Creating on the Edge

The process of creation makes me feel ALIVE! That is one of my top values. There is nothing as amazing as the process of creation–a child, a home, a relationship or a piece of art. I love to work in a flowing style with highly liquid paint because this increases the number of variables and therefore the level of excitement and creative chaos in my experiments. This keeps me on the edge. When I am working with highly liquid paint, the artistic decisions that I am forced to make quickly over the space of days or weeks as a painting … Continue reading

Creativity, Art & Passion

There is nothing as amazing as the process of creation–be that a child, a home, a relationship or a piece of art. An art studio is a laboratory for the heart, mind and soul. I choose to work in a flowing style with highly liquid paint because this increases the number of variables and therefore the level of excitement and creative chaos in my experiments. The fluidity of the medium and the resulting artistic decisions that I am forced to make quickly over the space of days or a week as a painting develops will never happen again. Every piece … Continue reading

Color Therapy

color harmony

Color therapy is the use of specific colors to heal the mind and body. There are many systems that suggest particular colors as supportive for the functioning of processes and organs within the human body. These include color acupuncture (shining colored lights on acupuncture points and meridians), color breathing (color visualization combined with breathing exercises), color bathing and many other approaches. Color has a wide range of applications in interior design, clothing, artwork, and the wider environment. Color psychology and color science have come to the fore in philosophies such as feng shui and in the competitive world of marketing and design. The … Continue reading

Sacred Geometry and the Universe

From the simplest atoms to the largest galaxies, geometry determines the structure and function of the universe. This was known to many ancient civilizations, although it is perhaps most evident in the philosophy of the Greeks. To these ancient philosophers, the study of geometry was the study of the fundamental principles that governed the creation of the universe. The human mind was seen as capable of penetrating into the mysteries of universe and allows us to perceive the necessary truths of mathematics and geometry. Over the entrance to Plato’s Academy, the following phrase was posted: “Let no one unversed in … Continue reading

The Mandala and the Mind

Mandalas can be found in the artistic traditions of many world religions and philosophies. The word mandala comes from the Sanskrit word for circle, and traditionally refers to the the use of the circle in the sacred art of India, but today the word is used to refer to a much more universal piece of human symbolism. The symbolism of a mandala connects the themes of unity and growth, often representing the coming together of opposites to form a whole. The Yin-Yang or symbol of the Tao, diagrams of the I Ching, the Sri Yantra, and the Bhavachakra are all … Continue reading

Stratified Dimensions

My painting Stratified Dimensions is a play on the idea of parallel universes, multiple dimensions, and the warping of time and space. I don’t know much about the actual scientific theories on these topics, but I was an avid science fiction fan for some of my childhood and most of my teenage years. I was never much of a TV watcher but there was one significant exception: Star Trek! As an adult I’ve focused more on the inner world of psychology and consciousness. I guess I’ve come to feel that the external cosmos reflects to some degree our own inner worlds. It … Continue reading

Over the Edge

  Over the Edge is a small abstract that evokes the feeling for me of going new places and exploring new realms. Sometimes that feels like going over the edge! Every now and then I like to paint a series of small paintings to see if I can concentrate a big feeling in a small space. When my husband was in film school, he knew a student who wanted to focus on making commercials. Everyone else wanted to direct feature films and full-length documentaries. That particular student said he wanted to make commercials because it was a chance to tell an … Continue reading

Painting with the Angels

I have developed the practice of praying to the angels before I start a painting. My intention with my art is to create something that brings inspiration and healing to others. I figure that angels have a different perspective, so I welcome their help. It’s not that I feel like they are painting through me as in channeling, but we are partners in the effort. For my side, I’ve got years of education in the arts and untold hours of practice. I understand how paint works and how fast it dries and what is needed on the practical level. At … Continue reading

River of Fire

River of Fire is inspired by the power of volcanoes. Fire, of course, is one of the oldest symbols know to man. Fire ignites minds and inspires the spirit. Fire burns the dross of the old and impure. Fire ceremonies have been part of man’s religious practice since time immemorial. Fire brings both life and death, and is to be respected and honored. Fire is one of the primary elements in many philosophies that describe the transfiguring cycles of life. When fire is balanced by depth and steadfastness (the cool, steady blue), its power can be harnessed for personal and universal … Continue reading

Angel Wing

When one of my sons was recovering from a serious injury and related PTSD, I read stories of angels to him on a nightly basis. I bought every book available on Amazon that included angels, especially stories of angelic intervention in modern times. This was a great comfort for both of us. My favorite was the story of a grandfather on his deathbed who suddenly sat up and announced, “I have to go! I have to be someone’s guardian angel!” Days later his family had gathered to be present at his funeral. In a freak accident, his great-granddaughter fell out … Continue reading