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As an artist, I try to take poetic license every time I paint, or speak, or sing…..this is the moment when I get to be totally and completely free.  I can be wild, or silly, slapdash or clumsy, and get away with it!  So, while I’m creating, I give myself glorious permission to just “let it all hang out.”

So, yeah, well, that’s the easy part, but what about the rest of my life? How much poetic license have I truly granted my Self?

Arcangel of the Real World ©2009 WildGoddess

Archangel of the Real World ©2009 WildGoddess

Have we, as creative beings expressing ourselves, truly given ourselves free rein in every moment?  Permission to be free, to dance and to sing, to scream and cry, or just be still – all of the time, or only when we’re working at our craft?   Right now I’m wondering if that frustrating challenge known as a “creative block” might happen simply because we are not free enough with ourselves in our day-to-day existence.

For example, I sometimes catch myself being concerned with “fitting in,” even to the clothing I choose to wear on a particular day.  Or I’ll be out shopping, and catch myself thinking,  “Well, I can’t buy those shoes because even though I LOVE the color, they’re just TOO bright, and I don’t want to attract too much attention. People might stare at me.”

Here’s another example: once in a while I want to try a great new restaurant, or go out to hear some jazz, but then I’ll think, “But I can’t go by myself!  Oh, no, people might look at me funny, I’d feel self-conscious.” Give me a break!

Now, these are just examples of my own neuroses, and yours might be totally different.  But I do sense that limiting my personal self-expression just has to translate in a negative way with the freedom of my creativity.  So then I have to honestly ask myself, “How free do I truly feel when I’m expressing?  Or am I holding myself back, just a little – letting that judgmental, critical voice inside of myself whisper in my ear?”

Watercolor ©2009 WildGoddess

Watercolor ©2009 WildGoddess

From time to time I actually do go out by myself to hear music or dine out, and most of the time, it’s been okay, even a little fun. I don’t think there are any limits to our imagination, except what we have placed upon ourselves.  And as artists, it’s important to feel as free as possible in our daily lives, so that our innate creativity can express itself freely and effortlessly through us. We have to love ourselves enough to honor whatever it takes to give us that sense of poetic license. After all, we’re always creating all of the time, even while we’re asleep, so why not maximize our efforts?

Begin by taking a clear-eyed look at your life; it is your divine creation, and it can look any way you want it to. No one owns you, but you.  Therefore I advocate making your whole life a creative expression, that simply and beautifully reflects out to the world who you really are.  Be free to be yourself. And once you accomplish this, I bet your art will also reflect your inner freedom, your wonderful self-integration.

This is the goal I’m working towards – taking more poetic license with my whole life.  Wish me luck and I’ll do the same for you. After all, we’re all in this together!

If you’re interested in exploring more of your Self, go here daily.  And now, I leave you with another beautiful song by Francis Cabrel.

Francis Cabrel – C’ était l’Hiver

While listening to Francis Cabrel, one of my favorite songwriters from France, I set to working with Photoshop, and this is the result:

Oracle of the Cavern ©2009 WildGoddess

Indwelling Oracle of the Sacred Cave ©2009 WildGoddess

I find that there’s nothing more inspiring for me while working on my art than when I’m listening to plain old good music while I’m doing it.  It always seems to work together somehow – jammin’ sound uplifts and encourages me and keeps my creative juices flowing fast. Hopefully, it’s reciprocal – the artwork I or another artist create may someday inspire those who write and/or perform music as well.

What do I like to listen to? My taste in music runs all over the place!  I listen to jazz, reggaeton, pop, world music, country, Brazilian, Afro-Latin, hip-hop, classical, experimental – and on and on and on.  I’m a singer/songwriter myself, so I always love listening to other songwriters, especially guitarists like Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews – oh boy, there’s just no limit there!

Grove of the Sacred Tortoise ©2009 WildGoddess

Grove of the Sacred Tortoise ©2009 WildGoddess 22" x 22" Digital print

Now I gotta go all “mystical” on you again!  I have also been doing mantra chanting for the last six months, and I have experienced a marked improvement in most aspects of my life, including my creativity.

I began the practice out of a desire to grow in my spirituality, and hopefully improve more tangible needs, such as finances, etc., but I’ve experienced some surprising improvements in areas I would have never expected, including how I “see” as an artist.  I sense a difference in my artwork, too – what do you think?

At first it takes some discipline; I chant every morning and evening for about 20 minutes, but after the first 30 days, the chanting became easier to do and began to feel soothing and more “comfortable,” for lack of a better word.

If you’d like to learn more about mantra chanting, go here and here.  I highly recommend it.

And now, enjoy this video by my beloved Francis Cabrel:

“Je t’aimais, je t’aime et je t’aimerai”

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All photos, artwork and writing on “The Secret WildGoddess” blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

I Love Color!

The Spring Goddess ©2009 WildGoddess

The Spring Goddess ©2009 WildGoddess

Isn’t She gorgeous?  I’m currently working on a whole series of these sacred portraits, and when they’re ready,  I’ll have prints available for sale in my WildGoddess Arts Etsy store.

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All photos, artwork and writing on “The Secret WildGoddess” blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

I think there is nothing more magical than softly glowing lights on a soft, summer night, and this remarkable work of art truly serves as a beautiful example.

This stunning work of art is a solar night garden at the Light in Jerusalem Festival at Gan Habonim (Migdal David, Jerusalem Citadel).

The Solar Night Garden at night.

The Solar Night Garden in the evening.

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This stunning work of art was created in cooperation with Israel Electric Corporation to demonstrate the importance and beauty of alternative energy in protecting the environment. Powered entirely by solar energy, the flowers are charged by sunlight during the day and illuminated through energy-saving LED lights at night.

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The Solar Night Garden at daytime

Alas, this lovely solar night garden is no longer; the exhibit ended June 16, 2009, but thank goodness for the pictures that remain. They stand as a beautiful reminder that eco-conservation can be magical and beautiful.

Artists do indeed have the power to heal the world, so let’s create our own solar-powered night garden!

More pictures can be seen here. (via O*GE Interactive Gallery)

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I found this amazing artwork via Tokyobling.  It’s a magical castle completely made of paper, exhibited on the ocean!

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The exhibition is called Umi no Ue no Oshiro (A Castle On the Ocean).  It was created by Wataru Itou, an art student in Tokyo, and it took him four years!  (That’s dedication!)

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Waturo’s commitment to his art should be inspirational for all of us artists. I know I’m speechless!  Go here to read and see more pictures about this remarkable work of art.

The Moon Goddess - 14"x 20"  ©2009 WildGoddess

The Moon Goddess - ©2009 WildGoddess

I just completed this commission for my girlfriend, who requested a shamanic portrait with her power animal, Raven.  It was a delight and an honor to create a piece for this warm, open-hearted healer.  Here’s to you, Kaja – I love you!

If you’d like to see more of my custom work, visit my Etsy shop.  I love Etsy; I just got a request to design my first book cover – whoopee!  And don’t forget to read about the materials I used in creating my artwork.  They include the following: “… blood, sweat, vision, intention, imagination.”

The Guardian, Raven ©2009 WildGoddess

"The Guardian, Raven" ©2009 WildGoddess

I’d also like to thank the “Found Handmade” blog for featuring my “The Guardian, Raven” giclee print in their latest post. I appreciate it!  This print is also available for sale in my Etsy Shop – so, go get it! : )

Talk to you soon!

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All photos, artwork and writing on “The Secret WildGoddess” blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

Photoshop-a-Go-Go!

I’m having a great ol’ time slapping some of my sketches into Photoshop, playing around and seeing the magic of what results. Experimentation is key! For example, here’s one from my sketchbook:

Sketch ©2009 WildGoddess

Sketch ©2009 WildGoddess

And….this is what I’ve done with it using good ol’ Photoshop:

The Dreaming Man (version 1) ©2009 WildGoddess

The Dreaming Man (ver. 1) ©2009 WildGoddess

The Dreaming Man (ver.2) ©2009 WildGoddess

The Dreaming Man (ver.2) ©2009 WildGoddess

The texture I used on this sketch came from “Wide Open, a Creativity Notebook and Card Set” by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts, but you can easily make your own.  I take my Pentax with me everywhere and photograph anything that I think would look great layered over a sketch. There’s certainly lots of goodies out there on the streets, that’s for sure! Just keep your eyes open and use a little imagination. (You can also lots of cool textures for free, online.)

Once you find a texture that you want to use, open up Photoshop, and layer it over your sketch. Then playtime begins!  Have fun with your PS brushes, mix up those blending modes and: Voila!

I swear I never tire of Photoshop.  That’s why it’s Photoshop-a-Go-Go, baby – Whoo-Hoo!

By the way, these two prints will be for sale as giclees on archival watercolor paper and also as WildGoddess T-shirts in my Etsy store soon.  T-shirts are a first for me, but I know I want one, so, here goes!

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All photos, artwork and writing on “The Secret WildGoddess” blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

Liya - 12 x12 watercolor by WildGoddess ©2009

Liya - 12 x12 watercolor by WildGoddess ©2009

If you’re looking for the ” l’Artisana WildGoddess” blog, don’t worry, you’re in the right place. I’ve simply returned this blog to the original name of “The Secret WildGoddess.”  Why?  I like it better…….

I’ve been experimenting with watercolors as of late – it’s been a wonderful exercise in patience, patience, patience!  I guess you could say that working with watercolors could be a spiritual challenge to be met.  It gets away from you and runs around all over the place (like me), but I’ve learned that the effects are beautiful – even the mistakes.

"Tara" - 12" x 12" watercolor by WildGoddess ©2009

"Tara" - 12" x 12" watercolor by WildGoddess ©2009

Soon I’ll post some of my watercolors that I digitized in Photoshop – Wow! is all I can say!   Talk to you soon!

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I am always seeking those whispers that fade, yet somehow linger on the edges of consciousness . .
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All photos, artwork and writing on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

You Go, Girl!   Photo ©Reuters

You Go, Girl! Photo ©Reuters

I’m a hardcore “Obama Mama” and make no apologies about it!  And I just love this photo of Michelle Obama taken during last month’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.  It speaks to me, “Yeah, girl, we can do it!”  (Plus her dress was gorgeous!)

It’s now the wallpaper on my cell phone.

Even her handsome husband, the President of the United States made a cute little joke during the dinner about the First Lady’s shapely upper arms.  And the evening’s performer, comedian Wanda Sykes, cracked quite a few controversial jokes, but the one that tickled me the most was this one:

“How dare you people give her grief about showing her arms. The country’s broke! Sleeves cost money!”

To read more about the event, go here.

When I first saw Cedric Smith’s paintings, they left me breathless.  This highly creative Savannah artist and photographer creates works that are reminiscent of old, classic billboards and signs, yet they literally burst with political and sociological meaning and allegory.

Cedric Smith with one of his artworks

Cedric Smith with one of his artworks

You see, in my opinion, America’s past with it’s black citizens hasn’t yet been healed in the hearts of those whose ancestors suffered underneath the lash, and in the hearts of those unnamed persons who participated in slavery in either a positive or negative way.  And even within more recent times, there is a rich, rich gumbo of African-American history still waiting to be mined.  I sense there are so many untold, hidden stories yet to be told that we need to hear, so many unknown ancestors lost forever, so many unshed tears held in so long they’ve become concrete . . there is so much more to be uncovered and revealed to the light of day via the creative expressions of art, music, dance, and the printed word.

As an artist I long to participate, I open my heart as much as I can to hopefully catch just a wisp of my ancestors’ voices, whispering, whispering to me . .

"Kool Aid" - 48" x 36"  ©Cedric Smith

"Kool Aid" - 48" x 36" ©Cedric Smith

Yet I feel that Cedric Smith, in his own unique way, is doing that. He’s offering to every one of us an opportunity to re-discover a moment in time in African-American history – what it felt like, what it smelled like and, most importantly, what it meant to those disenfranchised individuals who lived during those times.  Go there.

 "Be", 36" x 36", mixed medium on canvas  ©Cedric Smith

"Be", 36" x 36", mixed medium on canvas ©Cedric Smith

I invite you to visit Cedric Smith’s website and check out all of his stunning artwork.  And then, think about your ancestors, how they lived, what they endured and what legacy they left you.  What can you add to their legacy – as an artist, as a person of this culture and this world?  What will your legacy be?

You can also visit Cedric Smith’s blog, “Vintage Blood” here.

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All photos, artwork and writing on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

What is our obsession with belief?  The general assumption is that if something is tangible – if we can see, smell or touch it, it is real, and therefore we can now “believe” in its veracity.  We then judge it “real.”  But how valid is that?  Think about it.

Questioning the nature of reality is a daunting task, but many of the world’s greatest thinkers have been brave enough to tackle it.  And I’m certainly not about to do that!  However, through years of deeply introspective consciousness work I have come to realize that just because I can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not “real.”

The Forest Sage ©2008 WildGoddess - Digital Art - 11" x 17"

The Forest Sage ©2008 WildGoddess - Digital Art - 11" x 17"

So I’ve developed my own yardstick of measurement about belief systems as they pertain to me – I call this my “So What” consciousness: if I have had a direct experience of something, then to me it’s real.  But if I’ve only “heard”or “read” or been “told” about something, then I keep it in a less involved position in my life – it’s something I’ve “heard” about – it is not impacting me in any direct way and therefore should not be allowed to upset or shift my equilibrium unless absolutely necessary.  I just don’t go there.

If I haven’t had a personal, direct experience of something, then to me it is simply speculation, an concept, an idea.  (Read: Heraclitus.)  Yes, it may be “real” to someone else – I would never, ever dare to question someone else’s experience, but for me, it’s more important to deal with what is currently before me.  For I always have the power to choose how I want my life to look – moment by moment.  I invite into my awareness what I want to live and breathe as much as I’m able.

I admit that I’m not always able to maintain this awareness all of time, of course, but I keep on returning to it, over and over.  This is not an attempt to live in denial, simply my way of staying clear and focused in the moment as much as possible.  And when I live this way, I tend to be more peaceful, less fearful, more creative, and more open, engaged and loving to my Self and my environment.

"Hannah"  - 5"x7" collage on wood  - ©2009 WildGoddess

"Hannah" - 5"x7" collage on wood - ©2009 WildGoddess

This may sound like an simplistic, naive outlook, but do we really, really need all of that excess emotional and mental clutter blocking our creativity?  What good is it?  How is it serving you?  Could it be that we’re simply addicted to “drama”  in an attempt to feel engaged and involved?  That’s food for thought…

I’m saying all of this, so that I can begin to share some of the deeper experiences I’ve had; experiences which someone may not be able to be quantify as “real,” but nevertheless have impacted my life and changed my day-to-day existence in a very “real” way.  In my experience, there are deeper levels of personal perception if we’re open to the experience.  Maybe this is where our own personal creativity springs from; accessed through visioning, dreamwork, meditation, yoga . .

"Sarah Mae" - Digital Art ©2007 WildGoddess

"Sarah Mae" - Digital Art ©2007 WildGoddess

There is the peaceful world of nature, all around us, which has the ability to draw us out of our literal mind into our deeply quiet, open mind. There are our beloved ancestors and wise teachers who are so willing to support us, if we’re open enough. And there are time-tested tools – prayer, affirmation, mantra work and meditation – which offer keys to entering these subtle levels of consciousness.

I invite you let go of fear, and to begin to explore these tools – and the first step is to just be curious. Become interested in what you can’t see, instead of what you can see.  No matter what you are engaged in on a daily basis, begin to wonder what’s behind it; what’s going on around it that you may not be aware of.  (Believe me, there is always something going on in consciousness!) Being curious is your direct key into the wondrously creative state of self-discovery. Question everything!

What do you think?  Talk to me!

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All photos, artwork and writing on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

Check out this amazing experience, which took place last March in the Central Station in Antwerp.  I love the looks on the faces of the commuters as this delightful surprise shifted their routine for just one magical moment.  I guarantee it’ll make you smile, too!

“More than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi” in the Central Station of Antwerp.”

Via Studio Wellspring.

"The Sad Girl" ©2009 WildGoddess

"The Sad Girl" ©2009 WildGoddess. Acrylic, Ink, Wood-8.5"x11"

I had fun creating this “remix” collage!  (I call it a “remix” because it contains a found image.)  I layered handmade papers embossed with silver.  This piece is evocative of another time or place, perhaps, Victorian?  It wasn’t intentional, and perhaps that’s a good thing!

Creating artwork should must be enjoyable.  Long ago I discarded that outmoded idea that one should “suffer” for their art. Still, from time to time, I have to remind myself to just let go and play.  ‘Cause when I do decide to let go and have fun with no obvious intention in mind, the most satisfying artwork usually results – what I call “the work of my heart.”  So sometimes I’ll just turn off the self-judgment and throw stuff around on a canvas just for the simple fun of it (and whoopee! it IS fun!)

Below is one of those works, “The Green Angel.”  I layered modeling paste onto fiberboard, and after it dried, I just looked at it for a few days to see if something would emerge.  Sometimes I can see something right away, and sometimes it takes awhile, but sooner or later, something will emerge; it just takes a little patience.

The Green Angel ©2009 WildGoddess

The Green Angel ©2009 WildGoddess 17"x22" - acrylic on fiberboard

Sure enough, after a week, in this piece I envisioned a kneeling angel with wings, and just took it from there. (For some strange reason, I tend to see a lot of “angels” when I work this way….)

Let’s face it; our lives are usually so controlled day by day, hour by hour, but know that the work of our heart doesn’t have to be, unless we allow it.  So I’m urging you to just let go every once in a while, throw the whole kitchen sink at your work, and see what happens!

Earlier this month I attended a Beverly Hills screening of an exciting documentary called “Who Does She Think She Is?” which profiled several female artists, including renowned author Riane Eisler, the Guerrilla Girls, Japanese artist Mayumi Oda (currently living and working in Hawaii), sacred drummer Layne Redmond (who I’ve personally studied with), and Taos artist Maye Torres.

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Directed by Pamela T. Boll, the film touched on the challenging issues some female artists have to face on a daily basis; juggling the challenges of a family vs. their need to work and express themselves through their art, handling the demands of a relationship, and dealing with the art world, which has traditionally and still continues to disregard/disparage most female artists and their work.

“Who Does She Think She Is?” didn’t offer any pat answers or quick, ready-made solutions, but it definitely left me rooting for the women it profiled and thinking about how I, as an artist, fit in.  I can’t imagine going through what some of those artists endure, on a daily basis, just to make their art.  And yet, this documentary is also uplifting and inspiring.  I highly recommend that everyone see it, artist or not.

“Who Does She Think She Is?” is currently screening all over the country, so if you’d like to catch it in your city, your best bet is to sign up on their mailing list, and they will keep you informed of its schedule.  You can also view a trailer of the film and visit their blog, here.  In addition, a DVD is expected to be released soon.

I loved this film, not only because it touched on the above issues, but also because it included musicians and writers and dancers from many traditions. And I am always in awe by what we, as women, have to put up with, but, somehow, we just keep on going, no matter what.  Such is the enduring, eternal strength of the female sex.

Is this a “feminist” film?  I think it’s probably a matter of opinion; nevertheless, the women in the film will make you smile and make you cry.  Go see it!

I am an avid fan of vintage everything, especially old architecture, and I have my twin sister to thank for that. When we were kids, she used to drag me kicking and screaming to thrift stores, swap meets, antique shops, you name it.  And now that I’m older, I have a renewed appreciation for them and she can’t keep me out of them.

Upper-Lobby-Chandelier, Los Angeles Theatre

Upper-Lobby-Chandelier, Los Angeles Theatre

Recently, the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) has been conducting weekend tours of downtown L.A’s grand old theaters on Broadway, so we both leapt at the chance to check them out.

Ceiling Detail, Los Angeles Theatre

Ceiling Detail, Los Angeles Theatre

Vintage buildings were built so much more elaborately in the past, and you can literally see the unique hand of the maker in the workmanship, which is always so breathtakingly beautiful.

Stage Curtain Embroidery Detail, Los Angeles Theatre

Stage Curtain Embroidery Detail, Los Angeles Theatre

I’m showing photos I took of the Los Angeles Theatre and the Tower Theatre; however, you’ll note that I also photographed their decrepitude, as well as their absolute beauty; that’s just because I also like peeling, fading and tatters, too.

Roof Detail, Tower Theatre

Roof Detail, Tower Theatre

My favorite part of the tours were the old projectionist booths; there’s something so haunting about them.

Vintage Backstage Chair, Los Angeles Theatre

Vintage Backstage Chair, Los Angeles Theatre

Nevertheless, these grand old ladies ARE falling apart, which is heartbreaking.  This situation might make for interesting photography, but it would be devastating to lose these gorgeous landmarks.  They need donations to keep them going, and they need a purpose – so if you’re in Los Angeles, and looking for a regular venue to hold an event, meeting, play or concert, please give them a call.  And be sure to sign up for their mailing list if you’d like to tour them!

Ceiling Detail, Tower Theater

Ceiling Detail, Tower Theater

From their website:

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and sustaining the operation of Southern California’s historic theatres.”

Rooftop overlooking Broadway, Los Angeles Theatre

Rooftop overlooking Broadway, Los Angeles Theatre

“Founded in 1987 by the creators of the LA Conservancy’s first Last Remaining Seats series and officially registered by the State of California in 1988, the LAHTF is chartered to address the complex challenges of theatre preservation – including ownership, management, programming, preservation advocacy.”

Lobby Stained Glass & Chandelier, Tower Theater

Lobby Stained Glass & Chandelier, Tower Theater

“It is not enough to save a historic theatre.  After rescue & rehabilitation these theatres must have active and economically viable lives.”

Projectionist Booth, Los Angeles Theater

Projectionist Booth, Los Angeles Theater

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All photos, artwork and writing on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

"Raven" - 18" x 16" by WildGoddess ©2009

"Raven" - 18" x 16" by WildGoddess ©2009

Above is one of my depictions of a shaman’s Power Animal.  In most shamanic traditions, a practicing shaman usually has at least one power animal that guides and protects the shaman as she/he moves between worlds to do their healing work on behalf of a client.

For some unexplained reason, a raven or a crow tend to be one of the more popular power animals.  Maybe they have a mysterious or mystical quality?  After all, one of spirituality’s paradoxes is that there can be no light without the darkness.  Never forget that, folks!

How can you determine if you have a power animal?  Most of us do; simply look around when you’re outside and begin to notice what animals tend to hang around you.  Or possibly you have dreamed about an animal several times.  Or you’ve always had an unusual attraction to a particular animal.

Nevertheless, supposedly if you begin to call on your animal, sacred teachings say that it will begin to appear more often to you, especially in cases where you may be feeling unsafe, insecure, or frightened.  It is a guardian, it is a guide through the darkness into the light.

Calling on your power animal means to wake up and pay attention; begin to look for its presence everywhere you go and in everything you do.  Your power animal might appear in a book you’re reading, or on the label of a carton, on a piece of your favorite jewelry, or in a poster on your living room wall – who knows?  And if you’re a person who prays or meditates, you can call it forth during those sessions.

However you might choose to invite your power animal into your life, allow the Mystery to reveal new truths to you. Invite it into your life and watch it begin to shine!

Next time I’ll talk about the power of honoring our ancestors, something the Western World should definitely pay a lot more attention to.  Blessings, ya’ll!

"Coralie Pop" ©2007 WildGoddess  6.5"x7"

"Coralie Pop" ©2007 WildGoddess 6.5"x7"

Working with the sketch I scanned into Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator last month, I created a mini-collage with it.  This particular collage is acrylic paint and ink with stencils, silver embossing, and inkjet transfers.

“Coralie Pop” is collaged onto the back of a cigar box lid; there’s a local cigar store I visit who stockpiles all of these great old empty cigar boxes, and I buy them up in bulk! And of course, in the case of all of these mini-collages I’m making, I always retain the original cigar box markings on the opposite side, so one can see how the piece originated.  Besides, they’re also quite striking with their embellished paper seals and ornate gold text – and they smell wonderful!

Reverse Side of  "Coralie Pop" Mini-Collage

Reverse Side of "Coralie Pop" Mini-Collage

Sooner or later, all of these mini-collages will go on sale at my Etsy store (as soon as I can tear myself away from them, that is!)

Until then, I will make them available for sale as postcards or prints.

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I am always seeking those whispers that fade, yet somehow linger on the edges of consciousness . .

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All photos, artwork and writing on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess are protected under copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact WildGoddess to obtain her permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sun Collage ©2007 WildGoddess

Sun Collage ©2007 WildGoddess

Here is another self-portrait I concocted in Adobe Photoshop.  I love how the colors came out so rich and vibrant.  It’s the sister to the self-portrait I showed a while ago.

I never know in advance what I’m going to create, be it digitally or by hand.  And if I were to go and try to recreate this piece again, well, I’m not so sure I could.  To get this type of look means playing around with layers in Photoshop for hours – basically, throwing the whole kitchen sink at the work, and whatever sticks, sticks!  That’s the magic of it all, isn’t it?

On another subject, Jeane Myers, a very gifted Pacific Northwest artist talked about creative inspiration on her blog, “Artit.”

Should an artist wait for inspiration to strike before creating?  I found the points she made very pertinent for our times – after all, can we as artists even afford to wait for inspiration to strike?

Take a look, check out her gorgeous artwork, and join in the conversation!

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I am always seeking those whispers that fade, yet somehow linger on the edges of consciousness . .

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. . and lay all your troubles down. Enjoy this Sunrise Ceremony chant at the Haleakala Volcano on Maui. What a gift!

"Maia & the Wolf" ©2009 WildGoddess

"Maia and the Wolf" ©2009 WildGoddess

This is a commissioned portrait of a friend with her power animal, a Wolf.  Isn’t she beautiful?

Despite the amount of work that goes into creating a digital art piece like this, it’s something I enjoy doing immensely, for I see it as sacred work and treat it as such.  Whenever one is honored with an opportunity to “re-create” a person’s image, it is to be taken very seriously!

If you would like to surprise someone with their very own digital portrait, feel free to visit my Etsy store or contact me directly!

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The Snow Queen by Wildgoddess©2008
“The Snow Queen” by WildGoddess©2008

Here is another digital experiment with one of my sketches.  I’m always interested in seeing how everything blends and merges together.  It may not be what one might call “trendy,”  but it certainly is interesting!

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I am always seeking those whispers that fade, yet somehow linger on the edges of consciousness . .

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All photos, artwork and writing on the L’Artisana WildGoddess blog by WildGoddess is protected under by copyright ©2003-2009 WildGoddess, and cannot be copied, distributed or reprinted without written permission from the artist.  If you would like to use something from this blog, contact me to obtain my permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

 "Coralie" - WildGoddess ©2009

"Coralie" - WildGoddess ©2009

I “digital arted” one of my sketches  “Pop” style – interesting, no?

Amen for Photoshop!!