Posts Tagged ‘Original Paintings’

Luminous Darkness

On the Dark Night Sea Journey to the depths of our Souls that lays beneath the murky waters of our ego fears is a light so illuminating as to make clear our way into Love. We just need to follow the light peering through once we are thrust overboard into these velvety fluid waves of undoing. Like a swimmer floating on the sea, allow the waves to rock us like a baby in a cradle, as we surrender to Divine Will. Then we will become a channel for the Light of Creative Love to flow through us and shine out into the world, brightening the darkness there.

Owl Wisdom

Owl medicine has been coming back into my life this Fall. She had accompanied me on my dive down into the deep, dark feminine in 2001 after my divorce dark which brought up sexual wounds of early childhood for healing. Owl was Lilith’s companion animal, so fitting for the archetypal energies alive in me. At that time I did a life-size nude self portrait with an owl on my shoulder. There were owls living in the woods behind my house and I could hear them hoot at night. In the crux of my dark night, one appeared for a day on my trampoline in the front yard, staying there, staring at me, communing. I found out later she was probably injured and starving and asking for help, but I was too immersed in my own pain to hear her pleas. But something changed after her visitation. An inner strength welled within. I burned the huge watercolor painting of me as Lilith, having incorporated her feminine wisdom and sovereignty.

And now Owl has returned on my journey through the letting go of motherhood and the false notion that I can heal myself by nurturing my children. They don’t need or want my nurturing anymore and owl is helping me turn that nurturance back onto me.

She had been showing up in images, symbols and even a sighting in the neighborhood on an evening walk recently, asking me to honor her energies once again and allow her to lead my way. I did so with this watercolor as well as this clay piece and now her work is done, the medicine has had it’s healing effect and I’ve completed another very difficult passage in life and she has moved on, for now.

 

Rebirth

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The original wound gets punctured over and over again until finally the gash becomes so deep it is an opening to the eye of God and tears of compassionate joy stream down, washing over the soul with love and tenderness toward oneself and all beings. The sacred wound becomes the source of new life, regenerating the body, mind and spirit with nourishing seeds that will ripen into bountiful fruits. One needs only to stay present with the pain and offer a witness of loving kindness to the injured self from the wisdom of God within. Then one becomes part of the flow of eternal life and love.

 

Magical Flight

Birds, butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds have all seemed to enter my realm as of late. I am recognizing the energy of magical flight into realms beyond the mundane they symbolize for me as I heed their calling into a world of freedom, delight, and magic that I seem to inhabit more and more in my everyday life.

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Original Painting available here:  Let The Light In

They are an invitation to return to our natural state of joy as we rest deeply with trust in the arms of the Divine Love which holds us every moment.

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Original painting available here:  Joy Bubble

These winged creatures are a living symbol of ancient Goddess energy, always have been associated with Her power. May they guide us with their magical flights of fancy and freedom.

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Original painting available here: Spread Your Wings

Blackburnian Warblers

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The fires of summer are warming and softening, allowing us to surrender to the heat that slows us down, to relax into just Being and invites us to daydream into the imagination of wonder and magic.

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These so-called lazy days of summer are really the most productive in that in the energy of play and relaxation brings us closer to the realms of unseen forces and the freedom of allowing spirit to move through us.  We become like the songbirds, singing and flying for the joy of it.  Allow the heat to relax your body, let your worries go, and be in Joy that summer celebrates so beautifully~

Original painting available here

Dream Time

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Blood red roses of Mother Earth, golden-yellow sunflowers of solar male power, magenta gladiolas of my radiant body, the green of nourishing plants and balance- I honor you and invite you into my Being, alchemizing your energies to enhance my wholeness and well-being.  I celebrate the vital force of life, in my garden, in myself.

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I welcome the transition from day to night and when we enter into Dream time, to the realms of the vast Universal sub consciousness; a time and place where we can shapeshift and create infinite possibilities within our psyches and our lives.

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This Weaver-Dreamer process of creation is seamless, from painting, to dreaming, to breathing, to witnessing and reflecting.  Energy comes in, circulates around, energy goes out like the waves that move in and out from the Pacific ocean at my temple gate.  We are just channels for this energy- here to receive and give back, all in the name of Love.  It’s a matter of staying centered in our heart space to attract and radiate Love.  I become more clear with each passing day that this is my one and only mission in Life.

Original painting available here

prints available here

On Expansion

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Through The Portal- original painting available here

I still have my sea legs in my art realm after being tossed about in the ocean of psycho-spiritual transformation of the past year.  Along with all the layers of protective armoring, which kept me safe and sound all those decades, that were melted away, along went the familiar ground of my painting approach which also served to stabilize me emotionally and otherwise.

The new me is still trying to find a place to land, art wise.

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Flowing- original painting available here

It’s like coming out of a long term marriage.  you do the inner work, you heal your wounds from childhood that got ripped open by the break up, you get yourself fit, healthy, beautiful, whole in yourself once again and feel ready for the dating scene.  But after outgrowing your partner you realize you are ready for a different type of person, but who would that be?  What qualities are important now? It seems the only way to find out is to explore different men, have some new experiences, try some on and see how they feel. That’s what i’ve been up to in these new forays with my painting.

 

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Valley View- original painting available here

It’s been a bit unsettling to say the least. The security blanket that kept me covered and cozy all those many years in the certainty of my art, no matter what was happening in my world, has been yanked off.  It’s a bit chilly out here in the open, all vulnerable and exposed.  But the amazing thing is that along with the sense of a lack of surety is a new found feeling of joy in my being that I’ve been experiencing on a visceral level. While getting acupuncture yesterday I actually had a feeling of bodily joy in my feet that was a physical sensation unlike anything I’ve ever had. Joy in my feet! Yeah, my reward.  It’s worth it to feel the upside of this raw vulnerability which is actually becoming more refined and subtle by the moment.

 

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Orchid Orgy- original painting available here

And so….. round and round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows. And I’m okay with that.  I’ve decided to just allow exploration of new ground in each painting and view each one as a journey into growth and discovery, much as I do in my relationships.  We receive as much as we give and I am more devoted than ever to this path as Artist. I have trust that my higher self is co-creating with the Universe exactly what needs and wants to be expressed for me and for all who encounter my art.

 

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My newest painting in progress is of flowers from the market with a paisley background.  Who would have thought?  It’s all about being in this big, beautiful, wondrous mystery and opening to the magic there.

psssst- I have a coupon code for 20% off original paintings as well as my prints good through May 10, including any of these.  Coupon Code:  MOMS20

 

 

 

In Situ at my place

One of the wonderful benefits of being an artist is that we get to continually rotate the art in our homes and create a new, fresh look on a regular basis.

I recently framed a bunch of my new works and rehung some in my home.  here are a few shots-

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Break Away hanging over my reading/journaling couch in living room.

 

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Bunny With Cabbage over antique record player, Woodland Wildflowers over closet, One Step Closer To Heaven in dining room.

 

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Radiant Supreme over fireplace.

 

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Dancing With Desire and Spring Fling in entry.

 

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Rose Hips and Peony with eagle.

 

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Flights of Fancy at bottom of stairs.

 

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Starlight Magic, Myrna In The Morning and Shining Song in stairwell.

 

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SB Bird Refuge in corner by deck.

 

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Dream Shadows and Hydrangea Wonder in office.

 

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Soul Speak and small local landscapes in studio.

 

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Love Light in doorway of studio.

This new hanging has perked up my space with a joyful spirit and as per usual is a temporary display till my babies find their permanent homes.  In the meantime I am enjoying the refreshed vibe for spring. Hope your space gets some spring renewal now too- it’s a good time for this.

Lots of love~

Plein Air Pleasures

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I am continuing with my weekly paint outs into nature.  There is something immediate about painting outside in the elements that brings a freshness to my process.  This is our lovely bird refuge here in Santa Barbara and the black ducks are called coots (as in that old coot- never hear that expression anymore).  They were entertaining  Georgie while I sat on the bench working.  The colors here are so bright from the nourishing winter rains that we’ve desperately needed and received- Ah, thank you heavens above.

Coots at SB Bird Refuge original painting available here

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I’ve also gone up the coast to Gaviota, just north of Santa Barbara to paint this area for a SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) fundraiser show that will take place at the Bacara Resort in April. I love this group- participating in offering my art to give back to the earth for all She gives to me.  I have the deepest honor for Her abundance and beauty. Namaste.

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Of course Georgie loves to accompany me on my outings and he is such a mellow, sweet presence.

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Funny, I returned the following week to do another painting and thought I was doing an entirely different piece- more loose and free.  But, when I saw them together I realized how similar they are so am offering this one unframed in my etsy shop here

One of my professors in art college all those years ago once said that we paint the same picture over and over again- makes you wonder.

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I leave you with another infamous Santa Barbara winter sunset from my deck- we get an incredible show in front of our house every evening.  This is what I look at while I cook our dinners and it infuses our food with extra chi, I’m sure of it.

Blessings for beauty in your world~

 

Grateful to be in the Light

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Here it is Thanksgiving Day and I’ve just returned from an early morning beach walk in 80 degree temperatures and a sky so clear and bright, one can only smile with delight.

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I am amazed to find myself here in this life of such exquisite beauty and true bliss and an inner calm that steeps my Being with a confidence and trust I have never known.  I am finally standing in the light, my own light, after having just gone through the deepest layer ever of emotional healing for the past 6 months.  We’re talking original wounds that have been passed on maternally for generations- my grandmother, my mother, me and my daughter.  It’s been a dark, lonely, difficult, painful journey of healing and it has taken much effort, determination and focus, but lo and behold, the Divine Mother came to the rescue and I was able to surrender to Her Shakti force in my body.  My soul feels healed and guess what, it’s showing in my work.

 

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My liberation is coming through my painting which is becoming more spontaneous, intuitive and free.

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This one is titled Break Away and I painted how it feels to have these old energetic blocks of pain in my body dissolving into joy.

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I’m starting the painting with structure and a foundation of good design…

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And from there going into forays of playful color expression and pattern for the pure fun of it.

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This one is titled Dancing With Desire which is my new MOD with life.  I am no longer staying within confines of expected ways of being, acting, thinking, painting.  I am now dancing with my desires within the Universe.  I feel free, sexy, playful and light.  What a miracle this healing/art journey experience has been- one long shamanic journey and I am gratefully receiving the rewards of joy that going into the pain, meeting it head on and working through it directly and fearlessly has brought me.  I am grateful to Spirit the most of all.

Blessings to all for light-filled spirits~

 

 

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