Birds of Paradise Paintings

Before reading this blog post on my new series of paintings take some time to go listen to The Feather Heist on This American Life. I recently listened to this podcast on a road trip to California, and it solidified my desire to create a series of paintings focused on the magic of the Birds of Paradise, the bird, not the flower.

Birds of Paradise are a group of 39 birds found primarily in New Guinea and Australia. They have been shrouded in mysticism and adoration by people forever, with their vivid plumage and outrageous dancing. When they first began importing these birds to Europe they quickly became the fascination of collectors and philosophers who wondered about their connections to the divine. Later these prestigious birds went on to contribute meaningful findings for the theory of evolution, shaping our understanding of the cosmos to this day.

All of this history paints a fantastical image of these birds in my mind and I had to create a series to honor these magnificent creatures. Painted in a style similar to the “Sphere’s of Self Realization” series I completed last year, these new paintings are a mirage of color and movement. Holding all of the weight of history, myth, and imagery of these birds in my minds eye I worked to paint the essence of these creature.

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Fallen Angel, Acrylic Gelli Mono Print on Metal, (2019)

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 To Play & Dance, Acrylic Gelli Mono Print on Metal, (2019)

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Curiosity Cabinet, Acrylic Gelli Mono Print on Metal, (2019)

These paintings, as well as a small number of prints, will be for sale at Lafayette’s Art Night Out this Friday September 13th, 2019, and any not sold there will be for sale on Etsy.  These are one-of-a-kind acrylic paintings on metal. They can hang or stand to be featured on a wall or on an altar. Once they are sold there will never be another one available so claim your piece of this magic before they are gone. To honor the power of these paintings I will not be reproducing these images on Print on Demand sites like Society6 or Redbubble.  However, snippets of these images were used in the Birds-of-Paradise issue of 52 Feathers, which is also available for sale in my Etsy Store, and a portion of proceeds from this zine are donated to bird conservation groups.  

 

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Kaleidoscope Collection at Still Cellars

IMG_0482Thank You Still Cellars for hosting my art. 

Thank you Midnight Medicine for playing amazing music!

97975E68-6153-427B-890B-B45A2B464F66I thoroughly enjoyed creating a new collection for this show. I ended up hanging the collection on a series of repurposed frames. The end effect was extremely satisfying, reminding me of a cabinet of curiosity. I hope to bring this art as an installation to other venues in the future.

You can read about the creation of this collection on my blog here.

In addition to selling individual butterfly canvases from this collection I would also happily sell a whole frame. Send me a message if that speaks to you and we can work something out.

There is one opportunity left to see the Kaleidoscope Collection at Still Cellars.

The Tasting Room will be Open Friday, August 16 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Check it Out!

1115 Colorado Ave
Longmont, CO 80501 United States

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The Butterflies from this collection will also be for sale at Lafayette’s Art Night Out September 13th

See you there!

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The Healing Helix at Arise Festival

Calling in the Wishes!

Sending out the Grief!

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I was gifted an amazing opportunity to co-create an interactive installation for the Healing Village at Arise Festival. It has exceeded all of my expectations for collaboration, creation, participation, and beauty. My heart is brimming with gratitude.

After a brief conversation about my Wishing Well at Enchanted Forest from last year, I found myself in a whirlwind of creation. I didn’t know exactly what I was creating but I knew I was bringing the opportunity for wishing and manifesting to Arise.

I had the joy of collaborating with Damien, Greg, and Beth AKA the Grief Freak, and we conceived of a spiraling temple where wishing and grieving, two extremes of human emotion, could dialogue, expand, manifest, and release.

Beth came up with the truly ingenious plan to tie together sticks into portable panels. Two altars would exist at either end of the double spiral. From these altars individuals were invited to add their own mark on the installation. It was a brilliant plan!

So rarely a vision comes together in reality with such ease. When Beth and I first came together to work on the “Healing Helix” we were both visited by snake energy. I found a fully intact snake skin in my yard moments before gathering the first sticks from my spring deadfall, and Beth’s cat found a snake in her yard when she went home to put together her first panel. What a fortuitous visiting!

Beth (the Grief Freak) and I building the “Healing Helix” Credit: Beth Erlander

The “Healing Helix” began its time at Arise as bare skeleton. People at the festival were immediately called towards its simple beauty. As the weekend unfolded it only became more poignant. The Wishing Well was covered in hundreds of wishes concealing all manner of wondrous desires to be called in. The Grief Altar was adorned with hundreds of bundles made from fallen bracken.

As part of the weekend at Arise Beth and I both held events to amplify the power of “Healing Helix.” I offered two Wish Dances, where I gathered an intimate group around the Wishing Well and we embodied our wish through a guided dance. Beth led Grief Ritual.

I was deeply moved by the ritual, experiencing and moving my own emotions. And after we gathered all of the bundles from the weekend and burned them in the sacred fire at Wisdom Village, letting all the Grief go.

We let the Grief go, and the Wishes have been collected. I will be weaving the wishes into a magical rope of manifestation over the next few months, creating a lasting monument to the dreams that were called in at Arise.

Be sure to follow Beth and I on instagram to see even more pictures & video of the installation, and also so you can see what continues to grow from the “Healing Helix” at Arise.

Blessed Be. 

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The “Healing Helix” on Day Three photo credit: Beth Erlander

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Offerings at Arise Festival 2019

I am bringing art, movement, performance, and play to Arise Festival this year with the amazing Healing Village.

I have attended Arise a few times, however this year I am more excited than ever because I am bringing my whole artistic being to the event. Healing Village has offered me awesome opportunities to share what I bring with Arise and I am so thankful to be a part of their team this year. I am offering two awesome Playshops, participating in several Performances, and helping build a Wish/Grief Temple for the village. It’s pretty stellar.

Healing Village has an amazing lineup, bringing tons of workshops from a truly remarkable community of people. I am deeply honored to be included among such a knowledgeable and creative tribe. Healing Village is focused on somatic practices that create health and community.

The Healing Village is a gathering place to celebrate the wholeness of you. We invite you to explore what it means to Heal through different modes of EMBODIMENT as we dive into the richness of community, vibration, tissue, breath, movement, stillness, laughter and so much more. Come home to your embodied self and carry that fullness forward, enriching your connection to the Sacred Nature of Self, Other and Place.

It’s going to be an amazing weekend. If you are at the Festival be sure to stop by and check out one of my Playshops, performances, or art pieces. See you there!

Playshops

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Authentic Mask Making

Who are you? Who do you want to be? Who can you become? Create a mask to bring to life a character for the Healing Village “Body Earth” Procession. Multi media materials will be provided so you can let your creativity manifest in this make-it-and-take-it Playshop.

 

“The Body Now”: Embracing the Power of Play

Spend an hour in delicious retreat moving and playing with Turning the Wheel. Our deep body wisdom remembers the importance of play and through improvisational movement and playful community games we can tap into our innate creativity together. Let out your inner child to play, dance, sing, laugh, and move! Learn easeful practices to re-integrate the healing potential of play back into your daily routine. Activate a sense of well-being as wells as new pathways in your brain by moving spontaneously, possibly moving a new way you’ve never done before! You will emerge with a smile and a renewed sense of yourself!

Performances

Wish Dance, an Immersive Performance

“Think of a wish. No wish is too big or too small. Let your Wish lead you on a Dance. Feel where this wish lives in your skin…” Every Wish is gift and ripples out farther than we can even fathom. Manifest your intentions for the festival, or ground your learnings from the weekend at the Healing Village Wishing Well in a guided community performance.

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Body Earth Procession

We are part of the earth and it is part of us. We walk with the earth, we grieve with the earth. Our joy is its joy, our nature is its nature. Let us walk together to honor it.

Installation

Wooden SpiralI am collaborating with “The Grief Freak,” Beth Erlander to build a space where one can come to tend to and honor grief in a visceral physical way, or ground an manifest your wishes and dreams. Bringing together theses two powerful and opposite human experiences in a nexus of exploration will create opportunities for dialog and expression.

The space will be constructed out of fallen branches and fabric, with two interactive altars, one for grieving and one for wishing. My piece of the collaboration is inspired by the Wishing Well Cavern I brought to Missoula’s Enchanted Forest last year, and I am thrilled to be keeping the wish magic moving forward with this second iteration of the project.

 

ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL


The 7th Year Celebration

August 2-4, 2019 • Sunrise Ranch • Loveland, Colorado

The ARISE Music Festival is committed to producing an annual gathering that is a vehicle for building and strengthening community. At the core of the ARISE mission is a firm belief that creating a festival experience which inspires positivity, joy and active engagement in issues of social justice is a call to celebrate the beauty and wonder of this precious life.

See You There!

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Summer Collection on Society6 featuring Art from 52 Feathers

Every issue of 52 Feathers includes original art from prints that I create in my own studio. To celebrate being half way through my 52 Feathers zine project i’ve created a collection of some of my favorite paintings and turned them into a plethora of amazing products over on Society6.

Shop the Summer Collection

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I’ve included prints from Hummingbird, Eagle, Heron, Bluebird, Dove, Goldfinch, Sparrow and Nightingale. I love being able to bring the magical colors from the pages of 52 Feathers into a larger context so that they can be enjoyed all over the home.

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Society6 is a print-on-demand site with hundreds of nifty products. Artists from all over the world participate and I’m excited to include some of my art alongside all these creatives. And, since I posted my last collection, Full Moon, they’ve added even more fun things that you can have my art printed on, including lawn furniture and wrapping paper!

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Pop on over to Society6 and take a look. Treat yourself to some color for the summer or take a moment to like (by clicking on the little heart) some of my products so I can feel the love!

Shop the Summer Collection or Leave Some Love on Society6

 

 

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Kaleidoscope Paintings at Still Cellars Art House

Kaleidoscope Collection:

The Kaleidoscope Collection is my contribution to the miniatures genre of art making. Each mini canvas houses a tiny butterfly print, one-of-a-kind just like a real butterfly, created using a monotype process called Gelli-printing. Each one is a little tidbit of artistic magnificence that you can tuck away on those odd walls in your home that are hard to decorate. I have seen them housed on altars, placed in cars, made into magnets, and hidden in nooks to bring a reminder of cheer and change into the home.

This is the second iteration of this collection with colors and shapes even more vibrant and cohesive to activate more butterfly magic in your life!

Kaleidoscope Art Opening

July 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

at Still Cellars Art House and Distillery

with Live Music by Kali Krysta Love

Save the Date and RSVP on Facebook

 

Still Cellars

Still Cellars is a true artisanal distillery and community arthouse, conceived and constructed in Longmont, Colorado over several years by its two owner-operators, Jason R. Houston and Sadye Rose W. Still Cellars is certified organic, conducts business responsibly and kindly, and works earnestly to foster and support art and build community. The arthouse and spirits reflect the owners’ passion for creativity, quality, and innovation. The duo lovingly hand-craft every product from scratch using traditional methods and uncompromising standards.

The arthouse is the distillery’s tasting room as well as a comfortable venue for artists of all media to exhibit and perform.  On July 12th the tasting room will be open as usual from 4pm – 8:30ish. NO COVER, though tips for the artist(s) are encouraged and appreciated! Music from around 6:30pm – 8:30ish.

Live Music by Kali Krysta Love

Kali Krysta

“I am human striving. Challenged to find, express, give and reflect understanding, compassion and the kind of sweetness one doesn’t access in life without a few stingers. I am Kali Love, breaker of shame, cheerleader in the darkness, usher of transcendence.”

Kali is a bold creatrix and oft-provocateur, weaving many arts with soulful action. Kali has toured internationally, studying many forms of music as well as exhibiting her visual art. Since recently moving to Denver, Kali has been lead in her David Bowie cover band, Afraid of Americans, belly dancing with Crescent Dance project, and doing ritual theater with the Shamanic Dolls, all while amassing content thanks to her Lighthouse writing scholarship.

Community and personal healing drive and shape Kali’s artistic, academic and professional endeavors. While studying to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kali also studies Unitive Justice, Rapid Resolution Therapy, Reiki and more. Kali’s new music, poetry, healing project, Midnight Medicine, is currently gathering members to begin recording after she teaches at Sonic Bloom and other festivals this summer!

We look forward to seeing you at the Opening!

July 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

at Still Cellars Art House and Distillery

1115 Colorado Avenue
Longmont, Colorado 80501
(720) 204-6064

Save the Date and RSVP on Facebook

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HeArt Zines at The Body Now Summer Retreat

I am honored to be returning to the Body Now Summer Retreat hosted by Turning the Wheel, after a year hiatus, June 23rd – 29th.

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The theme for this year’s retreat is “Path of the Heart,” which resonates so strongly with me at this time in my life. When i’m in my creative process I am fairly attuned to letting my intuition and joy guide me to paint, to dance, to collage, and/or to create something meaningful that brings me joy. However, in many other areas of my life I let my gut and mind take the reins, which often lands me in situations that not only fail to serve me, but also fail to serve the greater community.

Taking time in the restorative community of summer retreat, with the intention of deepening into listening to my heart path sounds so nourishing I can hardly wait two more weeks!

As part of the retreat I am co-leading a Creative Play Workshop with my friend and mentor Dodi Jackson. Over the course of four days we will be guiding an intimate group of participants in the creation of their very own Mixed Media HeArt Zine. Influenced by my own zine adventures with THRIFTWITCH and 52 Feathers, I felt called to develop a creative play that pushed the form a zine. Zines are an exciting tool for getting your personal message out in the world without have to go through formal channels. So what would a zine look like that had been created with the voice of the heart in the pilot seat?What sort of message would we receive?

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The project went through many fun and interesting iterations before landing on what Dodi and I will be sharing at the Body Now Summer Retreat. I had such a wonderful time adapting what I’ve learned from writing and creating my zines into a multi media art project, creating something that someone of any level could participate in. I also always cherish the opportunity to develop, experiment, play, and create with my friend Dodi, who brought her own wisdom to the design process for the playshop.

Experience the joy of your artistic process with the creation of your own, one of a kind, HeArt Zine, which is a small folded booklet filled with collage and words. Through a gently guided process we will unlock secret messages from our heart space to share. Using beautiful papers, found images, Wordpools and a gesso process, we will create a collage which will magically fold into a play space for our words to land. Let’s find out what our hearts have to say! 

Here are a few sneak peeks of the process and final results. Obviously each zine created over the course of the workshop will be a magnificently variation on what I’m presenting here, but I really love the samples I made to get the ball rolling.

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Last minute sign ups for the retreat are still available! Its a truly magical week of play, meditation, art making, community gathering, and personal growth! You can learn EVEN more about the event on the Turning the Wheel Website.

THE BODY NOW SUMMER RETREAT

The “Path of the Heart”

June 23rd- 29th, 2019  On Whidbey Island, WA

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