Excerpt from “Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss” By Stephanie Rose Bird

Book excerpt on Pantheon.com through Life Force Arts Center. This shares information about the inspiration and backstory to “Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss.” This is an intro to the workshop derived from the book, which occurs this Saturday at Life Force Arts Center, in Chicago.

Pantheon: a journal of spiritual art

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Note: [Join Stephanie Rose Bird on June 3, 2017 for her workshop Cerridwen’s Pig at Life Force Arts Center.] I am what many people would call an Earth Mama.  As an avid butterfly and wildflower gardener, herbalist, natural product designer, landscape painter, botanical arts instructor, companion to four animals, wife and mother of four children, I amply fit the profile.

Bringing my children into the world, nursing them and watching them grow are the pride and joy of my life.    The problem is, I have been growing and expanding exponentially with each child, averaging a 60-pound weight gain per child.  As a young woman, I found it relatively painless to lose the 180 pounds gained with the first three children, but my late in life baby was an altogether different story.

If you thought it was impossible for any woman to wear a few more hats, think…

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Memorial Day at Deer Lake

Having visited Deer Lake, Wisconsin, near the border of Minnesota, several times, I’m feeling as though I’m starting to understand the way land and water come together. Here are a few of the mixed media paintings and a drawing I did there, over the past week:

Sharing some News!

My sixth book, Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss was released earlier this week. It is wonderful to have the book finally out from my computer, and out into the world. This book helps those on the weight loss journey stay relaxed, calm and in control as they take on the changes they desire.

The book further helps readers engage with the Earth Mama, also known as Mother Nature, in numerous ways, for assistance while they slim down. In its pages you will find recipes and formulas that incorporate herbs, flower waters, flower essences, essential oils, spiritual baths, altars, ceremonies and rituals, to help along the way. There is also journaling space at the end of each section, for personal reflection on your progress and thoughts.

Though a slim book, it contains a rich stash of information that encompasses Earth-based Spirituality, Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, Earth Wisdom, Meditations, Affirmations, Invocations and sustained spiritual practice.

The book was a challenge and a pleasure to write. It went through growing pains, challenges and struggles along the way to its becoming, as have I. Part memoir and part nonfiction spiritual guide, it is a book rich with information, written in the nonjudgemental spirit of openness and sharing of a healer.

 

New Spring-Inspired Abstracts

This is a sampling of my newest work, inspired by spring, the Cubists, and Looney Tune cartoons. From left to right “Crazy Kitty,” “Largess” bottom image is titled “Imagine.” The top image is called “Hum” and is acrylic on linen. Other images are mixed media on paper.

Spring Cleaning

Since our weather is incredibly mild for February, I’ve gotten spring on the mind. I’m cleaning my studio today, thoroughly. Getting it ready for a fresh new body of work, starting tomorrow. I’m thinking it’s time to give the flowers and still life a rest. Time for something new:

Conceptual Art using Portraiture. A series potentially called Specimens of a Negro.

 

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Will be back to share, as the process develops.

Tight Clams

I enjoy the fertile area between abstraction and representation. These two clams, done in chalk pastel, nestle comfortably in that region. They both explore mark-making and through composition you can get lost in the drawing process.

These were done from life, using live clams. Working from life and living creatures is something I truly enjoy. I spent a lot of time exploring the subtle, sandy colors of the shells, at the same time, not letting them get mired in monotony. Touches of red and green helped give a subtle pop.

The client has indicated they like these images. Only time will tell, the final decision.

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Shell Studies

This is the start of a new still life series, featuring oysters, clams and abalone. It began as sketches for a potential commission for a seafood restaurant. Many of these are finalists in the selection, but there is a great deal of competition. Fingers crossed it will go through and my work will be selected. If so, I will be painting some of these on a very large-scale to face off to the street, through a window.

Several of these are done on painted paper, that was relatively difficult to use, as it had no texture to grab onto the pastels. The others done using a textured watercolor paper, with an array of pastel colors.

Back to the studio today to do more. Will share again, as things develop.