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Pondering the GROUNDSWELL of Evolution

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WeTheLiving, oil painting study, 25" x 25" by Tiffany Davis-Rustam

Recently I sold this study above for a major painting I made for an album cover, entitled “We The Living.”

This was a small study painting created for a much larger 5′ painting, (pictured further below) which was used for the cover of Darius Lux’s music album called by the same name “We The Living.” Darius is my very talented husband who writes and sings engaging positive music full of heart and inspiration for the mind and soul.

The sale of this painting study felt like a confirmation from the universe of our combined quests to spread both our music and visual arts! This had me contemplating the painting yet again, and a new meaning for the narrative took shape, yet intrinsically it was always there.

Lately I’ve been pondering the idea of creating “groundswell” in our lives, a somewhat poetic description for the ambition to spread our arts far and wide, reaching a greater number of people. We’ve both been optimistically creating for a while, but without a larger audience for support, our efforts have started to feel fruitless and even pointless at times… It’s like the old adage “If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to see it, did it happen?” Or what does it matter?

Groundswell is about growth throughout our lives, and most people aim mainly for career success and achievement, yet our intentions are so much more BEYOND that. Certainly lots of attention, notoriety and a financially-supported livelihood can be the proof of connection on a larger level certainly, but our aim is not just to make lots of money.

We wish to share the poetry and vision of our altruistic ideals through our arts, and with the transcendental experience that art can communicate, help to uplift and inspire others in their life journeys, to assist a society that desperately needs more love, personal growth, awareness and connection to our souls. In this way our personal groundswell could lead to further development of a global groundswell of consciousness!

Final painting on the Darius Lux album cover: "We The Living"
Final painting on the Darius Lux album cover: “We The Living”

So in looking at this painting again, I saw that it could be interpreted as a figurative metaphor for the idea of “groundswell”, as the dominant shape of the mountain is a giant arrow pointing upwards, picturing a few visionary individuals dancing and doing their specialties, as all their energy flows together in a circular mass, and up towards the mountaintop and the shining sun! 

That really is what the idea for Darius’ “We The Living” record has always been about, and my art, as well. To inspire each one of us to be our best selves, and with each of our unique efforts, aiming to make our world a better place to live in.

Darius and I definitely dance to the beat of our own drum and it continues to be a colorful life that constantly shifts and evolves. Follow each of us on our journey towards GROUNDSWELL, via our website or social media accounts.

And in your own lives, perhaps somehow you might also find your own way to be a part of the groundswell of the evolution of consciousness on Earth.

DariusLux.com

TiffinityArt.com/shop

 

Namaste!

Find out more about the final”We The Living” painting and get prints here in my Shop, and also larger canvas prints are available upon request.

 

 

 

Vortex Wands SOLD – Video #2

Sold Vortex Wands VIDEO, Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

A while back I posted a video showcasing my first batch of Vortex Wands (which have already been sold), and this is the 2nd sold video, showing wands approximately in the order of which they were created.

Please enjoy this little slideshow featuring my high-end magic wands, studded, inlaid and topped with premium crystals! As I get more experienced in making my wands, I’ve found better branches, better crystals, and have been trying out new elements, techniques and materials.

With these last 2 videos I believe I’ve showcased over 50 of my original wands, and still no 2 are the same! I’m working on the 3rd video, which should wrap up all of the wands I’ve sold to date, and then I’ll finally have caught up enough to make videos for wands that are still available.

(I’d like to add that no living trees were harmed to make these magic wands. All branches are taken from dead and often fallen trees and shrubs.)

Finally!! Vortex Wand VIDEO — Sold Wands, Part 1

Sold Vortex Wands VIDEO, Part 1Vortex Wands – Sold, Part 1

Click on this image to see my newest YouTube upload:
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.

(I’d like to add that no living trees were harmed to make these magic wands. All branches are taken from dead and often fallen trees and shrubs.)

Enjoy this video &
Blessed Be, my magical viewers!

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.

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.

Keeping the E.T. Dream Alive

Pleiadian Borealis Glow. Original oil painting on flat canvas, 9” x 12”, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Pleiadian Borealis Glow. Original oil painting on flat canvas, 9” x 12”, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

There are so many stars in the sky that life on other planets seems inevitable to me. On super starry nights I look up at the sky and look for signs of spaceships, for something extra-ordinary.

Our first night in Sedona my husband and I looked straight up and BOTH saw some extraordinary activity in the sky: It looked like a star, but did several very fast and erratic movements to different directions, before quickly disappearing!

Such fast changes of direction simply can’t be achieved with any man-made planes made yet today. It was a short-lived experience, and from a distance, but I’m certain what we saw was a UFO. I haven’t seen anything exactly like this aerodynamic “Pleidian” saucer craft yet, but just making this painting might increase the odds!

Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon of neon lights, seen only in the arctic skies of the Northern hemisphere of Earth. It’s documented as a scientific process, but the colors are so surreally different from the colors we usually see in the sky, that I think everyone would agree it looks more super-naturally derived than normal!

Here in my painted imagination I like to think the auroras could actually be visual signs of electro-magnetic waves of communication with extra-terrestial beings from other galaxies…

For those who keep the E.T. dream alive, I give you: Pleidian Borealis Glow.

Framed original painting and prints available in my Etsy shop.

Trifecta Confections

Trifecta Confections. Original oil painting on canvas, 9” x12”, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Trifecta Confections. Original oil painting on canvas, 9” x12”, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

Dare you believe it is what you think it is?

Yes! This painting is the ultimate expression of the divine feminine sensuality, to the magical power of 3! Three is a sacred number in many cultures, and it certainly shows strength in numbers here.

The female anatomy is celebrated here with a sacred reverence, expressed like a blooming flower, or a perfect candy-coated confection. I feel we should be honest about our sexuality, because in truth we are all sexual beings, and conscious use of this intimate union brings us closer to our own soul power.

A woman’s vagina is the entrance through which all beings enter through, and a source of love and pleasure for a woman and those who love her.

As a woman myself, I believe we should embrace the divinity of our sexual natures, and treat our body as a temple… only those who respect and nurture our ENTIRE beings deserve to be “let inside the gates” of our special place, and partake of the candy!

This small little painting was done on flat canvas, and is framed nicely in a white wooden frame.

Original and prints available on my Etsy shop.

Where In the World Have I Been? — Part 3

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Tiffinity Art Silk Scarves, Left to right: Groundswell of Spring, Spring Symphonia, and Hendrix Voodoo Vibes; Tiffany brings color to the cacti in Arizona, T at her Affair of the Arts booth in Culver City.

Part 3 of 3: ART SCARVES LAUNCH

Since I’ve been touring on the road with my musical husband this past year, it was important to me to have some of my own painterly wares to bring on our travels. I’ve finally kicked off something I’ve wanted to get into for a long time, and that is creating Tiffinity Art Scarves from my original paintings! So far there are 3 scarf patterns, selected by polling my fans and digitally printed from my original abstract paintings.

Fashionable ladies love to look beautiful and creative, and these colorful silk scarves really accent basic outfits with a ‘notice me’ punch! I proudly wear my signature scarves everywhere I go, and get LOTS of compliments. I sold out of my first two shipments very quickly, and I still haven’t even created a blog post for them yet, but I intend to soon, after I order my next shipment soon.

This is just the first of several art products that I intend to launch. Coming up this year are also:
Tiffinity Tote Bags, Cushion Cases, Dresses, Caftans and even Bikinis! I’ve come to realize that for a lot of us wall art might be a bit of a luxury, but there are all sorts of practical applications can beautify your outfits, carry your belongs, or even spruce up your living room. Please share your feedback, which one of these items would YOU be most interested in personally?

In summary, 2014 was a whirlwind of activities, and though I’ve been extremely active on Facebook and Instagram, I hadn’t blogged for quite a while. As the tides turn for this new year of 2015, I’ve decided to re-embrace doing this blog more often, and also to create more art videos and YouTube vlogs as well, talking more about the ideas behind the art. I feel like it’s time to make my voice heard, and share more of my perspective on art’s importance to our modern world.

MUCH more to come in this year, and I hope you’ll join me virtually on my artistic journey.

Where In the World Have I Been? — Part 2

 

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Left to right: ‘Share Love, Make Peace,’ ‘The Quiet One,’ ‘Mystic Trinity of Smoke Valley’ on salvaged plywood, and a freshly cut tree branch face in Caspar, CA that I was asked to paint.

Part 2: PAINTING ON THE ROAD

Now that I’m traveling so much with my husband’s music tour, I don’t get quite as much opportunity to paint as I did before. Yet my soul yearns to paint, and I have completed 3 paintings that I love, and started 2 other intriguing ones recently, plus I’ve been sketching a whole lot more than I ever did before. I plan to post more photos of my drawing process in the next year, as well time lapse painting videos, so you can see how the concept starts out & changes.

Featured here are a few snapshots of my completed paintings since the tour began in June 2014, starting with Share Love, Make Peace, The Quiet Onewhich is anything but quiet. Mystic Trinity of Smoke Valley was done on repurposed plywood that I found at a construction site, which inspired a similar cloaked figure on a freshly-cut tree branch face that I was asked to paint, on some quiet ocean-view land in Caspar, CA that we stayed on. I really enjoyed this new experience of painting on the wood, picking up on it’s naturally-occurring patterns and then turning it into what I see it the grain; to me it feels like the painting almost paints itself.

Share Love, Make Peace was the first painting I did on the road, created for The Whole 9 Gallery’s Peace Project contest, and I sold the original the very next day after finishing it — and for much more than I expected— from a dear new friend we’d met our on NorCal travels! If you’d like to purchase a lovely 12 x 12″ wood panel print of this piece, it’s for sale at The Whole 9 Gallery, and 100% of the profits go to changing lives around the world.

My husband Darius and I have been so impressed by the global relief efforts of The Peace Project, and founder/gallery owner Lisa Schultz, that we’ve also started to donate 10% of our music tour income to their wonderful actions, which has most recently gone towards rebuilding homes for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. It feels so great to give, knowing that the money is going immediately to help change lives in such big ways.

I welcome hearing your favorites or comments on these new paintings of mine! Which is your favorite?

Tomorrow, Part 3 of 3: Tiffinity Art Scarves & Other Products