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Flowing and Growing in the Arms of Love

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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.

New Painting: The Quiet One

The Quiet One. Original oil painting on canvas, 16” x 20”, © 2014 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
The Quiet One. Original oil painting on canvas, 16” x 20”, © 2014 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

Often people assume that just because another person is quiet it means they don’t have anything to say. In my experience, sometimes that is true and sometimes it is not. There are a lot of reasons people don’t share as much compared to others, or around certain other people.

More often than not I find myself to be that quiet one at talka

tive table, and I’m here to tell you that there is often a lot more going on inside my mind than I usually feel I can say out loud… hence this painting pays tribute to the adage “still waters run deep.”

The lone person here stands on a quiet hilltop with a peaceful blue sky that looks like nothing out of the ordinary. Yet we can see his thoughts take shape in a luminous cloud of explosive color and dynamic shapes:

Starting from a few red dots at the bottom, a rainbow of myriad thoughts branch off into a raucous symphony of patterns, beginning with more sharp and rigid conflicts, being softened and healed by more organic shapes. A river of white light flows through everything, as the metaphoric thoughts merge and climb up a ladder, following a heart towards lofty temple doors, as if perhaps escalating upwards to heaven and the origin of creative thought.

Yet still, all the others may see is the quiet one standing alone. Perhaps one day someone will ask what he’s thinking about…

Painting & prints available for purchase here on my Etsy shop.

 

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”

 

Hendrix Voodoo Magick

Hendrix Voodoo Magick. Original oil painting on canvas, 24” x 36”, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Hendrix Voodoo Magick. Original oil painting on canvas, 24” x 36”, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

Can you hear this music come to life?

Jimi Hendrix performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. © David Redfern / Redferns / Retna Ltd.
Jimi Hendrix performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. © David Redfern / Redferns / Retna Ltd.

This abstract expressionist painting employs a synesthethic experience, where one experiences sound through visuals. Jimi Hendrix, one of my favorite musicians, was a delicious inspiration and exciting challenge for me. The inital sketch for the painting was created with my eyes closed, listening to his wailing guitar and feeling the vibes pulse rhythms through my arm.

[Here’s an earlier blog post I wrote and showed some progress photos of the earlier stages. I think it’s interesting to see how the color and form was built up in layers over time.]

The undulations of explosive fiery color and sumptuous organic waves of form echo the circular way Jimi embellished a song. It starts off slow and simple, like in the left bottom color, builds tempo with each new line of each verse, has a spacious moment, and then delves into the infamously explorative guitar solo journeys, before returning back to the start and doing it all over again with each new song.

For the complete experience, view painting while listening to Hendrix!

+ Have you found any poems that describe the sound of Jimi Hendrix? If you do, please paste it in comments below, I’d like to reference it alongside this painting for future displays! 

— Tiffinity

To purchase the original go here to my Etsy listing, and visit my Fine Art America listing to purchase all sizes of prints.