My Healing Angel of Empowerment

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Healing Angel of Empowerment. Original oil painting on canvas, 40 x 30”, © 2017 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Healing Angel of Empowerment. Original oil painting on canvas, 40 x 30”, © 2017 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

This painting symbolizes taking control of your life and stepping into your power and happiness.

It personalizes represents for me a great shift in my life’s journey, after a miraculous healing.

For several years I’d had a debilitating disease that significantly affected the quality of my life. It was a mysterious digestive disorder that kept me in alot of agony, with extreme dietary limitations. I’d tried to target this illness from many angles, but allopathy, naturopathy and spiritual practices seemed to do little to help lift the burden.

All of the sudden, one week I met 3 inspiring people that altered my perspective and shifted my beliefs from weakness to empowerment, and within a days or two after applying their suggestions, I began instantly feeling better and better, and eating a broad range of foods again, without painful symptoms. I’d resurrected my health against the odds, and it appeared to be a simple matter of deciding to take my power back!

In the following few initial days of health freedom, I drew this Angel of Empowerment, a figure which was inspired by my 3 earth angels, but I realized that it ultimately represents myself as my own angel of healing. The spiral of glowing health had to start with my stomach area and radiate out, and like me, the angel lifts her arms and elevates to light of awareness above the darkness of despair, in a pose of total control over the situation, as the sharp shapes of fragmented beliefs and painful memories are broken up and dissolved beneath her, to make room for beneficial change.

Although this relates to my specific situation, I feel it’s a similar journey of empowerment that many inspired souls will take in their lifetime.

Prints available here on my Etsy site, also linking in SHOP section.
Original painting available upon request.

The Existential Journey of Self-Transformation

The Existential Journey of Self-Transformation. Original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 40”, © 2017 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
The Existential Journey of Self-Transformation. Original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 40”, © 2017 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

This painting is a very special one to me, as it illustrates my own personal journey of health through spiritual transformation. I began it during the onset of my illness, but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to finish it until years later, after I’d experienced my own miracle of healing, which I illustrate here.

The tiny black figure curled up in pain in the nautilus shell represents a sorrowful sick me. Then an angel emerges from the clouds, lovingly tossing my shell of self-pity down the waterfall. I emerge gingerly from the waterfall of change, stepping up into beliefs that reflect a more empowering attitude, as then my higher self sends me healing energy, leading to me finally stepping into my fully self-actualized power of joy and health! I hope this painting helps to inspire others, as the journey to true healing through the higher self is often similar. Believe that you can have the quality of life you desire with all your heart and that’s when miracles happen quickly!

Also, I’d like to include an accompanying poem I wrote about my journey here. Much of the verses describe what’s happening in the painting, but some of the elaborated parts hail from the many initial sketches I did in exploration of creating the painting. It’s sometimes heavy stuff, but it will help you to delve deeper into my story, and perhaps you see a part of yourself in there.

Painting prints available here in my Etsy shop.


My Journey Through Hell to Heaven
— Poem & Painting by Tiffany Davis-Rustam

Never did I start to see
the storm of my suffering crest the horizon
before it blew inside my door.
Oh so slowly as a snail crawls
from the secret garden of shadowy dreams,
did the hopeful stride fade from my steps,
and the agony within began its grave descent,
setting a trap to twist my beleaguered body from the center-out,
churning my insides from bright to grey.
The great graces of the days faded
as twilight deepened into an ocean of inky midnight.
Wave upon wave of nightmare nausea came crashing in,
spinning and spiraling me downhill into valleys so low,
crippling my queasy heart to depths where I no longer knew myself.
My body bubbled and bloated, burped and gurgled,
like dank poison in a witches cauldron.
I was rotting from the inside,
a spoiled carcass long gone,
SO long gone the grace of my smile,
the fleeted memory of levity,
as rivers of hot tears ran grooves down my face,
flooding my faith deep undersea, further every day, every year.
I pleaded, I wished, I whimpered in vain,
yet still the onslaught of battle raged on inside,
as quick daggers of pain stabbed my heart and gut without mercy.
Hopes of health withered to dust
as an invisible slavedriver
whipped my broken body with all it’s might.
I cowered into my shadowy circus cage,
but still the demonic locomotive kept raging full steam ahead,
determined to crush the remains of my soul,
as I shrunk small and curled up tightly in my shell.
I wept and I prayed,
I prayed and I wept,
yearning for brief rays of relief —
to be let free from this thorny dark pit.
I heard echoes of wise men pronounce it,
but I couldn’t begin to imagine
how I crafted my own dungeon cell.
— Just how does an innocent kitten
deserve to be tortured for her purity,
day by sorrowful day, until life is barely worth the breath?
How dark the night before the dawn
and how bright the angels appeared
to save me from such a wretched existence?
Out of the sky, the circle of light gathered
around my saddened shell of self…
The Red Eagle gazed into my eyes
and spoke straight to my wounded soul,
opening the shutters of gloom
and shining his magic
into the darkest shadowy depths.
Two beautiful devas held my hands,
and we sent my shell crashing down,
down a towering waterfall,
my self-piteous pain suspended in air,
rushing down from great heights of hell I fell.
Fell into deep crystal pools of peace,
water glistening with the shimmers of hope.
Slowly, unsurely at first,
I stepped gingerly out into the dazzling day,
buoyed by the whisperings of my angels.
I called upon the infinite nature
of my all-knowing higher self
to lift my weary body
and fill me with the long-last light of dawn,
to nourish my body with warm bread..
And do you know what happened???
I ANSWERED!
From the depths of despair I arose,
stretched out my wings wide
and the battlefield cleared free at my command
—Because I SAID SO and I meant it!
Miracles of miracles,
my torment started disappearing
and under the eye of the beaming sun
my malaise began to evaporate,
and my smile returned once again.
And still the reality presses upon me to share
that perfection takes longer than a day and a night,
but now I know what to do,
the the besiegement settles in…
I’d discovered the secret of ages,
the key to all locked rusty doors:
To simply believe
that you can shape your own clay,
to trust in the light of grace,
that we are all divine sparks of godhead,
that this is YOUR dance,
and YOU are your savior.

Painting Creation: Light Warrior

Here’s a little slideshow I made, featuring my one of my neo-cubist paintings, “Light Warrior.” It shows this painting being created in stages, so you can see part of my process from start to finish.

For more information about inspiration about the painting itself, see my earlier blog post about “Light Warrior.”

This painting was sold before the paint was dry, but prints are still available. Contact me for large prints, and 11 x 14″ Light Warrior prints are in my Etsy shop.

Painting Creation Video: The Groundswell of Spring

The process of watching a painting being created live can be so fascinating! It begins with a brush making its first mark onto a bare white canvas, and gradually with each new stroke, you watch it magically take form bit by bit, before your very eyes.

This is a time lapse video of me creating my original abstract oil painting “Groundswell of Spring.” Many hours on the canvas are condensed down into 1 short film for you to enjoy this organic live painting process of mine.

I started painting this without a plan or sketch, and as I painted I was constantly listening to a lot of Enya’s music, which inspires thoughts of angelic love and fairies in nature. As the painting emerged into flowing feminine forms, I felt it illustrated the magic of nature as it renews the birth of springtime in nature, hence the name “Groundswell of Spring.”

Abstract paintings are less about thinking and more about FEELING, which connects us to our humanity. My hope for this abstract expressionist painting of mine is that it bring joyful feelings of peace and love into one’s living space, and inspire one to gracefully flow into the new beginnings of each day.

To purchase the original painting or prints, visit my Etsy shop.

An Intuitive Painting Mother-Daughter Collaboration

This video features a fascinating painting collaboration of mother and daughter,  featuring Ruth Oosterman and her 3-year-old daughter, Eve Oosterman.

Eve draws her intuitive lines quickly, and then mother Ruth fills it in and expands upon it with watercolor, imaginatively creates forms where only mere suggestions once were. It’s touching to see how this very abstracted expression turns into tangible forms that you can recognize, and still the free spirited attitude of the child is still integrated.

Seeing this free-flowing process invokes an echo of expression with me and some of the intuitive techniques I use to make art. Creating art in a spontaneous free-flowing way is one of my favorite methods, and I’d like to also teach others how to do it as well.

When you feel how mentally freeing it can be to make art spontaneously, it removes one of the biggest obstacles to creation, which is the pressure to perform perfectly and make a masterpiece. Instead of asking oneself, “Did I draw that apple as realistic as possible,” I like to see how the emotional expression of feelings I’m going through on the inside comes out in painted form.

Abstraction is the easiest and fastest way to explore creation in general. While realism is more about a left-brained recreation of reality, non-representational art is right-brained and innately more spiritual, expressing the intangible that must be interpreted through the emotions.

I’ll be showing more about my intuitive painting process and offering classes and private lessons in my upcoming posts.

Memories of Stardust

Memories of Stardust. Original oil painting on canvas, 18” x 36”, © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Memories of Stardust. Original oil painting on canvas, 18” x 36”, © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

For stargazers, dreamers and cosmonauts, this painting is like interstellar exploration!

When the human eye looks up to space, I believe it’s looking for connections to a more expansive concept of reality. I personally can’t look up to the stars without wondering, and looking for shapes.

So while creating this painting, I decided to invoke one’s imagination more, and turn the nebulous mists of the Orion galaxy into ethereal visions of the invisible realm.

There are a bevvy of mysterious shapes hidden in the stardust, like angels and mystical animals, and I invite you to explore this interstellar space and see what forms you can identify. It’s like imagining shapes for clouds on a bright sunny day, only these are nebulas in deep space.

Original painting and standard-sized print available on my Etsy shop.

Holding a Vision of Unity

Holding a Vision of Unity. Original acrylic painting on canvas, 18” x 18”, © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Holding a Vision of Unity. Original acrylic painting on canvas, 18” x 18”, © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

 

I created this painting originally for my favorite non-profit art organization, The Peace Project, and their 2015 call for “Visions of Peace.”

My concept behind this painting of that peace is possible when we can hold a common vision of unity for all.

Conflict essentially arises from the notion that we are all separate beings, disconnected from each other. Compassionate spiritual teachings show us that we are all connected as one on the grand scale of life. If we could all lay down our fears and egoic strongholds, then perhaps we could see past our differences between one another, and come to embrace all of our fellow human race.

Once we see the value in each and every human, then ultimately the people controlling all the power, money and warfare would want everyone to have enough, so that we all can prosper together.

Putting aside ignorance and hate for one other, my vision here is that when we all join hands together, we can project enough light and wisdom to unify ourselves in a common vision of peace and prosperity for all.

Original painting and 11″ x 11″ prints on paper are available here on my Etsy page.

The Peace Project, started by The Whole 9 Gallery, raises funds by selling art, which is used for philanthropic acts in some of the most desperate places in the world, including giving crutches to amputees in Sierra Leone, and rebuilding houses after typhoon devastation on Bantayan Island in the Philippines.

I’m proud to donate the usage of this image to help others rebuild their lives. Wood prints of this painting and 120 other “Visions of Peace” are available from The Peace Project online shop, and will be on display at the upcoming “Love Wins, Peace Rises” show in Los Angeles this Saturday, November 21st. Their newest initiative is building a Peace Center in Sierra Leone.

Healing with the Violet Flame

Purification of the Violet Flame, acrylic paint on canvas, 12" x 18," © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Behold the Violet Flame, acrylic paint on canvas, 12″ x 16,” © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

I painted this new painting in honor of the Violet Flame of the legendary Saint Germain. The healing power of this ethereal fire has been spreading around through spiritual teachings and I use it a lot to help clear my path from obstacles.

What I do is just think of the Violet Flame and mentally put all of your worries into there—all of your fears, all of your anger, rage, pain and worries. The idea is to just release it into the Violet Flame, and it will then dissolve and transmute your pain, leaving you with a purified peace of mind.

I can feel the benefits this practice, yet still there was a little bit of a mental block for me because I have never actually seen a violet flame, (as that is not something we generally have here on 3D earth) so I decided that I would paint it from my imagination and then I would know what it looks like.

My intent for this painting is to use it with devotional prayer to help me visualize this process. I hope it helps you too, because life can be filled with many disheartening things and we need a way to release the drama that holds us back, and move on into ease and joy.

I’d love to hear your own experiences in visualizing the violet flame’s healing power. Please feel free to comment.

Behold the Violet Flame. 12″ x 16,” acrylic on canvas, © 2015, Tiffany Davis-Rustam. Original painting available here in my Etsy shop. Prints available through pre-order temporarily.

Join the Festivities at Affair of the Arts

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The 4th AFFAIR OF THE ARTS in Downtown Culver City will be held on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, featuring fine and functional art, music, activities for kids. The event’s producers from TheWhole9.com and The Peace Project believe that “Art Changes People and People Change the World.”

Tiffinity Art and her new scarves will join 60 participating artists from Southern California, including painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, wood workers, glass blowers and jewelry artists. The event will also feature eclectic music from some of LA’s most loved musicians, snacks from popular food trucks, workshops, and glass-blowing demonstrations.

Tiffinity Art scarves, cushion cases and prints will be on sale at Affair of the Arts May 30-31.
Tiffinity Art scarves, cushion cases and prints will be on sale at Affair of the Arts May 30-31.

Tiffany will also be joining her musically-talented husband Darius Lux onstage at 1pm on Saturday, playing flute to accompany his soulful pop vocals and guitar.

In the spirit of creating a better world, a portion of proceeds from the festival will support The Peace Project’s life-changing work which currently includes rebuilding communities in the Philippines, on-going work around mobility in Sierra Leone, Africa, and unity and community building here in Los Angeles in response to the national turmoil caused by police violence.

“For the past four years, we’ve been using the power of TheWhole9.com’s artists’ community to fuel change through the local and international initiatives of our non-profit, The Peace Project. Affair of the Arts has grown into another powerful way we can bring people in the community together around art and raise awareness of our collective ability to create a more peaceful world.“ shared Lisa Schultz, Founder of The Whole 9 and The Peace Project.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 30, 11am-7pm
Sunday, May 31, 11am-6pm
Admission is free.

WHERE:
Downtown Culver City
9300 Culver Blvd.
next to The Culver Hotel, at Main Street

Culver City’s downtown restaurants and bars including The Culver Hotel, Kay ‘N Dave’s, and The Wallace will be welcoming festival-goers so you can make a day of it in Downtown Culver City.

Flowing and Growing in the Arms of Love

Flowing and Growing in the Arms of Love. Original oil painting on canvas, 18” x 24”, © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Flowing and Growing in the Arms of Love. Original oil painting on canvas, 18” x 24”, © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

This painting is about how the power of love can help strengthen your will and evolve your life, so you can shine your light!

We’ve all had our our kinds of painful experiences that have tested us more than we thought we could take at the time. In those challenging times, few things can bring you more comfort than the steady arms of a soulmate friend or lover, holding you through the suffering, telling you they love you, and making you feel better, if only for having them with you. With that kind of nurturing love, a weary soul feels less alone, and thereby has more hope for change.

In my own experience, my supportive husband has helped me to grow and flourish ever since I met him, and together we’ve swam through the murky waters of pain and uncertainty to reclaim our power, through our combined love. His loving arms have helped me through my darkest hours, and it was then that I drew the first sketches for this painting.

Shortly after I created this painting, over a year later, I also happened to miraculously break through some long-term health issues and feel good again, which does feel like stepping into the light of my inner power!

Here in the painting you can see the healing metaphor of two twin flames that have grown and risen through a sacred lotus on a fish pond. Life can feel like swimming in a dark pond, until you you meet your life partner, or someone who sees and supports you on your ultimate path of evolution.

With their combined strength of love and care, this couple rises from the shadowy depths towards the stars, flowing and growing together, becoming their own heroes and unfolding their dreams like a lotus flower.

Painting original and prints available on my Etsy shop.

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