Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Birth of Pocket Chakra Eye Candy!

THIS is the premiere piece of a new line of paintings called "pocket chakras" as they are small enough to be transported to work or home being only 4" x 5" but still big enough to pack a visual punch! Wondering how the hell this came to be?  Follow me, let's walk n' talk.

First was was two weeks of incredible stress which left me feeling like this. 

I got zero painting done during that time as the will to paint was crushed. Then when I finally righted my ship (got rid of the factors that were causing the stress), almost immediately, it came to me.

I quickly jotted the "vision" down and then expanded it immediately to this.

I won't get into it, but the multi-level stress situation that had been hugely interrupting my life and my sleep (I don't need any help in that area as I already deal with chronic, ongoing, insomnia) I finally figured it all out. I used my creative problem-solving skills and my voice, my voice to communicate what needed to be communicated. And, that ended the situation and all that stress melted away 
and the painting "Voice Your Creativity" literally burst forth and onto the scene.

Combining the strengths of blue (communication/voice chakra) and orange (creativity/sexuality/emotionality chakra), and reinforcing them with the power of the corresponding words, well, I just sat back amazed. I literally just let this one come forward and made it pretty. Pretty powerful!

From the darkness bursts forth light and life.

And that's how this little gem, and a whole new line of healing/motivating/manifestational artwork, was born. 

How to Frame a Cat

Cats find the darndest places. 

I was working on framing some pieces and had just put one frame on top of my drawer unit with other little frame cut off pieces inside of it, turned around to doing something else for a minute or two, turned back and, wallah, framed cat. Easy as that. Wouldn't you know she'd pick the gold frame. No shrinking violet this one and I wouldn't have her any other way. 

Just a smidge of cute for all you cat lovers out there : )

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Have ya ever been to sea Billy?

Well, first off, my name is Gwen and secondly, no, no I haven't and I don't want to be. I am a land lovin' lubber and that's the way I'll stay tell me dyin' day. The view looks best from here anyway : )

My latest, 8" x 4" original acrylic on canvas board. I think the light house is the one from Peggy's Cove. I wanted to use a complementary palette featuring the color opposites (complements) of blue and orange. That's my new favourite colour palette. Watch out for more beautiful reinvigorating bright blues and creativity stimulating oranges!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

This Healthy Deodorant causes Cancer?!

 Yep, according to the Environmental Working Group it rated in the red with a 7 out of 10 for containing ingredients that may do harm. The ingredient that caused the real trouble was that it contained "fragrance" and since the company does not define what that fragrance is, they got penalized for it. Also, this product contains lemon peel oil which at low doses can be a skin irritant and at high doses causes tumour formation. Nice. I had noticed that my skin did become somewhat irritated, especially if I had just shaved as there is both the lemon peel and alcohol in it. It works not too bad but Alba had a great natural deodorant that DID work really nicely.
It rated a 2 out of ten, so basically, great by EWG standards. Problem is, Alba no longer ships product to Canada. *sniff, sniff*

Since this blog and the art I do is focused on healing the body, mind and spirit I have decided that I will also post information on products, treatments, etc., that have proven to be helpful to me. This was just one of those discoveries that I had to share.

To learn more from the Environmental Working Group and what sunscreens, personal beauty and bath items and food that are safe and/or safer go to their website

With summer coming you'll want to be as safe in the sun as you can be and that includes what you slather on your skin!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

So Cute I Can Barely Stand It!

I mean he (she) has a penguin knapsack on and everything. I think I am going to explode 
from sheer cute overload! 
Enjoy this one!