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Rebirth, 14”x24”, oil on wood, SOLD “Rebirth” is…

Rebirth, 14”x24”, oil on wood, SOLD

“Rebirth” is imbued with an atmosphere of growth in the spirit of the sixth bardo (or in between state) of becoming or transmigration. After death, this bardo endures until the inner-breath commences in the new life form determined by the “karmic seeds”, represented in paint by cacti seeds, within the storehouse consciousness. The imagery in this piece contains symbols pertinent to myself. Succulents are organisms which have long provided extreme fascination biologically in the way they grow and reproduce, Peyote cacti being particularly poignant in representing the states of rebirth which can occur during hallucinatory experiences. The rings circling the growth form symbolize an intense period of rebirth experienced during a personal Return of Saturn.

Rebirth, 14”x24”, oil on wood, SOLD “Rebirth” is…

Rebirth, 14”x24”, oil on wood, SOLD

“Rebirth” is imbued with an atmosphere of growth in the spirit of the sixth bardo (or in between state) of becoming or transmigration. After death, this bardo endures until the inner-breath commences in the new life form determined by the “karmic seeds”, represented in paint by cacti seeds, within the storehouse consciousness. The imagery in this piece contains symbols pertinent to myself. Succulents are organisms which have long provided extreme fascination biologically in the way they grow and reproduce, Peyote cacti being particularly poignant in representing the states of rebirth which can occur during hallucinatory experiences. The rings circling the growth form symbolize an intense period of rebirth experienced during a personal Return of Saturn.

Transcendental Hallucinations, 14”x24”, oil on…

Transcendental Hallucinations, 14”x24”, oil on wood

According to Tibetan teachings, the bardo (or liminal state) which occurs after death and before one’s next birth disconnects one’s consciousness with the physical body where after a particular sequence of degeneration follows. The consciousness experiences the clearest reality of which one is spiritually capable and then proceeds to terrifying hallucinations that arise from one’s previous unskillful actions. The orchid in this painting represents the great opportunity for liberation given to those who are practiced in a controlled mind of meditation. The Black Racer snake offers a depiction of a dangerous place as the karmically created hallucinations can impel one into a less than desirable rebirth.

ART’clectic Artisans Market coming to Jacksonville in December

Art'clectic December Artist and Artisan Holiday Market in Jacksonville Oregon Flyer

2014 Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour

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Take advantage of our “Fall Getaway” special! Stay 3 nights for the price of 2! Valid through December 31st, 2014. NOT valid with any other discount rate or special offer! Use promo code “Fall Getaway” when booking reservation. 360-642-4401

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Join us at the Beach for Thanksgiving Weekend and enjoy the 2014 Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour!

One of the very best ways to see the beauty of the peninsula and to discover the many talents our creative members possess. Travel up and down the peninsula through Chinook, Ilwaco, Long Beach, along the bayside, Ocean Park and Surfside…the art you find as you journey will be as different as the villages you travel through. PAA’s office in Long Beach may also hold a few artists and several new artist studios are planned for this year as well. It’s great to see where the artists actually create and have the chance to talk to them about their work. Most stops will be serving refreshments. This is a family friendly outing and the perfect way to start off holiday shopping…what’s better than something handcrafted or one-of-a-kind?

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The Many Faces of Pookie, Zeus and Zena are Finished – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

The completed paintings of Pookie, Zeus and Zena are soon to be headed down to California! They are part of the “Limitless Love” project, which is now a 501(C)(3) – for a traveling museum show featuring artwork of Pookie, Zeus and Zena. Admission fees to the show will be donated to an animal charity. These sweet dogs are being memorialized in a wide variety of art forms and styles by over 100 artists in the US and Europe – paintings, drawings, Legos, animation, etc. My commission was to capture Pookie, Zeus, and Zena’s expressions, in a collection of whimsical 10 x 10 inch portraits. Some of the photos I was working with were quite blurry, and the coloring in each dog changed quite a bit as the dogs aged. That made this a much bigger challenge than I anticipated,  as I needed to get the same level of detail across all of the paintings and the colors/age of the dogs looking consistent across the paintings for each dog – something to keep in mind for future projects!

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Japanese Garden magic

Japanese Garden magic

A new ACEO art – fall porch with a pumpkin.

Here’s another in my garden series:

ACEOs (2.5×3.5″) – pen and wash (watercolor) on vintage handwritten (1887) ledger paper. This time it’s a old porch with pumpkin and stunning autumn foliage.

Can be seen online on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/291288436445 artistjillian – Jillian Crider. Art journal, urban sketchbook style. Original.

Now available, and more coming … FINE ART PRINTS of my art. Choose quality and framing you want!

After initially opening a store on ImageKind in 2008, I’m now revitalizing this. My art has never been available as prints like this anywhere else. I think it’s time to resurface.
FINE ART PRINTS STARTING FROM JUST $17 …
ImageKind is a ‘print-on-demand’ online store where my art is on file so that you can choose what artwork YOU want – be it a simple, inexpensive, quality art print on paper,

“New Directions: Perhaps dimensional, Perhaps intuitive” watercolors by Elaine Frenett

Encaustic mixed media by Elaine Frenett

Encaustic mixed media by Elaine Frenett

This gathering of newer pieces swerves strongly from Elaine’s usual approach. An inner yearning to move into a new way of expressing hatched from the play and process she has so come to love: visual art journaling. With no agenda, the pigment, be it wax or watercolor, was slathered onto the surfaces. And from there whatever whispered to her, she followed.

“It’s like leaving myself behind, and finding myself at the same time,” says Frenett. “Won’t you come see if you can hear the whispers, too?

Come see Elaine’s art upstairs at AAC  in her studio–No. 13.

First Friday Art Walk Reception, November 7, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

As always, visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center

There will also be refreshments and live music