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A Story of Artistic & Personal Growth — via 4 Paintings

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Top Left: Upwards Through the Brambles. Top Right: Leap of Faith. Bottom Left: Light Warrior. Bottom Right: The Existential Journey of Self-Transformation. All by Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Top Left: Upwards Through the Brambles. Top Right: Leap of Faith. Bottom Left: Light Warrior. Bottom Right: The Existential Journey of Self-Transformation. All by Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

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! 💫🌈🎨

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Where in the World Have I Been? — Part 1

From left to right: Tiffany with the new/used motorhome; Tiffany playing flute with Darius Lux on tour, pictured here playing for The Peace Project at The Affair of the Arts in Culver City; T & D by the famous Seattle skyline.
From left to right: Tiffany with the new/used motorhome; Tiffany playing flute with Darius Lux on tour, pictured here playing for The Peace Project at The Affair of the Arts in Culver City; T & D by the famous Seattle skyline.

Since I’ve been suspiciously absent from my blog for a little while, I just wanted to take a moment and fill you in on all the news from 2014, which has been a big year. A lot has been happening, so I’m going to talk about this in 3 parts, over the next 3 days.

Part 1 of 3: HAVE MUSIC, WILL TRAVEL

In June last year I packed up my entire 3-story house and studio in LA, rented it out and joined my husband Darius Lux onto a regional tour. He is a really wonderful musician with inspiring original music, and the time had come to grow his career by taking it on the road, up to Northern California, Oregon, Washington and over to Arizona as well. Two months into the tour our little Prius and new motels every night were exhausting us, so we went all in and got an RV motorhome, which we’ve been happily living in ever since!

It’d be an understatement to say Life touring on the road has been a huge transition, but the RV has made it easier on us, and it’s very exciting to meet new people and share our music and art, and also get in a whole lot of quiet time in nature, when we aren’t gigging.

For this acoustic’ tour, my husband Darius sings and plays guitar, and I’ve pulled out the flute I haven’t played since high school to join the act as well! A well-hidden talent of mine: I used to play the silver flute in band, flute choir, and classical youth symphony, but never did I imagine in the future I’d be playing pop songs with my husband!

Accompanying Darius has given me a great opportunity to develop another facet of my artistry, a musical one. It’s been a surprisingly natural combination, and I think we play together quite well; but make no mistake, Darius is the seasoned musician of the two of us! Here’s a YouTube video of the 2 of us, playing Kiss From a Rose at Axe and Fiddle in Oregon last fall. Subscribe to the Darius Lux YouTube channel for more TBA videos, or join the email list to be notified about gigs near you.

To hear more about our musical and artistic travels and adventures, you can follow along on Instagram for the most frequent posts: @TiffinityArt and @DariusLuxMusic

Part 2 of 3 Tomorrow: More about my newest paintings!

We The Living: Darius Lux Album Art

We The Living. 52" x 52", © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam, created for the Darius Lux music album, We The Living, released July 2013.
We The Living. 52″ x 52″, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam, created for the Darius Lux music album, We The Living, released July 2013.

I’m so excited about this painting! This We The Living concept originated as a cover for my husband’s newly-released music album release, Darius Lux: We The Living, 2013.

Darius intends the songs in this album to empower people as individuals, and furthermore to encourage them to embody the changes they are looking to see in our world. To follow their passions, and help others while doing it!

Here in my painting these energetic beings are suspended in spheric orbs of brilliant white light, harnessing the light of the sun and swooping down over the hills to bringing abundance and knowledge to all people of the earth down below, represented by transparent spheres of light, bubbling within the arch of a giant red arena.

The dynamic cubist divisions greatly enhance the light beaming from the left corner, and spreads a rainbow of rippling color across the mountaintops, from left to right. A blend of abstract expressionism and cubist surrealism celebrates joyful outer expansion through inner experience.

Fine art print of oil painting on archival paper, 11″ x 11″, available on Etsy.
Different size printing options available upon request, or at Fine Art America.
Original 52″ x 52″ painting available on Etsy, upon request.

Art & Music Combo Package available on the Darius Lux website.

My painting for the Darius Lux album cover: "We The Living"
My painting for the Darius Lux album cover: “We The Living”

 

A Video Tour of Tiffinity Art paintings!

Watch my video of me and my art tent at Mt. Palomar Fine Art & Wine Festival, where I talk about the inspiration behind my current collection!
Watch my video of me and my art tent at Mt. Palomar Fine Art & Wine Festival, where I talk about the inspiration behind my current collection!

It was a beautiful day in Temecula, and we were sipping wine and admiring art, in a lush Tuscan-like courtyard setting. It was the 2013 Mt. Palomar Fine Art & Wine Festival, and it was the FIRST weekend-long art fair that I ever participated in.

I took the opportunity of this bright sunny day to give everyone a personal explanation of my current painting collection. It’s also the first video that I, myself, appear in, so it’s kinda odd to see myself talk on film!

Well I hope you enjoy hearing more about each painting, and please let me know if you have any ideas for future videos, as I intend to make more in the future!

—Tiffinity

Jump for Joyful Greeting Cards

These all-purpose notecards are from my mini-series of joyful leaping dancers. If you love art and dancing, these cards are a perfect expression for you & the people you send them too. Also makes a great gift!

These Dancer Notecards come in a set of 12 cards and envelopes, measuring 5″ x 7″, in a plastic box with silver elastic ribbon around it. The cards are blank inside, so you can use them for a wide variety of purposes.

Dancer Notecards available here.

Original paintings available in my Etsy Painting Originals section.
Flat prints available at my Fine Art America shop.