Tuesday, May 18, 2010

BREATHE

I can't believe that it has been so very long since my last post. What can I say but "life" has just been happening. Thank you to all of you who drop by and leave such sweet comments. I want you to know how very special you are to me. In keeping a blog sometimes I wonder what I have to say that someone else might be interested in. What do I have to share that might benefit others. Well, the universe has been reaching out to me with messages everywhere as of late.....and my ears and heart are tuned in. A common thread has been woven through the theme of the message....JUST BREATHE!!! Life has been blessing me with challenges and the help I have needed has been there. The details of my challenges I wish to keep private but wanted to share with you life's gentle reminders I have been given during the last few months.

BREATHE
I would like to introduce you to a simply amazing woman who has been in my life for many years now. Kay Heaton owns and runs Club Kay located here on the Central Coast of California. Kay integrates several aquatic modalities and exercise techniques in helping people to be the best that they can physically while promoting self-awareness and esteem. Kay is a woman in her 70's and most of her life has been dedicated to helping others. She works with a wide variety of people at various stages in their lives from the physically disabled, physically challenged, pregnant, and the aging (I fit into the latter category). This woman is so incredible and pushes us all to be better, stronger, flexible and resilient.....even through her own health challenges. I spend 3-4 mornings a week with Kay in her 96 degree pool coaxing my body to move. Each day we hear the same mantra....BREATHE! USE YOUR CORE BREATH TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE MOST INTENSE PART OF THE MOVEMENT! Thank you Kay....kiss, kiss!

To breathe is to - relieve stress, to nourish your body and soul, breathe life into your being, to make apparent, to manifest.

Deep cleansing breaths are so nourishing and relaxing to the body and the focus of so many holistic approaches to living....yoga, meditation, energy work, and more. The cuff bracelet was designed especially for me to wear as a reminder to just BREATHE. I chose a bird to symbolize freedom and flight and added a few antique French religious medals representing my faith and spirit. .....a mantra for my wrist.
As I design pieces for a show this week, I see how my pieces reflect where I am at this time in my life. Isn't that what our art should do......be a reflection of our soul within.

Iron Maiden
As I design in my studio, I have a few muses to keep me company. One of my favorite mixed media artists is JoAnna Pierotti. JoAnna is a working artist and creates every day to support she and her husband. Her pieces truly speak to me and I have quite a collection of her creations. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. Meet my "Iron Maiden....Rebekah". I LOVe her!
Hope
And this is "Hope". For Hope's wings JoAnna used the old leather sole of a child's shoe....I would have never thought of that. Her designs are always so inspirational and include words to live by.
I am enjoying incorporating antique reglious icons, medals and crucifixes into my current work. Even though I am not Catholic these symbols represent the ultimate in HOPE, FAITH, and LOVE. LOVE being the greatest of all....love of self, love of life and the love of humanity as a whole.

Another one of JoAnna's pieces.

I know you are wondering what does a photograph of a tile floor have to do with the theme of this post. Well one of the projects that has been keeping me occupied during the last month has been remodeling my kitchen. New tile, new paint, new energy efficient refridgerator. Now I can put my house back together and BREATHE.
Hugs
Diana
XOXO