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Peresephone … the descent …

Peresephone  , Descending

Peresephone , Descending



Peresephone  , Descending Peresephone , Descending  

Pegasus , Pisces Full Moon

Almost ready to fly , Pegasus awaits the Full Harvest Moon to spread his new wings . His body is now strong and muscular , and poised for his maiden voyage . He has been over six weeks  in the making , layer upon layer of plaster and marble dust  , shaped and smoothed to make him worthy of flight .

_DSC7317Only the rarest and most special of horses have the gift of flight …Perhaps mine will find his magical baptism tonight , when the Moon is full, and touches the star at the right knee of Pegasus in the bright , starry skies . Perhaps then , the White Horse  Spirit will come . If I create him with as much of a heart as I can give him , perhaps then the spirit will enter him , and enable him to fly .

I will work all day to give him strong wings that have flow , so his wings will have rhythm when they fly .

Lovingly , I will shape the feathers that hold them to his body . The last details are waiting . His body is still drying from yesterday’s work . The Cup of Love is in the sky above us now .


I must make his heart like that Cup … able to uplift the pure of heart to Heaven … shaping  those wings so my Pegasus can transport   one’s eyes and heart to Heaven .

Filling my Pegasus with prayers of peace to our beautiful and pained  world , I will lay on those final coats of marble dust and love , and sign him with a white , flaming heart . Tonight . When Venus and Saturn touch in the sky , and the  Full Moon shines out her love , in Pisces , lighting up the Heavens , reflecting the beauty of the Great Goddess , the Celestial Queen ,  in Virgo  . Lighting up the fixed star in the constellation of Pegasus .

Signed , sealed , delivered …


Radiant layers of color kept asking to be added to the painting after it rested for ten days and ten nights . The stars changed , and new energy came to the painting as if it had been waiting for its’ right time for completion . I had worked on this piece in a modern style , but used many old master’s techniques and materials …  I cooked my own gesso , and added marble dust to the bas relief mixture .  I used oils and tempera and  natural pwdered pigments . At the end , I used  gold leaf . The secret to painting is both seeing and listening . Being able to hear the subtle currents of energy as well as see them . Art is felt . A composition in color rather than sound … Rest is as important as action sometimes .


After two months , Sky dancer  was finally completed and delivered to the client on July 5th . The Cancerian love flow was there . I had waited for the grand trine to finish the painting and it was sealed into the painting now , and a cycle felt completed  .Commisioned  with the thought of her  late husband , the  painting has had a very strong energy and presence from the beginning . I added a line of poetry , ” And the sun sparkles its’ rain down upon me , ”  written by  my client , who was a poet , on the side . Now  completed , with many planets in Cancer and  a grand trine in water signs  it was ready . I  begun the  painting  with Venus in in Gemini  , completed with Venus in Leo , like the two  lovers . The midpoint of the couple , a Gemini and a Leo  is Cancer  , and  the painting  seems to shine with the  combined energy of the three astrological signs .

_DSC1934The painting started to burn with more fire , and more light the more I worked on it now . The gold was what it had been waiting for and missing- the fire . Now it just blazed with beauty –  shining  with the  combined layers of two months of painting . It began to glow , and i I kept applying the leaf . as  it kept asking for more . Every detail started to shine  , the oils glowing with translucence

When she arrived  to my studio , and I led her in o see her completed work , I watched  the pupils of my clients”s eyes expand. They became enormous  mirrors  of the painting , shining with a flash of inner light and reflecting  back all the  glorious layers of color  at that moment . Wide with a flash of  love . Her pleasure was electric and tangible .  .. It was the moment an artist or sculptor lives for … _DSC1952

Sky Dancer … revelation

_DSC9561Sky DAncer

_DSC9622Day 1

Slowly, I lay the paint on; layer by layer. The painting accepts me; I have laid the ground lovingly. First a coat of glue on  the birch wood panels tinged with powdered tempera to give it a glow of color from within… Then the ancient recipe for gesso, cooked  until it is viscous and ready . I apply it  with a gentle mantra preparing the marble dust and chalk mixture, readying it to receive the painting I will create .

I apply layers of underpainting. Translucent glazes of lilac and copper. I paint intensely, the colour simply flows as if from my hands onto the canvas. I smooth it on with my palms , frustrated with brushes. My hands start to hurt, I sit back at last to look … The painting reveals itself.  I see it… A figure  is in the paint waiting to come out. Flying upwards as if rising. Full of lightness, it is a male figure suspended in a light filled world over a swirling sea.

I sculpt the wings that I see shaping themselves slowly as I go in a low bas relief, building what i see as a Wing in flight. There is an amazing flow… the  figure soars and I can not stop. The colour  flows and is alive with light, shining , almost too bright to behold …


Day 2

The piece is becoming powerful, magical, and  majestic. It is large, painted on two panels , 3 feet square . So it stands 3 feet by 6 feet tall – passionate rising and full of spirit .

I will soften the colors so the spirit does not burn with such intensity .

 His Wings do not catch fire
but they are wild and  full of beauty now .
Earth tones with flames , and a swirling sea and tide below ,
rising into flames and mists
full of mystery in shades so subtle they barely have names .
Overlays  of copper and gold.
The sun is misty yet aglow with fire., and the angel flies above the sun . 
The piece is taking shape. I have toned down the blazing colour. It has an  energy all  its  own  and almost  paints itself. It uses my hand to  come into being. I am an instrument and cannot stop painting . Am obsessed, and work from sunrise to darkness every day . Now it has created itself to what it wanted to be . A male figure clothed in veils of swirling energy and light . Rising above  waves of colour, poised in worlds of memory over the  oceans of time, passion and  peace all reflected in the golden rain  drops showering down from Heaven all around him  like an eternal benediction .

The light plays with the bas relief differently and the colours keep changing  from cold to warm with the time of day. . . The brilliance of  colour changes with the reflections and angles of light .


The asteroid Vanadis cried tears of red gold for her missing husband … She was prominent during the eclipse  when this  piece was conceived, and the painting is dazzling, as if detailed with golden tears, birthed between two eclipses, between Taurus and Gemini, in honour of a Leo whose wife is a poet. It is a story of love; about a man and a woman, about love, courage and devotion .

Her writing is beautiful.  I will add a line of her writing to finish the piece and more golden rain from Heaven .

There are 3 planets smiling in Gemini … the great  benifiics … the Sun, Venus  and Jupiter combining to rain down their blessings  upon those who hold up their arms and aprons to receive them, blessing  all that we bring into being through our actions and our dreaming.

Sky Dancer