“You are a crown of glory for those who are borne in the womb, for they, like you, are destined to be renewed.” (Traditional Jewish blessing honoring the waxing moon)
Even though it is about 5 degrees outside and frozen snow is stiff, like white styrofoam, covering every surface, the trees are singing to me. I am painting the colors of emotion and thought, the colors of memory and dreams. The gray bare limbs I see out the window become bright and vibrant in my studio, I am inspired. Winter whispers to me, snow falling or on the ground lulls me into another realm where anything good is possible.
Today I just realized that I think trees have Near Death Experiences. Or rather, they leave the earth in winter and go to heaven until spring, when they bring all the colors, magic, love and abundance from heaven back to us on earth. The only ones who do not do this are the everlasting evergreens who for some reason have volunteered to remain with us all throughout the winter, to nurture us and make the air smell so green and good. They’re noble for that, so I think I’ll go give one a sappy hug. You, too?
Ken’s Spirit copyright Elaine Clayton 2013
Life is sacred, when we engage with it as sacred. Every leaf, every speck is full of vibrance–the Spirit of Life is everywhere. I painted this thinking of my brother Ken and his richly poetic way of weaving words and images and stories into visions of humorous and life-enhacing awareness. He has inspired me and many to recognize the living spirit in my surroundings.
Sometimes I get into the studio and don’t know what it is I want to do. I may feel very inspired, but just not sure what it is that needs to come forth. Usually, just getting playful with art materials or into a stream-of-consciousness with writing helps get things going, but other days it’s best to do something else. Try these things and see if they help you, I’d love to hear your ideas as well!
Wizard Carving for me, by artist Dariusz Kozicki
Today I am featuring the wonderful works of artist Dariusz Kozicki. He is from Poland and is very sensitive, skilled and thoughtful. It shows when you speak to him and when you behold his artwork. He is a sculptor, carving with wood.
I have seen, in dreams and visions, a wizard many times. I have been fascinated by this, who wouldn’t want to learn from or befriend a kind and wise wizard? So when I saw the art of Dariusz Kozicki, I immediately wanted my very own carved wizard. He told me that he sought the wood that he felt would be right for me, and then much in the same way I do Spirit Paintings, he began carving for me, feeling the essence of the wizard as it came into being in his hands. I love mine, and treasure it as a symbol of creativity and wisdom, optimism and magic experiences in life.
If you’d like to commission your very own wizard wooden carving, contact Kozicki at 203-219-1333!
Contact artist Dariusz Kozicki at 203-219-1333
An underpainting (or a painting underway) Elaine Clayton copyright 2013
So much of painting is a meditation, a blissful trance-state of color, form, light and shadow.And dreaming and intuiting as I go along. I often don’t want to lose the quality of various stages of art. Thousands of images in my life time have been painted over by me and I regret it at times, but the mood shifts and then so does the painting. I’m still “being with” this stage of this particular Spirit Painting.
Tree Entrance/ ink and watercolor/ copyright Elaine Clayton 2010
Yes, I talk to trees. They talk to me, actually. I see faces is the leaves, bark and limbs. Even as a girl, my eyes were gazing out the classroom window, and I was mesmerized by the blurring, glowing clusters of greenish gold leaves, slowly swaying in the breeze. I felt soothed, loved, and as though I were a part of something mysterious and good–nature was out there calling to us and I was tuning in.
I remember once years and years ago when I lived in Atlanta, I needed a change but had not done anything about it. I knew I needed to make a big move but hadn’t made myself actually do it. One day, looking up at the shimmering leaves in the trees, the trees I gazed at every day for peace and solace, I distinctly felt them say, “Time to go.” Their shimmer and sway had a different look that day. I can’t describe it, but it was there all the same, and it surprised me. You know it’s time to go when the trees around you shove you along. What was needed from the inside out (my knowing it was time to move) was reflected for me in what was outside of me, and for the first time, I really got the message. I moved not long after.
We just had the summer solstice a few days ago. In rural Texas farm country, I was taught by a neighbor when I was quite little, to put small offerings “for the fairies” at the tree roots on the solstice. I was delighted to do so and do this often, still, solstice or not. I really do think connecting to life in the most fundamental way is important for wellbeing. Opening up to feeling and sensing the magic in nature, the love and energy of growing life and thriving greenery is very essential to feeling whole. We are not separate from the environment, and it is there to support us. What you know inwardly will be reflected in what you absorb outwardly. All that surrounds you speaks to you.
My new Tree of Life Oracle deck will be available this fall on Amazon.
A recent Spirit Painting commission Elaine Clayton copyright 2013
In this newly presented Spirit Painting commissioned a few months ago, a Tree Spirit is also a Spirit of the Air and Light. There is wind, sun, and water, too. The person who this was created for has an extremely rich sensitivity to nature and to the hidden feelings and meanings in her surroundings. I felt that she has the ability to tune into nature and almost blend into it, that she is of the forest and the sunlight, they sky and water. Working on it was a wonderful little journey for me. I have to let these paintings talk to me, so sometimes they take a while to fully emerge. With this one, I had to include a snake although at first it bothered me somewhat. I personally did not want to put a snake in, but the meditation guided me to, so I trusted that. Interestingly, shortly before presenting this painting to the client, she talked quite a lot about snake symbolism, and she had no idea I had felt guided to include one in her painting. That made me realize I truly have to trust the process, trust messages that arrive. I start each painting asking for spiritual, intuitive guidance. These paintings are prayers and are meant to heal and support, to activate the spiritual sense of wonder for the one who commissioned them. And in that person’s honor, they are meant to do the same for anyone who gazes upon them.