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Friday, November 15, 2013

Reve de Femmes- Rêv'Elles Agenda Lunaire 2014

I got the package a couple of days ago:

This fun witch was inside. "Wow, how different from last year's agenda," I thought!

Then looked for my piece in it. By now I had forgotten which images I sent. In fact, when I got an email recently telling me about the upcoming agenda and where should they send it, I had forgotten all about it. I never assume that anything I send will be published, even if it is directly requested like the images for this were. Also, it is great to forget because then you can feel the emotion twice! Now that I had my new agenda, I will forget less. Although, to tell you the truth, it is too pretty to write on!!

Ok, so I looked for my piece, and found it:

It's Mary Magdalene of the Moon! Very witchy! And I got the month of December, for my birthday.

Then something interrupted the flow of emotion, and I put it back in the envelope.

Yesterday, my facebook friend Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné posted her piece and the agenda, 

I love Danielle's artwork!!!

and I felt so embarrassed that I had not done it yet. When is it that I will thank the wonderful women of Reve de Femmes for their outstanding work, and for the kindness of including my work in it? Today is the day.

So I opened my package again, and took out the agenda to scan it. But I took it out backwards, and this is what I saw:

Goddess of Rebirth, Swiftness, and Charm by Tanya Torres, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 16, 2013, commissioned by Elisa Evora.
I had nobody to celebrate with because it is early in the day and I am alone in my studio. So I am celebrating with you!

Thank you Reve de Femmes for including my work in this wonderful publication next to so many other women who are working with the theme of the Sacred Feminine. You are so far away in France, but thanks to the Internet, we are now all near, connected and working to improve the lives of all people through beauty, joy and companionship. I feel very lucky and honored to be in this publication.

If you would like to order yours, support the work of these women from France, who somehow find artists from all over the world to create a wonderful work of art in its own right, visit this page: http://www.revedefemmes.net/pages/catalogue.php?famille=Agendas

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Sophia's Light, A Miniature Pendant Book Inspired by the Teachings of Mary Magdalene

This beautiful Mary Magdalene was carved by artisans Marta Rodríguez Olmeda and her apprentice Bárbara and given to me as a gift during the Mary Magdalene Celebration in July. Here she taking care of my little pendant book. The rocks are gifts by my friends!
I don't know how my friend Giorgia knew it, but she sent me a rock from California! Thank you Giorgia! The rock does not appear here, because I just got it a few days ago. But it is now in the middle of the ones above, with Mary Magdalene, on my desk.

And my new little book is with the Magdalene, too. Why? Because these are the poems I wrote after reading and writing and thinking about her, and painting her image.

This is the English version of Destellos de Sofía, but smaller and wearable. I have been looking for ways to make my art both accessible and relevant to everyday life. This is one way I found to be next to your heart!

While I made sure that the poems are readable in the book pages, the experience requires intimacy and, well, eyeglasses? Because this illustrated, handmade, hand-cut, braided, and beloved book is so small, I am sharing the poems here, a gift from deep within my heart.

If you would like one of the books in this edition of 100 (still in the making... but I have a few ready), just email me [tanyaetorres[at]yahoo.com] or visit my Etsy shop to order. The price is $20. Free shipping.

Here are the poems, from my heart to yours:

Sophia's Light