Celestial Beings Collection

Celestial Beings

Several years ago I collaborated with the non-profit Turning the Wheel to create a wonderfully whimsy deck of inspirational cards called “The Good Box.” The project was focused on reclaiming the word good as a positive meditation word and resulted in the creation of 30 affirmation cards all with a phrase about the innate goodness in all of us. My art is featured on the cards, and I played an important hand in the final design. After the completion of the deck of cards I felt activated to create more paintings inspired by the goodness all around us. The “Celestial Beings” Series grew organically from this starting point. The full series was on view at Fresh Thymes Eatery on 30th Street in Boulder this past summer.

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Each multimedia painting was an exploration into the innate goodness around all of us. The mood created by the soft blues and purples adds a sense of ease and flow to spaces and my hope was that each would be a place of solace for the eye to rest. The name celestial beings came from a meditative journey focused on the stars, and from that meditation I felt a deep sense of the longevity of goodness that emanates from the great beyond.

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Need More Good In Your Life? All of the “Celestial Beings” pieces are still available for purchase so if you feel called by their sense of goodness please send me an email at arts@khirilee.com.

My favorite piece from the collection was voted the winner of local jewelers “Canvas to Cuff” contest. “Celestial Being 6” is now a part of their EVOCATEUR cuff artist series. Feel free to swing over there and take a look at this special piece of wearable art. Walters and Hogsett, 2425 CANYON BOULEVARD, BOULDER, CO 80302.

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Joy Journal – A Capsule of My Time at Summer Retreat 2017

For the past several years I have attended “The Body Now” Summer Retreat as a lead facilitator for Turning the Wheel. It has become a time for me grow in my leadership skills and to rest into my self so that I can step back into the world bright and inspired. This year was no different and the I feel filled to the brim with joyous energy. I’m ready world. Watch out!

As part of the week of moving, playing, learning, breathing, connecting, and dancing we all have the opportunity to express ourselves through art. This years art project was to create a journal and the supplies and options were simply abundant. Each day I made several art pages that captured glimpses from the meditations and learnings of the week. My journal was quite expansive by the end. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite pages from the week.

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I chose this page for my cover

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This page continued to evolve throughout the week.

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I had the blissful opportunity to work on this while others were singing and dancing nearby. It was lovely.

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A bag of tricks to keep me going forward. Stamping feathers might be my new favorite thing.

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The only page with writing captured words from an exercise called “5 Years Forward”

Sad you missed it? You can sign up for next year’s camp right now! Check it out!

Canvas to Cuff Contest – Please VOTE!

c2cI am one of the 10 professional artists chosen as a finalist in the first Walters & Hogsett Canvas to Cuff Contest!

My design has a chance to be selected for the newest addition to W&H’s Boulder Artist Series by being produced on to an EVOCATEUR cuff. If I win, I will share in the proceeds of every future sale of that cuff.

Now is the time to vote!

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My Entry for Canvas to Cuff Celestial Being #6

Two winners will be chosen (1 professional and 1 student) by in store and online voting. Follow the link for online voting and share with your friends and family. The Boulder community is deciding, so spread the word! Voting began April 10th and ends at midnight on April 21st.  Winners will be announced the following week.

Walters and Hogsett will host back-to-back Gallery Nights for each category. The professional Gallery Night will be on April 21st from 5-7pm with light hors d’oeuvres and sparkling drinks. Voting will continue during the event.

I would love to see you there! RSVP

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Seeking Bliss

I have been on quite the journey since the last time I posted. I packed up and left Chicago, was planning to move to San Francisco, then through a convoluted series of events I found myself in Sunny Los Angeles. I like LA. Its always warm and sunny, the people are neat, and there is a ton of art.

All that aside, I’ve felt impatient with the transition. Impatient about making new friends. Impatient to “be” where ever it is I envision myself in the future. Impatient to make art. Time is simultaneously way too fast, and way too slow.

In hopes of finding some wisdom from the beyond I spent the afternoon exploring different concepts of patience. I researched the meaning of the word. Read through various philosophical and religious perspectives. After a while I decided to meditate and draw a card from the Triple Goddess Tarot. I drew “Infinite Bliss” today, a card I don’t often pull, which transcends the traditional 21 cards of the Tarot. I was immediately drawn to the description of the goddess archetype for the card: the Great Bliss Queen of Tibet.

Naked and red in color, She stands, one foot slightly in front of the other, on a radiant Sun-disk. In Her right hand, She holds a small drum of skulls, which is played raised to her ear. In Her left hand, She holds the handle of a curved blade that rests at Her side. Beyond are a series of luminous, rainbowlike bands of color arranged in a semicircle. Finally, a band of flames encircles the entire image.

While meditating I had pondered an artistic endeavor centered around bringing consciousness to patience. To be patient, according to Google search, means to have the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. With this in mind, I imagined a project with a tedious task, such as creating an image through a series of seemingly redundant steps. After reading the description of the Goddess I knew I had found the subject for this idea.

Here is the final result of my Patience Project:

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To create this final piece I sorted through piles of magazine images to find the various symbols described above. As I sorted I kept coming back to the mantra of patience. More than once I noticed myself speeding up, becoming less diligent in looking for what I needed, or feeling anxiety about finding the right images to create what I saw in my minds eye. When I noticed these impatient thoughts, I would pause and recommit to my experience.

Once I found all the images I wanted, I cut them out with great care. I often rush and fudge cutting images out because I am so excited to get to the final result. Once the images were cut out I traced them onto the page. I decided at the beginning that I didn’t want to merely create collage of the Great Bliss Queen. I wanted to deepen into the practice of patience through repetition. Tracing the images took time, and I had to stop and reset at several points. After I had traced all the images I began embellishing the lines with Paint Pens, and allowed myself some creative license. Finally, I cut the final composition out and mounted it.

The whole process, from when I finished reading the description of the Great Bliss Queen to taking the picture above, took about two hours. I had created quite the mess, and even though I had other things to attend to I felt that cleaning everything back up was an important part of the process. Normally I would simply leave everything out, as tidying up my materials before starting often gets me in a good headspace for creating art. That being said, it felt good to leave my studio space tidy and spacious.

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The Mess

After completing my piece I was curious to see how the Great Bliss Queen of Tibet is normally represented. I couldn’t recall ever seeing a picture of the Goddess. I was surprised by how close my drawing was to traditional representations of her. I was especially tickled that the image for the body I chose closely mirrored the body position chosen for her in other works.

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I was inspired by this artistic meditation. I am curious what other images of the Goddess I might feel compelled to create, especially as I continue exploring this theme of patience. Rumi said “Patience is the key to Joy,” and if that is true then I am determined to find the Key to Patience.

Day 9: Teal, Hot Pink, Red and Black

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Fame

This piece started in a really different place than it ended. I woke up a couple mornings ago and decided to tidy up my studio. Then disaster struck! I knocked over my teal liquid acrylic container that I had failed to close all the way. In a panic I snatched up a canvas and tried to transfer as much of the ink puddle as I could to the surface. Hence the beginnings of this work. Most of that is now covered but I liked the color palette it inspired.

Art Opening at the Blick 12 x 12 Show

IMG_3316A few weeks ago I answered a call for art from the Blick Art Supply store. This is the piece I submitted and it was accepted. Yay! The opening it tonight from 6 – 8pm. This is piece is titled Dancing Towards Joy. It was the jumping off point for all the work I did for the “Works on Walls” exhibition I was a part of earlier this year. Made with acrylic, spray paint, tissue paper, handmade paper, paint pens, and watercolor. For sale for $150.00.

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