The Goddess Project - Intro. & Befana

Happy 2020!

I've been diving into a plethora of personal projects as of late and the new year has given me an additional bolt of enthusiasm to begin yet another. :) Without a long-winded narrative as to WHY... after some much needed inspiration from the likes of Kelly Carlin and Joyce van der Lely, I felt the need to nurture my feminine side a bit more and The Goddess Project was born.

Basically, for the next I don't know how long, I will choose a "goddess" from anywhere and everywhere around the globe - ancient, modern, well-known and obscure - and give her some of my attention. I am guessing that (depending on who and what I find) the posts for each will be unique in and of themselves but I will attempt to give at least some "spheres of influence" or symbols about each female and as much background on her as I can muster. Oh, and I'll depict her in art. The idea is to honor the feminine using both my analytical researcher and my rekindled artistic muse. So, without further babble...

Befana

An Italian crone, Befana is called upon for her wisdom and guidance. She is also known for overcoming evil and driving out the darkness of winter. Symbols include a broom, horns and protection poppets. Notably: the famed kitchen witch.

From what I can gather, the legend of Bafana lies within Christian folklore with her offering her modest cottage to the three Magi to rest before continuing their quest to find the Christ child. After initially declining the Magi's invitation to join them, Befana decided she also wanted to bring gifts to the new born king. She set off on her broom to find the Magi and the child but was unable to find them that night. So... in certain parts of Italy each year, on the night before the Epiphany (January 6) Befana rides her broom in search of the Christ child - stopping at each home and leaving candy and small gifts for good children and coal for the bad. Sound familiar to anyone? Since Befana quite likely has her roots in the pre-Christian pagan tradition, from the Sabine/Roman goddess named Strenia, she predates St. Nicholas or Santa Claus by a long shot.




   



Zentangle Project Pack 7: The 12 Days of Zentangle Days 10, 11, & 12

Finally, Project Pack No. 7 is complete. I've learned a great deal, most importantly to keep the true goal in mind -- to learn new techniques and practice, practice, practice. I've also come to realize how much I need to slow down and just enjoy the process. Thanks to all for the encouragement and support. Enjoy!

Day 10




Day 11



Day 12




And... the whole shebang!



Zentangle Project Pack 7: The 12 Days of Zentangle Day 9

Happy Merry Christmas Eve! I managed to get a bit off course heading into the holiday but with some time this morning I've managed to get closer to the Project Pack No. 7 finish line!



YouTube link to see how it was created (with a few differences due to creative expression):


Zentangle Project Pack 7: The 12 Days of Zentangle Day 8

Running a little behind but taking my time and enjoying the process. Greg's not a fan of abstract art but I'm liking the medieval feel of this one. Enjoy!


YouTube below:




Zentangle Project Pack 7: The 12 Days of Zentangle Day 7

Admittedly, I went off the project lesson a little but I think it turned out okay. The verdict is still out on the gold gelly roll pen. I guess I'm just not a "gold" person. Anyway... here it is. Enjoy!


The YouTube video...


Zentangle Project Pack 7: The 12 Days of Zentangle Day6

Okay... I definitely need to work on my aura consistency. ;) I'll have to play with the hollis tangle a little to get some practice in. Meanwhile, enjoy my tangle troubles!


To see how is it supposed to look...


Zentangle Project Pack 7: The 12 Days of Zentangle Day 5

I really enjoyed this one even though I decided against the loopy embellishment at the end. An ornament for the season. Enjoy!


It really wasn't as hard as it looks... try it for yourself!


Caught in Christmas Music

The distant thumps of a tight bodhrán punctuate
the gaiety of a playful tin whistle as I,
lost in reverie, stand amid the frigid wind 
sweeping snow across a stony causeway
as rabbits watch dried leaves glide and swoop
from their shelter under a clump of yews.

Breathing comfortably,
content to linger in this pristine white world,
     I jump, 
suddenly startled by the shriek of a desk phone
and I realize where I am--
staring at a spreadsheet of never-ending data...
             sitting in a different kind of cold.



The definition of inauthentic as per Merriam-Webster: being such in appearance only and made or manufactured with the intention of committing fraud.

Being inauthentic...it is why I lose so much energy while I'm at work. It's not that I intend to commit fraud. It is that being (figuratively) tied to a desk to enrich the profitability a corporation is not being true to who I am and what it is I believe I am here in this life to accomplish. For years I've made the excuse that I need to pay bills -- that it is "safer" to hold down a 9 to 5 job. I am expanding my definition of "safe" in 2020. I will stand in the wind and watch rabbits...


Zentangle Project Pack 7: The 12 Days of Zentangle Day 4

Monotangles for Day 4... I'm not sure how I feel about the gold jellyroll and I clearly need to work on my auras. :) Ah well, I gave it a shot. Enjoy!



Here's the YouTube link!




Zentangle Project Pack 7: The 12 Days of Zentangle Day3

Wow! Day 3 was involved to say the least. I wound up completing this one in three separate sittings.



Here's the link to do one for yourself!


The Goddess Project - Intro. & Befana

Happy 2020! I've been diving into a plethora of personal projects as of late and the new year has given me an additional bolt of enthu...