A beautiful symbolic painting encouraging us to never give up faith and have the strength to carry through the tough times. Life isn't always the easiest, but if we have strength, love and faith we can get through anything. Don't ever give up believing that better things are waiting for you just around the corner, always strive to live "Your Best Life", day in and day out.
When life throws curve balls, we have to rely on our inner strength, faith and love for ourselves and from those around us. Stay Strong and Hold Fast to all the positives in your life, they will help you overcome anything. I hope this painting will inspire you to believe in yourself and love yourself as a shining beacon of strength and love to others.
As long as I can remember I have been drawn to art and have always had a pencil or brush in hand, it is undeniably who I am and my art comes from the very depths of my soul. When I look at any of my art from over the years I feel enveloped with a sense of "coming home" as thought the art will safely wrap me in a comforting embrace and brings a feeling of calm and peace.
As the years have passed my art has evolved into deeper, more meaningful and thought provoking work. I feel drawn to create art that is bold and fun at first appearance, but when delved into one will find there is more going on than just pleasing colors and composition. Within the art there are symbols that foster positivity and hope, that provide the viewer with a feeling of strength and the fulfillment of dreams.
As an artist I want my art to have meaning and inspire viewers to be the best version of themselves, to reach deep within and find the strength and character to be who they were meant to be. As I paint each new painting I am finding within my own self that I can do so much more than what I ever thought possible, that only my thoughts hold me back, and to learn to always turn those thoughts to the positive. My new art is teaching me that I am in control of my future, of whether or not my dreams come true, and of how my legacy of art will be perceived; and I hope with each brushstroke everyone who sees my art can find that same power within and be inspired to embrace their life and choices and go out and inspire and empower others through the power of "Art that Colors the Soul".
All the Best,
As you may have noticed over the past couple of years, I use more and more symbols in my art, some more subtle than others. They are particularly obvious in my Abstract and EMPOWERED collections of paintings and drawings. I want to share with you many of the symbols that you will see repeatedly used throughout my art as well as their meanings. Some of the symbols are well know and others are one's that I've created myself that provide a particular mood and feeling to the artwork that lends to the positive, uplifting and inspiring message I hope my artwork always invokes.
You will also notice that some of the traditional symbols have been slightly modified to fit in with my own personal style :) Like arrows added onto the end of straight lines, flip flopping the symbols, adding additional lines and outlines, etc. I've also taken symbols from numerous different religions, mythologies, and more...because I like to use that which fits in with the theme and mood of each painting.
Some of the different sources and definitions from where I gather symbolic inspirations.
Means "listen within" from the zibu angelic language of symbols. Zibu angelic symbols were created by Debbie Zylstra Almstedt during a Reiki session in 2002. She claimed to have experienced a communication from a group of Angelic Guides. Each Zibu Angelic Symbol is an interpretation of a message from Angelic Guides. A seemingly sub category of Celtic symbolism.
For centuries, Celtic symbols and signs held incredible power for the ancient Celts in every way of life.
The word "Celtic" refers to people who lived in Britain and Western Europe from 500 BC and 400 AD. Celts were of the Iron Age and lived in small villages which were led by warrior chiefs.
The written records remaining from the Celts of Europe are scant, therefore signs and symbols can be hard to determine and trace. Many facts come by way of the Romans, who conquered the Celtic lands during the rise of the Roman Empire.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
I will be working on creating some of the symbols associated with Chakra soon!
Many of these different teachings and ways of life overlap one another as they have throughout the centuries. You will see these, and others as I find, and create, new inspirational symbols throughout my artwork. I hope you enjoy looking for them and feeling inspired by the energy and life that they provide through my art. I will add to this blog post as new symbols are introduced into my art.
"Life is a Balance"© - we have all struggled at one time or another balancing the demands put on us whether from family, work, friends...even ourselves. But we have to find a way to make it all work in order to be less stressed and find a peaceful balance. In most cases this means really taking the time to prioritize our life and focusing on what's most important.
Family and work are two things we really need to make priorities, but even with those we can work towards a healthy balance. With work whether self employed or not try to avoid "taking it home with you", be sure you make time for your family that doesn't involve work, maybe not take any work emails/phone calls after a certain time.
If you have kids, make sure that they, and you, aren't overloaded with two many activities or events, limit weekly activities to one sport or after school activity. And make them be creative and figure out how to entertain themselves and give you some stress free time. You both will benefit!
Little things like these may not seem like a big deal but can really make a difference in minimizing your stress and leading towards a more balanced life. Think of different ways you can find better balance and peace in your life.
There is a first time for everything...and I discovered this while working on my newest canvas, my husbands cast! I've never painted a cast before, but it just made sense to "beautify" my husbands, although I think he would rather say I made it more "edgy", that works too :) And it wasn't caused by a recent injury, but rather a broken wrist that was never cast 29 years ago from a MotoCross Accident and debilitating arthritis had taken over, time to get it fixed.
My husband chose the colors and wanted the Peace sign and the Yin and Yang symbol, and I decided to throw in the Reiki healing power symbol, which I often use in my paintings. I really love how well this turned out and the symbolicalness of the symbols to promote healing and positivity. It made me realize I need to incorporate more of this positive, zen style symbolism into my art, so keep an eye out for it!
Here are some in progress photos and the final Masterpiece below :) Click on any image to see larger