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January 30, 2019

chamuel final no borderHello!  I wanted to share this latest collage with you.  It symbolizes a seraphim, which is the highest order of angels who reside closest to God. They praise Him passionately and unceasingly. I named this image “Chamuel” in honor of the Archangel that was introduced to me in a meditation class last Sunday.  Chamuel brings peace, love, forgiveness, compassion, faith, and trust. His color is pink.

I found this description on the internet:

Kabbalah says that the famous archangel Chamuel leads the seraphim. The Torah records a vision that the prophet Isaiah had of seraphim angels near God in heaven: “Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’” (Isaiah 6:2-3).

There are lots of images of seraphim on the internet, and  this is my own adaptation of their beautiful light.

Have a great day, and stay warm!

 

January 22, 2019

The Conversation

At long last, the piece I have been working on for months has come together!  I am creating a new structure with this composition.  The two “voices” are in different time signatures.  The first is 6/8 time and the second is 4/4 time.  It is harmonious to me, but may not suit your ear! In any event, the motive behind this piece was to juxtapose two musical themes, each with its own personality, and create a conversation between them.  Are the themes in opposition, in harmony?  Regardless, the 4/4 voice has the last word…

Smiley Face

Would love to hear your feedback!

Jill

January 15, 2019

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  Happy New Year!  The holidays were busy, and then there was the protracted cold that didn’t want to go away….so, I haven’t done much art the past few months.  I have a new collage in progress.  The pieces were cut out months ago.  It is waiting [patiently?] to be glued together.  Maybe I’ll finish it in the next few weeks…  But first, I want to complete the latest song I’ve been working on for the past few months.  The ideas have emerged so slowly, but now there is momentum to bring them together and I’m basically just waiting for a proper ending to present itself!  As soon as it’s done, I’ll post here and on my piano page.

I made a few small collages (12″ x 12″) for Christmas presents.  They are reinterpretations of two earlier collages I did:  The Flower of Life and The Seal of Melchizedek.  I attach here for your viewing pleasure.  Will also post them on my Gallery page.

flower of life redux
Flower of Life
melchizedek redux
Seal of Melchizedek

That’s my update since the last post.  Hopefully, with the holidays over I’ll become a bit more prolific and be a more regular blogger!

Best wishes to all in 2019!
Jill.

 

 

October 4, 2018

The Quest

A new song hot off the presses!  As always, I cringe a little at the imperfections in my playing, but hopefully these baubles won’t be too recognizable to others!  This piece is a bit more complex than previous compositions.  The fingering is more challenging, as well.  So, I feel it is an accomplishment in that regard.  I do regret, somewhat, the “tinniness” of the electronic piano sound, but the trade-off is the ability to record.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

September 22, 2018

Hello All!

I wanted to let you know, in case you are local and want something fun to do, I will be participating again in the Autumn Goddess Retreat Festival in Valley Forge this Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  It will be at the Freedoms Foundation on Valley Forge Road, very close to the park.  My table will be inside the main building this year, which will be nice if the weather decides to be inclement. It was SO windy and cold last year! Admission is $5.00.  For details on activities, vendors, etc., here is the web site: Festival.

I will have holiday cards for sale. [details on these designs in June 6, 2018 Blog]:

A boxed set of 8 cards with envelopes (2 cards of each design in the same color palette) will be $20.00.  I’ll also have note cards available from last year at a reduced price:  2 for $5.00/5 for $10.00/or box of all 8 designs for $15.  In addition, I made some coasters using my mandala designs.  They will be available for $5.00 each or a set of 4 for $15.00.

Hope to see you there!

By the way – in the coming weeks I will update my “shop” page so that the holiday cards will be available for purchase online, as well. Stay tuned!

September 4, 2018

The Seal of MelchizedekMelchizedek symbol

Melchizedek (pronounced “mel-KIZ-a-deck”) is mentioned in 3 places in the Bible:  Genesis 14, Psalm 110, and Hebrews 7 (a period of time ranging from approximately 2000 BC to 60 AD). He is considered the King of Righteousness, the Prince of Peace, a priest of the most high God forever. Hebrews 7 states: Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.”

Some scholars interpret this to mean Melchizedek was not a human priest, but Christ consciousness Itself, God’s eternal essence, predating and post-dating the incarnation of Jesus.  It is also posited by some that Jesus was Melchizedek (or vice versa)!

I find this mystery fascinating and really love the symbol.  It is simple, but elegant and profound in its simplicity. The center circle represents God, and the interlocking squares create an 8-pointed star, a pattern that can repeat without end.  As the squares repeat, I feel like they create a tunnel that leads one’s eye directly and swiftly to the center – no detours! The 8 points are the numerological symbol of infinity.  This image appears in a variety of forms in the iconography of all three monotheistic religions.

Here is my version of the symbol.  It is 20″ x 20″ – in my favorite medium: collage.

Hope you enjoy!Melchizedek cropped

August 25, 2018

The attached collages were inspired by two classic sacred geometric symbols:

Metatron/Metatron’s Cube:metatron symbol 1

The Flower of Life:
flower of life symbol

What I enjoy so much about Metatron, in addition to its symmetry, harmony, and balance, is its ability to exude a commanding presence of strength and power alongside a gentle peace and soothing calm. When I look at this symbol, I am able to believe that all is completely right with the world!

The Flower of Life is considered a creation circle and the foundation for a variety of sacred geometrical shapes and patterns.  The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter. (This mini cluster of circles is called the “Seed of Life”).  The symbol is made up of 19 complete circles and 36 partial circular arcs, enclosed by a large circle.

It was harder to recreate this image than I expected!  To keep all the circles within circles symmetrical was a challenge, for sure.  My first attempt failed, but I was happy with the outcome of this one.

From tokenrock.com: “Metatron depicts the five platonic solids which may be derived from the Flower of Life. The five platonic solids are geometrical forms which are said to act as a template from which all life springs, according to spiritual belief. The Platonic solids are five structures that are crucial because they are the building blocks of organic life. These five structures are found in minerals, animated and organic life forms, sound, music, language, etc. Metatron’s cube is also considered a holy glyph, used to ward off evil spirits. The Kabbalah’s Tree of life is also thought to be derived from the flower of life.”

metatron symbol

 

The size of these pieces is 20″ x 20″.  Unfortunately, they are too large to scan (for a perfect image), so I apologize for the slightly distorted photographs!