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Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Shamanic Painting and print: The Last Morning

I have just completed a new acrylic painting and it shows why I call my paintings shamanic. When I write about being shamanic I do not mean be a wannabe shaman, I mean being Nature. Knowing that everything that is, is alive. Everything wants the dignity of its own lived experience. Even the most altered of man-made materials originates from the Earth and continues its vibration in whatever form it has. My acrylic paints are highly altered, for example, the natural iron oxide that is the pigment of raw sienna is suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion which is in turn inside a plastic tube. And yet these elements still sing on the paper, creating a feeling of being in Nature.

When the sky moves as I move past the painted surface, and the clouds form and fade depending on my angle--this is the shamanic painting being alive.

When the texture of the paint and paper combine to create a surface I cannot predict or fully control, this is the painting showing me its lived experience.

When the feelings of vast space and peace arise in me as I look at the painting, this is the song of being in this place--of passing though the veils that cause the layers of reality to appear separate--and I am again on the beach, and it is the last morning.

acrylic on matte board
33.5" x 42.5"
framed to museum standards with acid-free materials

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Fine Art Print
printed on acid-free velvet art paper
with archival inks
11" x 17" (27 cm x 43 cm)


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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Shamanic painting original and print: Altar

I love to find altars in nature, as if Gaia herself were making little rituals of beach logs and salal twigs where I can sit in wonder and meditate on the play of light and shadow in patterns of wood grain.

Sometimes I see that other than human creatures emerge in the shadow play of these altars in nature.  Here a child climbs toward me, there someone calls out strongly.

In my shamanic paintings of nature, I paint to remember each part, and every part between the parts.  I want there to be no past indifferent moment, no forgotten place.

fine art original of acrylic on matte board
fine art print

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Celebrating Summer Solstice in Art of the Desert

When planning ways to celebrate summer solstice, find a place where the sun can easily attend.  My understanding is that summer solstice is the Sun's wedding day, and so of course He will want to be there.  If you do not live in the desert--choose a location with a big view, or mountain or massive stone;  choose a place that has the Sun in its majesty and scale already present.

Bring gifts to the creatures whose homes you are disturbing with your wedding festivities. The animals, birds and insects will likely feel better about you descending on their neighborhood if you come with shiny colorful objects and feast foods just for them.

Invite the spirits of place in their sacred plant forms to sit with you to honor the Sun.  Bring special handmade offerings, food and incense.  Spirits are attracted to our effort, and want to taste a little bit of the bounty we create at this summer solstice time.

Leave something precious for the place to enjoy after you go.  At this time of year a cup of water may have great value. So might also a song given to the wind, who could play with the vibration and keep flowing your breath long after you depart.

Leave spirit in place when your festivities for summer solstice are complete.  Leave every small deliciously attractive natural object in its true home.  When we take what is not freely given we leave a hole in the spirit of place, and this in turn leaves a tear in the fabric of our obligation to the other-than-human-creatures, forms and forces that share this earth with us.  

Happy Solstice from the Journey Oracle.  May you find yourself  dancing at the Wedding Feast, and may you remember the taste of the Groom's cake long after the Sun has left the party. 

This series of 6 works in watercolor pencil are from the desert near
Ojo Caliente, New Mexico 
made while I was studying with Martin Prechtel.  
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shamanic painting original and fine art print: Praying for Rain

This chalk pastel painting is the image of a true story of a ritual made to pray for rain.  Many years ago on Cortes Island the rains did not come and the salmon were circling and circling in the sea, waiting to come into the rivers to spawn, but there was not enough water to bring them home.

Myself and two other women spent a day pounding on an ancient stone on the Cortes shore, calling the rain to come and help the salmon.  Earlier I had been given a Heron's wing by someone who just left it in my living room, with no note of explanation.  Since I understand that the Heron is the sentinel of well being in these waters--we burned the wing so that its breath could rise to the clouds and call the rain.

We danced in the smoke and cinders until two porpoise came close to the shore and in their spouting breaths we understood that our call would be answered.  And a few days later, the rains came.  

There are lots of ways to be of service.  And many forms for an Oracle speaking.  I am just now reading Memories, Dreams, Reflections, the autobiography of C.G. Jung.  He describes how we can ultimately only tell our personal myth.  "Whether or not the stories are 'true' is not the problem.  The only question is whether what I tell is my fable, my truth."  This story of  my inner, invisible life with spirit--and how it irrupts into ordinary reality--is for me, the only art worth making.


Original Chalk Pastel on Matte Board

 70 cm x 54 cm framed…$1,500.00

Custom fine art print on acid free velvet art paper
with archival inks

17” x 11” (43 cm x 27 cm) unmatted….$190.00
shrink wrapped on foam core for shipping
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Shamanic painting and print: Ode to Stones that Speak

I am preparing to give a workshop in Edmonton on Speaking with Stones and find myself reflecting on this chalk pastel drawing I created titled: Ode to Stones that Speak.  This is one of those mysterious shamanic paintings that keeps its full meaning hidden even from me.

For many years I have been able to receive messages from stones--not in images but as vibrations that translate into Yes and No, and also into phrases that have the potency of poetry.  I first had this experience after attending a workshop with a student of Michael Harner who had attended sessions at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.  We were supposed to receive images from the stone surface to translate into answers to questions we posed, yet I kept feeling a vibrating presence in the stone, and also hearing syllables that joined together to become phrases of archaic formality and beauty.  I have courted this stone speech for many decades, and sometimes honor the presence I feel by creating art inspired by my experience.

This shamanic art of chalk pastel is a visual song to the mystery of stones that speak to me. While I cannot explain why things appear as they do--I am delighted and emboldened knowing that a stone knows that fish and whales can soar in water filled with the flight of birds, and that moss grows with a human face.


Original Chalk Pastel on Matte Board
or fine art print

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