Monday, August 22, 2016

I spent the entire weekend in a shamanic world. I uploaded an audio book (love audio books) ~Jose Luis Stevens "Awaken the Inner Shaman." Lots of work with the inner shaman ~ very thoughtful journey work included with the teachings, which teaches how to work with your shadow; guides to how to operate in this world of illusion we live in; and now have an idea pointing me towards a new painting. I am about half way through with my year long course work with the "Year of Ceremony" group ~ about 3000 of us from all over the world. It is so cool to connect with shamanic practitioners from Sweden, Ukraine, UK, Australia... We are all working so hard to bring balance to this chaotic world we live in. This is not "woo-woo," it is deep shadowy gunk that needs to be brought out into the light and healed. Would you not agree that our world is becoming increasingly fragmented and every little thing, we as individuals can do to bring balance back, is infinitely better than hatred and fear? I would challenge you, dear reader, to consider what it is you can bring into your daily life that would make our daily lives a little better. It can be as simple as a sincere smile ~ I see you.

I listened to the entire book saturday and sunday, and worked on my altar boxes. I believe that when you work on artwork, music, writing ~ well, anything creative you are sharing with the world; whatever it is you are listening to, feeling, stressing over, enjoying... is infused into your work.
For me personally, I can look at one of my completed pieces and know exactly what it was I was thinking or feeling at the time. It is like my personal time capsule.

It follows that whomever looks or listens or reads that creative piece will feel on a subtle level what it was that the artist was thinking, the inner catalyst infusing the I AM with the artistic soul. It is a marvelous type of healing, or hatred, or whatever...  One must be careful to walk your talk. Nothing can be done that does not touch on someone or many someones. The whole ripple in the pond effect.

It is all cosmic, we are connected whether we want to believe it or not. So, it must be decided within your heart how you want to carry yourself in the world. What you say and do matters.  Heart, compassion, healing, in the face of fear, hatred, and absolute evil. It is the only way to be; otherwise, you are lying to yourself ~ not owning your shit ~ living the lie that God ~ the great I AM ~ does not live within you and you do not live within the I AM. That is a corruption of the absolute truth of the marvelous and so exquisite heart of the I AM.

Well, enough of my proselytizing. The altar boxes are coming along ~ a bit of a pain in the ass to get the finish to lay on without bubbles and unexpected glitches. I may lay this type of work aside for a little while, and begin work on my new painting. It is so crystal clear inside my head and must be put onto a perfect masonite panel that has been patiently waiting for me to find the image, and paint.
Love, C

Monday, August 1, 2016

 I have been working on my new project. Altar Images or treasure boxes or stash boxes ~ whatever you can imagine for yourself and what you want to put inside them. I have two orders so far ~ shown here ~ the fairy box is for a little girl and the bird box is for some girlfriend of a friend. I sell them for $45 apiece.
I am getting my process figured out, prepping, sanding, color scheme, gluing, cutting, and the final finishing with satin polyurethane. I have found an online e-store which sells Italian prints on a quality acid free paper which takes glue, water, paint quite nicely; and the ink doesn't run when I apply glue or water.
It is fun and I am deeply absorbed in my work. Of course, I listen to music or audio books while I work and the next thing I know, it is 5 p.m. and the daylight is dimming and dinner needs to be made, along with a nice glass of Italian Sangiovese. Love, C

Monday, May 30, 2016

I have been working on my new project ~ making boxes for New Paradigm Arts offshoot: Altar Images; which will eventually be sold in my Etsy shop.
The box decoration involves paper, paint, decoupage, lots of glue and varnish. There are some problems which have to be worked out; such as bubbles in the paper. I think some of the problem is the paper is too thick, absorbs the glue and moisture and then it has to dry. Perhaps I am working too fast, and need to let the paper dry thoroughly between coats. Which would be about 24 hours. It is all part of the process, learning as I play with it.
Decoupage is an old craft from France. Think of King Louie furniture with what looks like painted scenes, flowers, birds etc. ~ A lot of it is decoupaged paper under layers of varnish.
I have been using my Cameo cutting machine, ink jet printer and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop to create my designs. I lose myself and am having lots of fun figuring things out.
The Raven box is done, will put the hinges and clasp on today. The Ahimsa box has a lot of problems and will probably not sell it. The metallic paper doesn't glue well, bubbles and stretches. I have also been using card stock for the Ahimsa box; I will discontinue using this paper too. Too thick. I printed the Tree of Life (raven box) on rice paper and that came out beautifully. Rice paper is thin and dries quickly.
Here are my prototypes:

Sunday, May 22, 2016

I call this "Spring Rite," 14" x 16", mixed media on board.
As part of my shamanic practice and ongoing work with the Year of Ceremony group (now at 2000+ members from around the world); I was given the direction by spirit, and inspiration from the group, to create portable altar's. I have begun this work and will be offering them up on Etsy.
All the work I have been doing learning to work with paper, sealers, decoupage techniques have been a very good precursor to the making of portable altars.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I am embarking on a year long ~ 13 Moon, Year of Ceremony ~ with other shamanic practitioners from around the world. At this writing, there are over 600 people participating.
It is organized through SoundsTrue and conducted by 12 shaman elders from different traditions around the world. We all will join together in ceremony on the full moon, via live video or watched later on a taped version; since so many of us are at different time zones, watching the live version could be problematic, say 2 a.m or when you are at work. 

I feel a particular joy with this endeavor, like a vast web of light is being woven around the earth. Shamanic experience has always felt very natural and right for me. It is the platform I have built my artistic endeavors upon. An altar if you will. It is so nice to connect with those of like mind, a world community brought together in a spirit filled ceremony.

This experience will be reflected in my artwork over the coming year. I have begun a new piece already with the theme of spring rite, Ostara, Equinox, the full moon eclipse; which all coincides with the 1st moon ceremony. It is a mixed media piece. I began with designing several paper cuts, which include birds and celtic knot work, and have gessoed the board and painted the initial background stencils in "robins egg blue." 

I wish all of you well, hope that your spring is bursting forth with the promise of joy, health, wisdom, and soul. Love ~ C

Monday, March 14, 2016

I love birds. They have been figuring into my artwork as of late. Two of my latest experimental pieces have had birds in them. My next piece will include them too. 
My new cutting machine ~ Cameo Silhouette ~ is a wonder. I have been asking it to cut out highly intricate designs; Celtic knot work to be exact; wow! beautifully done. There is always a little difficulty learning a new machine/software but it's all good. Technical stuff usually doesn't bother me. 

When I was a little girl, I learned to embroider and discovered the art of patience with small details. That patience has stayed with me. I use patience every day with people and my artwork.
Speaking of patience, I have been trying to update my web site. The art gallery in particular. What a pain in the ass; finding the glitches amongst all the coding. Have you ever seen coding?

Yeah, well now you get the idea.

The flowers of spring have inspired me and got me planning a new piece with white blossoms and Robins. It will be a mixed media piece. Love mixed media. Very experimental. I put on my headphones and listen to, say... Pink Floyd, and just let go, be, cut, glue, paint, daub, print, find my balance and fill my soul with a blissful peace of mind. It is a marvelous thing to feel peaceful and full of energy. Applying elbow grease to your soul purpose will always make one feel simply smashing.

Love ~ C

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I have just added a store front on Etsy. Pretty exciting stuff. Here you can buy my giclee prints and acrylic/mixed media artwork.