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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.

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"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!

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"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.

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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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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.

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"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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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.

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"Kristina" ©2008 WildGoddess

"Kristina" ©2008 WildGoddess

Above is an wonderful experiment of what happened when I tossed this imagery into the Adobe Illustrator pot, stirred it up with a whole bunch of text and colors until it began to boil, then poured the prepared “batter” into Adobe Photoshop, added some final “seasonings,” and let ‘er bake! (Seriously – the paper WAS baked in my oven with coffee grinds…)

Wild, isn’t it??

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All photos, artwork and texts 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, please contact me to obtain my permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

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Samsara - copyright ©2008 WildGoddess

I’m so excited!  I just got some encaustic tools from this great online resource, Enkaustikos! and I can’t wait to get started.  If you’re an artist, you’ll understand this feeling-I’ve had the “itch” for quite some time now to learn encaustic painting and now I finally have the time to explore and find my own way with it.

Above is one of my collages, a vintage picture digitally worked in Photoshop and layered with my own papers onto the cover of a wooden box. I’ve been doing these for some time now, and to my mind, encaustic is an interesting direction to take these collages. (and the encaustic medium smells so good!)

What do you think? If you’d like to see more of my work, please visit my online Etsy store. Talk to you soon!

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