Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Art Inspiration: Symbolism

 

Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 


Ripples in the Water, $519 Framed



Guess what I have been doing this quiet winter? 


Napping with kitties?  Well yes, but also.....


Writing a book!   The topic: SYMBOLISM  




The first section
 is about the psychology of symbols, aesthetics and WHY we love symbols.  I share lots of personal stories and examples from folklore and archeology.

The second section is an encyclopedia of symbols. 
  Design on the Chalice Well in Glastonbury

I have found so many crazy interesting symbols from around the world!

Have you ever heard of the "helm of awe"?  

Warriors in Iceland would paint this circular design onto their foreheads before they went into battle.  It was thought to protect them from harm.



I am very thankful for the Indiana Arts Commission for awarding me the On Ramp Grant to help with this project.


Stay tuned for the more juicy symbols and art philosophy as I swim through this material. 

My desk is a bit messy but we will get through this!   I'm currently at page 170.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 82 The Art of Interior Design with Hope Pace



Today’s episode of the Alchemy of Art podcast features an interview with interior designer, Hope Pace. We chat about how to creatively design a home along with how Pace structures her business! Find out more about her work at:  https://sochichomedesigns.com/


On the Alchemy of Art podcast we chat about the creative process and philosophy.  Each episode includes stories, dreams and reflections to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/. Take online creativity classes at:  https://the-alchemy-of-painting.teachable.com/courses

Read or listen to the book, “Start Selling Your Art: A Guide to Starting an Art Business” on Amazon and Audible. 



Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Art Inspiration: New Beginnings

 


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 


Sisters in the Snow, 11" x 14", Available on Etsy $98

"Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated-
Begin it, and then the work will be completed!

- Goethe


What do you plan on beginning this year? 
AND what will you stop doing to make room for the new?  


My mom made this when she was ten and I think that it is still true!

For me this week between Christmas and New Year's is a time of transition.  This is when I plan out my year. 

Tis the season to make Vision Boards!


I've cut out a few thousand images for this year's Vision Board workshops.



I find that using images and picking a word of the year helps me articulate my internal dreams.  


What word would you select?  

Make your own Vision Board collage during our annual in-person workshop.... 

You can still join us! I am limiting it to just a few people but there are spots left.
Register for January 1st or January 2nd


Planning is about assessing what we are ready for


Also I take it a step further and make a Visionary Life Plan notebook. 
Create your own in my online "Visionary Life Plan" class. 
Use promocode "HAPPYNEWYEAR!" for 50% off.  Expires January 1st! Sign up today


Don't throw your inner wisdom into this dump truck I saw on the streets of Indy! 

"Dump" your ideas into a vision board.  Articulate your dreams and...

"Know thyself."
- Socrates

You can join me for other classes too!  
My winter/spring in-person classes are open for registration on Eventbrite  


May you be "rooted and grounded in love." -Ephesians 3:17

 
Roots, Sold

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Monday, December 27, 2021

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 81 Process Art and Coaching Interview with Annelise Gentile



Today’s episode of the Alchemy of Art podcast features an interview with process artist and life coach, Annelies Gentile.  



Read her book "From Chaos to Calm" or listen on Audible.  


Find out more about Annelies's coaching work at: https://conduitforchange.com/  and her artwork at: https://anneliesgentile.com/


On the Alchemy of Art podcast we chat about the creative process and philosophy.  Each episode includes stories, dreams and reflections to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/. Take online creativity classes at:  https://the-alchemy-of-painting.teachable.com/courses  Read or listen to the book, “Start Selling Your Art: A Guide to Starting an Art Business” on Amazon and Audible. 

 



Saturday, December 4, 2021

Art Inspiration: Helping Hands

 

Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 


"Many hands make light work."  -John Heywood

 Molded Like Clay 24" x 36" $298

Every day I am thankful for my hands.  Last year my joints swelled up making it difficult to use them because of a bad medication and autoimmune problems.  On the worst day I couldn't open a door.  



Hands are a powerful symbol because they represent our ability to make things happen. 

Some of the first paintings we have on record were of hands. This cave art in Indonesia is 40,000 years old.


Hands now inspire me.  I notice people's hands.  The lines and twists tell the story of what a person has accomplished in their life.



Cecil Beaton filled his bathroom with his friend's hands...


I filled my journals with images of hands....
   
(Want to learn to draw realistic hands?  Join us for Learn to Draw Class in April.)

And I filled the studio with hands.... 


In the coming year my hands will build, paint, cook and garden. 

What do you intend to do with your hands in 2022?  Answering this question can give you direction.  It can help you to manifest more of what you want to see in the world.  



Every new year I create a vision board to help me plan my year.  I select images and words that represent where I want to put my energy.  Join me and make your own at ….


The New Year's Vision Board Workshop
Register for January 1st or January 2nd

You can now join me for other classes too!  
My winter/spring classes are open for registration on Eventbrite  

Classes make great gifts.  Just sayin'

  The Mustard Seed, 18" x 30"  $200

The new year is like a seed.  At the beginning it is small.  It is all potential.  What will you plant with the power of your hands?  Whatever you nurture will grow.  

 
Reaching, NFS

"We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists.  To sow, we must open our hands."
-Adolfo Perez Esquivel


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