Changes in the New Year

Hello,

Happy New Year! Like all years, 2015 saw lots of growth and change. I received my Master’s in English and Creative Writing, I moved, I became and atheist and a vegan, and lots more. 

2016, baby!

2016, baby!

As I plan to focus even more on my writing this year, I have decided to consolidate my blogs into one. I will still be writing about the same things, but all on one site.

If you would, please visit http://ravenburnes.wordpress.com for all my latest musings. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know who you are as well.

Here’s to love and growth and passion in 2016!

Peace and love,

Raven Burnes

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

New Artistic Directions

I am so excited to be painting again. My latest work is of my lovable niece, London. She is an angel, so I’m painting her as an angel in the sky. I have a long way to go, but I’m happy with my progress so far:

"London." In progress. 18" X 24", oil.

“London.” In progress. 18″ X 24″, oil.

I also bought a new art book: Realistic Abstracts by Kees van Aalst. I am eager to branch out and begin working more abstractly. I love the freedom that I feel when I paint, but I’ve always stayed within certain boundaries. I look forward to pushing past those and trying a new style.

Wish me luck!

Have a great weekend,

Raven

Litha

This week I will be finishing up my painting for Litha. My goal is to honor the power of the sun and its strength while acknowledging the fact that, after Litha, the sun’s power wanes and begins to give way to the dominance of the night.

work in progress

work in progress

I plan to do my next series of paintings on the animal kingdom. I was inspired by my vacation to San Diego this weekend where I saw the San Diego Zoo and Sea World for the first time. I was so inspired by the beauty and interconnectedness of life that I have to memorialize my feelings on canvas!

I was most inspired by the big cats and the underwater sea creatures, so stay tuned for some funky, abstract, beautiful beasts in the upcoming weeks!

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The Show is On!

So, my show in El Camino Library is currently on display this month and next, June 2014-July 2014.  Unfortunately two of my paintings were censored:

Eostara, 16X20, oil on canvas

Eostara, 16X20, oil on canvas

Lughnassadh, 16X20, oil on canvas

Lughnassadh, 16X20, oil on canvas

The curator warned me that this might happen because the director is a southern conservative Christian. So, I found out today that it was “not the proper venue” for these two paintings.

But, happily, the rest of my work was approved.  It is unfortunate that the human body is considered obscene, even when reproduced in paint, but that is the world in which we live.

In any case, if you’re in the area and would like to check it out, the location is the main library in El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA  90506.

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

Love and Light,

Raven

 

 

Beltane Inspiration

With Beltane fast approaching, I’ve been spending the last few hours preparing my painting in honor of the holiday.

Beltane is a major Wiccan Sabbat and its name means ‘the fires of Bel’, the Celtic sun-god. Beltane marks the return of summer and the sun’s dominance over the earth. It is a time to celebrate the fertility of the earth and the magic bond between man and woman.

In my next painting, I will be looking to incorporate a feeling of sexually charged expectation, the beauty and magic of fire, and the playfulness of youth.  I’ll be working in acrylic on canvas, which I haven’t done for years.

In the meantime, I’ve been practicing my drawing, and working on my writing.

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

Love and Light,

Raven

Spring – The Perfect Time For Change

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” –Winston Churchill

I have often been made to feel guilty about the changes I’ve made in my life.  The typical path for most people is to do something and stick with it, no matter how boring or life-draining, or irrelevant to one’s ultimate goals.

But, for better or worse I’ve always allowed myself to try things, to explore things that interest me.  But, despite having tried and enjoyed many things, reading and writing have always been my lifelong companions.  Reading allows me to jump into different worlds, to learn about famous people, to develop new hobbies, etc.  Writing allows me to express my deepest longings.

Art, although it has come to me later in life, is also about expressing inner self and communicating emotions, first to myself and then to others.

I’ve decided to pursue my writing in a more formal and dedicated fashion.  Having this blog has been a wonderful experience and I plan to continue for as long as feasible.  But, as I grow and evolve, so will this blog.

I hope you all will stay tuned for all the exciting changes to come.

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

Love and Light,

Raven

work in progress

work in progress