Table of Contents
Water and Creativity...... Chapter 1
About the Author...... Chapter 2
Fun Ideas for Using Tarot/Oracle Cards to Create Artwork... Chapter 3
My Relationship to Source is My Intuitive Portal...... Chapter 4
Freebies...... Chapter 6
Artist Interview: P.J. Lawrence...... Chapter 7
CooptyLew’s Photo Story...... Chapter 8
Me, the Fantastic Fool: Studio Piece #1...... Chapter 9
The Highest Priestess: Studio Piece #2......Chapter 10
Moon Control: ...... Chapter 11
More Studio Pieces Inspired by Water...... Chapter 12
Water and Creativity
Water is a great teacher that beautifully illustrates a way for us to move through the world with grace, ease, determination, and humility.
We can use water as a mirror as we travel our own path through our lives, just as it flows upon the Earth. As it falls from the sky or melts from ice and streams down a mountain, water begins its dwelling on earth. Like water, we come into the world and begin our lives on earth. We are born in the same way a river, flowing within the fringes of its boundaries. We are born at a specific time and in a particular place, to a specific family, and with certain gifts and challenges that our individual to each one of us. Within these criterion, we move through our lives, encountering many twists, turns, and road blocks along the way, just as a river flows within its banks.
Water is a great teacher that beautifully illustrates a way for us to move through the world with grace, ease, determination, and humility. When a river meets a waterfall, it gains energy and moves on. As we encounter our own “waterfalls,” we may fall very hard, but we will continuously move on, nonetheless. Water is brave and it does not waste valuable time clinging to its past, but instead, it flows onward without ever looking back. Water can inspire us to not become frozen with fear or cling to the past. When water finds a hole to be filled, it does not run away in fear of the dark, but rather fills the empty space. We can learn to face the dark moments of our lives instead of running away from them, if we take our example from water.
Finally, a river will abandon the land to join the sea. Water will not be prevented from merging with a larger body, nor does it fear a loss of identity or control. It gracefully and humbly rushes headlong into the immense space by contributing its energy and assimilating without resistance. We can learn great things about our character if we can try our best to follow the water’s lead.
About the Artist
Meet Shilo Lewis, AKA “CooptyLew”
Art is my life…
Since becoming an artist, my life has become colorful and whimsical. Art is my healer, and it has gotten me through many peaks and valleys throughout my journey. My relationship with myself and with others has improved greatly, becoming more connected, meaningful, and beautiful. Art has helped me to understand myself in a more altruistic way. For me, art is a way of doing things, a learning modality, and an overall way of life. Art has changed me in ways I never expected, such as increasing my intuition and leading me to new discoveries, like Tarot. It has awakened me to all of the glorious possibilities that are open to me: the entire world! I’m so grateful for this journey of art and life that I travel.
Art is My Answer.
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Fun Ideas for Using Tarot/Oracle Cards to Create Artwork
“Grab your art supplies!”
Since I discovered the infinite possibilities for using Tarot/Oracle Cards to create artwork, I have accumulated quite a large deck (debt) collection!
Our creative process mirrors water in so many ways. It has an ebb and a flow similar to the waves of the oceans. Sometimes we may feel like our “pond of ideas” has suffered from an Indian Summer drought, while other times, ideas will come to us in a torrential downpour, with lightning, thunder, and all! You catching the drift?
For those times in drought, you can pick a card(s) from a Tarot/Oracle deck for some creative inspiration, so you can flow like water again. You see, water can wear away at solid objects that cannot be bent or broken in any other way. If we can remember to be fluid and soft like water, we will always overcome what is hard and rigid, like creative drought. J
Here are some of the ways I use Tarot and/or Oracle cards and spreads for inspiration in my own artwork:
· Set a timer for ten minutes and free-write whatever comes to your mind for any card you choose. Even if your thoughts seem silly, keep your hand moving! This is how great stories are developed. Now, grab your art journal and your favorite art supplies and create a visual for your story.
· Take out your camera, or even your phone, and take a picture that represents a card of your choice. You can use props (something literally included in the card, symbolic items, words or pictures, people, etc.) to create little compositions that not only help you understand, interpret, and remember the card, but you could also create a GREAT DECK this way!
· Choose a card (or spread) from your deck and interpret its energy through collage using magazine images that represent the card(s) you chose. Yet, another GREAT idea for creating a deck!
· Create a physical representation of the card by reenacting the scene depicted in a card of your choosing. Try to embody the main character (or your character of choice) of the card by standing in the very same position, and even maybe holding and doing the things the character is. Make the same expression as the character and note the way this embodiment of the character makes you feel. When you are certain you have caught the energy, and can feel the vibe of this card, grab your art supplies and try to capture that same essence in your art journal.
· Shuffle your deck and draw 3 cards (“past, present, future” spread or “mind, body, spirit spread) and tell the story of the cards. Say the story out loud and take note of all important elements and symbols in the card that must be used to convey the story visually. Grab your supplies and create the story in paint! <3 Once you start using spreads to create artwork, it is virtually impossible to run out of ideas!
· Grab your art supplies and create an abstract version for a card of your choice.
· Create a greeting card or postcard with an affirmation or poem that captures the energy of the chosen card and then illustrate the background to match that energy using your art supplies.
· Create a character by pretending that a chosen card is a person you just met at your new job, one that you will be in very close proximity to for most of your day, every day… What is this person like? Create a portrait that shows an expression that captures the personality of your character.
· Study the symbols in a card of choice or a whole suit, if you like. Take some time to reflect on any personal experience you may have with the symbols and what they mean to you in your life. For example, do you use any of them in artwork, such as spirals, stars, leaves, etc.? Research the meaning of the symbols that resonate with you. Create artwork that reflects either the personal meaning or literal meaning, or both.
My Relationship to Source is my Intuitive Portal
“Source is the only way, and only in Source can we find our portal.”—Very Smart Person
A relationship with Source cultivates two-way communication that is a direct and immediate open connection between you and whatever you refer to as your “Higher Power,” or Source. Some people say “God,” others “Jehovah,” some use the word “Creator,” and still others may say the “Divine,” or the “Universe,” or “All,” “One,” “Jesus,” “Buddha,” “Collective Soul,” “Spirit Guide,” “Unified Field…”- Whatever name you want to give the indescribably energy of our universe… With intuition, there is no middle-man required, which means no priest, no rabbi, no guru, nor workshop leader… no special techniques nor years of training— you will need none of that.
All you need is you and Source… in a deep relationship.
You may not realize this, but I can bet that you have developed some experience in connecting with Source. Without awareness, you do this all the time in your normal, daily life. If you are a person who prays, meditates, finds bliss when listening to certain music or the even the sound of the wind blowing when you find yourself surrounded by nothing but glorious Nature, or when you are overcome by your imagination or daydreams… In fact, even when dreaming while you are asleep, you experience a sort of trance-like, completely relaxed, out-of-ego state that allows you to lock into the gentle “HUM” of Source. When you are in this almost trance-like state, you are at the doorway of intuition. This is one of the simplest ways, entry points, or “portals” to that direct connection with Source.
Intuitive practice leads to spiritual opening, while spiritual practice leads to intuitive opening. These paths are one and the same, with the only difference being your direction of travel. While psychic development (a.k.a. intuitive awareness) is not about foreseeing the future of your life, or the lives of family and friends, being able to foresee the future is just a side effect that happens when you expand your psychic abilities. However, it should not be the purpose or motivation for developing this connection.
“The cause and effect of intuitive development is soul growth.” —Another Very Smart Person
Since we are ourselves divine beings in a human container, we can KNOW that the purpose of life is soul growth. We have not been placed on the earth to achieve anything more. Our real-life purpose is not to buy more stuff or lose twenty pounds, or even to make more money… These are not the things that make us truly happy and therefore, they are ridiculously overrated.
I have found that the bigger picture is often hard to see until we broaden our perspective. Alone, we are not very mighty, but together, we can move mountains! Once we can understand that we are all one and the same, learn to respect and connect deeply with one another, and open our hearts with complete understanding and compassion to work through our “soul lessons” (a.k.a. life!), with honor for ourselves and each other, we will obviously keep repeating these soul lessons. Every time you practice using your intuitive abilities, you will also be connecting deeply in that place where Source resides, a place where you also know your true self as a God. In this place, you will be creating the direct connection you need to find the portal.
Learning to be intuitive is how we can remind ourselves of what we once knew so long ago. Like previously stated, there is a cause effect relationship between intuition and psychic ability. They go together because the journey of this discovery starts at opposite ends of the same road. By strengthening your intuitive abilities, you strengthen and expand your psychic abilities. There are ten main core psychic abilities:
1. Clairvoyance (intuitive seeing that is mostly visual): If you are clairvoyant, you will be able to see pictures in your head or movies in your mind. Some people see in what can be called their “mind’s eye,” while others see visions or symbolic imagery, spirit guides or angels, or a physical vision of a person who has died.
2. Clairaudience (intuitive hearing): If you are clairaudient, you will hear things. The things heard may be from spirit guides, angels or other entities, as they can sometimes be from a voice outside of your head, or a voice in what can be called your “mind’s ear.” The voices may be bumbled or clear, or even musical. If you are strongly clairaudient, you will be especially good at channeled writing.
3. Clairsentience (intuitive feeling): If you feel the energy in a room or in a crowd, or If you can sense the vibe in situations, you are clairsentient. Oftentimes, you take the energy of others into your body, either absorbing it or being affected by it. If you have a way of knowing, but you don’t know why and you didn’t see it or hear it from anyone, and you receive amazingly accurate information through emotional and physical “feelings, you are not one to be messed with!
4. Channeling: People who practice channeling can actually “move aside” to allow for themselves to be communicated through by other entities. Sometimes people channel with their voice, while other times people may receive “via channeled writing.” If you are a channel, you already know it, or have begun to suspect.
5. Mediumship: Mediums can communicate with deceased people and spirits. Most mediums develop this ability at a very young age. However, this skill can also be accessed through practice.
6. Remote Viewing (related to clairvoyance, but deals with objects and tangible things, rather than with visions and emotions): In remote viewing, a person can see a specific object that may be hidden or far away and/or even secret. Remote viewers can see it clearly, describe it fully, and so forth. This seems to be a rare or unusual gift because not many people have it. Sometimes people who struggle with the other psychic abilities are phenomenal remote viewers.
7. Astral Projection: People who astral project are able to leave their bodies while moving their spiritual essence or energy to different places. This is not the same as dreaming, because it’s done consciously and with purpose. When astral projecting, a person will be able to fully see and interact with the “projected” environment, which means they can go inside buildings and/or timeframes (past and future), examine the things in that projection, including situations, very closely. This is an “out of body” experience.
8. Energy Healing: All intuitive people understand and work with energy. They naturally comprehend how to work with energy for clearing, releasing, manifesting and healing. However, if you are gifted as a physical energy healer, you will be able to sense energy in another person’s body. You can tell if a person is sick, and where the sickness is originating from (medical intuition). You may also be able to use your hands or your mind to clear someone’s energy, or even to completely heal them. Your hands will get hot and twitchy when you feel this gift embodying you. You may even have physical reactions such as shuddering, body temperature changes and more.
9. Spiritual Knowing: Some intuitive people have a deep, innate spirituality that they haven’t learned and that they have not been taught, but they KNOW, rather matter-of-factly. Many of these are our great masters, teachers, saints, and/or holy beings.
10. I included a #10 because you just never know! Because we are evolving as human beings, there is always more to come!
“Always keep in mind that intuitive development and psychic ability are inter-related. Development of one will strengthen the other.”—A Very Smart & Intuitive Person
Do any of these abilities resonate with you? Anything ringing a bell or sounding familiar? When you are in the portal, or this space of direct connection to Source, notice the feelings you have. You should feel relaxed yet alert and you may be still or can sometimes be moving slightly. You should feel safe and comfortable, with all stress fading away. You can stay here for however long you like. You can trust that healing is happening, and that divine light is entering your body and soul growth is happening within. Every time you enter the portal, you are shifted and changed. This will happen every time you enter, without exception.
With time and practice, you will transform into a more intuitive and altruistic being that resembles your authentic self. If you continue to practice, you have the innate ability to open your psychic self completely. All you need is the intention of doing so, and the willingness to practice, practice, practice! You may find you have strong abilities in one area at first, but once you learn how to use those abilities, you may begin to open further. Soon enough, you will have abilities in many areas. This might happen very fast! Be it fast or slow, intuitive opening is a journey that is always very exciting, can sometimes be confusing, and may often shake you to the core, facilitating much needed growth and change! As you develop intuitively, you open spirituality. This means that your old beliefs and wounds from the past are released, and new understandings about yourself and the world around you start to trickle in. Sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride! <3
Tips for Using Tarot/ Oracle Cards for Guidance in the Creative Process
All Tarot/Oracle cards contain images, stories, key messages and underlying themes that can be incredibly helpful in kicking your creative mind into gear and taking you into a completely new and different headspace. Using them to access your intuition forces you stop using the existing ways of thinking that you have always relied upon and can inspire you to explore completely new ways of thinking. The tips I share here are meant to be a source of inspiration. Our job, as teachers, healers, guides, and artists is to become the best possible container to hold our gifts. We must practice what we preach by expecting the same for ourselves as we do for our students. “Practicing what you preach” means that you become that container by instilling a love of learning into your own life, always trying to improve your craft, expanding your gifts by experimenting with them in many ways, thus transforming your life to be able to help others transform theirs.
1. Develop and cultivate an ongoing intuitive practice.
Like everything, our intuition develops through practice. The more often we rely on our sense of intuition, the stronger it becomes. We all have intuition, but because we seldom request intuitive guidance, we struggle to connect with our own inner wisdoms, and in turn, we have difficulty trusting what our intuition is saying. The best way to develop your creative intuition in your art practice is to develop and cultivate an ongoing intuitive practice in your daily life. What might this look like?
· Showing up every day, (or as much as humanly possible!)
· Approaching your canvas or paper without expectations and allowing your intuition to control your process.
· Practicing letting go and learning to trust your intuition and your creative process.
· Asking for guidance and help often.
2. Reclaim your creative “JUJU” by asking for guidance.
Anxiety is HUGE ROAD BLOCK to creativity. Tarot/Oracle cards can help calm your worried thoughts and get your mind back in cooperation with your imagination. Often, the solution will be to listen to and honor your intuitive sense of what your project needs, rather than what you think you need. So, whether it’s that on-going project you’re feeling lost in, or that canvas/white paper is overwhelming your mind and you need creative “JUJU,” and just the fact that you can’t seem to get any is stressing you out… Pull a card to ease your anxiety.
3. Use the cards to find the structure of your project.
When struggling to find a project’s structure, count the different parts of the project, (different works of art, different chapters of an e-book, etc.), and then assign each part a card. You can use the story of the cards to re-order your project. By assigning a card to a “part” of the “whole,” it will help you see the core meaning of that fragment, which helps you to frame it so that it’s true nature is showcased better. Try different “stories” you create from spreads to find one that is powerful and fits your project.
*The point of this is that the cards may give you a different perspective about your work that frees you to see it differently, possibly in a more productive way.
4. Use the cards to create visual stories to use as ideas for projects.
Art is just visual storytelling. With Tarot/Oracle, a querant asks a question and a certain spread is chosen. Ask a nonsensical question. Then, using your imagination, create THE MOST OUTLANDISH story for the card(s), (or spread), that you can. Say this story out loud, as you visualize it coming to life in your mind, in the form of a picture, either moving or still. Once you have a solid understanding of the “story” or visual image created by your imagination, create a piece of artwork or a creative project based on or around this story.
5. Use the cards to intuitively connect to and/or generate ideas for your projects.
Tarot/Oracle cards and spreads are nonjudgmental and they carry no meaning or magic on their own, although they may alter or magnify your perspective, causing you to consider possibilities/circumstances you haven’t consciously thought about, and their uses for guidance are rooted in ancient systems. Just the symbols may give you creative ideas you can intuitively connect to your own projects. Some creative examples for using the cards in this way:
- Use a specific way to organize the cards, called “spreads,” for different creative problems, such as being unsure where to begin (AND END!) your art process or finding your way out of a rut when feeling stuck in a project.
- Pull a Tarot/Oracle card and meditate with it to study the imagery of the card. Allow yourself to tell the story of the card occurring in your mind, out loud. Let your intuition take the lead in the conversation. Let it ask all the questions it wants to, rationalizing the visual symbols of the card, determining “the way the card feels,” etc. Then, relying only upon your intuition, the imagery, and symbols from the card, create a piece of artwork that resonates with what your intuition told you the card was about.
- Use Tarot/Oracle spreads for the sole purpose of combining elements from different cards, (and even different card decks!), to purposefully create a new story (art piece or other creative project) that you can tell in your own artistic, visual way. Pick out your favorite cards, even use your favorites from several different decks, and masterfully arrange them. Then, rearrange them. Relax, kick back, and let your intuition combine the elements needed to create the new story to your liking. Take elements from this new story to create your art.
- Use the same card (example: The Fool) from five different Tarot decks, and lay them all out in front of you to seek out their similarities/differences. Let your intuition guide you as you create an interpretation of the chosen card by piecing the symbols and imagery of all The Fool cards together. *Tarot decks always have 78 cards with similar symbolism and meanings, and can be interpreted and created in varying ways, including medium, technique, and art style; but no matter the style, they mean the same. You won’t be able to do this with Oracle decks because they are all very different.
6. Change things up often.
When we spend all our time in the same process, (whether it be medium, style, technique, subject matter, ways of gathering ideas, usage of same Tarot/Oracle deck, etc.), we will lose interest and get bored, and even worse, frustrated, with our process, no matter how much we love it! When we feel these negative energies invading our sacred and “creatively free” space, clouding our creative endeavors, and frustrating us with the mundane, it directly affects the quality of our artwork. No one wants to be unhappy with their work, and it is so simple to allow ourselves some variety and choice. There are 78 cards in a Tarot deck and most Oracle decks have at least 50+ cards. Just think of all the ways you could change how you gather ideas, materials, your style and/or techniques, and even your chosen subject matter, just by using one deck of cards! Now, imagine if you had 50+ decks, like me! (Ummmmmm, I have no time for boredom nor frustration because I am always implementing the beautiful and creative ideas I get from Tarot/Oracle cards.)
7. Track your intuitive art process through use of a journal.
Create a Tarot art journal. By recording your intuitive messages, nudges, feelings, and or hunches in some form, you are not only tracking the growth of your intuitive abilities, but you are also tracking your creative abilities as they GROW! You will be shocked!
8. Create your own Tarot/Oracle deck!
Use your phone camera to take selfies to try to capture the essence of the character in the card. For some crazy, cool fun, use apps like Snapchat or CamCam. Prepare to laugh until your belly hurts and have your loved ones thinking you’re nuts! It’s so fun!
“You could also DRAW/PAINT/COLLAGE/PHOTOGRAPH/PRINT/ZENTANGLE/ ETC. your own deck... Just sayin’!”
When you do receive answers or guidance from your intuition using Tarot/Oracle cards, make sure you find the courage to act on/follow it. This will also lessen those feelings of being creatively stuck or blocked, and helps you learn to trust in yourself and your process fully and beautifully. Let your intuition flow! You’ll love the results if you follow your intuition and trust your process! You won’t worry so much, you will trust your intuitive process, and you will be happier! Who doesn’t need and want that?!?!
How to Create a Tarot Art Journal
by Shilo Lewis
Follow this link to open a how-to video for creating a tarot art journal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8sYZtQ-je4
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Artist Interview with P.J. Lawrence
An Intuitive Discussion with Patsy “P.J.” Lawrence
I interviewed P.J. about intuition and how it factors into her artwork. When discussing ancient systems, such as runes, chakras, astrology, Tarot and Oracle cards, I realized that scripture from the bible could also be thought of along those same lines. For, religion is an ancient system that can be used in the creation of artwork! So nice to get multiple perspectives on my train of thought! :) Below are the questions that I posed to P.J. and her answers:
About P.J. Lawrence
PJ Lawrence is a mixed media artist who has recently ventured out into the world of creating solo without a net. She delights in experimenting with colors, different types of paper and canvas, paints, markers, textures, both conventional and unconventional tools, and techniques – just to see what will happen next. Through this experimentation, she has learned that there are side benefits to a creative lifestyle beyond producing artwork. For example, she has become more intuitive when playing notes on the piano, not just sticking to what’s on the printed page, but filling in chords or embellishing a little bit to give the arrangement something of herself. Past design classes helped her improve composition skills to apply to everything she is inspired to create. She spends “down” time gathering inspiration from God’s beautiful world around her, often in the company of her dog Buddy, who has provided great insights through his low-to-the-ground perspective.
Since creative energy can be traced back to creative source, what is creative source to you?
As a Christian artist, I believe that (1) God is the ultimate creator; (2) I was created in the image of God (from a spiritual perspective); and as a result (3) I have been given the ability to create. I am nowhere near as accomplished as God is, nor will I probably ever be, but it is my responsibility to grow my creative abilities and find ways to use them that will bring joy to people around me and will honor God.
Do you believe that creative source is linked to intuition?
Yes, absolutely! As I have been going through the material for Ignite, I realized that faith has an element of intuition to it – something that is not easy to explain but I know is true – and I believe that is due to the Holy Spirit that God has provided for guidance through life.
When your intuition speaks to you during your creative process, what does it feel like? What does it sound like? What does it say?
For me, it’s something like a spark or maybe lightning, something that comes to me very quickly and prods me into action before I spend any time thinking about it. Take, for example, a recent painting I did. Here’s what I wrote in my studio log afterwards, when I had a little time to think about what had just happened:
We had a flash rain storm this afternoon that drove me into the studio. Well, I was planning to paint anyway, but here’s added motivation!
Fast and furious, I think this “Water – Canvas #2 – Reflection” is finished except for signing and sealing. Neocolor II water soluble crayons, lots and lots of water (!), and metallic sharpies.
I sort of feel embarrassed to admit it only took me about 10 minutes to do this 16x20 canvas, plus a little drying time for the Neocolors. But I guess that’s all part of my process. From inspiration, ideas that have been occupying my thoughts, being motivated by this afternoon’s group call, and then the surprise of the afternoon downpour, I ran into the studio, grabbed the crayons and a cup of water… well those were already out…, and WHOOSH! It was done in no time!
In what phase(s) of the creative process does your intuition serve you best? How so?
First of all, my intuition really shows up strong during the Gathering phase. I spend a lot of time gathering inspiration from sights, sounds, etc., all around me. This is God’s creation, and as long as I am in tune with it I can be certain of everything in the world around me that can be tapped later for my own art work. My intuition helps me separate out the most meaningful inspiration and prevent overload (most of the time!).
I also notice a strong contribution from my intuition during the Create phase. Rather than painting from emotions, I mostly play with materials. I reach for paints, crayons, mark-making tools, brushes, paper, color choices, etc., without any preconceived ideas of what I’m going to be working with or whether these varied materials will even work well together. Not that I don’t have an intention going into a piece, but rather my intention is more often to play or explore an idea or a material rather than to convey specific objects.
In what other areas of your life are you able to connect fully with your intuition?
When I am playing the piano or singing, my eyes see the notes and other symbols on the page, but I don’t look at them and say, oh that’s in the key of F, and it uses these chords, at this tempo, etc. I have been making music so long that, at least I believe, my intuition takes over and I am able to sight-read an intermediate difficulty piece with a few mistakes, and sometimes even ad lib a little extra if I think it needs it. Some people will probably hear me say this and argue that it’s ability and years of practice. And much of it is – but I still believe intuition plays a big part.
During my career in information technology, and later focusing on information security, I could look at seemingly unrelated pieces of data and “fill in the blanks” so to speak to come up with solutions to problems at hand. Once a supervisor even pointed it out on my annual review and I smiled and said, yes, that’s my intuition. Being in a male-dominated field, I always chuckled inwardly when my male colleagues seemed to be puzzled that I could come up with answers more quickly than they did, without going through the logical steps that they took to process the data. I still understood the logic, but I didn’t always need it. In fact, whenever I tried to use logic to reach a decision everyone would get impatient while I argued pros and cons with myself. Seriously!
Another area that I connect with my intuition is when I meet new people. I am good at sizing people up after interacting with them for a short time, and although I don’t always listen to my intuition, it’s usually right about them, with a few exceptions.
In what phase(s) of the creative process would you like to strengthen your intuition? How do you plan to do this?
This answer is more than just for strengthening my intuition… I would like to improve my ability to reflect on my work once it’s done, and see if that provides a better perspective on the next thing I create, and the next…. I think finding a way to focus my intuition through that process would be very helpful, but at this point I’m not sure how to approach it. Great question! I would love to hear if you or any of your readers have ideas for me.
How do you think you could use any form of ancient systems to enhance your creative process? Explain.
I sometimes create abstract interpretations of Scripture passages. I would like to do this more, as it becomes a form of worship for me while I’m creating as well as when I share my work with others. As an example, I recently did a mixed media journaling page based on Genesis 1:1-10. I called the spread “The Beginning” because this passage contains the account of God’s creation of earth, light, sky, and seas. My biggest intuitive moment on this piece occurred when I realized that the field of blues and greens needed to be transformed into something more representative of the earth being formed from void; so I painted a dark background over parts of the page (colored outside the lines!), leaving circles (planets) coming out of the darkness.
CooptyLew's Photo Story
“PROCESSING THE RIVER OF LIFE THROUGH IT’S TWISTS AND TURNS”
Me, the Fantastic Fool
Water Cycle Studio Piece #1
CooptyLew Art Studio- The Fool #1
I love Tarot/Oracle cards for many reasons, one of the main one being the phenomenal artwork on the cards! I wanted to draw myself as The Fool, ready to begin a new journey, with child-like excitement… Well, I had a blast! The first thing I did was get The Fool card out of several of the tarot decks I owned. I sat them all around on the floor and I sat down in the middle of them. I tried to look for the similarities and differences in the cards. I noticed that although the cards were created in very different art styles, techniques, and themes, and although the character in the card, The Fool, looked different from every deck, there were some common things that did not change. For example, the Fool is numbered “0.” The Fool cannot have a number because he is ever-present and the Tarot is The Fool’s Journey Through Life. This was the guiding concept that inspired me to want to draw myself as The Fool. After drawing myself as The Fool three separate times, (I kept changing my hair color!), I thought it would be fun to draw myself as each character of the Major Arcana, then I thought… well, heck, why not just draw a whole deck embodying the cards?
Cooptylew Art Studio: The Fool #2
Cooptylew Art Studio: The Fool #3
The Highest Priestess
Water Cycle Studio Piece #2
CooptyLew Art Studio: The Highest Priestess
This was so fun to create and it was going so well… until it wasn’t. Since I decided to “embody” the Tarot, after making The Fool card, my next logical move was to find out which of the cards were associated with water.
And here is where everything slid down a slippery slope...
Water Cycle Studio Piece #3
Cooptylew Art Studio: Moon Control
The next card that was associated with water in the Major Arcana was The Moon. Ha! This one was also very fitting to me because it mostly deals with illusion, fears, anxiety, insecurities, and the subconscious. WATER!
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