1. The Awakening

The awakening painting was created by first making a pencil sketch on paper then scanning it into the computer. I used Corel Painter 7 & IX to paint the image. Mostly I used the soft charcoal variant of charcoal & the artist pastel variant of pastels and oil brushes. I worked in many layers, applying coats of digital paint on successive layers. When I had finished, the layers were flattened on the background image. This particular image is probably one of the most complex paintings I have done to date, and utilizes many more layers than my other work. The inspiration for this painting came from my dreams, which at the time seemed mainly focused on the inner child and the awakening of the great healing potential which lies within our deepest selves. These dreams seemed to lift my spirits and helped me through a particularly challenging time in my life so I felt inspired to create a piece of work that reflected my thoughts and feelings about the...

2. Moon Goddess

I’ve had a love affair with the moon ever since I was child, and my favorite past time was going outside after sunset to swing on my swing set, until the moon came out. I would sing to the moon and mom would play the guitar, it was magical. We continued this little ritual of ours for years and it ‘s one of my fondest memories. We lived in a very remote area where the stars were so bright,  you felt like you could reach up and pluck them from sky. Unfortunately, today I live in the city and the sky always looks kind of hazy, but I can see the moon from our patio as she makes her nightly journey across the sky. Our mother is no longer with us, but the memories still live...

3. Nimue

The Lady of the lake from the Arthurian legend has always fascinated me, and the moment I laid eyes on a photograph sent to me of my niece Tessa, I knew I had found my inspiration for the painting of Nimue. It was a photo of Tessa, dripping wet from being caught out in a rainstorm. What caught my attention was the look in her eyes. I loved it and began the  painting  of Nimue that very day. While most interpretations of Nimue’s role in the stories of  Camelot present her in a negative light, I much prefer the more positive take on her role as a gifted  student of Merlin’s and a Priestess of...

4. Daybreak

Aurora is the Roman Goddess of the Dawn. Her name means ” daybreak, the dawn, or sunrise. Ovid describes her as the one who brings the light of day as she rides in her chariot across the skies ahead of the sun. I envisioned her with a beautiful cloak swirling, flowing around her as she pulls back the veil which separates night from day. Aurora is dancing the dawn into...

5. Mask Of Gaia

Gaia the primordial Greek goddess believed to be The Mother Goddess or Great Goddess. She is also said to personify the earth,  the Greek version of  “Mother Nature”. The inspiration for this painting came from a dream I had in 2004. In the dream I found myself flying over continents and oceans, and finally coming to rest in a beautiful overgrown primordial garden. Underneath a rather large tree I found an old cracked earthen mask and as I moved closer, the mask  began to shift and change. The earth itself began to make strange humming sounds. As the humming grew louder, the earth covered the mask with all kinds of leaves and flowers. The mask was completely covered except for the eye holes. When I bent down to take a closer look, I found myself staring into a strangely beautiful pair of eyes. The earth shook and I heard a voice say… I am...
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Hovering on the edge of imortality

My morning began with a walk in the woods to gather my thoughts, to admire and enjoy the glorious sunlight, blue skies and white puffy clouds.

It was quite lovely and it felt like a gentle blanket of silent beauty had been draped all around me.

I was loathe to leave, but work called me back to the studio.

So here I sit editing, cropping  and creating photographs. Below are some of my recent art work.

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Hovering on the edge of immortality ~ Rose Arizmendi © 2014

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Moonlight printed garden pot ~ Rose Arizmendi © 2014

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Vintage Roses ~ Rose Arizmendi © 2014

Have a lovely, magical, creative day everyone~rose

Ancient Stones & The Sea

I have always been fascinated with the sea and old stones worn smooth by the tides,

 the hidden mysteries beneath the deep ocean and the folklore of mermaids.

Come away with me to a place of mystery, imagination and beauty.  ~rose

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Seawater rushing across ancient stones…a remembered dream. ~rose

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I am still creating traditional art work as well, but for now I am enjoying the freedom that

mobile photography has given me. The ability to create imaginative, photographic

images while traveling and exploring throughout beautiful Northern California.

Wishing all of you a beautiful, magical Spring! ~rose

 

A Little Of What I’ve Been Up To

Sunny and pleasant in northern California today while the rest of the country is experiencing wild winter storms. Please stay warm and safe everyone!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, actually it’s been over two years and I have no particular reason why I stopped posting on this site except to take a break, to go deeper,  and to explore other mediums .

Here’s what I have been working on lately…

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And this….

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The enchanted moon…kissing the realm of the sacred, darkling woods. -rose

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A gossamer hush fell over the woods…echoing with enchantment and mystery. -rose

That’s all for today folks! xo

 

Quotes for the day ~ “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ~Martha Graham

 

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

I Dream Of Painting & Much More . . .


“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Lately, I have been mesmerized by  crows and pomegranates. The painting below was inspired by the crows I see on my morning walk down by the creek . They are so very intelligent and I love their wickedly funny antics.

The Golden Pomegranate ~ Acrylic/ Mixed Media ~ 12 x 12 inches on canvas

Below is a sampling of the work currently on my easel. The first one is an experimental piece on 10 x20 canvas~Layers of texture built up with art tissue paper, plaster, fabric, mixed “Golden” gel mediums, Golden acrylics, charcoal, etc…

The Bone Mother Mask is another experimental piece on 24 x 36 inch canvas ~ Layers of plaster, gel mediums, sand, cheese cloth, pieces of tree bark, Golden acrylic washes, tea stains, etc…

My goal for this year is to dive into some projects that I’ve kept on the back burner for awhile. You know those ideas that always begin with the words “someday, I’m going to begin . . .

I am so tired of pushing my sculpting tools further and further back into our storage unit, all the while thinking I really need to start working with clay again. There is this deep need inside of me to experience the alchemy of fire, earth and  water. The feel and texture of clay in my hands that feeds the soul in some way.  And yes, there is an open studio near our home. So excited!

 

Until the veil of the unknown yields
And something original begins
To stir toward your senses
And grow stronger in your heart.
~John O’Donohue

Art & Life

Happy solstice everyone ~ wherever you are in the world! Summer has arrived and it’s been a sweltering hot day. Outside its 96 degrees.

However, I have been managing to stay nice and cool with a fan blowing, tucked away in my studio working. Here are a couple of projects I’ve been working on lately.

This ~ . . .

 

 

Then followed that beautiful season ~ Summer. Filled was the air with a
dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the
freshness of childhood.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And This . . .

 

Now it is time to put away the mess on my table and clean my dirty brushes. I have finished dipping my brush into a soup in which bits of inspiration have been simmering for months or maybe years. The perfect word for today ~ Unfurling . . .

 

Here is one of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver

Something whispered something

that was not even a word.

It was more like a silence

that was understandable.

I was standing

at the edge of the pond.

Nothing living, what we call living,

was in sight.

And yet, the voice entered me,

my body-life,

with so much happiness.

And there was nothing there

but the water, the sky, the grass.

 

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