NATURE DEVA SERIES – Number Two of Four
Recharging Myself and the Studio:
Taking a side path for a bit of time to concentrate on craft items for an outdoor show, my Deva painting series got put on hold for a bit. The Fairy Iris Deva sat patiently on my easel for weeks, just starting to emerge on the canvas.
Meanwhile, the aftermath of serious crafting production, left my studio in utter chaos. I closed the door for a while, with the need to take a break. I took up a library book – Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell – a historical novel of Monet. The story is of a young Monet, his first years in Paris along with his companions at the beginning of the Impressionist movement–Renoir, Pissarro, Bazille, Manet and Cezanne. As I got caught up with the novel, I felt that it began to fire up the artist within me. From my own studio came the call of the unfinished canvas.
Digging in first to clear the energy of chaos in the studio, I set to work cleaning up and organizing. I brought in my drum to change the vibration to a higher state and clear out the old stale (and rather stuck) energy. The window was flung open to let in sunshine and fresh air. Laying out my paints and brushes, I was ready to go.
The more I worked, the more I got lost in the painting. The fever pitch set in, causing me to lose all sense of time until my cell phone twitched with a text message. I realized it was 6:00 pm already and I was very hungry! I actually love it when this happens, being consumed by a painting. Ultimately you realize that you are over tired and better stop to avoid any big mistakes. It was close to mid-night.
She sits now – at rest, having fully emerged. It’s at the stage where I “live with” a painting for a while – essentially finished, but sitting observed on the easel in case a need for tweaking becomes evident.
Two more Devas waiting in the wings will complete the series. There is energy in these paintings that I can not explain. It is a journey, not only in the painting, but also, I believe, in connecting with the energy that comes from the force of nature personified. The authors of Findhorn and Parelandra books talk of their cooperative work in the gardens with the over-lighting Devas and Nature Spirits. As the Deva emerges in each painting, I will continue to share my personal journey in painting them with you until all are complete.
Be inspired to step out of the box with your art – what shows up may surprise you!
Ref: Bird of Paradise Deva July 13, 2014 Blog for first painting in this series.
© Maria C. Doglio, August 24, 2014