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"First Chakra Activation" Healing Energy Art

“First Chakra Activation” by Primal Painter
“First Chakra Activation” is the latest in the series of first chakra digital paintings that I’ve been working on in an attempt to activate my first chakra.   I may tweak it a little more as things get moving, or I might feel compelled to do an entirely new one.  One thing I’ve noticed is that things are always in flux, nothing stays the same for long, and for me, I function better when I go with the flow.   
For this series, I wrote down an intention statement, memorized it, then repeated it to myself as I worked through the process.  The statement was “The process of creating this image will open and clear, heal and strengthen, balance, align and activate the first chakra for myself and for viewers. This image is infused with healing reiki energy and can be used as a tool for healing, transformation, and manifestation.”
I also repeated affirmations related to the first chakra during the process so the images can be infused with their energy.  “I am safe and secure in my environment, physically, emotionally, financially and mentally. An abundance of money flows to me.  I have healthy relationships with the people in my life and my environment. I have a strong life force with an abundance of energy and am securely grounded. My hormones are balanced and my endocrine system is healthy.  I welcome challenges as opportunities for growth. I create my own reality. I communicate with God and my Higher Self and always know what to do.”

“First Chakra Unmoving”
This is the first one I did. It’s a little dark with some areas of cloudiness with possible blockages, and seems to be just sitting there.  It’s kind of cool looking visually, though.
“First Chakra Communication”
This is one where I asked for help from the Source and my Higher Self to get things unblocked and moving.  If you look closely, (click on the picture) at the center is a bearded moon (symbolizing God) speaking with an angel (symbolizing the Higher Self), both starting to swirl their energy and wisdom into the chakra.

“Starting to Spin”
This one is the beginning of activation.  The clarity and colors become a little more defined, balance and alignment are leveling out, things are starting to move.  Then I ended with the top image which represents a fully activated and healthy root chakra, although it might still be a little dense..  I’ll keep working on myself and    do another in the future, maybe it’ll be more translucent. 
Wouldn’t it be cool if  I could actually get them to spin? I saw someone with a spinning avatar on twitter, I wonder how they did that?
So I was curious, do you have a favorite? How do you feel when you look at them?
Well I’m heading out to the studio while I’m migraine free!  
Have a great Sunday!
Laurie
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"The Angel Way" Abstract Energy Art

The Angel Way” by Primal Painter

I really love this one.  The colors, wow, sunglasses worthy! (heheh.)  The imagery has a nice flow,  the hidden angels and moon face are super cool, and the vibe when I look at it is high. I’m going to put a moon face in all my digital paintings from now on, it’ll be my signature.  Back in the olden days, I made a decent living making a celestial line of mirrors, chimes, wall sculptures and mobiles, and I still dig that celestial vibe……and pyramids, I like pyramids……and spirals.

My desire to communicate seems to be at an all-time low, but my creative juices are flowing pretty well, so that’s a good sign.  During this  phase of non-verbalism (or non-verbalocity, or no-talk-aholicism) which I have come to call “The Great Silence of the Yams 2011”,  (Yams is code for vocal cords), I decided I should do another chakra angel to check in on the condition of my energy flow.

I was surprised to see the blue throat chakra so open.  I thought it would have a “Closed Until Further Notice” sign on it or maybe a “Danger-She’s Gonna Blowww!!” sign nailed to it.  There must be something else going on with me because I sure do feel strange….cocooned……internal…….like I’m in a womb, all wrapped up and closed off to the outside.  Not stagnant or stuck, just inside myself, like in the eye of a tornado where everything is still but all around me is a wild whirlwind of debris, Wizard of Oz style. Weird sh*t, maan….

What she would look like matted and framed

The Crown Chakra – White, the combination of all colors, (some say violet, I say white) Our connection to Source, our connection to our higher selves, everything is one, part of the whole,  the spiritual aspect of believing in something greater than ourselves and the knowing that everything could make sense if the veil came off.  The veil is thin right now, I get glimpses but not the whole sh-bang. The glimpses keep me hanging out in the crown because of the mystery, that curiousity, that burning desire to “know“. (Know what?). It’s so big and sparkly and bright and shiny and happy and safe. No wonder I like to hang out there although according to this diagnosis,  it’s  probably out of balance with the rest of the  chakras because of it’s gi-normous size. Balance is everything, but then so is timing….patience, grasshopper.

The Sixth Chakra -Purple (some say indigo blue, I see purple) – The Third Eye – The Seat of Intuition –  I see you”,  Na’vi style from the movie Avatar, seeing the issues behind the pain. This one doesn’t look too bad.  I’ve been working on blue and purple digital paintings lately while focusing on the fifth and sixth chakras and I think this process has cleaned out some of the cobwebs in both of them.  Cool.

The Throat Chakra – Blue – Communication, change, committment, verbal self expression, speaking your truth.  It looks fairly open and clear but it’s out of alignment, not by much, but by enough that it needs attention, more work, the next step. I’m still convinced there’s something stuck in my throat but I can’t see it in this picture. (Maybe it’s behind, maybe I should do an image from the back side, yeah)

The Heart Chakra – Green – The Bridge between the upper and lower chakras, the mediator, love, nurture, empathy, compassion, understanding, Christ-like. (I wish I was more Christ-like).  It looks open and cleared out, but not very vibrant or active. I recently finished the heart chakra painting with the intention of opening and clearing, so this is good.  The next series of chakra paintings will have movement, activation,  spin, and spiral. (spirals!!!)

The Third Chakra – Yellow – The Solar Plexus- thinking, intellect, self worth, self-esteem, self identity, who am I?, what is my purpose? why am I here?   There’s something I’m supposed to do. I know I can do it.  I’m slightly out of alignment with my higher purpose but it’s close….I think too much and don’t feel or do enough, possibly because the second chakra isn’t open enough.

The Second Chakra – Orange – Hara – the center of emotions, (easier to shut them down and pretend like they’re not there) male or female identity, sexuality, intimacy, bonding.  Poor ole’ second chakra, it’s open but needs more,  lots more. The color is good though, so some clearing has taken place so at least there’s been some progress..

The First Chakra – Red – Root – Kundalini –  Procreation, survival, safety and self preservation, bodily life energy, stamina.  And there it is, that puny first chakra.   The plant is only as strong as its roots.  It’s not dark, so that’s good, it’s just small and needs to be more open and activated.

And the grounding cords, what grounding cords? There’s a red light at the bottom of the angel where it looks like the grounding cords have disconnected and pulled back into a dark cave.  That’s not so good, but this is a typical problem with me.  I have a tendency to float….

So now I know what to focus on.  I love chakra angels!

(Disclaimer: These chakra attributes are how I understand them and are not necessarily how an expert might define them.)

Until next time, whenever that may be……

Laurie

"Forgiveness"- The Heart Chakra




Finally I finished my heart chakra painting entitled “Forgiveness“.  I’m no Speedy Gonzales, that’s for sure, but I’m glad it’s done.  The timing has to be right for clearing and healing, so I just have to be patient and trust the process.  
I had a hard time with the photos because the center is a bright pearl white that dominates the camera exposure. If I expose it so the center is white, the rest of the colors are off.  I may need to work on the editing some more.  I swear, it seems like there are times when I spend as much time on the photography, photo editing, and descriptions as I do on the creation of the piece itself.  I don’t enjoy all of that technical crapola, it’s too much like work!  I only like doing the fun stuff…is that wrong? lol
I did a couple of necklaces, too, but I’m starting to think that I don’t want to focus much on those anymore, although  I’ve sold two.  The photography and the editing for those are really time consuming and the final price just doesn’t justify the amount of work.  
Pretty, though.. The metallic paper used for the print really catches the light, but again, super hard to photograph!  This one is smaller in diameter than my other pendants, I like it better smaller and the chains are cool but a pain in the ass when I CAN’T SEE!!! Gah!  When will I just get over it and get glasses?  NEVER!!!!!!  (Geeze, who was that yelling in a rebelliously childish way. Was that me? lol)
I’m starting to get back to where I started, but with a twist…..three dimensional wall sculptures but using my energy art prints as the focal point.  I might even use the necklace concept and incorporate those shapes into the wall sculpture rather than using them just as necklaces. 
I love making the energy art prints, though, I mean really LOVE it, so I won’t stop doing those. So…much…fun!!!  As with everything else in my world, though, I have to be in the right zone to do them or it becomes frustrating. 
It’s actually fairly easy to see when the timing is right for just about any endeavor.  Does it make me go “Wheeeee!” or does it make me go “ugggggghhhhhhh”.  Pretty simple really.  The trick is paying enough attention to recognize the energy levels and emotional/physical responses and having the self discipline to stop and do something else.  I’m getting better but I still have a rebellious streak that kicks my ass. I used to get a thrilling buzz when I was rebellious, now about half the time it’s more like a jarring, malfunctioning “gonna burst into flames” ooogley kind of feeling. I’m growing up, oh noooooooo!
The heart chakra issues were intense, to say the least.   I did several energy art prints to help me get through it, though.  I believe  working on the prints really made the process easier than the previous chakra paintings where I got blindsided with hardcore issues and didn’t utilize any extra tools.  Those prints, I tell ya, there’s something in those prints……
Well I’m out to the studio today.  I got poison ivy between my fingers and it’s slowly starting to pop up in all kinds of unfortunate places on my body.  I don’t even know where in my yard I picked it up, so I could get into it again!  Gah! Nothing’s worse than poison ivy between your fingers! (well, maybe there are a couple of other places that are worse, but I won’t get into that…)
Have an awesome day!
Laurie

Chakra Angel


In response to the crazy weirdness I’ve been feeling for WEEKS, I thought I’d do a little evaluation of how my chakra system looks right now.  I created “Chakra Angel” a few days ago with the intention of seeing what the heck’s up.  Frankly, I’m tired of feeling all discombobulated. (This is my word today, so I might have to find a reason to use it again.) (Why is it my word? I dunno, it’s just a weird word…..discombobulated… hee!…who came up with that one, I wonder?)

I see a huge crown chakra at the top, nice, I’m glad to see that.  One thing I usually don’t have a problem with is a good strong connection to the Source, you know, God, the Universe, a Higher Power..  Sometimes I get all discombobulated (hee) with my Higher Self, but the Source is almost always a constant.  

I’m surprised to the see that the sixth chakra,  the second from the top, is smallish and dark.  I always fancy myself as being an intuitive type, but according to this, my perceptions are…….discombobulated.  

The throat chakra, well I’m not surprised to see that one compromised.  I’ve always been an internal type of person. Sometimes I don’t say what I mean, or I mean things I don’t say or I don’t say anything at all. Instead  I’ll fume or bury or pretend.  Not exactly the ideal scenario, not that I want to yell and scream….or do I?   

The heart chakra, not bad.  What a surprise! Cool! Two weeks ago that puppy would’ve been closed up, maybe not even visible, so there’s been some progress. Awesome!

Wow, the yellow solar plexus, the third, is HUGE! What’s up with that I wonder? The third chakra is about self identity, how I see myself, how much do I believe in myself, how confidant I am.  This is a good sign…but maybe it’s too big, too open?  A third chakra that’s too open can cause stomach and digestive issues from not feeling safe in your environment.  I don’t have any of that so maybe I’m good..

The second chakra is  not looking too bad. Good deal.  I’m glad the work I’ve done on the second chakra is holding up although it’s slightly out of alignment.  That’s easy enough to fix…. Visualize each chakra in perfect alignment with the others, listen for thoughts popping up as to why it got out of alignment in the first place.  

The first chakra is looking a little puny. I’ll do some more work there. Extending down from the first chakra are the start of some decent grounding cords but they don’t seem to be too strong.  I’ll work on those, too, as I do have a tendency to float away into la-la land. (but, but…I  love la-la land!)


A new way of diagnosis, cool!  Did you see the moon face at the bottom of the angel?  Did  you know that you can actually airbrush with Gimp?  How fun is that?! I’m going to start doing more hidden faces, images, and figures.  I love art that has surprises!  I’d really like to learn how to use the “layers” tool so I can superimpose  photos onto each other.  


There’s some kind of tool, or computer where a person can actually hold a pen and draw on the screen instead of the clumsiness of using the mouse.  (I’m terrible at drawing with the mouse!)   Anyone know what those things are called?  They probably cost a gajillion dollars or maybe even two gajillion dollars, but sure would be fun!


Well, I’m off…. Maybe someday I’ll learn how to put page tabs at the top of this blog and include a chakra guide.  I forget sometimes that not everyone is familiar with chakras, Reiki, and other energy work terms.


Have a good one!!


Laurie

Artfire Daily Collection

Spiraling Up” by Primal Painter

I’ve felt strangely verbally stifled for the past few days.   I think it has to do with the creative process kicking in and that seems to negate the desire to do computer related left brain kind of things.  Creativity is very nonverbal for me, it’s abstract and in my head,  my eyes, and my hands and doesn’t have much of anything to do with words and certainly not links and other crapola. Actually, when I’m embroiled in a creative frenzy, the computer seems like a chore and me no likey chores. 

Also, it’s spring for cryin’ out loud!  I have a garden to get ready to plant, phlox to transplant, red tipped photinias and Heavenly Bamboo to plant, yard to mow, flower beds to clean up…..Bizzeee bizzeee bizzeee.

I love my tall purple phlox.  They get green early, stay green late, have beautiful aromatic flowers that last a long time, and spread like crazy.  I transplant some every year to different parts of the yard.  I may have to name my place Phloxville….Welcome to Phloxville, Where Purple Rules….  (Wow, strange mental meanderings, maybe I should have stuck with the verbal stiflement! lol)  Did I mention the smell of the lilac bushes that’s permeating everything right now?  How could I possibly focus on computer stuff with that wonderful aroma in the air?
 
Have you heard about Artfire’s Daily Collection email they’re sending out….daily?  It’s pretty cool, actually.  You have to sign up to receive it (there’s a button at the top right of this post where you can do that) and you’ll be assigned a number.  With each Daily Collection, they’re awarding the person with the matching number a $100 gift certificate to spend in any Pro shop of their choice.  It’s pretty good odds, I’m thinking

If you’re a collection maker, now would be the time to get one made.  Think of the exposure if yours got chosen for the daily email.  Wow!  With Artfire, there’s nothing saying you can’t include your own items as opposed to Etsy where it’s frowned on.  I haven’t been there long enough to know if people actually include their own things very often, but I think it’s a great idea.

Here’s a cool Artfire Collection put together by Richard from Prankearts.  It’s called ‘Blue Dreams”

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Pretty isn’t it!  I love blue!  Thanks to Richard from Prankearts.  Be sure to check out his Artfire Studio, he does some really beautiful impressionistic style paintings.

Later,
Laurie

Artfire’s 45 Day Success Guide – Days 11 and 12

“Metamorphosis” by Primal Painter´╗┐
I’m still  working on Artfire’s 45 Day Success Guide. I’ve gotten several energy art prints listed in my Artfire Studio, ´╗┐ and also in my Etsy Shop, but I’m still short of having the recommended number of 40 things listed according to day nine of the guide …….40!!! Holy cow, that’s alot.  I’m starting to think that a big key for success is having a high number of things  listed.
I’ve managed to get 21 things listed, so that’ll have to be good enough for now.  It takes quite a bit of time to list things I’ve noticed, even on Artfire.  Having duplicate listings on Etsy requires that the titles and descriptions be 30% different from each other or google will ignore one or the other of the listings.  So for those of us who have shops in both places, give one of those duplicate listings a different title, and write a new first paragraph.  30% is quite a bit more than I was expecting to have to change. Gah!
Also, something else I discovered, on Artfire if applicable, list multiples for your items.  Apparently, when you re-list an item, all of those links and SEO that have built up over time disappear and  you have to start over from scratch.  So listing multiples will keep your links alive for a long time, and that’s a good thing. I’m wondering if frequent re-listing on Etsy loses your links and that’s why google search percentages can be lower on Etsy. Re-listing helps with on-site category searches, though, but I’m starting to be suspicious that the Etsy re-listing strategy isn’t google friendly. 
I’m on day 12 now, although I groan loudly at the requirements for social media and may not do it.  For me, twitter is easier than facebook, just a quick little blurb and you’re out.  Artfire and Etsy both make it easy to do. Facebook seems like a popularity contest that I’m losing……and I don’t like to lose! 
At first when I was doing the facebook thing, I was spending way too much time on there, commenting, shout outs, link love, and I got a ridiculously high number of shop views and hearts.  No sales, though, and I was spending quite a bit of time there for no sales….time that I should have spent in the studio.  Plus, you have to keep up the effort or you’ll lose people’s interest.  It can turn into an addiction, I think.   I understand how it would be beneficial though, and I’ll probably try it again at some point.  
Now Etsy is starting to be more like facebook every day!  Have you noticed that now there are “like” buttons on your etsy pages? Geeze….. 
Here’s a little summary of days 11 and 12:

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Day 11

Your Daily Checklist

Five New Products listed in your ArtFire Studio  (good grief!)
Three Posts on the ArtFire community Forums   (I’ll try….)
Three Tweets sent from your Twitter Account   (I can do that…..)
Two Posts on your Facebook Fanpage Wall    (Oh maaaannn, nobody will even notice)
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Day 12
Social Media Day Two

We encourage every seller to maintain both their ArtFire blog and an offsite blog (with different material). While this may seem overwhelming, but committing to two blog posts a week (one on each blog), will provide you with the benefits of being an active blogger and keep your readers coming back as long as you post regularly.

(Two blog posts a week, one on each,  that doesn’t sound too bad……)
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Your Daily Checklist

Three Posts on the ArtFire community Forums (We’ll see…)
Five Tweets sent from your Twitter Account   (5 tweets now?  Gah!)
Two Posts on your Facebook Fanpage Wall   (noooooo)
One Blog post on your offsite Blog  (Done!)
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If you go to the Success Guide  there are all kinds of helpful links for each day plus more in depth  suggestions.

Well I’m off to tweet something,  maybe I’ll post something in the forums, (I’m not sure about that), and I may drag myself kicking and screaming to facebook.  I think I’m nervous about getting addicted to the popularity aspect and then feeling up or down based on the number of comments, impressions, likes….  I even read somewhere that some people are getting facebook depression because they aren’t getting noticed like some of their peers.  That saddens me…..

My success at following the success guide doesn’t seem to be too successful so far!

Have an awesome day!

Laurie

My New Strategy

I’m going to start putting the new things that I’ve listed on Artfire here in my blog complete with links, blah blah blah, all that SEO stuff.  I’ve decided I really need to make a push to generate sales because I’m tired of treading water (oh and I’m broke).

For someone who’s really laid back, I can be very competitive.  I seem to have lost that competitive oomph for the last few years, but there was a time when it was a driving force for me.  Of course, after achieving the goal, I would get bored and have to start from the bottom with something else.  Hopefully that won’t happen this time, but yesterday, I was excited to feel  that little defiant surge of “if other people can make x amount of dollars per month, so can I” attitude.

There are two main things I’m going to do.  First, I’m developing new products. The funky art pendants which I’m making with mini wallet sized prints of my digital energy art are really cool and affordable.  Plus, I’m incorporating my prints into ready to hang wall art.  I’m not talking frames and mats, I’m talking airbrushed embellished wood “mats” to enhance the presentation of the print in an affordable way. 

I don’t know about other people, but I’d be more inclined to buy prints that are ready to hang as opposed  to matting and framing them myself.   I’m thinking that presenting them differently from the other prints out there might set mine apart.

Second, I’ve decided I’m going to try Artfire’s 45 Day Success Guide.  I’m not the most self-disciplined person in the world, so I thought maybe if I announce that I’m going to do it, I’ll actually stick to it.  Gee, wouldn’t that be novel! 

The first week is mostly getting your shop set up and a getting a few things listed, so I got to jump to day 8 which is about writing in the provided blog.  (Really?  Another blog? Oh maaannn…..) Actually, they say that if nothing else, just write an introduction post about yourself and your artwork,  plus include a link to your main blog, so I guess I can do that. 

Melinda, from Inspiration Earth did a feature on me a few weeks ago, and I was thinking (with her permission, of course) that I would use excerpts from that interview as my introductory post, providing links to her blog and  her Artfire shop  Inspiration-Earth.  Melinda’s questions were so insightful and thought provoking for me, she really was the trigger for me pulling together my intentions into written form. Thanks Melinda!
Another important thing that was mentioned in this success guide, is how important it is to get as many products listed as soon as possible.  That way, your products will be indexed by google much faster and will show up in a google search.  This is different from the Etsy strategy of listing one thing here and one thing there in a futile effort to be seen at the top of the listings (for a whole, what? 5 minutes if that?)
Other important strategies, tweet your listing, post a link to your new listing on facebook, put a link on your blog, add it to stumbleupon, kaboodle, and something new called pinterest.  I haven’t actually checked out pinterest yet, but I’ve started doing the other things.  Oh and post in the forums three times a day. I tried that yesterday and got Nuthin’…no views, no nuthin’!

So we’ll see how it goes.  Such a beautiful day today, maybe I should wait to start everything tomorrow…..oh nooooo, get a grip, Laurie, remember the word “BROKE.”

Have an awesome day!

Later,

Laurie