Painting A French Church

I’m so enjoying the magic of painting lately. Not only because it is magic, or creation, but also some self-love magic as well. It’s been keeping me happy and calm so that other tasks in my daily life aren’t as heavy.

I also adore that I can spend some time travelling whilst creating these landscapes, and I’ve been travelling the French countryside for the past few months. I cannot wait until we have vaccines and treatments for covid, and we can begin travel again. I have plans to live in Europe for a year or two so that we can travel to all the many places we want to see, and do it in a slower way that provides time for resting, and just enjoying living in a different place. What magic it is that we can feel connected to so many places we’ve never even been in this life.

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A fluffy, sunset cloud. I’m in love with my little moon 😍 Also love that I spend a good chunk of Beltaine painting this ❤
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Hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday, loves. And for those of you who enjoy seeing the kittens in my videos, they definitely made appearances 😹

Lavender Fields

Happy Sunday! I hope you are doing so very well, taking good care of yourself, and being oh so gentle ❤

This week, I spent a few hours painting this landscape. I put on some lovely, soft French music, sat at my desk in front of the window, and had some help from the kittens (mostly Yen) painting this dreamy Provence scene. 
It was such a lovely way to escape for a few days as I worked on it, then edited the video. Europe is somewhere I’d love to spend a year or two living in and travelling in the future, especially France. Perhaps it’s my French roots? Who knows, but it has always called to me since I was a child.

It’s always interesting to me when I paint, because I see the difference between painting and creating music and how I react to them internally. Painting for me is quite relaxing, and I don’t feel a huge amount of pressure for perfection. I just want the colours to be lovely, and the composition to be whimsical. With music, whilst I do really enjoy creating it, is much more involved, and my nasty perfectionism really rears its head. It’s a much more heavy, and laboured process than painting is, yet for the most part, I’m ok with that. 
Music is my love, and I’m happy to dig deeper, sweat more for it, bleed more for it. 

I also am grateful for painting to teach me not to worry too much about any of my artistic endeavours, the joy of it is the thing. Bringing that mentality into music-making has been very helpful, and reduced a lot of stress. But again, I am totally ok with it being a heavier process. 

November

Happy November, witches!

Just a few things to keep you up to date!

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Spying Fox by Mia Arsenault © 2018

“Spying Fox” by Mia Arsenault © 2018 Click to view in the shop

I’ve been painting a lot lately, which has been fantastic! I mentioned to a good friend of mine, who I studied music with in college, that it’s been so interesting getting into another creative art where I am so aware of all my thought processes that go into creating something. How I’ve never really done that with music and performance as I’ve been doing that for so long, it’s just ingrained in the whole now unconscious way in which I work with it. It’s pretty cool 🙂

There has also been a lot of magick-making these last few months which has been so refreshing for me. It’s actually been a while since I’ve done some planned and more intense magick. I’ve said before that I am constantly putting magick into all that I do, it’s just part of who I am, however, this focus into it and the things that I am working on have been really good for me. I feel like it has refilled my well a lot, in fact! Huzzah for making magick!

So that’s all for now, loves. Just a quick little update on where I’m at. I have plans to get this blog going again, with both content for the shop and spirituality.

I hope you are doing so very well, and taking the best care of yourself and those you love.

Mia

Making all the art

The inspiration bug has bitten hard over here. Not only for paintings, but I’m feeling the need to make music wash over me again. I’m focusing more on the paintings at the moment, but I have been recording snippets of melody and even lyrics now and again.

It’s funny that I used to think I SHOULD only focus on one or two things, and now I’m like, YAAAASSS, all the things, all the time. I’ve even been planning a couple different meads.  And also (see I told you I just wanna do all the things), I’ve been feeling a very strong pull back into witchcraft, which has fallen very far off to the side in the past few years.
I suppose now’s the time to do things since once the holiday buying season ramps up, I’m not going to have time for anything at all.

But let’s talk about the paintings because I haven’t shared them with you here yet. I currently have 4 that have been printed and are ready to ship when I get the proper sleeves for them, they’re my Elemental Goddesses.

 

Even though I wanted to start putting these up in the shop earlier, turns out I didn’t plan for the extra matting around the prints, and now I have improper sized plastic sleeves to ship the prints in. Sigh.

The reason why I’m waiting to fix that issue is that I am currently in preparations for my first craft market next month, so I’m waiting for funds to be replenished first. However, I’m excited to see what a market is like on the selling side of things!

Lastly, I just finished Her last night, is my Star Goddess. I really loved painting Her, and I think when I order prints, I’m setting one aside for my own wall. Also, nebulas are so fun to paint!

Gifts

Now that Yule is all done, and all the gift giving done, I wanted to share the rest of what I knitted for Yule this year 🙂 I made some interesting things I have never knitted before, including the stranded items I made for my MIL, a scarf hoodie, and my first finished shirt (I’ve got one and a half sleeves left on the sweater I began in the late summer for myself :P).

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A cowl, tam, and mitts for my SIL

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A hoodie scarf for my sissy

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And a very colourful sweater for my niece 🙂

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Sleeve detail

My mama’s sweater will be done soon, Re: this is why I’m starting way early for this years coming Yule! But she doesn’t mind, she’s always put us kids first, so from the very beginning of my knitting frenzy she said to knit hers last. It’s quite a lovely dark blue, and I’m doing cable work with it.

I love that this year has had me do some knitting I’ve never done before: colourwork, double-sided knitting, and sweaters/shirts/things other than socks, scarves, and mitts. It’s been great, and I’m excited that I have more tools under my knitting belt now!

Trees

I decided I was finally going to do some decorating above my living room altar. I had recently picked up the multiple candle holder in the center of the bookshelf there, and I really felt the wall needed to be more witchy too. It was bare, and it told me it felt a bit naked.

So what have I put up on the wall? Prints of the trees of the Celtic Tree Calendar. I was going to see if anyone would guess what it was, but I hate making people do that, lol. I just want to tell you all everything now. Ok, not really everything, just certain things.

I’m probably going to take a picture in daylight so you can see it better at some point. Oh, I just want to point out the dark blob you see up in the right hand corner is a willow ball I made this spring. I love it.

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Partly inspired by the Aunts’ sitting room in “Practical Magic”, and partly inspired by my love of Trees, this is what happened. I printed out the images of the botanical drawings of Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé, and since I wasn’t about to nail the plaster wall to crumbling, I picked up some ombré scrapbook paper and made frames so it didn’t look like I had just taped up some pictures. The frames took FOREVER. I actually worked on this for a whole waking day. But I’m also a perfectionist, so that didn’t help.

I’ve been thinking about making my surroundings more accessible to my witchyness, things that will keep my mind where I’d like it to be, and also make my surroundings more prettyful. I really need to work on the shrine for my Gods, which is in my bedroom. But I haven’t yet come to a conclusion of how I want it to be. I’m assuming more interacting will guide what ends up happening for it.

 

The Yggdrasil Blanket

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It’s all done. Has been for about two weeks. This took so much time, but I am very happy it’s done and that I have it now to send me off into sweet dreams, or revealing some messages I’m being sent.

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There has been some serious increase in the amount of meaningful dreams I’ve been having, and a decrease in not so nice dreams.

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I also am one of those people who like to meditate laying down, so this is just a perfect blanket all around!

Pagan Blog Post – K is for Knitting

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As with most things, knitting can be a magical pastime. As you knit, you weave in the energies you wish whoever will use the item will be surrounded by, especially if it’s a blanket or sweater that can enfold someone inside it.

Right now I am knitting a blanket for our bed, putting in my magic of love, comfort, rest, protection, and a link to the world tree, Yggdrasil, while dreaming. I will post pictures later when it is finished.

Weaving and fiber manipulation of all sorts has long been a traditional woman’s craft and magical craft, as again, much love and energies are generally poured into said craft as most things take at least a few hours to create. This leaves time for quiet meditation, contemplation, and focus on the magic you wish to put in.

Think of the usual handmade sweaters, booties, and caps that are gifted when someone has a baby. How about those new mittens mom or Gramma would knit you each year as the weather turns cold. It is the warmth of love and the wishing for us to remain safe and healthy that we feel when we put on those mittens, or think about our favorite scarf when we were kids.

Phew!!

Wow, the past week has been awesome, busy, and tiring in the best of ways! First, I was asked by my coven to be to help in a public ritual for Imbolg this past weekend. It was amazing! The use of music and pre-recorded bits sounded fantastic and added such impact to the whole thing! Unfortunately, I called water a bit too well, and the toilet flooded. Such is life as a witch. Time for honing in on the energy flow!! In the end, there was some really awesome energy built up for the God to bring us a boon. Even my non-pagan partner had a good time at his first ritual. Needless to say, we were exhausted (me up until Wednesday!), but it was that blissful, post-sex sort of exhaustion 🙂

Then on Tuesday night, the 101 class had our final class/ritual. It went well, and I’m so happy for us, and sad that we won’t be meeting every week anymore; it was a good group, and some interesting conversations ensued. I’m especially thankful for my teacher, she is just amazing, and I am so happy to have met her!

Wednesday night… the best night of the week… I was dedicated into a coven! It was such a lovely ritual, and I’m so happy that I get to circle with the wonderful people in it. The HPs is in fact my 101 teacher, and I just cannot tell you how elated I am that I get to circle with her, but amazing people I have met through her. Sigh… I am feeling so much love!! Which is in fact a very appropriate feeling as Valentine’s day approaches!

In other, awesome, but not as awesome news, I have knitted my first pair of socks (pictures will come). They turned out pretty well, but I’ll also have to hone that skill as well! Everyone’s getting socks for Yule this year!! Lol.