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“The Elements”

I am fascinated by all mythologies, fables, and urban legends. Curiosity is a component in which makes us human, after all. I was and am that child/person who asks a million questions and probably will never change. Are mythologies answers we still can’t reasonably answer or prove with science? 

I think what I love most about mythology is the imagination, skill, and talent it takes to evolve a good story that holds up for hundreds of years and has a message for humanity’s greater good.

Lately, I’ve been studying local mythology and folklore. It’s no surprise that most are connected back to religion or mythology. 

I decided to focus on the elements since they seem to be universal and kept popping up in my research. 

Historians believe that as early as the 8th century BCE, the idea of the four elements: earth, water, fire, and wind, was introduced to explain our natural world. The theory that all things or matter are from these four elements were the cornerstone of science, philosophy, and medicine for over two thousand years! Hippocrates developed a theory about the same four elements found in the body called “humors”. The four humors needed to be in balance with each other for a person to be well, both mentally and physically. Humors theory lead to zodiac signs assigned an element.  

We know now that this isn’t entirely true, but in a way, the four elements do align with the four states of matter that modern science has agreed on: solid (earth), liquid (water), gas (air), and plasma (fire). 

A philosopher, physician, and chemist name Paracelsus produced another theory of the elements. He believed the elements were elementals, mythical beings. 

He regarded them not as much as spirits but as beings between creatures and spirits, generally being invisible to mankind but having physical and commonly humanoid bodies and eating, sleeping, and wearing clothes like humans. 

Paracelsus gave common names for the elemental types and correct names, which he seems to have considered somewhat more proper, “recht namen“. He also referred to them by purely German terms, which are roughly equivalent to “water people,” “mountain people,” and so on, using all the different forms interchangeably. (Carole B. Silver, Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness)

At one time, many people believed this all to be true. How magical the world must have been at one time, where anything could have been possible. Or one may argue how incredibly dumb people were in our early existence. Either way, our history is fascinating. My imagination began to run wild with ideas. I’m not sure why, but I think of a woman when I think of the elements having a body. So I gave the elements a body with attributes I thought would be shared or assigned. 

This art is for enjoyment and not to be taken seriously. I had fun creating them just so I could tell this story, lol. I hope you enjoy!

Trio 2020

Thanks to Trio, Shari Smith, and curator, Liz McKay, for including me in the 2020 Trio exhibit. Trio starts with a book that’s given to a visual artist and songwriter. The artists write a song and create a work of art inspired by the book they read, fulfilling their TRIO. Each TRIO will travel to museums, galleries, and literary events throughout the following year.
It was a challenging and rewarding opportunity to create a work of art based on another artist’s work. The book I received was “Darling Girl,” written by the very talented Terry Watkins.
For more information about the Trio 2020 artists, check out http://shari-smith.com/trio-2020/.
“Darling Girl” is a powerful story of how a young girl sees the struggle of mental illness take over her mother and its effects on the family. You can purchase a copy on Amazon or visit the author’s page for more info, http://www.terryhwatkins.com.

Save The Bees Print Now Available

Save the Bees print

So, spring 2020 may not look or feel like we all had hoped. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to force many of us to adjust to a “new normal” of social distancing, working from home, and a slew of other challenges. Nevertheless, if history has taught us anything, it’s that art and creativity cannot be quarantined. I hope you all are continuing to find new and exciting ways to express yourselves during this time. As for myself, I’m very excited to share with you one of my latest print designs. 

Supporting a Local Artist

Many of you asked how you could help my local business and myself during this challenging time. One way you can help support me as an artist and local business owner is to consider purchasing one of my “Save the Bees” prints. So far, I have made 25 prints and am offering them at $20 each (including taxes and shipping!) 

Whether you’d like one to display in your home or you’d like to purchase one as a gift to someone else, please reach out to me and let me know how many you would like and where you want them shipped. Each print is 8×10, ready to be framed, and mailed with a back board and protective sleeve. 

20% to Benefit Lincoln County Beekeeper’s Association

To help spread awareness and support for another local group, I am donating 20% of all Save the Bees print sales to the Lincoln County Beekeeper’s Association. This is a great local group dedicated to the well-being of honeybees in our area, as well as educating the community on beekeeping. 

Thank You!

I am so very grateful for each of you who have already expressed an interest in buying a print and to those of you who have already placed an order. Your support is and always will be appreciated, no matter what may be happening in the world. Thank you for supporting this local artist and small business owner!

If you have any questions about the Save the Bees print, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can connect with me through my Contact page, or through the Gallery 27 website.

What is Journal Junkies?

What is Journal Junkies is a question I get asked frequently, so I’ve decided to share a video of what we do in class and the topics we discuss. Art Journaling has been around for a long time and a friend of mine, Anastasia Boswell introduced me to this wonderful expression of art and love.

Art Journaling was the first class offered in my art gallery because the practice was so important to me. If anything, my JJ group is on my top ten lists of things I’m proud of and created. My group is consisted of some strong, courageous, beautiful, kind, generous, and lovely souls. I’m so glad they trust me as their creative guide every month and share their time with me.

 

Red Flags

A red flag is a symbolic warning sign that can be seen flying around when meeting someone new or in a new situation. There are some universal red flags like lying, cheating, or disagreeable behaviors. Red flags could also be made by you for you to help avoid making the same mistakes twice. For example I had a friend who I think literally hated everyone. She was generally in a bad mood 90% of the time, had very little friends, never got any of the promotions at work she’d put in for, and was very jealous. That’s just a few red flags; these might not be a warning for you personally, but for me are now deal breakers. After the friendship ended I felt sad because I did care for her, but after a period of time I felt better and happier. So now those behaviors are my red flags to move on quickly or avoid them as much as possible.

Sometimes it’s hard to see warning signs when you instantly connect with someone. My journal page is to remind myself not to ignore warning signs from others and to persue relationships that enrich my life.

Red FlagsI normally don’t use bold imagery in my pages but I wanted to try a different approach. I really like Teesha Moore’s work and how she uses bold images, doodles, words, and wild designs. So I gave it a shot and will have to say that I enjoyed my first attempt. I will later add in my personal red flags in her hair.

I did discover a new technique. I used gesso over the hair to hide the edge of the paper which didn’t quite to the trick…eh. After it dried I took a crayola marker and colored it in with violet. It stayed wet which allowed me to use my fingers to smear the rest onto unpainted areas leaving no marker streaks.

I also think I want to try smaller images. Her face covered up too much of my page but this was good for practice. Thanks for reading and create something amazing!

Know Your Fundamental Rights

I host an art journaling group called G27 Journal Junkies. I read this online article about manipulators and thought it would be a great theme to explore in our art journaling group. I’ll list the article below if you would like to read it as well.

Disclaimer: I am not a therapist or trying to be in our art group. The act of creating art is jj human rightstherapy and that is the purpose of our group.

After reading the article I wanted to remember your, mine…our fundamental rights, as listed in Psychology Today magazine:

  • You have the right to be treated with respect.
  • You have the right to express your feelings, opinions and wants.
  • You have the right to set your own priorities.
  • You have the right to say “no” without feeling guilty.
  • You have the right to get what you pay for.
  • You have the right to have opinions different than others.
  • You have the right to take care of and protect yourself from being threatened physically, mentally or emotionally.
  • You have the right to create your own happy and healthy life.

After dealing with manipulators in my life it took me a long time to realize and make these boundaries. So I made a journal page pictured above to remind myself of my rights. Thanks for taking a look.

Inspired by this article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/communication-success/201406/how-spot-and-stop-manipulators

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