SarahKate's Blog

Enjoy a magical trip through the imagination of SarahKate and the women she paints.


  • Honorng the young maidens with henna


    The Sacred Feminine Art Project involves women of all ages - including young maidens. This dear one is just 4 years old! It was really fun talking with her about her design ideas and creating her art while she carefully watched my every move, every flower that unfolded on her skin.

    She was full of energy for her peaking color henna photo shoot, which happened just a couple days later. She was ready to dance and jump!

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Spirit animals: Turtle, otter and snake


    This mama-to-be was incredible to work with. She arrived with ideas to incorporate all the spirit animals that had come up around her pregnancy. Turtle, otter and snake were all incorporated in special spots. The gender of the baby is unknown and the parents-to-be refer to it as little otter, which I think is so sweet! The playful otter swims on this woman's forearm. I love how the turtle is a strong, protective presence.


      It was a glorious hot summer afternoon when we slipped out of the studio for photos - on a sweet little neighborhood trail near our home in Louisville, Colorado. It was blazing hot so we first slipped into the quiet little forest for some shots, then traveled out into the sun where the mama-to-be did some amazing dancing in the bright sunlight!

      We ended with some dear images taken beside purple flowers and a sweet sun-ray blessing.

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

     

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Adorning the bellydancing mama!

    Another beautiful model for the Sacred Feminine Art Project. I've known this mama for a while - we met because we are both henna artists here in Colorado! She is about 2 hours east of our home in Louisville, Colorado.

    When I asked her about her requests for the session, she said to adorn her somewhere where she couldn't - so I created a beautiful neck piece with jewelry flowing over the shoulders.

    I loved working with Kassi because she is also a belly dance teacher and had so many fun outfits! Beautiful! 

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  •  I first met this lovely mama about 2 years ago when she modeled for my art project Celebrating Motherhood with her daughter, nursing. It's so beautiful to create art that honors this stage of life!

    I am so happy this mama contacted me again for her 2nd pregnancy. She requested a lotus and I just fell into a trace creating this incredibly detailed design for her. 


     She returned a month later in her pregnancy and we did another design, this time with a focus on peacock. I had been just been drawing peacocks in my journal so I was excited to recreate one on her belly. She gave birth shortly after this art was created!

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  •  This joyful pregnant mama arrived and had a fascinating story about all her design ideas: Mountains, tree and music. I had recently gathered ideas to incorporate music and added in some piano keys - one of her many instruments - as well as musical notes. A treble clef was "carved" into the trunk. 

      I love creating such detailed and meaningful art! 


      This mama was thrilled with the photos, and shared on social media:
    "I had the incredible honor of being adorned with magnificent henna today by the incredible SarahKate Butterworth. Her talents and passions are unparalleled. What a beautiful and magical way to end this pregnancy.
      Thought I'd tell you a bit about the artwork...If you take a closer look, you'll see 2 sets of 2 music notes on my belly. One set represents the 2 children we will have and the other 2 represent the 2 we lost. Both sets have a keyboard under them as 2 are going to be playing the musical game of life here on earth and the other 2 playing music down on us from heaven. Both Joshua and I are extremely musical, so the treble clef in the tree trunk is both of us intertwined.


    This was more than just art, this was a healing and growing experience having an incredibly skilled artist tell my (our) story through art."  

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Wise Woman Years embraced & celebrated with ART

    Celebrating life! 
    Wise Woman years

      My Sacred Feminine Art Project involves women of all ages and this particular model was such a joy to work with. Before I began, she showed me a few ideas she liked, paisleys and vines, and together we set intentions. I spent nearly 3 hours adorning her chest, arm & hand - she looked and felt so beautiful! 

      We took many so many photos the day of the henna as well as 3 days later. I'm including the most tame photos in this blog, we got some true knock outs that she printed for her honey! 


      One thing I love about henna is that every woman I adorn loves her body more when I am done. It is such a powerful thing to encourage and witness these body epiphanies. 

      During the outdoor photo shoot, there was much singing and dancing and raucous laughter. The power of the crone was shining through! I look forward to the day I publish my book on the Sacred Feminine and share more of this kind of art that empowers women of all ages. 

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Wow, what a powerful experience it is to be an artist and create meaningful art! This amazing mama was wonderful to work with and came with a long list of design elements - she said I didn't have to include them all - but somehow they all fit!

    Pregnancy Design Elements:
    (listed in the order we explored)
    -  Mountains and forest
    -  Lotus Flower and other flowers
    -  Sun and Moon


    As we looked through ideas, I remembered a design in my journal that I had been working on recently - I was excited to finally have the best canvas to express this art! 


    I took my time and filled in lots of details - the moon and sun ended up on her hand with the rest on her belly. I knew I was on the right track when I noticed that I had completely lost track of the time. This work of art took about 2 1/2 hours. 


      She returned for more photos a few days later and it was a warm, bright spring day. The sky was clear and the greenery felt abundant. I loved capturing the forest on her belly with all the trees around her, the leaves reaching down to bless her belly too. 


     

    When I shared the final photos with her, she posted them on social media and said:

    "I did a thing yesterday that I probably would have never done years ago. I decided to lean into some self-love and do something unique in these final weeks of pregnancy. Henna is an ancient tradition used to celebrate milestones and adorn the woman.

    This was my way of connecting with my body and baby 2 in a creative, artistic, and healing way. And it’s beautiful. It’s feminine. It made me forget the discomfort and waiting game of these final weeks and embrace the magic of pregnancy.

    The body is really an amazing thing. What women are capable of is amazing. Though life is about to become 10x more chaotic, unknown, challenging, there is such beauty and blossoming in the mess.

    That’s where the lotus comes in. No mud, no lotus.

    Thank you @artfullmother [my name on Instagram] for this beautiful art and gift."   

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate

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