Hello Everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the 4 Elements Challenge. I saw such beautiful work by our ADO members that was inspired by this 4 Element Challenge.
Today, July 17th, is the Blog Event for this Challenge. I can’t wait to make my rounds to all the blogs to see everyone’s creations. The challenge was open to anyone who would like to make an art doll, ADO member or not, and whether you’ve made a doll before or not.
Here are my 4 Elements Dolls. Air, Earth, Fire, Water. The 4 lovely ladies were created as part of this challenge and within my Spirit Doll series.
I have always felt connected to the 4 elements. I am a combination of Water and Air. Which element do you think you are?
Earth Spirit – “Stability”
Earth is green, it colors the plants that spring to life from the foundations of stability. It is understanding of life. It is the solidness of the future, built on the foundations of the past. Of all the elements it is the most dependable. Many people feel the earth beneath our feet is the most solid and reliable thing there is. We call her Mother Earth, the nourishment of our lives. And just like a mother, we often take her for granted. Earth is about understanding, and above all understanding and acceptance of self.
Air Spirit – “Thought”
Air is beholden to none of the other elements, for it is master of its’ own destiny, yet when held for a while in pockets of water or earth, it can grow heavy and oppressive through lack of movement. Air was born to be free, just as our minds should be kept clear and agile, not clouded by emotion, or prejudice. Air is about freedom and true peace of mind. It is about faith in yourself and belief in this great universe that has given you life. It is about truth – and above all, the truth that is you.
It is enthusiastic, warming, and the spark of life. It is passionate, emotional, untamed; the most powerful of energy forces, for it represents the force of the Spirit. Fire is our hope, our goal, our desire, our energy and urgency for the future. Fire cannot build, yet it is the essence of “being”. It cannot absorb, yet by itself, draws others to its’ warmth. It gives life, but can destroy the life it gives. It is fiercely protective, yet needs protection from itself. Fire is about energy and enthusiasm, the vitality of life.
Water – “Emotions”
It feels, it dreams, it nurtures the heart. Water is the food of life, and essential for life, for all things arose from the sea. Water is serenity. It is blue, clear and passive, yet seeps through the cracks of our defenses. It flows with our mood, and cannot be held, for it slips through the hands. Only water can bring the sanctity of true love, the balance of harmony. Emotions are strange and unaccountable just like water. They “rise up” within us, often unbidden, take no account of reason or thought and, without control, can lead us into trauma and confusion. Water is about tranquility, gentleness and compassion, the blossoming of an open heart. It is about love, and above all the love of giving for its’ own sake, and without conditions.
Visit the ADO website to see all the other artists’ 4 Elements Dolls. On the left hand side are the artists names that link to the blogs where you can view the dolls… so head on over and check them out!