Posted By lisahuntart on March 27, 2013
The Duck-Shapeshifter is reflective and quiet. It was painted with lachrymose intent enhanced by expressive faces hidden in the elements. I know for myself, stressful situations can actually help fuel the art-making process. It starts when emotions well up inside and provide a zestful energy that is vital for soulful creative output. I think for me, art has been an unwavering friend that helps me keep things in perspective. If something bad happens or if I feel dismayed for whatever reasons, my trusty palette and paintbrushes flood my being with a sense of awareness—and those pulsating vibes are sublimated into art. That art is a visual bi-product of feeling alive, feeling compassion and being in touch with something greater than myself.
“I am Duck – the complexity of emotion, and one of the masters of the undercurrents. I am the healing of the heart. I am the uprising of inner motivations. You need to be aware of what drives you. What feelings are pushing you forward? Which ones are drowning your progress? As a creature of water, I can navigate the waves, but I have learned when to dive deeper and when to gently skim the surface. This is what I can show you. You are in my pools today to equalize. Let yourself balance the rush of subconscious flow with the peace of equilibrium. Allow the experience of emotional catharsis, but do not forget the necessity of flight from its heavy entanglements. If I am your guide, I urge you to feel your responses, but don’t be overwhelmed. You are an intuitive being. You are an emotional being. You are Duck.”
~ Lesley Morrison, Author The Healing Wisdom of Birds and Winged Enchantment Oracle.
Here are some photos that my husband Kort and I took while exploring the waters of Central Florida. These canals are teeming with life energy and provided me with wonderful inspiration when approaching Duck-Shapeshifter.
Here’s a peak at my watercolor palette after completing a painting.
Looking at it, I took pause and realized the palette serves as a wonderful metaphor: The colors remain vibrant despite endless mixing and scumbling. The messes remind me that we are alive and the bleeding colors are mere symbols of life as an adventure full of risks and triumphs. A clean palette is boring, unused, and clinical. A messy one is exuberance and a life being well lived!
In other studio news:
Guess what? I WON!
Thank you to all my friends and fans who came out in support of the Ghosts & Spirits Tarot in the About.com Reader’s Choice contest. I heard from many of you from all over the world, and the resounding enthusiasm for the deck’s nomination was overwhelming. I was so happy and surprised to learn that your votes helped solidify a decisive win. Thank you everyone for making Ghosts & Spirits Tarot the 2013 About.com Reader’s Choice of the Year for Best Tarot Deck! This certificate will hang in my studio and will serve as a reminder of all the good will and care the Tarot Community and beyond has shown me throughout the years. I feel the love!
In other Hunt-Kramerville News:
The kids are on Spring Break visiting relatives. This has provided me with some much needed quiet time to organize and recharge before the resumption of kid energy plentitudeness. With that said, both of my children are intense artists and spend much of their time in their rooms working on all kinds of creative projects. Connor has mastered Flash Animation and is teaching himself Adobe InDesign. He loves to toy around with key frames and tweens to create humorous clips. He also keeps a journal of his industrial designs and inventions. As awesome as I think his sketches are, he refuses to let me post them online because they are TOP SECRET. ;’)
Kyra does art everyday. She is much more versatile than I have ever been, and is creative with all manner of arts and crafts. She’ll be spending break learning how to knit, something I never got the hang of. But she is determined to add another skill to her already brimming bucket of art talents.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Spring!