Getting Ready – Vintage Home Show


August 16, 2014

Sweet Vintage Trailer Show

2014 Flea Market – 8 am to 3 pm 

PRE-VIEW ~ Up-cycling old lamps into ART LAMPS & SHADES

with CeCe Caldwell’s Organic no VOC Clay & Chalk Paints

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Art Lamps

Art Lamps

Original one of a kind lamps, shades and other things

Mixed Media, Small Paintings, Piece Pillows and Flags & More

Looking forward to seeing you there – it will be a beautiful day in the heart of the Wine Country’s Alexander Valley 

Come by to see me and my booth at this fabulous vintage show!






Her song abundant with perfume
that soars like incense to the skies,
earth holds her beauty in its grasp
that buds the Bird of Paradise
(excerpt from a poem by Elfin “Bird of Paradise)
Begin by thinking about the nature spirits, the higher overlighting nature spirits, and tune into them. That will be so unusual as to draw their interest here. They will be overjoyed to find some members of the human race eager for their help.”  (Nature, channeled by Dorothy MacLean, Findhorn Foundation)

The “Bird of Paradise Deva” emerged, I am sure, with the inspirational help of the overlighting spirit that holds the blueprint for the Bird of Paradise.  I am grateful for the intuitive guidance that helped me hold my vision.

The sketch of this particular Deva sat on my easel for a few weeks so I could contemplate my approach.  I started tentatively painting with some difficulty, until I realized I wasn’t “tuning in”.   I let it sit for another week of contemplation, with rather flat leaves beginning to form a foundation.

Giving a project enough patience, there comes a point when the vision, the energy and the feeling of the painting all merge to combine a calling back to the easel—I was in sync.  As I tuned into the feeling of the painting more, the imagery in my inner vision began to flow out onto the canvas from paint to form with little effort.  I fell into the painting, time and day of the week disappearing along with it.  What a soul-satisfying  feeling of emergence!  The Deva emerged with a startling strong energy, that frankly I cannot explain.  My friend Cathy attested to this upon viewing it – as chills enveloped her body.  “Well this confirms I am not crazy!”, I told her.  The energy was definitely present.

The Bird of Paradise Deva is the first in my series of Four Devas of Nature – enjoy the journey with me as I complete each painting and post my experience with it here.  Maybe she will speak to you too.  Be inspired!


Maria Doglio 2014

Bird of Paradise Deva – Maria Doglio 2014 – Acrylic on Canvas Board 16 x 20

 © Maria Doglio 2014



IMAGINING THE ELEMENTALS ~ Faeries, Nature Devas, Sprites & Spirits

Playing with Nature Devas

Playing with Nature Devas – 2014 (quick painting sketch free flowing from imagination to canvas)

As long as I can remember, I felt connected with the world of faeries.  As a child, I would imagine them everywhere among the Queen Anne’s Lace, under the tangle of wild grape vines along the stone wall, along streams and between the gnarled roots of trees deep in the woods.  They would sit with me as I sat high in the branches of my favorite tree, reading a book, or just swaying with the breeze in the branches, eyes closed and the wind in my hair.

Being an adult never dulled this faerie world inside me.  They drifted to the background of my mind, but never really left, waiting patiently for me to recognize them again.  Now they are beginning to pop up in my paintings as testimony to their work in nature.  They are woven between flowers and leaves, some shy, some bold.   Like a flash of a snapshot, they take a moment to reveal themselves to me, as I attempt to capture in paint, the beauty and essence of  their work.

Four Panels

Now that they have captured my attention, I am inspired to create a series of four panels featuring four Nature Devas, each representing a beautiful flower – Bird of Paradise, Torch Ginger, Plumeria and a Fairy Iris.

Four Panels - Nature Devas

Four Panels – Nature Devas


Close up - Bird of Paradise

Close up – Bird of Paradise sketch

It’s interesting how inspiration can take off  once you start drawing.   I sat to sketch out my idea on a panel, tuning into my inner vision to connect with and draw out the spirit of the flower.   I drew the flower first, feeling it’s essence.  Then the Deva revealed herself to me and was added underneath, peeking out from under her flower hat.  The Bird of Paradise Deva was first.  She called to others who wanted in on the fun.   I kept sensing “me next!” as I perused my file of flower photos – and so I just kept going until one panel grew to four with four different Devas represented on them.

The challenge for me will be in the journey of painting each panel that captures both my inner vision and the spirit of the flower.  These are joyful challenges of expression.  I am so grateful to be able to pursue my passion and share the results with you.  I will be posting my journey with these Devas, and invite you along to watch them emerge into full bloom!

© Maria Doglio Art 2014

Announcing “Durga Art Collective” Gallery Show



I am delighted to be part of the DURGA ART COLLECTIVE’s weekend show the end of May at Live Worms Gallery in North Beach, San Francisco!  It will be a gathering of local artists brought together in this collective by artist Ameena Hartung, and  includes visionary paintings by my daughter Kate Langlois, amazing photography from her husband, Jaya Bhat, paintings by his brother Krishna Bhat as well as talented fellow artists from the San Francisco Bay area.


If you are in the area, I invite you to stop by for a visit and see the creativity of all the wonderful artists in this show!



1345 Grant (between Green & Vallejo), San Francisco

Friday, May 30 through Sunday June 1, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: 7-11 pm  Friday, May 30th

Gallery Hours:  11 am – 11pm Friday,  11 an – 10 pm Sat & Sun


Krishna Bhat
Mieze Steinburg
Ameena Hartung
Pierre Shamel
Maria Doglio
Jason Steinberg
Liza Brown
Annette Wagner
Jaya Bhat
Francky Sahmel

For Information, please call (415) 552-7383