A Cupcake Painting for A Cupcake Theme Kitchen

This cupcake art painting I did for one of my best friends, Shveta. She did me the honor of framing it. Here is a picture of the glittery rainbow cupcake hanging on the wall of her kitchen. You can’t tell in the photo that the rainbow is glittery! It goes with all of her cupcake kitchen decor – she has potholders and an apron and oven mitts and dishtowels and everything.

Here is the cupcake painting in progress after the cupcake was finished and before painting the clouds. You can see my watercolour trays and the tissue I use to de-saturate the paint if it's too dark.
Here is the cupcake painting in progress after the cupcake was finished and before painting the clouds. You can see my watercolour trays and the tissue I use to de-saturate the paint if it’s too dark.

Shveta, hide your eyes here, or you will see the price tag on the gift! If I were doing this as a commission, this scale of watercolor I would sell unframed for $60.

She is the one who made the glittery stars that were scattered through my veil at our wedding. 

 

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Here is the Watercolor Cupcake painting for my friend Shveta’s special cupcake kitchen.

Fine Art Secrets: An Experiment In Divine Creativity

 by Alan Beck

light a white sage leaf before painting for enhanced creativity.
Light a white sage leaf before painting for enhanced creativity.

 An Experiment in Divine Creativity

Through almost a millennium of Western culture artists have held a uniquely distinguished position. As proven vanguards of seminal trends, artists employed their creative skills as a sacred trust by which thoughtful members of society could come to grips with present problems and future realities. In fact, as many prescient observers have noted, the post-modern artist fulfills many of the same functions as the traditional shaman.

 Experiment Like A Surrealist

This evident connection between ancient and modern power has long interested me. Thus, since I am privileged to direct this post at practicing artists and their allies, I would like to suggest an unusual experiment in creativity expressly geared to take full advantage of the artist’s underlying shamanic role. Similar experiments were especially popular among Surrealists and Abstract Expressionists, who often reported dramatically positive outcomes.

 Begin Your Artistic Practice With Ceremonial Purification

Clearly, no important or venerable rite would ever commence without prior purification of participants and ceremonial space. Yet, serious artistic ventures directly parallel such sacred acts. You can readily reconnect with the newly pristine primal energy common to both via simple White Sage purification. How? Before picking up brush or pen, burn a single leaf or spray some hydrosol in your workspace. Follow this routine for just one week: see if your mind opens to new horizons and your inspiration receives a remarkable boost!

How to Obtain White Sage For Your Creativity Experiment

I am always gratified to contemplate the remarkable results of such experiments.  By supporting artists, mystics, truth-seekers, and others on the Path we hope to illumine the heart of humanity worldwide.

Contact me if you need some white sage! 

Illustrating A Goddess Meditation on Artemis

Guided Meditations are a relaxation technique that can take you out of your rushing thoughts quickly, and transporting you into a more positive state of mind. Walks Within is a reliable source for a variety of guided meditations, and Prosperity Preistess, Mary Malinski has the powerful, peaceful, and trustworthy voice necessary for a successful immersion into the experience.

Free!

I have illustrated a number of her guided meditations, including “Protection Shield Meditation” (free!) “Creating Sacred Space” (free!) “Spiritual Grounding” (free!) and more. Since these three mediations are all free, you can easily benefit from these simple meditation techniques by downloading those immediately.

The Illustration Process!

View the process I used when creating an illustration for the Artemis Greek Goddesses Guided Meditation. It depicts the Goddess Artemis with the crescent moon at her brow, her bow drawn, and the hind. The landscape is lit up from the moon, making the night as bright as day.

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Greek Goddess Artemis Illustration by Katana Leigh Dufour for Walks Within.
After sketching and establishing poses, I settled on these two line drawings for the final image. Here they are as a composite image.
After sketching and establishing poses, I settled on these two line drawings for the final image. Here they are as a composite image.
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Here is the original Hind drawing; I added a watercolor wash to both the hind and to Artemis once I had decided which drawings to use.
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At this stage, it begins to look like the finished artwork. The background is a plein air watercolor piece I did outside our mountain home. The stars and brilliance of Artemis are added. Later, I removed the navy wash over the scene because I wanted the night to look fully lit by the moon.
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This is a second version of the final image; this one will be used for the CD label, so the composition has been changed to allow for the hole in the center of a CD.

Read about Artemis at Walks Within.

You may notice some of the changes in the illustrations that I didn’t explain – since I worked with Photoshop and Pixlr, I used layered files, and could move and manipulate the aspects of the illustration, add layer styles, and change hues and values easily.

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A Walk with Artemis Guided Meditation

Purchase the Goddess Artemis Guided Meditation at Walks Within.

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