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Memories of Stardust

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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.

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.

Share Love, Make Peace

Share Love, Make Peace. Original oil painting on canvas, 10” x 10”, © 2014 Tiffany Davis-Rustam. Original SOLD, prints only.
Share Love, Make Peace. Original oil painting on canvas, 10” x 10”, © 2014 Tiffany Davis-Rustam. Original SOLD, prints only.

This painting was created for The Peace Project’s annual call for artistic “Visions of Peace.” The mission was to create my own unique interpretation to their 2014 theme “Peace Starts Here.”

So in creating my Vision of Peace, I started with drawing on my own my personal experience I’ve felt the most peaceful when I feel LOVED. I’ve also experienced the life-changing power of yoga, and this piece draws on the beautiful mirrored reflection of partner yoga, which can inspire feelings of sacred union between people.

Here in this painting, two yoginis face each other, share love between them, and from that healing experience of love, the brilliant light of peace is powerfully emanated outwards. I believe that energy with this sort of positive charge can benefit others around the world in ways unseen, through the power of prayer.

The more love we share, the more peace will grow, and perhaps one day heal the world.

Interestingly, the original painting was purchased the very next day after it’s creation, to the first person who saw it! Luckily, archival prints are still available here at my Etsy shop.

 

To purchase a 12″ x 12″ wood panel print of this painting, visit my listing on The Whole 9 Gallery Peace Shop. Artists such as myself are donating all proceeds of these peace panels to The Peace Project, which is currently building new homes for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.

Galactic Starseed Goddess

Galactic Starseed Goddess. Original acrylic painting on repurposed plasticized canvas, 24” x 24”, © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Galactic Starseed Goddess. Original acrylic painting on repurposed plasticized canvas, 24” x 24”, © 2015 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

This painting is the first I created through the turn of this new year 2015, and I feel it’s reflective of the new artistic direction I’m exploring.

I created this painting as an inspiration for my own personal growth and healing, to remind me that the universe holds many possibilities of further discovery. I believe that we are all divine light beings who’ve forgotten who we really are, and in need of reminding ourselves that we’re more powerful than we realize.

As myself and many other people are starting to realize, meditation is an important way to center yourself, and to connect to our inner wisdom, which leads us each on unique spiritual paths. With application of such reflective practice, miracles can happen which can change our lives forever, and lead us towards fulfilling our dreams.

Here a powerful goddess sits in meditation pose in the middle of a spiralling galaxy of brilliant stars, and her life force energy also rises in a spiral from the base of her body upwards, merging mind, body and spirit to become enveloped in her own glowing light.

Ancient texts and visions speak of a lighted star-tetrahedron shape called a ‘merkaba’ appearing in the sky. It is said that once a human being connects with their inner divine nature, they become pure light, which activates their merkaba and allowing them to travel through various dimensions as non-physical energy.

Just as collective knowledge once believed the world was flat, I believe we still have much mind-blowing information like this to learn, that will become commonly-known eventually. Now, more than ever in human history, our attitude is becoming increasingly more positive than negative. As this shift becomes more prevalent in our culture, human evolution advances towards a more spiritual consciousness.

For the original or prints of this painting, visit my Etsy listing.

Malibu Rainbow Sunset

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As I’ve been going through my archives I’ve found a bunch paintings that I finished a while ago, yet never blogged about, or even posted for sale! Here’s a good one that may surprise you…

Is there perhaps nothing in nature quite as universally lovely as a sunset on the beach? As I always say, “The best show of the day is starting!”

Still I have to admit, as beautiful as it is, I often think “It could be MORE wondrous than this!” My vision was to forgo the dark shadows of the sunset, and instead marry the ethereal colors of dusk with the bright light of the midday sun.

Sitting on a beach in Malibu, I made this sketch as the sun went down behind the mountains. I also imagined how magical it would be if there were a rainbow arching right around the sun. And when reality fails to deliver such daydreams, it’s my pleasure to imagine them for the rest of us.

Also I tried something new here, mixing sand from that very same beach in Malibu into my oil paints. This adds a depth of texture that truly brings the beach right to you, and which you can’t help but want to touch in person.

Original available here in my Etsy store.

Mystic Trinity of Smoke Valley

Mystic Trinity of Smoke Valley, Original oil painting on salvaged plywood, 17” x 24”, © 2014 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Mystic Trinity of Smoke Valley, Original oil painting on salvaged plywood, 17” x 24”, © 2014 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

Once upon a construction trash heap, I saw this mystical painting appear to me in the grain of the wood, and creating it was simply a process of revealing its hidden magic…

I just love repurposing discarded items into expressive art, especially when it whispers a secret picture to me! There were 3 distinct knots in the surface of this plywood which looked liked heads, and in the organic undulations of the wood grain surrounding them, I could also envision the hoods and robes that envelope them. Much of what you see in the top half of the painting is me echoing the pattern of the wood, continuing into the flowing movements of their robes. 

I’ve always been drawn to the ‘Three Graces’ of Greek mythology, specifically known as: Aglaea (“Splendor”), Euphrosyne (“Mirth”), and Thalia (“Good Cheer.”) Most famously in the paintings of Boticelli, Raphael, and Rubens, you find them dancing around in joyous circles, but my take on them here is quite different.

I’ve re-interpreted these Three Graces as mystic spirits that emerge from the shadows of time, revealing their inner light glowing from within to those who reflect their qualities in their own spirit.

Original and prints available here in my Etsy store.