First Week Return to Studio – Fiori Inks at Olly Olly

A refreshing and much needed experience getting back to work at my studio this week after a huge artistic push over the Summer of 2017. I hung a massive symmetry WIP and look forward to getting it refined with its first touches of color. I’m also working on a spirit painting for a special lady in my office who is expecting a little girl soon. Lastly, there is a collage in process that pays respect to the past cycle of my work.

New Work

The large work shown below is the beginning to a new collection of paintings that I am developing based on symmetry and light. I’m interested in displaying subtle energies and harmony through aligned color patterns. I’ve also started work on a smaller piece, the beginnings of which you can see in this gallery – check out the process..

Old Work

In hommage to my previous body of work, I’ve started a collage process from some prints that didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted during my learning process for making prints. The last picture is a re-organized studio that should become more and more harmonious over time.

Spirit Painting In Process

In addition to the symmetry work that I will be doing over the next year or so, I plan to move forward with Spirit Paintings. The first of this Season has begun. please check back to watch this evolve. Brittany has a really beautiful mellow energy with an inner light that I want to emphasize. (not to mention that she is expecting a child anytime now – and this is a sacred time both for the little one and for her)

Personal Notes

The past couple weeks have involved a lot of learning for me in my own life as I adjust to changing relationships with other’s and with myself. Over a month ago I felt a deep urge to go within and this initiated direction towards inner-learning through new classes, study, and adoration of the world around me. Without going in to too much detail; I wanted to share a few pictures from my personal life as well.

Happy Self-Discovery fellow Creators – Thank you for Existing

Lotus

 

Transition Reflections – Good-Bye 2017 – You were Revolutionary

Weekend Reflections

Boyfriend out of town for the week-end in Rhode Island and I miss him. Luckily, he’s been sending me a lot of pictures and I even got a little short of his magical world as he creates. (above) I really appreciate this Guy as an Inventive. I’m lucky to have found such a complex and together creature.

With that being said- It’s been an excellent opportunity for me to reflect on my own this week-end and spend some time alone with my little one Da Vi.

Yoga and Astrology

I attended a class this week-end to talk about the energies coming into play over the next several months as the season’s change.  My friends and community talk a lot about astrological influences throughout the year. However, it’s unusually for me to think about being in harmony with these influences and the things I can actively do to increase their positive influences (like specific asanas). It makes sense because the zodiac was founded on seasonal influences and observations over thousands of years. Therefore, the descriptions of the signs may seem a bit mystical but are also grounded in direct experience of the seasons.

Moving out of Virgo towards Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Our poses consisted of a lot of balancing and hip openers. I was able to make an observation about the body that I had not recognized before in my practice. In class, we are always directed to pay attention to how one side of our body may be tighter than the other. However, I also recognized during this practice that one side could be looser, as well, and require some tightening in. My right side was just slightly too tight and my left seemed to overextend often and needed strengthening and constriction to bring my body into balance. This will help me in the future as I look towards teaching others.

This card was pulled from the Wisdom Oracle deck at our practice and reflects my thinking very well
Part of the altar at our workshop – I’m a big fan of skulls in sacred contemplation

 

An overarching theme of this practice for me was the balancing of past, present, and future. I would like to recap a few major changes over the past year for me and talk a bit about personal goals for the future.

Past Year

Over the past year I had my first large exhibit to complete a thought process that involved rich colors, high dimensional shapes, and complex composition. During this time I gained an important Project Management Credential just before the passing of my mother (this made her very happy).  I think I’ve been processing her death for the entire year and healing old wounds in myself. My boyfriend took large steps in his personal life and career and we found a new balance to our relationship that had been long sought after for both of us. We also came to some important decisions about where we are headed over the next 5 years in achieving our dreams. My son continues to grow strong and our decisions should have a major positive impact on him and his stability. In addition to the art show, I started a lease at Olly Olly and reembarked on a public art journey for myself. In my personal health life, I re-entered the Vegetarian lifestyle, quit coffee, and began a structured Yoga practice at Soaring Spirit in Occoquan, VA.

Moving Forward

I believe that I have entered into a really important phase in my life that involves a lot of introspection and self-study. Mentally, I am taking some courses to brush up on my understanding of art both in terms of history and technique. My current projects are more focused and thought out than the previous intuitive style that I have been implementing. I’m going to be continuing to progress in my Project Management learning. I look forward to applying it to future endeavors. With the move to the Stafford area to be closer to my son, I am exploring the possibility of opening an art and yoga space locally there. After about 6 months of structured practice, I am looking forward to attaining a certification to teach yoga myself as a first step. Then, I plan to marry the two. Spiritually, I am interested in turning my efforts towards teaching what I have learned so far in order to create a legacy, share my knowledge, and continue to learn myself. That is part of the reason for this blog. My yoga journey is a major puzzle piece in my own spiritual journey as well that has been manifesting for about 3 years. It’s exciting to see something like this finally come to a head. Physically, I’m embarking on a path to greater health. Quitting coffee was an enormous step for me as it helps me to maintain physical endurance throughout the day and keeps my mind cool, relaxed, and better able to tend to the emotional needs of others. I look forward to continuing my path with Vegetarianism as I broaden my culinary skills and to also find ways to remain healthy and cleansed so that I can reap the benefits of the natural world, keeping my body maintained with the capacity for physical bliss. I’ll be starting an art project on my body soon to have a sleeve created that honors some important flowers in my life and a couple of my most cherished spirit animals.

I created the following art to demonstrate my reflections conceptually as well as to serve as a meditation focus for me over the next several moons.

Covering the past and the future here, I feel it is most important for me to acknowledge the deepest importance of the present. The past and the future are not actually here. All that exists is the present which some how paradoxically, contains past and future. I’m in love with this concept and intend to allow it to guide me through this Winter.

 

 

 

 

Visitors

Thursday Night Bliss

Randomly had an art night and some beautiful creations came out of it. Jake, Kristen, and Marc came out to my house and were totally down to create. See pics below.

Jake

 

Jake is one of my coolest relatives. I’ve actually only had the pleasure of making his acquaintance over the past few years. Growing up an only child, it was nice to discover that I have blood out there that thinks like I do. Not only that, we look alike! : p Jake’s really quick and has a rich inner world informed by interesting knowledge he’s gained through research, introspection, and relationships with cool friends/fam where he grew up near Augusta, Georgia. Just talking to him is a pleasure because he expands your mind without hardly any effort at all. He makes music too! His bandcamp is here:  https://jakcipher.bandcamp.com/releases

Collaboration get Down – Marc and Kristen

 

Marc is one of my most interesting friends (He’s a Gemini which I’m particularly fond of) We don’t get together often but he’s always down to make art and talk spiritual vibes. Reiki and mysticism are interwoven into Marc’s world as he continues his journey as a healer. He came out with his good friend, Kristen, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time. She’s a badass artist and a really sensory oriented person. They enticed me away from my own work for a while and it was fun to collab together. We were like little kids pigging out on icecream. This really wicked delectable work came out of it. It looks like it’s moving. The painting sums up the energy of the night.

Progress on Tree Rings

 

Somehow with all the fun, I still got to do my own work last night and am really excited as the details come together on this large piece hanging out in my dining room currently. Thanks for keeping up to date as I make progress on it. Can’t wait to share a final version for you that I hope to make so beautiful you could jump into it and spend years swimming among the abstraction. L O V E

Details and Progress – Tree RIngs

 

New Website Up and Running

Focusing this week on Growth and what that means for me.

Where I’m At

I’ve spent the past two days playing around with WordPress and figuring out ways to make my website a better destination for visitors. Not an easy task for an introverted visual oriented meditation aficionado. But, hey, sometimes our lessons in stillness come from a little effort crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.

What’s New

The new additions to my website include a shopping experience, this blog, and an updated list. I’m also hiding a few goodie widgets here and there and hoping you will find them amusing and inspiring.

About My Journey

SUN ASPECTS

The name Lotus Heartsong is chosen by me and represents the intentional creation that I put forth into the world at all times. I think, as artists, we have the rare opportunity to shape culture as a whole and I say, why not then, lean towards beauty and flow… and our inner lotus. Heartsong is all about that life – the unfolding – the courage to be more of myself – and to dance un-apologetically like no one is watching.  My artist persona is simply Lotus. It is the culmination the rapture and awe, tribulation and ease, love and resistance, and gentle passivity that I have come to call my own on this planet.

MOON ASPECTS

Another key aspect you will notice in my work is the balance and interplay of light and shadow. I feel this is important in our personalities as well. Head in the clouds and feet on the ground. My life, personal work, and endeavors in guiding others would be wrapped up by the effort to play with and balance light and shadow within each of us. I am fascinated by the importance of polarity and hope you will take pleasure in that too if you decide to purchase any of my art. It is designed for healing your spirit and your psyche.

I look forward to sharing more visuals, music, and my life with you here on this adventure.

My Sacred Connection With You

What have you been up to today? Ping me in the spirit world or online. It’s all about community and I thrive from our sacred connection. Let’s uplift each other and if we can’t make the world a better place, then certainly a more funky place will suffice.

Sending lots of love from the DC metro area.

 

Creating a Blog

I’m working towards being able to add to this site quickly and with meaning. In doing so, this is one of my first blogs.