Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A little bird told me...

So, if you are familiar with my artwork, you will have noticed that much of my inspiration comes from birds. I really only became interested in birds a few years ago, and it was because I was creating collages of them not knowing exactly why!

I am now familiar with the birds living in my yard that I see on a regular basis (our backyard seems to be a birdie hub of activity!) Cardinals, robins, grackles, sparrows, mourning doves, and the occasional blue jay to name a few! And I am much more aware of the types of birds I see when away from home too.

In addition to studying different species of birds, I am so inspired by what they represent. Of course, I am not alone: birds had powerful symbolic meaning in ancient cultures and have inspired art for centuries. The beauty of their song, the ability to fly, the amazing variety in the patterns and colors of their markings. To me, they are also a reminder to view life as if from a "bird's eye view," being able to see the big picture of how things work out the way they are meant to, vs. getting bogged down with mundane details that cloud our vision.

Above is my latest collage, a tribute to the power and mystery of the bird. It's called "Unseen Cosmic Forces."
The text in the upper right reads : "The reverence paid to animals in most primitive cultures had to do with a perception that they are more in touch with unseen cosmic forces"

I think that this might be true :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Why 111?

About 3 or 4 years ago (it was summer I believe) I started seeing the numbers 1111 everywhere! When I glanced at a digital clock, on store receipts, and once, my stopwatch went haywire (granted I was in a sauna) and stopped on this very number!

Out of curiosity, I googled "numerology and 1111." One of the first listings that came up asked"Are you someone who has been seeing 11:11 everywhere?" To say I was unnerved would be an understatement! I am much more open to things unseen at this point in my life, but at the time this sort of phenomena was very new to me.

Here is a bit from what I read

Whenever you see the sequence 111 or 1111 show up, it is a great sign of a golden opportunity. Both sequences mean that a "doorway" has opened up in which your intentions and goals will manifest extremely quickly. The Angels have taught me to focus my thoughts and intentions whenever I see 111 or 1111, almost like making a wish when a cake with candles is presented to you - Doreen Virtue

I still see this number combination all the time. In fact, if you look at the time stamp of my very first blog entry back in April, it reads 11:11 (this was a total coincidence, not planned!)

So this is where the title of my Etsy shop 111 Collage Design comes from. Make a wish!