Does anyone else pick-up bird feathers when out walking about? I like to think feathers find their way on my path to let me know I am being guided and protected as I move about in my day. Anyway, I bring them home to use as tools in making marks in my paintings. I had collected a lot!
I googled the spiritual meaning of feathers, and this is what astrofame.com said: “Feathers are carriers of energy, and depending on their colors, they symbolize hope, love, balance, energy, etc. A feather is a symbol of the protection and benevolence of an angel. Finding a feather on the ground means you are sharing a privileged moment with the higher power who watches over you and guides you.
What do you know? I was kind of correct in my thinking!
Sitting on my balcony in the quiet of the morning, I saw in the distant pine tree several birds sitting up on the high branches, singing a morning song. I am sure it was for me! An idea for a way to use all those feathers I had collected entered my mind, and this is the art that came forth.
Feathers made the tree!
When deciding on a name for this painting, I thought of HunterGirl's song "Red Bird." I love this song. I borrowed the title for this painting. I hope HunterGirl doesn't mind!
HunterGirl - Red Bird (BTS Visualizer) - YouTube
Noah's Ark Metaphysical Thoughts:
Definitions are from The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary.
It has a hyperlinked ASV Bible. I love reading bible stories for their metaphysical interpretations rather than their literal meanings. I can put myself in any story and learn something about myself and my consciousness when I read the stories metaphysically.
Noah’s Ark symbolizes the spiritual part of oneself, built in the midst of the flood of error. One builds one’s ark on the scientific understanding of the wisdom, presence, and power of God. The ark is built upon the affirmations of what one is in Spirit.
Noah typifies the consciousness at rest in God. The 3 sons of Noah represent states of mind. Shem typifies the spiritual. Ham typifies the physical, and Japheth typifies the intellect or reason.
Noah took his wife, their sons and their wives, and of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort “male and female” the positive and negative activities of life in the organism. One affirms Spirit as in all, as primal essence.
Flood- Man, having free choice to open his mind to divine intelligence and KNOW the creative law, or he can work out his character through blind experimentation or reliance on his own understanding. When we choose the later, we are sure to create error, and we can transgress the divine law to the last limit and a great reaction sets in. This is “the flood.”
A spiritual assessment of living through a flood could be judged from our humanity as awful and undesired. And it can also be seen as an opportunity to inquire and learn claiming “all things work together for good.” Without the flood, we might not look deeply at those things in our consciousness that are in error.
We have a choice! There is no judgement either way. We grow our souls in all experiences.
Gratitude for the jewels I used in these two paintings, donated by Jon Erb.
I cannot express enough, my gratitude and thrill at being able to travel and make art where I go. Hawaii is one of the places on this earth that inspires me beyond explanation. www.abbierabinowitz.com/tropical-art-nature-retreat/
I learned this trip how much inspiration comes to me as I walk, sit, observe, and absorb the landscape's emotion. But, I don't want to paint there on site, en Plein Air... I want to feel it fully and take the feeling with me back to the studio. There, I let it express in a new way. My first retreat connected me to the grounding energy of Kilauea, which was active and flowing only months before...and still is! See "Creative Destruction" blog posted on 3/9/2020. This retreat awakened sacral energy in me and from there, I could hardly contain my creativity! I extended my trip so I could paint more!
Messages from my inner art critic often scream, "my paintings are too busy." But, quiet walks on the lava field out to meet the ocean to sit and observe, earth, sea, and sky reveal that it is because there is so much to say, to express...and that is why my paintings are so busy. I went with this! I received it as permission to let the art just be what came forth! Back home, I realize I want more of that experience in my life...in all ways, not just in making art...just go with it and let it be what it wants to be! I am grateful for that lesson. That I can learn from what comes forth in everything I do! The experience of authentic flow and expression yields a sense of joy that cannot be explained. That sense of joy connects me to a deep inner peace that resides within me no matter where I am, at home or in travel. And, I love it!
I started this painting the second week of February right as the Covid-19 began to call us all to stay at home. For me, it has been a time of settling into a time of quieting my mind and listening to the deeper truth of who I am, and who we are as human beings. So, deep within me I feel the laying down of a firm foundation, grounded in and directed by love for all. Now, upon this firm foundation, I recognize that I can begin to rebuild a future where I see all people as equal and empowered, where opportunity in co-creating a better world for all abounds, where I care for Mother Earth, and where I practice love for my Creator by loving others as myself. It’s going to take work. I have to knock down some walls of prejudice, habits of judging, and using thoughts and words to make others wrong so I can feel right, if only in my own mind! I am willing and ready to do the work. Here I go!
This past February, I sat on the banks of New Black Sand Beach, land barely 30 years old. The Kilauea volcano's eruption back in 1990 destroyed the towns of Kalapana and Kaimu and also the beloved black sand beach there at Kaimu Beach Park. 11 miles down The Red Road, Isaac Hale Park experienced a bit of creative destruction from the most recent eruption in 2018. Some of the park remains. There, I stood on new land, not even 2 years old. I was on the Big Island of Hawaii for a tropical art retreat www.abbierabinowitz.com/tropical-art-nature-retreat/ I was drawn to stand upon the new black lava rock. It was a mysterious and awesome feeling for me. The event of a volcanic eruption, lava flowing downward toward the ocean destroying all in its path, and then creating new land now ready for exploration was felt in the core of me. Whenever the group on the retreat went out to plein air paint, I found I wanted/needed to stand upon the lava rock. I am an abstract painter and am guided intuitively to paint what I feel. This retreat was a first time for me to experience plein air as an abstract artist. Above is "Creative Destruction." It is acrylic on 14" x 10" water color paper.
This idea of creative destruction seems to be expressing in many facets of life these days. The original term came about to describe an economic circumstance, but I think it applies to nature and, well, everything. The force of the earth's power destroys and creates. The force of humanity has the potential to do the same thing. The force of my own desire for personal growth experiences this. Some things in my life are being destroyed, less intensely than a volcanic eruption though. However, if I can practice gratitude for its presence in my life, then release and let go, I experience a peace about it and am more aware to the "new" being offered. If I resist, well...I can create so much unnecessary challenge and struggle it's almost silly when I look back after some time passes. So, with this fresh perspective on life, I witness the new and unknown being created in my life. It's a mysterious, and awesome feeling for me!
This February, I spent a wonderful week painting in Hawaii* while standing on some of the youngest land in the world. The 2018 Kilauea volcano eruption created a brand new black sand beach along the coastline near Isaac Hale Park on the Big Island. When I returned home and began researching Ireland to prompt inspiration for a painting for the "Luck of the Irish" event** at The Grange** in Broomfield, I learned Ireland was also formed by volcanic activity, yet this land is over 60 million years old! The Giant's Causeway*** was created by lava and the rock formations are beautiful and so unique. What might less than 2 year old land and 60 million year old land teach me? What might their inhabitants teach me?
"Luck of the Irish" celebrates a characteristic of Irish people. Although it implies they are a lucky people, my research reveals it is more that they have a quality of remaining positive in times of difficulty. They stand up to discouraging circumstances using their sense of humor. And, they persist as long as needed in order to manifest their unique goals and dreams. When the Irish arrived in America, they worked hard and had a right attitude in mind. These qualities created their success. It only "looked" like luck to others.
While walking along the new black sand beaches formed by the Kilauea volcanic lava flows, I saw coconut, palm, tropical grasses, mango, and even a banyan tree planted in the cracks of the hard, black lava rock. The Hawaiian people know it will take many, many years for the tropical forest to be established and so, they help it along by planting seedlings of native plants. They are connected to their land. They are ONE with it. The Hawaiians understand the lava rock need plants to live, die, and decompose to make soil so that the forest can eventually become prolific in growth and benefit all island life. It is a necessary relationship. They understand they can help the earth heal from a natural tragedy. They also understand it is a process that takes a long time and so they do it for their children, and the generations to come. Their respect and nurturing approach to their land is key to their own healing.
Two cultures inhabiting lands half the world apart in time and space...both living examples for me to follow. Thank you to the Irish! And, thank you to Hawaiians! May I live with as much intention and action as you model!
** https://www.crescentgrange.org/luck-of-the-irish/ and https://www.crescentgrange.org/
"Emerging" is the 2nd in my Soul Dance Series. It was painted specifically for entry in the 2018 Broomfield Art Guild's Black and White Show. It was the first time I had ever painted without color and I was surprised how much fun I had creating it. I was becoming more familiar with my process, and more comfortable being informed by my inner guidance. This painting soon revealed to me many ways in which I am emerging, as an artist and human being. If you've read my explanation about my soul dancing on canvas, I hope it is evident how the form I describe shows up in this work.
My daughter sees a nesting bird. I love abstract art. So much can be seen in a painting, and each viewer finds their own unique interpretation. And, viewers can explore the different layers of the abstract, lifting out of it infinite meanings and emotions from the art. It becomes a relationship between the viewer and the viewed. Right and wrong have no part in this relationship. There may be a personal preference, like or dislike...but those are neither right or wrong. So, enjoy abstract art. It is a gift to the world and I am delighted to be a part of bringing abstract expression into the world to enjoy! Thank you for taking the time to read about my paintings. I am blessed by it!
This 2019 year's Black and White Show invited me into another opportunity to express without using the power of color. Translucent Transformation is my expression of how challenging it is to me to see evidence of the transformation I feel. I know it's happening. I'm doing the work. But, I'm not completely sure what the process, or the destination is suppose to look like. Often, I find myself perplexed. Beautifully perplexed! A caterpillar experiences metamorphosis within the privacy of its cocoon. The process we all know leads to the beautiful butterfly. I wonder what it would be like if the caterpillar was aware of the changes occurring within its form or the approaching transformation. Would it feel afraid, or doubt the process? If I were an aware caterpillar, I'd find myself impatient, wanting the transformation to hurry up and be finished. However, I wonder if it is ever really complete. For a butterfly, yes. For humans...for me, maybe? I don't know? To help nurture my trust and faith in this transformation process, I do two things. First, I sit in the quiet space of my heart. This is the place where I feel and know I am complete. I am whole. Second, I try looking at my life from different points of references, like through my relationships, or in my service to others, or in my mental dialogue to see evidence of some kind of progress. Do I find patience, peace, love, and joy? Evidence is there, but it is translucent. Beautifully translucent!
The following locations offered me opportunities to show my art...
Broomfield City Hall https://www.broomfield.org/
Broomfield Art Guild https://www.broomfieldartguild.org/ and www.facebook.com/BroomfiedArtGuild/
Orchard Veterinary Clinic https://www.orchardvetmedcenter.com/
The Frame Shop https://www.theframeshopco.com/
Thank you to my clients, show patrons, friends, and relatives who support me by attending my shows as well as taking some of my art home with them to enjoy more personally! I feel truly honored and blessed. I look forward to 2020!
Here are some of my works that found themselves in loving homes this year! Thank you!! Thank you for a fantastic year!
My process of making art is to follow some idea, emotion, or principle I am experiencing, and expressing it onto a canvas helps me gain clarity and understanding. This winter, I was encouraged by a mentor of mine to just play...not to think or try to express with an outcome of meaning in mind...but just play. These paintings are the result of that. I found it challenging, not to have any kind of intention as I painted...bringing into form something I had no real relationship with. But, what I learned was the fresh new form that came into expression had plenty for me to feel and think about after they were finished. I've spent many hours in contemplation and study of the paintings eager to hear what they have to say to me. Their messages for me are full of meaning. Although the above photographs are not the best quality, they can be seen in their perfection at an art exhibition this Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:00-7:00 p.m.; A Return to Peace, Love, and Unity; Woodstock @ 50 Music & Arts Festival at Unity of Columbine Spiritual Center, 8900 Arapahoe Road in Boulder, Co. Come out and join us for a wonderful day and come chat with me about what these paintings might relate to you. I'll be in Foss Hall with some other fabulous artists!
Lisa Tousignant is a local artist in Broomfield, Colorado. She considers herself an intuitive and experimental, abstract artist working in acrylic and mixed mediums.