Soul Shamans

Art Dolls & Process Paintings ~ Camilla La Mer

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sand Tray Extravaganza


I took this photo the night that I completed this Sand Tray. Buddha is watching from above and Hanuman sits on the altar table below...He reminds us that we are spiritual beings...

A full daytime view of the gathering...


Here is one of my "Alchemical Warriors." She is being held in the arms of the Great Mother. I feel a sense of peace when I look at her.


This photo shows a statue of Gaia sitting below Quan Yin. You can also see a wonderful wooden horse puppet who lost his strings. Another "Warrior" is leaning against the horse. She has a large green crystal heart on her body.


Another "Alchemical Warrior" with an African porcupine quill for a sword. He's riding in BaBa Yaga's pestle!

I like this mysterious night view of two folk art dolls with the wooden horse. They are standing in front of a mounted Nature Mandala.


Here is the "Pink Goddess Alchemical Warrior." She has an owl and a carved, wooden Japanese Netsuke that is a snake. I painted a design on this feather..


You can see part of another "Alchemical Warrior" on the left. She has a large blue muscle shell on the front of her body. I love how Mary watches over all of the activity...

In my graduate program in Counseling Psychology, we spent the entire day Friday exploring sand trays. The moment that I arrived home, I realized that the carved antique boat given to me by a friend was about to be transformed into a giant sand tray. The next day, I brought 300 pounds of sand into the middle of my living room and set to work. The transformation that took place both physically and spiritually was profound. It turned into a giant healing altar that is giving me great comfort and delight!

A few weeks ago I had six dolls pour through my fingers at once. I call them my "Alchemical Warriors." They represent important parts of myself. They are all participating in this tray. I have included pictures of three of them from close angles.

This week, I have been building a new set of shelves next to the sand tray so that my collection of objects for the tray can be readily visible for the creation of many more trays. I have asked friends to participate if they would like to contribute any found objects to this evolving project. I use everything that feels appropriate...angels, driftwood, bones, shells, toy figures, dolls, statues...The possibilities are limitless. I can feel my soul soaring just thinking about it!

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9 Comments:

At July 14, 2009 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Carol said...

See, you are back to yourself AND you have found a way for friends to participate in your healing. Send me your address. I have something for you.

I love your sand tray altar. The canles, of course, set the perfect ambiance. You home must be a very spiritual and calming place to be.

Love and admiration,
Carol

 
At July 14, 2009 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Leslie said...

Everything is wonderful, such lovelys to look at.

 
At July 15, 2009 at 12:03 AM , Blogger Dot said...

Oh Camilla - your art is stunning. And you have created such a magical world inside your home.
Dot xx

 
At July 18, 2009 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Robin said...

I also have something for you... don't recall that I have your address, so please email it to me.

In May you seemed to be struggling a bit. In June we didn't hear from you at all (worrisome). Now, in July, we find you with a lovely fairy garden and a sand tray full of powerful reminders that spiritual forces and guardian beings have power to heal. I sense that you are surrendering to this goodness. Hooray, Camilla!

I LOVE the way you painted the feather for pink goddess!

You must be such a beautiful star and positive influence in your graduate class. We never had anybody like you in my counseling psychology classes....

Blessings, R

 
At August 26, 2009 at 5:47 AM , Blogger venus said...

The canles, of course, set the perfect ambiance. I love your sand tray altar. You home must be a very spiritual and calming place to be.

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At September 25, 2009 at 12:36 PM , Blogger julie mitchell said...

What a fabulous altar...I can feel the energy from here!!
I'll be back when I have more time...great figures!

 
At February 7, 2010 at 9:55 AM , Blogger Gypsie said...

I love you dolls/creations! You are very talented!! Looking forward to see you more of your work and updates on your blogs :-) Peace, love, and light xoox Gypsie

 
At July 22, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Blogger chris ng said...

Hi, I am amazed by the stunning images of your photos. thank you.

 
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