Here is the other project from Julie Gibbons Alignment, Jewels in the Dark.
it’s sort of a weird winter solstice here in Michigan. our temps have been rather mild (30s-40s) and there has been very little snow.
it is not what i imagine when i talk about hibernating. although the dark hours are longer, there isn’t the layer of insulating snow or the bitter cold that would be the norm for this place.
the nights have been clear and the stars and moon and planets have been beautiful. the morning sunrise feel like they are full of fire yellows, oranges and reds, the bareness of the trees standing stark against the skies.
but no snow to speak of.
i really enjoyed this project. it reminded me very much of drawing as a kid. i did keep coming back to this and made several.
Part of the reason is that i was getting to know the tools i was using. the watercolor pencils didn’t work exactly like Julie’s (i’ll tell you it probably has something to do with quality since i picked up my at the local big box store.) once i got them figured out i really liked the mandala i made (the center one above).
i think i will be doing this again. i liked the free form, no looking part and the color in is very therapeutic, especially on those dark evenings when my mind is being to hibernate….at least for the night.
Winter Solstice: part 1, check out the other project for the Winter Solstice.
so i started my bujo back up. the last time i had one i really loved working in it. now i don’t use it in any sort of formal calendar sort of way (i have so many calendars) but i do like to use it for rituals, routines, and the arting. really the art and creative part is my favorite. so it is kind of an art journal (although i have a formal art journal, with heavy paper and all), a practice place, a place to try new techniques and new supplies.
so i will be sharing from my bujo. mostly the art.
do you bujo?
The Beginning of Julie’s Alignment is the winter solstice. that time of year when the darkness is the longest and the sun hangs low in the sky. This year the weather is warm, balmy for Michigan, the boys outside without coats.
This is the time of the year to slow down, to deeply rest. Seems so out of sorts with the holiday season. lights, gatherings, singing…..all the things to keep the darkness at bay. i enjoy the darkness of this season also. time to hibernate, to turn deeply inward. cozy, comfy, warm, as the darkness, silence and cold encompass everything.
time to enter the darkness
after the new year begins is really when i start the slow down…..i know, the days are getting longer, the night shorter, but i am very much still moving into hibernation mode. slowing way down to allow for rest, for inner work, for art.
the first journey into art is the rising of the morning sun. here in Michigan the trees are bare of their leaves. the view usually block by green foliage is now visible. the structure, shape, form of the tree branches bared against the fiery skies.
the words are ones that i associate with this season
the triangle with the line is symbolic of the earth. the colors are of the skies and it is framed in the bare branches. i have lines for journaling, which i did after i took the photos.
Winter Solstice; part 2 Jewels in the Dark
Having fun with my compass. I didn’t like geometry class in high school, wasn’t very good at it. I have been studying sacred geometry and I am finding geometry a lot more interesting than I ever did in high school.
It’s been a long couple months….
A remind to breathe, to relax.
I am actually working proud is this one since I drew it by hand….. I’m not usually very confident in my drawing be I really like this one.
I also did my first dip into skin tones. Not too bad if I say so myself. I do like mixing colors.
I also found that the deviled egg plate makes a fabulous pallette.
Sun as symbol. what does it mean to you?
Following the 5 days of Mandala Magic prompt I made a sun mandala. I needed to the light and the warmth the sun brings.
Dipping into the hibernation months, shorter days, less light, meditating on what the sun means, it’s symbolism, is just what I needed.
Using the urge to paint to make necklace cards for my Yule giving.
Love how they are all turning out.