Perfume of the Sage Wands

Sketch of “Sage and Moth”, a new painting started yesterday. Isfjorden. 2018.

Sketch of “Sage and Moth”, a new painting started yesterday. Isfjorden. 2018.

You cannot have a fire without oxygen. In my experience of making art, something always lends to something. In light of this, I’m going to share with you a little clue into my holistic artwork, in which, I am part of a conscious, circular creative process, where plants, animals and my changing environments all participate.

It’s not always the plants alone that call me to the work. But when they do, I never know what to expect. This time, Salvia officinalis, commonly known as Sage, has nudged me to remember its calmness, which was much needed after an overwhelming end of summer. The point of my craft is to always open the mind, release self-doubt, and channel with honesty of heart, mind, body and spirit, in order to allow the truth to be revealed- within some amount of balanced integrity- for the wisdom to come through.

The Medicine of Sage Smudge WandS

Lately, more and more people are becoming familiar with Sage. In the past I’ve smudged her essential smoke in the form of a wand, a quiet and holistic practise, especially if you knew how to make one yourself. Its fragrant memory still lingers well in my veins. One can appreciate a lesson from the Sages here: how long a memory can last if it was gentle, creative and opulent at the same time. I’ve hinted in my blog before that plants are my allies and this is just one of the ways in which they step up to support me. This time, Sage is nudging at me to remember…

It would make me terribly unhappy if something made me put off the burning urge that a plant creates in my belly. I must create when the call surges. I was already doing Root Chakra Meditations the night before the memory of Sage began breathing life through me onto my new canvas, and this can spark a small flame, enough to cause a fire if not attended.

Here’s an example of what typically happens when I work:

Artificial light

Artificial light

Natural light

Natural light

The entire house gets a reorganising treatment, complete with setting of lights, snacks, music…and let’s never forget, skincare. This is all part of a flexible repertoire, to create context for the piece. Next, I consider the canvas where life begins to grow, as actually part of the wall, which is part of the room, which is part of the house and the neighbourhood, and so on…. I breath it all in. The most important aspect of my meditative exercise is to allow the message to come through and to manifest my desires holistically, mindful of the big dream that is to include the whole family I am connected to. I have to adapt a tiny bit every day to everything else.

Dreaming with a holistic attitude

One of the things that lend inspiration to my art is the windows in Isfjorden. They always hold some stunning perspective of the drastic seasons, even if they themselves are rusty and old. Outside these windows is majestic Nature, the light of which I don’t even try to reproduce. The sun dramatically paints the clouds, bringing forth a landscape for a poet. Its not so much the image on a wall inside a house that lets me experience the soul of the land. It’s actually the whole message that I am just a part of it all. In that perspective, it becomes possible to fill the day with achievable simple joys, like subtle strokes on my canvas, a balanced diet, and headspace for my family’s needs. I try not to let any one thing absorb my attention completely. And in this wholesome way, the artwork is a healing craft.

So, coming back to Sage, an uplifting plant, perfect for a creative personality. Truly one can work with it in more than ten ways! Just remember, that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. It is indeed, in everything, just waiting to be noticed and appreciated. Sage can help raise our chins to remember this beauty when we are down, and even help us create art.

This year, a sensual winter awaits. My husband has pulled down the curtain on our summer garden bed and brought most of our chillies and tomatoes to join the other babies indoors. I look forward to my favourite tree allies, Spruce, and also hope to find the perfect winter plants to grow inside the house. Now, time to practise yoga and I pray you find your spell :)

Sage & Moth, progress, before the flight to London.

Sage & Moth, progress, before the flight to London.

Now I bid your leave again, with this painting in progress that I will come back to after my trip to London in three weeks. Take care of yourself and don’t let anyone steal your self-healing power! Namaste.