Daily Art- New Work- Enhanced Vision

oil painting

Full Painting




“Enhanced Vision’

24″ x 18″


back stapled/finished sides

ready to hang

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Here is the quote for this work:

“Clearly, the shift to a higher form of consciousness could not happen passively. The transformation of consciousness requires not only personal work, but direct and surgically precise engagement with ecological, political, psychological, commercial, technological, and spiritual aspects of reality — as Nietzsche noted, the deed creates the doer, “as an afterthought.” It is inconceivable that a movement to a state of higher consciousness could take place in a subconscious murk. Such a shift could take place in only one way: in the full light of consciousness. To accomplish this would require the complete engagement of our will and our higher cognitive faculties. We would have to decondition ourselves from negative programming, overcoming distractions and self-justifications and egocentric goals — to “abandon abandonment” and “escape escapism,” as I was once told in a dream — in order to act for the greater good. At the moment, it is unclear how much sacrifice will be necessary. As futurist thinker Barbara Marx Hubbard writes in her book, Conscious Evolution:

If the positive innovations connect exponentially before the massive breakdowns reinforce one another, the system can repattern itself to a higher order of consciousness and freedom without the predicted economic, environmental, or social collapse….If the system could go either way, a slight intervention to assist the convergence of the positive can tip the scales of evolution in favor of the enhancement of life on Earth.

If our current civilization were to disintegrate — a possibility that should not seem outlandish, considering the New Orleans flood, peak oil theories, and numerous ecological factors — we might face an apocalyptic passage, forcing us to evolve at high speed. Breakdown and breakthrough may happen simultaneously.”

When I am working, this is the kind of thing I see inside my head. Sometimes one of the possibilities steps forward, and I am granted a clear view of the subject and I will paint that out. Sometimes I just see the cloud of possibilities and I paint out that feeling, what ever it may be. When I started this work, I was talking on the phone, doing my job, and I started doodling on a canvas that was nearby. I rarely draw anything out first, a simple sketch is all that is needed most times, and in fact I don’t practice my drawing skills near enough. To make it easier to practice I have taken to doodling on canvas instead of paper first. When I do feel like drawing, it’s an in the moment thing, I can rarely re-produce those drawings with the same intensity or clarity.
Back to this work; I was kicked back at my desk, talking and drawing. When I am working with a client…I use the same interior image as I do when I am setting up a session in studio. I didn’t realize that until I finished this work.
Isn’t that funny? To be using the same interior landscape for two different types of work? Well, maybe it’s just funny that I can go through my life feeling like I am super aware of everything, every emotion and situation with an in the moment attitude, and yet just now find out that this is my blank slate imagery? Eh, who knew? 🙂
The colors change as I work with clients, the colors tell me where each person needs light shed, or knots untangled. When I need information from the universe for these people, and for my art work, the images will step out, and revel its truths. Sometimes when I am working for clients, these images turn into the person they are wanting to connect with, in this reality or other levels of energy. I can engage in information sharing with these energies, translating, if you will for the client. When I am working on a painting/creation it happens much the same way, except they rarely turn into people, more often they are symbolic messages from my subconscious back brain. When I can let myself go, and just float inside my head, I watch the changing colors and soft edged images that come up. When I started doodling, my hand drew without my brain engaged or judging and I ended up with my internal magic lava lamp on the canvas.
I thought that was cool beans, so I painted it in the colors of that day. The highest realms of information are deep blues and rich turquoise. Below that, the next layers are done in velvet purples, fading into musty greens. The lowest layers are done in creamy white, high blues and the dusty greens. The background is not white, but a soft off-white with buttery yellow hues.
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  1. bluejude
    April 18, 2008

    Cool Beans Indeed! YOU are so talented. HAPPY WEEKEND!

  2. Vikki North
    April 19, 2008

    There’s something different about this work from what we’re used to seeing from you. It has a slight ominous tone to it (and that’s not a negative). Sometimes the most beautiful paintings can have an underlying sadness or alternate meaning to them.

    You stated that you were talking to a client over the phone when you started it. The feeling the work emanates could have even been inspired by whomever you were talking to.

    I also find that an intensely ‘pre planned’ drawing never really works out. I can sketch every intended detail, but when the paint hits the canvas it will define itself regardless of my wishes. I sometimes think that a painting has it’s own spirit. As artist, we are the instruments… to be of service.

    It’s a beautiful work, Heather.

  3. San
    April 21, 2008

    Heather, I loved reading about the enmeshing of your art with your work with clients. It’s all about the energy, isn’t it?

    Lovely painted multitude.


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