Saturday, March 28, 2020

Intuitive Art and Crafting Glue Books

Hi everybody,

Some of you might know that I sometimes take a break from my regular intuitive art and take up a course or a new craft for a while. This inspires me through storing more images in my mind that will sink to my subconscious and will serve me when I go back to my intuitive work. I recently discovered the concept of a glue book. 

Friendship, Spread in Glue Book, Intuitive Mixed Media Art

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Chatting about Intuitive Art with Jules Ostara, Artist


Hi everybody,


Welcome! Today I would like to introduce you to the wonderful Jules Ostara from the Appalachian Mountains in Blue Ridge, Georgia, in the USA. She is an artist and writer and she agreed to an interview about her work and views on intuitive art, healing through art and being a light-worker. I met Jules on social media and I have been following her for quite some time now. Her artwork is beautiful and I'm quite intrigued by her book that is on my wish list of course. So without further ado, let's meet Jules Ostara!

Jules Ostara, Intuitive Artist


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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Intuitive Art and Glowing Roots Newsletters

Hi everybody,

Today I would love to invite you to join Glowing Roots Newsletter. Why would you want to do that you wonder?

Magical Landscape, Acrylics, Gel Pens and Paint Pens on Paper, Postcard, Intuitive Painting 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Intuitive Art Diaries 12: The Intuitive Painting Mosaic

Hi everybody,

Today, in episode 12 of the series Intuitive Art Diaries, I would like to tell you a bit more about one of my most recent intuitive mixed media paintings called Mosaic. It is both inspired by Antoni Gaudi's Trencadis and Japanese Kintsugi art.

Mosaic, Acrylics, Paint Pens and Paper Collage on Paper, 19cm x 28cm, Intuitive Mixed Media Painting

I passed though Barcelona while visiting the highlights of Spain in 1995 and immediately fell in love with what I perceived as fairy houses sparkling with subtle colors, designed by an architect named Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). In 2000 I spent more time in Barcelona while studying Art History and Archaeology at university. The focus of that trip was art and architecture so I got to take a closer look at my magical fairy houses. I was quite surprised that the effect was achieved by cementing together a variety of shapes and colors with little pieces of broken china. This technique that might be centuries old that Gaudi revived is called Trencadis. Gaudi was inspired by his imagination, the Orient and nature. I'm not aware of a deeper philosophical meaning of this technique except that it involves recycling. More recently I discovered Kintsugi, a Japanese form of art for mending broken china with silver or gold, which immediately reminded me of Gaudi's Trencadis. With Kintsugi there is a distinct philosophy associated with transforming broken objects into something even more beautiful and valuable. It carries its scars with pride and remembers its previous form as it matures. This can be a metaphor for  the life of human beings.

Mosaic, Acrylics, Paint Pens and Paper Collage on Paper, 19cm x 28cm, Intuitive Mixed Media Painting, Detail

For Mosaic I worked on 400g/m2 acrylic paper. I drew in random pieces, filled in a few with scrapbook paper and painted the others with acrylic paints. I then decorated the pieces with paint pens to make them look like a collection of broken china pieces. This I did to represent Gaudi's Trencadis. Finally, I filled in a few pieces and the separation between the others with a golden paint pen, representing the art of Kintsugi.  

I love the Japanese philosophy of Kintsugi. It was perhaps part of Gaudi's philosophy as well. What I find especially intriguing about Trencadis is the magical effect of sparkling colors when you see it from a distance and the beauty created by many broken pieces when seen from close by. I plan to create more in this style.
The analysis of this work is part of my Intuitive Art Diaries series. Read the introduction to this series by clicking Intuitive Art Diaries: One Artwork at a Time.

Please share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!

Love,

Rika

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Art Journal Flip: The Big Purple Book I

Hi everybody,

I'm happy to present you my very first video on YouTube. I'm planning on posting many more. If you enjoy this video and would like to see more like this, then please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. 

In this video I'm showing the first signature of one of my handmade art journals, the Big Purple Book. I'm also telling a bit more about the making of the art journal spreads.

I hope you enjoy!

Much love,

Rika