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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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"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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"Love Me" - photography by WildGoddess ©2009

"Love Me" - photography by WildGoddess ©2009

The other day, I was waiting downtown on Hill Street, and a man, obviously a little down on his luck, sat down next to me. He then proceeded to loudly proclaim the following words:

“Where is this Paraphernalia coming from? Paraphernalia!
The California Supreme Court is nothing but Paraphernalia!”

” ‘ Hide, hide, hide on the Paraphernalia side,’ ” (he sang)

“Little girls are caught up on the Paraphernalia side. Security is about Paraphernalia and so is the Supreme Court. They are all Paraphernalia-dependent. Your brain can be clogged with Paraphernalia, like little boys.

That’s what the Supreme Court is all about. We are all clogged with Paraphernalia.”

Now I don’t know about you, but I pay attention to what folks say, whether they’re talking to me or not. I’m just sort of a “curious” soul. And I found this man’s prose quite intriguing, to say in the least. Isn’t it true that most of us do have a little too much paraphernalia in our lives?  I think I actually learned something that day!

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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, please contact me to obtain my permission in advance.  Thank you for your consideration.

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"Pele" - copyright ©2008 WildGoddess

"Pele" - copyright ©2008 WildGoddess

Sometimes when I’m feeling a little discouraged, that means it’s time to remind my Self that I might be feeling this way because I have been living my life only on one level; that of the limited, human (delusionary) level.

In other words, I’m judging myself and my life again! Could it be possible that all of us have access to another higher, more enlightened level of existence? I believe we do.

The keys to this Grace were given to me a long, long time ago, but, being human, I continue to stumble along blindly on this old, tired level with a worn-out outlook that doesn’t work for me, never has worked for me and is stagnant. Yes, I’m only human, but Jeez!

Once I take a moment to be still and to remind myself that I have an actual choice about how I want to be in this world, almost instantly as a result of this new awareness, the old blinders fall off and I’m once again in that beloved awareness where I truly belong.  It is who I am.

We always have an opportunity to make this choice in every moment. We can choose to exist in a vaccum with those blinders on, believing and trusting in the “world of effects” – the world we can see. Or we can choose to open our hearts into a new way of being, to accepting a higher vision of who we are, moving beyond what we think and see. We can choose to listen.

So what if you’re sad, mad, broke or confused?

That’s a choice you made, and you can also choose to let it go. For only you possess ultimate control over how you choose to be in every moment – that’s called free will.  And it’s definitely not the real truth of who you are.  None of us are truly limited unless we choose to dwell in that perception. There’s another, higher energetic that we have access to that is invisible and abundantly supportive and loving.  That is the true reality.

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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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The Butterfly


The Butterfly - ©2004 WildGoddess

flying overhead
a waking tempest takes me
noticing nothing

opening my heart
snow falling outside my door
the rest is nothing

— WildGoddess

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