Petra, of Lilla Jizo makes artwork by the sea on the west coast of Sweden. She paints and makes things as part of her healing process through prayer and deep connection with nature and intentional yogic living. I met Petra in my first months of blogging back in 2009. I had posted a collage I made that featured a small Jizo figure. I did not know that it was a Jizo, but she explained to me who he was and we began a relationship online that has flowered into a beautiful friendship unlike any other I’ve ever experienced. Petra is an inspiration in my life, and she reminds me a lot about myself too (in ways that I don’t have words for, but that she understands), so sometimes when I get caught up in the mundane hardships of life I think of her, or I hold one of the pieces of artwork she’s made, and it instantly brings me back into my center, and my truth. I feel blessed to own many of her works, and have written about her several times on my blog over the years, but today I am highlighting some of my favorite creations that she’s shared on her blog or in her shop, and that I am lucky to have for myself ~ to spread the love I feel from them and that she puts into her artwork.
Petra’s shop name is Lilla Jizo, which translates in Swedish to “Little Jizo”. She says…
“Jizo is a Buddhist helper/bodhisattva. He appears in different countries also, such as China and Korea, but is best known in Japan. Jizo is the Japanese name for this being. He is known to be the helper of all beings, but specifically the helper and protector of children, women and travelers.”
Jizo often appears in Petra’s artwork in some form… She also incorporates a wide variety of animals, plants, and other organic earth features and other symbolic figures, like the bodhisattva Kuan Yin. Although much of her paintings are on tiny shards or stones, she also does larger paintings on found wood, paper, and hardboard.
“I am a practitioner of zen and yoga. I live close to the sea in a small house with my dearest friend and life companion. There is much of a hermit in me. I love stones, trees and the ocean.”
“I share these pieces of artwork here as a way to give thanks and to expand the healing space. I wish they will spark and facilitate the healing process in your life, as they do in mine. I believe that healing is directed through intent and prayer and this is what goes into my work.”
I love the many ways that Petra paints owls. The first beach pottery painting I bought from her shop was this barn owl…
I’ve collected lots of her work, which I’m so grateful for. My family adores every single little work of art that she has sent to us. Here is about half of what we have from her… Our collection is so precious to me.
Petra of Lilla Jizo Healing and Prayer
Please enjoy the following images of even more of her work that I love…