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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.

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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.

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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.

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"Innocence Lost"  - Digital Art ©2008 WildGoddess

"Innocence Lost" - Digital Art ©2008 WildGoddess

I created this using an old vintage photo.  I am always taken by these boys piercing stare; they literally burn.  Should little boys even be this intense?  I guess if you were a slave, you would be, too!  Nevertheless, it remains one of my favorites.  It’s also for sale as a giclee print in my Etsy Shop.

"Omega" - 5" x7" watercolor ©2009 WildGoddess

"Omega" - 5" x7" watercolor ©2009 WildGoddess

Another watercolor from my sketchbook………….

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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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"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!

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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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