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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.

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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.

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Kara Walker, Artist

Kara Walker, Artist - digital art by WildGoddess ©2008


Kara Walker is a sometimes controversial artist who creates iconic, silhouetted figures, and projects them as full-scale wall installations. Her work evokes America’s dark involvement with slavery and the day-to-day experiences of those who suffered underneath the bitter lash.  Walker uses images from historical textbooks to depict African-American slaves in context of the Antebellum South. And because cut paper and silhouettes are becoming more and more popular among today’s artists, and as America embraces a black President, Walker’s work certainly takes on an even deeper resonance for our times.

Kara Walker, You Do, 1993-94. Cut Paper on canvas, 55 x 49 in. (140 x 124.5 cm). Collections of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton. Photography courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Kara Walker, You Do, 1993-94. Cut Paper on canvas, 55 x 49 in. (140 x 124.5 cm). Collections of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton. Photography courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Walker’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A 1997 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award, Walker was the United States representative to the 2002 São Paolo Bienal in Brazil.  She’s currently on the MFA faculty at Columbia University.

The PBS website, Art-21,  has a wonderfully comprehensive page on Kara Walker. You can also learn more about her here.

Kara Walker don’t play. Her artwork is innovative, stimulating and just a bit naughty, so if an opportunity ever presents itself to see her work in person, do so.

Below, she discusses one of her installations.

Note to whomever took the above photo: I would love to give credit where credit is due, so if it’s your photo I “decorated,” please let me know. Thanks!

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Tonight as I watched Senator Barack Obama formally accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States, I thought back to my late parents, and prayed that somehow, somewhere, they were able to experience this moment.

They both lived through the Civil Rights Movement, watching the dangerous marches taking place in dangerous Southern towns. They were horrified when Rev. Martin Luther King was shot, mourned when both Kennedy brothers were murdered.

My father dedicated his life to the United States Army – joining at age 13 to fight in the Korean War, and retiring after the Vietnam War. Yet, despite his commitment as a citizen in what the United States Constitution stands for, he endured continual discrimination while laying his life on the line in four wars as a medic on the front lines.  My mother also served in the Army as a hopeful young woman seeking change in her life and in the world around her.

Both of my parents despaired of ever seeing positive, long-lasting change in this country towards citizens of color, the disenfranchised, and women. Nevertheless, they taught all of us to always keep my head high, and to love and keep on loving, no matter what.  And here we are, today, standing on the cusp of positive change.

No matter what happens in the future, Mom and Dad, I dedicate this historic day to you.

To see more incredible photos of this historic moment, visit MSNBC’s photo essay-   here

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"Samsara" ©2006 WildGoddess

This digital art portrait above is of a former slave girl and the sadness and confusion in her eyes literally humbles me.

Who am I in her eyes?

The above work is part of a digital art series I did last year from vintage photos of American slaves from the Deep South. My intention was to reveal their inner beauty and strength despite their seeming conditions. These are photos of ancestors, whom I felt were long overdue to be honored in this way.

Slavery in all of its myriad forms still exists today behind closed doors in even some of the most “refined” societies.

When will we learn? When?
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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 web blog, contact me to obtain my permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

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Sun Garden - digital artwork ©2007 WildGoddess

Sun Garden - digital artwork ©2007 WildGoddess

If you’ve somehow stumbled across my brand new blog, I welcome you.  I am an explorer of consciousness, a drifter of dreams and creator of wonder.  I’m also an artist with a curiously creative itch that just won’t go away.

With this blog, I hope to post from time to time those very rare insights that seem to just happen unexpectedly when I least expect them; you know, the kind that vanish almost as quickly as they came and that you have to hurry up and write down before it’s too late.  I’ll also show you some of my artwork and my process.

This means that I may not post regularly here, but when I do, it’ll be worth it. I invite you, fellow explorer, to come and dance with me as we discover together secrets that have ever been hidden away from the eyes of man, but are always revealed to those who are willing to listen.

Shhh, now. . .

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