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FINALLY! My Visionary Art Paintings Slideshow

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Tiffinity Art Visionary Paintings 2012–2018

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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Rainbow Chakra Dancer

Rainbow Chakra Dancer. By Tiffany Davis-Rustam ©2018, acrylic and oil on canvas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s visualize where you want to be from where you are!

My intent behind this painting was to create an image that embodies a representation of the vibrant energy of the human body in full health.

I have had more than my share of health challenges over the past few years, and I know just how frustrating it can be when you’re not feeling well. Often you have a fraction of the energy you normally do to face everyday tasks, and there’s a lot of things in life you have to sacrifice just to commit to the quiet healing process.

The great metaphysical health secret I’ve found over the course of my healing journey is that everything happens energetically before it manifests physically. By that I mean that the easiest healing work is that of changing your beliefs and attitude first, and then the physical symptoms can shift exponentially, even if there’s still some physicality to transform.

When you’re in pain, things seem bleaker than ever before, it can be hard to visualize the health you desire, or even to trust that you’ll ever get better. I started to realize that my main focus should be affirming my intentions to feel good and visualizing my desired outcomes. As I focused on healing myself, I felt I needed extra inspiration to visualize where I wanted to be.

After a bodywork session with my fave practitioner who goes so deep into physicality, I asked him what I could do to help myself physically, and he suggested I create a painting that would help me visualize where I wanted to be, with the energy chakras glowing bright up the body.

And so this painting was born, a dancing female figure leaping up and expressing her ecstatic joy. Her body’s energy centers glow like the vivid colors of the rainbow, and you can see further kinetic reverberations of light weave across each beam of color, exuding a sense of electric vitality!

It’s my wish to everyone that you feel as great as possible, and maybe even better than you realized was possible!

A Story of Artistic & Personal Growth — via 4 Paintings

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! 💫🌈🎨

🌟 1— TOP LEFT:
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.

🌟 2— TOP RIGHT:
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.

🌟4— BOTTOM RIGHT:
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.

My Healing Angel of Empowerment

Healing Angel of Empowerment. Original oil painting on canvas, 40 x 30”, © 2017 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
Healing Angel of Empowerment. Original oil painting on canvas, 40 x 30”, © 2017 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

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 Existential Journey of Self-Transformation

The Existential Journey of Self-Transformation. Original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 40”, © 2017 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.
The Existential Journey of Self-Transformation. Original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 40”, © 2017 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

This painting is a very special one to me, as it illustrates my own personal journey of health through spiritual transformation. I began it during the onset of my illness, but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to finish it until years later, after I’d experienced my own miracle of healing, which I illustrate here.

The tiny black figure curled up in pain in the nautilus shell represents a sorrowful sick me. Then an angel emerges from the clouds, lovingly tossing my shell of self-pity down the waterfall. I emerge gingerly from the waterfall of change, stepping up into beliefs that reflect a more empowering attitude, as then my higher self sends me healing energy, leading to me finally stepping into my fully self-actualized power of joy and health! I hope this painting helps to inspire others, as the journey to true healing through the higher self is often similar. Believe that you can have the quality of life you desire with all your heart and that’s when miracles happen quickly!

Also, I’d like to include an accompanying poem I wrote about my journey here. Much of the verses describe what’s happening in the painting, but some of the elaborated parts hail from the many initial sketches I did in exploration of creating the painting. It’s sometimes heavy stuff, but it will help you to delve deeper into my story, and perhaps you see a part of yourself in there.

Painting prints available here in my Etsy shop.


My Journey Through Hell to Heaven
— Poem & Painting by Tiffany Davis-Rustam

Never did I start to see
the storm of my suffering crest the horizon
before it blew inside my door.
Oh so slowly as a snail crawls
from the secret garden of shadowy dreams,
did the hopeful stride fade from my steps,
and the agony within began its grave descent,
setting a trap to twist my beleaguered body from the center-out,
churning my insides from bright to grey.
The great graces of the days faded
as twilight deepened into an ocean of inky midnight.
Wave upon wave of nightmare nausea came crashing in,
spinning and spiraling me downhill into valleys so low,
crippling my queasy heart to depths where I no longer knew myself.
My body bubbled and bloated, burped and gurgled,
like dank poison in a witches cauldron.
I was rotting from the inside,
a spoiled carcass long gone,
SO long gone the grace of my smile,
the fleeted memory of levity,
as rivers of hot tears ran grooves down my face,
flooding my faith deep undersea, further every day, every year.
I pleaded, I wished, I whimpered in vain,
yet still the onslaught of battle raged on inside,
as quick daggers of pain stabbed my heart and gut without mercy.
Hopes of health withered to dust
as an invisible slavedriver
whipped my broken body with all it’s might.
I cowered into my shadowy circus cage,
but still the demonic locomotive kept raging full steam ahead,
determined to crush the remains of my soul,
as I shrunk small and curled up tightly in my shell.
I wept and I prayed,
I prayed and I wept,
yearning for brief rays of relief —
to be let free from this thorny dark pit.
I heard echoes of wise men pronounce it,
but I couldn’t begin to imagine
how I crafted my own dungeon cell.
— Just how does an innocent kitten
deserve to be tortured for her purity,
day by sorrowful day, until life is barely worth the breath?
How dark the night before the dawn
and how bright the angels appeared
to save me from such a wretched existence?
Out of the sky, the circle of light gathered
around my saddened shell of self…
The Red Eagle gazed into my eyes
and spoke straight to my wounded soul,
opening the shutters of gloom
and shining his magic
into the darkest shadowy depths.
Two beautiful devas held my hands,
and we sent my shell crashing down,
down a towering waterfall,
my self-piteous pain suspended in air,
rushing down from great heights of hell I fell.
Fell into deep crystal pools of peace,
water glistening with the shimmers of hope.
Slowly, unsurely at first,
I stepped gingerly out into the dazzling day,
buoyed by the whisperings of my angels.
I called upon the infinite nature
of my all-knowing higher self
to lift my weary body
and fill me with the long-last light of dawn,
to nourish my body with warm bread..
And do you know what happened???
I ANSWERED!
From the depths of despair I arose,
stretched out my wings wide
and the battlefield cleared free at my command
—Because I SAID SO and I meant it!
Miracles of miracles,
my torment started disappearing
and under the eye of the beaming sun
my malaise began to evaporate,
and my smile returned once again.
And still the reality presses upon me to share
that perfection takes longer than a day and a night,
but now I know what to do,
the the besiegement settles in…
I’d discovered the secret of ages,
the key to all locked rusty doors:
To simply believe
that you can shape your own clay,
to trust in the light of grace,
that we are all divine sparks of godhead,
that this is YOUR dance,
and YOU are your savior.

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.

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

Creation Slideshow: Rapture in Lyrical Blue

This slideshow video of mine shows the progression of my original oil painting triptych, Rapture in Lyrical Blue, from start to finish.

Here’s further information about this painting’s process, from a previous blog post, along with purchase links to prints and the original artwork.

Comments welcome! Please watch & share the video if you like it, Thanks!

Tiffany

Creation Slideshow: Inside The Revelry Divine

Creation Slideshow for Inside the Revelry Divine, on YouTube

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.

 

Dancing Towards a Figurative Breakthrough, Part 1 of 4

Dancing Sprite in Purple and Orange. Original oil painting on canvas, 8” x 10”, © 2012 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

Previously most of my signature paintings have been more or less strictly abstract in nature, that is with little if any representational form. That’s mainly because I love creating new forms so much that I have little patience depicting realistic figures and nature.

Recently however, while discussing composition with my friend & seasoned painter Roderick Smith, he impressed upon me the depth of  fascination with drawing figures from life. Once you involve a human figure in a painting for example, suddenly there is a narrative story that develops within it. I can see this evidence for myself, as viewers I’ve met tend to identify more with paintings that have a person in them. How many times have you seen a painting like that and automatically insert your own identity into it?

Breakthrough drawing sketches, from the top left to the bottom right.

So, this inspired me to start drawing more. I haven’t drawn as much in the past, because I just want to move on to the colors right away— impetuous artist! But I was compelling to study the human body at it’s most dynamically beautiful shapes—dancing! The movement and energy of dancers leaping across the air was fascinating to me, and as I looked and sketched I started to find geometric shapes in the limbs and arcs of these limber bodies.

Suddenly I was finding a unique way to simplify and abstract human figures that really excites me. I suppose I’d started to abstract form a while ago, but it was only in this series of dancer studies that it hit me, and it felt like a big breakthrough!

Above is the first of 4 painting studies I’ve done, to be followed by 3 more in the next 3 days. To the right is the initial drawing where the creative switch flipped on for me. What do you think?

The original painting is now sold, but prints are available here.