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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 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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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