Category Archives: Celestial

Mother Sun/Mother Moon

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The idea for these pieces originally came from a photo I saw of my amazing home birth midwife Jessica Nipp.  It was of her and her first baby, bathed in sunlight and it was such a perfect, beautiful picture of how tender and intimate motherhood can be.  So once I started with that I moved on to the lunar side and how women have such ties to the lunar cycle.  Midwives often notice a lot of babies are born on the full moon, so I made her belly into the full moon.

Purchase Mother Sun:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: SOLD

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Purchase Mother Moon:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: $600

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Buy Together:

Both 6×6 “Mini Prints”:  $38

Both 8×8 digital:  $94

Both 12×12 Giclee prints:  $280

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Sweeter than a Dream

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original (12×12 inches):  N/A

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Here is a portrait commission with a babe spinning and dreaming in the universe.

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“The Midwifery Legacy”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original:  Not Available

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I made this with Ina May Gaskin, the mother of midwifery in the US, in mind.  She has inspired thousands of midwives, doulas, childbirth advocates, and mothers.  I can’t wait to meet her in person at the CMA conference this weekend!  I was thinking about her work and how she has passed on her knowledge to everyone who comes into contact with her. I imagined a flow of water, passing from midwife to midwife, a collective consciousnessof mother-based nurturing that is the heart of the Midwifery Model of Care.

This consciousness has been passed from hand to hand, midwife to midwife, for generations, yet always (in its pure sense) starts with the mother herself.  The mother (and baby) is at the center and the midwife is there to care for and support her.  The lotus represents this pure maternal knowledge, the water that flows from it is the legacy of midwifery.

The water flows through the midwife’s hands, nourishing the trees, encouraging them to bear fruit.  These trees represents the practice of midwifery worldwide.  Many midwives draw from the knowledge of the earth as well, using herbs (like the red raspberry at the base of the trees) in their practice.  I also included the moon, as women (birthing or not) are often influenced and ruled by the moon’s cycles.

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“Seren II”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $35
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $130

Original: $230

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Following the celestial theme once again as our baby’s name will most likely be “Seren” which is Welsh for “star.”
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“Triple Goddess”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $170

Original: SOLD

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Many people identify with the “Triple Goddess” represented by the Mother, Maiden, and Crone. It is a physical embodiment of the cycle of life as well as different aspects of humanity. The Maiden represents enchantment, inception, expansion, the promise of new beginnings, birth, youth and youthful enthusiasm, represented by the waxing moon. The Mother represents ripeness, fertility, sexuality, fulfillment, stability, power and life represented by the full moon. The Crone represents wisdom, repose, death, and endings represented by the waning moon.

I also chose a different element that I felt represented each Goddess.  The Maiden/infant is water to represent the fluidity of youth.  The Mother is earth, represented by flowers in bloom to signify the fullness and ripeness of motherhood.  The Crone is sky/air because she has wisdom that transcends and an ethereal expansiveness.

I chose circles inside themselves, one after another, to represent our lineage to the mothers that came before us. You can read more about this in a story from Tami Lynn Kent, published in We’Moon:

With five small bowls that fit neatly together, one inside the other, I am teaching women about the power of the uterus. The largest bowl fits inside the palm of my hand, and the smallest is the size of pencil eraser. These bowls represent the way the uterus holds energy and passes information from one generation to another. The women watch as I align the bowls, one by one, according to their size.

I point to the smallest bowl, saying “This is you.” Slipping this tiny bowl into the next one I say, “You were held in your mother’s womb.” Placing the two bowls together into the next bowl I say, “Your mother’s eggs were fully formed while she was held in her mother’s body. In this way, you were also held in your grandmother’s womb.” I continue to join the bowls together, until the five are sitting in my palm, one inside another. “Because your grandmother carries the energy of her mother’s and grandmother’s wombs, so you are linked to them as well.” The bowls rest neatly in my hand. The women sit squarely in front of me. I see each of them wrapped in layers of female energy from the women ancestors who came before them.

I set the bowls down. “Now, this is you,” I tell them, pointing to the largest bowl. From the large bowl I lift the next bowl, which still holds three others. “This is one of your creations.” One by one, I lift the smaller bowls and place each next to the bowl that served as its container. With each bowl, I tell the women, “This is the seed of one of your creations.” I continue until the five bowls, five generations, sit in a line. Each bowl is seperate, but the action of lifting one bowl from the next reveals the nature of this shared lineage. “This is how your womb, and the energy that you carry, influences all that you create. This is your legacy of creation.” The room is silent, as the women remember their mother place.

Check out more of Tami Lynn Kent’s work at www.wildfeminine.com

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“Shiva Linga”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $40
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $140

Original: $240

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Because to every ying there is a yang, here is the masculine variety of the “Yoni” piece I did yesterday. Shiva Linga is the male counterpart to the yoni, representing the Hindu god Shiva. An upward pointing triangle, swords, the sky, and the rays of the sun are all masculine symbols.  Neither yoni or lingam is better or stronger than the other, just balancing and different.  Neither can exist without the other.  To read more see Shiva Lingam.

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“Bahiryatra”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $35
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $120

Original: $220

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“Bahiryatra” means “journey” in Sanskrit.  It’s not the most original of my ideas but it popped into my head in a very free-association sort of way so I decided to go with it.  I liked layering the colors to create a stained glass feel.  It was fun using color that way and I like how the under-image in pen and ink showed through the colored pencil above it.

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