The Heart of Gaia – Digital Painting – Soft pastel variant of pastels & Soft charcoal variant of charcoal – 8 x 8.5 inches
I started this painting a couple of weeks ago and finally finished it yesterday.
The painting is about touching the earth, listening to her heartbeat and being filled by the mysteriousness of all life. Gaia whispers, Heaven is right here. Can’t you see it?”
During my walks down by the creek near our home I am always filled with wonder and love for all the beautiful flowers and creatures which inhabit the area. There are oak trees, willow trees, alder trees, blackberry bushes and wild flowers along the dirt trail near the creek. Everywhere you look Mother Nature has touched the Earth with her paint brush.
Last week I watched a Snowy Egret bathing in the creek. It was so beautiful with it’s fine delicate feathers glowing and shimmering in the reflected sunlight. It was such a magical moment I added an Egret to the painting as a symbol of resurrection, regeneration and renewal.
Within the heart area of the painting, the Goddess Gaia watches over a Snowy Egret. She is the primal Mother Goddess of the Earth, complete in herself.
The Snowy Egret which is a small white Heron is said to be a Spirit Guide. The Heron was considered to be sacred by the Greeks and was believed to be one of Athena’s divine messengers. In China, the Heron stands for strength, purity, patience and longevity. In Egypt the Heron is a symbol of creation.
Happy Vernal Equinox!
I have been out and about enjoying the nice weather, taking lots of photos. I love the sense of renewal that comes with Spring!
I have also been hard at work in my studio painting a new piece which features a portal and an abstract bird. I will post it in a couple of days or so.
This video shows spectacular images of Gaia, our Mother Earth . . . So beautiful and so fragile . . .
“Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia”. -James Lovelock
This afternoon I worked on a mixed media piece which has been hanging around for awhile waiting for me to finish it. The inspiration for this work came to me while listening to a CD by Sophia. I was listening to her sing ‘Gaia Shekhinah Nama Om’ at the time.
I kept playing the CD over and over again and as the music flowed over and through me, I created this painting. I sculpted the mask and the feathers out of paper mache, plaster and heavy acrylic medium.
Lady of the Sacred Spirals – Mixed Media – 22 X 28 inches on canvas
In Judaism, Chokhmah appears alongside the Shekhinah, ‘the glory of God’, a figure who plays a key role in the cosmology of the Kabbalists as an expression of the feminine aspect of God.
Creating paintings of masks has been a life long passion for me. I also like making masks out of paper mache, plaster, ceramics, etc…
I have a series of mask paintings I have been working on for several months. Below is one that is almost finished.
The Mask Of Gaia (C) 2008
“The hypothesis of Gaia is the idea that we may have discovered a living being bigger, more ancient, and more complex than anything from our wildest dreams. That being, called Gaia, is the earth.” James Lovelock