Category Archives: Rumi

Black & White

feeling a surge of creativity around the full moon this month I am joining in with  Moo Mania and More BLACK & WHITE and Mix it Monthly MIXED MEDIA FLOWERS challenges…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love is the soul's Light Rumi

the lovely girl with flowers in her hair is a favorite image that I’ve had for a long time from a magazine and the black bird, butterfly wings and roses at the bottom are from a collage sheet that Misty Mawn shared in one of her on line workshops…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Rumi Quote

lots of layers of gesso, black Stabilo pencil and white Signo gel pen along with a little honey comb stamping around the edges (I really wanted to give her rosy cheeks!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love is the soul's Light Rumi (1)

“Love is the soul’s Light” – Rumi

a bird’s-eye view…

a page created in one of my gesso art journals for this month’s Art Journal Journey “Living Beings” challenge began with the image of the lady reading…

Magpie's Nest Fly (1)

I have had a package of metal Martha Stewart bird stickers for some time now and finally found a spot to use one (the things I buy with a coupon sometimes hah!)…

Magpie's Nest Fly

birds in the garden are wonderful living beings and are always a big source of enjoyment to me (some of the supplies I  used: gesso… walnut ink… paints… postage stamp on Buckram background… metal bird sticker… rubber stamps)…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Art Journal

“I want to sing like the birds sing not worrying about who hears or what they think.” – Rumi

Protect the soul of the universe…

each of us  in our day to day lives have the power to make a difference to help protect our fragile world even though some days it may feel very small…

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe (2)

thinking about the plight of the honeybee all around the globe inspired two more art journal pages in my gesso journal for this month’s AJJ “living beings” challenge

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe (1)

(gesso… star tissue paper… peeled map napkin… paint… computer generated words… bee and rubber stamp images)

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe

“The soul of the soul of the universe is love.” -Rumi

a guest house…

this piece was actually my first for this month’s Art Journal Journey ‘House’ theme but I held it back (I shared my ‘house of dreams’ here)…

this being human is a guest house (2)

it took me out of my comfort zone a bit sketching and painting after watching some Mindy Lacefield videos…

this being human is a guest house (1)

 I played like I was a kid again and when my open eyed girl wouldn’t cooperate I let her close her eyes for a rest…

this being human is a guest house

I was most excited to find this perfect poem when looking for some words to balance my journal page…

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.      ~Rumi

Loose journal pages with Heart Cover

the Rumi quote is so beautiful it inspired me to create a spread (two pages) in one of my altered Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedias (I have several art journals underway)…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (1)

collage has always been near and dear to my heart…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (2)

playing with images and bits of paper…scissors and glue with touches of paint and plaster too…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (3)

as a finishing touch for my pages I added some vines from my flower press

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages

the vines are actually naughty weeds that are having way too much fun frolicking in our garden          ~♥~

Full Circle Art Journaling…

really enjoying Misty Mawn’s fresh and carefree take on art journaling using rescued books for the journal (which I have enjoyed in the past…but her approach is a bit new to me and very freeing!)…

Lady from Middle Earth Pasta Jar

working quickly is one of our goals…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (1)

I find the collage part easy to do without too much thinking but when I try sketching that still gives me pause…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (2)

lots of pages ready and waiting for me to practice practice practice to get braver with my sketching…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (3)

♥ I cannot say enough about the great group of artists/students in the FULL CIRCLE Workshop who are so very inspiring and supportive ♥

wherever you stand…

a couple more pages for both the Art Journal Journey (Challenge Yourself)  and Dawn’s Journal Journey’s (Birds) challenges this month…

Rumi Soul pages

I have wanted to try my hand at using water soluble oil pastels and gesso for some time now…

Rumi Soul pages (1)

first scribbling on my encyclopedia pages…

Rumi Soul pages (2)

then blending with the white gesso and adding a paper doily from a tea tray enjoyed with a special friend recently…

Rumi Soul pages (3)

I made a copy of a face from a magazine and various cut out flowers from catalogs along with a birds nest for ‘hair’…

Rumi Soul Pages Completethe bluebird of happiness…

Rumi Soul Pages Complete (1)Rumi’s quote speaks to me again and again…

Rumi Soul Pages Complete (2)

a bit of sari fabric and some velvety rickrack…

Rumi Soul Pages Complete (3)

my first pages for these two challenges can be found here

Mandala Monday: blossoming …

“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars … the stars form a circle, and in the center we dance.”   –  Rumi

Kwanzan Cherry Close up

joining in Dawn’s Mandala Monday again this week

Kwanzan Cherry Violet Lilac Mandala

our Kwanzan Cherry tree is doing its Spring dance in our front yard…

Cherry Violet Lilac Mandala

I used our  English wooden bread board as a platform building out from the cherry blossoms in the center…

Kwanzan Cherry Violet Lilac Mandala (2)the addition of some green Hyssop leaves seemed to be the finishing touch on my mandala…

Kwanzan Cherry Violet Lilac Mandala (3)

cherry blossoms … Crown Vetch that we did not plant … Rose Campion leaves with wild violets on top ringed with bits of fragrant lilacs all from our garden…

Kwanzan Cherry Violet Mandala (4)

sending very Happy Birthday Wishes to two special friends today … Margaret and Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover * Enjoy * Enjoy * you two Earth Day babes!

what do you see: the Whirling Durvish Sisters

another lovely smooshed kipper tin has returned to Virginia all the way from Carole in New Zealand…


the Whirling Durvish Sisters are wonderful with their flimmersterne background and bits of lace and decos…and a yoyo flower too…


isn’t my kipper tin book looking smashing…


it all started with these ingredients that I sent to everyone…

I was especially tickled with Carole’s theme because I actually got to see some real life whirling dervishes at Washington National Cathedral back in October 2009…a little more about that here


here is a short video if you’ve never seen or heard of them…

one more Queen Bee left…you know who you are ;)…

“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust” ~Rumi

***pop over and visit Halle…she’s celebrating her 4th bloagavesary with a lovely giveaway…no hoops to jump thru either***

Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes

We have had our tickets for this performance at Washington National Cathedral (sixth largest cathedral in the world) for awhile. This past weekend on a visit to a thrift shop, this beautiful hand carved and painted spoon jumped off a book shelf at me.  I could almost not believe my eyes when I saw the whirling dervish design.  I can honestly say I have never seen anything ‘whirling dervish’ before other than in a movie once long ago 🙂

Here is how the performance is billed, I am so excited!

“Delight in an evening of mystical love poetry, sacred music, and prayerful whirling movement in this interfaith program, featuring whirling dervishes and musicians from Rumi’s own Turkish Mevlevi Sufi Order, headed by his direct descendant.

Recognized as one of the greatest mystics and poets of Islam, Rumi attracts spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world, inviting them into the mystical realm of Sufism. Experience this inspired spiritual leader and great lover of humanity in the poetry and whirling dance of the Mevlevi Sufi Order of Turkey, founded by Rumi’s son. Faruk Celebi Efendi, a direct descendant of Rumi, leads the Order and offers opening remarks. Rumi’s poetry and a troupe of whirling dervishes are joined by singers and musicians for this extraordinary interfaith experience.”

In Rumi’s words, (there are so many beautiful quotes):

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.  I will meet you there.” ~Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Persian Poet and Mystic, 1207-1273