Elsah Cort 🌀 Artist

Stitching Time

Stitching draws me in. I don’t want to stop. Sometimes I wonder if it’s more distraction than art, but I keep stitching. It may add up to something in the … Continue reading

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Round Table

Life always comes full circle, giving us chances for continual “do-overs.” A new 2020 calendar emerges with the cover mandala lifting itself up through the piles of mandalas made over … Continue reading

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Stitch in Time

I used to sew by hand almost fifty years ago. Here I am doing it again. I love the slowness of it. I forgive myself for being not so great … Continue reading

June 3, 2019 · 2 Comments

A Nest of Stuff

So…..several weeks ago I started my first online class (and her last online class) with Jude Hill. She stitches and wanders around in her process and calls her students “ragmates”. … Continue reading

April 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

Twitter Art Exhibit 2019

Excited to have a “postcard” in the 2019 Twitter Art Exhibit opening on May 11 in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is the first year this annual exhibit was open to digital … Continue reading

April 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Possibility

“For me, mandalas—making them and contemplating them—is a deeply spiritual experience. I am grateful to all the mandalic threads that have been woven into my  life—coming from so many human … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hosting a fun, creative workshop in March

“A Day in the Life of a Creative Soul” with Jeanette Richardson Herring A workshop, open to all, designed for creatives, artists and writers Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 9:30-4 … Continue reading

January 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Winter Remembering…

We humans carry stories in our bones, born from deep connections to the natural world, a real one not separate from our daily earth lives or facebook news feeds.These stories … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Be Still and Know…

Just finished this special artwork for the #twitterartexhibit happening next spring in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is the first year (in ten years) that they will accept digital art as a … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Dark Fortnight

This was the last of twelve mandalas made on the first twelve days of 2018. Soon it will be time to do it again in January 2019. I learned this … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Self-Portrait in Moss…

A facebook post… This morning as long awaited rain shows up as a lightly tapping symphony on my roof and the natural land bows its plant heads in a beautiful … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ground Cover…

Another view from my recent visit to the Crescent Meadow Trail…. I think snow may be on this ground very soon. Elevation is around 6000 ft. photo from Crescent Meadow … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

After the smoke…

The hills, so grateful for the rain clouds that they hug them close to the ground, breathe a huge sigh of relief. I watch the cloud embraces move and shift … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Water from the sky…

Rain, not just showers, arriving tonight in just a few hours. I hope all the plants on my property (natives already here and the odd ones that I planted that … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Holiday Show…

Brought new mandala giclee prints, mandala bracelets, earrings and fabric mandala ornaments into Arts Visalia today. The holiday show includes work from 37 local artists. Reception for the show happens … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Make Friends with Uncertainty…

The whole time I worked on this mandala, it kept going off center. I couldn’t fix it and wobbled around and around with it. Like a top spinning out of … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

What’s Next?

Spent the last two days listening to scientists and researchers presenting their work and wisdom during the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Science Symposium at St Anthony Retreat here … Continue reading

November 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Unwrap Your Blessings

Once again, a mandala shows up with a message for us… “Unwrap Your Blessings” digital collage mandala © Elsah Cort

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

No Rain

Earth and fire and (no) rain (yet)…the fires show up (for me) as a gray haze lingering over the mountain vistas outside my windows. Our smoke here mostly comes from … Continue reading

November 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pelted with Beauty

As this mandala kept layering back and forth, going from light to dark and back again, it finally illuminated itself for me tonight. A face showed itself, hiding behind a … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Opening the Akashic Records

I know the akashic records reveal all of the soul’s lives…every moment, thought, feeling and more. Another view from theosophy says they are “a compendium of all human events, thoughts, … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Mystery of Reincarnation

A message today in my weekly email from Rob Brezsny: “One of my heroes, radical historian Howard Zinn, said that pessimism tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we relentlessly … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Birth of Earth

The earth preceded us in birth. We owe her our lives. “The Birth of Earth” digital collage mandala © Elsah Cort

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Gathered…

Find my work at Gathered in Three Rivers…a new art hub for Three Rivers, curated by Dayna Higgins that features many local artists and creatives! Tomorrow’s 10th anniversary of 1st … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Glad Bags

I am bringing mandala cards (small giclée prints) to Gathered in Three Rivers today. And, I am sewing (embroidery and boro stitching) fabric mandalas on to old jean fabric to … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Meeting Place

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Walk Yourself Home

Mandalas nudge me when I see photos on facebook quite often. This one originated from one photo of three human beings who lived on this earth many years ago. I … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Mountain Echo…

A new mandala, layering and layering itself over many days, originating from a “borrowed” mountain by Georgia O’Keeffe…. I’ve been walking in circles on a New Mexico mesa, singing “Ring … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Studio Tour stories…

Around 27 years ago, I went on my first studio tour in Berkeley. I had not heard of open studios events before. It was so interesting to me and so … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Path Illuminates Itself

Another mandala from the facebook newsfeed and the notion of “steal like an artist”, made from two photos — one of the Trinity College library in Dublin and the other … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment