.

Here is an interview with him with Jetsetgraffiti.com.


Tomorrow the Tree of happiness...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Craft Fair in London and Multitasking.

Craft Fair at Stoke Newington International airport....
it wasn't an airport but a warehouse in North London...


I was selling my Crochet/Bath stuff with my friend who was selling jewelery, and it was an interesting day.

I met a Yukalalee seller who worked as an Marketing Officer for a theater company , and a Milliner (who is also a taxidermist ) who made lovely Burlesque Facinator type hats. I was also in for a treat as she also grew up on a farm so I was able to get some tips on growing my own vegetables. What a resourceful girl.



Jewelery by my best friend Dee.



my stuff


I also sold this very funky looking necktie that I loved


The space has a lot of reclaimed furniture and is also used a performance/concert space too.
There are old chesterfield sofa's with different hybrid vintage/reconstructed pieces of furniture , such as a Scissor Chandelier.

My camera does not do the space justice it just looks blurry.

Any way It was an interesting day , we talked about' dual careers ' something I pointed out in a piece I wrote about for an online magazine on my other website the topic was about multi careers, and how we don't have just one career for life .

It is not uncommon that creative people have different careers.

We are either so open and creative that we need to do more than one thing or we need to pay bills so a part time job is needed to pay the rent. Both are very common with my artist/creative friends.

However there are ways to work efficiently you can combine your life work and purpose into a more marketable career.

That provides a link into both jobs, such as teaching jewelery or teaching art rather than just doing any job at least your still working within your remit. I teach holistic therapies and personal development but I love to create so I put a creative module in my workshops/classes, such as collage, mask making , self portraits etc.

There are more bizarre combinations than Coach/Healer/Crafter /Writer , and Designer, Office Director, Hat maker and Milliner. Do you know more uncommon combinations of creative multitasking?




Friday, December 12, 2008

DECEMBER DREAMBORD


DREAMBORD
Originally uploaded by mjfontaine1

Click for a bigger pic on flick(er).


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Thank you Suzie for making me a part of your Dreamboard circle.

I dedicated this pic to the cycles of life and the wombman who create....and follow natural laws. A reiki infused picture.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

**Give Away **Creative Comfort Ritual Consultation.



A ritual a symbolic action, normally associated with a religion or culture


Do you want to do a simple ceremony for the ending or the beginning of a new cycle in your life.

  • Do you want to give thanks for your new home, child, job etc.
  • Do you want to create an activity to honor your inner child, creative muse, passionate goddess.
  • Do you want to simply want to invite grace, comfort and gratitude into your life.
  • Do you wish to design a set of activities for your women's circle, or honor the solstice.


I am now offering Creative Comfort ritual consultations.

This is not a divination service or affiliated to any religious denomination it is simple everyday ritual advice for everyday living.

Intuitive guidance is given as an assistance tool for you to design your own special occasion, daily practice, or creative comfort day.

This does not include traditional ritualistic services such as Marriage, Birth, etc.

Information and will be given on the traditional type of ritual that you may require

You will also be referred to an interfaith minister, priestess if needed.

For this giveaway all consultations will be by email.

If you require more information on this services and prices check my mjfontaine page.

So to enter this giveaway please add a comment on this blog stating why you would like this ritual consultation by friday 19th December 2008 time by midnight EST. I will contact the winner for their email upon my decision.

In the New Year I will be giving away a free Distant Healing once a month so keep checking back.

Marilyn




Sunday, December 07, 2008

Workshop







Workshop


I ran a workshop today and give thanks that every time I work with Spirit I am always humbled by the miracles that happen within a sacred circle.

I am also aware how much workshops are needed, and how we are so ready for transformation.
Clients report dreams, and whispers from spirit ....Like never before, the veil is thin

Now is the time to tap into the power within not without.... we are coming into a time where many of us are stepping into leadership roles and this is not the traditional roles we are accustomed to.

Its the role of the leader who inspires others, the person that always makes others feel better after a chat and a cuppa, or...the person who just makes us laugh when we feel that life is just too much. The child or friend who always knows what to say at the right time.

No, Leadership doesn't have to be the charismatic speaker or healer , it could be the person that is inspirational but also is aware that they are a work in progress too. With knowledge and wisdom comes responsibility and we have to be responsible for ourselves first then we can look after others.

There is nothing more sadder then seeing a leader who doesn't embody their leaderships qualities regardless of who they are leading.

Real Leadership is guidance with a pinch of wisdom and a sprinkle of objectivity, a teaspoon of faith and gratitude and a tablespoon of self love.

Stay Blessed.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

End of Soul Coaching and New Journey

As posted on my Soul Coaching Blog, I have undertaking a really deep journey with this 28 day course. I realize the importance of sharing ones challenges in life. There is nothing to be said about keeping things to your self we need a witness during challenging and even good times.

Yes our journals are our friends but... sometimes we need the physical (worldly) representations of our internal cheerleaders. Thus to underline our experience so I feel blessed that I will be undertaking The next chapter 's January Book group where we will be studying


The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor by Gail McMeekin

Once again I will be using the other blog (if you want the link please notify me), this way I don't have to censor my process has I always have a working commitment with my self to be true so I always give personal development 100%, ( I am the one in the workshop really going for it ) because I believe a space set aside to work on our selves should allow us to let go and really process not hold back for fear, it is the time to do it for me anyway so alas the next chapter begins.

This is the card I pulled for the SoulCoaching group at the end of the 28days from Osho Zen Tarot
This pack is definitely on my book list , the commentary is always on point. If you want a free reading please go to the previous post on the Aum meditation
as there is a link to a free Zen tarot reading.

Here is the card.



The Creator card...

There are two types of creators in the world. One type of creator works with objects - a poet, a painter, they work with objects, they create things. The other type of creator, the mystic, creates himself. He doesn't work with objects, he works with the subject; he works on himself, his own being. And he is the real creator, the real poet, because he makes himself into a masterpiece.
You are carrying a masterpiece hidden within you, but you are standing in the way. Just move aside, then the masterpiece will be revealed. Everyone is a masterpiece, because God never gives birth to anything less than that. Everyone carries that masterpiece hidden for many lives, no knowing who they are and just trying on the surface to become someone.
Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it. God himself has created you; you cannot be improved.

Osho Ah, This!, Chapter 1

Commentary:

The Zen master in this card has harnessed the energy of fire and is able to use it for creation rather than destruction. He invites us to recognize and participate with him in the understanding that belongs to those who have mastered the fires of passion, without repressing them or allowing them to get destructive and out of balance. He is so integrated that there is no longer any difference between who he is inside and who he is in the world outside. He offers this gift of understanding and integration to all those who come to him, the gift of creative light that comes from the center of his being.
The King of Fire tells us that anything that we undertake now, with the understanding that comes from maturity, will bring enrichment to our own lives and to the lives of others. Using whatever skills you have, whatever you have learned from your own life experience, it is time to express yourself.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Aum Meditation

Not for the meek....
http://www.aummeditation.com/

A twelve stage meditation
I did this over ten years ago after a traumatic time at work and I really wanted to move my energy it was over two days and I did not know what to expect all I knew is that the facilitator had cleared a major illness with this process and she couldn't recommend it highly enough and I was desperate.

I didn't know what I wanted but I wanted to change up my life, I was being bullied at work and was coming out of a negative relationship.

When I think back I would equal my experience to sky diving 'bloody scary but you gotta do it once in your life' and I was challenged as I had to express Anger, Joy,Sorrow, Love, dancing etc to strangers and be seen.

I suppose through doing that powerful meditation I was later able to walk out of that job jump into a new career, stand up in class and teach and take risks. I didn't think it has a clearing effect but my soul understand differently.

If you really need to be challenged and need to push you boundaries, then I suggest you try Osho's AUM meditation its the physical cousin to the Soul Coaching course lol.


****click here for a Free Tarot Reading from Osho Tarot****


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Luscious bath products

Hand Made Massage Oils



Blends * Geranium -Very popular amongst men.
*Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood
*Tea Rose (parfum not essential oil)
*Chocolate Orange Parfum and Essential Oil

All oils have an added Crystal and a slice of cinnamon in them for extra luck.
please see my etsy shop or send me an email.

I also have Shea Body Butters.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Soul Coaching and other things...

What a journey...

I am not documenting this journey here but I have created another blog for paticipating with this group.

For those of my regular blog readers who wish to have the address of my soul coaching blog (private for obvious reasons) please drop me a message, and I will forward the Url to you.



A moment in time and history.........


Book recommendations



Monday, November 03, 2008

Soul Coaching- Another Journey

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I am now participating in the four week Soul Coaching Group ...If you want to read my journey please send me a message and I will give you the link to my soulcoaching blog.


Its just in time when I need a hand in life the Healer needs a Healer and this is in the form of a book and audio download.....

Watch this space...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bartering A new Way of Being

I tried to post this before but Blogger wasn't publishing for me ....

Anyway here is the shorter version..

As we slide swiftly into a recession there will a decline in purchasing goods and services.

For some people this is detrimental to their wellbeing and lifestyle as there are many who rely on good and services as their business or way of coping with modern living.

There fore I am in the process of writing a step by step plan for surviving an 'economic downturn'. This is the time to reflect inwards but for some we will need to take care of the basics so that we can be relaxed in what some would call troubled times.

One of the ways forward is to work towards a barter system. This is a system of exchanging good and services without the use of currency. This is the way societies used to trade before the introduction of paper currency. ( i stress paper currency as there were some societies that used shells, gold, etc as currency).

The barter system will enable one to continue to obtain services but through exchanging for example repairs for perhaps food or other services.

There are several schemes around the country and the world such as the Letts system so click on the link to research this further.

I have also included a link for the book by Edgar Cahn- No more throw away people.
as another guide if you need a more detailed instruction.


http://www.letslinkuk.net/london/info/definition.htm

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/money/tax/article732303.ece

http://www.timebanking.org/history.html


Monday, September 29, 2008

Plug Plug and the Full Libra Moon

Its a full moon today so all things feminine I shall be doing a ritual for new balanced things to come into my life being as the full moon is in Libra...... In the meantime here is a plug of my workshop that I will be running in October in London....

Return of the Divine Queen Workshop for women.


mjfontaine presents

Return of the Divine Queen Workshop

A woman's journey to finding the light within.







artwork by mfontaine

Venue: Hackney Forge 243a Victoria Park Road
(entrance in Banbury Road) Bow E9 7HD
Date: 25th October 2008
Time: 1-6pm

Workshop outline


In this course we will;
Look at what you desire in your life
Remove blocks that stop you moving forward in a supportive, and caring environment
Set goals for the future .

We will use visual imagery, coaching tools, collage and art mediums to create our desired outcome.

By the end of the workshop you will;


Find direction in your life

Have awareness of your body, and embrace your feminine energy.

Understand the importance of honoring all aspects of your feminine nature.

Be prepared to come as a women, and leave as the divine goddess that you are.

Cost £55 or £45 early bird price. Concessions are available *(proof required)

To book please email :mjfontaine1@yahoo.co.uk

Pay with Paypal







for more information call 07956 559 894 for more information

Comments of the last workshop:The workshop was a magical experience for me in so many ways! The combination of meditation and readings and Art! It gave me a giant step forward on my spiritual journey that I was strolling on. I felt it enabled me to look at myself and to feel and explore all my emotions and feelings about who I am as a woman, mother, daughter, sister .

S G South London.

Enlightening and essential for your personal and spiritual development. It's a wonderful opportunity to gain a greater understanding of who you are. Thoroughly recommended”

S.Vanandy, Account Manager

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jaqueline's Allotment
















As an avid buyer of organic produce I was very pleased to see this box land in my class room ( I teach adults once a week for my sins). anyway back to my second favorite subject 'food'. Jacqueline who is now a qualified Non medical Nutritionist also has a very good allotment, and she regularly drops with a bag of goodies fresh from Mother Earth.

If I had to buy of these vegetables it would set me about £10 or more, suffice to say the vegetables are and were delicious.....look at the giant carrot.

The basket had; Beetroot, Carrots, Beans, Curly kale, Broccoli and Tomatoes all organic yum.

Beetroot is so good especially for this time of year especially for women who have heavy menstruation. I would advise that it is eaten raw for extra benefit.

Contents of beetroot.

*Sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iodine, iron, copper, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C.
  • Beetroot provides a good source of anthocyanadins, a natural antioxidant that contributes to its deep red colour
  • Extract is a natural source of vitamins and minerals
  • Beetroot is used traditionally as a blood building food
  • Beetroot may aid the natural process of elimination and support detoxification processes
  • Beetroot has liver, spleen, gall bladder and kidney cleansing properties
  • Beetroot is particularly rich in Vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus and iron
Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, this neutralizes free radicals before they can cause damage to the body .
source http://fruitsnvegetables.com

For more info on seasonal food check out, my friend's site: Fight disease through Holistic Health

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Memes

M

What is a meme?

A photo mosaic meme, simply put, is an illustration of your personality. This illustration is depicted by a set of pictures put together in a picture collage sort of a thing. The means to gauge your personality is a set of questions related to your name, things you like, your traits etc. source -http://ezinearticles.com/?Photo-Mosaic-Meme&id=1436872

IMy Meme
My creation
1. Marilyn Rose Journal Quilt: Fireworks, 2. sushi galore, 3. old-skool, 4. Aqua/Turqoise, 5. banana phone: another glitch in the Matrix, 6. water droplets in the shower - o.k. bokeh, 7. Lifeguard off duty, 8. chocolate SURPRISE cupcake, 9. Joy of life, 10. LOVE, 11. Step by step… steadily ♫♫, 12. WeMake goodness13. Not available14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available17. Not available18. Not available19. Not available20. Not available21. Not available22. Not available23. Not available24. Not available

I got this from Sacred Suzies Blog

http://suziesacredspace.blogspot.com/search/label/meme

Meme Instructions
OSAIC MEME: INSTRUCTIONS

1. Type your answer to each question below, into Flickr Search

2. Using only the first page of results, pick one image.

3. Copy & paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

THE QUESTIONS:

1. What is your real christian/first name?

2. What is your favourite food - right now?

3. What school did you go to?

4. What is your favourite colour?

5. Who is your latest celebrity crush?

6. What is your favourite drink?

7. What is your dream vacation destination?

8. What is your favourite dessert?

9. What do you want to be when you grow up?

10. What do you love most in life?

11. What is one word that describes you now?

12. What is your Flickr/Blog name?

I got this from Sacred Suzie Blogis from

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oils for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder


I have been away in Sunny New York so I have a) neglected this blog and b) was able to hold off the demon of SAD for a minute...... so I decided to repost this from an old blog, but i am not entirely cheating as I have added a few more bits.

I have been treating clients regularly with citrus oils for Season Affective Disorder for four years and I have found that the following oils very effective with dealing with this condition. Listed below are the oils and applications and cautions of using essential oils for health.

Grapefruit Oil

This is not photosensitiser like the other citrus oils.

It is excellent and is an antidepressant, and uplifts the spirits instantly.


Melissa oi

I have found that benefits of this oil for SAD or low spirits and shock are profound.

True Melissa is very expensive and can cause severe irritation to the skin, therefore it is recommended that a very low dosage is applied such as 1% and this must be diluted in oil before being

applied to a bath. There are much more affordable Melissa blends which are more commonly found than the true Melissa oil.

Lime oil

Uplifting and refreshing this oil instantly lift the spirits, a favourite with my clients who have a history of depression.


Applications;

The oils are best used in a bath if you cannot get to a massage therapist, if you prefer to self massage then a blend of 8-10 drops to a 60ml blend or up to 7 drops in a bath.


You can mix lime, and grapefruit together as a blend of 4:3 drops in a bath or 5:5 drops to 60mls in a massage blend. As stated before blend Melissa with a carrior oil such as almond or grapeseed oil before applying to a bath.


Cautions

*Never use essential oils undiluted on the skin.

*Some oils should be avoided during pregnancy, or if your have a medical condition such as asthma, epilepsy, or high/blood pressure.


*Do not overuse essential oils less is more.


*Not all essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy

*Never let children use essential oils -unless supervised.

* Essential oils should not be taken internally, (although this is practised with therapeutic-grade oils by some aromatherapists).

*Essential oils are flammable

* True essential oils should have latin names stated, otherwise you are using a cosmetic grade oil with no properties.


All citrus oils are *Photosensiters so exposure to sunlight should be limited for 24 hours where it has been applied to the skin.

If your condition is severe consult an aromatherapist for a details consultation and treatment.


Marilyn in my holistic practitioner role.



Friday, July 25, 2008

On Surrender


The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

written some time last week ....

My cousin's house caught fire two days ago ... before that we were talking about life change etc...
My cousin had just qualified as a counselor (personal centered model with a dash of existentialism) and it was a new beginning and everything was in order...... then the fire started.

As a conscious student of life and metaphysics I realized that fire is cleansing and also burns away the old. Fire is the element for creativity and energy in the Tarot (wands) and according to Denise Linn's book 'Signposts' fire is seen by the the alchemists as an 'agent of transmutation' and as a 'symbolic purification'.

This post is not really about fire however its about surrender, hence the prayer...
When I surrender to the universe all things happen perfectly for me ....
When I try to control my life... it doesn't really turn out how i wish ..thus my relationships have not been very productive at times as this the area I like to control and hold onto.

Surrender is a courageous act and as we try to believe that our constant input and focus will change the course of our lives. However the food to feed our dreams hopes and desires really need the icing which is the last part and that is surrender.

So what are the tools for surrender that we need to keep going

We need to be kind to ourselves first and foremost and have self trust
We need to be able to be clear about want we want for example; is this really in line with my life
values
Realize that the event/experience etc has happened I cannot change this however, what am I in control of now? (the now is a very self reflective tool) and what I need right now to support myself .

Then we need to be able to turn the above over to the Creator/Goddess/Allah/Buddha/Spirit/Universe....what ever you believe in I don't just mean a religion I mean FAITH in something. That's why the 12 step pro grammes are so successful because the members turn the problem over to a higher power ... even if the serenity prayer does have a religious history.

The Divine could mean any representation that you connect with. I am not here to discuss religious belief systems I am here to look at the connection with realizing that somethings are out of our hands and through surrender and faith we can overcome as the song says...

I like the goddess pack because my favourite card is Yemeja and that is the surrender card.

recommended reading or tools....

goddess oracle, or re-read the above prayer.

A week and a day later.....

I had an incident happen to me that scared the 'hell of my existence', this shook my equilibrium. I was really put to the test, and reading this post it is somewhat calming. As I jerk and move to every little sound in my house I decided to check Denise Linn's Book again, well the metaphysical reasoning was about losing energy ... and the practical side is that I had to safe guard my premises lol.

The whole test has been tough and one has to accept that things happen in life, and I realise how quick we can lose focus with shock et al so now I am actively working on embodying and re-reading the above prayer. In all of this chaos I do have the tools to support myself and in turn I am supported. Its a reaffirmation and a reflection of my worth and self, and I wish for more courage to change to things that I can and support myself in the process.

It's about trust and faith ....

And so it is.........


So recommended potions in time of stress
Bach Rescue Remedy - I administered to my cousin after the fire
and to myself after the break in.
Aconite administered by my Homeopath Friend
Reiki self healing administered by myself to rebalanced my aura

a work in progress...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Metaphysics of Madness


Just a link on a Cup of Madness or two..

..
"The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad -- at least not so mad as it was in March."
Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .


http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,838944,00.html


Mad or indifferent.? Mad, Bad or Dangerous ?.in our current world who are we to judge what is.

a word from my beloved..

"its is more comfortable to be insane and know it than to be sane and have your doubts"- Lucid Wolf

I wonder what the Shamans would think ....about this ? any thoughts?

Guardian Publish-'Teen killings: the list of victims'.





Friday, July 11, 2008

Creativity Watch and Synchronistic events....

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events which occur in a meaningful manner, but which are causally un-related. In order to be 'synchronistic', the events must be related to one another temporally, and the chance that they would occur together by random chance must be very small.

Yesterday I posted information about vandalism within the story about graffiti and vandalism....... Today I go to meet a friend for a tea or two and come across the original art work



View from the car.....








Not only have I constantly driven past this Graffiti aptly called 'Vandalism is Art' but the supporting wall used to be my cousin's shop!!!......














Now it gets better as I park my car to meet my friend I come across another piece of Graffiti and again I have passed this street on a dozen occasions and I have never seen this piece of work....












I don't know who this artist is but his work is really nice.......















This piece of work is in Union Walk Bethnal Green....

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Creativity Watch ...is Vandalism a Crime??? or our last freedom of expression?

I do think that some graffiti is just a 'plain mess' however with the decline in creativity and lack of funding for youth arts projects, graffiti may become the 'reluctant hero' of self expression from young people. I do feel that some 'tags' can make trains look rather grim..and depressing but the nostalgic in me thinks that without some kind of rebellion and anarchy from the young makes for a drab capital. After all who are we gonna complain about, remember we use to complain about the vandalism not the latest victim of knife crime. When there were more tag wars there were less knife killings, although this statement doesn't discount some fatalities due to gangs tagging over an existing signature. However the weapon of choice has now become a knife not a spray can. And now we have marketed our vandalism with exhibitions and books even 'Banksy' appears not to like the media limelight and good for him too.
Will our 'Olympic' and soon to be
an esthetically pleasing capital be surrounded by ghost of creativity past forgot and will this have an effect on the already increasing knife victims that are on the increase in this Capital....

Anyway thats my argument and in the spirit of MA AT here is an article on Vandalism and graffiti

Graffiti - When Art Becomes a Crime

By: Patrick Omari


As the train pulls into London Victoria train station and commuters arrive for another day's work in the city, those that look out of the window will notice an abundance of 'tags' that adorn the carriages and walls. There will be many reactions to these pieces of art ranging from appreciation of the skill involved to disgust at the lack of respect for private property. Whether you love or hate graffiti and the various forms of graffiti art, the main issue that critics raise is that it is illegal and the artist is therefore a criminal.

The most famous of all graffiti artists is the notoriously elusive
Banksy. His pieces are generally satirical statements and his targets have ranged from Disney to the Mona Lisa. The so-called 'guerilla art' that Banksy is responsible for has become hugely popular with the general public as well as with art-buying celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera. At Sotheby's in 2007, three of his works fetched a combined total of 170,400 pounds with one piece alone selling for over 100,000. Banksy reacted to this growing popularity by adding the following comment to his own website 'I Can't Believe You Morons Actually Buy This S***.' Enough said.

As the most high-profile graffiti artist in the UK today,
Banksy's work encourages many copycats and aspiring contemporaries. However, for every Banksy there will be so many more graffiti artists that lack the creativity, wit and skill to produce 'art' and so their stylings will be regarded solely as a nuisance. Can we really set one rule for Banksy and another for a young kid spraying his name on the side of someone's house? Critics will point to the fact that graffiti is criminal damage and its artistic merits are irrelevant to the argument.

The law surrounding graffiti is far more black-and-white than people's reactions to it.
Banksy's murals spark debate wherever they appear and moreso due to the high value that the pieces now achieve at auction. In a London street, council workers recently whitewashed a Banksy original after some residents complained. One council spokesman commented that 'it's graffiti and we treat it that way' proving that if residents complain then the 'art' will be removed.

The law denotes that graffiti is criminal damage and the maximum sentence if convicted is 10 years imprisonment. The severity of this sentence indicates how seriously the government considers graffiti to be, and the impact it will have on the wider community. Residential areas with excessive levels of graffiti will often be associated with neglect and poverty. However inaccurate or accurate this assumption may be, it is believed that when graffiti has been removed quickly then it is less likely to reappear. People take pride in where they live and should not have to suffer for someone
else's art.

It is hard to associate
Banksy with the graffiti artists that spray poorly designed and conceived logos on bus shelters and shop windows across the country. But we must compare them as they adopt the principles that constitute the fundamental qualities of graffiti. However much we appreciate the intelligence behind the design and the skill in its execution, graffiti is in its very nature a criminal act and little more.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Cans Festival - pixinc

Here is the featured Graffiti artist Cartrain along side Banksey, at the Cans Festival.

This site has a great write up on the exhibition in South London.

http://pinewooddesign.co.uk/2008/05/04/the-cans-festival-banksy-street-exhibition/

Check out the offical websites here...

http://www.thecansfestival.com/stencils/index.html

Monday, July 07, 2008

Things I see - around me -- Authenticity Watch*

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A duck, mickey mouse? you decide..



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Cartrain - guerilla Artist this piece I found by chance outside a venue that I was teaching.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Les Chaussons Rouges

A story-

The Red Shoes. Once there was a poor little girl, named Karen, was adopted by a rich old lady after her mother's death. She grows up vain. Then, she buys a pair of red shoes and repeatedly wears them to church, without paying attention to the service. Her adoptive mother becomes ill, but Karen deserts her, preferring to attend a party in her red shoes. Once she begins dancing, she can't stop. The shoes take over. She cannot control them and they are stuck to her feet. And the shoes continue to dance, through fields and meadows, rain or shine, night and day. She can't even attend her adoptive mother's funeral. An angel appears to her, condemning her to dance even as she grows cold and pale, as a warning to vain children everywhere.

Karen then asks the executioner to chop off her feet. He does so and gives her a pair of wooden feet and crutches. Thinking that she has suffered enough for the red shoes Karen decides to go to church in order for the people to see her, but the chopped-off feet with the red shoes dance before her, barring the way. The following Sunday she tries again, thinking of herself at least as good as the others in church, but again the dancing red shoes bar the way. Karen then goes to do service in the parsonage, but when Sunday comes she dares not go to church. Instead she sits alone at home and prays to God to help her. Then, it is as though the church comes home to her and her heart becomes so filled with sunshine, peace, and joy that it bursts. Her soul flies on sunshine to heaven, and no one there asks her about the red shoes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

The_Red_Shoes -My Obsession /Creativity

The red shoe also made an appearence in the Wizard of Oz, thus relating to the Feminine Creative power . Creative power -feminie creative power. The Red shoes denotes the price women had to pay for this creativity - *death*, but good old Dorothy overcame this with help from a little man, an airballoon and Toto.

If you look at Colour therapy, Red is for grounding, power etc and Yellow is the colour of personal power , and self esteem (just realised this). When a women wears read shoes they are seen as dangerous :0 , erotic or a women with a past (snigger)!!!.

Maybe us women have an unconscious knowing about the symbology of the Red shoe. Us women dedicate alot of our time talking about shoes but we need to remember the true symbolic meaning of this glorious shoe and how we maintain our creative natures.

Shoes



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Her soul flies on sunshine to heaven, and no one there asks her about the red shoes!!

Wild women and other animals.

Wild women and other animals.
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MAYBE SOME WOMEN AREN'T MEANT TO BE TAMED.
MAYBE THEY'RE SUPPOSED
TO RUN WILD UNTIL
THEY FIND SOMEONE,JUST AS WILD,
TO RUN WILD WITH.

Sex and the City


thanks Freelance Leo for this.......this scene so mirrored my life as the wild women was 'too much' for some people........ I am greatful for being too much .............


Liberation.
Freedom .
Coming home to myself

Coming Home to the Divine Spirit of the feminine

Coming Home to the Divine Spirit of the feminine
A Collage of words, thoughts and experiences

Spirit never lies when it speaks to you ....

tHiS holiday week
I was in the wilderness at a
Goddess Workshop......
I witnessed the true natural cycle of death and rebirth over and over again.....I also witnessed the journey of others' lives and experiences. I was able to let go of my own ’creature’ comforts and I was able to live simply and understand how we have so many comfortable ’props’ that stop us really feeling this blessed earth.

When I came back to the city after four days in the bush ...I received a message that a student had died.... Life /Death rebirth cycle continued .... Spring brings the ending of things.....
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The rebirth started with My Sisters birthday celebration and I saw four generations all getting down together... I felt blessed even though the tribe gets to much sometimes it was really nice to see the young guys dancing together keeping the family strong....Good bless my Paternal grandmother and my mother who passed family values to her seven children. So her six boys and one daughter made many children (mostly girls = my generation) these values was instilled in us who passed this onto the next generation (mostly boys funny ) now the ’manz dem’ (their words not mine) keep it together and love their family get togethers.

what a blessing...thank you creator for enabling my grandmothers wish to be constant in our blood...such is the power of the matriarch the blood of the family.

and so it is....

Friday, April 04, 2008

My Etsy Store - US clients



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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Review of the Goddess Workshop January 2008

Please note: I do not take pictures during the workshop as this is to maintain confidentiality and is not very good spiritual practice for me.
I didn't realize that my workshop was structured like the layout in the Tarot until I wrote this.....

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The beginning......
Invocations ....and guidance
(blank)*


Ancestors

Honouring and Giving thanks....

Intention

For the highest good of all concerned.......
Truth and Balance.......
For change..............

The Four Directions

"Earth my body, water my blood, Air my breath and Fire My Spirit"


The Goddess

for support and to look at ......



..The Issue

and the crossing what prevents me from getting what I want


. The Message .....
Guidance from )0(


The Clearing

What I need to do to clear the issue

Divine Inspiration & Creativity......
A Visual representation of a new choice............



The Prayer and Celebration

For Gratitude......



..The next Chapter of Life + Workshop


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