Fragrance of the Heart

The heart:

Can remember: 

Her true fragrance: 

Accept change is constant:

Slow down and smell the Jonquils. ~Ally.

Flower Essences:

Flowers, plants and trees have been used by indigenous people from all over the world for thousands of years to bring gentle holistic healing. The oldest known living tradition lies with the Nyoongah Aboriginal people of the South West of Australia.

Dr. Edward Bach introduced flower essence therapy to the Western world in the 1930’s with his system of 38 healing remedies made from English wildflowers, to correct emotional imbalances where negative emotions are replaced with positive.

And may we ever have joy and gratitude in our hearts that the Great Creator of all things, in His Love for us, has placed the herbs in the fields for His healing. ~Dr. Edward Bach: Heal Thyself.

Since then flower essences have been crafted from wildflowers, growing in wilderness area all over the world from the celtic plains of England to the rainforests of the Amazon to the desert and mountain regions of Australia.

The effect of these essences is similar to that of meditation in that they enable the person to access the wisdom of their Higher Self ~ Negative beliefs and thoughts are dissolved, balance is restored and true healing occurs. ~Ian White: Australian Bush Flower Essences.

Visual energy and vibrational fragrance:

When I was painting on silk in the 90s, a herbalist  introduced me to the idea of absorbing the healing vibration of a flower from a photographic image of that flower.

‘Holding’ the healing energy of a flower as I was painting it, was quite a challenge at the time, but opened out a whole new way of working as my belief in visual energy transmittance increased.

It wasn’t long before I began to make my own flower essences from Australian wildflowers growing around the rural areas of Sydney. Some of the flowers with their healing properties were not yet listed in any of the publications at that time and so my task became to intuit what their healing properties might be.

For instance, I was fortunate to see a Xanthorrhoea spike in full bloom and make an essence from it. I was later told it was one of the most powerful of all the Australian essences ~ Too powerful if not used correctly and so not available commercially.  I wasn’t selling my essences ~ But giving them to friends for their feedback.

Beginnings of this piece:

A rockpool with a ‘natural’ appearance was formed with a scattering of small rocks, sculpted to leave the shape of a heart at the centre. The  arrangement was then partially covered in water and frozen.

Shells were placed on top of the ice, inside the heart shape. Double jonquils were positioned on the edges of the heart shaped rockpool.

If your heart is already awakened: 
Sleep peacefully, sleep in the arms of Love. ~Rumi.


See with your heart the beauty of Jonquil.

The healing essence of Jonquil will allow you to more fully accept that life is continually changing. So that as you gather the force that your lifetime of experience has given you ~ You can move into the being you, in your true heart know yourself to be.

The heart can remember its true fragrance ~ Always. ~Ally.


Breathe in Jonquil.

The healing essence of Jonquil will also help to ground you so that you can ‘Slow down and smell the Jonquils’ and then ‘Go with the flow’ and move more confidently into ‘The New You.’

About my work:

Relatively small assemblages are built from flowers, weeds and plants combined with other natural materials that I find in the local bushland or surrounding urban streets.

During the creation of these pieces ~ The process is incredibly magical. Thoughts of anything else are silenced. I simply watch as the different elements greet, merge, compliment and/or contrast  with each other.

Hundreds  of photographs are taken at different stages of the arrangements. Then ideas/thoughts/words that come to me, as I look at the resulting images give form to a new expression ~ Short ‘poems.’

Most of my materials, like these shells and stones,  and the lichen covered branches and twigs are recyclable. After being photographed all the materials are gathered up and restored. The flowers are often floated in bowls of water, as simple house and garden decor.

Introduction at:  Welcome to Earth ♥︎ Sand ♥︎ Water ♥︎ Ice

Comments:

I work with the notion that the energy that supported the creation of these assemblages in ice ~ Can be made palpable in these photographs.

In viewing these images you may be led to see another dimension to them, from your own reality.  If you have other layers of thought to add ~ Please do.

 

 

 

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The Centre of my Heart

Is the Centre of my heart:

A place where my life:

Can begin: 

Again and again and again? ~Ally.

Background for ‘The Centre of my Heart.’

The assemblage for ‘A Heart filled with Joy’ formed the background for this next stage of the ice piece: Where larger rocks, meeting the edges of the rock-pool are covered with miniature pink azaleas and double jonquils float like waterlilies upon the surface of the water.

The Heart Remembers its True Fragrance.

As the heart absorbs the beauty of the Jonquil you can become more of the being you truly are. The essence of the Jonquil can help to ground you and the fragrance reminds you that you are stepping into a ‘New You.’

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. ~Marianne Williamson.


The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. ~Marianne Williamson.


Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. ~Marianne Williamson.


The Centre of the Heart.

If the centre of my heart is where my life can begin afresh each day ~ And any moment of the day ~ Why do I forget to simply stop what I am doing every now and then, to simply feel the beating of my heart?

And how would my life change if I started to do this TODAY ~ At this very moment.

When I gently place my hand over my heart ~ What do I feel? What else do I come in touch with now?

Playing with assemblage.

How I ‘work’ ~ Rather ‘play’ with my art of assemblage: I pause, feel my heartbeat, listen to the sounds about me, feel the space around me ~ And then just softly gaze at what is there before me ~ What is it calling for?

I have a bountiful assembly of rocks and shells, sand and water, dried and fresh flowers on my table, window ledges and shelves. And I let myself be guided to select what is needed for the container of water, ice, sand or rocks, whatever it happens to be, before me.

Sometimes I have to work/play very quickly, particularly when ice is my media. But even then it only takes a second or so to feel the pulse of my heart once more ~ Calming any extraneous thoughts.

How can I be in touch with the centre of my heart? 

It’s a two way stream: And my wish is that it can always be one continuous cycle:

I connect with my heart, my breath, my being and connect with the beauty I am working/playing with.

I connect with the beauty of fragments of nature and the placement of them and reconnect to my heart.

To experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. ~Marianne Williamson.


Sharing my images at Tumblr.

The above image was featured on the Tumblr Radar: In effect making it visible to millions of Tumblr users and attracting over 6,000 notes.

After sharing my art and photography at Tumblr for a little over two years, establishing many non-verbal connections with some wonderful artists and photographers: Earth ♥︎ Sand ♥︎ Water ♥︎ Ice is now my avenue for a fuller expression of  my work.

Images can speak directly to the heart ~ Without justification. However the experience can be further enriched when the underlying meanings and associations of pictorial elements are understood.

This ‘understanding’ can be quite personal ~ As no two minds need to think alike.  Therefore the messages that come to you may be quite different to those I receive.

About my work:

Relatively small assemblages are built from flowers, weeds and plants combined with other natural materials that I find in the local bushland or surrounding urban streets.

During the creation of these pieces ~ The process is incredibly magical. Thoughts of anything else are silenced. I simply watch as the different elements greet, merge, compliment and/or contrast  with each other.

Hundreds  of photographs are taken at different stages of the arrangements. Then ideas/thoughts/words that come to me, as I look at the resulting images give form to a new expression ~ Short ‘poems.’

Most of my materials, like these shells and stones,  and the lichen covered branches and twigs are recyclable. After being photographed all the materials are gathered up and restored. The flowers are often floated in bowls of water, as simple house and garden decor.

Introduction at:  Welcome to Earth ♥︎ Sand ♥︎ Water ♥︎ Ice

Comments:

I work with the notion that the energy that supported the creation of these assemblages in ice ~ Can be made palpable in these photographs.

In viewing these images you may be led to see another dimension to them, from your own reality.  If you have other layers of thought to add ~ Please do.

 

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A Heart filled with Joy

Spring brings Joy to the Heart:

A fragrant balm to the Air:

Living on Land and Sea:

Dolphins and Whales:

Her middle name:

Is Joy. ~Ally.

Beginnings:

A rockpool with a ‘natural’ appearance with just a hint of it being heart shaped had already been formed by a scattering of small rocks, sculpted to leave the shape of a heart at the centre, then covered in water and frozen.

Some tiny spiraling shells were added to the surface of the ice with three flat aquamarine crystals placed at the centre.

Aquamarine:

Aquamarine has been called ‘The stone of sailors’ ~ Providing protection when upon the water. It’s also called ‘Water of the Sea’ because of its soft aqua colour.

Aquamarine is believed to support a greater peace and serenity within one’s being, along with the wisdom to see truth. Making it an excellent stone for uplifting your spirit and to use when meditating or simply gazing out to sea.

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. ~Marianne Williamson.


Symbolism of the Spiral:

These tiny spiraling shells are often included in my rock-pool images along with other shells.

There’s something about a spiral that we are intuitively drawn to: Which is not all that surprising considering that the spiral is one of the most ancient of all sacred symbols.

An archetypal symbol, that in ancient cultures and religious traditions represented the cosmos and the movement of creation, the spiral relates to the journey of life, from inner to outer or from worldly existence to the return of our spiritual essence.

Linked to the forces and cycles of nature and the seasons, the spiral is also associated with the energy of growth and evolution, femininity and intuition, fertility, the womb and birth.

Seeing the spiral, a symbol of change, progression, and development: Either in nature, as an inscription, or as part of an artwork, can assist us to accept change as a positive flow, even as it appears that our lives may become most uncomfortable in the transition.

My favourite of all the portrayals given to the spiral is that of being: The slow revealer of things that are hidden.

Jonquils:

Another layer of water, partially covering some of the shells and the aquamarine crystals was frozen. Three double jonquils were placed on the ice ~ One for each aquamarine ‘lily pad.’

Spring brings Joy to the Heart: A fragrant balm to the Air. ~Ally.


The Nature of  Imperfection:

Initially the tiny shells were arranged to emphasize the heart shape of the rock-pool ~ But perfection slide into random disarray as soon as the ice started to melt.

Larger rocks were placed on the ice, around the edges of the rockpool.

Living on Land and Sea: Dolphins and Whales. ~Ally.

Essence of  Jonquil:

Jonquils signal the arrival of Spring and in the northern hemisphere are considered to be the birth flower of people born in March. I guess that would also mean that Jonquil is the birth flower of people born in September in the southern hemisphere?

When life seems to become a little overwhelming ~ It’s a good time to let yourself be intoxicated by both Jonquil’s visual beauty and perfume. Feeling the joy this can bring.

And if you start to feel that this world is traveling way too fast for you and that life can never be quite the same again, the healing essence of Jonquil will allow you to accept this as ‘Just the way it is’ at this time ~ However its vibration will also help to ground you so that you can ‘Slow down and smell the Jonquils’ and then ‘Go with the flow’ to move more confidently into the ‘Unknown.’

More rocks were built up around the edges of the rockpool. The ice had started to melt. The spiral shells were becoming more visible.

Her middle name:  Is Joy.  ~Ally.


Ephemeral nature of my work:

One of the joys of working with water and ice as my media, is that most of my materials, like these shells and stones,  and the lichen covered branches and twigs (still to come) are recyclable.

After being photographed, the ice is allowed to melt and all the materials are gathered up and restored. The flowers are often floated in bowls of water, as simple house and garden decor.

About my work:

Relatively small assemblages are built from flowers, weeds and plants combined with other natural materials that I find in the local bushland or surrounding urban streets.

During the creation of these pieces ~ The process is incredibly magical. Thoughts of anything else are silenced. I simply watch as the different elements greet, merge, compliment and/or contrast  with each other.

Hundreds  of photographs are taken at different stages of the arrangements. Then ideas/thoughts/words that come to me, as I look at the resulting images give form to a new expression ~ Short ‘poems.’

Introduction at:  Welcome to Earth ♥︎ Sand ♥︎ Water ♥︎ Ice

Comments:

I work with the notion that the energy that supported the creation of these assemblages in ice ~ Can be made palpable in these photographs.

In viewing these images you may be led to see another dimension to them, from your own reality.  If you have other layers of thought to add ~ Please do.

 

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The Heart of Immortality

Softly gaze into the depth of my heart:

I am fragile ~ Yet I am SO strong:

Delve deeper into your heart:

I will be with you there. 

Forever. Forever. ~Ally.

Beginnings:

The rockpool had already been formed by a scattering of small rocks,  sculpted to leave the shape of a heart at the centre. The idea was to form a rockpool with a ‘natural’ appearance with just a hint of it being heart shaped.

Some tiny spiraling shells were added before water was trickled in,  completely covering the arrangement without disturbing the formation. Small rocks generally don’t move out of place, but the lighter shells tend to immediately start floating. Most of the time I let them settle naturally, but sometimes I’ll guide them back ~ Or along into their final resting place.

After the water was frozen, a few more smaller rocks were added to suggest a bank of rocks sloping away from the centre of the pool. Groupings of larger rocks were placed a little further out from the edge. A few more shells were added, nestling between rocks above the ice level.

The final touch was to add some pink blossoms to the centre of the rockpool ~ Suggesting the beauty of the inner blossoming of the heart.

Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable. ~Mahatma Gandhi.


Outer Heart:

Another heart was formed with pink blossoms. This time on the banks of the rockpool. Looks simple? Was actually quite tricky because of the different heights and spacings of the outer rocks.

Plum Blossom:

The appearance of Plum Blossom reminds us that Springtime is on her way after Winter’s bitterness ~ Signifying the strength and courage that grows through the endurance of hardship.

And a heart of Plum Blossom lifts our Spirit  ~ Trusting that life will continue to regenerate.

Where there is love there is life. ~Mahatma Gandhi.


Azalea:

A few bright pink azaleas were placed in the foreground. Adding beauty in vibrant colour and curling forms, transparency and fragility.

Like the blossom, the azalea is renowned for its delicate beauty. The flower is a symbol of femininity and womanhood, love and gentleness.

Azaleas corresponds to the Heart Chakra and suggests to us that we learn to live in moderation, practice temperance and taking care of ourselves and loved ones.

Pink:

The colour pink is attuned to the Heart Centre and whispers of love and femininity. Early awakenings of romantic love ~ A mother’s love filled with tenderness for those she cares for.

Let us work together for unity and love. ~Mahatma Gandhi.


About my work:

Relatively small assemblages are built from flowers, weeds and plants combined with other natural materials that I find in the local bushland or surrounding urban streets.

During the creation of these pieces ~ The process is incredibly magical. Thoughts of anything else are silenced. I simply watch as the different elements greet, merge, compliment and/or contrast  with each other.

Hundreds  of photographs are taken at different stages of the arrangements. Then ideas/thoughts/words that come to me, as I look at the resulting images give form to a new expression ~ Short ‘poems.’

Introduction at:  Welcome to Earth ♥︎ Sand ♥︎ Water ♥︎ Ice

Comments:

I work with the notion that the energy that supported the creation of these assemblages in ice ~ Can be made palpable in these photographs.

In viewing these images you may be led to see another dimension to them, from your own reality.  If you have other layers of thought to add ~ Please do.

 

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Welcome to Earth ♥︎ Sand ♥︎ Water ♥︎ Ice

My Background:

After working with many traditional art modalities: painting, drawing and printmaking, mixed media and photography, environmental sculpture and ephemeral art ~ My art making has now become far more attuned to working directly with nature.

Assemblages:

I work with relatively small assemblages, built up from branches, twigs and fronds, flowers and other plants, combined with other natural materials like pieces of bark and seed pods, that I find in the local bushland or surrounding urban streets. I liken these arrangements to ‘nests’ and ‘towers.’

Arrangements in Ice:

I also work with arrangements of these and other natural materials in earth, sand, water and ice. The creative process is similar ie start with one element, pause, and see what it needs. Just the tangible processes vary: Adapting to suit the medium.

Creative Process:

During the creation of my artscapes the process is all embracing and incredibly magical. Thoughts of anything else are silenced.

I fall in love with the individual pieces of nature, fresh or faded that I’m using and then how the different elements can greet, merge, compliment or contrast with each other.

I’ll describe some of the processes involved with the production and photography of individual works in my articles.

Photography:

Hundreds of photographs are taken at the different stages of any one artscape, that can’t possibly capture the actual beauty I see with my eyes or the feelings felt while adding and removing, arranging and rearranging components.

As selected photographs are given just a touch of Lightroom magic, I watch them give form to new expressions, that often can be enhanced by other ideas/thoughts/words that come to me, as I look at the image.

Poems:

Words based on the actual image and the symbolism of the elements that have been used are manipulated, as a collage of words, into short ‘poems.’ Words are also based on what has been or is happening in my day/week/month/year/life:  A quote I’m drawn to, a comment on a social network, a spoken word ~ Whatever I am sensitive to in my surroundings at the time.

Sometimes the resulting ‘poems’ show me aspects of a piece that I couldn’t see before. As do comments from other people ~ Who may see and add another layer from their own reality.

Comments are Welcome:

So if the beauty of a white chrysanthemum flower on a dried stick covered with lichen speaks to you ~ I’ll be most delighted to hear your thoughts.

 

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