Friday, September 23, 2011

Art Pendants!

I am very excited to unveil my newest creation: Art Pendants!

Lucid Art Pendents

Yep...thats right, now you can wear my art 'round your neck if you so choose.

wearing my art pendant
Here I am, proudly modeling one of the pendants on a ribbon necklace. I have 6 out of 40 listed in my etsy shop, so stay tuned for more to come!

art pendant by Chelsea Rose
A bit about the pendants:
These one of a kind necklaces feature an original piece of art by me or Danny Ebru that has been sealed into a glass pendant using water resistant glaze and hung from an adjustable ribbon necklace.

Here are the first three pendants featuring my art that we have listed in our etsy shop:

Faery Masquerade Art Pendant- $10 see the sale listing here.

"The art used in this necklace is an archival giclee print of Chelsea's original acrylic painting 'Masquerade Ball.' Let this pendant serve as a thing of beauty or work as a good luck charm of sorts, helping you tap into your personal mystery and self made magick. "

Cat Goddess Bast Art Pendant- $10 see the sale listing here.

"The art used in this necklace is an archival giclee print of Chelsea's original acrylic painting 'Bast, Keeper of the Meadow.'Let this pendant serve as a thing of beauty or work as a good luck charm of sorts, unleashing the stamina and power of your inner lioness. "

Third Eye Goddess Art Pendant- $10 see the sale listing here.

"Chelsea's drawing, 'Third Eye Goddess' used in this necklace is not a print but an original mini colored pencil illustration created for the sole purpose of turning your neck into an art gallery. Let this pendant serve as a thing of beauty or work as a good luck charm of sorts, stimulating your third eye, sharpening your perspective of this world and the ones in-between. "

So, there you have it. Many more to be added into our online shop in the next few weeks as i find time to take pictures and list the pendants( we have around 40 made!)
I cant wait to see what sort of response we get with them down at the Portland Saturday Market this weekend. Wish us luck!

Much love,
-Chelsea Rose
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Monday, September 19, 2011

I won a heart! A true history about my love affair with art.

Look what I won! Look what I won!

Its a hand knit, embroidered and beaded heart charm stuffed full of good vibrations and witchy woman herbs made by my friend Michelle Simpkins AKA Greenwoman.
How did I win it? I entered into a writing contest Michelle was holding on her blog. To win I wrote and submitted a piece of writing about my love for my "vocational calling", art!
This is what I wrote:

For the most part art and love have been interchangeable labels to a single powerful force that’s continuously shaped my life. I know art had its influence over me before I was even born. Looking on the photos I have in my possession I feel as though I can almost recollect my mother down at the Venice Beach, CA boardwalk, her pregnant belly slightly altering the way she held her guitar on the streets as she played and sang the blues with her band. I can imagine the way the vibrations of her guitar penetrated her flesh to reach my budding form and how I must have danced in womb to the rhythms of her strumming and the glowing of her soul as she manifested her art.

I was told that when I was no older than a few months, just big enough to sit in a high chair my mother would put a pencil in my hand and lay a paper on my tray and watch as I sat mesmerized for hours as my little hand created mark after mark on the paper. I am sure I was held captivated by these first few acts of creation, no matter how small of a squiggle they were because even back then I must have understood in some instinctual way that the marks were an exciting proof of my own existence and the existence of self made magic. This might have been the way I learned love for myself, life and the world around me.

As I grew up I was surrounded by an eclectic mix of artist protectors who were also my mentors. Every day was Christmas in Venice beach, the home of my little world of worlds. I remember being constantly gifted presents of art supplies. Even though we didn’t have much money the means to do art was never obstructed. Art supplies was fished out of a dumpster just for me by Ralph the bum and delivered on my doorstep in the middle of the night with great care and ceremony, the half used nubs of the legendary Sunny Zorro’s oil pastels were routinely set aside and sealed in a cigar box just for me, and then there were the days I was gifted lessons of life and art by Chris Eve’s the wise kindly English painter man who also spoke of faery lore and the truth about Daddy Longlegs and their gentle nature. I was doted upon and cared for in this way by many, the exchange of art supplies and knowledge one and the same with their gift of love and devotion.

Later on, in years of upheaval and transformation there were times I felt like life’s magic had been washed out or left behind. Finding myself lost in new places with different customs and bizarre senses of community lead me to begin to consider myself a stranger. That sense of self love and love of life that I had known throughout my younger years, even in times of severe adversity, had begun to fade. It wasn’t until I caught myself one day feverishly typing out a stream of consciousness prose instead of writing an English essay for high school that I finally began a dialogue with a part of myself I had feared lost. This communication lead me to the realization that one major part of my life was missing and that was the art. The moment I began to allow myself to paint, to draw, to write poetry again I felt that love seep back into my veins and slowly light up my world once again.

To this day I use art as a life line, an anchor. Art is the great balancer of my life. I take vast comfort in the knowledge that I can make anywhere a healthy home so long as I bring my love, my art within me. I use art as a way to continue the exploration of myself and my place in the world. I use it as a way to explore folk lore, the human condition, and the intentions of the cosmos, my roots, my ancestors and their very real connection to the modern world, the person I am constantly becoming. I post my art online, show it in local art fairs and galleries and in this way I mean to share my manifestations of love, coxing my art out into the universe in hopes that they might touch an international, multi universal or maybe even a multi dimensional audience and have its small part in the knitting together of a great encompassing community. Art is where the heart is. So mote it be.


Writing the words above a couple weeks ago made me feel very thankful to the universe. I am so spoiled! But yes, very happy to love the life I lead and lead the life I love.
I cant wait to get my heart charm in the mail!

In other news, this past weekend me and the little helper elves of Lucid Optic Lab have been super busy crafting art you can wear! Thats right, I have found a way to put my artwork into glass pendants and will be releasing a line of art necklaces in our etsy shop in the next few days, so keep your eyes pealed.

Much love and light,
-Chelsea Rose
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Live painting at the Belmont Street Fair + Mandala Calendar PreSALE

So, Danny Ebru and I changed things up this weekend. Instead of selling our art down at the Portland Saturday Market we participated in this years Belmont Street fair.

We were set up in what was called "the Artist Alley" on 34th and Belmont in a 10'x10' booth. Check out this panoramic shot that Danny took of the booth:

Belmont Street Fair 2011

We were at the event from 12pm-8pm so I brought my current painting to work on inside the booth:
Live painting at the Belmont Street Fair
Live painting at the Belmont Street Fair
I got a lot of work done sitting there painting all day inbetween sales( you cant see too much progress in these photos because they were taken in the beginning of the day.)
We had a great time, although the heat of the day nearly knocked us out a few times. Met some wonderful people, did great with sales and may have a commissioned painting gig or two coming our way soon.

In other news, check out this Mandala Calendar Danny has designed and published:

Its officially called:
Mandalas & Yantras, Sacred Geometry Art 2012 Calendar
and its on PreSALE in our etsy shop here for only $15!

A bit about it: Combining the work of several independent artist with the wisdom of traditional symbolism and sacred geometry we mindfully created a calendar to enhance the quality of the lives it touches through its presence.

The 12 month calendar features art from five different artist, Joanne Licardo, Roger Long, Mark Marasco, Danny Rodriguez, and Nobuaki Suzuki.

In this calendar we have marked holidays and observances for the U.S., Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, Rastafarian, and Celtic traditions.

*Calendar will become available October 6th 2011. Take advantage of the presale and save. Presale price $15, Regular price $20.

Thats all the news I have rightnow. Check back soon for more.
Love and Light,
-Chelsea Rose
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Long weekend filled with artly goodness

I am feeling much refreshed after the 3 day weekend.
On Saturday Danny Ebru and I did great selling our artwork down at the Portland Saturday Market.
On Sunday I concentrated on adding a bit more color ideas to my current acrylic painting in the works. Here is a snapshot of my progress so far:
my art corner
Im still working out the colors and patterns of her dress. A portion of the original dress pattern that I marked out wasn't pleasing me so I whited out what I had and plan to start on it again soon.

In addition to my painting project I also went outside into the field in front of our home and spent a half hour picking black berries from which I made a pie. I used a gluten/wheat free flour and honey instead of sugar and I am happy to report it turned out rather yummly indeed. Oh and baked some cornbread too!

On Monday I slept in a bit, did some work around the home and then Danny and I settled back into our art studio and continued to work on our projects:
Three Day Weekend
Danny was working on hand painting a silkscreen of a six armed sri shiva...cant wait to see what comes of it!

More artly goodness coming soon.

Love and Light,
-Chelsea Rose
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Elephantress - new painting, Work In Progress photos and more

Hello all,
Just stoppin in to share with you the first few glimpses of my new painting during its process of creation:
Elephantress WIP
art table 09 01 2011
This piece is inspired by Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, light, prosperity, fortune, generosity and more. I always referred to her as the 'Elephant Goddess' which is incorrect....but she is usually depicted as a fresh faced goddess with many arms holding lotuses, surounded by elephants. So, you can see where I drew inspiration for this character. The green background works well with the themes of fortune and fertility too.
Excited to begin this painting...looking forward to working more on it soon!

Here is my original pen and ink drawing of her:
(original pen and ink drawing by Chelsea Rose)
....I do have 5"x7" prints avilaible of her for $7 here.

In other news, this weekend Danny Ebru and I will be out sellin our art down at the Portland Saturday Market:
Portland Saturday Market
Come look for us, chat a spell and maybe, just maybe grab up some art while your at it!

I do so hope your summer has been enjoyable.
Much love and light,
-Chelsea Rose
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