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Part 1 of my previous SOLD wands, in approximate order of their creation, just to appreciate the beauty
I’ve been busy creating magic wands since I’ve moved to Sedona, but just realized I haven’t posted ANY blog or YouTube posts about it yet, OMG! So I’m just now catching up to video documenting the 60+ wands I’ve created so far, and after the 1st 3 or 4 videos I make we’ll get to the wands that are currently for sale… until they’re gone too!
But I’m always making more… I’m obsessed with woodworking and crystals, and paintings still too!
To see my current selection of wands (or visionary paintings) at any time, click on the SHOP button of my website to get to my Etsy page.
Enjoy this video &
Blessed Be, my magical viewers!
I want to tell the story of a process of my personal and artistic evolution via these 4 original paintings of mine here!
These were all created over the span of the last 7 years since I started painting seriously, and you can easily see how the subjects and expressions of these artworks of mine have grown over the years, while telling a story of my growth in life! 💫🌈🎨
🌟 1— TOP LEFT:
The first painting is called “Upwards through the Brambles“, one of my earlier paintings when I started out with a much more abstract style, very inspired by early Abstract Expressionists Wassily Kandinsky & Franz Marc, with their joyful color use and intuitive understanding of how abstractions mirror the emotions in a dynamically expressive way. Obviously, Cubism was a big inspo too!
Also personally in my life at that time I had recently moved across the country (several times), and with continued spiritual development, was shifting my lifestyle and graphic design career big time, experiencing a lot of confusion and anger along the way. This piece is my closest expression of feeling so many challenging struggles arising repeatedly.
Yet even with this distress, I always envisioned a way out of it, and in this case it’s the idea of that you have to keep striving UP-wards towards the light, because that’s the only worthwhile goal.
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Next is “Leap of Faith” — a painting that was created as part of a creative exercise to express something I’m not ‘supposed to do,’ according to society’s beliefs at large. This process was inspired by The Artist’s Way book by Julia Cameron. I did 4 other sketches, 1 other which became “Causing a Scene“, but this was the most powerful to me in several ways.
At that time was the scary idea to quit my job as a graphic designer and become a fine artist full-time, a goal which I’d then only just recently dared to dream of, and which would take years to fully achieve.
Artistically by this time I had a big shift, after I realized how I could convey my specific ideas more effectively if there were figures added in my artworks, and all the sudden more people were relating their own lives to them! That’s always been my goal, to inspire people deeply through my art.
🌟3— BOTTOM LEFT: “Light Warrior“ visually represents me developing my own personal style further, drawing heavily on influences from futurists like Umberto Boccioni, but infusing it with a more visionary art quality.
This painting embodies the strong passion and determination to develop in the path of a spiritual warrior and transform one’s life with purpose. Here the figure gathers up strength and power to kick his way out of the metaphorical darkness into the light!
Also during this time I was learning better how to let go of my negative emotions and take in more positive inspiration, while spiritually asking for enhanced awareness and evolution by doing a lot of meditation, inner work and affirmations.
🌟4— BOTTOM RIGHT:
Now this last painting, one of my latest ones, “The Existential Journey of Self-Transformation“, may figuratively echo the scene from the earlier painting above, but as you can see it marks a jump in style that’s more conducive to telling a detailed story.
The entire process of this painting was guided by a short-term mentorship by the amazing visionary artist Michael Divine. Through his teaching, I was guided to explore ways that I could combine my abstract expressions with more figurative details and perspectives, which became a better vehicle to convey the representational ideas of transforming from my deepest pain to my highest joy.
When I started this piece I quit my full-time design job, after I began to experience extreme digestive illness, which continued and increased sharply for 3+ years. This special piece was created to tell the story of my healing, and before it had even begun, I knew the trajectory it must take — for me to heal myself through my own higher self, with an angel or two as an aide.
And you know what? Eventually it happened just that way! About 3 years later, after unturning every stone, I experienced a miraculous BELIEF healing miracle which took me 90% of the way to reclaimed health! I’m still working on the last little physical bit, but that faith healing took me such a long way, and it was such a dramatic shift for me.
Everything I’d studied about spiritual self-empowerment over the years proved itself to be true in just 1 day! We really can heal anything, even our body through the power of our beliefs and thoughts.
So, thanks for following my journey through art here! I aim to elevate the human condition by artistic expression, and hopefully relate to others undergoing similar experiences.
— Follow above text links to learn more about each artwork. 2 of 4 paintings available and prints for all artworks found in my Shop page, leading to Etsy shop.
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.
The annual Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour celebrated it’s 20th year last weekend, and I my first time being a part of it.
On Sunday November 18th, over 100 artists gathered into 60 tour stops here in Northeast LA’s Arroyo Seco neighborhood. Between 100-200 people stopped by my house to check out the art, and it was fun to meet a bunch of new people and introduce them to my art.
I’ve had gallery shows before, and I’ve held my own pop-up exhibition too, but it’s always been a closely edited selection of paintings. Never before had I shown ALL of my paintings before, from my signature style of complex abstracts to my more experimental works that meditate on nature or texture, everything I’ve ever painted was on display and for sale.
It gave me great joy to see everything I’d worked on over the past 3 short, but productive years. The people I mentioned that timeline to were very surprised to hear I’d been painting for only 3 years, and quite frankly, so was I! I surprise myself even, I really don’t know where it comes from, but once the paintbrush found my hand I’ve been obsessed ever since, and I’m just overflowing with more and more ideas.
My prints and my new notecard stationary were especially popular at the tour. Some people said they were going to send them, some were gifting them for holiday presents, and some collected art cards and were going to frame them for their own walls. It’s interesting to see the variety of uses, as this is perhaps the first show I’ve displayed smaller paintings and prints at before. In the past, some people have suggested I paint bigger and bigger paintings, but I’m learning that the average but avid collectors don’t have that much free space on their walls, so they are looking for smaller gems to feature instead.
So what I’ve learned for the future is to create more smaller paintings for these art tours and trade shows, alongside the larger paintings that make my spirit soar, and are generally more in demand from galleries.
For now I’ve got plenty of prints and notecard options available online at my Fine Art America store, with originals and small prints at my Etsy store. I’m getting ready to post holiday sales on selected paintings, just in time for the holidays, and stay tuned for listings for my new Abstract, Dancers, and Angel notecard sets, as pictured below.
To see more artists from the Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, you can still visit the AAC website and browse the other local members.
No one really likes to think about earthquakes, except until they happen usually. But then it could be too late to save your valuables. Take a look around your house; is there anything unsecure that you wouldnʻt want to lose in a quake? If so, then perhaps youʻll want to secure them down.
I didnʻt even know you could “quake-proof” your art until a recent trip to the hardware store, where I discovered QuakeHold! Museum Putty. I took it home and tried it, and it seems to hold things in place really well: paintings, small sculptures, other fragile or delicate objects.
Super simple to use: Just press a little ball onto the back corners of paintings, or on the bottom of objects, hang or press item down, and twist a little to secure. You canʻt move that item easily anymore, unless you aim to, it comes off with a direct pull, and is reusable on other objects.
As an artist, Iʻm so thankful to have found this, and Iʻm going to use it when hanging all my paintings. Iʻm not one to be overly cautious, but living in California one just has to accept the potential of seismic shifts. But now, whatever happens, I can at least rest easily that my art will be OK, and thatʻs a big relief! And Iʻll say goodbye to those occasionally slightly askew paintings too.