FINALLY! I’ve been long overdue to make a new YouTube video of my latest works, as I recently realized the last slideshow I made featuring my body of work was from 2012! I’ve been busy creating in the studio, amongst other things, but it’s time to continue to share on all platforms.
This is a collection of my most recent paintings, including a huge sudden turning point from pure abstraction to visionary art themes via figurative expression, from 2012 through 2018.
Each painting is shown in approximate order of when it was created. You can see how I started with total nonrepresentation, and then began to add stylized figures to communicate my ideas more directly.
Through more figurative expressions of people and scenery, I feel I can convey more emotion and complex themes of healing & personal growth. These are themes that have run through my life and affected me in profound ways, like peace through unity, love for others, meditation for evolution, and becoming your own health miracle!
My hope is that in sharing these visual representations, it becomes a portal of inspiration for others going through similar experiences!
Kindly let me know your favorites in the comments, as how you relate to my art is of great interest.
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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!
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.
This painting symbolizes taking control of your life and stepping into your power and happiness.
It personalizes represents for me a great shift in my life’s journey, after a miraculous healing.
For several years I’d had a debilitating disease that significantly affected the quality of my life. It was a mysterious digestive disorder that kept me in alot of agony, with extreme dietary limitations. I’d tried to target this illness from many angles, but allopathy, naturopathy and spiritual practices seemed to do little to help lift the burden.
All of the sudden, one week I met 3 inspiring people that altered my perspective and shifted my beliefs from weakness to empowerment, and within a days or two after applying their suggestions, I began instantly feeling better and better, and eating a broad range of foods again, without painful symptoms. I’d resurrected my health against the odds, and it appeared to be a simple matter of deciding to take my power back!
In the following few initial days of health freedom, I drew this Angel of Empowerment, a figure which was inspired by my 3 earth angels, but I realized that it ultimately represents myself as my own angel of healing. The spiral of glowing health had to start with my stomach area and radiate out, and like me, the angel lifts her arms and elevates to light of awareness above the darkness of despair, in a pose of total control over the situation, as the sharp shapes of fragmented beliefs and painful memories are broken up and dissolved beneath her, to make room for beneficial change.
Although this relates to my specific situation, I feel it’s a similar journey of empowerment that many inspired souls will take in their lifetime.
Prints available here on my Etsy site, also linking in SHOP section.
Original painting available upon request.
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.
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.
Last weekend I showed my paintings at January’s Bacon Social event in downtown LA. In a converted warehouse space popped up 20 artists, several local bands, and plenty of bacon any which way you wanted it!
Until recently I’d been a vegetarian for 10 years, but now that I’m eating meat again I thought it would be fun to do an event that had plenty of bacon! Indeed it was a fun event and it was really darn tasty bacon too: bourbon-glazed premium strips, BLTs, bacon mac and cheese, bacon chocolate cupcakes, maple bacon candy, bacon any which way you wanted it, including bacon-flavored vodka!
Enough about bacon though, let’s talk about the art. I myself pulled out a lot of new, smaller, and also less exposed paintings that have been hiding in my studio for a while, and generated a good amount of interest. I particularly love hearing people’s different interpretations of my work; in abstract art like mine, there is so much fun one’s imagination can have!
I enjoyed meeting lots of interesting new artists, in particular those I am picturing here in my photo album. My personal favorites included painter Jan Zoya, painter Jimmy Williams, illustrator Madnaloy, illustrator Justin Piccari, and photographer Summer Evans. It was also great to see my new painter friend Carlos Nieotos III again.
I felt particular artist artistic kinship with abstract painter Jan Zoya. Her explorative abstractions really gave me pause to daydream, with very interesting hints of colorful shapes and lines floating around in an almost dreamlike transparencies.
Also, you can easily see why I personally would be drawn to Jimmy Williams‘ paintings. His uber bright contemporary pop works sung in psychedelic juxtapositions of color. The highly stylized interpretations of human life and culture were so playfully joyous that it almost made me want to dance.
Carlos Nietos III never fails to impress everyone in the room, with his masterly romantic interpretations of Dios de los Meurtos portraits that he is known for. DDLM paintings often abound in downtown LA, but after you see the quality of what he does, it ruins you for all others, really. Also he showed his range of talents by doing a live portrait sketch on the spot and then jamming on the bass guitar in one of the featured local rock bands: Harmful if Swallowed. His band rocks hard and dirty, but he’s not fooling me, he’s still one of the nicer artists you’ll ever meet!
Please check out all my other top picks in the gallery above, and let me know what you like.
There are monthly Bacon Social events like this, so if you want to attend, just follow them for more information.
This video shows several phases of development for my painting Inside the Revelry Divine. It’s a brief little slideshow, as I only started taking documentation photos of my work in progress with this painting, and there aren’t so many progress pics, considering how very long this took me! Nonetheless I hope you’ll find it interesting to see the initial pencil sketch conception, and how much it changed along the way.
I did this painting several years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites. I’m so glad it hasn’t sold yet, because I love to gaze at it on my walls!
Here’s the original blog post I wrote describing this painting itself, and leading to online shop links for the painting and prints.
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.
Here is my newest painting, an exploration into softer colors, which inspired a dreamy setting. I started it in springtime, but now that it’s done summer is almost over!
I’m increasingly preferring to write a poem about each painting, instead of a paragraph description, as I think it lends more poetic license to everyone’s interpretation. Please let me know what you think!
The Groundswell of Spring Oh, let me spin you legends of fairies and orbs…
Hush now, and keep a reverent watch for miracles, as the luminous light of dawn filters through prisms of shimmering dewdrops, and you begin to sense sweetly the palpable groundswell of spring re-emerge all around.
What was once hopelessly chilled to grey has now been kissed by the returning rites of dancing sunbeams, and romanced by lilting butterflies into sugary candy-colored blossoms of a new day’s invitation.
Lay down your blunt sword and swoon with me, down there under the wishberry tree, let’s get lost in time’s lazy river, and found again in the nurturing embrace of terra flora. Yes, your paradise is here, surrounding us, finally.