OONA GWELLOC"H




Le sable pour sortilège



« Travailler le sable , c’est sculpter à l’envers, c’est “ressouder” les grains entre eux , et modeler la pierre. Ce n’est pas creuser, mais construire un nouveau volume, dans toute sa fragilité. » Ainsi Oona gwelloc’h évoque t’elle son plaisir à minutieusement, doucement, bouleverser la nature. Sans jamais, bien sûr, lui manquer de respect.

Le sable, donc: L’artiste le colore, pigments en poudre minérale, ou végétale, qui soudain font corps et âme avec les grains, alliance chaude, mate, d’une inégalable profondeur, plongée ensorcelante d’une nature vers une autre, comme une évocation des cycles de transformation, après la Vie , la mort, et de nouveau la vie.

Entre peinture et sculpture, ensuite, il s’agit de travailler la matière en fines couches successives, mille feuilles instinctivement composé, au fil d’un geste inlassablement répété, mouvement méditatif grâce auquel atteindre une dimension inédite, de l’infiniment petit -le grain- à l’infiniment grand - le cosmos- de l’hier au toujours, de la réalité à l’intemporel.

Empreints de thèmes symboliques ou mythologiques, Les « sablés » d’ Oona gwelloc’h racontent tous une histoire d’outre-monde, fossiles d’art qui disent l’au-delà. Un au-delà serein, d’emblée inscrit dans l’éternité.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Darkness of Sorrow and the Creative Fire .

I guess hard times are parts of life , and I must say this years I had my shares ! 2013 is the year that my marriage fail , my old cat of 18 passed , a close friend of mine also and then last week, one of my dog,  Tippy, got really sick, I had to help her following her path to the Otherworld !
All these events brought a great deal of Sorrow and Sorrow has been a feeling that I come to tame with experience of it ! I noticed that if I removed the ego part of it , everything got a bit easier to bear !

It is not, of course,  as easy as these words are to write , but it is the path I want to take for my own safety. My losses are one thing, the cycles of life and death are an other much more important, it is where I find a bit of comfort and balance. Anyway , I do not have a choice , I can't create if I'm out of balance. through my work I seek the symbols and the inspirations of my ancestors, before me they seek the way to deal with Life within the cycles of Nature., and I sincerely believe that if it wasn't a better time to live , it was certainly more in tune with their Natural surrounding than how we live in our time. It is where I choose to Live, through these symbols, in the pictorial remains of their endeavours through the spirit world of Nature, and the Wisdom they brought back from these realms explored.

The equinox is coming. I just hope that "The Old One" will not follow, during the dark months,  the ripping of my life and the ones I love, but instead let me bring inside my studio the creative fire that I'll need to warm my soul, and work hard inside during the dark times of Winter.

My studio is almost ready for the season, I organised and prepared well I think! let's see what comes out of my donjon ! :)

May you all have a great Equinox , may the light and the darkness be kind to you all !




Friday, September 6, 2013

Turning

As usual I woke up really early this morning , I normally open the door right away and walk a little around the house, with my two dogs, to feel the weather and the smell of my day coming.
This morning I smell Fall in the colder wind! The pale blue coming up in the sky, before the Sun comes out , was pure but of a cool colour, also.  Here we are the Old One is coming once more, She is still far away but I can smell Her!


 I enjoyed tremendously this Summer , I stand under the Sky and Sun many days, doing some summer work , but also enjoying the company of our little tribe of friends here. Festive at times , sharing food and laughing , maybe drinking a bit more than usual , but here in Brittany it is part of what we do , we are joyful and happy drinkers mainly!  You know, that barbarian way of us !! lol ... Some say that it's a tale, but maybe not?!  ;)

However the wheel is turning , and I'm ready for a change. The studio also smells different this morning, I put up fabrics and materials out for clothing making. Soon, I'll be sitting at my work bench for hours, I will be in need of an other layer on my body as the mornings now are getting cold.

 The wood carving projects are prepared, one is sitting right next to me, ready for shaping. I have in writing all the ideas , inspirations that the summer brought. I have lots of work to do now.


It is always delicate to talk about work undone , even if they already exist in my head , and their energies are born, the making brings always the magic in the project , as the spider builds a web, sometimes hard physical work, or difficulties ...  anyway a learning curve! It is impossible to know what it will really be. I feel then , that the object is fully alive already and it has a soul on its very own, that will drive my hands, my soul to what it wants to be , how it wants to look and feel.
but that too, it is maybe a tale , or maybe not !? ;)






From darkness to light , or the art of communication ..



Well , here comes the time of communication ! Few friends recently rang me about my poor way to communicate and get my work out there !



You see,  I have more inspirations, ideas that I can make because I need tools and material to work , to do so many other projects . I work full time in my studio , but I must say I'm not really making a living ! Of course, I was ready for a hard ride when I stopped my daily job. Being born in an artists family , I know what a struggling artist life is !! However the worse is not the absence of money for my personal life , I know how to get by , I have little needs. What hurts the most is the restriction that I now feel in my art . If I could make a bit ore of money, I could create much more.


I had heard recently in couple of occasions , that I should get a "real job" , my feelings about that are twisted ! I want to scream out load that it is my reality , my work is ! My dream life is what I struggle into, why should I kill the dream I'm living!?? Even if it hurts sometimes , which kind of life doesn't hurt at all !?


I once earned what "they" call " a good living wage " , was I more happy than now !? I wasn't , I had a poor sense of freedom , barely no time for myself, no much time to spend the money I had, and when spending I was doing it poorly ! so in rush to GET stuff , or run away from it all buying plane tickets to go further , far from my own life! I did that for 15 years almost , then one day I fell from it all , and literally as metaphorically ! .... I now own nothing , but I feel more free than I was then . I'm now living my life on my ancestors land , I do not have to run anywhere anymore !

I found a kind of peace doing what I do, even in the struggle there is a space for peace in finding the time to reflect , think of what your needs truly are , make what you need yourself as much as possible . I like that better that buying stuff, I make things for me , that have a valuable function or that I find just beautiful to my eyes and soul ! 

Until now , I did not feel the need to share all these aspects of my life with the kind souls that follow my work here , or through the magical world of internet. Friends pointed out to me , that it is very difficult for people to understand an object if they don't know about the way it is made and by whom.  In a way I can relate to this idea , it is why I'm willing to say more about me and the way I work , and maybe even share a bit of my universe with some of you that might be interested.

Please bear with me the process , and be kind in your judgements of what you see , I'll try to do it in a kind way , and for the benefit of all living things involved .

May the road be bright , as I'm aware of the darkness and value It greatly !
May there be peace.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New style necklace

here the new style necklace , inspired by La Tene style with wool felted locks , coper line and feathers to the back , I'm exploring different mediums in small pieces for now , as I'm planning to introduce different mediums in my art pieces during the Winter . The summer has been very inspiring , which is a big important part of the Summer , I'm writing all my ideas and I know already that the winter will be very busy , my heart and soul full of new projects . 

Hope you will like the new twists and curves ! :) 
Bright Blessings .






Friday, June 14, 2013

A quick up date in pictures

Whoo , few months now that I did not update the Blog ! Time is flying around here , life has been intense at many levels , even in my work. here are the pics of what happened in the studio lately !


" Journey to the Cailleach" 


Nine waves and triskel ( commission work ) 


Triskel Twin 
( both sides are carved ) 


Arrow head carved in Aspen . 



" Ahes Dahu " 
Birch wood 


Birch tooth 
( sold) 


Birch Claw 



Celtic Hook pendant carved in Alder wood 


There is a big piece still in progress that will come later on , this is a very important process for me, as it is a sculpture that represent a " cosmic tree" . I recently create a new design for meaningful Pendant/ Talismans. Few things that I will show very soon here and on my Face book page " Atelier Wiz Art " . 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wiz Art's whispers



It's a life of intense pottering , would you say !?! and you would be right , it is this way of life that suit my soul the most naturally. I'm only at the beginning of this part of my life in many ways , now that I live on my own ancestor land , I can start , finally , to send my roots much deeper, and my branches to stretch higher , dancing with the Famous Winds blowing on this Celtic Land at the very west of the Old Continent .



I'm heading to my 45 th summer with a confidence that I maybe never had before , it is a luxury that no money can buy ! I couldn't say that I'm poor , as I feel rich and so empowered spiritually and emotionally, all that feeds me in a way I never being fed . During the last five years , times were sometimes hard , but this last year and if I'm looking in the experiences and what they brought to my life , is a thousand time worth,  so much love I gained from it , the love of Life Itself !




I'm in the 9th month of my return to my mother land now , with this spring I'll see the light of the new day, and I'm about to start a very important tome of my life tale , may it be long , as it is so far very enjoyable.

Wiz Art is a sanctuary , as much as the Gods and spirits are assisting me , I'll be co creating this humble Altar to Inspiration , The Awen.

Then it starts like this ....

Ones upon a time , or maybe never ..... ;)







Sunday, February 24, 2013

Triskels carved in Yew

Triskels , one clockwise on one side , an other anticlockwise of the other side , hand carved in Yew . 

The intent during the making is special , I believe this Yew piece will bring a feeling of acceptance , temperance , in gratefulness . We sometimes cannot control the events that touch us deeply , sometimes even we are witnessing in slow motion the event that might very well change our life . With acceptance , temperance we can act in Gratefulness , taking the curve in confidence within the Wyrd, the power of the Universe where we are link to everything ... to It ! 

It is a bit more than 6 cm in length , a bit larger that 3 cm at the largest . 
( al most 3 inches long , 1/16 inch of width) 






Thursday, February 7, 2013

woodcraft, commissioned work and the unknown


I must write today about a lesson I have learned recently. 
With my creative mind , I did not realised, until recently,  that people could expect a hand carved wood piece to be duplicated, but it is what I just experienced with the last commissioned I have made. :( 
Let me explain and tell you the story for you all to understand , if you care .

Somebody approached me recently to order a similar piece as this pic below . 



This piece was a commission as well, done over a year ago.  Hand carved in ash wood . It was ordered to be a present.  I believe,  a very special spiritual present from somebody that had a very strong intent of love and who certainly understood deeply the dimension of the spirituality of her loved one . 
All along this work , I could feel the energy of both of them and I could tell that in carving the stag head and antlers , about their relationship to the Celtic God of Wilderness , Cernunnos. It was to me a privilege to work with such an understanding ! :) 
Then THIS piece came out , reflecting their intents and the energy of Love behind it . 
I, of course,  was very please with the result and thanks goodness , they were too . 
 This is a very clear example that not only my self taught skills are into my work , but the energy of the subject I'm carving , and the energies of the intents of my customers. 

Knowing all that , I always say to my new customers that want to have a similar piece of a previously done work , that they have to expect differences . The wood itself is directing the shape of the craving , then the energy of the subject too , and then the energies of the person ordering the piece as well. 
IT IS THEN IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE TWICE THE SAME PIECE ! 

Do understand too that there is no competition from one piece to an other in my view, they must not be compared . To me,  they are all unique and I love them all. They are all my babies that came out through me, with the love of a mother. 
I am always happy of my work, because they are all made with Love, and the sum of all energies explained here above . 
Then , imagine my amazement , when this last customer told me : " I don't believe that you can be satisfied with this work you have done " ( something like this ... ) and in a very condescending and disrespectful way. 

Here is the piece that she was unsatisfied with : 




Oh yes , they are different , since I do not copy my own work, never ! It is still the representation of a Spirit that is very powerful , known to be untamed , since he is the spirit of Wilderness itself ! lol 
I love them both , but this story taught me a lot : 
I will be from now on,  much more specific about commissioned work based on a existing piece with future customers . I will say that I can work with the same spirit for them , but it will come out the way It wants to come out ! Please do understand that I do not work like a factory , but on every piece I work with all my love to all spirits involved in the process and I only do my very best , with the deepest respect to the craft that choses me, and that I'm so passionate about. 
Never think that I did not put all what I have in it , and never under considerate your own intent in the process . 

On that good note , I'm thanking again all the souls that I worked for , all my previous customers that had such confidence in my wandering, my faith and my humble skills ! I want you all to know , how grateful I am , that you allow me to do what I Love to do , that is a pure gift that makes my life Beautiful , and that certainly, makes me a better person . 



Thanks to you all , thanks to The Universe , Thanks to the Mother and all her children ! Spirits , Gods and Goddesses , I'm deeply grateful for my life of the past , for the Moment here and now and what I became , and for the confidence I have in what's ahead of me ! 

Nine waves of Peace to us all , and the worlds. 



Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Stag Head and Antlers


Hand Carved in Ash wood , for many the stag is representation of the celtic God of Wilderness Cernunnos , the shape of the spear head tent to inspire the spiritual warrior. 
this pendant or talisman is 9 cm long , 6 cm large and come with a leather lace . 
on sale on Atelier Wiz Art on Etsy , see link on the left here . 







Saturday, February 2, 2013



I made this painting in 2008, called " Spirit of Imbolc ", I have a sincere and deep connection to this time of year and the mythology around it , The Goddess Bride , Bridgit ... ( she goes by many other name ) is a archetype that connect the moment of slow awakening we are going now toward Spring , Nature is slowly coming back to life !  Imbolc is a Festival that honour the sacred Wells and Waters , but also the Fire , maybe more in the aspect of Creative Fire , Bride was revered by craftsmen and artists . She is then a very important spirit for me to acknowledge and give thanks . 
This Year it is a very first Imbolc , the first ever on my beloved Motherland , Brittany. Blessed I feel to add my humble creative flame to this beautiful Land . 

Here the refreshed version of this painting made for a Ecard that I sent via internet for the celebration. 

May you all have a wonderful Imbolc Season , may you all be the creators of your life and wonders ! 

Bright Blessings ! 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

" Journey to the Cailleach "


This piece was inspired by a journey to the Cailleach , during the darkest time of the season as an Owl offer me her song to carry on . 






The making was also a long journey , with a carving volume knew to me . 
The back ground of this piece is made of Iron wood , a wood that they use here around the oyster park and that has been salvaged, it stayed in the sea and mud for a very long time and it is almost petrified . 



Carved in aspen wood ( clear wood) , it is about 19.5 inches long and 9.5 inches large , quite heavy , but will look great on a wall or even best as an Altar tile .



Monday, January 7, 2013

By the Love of Barnenez Cairn .

Last Sunday I finally pay a visit to the Cairn of Barnenez , the Famous ! It is a very special place for me since I grew up near by , for the best time of my childhood. If somebody ask me what was my favourite time of being on this Earth , I generally answer that it was that time of my life , from 6 to 12 years old and I was living there all that time. 



Lots have changed around the cairn and it looks very well maintained now. There even was a guided visit and to my deepest interest I have learned a great deal about it. 
You can certainly find plenty to read on internet about it , but a visit would be best . I highly recommend it , if you come this way , at the end of the Old World. 



I live right across the bay from the cairn , almost exactly across , full west . when I walk of the shore on the other side , I always salute the cairn , smiling of this short distance across water . I can see it everyday , and will certainly return to source regularly there.



Again and again , I'm so grateful to be walking on my ancestors land , I'm so happy and inspired by my surrounding and it is why I feel strongly to express all this in my carvings and paintings, I could not keep all this in me , the overflow of this ancient and powerful energy has to come out ! 


By the Gods of my tribe , 
May there be peace on the Land , 
from the Land to the sky, 
from the sky to the Earth. 
Strength for all .