Monday, July 18, 2011

Entering the Fear

Another set of hot and humid days has sapped my energy and forced me down into the basement to work. I started the day doing quarterly sales tax filing, preparing paperwork for my DBA (Doing Business As) license, and updating my website some more.  This was all rather uncreative work, which started to frustrate me somewhat because despite my low energy due to the weather, I am feeling deeply motivated by the creative work that I am doing now.  However, much of this work requires a large amount of energy and focus, which just isn't possible for me this time of year.

So, I decided instead of getting myself frustrated and waste my limited energy, I spent some time contemplating the nature of work that I am doing.   Rather than talk about the pieces themselves, which are not ready to be shown just yet, I thought it might be interesting to share the process and why I am doing what I am doing. In particular, Why am I exploring the chakras?

After I finished the painting Etain, the fourth in the series of Ancient Irish Goddess-inspired paintings, which explored the elements and energies associated with the different Goddesses.  I realized it was important to balance these paintings with God-inspired paintings and came up with the idea of exploring the masculine energies associated with the elements in paintings that corresponded to the Goddess paintings.

The idea was there, but accessing the masculine has never been a strong skill for me.  Childhood experiences, long forgotten memories began to rise, and with them fears that I thought I had let go of long ago.  I wasn't debilitated by these fears, but I was not certain how to approach the masculine paintings in a way that was not skewed by my past experiences.  I wanted something balanced and also something that was fresh and not just a rehashing of old concepts.  The harder I tried, the further away I got from the concept. I began to feel, oddly enough, disconnected from my own body. 

So the idea to do a series of paintings based on the chakras as a way of balancing my energies and reconnect me to my body again, while I did more research and exploration of the masculine archetypes.  What I didn't expect was how much energy these paintings would demand.  Drafting the knotwork that would comprise a major part of the painting was technically difficult, but the actual energy that went into painting the first piece has been surprisingly intense.

Work on the root chakra has me starting at the base, tapping into the primal energy and, as a result, stirring up the very things that started arising when I approached the masculine archetypes.  It seems that no matter what I work on, I am at a place where these memories, fears, and feelings must be addressed.  So that is where I am.  How will I do it?

Right now, I don't know.  For the time being I am learning to sit with these feelings and just be with them.  It isn't easy.  The adventure begins...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Inspiration

Recent sketches in my notebooks....


I have been keeping busy despite the heat and humidity that has descended upon the Champlain Valley (and far and wide across the land).  Just before the humidity set in I began to varnish several small pieces and once the humidity passes I will add the final coats of varnish and have some new pieces to post on my website.

On the hottest and most humid days, I have retreated to my room downstairs and began sketching out some ideas for some new pieces.  The Root Chakra painting is progressing well, though, I find I must take frequent breaks to gather my energy, as this painting is asking for a lot of attention and focus.  Taking a break to sketch and draw has been a good balance to the kind of intense focus that the painting has been demanding.  It also allows me to process some of the internal stuff that has been rising while working with Root Chakra energies.

At my most drained moments, I have turned to reading books by Patricia McKillip.  McKillip is an artist's author.  Her writing is so rich with imagery that nearly every page offers inspiration for a piece of artwork.  I have been savoring each of her books one by one, reading them slowly and letting the imagery live in my head.  I have also been enjoying listening to the summer nights.  There is something quitelovely about listening to the sounds of the night in the summer time.  I tend to become a bit of a night owl at this time of year, which is hard for an early bird, who still struggles to get up and moving in the morning.

Unlike many summers past, I am not struggling creatively.  Ideas are flowing and there is a lot to explore.  Now if only my energy level would match the creative urge!

I hope you all are enjoying your summer!

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Original Artwork Now Available on DoAnArt.Com

Newly re-designed DoAn Art website
 Over the last month or so I have been revising my website. First I updated the overall look.  I wanted to incorporate a subtle nature theme to the site. It is much closer to what I imagined, however, I am still tweaking the color themes a bit.

After the major redesign, I started to revise each page and adding some new ones. One of these new pages is for original artwork that is available for sale.  Finally, due to some new software available, and thanks also to Paypal, I am able to post work and sell it directly from my site!  You can view the page here: Original Artwork Available. The painting "Sedna" and my "Fox Box" painted box have been listed and are ready for adoption.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding some smaller pieces that are ready to find a new home and in the coming months some larger pieces that are in the works will be posted.  I will post on this blog when new pieces are added to the web page.  Of course, all new work will first be posted on my private blog DoAnArtStudio.blogspot.com.  For a monthly donation (you set the amount) you get access to the private blog where more detailed information about the art I am working on is posted.  Works in progress and completed works are shared on this blog before going public.  Donations can be made through my fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, just click on the "Donate Online at Fractured Atlas" link below.

I hope you enjoy exploring!

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