College Promenade(Little Portugal) A City of Toronto Mural Aug 2013

Posted: August 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Murals | 6 Comments »

College Promenade. A mural project for the City of Toronto 2013 In this mural I was helped by Mel Azeveda, Steve Henderson, Elia Walton-Amar, Jamie, & Amber Walton – Amar. So grateful to them all for being there. even if just for an hour or so. Mike Sinopoli of the Portuguese BIA arranged for the grant . It was a 50 ft wall with so much tagging that the owner was very upset, as all landlords have to pay a heavy fine to clean up their walls,each time,. this put me in the middle of landlords & young nocturnal “taggers” (not to be confused with skilled Grafitti art) their feeling is that the” city walls are free space to share”( a romantic idea.) Previously taggers never defaced other art. But when I spoke with a “go between” I realized they were not aware of the fines the city placed on the landlords. In response to the tagging of a 6 year old mural,across the street,I superimposed giant roses on each tag, creating a 3 level image which I actually like better than the original. I hope that the kids see the gesture of “peace” in that universal symbol. So I claimed the right to the walls by top coating with a silicone rubber clear coat..that any paint will bubble off of. A solution to the constant tagging on private store fronts,alleys & garages. The content of the new mural is about the creation energies of the dark watery Feminine principal & the bright, crystallizing Masculine principal. ..I hope you will drop by to visit  one day at Ossington & College st. (west)…or you may visit “community murals” on this site to see the process & finished work.


 

A Wyldwood Red Tent Retreat to Remember June 2013

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | 4 Comments »

  Gratitude to Tania Tonanzin & her wonderful friends for enthusiastically engaging in a full weekend of exploring & learning together,about the mysteries of the Womb Chakra from the Inca Tradition & from the Indian tradition. This knowledge has been transcribed by Cindy Lindsay PHD who studied under the Qero Indians, seasonally  for 7 years, from The Qero carried this wisdom untouched, through the Spanish invasion,remaining undiscovered themselves, until the 1960’s. The teachings reveal forgotten mysteries of the Moon Blood & the Power of the Womb. They offer meditations to reclaim our soul connection& our divine connection to the creation of the universe itself. They offer womb cleansing procedures & methods of purifying the womb space & honouring it once more as the most holy & sacred place of all creations. Reminding us that this is our gift…to manifest beauty in the world, daily.

Cindy also taught us of the same Womb Chakra energy newly surfacing in India. This toonot the second chakra but a major energy  center of a different system than the later seven chakra system. It is located behind the womb & in front of the spine. Personally I intuit this powerful  chakra as encompassing all the other seven. We were excited to find that a visual image of the Womb, a Yantra, together with mantras, survived. Swami Kaleshwar dedicated his life to searching out the sages who carried & kept secret this wisdom, for 7ooo years. Which makes this  information come from pre Hindu times and so from the indigenous peoples of India before organized religion. The images & writings were drawn on palm leaves.

Feminine wisdom is surfacing all over the world. The incredible power of the Womb is resurfacing & holds the Creation Energies of everything Divine. Each woman has a direct link to the source of all.

I am happy to have been able to share this information with Tania’s group(Lunae Healing Arts) of 13 women. We are soon to compile a presentation of the weekend’s work to share and are excited to continue offering this  this as an annual workshop here at Wyldwood Sojurn’s Red Tent.


 

Reflections on Painting Murals in Schools

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Murals | No Comments »

better than the" Mona Lisa"

May 25,2013 Reflection on painting murals in the schools.

The kids are so hungry for hands on work. The toughest kids melt with a big brush in their hands. Especially when they are given permission to mark the school walls. They are most co-operative & concerned about making a mistake.Feel free I say, we can paint over it if you don’t like it. they are happy to start with underpainting.  They dont know what that is. They have no concept ofhow to build up a painting. They think the underpainting is the finished piece. Its a mess they say. She dosent know what shes doing they whisper. Then it slowly begins to “appear”. It lives, has dimension has power & presence. They are astounded. “I did that part” says one, proudly. Will they wash it off? no its permanent. wow! There is a buzz in the halls. Can I paint? There’s a line up now. “He just wants to get out of class “another tells me. They are helping me with my mural, so its more of mentor-ship situation. I show them some techniques, composition, how to siloette & simplify a form etc. most are awkward with a brush  & use the tip like a pencil & cant turn it or control it, but they soon take up the challange & try. So open & eager & friendly.I just love working with them. I am so fortunate. Together we escape the confines of a tiny rectangle of paper. We brain storm together & I paint for them ,making their favourite images or animals come to life. Working with such a big scale & with  such bold big colour impacts them. They cant avoid feeling it! Let them feel! Thats all.


 

The Green Man/Horned God

Posted: April 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | No Comments »

I have been learning from  the Inca, that the most powerful chakra in a woman’s body is the Womb Chakra (obvious when you think about it) and that the home of the Soul in the Womb.

The Feminine Soul is the connecting power between the Masculine Spirit and the Body (our temple) TheWomb’s attraction power is the only way that the material world can be imbued with sacredness…as I understand. The womb is the master of manifestation! The body & the material world is meant to be divinely imbued by this feminine soulful power. ( moon lodge work helps us to maintain this responsibility)

A man connects to his soul mostly through loving connection to women, or through devotional practices to Gaia/Dea (via navel gazing practice) 3000 yrs of patriarchy has disconnected men from their soulfulness. (feeling, emotion, karmic etc.) Marion Woodman suggests that men who are not in relationship to a Goddess (rather DEA) have no choice but to project their soul needs  on to a woman. A woman cannot(should not) carry this & her failure to, can cause a feeling of loss in men & is part of the reason for the global violence toward women.

From what I have gleaned over the years, the Green Man (or Horned God) comes from a time (pre patriarchy) when men had a healthier relationship towards women & the virtues of the feminine principal ,& held it as sacred. He was seen as a messenger of Nature in the Celtic world. Free from the pressures of the patriarch he grew in sensitivity & balance & was in service to the life source- Mother Nature. Briefly, he was also a symbol for  seasonal regeneration & change, so also a God of Death, hence his mistaken identity as a devil, in traditions that fear death.


 

Marysville Red Tent Spring Equinox 2013

Posted: April 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: | No Comments »

 

With the Equinox marking the time of perfect balance, between night & day…Masculine & Feminine, I thought I would share with you my musings on the virtues in both polar opposites. With these qualities more defined & clarified, we can discover our own inner balance/or not!

 

Feminine – will
F – descending energies
F – darkness
F – creation energies
F – inner world
F – Soul
F – diffused awareness
F – enduring strength
F – organic flow
F – receiving (meditation)
F – wholeness
F – past, present, future
F – feeling
Masculine – control
M – ascending energies
M – light
M – finishing energies
M – outer world
M – Spirit
M – focused awareness
M – power strength
M – fixed stable
M – sending (prayerful)
M – specialization
M – present
M – logic

 

 


 

The Red Tent: Lonsdale Chapter

Posted: March 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 

 The Red Tent

Lonsdale Chapter (Marysville, Ontario)

Also called the Dark Lodge or Moon Lodge…an ancient global practice

 Feminine Retreat Women's Murals | Red Tent Wyldwood Sojourn

See the; Red Tent Movement (founded in 2008 by Alisa Starkweather)

There are many such new moon gatherings for women; blossoming all over the world as we begin to re-member what has been dis-membered…to begin to see the world through the female lens!

Our little lodge (a Mongolian yurt) has been afloat since 2009. Coming & going in waves of between 3 & 10 women. I wish to share the studies I have pursued of newly surfaced wisdoms, of the inner feminine world. There is so much information coming to me that I have decided to begin to present this as a study group for women who are ready to delve deep.

Each leader of a Red Tent may take it in any direction they wish as long as it is not connected to any religion. It may simply be a woman’s’ circle to share & drum & relax.

There is one aspect that is universal. From the new moon to the full moon is the most potent time to gather in good energies. To call down the moon , as they say .Therefore the Moon Lodge is a place of creating joy & abundance. As women, we are masters of manifestation.

The Moon Lodge is the opposite to the Sweat Lodge and holds the necessary balance. The sweat lodge is for releasing issues & is held from the full moon to the new moon. The moon lodge is for gathering visions.

Lots more to share . Feel free to share with me!

Maureen  of Wyldwood Sojourn


Maureen Walton Murals 2005 & 2013 at Quinte Mohawk Tyendinaga

Posted: February 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Murals | No Comments »

Mural Painting and Drawings by Maureen Walton of Wyldwood Red Tent -  Femenine Soul WorkThis is to express my gratitude to all the students & teachers as well as to principal Kathleen Manderville, and more recently Vice-principal Joe Brant, for giving me the opportunity to interpret these inspiring teaching stories, visually, on your school walls. Stories that have been passed down through the ages.

It is so easy to “let it flow” when I have been made to feel so welcome! From the sketchy beginnings of the process to the final layering, I have enjoyed and learned from your questions, requests, ideas, feedback, guidance, curiosity and enthusiasm.  It was a great experience to work one to one with the kids teaching them scaling, stylizing, composition and blocking.

I am a natural storyteller (both visually & orally) and a draftswoman. My early education was spent immersing myself in the original cultures of the Melanesians, Indonesians, Australians and Inuit. As an artist I gravitated to the stories and tools of the Shaman of these cultures. I consider them my teachers. Thus my view of the world, came to be felt as a “child of the planet” and not of any nation. Therefore my interpretations are neutral. It was my intention as I worked, that these murals hold the most positive and pure message, no matter what verbal version is laid over them.

Seeing the beauty of a colour emerge, by finding its perfect complement, is pure alchemical magic. I was happy to share this with students, as well as other techniques, such as creating movement and vitality by using repeating spiraling strokes in large free gestures. In the final work, these details make the power of the story itself shine.

It has been a truly soulful experience and we are all enriched by these stories.

She: kon ;   Maureen


 

Peacemaker, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Mural

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