Friendship and the Mysteries.

Bright yellow.

My heart feels joyful.
Citrine, amethyst, rose quartz.
Rocks from Sedona. Given by a friend.
Optimism and clarity. Protection and wisdom.
Love and compassion. Friendship and the mysteries.
~Ally.

I often use bits and pieces that I gather from the local bushland in my assemblages and flatlays. Some of which are not considered to be typically ‘beautiful’ but it’s all in the ‘seeing.’

It took me a long time to understand that we all see what we think is the same thing, person, object or situation quite differently: In a way that’s unique to our being, background and environment.

How do we find ways to express what is unique in our seeing and understanding ~And also be able to extend our thinking and perception to encompass that of others, to find coherence.

‘Friendship and the Mysteries.’

Employing much the same methods as my assemblages with natural materials and water/ice. Now using only a simple piece of coloured paper for the background and a crystal obélisque.

A few years ago, I made a sculpture with 4 pillars that were all three-sided. It was installed high on a cliff overlooking the ocean at Bondi, South of Sydney.

From that work came the idea of making pillars that were four-sided and instead of being vertical, would gently narrow with their height. It was only later that I realized the shape of ‘my idea’ was actually that of an obélisque.

It’s been at the back of my mind for some time now, to make obélisques in a similar way to the original 4 pillars. So including this little crystal obélisque in my arrangements has been quite a significant beginning again for me .

Materials: Crystal obélisque, citrine, amethyst, rose quartz and Sedona rock pieces. With seeds, dried hydrangeas and rose petals on yellow paper.


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Stage 1.

There is nearly always some sort of structure in the background of my ephemeral art, that becomes hidden or merges with added layers.

The small yellow crystals seen here were quite hidden by the final stage. I tend towards liking the simplicity of these early stages.

Materials: Crystal obélisque surrounded by 6 pieces of citrine with 6 seeds on yellow paper.


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Stage 2.

Addition of four larger crystals and Sedona rocks that a friend had given me.

Materials: Crystal obélisque surrounded by 6 pieces of citrine and 6 seeds on yellow paper. With citrine, amethyst, rose quartz and Sedona rock pieces placed in the corners.


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Stage 3.

Much of my work is about building up layers, so that the background is only partially or no longer visible.

A loosly structured circle of dried hydrangea petals. Carefully placed

Materials: Crystal obélisque surrounded by 6 pieces of citrine and 6 seeds on yellow paper. With citrine, amethyst, rose quartz, Sedona rock pieces in the corners and dried hydrangeas randomly placed.


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Stage 4: Final Stage of ‘Friendship and the Mysteries.’

A sprinkling of some dried rose petal gave an ‘enchanted randomness.’

My arrangements generally start to become overdone towards the end. I do like to push them till they begin to fall apart. However  at this stage I already knew it was time and no more was needed.

Materials: Crystal obélisque, citrine, amethyst, rose quartz and Sedona rock pieces. With seeds, dried hydrangeas and rose petals on yellow paper.


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About my work.

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

If you have any questions about this work or would like to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.

This article was originally posted at my Steemit website and titled: Friendship and the Mysteries.

All photographs: ©Alison Lee Cousland.

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Tangerine Roses.

With a heart radiating compassion and warmth.
Embracing the tangerine of this earthly life.
Basking in the sunshine of friendships.
Creative in everything you do.
Ever direct and honest.
A dancer BE.
~Ally.

Sometimes before beginning a new work, I will hold an impression of a person in my mind, feel my connection with them and dedicate the work to them.

I gather about me any natural elements: Usually flowers, berries, leaves and seeds of the prevailing season, as well as other stones, gems, crystals or ornaments that in some way relate to my feelings for this person.

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Someone fills the cup in front of us. We taste only sacredness. ~Rumi.
Photograph: ©Alison Lee Cousland.

Tangerine Roses.

This piece was created with a particular friend in mind, an earth sign. So already I was thinking: Earthy tones of soft tangerine and creamy off-whites with muted forest greens: Small pure white stones, slightly larger white crystal stones with larger river rocks.

Orange is such a beautiful warm and stimulating colour. A combination of red and yellow, it has the vital energy of red with the sunniness of yellow. An excellent colour for creativity, enticing us to find the time, space and freedom to explore our inner world.

My friend who has an excellent eye for beauty had given me the intricately carved pot as a birthday present and it seemed only ‘natural’ that it be the starting point and central feature of the work.

About my work.

Relatively small assemblages or arrangements 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.

Sometimes hundreds of photographs are taken at the different stages of any arrangement. Sometimes a song or quote or other ideas/thoughts/words come to me, as I look at the resulting images. Giving form to new expressions ~ Short ‘poems’ to accompany the images.

I really enjoy receiving comments and questions about my work. Especially from people who may see and add another dimension from their own reality. So if you have another layer to add ~ Please do.

This article was originally posted at my Steemit website and titled: Tuesday Orange.

All photographs: ©Alison Lee Cousland.