Art

Finding Light within Darkness

2016-08-02 17.15.51Light within Darkness. 20×16. Acrylic on Canvas. 2016

 

July was rough. Intense and hard. Filled with stress and feelings of lack. It was the toughest month I’ve had in awhile.

When I’m out of sorts, I contract and withdraw. I have confronted this kind of lack and stress before and made it through the darkness back to the light countless times. So I know this dark time it’s fleeting, but then, that may be why I was so frustrated. Because I’ve been here before and I didn’t want to be here ever again. But I will be here again. We all will. It’s how life rolls. Control is an illusion (Thank you, Mr Robot for that tidbit, I found comfort in repeating it when I felt out of control.)

There were valid reasons for being so angry, upset and frustrated. However, I was often angry when compassion was what was really needed. I had to ask myself is this anger helping? and if not, let it go.

Thankfully, after many cries and allowing myself the space to process my feelings, I was ready to live in the truth instead of fighting it. I was ready to accept that we are human.  I was ready to open my heart again. I did the deep feeling. I didn’t brush past it or stuff it down (well I tried to stuff it down with food, but that back fired leaving me feeling worse). I ate a bunch of chocolate. I wrote. I meditated. I collaged. I spent time in my yard, enjoying the hammock, tending to my succulent garden and planting seeds. I once heard to plant a garden is to believe in or have hope for tomorrow. I felt that saying come to me as I planted flower seeds and allowed it to uplift me.

Most importantly for me, I painted. I gave the canvas all of my feels as I shared in this blog post. I love re-learning how to heal through creative practices, With creativity, I reclaim ownership of my life. Abundance comes from within. I remember that I can create something from nothing and that is empowering. Love and support and inspiration is always available. In this remembering,  I find the light within the the darkness, just as the moon shines in the night sky and the lotus rises from the dark, muddy waters.

iKat Inspired Painting

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Embrace your wild side with a funky ikat inspired painting. This bold pattern really makes a statement when added to your gallery wall. The ancient iKat dying and weaving process was my muse resulting in a cool tribal-inspired painting.

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View from Above

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This abstract painting was created for the teachers lounge at my sons school for Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you for all that you do for your students. Teachers are amazing!

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The teachers lounge got a serene beach vibe makeover by another awesome parent at our school and she contacted me to create artwork. The creative brief was something abstract, soothing and beach themed.

I started out with some brown in the piece but, felt the contrast was a bit dramatic. I switched to gray for a more soothing color palette. This was an awesome project. I started out with some geometric shapes and with layer upon layer morphed the hard lines into flowing organic shapes you see in the finished piece.

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I watched a nature show about oceans halfway through working on this piece and I that inspired the transition from geometric to more organic shapes. This beauty is titled “view from above” and was made with the ocean in mind. When I look at it, I see an ocean view from the air looking down on water, beaches, rocks, moss and land.

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View from Above, 3’x4′, Acrylic on Canvas, 2016

Trust in Your Magic Affirmation Artwork

I created this piece last summer as I contemplated a new journey teaching/facilitating art. I explored layers and markings to help me work through how I wanted to share my process with others. Lastly,  added a positive affirmation, a reminder to trust in your magic. For me, that means to trust what’s within you, your authentic self without judgement. An affirmation is a personal statement that can be used to boost self-esteem, reduce stress, and manifest the life of your dreams by retraining your subconscious mind. The bold color combination and starburst markings will infuse your space with positive energetic vibes and boldly remind you that you have all the wisdom, love and creative abundance you need within you, you just have to trust.

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Treetastic 4 at Firehouse Gallery

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Treetastik: Life Amongst the Trees at the
Firehouse Gallery 1015 N. 1st Street PHX
Curated by Spider aka Kristina Kuhl

Through Art and inspirations , trees provide life from shelter, to food, to imagination, and even magical. From animals who take shelter in trees to childhood treehouses & mysterious fairies this 4th annual Treetastick will be full of life and magic. Over 20 local Arizona Artists bring you a tree inspired artworks. It’s a beautiful show and one I’m proud to be a part of. I’ll be downtown this Friday, May 6th. Please invite your friends and connections to the show and I hope to see you there!

ARTISTS:
Lauren Bishop
Richard Bledsoe
Cindy G. Castillo
Sondra Carr
Krisiten Fagan
Massimo Kylene Corponi
Tara Gamel
Margarete Beeson-Giacomazzo
Winston Harrell
Bill Hemphill
Karma Jean
Kristina Kuhl
Lori Landis
Jamie Long
Kara Marshall
Jewell Medina
Chuck McCune
Nancy Romanovsky
Kristy Theilen
Leslie Walker
Steve Wesby
Jason Youngdale
Rachelle Olsen
Kharli Mandeville

Little Moon

Some of my favorite moments as a child involve looking up at my beloved night sky. Nighttime swimming at my uncle’s house as a kid was the best. I found so much peace and happiness floating along the water and looking up at the darkness. At my childhood home, sitting on top of our roof outside my sister’s bedroom window was my all time favorite spot to relax and dream.

When Bert and I moved into our own home in the desert, my sacred space was swinging in our hammock, you guessed it, under the night sky. I have always been a night owl and I’m sure my connection to the moon and stars is why I am that way.

While painting intuitively, you can imagine the joy I had when this sweet little moon face appeared! The stars showed up after and I love the whimsy nature of them. Oh Little Moon, you have my heart!

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This beauty was sold quickly and went to the home of a wonderful soul in Phoenix.
She also has a love for the night sky so, I knew it was meant to be.

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I have this art printed on my phone case and get to see and enjoy it every day!

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Visions of Spring I and II

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I created Vision of Spring in 2013, it was a fun process to create this large abstract color painting. I love the colors and it has been consistently one of my top art pillow cover sellers however, this piece has yet to find it’s home. I think that’s been a good lesson about what is pleasing in one format may not work in a different one. I decided to keep the original design available for prints and printed products and add some embellishments to the large painting to play with it a bit more and see where it leads.

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I added more gray, some sprigs of flowers and pod shapes for an delicate look. I loved the softer colors in the original and wanted to play up that feeling.  I am really enjoying the vibe of the makeover artwork yet, I still love the original work. What do you think? Do you prefer the color wash before I embellished it or after? I found this to be a neat painting experiment and practice in letting go and moving forward when something isn’t working as it is.

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Abstract Mandalas I and II

One of my favorite things to paint is mandalas. The repetition of shapes and patterns is freeing and calming to create. You simply start with a center and add on one row at a time. As mandalas change and evolve they help you to see how one thing leads to the next. They are a good tool for trusting and working through your intuition. I fall into a blissful meditative state whenever I draw or paint one. Today I want to share with you two different but, similar styled abstract mandala paintings I have created. You’ll also find a link to watch a work in progress painting video. Super vulnerable moment as I’m not very confident on camera but, you have to start somewhere. xo

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Believe in You Affirmation Artwork

I enjoy making art that speaks. In this case it is a positive affirmation and reminder to believe in yourself. An affirmation is a personal statement that can be used to boost self-esteem, reduce stress, and manifest the life of your dreams by retraining your subconscious mind. The playful colors and mandala design along with the affirmation in this artwork will infuse your space with positive vibes and gently remind you that you are worth believing in.

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Lively Flower Artwork

Still life flowers transformed into lively flower artwork! I began a three canvas journey with these still life’s below a couple months back. The feeling I got creating the still life’s was one of stiffness, restraint, questioning. I knew I needed to free up my process and start again so, I painted over the paintings. I am so much happier with these flower paintings. I know how much joy I poured into painting them and I think it shows.

 

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