TREES, ART AND THE ART OF LISTENING

BY LORI BAILEY CUNNINGHAM My friend, Pamela Turczyn talks with trees. And they talk back. Yes, they do! I knew her art was extraordinary, which is why I invited her to allow me to include her work in my book, Mandala: Patterns of the Universe. But there is far more to this gifted woman than … Continue reading

EXHIBITION REVIEW: Out of the Ethers

MADELAINE SHELLABY Yes! You can experience healing when you stand in front of a work of art. Stand in front of one of the paintings by P.C.Turczyn on exhibit recently at the New York Open Center. Look into her botanical mandalas and become aware of a renewed sense of balance and harmony. Colorful, active, radiant, … Continue reading

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

Occasionally, I am asked how long it takes me to do a painting and, usually, there is a long pause as I grapple with how to answer. When exactly does the process start? When paint touches paper? This photo essay will reveal just how integrated the life/art process can be. The genesis for my mandala … Continue reading

THE MYSTERY SCHOOL OF ART, PART 1: Heart Chakra Mandalas

Each summer since 2006, I spend one week as Artist-in-Residence at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. “More than simply a place, Omega is a global community that awakens the best in the human spirit and cultivates the extraordinary potential that exists in us all.” The primary role of the Artist-in-Residence is … Continue reading

HAPPY LAMMAS 2012

A cross-quarter holiday, Lammas marks the halfway point between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox and celebrates the harvesting of first fruits.  I am celebrating by publishing this thought provoking article by Lisa Miles Jackson, R.N., CYT, CHHC, who presented my “Infinite Surrender” mandala at a recent retreat along with its accompanying guided meditation.  A survey … Continue reading

PASSION, POWER & PURPOSE: SUMMER SOLSTICE 2012

At this time of year, nature is at its peak of creativity and abundance.  On my walks over the past few days, I have encountered a deer with two fawns, a black bear, wild turkeys, talking crows, a Great Blue Heron and dozens of species of wildflowers in brilliant hues.  The trees are more awake … Continue reading

VENUS TRANSIT OF THE SUN

Here on Planet Earth, we will be experiencing a very rare astrological event on June 5th, 2012: a Venus transit of the Sun.  With eye-protective gear, one would be able to see Venus as a small, black dot crossing the disc of the Sun, much like an eclipse.  An archetype of the Divine Feminine, Venus … Continue reading