My Halloween “Artist Date”

Happy belated Halloween!

What a wonderful day! Coincidentally, today was the perfect day for an artist date. If you’ve ever read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, then you know what I’m talking about. An artist’s date is when you go out, by yourself, and engage in some activity that stimulates your creativity.

Today I found a branch of one of the few remaining bookstores, Barnes and Noble, and spent the morning looking around. Of course, I found myself in the art section. What surprised me, though, was how excited I was becoming. As I said last week, I intend to go in a new artistic direction, using abstract and mixed-media.

by Pichi & Avo, Spanish artists

by Pichi & Avo, Spanish artists

While browsing, I found a wonderful book, called Graffiti School: A Student Guide and Teacher Manual,  which really put me in a creative mood. (Yes, I realize that buying a book on graffiti is a tad nerdy, even for me. However, I do not plan on becoming a graffiti artist – just making cool stuff like one!).

by a Toronto graffiti artist

I also saw another book that had me bursting at the seams: Alternative Art Surfaces. This book has several instructions on how to use various media and surfaces for mixed media techniques. It wasn’t so much the projects themselves that inspired me (Though they looked awesome, I’m not sure if I will actually try all of them). But, the book got my own wheels turning – which is the whole point of an artist’s date.

by Noe Two, a Parisian artist

by Noe Two, a Parisian artist

A third source of information was Acrylic Artist, a magazine I had never heard of before. I bought it on the spot and can’t wait to dive in!

So, if you’re an artist who has yet to implement artist’s dates – or if you’re like me and you haven’t done one in a while – dive back in! It really makes a difference.

Here’s to a happy, productive, and creative week!

–Raven

Seeing Abstractly

This week I had the pleasure of finishing a couple of paintings and working on another one. The painting of my niece is still in process.

In Progress

In Progress

But, as I said last time, I am looking to broaden my technique and start painting more abstractly.

I have always wanted to explore abstract painting, but I wanted to learn how to paint realistically first. Painting realistically involved learning how to really see. It is so common in life to look at things but not really see them. When you’re trying to reproduce something from life, or a picture, onto canvas, however, you must learn to visually process as much information as humanly possible. Now, I’m finding that painting abstractly involves a different kind of seeing.

"Infatuation" 18" x 24" Mixed Media on canvas

“Infatuation” 18″ x 24″ Mixed Media on canvas

To paint abstractly, I’ve had to try to interpret and translate emotions and states of being – as well as physical reality – into abstract images. To do this, I’ve had to go beyond seeing with my eyes.  I’ve had to learn how to “see” with my feelings. I’ve had to go within and discover how to translate those emotions into images. The result has been interesting and fun.

“Manifestation” 20″ x 15″. Mixed media on paper.

I need a lot more practice, but I feel like I’m well on my way to new forms of expression!

Have a great week,

Raven

Tribute to John Collier

“An omnipotent Deity who sentences even the vilest of his creatures to eternal torture is infinitely more cruel than the cruelest man.”  —John Collier

"Inspired By The Butterfly", pastel and ink on sketch pad paper, 9" X 12"

“Inspired By The Butterfly”,
pastel and ink on sketch pad paper, 9″ X 12″

This sketch was inspired by a painting I saw recently called The Butterfly by John Collier. I liked how he captured the beauty and gentle strength of the divine feminine.  I’m not sure what inspired the painting for Collier, but I was inspired by the image of The Goddess in all her wisdom and quiet endurance.

Inside all of us is the strength and dignity of The Goddess.  Whenever we quietly endure adverse circumstances in the anticipation of a better tomorrow, that is The Goddess within at work.  Whenever we empathize with someone who is suffering and lend our prayers and support, that is The Goddess.  Whenever our inner beauty shows on our faces as radiant joy and gratitude, for that we can thank The Goddess.

May this coming week be filled with art, love, and beauty – the purest expression of The Goddess.

Until next time, peace and blessings on the path towards your most authentic self.

Love and Light,

Raven