Monday, October 31, 2011

Blue Girl Series: Transformational Goddess Art

Blue Girl Goddess
Blue Girl: "Goddess"

This Blue Girl Series was created in June of 2011.

For several years, I've been exploring what these figurative ladies represent to me. I see transformation, personal growth, empowerment, and a fierce desire to move forward and continue to awaken into my highest self. Though it took me a while to realize, the Hindu deiety Kali Ma (recognized as the goddess of time and change) is often depicted with skin of blue.

Acrylic paint on 5x7" watercolor paper, each is mounted in an 8x10" archival mat and is ready to frame. 4 of the 6 are double matted. Each is an original, one of a kind piece of art created by me and available for sale online in my Etsy Shop: Fee Bean Art.
Blue Girl: Joyous
Blue Girl: "Joyous"
Bue Girl: See
Blue Girl: "See"
Blue Girl: Whirl
Blue Girl: "Whirl"
Blue Girl: Stretch
Blue Girl: "Stretch"
Blue Girl: Up
Blue Girl: "Up"

Friday, October 28, 2011

Freeing Up Some Space

Each year at my friend Jim Donovan's Summer Rhythm Renewal Retreat, Jim introduces a theme - this year it was "Freeing Up Space" which speaks to the idea of letting go of things that no longer serve you and making room for the new.

Through an artful exercise designed to allow my workshop participants to "let go" of their fears of art, they helped create the foundation of the mural above.

The retreat offers workshops in hand drumming, African dance, mandala making, yoga, didgeridoo - to adults of any skill level. These workshops are intended to teach the participants tools to be used for personal growth and transformation.

I think that many people who come to the retreat expect a lot of drumming and dancing - of which there is plenty, but I'm not so sure they realize this event has the potential to be a serious life changing experience. To be surrounded by 100 like minded people creates a very safe space to express yourself in a full and unedited way.

Each year the Renewal sells out. Each year 60-70% of the attendees are repeats. Each year it gets better and better. In 2012 I will be returning for my 4th year on the Renewal faculty, my 7th year attending overall.

Will you join me? 

Top image by Alex Cassisi Middle Image by Kaylyn Oshaben Bottom Image by Anne Elizabeth Video by Kati Lightholder

Thursday, October 27, 2011

611 Let Go: Original Mantra Mandala Painting Transformative Art

611 Let Go: Original Mantra Mandala Painting Transformative Art
"Let Go" refers to the abandonment of habits, patterns, drama, relationships and overall clutter that does not serve your highest good. With each bit you are able to let go of, you create space and free up energy - and who doesn't want that?
611 Let Go: Original Mantra Mandala Painting Transformative Art
"611 Let Go" was first painted in June 2011 with acrylic paint, the white details added with a white gel pen, then a clear spray coat added over top for preservation.
611 Let Go: Original Mantra Mandala Painting Transformative Art
It is on a 12 x 12" canvas with a depth of about 1/2 of an inch- the sides of which are painted. You may choose to hang the painting as is, add additional hardware for mounting, or have the piece framed for display. This is a an original, one of a kind piece of art created by me which is available for purchase in my Etsy shop: Fee Bean Art.
611 Let Go: Original Mantra Mandala Painting Transformative Art

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Moleskine Exchange Project: Warrior Goddesses

Moleskine Exchange Project : Warrior Goddesses
Warrior Goddesses in acrylic and Pitt Artist Brush pens. Piece created as part of a sketchbook exchange project which you can view more of, here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Find Your Community


Growing up, I'd never experienced a real sense of community. I was an only child and my extended family wasn't close. We went to church on the major holidays and I never went to Sunday School nor camp of any kind. School itself was also challenge for me - I'd try out for all of the social activities, but was rarely chosen. I joined the Art Club in high school but it didn't last.

For most of my life I felt like an outsider and for many years I wasn't even sure what it meant to have real friends. I always had friends, but none of those "I've got your back no matter what and I'll never judge you and love you unconditionally" type friends.

But now I am surrounded by them and I am very thankful.

So what changed? I'm sure maturity has a lot to do with it, but more than anything, I believe it was by finding a community of like minded people to associate myself with. For some people, their families are their community, and some find it in church, or maybe at bingo night. Maybe for others it's the garden club, or the local knitting circle or book club. Via a softball league or through volunteer activities- you name it, there is likely something out there for you if you are willing to look for it.

For the longest time, I thought my co-workers were my community - and it would take me over 20 years to discover that this was not the truth. None of my jobs were chosen "careers" and for many of my associates, this was likely the same. Though we would spent a good amount of time together each week, I didn't really share much in common with them as our jobs were not our passion. I think it took me witnessing others whose attitudes towards life were so very different (not better or worse, not good nor bad, just different) from mine for this reality to finally sink in.

I found that I finally "fit in" when I first started going to drum circles about 6 years ago. I found them to be a place where I could express myself musically without judgment pertaining to skill. Strange as it may sound, I didn't just gain a community by starting to drum, I gained the freedom of personal expression (as my writing and art would follow the drum) AND a whole new way of thinking based upon core beliefs which I chose to serve my highest good. This manifested by way of easy conversation with people which I shared a common thread - in this group I never felt judged and could speak freely. This allowed me to ask hard questions and make discoveries about who I was, and who I was to be. Like minded people understand and support you.

I think when you find an activity which you not only enjoy, but which can allow you to turn the busyness of the world off, and then share that activity within a group, you've found your community.

Though I might not drum as often as I did 6 years ago, my circle has expanded to include people sharing similar spiritual/emotional beliefs, which may have not been previously possible since I had for a long time lacked strong convictions about who I was and how I believed the world to work.

I know that I still have a lifetime to work on what I believe to be true, but for now, I know that I will never be alone in spirit unless I choose to be - and this is the same for you.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Original Mandala Art: Planetary Alignment


"Sometimes it's up to YOU to bring the planets into alignment."

This piece speaks to the idea of creating your own reality. That ultimately, YOU are in the driver's seat and have the ability to make conscious choices on how you wish to live your life. That if you really want something, you can do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

When I create a mandala, I just pick up some form of artistic implement and have at it. I might have a color scheme in mind, but the designs are always on the fly.

"Planetary Alignment" is a mixed media piece. Created on 9x12" Canson Acrylic 110lb art paper, I used artist grade acrylic paint, black acrylic gesso, white gel pen and a red Sharpie paint marker. You can purchase this original piece of art in my Etsy Shop.

Friday, October 7, 2011

"Go!" Original Transformational Spirit Guided Painting for Empowerment

She's called "Go"
"Go" is a one of a kind piece of mixed media art available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Ooooooh, this goddess (Could it be Kali Ma?) is seriously telling you to go and get your groove on.

The hearts reveal that she's doing it with love but she is not messing around. She knows that you are holding back from your full self and she's not going to let you slide. The time is now - go all in, or go home. To quote the Shawshank Redemption, "Get busy living, or get busy dying."
She's called "Go"
I started painting figures such as these about six years ago and they have been popping up in my art ever since. What began as a few small movements with a watercolor brush, have become one of my favorite artistic elements regardless of the media I choose to depict them in. I fondly refer to them as Spirit People."
She's called "Go"
"Go" is an original mixed media piece. It is a mix of acrylic paint, acrylic gesso, Sharpie oil paint pens and a white gel pen - it was then sprayed with an acrylic clear coat for preservation. This was created on a 14 x 18" Blick canvas panel ready to frame. (Could also be hung as-is but you would have to purchase your preferred hardware to do so.) Signed and dated 09/26/11. You can purchase her in my Etsy shop.
She's called "Go"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Limited Edition Prints are Now Available!

Worked with a local business to create giclee fine art reproductions of my 5 most popular images. They are printed using an HP 8-color printer with HP Vivera inks on HP Pro Satin paper - rated to last 200+ years.
I am happy to announce that after working with a local master printer, these 5 images have been meticulously reproduced and are finally available for purchase! Only 150 of each giclee image will be available in this 11x14" size.

To purchase any (or all) of these images, please visit my Etsy Shop.

Each print comes with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity

Archival prints of these original artworks are meticulously crafted to the highest standards. They are printed on HP archival, museum-quality paper using archival pigment inks. Printer technology provided by an HP Z6100 8 color printer using HP Vivera inks. Wilhelm Imaging Research testing of this printing method predicts a print life of 200+ years when framed and properly displayed.

Method of Reproduction: Giclee (pigment inkjet)
Paper: HP Professional Satin Photo Paper
Ink: HP Vivera archival pigment-based inks
Copywork and master printmaker: Ed Saukulak of Image Archive.

*Note watermark does not appear on the finished prints. 
Click this link to see the story behind "Monument" 

“Monument” was originally created in mid-February of 2011. It was painted using artist grade acrylic paints manufactured by Liquitex, Golden, and Daniel Smith on handmade Punjab watercolor paper.

When I created Monument, I wasn't sure if it was finished which is why it isn't signed. The original is now in a private collection in NY.
Click this link to learn the story behind "Release"

“Release” was created by first painting the mandala with masking frisket, then by using sponge brushes to apply 4 different colors of water based fountain pen ink on watercolor paper. Once dry, the frisket was rubbed off to reveal the white paper underneath and then those spaces were colored in with Copic multiliner markers
Letting Go: Release
The colors on this piece were a challenge to replicate, but I believe Ed got them as close as humanly possible. The original was given to the friend who influenced its creation.
Click this link to learn the story behind "Learning a New Language"

“Learning a New Language” was created on canvas panel with artist grade acrylic paints. White detail was added with an acid free gel ink pen.
Enso Mandala and Learning a New Language
Learning a New Language almost didn't happen. I had been working on it early on and wasn't feeling it. I ended up with something that looked like a brick wall and it was my husband that encouraged me to continue. It was my 2nd choice for reproduction as so many people had requested it. The original is currently available for purchase.

“Enso” was created in mid November of 2010. It was painted with Golden and Daniel Smith artist grade acrylic paints on Multimedia Artboard.
Letting Go: Release. On right, Enso Mandala
Enso was one of my very first acrylic paintings and almost immediately upon its completion, I had received a request to purchase it. It was my 1st choice for reproduction.The original is not currently available for purchase.
Click this link to learn the story behind "Broken Arrow"

“Broken Arrow” was originally created in mid-June of 2011. It is a mixed media piece painted using artist grade acrylic paints manufactured by Liquitex and Golden on handmade Punjab watercolor paper. White details were added over acrylic with an acid free white gel ink pen.

Broken Arrow Mandala
Broken Arrow was a late entry  - it had literally been finished days before taking these to Ed to be reproduced. It was a great choice as the reproduction POPS! The original is part of my personal collection.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Illuminating Mantra Mandala: Gayatri

Gayatri Mandala
The Gayatri is a mantra for illumination and when I first heard it sung by a friend, it was so beautiful I started to cry. The image above depicts an original piece of art I have created to celebrate this beautiful mantra:

Om Bhoor Bhovas Suvaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasaya Dhimahi
Dhiyoyona Prachodayaat

The way I learn a new mantra (especially if it is a long one) is to write it out 108 times - the number of times you would chant a mantra when moving from bead to bead on a mala. (A mala is a string of prayer beads similar to a rosary.) I do not claim to be an expert in the realm of mantra so please forgive me if I have taken any liberties with the phrasing or spelling of the mantra.

This is a wonderfully inspirational piece. Calming and meditative, you can look upon it and get lost in the detail... Piece is matted within a white 8x10" archival mat which has a black core. The piece itself is slightly larger than 5x7" and was created on red Canson Mi-Tientes acid free pastel paper. Drawn with white gel pen over black acrylic gesso paint.

This is an original piece of art which you can purchase through my Etsy shop. 
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