The Season of Connections has been an interesting one for me. In some ways I found it hard to get into the subject matter. At the same time, it seemed to me that everything is about connections in one way or another! And looking back over the pages I have made over the last couple of months, I certainly get the sense of a deeper connection to myself, to others, and to the natural world around me.
There have been several side-projects this season, many already featured in their own posts. Rather than show all the same pages again, I will include links so that you can check out each project individually.
I began the season with a series of pages connecting to my inner world, What are you dreaming about?
You can see more of the pages and read about what inspired them, here.
‘We are connected’ — I really got in to the continuous line drawing from Sasha Zeen’s inspiring tutorial. Imagining female ancestors spiralling out of my hair, and their ancestors spiralling out of theirs, too:
This theme continued while chatting on the phone to a good friend. More ancestor goddesses emerged in my doodles:
I went on to colour in my doodles with Winsor and Newton ink. I am including both versions here as I find each one is quite different and I like both!
‘Feeling connected’ — In this page, the ‘roots’ theme of the Inner Space class with Erin Faith Allen met the Season of Connections:
‘Self portrait with owl and coffee cup’ — With this page I went on a wild and magical journey through the past, present and future together with Riet Poch in her wonderful self-portrait tutorial:
‘The woman in the forest’ – There’s a story that’s been hovering around me ever since I started art journaling back in January, waiting to be told. During this season, a page from that story appeared in my art journal:
I look forward to sharing more pages of this story as they appear in my art journal!
‘Nature on the outside, nature on the inside’ — this page was inspired by the theme of connection to nature and also the theme of ‘Who do I want to be?’ from the Metamorph class with Erin Faith Allen.
‘Monday’ — I created this page on a rather chaotic Monday! I intended to follow a Get Messy prompt to explore different materials on different pages. I ended up using loads of different materials on the same page: coloured pencils, heavy body acrylics, high flow acrylics, acrylic ink, drawing ink, letter stamps, and gel pens. And you know what? It was FUN!
My favourite project so far in the Metamorph class with Erin Faith Allen has been creating my own oracle cards. Oh my goodness! I was just in heaven with this project from start to finish. Here is a glimpse of the deck I created:
You can read more about the process of creating these dreamy cards and see more of the deck here.
‘Empress of Leaves’ — this page features real life leaves gathered from my local park and the torn up pages of a book! It was made during a wonderful arty evening with a circle of creative women. Magic!
Brandi Kincaid, guest artist for the Season of Connections, gave us an inspiring tutorial on creating small books to record our everyday moments. And so I decided to make my own little book and document something each day for a week.
You can see all of the pages from ‘Autumn Days’ here.
My art this season has been strongly influenced by Initiation: into the sacred feminine, the year-long training I have been doing with Jewels Wingfield at EarthHeart UK. Goddesses, ancestors, a sisterhood of women and the beauty of the natural world are to be found on almost every page.
I recently returned from an exquisite few days at EarthHeart, completing the incredible year-long journey with our group of incredible soul sisters. It was no surprise then that this majestic woman appeared on the page when I followed Ashley Rodger’s lovely connecting the dots tutorial.
If you have made it to the end of this post, thank you so much for joining me on this journey through the Season of Connections! And thank you for all your kind comments, encouragement and support. They mean a lot to me!