Since childhood I have been drawn to writing and art. I participated in many poetry and art contests throughout grade school , and even won a few awards from both.
Reading was highly encouraged in my family and I became an avid reader from a young age. I was drawn into the mythical realms with the a certain well known hobbit, I gained a boys perspective while stranded on an unknown island ruled by the Lord of the Flies... my greatest inspirations came not only from reading, but also from the hours I spent in art museums and art galleries....and always developing my imagination.
I never stopped writing, or painting, or drawing... I was always on one kind of creative project or another, right into young adulthood. In my teens I was fortunate enough to have a high school art teacher, who let me replace my study halls with volunteer work at a kindergarten art class as a teachers assistant. This was my first taste of teaching and I just loved the energy of those kids. I loved how they had no preconceptions of what art should or shouldn't be. They were fresh and open, there was no right or wrong way. It was ALL about PROCESS.
However, instead of pursuing a teaching degree I went on to learn graphic design. Back in my day we called it Commercial Art. At the time, under advice from the schools career guidance councilor, it would be the best way to incorporate art into a practical career... with good pay....
Again, I continued my creative endeavors, painting on the side, writing some although the writing was pushed aside more often than not. During this time I discovered Buddhism and spent a great deal of time with a friend I had made back in college who was a practicing Buddhist. This education would play a big part in my art process later in life.
I became a single mom in 2001. I quite working, stayed at home, had more time to be creative and eventually began homeschooling my son along the way. I joined a local homeschool group and began exchanging art lessons and workshops for arithmetic and math lessons for my son. I was back in a role of teaching and guidance and loved it!
Now days we practice free range learning, or unschooling as others call it (although I don't connect as much with that term). I am still enjoying the freedom of working for myself through art and writing, while also offering intuitive painting classes and workshops, and my intuitive women's workshop Red Paint!
My intuitive art processes have been based deeply on teachings from Buddhism and Hinduism. I work extensively with the Chakra's and incorporate energy work, I've learned as Reiki master/teacher. I am currently entering a new phase where I am going back to nature so to speak. I've started using natural, organic paints in my work and I have some new projects lined up incorporating natural materials and art forms.
I was off to a slow start with writing but have been gaining momentum and re-connecting with my writing muse through this blog and was so excited when Tery Brouwer of Creative Soul Poetry nominated me for this (not your typical) blog hop!
To keep the hop on... The Wisdom of Not Knowing Everything and the healing artists and blogs on the Art & Healing Network are two main places I gleen regular inspiration.
Lately I've gone back to exploring myself through intuitive drawing (sometimes referred to as doodling).
|Intuitive Drawing ©Gloria Gypsy.All Rights Reserved|
I also refer to it as automatic (or trance) drawing. Allowing my mind to remain open to the impressions I am receiving, without filtering through them.... words and images can be drawn or written out and the details contemplated later...
|Intuitive Drawing ©Gloria Gypsy.All Rights Reserved|
Sometimes the process brings out more abstract forms as in the examples above. Other times a more structured image begins to develop...
|Women Sketch ©Gloria Gypsy.All Rights Reserved|
but either way, through the process, by allowing that deeper voice to emerge, gives birth to our state of being that may not have been apparent beforehand.
|Self Portrait ©Gloria Gypsy All Rights Reserved|
|Of Love and Loss by Gloria Gypsy|
Shadow is said to be part of ourselves that we may try to hide or deny. According to Carl Jung, it can be said to consist of energy patterns known as selves or sub-personalities that were disowned... pushed down into our unconscious in childhood, as part of our coping strategies. I would take this even further, and say that shadow emerges from any stage of our lives.
The goal of working with shadow is to integrate and come to know and accept all of those parts that we have attempted to hide or run from, or bring these aspects to consciousness. It is instinctive or intuitive work which asks us to follow our own soul's call and inward response.
"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious". -Carl Jung
By facing our shadow we begin to shine light into the darkness and invite that which has been hiding to come out. It asks us to bring our secretes out from the corners of our psyche. It helps us to ask our inner self questions about ourselves, and our relationships with others.
The above painting is my most recent intuitive work with shadow. It is much darker and raw compared to my usual or outward work. I've worked on this painting throughout the last month and it has been over layered time and again as my inner shadow expressed itself through my hands and creativity. This particular piece holds many frustrations, anger, and hurts that we're never given voice during this last year of struggling in my relationship with my husband. Yesterday, I laid the final brush stroke and new immediately that is was finished. I felt a sense of lightness. My plan of (outward) action was crystal clear to me.
When we allow ourselves to paint, whatever wants to be painted, we are mirroring back what is repressed and wants to be allowed to come to light, or consciousness... It can be difficult at times, whether one is just starting out in their work with shadow or seasoned with the process, to not only see what wants to be expressed but also to accept it and allow it to flow.
When I first started with intuitive painting, I was reluctant to just allow. I continually struggled with trying to control what was coming forth into the painting. I stayed with it however, and the struggle then became my reluctance to share the work with others, with the public. I was in fear of 'baring myself' to the world.
For many years I kept these paintings private, stacked in a corner of my studio. I would on occasion share them with a select few who I had a deep connection with. I continued the work. In the past few years I became more and more comfortable with sharing and I believe it is due to the continued work with shadow, I was transformed/am transforming into the person (artist) I am today.
|Advancing Translucency © Gloria Gypsy 2014|
With the light
Of subtle energy,
Like the essence
Of stained glass.
Energetic transparent fire,
Air so clear
It is like watching a breeze.
Into a corner
Of the inner eye
All these translucencies
Are a link
Between the subtle energy
Of the mind
And the effects
That it creates.