Art

The Magickal ARTS

July, 2014

The art of Dance (Part 2) – Universal Choreography
In the last post, I related to you my first experience with energy and movement and the places it took me. We also discussed that when we dance, we are embracing the flow of energy as a kinesthetic quality. We engage the breath inhaling the prana of life and exhale out offering up our consciousness to ecstasy and joy.

As workers of magick we are continually moving energy around and redefining the space in which we are working. Mundanely, we also are continually moving and displacing energy as we go about our daily activities. This is the universal choreography that we all share as a place of common ground.
One of the best examples of this is found in the dance company, Pilobolus Dance Theater. Their entire conceptualization of dance is based on movement through space and laming use of human bodies to craft out visual patterns and form. The transitions from one “snapshot” of geometry to the next are of no less impact with each movement etching its way through the energy and space surrounding and with each offered with intention and fixed goal. Sounds something like the workings of great magic, doesn’t it?
I could write volumes about the effect of movement on our magical and spiritual work, but the best way to come to your own conclusions is to simply get moving. This means experiencing the efforts of your creation as flow and dynamics. This also means, practicing this skill so that it becomes second nature to you and you begin to internalize and see in your mind’s eye the patterns you are creating by your movements. When this type of connection between the kinesthetic and the intention is made, your spiritual work will be enriched by tapping into the streams of choreographic flow that have been established as inroads to manifesting and realizing your desired goals.
Self-Inspired:
For this month’s exercise the focus is on creative movement. It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself a dancer, think you have rhythm or are self-conscious. Everyone can move! The goal here is to imagine the lines of energy and their movement through the surrounding space as you reach, stretch and more.
Find a place where you can move freely and won’t be disturbed. Start by simply moving without any background sound or music as support. As you move imagine streams of energy coming from your finger-tips. Imagine that each finger is a brush, painting the backdrop of surrounding space as you move your hands.
Now, imagine that your feet are also painting patterns of movement as you take a step here or there. If you feel balanced try gently lifting your foot off the ground, scribing circles or other shapes and patterns. As you continue in this way, extend this action of painting the surroundings into other parts of your body. Your head traces its own lines; elbows and knees others, torso yet still another.
Continue in this way until you feel the connection of the whole of your body, the pattern and flow of movement created and the energetic choreography you are co-creating.
Next Post: The Visual Appeal

Artist Lori Karels

November, 2011

Lori was born July 8th, 1960 in Saint Paul Minnesota. She is a free-lance self-employed artist working out of her home studio in Andover Minnesota. She has been selling her artwork in Galleries and shops since 1982 and to collectors throughout the world with a large following in the UK, Spain and Australia. Lori is a self-taught artist working mostly in acrylics and watercolors.
You can find Lori’s work in numerous formats, from prints to greeting cards, mousepads, mugs, cross stitch patterns, stamps and patches.
Lori’s official Web site is lorikarels.com where you can find information about purchasing her originals or contact her for commissions as well as links to many of the other businesses that carry her work.
Her main passion is fantasy art, mostly goddesses, fairies, mermaids, dragons, witches and unicorns. She plans to become a more widely published fantasy artist as she signs with several license companies to bring her unique style to an even larger audience. And has recently signed with ‘Wholesale Fantasy art’.

The Crafty Writer

August, 2010

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Reborn Baby Dolls

I always thought the Reborn baby dolls brought out the maternal instinct in a woman, but the other day I listened to a couple of women talking and began to wonder. “Wash the baby with an alcohol swab until she is nice and clean then hold her with a steady hand as you trace the veins so they stand out nice and blue. Once you’re done, lay the baby carefully on a towel in a cake or pie pan, depending on size of infant and place them on the center rack in the oven. I like to bake my babies at 250 degrees for about 10 minutes.” Words like that didn’t bring the maternal issues that I envisioned to forefront of my imagination.

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Reborn dolls started out as a way to reclaim, rejuvenate and modernize existing silicone and vinyl based dolls. It is an amazing transformation of the old to the newer more realistic baby like standards of today. Chemical and mechanical formulations have been created that rejuvenate the vinyl along with instruction videos bring many new crafters into the fold. To hold and show a finished piece that was brought back from the world of obsolescence is an amazing accomplishment.

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There are new Vinyl blanks available from a number of artists on line and in certain hobby shops that are made just for this art form. They even cater to beginners by pre-painting the vinyl blanks and inserting the eyes so all that is needed is putting on the eyelashes and wigs. Then stuff the body and attaching the limbs presto, you have your new reborn baby to have and hold.

Now, just like all other hobbies there are varying levels of how far you take the craft. The pre-painted and eyes inserted is the easiest. Then there is the wig selection and eyelashes. These can be painted, pre-made wigs, or needle felted, where individual hair strands are placed using a felting needle. The wigs themselves are available in varying grades, from a simple cap to the clear cap that is nearly invisible.

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Taking a clean vinyl blank and painting the five to seven coats of heat set paints to bring the most lifelike color and texture into the baby or infant reborn doll is another step up the craft ladder. The painting style of the crafter also shows the quality and pains put forth in the presentation. This would include the extra fine veins, and eyebrows, or the clear gloss around the nose and tips of the lips. Then there is the paint inside the head, which gives tonal variances inside the nose, for when you drill nasal passages.

The care of Reborn Babies after they are completed is also very important. Great Britain and the United States have run many articles on police responding to and breaking into cars that have non-responsive children in vehicles. If you are going to take a Reborn with you do not lock her in the car without a large sign stating Reborn baby is not real. In other words always treat your Reborn baby as you would a real baby.

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Remember always safety first, when you bake your babies at 250 degrees use pot holders when you pull them out of the pan. As with anything else, good tools make good product, and practice improves everything. To see more of Kimberly’s Dolls, visit us at www.kskritters.com or Google Reborn dolls for more information.

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Artist Katherine Marie Bryant Warwick

September, 2009

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Katherine Marie Bryant Warwick was born in May of 1972 in Demorest, GA. to Johnny and Betty Maney Bryant.

She grew up with a love for the spiritual nature of the Northeast Georgia area.

At the age of thirteen she received her first 110 camera and was completely

hooked.

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On her sixteenth birthday her mother bought her the one thing on her list,

a 35mm. Minolta Maxxum Camera and 50mm lens.

She never completely understood how it worked until after high school when

she enrolled in the Commercial Photography program at North Georgia

Technical Institute in Clarkesville Georgia in 1995.

She graduated with honors in 1997 and went on to work freelance until

opening Moments of Clarity Images Studio in 1999.

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She married Richie Warwick in September 2003 at their home in Demorest, GA.

She is currently working on a line of custom digital fantasy portrait art created

through the use of photoshop which focuses mostly on faeries.

Her artwork can be viewed on her studio website at www.momentsofclarityimages.com

or you can contact Katherine at 706-499-9498 or mail to

475 Eller Rd. Demorest, Ga.30535

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