Somewhere along my path, I was introduced to the concept of "finding-one’s edge". Roughly defined, it’s that space between pushing through one’s boundaries of comfort and safety without creating undue stress or harm. Wouldn't that be enlightened space from which to make art?
While working on this Edge Series, I discovered that the process of painting is much like the practice of yoga. The artist has a canvas. The yogi has a mat, When they come to those places, they invite intention.
All things begin with an intention.
Before I began this series of paintings, I thought I had clear idea of what they would be but, as I worked, they became something else. In the end, the result is different from my original concept––a reminder not to become too attached to outcomes, perhaps?
About Carmichael Yoga:
Carmichael Yoga offers yoga on land (mat) and air (aerial yoga hammocks)! The studio is huge and spacious (a rare sighting for yoga studios) with floor to ceiling glass windows that bring in natural light and make for a truly lovely practice. Carmichael Yoga offers a diverse variety of yoga styles that welcome all bodies and all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. It is one of the very few studios in Northern California that offers aerial yoga using silk fabrics/hammocks suspended from the ceiling. Aerial Yoga is a great practice for balance, core strength and inversions. It gives the best decompression for the spine, without placing weight on the joints or muscles!
Link to Carmichael Yoga’s schedule can be found at: http://carmichaelyoga.com/class-schedule/
Or by downloading the MINDBODY app at: https://get.mndbdy.ly/s1ud/FxwSKcxt2I
The Edge Series; Mooladhara 36"x36" metallic foils and powders with acrylic paint on canvas 1200.00
Mooladara, the root chakra, is associated with the color red and it defines our relation to Earth. It impacts our vitality, passion and survival instincts. The red chakra colors are also indicative of our need for logic and order, physical strength and sexuality as well as the fight or flight response when faced with danger. The sense of smell in the human body is connected to the Root Chakra. The gland to which the root chakra is attached is the Gonads.
The Edge Series; Swadhisthana. 36"x36" metallic foils and powders with acrylic paint on canvas 1200.00
The sacral chakra is associated with the color orange. Swadishthana chakra relates to the water element in the human body. The chakra colors orange impact sexuality, reproductive function, joy, desire and even creativity, compassion for others etc. The sense of Taste is associated with the Sacral Chakra. Glands and organs impacted by this chakra include the lymphatic system, female reproductive organs, large intestine, pelvis, bladder etc.
The Edge Series; Mani Pura 36"x36" metallic foils and powders with acrylic paint on canvas 1200.00
Mani Pura, the solar plexus chakra, is the personal power chakra that is responsible for one’s individual and professional success. The color yellow is associated with fire, energy, charge etc. This element of fire, when balanced and harmonious allows one to feel more confident, cheerful and energetic along with a right amount of respect for self and others. Our sense of sight is associated with the solar plexus chakra. The glands or organs associated with Solar plexus chakra are Adrenal glands.
The Edge Series; Anahata 36"x36" metallic foils and powders with acrylic paint on canvas 1200.00
Anahata, the heart chakra is associated with the color Green. This chakra influences our relationships and has the Air element. A weak heart chakra is responsible for sabotaging the relationships through distrust, anger and envy etc. Sense of touch is impacted by the heart chakra and the glands connected to it are Thymus and lymph.
The Edge Series; Vishuddi, 36"x36" metallic foils and powders with acrylic paint on canvas 1200.00
Vishuddi, the Throat Chakra refers to our true voice. The color blue is associated with the ability to communicate, listen etc. The ethereal element of the Throat Chakra, when balanced, allows an individual to have pleasant voice, artistic abilities, expressive ways and also ability to be in a higher place spiritually. The individuals with balanced throat chakra are able to meditate well and use their energy efficiently and artistically. The glands to which the Throat chakra is attached are the esophagus, ears, throat, thyroid, jaws, teeth and neck vertebrae
The Edge Series; Ajna, 36"x36" metallic foils and powders with acrylic paint on canvas 1200.00
Ajna, the Third Eye; literally translates to “centre of knowing or monitoring”. This chakra is associated with chakra colors Indigo and is connected to the Pineal or pituitary gland. Those with a well balanced brow chakra can have telepathic abilities, charismatic personality and they often do not have any fear of death. The element of electricity or telepathy along with the chakra colors of Indigo are associated with our sense of Thought.
The Edge Series; Sahasrara 36"x36" metallic foils and powders with acrylic paint on canvas 1200.00
The Crown Chakra, known as Sahasrara, is associated with the colors of violet or purple. The crown chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, nervous system, and the brain and head region with its element of light. In its balanced state, this chakra can render individuals the ability to perform miracles, transcend the laws of nature, and have a heightened awareness of death and immortality.
The Edge Series; White Out, 36"x36" metallic foils and powders with acrylic paint on canvas 1200.00
White is sometimes shown to denote the Higher Crown and connection to the soul's purpose. White represents purity and balance. It contains all the colors and is sometimes referred to as 'the many colored lotus'.
Descriptions of chakra colors and their meanings were found on Color Meanings.com.