Unexpected Photography

I decided to test out my knee this afternoon with a wandering walk around the neighborhood and found myself on Telegraph Avenue.

Photograph by Savita Skye

Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

Campus life at lunchtime had over forty people in line at the sandwich shop, the sidewalks were packed and all I wanted to do was shoot.

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

The grey bearded man at the cabernet colored table with a deck and a crystal who was offering readings, the bare skin and hands of people I passed, crooked angles at intersections and the grit on the cement.

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

 Photograph by Savita Skye

This helps me to heal, being able to walk in my neighborhood and photograph, to write and share this experience. 

Photograph by Savita Skye

Photograph by Savita Skye

I'm not sure how long it will take for the tear in my meniscus to mend nor when I'll be able to walk without a brace. Though I know and trust the spontaneous urge and spirit of the unexpected, especially when my camera is in my bag and my feet are in motion.

Perhaps this is my true source of recovery.

 

Bright Blessings,

Savita  

Berkeley, California, USA

www.savitaskye.com

Writing, Day 1


Photo by Savita Skye, 2015

It's taken me a long time to write again.
To write about love.
To have confidence in my voice.
To trust my determination to bring that which is deep inside, underground and within the in between, into form.

Writing about writing is a good place to start.
So is the garden, with tea and colored pencils, to help myself along.

Happy artmaking, wherever you find yourself this Spring.

Savita
Berkeley, California

www.savitaskye.com

A Sunday in Autumn




I purchased these tingshas in 2004 from my favourite Tibetan shop at the corner of Rose Street and Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California. A place filled with images and texts, katas, fabrics, incense, practice objects, jewellery, kind, insightful conversations and deep stillness. A place of refuge.

They accompany my devotional chanting in both Sanscrit and Tibetan, clear space in healing and land ceremonies, remind me of the true nature of sound and practice, and now that I'm traveling, support my altar flame. A place of presence.

For me, the lines and sound waves blur between photography, writing, spiritual practice and living. Finding center, voice and quiet. A place of truth.


Happy artmaking, especially in your favourite places.

Savita 
Lea
Herefordshire
England

www.savitaskye.com



Deconstructing

(In Pompano Beach, Florida, in May 2014...)

What? 
Take apart a brand new, high quality and very expensive artist journal?
Before I've filled it with the antics of Molly, my stick figure comic strip star, right before my trip to Europe? 
Isn't that blasphemy? 

But...

Yes, I've only drawn one scene in the three months since I purchased it in Berkeley, and it is dead weight in my suitcase unless I take action.
Yes, it's "preciousness" keeps me from sloppy, spontaneous and raw entries.
Yes, deconstructing is a key stage in my creative process (see p. 25 of my thesis, right after Stage Two, Collect and Gather, and before Stage Four, Let It Rest).

What did I find?
Four thick chapters, eight shorter chapters, dozens of two page note cards (drawings or vignettes?), a nice ribbon, a sturdy cover and a way to order my own story, in my own timing.





















Happy artmaking, especially if you are deconstructing, and thanks for being here!

Savita
Praze-An-Beeble
Cornwall

From Autumn to Winter to Spring

The past six months have been f i l l e d with fodder for my art process. It's not often I live in seven different cities, sell my car and transform my home base and art studio into two bags, a passport and my physical self! Here's my update...


Sketchbook ~ designing note cards and lots of shadow processing

Savita Skye, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
Savita Skye, San Diego, CA, 2014

 Molly ~ new stories, locations and characters, and now, in 3D

Savita Skye, San Diego, CA, 2014
Savita Skye, Los Angeles, CA, 2013





Art Studio ~ from three bakers racks in storage to a sketchbook, black construction paper and a pen case with black and silver ink pens, a mechanical pencil and white eraser

Savita Skye, Oakland, CA, 2014
Savita Skye, Coconut Grove, FL, 2014


Photography ~ doing it, loving it, sharing it

Savita Skye, Gulf of Mexico, 2014
Savita Skye, Coconut Grove, FL, 2014

Spiritual Practice ~ a necessity for my art process; deep immersion in Kriya and  Kundalini yoga, Bon shamanism and labyrinth walking

Savita Skye, Coconut Grove, FL, 2014
Savita Skye, Coconut Grove, FL, 2014

Selfies ~ yes, it's true

Savita Skye, Berkeley, CA, 2014
Savita Skye, Miami Beach, FL, 2014

Happy artmaking and thanks for being here.

Savita
Miami Beach, Florida
USA 

Artist in Residency #3 - The Labyrinth at Avalon Springs



"If the kitchen and the garden nourish the body here at Avalon, this labyrinth nourishes the soul."
 Michael Woods, Co-Founder, Avalon Springs

The Labyrinth of Avalon Springs, also known as The Wisdom Circle.



Savita Skye, From Center to Center, 2013.

 
Savita Skye, On the Path, 2013.



Savita Skye, completed labyrinth (looking ESE) at Avalon Springs, Middletown, CA, 2013.


Savita Skye, completed labyrinth (looking WSW) at Avalon Springs, Middletown, CA, 2013.


Savita Skye, row one of three, detail, at Avalon Springs, Middletown, CA, 2013.


Savita Skye, temporary labyrinth signage, Avalon Springs, Middletown, CA, 2013.

  
Savita Skye, The Labyrinth Invitation, Avalon Springs, Middletown, CA, 2013.


Chef Jay and Savita Skye at the project site, Avalon Springs, 2013, photo by Laura Krueger.


During the Spring and early Summer of 2013, I was fortunate enough to have been the first Artist in Residence at Avalon Springs in Middletown, CA, and built a custom designed, non-traditional stone labyrinth. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Veruschka Normandeau, Michael Woods, the staff, volunteers, dozens of guests and community members, my family, friends, colleagues and those seen and unseen, who made visioning and fulfillment of this project possible.

If you are interested, here are a few film shorts I created from this Artist in Residency that capture glimpses into the landscape and essence experiences of Cobb Mountain, the home of Avalon Springs:

Singing Rock and the Sun
Night, Day and Stewart
Poppies on the Plateau

Also, if you wish to view additional photographs from my time at Avalon Springs, including the organic development of the labyrinth, the inspirational vistas of the land and some of the incredible people I lived and worked with, please click here.

I hope to include future writings about my creative process with this labyrinth, the more ancestral, spiritual and mystical aspects of creating sacred geometry on the earth in service of healing, and helpful suggestions and resources for other Artists in Residence in similar environments.

Happy artmaking and thanks for being here.

Savita
Berkeley, California
USA


www.savitaskye.com

Vessels for Love - Ashes, day 6

Step 4:  Offer the vessel to a special location in nature.

Sophia's favorite place was in the redwoods, and I found a secluded spot not far from where we hiked daily, to bury her ashes, this Vessel of Love.


Happy artmaking and thank you for being here.

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com

Vessels for Love - Ashes, day 5

Step 3:  Adorn the outside of the vessel and lid with markings.

Today I made the lid and added it to the top of the vessel, smoothed its edges into the base and formed a complete seal. Then I used my grandmother's heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart outlines over the entire form.




I let this rest inside overnight.

Happy artmaking and thanks for being here.

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com

Vessels for Love - Ashes, day 4

Step 1:  Make a clay vessel and lid for the object.
Step 2:  Fill vessel with objects and other meaningful, natural materials.

Today I started making the larger vessel to hold the remaining ashes and the smaller vessels I made over the past two days. My process was spontaneous.









When I completed the base of the vessel, I set the pieces to warm and dry in the sun. Then I brought everything to the garden and started to fill the vessel, layer by layer...

with fresh rosemary,
 
rose petals, ashes

and the smaller vessels.

Then I added the rest of the rose quartz mala...

and fresh harvest from the garden.







I let this rest overnight.

Happy artmaking and thank you for being here.

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com

Vessels for Love - Ashes, day 3

Step 1:  Make a clay vessel and lid for the object.
Step 2:  Fill vessel with objects and other meaningful, natural materials.

Next, I found myself covering the little vessels with more clay...



... until they were completely covered.

Then, I started arranging the covered vessels in different shapes.





Then I let this grouping rest overnight.

Happy artmaking and thank you for being here.

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com

Vessels for Love - Ashes, day 2

Step 1: Make a clay vessel and lid for the object.

This process was completely organic and unplanned. I gathered materials I knew I wanted to use (rose quartz pieces from a mala given to me by a dear friend and Sophia's ashes) and then followed where my hands and heart led me.






I found myself making little vessels that reminded me of leaves and canoes...

... and filling them with her ashes and one rose quartz bead.
 
Then I started making a rose.

And added petals to the center of the rose.



I let the flower rest overnight.

Happy artmaking and thank you for being here.

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com

Vessels for Love - Ashes, day 1


Savita Skye, Ashes Vessel, in progress, mixed media, Berkeley, CA, 2013

Do you have a special object that you are ready to release?

It's not appropriate to gift it to a friend, nor is it meant for recycling or trash. It still tugs at your heartstrings because, perhaps, some sort of completion (including feeling some really big feelings), is needed with the object and all it represents. What to do?

Savita Skye, Ashes Vessel, in progress, mixed media, Berkeley, CA, 2013

Vessels For Love is my creative response to this inquiry and addresses the question, "What am I going to do with my dog's ashes and a box of shredded letters?"

 Savita Skye, Ashes Vessel, in progress, mixed media, Berkeley, CA, 2013

Here's the four step process that I will lead myself through, photograph and post during this series:
  • Make a clay vessel and lid for the object.
  • Fill the vessel with the object and other meaningful, natural materials.
  • Adorn the outside of the vessel and lid with markings.
  • Offer the vessel to a special location in nature.

Savita Skye, Ashes Vessel, in progress, mixed media, Berkeley, CA, 2013

The Ashes Vessel has been incubating since April 2012 and the Letter Vessel since August of 2012.

Enjoy the process - may it inspire you to let go, explore and receive.

Happy artmaking and thank you for being here.

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com

Porta Art #1

Savita Skye, Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley, CA, photograph, 2013.


I never know when nor where inspiration, humor and my camera will come together for a piece, let alone a potential new body of work. It seems Wednesday, July 17th, 2013, near the Berkeley Marina was the time and place, at least in this instance.

Happy artmaking and thanks for being here!

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com

Happy New Year!

Savita Skye, Found Heart at Clam Beach, 2013.



What does this new year hold for you creatively? Are there specific mediums or concepts that you would like to explore? Any projects to complete? Perhaps there are people you feel inspired to collaborate with? Or is it a time to take a break from making and incubate that which is to come?

Wherever you find yourself, I wish you great fulfillment, playfulness, patience, support, curiosity, courage and serendipity with how the creative spirit moves to and through you in 2013.

I would love to know what you are up to, so please keep me posted!

Happy artmaking and thanks for being here.

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com



Found Metal on the Tree

Friends and gifting can be the greatest inspiration for making things, and it never ceases to amaze me what spontaneously organizes itself when the timing is right.

Savita Skye, OctoLove, found metal, 2012.

Savita Skye, Christmas Tree, found metal, 2012.

Savita Skye, Snowman, found metal, 2012.

Happy artmaking and thanks for being here!

~ Savita


www.savitaskye.com

From Thread to Thread

Earlier today, I took a spool of yellow thread and made a bobbin. Then I chose my stitch pattern and sewed together hundreds of plastic bag ends that I had been collecting from my kitchen since this past spring. I made forty feet of new thread, and there is more to sew.



My stitch pattern looks like a heartbeat from an EKG printout. And, it reminds me of the pattern an earthquake leaves on a seismograph.
 
I wonder what it is that I am stitching together, what messages can be read in the thread and what I will create with this new line?


Happy artmaking and thanks for being here.

~ Savita

www.savitaskye.com