Last year my daughter, Coriander and I traveled to the Amazon jungle. This has resulted in my book, The Call of the Spectacled Owl; An Artist’s Journey thru History, the Amazon, and Spirit (with Travel Tips).
I share our adventures learning about the animals and “medicine” of the jungle with our native guide. I tell about swinging on jungle vines, sleeping overnight in a treehouse in the jungle, going piranha fishing, sailing in a canoe thru the night under bamboo and overarching elephant palms, and swimming in the Amazon river with dolphins.
I get into the earth spirituality of the area, exploring the historic Incan beliefs, the mysterious whistling vessels, and our experience in a shamanic ceremony. The book includes information on the two ancient sites we visited, the Temple of the Moon and the Incan Temple of the Sun. Woven in is my observations from visiting various sacred sites around the world and my studies of paganism and earth religion.
The paperback is illustrated with 32 of my line drawings and the cover photo is by Coriander of Coriander Focus Photography. It’s available for $14.99 on Amazon and at the Createspace link here: https://www.createspace.com/6297005
I hope those who are “armchair travelers” will feel like they are traveling along with us, and that it might inspire more adventurous souls to go out and travel the world. Travel broadens the mind!
Shamaness 11″x14″ pastel on velour paper by Patricia Robin Woodruff
“Artists are the shamans of our time.” – Will Bason
One definition of a shaman by Brendan McGuigan is, “… a person who interacts with both the normal world and the world of spirits, usually acting as a sort of intermediary between the two.” The more I learn, the more I feel that this is my role in creating art, poetry and prose. I often feel that when I am writing “in the zone”, the story flows through me. It’s like I am watching it unfold before me and my job is simply to write it down. The same goes for my art. Often when drawing a live model different animals, insects or plants may suggest themselves and I weave it into the composition. When I get done, I am no longer surprised when the model tells me that they have always identified with that imagery. I had a very vivid and powerful dream some years ago, where I was perched on a high mountainside with an ancient Native American man. He told me solemnly that my name was “Listens To The Wind.” When I awoke, that made sense to me, since my ideas seem to come from an invisible force. I can’t see it, but I can sense Spirit by its movement in my mind and its creation through my hands. So here’s a good affirmation for the week: “I am open to Spirit and the infinite inspiration it provides.” – Patricia Robin Woodruff