Monday, July 27, 2009
Little Altars Everywhere
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." Dalai Lama
Finally! My Internet has been down all day, and I wanted to get this posted first thing this morning for Mixed Media Monday's Charming Junk challenge. I was so inspired by this prompt last week that I haunted the flea markets nearby to find plenty of charming junk for this shrine. Then, I noticed that the new challenge at The Three Muses is about people who have inspired you, and Crazy Amigos has a free theme this week, so I was glad this post was a little delayed because my little altar will work for all three. Frankly, I cannot begin to articulate my own religious beliefs, but, as we say here in the South, I am a "praying woman." Although, as an adult, my spiritual beliefs have become somewhat more eclectic, as I've studied from the Buddhist and Hindu readings, I grew up going to Sunday school every week of my lfe and took muy own children, in turn. I do devoutly believe that one can never go wrong following the gentle, unselfish, humanitarian teachings of Jesus. This "Jesus is Just Alright With Me" shrine is about 7" X 13," and the base is an upside down wall bracket, which, along with the tin heart nut dish and cross, came from the aforementioned flea markets; the portrait came from a piece of packing tape, and the rose I hand-sculpted and painted last night. The red box is very special to me, as it was given to me by my dear friend Abby. Neither the box nor the rose is affixed to the shrine because I plan to change these pieces out seasonally, especially on Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, when I will decorate my little altar to honor someone beloved who has passed away. Below you can see more of the happy mess I made in the Art Attic today.
Lately I just don't seem to want to be anywhere but here. School starts in a week and a half, and I want to make the most of my time in my sweet little room at the top of the house.
Here I'm surrounded by color and books and shelves and shelves of treasures. I can escape up to my Attic to paint all day in my nightie or just sit and dream to my heart's delight.