This series is a visual representation of my physical and spiritual journey learning Aerial Arts during the summer of 2018. Alongside my Aerial training with Cheryl Broughton, I made stream of consciousness paintings. These paintings were also influenced by sessions with Sifu Matthew Cohen from Sacred Energy Arts, who offers “a unique, integrated system of health and self development drawing from the teachings of Yoga, Healing, and Martial Arts.” The first step in creating the paintings was done with free application of water media. The vibrant hues from concentrated watercolors emerged from me in shapes and lines that were evocative of my journey and were what I felt in my body and were the summation of the processing of my emotions.
As I became less attached to the need for realistic imagery, the shift in my artwork immediately began to manifest as abstraction. In this series, color relates to the vibrations of different chakras. Rich reds, such as pure Cadmium or deep Crimson, emerge to relay the Root Chakra of connection. Vivid Indigo blends with turquoise to reference the intuitive qualities of the Third Eye Chakra and opening of Throat Chakra to speak my truth. Patterns from nature also come forth, such as the snake skin’s repeating, interlocking, almond shape or the hexagonal shapes in the turtle’s scutes and honeycomb cells of beehives. These shapes symbolize the Animal Medicine called forth to make the transcendent journey that parallels my Aerial arts experience. I continue to trust the work of the abstract, stream of consciousness paintings. The imagery always has the right “medicine” for the spiraling of my journey.
Phase two of the process is more methodical and meticulous. I photograph the abstract watercolor sketches and open them in Adobe Photoshop, applying radial symmetry in different ways to compose mandalas. I develop written affirmations that reinforce the meditative qualities of the artwork.
"Transmutation" is part of a series of mandalas that are a visual representation of my physical and spiritual journey learning Aerial Arts during the summer of 2018. The accompanying Affirmation/Meditation as seen on my chakrahealingjourney Instagram post for "Transmutation" is: I am sensitive to my healing abilities towards myself and others. I cultivate sources of energy and support, especially as they relate to the earth and nature.
I am gracefully trusting the infinite capacity of my heart through constant surrender. I am honoring my sacred contract with the Divine. I am Surrender.