05 Dec My Many Forms of ART
My Many Forms of ART
I chose this image for this story because it shows many of the myriads of ways that my ART takes form. Being a CREATIVE MAKER & WEAVER, I like to express in many different mediums; from physical pen to paper then turning them into complex omni-dimensional digital layered ART, such as my VIBRAKEYS where I merge my physical ART with my other visual expressions, such as scans of physical objects or my own PHOTOGRAPHY, to creating a new Garden in GARDENSONG. It is all part of the ART of LIVING here on EARTH to me!
Over the years, my ART has taken all kinds of unexpected twists and turns. I grew up in a very artistic creative environment. It runs DEEP in my family. I was drawing as far back as I can remember. Art was my favorite class in school I remember being championed by my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Walker. She put me in charge of creating a huge mural about reading books. All I remember is how full of fantasy characters this mural was. That was a very empowering experience. I took every ART CLASS that I could get into in High School. I never went on to formal Art School. I taught myself and took many WORKSHOPS with various artists who had techniques I wanted to learn. Sometimes I learned from books. That was before the internet. Mostly I learned by doing it.
I took PORTRAIT PAINTING lessons using OILS from a local woman when I was 16. We were all surprised how easily it came to me. Here is the first portrait I ever painted of my little Brother, Rusty.
John Russell Shurtz
Yes, his eyes were that blue and that big and his hair that red.
After I married and had children, I didn’t seem to have much time for much art other than drawing and coloring with the kids, so I created a way and purpose that fit that time of my life. Momsy and I made our own equipment and each started a silk screening business. I called mine WINKS because I loved the difference a subtle facial and body expression could make to my characters. I loved painting fantasy and animals.
These are two FABRIC PAINTINGS on T-Shirts for my children.
I consider STORYTELLING an ART. I love for my ART to tell stories, like these BUNNIES. I like to think of my PHOTOS as VISUAL STORIES and I am just beginning to share them online. You can visit some of my Photo Galleries at the GardenSong Project under the menu of NATURE STORIES & ART.
I love PAINTING, though over the last 10 years I haven’t done that much. You can see one I did for Momsy by scrolling down the page at the FAIRY PORTAL. There is also a SOUL PORTRAIT there, too, I did while sketching a model at an ART Class. Here is one I painted in 2001 while living in Hawaii.
Using Light Spackle for the texturing with washes of Acrylics in between many layers.
This one was so much fun to paint.
Teaching Tole & Decorative Painting
In my late 20s early 30s I mastered Tole & Decorative Painting when it was more of a fine ART than a fun CRAFT.
It was all about loading the brush with oil paints and how to stroke in
those luscious shaded colors, shapes and textures.
I love DRAWING and do more of that now. Here is a portrait I did of my Grandson, Kryspin, who is an artist, also.
I do a LOT of quick sketches of what I see and sense when my friends and I go on our OMNI-D TRAVEL ADVENTURES. Our journeys are an omni-dimensional ART in and of themselves. You can actually see some of those sketches in the background of the first image in this blog message. I plan to publish a series of eBooks with our Travel Adventure stories and sketches. That is to come.
Last Winter I decided to work myself out artistically and create a MANDALA a night. I love MANDALAS! That is the form that most of my VIBRAKEYS take. I set up a creative space upstairs where it is warm and would ascend in the evenings to my drawing room. I had fun watching what would unfold and emerge as I put my pencils to paper. I like to start out with using a compass, drawing a few random overlapping circles, then see where it will go. That project lead to my QUANTUM QUIRKY BITS series. I decided to reach into the cosmic quantum world and to express it in black and white drawings that let my quirky humor escape and run wild. On powerful energetic days, like a Solar Eclipse or Super Moon day, I would link into the energy and just draw in its flow. I had so much fun I could hardly wait to get to drawing each night. I love it when the CREATIVE FIRES burn bright.
Power of Music
I love MUSIC and over the years I have written many songs. All my songs have to do with shaping the world the way I would like it so I sing and play them over and over. Music and ART has POWER. It brings thoughts into form. Look at the BARDS. They would sing something over and over and it would shape their communities. ART does that, so I am careful about what I bring into form. I haven’t been confident enough to share them, yet. Maybe I will someday…
If you would like to SEE more of my ART and enjoy MORE STORIES
about my ART and CREATIONAL PROCESSES you can visit these links:
CREATIVE ART PORTALS
This is my Facebook page where I share stories about all my forms of Art
This is where I share Stories about my unique ART called VIBRAKEYS
Visit my Facebook page if you are interested in my ART of LIVING.
This is where I share bits and pieces from all my Creative Projects
Here I share my ART of STORYTELLING through the stories of my life
Here I share my ART of GARDENING through
CONSCIOUS CO-CREATION with NATURE
Much of my ART is influenced through connection to BENEVOLENT BEINGS at many levels.
That is why I consider it ALL CO-CREATION.
You can see a variety of techniques I use in my
Here is a gallery reflecting my LOVE OF WATER.
These pieces actually restructure your WATER to make it taste better and serve your body easier
Here are some pieces that use a kind of universal language
Here are a few digital ART pieces using Crop Circles for the base design
And last and not least, I consider contacting BENEVOLENT LIFE an ART.
There is a little to explore there as this portal is just beginning.
You can find much more about CONTACT on
Enjoy the ART of connecting with FAIRIES and other NATURE BEINGS