In the Studio – New Semi Precious Stones

In the Studio – New Semi Precious Stones

In the Studio – New Semi Precious Stones

Whats New in the studio

 

My studio… where do I begin? With all the semi precious stones all over, under tables, in drawers, on tables, in the garage, everywhere you turn you will see stones.

To all the supplies, brushes and paints, there is alot of artistic elements that are apart of this place I call a studio.

I find so interesting that I do not consider myself a collector of any kind, my mom is and always have been, so I grew up collecting things. One day I realized that there was no point to just “having” something if it didn’t fill a purpose. So I quit collecting things. Needless to say, I do not take after her with that, soon realizing that we are such opposites to that.

However, when she took me to all the gem and jewelry shows she began to buy me semi precious stones and I was now beginning to collect something…. ugg. She is one to buy things just to have them, not me. Yet I found it to begin to really bother me to just “have” these semi precious stones. She then commented one day that I should add the semi precious stones into my paintings.

WHAT? Thinking she is crazy, but… yet… wait… this way I would find a purpose for all of my semi precious stones that I have been collecting.

Brilliant!

SO that is what I did one day, got them all out, put the semi precious stones into groups of coordinating colors and loved how they were ALL grouped together and that was the beginning of my “ELEMENTS” series of using the semi precious stones in my paintings.

It was a perfect fit. Since then, I have acquired many semi precious stones which you will find ALL over my studio.

Then yes… I do have to admit that I do have a small collection of my own of the very special and rare semi precious stones that I have found which have become very special to me over the years.

So….. yes, I am now collecting something. Yet with me using the majority of them, I think that does calm that issue of the logic of having something for a purpose. Trying to find that balance.

Yet, that is also the fun part about this is when I do find amazing semi precious stones specimens, I am not wanting to hoard them, I want to put them in the paintings for others to see the brilliance of them and not just have them in a box to not be enjoyed.

 

NEW Semi Precious Stones

I have recently acquired a ton of new semi precious stones quartz points that I use in my abstracts and home decor pieces. They look so cool in piles and I find them so intriguing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Making of Outerlimits Illuminated Semi Precious Stones

Behind the Making of Outerlimits Illuminated Semi Precious Stones

Behind the Making of Outerlimits Illuminated Semi Precious Stones

Illuminated Series with Agates that Glow with LED’s

This was a special painting for me to create. I wanted to make a painting that was extremely tall to create a large impact in a tall vertical way. I kept in mind the tall ceilings in most homes and I wanted to create a painting that would balance the large, tall, empty looking walls.

I wanted this semi precious stone painting to be a statement piece. Hanging high on a wall where you look up at it and become a bit overwhelmed with all the semi precious stones and glow of the agates. I hope when in person you will fell that from all the semi precious stones I used.

At first conception I didn’t intend to have the painting resemble space in an abstract way, but when I saw the agates lit up with tall the titanium quartz pieces that came together with the way they did and then the thick medium I used, plus then using the Meteorite to the painting. It really then resembled walking on the moon to me and it really resembled space to me.

My first initial inspiration for this semi precious stones painting was the large grey agates I had. I’ve been collecting them for a while now, maybe even a year. I ran into them in the studio and put them all together and they looked great together, first thing I thought was to light them up with the LED’s to showcase there grandur. I then thought about all the Ttanium Quartz that I had. Ive been saving those up to use for more than a year. They are not cheep and I went through what I had and wanted to use them ALL together to create a statement with them ALL grouped together. I used SO SO many of them on this piece. MORE than you’d think, just adding to how spactacular this piece and all these semi precious stones are.

I titled it “Outerlimits” for that reason, to suggest the idea of space, the moon and pushing my limits in using the semi precious stones in a large grand way and as many semi precious stones I used.

This painting is such strong impactful piece in person, I hope these photos do a little justice to it and you can see what went into the piece from start to finish. These paintings with the LED’s are more work, but the end result is worth it.

 

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Downside of Using the Semi Precious Stones 

Downside of Using the Semi Precious Stones 

Downside of Using the Semi Precious Stones

Choosing a Side to the Semi Precious Stones

 

I know what you are thinking; A downside to working with Semi Precious Stones? Ahhhhhh, yep…….

You have to choose as a side to glue them on, and sometimes BOTH sides are amazing.

I run into this sometimes and with a variety of stones. Recently I was using these amazing Quartz with Flourite and Pyrite which I got from my dealer in Morracco on a commission painting that I m working on.

These are rarer specimens of Semi Precious Stones that he had and was lucky enough to get my hands on. They are just amazing.

Most of the time you can pick up a stone and just know what side to glue down of the Semi Precious Stones there is no question.

Then like times like these Semi Precious Stones that with the large amazing complexity of colors, matrix variations and shapes, you have to pick a side to glue down, even when BOTH sides are amazing.

It just kills me sometimes to have to do that. I literally have to hold my breath, squint my eyes, glorify that side of that Semi Precious Stones that I am going to have to cover and just go for it. It is funny, I do that and almost ask forgiveness as if there is a Semi Precious Stones God that will forgive me for having to cover the beauty of that individual stone. Yet, as you know I have to in order to use the Semi Precious Stones I have to do that to work with them.

Yet there are some specimens of Semi Precious Stones that I have that have such beauty and complexity to them that they WILL NOT be glued down. THey are and will stay on my mantle of specimens to show. I know, I know, some you just can not do that to. I may be being a Semi Precious Stones baby about it or some geology nerd but it really is a thing.

So the other day when I was working with the Semi Precious Stones of the quartz that had this amazing pyrite and fluorite on both sides, I picked it up and just whimpered. Oh no, here is one of them. I had such a hard time gluing this down and covering the beauty of that side of the stone.

Here is what I m talking about:

 

Side I had to Glue

Side that went up and used

Medium on the downside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASID Interior Design Show in Irvine CA

ASID Interior Design Show in Irvine CA

ASID Interior Design Show in Irvine CA with Semi Precious Stones Paintings

Seascapes with Dasha Guilliam and my Semi Precious Stones Paintings and NEW Home Decor

Published in the Modern Luxury Interiors of California Magazine

 

 

As artists, we work with a lot of people in the art industry, among those are Interior Designers. Therefore when the opportunity came to myself and fellow artist Dasha Guilluim we wanted to be apart of the event that the American Society of Interior Designers of Orange County (ASID) were having in Irvine CA.

We were able to meet so many talented interior designers which was a privilege for us as artists to be introduced to others in the industry that were as excited about art as we were.

It was a great day, thank you to all the interior designers and to ASID.

 

 

http://www.artbydasha.com/  Dasha Guilliam

 

About ASID

Founded in 1975, ASID is the oldest, largest and only multi-disciplinary professional organization for interior designers, interior design students and the manufacturers and suppliers who support the profession.
The rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back to the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID).

 

 

More highlights of the day: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My FIRST Illuminated Painting with Lit Semi Precious Stones – Breath of Drogon

My FIRST Illuminated Painting with Lit Semi Precious Stones – Breath of Drogon

My FIRST Illuminated Painting with Lit Semi Precious Stones – Breath of Drogon

Lighting Semi Precious Stones with LED’s

38X60 Oil on Panel

 

SO… after about 4 years in the making, here it is my first painting where the Semi Precious Stones light up. So many people have commented that I should “Light up my paintings”. I didn’t disagree, but it left me with the question of how to execute this endeavor due to the fact art is my specialty, not engineering.

I bought little LED’s and lights and tried, but it never really worked. Things just didn’t come together. I had it in my mind but didn’t know the HOW. Yet, as a previous art director, that is what I am good at, concept generation and direction….. not the hands-on how to or execution.

One night at the Laguna Beach art walk at my gallery in Laguna Beach: Lu Martin Galleries came strolling in Mark Johnson. Who just happens to be an electrical engineer. As we were talking one thing lead to another and I mentioned that i wanted to do that which he said he knew how to execute it.

I then called him and told him how serios I was in making these creations in my mind come onto the canvas lit up and glowing. He and I then researched what was needed and one thing then leads to another and here it is our first painting with LED’s that light up.

So much was trial and error, ALOT. Especially for the first painting. What to do, what to use, as you can not just go to any store here to get what we needed. Home Depot was one of the only places to get a few materials, but all LED’s and electrical components had to be ordered.

Ok, so it was more like a million trips to Home Depot to get what was needed. A ton of late nights, more trips to Fry’s Electronics. More and more research. Plus MORE late nights.

We did it. It lit up. (please note the first one was the hardest). Now we have found better ways and better materials to use now, which is great and I am thankful for. But the first one was a little rough.

Main Reason Behind my ILLUMINATED Semi Precious Stones Series:

To enhance the Semi Precious Stones in all there glory.

To further enhance the intricate matrix that is in each stone so uniquely

When the light comes through the stones you see their true complexity of the detail of the stones

Bringing out natures beauty that was created in such grand ways that when you can miss especially on the agate slices which I use are not lite up. Once you add light it just brings them to life

 

 

Concept of this Illuminated Semi Precious Stones Painting;

2 major concepts were behind this painting:

1: my brother who is a Firefighter in Colorado

2. the orange agates that reminded me of flames for fire

 

I acquired these agate slices semi precious stones from collecting them for years. Getting them in all sizes and colors through out the year. Some of my vendors would have grey ones, and others oranges, so I got them here and there and in all varieties. I didn’t get them all at one time. That is a bit of the down side of me getting stones in this way, but on the other hand that is also the fun and challenge of getting the stones in that way. That way once you find something you are wanting or have been looking for awhile it is a huge find and get them and then wait until I have enough for a whole painting.

Ive always loved the oranges and reds in the semi precious stone agates Ive found and collected. They reminded me of fire and I wanted to do a painting like that.

 

MY BROTHER the FIREFIGHTER: 

My brother and I were talking on the phone one day and he mentioned how cool it would be to have a painting with fire, that looked like a volcano that was erupting with darker colors, reds, and oranges. With him being a firefighter for the past 13 years, he just loved that theme as you can guess why.

I had this idea of using the semi precious stone agates in the reds and oranges for some time, and collected them for a while, waiting for the right time and painting. I also wanted to light them up. I thought perfect. His inthusasum was so high I just knew I wanted to do this painting for him. It was the first one of the series and HE had to be the first one to have one.

He and I are also Game of Thrones fans, so of course, I had to name it after that. The name “Breath of Drogon” is the red dragon Danaris rides in the show, so it was so appropriate to name it that.

I am extreamly happy on how it tunred out, I know he will be to when he gets it in his home.

 

Here is the painting from start to finish:

 

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Being a 5th Generation Artist

Being a 5th Generation Artist

Where I got My Talent As an Artist

Channeling my ancestors in my Art

 

I get asked all the time as an artist; What is your background as an artist?

Great question but for me, there is a lot to that in order to answer, of course, I have my own professional background of what I have done myself, my college degree in art, my time spent under the most amazing artist and mentor who has really propelled me as an artist. My OWN journey and inspiration.

But then there is the other; the deep down underlining history that runs deep within me as an artist; I am 5th generation artist.

 

My Artistic History:

 

Great Great Grandma made all material garments from clothing to blankets, tablecloths, etc, in many forms of materials and ways

Great-grandpa did calligraphy, he did it for fun and for the church pamphlets for services

Great-grandma made all her clothes and was quite fashionable, more because she wanted to as a designer, not due to necessity

Grandma was a fine artist who painted primarily in oil, crocheted, knitted and sewed

Mom was a professional artist, fine artist, and every kind of art in this art world you can imagine

 

So, that makes me 3rd generation fine artist and 2nd Professional Artist

 

So when people ask me my background, my answer is “It’s who I am” it is IN me through and through in many ways. I did my first oil painting at 12, my mom commented on how I was coloring and copying things out of books at a young age. It is just WHO IAM. It is just me, it comes naturally to me. However, do not ask me to spell anything.  🙂

Here are some examples that I found recently of my great grandpas and my grandma’s art.

 

Grandma’s painting

Grandmas painting

 

 

 

 

My Great Grandpas calligraphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUN FAMILY FACTS: 

My mom is a professional jewelry artist for YEARS now (10 or so?) is the one who first encouraged me to use the semi precious stones into my work. So SHE is the reasoning behind my ELEMENTS Series for the semi precious stones.

She is the underlining foundation of me being an artist, always encouraging me, helping me with all my shows and endeavors. She always has and is my biggest strength behind my work. Which I will always be grateful for.

 

My grandma passed in May of this year and handed down a ton of her canvases, brushes, and paints to me. I am so grateful to her for assisting me in that way as an artist. However, her and my grandpa when here with us were my first paid collectors. They as biased as may be they would buy my work when no one else was. I will be forever grateful and those moments will be treasured forever.

I have always been extremely supported by my grandparents and my mom as an artist (brother as well) so it is a family affair for us.

My brother and grandparents

 

 

 

My grandpa Jerry Mize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making of Semi Precious Stones Painting – Dawning of a New Day

Making of Semi Precious Stones Painting – Dawning of a New Day

LARGEST Semi Precious Stones Illuminated Painting

48×72 Semi Precious Stones with LED’s Lighting the Agates

 

This painting is one of my favorites, can I have a favorite as an artist? Well, whether you can or cant I do. I m so happy with how this painting turned out, for many reasons;

– This is my largest of my Illuminated Series

  • I love how the stones are Illuminated in showcasing there each individual beauty
  • ALL the different semi precious stones I used for this painting
  • The amount of semi precious stones I used for this painting
  • I used Mooki Marbles which are 25 million years old
  • I love the colors and how rich the painting looks
  • It looks great lit and not lit
  • It will be an amazing statement piece to light up a room

 

This painting I wanted to be a WOW painting, one where you look at it and are blown away, truly a statement piece. My inspiration for this large semi precious stones painting was the large agates. I’ve been collecting these for years now, I pulled them out and saw how amazing they went together and wanted to use them in one painting. I loved the colors of them and wanted to highlight them with the LED’s to bring out there true natural beauty.

I wanted the painting to coordinate with the stones and to blend together as one, not have one stand out more than the other. Where the painting would be light where the stones would be darker and have a lot of contrast, instead I wanted a harmony of colors that flowed together. I felt that it came together beautifully.

This, as well as all my Illuminated Series Semi Precious Stones paintings with the LED’s are made possible from my Elecical Engenier Mark Johnson. He is the one who has helped me with his knowledge of the LED’s, saugtering them, putting them together and in all my paintings. A huge THANK YOU to him.

 

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Collecting My Semi Precious Stones for my Art – Denver Gem and Mineral Show

Collecting My Semi Precious Stones for my Art – Denver Gem and Mineral Show

Denver Gem and Mineral Show 2017 – Semi Precious Stones

My new finds and what I saw:

 

Being from Colorado this Denver show has always been what got me started collecting Semi Precious Stones, this is my roots of where it all started for me.

With my mom designing jewelry as she has for years, she is the one who would take me with her to these shows. I was in awe the first time I went, to see ALL of these stones in one place. It was simply a spectacular site.

That feeling never ends, no matter what venue or how many years go by. The displays of Semi Precious Stones are actually a bit overwhelming. At this show, there is a bit of everything, rough rocks, polished rocks, large specimens to bead for jewelry and everything in between.

Vendors from ALL over the world, representing their countries with their Semi Precious Stones and findings. Most of this is on a mass importing scale, where these vendors do this full time and go from venue to venue selling there Semi Precious Stones. Whereas there is still a lot of vendors who will only do these kinds of large shows and smaller collectors selling what specimens they’ve found for this year.

The booths range from vendors in parking lots selling things out of their RV; miners tents as they are called, to the booths that are in the hotels indoors under glass cases where the specimens can only be viewed and not touched.

There are vendors of all sizes as well, ones with smaller booths and other that take up massive rooms. Both selling wholesale and retail. The larger ones are mostly wholesale and sell things on such large levels, by the cases and pallets of Semi Precious Stones. That is always the fun part to see, how much people buy. I am always so curious when I see people buy things by the pallet…. what do they do with all those? Most have retail stores that they then turn around and sell in. The hard part is sometimes you don’t get to meet them, you see there pallets stacked up with one name on it ready to go out and ship.

The Denver Gem and Mineral Show is the 2nd largest in the world as Tucson is the Largest. Interestingly enough even compared to China and India where so many of the stones are sourced, they remain the largest. A great example of how strong importing is in this industry.

If you are in the industry for Semi Precious Stones THIS is where you come.

I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the show this year. Each year I find something new, meet a new vendor and get introduced to a new stone that I was not aware of. That is ALL the time. It is fun for me to see the expensive and rare specimens to know what nature has created on such a grand scale. Unfortunately those are ones that I m not able to put in my paintings due to the cost of them, but none the less, amazing to see.

 

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Behind the Scenes with Semi Precious Stones Painting – Emitt

Behind the Scenes with Semi Precious Stones Painting – Emitt

Making of Semi Precious Stones Chrysocolla Painting

Titled Emitt

 

Emitt 36×48

This painting was inspired by the amazing chrysocolla I got from my Utah supplier “EMITT” which is where I also got the title for this Semi Precious Stones painting. He collected all of the Semi Precious Stones including the chrysocolla, he had it for me at where it was in all sizes, from the large chunks to the fine powder he crushed. I saw it and immediately fell in love with not only the color of the stone but how he had all the sized from large to very fine for me perfectly.

I hate crushing the stones, yet it does come with the territory of what I do, but love it when it is already done and like this. Which is quite rare for me to find it in this way.

I loved the color of this stone, so I wanted to combine it with other Semi Precious Stones that blended or matched well with the beautiful blues and oranges of the chrysocolla.

I had these brown bark castings that I got from Emitt a while back at another time and thought those would work so well with these colors. That Bark Castings are rare as he tells me that they are from sand being pushed up against a tree to create the casting of the bark, it then petrified over time and then was pried off the tree and this is what remained. He said he had never found anything like it before and never seen anything like it. So, to me, these are very special.

Being from Colorado I love the rich colors like this, it really reminded me of the southwest, tieing in both his Utah roots and my Colorado roots.

So ALL of the stones used on this painting was found by Emitt.

I then wanted to paint the painting with the same rich and bolder colors to complement the Semi Precious Stones colors. So that the painting blended together and complemented one another.

When I begin a painting, as you can see in one of the pictures, I will set out the Semi Precious Stones that I am using on my painting by my pallet of paint to match or to complement, that helps me make sure that the colors are right.

 

Here is the process of the painting, from start to finish:

 

 

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AMSTERDAM WHITNEY International Fine Art – Review of Semi Precious Stones Art

AMSTERDAM WHITNEY International Fine Art – Review of Semi Precious Stones Art

Recently I was graciously had AMSTERDAM WHITNEY International Fine Art Galleries in New York say these things about my Semi Precious Stones artwork. I was so shocked on what was said. I feel the words that were spoken were so eloquent and touched me so much to have someone recognize my work in that way. I wanted to share what was said with you. A special thank you to them for all there kind and moving words.

 

24 Karat

” 24 KARAT” which resonates with a profound visual narrative as you reveal the invisible within the visible through spatial aesthetics. The spiritual artistic journey that you portray in your stellar oeuvre was quite impressive and was a triumph of personal expression and imaginative experimentation of technique and texture.

 

Crisp Breeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

“CRISP BREEZE” generated a profound sense of symbolism while reflecting a universal message.  We salute you on your aesthetically absorbing oeuvre which reverberates with a dynamic textural sense and powerful visceral shapes.

 

Reflected

We were enthralled by the emotive quality of “REFLECTED” which reflects your fine talent and vibrant visual intensity of colors.

 

 

Longevity

Your compelling “LONGEVITY” conveys your unique artistic vision of capturing the impalpable as you seize the essence of the emotional and physical experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi Precious Stones Fine Art In Exposures International Fine Art Gallery

Semi Precious Stones Fine Art In Exposures International Fine Art Gallery

A Dream Come True – Exposures International Fine Art Gallery

My new Family in Sedona, AZ

 

It is truly a dream to be among such prestigious artists, my idol from a young age; JD Challenger, Bill Wardell, Rebecca Tobey…. the list goes on. These are the artist I looked up to as a child, saw in magazines, admired there styles and masterpieces for some time.

To visit, the 20,000-foot gallery was an experience in its self. You could be there for hours and not see everything. One amazing artist and piece after another. So much to take in, from the fine jewelry in the cases to the sculptural pieces, the whole large sculpture garden out front, the paintings, and everything in between is a spectacular showing, to say the least.

Then to be accepted among all of this, simply amazing, humbling and such a dream.

Marty and all the crew at Exposures are my new family. I felt such love from them all.

In case you are not able to visit Sedona Arizona, here are some of the pictures I took while I was there. Yet, it truly is something to be seen for yourself and well worth the trip.

 

 

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Amazing Giant Semi Precious Stones

Amazing Giant Semi Precious Stones

Semi Precious Stones – Simply Amazing Giants

Every year an AMAZING Display

 

Recently at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show in Denver which is where I go to get alot of my Semi Precious Stones there is a particular booth at The Collisium that has these GIGANTIC specimens of Semi Precious Stones. Every year I am always so excited to see what they are going to have. They always have so many which I am shocked at.

How do they ship these?

How much IS shipping for these?

How many people REALLY buy these?

Do they buy them for a shop or for themselves?

These specimens are just spectacular in person, as the photos just do not do them justice.

 

They range in price and are in the THOUSANDS. Which is what you expect of course for the grand sizes they are. But that always makes me wonder what THEY as wholesalers paid? How they even got them over to them from all the foreign regions they come from. How many gigantic Semi Precious Stones are really out there in this world? You sure do not see them this size often so they sure do intrigue me.

Most of the Semi Precious Stones are taller than 6 feet in the photos and are larger than you think from the photos.

The table set you see in one of the photos is $64,000.

One other thing that I found so interesting about these Semi Precious Stones is that the larger quartz you see was cold to the touch. We were in low 90’s and they were in the sun. If you touched the agate tables they were blistering hot. If you touched the white quartz it was as cool as can be. I found that interesting. Maybe if you are an expert or more scientific you can tell me why, as I dont know.

I didn’t take the time to bother the booth owner of these gigantic Semi Precious Stones as I can not afford them at this time and didnt want to waste his time. I did one year talk to him and talked him down on a large piece as he was getting desperate at the end of the show and wanted me to just take it off his hands. My gosh at that point I so wanted to say yes, however, I couldn’t even imagine what that would have cost me to get it back to California. 🙂

 

Someday, yes someday I will own one of these Semi Precious Stones giants until then I will continue to marvel over these every year I am there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi Precious Stone Paintings – Turquoise and Copper Series

Semi Precious Stone Paintings – Turquoise and Copper Series

Turquoise and Copper Series

 

Semi Precious Stones; Turquoise Magnisite, Copper, Rusted Metal, Pebeo Paint

 

Rusted from the Elements 18×24

 

This series was such fun to create.

 

Turquoise Flow 18×24

These Turquoise pieces I have used are Turquoise Magnisite Pieces.

It is not real Turquoise, it is a died this color in order for it to resemble Turquoise. I use this because it looks so real and Genuine Turquoise is SO expensive. By using this particular stone I am able to make it affordable for those to collect these paintings and add them into their collections in an inexpensive way. If I used Genuine Turquoise you would have to spend another 5-10 times more. It really is that expensive.

Close up of Turquoise Flow

The industry will do this, they will take either Magnisite or Howlite and die it colors, sometimes it looks really fake, but then other times, it looks quite real and tasteful. Yet, by doing this you are able to get alot of stones, beads for jewelry in many colors and styles this way which can also be fun. I feel it really depends on what style and look you are going for.

I hope you will find the beauty in these stones as I have and to enjoy the colors and not look at it as a cheaper stone, but finding the beauty in these stones and the brilliance of the colors as well. I love this stone. I wanted to do a series because I feel like there are so many possibilities in using them.

I love this Turquoise color of the stones with browns and coppers. I feel it creates such a deep rich feeling when paired together. I am from Colorado so maybe that is why I like these deeper colors. They also remind me of the Southwest, which I am also fond of. I resonate more with the deeper, richer colors than the whites and lights I am so used to seeing here on the west coastal areas I live in here in San Diego. I do like both, but I resonate more with deeper colors.

Together As One 24×24

Close up of Rusted from the Elements

I then found a new paint to me (not sure how new it is in the art industry, but it is to me) called “PEBEO” paint, it is the paint I used around the stones that has the cell-like feel to them with all the different designs. You literally pour it onto the canvas or panel and it takes on a life of its own. It really in front of your eyes does its own thing. I love how it takes on such an organic nature of enhancing more of an abstract feel to the piece itself. I went a bit carried away with it, I really am so intrigued by it. I had so much fun using it.

 

Rusted 18×24

I also used alot of rust with this series. Rusted metal its self and rusted paint as well. I love the colors of rust. Plus again that organic nature it takes on by it’s self which I feel really added to the paintings.

 

On some of the paintings, I used rusted metal. On accident one day my mom left those pieces of metal out in the rain. They rusted and took on a life of its’ own. I loved the effect it gave and then we created more which we then left again in the elements of nature to create more rusted pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of Isosolies

Close up of Rusted from the Elements

Close up of Rusted from the Elements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isosceles 10×36

She’s A River 16×48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of Rusted 18×24

 

 

I hope you will find these paintings will enhance your home in a deep, rich and fun way as I intended when I created them. 

 

Special THANK YOU!

Special THANK YOU!

SPECIAL THANK YOU!

SOLO SHOW AT ADELMAN FINE ART GALLERY

 

A while back a solo show was offered to me from the Adelman family at Adelman Fine Art. I of course was besides myself excited. Graciously excepted and began to plan and prepare with such passion and enthusiasm.  Yet, like most things I set a high bar for myself and do ALL I can to hit that bar with the highest quality that I am able to produce.

Yet, I am only ONE person and I needed help. I was told a saying a while back, “It takes a village”. I have learned that to be true these last few months from all the help that I have received from such amazing people in my life. They are the ones who has made this show possible, therefore I wanted to take a moment and recognize those who has helped me in making this dream of this caliber of solo show possible.

 

My Mommie aka Kathy Kaberline, she has not only literally saved my life in order for me to be here to continue to create my art due to my past with Lyme Disease. She once again like she always has was such an influence in EVERY way to support me with this show. She is an artist as well, so it was great having her artistic skills be put to work in assisting me with so many of the pieces shown in this show. There are not enough words to describe how thankful I am to have her support and love behind me as a artist. She truly was instrumental in what you see at this show and this would not be possible without her.

 

My family; Brother Tavis and Sister in Law Sommer. With them being here in California a short period of time from Colorado they stepped in the studio and helped me in great ways. It was so fun to have them help and have there influence in what was in the show. Let alone the love and support that has been so profound even at a distance that we face. I am so thankful to have there strength and love behind me that they show me not only as a sister but how they believe in me as an artist.

 

Lee and Sheri Newman, my new “Uncle and Auntie” they were here on vacation in California for a week and got put to work in the studio. Lee is an expertly skilled in so many ways that I am not, therefor we made a great team. He was able to help me execute my visions of what I needed done with the use of power tools which I do not get along with. He helped me with the iron wood table and table scape piece that is new to my Home Décor collection and new Mesquite piece.

Now out of all things he is making me two new easels that will actually hold my large and heavy paintings, which I have needed for so long and were not able to obtain, no one makes them to fit what I do.  I am beyond excited about those.

He did things with such finesse and quality that was impressive and appreciative to see. He was a true blessing to come in, not only to my studio but to my life.

Auntie Sheri then while we were working in the garage on these things, she came in and organized the whole garage. It was a mess, I am renting therefore Ive kept all boxes knowing that Ill be needing them again some day. Plus have been so busy I have not had the time and it was just too much for me. She strongly came in and before I knew it looked around and she expertly organized it ALL. I was then able to add 2 more 6 foot tables to do my art on. I so needed that space, as I was running out getting ready for this show. It was such amazing timing and she was such a blessing doing what she did.

 

 

My assistant Jessica Alexander Lamar, she is just a God send. She chose me as a mentor and I in turn chose her as an assistant. She has not only art skills that I see will grow and take her to new heights as an artist. Her work ethic and energy is one that I want working with me side by side in my studio and business. I am so luck to have had her come into my life and you will defiantly be seeing her art evolve in the future soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Liddit of Giant Canvas Company, he is the one behind all of my large panels I create my statement pieces on. He is the one who helps make all my heavy work possible.

 

 

 

Jon Barrnes, who collaborated with me with 2 unique “Photoscapes” we created together. He came to me a while back and wanted to collaborate and I am so glad we did. I not only love his photography, him as a person as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adelman Family, Marcia, Phylicia and Nicole the owners and directors of the gallery. We found one another 2 years ago from the beginning and you have believed in my for these years and I am so thankful for the opportunity to hang ALL of my work among your walls of your gallery. It really meant a lot to me you have thought of me in that way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Johnson who is my Electrical Engineer who helped me with ALL my ILLUMINATED Series semi precious stones paintings.

 

 

Semi Precious Stones Opening Reception Solo Show – Adelman Fine Art Gallery

Semi Precious Stones Opening Reception Solo Show – Adelman Fine Art Gallery

Opening Reception Solo Show Evening at Adelman Fine Art Gallery – Semi Precious Stones Spectacular

90 Works on Display with Semi Precious Stones

 

Exhibition Haning Septemeber 1-17th 2017

Opening Reception Evening September 9th 2017

 

There is truly something for everyone:

  • Prices start at $150
  • Sizes from 4″x4″ to 8 feet to accommodate all spaces of your home
  • ALL Originals
  • All colors of semi precious stones and paintings for all tastes and decors
  • Huge variety of semi precious stones in Fine Art; including unique Florescent stones and Genuine Meteorite
  • New “Illuminated Series” where the stones light up on the paintings
  • Many unique pieces of her New “Home Décor” Series with Elements from the earth
  • A special showing of Tesa’s private semi precious stone collection
  • 2 Original Paintings created specifically for this exhibition from Award-winning Top Northern Colorado artist Clifford Bailey, Tesa’s mentor
  • Create a Custom Commission with Tesa to accommodate your home and décor

 

The evening began with people lined up out front, waiting to see all of the glim and glitz of all the semi precious stones paintings hung among the 1000 square foot gallery at Adelman Fine Art Gallery in Little Italy in downtown San Diego.

Over 90 pieces of semi precious stones paintings and home decor pieces filled the gallery. 52 new pieces that no one had ever seen before. PLUS 2 Original paintings from Clifford Baliey and semi precious stones jewelry from Kathy Kaberline of KK Originals.

The whole night was packed, filled with collectors, people off the street that happened to walk by, friends, fellow artists and art enthusiasts. People were buying paintings left and right, trying on jewelry and grabbing onto their purchases with enthusiasm.

It was so fun to see, people loving what they saw, in awe of some of the pieces, feeling the energy of the semi precious stones paintings that hung before them.

 

“IVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT”

 

Was still the common comment I received all evening. New to my work or have previously have been introduced to it before, I still heard that. It is still surprising and humbling to hear people say that.

I was so thankful to how the evening went, I want to THANK EVERYONE who attended that evening to celebrate semi precious stones being incorporated into Fine Art.

 

 

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My Solo Show at Adelman Fine Art

My Solo Show at Adelman Fine Art

Semi Precious Stones Artist Tesa Michaels Solo Show at Adelman Fine Art Gallery

“You’ve Never Seen Anything Like it”

 

September 1-17th

Show Reception September 9th 7-9pm

 

A MUST SEE Show for Gem Lovers, Collectors and those who love to see new, original and innovative art here in San Diego

 

Come see 90 Original pieces of Fine Art and Home Décor featuring Semi Precious Stones in Tesa’s Elements Series, Shellscapes and Landscapes, plus special guest artist Clifford Bailey, Tesa’s Mentor.  Her mom Kathy Kaberline’s One of a Kind Semi Precious Stones jewelry will also be on display during the exhibition.

 

There is truly something for everyone:

  • Prices start at $150
  • Sizes from 4″x4″ to 8 feet to accommodate all spaces of your home
  • ALL Originals
  • All colors of semi precious stones and paintings for all tastes and decors
  • Huge variety of semi precious stones in Fine Art; including unique Florescent stones and Genuine Meteorite
  • New “Illuminated Series” where the stones light up on the paintings
  • Many unique pieces of her New “Home Décor” Series with Elements from the earth
  • A special showing of Tesa’s private semi precious stone collection
  • 2 Original Paintings created specifically for this exhibition from Award wining Top Northern Colorado artist Clifford Bailey, Tesa’s mentor
  • Create a Custom Commission with Tesa to accommodate your home and décor

 

Behind the Scenes at my Solo Art Show – Semi Precious Stones Galor

Behind the Scenes at my Solo Art Show – Semi Precious Stones Galor

Moving Semi Precious Stone Art

What It Looked Like Behind the Scenes!

 

I know most of you see the pictures of the solo show I took part in at Adelman Fine Art in downtown Little Italy in San Diego, CA. You see the final product, the polished work on the wall nicely lite and ready to show in its full grandeur. All the Semi Precious Stones lite and highlighted to show their full splendor.

Yet, what you do not get to see is what it took to get them there. Sence I use Semi Precious Stones on my paintings:  my heaviest painting is 105 lbs. I had 3 that were

  • Heaviest painting is 105 lbs.
  • I had 3 that were 4 foot x 6 foot that weighted probably 80lbs
  • Had 90 pieces in that show.
  • Had 2 8 foot paintings
  • Most of my larger statement pieces do require 2 people to move them.

I had to hire movers to move ALL my work to my studio in Oceanside to downtown.

Tons of bubble wrap which is my new best friend. Hours of packing and moving. Then after the show, we did it all over again.

Overall it was worth it for sure.

Yet, I joke and wish I dealt in feathers and used those instead of Semi Precious Stones. 😉

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My Main Sources and Locations of Semi Precious Stones

My Main Sources and Locations of Semi Precious Stones

My Main Sources and Locations of Semi Precious Stones

I get asked all the time from collectors that come to my galleries where I source the semi precious stones that I use for my fine art paintings for my ELEMENTS Series.

 

The answer is all around the world.

 

 

I have been very fortunate to meet so many amazing collectors of fine gems and minerals, geologists, lapidary specialist, prospectors and miners that deal in a multitude of gems and minerals I use for my semi precious stones paintings.

What I do:

I (well my mom and I, she is my partner in crime with all of this) go to the large gem and mineral shows to purchase our semi precious stones. Being from Colorado we have always gone to the Denver show which is the second largest in the world. Then we went to the Tucson show in Arizona for the first time this last year, that is the largest in the world. For good reason it was gigantic we were there a week and still didn’t see all the locations, there were 44 (est.) different locations.

So most of my vendors do those shows. They collect the semi precious stones, and bring them to the shows to me. I get things wholesale from them.

One of my larger suppliers is from Utah. He has a shop in Utah and does all the smaller shows in the SW area of the US. He does his own collecting of the semi precious stones and passes them on to me, small business and smaller supplier but has had a lot for me to choose from and offer me such different things that is really exciting for me. He collects the semi precious stones from Utah to Canada, all over the place. He is what you’d call a “Rock Hound” collecting semi precious stones and then selling them on a smaller scale.

Where as my supplier from Morocco, Rachid owns his own mine and then only deals with the specimines from that region. I get a lot of semi precious stones from him. Limited in what he has but have also been able to get some rare stones that have been fun to work with. He then will call me and see what I need and fill a large container full of semi precious stones and ship it over from Morocco and meet me at the shows.

This way it is more time efficient for me than to travel to these locations and get them myself. Someday I’d love to, but for me as an artist, I’d rather be in the studio painting and creating than seeking these semi precious stones out. That is what they do best, and then pass that on to me.

They are such fun people to work with and I don’t think they still really comprehend what I do with them. Most people do not buy in bulk like I do, if so then they have a retail store they then sell them in, not me. It is funny to see there reactions in why I want some of the things I do and why I pass up what I do.

 

 

 

My Solo Show at Adelman Fine Art

My Solo Show at Adelman Fine Art

Tesa Michaels Solo Show

September 1-17, 2017

 

 

The Gallery is pleased to present a solo show featuring semi-precious stone artist Tesa Michaels!

 

MEET TESA at the Opening Artist Reception:

Saturday, September 9th, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Complimentary refreshments, small bites, and good tunes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Gift: The Crystal Immersion Virtual Retreat

Special Gift: The Crystal Immersion Virtual Retreat

 

Special Offer: 10% OFF Custom Painting

“ELEMENTS” Series with Semi Precious Stones

 

As another way to say “Thank You” I’d love to offer you:

 10% OFF a “Custom Commission” painting!

Plus if you’re in the San Diego area you can come to my studio and pick out the stones you would like to use for your custom painting.

Work directly with artist Tesa Michaels to create a custom piece of fine art using semi precious stones.

Customize your size, colors, and style to complement your décor.

Chose from the thousands of stones in Tesa’s private collection.

Enhancing your space with energy and the specific properties of each unique stone.

Client with Custom Commission Painting in studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Making of “Red Sea” – Semi Precious Stones Painting

The Making of “Red Sea” – Semi Precious Stones Painting

Behind the Scenes:

Here is the process or steps in the making of “Red Sea” the commission of Parting of the Red Sea of Reeds

Click here for other information on painting and the FINISHED PIECE: http://artoftesa.com/product/red-sea/

Red Sea

Oil on Panel

36×60

Mixed Media

2.5 Museum Wrap Panel

Semi-Precious Stones

 

Stones Used: 

  1. Red; Carnelian
  2.  Peridot
  3. Emerald (rough) and agate, or onyx black

Second row

  1. Malachite
  2. Lapis lazuli
  3. Onyx and Citrine

Third row

  1. Amber
  2. Agate
  3. Amethyst

Fourth row

  1.  Pyrite to represent gold-stone, lapis lazuli,  amber, Jasper
  2.  Beryl or rock crystal)
  3. Jasper (red)

 

Symbolic Stones and Items: 

The large quartz cluster on the bottom left is raised to stand above the other stones; the represents Moses. Leading or looking down among the people.

Beside him is a tambourine representing Miriam, the sister of Moses and a prophetess in her own right, sang a beautiful song during this miracle, and she did it to the accompaniment of what we would now call a tambourine.

 

Other stones used: 

Agate

Quartz

Botswana Agate

Marble

Coco Geodes

 

Behind the Scenes: Beginning to End

Creative Daily Inspiration

Creative Daily Inspiration

Creative Daily Inspiration:

 

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. Albert Einstein

Today I ask you:

What have had a creative urge to do lately?

Today is the day>>>>>>DO IT>

Do what you have been wanting to do and have been putting off, afraid of, said you have not had time for or every other excuses under the sun.

There is not a better time than now to begin to do what it is you have wanted to do.

As an artist this picture inspires me. If an elephant can do it, so can I. This picture amazes me in so many ways.

I hope you find inspiration in this picture or I hope you can tap into your creative muse for your inspiration.

love and light to all your creative urges.

 

Adelman Fine Art Gallery; Art SD; Contemporary Show 2015

Adelman Fine Art Gallery; Art SD; Contemporary Show 2015

Adelman Fine Art Gallery

Art SD; Contemporary Show 2015

November 5-8th 2015

Join us for the best art event of the year in San Diego in Balboa Park for this spectacular show.

I will have some of my “ELEMENTS” Series of work where I incorporate Semi Precious Stones.

Excited to see you there.

 

ARTSD

Semi Precious Stones 101

Semi Precious Stones 101

Semi Precious Stones

quartzFor such a long time now, I have been fascinated with Semi Precious Stones. My mom has really been the one to get me started actually collecting them and she was the inspiration in me using them in my art work….it has then been taken from there. Where now, I am not only a collector of Semi Precious Stones for my art, I have been more and more intrigued with them. The more I learn the more I love them.

Though long ago gemstones might have been found glistening on a beach or along the base of a mountain, most gemstones are found deep in the earth. Mining for gemstones is often carried out using primitive methods in some developing areas of the world. These miners work in open pits with makeshift tunnels dug alongside gemstone deposits where they use hand tools to remove gemstone deposits. Some miners have access to air compression drill devices and explosives to help loosen deposits. Larger corporations mine gems using industrial machinery including excavators, hydraulic drills, bulldozers, underground vehicles and “shaker” machines which separate rocks into various sizes. Riverbeds are also home to many gemstones, and the mining efforts for these are essentially larger productions of traditional techniques used for gold-mining such as sifting and panning.

Any gemstones that is not a diamond, ruby, emerald or sapphire is a semi-precious gemstone. Calling a gemstone semi-precious does not mean it is less valuable than precious gemstones. Semi-precious gemstones are just usually more abundant (but there are a few exceptions).

The value given to semi-precious gemstones depend largely on color, availably and quality. Because these gemstones typically have more sources, they are a good choice for larger, clean-eye stones and come in a rainbow of colors.

Some semi-precious gemstones are not stones at all, but are made of organic material like amber, coral and pearl. This guide will reveal details about some of the most popular semi-precious gemstones – garnet, peridot, amethyst, citrine, blue topaz and turquoise.

Gemstones are found all over the world. They begin as minerals, rocks and organic formations and become desired for their specific colors, phenomenon, shine, inclusions or rarity. There are gemstones found in primary deposits (their places of original formation) and those found in secondary deposits (locations they are carried to via water, wind or even lava). Diamonds, for example, are formed underground and carried upward via pipes created by volcanic activity. A few gemstones have even been found in meteorites … possibly an article for another time!Certain parts of the world are known for the types of gemstones discovered there:

  • Australia: Opal
  • Africa: Diamond
  • Sri Lanka: Sapphire, Ruby and many more
  • Brazil: Amethyst, Emerald, Citrine and more
  • Columbia: Emerald
  • Arizona, United States: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
  • Tanzania: The only known deposits of Tanzanite
  • Dominican Republic: Exclusive deposits of Larimar
  • Alberta, Canada: Ammolite

Rare Semi Precious Stones: 

Eventually, many gemstone deposits could be depleted; yet there could also be new gems unveiled. It was just in the last 40 years that larimar and tanzanite were discovered. And don’t forget, there are tons of finished gemstones out there in the world waiting to be passed on to new generations as heirlooms or to be sold to new owners and turned into magnificent new pieces of art.

http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/c39a?cid=1189864911771079292&_rid=310007.27101.444249&WT.mc_id=CW150906
http://www.hsn.com/article/gemstone-guide-semi-precious-gems/157?nolnav=1
Tips to spark your creativity

Tips to spark your creativity

As an Artist here are some tips to spark your creativity!

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Let go and Create!

  1. Get inspired; look at pictures what have you seen that you love that you want to do, paint, make, create, and duplicate what you see. Let them motivate and inspire you. Look on the internet, magazines etc….
  2. Loosen up! Don’t be hard on yourself, step outside of the box and do not have tunnel vision or narrow minded thinking. Get a large newsprint pad, large paper or poster board and some good ol’ crayons and let loose, draw whatever you like, think freedom and just letting go.  This clears your mind and opens your thinking up. This is for fun and does not need the pressure of being gallery worthy.
  3. Take pictures. Get your creative eye in focus. Whatever camera you have take pictures of what inspires you or that you like. Take different angles, textures, close ups, anything weird and different. Get in nature and do this, this will also clear your mind where you will find yourself concentrating on that and nothing else, great stress reliever.
  4. Take an art class. Get out there and open yourself up to something new, this helps break the monotony of that dull, stuck and musty feeling that you have in your mind. This helps you release your stubborn ways and creates growth for you. Most classes are light and fun and of all levels and ages.
  5. Try something new; new medium, new technique, new media, anything new, this could be artistic or crafty. Up to you, just be open and creative.
  6. Hit the books; go to a bookstore, library or craft or art store and get some book of new things you want to try or duplicate.
  7. Find a partner to create with, bounce ideas off them and just have fun together.
  8. Go to an art/craft store with a friend; each one of you (coupon in hand) have a $10-20 limit and go and by each other new tools, supplies or items to create something for a project for the day. Make if fun and don’t worry about needing to see this piece for a million bucks at the gallery downtown. Just have fun here.
  9. Do a mixed media piece. Gather what you have around the house and get a canvas from the store. Whatever size you feel that you have artistic freedom with. Get the basics, glue, tape and what have you and ONLY use what you can find…..this can be rocks, shells (lord knows in my house you will find those) and put together a project. Or create a sculpture. Whatever you prefer.
  10. Do something BIG; think large, larger than life, open your mind to infinite possibilities, the big picture, huge. This will help you get pass some small limitations. Get a large canvas, get sidewalk chalk and use your whole driveway…..its not just for kids you know. Art is all about getting back to that inner child that had no limitations to your imagination anyway. Get a huge sheet of paper and or put 4 posters sizes together to make a large one, hang it on a wall or on the floor and just create something huge. Use large strokes and open yourself up….use any medium you have or that is cheep, don’t need to spend a lot. This will be freeing to you.

TIPS:

Incorporate Music: when you are creating like this try doing this to different music, fast, slow, upbeat and calming, see what effects that has on your creative process. It will connect you further into the creative process.

Color: Use different colors, bold, and pastel, light and dark and try monochromatic and then use the full color spectrum, you will find that by doing so will invoke many feeling and or emotions that go along with your work.

Let Go: when you are doing this, just let go, this is not work to put in the gallery or for others to see. This is for you, this is like writing in a journal, it is personal, it is what is coming out of you at this moment. IT is for fun, for healing, for processing, to loosen up and to let go. So get rid of any expectations and limitations.

BE Alone: It is great to have a partner or friend with some of these exercises, but then do this or some of this on your own, let this be your nurturing alone time and time with spirit, so spirit can come in and work through you.

Subject Matter: change your subject matter, do something spiritual, then something that you want like a beach scène because you want to travel there. Then do something like clouds that are dark if you are moody. Create your mood that you feel at the time, set your tone and coordinate with your thoughts, emotions and feelings with the subject you are creating on canvas.

Art Therapy; combining my illness with art as a professional artist; PART TWO

Art Therapy; combining my illness with art as a professional artist; PART TWO

Art Therapy; combining my illness with art as a professional artist; PART TWO

CLICK HERE to read Part One

success-882592_640What if I were to take away the end game? To stop trying to attempt the perfect piece that I must sell and have every one love and has to be added into my portfolio or painted with an agenda.

Has my painting become too serious? Do I paint for fun? Do I paint to experience the joy of creating? Do I allow ALL of my creativity to come out while expressing myself through each piece I create?

If I am so passionate as not only a person but an artist, why isn’t it ok to put my experience ALL that I feel and have experienced into my art? Will it be ok to combine them without losing my art? Will this enhance my art and allow me to grow and blossom as an artist?

I feel as if I’m holding back, however I have in reality been held back by this illness. So my time that I feel good enough to stand in front of the easel that time is so precious, limited, so when the getting is good, get it. I have not a second to spare or to time to waste, I feel as if I am playing catch up and should be so much further along than I am not only as an artist, the amount or body of work and as a person.

I should have had a long list of colleges and international academy’s behind me, instead I have a list of doctors and illnesses. How do you let that go and be in the present with all of that weighing at me? To let all of that go, embrace my illnesses and allow those intimate emotions onto my canvas? Let alone it being therapeutic for my continual healing.

I am in the healing process, how do I let my art be that as a professional artist?

Embrace both, quite fighting it; release what you feel that is inside you without judgment or fear. Just allow it to come, however, when ever, allow yourself to just paint and create for the art of it not the persona side, you don’t need to wear that mask at this time, now is not that time. It will need to be there as a professional, but put it in its place. You come first, you the artist, your health, your creativity.

scribble-153741_640Let alone, heaven forbid I draw loosely and sketch like a 5 year old for fun, to do something that will never hang on a wall? What is that? I went to art school in order to create master pieces that is worthy of galleries and museums and then you tell me to create something that is sloppy and doesn’t need to be perfect. I have studied perspective and the rule of thirds and then you tell me to let all of that hard work and training go to just have fun with art as if you were 5?

Ah….ok. What the F*^K is that; Abstract? Whatever goes and if you can’t figure it out or if it sucks just call it abstract, right. What!?; I don’t want to fit in that category.

“Who is that?” and what the hell is that suppose to be?” a collector asks looking at my work in a gallery. “oh that’s Tesa, she does abstract!” thus justifying a shitty painting with categorizing it as “Abstract”. “oh I love it, (suddenly) the collector says.

Bunch of crap that I don’t want to do, I don’t want to be like that.

Again, splashing paint onto a canvas doesn’t make you an artist. Just because I put a bandage on a boo boo doesn’t make me a doctor.

Or let alone not only do we have abstract we have good old expressionism. To me the down side of that movement is that anything goes, allowing people to call something art just because they can. Chromatic colors that are not properly mixed, perspective that is off and things a complete mess, but justified because an artist has narcissistically expressed themselves and made not only them but there work to be the best damn thing ever to grace a wall. Then even worse they charge up the ass for it; makes no sense to me.

painting-829573_640I know artist like this, where they are a justifying there hideous art by using the words “abstract” and “expressionism”.  Then putting fancy names to their work to further glorify crap, oh, but there international, so they look even better than what they are; yet this happens so much of the time.

When did abstract, expressionism and contemporary art become that?

So, after all of that, I don’t want to be like that. If I allow my illness, emotions, feelings, my own personal struggles to come into my art will it become that? Where is that line?

I guess I can make my own line, to where that is comfortable to me. To express myself in a deep emotional way that still holds an artist integrity that I want to upheld with the quality of my work. While allowing those emotions of my illness to bring in art as a way to heal through this hard time I have been and still go through.

poppy-834203_640Allow myself to open creatively while in the healing process of my illness. Creating good from the bad if you will. Through all this suffering must come something grand for me, maybe that could be myself as an artist blooming and evolving creating better art from the suffering? I would at least hope so.

Let go of the rules, the should be’s or do’s, after all I am an artist; right? I can do whatever the hell I want and call it art.

And if all else fails, if my art sucks, I’ll call it abstract expressionism (combine the two to make it sound even better) and name it an popular eastern foreign name making myself sound enlightened, because I am from reading ONE blog on that and then charge $10,000 for an 18×24. After all “I am an artist”!  Saying this with my nose in the air, fake accent, flinging my hair back, bragging that I am a self taught artistic genius, while angels sing when I mention my made up art name, by the way you should bow.

Not a bad worst case scenario, so what do I have to lose?

Ok…I’ll give it a go; art therapy.

Allowing my emotions and all facets of my illness to move creatively through me as a professional artist onto my canvas, in any way it wants to come. No judgment or agenda.

….stay tuned.

Art Therapy; combining my illness with art as a professional artist; PART ONE

Art Therapy; combining my illness with art as a professional artist; PART ONE

Art Therapy; combining my illness with art as a professional artist

Artist; My mom and I at Adelman Fine Art Gallery. Two Generation Artists

Artist; My mom and I at Adelman Fine Art Gallery.
Two Generation Artists

I have never really thought of art as therapy before. I’ve always been an artist, it just who I am, but to then combine the two; my complex illness and my art? I am not sure about that?

Isn’t that a conflict as a professional artist?

As a professional you hide your vulnerabilities and weaknesses, those things that cause you not to produce a mass amount of work that galleries want in order to show constancy and reliability. Hide the negative, show your strengths and grand drive; with enthusiasm no matter what in order to be hung. It’s a persona really, that professional mask you were in any field to show that you are worthy of your craft or industry.

As a professional artist we must stay on top, must be the best, produce the most paintings the fastest; consistently. Must have the right professional credentials; be in the most prestigious galleries with famous collectors, then post it on your blog, be published and awarded for your art.

The more the better, yet don’t forget perfection counts; perfect canvas, perfect frame, perfect amount of symbolism among each piece and series you create, the right amount of intrigue and eclectic narcissistic allure that will capture and amaze people (which is complete bullshit, but the game). Prime example look at Warhol and Picasso; enough said.

So to then as a professional artist bring in your own personal weakness, your struggle with a illness that has been controlling your life for years, that same illness that you fight every single time you step in front of your easel, stopping to have a seizure half way through your sky only to have it and then pick up your brush and to keep painting; because I am a professional damn it!

This illness that has brought major struggle that has prevented you from being the most prolific artist you WANT to be, to combine the two?

Why is it ok to combine the two?

painting-829574_640Yes, you want to paint or create each piece of art with a story behind it; which I think all good art must have, throwing paint on a canvas and calling it art is not art to me. There is no exceptional art without passion, emotion, a story and conviction of some kind. This can be created by many things as an artist; use of color, perspective or heavy symbolism, apparent or discrete among a piece of art.

As a professional artist you must be precise, paint everything in order to sell, after all we do need to eat; thus further preventing the stigma of the “starving artist” which no one wants to fall into that category. To make it perfect in order to get top dollar, make it count so to say.

So to have art as therapy, to just let go in order to be in the splendor of creating, allowing your creativity to flow freely with no end game or specific outcome? I am not sure how to do that as an artist. Paint just to paint, sounds so elusive, and a waste of time, standing still and not growing.

But are you? As an artist, yes, every piece of work counts, builds your skills and portfolio in some way if good enough to show. But mainly I guess more mentally and emotionally. Maybe it frees your mental and emotional up in order to fully open up for your creative spirit to come in and present its self on your canvas.

Art is a practice after all like most professions, a lifelong pursuit that is a journey on its self, I know that from the many years of being an artist and looking back on my old work.

ranunculus-720342_640Yet is it really ok to be venerable and allow my illness to come in to my art. Is it ok for it to be shown and come out? I have been so embarrassed by my illness; it has created such weakness in me as a person and artist how do I let it come out? How do you let it come into my professional work with an embrace and with no judgment?

This illness has taken so much from me, I am afraid if I bring it into my art it will take that from me as well.

My art is one of the only things I have left, my last drive, my light at the end of the tunnel, it is what has and is driving me with determination to get better in order to feel strong enough to stand at my easel and paint, paint, paint.

I have felt so fortunate to be able to say that; to have something be that to me in my life, which I am grateful for. My illness has taken my legs to walk at times, my dignity lying on the floor having a seizure with snot and tears flowing all over the place uncontrollably, my license, my mind, my freedom, yet it has NOT TAKEN MY CREATIVITY.

Thank God, no really THANK YOU GOD.

 

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Adelman Fine Art Gallery; Grand Opening Pictures

Adelman Fine Art Gallery; Grand Opening Pictures

Adelman Fine Art Gallery; Grand Opening Pictures

It was such a great night, another clear and brilliant evening in San Diego. A perfect night to celebrate the opening of Adelman Fine Art Gallery.

This was the first time seeing the gallery, we all have been waiting so long for this day to come with such excitement and anticipation. I didnt know what to expect visually, I tried to imagine in my mind what creative things they would do, how the art would be arranged and  I was blown away when I first walked in.

IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

They layout of the paintings and art were perfectly hung, placed and organized well, where you can get a great feeling for each individual piece instead of being overwhelmed with too much work as some galleries are.

The decor was modern and elegant which only enhanced the art while not distracting it. Clean and elegant with such great art and energy, I was so thankful and excited to be apart of such a great gallery, event and to work with such great owners and operators. I have come to just love the Adelman Family. They should be proud of all there hard work that went into making this such a true success not only for them, us artists but also the fine art gallery community in San Diego.

Here are some of the picture and highlights of the evening.

This gallery is a must see when you are in Little Italy in the San Diego area. You will not be disappointed.

SPECIAL THANKS; to Nicole, Philica, Marcia for all your hard work and efforts. Thanks for having me apart of your gallery family.

Adelman Fine Art Gallery Grand Opening

Adelman Fine Art Gallery Grand Opening

Adelman Fine Art Gallery

JOIN US FOR:

GALLERY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!

May 7 – 9, 2015 – Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Enjoy painting demonstrations, jewelry trunk show, auctions/raffles, & bites from The Cheese Store of San Diego and Cookbook Tavola Calda. All events are complimentary to gallery visitors. Join us as we celebrate #artyouenjoy!

THURSDAY – 4:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Jewelry trunk show & raffle
Randi Solin art glass auction

FRIDAY – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ellen Dieter & Zigaloe artist reception
Auction for new works

SATURDAY – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sarah Stieber painting demonstration; Tesa Michaels 6-9 pm meet the artist 

SATURDAY – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sarah Stieber reception/auction for new work

Featured artists include:
Jeannine Emmett
Jennifer Hannaford
Tesa Michaels
Anne Packard
Jim Salvati
Iris Scott
Sarah Stieber
Rising Tide; The making; Behind the Scenes

Rising Tide; The making; Behind the Scenes

Rising Tide

The making; Behind the Scenes

Acrylic on Panel

16X36

Mixed Media

2.5 Museum Wrap Panel

Semi-Precious Stones

ORIGINAL – this is the original, there are no reproductions done or going to be done of this piece

Stones Used: 

The large more 3 dimensional pieces are quartz, the slices are agate, the smaller rocks in the middle are marble and the smaller rocks by the quartz are Labradorite.

Quartz: Wonderful multi use stone. Enhances energy of all other stones and metals. Harmonious and powerful. Aids communication. Sign of Entire Zodiac.

Agate: Protection, Strength, Harmony. Agate’s most noticeable properties  overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming.

Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength in both battle and physically.

Labradorite: Protects ones aura, keeps it clear, balanced, protected and free of energy leaks. Transforms intuition into intellectual thought. Symbolized the moon and helps one to advance to ascension. Also symbolic of the sun providing vitality and sense of self during transitions. Enhances patience. Sign of Sagittarius, Scorpio & Leo.

Marble – a “Metamorphic” rock, which means that it began its existence as another type of stone – usually limestone, and was changed into its present form and composition by various geological forces. It can be found in remarkable colors that vary from pure white and slightly translucent to black, being sometimes yellow, red, brown and green, frequently beautifully veined or clouded.

Marble is said to have a cleansing effect, beneficial for one’s blood and skin. It’s used extensively in Homeopathy and Naturotherapy as a balancing agent, said to enhance one’s serenity. It is considered to provide clarity and mastery of thought which makes it beneficial for states of meditation and contemplation. It is also said to allow for total recall of dreams.

 

Here are some pictures of “Rising Tide” in the making:

Here is the Finished Piece: http://artoftesa.com/product/rising-tide/

 

Rising Tide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Scenery as an Artist; Estes Park Colorado

New Scenery as an Artist; Estes Park Colorado

New Scenery as an Artist; Estes Park Colorado

Being in the Mountains

20150328_192701As an artist I am inspired by many things. I can literally think of more than 10 things I want to paint all at once (if I could, heck find me a large enough studio and I’d try). I am always full of ideas and images that I have seen that I want to paint.

My biggest inspiration is NATURE.

Landscapes in particular, for me it is a combination of the mountains and the sea.

Growing up in Colorado my grandparents have owned a cabin in Estes Park Colorado. For those of you not familiar with where that is, it is in the Rocky Mountains an hour east of Greeley, where I am from. Southwest of Fort Collins, and east of Loveland, or is about an hour north west of Denver by an hour.

For another reference, it is there they shot The Shinning with Jack Nicolas at The Stanley Hotel, white hotel with a red roof.

All my life I have come here and have always loved coming here. I have such fond memories here.

Right outside the dinning room

Right outside the dinning room

There is a different feeling in the air here. No, seriously. I feel it, have always felt it, my grandparents who then went to a small cabin here to a larger retirement home decided to retire here full time in 1996. They felt it too, as does my mom. There is something almost magnetic here for my family and for me.

The feeling is a hard one to explain; but for you I will try. It is just so calming and peaceful. Once you turn the last windy corner of the canyon on 34 with the rock shaped as a turtle you know you have arrived.

PS. There is a tree that has now decided to grow to block the view of the turtle. Damn that tree, yet I like most do not have the heart to cut it in order to see the turtle rock, but if you have been coming here for years you’ll know what I mean. It is significant little Estes Park icon. I say that so if you are coming and do not see the turtle rock that it will not lead to disappointment for you and the kids. J

20150415_145232It is almost like you exhale and your breath releases along with all your stress. A smile always comes across my face and my whole body just seems to relax.

The air is crisp, cleaner and clearer at all times of the year. You can really smell it, sounds weird I know but it is true, it smells differently here. It is such a comforting feeling, as if you’re so comfortable you feel at home (even though you do not live here full time).

You hear the sound of the pine trees with the wind blowing through them, where is it so calming and comforting.

You see the Thompson Canyon River with all is fury these past years still remains so beautiful, where the river runs through out the town in and out.

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View from the cabin

The views are spectacular, with the mountains caped with snow most the time. The large pine trees all around, they are so large and vast in all directions in most places, you will have a view almost everywhere you are outdoors of the beauty of nature.

The aspen trees are so vibrant in the spring when life comes to them with hues of green, then bright yellows, oranges and reds in the fall. Even winter is pretty with everything covered in white. (I hate the snow and cold, but if it is your thing it can be pretty, I do admit).

At the cabin, I love the view of the mountains from the window, where you can sit and watch the clouds move in across the mountain peaks, to the amazing sunsets from the balcony that I take a million pictures of so I can recreate them in a painting.

Right outside the kitchen, actually the second bear we've seen while here

Right outside the kitchen, actually the second bear we’ve seen while here

Right outside the kitchen

Right outside the kitchen

Another thing no matter out of the 37 years coming here I still get so excited to see elk and dear in town and in our yard.

For the first time sense 1997, we got to see a bear; TWO actually. This was the second one we saw.

They come in all the time, all year. We even have a badger that creates havoc in the yard, but still interesting to watch. I have even feed a dear from my hand. (I know you are not suppose to but we did). They are just so used to people, they don’t blink an eye.

 

 

20150404_164118Moose are another story, they are more in the Rocky Mountain National Park, further up or west than where we are, they are mean and will charge you, I know this first hand. It a story in its self. SO….

Right outside the kitchen

Right outside the kitchen

FYI: do not mess with large wild animals, they are bigger on foot than they look in the car or in pictures or on tv…..(that is a side note for your tourists.) Silly me has learned this the hard way.

So as an artist loving nature and love to paint landscapes, Estes Park is such an inspiring place to be. I feel so relaxed here in order to allow my creativity to come out to create my next landscape master piece.

 

 

Anything but Ordinary

Anything but Ordinary

Anything but Ordinary

Bland is not a word that is in an artist vocabulary.

Ordinary, same, boring….nope we do not like those words either.

hand paintAs an artist; and I may speak for other artist out there, but for myself we as artist are full of passion, creativity, life, love, zest, we are bold and love to be free and colorful ( not just as color its self but in life in general).

As artists we just see thing differently. If you’re an artist you’ll understand what I am saying, if you are not, then please understand that does not make us better than those non artists, just different. We beat to our own drum if you will and see things in a different way.

Eclectic; now there’s a word for artists.

I used to hate that word, eclectic meant to me things that don’t match, go together or are just strange or weird. I would picture some old, fat, cat, lady artist knitting some craft crap in her basement or some artist trying to be cute saying they’re “eclectic” to justify terrible art.

Yet, now, maybe due to me being a bit older, I don’t mind if you call me eclectic, yet call me “Ordinary” and Ill be offended. Ok, well not really offended, cause I am not really like that but…..what…..ordinary is not me or me as an artist.

As artist we step outside of the box, hell we create that box in a new, fresh and bold way. We also can probably create 50 different boxes with all the ideas we have running around in our minds every day.

We seek the new, and seek innovative ways to use not only old mediums but new mediums as well.

Agate Slices used

Agate Slices used

I think that is one reason why  I like to use semi precious stones in my paintings. I love the idea of taking suSundown Amethystch old treasures from the earth and use them in new and different ways. I love to push the envelope of art in order to stay out of the bland, boring, same old same old art.

I want you as a viewer of my art to be in awe of my art, not just look at it and pass on by to the next piece hanging up on the gallery wall.

Who wants to do that? Who wants the same old boring thing or worst yet a poster…..ohhh yes, I went there a poster. If you have a poster on your wall then yes, please re-evaluate your walls.

Bringing in a piece of art that is something you love, will create such a uplifting breath of fresh air to your space.

Try it, be boring…….dread……I know, but go with me here.

Take your walls down to boring, lord help us if your walls are “plain white”.

Again boring, artist don’t do that, we all usually have some form of color to our walls, or we use eggshell, or a color that is tinted and named white linen. But plain white, eeeekkk.

Live in that space for a while with nothing, then put up a  nice piece of art, blow a photo up of a piece you like that you found online, print it out as big as you can and see the difference that it will make.

If you can go to a reportable gallery or contact the artist directly and hang a piece of art you love up on the wall.

Take a step back and see what I mean. Look at how that affects the room, your mood, the whole atmosphere in the room and even among yourself, your energy will change.

And if you are really bold……BE ECLECTIC!

Rising Tide in Adelman Fine Art Gallery

My art in Adelman Fine Art Gallery

Put multiple pieces of art up together on one wall, choose ones with powerful colors or perspectives. You will find yourself lost or moved somehow by the painting. Us artist and galleries are here to help you get something that will leave you with exciting, proud, happy ……. which should always replace, dull, boring and will take you out of the ordinary zone.

So for all us artist out there; my wish for you is to continue to be bold, strive to be eclectic, never settle for anything boring or dull. Step out of the box, your own box and push yourself as an artist, experiment, try new mediums or techniques.  I think you will be glad you did, I know I am.

As for you non artists, we love you and hope that you will look around and if needed, let us help you create a life that is full of beautiful art that enhances your homes and life.  In order for you to express yourself and be bold.

 

 

 

 

Underneath; In the making; Behind the Scenes

Underneath; In the making; Behind the Scenes

Underneath; In the making

Behind the Scenes

Oil on Panel

36X60

Mixed Media

Semi-Precious Stones

2.5 Museum Panel

 

Coral: Provides protection. Calms emotions. Helps with asthma and digestive problems. Guards against violence, accidents and theft. Associated with the element of water. Brings peace within the self. Facilitates intuition, imagination and visualization. Sign of Pisces.

Used for this painting: Red Coral; In the upper right is natural red coral while the rest of the coral is enhanced or died coral. The gold stick like pieces on the left of the painting are coral as well.

Pearl: Promotes sincerity, truth, loyalty, charity. Enhances integrity. Soothes, calms. Helps with purity, honestly, feminine wisdom. Spiritual Transformation. Good for helping you focus while meditating.. Allows us to see the way we appear to others. Sign of Cancer & Gemini.

Used for this painting: The bottom gold pieces are fresh water pearls.

Shell: The pieces that are black and grey tones at the bottom right are shell that have been cut and polished.

 

VIEW THE FINISHED PIECE HERE: http://artoftesa.com/product/underneath/

 

Underneath

 

From the Artist:

This painting is such a large, breathtaking painting in person. This to date is the most semi precious stones that I have used in one painting so far…(stay tuned) but the amount of Red Coral, fresh water pearls, and shell that was used was at least 40 16 inch strands of beads plus other loose stones I had.

This painting weighs a good 42 lbs by the time I got it completed due to the amount of stones used.

It took me days just to add the stones on the panel, I had so much fun, was alot of work and I truly think it payed off in the end.

I have been collecting this amount of semi precious stones and especially the coral for over a year. Getting the largest pieces of coral for this painting I could find.

I was inspired by many things;

1. The beautiful Red Coral; I have always been so intrigued by it, the bold, deep red color and the variety of unique shapes and sticks of the individual coral pieces. Let alone having so much of it and how amazing it looked put together in one large grouping made it so bold and grand to me.

2. Being in San Diego and my love for the sea and being so intrigued with “what lies beneath” which is so different than what we see by just looking out over the ocean from the shore. I wanted to do a painting that showcased the stones which are what is found underneath the in the ocean.

3. The deep colors of the Pacific Ocean; The actual colors of the Red Coral and wanting to complement that bold, deep red with the deep blue of the pacific here in San Diego that we have. I love the deep, rich colors that we see here and wanted to do a piece that was indicative to the pacific ocean.

 

10 things to Develop YOUR Creativity

10 things to Develop YOUR Creativity

artistic10 things to Develop YOUR Creativity

To help you begin to create the life you want:

1. Make time for it!
– Set time aside for creative time; to think, write, paint, research, plan, concept generate
– Have a Creative HOUR; designate a hour of your day that you have to be creative, make this a time where you feel the best and you think the best, where it is quite, you are alone and have complete freedom for this time. Where you are nurturing to yourself, doing what you want and love in a creative manor.
– Plan it, put it in the calendar
 
 2. Be dedicated to your Creativity!

–          This is not something that you should try once just to say you did. Put time, effort, love and drive into being and getting creative.

3. Make it a priority!
– Make this as important as anything else in your life, shopping, working out, going out to lunch etc….
– Create boundaries for those around you to respect that this is your creative time, show and teach them as well.
– This will become habitual. It will become second nature to you to do this

4. Monitor your success!
– You will begin to see changes in your life, the way you look at things and changes around you, this will only excite you further to continue to be even more creative.

5. Reward Yourself
– Celebrate your creative success and ventures; this will bring you more confidence, create more motivation in being more creative to move you forward.
 
6. Explore new things and Explore your curiosity
–  New things mean new opportunities, excitement of the unknown, new doors and a refreshing way of looking at things or approaching things to make things new and exciting; getting you out of the dull and boring…who wants that anyway?
– Make it a plan to go somewhere NEW each week, a new park, beach or place in nature, a new shop or mall or new restaurant.
– This also gives you something to look forward to, to hope for and to make things more exciting for you and in your life.

7.  Think outside of the box
– Push your limits; mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritual. Try something new, a new class, meet new people and explore new places.
– Come up with something that you have never seen before.

8. Ask for help or calibrate with others
– Sometimes two heads can be better than one, by brainstorming with others it can bring in a different way of looking or approaching things that you may not think of. Everyone has something unique to bring to the table.

9. Get rid of fear and resistance
– Believe in yourself; trust in yourself, in spirit and throw all the negative out the window.
– Realize you will have this and will always fight this, but to acknowledge it and let it go, it doesn’t serve you and just get rid of it as soon as it comes in.

10. Get your ideas out there
– Take all your creative ideas, concepts, project and what have yous and get them out there, sell them, show them off, show them to people, make a difference. Show them what you got.
In any way and every way you can take action in getting what you created to the public.

Creativity for PASSION

Creativity for PASSION

Creativity for PASSION

Get Visual and Passionate through Creativity

artisticStep 1. Get out a piece of paper and list everything that excites you.

Ask Yourself:

What excites you?

What turns you on?

What are you passionate about?

What do you love?

If you could do anything every day what would that be?

 

(remember we do this without limitations, pessimism, negativity, or any other BS your mind comes up with- get rid of it)

 

 

NOW

Bring in Your Creativity; combining you passion with your creativity

Draw a line to the right of these things listed, where this line maybe in the middle of the page and then list how you can get creative with each one of these things.

FOR EXAMPLE:

Passionate about:                                                 Get Creative:

Exploring and being in nature                        Paint landscapes of where I have been

Eating in new restaurants                                 Blogging about your experiences and creating a local blog

 

Throughout our days we lose site of who we are. We get caught up in what we need to do instead of what we want to do…..it is time to change our thinking on this. When we put ourselves first, use our creativity, when we are passionate about what we do this helps others as much as it helps our self. This brings in more positive energy into all you do. It affects you and everyone around you.

 

Get Visual:

When we are thinking about what we want it is important when we are creating to get visual, one way to do that is begin to start collecting visual images; picture, magazine clippings, images from the internet etc.

Here are some ideas and examples:

  1. Internet; get on Pinterest or other social media outlets that deal with picture and images. Start collecting things that move or inspire you for whatever reason. If they spark something in you then save them. Keep them in one place so you can reference them quickly and easily when you need them.
  2. Images on the web; keep in mind there are copy writes you need to keep in mind, but you can always download things just for your to look at and to let inspire you. Save them and keep them in a folder so when you need a boost of inspiration or a lift of your spirits, open that folder and you will have them right there.
  3. Save clippings from magazines, books, whatever you can get. Save them in a folder.
  4. Use these for a vision board or any of your creative projects that you want to do or will do in the future, then you will be all ready.
  5. This helps manifest what you want. The more you are clear on what you are visually thinking the more clear they will become in real life. Spirit will know what you want.
My Detour as an Artist

My Detour as an Artist

Before the Professional Artist came out to the Art World:

In the past:

Looking back I have struggled with fully devoting myself to being a professional artist for many years.

Quite interesting to reflect, but it is helping me embrace who I am now.

I fought who I was as an artist for a long time.

 

One reason was location the other was my own emotions and opinions that played a factor.

Location: It did play a roll

Being from Greeley Colorado as small town in Northeastern Colorado, we had very little art influence in the town. We could drive an half hour to a larger town of Fort Collins and it was better but not huge, then about an hour away from Boulder and Denver where you found more art and more of an artist community in those areas.

Thus, I went to the big city of Denver for art college at the Colorado Institute of Art. There I found my place and comfort in those other artists like me who could relate to art as a part of who they were.

I worked as a Art Director flourishing in roll as the head of the department in a international based company. Loved it.

sydney

 

Tried moving to Australia, didnt work.

Moved back to Denver to work at a large advertising company as an Art Director doing Ford commercials and advertising.

Did well, loved it.

mourning

 

 

Got sick, lost it all.

 

I had to move back to Greeley. I became ill and then my professional art options became slim to none. Even having a degree in Graphic Designing and a fine artist, there were very few options in that small of town. Let alone fine art, nope.

You must do something else rather than art in order to make a large income or strong income, I was told and had in my mind at the time.

So I tried something else, thinking that would be better. It worked for a while and then it didnt stick.

I just felt that I was missing something and not being true to myself.

Tried to move to Vegas to further explore my art. Didnt work, came back to Colorado.

corn fieldI then moved to Fort Morgan Colorado in the country where Denver was an hour away. It is a small town where town was 15 min away and the thought of commuting was too much.

Closes I could find was advertising job in town. Yet again still not ART or creativity which was my strongest aspect of who I am.

Kicked butt but was still missing ME really, my art and my creativity.

Yet now married I needed to do something for an income in this little area I called home. Extremely limited options. I tried many things, nothing stook.

Then as I felt I needed to do for a living and to support my husband at the time we build our own company. Yet it was his company, doing what he loved and knew. I help build and support, after all that is how we could make a living. One does need to eat.

I tried my art around that time. The drive and feeling became so strong I had to. I could not fight not doing art any longer.

 

Suppressing it was not working, my creativity just grew and came out. I had to paint.

 

SO I DID> it wasnt great but I was painting, I had no room, I had to fit that into our small home, paint in the freezing basement with gloves, even fighting the husband justifying my time painting, he was semi supportive.

I then I ended up by the grace of God to paint under my mentor for a couple of years, building my painting skills. A great part of my life. I had to drive an hour to get to him and paint, but it was worth it.

The feeling began to grow where I was having a hard time not going all in.

I then was taken in another direction with a spiritual business and endeavor, which is where I thought I needed to be at the time. Again, I thought that I had to do something other than art to make a living. That was great, but the creativity in me began to build where it again I couldn’t contain it or suppress it any longer.

I began painting again. Realizing this is ME. Why was I ignoring, fighting who I was so much.

Was the money the only reason. Who said that the money would not be there.

I saw and knew other full time, professional artists making a living. I was in San Diego a large city with a ton of art and galleries. Why couldnt I?

SO I decided to make the leap into full time art.

 

 

After all it is who I am.

 

 

 

Nature as my Inspiration

Nature as my Inspiration

Inspired by Natures Elements:

Mountains: 

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View from my grandparents cabin in Estes Park Colorado

Being from Colorado we would always go up to my grandparents cabin in the mountains. I loved it there. I do feel that I will always feel at home there. It is apart of me, I will begin to miss them and crave the mountain air, the sound of the pine trees and aspens blowing in the wind and the how the mountains make me feel.

I think it is because of this I love to paint landscapes so much. Landscapes are probably my favorite subject to view with art and I have always been in love with my mentor; Clifford Bailey’s landscapes.

I love natures diversity and where there is not a right and wrong, so many different places, colors to capture where it is so many dimensions to capture on a canvas.

I have always taken a million pictures of a sunset. For years I would take even a million more in order to paint from them.

 

The Sea: 

San Diego Beach

San Diego Beach

Then I moved to the beach, ah yes, the ocean. Another spectacular landscape to try and capture on canvas.

It is easy to say that the mountains and sea have captured my heart and I have found myself in both of them.

I can sit and stair at the waves crashing on the shore for hours.

My first experience was when I was 10, we visited Florida and went to St Petersburg beach. I was hooked. I loved it. Ever sense I was trying to move to the ocean.

The sea was calling. It took me a while to listen but I finally did and have never regretted it.

 

I want to capture timeless moments that we experience in life and put them onto a canvas so you can look at them and find yourself captured in the moment once again.

I want you to be moved by my work. I want it to evoke a emotion or memory that moves you, speaks to you and impacts you in some way. I want my art to impact and enhance your living space and life. To have that lasing intrigue with that piece every time you look at it.

 

I want my art to speak and stand out, not blend in and get passed by.

I try to capture the bold essence of nature, that small, simple moment in time where the light hits the landscapes perfectly and takes your breath away. Where our busy life is stopped to watch Gods work in action. Capturing your attention with awe and feeling that moment not just seeing it. I want to put that moment onto a canvas.

Embracing being an Artist

Embracing being an Artist

My Journey as an Artist

Art is who I am.

Creativity is ingrained in me, it is interwoven into my soul. It is what excites me, fulfills me, and comes naturally to me. It is just “ME”.

It has always come naturally to me, which was and is something that I didnt quite realize until I look back into my past.

 

Further Embracing Who I am as an Artist

I knew I was an third generation artist. Yet a few months ago mom told me that Great Grandpa also dabbled with art (pen and ink). Then Grandma went on to tell me how much he actually did with it and how he and my Great Grandma did so much with art and my Great Grandma with her sewing all her clothes and dresses. So she told me I was a “FIFTH” generation artist.

That really made me even more determined to become a really successful in the arts and to further continue as a professional artist and to make them proud of my art and where I can take my creativity.

Art and being creative has always been there for me and has been so natural to think and to be that way. Yet it wasnt until learning this where I think I have really embraced it. That is was ok that it was so ingrained in me and this really was and is my path.

 

Being a Professional Artist 

Yet for me and most artists we are told that we can not make a living as an artist.

The cliche of being a “starving artist” is a real thing and that the majority of artists are just that, not able to make a living at art.

Yet I find that so interesting while we now spend millions on Monet’s and Van Gogh’s and even artists of our generation that have made millions while they were alive, Kinkade and Wyland to name a few. They did and are seeing their artists efforts pay off. Not just making a living but millions.

 

So why not you? Now, why not Me?

 

Yes, it is a business as well as just creating, we must understand that as an artist. (another whole blog I am sure).

But there is a lot of emotional and mental dogma behind being an artist that I think we all as artists struggle with and go through at one time or another.

For me at 37 now I am still dealing with it.

I was born an artist, was in the forefront of my life as a child, teenager, went to art college, worked corporate with art and design and now decided to become a full time, professional fine artist.

HAAAAA taking the breath out of me when I say that with such anxiety.

Yes a professional fine artist. That rare and slim going these days with that, but it is WHO IAM.

 

Creativity is just WHO I AM

 

I have decided to push through the stigma and fears and just embrace who I am, to allow that interwoven creativity to grow and to be revealed to the world and to seek a full, good, excellent and high income in being an artist.

 

After all you never know I could be the next Wyland, or Monet…. stick around to find out.

 

My Background as an Artist

My Background as an Artist

History as an Artist: Finding my way as an Artist

My mom told me that when I was a little kid just learning the ways of this world that I would trace pictures and draw rather than write words more than most. I think it was just there with me, naturally.

I then went onto elementary school and would be one of the most artistic in my class where I won a soda can design contest (big deal back then). A day I will never forget. I remember that it just came to me. The other kids would make such in awe comments and I remember mine standing out from the others, yet I didnt really get it, it just came to me, I just did it.

“Teachers didn’t believe me that “I” did what I did as an Artist or in Art” 

In 5th grade we had to do a project with animals, I did a humming bird and the teacher didn’t believe I did it, I had to convince her I did it and not my mom.

I junior high one of my art teachers would allow me to teach the class and help other students because I was more advance than my grade level. I did more assignments in less time. It was interesting through when it came to other subjects I struggled so much, math in particular and never did get it. While students were onto calculus I was still trying to comprehend Algebra 2.

 

Art and Creativity came NATURALLY, Math and spelling…..were from another world and a foreign concept to me…..forget it. My mind does not work that way 🙂

In high school I did actually teach a semester of art because I was at a private school where art was not offered. They saw my skills and invited me to teach, I was helping those students older and younger than me learn the basics of art. It was fun for me to be ahead like that.

I also was accepted into a National Art Show in high school, that was also so fun to experience and took part in the high school art show, winning an award for that.

CIAAs a junior in high school I signed up for art school which was a bit early to do. I just knew that is where I was meant to be, no hesitation I just knew. I never doubted or question what career or profession I wanted to take or do, it was always an artist or some form of art. I didn’t know exactly what form of art in college but it was just who I was. I saw others around me struggle with what they wanted to be or career, but I didn’t in that way, I was always an artist. As I get older that is becoming more clear and yet I think will always evolve.

 

In college, I won awards and stood out in certain classes and subjects, got my art work posted on bulletin boards which were all great complements. Advanced in some things and then when it came to technical rendering, I had no chance, I was so bad it was quite funny. Yet there were so many great artist there I felt at home with all of them at all levels. It was so fun to see how amazing to see how talented some other students were.

I have had my fair share of art shows, solo and group. Have set up work where it doesn’t quite fit to set fine work up to try to make it work or to sell. Paying your dues as an artist I guess, we probably all have those stories.

 

I have always been encouraged and supported with my family with art, which I will always be grateful for.
My History with Semi Precious Stones; Part Two

My History with Semi Precious Stones; Part Two

Getting hooked on Semi Precious Stones: thanks goes to my mom

About 14 or so years ago my mom, a professional artist decided to hang up her rubber stamping business and start creating jewelry. So she began buying and collecting semi precious stones.

Yes, that is it, she is the culprit to my new found madness for Semi Precious Stones.

She started to go to Gem and Jewelry Shows in Denver, an hour from where she lives. She began going crazy.

She has shinny object syndrome.

She talked about going to these shows and I thought she was crazy.

Her house was already like Micheals in its self, let alone MORE craft crap…..I thought she was crazy. She is the ultimate collector, especially of anything artistic let alone shinny. She would buy so so so much, I just couldnt get it.

I would tell her, “Why are you buying more when you havent even used what you had?”

I just didnt understand her logic. We were so different when it came to how we thought about that and how we live.

She collected, got more, stuff her stuff in every nook and cranny she had in her home. Me, I would go through my storage in my basement every year and if I didnt use it, it went to good will. I loved the feeling of getting rid of things, moving the energy, giving to those who needed and wanted it. We are so opposite with that. It is really funny and we still laugh about it still to this day.

 

I began to eat my words

beadsSo one day I decided to go with her to one of her shows. ba ba ba…..

I stepped into another world……I was shocked with what I saw. Piles of strands of beads, everywhere, table after table pilled high, booth after booth. EVERYWHERE beads, every shape, color and kind. I think I went around with my jaw on the ground.

 

denver gem show

 

This little collection I once rolled my eyes to was actually really cool….ok so it was addicting, mesmerizing.

 

 

denver jewelry showIt was so crazy to see so many people going crazy over such shinny things. I then began to get the shinny object syndrome like my mom had.

I then got the excitement and became like my mom was, out to find the perfect strand the greatest bargain. I find the most unique kind of stone and gem we could find.

I of course had no clue about jewelry, only what my mom made. So I just went off what she wanted and what was so intriguing to me.

I really didnt get me anything, well, because at the time I didnt need anything.

Yet, for years I was hooked. We had so much fun going together, again to find that new shinny treasure.

It was also so fun to be so excited about doing something together.

 

My Use of Semi Precious Stones

Yet a couple of years ago, many bead, gem and jewelry shows later she asked me why I couldn’t incorporate these stones into my art.

Well? Why NOT?

Yet at the time I was very traditional with my art. That’s what I learned, was liking the most to paint. Mixed Media was not really something that I have done before.

After all, I am not good at crafty things or 3 D projects. But I had such a love for the stones and loved to go to the show so much.

Yet I loved the stones, so I decided to be open to it and I then started other artists who may be incorporating semi precious stones into there art.

I couldnt find any? SO. I thought to myself …..maybe this may work. No one else is maybe I could be one of the first. ??

So I also at the time started researching other abstract and mixed media artists I admired.

I was quite surprised what I found. I was shocked at what I liked and what I would want to try as an artist, but it was so different from what I was currently doing and what was taught to me as an artist.

Yet I was also trying to do more art that was more loose, and had more texture, where I could paint more free than what I was doing.

So I did, little by little I started incorporating semi precious stones into my work.

Dark Sun

My first semi precious stone painting, Agate

 

Evolving ELEMENTS 

I started with one stone and have gone on from there. Now where I use as many as I can get away with on a panel to further evolve my series where I use semi precious stones my ELEMENTS series.

 

I try to capture the bold essence of nature, that small, simple moment in time where the light hits the landscapes perfectly and takes your breath away. Where our busy life is stopped to watch Gods work in action. Capturing your attention with awe and feeling that moment not just seeing it. I want to put that moment onto a canvas.

 

 

 

I have chosen to use the semi precious stones in my work because they are another unique wonder that has been created by nature, I admire their complexity and beauty. I love the properties of the stones and putting them together like I do on my panels to display their beauty.

 

So through all these years, I am now collecting something: semi precious stones. My mom ships me boxes full, we both are now hooked.

I am having a ball with using the stones and I hope you will enjoy them and add them to your own personal art collection so I can continue justifying my habit of buying stones so I can continue to create more art with the stones.

Thanks to all of us gem, mineral, art, mixed media and rock hounds who share my love.

 

Plus and extra thanks to my mom who began all of this. I love you and thank you for supporting me, my art and my new found habit. I will be forever grateful no matter what happens.

Heres to more shows with you mom. xo

My History with Semi Precious Stones: Part ONE

My History with Semi Precious Stones: Part ONE

How I began using Semi Precious Stones in my Art

In the beginning;

As a kid I always loved finding little pieces of nature and keeping these little treasures as my own. I collected pine cones, rocks, shells, and stones. Being in the mountains I would hunt for hours for them, collection them for my grandparents. Grandpa, my brother and I would go out in the yard and collect pine cones, and see who got the biggest one. We would get maybe softball size as the largest we would find, if we were lucky. Needless to say my shock when I saw my first pine cone from Oregon and Washington area the size of a pineapple. I was so intrigued. I had no clue they came that big….

gemstonesOf course like all kids I was so intrigued with semi precious stones. We cracked geodes as a kid and growing up in Estes Park Colorado where there was a rock shop that we visited frequently.

I remember they had a huge display of polished semi precious stones that you could fill a bag with and get them. I would always just run my hands through them, (until I got yelled at) and want to go every time we were in town.

stone micaThere was a time around 2nd grade I remember being extremely intrigued with mica. You could find it up in Estas Park and I would pick it off rocks.

There at the elementary school I went to you could get it in the playground. So there I was, at recess, on the ground digging through gravel for my little treasures of mica. I had a large collection and was so intrigued. It is funny to look back on that memory now and realize how in awe I was of it. My mom thought I was crazy, its just mica she told me. I treated it like gold.

My collecting: 

My mom collected everything under the sun,(it would be a long list if I did actually list what she collects) my great grandpa was a junk dealer and collector, my grandma collected picture frames and other stuff she could get away with from my grandpa. So she would always justify her collections from great grandpa and that her addiction came from him and laughed.

So sense she was a collector I being her daughter was one as well as a kid, it was one of those things, she did, I did, I thought that is what you were suppose to do.

I collected alot, those charms for charm necklaces, stones, erasers, pencils, pencils with the toy tops, bows for my hair, barbie cloths, cassette tapes, were some of my fine array of collectibles. Stones and rocks were definitely one of them.

Yet I remember one day when I was a bit older (cant remember what age exactly maybe middle school?) I told her I didnt quite understand collecting things if you can not use them or have a use for them.

It was like a record stopping abruptly….zzzziiittttt….. WHAT?

NOT collect ANYTHING? What was wrong with you?

Her jaw hit the floor. I remember her being shocked. Asking me why I didnt want more stuff, more of the same thing to add to the collection I already had going.

I just didnt get it. I already had enough and was just putting them together with no use. So I stopped collecting.

Then of course college hit, and I of course had no storage or much room, there was no need. I had art supplies, but I used them, needed them and did not have what you would call an excess, had no room for it.

Needless to say I liked more of a less clutter than her, we are such opposites with how we live, it is funny.

That stayed the same until the semi precious stones began……then MY art and MY work just a couple of years ago, I now can not quite say that.

She brought collection back into my life…..

read on to Part Two

 

Childhood Memories of a Artist

Childhood Memories of a Artist

Art and Creativity as a part of life;

paintArt has ALWAYS been a part of my life.

I have so many fond memories creating through out my childhood years growing up. As a kid my mom and I would always be doing something creative and artistic, she was always teaching me something.

I would say my mom has been the most influential artistic person in my life. 

We would have parties with birthday and have friends over to create something. What ever the trend was at the time we would create it; bandanas with the beads in the 80’s, clay beads with Femo came out in the 90’s, pony beads with key chains, and my favorite puff paint on sweatshirts, that was huge, oh my gosh we must have done hundreds of them. We used glitter, rhinestones and so many things to make sweatshirts flashy. I loved it. Everyone wanted one of those shirts at the time. They were a real hit.

As an artist she also would be doing something artist and different, she to this day will surprise me as what she comes up with, such talent.

 

Memories I will Never Forget

Growing up she also would always do open houses with her work, where the living room and dining room would become her gallery where her work would be displayed for people to come and buy. She did the local arts and crafts shows, where I would help her create, set up and sell at the shows. My gosh she has done a million of them with a million different things. I love it and learned a lot from her and her sharing her creativity with me.

She also owned her own rubber stamp company for a while and was really successful as a business until it was time to move on from that trend in the art market. She now has a jewelry business where she is creating jewelry.

 

The first attempt at painting

My mom helped me paint my first oil painting at the age of 12, you guessed it Bob Ross style, I also have painted happy trees. I loved it.

She taught me a lot and in a lot of different mediums. Yet she was always more talented and did better with the 3 dimensional art and crafts than me. I had fun as a kid but I was always more drawn to the fine art, colored pencil and pen and ink as a kid and then painting as I got older. She was always better at the crafts than I was and did more with it than I have.

 

My mom is “Micheals” her own craft surplus 

Her basement always has looked like you stepped into a Michaels store filled to the brim with art supplies. If you needed something you asked her first instead of going to the store. To this day we joke that she can never move because no one wants to move all her supplies. Her whole house is her studio, each room for a different medium or craft and filled to the brim with supplies and stuff. If there is a place to put craft supplies in her home she has stuff there, laundry room, bathroom closets, you name it she will have things stashed in case she needs it.

Her motto: “You cant get ride of anything, you never know what project will come along where you will need it.”

Trust me when I say she has and collects everything. Still to this day she sends me supplies that I may need.

 

Never Stuck for me as an artist

I never wanted to lean sewing, knitting of any kind or form, both grandma and mom were excellent at it, not me one thing I just didn’t “get”. They both tried and I just didn’t like or or get it, still to this day I can not sew a button on a shirt, not kidding. I am very 2 dimensional, yet as I get older I am trying to break out of that and incorporate more 3D objects into my mixed media work which I am having fun with. Evolving and growing as an artist I hope.

I have tried so many mediums but my seem to have a simple and more narrow focus than what they have, which I find rather interesting how similar we are and how different. All of it is fun but I definitely resonate the most with fine art, especially oils and paining. Once I picked up oils I was in love. Due to my generation of computers I have taken a step out of fine art to learn graphic design, print and commercial art, but my roots are with good old fashion fine art.

 

Benefits as a Fifth Generation Artist or Third Fine Artist

One plus of having other artist in the family is that they have passed down their art supplies to me. Both mom and grandma stopped doing oil so I got their paints and brushes, sense oil is my primary medium. Grandma would always get me art supplies for holidays. It was great. Things I will always treasure.

We as a family, the three of us still go to Michaels when I am back in Colorado and will see what new supplies we can not live with out or what new color of paint we don’t have that needs to be added to my collection. Grandma spoils me with supplies, which is greatly appreciated, fun and she is still so supportive of me and my art.

 

Unconditional Support from my Family as an Artist

My mom and my grandparents have been and always will be my biggest fans and source of support, which I am eternally grateful.

My mom is the one who has all of my rejects, my work I hated, my experiments, my work that just plain sucks, instead of ending up in the trash it ended up on her walls. She has the crappy work hanging in her home like treasures. I will to this day go back to her house and wonder why she kept something so bad. It is fun to see my progression as an artist though, but my gosh some of it is so bad.

History as an Artist, Part Two NOW; the journey continues

History as an Artist, Part Two NOW; the journey continues

History of An Artist Part Two: 

I said that “Being An Artist is just WHO I am” it is and always has been a part of me. I do believe that but in the past I also have questioned that and allowed things to get in the way.

Some of that has been me and my own personal emotions and fears, others have been outside circumstances or what we like to call : Life.

 

What has stopped me from being a “real artist”?

– People telling me I shouldn’t or cant

– People wanting me to do something else and I listened

– Didnt think I could make a living doing it

– Sidetracking myself with other businesses or projects

– Thinking other things would fullfill me

– Being in a small town or area with little art

– Afraid of taking the time to build a body of work

-Doing other things at the time to make money to make a living, art got pushed aside

– My health not allowing me to fully be or do what I wanted

 

NOW:

Due to my health the last 14 year have been a constant struggle with that which has also been the main monkey in my wrench so to speak, but I am still working through that.

But I now at 37 have realized to be proud of calling myself an artist. TO stand strong when asked “what do you do”.

To realize that I could and want to be the next success story in the art world. I want to sell my work for 10’s of thousands and be well known.

Bla Bla Bla….all that good stuff that comes along with being a successful artist.

But the main thing is I have now embraced my inner being. Allowing the creativity to flow and to truly be an artist.

It is just who I am.

Questions?

Why do we fight that as an artist?

Why is it so hard to embrace who we are?

When is it time to put your foot down and make that choice to go for it?

All interesting things to ponder.

 

Looking Back:

I look back on things and regret some of those things, yet with my health a lot was out of my control, I do know that and struggle with that. But I wish I would have leaned this a long time ago.

Yet we all know we can not change the past only learn from it. Yet I hope to carry out the rest of my days now knowing who I am, that I have now accepted my inner artist and keep driving forward with my art. Maybe that will give me more drive, focus and determination.

Plus maybe waste NO more time. It is up and bright from here on out.

I guess we’ll have to see.

Stay tuned.

My History as an Artist; Fifth Generation

My History as an Artist; Fifth Generation

My “ART” Background:

I am a fifth generation artist, so maybe that explains my love, talent and appreciation of art comes from, making it deeply rooted in me.

– Fifth Generation Artist

– Third Generation Fine Artist

– Second Generation Professional Artist

 

Artistic Line in my Family: All on my grandmas side of the family

First: Great Great Grandma

Second: Great Grandpa and Grandma

Third: Grandma

Forth: Mom

Fifth: Me

 

Great Great Grandma

It stems from my moms side of the family, my great great grandma was a large quilter, did a lot of padding, and crocheted everyday, which was one of my grandmas fondest memories of her. We have a few things from her.

Great Grandpa 

My great grandpa did printing, pen and ink and calligraphy. While we are unsure of where his work and his pens ended up my mom told me stories of how he would find such joy in the medium and where she would watch him create, he also did a lot of work for the church my grandma told me. There was a break in at my great grandparents place and we think most of it got stolen.

Great Grandma

My great grandma, so both of my grandmas parents were artistic and creative. She did a lot of sewing, my grandma told me she sewed all her dresses and clothing, she also did knitting and crochet work, from what my mom says they were really talented and did quite a bit of work.

It is hard to say where most things are, I will have to contact other family members to see what they have and where things are at. As for my dads side, nothing and my brother didn’t get the creative bug like I did either.

Grandma

My grandma on the same side of the family, is an artist as well, mostly painting; landscapes (she was in the Bob Ross and William Alexander era, she painted happy trees), some still life, animals and clown paintings, tole painting, knit and crochet work, sewing, rubber stamps etc. and now scrap booking. She has more scrap booking supplies than Michaels I am not kidding.

As a kid she sewed little dolls and doll clothes for me, oh my gosh I thought they were the best things ever and still are in my mind. She was really talented at it and with her art. My grandpa from there 63 years of marriage was always really supportive of her and would brag about grandmas art.

Mom

Next is my mom who is also a life long artist as well, at a young age creating art, even in high school painting, pottery and creating. She is a very eclectic and diverse artist dabbling in many mediums and forms of art. She is the most diverse artist I know, while being good at them all, she is so talented. She has never really stuck to ONE kind of medium or art, but is so talented at what ever new artist adventure she chooses to do. I am not like that so I so appreciate that in her as an artist.

Some of her mediums include and not limited to:

– Oil and Acrylic Painting

– Stained Glass

– Jewelry

– Colored Pencil

– Charcoal

– Sewing

-Fiber arts

My grandma did not work nor do it professionally due to the era, nor did my great grandparents or great great grandma.

My mom is a professional artist so I would be a second generation professional artist and a third generation fine artist, if you want to look at it like that.

The Future of Artist in the Family

My cousin on the same side of the family is 11 and she is loving art and is quite good, she and my mom in Colorado get together in my moms craft store basement and create just like we did as kids.  So we are hopping it sticks, and my brothers daughter who is still 2.5 but we are hoping it is carried to her as well. I will not have children so I hope we can continue to keep that carried on through them…..stay tuned through out the years and we’ll see what happens.

My other side of the family or my dads side, nothing. It is quite funny how it is all in the one side. It also didnt effect my uncle or brother on my moms side of the family, which I think is so interesting.

My Inspiration as an Artist

My Inspiration as an Artist

My Inspiration:

It has always been easy to find ideas and inspiration for any project. Anything to me can spark an idea. I will see things in a book or magazine and be inspired and then twist it creatively to where I want it to go. I see something and that just jumps me off into where I need to go. This happens really quick for me. One idea leads to the next until I come up with an idea for the project I would be working on and them I am ready to execute.

California beachNature has and is right now my biggest inspiration. I love looking at a landscape scene or sky and seeing the natural beauty and trying to recreate it. I love how things in nature just come together perfectly. I love to paint sky’s where the colors are so vibrant and moving when you look at them. To capture the detail in a cloud or wave or even tree. I love to capture the emotion in that moment by recreating it on a canvas. I want you to feel that same emotion when you look at my art as you do when you are standing at the shore of the ocean watching the beauty of a sunset.

 

Estes Park ColoradoLandscapes are my favorite thing to paint. I have painted still life and other subjects, but nothing has stuck like landscapes. Realistic or abstract they are my favorite to create.

Emotion is also my inspiration, I want my art to invoke a emotion in you, to move you and to make you feel something when you look at my art. Sometimes is happy, sometimes its sad or dark and powerful by using black and grays, not putting any judgment on it by being good or bad, as long as there is a strong emotion. Maybe its a memory you have from the past or reminds you of something that makes you feel happy or reminds you of a place you have once been.

I want excitement and awe when looking at my work, not boring and seen that a million time while leaving no lasting impression.

Good art to me is powerful, where you love to look at it over and over and never get sick of it. You appreciate it and it brings you joy and adds to your room, enhances your room even. Where guest walk into your room in your home for the first time and there jaws hit the floor because they love it so much, it makes an impression, that is art to me, that is what I want my art to do.

I want my art to grab you to capture you and your attention in some way. Not be in a room and get passed over as if nothing was there at all.

 

Who wants boring, I don’t.

 

I think a piece of art can make a room, tie the room together and when you have a great piece of art on your walls you will never regret it. If you love it you will not be able to live with out it.

So with every piece of art I create, I ask myself, how can I make this powerful? How can I make this sing and speak to the viewer? What can I do or add to make this piece stand out and different?

Moonlite Amethyst With my “Elements” abstract series where I use semi precious stones, I always ask myself if there is enough stones on the piece to make it powerful and stand out. I want it to be over the top, to have you want to touch it or to move you in some way. I want to go all out and make a lasting impression on you where you like it so much you would want it in your own home to admire and feel that ever day.

 

 

I love when people ask me how I did that in awe of the piece there looking at,

while the piece was simple to execute. Making the ordinary extraordinary.

 

I love the big and the grand. I want impact and gusto. Another place I find inspiration is in Vegas, that truly inspires me. The Bellagio is a great example. Their foia where Dale Chihuly has is glass sculptures on the ceiling is simply spectacular. The amount of effort, time, pieces that are up there are just amazing, there is not one person who would say other wise, if so slap those fools. It is amazing. Also their garden area they have, they go all out with there creations, it is so impactful in every way. That is where I would like to be in the future as an artist is to make that kind of impact with my art on a large scale with instillation like that.

I love the large scale, to me it is more impactful. Large and grand inspire me. That doesn’t mean that a small 16×20 painting can not have impact, I think they can, but I love the large. That is what excites. me. The older I get the larger I seem to go. The amount of room I have now I can only get so big, I simply do not have the room, so in the future I want to paint and create even bigger and create large instillation’s.

Strong values, high contrast and deep colors really inspire me as well. I love the landscapes, or anything where it is primarily dark with a bit of light, that really move me. I love the really dark and emotional sunsets with a hint of the sun. I love Rembrandt’s work where ¾ of the painting is dark with minimal light on a face, I think that adds so much emotion to a painting.

Myself As an Artist

Myself As an Artist

Myself As an Artist

People ask me “How long have you been an artist?”

I get a bit puzzled by this question.

Because….well…

I think I was born an artist.

It is naturally just who I am.

 

Me with my Jewels when I was little

Me with my Jewels when I was little

I think I was born with the golden ratio intertwined in me, I feel I see things differently than most, I see things as an artist.

Yet when I say that it sounds so narcissistic, as if when I say it I should be sipping my tea with my pinky out and then flick my hair back to further gloat and feel more self important, then put a tone in my voice while saying that as if I am “that” important or superior as being THAT cool.

I have been witness to this as other artist have told me this. While not only there work is in their mind on a golden display but as well as there egos. As if they are a elite chosen few that I should bow to them in all there glory because they are “natural artists”.

Some people are gear good at math and can just “get” it, they see numbers go on to be accountants, some just “get “ letters and words, are good at spelling and English (or their native language). Some are natural linguists and can memorize and comprehend multiple languages, some people can just see and live computer code and complicated equations.

I do understand that people become artist later in life, and make a choice to tackle an artist career. Some try other things until they realize there calling with art and then become artist. Some do it for fun and not as a career and still call themselves artists.

I respect that, lets be clear here and I don’t think you have to be born knowing this in order to call yourself an artist. There is a lot of controversy over this “I am an artist” statement can be different from one opinion to the next.

That question is weird to me because I just don’t know any different, I have always been an artist or have had art as the biggest thing in my life. I was born and raised with art around me, it is apart of me in many ways.

Artistic FreedomMe, I just see the world as art, I am visual, I am creative. Creativity is my strength. I can just see things in a visual way, picture things, my level of creativity is high where I have a million creative ideas in my head at one time. I can see them, and then conceptualize them and then create them into a piece of art. Creativity is just “me”. I just “get” it.

I would just do things artistically and not know technically what I was doing and they just worked or came to me. I then got older and learned what those things were in art and began to study them.

I love the visions and creative ideas I get and then the challenge of executing them onto a canvas or bringing them into life.

When there is a job or project to do I will have a million ideas instantly in my mind, I love sitting down and sketching them out and breaking it down into the best way to go.

I think it comes so natural to me that I don’t quite comprehend it. It is just automatically there for me, it is just as there as me having curly hair and hazel eyes, it just IS.

I am also really good about copying things, as a kid I would take a coloring book that was filled with black contour lines and copy them, one of my favorites was the Precious Moments dolls. I found coloring them easy where I wanted to recreate them. I am not perfect and a work in progress, while I do think art is a life long process and one you never master, but perspective came naturally as well for me. I just got color, composition and perspective. Yet these are all things that will become more fined tuned as an artist, but I just understood them quickly.

Yet ask me to spell anything or to do anything math related, forget it, give me a dictionary and a calculator and that at least gives me a fighting chance, but no guaranty. My mind is not geared that way at all. It is actually kind a funny how bad I am at that.

I do feel that we all need to be diverse in all these things in order to have balance in the world. So I am grateful for those who make up for my lack of understanding spelling, grammar and shortcomings when it comes to those subjects. I thank all of you that balance me and complement me.

Moonlite Amethyst Painting: Behind the Scenes

Moonlite Amethyst Painting: Behind the Scenes

Moonlite Amethyst: Behind the Scenes

I am asked frequently what my process is when doing a painting with the semi precious stones.

Do I put them on before or after I paint them? Both

I wanted to share with you my process of this particular painting Moonlite Amethyst where I used the semi precious stones: Amethyst and Mica.

 

My Inspiration:

First: My love of Amethyst.

It is hard to say what is my favorite stone. Yet Amethyst is probably one of my top favorites. I just love it. Purple is not particularly my favorite color either but it maybe just is the pure beauty of the stone it self.

I think because I resonate with its properties and connect with them on a emotional and spiritual level. While I was painting this painting, I would just stop and be in such awe of the stones grouped like they are and just place my hand on them and just admire them. I love the feel and how different that each piece is.

 

Second: Common into Spectacular

I have been collecting these stones I used for this Amethyst painting for quite some time, probably about a year to 6 months. I wanted to get the right stones for this piece to really make it come together in a way that was spectacular and that showed the pieces off as a whole with out making it too busy.

I wanted such a common stone that I think is one of the most spectacular to be shown off so you can see its beauty.

 

Third: The Mountains

I love the way the Amethyst is grouped together. When I got a lot of the Amethyst I ended up setting a lot of them clumped up together on my studio table to admire them. Once I did that I thought that they looked like mountains in a certain way. Some of the Amethyst specimens made peaks and reminded me of a mountain range. Being from Colorado I wanted to do a mountains scene with the Amethyst being the mountains.

 

Forth: The Moon

My inspiration for the moon came from that amazing Amethyst slice I had found. I got it on sale because it was broken and split in half. As soon as I put it by the rough Amethyst it reminded me of a moon.

I wanted this painting to be darker as the moon sets and where the sun is gone so it is not creating that light but the light from the moon takes over the sky and landscape where it just has a soft moon lite glow over things. Where you can still make out shapes of objects but not clear in the light. I wanted to capture that moment.

 

About Amethyst:

flowering amythistAmethyst comes in many shades, roughly the deeper and darker the Amethyst the more valuable. It is a part of the Quartz family and does come in a light lavender as well thus, the white you see sometimes with it or under the purple of the Amethyst. I am not an expert but from my understanding if it is purple it is considered Amethyst. In its natural form it is rough and then can be faceted or cut and polished

There are also different forms of Amethyst; Amethyst cactus, flowering Amethyst and then regular Amethyst. Sometimes there is Amethyst that has Citrine or other stones attached or that are intertwined with the purple color as well as just a plain purple which is the most common. Alot of combinations, the most available is most rare and different.

Amethyst also comes from many different places in the world. Uruguay, Argentina, and the Amethyst I have used in this particular painting is from Brazil. Many different locations. All slightly unique and different.

 

Amethyst and other stones Used:

 Amethyst I found the majority of this Amethyst at the Denver Gem and Mineral show. This is the second largest gem show in the US behind the one in Tuscon AZ. My mom ended up finding a lot of the pieces that went into this painting.

Yet I already had been collecting the other Amethyst pieces before this, finding the other just made it come together.

The Mica used is from a mine in South Dakota where I get a lot of my stones from a place in Estes Park Colorado at Red Rose Rock Shop. It is from there mine and is one of the only places I can find the large block pieces of Mica. I got them in big blocks and broke it up, which was fun to do so it flaked off into pieces that resembled mountain tops to tie together my mountain range.

The smaller lighter pieces of Amethyst that I used are actually beads, they are sliced from a large piece of Amethyst and I love the look of them because it brings out the detail of the stone by slicing them like that. I think they have such a different perspective when sliced like they are rather than the large chunk the other Amethyst are in. Which I thought gave the piece more depth and variety, plus adding to the perspective in the painting.

The long darker Amethyst points that look like sticks are also beads. I find a lot of beads that I use for my paintings, due to the shows I go to are bead shows. Most of the time you can not tell. But I love using them because they come in so many forms and variety’s to use in my Elements paintings. I love to combine the different styles of stones and beads to get the right effect that I am trying to achieve.

I wanted those to look or resemble trees, in an abstract way. I think they give the piece more depth and dimension instead of having the stones on the painting being all the same thing.

That is also the fun part and challenge of working with the stones to find and put together the combinations that in the end come together and work as a whole.

 

The Process:

For this particular Amethyst painting I glued the stones to the panel first and then painted around it.

I used E-6000 to glue the Amethyst moon slice to the panel and then Golden Hard Molding Paste for the rest of the project. That medium drys like cement and creates a firm bond with the stones.

I then painted the sky. I wanted the sky to be a combination of realistic and abstract. I wanted it to be mostly dark for more drama and emotion of the moon lite night I was trying to portray. I wanted the light clouds to be almost a glow instead of a lot of detail they would normally have.

My biggest awareness was I didnt want the sky to overpower the Amethyst mountains, I wanted them to stand out and not battle one another.

I also wanted the sky and clouds to come inward or towards the Amethyst slices so your eye went and focused on the Amethyst moon and flowed with the stones.

I then painted the water and wanted a reflection but not too realistic and strong. I started out doing that at first and it just didnt look right. I then went and scrubbed it out and made it more soft and that really made the look of a reflection but not to sharp and realistic. I think that also made the stones stand out even more. So both the paint and the stones went together and complemented one another.

I also wanted to the reflection of the water obviously mirror the sky as it would in nature but I wanted again the water to draw your eye inward to the moon as the main focus of the painting.

I am really happy how it turned out and loved the colors and how the Amethyst now is shown in such a emotional way with the painting, bringing the two harmoniously together.

I hope you feel my intentions when you look at this piece and feel the drama of the moon light, and appreciate all the beautiful and unique Amethyst that I used.

 

Experiencing Art

Experiencing Art

In motionAs an artist you always want people to like your work. After all we dont spend hours on a piece of work to only have someone hate it or shoot it down with negative comments or a “oh….thats nice”.

Yet we all know art is subjective, so if you dont like it and its not your cup of tea, thats fine, I get it.

We pour our souls into our art, each piece is an extension of ourselves, who we are, art thoughts, are emotions, our feelings, are own unique creativity.

To me when I make a piece of art, this is me, what I like to feel, how I am moved. What I like, I just hope it comes through and touches you too.

 

 

VIEWING ART: 

But in my opinion and how I want you the viewer to see my art is an EXPERIENCE.

I want you to FEEL something when you look at my art.

I want my art to invoke a EMOTION or FEELING when you look at my art.

I want your JAW TO HIT the floor with my art.

I want you to TOUCH my art with your hands and FEEL the textures.

I want my art to SPARK something inside you.

I want you to LOVE my art so much that you will want to put it in your own home so you can see it and EXPERIENCE that FEELING everyday.

I want that piece to SPEAK to you every time you look at it.

I want you to look at my work and want to jump into it.

I want you to loose yourself when looking at it, that the landscape engulfs your and takes you to that place, that little meditative dream like place that makes you feel good and all tingly.

What Art SHOULD be: 

Art should be like life: EXCITING and interesting and full of life and fun and new and make you feel something and entreage you and move you and keep you in awe. I want my art to make you so excited that you get worked up and energized and happy.

Art SHOULD NOT be: 

Art should not be boring, or something you have seen over and over or look like a kindergartner did it. You should not have to tilt your head in every direction before you can wrap your mind around even beginning to understand it.

Or if your looking at a piece of art as a non- artist and you say to yourself “I can do that” and your right. Then no that is not a good piece of art.

Yes my art friends, that is what art should be. To me this could be abstract, realism, mixed media, or what ever medium you like. As long as it moves you and creates a emotion in you.

As an ARTIST: 

OvertakingAs an artist I go for the wow factor. I want you to ask yourself with my “ELEMENTS” series where I use semi precious stones “What is that”? Then run up to it and look and then touch the stones, feel there texture and be intreaged with them. Feel their energy and feel the properties of the stones.

I hope my work will do that to you. I try to do that with the stones, the textures, the colors and the composition of each piece. I try pushing the values of each piece so you really feel the emotion of the strong lights and darks that spark memories or new emotions.

amythistI have so much fun creating that I hope this all comes through onto each panel and canvas I create. I try to use all different colors, styles, long, wide, large, small, different stones, dark, light, happy, sad, the whole spectrum of ideas and styles so that there is something for everyone, because we all have so many different sides.

This to me is all emotions, not to judge them as good or bad. A dark sky to me is moving and emotional not so much mad or sad. It all depends on the viewer. I love creating creepy skys because they have so much emotion in them, even though I am what you would call a happy person. It is all about feeling something when looking at art.

And when I say that I hope it is not: ” that sucks, and your turned off by it” 🙂

In hopes that one of them will capture your attention and fill an exciting emotion in you that you will want it in your home and enjoy it every time you look at it.

Treasure Hunting; finding Semi Precious Stones

Treasure Hunting; finding Semi Precious Stones

My Treasures… where I get them

Rose QuartzInspiration is sometimes the first step to creativity, but sometimes in my case it’s the vendors, stores, places, gem shows, booths, people who are selling these treasures that come first before I get that spark of creativity in order for me to create my works of art.

I get my semi precious stones that I use for my paintings for my “ELEMENTS Series” from all over the world. The stones are from all around the world as well as from the vendors who travel the world selling them to people like me.

One vendor in particular is one of my favorites I purchase from, he is a taller Chinese man who is always at the gem and bead shows we attend. He is such a kick, he barely speaks English and we have a bit of a hard time communicating, but we both speak “stones”. If I point and describe with certain common “stone” words we usually do ok. White…..quartz, or agate or any other key word he knows. Just enough to get us by.

Every time we (mom and I, cause she is usually with me at the shows) he is so excited to see us. (i think it is because we spend so much and buy in bulk, plus have so much fun in doing so) that he always has a huge smile on his face, gets excited and comes out from the other side of his booth to hug us and say HI. He never says much, but it is always fun to see him.

He always has something new for you to see and hope you will buy. He gets things from all over the world and brings the together for us (saves us time rather than traveling all around the world ourselves).

However dont get me wrong we would love to do that someday, but this is alot easier.

Among our local travels we use every excuse we can find to go to stores that sell semi precious stones, gems and minerals as well as any other shinny object that we think we need.

Writers research, us artist collect and gather shinny objects…..

 

Favorite Place in Colorado:

One of my favorite places is Red Rose Rock Shop and Dicks Rock Museum in Estes Park Colorado.

They have a huge selection of semi precious stones that are rough and great for me to use.

They have a huge outdoor selection of rough larger pieces of quartz, rose quartz, and other stones that are in big blocks that are weighed by the pound.

Inside they have smaller pieces and bags full of semi precious stones. Mostly rough and some polished.

I got alot of my large mica there, the owner explained to me that he got it from there mine they have in South Dakota where you can just go and pick it up off the ground. (needless to say I defiantly want to go and do that).

They own two mines they said and that is where most of the rose quartz and mica came from.

There then is a small other section in the store where the museum is where you can find alot of larger specimens that are rare and just for show. Amazing pieces and a big selection of pieces on display.

http://www.redroserockshopestes.com/

 

Finding Inspiration; It is all around you

Finding Inspiration; It is all around you

What Inspires you?

Semi Precious StonesAsk an artist that and expect a long drawn out answer. Well that is at least what you would get from me. To me as an artist that is a loaded question; EVERYTHING can become an inspiration.

I personally find Nature to be my number one inspiration.

Then second; anything in nature. Which includes semi precious stones, shells, rocks, gems, minerals, leaves, and yes those weird objects you find laying on the ground.

Personal Side Note: My mother is notorious for this (worse than I am) where she will be going along a sidewalk, stop dead in her tracks and butt fly’s in the air, hands to the sidewalk to pick up her newly discovered treasure. Usually a left over seed from a tree, a leaf and you dont want to get me started on her finding shells.

Most of the time I will look at her with a puzzled look to question what was the meaning of the sudden stop as if there were a hundred dollar bill laying on the sidewalk…..nope a seed. Seriously…..it is comical. I have things still in my car where she has found and left.

We had to pick up these little California pine cone things for I dont know how long one day, because these were the latest and greatest things to her. (i love her and humored her).

“What the hell are you going to do with those I ask?”

“I dont know”, she says enthusiastically, with this shit eating grin on her face as she is gathering these little treasures like they are the last thing on earth. Her excitement is so fun to see which makes me humor her and help her gather. She is like a little kid in a candy store when it comes to these simple excitements.

So there we are, people observing this spectacle of these two women picking these common objects off the ground for our next art project with a puzzled looks on there faces. We dont care, as artist we let nothing get in our way of creativity or the next great creative idea that may come from something as simple as a newly discovered seed.

Ok, ok……..guess who does this now……

me…

So yes I find myself now doing the same thing with certain things (I am not as bad as her, I say that to sound less of a nut job) yet we are mother and daughter after all and you know what they say about the apple…..it doesnt fall far from the tree….ha I guess that goes for little seeds too…

So now I am her sidekick in finding simple treasures that will be creatively added into my next new piece of art.

 

What is MY weak point?

Gems, minerals, shells, semi precious stones.

I should….wait maybe I should say I could have, because afterall we dont need everyone to know how weird I really am, do we….. have a cheesy bumper sticker that says “WILL STOP FOR STONES”. or “WILL STOP FOR ANYTHING SHINNY”

My objects are a bit more limited than my moms, but my gosh let me tell you us together when it comes to a gem and mineral show or bead show….look out.

Yes we both have shinny object syndrome. Anything shinny, we are like a moth to a flame, let me tell you.

So after all these time and years of making fun of my mothers off the wall behaviors and habits, I am becoming the same eclectic shinny object collector.

I so enjoy these little treasures I find and each one is so special to me that will go into my next master piece of art that I plan on creating.

I have so much fun gathering these semi precious stones, rocks, minerals and little gems.

I love to take what is from nature and recreate them into a nature scene that I paint and create.

 

 

My process: (the internal creative master mind ideas that come from my head)

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Sometimes I am first inspired by the semi precious stones themselves. I will find a specific specimen and that will remind me of something in nature. For example clear quartz points and spikes can remind me of ice and ice cycles so I ll do a nature scene that is cool, cold like a picture of the arctic or  an ice burg.

A piece of Agate that is orange and red that looks like fire and I will want to do a painting that is like fire and in those warm hues that resemble fire.

 

 

BeachOther times; it s a photo I have taken or found that then will lead to tieing in the stones to that picture. For example a picture that is purple I will want to use that picture and incorporate amethyst into a painting with that picture.

I have so many pictures and now stones to work with that I have so so many ideas, all I need now is more time.

 

 

I will look at some stones and see them as being clouds or mountains and I try to come up with new and creative ways to use the stones as representational objects of nature. Then clusters of amethyst become mountains, mica becomes mountain tops, quartz sticks become trees. I like to do it in a way where I am using the stones to represent things where you need to use your imagination in viewing my paintings.

I like them to be landscapes or nature scenes but in a abstract, real to sometimes even surreal ways. Sometimes they are ovieouse and  then sometimes you have to really look to get your mind to pull it together.

OvertakingOne of my favorite things to do is to gather the like stones I have and just put them together into a pile or grouping to see how they look together. I love the grandness the stones all together will have. I love to see the textures, color and combinations come together.

I am so intrigued by this. You know how they say “less is more” what….that does NOT apply here to me with these stones. I love the more the better with the grouping of the stones.

 

However…

I try to find the balance of using the stones by themselves to stand out and together to make the painting a strong piece with the stones standing out and speaking to you with there grandeur, where the painting around it is just supporting the stones.

There is something to be said when you let the unique beauty of one specimen speak. Allowing the spot light to be on it because it is so amazing.

I want you the viewer when you look at my work to be in awe as well with the stones as much as I am. I want you to realize there beauty and me as an artist to just be highlighting them and put them in the spot light in my work.

I want my painting to pull the stones together into something you have never seen before that makes your jaw hit the floor when you see these paintings.

 

In Conclusion: 

So here is to you all, all of you fellow nut jobs like us finding simple pleasures from these little treasures that will spark your creativity so we as artist can continue to create new and unique pieces of art.

Because no matter what, we can use these objects in our art, call it mixed media and get away with it and our eccentric and off the wall collecting obsessions we have as artistic creative minds.

until the next find……..

 

 

Being Creative Through Your Transition

Being Creative Through Your Transition

Life sucks…..so get CREATIVE!

Unleash and Ignite your Creativity

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Unleash your CREATIVITY!

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS……SCREW THE LEMONADE….

MAKE ART!

Well we have done it, we have gotten through the hard part of your transition, or some of you may still be in the middle of your transition or hopefully in the end, coming to the finish line or seeing that light at the end of the tunnel grow brighter as you get closer to it.

At this point I think no matter where you are at during your time of transition or in your life in general I think it is so important to feed and further develop your creativity.

I say that not only as an artist; that is what I thrive on and what I am incredibly passionate about, creativity is something that comes so natural to me, but for others not so much.

 

When I say “creativity” I am referring to the process of producing something original.

 

 

So many people think because they can only draw a stick figure or what resembles one that they are not creative. I beg to differ. As an artist as well I get frustrated when I mention that I am an artist and they say, “oh I m so not creative”. You do not have to be an artist to be creative:

 

That could be a:

–          Thought

–          Idea

–          Concept

–          Art work

–          Project

–          Plan

–          System

–          New solutions

I as an artist will share with you artistic things that I think EVERYONE can and when I mean can, yes I mean you are completely capable even through you clam a stick figure is out of your reach to draw….you can do these things even if they are artistic and you clam not to be.

 

Getting creative can help you:

–          Get rid of blocks

–          Becoming clear

–          Generate new solutions

–          Develop new ideas

–          Create new concepts and ways of doing things

–          Become passionate about your life or what you are doing

–          Boost your confidence

–          Look at things more optimistic or in a positive way

–          Ignite your imagination

–          Help you move forward

–          Clear up frustration

–          Get you unstuck

–          Create a bright future

 

Creativity is all about coming up with new solutions to current situations;

this could be your thoughts, your new ideas, new concepts and new projects to better your life, people and world around you.

 

 

During a time of transition it is so important to bring creativity into your life. When you are stuck with something, focusing on being creative can come up with new solutions to the issues you are facing, creating a fresh new look or approach to something.

When you are creative you step outside of the funk you are in to begin to see the bright opportunities that are there or new doors that can be opened; new possibilities.

When your creative brain becomes involved, you become more excited, energetic, optimistic and enthusiastic about what you are dealing with or struggling with at that moment.

This puts you on a positive path in the right direction so you can move forward with passion and excitement instead of uncertainty and pessimism.

One great thing about creativity is that it is like a domino effect. Once you have one creative idea, there is another and another just around the corner, it becomes easier and easier where the creative ideas begin to flow in.

Sparking your creativity then helps with visualizing and then onto manifesting what you want in your life.

So if you are:

–          Stuck

–          Unclear

–          Uncertain

–          In a transition

–          Cloudy in your thinking

–          Unsure where to go, turn or do

–          Running in circles

–          Feeling like you are going no where

–          Lack confidence

Designs from the Sea; Shellscapes

Designs from the Sea; Shellscapes

Designs from the Sea

Retracting TideDesigns from the Sea is my series of paintings that are “Shellscapes”, where I incorporate real sand and shells into each painting. Little gifts from the sea as I like to or think of them, making each piece special, unique and one of a kind.

I incorporate shells and sand that I have found across the world, but mostly here in California in the San Diego where I live. I love to shell and each piece is such a joy to find, each day is different and the sea is constantly changing so you never know what you are going to find.

I so love the sea, the colors, the sound of the waves, smell of the salty air and the unique wonder of all it has to offer. These shellscapes and paintings from the Designs from the Sea series is a collection of those little sea gifts that I have found that you can then enjoy in your own home.

This way no matter if you are close to the sea or not you can have your own little piece of the sea hanging on your wall as fine art.

 

 

My Inspiration :

My love of the beach is what really got me started with this series. I love the beach and collecting shells. With me living in San Diego and close to the beach, I would go to the beach as much as I can. While living in Carlsbad, Ca. I lived about 7 min from the beach. So I had this particular shelling spot where depending on the different times of the year the shells would come in abundance. Needless to say I was hooked.

I am the crazy one that people stare at with a large bag collecting these little sea treasures by the handful like they are gold. I love and find so many varieties and even different varieties at different San Diego beaches as well. I have learned where and when the good times and places are.

It is so funny my mom is the one who collects everything under the sun. Me, not so much. Yet when it came to shells I realized it was now me collecting something. I had large vases of them in the house, then another and yes, another.

My boyfriend came to me one day and asked: what are you going to do with all of these? plus…. you really should start doing something with them, this is getting to be a bit much and we were running out of room. Well, he was right.

Yet stop collecting shells……..what….that was out of the questions. I loved my time with the sea and it sharing its little treasures with me. So I decided as a fine artist to incorporate them into my art and paintings.

My MOM is also my inspiration. She and I love to shell together, she encouraged me to add them into my art work as well. So I did and now they have become my series “Designs from the Sea”. It is something we love to do together and we want to go to so many more beaches together to find many more sea treasures. She was even so cute, she made us bags to put our shells in, we dont mess around… I love our time together.

So yes, now with my art I have a justification for my shelling habit, plus an excuse to travel to different beaches. Well at least that is what I am going to stick with for now. I have boxes and boxes of shells, it is so much fun.

 

Semi Precious Stone Properties

Semi Precious Stone Properties

 Semi Precious Stone Properties

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Agate: Protection, Strength, Harmony. Agate’s most noticeable properties  overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming.

Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength in both battle and physically.

Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy. However, because it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of energy as needed. In this way, agate is a conservation stone,  and enhances longevity.

Agate is a very protective stone. It is especially protective for children, and makes an excellent stone for children’s amulets,  medicine bags, jewelry, or just to carry around in a pocket. Agates are said to be especially useful for protecting children from falling.

Emotionally, agate gives courage, emotional strength, self-confidence, and dispels fears. It can also lessen feelings of envy by grounding the emotions. In the same way, it assists with acceptance of all things. It can be very beneficial for self-examination as well as examination of the circumstances one finds oneself in. These qualities make agate superior for easing anxiety and stress.   Plume agates are especially helpful for anxiety and stress relief.  Particularly when placed on the Solar Plexus (3rd) Chakra it can help one to accept one’s emotions, thereby helping overcome those emotions that one wants to remove.

Because of the harmonizing qualities of agate, and its emotional energies of removing and releasing resentments and bitterness, it is also considered by many to be an excellent stone for helping to heal and improve relationships.

Agate can cleanse and stabilize the aura by removing and/or transforming negative energy.

As far as relationships go, agate is a stone of marital and romantic fidelity.

Agate is said to strengthen the body and the body’s connection to the earth. It also increases energy. Agate is used in crystal healing for healing of all kinds by bringing the elements of the healee into harmony. Physically, agate is said to be particularly helpful with tooth and gum issues, stomach problems, physical endurance, insomnia. Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

White agate is especially considered a stone of hope.

Chakras: All  agates can remove blockages from any chakra. Agate also relates  to specific chakras according to the stone color.

http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/agate

Apophyllite:  Apophyllite is one of the best known Indian minerals. It helps with spiritual awakening, the stones have a high vibration that will raise your spirits, and spiritually energize your being. Even in a room will bring a sense of uplifting to you. Also helps with revealing stress, anxiety and tension.  If used in meditation it is great for guidance from spirit.

Aquamarine: Helps with soothing, calming energies. Activates throat chakra for clear communication. Promotes perseverance and discipline. Helps bring unfinished business to a conclusion. Good for courage, serenity, confidence. Promotes safe travel on water.

Amethyst: Treats insomnia, relives tension, helps overcome grief and loss, brings about spiritual awareness, constricting thinking and acting, good for skin, alleviates pain, lowers blood pressure, releases imbalances. Connects with spirituality and provides contentment. Clears the aura and relieves dysfunctional energy located within the body. Useful during meditation to promote and maintain a calm and peaceful state. Encourages sobriety, promotes sleep and combats headaches. Good for third eye chakra. Sign of Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius & Capricorn.

Aventurine: Enhances creativity. Aids in the ability to see possibilities. Bring prosperity. Lessons negativity. Connected to the heart chakra. Protects this chakra and protects against those wish to tap in and use the energy of another. Balances male/female energies, enhances creativity, leadership and instinctive action. Sign of Aries.

Black Onyx: Repels negativity. Aids in grounding. Helps overcome feelings of loneliness. Adds comfort in unfamiliar surroundings. Boosts self confidence.

Orange Calcite is highly cleansing for both thesacral chakra and the base chakra. It will balance the emotions, overcome depression, release fear and enhance creativity. Use clear Optical Calcite for insight and clarity.

Blue Calcite is for the throat chakra… assisting clear communication and soothing the emotional body… and the lighter Yellow or Honey Calcite is a strong solar plexus chakra stone that gives you clarity and insight.Gold Calcite works at the third eye chakra and the crown chakra. Red Calcite is strong base chakra stone that will link the base and crown chakras.

http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/crystal-stones.html

Calcite: White or Clear; A great stone for healing. Calcite increases and amplifies energy. Brings inner peace, protecting, grounding and centering. It also is great for creativity, helping spark your imagination and can bring vibrancy. A great stone to increase prosperity in your life. Helps lessen fear and reduce stress. Helps in grounding and centering relationships.

Carnelian: Sacral Chakra stone. Used to dispel apathy, indolence and passivity. Powerful stone to stimulate creativity, personal power and compassion. A stone for protection from anger, jealousy and fear. Helps in finding the right mate. Brings courage. Can be used as an elixir to help heal cuts and abrasions. Sign of Taurus, Cancer & Leo.

Celestite is a beautiful blue stone with a lovely gentle uplifting vibration. These crystal stones are a beautiful soft blue color and their lovely energy is immediately apparent… both physically and spiritually, when you pick one up and feel its vibration.Yet this is high vibration stone, that is powerful to use in meditation.

http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/crystal-stones.html

Having a cluster in a room sends this lovely energy out into your home. It may assist you to make contact with your own guardian angel and will elevate your awareness to a more spiritual nature

Chalcedony: Used to assist in telepathy, absorbs negative energy, harmonizes body, mind and spirit, is a powerful cleanser, is considered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, chalcedony nurtures and promotes brotherhood and good will.

Citrine: Does not hold negative energy, dissipates and transmutes it. Never needs clearing or cleansing in an energetic sense. Increase income when placed in the cash box. Helps to maintain a state of wealth. Helps with depression, enhances creativity, helps intuition, brings happiness, joy, abundance and confidence. Stimulates mental focus and endurance. Excellent stone for clearing the aura. Sign of Gemini, Aries, Libra & Leo. A form of Quartz.

Coral: Provides protection. Calms emotions. Helps with asthma and digestive problems. Guards against violence, accidents and theft. Associated with the element of water. Brings peace within the self. Facilitates intuition, imagination and visualization. Sign of Pisces

Flourite: Brings order to chaos. Known as “a stone of discernment and aptitude”. Increases concentration. Helps one to understand balance needed for relationships. Purifying and cleansing. Sign of Pisces & Capricorn.

Garnet: Known as “a stone of health”. Removes negativity from the Chakras. Enhances ones internal fire. Also known as “a stone of commitment” whether it be relationships with the self or others. Stimulates development and movement of Kundalini energy located in the Base Chakra. Signs of Leo, Virgo & Aquarius.

Gaspeite: Awakens awareness of higher worlds, inner child. And increases synchronicities.

Hematite: Known as “a stone for the mind” aiding in memory, original thinking and technical knowledge. Transforms negativity into the purity of the universal light of love. Aids attainment of a “soft” meditative state. Sign of Aries & Aquarius.

Herkimer Diamond: is an “attunement stone,” useful for attuning to another person, group or environment. It is useful in healing environments where its clarity, brilliance and high frequency facilitates the removal of energy blocks or debris, and stimulates healing by increasing the amount of Light energy the body can utilize.

Jade: Serenity, wisdom, balance, healing, wealth. Opens heart chakra to love energy. Longevity, luck. Good for confidence and peace. Known as a “dream stone” and is used to improve memory of dreams, understanding and releasing suppressed emotions via the dream process, place a piece of Jade under you pillow. Confidence booster. Sign of Aries, Gemini, Taurus & Libra.

Jasper: Nurturing and protective. Useful for dowsing. Balancing. Soothes nerves. Sign of Leo

Kyanite: is a stone of channeling, altered states, vivid dreams, dream recall, and visualizations. It gives protection during these states. It brings loyalty, honesty and tranquility, and diminishes anger and confusion. Kyanite does not retain negative energy and never needs energetic cleansing. It does align and balance all chakras, often very suddenly. Kyanite can remove energy blockages.

http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/kyanite

Labradorite: Protects ones aura, keeps it clear, balanced, protected and free of energy leaks. Transforms intuition into intellectual thought. Symbolized the moon and helps one to advance to ascension. Also symbolic of the sun providing vitality and sense of self during transitions. Enhances patience. Sign of Sagittarius, Scorpio & Leo.

Lapis Lazuli: Energizes throat and third eye chakras. Connects physical plane and celestial kingdom. A “stone of awareness”. Aids in development of insight into ones dreams when placed over the third eye. Protects from physical danger and psychic attack. Astrological sign of Sagittarius.

Malachite: Good for Protection. Helps nourish the heart chakra. Clears and activates all chakras, clarifies the emotions Promotes power of imagination and decision. Spiritual evolution. Emotional healing and friendship. A “stone of transformation. Stimulates intuitive reasoning. Sign of Capricorn & Scorpio.

Magnesite: is a lovely calming stone that will enhance your meditation, helping you to feel more relaxed. If you meditate with it, and specifically tune into the energy of your heart. It will allow your mind to respond to the desires of the heart.

Yet it is a quite potent stone if used at either the third eye chakra or crown chakra. You may feel a pulsing sensation if you put it on your third eye during your meditation. It aids you to be true to yourself and helps you if you are stressed. It activates the psychic senses and helps you to contact your spirit guide.

Marble – a “Metamorphic” rock, which means that it began its existence as another type of stone – usually limestone, and was changed into its present form and composition by various geological forces. It can be found in remarkable colors that vary from pure white and slightly translucent to black, being sometimes yellow, red, brown and green, frequently beautifully veined or clouded.

Marble is said to have a cleansing effect, beneficial for one’s blood and skin. It’s used extensively in Homeopathy and Naturotherapy as a balancing agent, said to enhance one’s serenity. It is considered to provide clarity and mastery of thought which makes it beneficial for states of meditation and contemplation. It is also said to allow for total recall of dreams.

Mica: It is used to improve visions and clarity in mysticism. It is said to help eliminate negative personality traits by helping one recognize them. Mica is said to enhance flexibility in all realms and also assist growth in those areas. It is used to diminish anger, hostility, and nervous energy. Mica aligns energy of the body and releases blockages of energy within the body.

http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/mica/?q=mica

Lepidolite purple mica: It is stone of calm, trust, and acceptance. It has a strong relaxing, balancing and calming effect. It brings hope in dark times by lending a sense of balance and calm. Lepidolite  is a stone of transformation in that it helps one get through transitions with trust that everything will ultimately turn out for the best. It engenders and enhances self-love, patience, and optimism.

Moonstone: The sacred stone of the moon goddess. Creates joy and peace in the home. Enhances feminity, intuition and psychic abilities. Helps with problems during menstruation and menopause. Good for emotional harmony. Sign of Cancer..

Moroccan Geodes: They are more about reminding one of a feeling or a way than about healing other things. such as meditating, one can hold that knowledge and assist you in remembering to do it, or to exercise, or getting the rest you need, or something as simple as remembering to smile. it is important that you find the one that connects to you and holds a feeling you connect to when choosing to work with geodes.

They can help you to see the whole picture and helps with coming to a decision before things get out of hand. It helps one have the ability to shape one’s own future. It bridges communications with the Higher Diety and also helps in communications with people that are in the same healing fields. It can assist one in astral travels. They are also good tools for meditations as well especially the amethyst geodes. These stones can be good for soothing and de-stressing. Aids in spirituality and psychism.
~ forum post from stones

http://healing.about.com/cs/crystaltherapy/p/p_geode.htm

Moss Agate: A stone to improve self esteem. Helps to draw money and bring to you the powers of speed. A stone for gardeners. Helpful for disorders of the eye and symptoms of cold and flu. Associated with the sign of Virgo.

Onyx: Initiates grounding and centering. Aligns the total person with the higher powers. Banishes grief, enhances self control, aids in wise decision making, encourages good fortune. Sign of Leo.

Pearl: Promotes sincerity, truth, loyalty, charity. Enhances integrity. Soothes, calms. Helps with purity, honestly, feminine wisdom. Spiritual Transformation. Good for helping you focus while meditating.. Allows us to see the way we appear to others. Sign of Cancer & Gemini.

Peridot: is a stone of lightness and beauty. Protection, Money, Healing. Sign; Libra. Associated with the heart chakra. Stone of compassion, It assists in rebirth and renewal of all kinds. Peridot also bring abundance and prosperity. It enhances the healing and harmony of relationships of all kinds, but particularly marriage. Peridot is used in crystal healing to lessen stress. Peridot helps healing or other stresses and issues associated in relationships,and helps with anger and jealousy, slow aging, and heal ulcers and digestive problems.

Pudding Stone: from South Dakota.

The stone was named by English settlers in this area, about 1840, because it looked like their boiled suet pudding with cherries and currants (Christmas Pudding).

Puddingstone, or Pudding stone, is a conglomerate rock made up of a mixture of different, irregular sized grains and pebbles held together by a finer matrix, usually formed from quartz sand called quartzite . The pudding stone pebbles vary in color from red to brown and pink to purple. Pudding stones are considered metamorphic and sedimentary. The sedimentary rock is formed in river channels and may contain various minerals such as chromite, corundum, platinum, diamond, gold, sapphire, and zircon.

The history of this rock starts in the Huronian period of the Proterozoic era, approximately one billion years ago.

Pudding stone prevents tissue deterioration of internal organs and muscles, strengthens immune system and promotes body balance, smoothens any pain or disorder.

Quartz Crystal: Wonderful multi use stone. Enhances energy of all other stones and metals. Harmonious and powerful. Aids communication. Sign of Entire Zodiac.

Rainbow Fluorite: Associated with psychic energy, mental clarity, happiness. Helps with aura cleansing and protection. Attracts wealth and abundance. Increases concentration.

Red Coral: Coral symbolizes life and blood force energy. Dark red coral is used for heating and stimulating the bloodstream. Pink shades restore harmony to the heart. It is used as an aid to depression, lethargy or deficient nutrition. Coral is a good aid for meditation or visualization.

Rhodonite: Strengthens heart chakra. Helps with forgiveness, a “stone of love”. Dispels anxiety. Sign of Taurus.

Rose Quartz: Love of self and others. Good for sensitivity and compassion. Opens your heart. Calming and cooling to all chakras, removes negativity and promotes gentle forces of self love. Heals emotional wounds. Sign of Taurus & Libra.

Selenite: Selenite is a stone of mental clarity. This clarity enhances mental flexibility and enables strong decision making abilities.  It can affect every day life as full mental clarity into play to lesson confusion and mental disorientation. Selenite is also a stone of truth and honesty. This promotes good business practices as well as honesty in other types of relationships. It is used for contacting and communicating with angels for guidance. It can also be used for finding and working with other spirit guides.

Snowflake Obsidian: helps with psychic protection. Awakening. Serenity stone. Purity. Helps us recognize unnecessary patterns in ones life.

Smoky Quartz: Releases tension and helps with stress and relaxation. Enhances rational thought. Penetrates and dissolves energy fields that have come from negative thought forms, anger and resentment Helps with headaches. Relieves pain. Provides clarity of thought. Dissolves emotional blockages gently. Improves intuition. Assists in grounding, protection, comforting, calming. Stimulates higher awareness. . Aids in clarity of though during meditation. Grounding and enhances attention to the moment. Promotes personal pride and joy in living. Sign of Capricorn & Sagittarius

Sodalite Stone has a strong vibration that will bring your attention to the qualities of idealism and truth. Its energy may stimulate you to live up to your own ideals and ideas, about the nature of truth.

It has strong metaphysical properties that may stimulate latent creative abilities and it aids teachers, writers and students to understand the deeper philosophical principles.

Its energy is particularly helpful to aid the development of psychic abilities, and with developing intuition. It is excellent to aid communication and may help you if you are doing public speaking. It may help you to understand the patterns behind such things as astrology and the tarot.

http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/sodalite-stone.html

Tiger’s Eye: Brings together vibrations of sand and sunlight therefore synthesizing energies of Sun and Earth. Helpful for those seeking clarity. Enhances psychic abilities and attunes to third eye activity. Helps with understanding between the pleasure of wishing and the act of having. Stimulates and maintains wealth. Sign of Capricorn.

Turquoise: Resonates with Archangel Michael. Absorbs negative energies. Enhances intuition. Aids in clarity and vision. Good for balance and courage. Good for the throat chakra. Excellent grounding stone brings wisdom, understanding, energy, love and loyalty, protection, wholeness, good luck and truth. Strengthens and aligns all chakras. Brings communication skills to emotional issues, creativity and intuition. Used in ancient times to protect property against damage.. Enhances trust and kindness. Promotes romantic spontaneity. Sign of Sagittarius, Pisces & Scorpio.

Turritella Agate: Helps you overcome any bitterness in your heart, promotes inner stability, alleviates fear, protects against danger, helps eliminate fatique and negative energy.

Silver: Silver is connected to the Moon and the Ocean. A very feminine metal. Helps to improve communication. Increases perception, regulates emotional and intuitive energies. Sign of Cancer & Aquarius.

Copper: Channeling and grounding higher vibrations. Conducting and enhancing stones energies. Sunshine will energize copper.. Helps relieve laziness and passivity. Stimulates optimism and initiative. Provides connection to physical and non-physical bodies. Activates and opens the base chakra. Balance blood flow in the body, helps treat arthritis and stimulates the metabolic process. Sign of Taurus & Sagittarius

Spiral: Ancient symbol of evolution representing cycles of life, seasons, growth and change. Connected to mother goddess and the process of life. Connection to cosmic energies.

Zeolite: In particular, zeolites are said to be extraordinarily helpful for absorbing and removing toxins, whether it be in the environment or in a person. In a person, this metaphysical aspect makes zeolites excellent healing stones, and they are often used in conjunction with Reiki.

Zeolites are also said to be useful for agriculture or gardening, especially when they are buried in the field or garden.

Zeolites are said to remove negative energy and bring in happiness where the negative energy was.

http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/zeolites/
Healing Stones; Semi Precious Stones Crown Chakra

Healing Stones; Semi Precious Stones Crown Chakra

Healing Stones – Semi Precious Stones

Stones for the Crown Chakra:

quartzClear calcite brings spiritual understanding to problems on the earth plane.

 

Clear quartz There are many forms of clear quartz.Brings spiritual awareness in a material world.

 

Amethyst: Connects physical to spiritual, useful in connections of the 6th & 7th Chakras.

 

Charoite: Increase awareness and help with surrender.

 

Sugilite: Wisdom (Extremely powerful).

 

Magical Properties:

Energy: Receptive

Element: Water

Deities: Bacchus, Dionysus, Diana

 

Zodiac:

Associations: Jupiter, Neptune

Traditional Birthstone for the Month of February.

Stone of Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius and Capricorn.

 

Located above the head. This chakra links the individual with the universal.

Stones: Quartz. Color: Clear or white or violet

Also know as: Cosmic Consciousness Center & “I AM”

Color:Violet or clear

Parts of body:Associated with the top of the head, the brain, and the entire nervous system

Sahasrara, which means 1000 petalled lotus, is generally considered to be the chakra of pure consciousness, Wisdom and knowledge.

 

Located at the top of the head. This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, space less place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

Semi Precious Stones, Minerals and Gems

Semi Precious Stones, Minerals and Gems

Semi Precious Stones, Minerals and Gems

OvercomingAuthentic vs. died or man made synthetic:

Many gems are high quality synthetic and/or treated rather than completely natural and do not hold the same properties as the “real” or natural stones. In order for the vibration of the stones to have the mystical or healing properties they must be genuine stones.

 

Which is one thing to watch out for in buying your healing stones, many are died quartz or cheaper versions of stones, they may look pretty but they may not be what you are wanting or may not have the same us.

 

Properties of the healing stones;  Using Amethyst as an example

 

Crystals can have extraordinary effects in the realms of the physic, metaphysical, spiritual, physical and emotional planes.

 

The energy field of different gemstones is influenced by geometrical form, color and subtle vibration. Each stone is made up of minute crystals which are in constant motion thus emitting an energy signature or frequency. The gemstone’s color also plays a dynamic role in the stone’s healing energy. The play of light and color can stimulate or calm; purify or heal.

 

Scientific Properties:

How hard they are, what family they fall in, where they come from, what they look like, or colors of the different varieties

 

Mystical Properties:

These are properties that have meaning on what specifically that stone are good for. For example everything has a frequency or energy behind them. Same with the stones, they have or hold different mystical properties.

 

For Example: Amethyst is a Stone of “Spirituality and Contentment” Amethysts have a soothing and relaxing effect on people.

 

Healing Properties:

How the stones can aid in healing the mind, body and soul

 

For Example: Amethyst increases the activity in the right brain, cuts through illusion, and helps to develop the psychic abilities. It strengthens and develops intuition, inspiration, healing, and channeling as well as raising thoughts and aspirations to a higher spiritual level.

 

Chakra Classification:

Depeding on the placement of the chakras, there are certian stones that go with each chakra, see below. Example: Placed on the 7th, or Crown Chakra during meditation, amethyst increases concentration and confidence in life.

 

A magical and symbiotic connection has always existed between human beings and gems. Evidence of gemstones used for healing has been found as far back as the fourth millennium before Christ. Ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Egyptians, Sumerians, Greeks, Romans, or Shamans and Medicine Men have used gemstones for healing in multiple ways

 

They can be large or small and still have the same impact.

 

They can be polished or rough they properties remain the same.

 

HOW TO USE THEM:

They can be held

Placed in your room

Laid on you

Carried with you in a pocket or purse

Warn as jewelry, As warn as jewelry the precious metals and colors used in the design will also enhance the stones power.

Placed in your bath

Placed under your pillow

Birthstones – Semi Precious Stones

Birthstones – Semi Precious Stones

 

 

 

 

Birth Stone Chart

 

 

Ancient civilizations associated gems and crystals with personal qualities, the planets and zodiac, and special events. In eighteenth-century Poland people began to wear stones representing the twelve months of the year in hope that these talismans would bring the wearer good fortune. Whether as a celebration of birth, a commemoration, or a token of good luck, wisdom, protection, and success, this coin is sure to long remain a personal treasure.

These stunning silver coins hold a gem-toned Swarovski crystal that tells the story of its owner’s birth month. Whether as a gift to yourself, or for someone close to you, this coin’s beauty and distinctiveness are sure to bring joy for years to come.

 

http://www.citadelcoins.ca/birthstone.html

 

 

Elements Series

Elements Series

Elements Series

 

 

 

Elements Series; incorporating semi-precious stone and unique pieces of the earth in a creative way.

 

 

TurqGrad6My mixed media “ELEMENTS” Series is where I bring in elements on the earth into my art; especially semi precious stones. I love nature, I love finding things that have been created by nature such as semi precious stones and other items from the earth.

I love working with and showcasing the unique beauty that you find in each semi precious stone. I work with mostly Grade A and B semi precious stones; sometimes I use the same stones that are in rough form before they are faceted that you see in a fine piece of jewelry.

Most of the stones I use have been gathered for a year in order to incorporate together into my art. I get them from all around the world from various locations and venders.

Each semi precious stone also has individual properties that generate energetically from the stones. This is by wearing the stone, touching the stones and by having them in a room in your home.

I encourage people to touch the stones on the art to resonate with the properties. I have included some of the properties of the stones in the description so you will be aware of their specific properties; some are healing, energizing, loving, calming, resonate with different chakras, and evoke emotions.

 

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My Inspiration:

I was inspired to use the semi precious stones from my mom who creates jewelry using semi precious stones. We would go to alot of the bead shows together gathering and finding such amazing stones.

I fell in love with them and how unique they were. I however am not 3 dimensional at all when it comes to art of crafts. Which is kinda funny growing up doing all kinds of crafts with her. Yet I am such a 2 dimensional artist, but she inspired me to push my creative envelope so to speak to use the stones in my oil paintings.

Having a back ground in landscape paintings I have use that as a base for most of the paintings in the “ELEMENTS” series. After all the semi precious stones come from the earth anyway, so I wanted them to be in there element but enhanced a bit.  So with her influence and inspiration I have combined my style of art with 3 dimensional objects that I feel give more depth, texture, movement  and intrigue to each painting.

I however am still learning the stones, there are so many varieties and kinds that I am still learning about them.

 

EnlightenedProperties of the Semi Precious Stones:

I also love all the properties the semi precious stones have. I love to work with them, hold them and see, feel and experience their energy.

So when you have a “ELEMENTS” painting in your home that energy from the stones will resonate in that room. Just like if you were to hold a stone, or wear a stone, the properties generate even in the room.

What I like to do and catch myself doing when working on a painting while on the easel is to just touch the stones. Run my fingers across them and just put my hand on them. I am and everyone who has seen these paintings in person are as intrigued with that and will do that. I do encourage touching them and feeling the energy. (please note, you will not pry them off, I have glued them on the panels well)

So every “ELEMENTS” series painting will list the stones I used on the painting and I will have the properties on each piece so you know what energy that will resonate from each piece.

 

Semi-Precious Gemstones

Any gemstones that is not a diamond, ruby, emerald or sapphire is a semi-precious gemstone. Calling a gemstone semi-precious does not mean it is less valuable than precious gemstones. Semi-precious gemstones are just usually more abundant (but there are a few exceptions).

The value given to semi-precious gemstones depend largely on color, availably and quality. Because these gemstones typically have more sources, they are a good choice for larger, clean-eye stones and come in a rainbow of colors.

Some semi-precious gemstones are not stones at all, but are made of organic material like amber, coral and pearl. This guide will reveal details about some of the most popular semi-precious gemstones – garnet, peridot, amethyst, citrine, blue topaz and turquoise. For information on the only semi-precious gemstone that comes from an organism, take a look at the pearl buying guide.

http://www.hsn.com/article/gemstone-guide-semi-precious-gems/157?nolnav=1

I hope you enjoy them as much as I love creating them.

 

My Inspiration

My Inspiration

Art Through My Eyes…

I’m constantly inspired! That must be the artist in me.

Art is who IAM.

It is a piece of me.

When I paint I know that I am on my souls path.

Art has always been with me and will always be apart of me, we are one.

I have more ideas then I do time; the down side of being an artist I suppose. I find inspiration in many forms, I wanted to share with you some of my inspirations so you can better understand who I am as an artist.

 

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. Henry David Thoreau

 

 My newest Inspiration:

The Beach, Ocean, Waves, Sunsets, Surf, Sun and Sand!

 

From my travels to the ocean, I have collected many photos from different places all over the world. I would like to travel more than I do, however when I do, there is a bit of a amateur photographer in me. I love to take pictures, tons and tons of picture. When I do I have one thing in mind…..

 

to get the “perfect” picture to PAINT!

 

The “perfect” photo that consists of the perfect subject, composition, colors, lighting and values for me to then put onto a canvas.

 

I want to capture on film Gods, mother natures, the worlds beauty and then come home and paint it. I work in my studio from my photos that I have taken from places that have inspired me.

 

When you see my art, you see a piece of me, where I have been, a piece of my soul that was touched by a particular vision of nature. I want to bring the beauty of nature onto the canvas so we can have it as a part of our home to then enjoy for a lifetime. – Artist; Tesa Michaels

Southern California Influence:

Now being in Southern California and being close to the water, I have been even more inspired from all the breath taking sunsets I have witnessed in being here. They are my favorite.

 

I have been amazed on how inspired I have been by all the diverse beaches here in Southern California. Each one is unique and constantly changes. Therefore as you can imagine I have so many photos to choose from to paint.

When I paint these sunset landscapes I like to capture their beauty the best I can. I strive for a more realistic style. A style that is my first or more natural style, plus realism being one of my favorite styles of art.

This style I strive for also is heavily influenced by my mentor Cliffard T. Bailey, who I painted under and with for a couple of years a while back. He is and always has been one of my favorite artists. His style, tones, values, colors, skies and compositions are ones that are truly breath taking. From his teachings I was able to have a introduction to “Tonalism”.

 

Tonalism was an artistic style that emerged in the 1880s when American artists began to paint landscape forms with an overall tone of colored atmosphere or mist. Between 1880 and 1915, dark, neutral hues such as gray, brown or blue, often dominated compositions by artists associated with the style. During the late 1890s, American art critics began to use the term “tonal” to describe these works. Tonalism is sometimes used to describe American landscapes derived from the French Barbizon style, which emphasized mood and shadow. – Wikipedia

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

Influential Artist:

Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900). Schoodic Peninsula from Mount Desert at Sunrise

 

Cotopaxi by Frederick Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. Hedy Lamarr
Join me in my studio/gallery for Friday Night Liberty; June 7th

Join me in my studio/gallery for Friday Night Liberty; June 7th

 Friday Night Liberty

Free Open Studios, Galleries and Museums!
Friday, June 7th from 5-9pm
Enjoy Live Music & Meet Our Artists!

                      Highlights Include

  • 3 new exhibitions at Visions Art Museum
  • Create your own ceramic masterpieces with local artists at the Hot Spot
  • Behind the Scenes Tour of California State Parks’ Creative Design Center
  • Commemorate your night with a fun photo shoot at the Outside the Lens Photo Booth!
  • Live music at Barracks 15 from Music as You Like It! And in the Barracks 17 Plaza from La Onda Arte Latino Gallery.

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Renee Lawrence, Fine Artist

Renee Lawrence, Fine Artist

Renee Lawrence, Fine Artist

Life in black and white Fine Art By: Renee Lawrence

ReneeLawrenceRenee Lawrence is an Oklahoma City artist who uses crow-quill pens dipped in ink or rapidograph pens on bristol board to create images in black and white. People, animals, architectural elements and landscapes are some of her favorite subjects.

Whenever possible, Renee likes to take her own photographs, which form the basis for many of her drawings. Because the ink once on the paper cannot be erased, she starts with a light pencil sketch of her subject to ensure the accuracy of the drawing. Sometimes the sketch is merely an outline; occasionally portionscan be highly detailed, depending upon what is being rendered.

Sometimes the pencil sketch and inking are evolving at the same time. Once an area has been inked, Renee will erase the pencil underdrawing. Delicate hatching, cross-hatching and occasionally stippling are techniques Renee uses to give the illusion of texture, tone and form.

E-mail her at renee@inktankart.com.

 

www.inktankart.com

 

Join Renee on her Facebook page where she offers free art giveaways as well as showing some of the sketches I’ve done from the local art guild’s figure drawing sessions

http://www.facebook.com/people/Renee-Lawrence/100001550207627

 

 

Overcoming Resistance as an Artist

Overcoming Resistance as an Artist

The “6” key Steps in Overcoming Resistance:

 How to Overcome Resistance as an Artist

As an artist I deal with fighting resistance on a regular bases, I know most artist do. If it is not one thing it usually is another. Yet here are some steps that have helped me tame the beast of resistance. I so hope they help you as well so you can remain in your creative outlet and continue to strive as an artist.

 

The first step in overcoming resistance is:

We must know right away that Resistance will always be with us. ALWAYS!

 I believe that we will always have to push through resistance, but having a conscious awareness to this is the first step in overcoming it.  We must learn to acknowledge it, respect it and understand that it is a part of you.

In your life, the secret between truly successful people and unsuccessful people; it is this; it is not coming up with the ideas that is the hard part, it is taking the time to complete them and taking action in doing them. What keeps us from actually doing this is resistance.

The secret is pushing through resistance.

 

Second Step in overcoming resistance is:

We must stop it as soon as it starts in our mind!

We must be aware of its presence and stop it.

How do we do this? When resistance shows up, for example let’s say you have a project that needs to get done. You need to do it and it is a little challenging for you to do, and that you really just don’t want to do it.

You must ignore all of the little things that pop up in your mind when sitting down to do that project. ALL OF THEM. You will hear them, most of the time they will be from your ego, they will not be legitimate thoughts, they will be more fear or ego based.

Simply put: ignore them.

Then push through them, begin to concentrate and focus on what you need to be doing. Your mind will begin to focus on your project and those thoughts that resistance brings to you will slowly disappear. You will begin to lose yourself which is also when spirit comes in and can move through you and you just get in a productive mode, further pushing resistance to the side.

 

Third Step in overcoming resistance is:

Utilizing our strength when dealing with our own resistance is what determines our outcomes.

 You must not let resistance affect you or overcome you in one way or another.

It is a sneaky little bugger, it can creep us in your conscious minds quickly while hiding in your subconscious waiting to attack at any time.

We must learn to keep our resistance thoughts at bay. Resistance will always be there, we must understand that our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies are stronger than it is.

Resistance has no power over you unless you allow it to.

You, your inner light being, your core or true self is stronger than resistance, your light will over shine it at any time. You must always remember that.

 

Forth Step in overcoming resistance is:

Deciding where you stand? Which side are you choosing to be on? You choose every time.

I want all of you to keep this in mind: there are professionals and amateurs in life; in every industry and many different career paths in life.

The difference between the two is that professionals will know resistance, stair it in the face everyday and push through it and not be affected by it.

While amateurs will become defeated before they start, procrastinate, make excuses and go nowhere.

The amateur gives excuses while the professional takes action.

The amateur will be stuck while the professional gets results.

The amateur plays part time while the professional is dedicated full time.

A professional seeks order and structure, the amateur goes by the seat of his pants and the chaotic notions of resistance.

The amateur jumps around and rushes through things, without fully completing projects while a professional creates a strong foundation and sees through to completion.

The amateur listens to the negative voices of others, while the professional hears them and lets them go out the other ear as quickly as they came in.

 

Fifth Step in overcoming resistance is:

Clarify who you are!

The more you have identified and have a clear picture of:

–          Who you are

–          Where you want to be

–          What you want to do

–          What is your ultimate goal

–          What your truly passionate about

The more clarity you have the better you can defend resistance with it appears. So when you hear the voice of resistance you can recognize it as being false, pushing you in the direction that is not in your highest good, you can recognize that and quickly put yourself back on your path on where it is you want to be.

 

Another important thing is having a clear PLAN. The more you can identify a clear and focused plan the more determination you have on your path, there is less room for resistance to sneak in.

Clarity and determination are great things against resistance.

 

Sixth Step in overcoming resistance is:

Reward Yourself!

Every time you accomplish something, do something fulfilling for yourself. Reward yourself with something that makes you happy. It could be large or small it doesn’t matter.

Celebrate in your accomplishments; this will motivate you in the future when resistance shows up again. It will also help you push through resistance, knowing that you have something great waiting on the other end.

 

Resistance and Creativity:

Resistance can stifle our creativity. It can hold us back; prevent us from doing what we want, and love to do in all areas of our life.

By overcoming resistance we can allow our creativity to flow more openly and freely in all areas of our life. Freeing ourselves of resistance can create us to be more productive in all areas of our life therefore creating more happiness in what we do.

Resistance can affect us all; artist and non artist alike. Remember it has no power until you give it, it just waits for you to acknowledge it.  You must always push through it. The more clear you can be with who you are the better you will be.

If you feel you need more help with this please feel free to contact me personally and I can help you channel spirit and see what maybe hidden or holding you back you may not be consciously aware of. I can help you build your defense against resistance.

 

 

10 things to Develop YOUR Creativity

10 things to Develop YOUR Creativity

10 things to Develop YOUR Creativity

How to develop your creativity

To help you begin to create the life you want:

1. Make time for it!
– Set time aside for creative time; to think, write, paint, research, plan, concept generate
– Have a Creative HOUR; designate a hour of your day that you have to be creative, make this a time where you feel the best and you think the best, where it is quite, you are alone and have complete freedom for this time. Where you are nurturing to yourself, doing what you want and love in a creative manor.
– Plan it, put it in the calendar
 
 2. Be dedicated to your Creativity!

–          This is not something that you should try once just to say you did. Put time, effort, love and drive into being and getting creative.

3. Make it a priority!
– Make this as important as anything else in your life, shopping, working out, going out to lunch etc….
– Create boundaries for those around you to respect that this is your creative time, show and teach them as well.
– This will become habitual. It will become second nature to you to do this

4. Monitor your success!
– You will begin to see changes in your life, the way you look at things and changes around you, this will only excite you further to continue to be even more creative.

5. Reward Yourself
– Celebrate your creative success and ventures; this will bring you more confidence, create more motivation in being more creative to move you forward.
 
6. Explore new things and Explore your curiosity
–  New things mean new opportunities, excitement of the unknown, new doors and a refreshing way of looking at things or approaching things to make things new and exciting; getting you out of the dull and boring…who wants that anyway?
– Make it a plan to go somewhere NEW each week, a new park, beach or place in nature, a new shop or mall or new restaurant.
– This also gives you something to look forward to, to hope for and to make things more exciting for you and in your life.

7.  Think outside of the box
– Push your limits; mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritual. Try something new, a new class, meet new people and explore new places.
– Come up with something that you have never seen before.

8. Ask for help or calibrate with others
– Sometimes two heads can be better than one, by brainstorming with others it can bring in a different way of looking or approaching things that you may not think of. Everyone has something unique to bring to the table.

9. Get rid of fear and resistance
– Believe in yourself; trust in yourself, in spirit and throw all the negative out the window.
– Realize you will have this and will always fight this, but to acknowledge it and let it go, it doesn’t serve you and just get rid of it as soon as it comes in.

10. Get your ideas out there
– Take all your creative ideas, concepts, project and what have yous and get them out there, sell them, show them off, show them to people, make a difference. Show them what you got.
In any way and every way you can take action in getting what you created to the public.

An Artist Prayer to Spirit

An Artist Prayer to Spirit

An Artist Prayer to Spirit

Open Channel to Spirit

My soul opens to you;

My crown is in full bloom;

Like the beauty and complexity of a rose opening;

I am your open channel to allow your spiritual creativity to move through me;

Like a peaceful river flows;

There is harmony and fluidity;

My brush is my tool;

You are my source;

The paint is the reflection and infusion of the two;

We are now one;

I am now open to create.

Imagination

My imagination is Infinite;

As there is the vastness of space and stars in the universe;

There are just as many creative ideas in my mind.

May you guide my ever stoke;

May I be unique, fresh and original;

May I imagine without limitations;

Flow through me, my heart and my mind;

I will remain passionate;

For art;

For spirit;

For the creative process;

For new possibilities.

Infinite Creativity

My Creativity is Infinite;

I excite over the possibilities of a blank canvas;

I am thankful and celebrate the completion of a finished project.

Help me through resistance;

I will remain true to my artistic style;

I will embrace my gifts;

I will be open to grow as an artist.

May time and my ideas balance;

My work reflects my inner soul;

Creativity has no boundaries;

My work is infused with spirit, love and passion;

I am art;

I am creative;

I am spirit.

We are all ONE!

by; Tesa Michaels

Semi Precious Stones; Crown Chakra

Semi Precious Stones; Crown Chakra

Healing Stones -Crown Chakra

Stones for the Crown Chakra:

Clear calcite brings spiritual understanding to problems on the earth plane.

 

Clear quartz There are many forms of clear quartz.Brings spiritual awareness in a material world.

 

Amethyst: Connects physical to spiritual, useful in connections of the 6th & 7th Chakras.

 

Charoite: Increase awareness and help with surrender.

 

Sugilite: Wisdom (Extremely powerful).

 

Selenite: opens a channel to spirit

 

About Healing or Semi-Precious Stones:

 

gems-836763_640Authentic vs. died or man made synthetic:

 

Many gems are high quality synthetic and/or treated rather than completely natural and do not hold the same properties as the “real” or natural stones. In order for the vibration of the stones to have the mystical or healing properties they must be genuine stones.

 

Which is one thing to watch out for in buying your healing stones, many are died quartz or cheaper versions of stones, they may look pretty but they may not be what you are wanting or may not have the same us.

 

Properties of the healing stones;  Using Amethyst as an example

 

Crystals can have extraordinary effects in the realms of the physic, metaphysical, spiritual, physical and emotional planes.

 

The energy field of different gemstones is influenced by geometrical form, color and subtle vibration. Each stone is made up of minute crystals which are in constant motion thus emitting an energy signature or frequency. The gemstone’s color also plays a dynamic role in the stone’s healing energy. The play of light and color can stimulate or calm; purify or heal.

 

Scientific Properties:

How hard they are, what family they fall in, where they come from, what they look like, or colors of the different varieties

 

Mystical Properties:

These are properties that have meaning on what specifically that stone are good for. For example everything has a frequency or energy behind them. Same with the stones, they have or hold different mystical properties.

 

For Example: Amethyst is a Stone of “Spirituality and Contentment” Amethysts have a soothing and relaxing effect on people.

 

Healing Properties:

How the stones can ad in healing the mind, body and soul

 

Magical Properties:

Energy: Receptive

Element: Water

Deities: Bacchus, Dionysus, Diana

 

For Example: Amethyst increases the activity in the right brain, cuts through illusion, and helps to develop the psychic abilities. It strengthens and develops intuition, inspiration, healing, and channeling as well as raising thoughts and aspirations to a higher spiritual level.

 

Zodiac:

Associations: Jupiter, Neptune

Traditional Birthstone for the Month of February.

Stone of Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius and Capricorn.

 

Chakra Classification:

Depeding on the placement of the chakras, there are certian stones that go with each chakra, see below. Example: Placed on the 7th, or Crown Chakra during meditation, amethyst increases concentration and confidence in life.

 

A magical and symbiotic connection has always existed between human beings and gems. Evidence of gemstones used for healing has been found as far back as the fourth millennium before Christ. Ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Egyptians, Sumerians, Greeks, Romans, or Shamans and Medicine Men have used gemstones for healing in multiple ways

 

They can be large or small and still have the same impact. They must be on you in order for you to feel their properties.

 

They can be polished or rough they properties remain the same.

 

HOW TO USE THEM:

They can be held

Laid on you

Carried with you in a pocket or purse

Warn as jewelry, As warn as jewelry the precious metals and colors used in the design will also enhance the stones power.

Placed in your bath

Placed under your pillow

On your wall through art

 

 

 

 

Semi Precious Stones; Third Eye Chakra

Semi Precious Stones; Third Eye Chakra

Healing Stones associated with the sixth chakra:

 

Amethyst: known as nature’s tranquilizer, helps in sleep and in peaceful dreams. Connects physical to spiritual and is useful in connections between the 6th & 7th Chakras.

 

Azurite: helps us to consciously look at old programmed beliefs and dissolve them.

 

Charoite:  helps to dissolve fears, both known and unknown.

 

Hawk’s eye: helps us to see our lives as with aerial vision.

 

Kyanite reminds me that everything which happens is for a purpose, and that we are ultimately in charge, and often brings to surface beliefs we have accepted as fact.

 

Dk Blue Kyanite: Said to align all Chakras and never needs cleansing.

 

Sodalite: helps in balance when one is emotionally or mentally confused. Encourages truthfulness in emotion, self-esteem and trust.

 

Moss agate: helps to balance the left and right sides of the brain.

 

Sugilite: helps to release resentment and guilt.Powerful, but expensive, helps us realize we are all one. Improves wisdom, protects the sensitive.

 

Lapis Lazuli: Purifies the heart to make just decisions. Meditation support. Helps us to discover our hidden beliefs and bring them to the surface.

 

Purple Fluorite: Clear negative thoughts that hold us back. Repels evil and brings about higher states.

 

Dumortierite: Help recall Past Lives, including knowledge and wisdom acquired during previous lives.

 

Blue Aventurine: Opens Third Eye Chakra.  Increasing awareness and insight.

 

Tanzanite: Bridge to the pureness of true spirituality

 

Working with the stones and chakras:

Laying down place the proper gemstone upon the Chakras for 5-25 minutes, best to do while meditating or concentrating on a certain chakra; you can do one or all of them at the same time.

So when you have a “ELEMENTS” painting in your home that energy from the stones will resonate in that room. Just like if you were to hold a stone, or wear a stone, the properties generate even in the room.

What I like to do and catch myself doing when working on a painting while on the easel is to just touch the stones. Run my fingers across them and just put my hand on them. I am and everyone who has seen these paintings in person are as intrigued with that and will do that. I do encourage touching them and feeling the energy. (please note, you will not pry them off, I have glued them on the panels well)

So every “ELEMENTS” series painting will list the stones I used on the painting and I will have the properties on each piece so you know what energy that will resonate from each piece.

 

Semi Precious Stones; 5 th – Throat Chakra

Semi Precious Stones; 5 th – Throat Chakra

Healing Stones associated with the 5th chakra:

Angelite helps us to communicate with angels and other nonphysical beings, as well as aiding in long-distance communication. It also helps to dissolve anger. Protects. Especially useful for telepathic

communication with Spirit Guide.

 

Aqua Aura teaches us self-expression through service to others.

 

Aquamarine helps us to express ourselves in a tranquil way.Brings harmony with truth, calms and sooths.

 

Blue lace agate helps to ground our communications with a sense of what can be accomplished.Inspires, improves grace. The eyes..

 

Blue Topaz Helps us to communicate fearlessly that which we know to be true, and also stimulates creativity.

Remove arrogance in speech, help bring communicated wishes to reality.

 

Celestite helps to calm the over-active mind and teaches us how to be receptive

 

druse-284144_640Chrysocolla helps one to have self-confidence in personal expression.

 

Larimar enables us to communicate with others that which we feel deeply in our hearts and souls.

 

Turquoise helps us to enroll others to help in the manifestation of our desires.

It can have an anti inflammatory effect. It calms and strengthens the voice, and can help to improve verbal expression.

 

Blue Kyanite: Calms, stimulates communication. Dream recollection. (Never needs cleansing)

 

Blue Apetite: Enhance creativity. Hunger suppression.

 

Blue Chalcedony: Promotes Good Will in speech.

 

Blue Calcite: Promotes Good Will in speech.

 

Blue Sapphire: Improve psychic ability and communication.

 

Blue Opal: Courage to speak the truth. Creativity.

 

 

Working with the stones and chakras:

Laying down place the proper gemstone upon the Chakras for 5-25 minutes, best to do while meditating or concentrating on a certain chakra; you can do one or all of them at the same time.

So when you have a “ELEMENTS” painting in your home that energy from the stones will resonate in that room. Just like if you were to hold a stone, or wear a stone, the properties generate even in the room.

What I like to do and catch myself doing when working on a painting while on the easel is to just touch the stones. Run my fingers across them and just put my hand on them. I am and everyone who has seen these paintings in person are as intrigued with that and will do that. I do encourage touching them and feeling the energy. (please note, you will not pry them off, I have glued them on the panels well)

So every “ELEMENTS” series painting will list the stones I used on the painting and I will have the properties on each piece so you know what energy that will resonate from each piece.Turquoise_Rough_SleepingBeautyBTumbled

 

Semi Precious Stones; Forth – Heart Chakra

Semi Precious Stones; Forth – Heart Chakra

Healing Stones associated with the fourth chakra:

 

Aventurine is the stone most related to physical health and heart balancing.

 

Emerald relates most directly to the spiritual aspects of love.

 

Green calcite Eases old, limiting beliefs (especially those based on fear) from the mind so that new ideas can flourish.

 

Green tourmaline opens the creative elements of the heart, i.e., adding an emotional depth to one’s creations.

 

Lepidolite helps to calm the heart and relieves stress. Promotes an open heart, honesty and trust.

 

Malachite releases congestion in the solar plexus, and aids creativity.

 

Malachite-Chrysocolla blends malachite’s ability with chrysocolla’s gift of soothing and calming. Clarifies and clear emotional blockages.

 

Pink Calcite helps to release old and hurtful emotional patterns so that the heart can be open to receive and give unconditional love.

 

Rhodochrosite helps to relieve anxiety. Brings love and balance to the life. Considered quite potent.

 

Rhodonite helps us to be patient with others. Unconditional love. Powerful. Helps singers.

 

quartz-208508_640Rose quartz is the stone for helping to create unconditional self-love.

 

Green Aventurine Activator and clearer of Heart Chakra. Used to protect the Heart Chakra.

 

Rose Quartz: Instills self-love, gentleness, peace and calm.

 

Jade: Attunes one to the needs of others. Improves self-reliance. Longevity.

 

Pink Kunzite: Powerful at bringing peace and remove fear from those who’ve lost in love.

 

Pink Opal: Release old problems. Promote peace and self-love.

 

Emerald: Generates harmony in all aspects of life.

 

Working with the stones and chakras:

Laying down place the proper gemstone upon the Chakras for 5-25 minutes, best to do while meditating or concentrating on a certain chakra; you can do one or all of them at the same time.

So when you have a “ELEMENTS” painting in your home that energy from the stones will resonate in that room. Just like if you were to hold a stone, or wear a stone, the properties generate even in the room.

What I like to do and catch myself doing when working on a painting while on the easel is to just touch the stones. Run my fingers across them and just put my hand on them. I am and everyone who has seen these paintings in person are as intrigued with that and will do that. I do encourage touching them and feeling the energy. (please note, you will not pry them off, I have glued them on the panels well)

So every “ELEMENTS” series painting will list the stones I used on the painting and I will have the properties on each piece so you know what energy that will resonate from each piece.

 

 

 

 

Solar Plexus Chakra Semi Precious Stones

Solar Plexus Chakra Semi Precious Stones

Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Stones: 

 

Aragonite has a calming and stabilizing effect, especially on emotions such as anger and stress.

 

Citrine is the stone most related to manifesting abundance and to the balanced use of will. Happy attitude. Prosperity.

 

Golden calcite helps to integrate new energies and beliefs areas related to personal empowerment, such as relationships and business.

 

Malachite releases congestion in the solar plexus, and aids creativity.

 

Rhodochrosite assists in deep breathing, thus helping to relieve anxiety and tension.

 

Rutilated quartz helps to add enhanced creating energy to our dreams.

 

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Pyrite helps us to come up with creative ideas which can help bring abundance in our lives.

 

Tiger’s eye helps to teach us good timing in terms of when to act on a dream.

 

Unakite Unakite helps us to understand the mental and emotional sources for it. It is also believed to help release conditions which have been inhibiting personal growth.

 

Yellow Amber: De-stress and lighten the attitude.

 

Yellow Argonite: Stress relief. Improve practicality and dependability.

 

Yellow Calcite: Clears and activates the Chakra.

 

Golden Labradorite: Help get in touch and feel more comfortable with their Will without impressing their will upon others.

 

Golden Topaz: Brings success in endeavors, especially business.

 

Golden Tiger Eye: Improves practicality, grounds and balances the male/female energies.

 

Working with the stones and chakras:

Laying down place the proper gemstone upon the Chakras for 5-25 minutes, best to do while meditating or concentrating on a certain chakra; you can do one or all of them at the same time.

So when you have a “ELEMENTS” painting in your home that energy from the stones will resonate in that room. Just like if you were to hold a stone, or wear a stone, the properties generate even in the room.

What I like to do and catch myself doing when working on a painting while on the easel is to just touch the stones. Run my fingers across them and just put my hand on them. I am and everyone who has seen these paintings in person are as intrigued with that and will do that. I do encourage touching them and feeling the energy. (please note, you will not pry them off, I have glued them on the panels well)

So every “ELEMENTS” series painting will list the stones I used on the painting and I will have the properties on each piece so you know what energy that will resonate from each piece.

Igniting Your Creativity

Igniting Your Creativity

Are you Creatively and Sensually Open?

Chakra Series: – A Creative Exploration Through the Chakras

The Sacral chakra; it is our creative and sensual power center, where we hold our creative and sexual energy. This chakra connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. This chakra is also where our emotions and our emotional desires are held.

Do you feel:

–          Patient

–          Enduring

–          Nurturing

–          Secure

–          Sociable

–          Joyous

–          Independent

–          Creative

–          Secure in our bodies

–          Good Communication with others and within our self

–          Emotionally balanced

If you do, then you probably have a balanced or open Sacral Chakra.

Someone with a balanced second chakra is someone who radiates warmth and sincere friendliness without coming on too strongly or seeming clingy.  They are full of energy without coming across as overbearing and or spastic. A person with a open second chakras is open to the world around them, they have great energy, you may say and this could be mentally or physically.

If you feel:

  • If you are no longer enjoying life
  • If you feel angry and frustrated
  • If you are suppressing your emotions
  • If you no longer have sexual desire
  • If you have bladder and kidney infections
  • If you are lacking creativity

If you can say yes to these emotions or thoughts, then your Sacral Chakra may be a little blocked or closed.

No matter if your Sacral Chakra is blocked or open there is always room for improvement and to become consciously aware is your first step.

There are many things you can do in order to work on your Sacral Chakra no matter where you are or how much knowledge you do have.

It is important to work not only specifically on this chakra, but with all your other 6 main chakras for balanced health and true vitality, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

SACRAL CHAKRA – SECOND CHAKRA

Our second chakra is located at the middle of the abdomen, it monitors sexuality and reproduction.

The Sacral Chakra is our energy center of sexuality, pleasure and creativity.

The Sacral Chakra resonates with: Fire, energizing, and charging

Healing Stones associated with this second chakra are Carnelian or Red Jasper, just to name a few. They are great to wear and to work with in order to balance this chakra.

The color Orange is the color of this chakra, when working with this chakra picture the color orange, wear orange, have orange around you, light a orange candle and concentrate on a orange light beaming from your abdominal area.

The Archangels Chamuel and Metatron are the angels that help support this chakra, call on them and they will be there to help you in healing, and in balancing this chakra.  A lot of ascended masters and Indian energy come in to assist you with this chakra as well. Be open and call on their presence as well.

So many of us, myself included have been feeling many shifts in life and we are dealing with many changes and transitions in many or all aspect in our life. It is so hard to keep up with everything. It becomes difficult to stay balanced, keep focused, stay grounded and on our path as lightworkers. I think one way to help you stay balanced is to work with your chakras.

I like working with the chakras because it encompasses all aspects of what we deal with on a daily bases, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

The Sacral chakra, among all the other 6 chakras are great aspects of yourself that can provide you with so much help in so many ways in your life. I encourage you to take some time to understand and work with your chakras.

Remember you can do this yourself or find a professional like myself who can help you with this, no matter what make sure you just DO IT, you will find that it will worth it.

I wish you vibrant energy to bring in warm orange light to balance your Sacral chakra.

 

 

 

 

Healing Stones; Sacral Chakra CREATIVITY!

Healing Stones; Sacral Chakra CREATIVITY!

Chakra for Creativity

Carnelian

The sacral chakra is also your center of creativity.

Passion is the fuel of creative energy. Everything you create, a poem, a drawing, or a website, originates from the energy of second chakra. It is also where your fertility originates. After all, conceiving a child is a creative process.

A person with an open sacral Chakra is passionate, present in her body, sensual, creative, and connected to her feeling.

Your sacral chakra is located in the area of your navel, lower abdomen, low back and sexual organs. The basic issues affected are creativity, sexuality, money, relationships, empathy, nurturing, pleasure, emotions, movement, change, warmth, and intimacy. It represents your ability to go with the flow – grace and acceptance and allowing yourself to enjoy your life and achievements.

To unblock the sacral chakra, you must start with opening the root chakra.

If the root chakra is imbalanced, we have difficulties creating abundance in our life. When we are unable to provide sustenance, feelings of lack, anxiety and fear block the sacral chakra. Working with the root will assist you with removing the energetic barriers that may be blocking your sacral chakra.

Once the root chakra is open, working with the sacral chakra will provide you with limitless access to abundance, sensuality, creativity and healthy relationships.

 

 

Healing Stones associated with the second Chakra:

Bloodstone can stimulate energy.

 

Carnelian is associated with creativity and decision-making. Vitality, courage and sexual prowess.

 

Red garnet encourages patience.

 

Red jasper helps to connect us to the flowing energies of the earth.

 

Ruby, the stone of passion, enhances sensory awareness.

 

Ruby in Zoisite is a way to benefit from ruby’s energy in a grounding form.

 

Amber: Intellect and keep marital vows.

 

Malachite: Help those who were sexually abused.

 

Peach Aventurine: Reduce desire for pleasure.

 

Sunstone: Increase vitality. Remove “hang-ups”.

 

Tiger’s Eye: Balances male/female energies.

 

Topaz brings intellect into sexual desire.

 

Working with the stones and chakras:

Laying down place the proper gemstone upon the Chakras for 5-25 minutes, best to do while meditating or concentrating on a certain chakra; you can do one or all of them at the same time.

So when you have a “ELEMENTS” painting in your home that energy from the stones will resonate in that room. Just like if you were to hold a stone, or wear a stone, the properties generate even in the room.

What I like to do and catch myself doing when working on a painting while on the easel is to just touch the stones. Run my fingers across them and just put my hand on them. I am and everyone who has seen these paintings in person are as intrigued with that and will do that. I do encourage touching them and feeling the energy. (please note, you will not pry them off, I have glued them on the panels well)

So every “ELEMENTS” series painting will list the stones I used on the painting and I will have the properties on each piece so you know what energy that will resonate from each piece.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14556/how-to-access-creativity-through-your-sacral-chakra.html
http://cherivalentine.com/sacralchakra/

 

Healing Stones; Root Chakra

Healing Stones; Root Chakra

Healing Stones associated with the Root Chakra:

When working with the stones for this chakra think red and earth, anything that is grounding is great.

When using these stones for healing, these stones are said to be excellent for anemia and other blood deficiencies. Red offers a healing vibration for depression and lethargy, think spark, energy and passion.  In nature, red represents heat, fire and anger. Rose-red is the color of universal harmony.

Black tourmaline: This is a protective stone when you feel threatened at the survival level.

Fearful. Feel survival threatened. Negative. Exceedingly powerful for 1st Chakra work.

 

Hematite: This stone helps you to set protective boundaries when you feel as if others are intruding into your private space. Depression, pain. Keep people out of your space.

 

Black and snowflake obsidian help you to see what material things you no longer need for growth. Extremely Protective. Release from excessive need for possessions.

 

Smoky quartz, the lightest of the dark stones, helps to blend the energies of the first and seventh chakras.

 

Tiger’s eye helps you to feel secure about physical existence.

Any of these stones may be placed at the base of the spine or at the feet.

 

Garnet: Protective

 

Ruby: Protective of all around you, including family, possessions and good name.

 

Red Coral: emotional healing, considered a bolster remedy for physical disorders involving blood and bones, nourishing blood cells and strengthening the skeleton. Red aids in conception, mother-child bonding. It also Brings peace, stimulates intuition, enhances vertility and relieves stress.

 

Red jasper helps to connect us to the flowing energies of the earth.

 

Ruby, the stone of passion, enhances sensory awareness.

 

Ruby in Zoisite is a way to benefit from ruby’s energy in a grounding form.

 

Working with the stones and chakras:

Laying down place the proper gemstone upon the Chakras for 5-25 minutes, best to do while meditating or concentrating on a certain chakra; you can do one or all of them at the same time.

 

Semi Precious Stones in my Art work:

So when you have a “ELEMENTS” painting in your home that energy from the stones will resonate in that room. Just like if you were to hold a stone, or wear a stone, the properties generate even in the room.

What I like to do and catch myself doing when working on a painting while on the easel is to just touch the stones. Run my fingers across them and just put my hand on them. I am and everyone who has seen these paintings in person are as intrigued with that and will do that. I do encourage touching them and feeling the energy. (please note, you will not pry them off, I have glued them on the panels well)

So every “ELEMENTS” series painting will list the stones I used on the painting and I will have the properties on each piece so you know what energy that will resonate from each piece.

You can also wear them throughout the day as jewelry. As long they are on you they will be the most effective to you.

 


Healing Stones Jewelry

 You can get great jewelry that uses the stones at:  stonestoheal.com

 or kathykaberline.com

Here is a piece you could wear for this chakra:

 

Red Apple Coral Fusion Statement Collection

Chakra Alignment Necklace

 

Chakras and Semi Precious Stones

Chakras and Semi Precious Stones

Chakras and Semi Precious Stones

I love working with the semi precious stones in my paintings. I love how they hold and can have so much power and energy. Each one is unique and holds special quality’s and properties; also each chakra is attached to certain stones. Mostly for there colors and properties.

When the stones are on the paintings (which I use in my “ELEMENTS” series) you can feel there energy in the room. So even when they are hanging from your wall, you will still benefit from there properties.

Yet, I have had many people just come up to my paintings with the stones and just touch them or put their hands up to them to feel the vibrations and energy they do generate. Some people feel that and some do not. Even if you do not they are still working.

I wanted to share with you the information about the chakras because the stones and chakras go hand and hand and can help you in many ways, here is how:

clematis-56135_640-300x225CROWN CHAKRA – SEVENTH CHAKRA

Located above the head.

This chakra is the spiritual opening chakra, opening you to the universe, tospirit and to your higher self, our direct connection to spirit. Open this chakra to spirit and spirit will come in and move through you here.

The crown chakra relates to our consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, space less place of all-knowing.

When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

 

Stubbornness and resisting the flow of life. If heart is closed then crown will have to work over time. Crown comes first when dealing with the chakras, must be open in order to deal with other chakras.

Air, meditative, intuition, promotes thought

Endocrine gland: Pineal Gland

Stones: Clear Quartz or amethyst

Color: Clear or white or violet

Arch Angel: Zadkiel

THIRD EYE CHAKRA – SIXTH CHAKRA

Located between the eyes.

This is intelligence and psychic power chakra. It is you inner compass.

The third eye is often associated with religious visions, clairvoyance, the ability to observe chakras and auras.

The sixth chakra is the chakra of forgiveness and compassion, action of ideas, insight, mind development.

When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us “see the big picture.”

Control issues, and self worth, spiritual connection with God.

 

Air, meditative, intuition, promotes thought

Endocrine Gland: Pituitary Gland

Stones: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli or Moonstone

Color: Purple

Arch Angel: Gabriel

 

THROAT CHAKRA – FIFTH CHAKRA

Located at the throat.

This is the creativity, self-expression, communication and the search for truth.

This is the chakra of “your true voice”. Voicing who you are.

Water, calming, soothes, relaxes

Endocrine Gland: Thyroid

If experiencing thyroid problems, you could be holding negative energy, or thoughts such as:  when will be my turn syndrome and pore me syndrome.

No regrets and don’t hold anything back, don’t hold that in and lump in throat. Suppressing energy by holding voice closed or in. Not feeling guilt. Hard to make decisions and manifest in teeth. Mouth issues, close believe system and not take info in and closed off to others. Or not open to new ideas.

Stones: Turquoise, Aventurine or Blue Lace Agate

Color: Blue

Arch Angel: Michael

 

HEART CHAKRA – FOURTH CHAKRA

Located at the heart.

This is the higher consciousness and love. This is your relationship chakra, as well as your place for self acceptance. Keeping your heart open will bring you balance, peace and love.

Brest issues and shoulders, if you are not able to take care of yourself and taking care of others too much this will become blocked. Not able to breathe or take in a breath and holding on to everything. Handle life experience, hard to let things go. Receiving and giving love.

One thing that helps this chakra is to get a pendulum of clear quartz over the heart and it will spin and release and want clock wise.

Self nourishment is the key to balancing this chakra, doing things that YOU want and who you are to nurture yourself and make you happy. Start with you first, which will able you to help others.

Water, calming, soothes, relaxes

Stones: Jade, Malachite or Rose Quartz.

Color: Green or Pink

Arch Angel: Raphael

 

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA – THIRD CHAKRA

Located at the solar plexus.

This is your Life force chakra. This is the sense of identity, personal power and self esteem.  You and how you see yourself. Your inner power and your inner light being.

Store anger and holding on negative energy here. It is important to open this to your true self and to others and the more you become in touch with the true inner light being you are the more balanced you will be with this chakra.

Fire, energizing, charging, lends energy

Stones: Citrine or Tigers eye

Color: Yellow

Arch Angel: Chamuel cha-mel

 

SACRAL CHAKRA – SECOND CHAKRA

Located at the lower abdominal area.

The chakra that monitors sexuality and reproduction.  The energy center of sexuality and creativity.

What is needed, not what you want, and what actually need s to happen, fears, and masculine and feminine stored there. Have both. Let go of the past, and fighting everything, when things feel like a fight and struggle, that will affect that area.

Ability to move and let go of what is no longer needed and fear of letting go.

For this chakra, eating well and consciously paying attention to what you are eating; organic, healthy, well balanced foods. You can store things in the gut physically and emotionally. You can store it and hold onto it, which is unhealthy, so it is important to let it go and release it both physically and emotionally.

If you find you are blocked in this area physically or blocked on a emotional level, look at this area and chakra.

One of the best things to do for this chakra and it being the creative center is to get creative. Draw, paint of write out emotional baggage to let it out and jumbled up, get it out in a creative way.

Creativity is our play for adults; we need some form of art.

Getting physical and active is also great for this chakra.

Fire, energizing, charging

Stones: Carnelian or Red Jasper
Color: Orange

 

Arch Angel: Chamuel and Metatron A lot of ascended masters and Indian energy come in here.

 

ROOT CHAKRA – FIRST CHAKRA

Located at the base of the spine and groin area.

This chakra is our grounding chakra, connecting us to the earth, keeping us grounded, balanced and stable. This chakra is associated with career, money mindset and sense of belonging.

Safety and security, and how you feel while you are on the plant. Staying rooted and grounded to the planet. Find our place in this world.

Self image, pride, standards in life, breaking down ideas and flexibility. Feet is for understanding yourself. Skin is how we present our selves, presentational world and appearance. Self confidence in who we put forward to the world.

Endocrine Gland: Adrenals

Earth, grounding, focusing, centering

Stones: Garnet, Coral, Hematite or Bloodstone

Color: Red

Wearing colors of the chakra is great to help open them and work with them.

Arch Angel-Sandalphon and Michael

Semi Precious / Healing Stones and Chakras

Semi Precious / Healing Stones and Chakras

heartchakra-281x300History of the Chakra:

The Vedas are the oldest written tradition in India, (1,500 – 500 B.C.) There is some mention of the chakras as psychic centers of consciousness in the Yoga dating back 600B.C. implying that the goal of yoga was to rise above nature for the realization of pure consciousness, free of the fluctuations of the mind and emotions.

The chakra system and Kundalini yoga arose within the Tantric tradition, during the second half of the first millennium The main text about chakras that has come to us in the West is a translation by the Englishman, Arthur Avalon, in his book,The Serpent Power published in 1919.

These texts: the Sat-Cakra-Nirupana, written by an Indian man in 1577, and the Padaka-Pancaka, written in the 10th century, contain descriptions of the centers and related practices. There is also another 10th century text, called the Gorakshashatakam, which gives instructions for meditating on the chakras. These texts form the basis of our understanding of chakra theory and Kundalini yoga today. https://sacredcenters.com

 

Understanding the Chakras:

It is said that we have hundreds of chakras, we usually focus on the 7 main chakras that run through the center vertically throughout the front of our bodies. While great to understand them all in all of their functions, we are concentrating on the main 7 throughout this series on a more basic level.

Throughout our body we have the 7 main energy centers, or chakras. The state of each chakra reflects the health of a particular area of your body, they are connected to major organs or glands that govern other body parts. They interact with the physical body through two major vehicles, the endocrine system and the nervous system.

These chakras reflect your psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. All of your senses, perceptions, states of awareness, thoughts, everything that you experience, can be divided into seven categories. Each category can be associated with a particular chakra.

 

Each of these main energy centers is referred to as chakra; which is Sanskrit for the word wheel. They are known as this because they appear clairvoyantly as whirling images of light.

 

Think of each one of your chakras as a wheel-like spinning vortex that whirls in a circular motion forming a vacuum in the center that draws in anything it encounters on its particular vibratory level, which affects our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.  This includes energy from others, your own energy of how you deal with things such as your emotions, thoughts, and what you encounter on a daily basis. They soak up energy and radiate outward energy as well.

 

The chakras like most things in life need to be balanced. Not too open and not too closed. When balanced we feel the energy flow throughout our bodies which bring us a level of peace and flow in all areas of our life.  This energy is known as the prana or chi that flows through our lives.

If the chakras are unbalanced – not properly aligned or blocked – it can affect all areas of our health and within our lives.

We must remember we and everything is all inner- connected. So when one chakra is off or unbalanced this could also lead the other chakras around that unbalanced one to be off as well.  When this happens we do feel it on either a physical, emotional or mental level or a combination of them. You will get sometimes subtle signs.

 

For example: If you’re having headaches then you may want to look at your third eye chakra and see what emotions that connect with that chakra and then determine what emotions in your life you are currently having a hard time with. Remember it is all connected.

 

Our spirit or soul, our emotional and mental human psyches are complex and hard to fully understand. However, medical doctors has proven that many bio toxins and other impurities, which include negative thoughts on a mental or emotional level, chemical enhancements in our food and water, environmental pollutants, influence our body.

Being around these kinds of “pollutions” can cause chakra imbalances to manifest, which may eventually affect us on a physical level.

With treating or dealing with outside things that can be toxic to our bodies, most of the time traditional health care are unable to naturally or totally get rid of the symptoms we may be having or completely cure our problems, this means it is up to each individual to improve their health conditions.

I believe it is important when looking at a disease or heath issue to look in many diverse areas in order to find answers and what will work for your specific situation, therefore understanding the chakra system can help improve your own health and all levels of your being.

 

The 7 Chakras:

 

crystal-860840_640CROWN CHAKRA – SEVENTH CHAKRA

Located above the head. This chakra links the individual with the universal.

Air, meditative, intuition, promotes thought

Stones: Clear Quartz or amethyst

Color: Clear or white or violet

Arch Angel: Zadkiel

 

amethyst-265347_640THIRD EYE CHAKRA – SIXTH CHAKRA

Located between the eyes. This is intelligence and psychic power. It is you inner compass.

Air, meditative, intuition, promotes thought

Stones: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli or Moonstone

Color: Purple

Arch Angel: Gabriel

 

druse-284144_640THROAT CHAKRA – FIFTH CHAKRA

Located at the throat. This is the creativity, self-expression, communication  and the search for truth. The chakra of “your true voice”.

Water, calming, soothes, relaxes

Stones: Turquoise, Aventurine or Blue Lace Agate

Color: Blue

Arch Angel: Michael

 

quartz-208508_640HEART CHAKRA – FOURTH CHAKRA

Located at the heart. This is the higher consciousness and love. Relationships and self acceptance.

Water, calming, soothes, relaxes

Stones: Jade, Malachite or Rose Quartz.

Color: Green or Pink

Arch Angel: Raphael

 

citrine-757142_640 (1)SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA – THIRD CHAKRA

Located at the solar plexus. This is the sense of identity, personal power and self esteem.  Life force chakra.

Fire, energizing, charging, lends energy

Stones: Citrine or Tigers eye

Color: Yellow

Arch Angel: Chamuel cha-mel

 

Carnelian-001-300x283SACRAL CHAKRA – SECOND CHAKRA

Located at the genitals. The chakra that monitors sexuality and reproduction.  The energy center of sexuality and pleasure.

Fire, energizing, charging

Stones: Carnelian or Red Jasper
Color: Orange

Arch Angel: Chamuel and Metatron A lot of ascended masters and Indian energy come in here.

 

Orange_Garnet-sample2-300x225ROOT CHAKRA – FIRST CHAKRA

Located at the base of the spine and groin area. career, money mindset and sense of belonging.

Earth, grounding, focusing, centering

Stones: Garnet, Coral, Hematite or Bloodstone

Color: Red

Arch Angel-Sandalphon and Michael