A dark figure kneels beside an organ and a pile of cardboard boxes. A door glows like an ember behind them. An inexplicable red dot hovers over the bench.
I created this painting in 2006, one of the darkest times of my life, alone in Vancouver Canada with a hostile roommate, a part time job and a bleeding bank account. Even then, hope glowed, appearing in my artwork as this door of glowing light.
I painted this on the living room floor of my apartment, using the floor to ceiling windows in the apartment as a reference. I am the darkened figure kneeling on the floor to paint.
I thought I was using a purple and yellow palette. I was painting in a dim room, which means I couldn’t see the range of colors accurately. I realize now that the painting worked out because the dim light desaturated the colors and I was painting by value (the range of dark to light) instead of hue (ROYGBIV the fully saturated colors of the rainbow). The colors were substantially different when I moved out of the dark room and into the light. Teal and orange are now one of my favorite color schemes.
I consider this one of my best works from this time period and sold it for $325 in 2007. I see in it the beginnings of my current series Gates of Lights.
This Mer-Goddess is a drawing I did a few years ago. I decided to have it printed on some watercolor paper so I could create a watercolor painting.
A good drawing yields a better quality watercolor painting and so preprinting the drawing made my painting/coloring more relaxing. I was happy I didn’t have any problems with the black ink running. It stayed put while I gently painted in between the lines.
I’m going to be bringing this mermaid goddess to Spring Mysteries: I’m going to be one of the vendors this year. I think, framed and finished she will sell for $85 once I’ve signed it.
For me flowers are a gift that keep on giving- for my birthday last year my husband bought me tulips and I got a bunch of paintings out – I really enjoy doing little flower series in different mediums. (Hibiscus in Oil pastel,watercolor, pen and ink)
This painting is dark, with scraping black paint revealing fiery colors underneath, as though just out of the frame are roaring flames. Butterflies drift up, floating towards the light at the top of the stairs where the open door welcomes you…
‘Into the Light’ is currently on exhibit at the Hub Event Space in Tacoma. The painting is 18×24″ acrylic on canvas.
Yesterday I was painting on my demo paintings so that I could reuse them my stepdaughter Aranna was drawing in a sketchbook and interrupted me to tell me I should do something similar to her favorite things.
I told her if she drew it for me so that I could understand her idea, I would do it. This is her drawing:
I created this image to inspire meditation, in myself and others. I think that it is beautiful and the color vibration reminds me of the energetic sensations of meditation, which are part of the larger patterns of life. Here, these spiritual attributes are represented with familiar symbols.
The crown chakra, the sahasrara, radiates outward, a high vibration enveloping the entire body. It is the connection to source.
This meditating figure sits in perfect balance.
The dreamcatcher, the sifter of thoughts, the catch and release system of negativity, is also invoked in the pattern of the sahasrara and the ribbons trailing from the meditator who levitates above the ground.
The merkaba star, the symbol of light and the divine vehicle, surround the meditator. As above, so below.
The crosslegged pose is a symbol of sitting comfortably and peacefully, a goal that I long for at the same time my chaotic thoughts resist. But with this image, I am reminded to give myself a little more time to sit.