Solitude of the Forest

Space Clearing for Our Hearts 

West Fork Trail, Sedona 2017

West Fork Trail, Sedona, AZ ~ 2017, Acrylic on Canvas

Sometimes, if I can’t get to the forest, I paint a memory of one.  For this I rely on old photos of places I’ve been that have brought me serenity and joy, allowing a higher guidance to come through.  Nature gives us the opportunity to be quiet, to reconnect with the earth, ourselves and our relationship with each other.   Here we can listen to the voice of our soul.  Julia Cameron* expresses it so well when she says, “…we clear space in our lives in order to center and clear space in our hearts.  The soul’s voice, the voice of guidance, then ventures into the clearing we have created for it.”

When I paint a memory of a place and how I was feeling at the time, that energy goes into the painting.  If I am successful in that, the energy of the feeling goes back out to the viewer who is sensitive to the energy within the painting.

West Fork trail is in a magical forest – it takes you through meadows, wooded areas and streams deep within it.  The painting, West Fork Trail, captures a small part of my journey during my first exposure to Sedona’s energy back in 2004.  The memory of it and this particular spot was what I wanted to express in this painting.  It hangs in my living room and I can view it from my couch and fall into it’s peacefulness whenever I need to.

Going farther back in time, is this view of a piece of the Hudson River.

Meadow on the Hudson 2015

Meadow on the Hudson ~ 2015 (Acrylic on two 4×5 canvases)

Meadow on the Hudson  was an experiment in a continuous painting on two small canvases.  It depicts a little scene from when I lived in Massachusetts and took a trip in a vintage red Thunderbird convertible with a passionate artist friend who I was in love with at the time. For me it has a light hearted memory attached to it, with much joy in breathing in this scene in the moment we were there.   A painting can be small and still draw you in to a deeper place.

Finding Serenity captures a moment when the peace of nature with woods and river brings us back to center.  We can breath deeply and let go.   We can reconnect and ground ourselves, remembering the qualities of life that matter most.  One on one time with my daughter was a precious moment.

Finding Serenity 2016

Finding Serenity 2016 ~ Acrylic on canvas

Take time to nurture yourself.  Treat your creativity as a spiritual practice, drawing from your authentic self by tuning in and painting intuitively from the inspiration you find within yourself.  The joy of expression through painting is an endless process that keeps on giving. 

 

© Maria Doglio, July 4, 2017

* Excerpt from “The Artist’s way, Every Day” by Julia Cameron
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WOLF ENERGY LESSONS

Wolf as a Spiritual Pathfinder

Exploring the Wolf Animal Totem came from a gradual pull from my old friend, Spirit Wolf, who showed up in several visions during recent acupuncture* sessions.  Wolf energy stayed with me so strongly in such a patient, protective and loving way, that it became a bit of an obsession. Channeling this energy into painting seemed like the only way I could make sense of  understanding how and why this powerful energy was manifesting in my life right now.

I strongly feel that art embodies the vibration of the artist.  The energy of what I paint is embodied into the subject and it often jumps out at me in amazing ways and affects those who can relate to the art piece on a personal level.  Artists paint from a broader perspective when they are connected to their higher muse–art is a bridge from this higher perspective to the canvas.  When I paint intuitively, I feel the tapping of that  higher place and allow it to flow as I paint.   If you can’t paint what you feel deeply inside, walk away from the canvas until you can.  Wait for the flow and it will pop out into your expression on canvas.  I always find this process amazing. It was in this way that I started my wolf paintings journey.

Aspects of wolf spirit that resonate strongly within me are:  Strong connection with instincts or intuition; High intelligence, wisdom; Loyalty and communication; Deep desire for freedom.  It is these aspects I feel in my life that are pushing me to strengthen my intuitive side and utilize my empathic nature to follow a new path.   The old ways of being no longer work for me.  The attributes of wolf spirit are helping to show the way by showing up in specific moments of my life with their messages. Wolf is the pathfinder.  My wolf showed up waiting patiently, watching from the sidelines in a protective sense, reminding me that he is there when I need him.  He also showed up “in my face” asking me to focus!  Straying off my path is a habit of mine….staying focused, aware, and open to wisdom in an intuitive way will show me the new path  that is calling me.

The Painting Process

My inspiration for my wolf paintings came from photos from the internet, (photographers unknown, but am grateful for the inspiration they gave me).  I wanted my  first painting to reflect the wolf I was reunited with during a shamanic healing journey vision in the early 1990’s.  To this day, I can close my eyes, feel it’s fur and his energy as well as the deep emotion of that reunion.  It was a very powerful journey.  Spirit Wolf, for me, embodies the wolf of that journey.

Spirit Wolf ~ Acrylic on Canvas 12×16

 

Lady Gray Wolf

Balancing the energies, my second wolf painting has a more feminine quality.  This spirit wolf asked to be called “Lady Gray”.  She possesses a sweet elegance as she surveys her world in the cold dawn of a winter’s morning, greeting the potential of the new day.  All very significantly symbolic for me!  My daughter, visionary artist, Kate Langlois, said this of her, “She feels like she is so present and in tune with her innate nature of her existence, her divine duty/dharma!”

Lady Gray Wolf ~ Acrylic on Canvas 12×16

This painting journey had many lessons on many levels.  Each subject was a huge challenge and wonderful lesson in painting fur!  Capturing the spirit of the wolf that I was feeling was dependent on that flow from the higher perspective.  You can feel it when it clicks in, and keeps you going until you allow the painting to tell you when it’s finished.

May you be inspired in your creative journey; challenge yourself – you’ll be amazed what you can do!

*Special thanks to David Wolff Filipello, L.Ac, whose kindred spirit, shared wisdom and healing sessions have helped reunite me once again with the wolf spirit energy expressed here.  The journey never ends.

© Maria Doglio, June 2017 ~ Wind In Her Hair Studio

 

PLUMERIA DEVA TAKES A BOW – #3 in Four Panel Series

WELCOME PLUMERIA DEVA

A weekend painting intensive brought forth the Plumeria Deva.   Instead of heading off to bed, which was my original intention, it was one of those times when I was pulled into the art studio at 10:30 pm Friday night, with a strong impulse to get going on this painting.   Driven, I worked hard all weekend.  This morning I was up early and was painting in my PJ’s.  When I am immersed in art, there is a pull so strong inside all else falls away – there is only the painting.  That was the state I was in, adding various refinements, until she came to full completion.

Plumeria Deva 2014

Plumeria Deva – Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16 x 20

I am noticing as I paint each Deva in this series, the personalities that come out as I paint. The initial drawing may show one aspect, but as I paint the face and flowers, the personality her features evoke moves through several shifts until I feel she arrives at where she wants to be within the painting.

Now it won’t be long before I start on the final and 4th panel of this series.   I am anxious to have this last Deva join her sisters and to share with you my reflections and the message that nature is sending out through their emergence as I paint.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw

Albert Einstein said:  “Creativity is contagious, pass it on”  – That is my desire in sharing with all who visit here–spawning contagious creativity!   Be joyful in all you do.

© Maria Doglio, September 2014

GETTING MY FEET WET

Getting My Feet Wet – Transitioning into Full Time Art

January 12, 2014

Holidays are over, decorations are in the middle of being packed away.  The suitcase, back from travel, is reluctantly unpacked, already missing family visited.  The Nutcracker stands at attention on the table next to my notebook, watching me type.  Soon he will slumber for another year, while I wake up to a new way of being.

I have dipped my toe into the pool of creativity long ago, but never fully submerged both feet into the art world – until now.  A new year, a new beginning.  I rejoice at my timing.  The process is slow.  I am used to being a weekend artist.   Now freedom of time to indulge in my art has been given to me seven days a week, if I so choose.   It’s a bit disorienting, sometimes overwhelming, but as time moves, I am starting to get used to all this time on my hands, to do what my hands love best – CREATE ART.

After just finishing two paintings started last year, I am taking a reorganization break.  Cleaning house – sweeping out all of the old energies of 2013.  Then on to my Art Room – adding new shelves and things to better accommodate all of the projects and paintings still swimming around in my head.  I’d like to put some color onto the walls, but that will have to wait for summer and a bigger downtime.  Afterward, I will light my sage and drum my way through each room, inviting the muses of creativity to play with me.

I am not sure yet how it will all flow and unfold.  Just like creating any piece of art, you start out with one idea and then you find it has taken you on some unexpected turns.  I let my intuition lead the way and allow my muse to speak her voice.

My art world is very eclectic.  I try out many things – painting, stencil design, textile craft, hand crafted air-dry clay works, and one of a kind crafted pillows are all currently on my creative menu list.  My paintings cover a wide range of subjects; some are purely visionary, coming from a much deeper, otherworldly space and usually with a message.

All art is a unique message that expresses the essence of our being, our playful side, our serious side, our emotional, mental and spiritual sides.  The joy of this type of expression is limitless.  So here I am, crossing the “bridge of possibilities” into the land of “anything goes”.  I invite you to travel with me as I journey along this winding path of creative exploration.

© 2014 Maria Doglio