Today I thought I would share with you pictures of some of my treasured spiritual items that I have been collecting over the years.
One of my favorite Pagan artists is a woman from the Midwest named Karen, who works with a clay compound to create some interesting “objets d’art.” I first met Karen several years ago at the Gaia Goddess Gathering, an annual women-only festival that occurs at Camp Gaia outside of Kansas City. It was there that I bought my first artistic piece from her, and since then I have added on to the collection with purchases at additional Gatherings, as well as at the Kansas City Holly Holly Hollydays sale – held the first weekend in December to spotlight local craftswomen and female artists.
Karen works with a special modeling clay, which she sculpts into figures of the Goddess in Her many aspects. Some of these pieces stand alone, others are sculpted onto objects such as picture frames, shells, pieces of wood, or bone. Some are left natural, while others are painted. Karen embellishes this artwork with shells, beads, yarn, feathers, and other items to bring out their beauty and add another dimension to the design.
As you can probably guess from my spiritual name, I have a love for anything connected to the ocean, such as shells, dolphins, and mermaids. Karen makes a lot of art that does relate to the ocean, and I have several pieces of such. Here you can see a picture of two sea goddesses:
In the following picture, Karen has created a mermaid figure that is sculpted onto a real seashell, creating an interesting piece that combines the natural beauty of the sea with her own artistic skill:
Finally, this is one of my favorite pieces, which hangs on the wall in my Spirit Room (which is actually an enclosed sun room). It’s sort of a wind chime kind of thing, although I would never try to hang it up outside or anything of that sort…it’s always hung up on the wall inside the house. The goddess figure is actually sculpted into a piece of driftwood, and has a small shell imbedded in her back. She’s lightly painted with gold metallic paint and decorated with yarn hair. The chimes themselves are large scallop shells. I wish I had a better camera, as these pictures just don’t do it justice…
I love these items for several reasons…
First of all, they were created by a friend, and they demonstrate her wonderful artistic skills. I enjoy them because they resonate with her energy, and her love. They reflect my own love for the sea, and they honor my connection with the Divine Feminine – the source of all life.