Waxing in the Sunshine is my kind of Mother’s Day

I wait for the good weather to come to the PNW before I make my encaustic art.  Mostly because there’s not a suitable space inside our house for me to stretch out and turn up the torch.  And that’s okay because we are having a beautiful spring with plenty of warm sunshine and breezes to move the fumes up and away while I am working (playing) in the yard.

The art class I chose for this spring/summer is taught by Stephanie Hargrave a local Seattle encaustic artist and teacher.  Through Carla Sonheim’s Silly-U we are learning “Intro to Encaustic Painting.”   I’m really enjoying the layout of this course as we are receiving 4 weeks of information spread out over nine weeks so there is plenty of time for practice and absorbing all of the material.

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So while I was playing in the Mother’s Day sun this past weekend, I explored simple exercises with layering base medium and observing the behavior of one opaque and saturated (full strength) color of wax paint.

wax outdoors

But, I could not resist the lure to move ahead and blend more colors and natural objects from my surroundings.

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I created this mesmerizing piece I am calling “Cedar and Sage.”  I am loving the feel and the flow of natural waxes and resins, blended with color and the natural textures of the Earth elements.  Perhaps over the Summer I will create an entire body of work expressing this dance that I love with Nature and Encaustic Wax.

 

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Because it feels Right

When my friend Melanie Leavey, artist and storyteller of the Inkblot Kingdoms, asked me if I would like to join along on a Blog Tour, I knew the Universe was answering an intention I set forth to reawaken my sleeping blog.  Not simply because she asked me, but because she expressed her desire that my art and music reach more people, and spread more love into the world.  Thanks Mel!  The feeling is mutual.

If you haven’t seen the ‘zine, you don’t know what you’re missin’!  Check out “The Lost Girl Diaries.”

 

The Interview:  4 simple questions about what and why I create.

 

What am I working on and why do I create what I do?  Combo Q 1 & 3

Right now my art is about telling the truth.  It is about listening to what my body is holding, feeling, holding back, or trying to express through a straw sized opening.  (We’re working on that.)  Since my default mode is to behave like a sponge – my life has necessitated through illness and exhaustion that it is time to wring out that sponge.  Let all that I am holding back as it were, GO!

When I paint, I find the courage to create without the need of logic or sense making for the mind.  Images are recognizable but without the need for realism.  Common themes are recognition, transformation and allowing.  I am following my internal cues, with little or no interpretation, finger painting, experimenting, embracing the “un-order” of freedom, celebrating the outcomes of the question, “I wonder what will happen if I do this?….”

Mermaid and the Whale

 

I am opening to myself.  I am letting the wisdom of Creative Source surprise me.  It does feel liberating to let down my guard, to challenge the old stories of a cautious mind, to let my body play, to let my heart love what it loves with no apologies or negotiating for less than what I truly want or know deep from within is my true calling.

One day I heard it spoken from a Tree.  “You are here to Love me,” she says with Mountain Sunrises and Eagle’s Wings.  “Tell everyone how beautiful I am with your songs, your voice, your words, your colors.  I gave you eyes to see, and ears to hear.  I made you an artist so you could tell everyone how much you love me.”

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This is “Singing the Soul of Trees.”  A Creative Soul Portrait for my dear friend Julia.
 
 

I am making Art because my Soul is speaking to me.  It is telling me not to be afraid.  Take the risk to Love.  Let Life show me how.  The Spiral that is unwinding from within me contains all of the Original Medicine from the Earth and from the Stars.

 

The latest project I just finished was editing and publishing this music video for my song, “Goddess Woman Tree.”  A few of my “sisters in paint” gave of their time and talent to weave Tree Goddess Imagery with the Sounds of my first Album, Singing My Soul Home.  There are more of these music video projects in the works.

Goddess Woman Tree (Revised Edition) from Jeanie Anthony on Vimeo.

 

 

The Painting on my easel right now feels like a parallel life with every painting I’ve ever painted.  It is of a Woman shape shifting into her true self, into the depths of her creative power, transforming with Mystery and Eternal Knowing.  The shapes and colors, layers of feelings are transforming on the canvas and within me.

wip Eagle and Angel

This is a custom Creative Soul Portrait.  Work in Progress.  A mutual energetic collaboration.
 
 

I make art for myself, for the things that it teaches me about my ego, my soul, about life.  It evolves and transforms me, grows my contribution to the planet.  So I also make art for my people, for humanity, because fully expressed human beings evolve the world.

It is my calling to make art in honor of the Earth, and for all she has given us.  I can hear the voices of the Ancestors, Plant, Animal and Elemental people.  They have a story, and it is our story.  It is a celebration of life.

 

Q4:  How does my process work?

I like to begin my paintings in ritual fashion, a ceremonial honoring to the Wisdom of Life and the Intelligences that visit while I am creating.  With silence and mindfulness I attend the details of measuring, cutting, priming and preparing the vessel for the images that wish to express and offer their story.  I spend time with the fertile void, emptying, allowing my mind to relax its grip on perception and feel into the emerging shapes and textures that dance across the freshly gessoed canvas.  Receptivity is where I focus.  My intention is to receive the gift from the Source of all creativity, to tell the story my ego could never tell, but to be the medium for Life’s Dreaming Universe.

Sometimes it flows with ease, other times I struggle.  I don’t always understand what I feel, see and hear. But when I let go of the need to make sense of what appears, the Mystery carries the Love and the Story is born.  Making art is a deeply intuitive process for me.  I am a follower of my heart and gut.

 

Q2:  How does my work differ from others of its genre?  Or: What’s unique about me and my work?

I believe that when artists create from their inner promptings, it connects us all to the Source of Creation.  I am one thread in the tapestry of stars interweaving within the One.

 

 

Visit some of my friends to continue the tour:

My dear friend Julia Frehner graciously accepted my invitation to join the blog tour.  I am forever inspired by her presence.  I recently had the great fortune to be coached by her brilliant light.

A certified soul-life coach, inspirational speaker, Julia is also a dreamer, creator, and storyteller. Her life stories have journeyed her to great discoveries and the realization, life remains beautiful. With authentic courage, humor, and keeping it so simple, Julia engages with her clients and audiences; all emerge eager to embrace an inspired ideal life. She advocates sitting with Mother Earth, intuitive art, and daily prayer and meditation.  http://www.keepingitsosimple.com

 

Natasha White is the bees knees.  I love everything she does.  She was already on the tour when I asked to her join…..here she is at Define Your Joy.

And a special shout out to my friend Cynthia Lee.  Spirit Uncaged.

Just Because it Feels Right.

 

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Boarding the tour bus

So I’ve been invited on a blog tour.  Which is the perfect Medicine for revitalizing my blog as an important tool in my creative practice.  For the past two plus years I’ve turned inward to explore the landscapes of my Soul, finding the mirrors, interpreting the images and language, reconnecting with my strongest allies, returning to the true voice of my self as an artist and trusting the path.

It’s time to begin sharing through my blog again, with insights and process, the deep rewards that come from listening without judging and creating with a surrendered and flowing heart.

I submitted my intention at the Universal “order desk” just a few short weeks ago that my blog would become a portal for my journey through art and oracle, documenting and sharing my experience of living my spiritual creative practice.  And so arrived the invitation to join this tour focused on sharing my creative process.  It feels good to be in alignment with the flow of life.

Last night I sketched and doodled into the wee hours inspired by a deep urge to express the images and insights, feelings that are coming from spending an extended period unplugged and tuned into the land and the Nature Spirits where I live.  And flipping through a book on mixed media self portraits I came across this quote by Oscar Wilde.

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.  The sitter is merely an accident, the occasion.  it is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, reveals himself.”

So join me again next week on Monday the 28th when I share my blog tour interview and pass the torch to 3 more inspiring creative bloggers.

 

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Voice of the Body, Voice of the Earth

A beginning.  A story.  A body, a home.  My body, my home, my story.

I’ve lived my whole life with Trees.  And Mountains. Great bodies of water: Lakes, Sounds, Rivers, Streams and Oceans.  The cool mist of Rain Forest with moss, fern and fir.  Maple leaves on the ground and in the air, raindrops kissing the plants and the people, watering the souls of Earth’s creative kindred.

River of Life

Water is my element.  Feelings, flow, returning tides, perseverance, mystical, dreamy and deep.

This past May I journeyed to the desert to engage with a group of artful women.  I chose to drive the 3200 miles to and fro so that I could ease my watery soul into the desert landscape.

I found my connection in her red soil.  The dust, the mud, painted on my hands, my body.  She emerged in my paintings, in my dreams, in my songs.  I became a Red Rock Woman.  She carried me through the Desert on Raven’s wings.  She spoke of the ancient Seas that once covered the Desert Floor.  She held time in her loving womb, the Sun setting and rising on her striated body.  Her gift to me was my own voice, water in the Desert.  Raven led me to the medicine of Flute song to carry back to my home in the Rain Forest.

Desert Tree

 

While I sit and play on the banks of the River that is my home, I hear the songs of Desert Wind weaving amongst the Trees.  The Ancestors sing as I offer my heart to the Earth.  We are awaiting the Return of the Salmon and the Eagle.

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I hear her everywhere.  She is my voice.  A Red Rock Woman in Desert,  A Raven Woman in Mountains,  Salmon and Eagle Woman that live by Ocean, Stream and Forest.  Together we sing of Ancestor Souls weaving together all corners of the Earth.

 

Tarn

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Creative Expression and Shamanic Wisdom

 

I thrive by engaging my creative energies to celebrate and honor the wisdom keepers and spiritual helpers in my life.  Mother Earth’s beautiful song guides me into my truest self.

magic river flute

I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to my body and my intuitive guidance.  It is exhilarating experiencing painting from this deep meditative space.  Before I dip my fingers into the colors, I play my flute and give thanks with my drum.  I call inward to the wisdom that wants to inform me.  It is a dance of harmony and pure bliss.  A beautiful organic unfolding of my soul is reflected in the sounds and colors and textures bathing the canvas.

WIP Integration

This work in progress is part of my final body of work for my training in teaching intuitive painting.  I don’t normally share my works until they are finished, but this one is bringing so much joy and meaning I am continually amazed at its every turn.  I feel that I am honoring my process to share it now, while I am still in the unknown with it.  (And I thoroughly believe I will always be in the unknown with this living breathing creature.)

In the meantime, I have been savoring the waiting for Pixie Campbell’s upcoming online shamanic painting exploration.  Right up my alley!  It is starting at the end of July.  And it will be my absolute pleasure to circle with the many sisters who are partaking in this creative wisdom this summer.

Let the transformation continue!

 

 

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Deep Devotion

This painting named itself “Salmon Shaman,” back in Dec of 2011 when I was enrolled in Connie Hozvicka’s DEEP.  We were exploring our devotion, honoring the artist’s voice, following the brush strokes of heart.

 

in love with devotion

As I listened within, the voices of my lineage began to speak.  “What do you love?”  “What do you trust?”

The Source of Life calls me.  The hands of healers hold the brush.  I am called back into my practice of flowing the light through my hands.  A luminous glow awakens my heart.

I am devoted to the Ancestor’s stories that live within ancient devotion, the honoring of Spirit and Matter neatly woven into the dreams of the people.

I allow the listening to go deeper, to call me home into the real truth of my devotion.  The Medicine People are speaking, remembering me to the wisdom of the primal body.  We heal with our hands, we love with our hearts, we dream the unknown into being.

 

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The Soul of Music (mine)

I’ve always loved the idea of Art Journaling.  But for some reason it never caught on.  I have a stack of blank art journals on my studio shelf waiting for an artist to pick them up and paint, doodle, glue and stain.  I’ve gathered supplies: papers, inks, mediums and stamps, paints, glazes and pastel crayons.  But for some reason it never caught on.

Then sometime last month I watched a free video tutorial by Effy Wild that she calls “Book Binding 101, on her site, recently renamed  The Glitterhood.  It looked easy, and fun so I ventured into book making with her recipe for a juicy, handmade, canvas covered, heavy water color paper journal.

And it didn’t take long…….I’m hooked!  I’ve made three journals already, and I can’t wait to fill them up.

I lined the front and back covers of this one with one of my FEARLESS paintings from my IGNITE teacher training.

We’ve been exploring our devotion these past two months in IGNITE.  And for some reason, it caught on.  From the insides of this juicy art journal that I made with my own hands.  My soul sings to me, of devotion and longing.

This page really lights up my heart.  I combined my love for Soul Art and my Soul of Music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Morning Ritual

This past Friday a.m. was stormy in my neck of the woods.  A great morning to see what the Ravens and Eagles are up to during this time of Eagle Nesting.  We have a favorite spot where we go to connect with and admire our feathered friends.  Today was  a real treat to watch them bounding on the wind, diving and mating (First time I’ve seen Ravens mating…)

Even though we couldn’t get it all on film, I treasured this time in silence with my friends.

 

 

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Art as a Devotional Path

When I began my journey with intuitive painting, I never imagined that I would fall in love with my work the way I have with this tree.  It’s not just because its a tree, (but that is reason enough).

When I gaze at this Labyrinth tree I am aligned with my original intention when I began to paint.  I remember the power that flows through my body when I am connected and listening within.

This particular painting has me drinking deep.  It is captivating and nourishing to my center.  I need its message.

And every time I gaze upon it, I am struck by how powerful Art is.  Art that is infused with Spirit feeds us.  I feel the Love.  And once again I am shown how much I am moved by the power Divine Presence expresses through our devotion.

Art as a devotional path.  Yeah.

 

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Year 48 Day One

Today is my birthday.  Yesterday I completed my 47th year.  I’m in midst of many transitions at present.  My body, my creative flow, my teaching, my art.

I am reaching in to my Devotion, connecting to my passion for Life   I am following the juice to quench my insatiable thirst for Alignment with  the Divine Body, the Body of Earth.

I’ve been quiet lately.   Dancing in my Labyrinth.

In the interest of living my intention of sharing my creative life and process more openly, I am beginning my 48th year with a series.  It is simply Me, and my Art.  Portraiture has been calling me for awhile now, with emphasis on the self portrait as creative storytelling.  I believe all the art I make is a self portrait to some degree as it expresses what is true within me.  And I want to see myself.  I want to play more.  Art excites me.  I am celebrating Life.

 

Living a playful creative artist life. One day at a time.

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