I had a monthly meet up with a group of artists in my spiritual community. I wanted to explore the creative process with others artists. We were a small group of individuals with varied levels of training, skills, talents, and mediums. We spent time in guided imagery and meditation. We shared what we were working on with each other. We conversed about joys and challenges we experienced in creating our art. Together we put on a Newcomer's Art Show..."newcomer" meaning...We are new to this thing of showing our art to the public and hopefully selling some. This art show was in April of 2018. It was a tremendous learning experience. The details necessary to create a professional event were many. The flyer for the event is in an earlier, in fact, my first blog post. Again, I express my appreciation and gratitude to the Columbine Unity Spiritual Center community for allowing us the opportunity to use the beautiful Foss Hall and for supporting us in attending and purchasing! It was a beautiful event! Thank you to Aylyn, Doug, Michael, and Sue!
I have three beautiful daughters. Sometimes they say something that makes me realize something I have created is meant for them. My middle daughter, Davis loves this "Affirmation Body" painting. I made it to help me learn a particular affirmation meditation I found very powerful and wanted to learn. Following my own guidance I created symbols for each affirmation and placed them with some order to help me learn them. I remember the meditation so clearly even now and can affirm myself in specific ways anytime I feel I need it.
I have made poster prints of the painting and am happy to reproduce this for others upon request.
(The link goes to a mini lecture but the guided meditation begins at promp 030)
My eldest daughter, Meredith studied Art History at University of Colorado really liked this painting. Typically when I paint, I want to be deep in contemplation and attempt to use my art as a way of understanding something spiritual or metaphysical. I want to see in my work deep meaning. And so, often paintings I create take a lot of time, or I put them away because I get stuck and don't know what I should do next. I shared many of my paintings with Andrea Cermanski, a wonderful artist and a middle and high school art teacher in Santa Fe. She also has workshops for adults which I've thoroughly enjoyed. I still chuckle when she designated this one as one of my strongest pieces. I just went out to my garage studio one day and used up some paint! No thoughts. No deep meaning. Just lovely. I express my gratitude to Andrea for the many technical things she has taught me and, for the invitation to just play!
I am an accomplished seamstress and when the girls were little, I sewed a lot for them. Later when they were teens, I would have liked to have made them things but they weren't really interested by then. Perhaps it's because when we would shop for clothes they would often hear me say, "I could make something like that for you." Only, I never did. So when my daughter mentioned she was wanted a painting for her apartment bathroom, I jumped at the opportunity to actually contribute. I am grateful to Sloan for asking! She's since moved out of her college apartment and up to Wisconsin. So, the painting is back in my possession. But, I welcome future requests, and promise to see it through.
Sue and Kevin McQueen are just my BEST clients! I cannot express my gratitude enough for them in how they have supported and encouraged me down this creative path. They were my first commission and well...they waited a long time for that piece of art to make its way toward completion. It wasn't that it needed to take a long time, but the artists' inner critic can hold things up quite often and for long periods of time. In my still early development as an artist, Sue and Kevin were so very patient and in that patience provided me a priceless opportunity to learn about my creative process and interaction with my inner critic. For that and to them, I am completely full of gratitude and appreciation. Thank you Sue and Kevin!
Vicky and John Hopkins are gracious owners of another painting I sold at this first art sale. Vicky's excitement for my creating a website included several attempts at photographing the painting she bought so I could include it in the gallery. This was before I realized the wisdom in creating a digital portfolio and record of my work and had not taken a photograph of it. And, now I am writing blogs because I recognize the wisdom in creating a journal of gratitude for not only the art that is created through me but also for the people who bless me with their support in all kinds of ways. I'm saving Vicky's painting here in order to do just that. Thank you Vicky and John!!
Lisa Tousignant is a local artist in Broomfield, Colorado. She considers herself an intuitive and experimental, abstract artist working in acrylic and mixed mediums.