Thursday, July 18, 2013

Barn Owl Totem Symbolism

The Barn Owl is one of the most beautiful owl totems to work with. It is also known as an old soul, holding wisdom of ancient ones. Its heart shaped face is symbolic for the ability to think and perceive with the heart and the mind. This brings about a balance for those that hold the barn owl as their totem. 
Barn Owl Totem, an "Old Soul", a contemporary folk art painting by Jeanne Fry

They have excellent hearing, and have been shown to have the sharpest hearing of any animal ever tested. They can hear and see what others do not. They know the secrets that others hold by their keen senses. Combined with the energy they carry as old souls, they teach one how to not only hear what is around them, but also to hear one's own inner voice.

When courting, the male will show the female potential nesting sites, as if he were a real estate agent. He tends to her by bringing food. They will nest in tree hollows, caves, and old buildings. She can lay 3-6 eggs. Even though these "old souls" carry such a wealth of wisdom, their physical being has a life span of just one to two years. 
They move about in silent flight, teaching one that it is often best to be keep a privacy about their journey in order to achieve their goals.
Barn Owl Painting by Jeanne Fry

The Original of this painting has sold. It is available as an Art Print in my Fine Art America online shop
Barn Owl Totem "The Old Soul" Art Print

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

She had nothing left to I gave to her what little I had

Time leaves its mark where it has traveled. A weathered surface and an eroded landscape can be its signature, or maybe just a memory lingering on what used to be.

Yesterday we visited our Sacred Space, a little area nestled along the river that hugs up against a mountain. Its a slow flowing river filled with large boulders that beg you to come sit and be hidden, hidden from everything, even your own thoughts. The mountain embraces and supports you, allowing you to be safe, relaxed, and open. While you are here, you can release your pains, let go of worry, and be filled with strength and inspiration.

We knew before we arrived that things would be different. We knew that there had been a change, new developers had come in to build their housing lots jammed up to the mountain and when doing so began roping off the river. It had always been open to the public as you would drive down the curvy road with pull offs, allowing one to spend time at the river.  But now being able to find even a little space that wasn't roped off, fenced off, and hammered with private signs was a job in itself. 
When finally we spotted a place where we could pull off, the path to the river was a challenging hike. As soon as we felt like a void.

The water still meandered as it always had, but the energy now was different. As I stood looking around, it looked as if someone had disturbed her. Fallen trees just didn't lay right, and piles of rocks were obviously not in there natural occurrence. Mostly she felt empty, that magical feeling of spirit seemed to have escaped.

I climbed through this new obstacle course and found a large boulder to sit on. I watched the water as it flowed down and sat quietly, but could not feel her (Gaia). There were no birds, no hawks flying over, no dragonflies skipping the water. I layed my hand down on the boulder in order to "hear" her....and I felt emptiness. Where normally I would feel energy, warmth, and what I felt was like a weak pulse. 

She has become a parcel, a possession, fallen into the greed of man. Those that have loved her and cared for her are not longer allowed to come. The circle of life that filled this section of the world doesn't come to visit any longer.
As my hand lay on the boulder, I knew that in her emptiness she had nothing left to I gave to her what little I had.

 I gave her the respect and love that she deserves. I thanked her with my deepest gratitude for the sacredness she had always provided. I attempted to give her what she had always given me....healing.
I got up and started climbing back to the road, so deeply saddened, shaking my head at when "man" will realize that not everything should have a price tag.
I know that we will not visit again, this special place that we gave and received such love. But a little piece of us will always be here with her.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Independence Day Art Sale at Conscious Art Studios

We're wishing everyone a happy 4th of July week ! Here in the South many of our festivities are being dampened or canceled by some incredible rains. Since we are staying indoors, we created a special sale that will run from today July 3rd through Sunday July 7th. 

First, you can collect our unique Art Pendants at 25% off their regular price by using coupon code "FireworksSale" at checkout for the discount. 
The glass art pendants are normally $20, now making them $15. 
You can follow the link to our Art Pendants here

Crow in the Ancient Healing Garden Glass Art Pendant on Ribbon Necklace

The Path of Life Glass Art Pendant and Earring Set

The art pendant bolo necklaces are normally $15, and by using the coupon will be $11.25. The bolo pendant easily slides on the leather cord to adjust your length.
Art Pendant Bolo Necklace

Then, in another part of the studio, I have created the "25 Dollar Painting Sale". It is a section all it's own and the paintings that are included there are already marked down to the sale price with no special coupons to use. All different sizes, some paintings are on canvas and some on watercolor paper, and all paintings that need a forever home.
You can follow the link  to the Painting Sale in our Artfire Studio here

Love Hangs On, Original on Canvas 7 x 14

A collection of paintings included in the 25 Dollar Painting Sale 

Have a beautiful holiday weekend and in your relaxing moments, grab a glass of iced tea and take a browse through the shop :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Painted Horse Symbolism Contemporary Folk Art

I meet with this horse once a year. He is a beautiful horse, gentle and kind, with eyes that are filled with compassion. He has an old soul that you know is filled with wisdom, and when spending time with him your own spirit is set as ease. 
Painted Horse, Contemporary Folk Art Painting by Jeanne Fry

He speaks to you through his gaze. During our last visit, as I stroked his back, I had a better vision of this life. I was able to put my fears aside, with a complete understanding that we are all protected as we walk our path. We need not worry about the destination at this moment, only where we are traveling today. If we do so with a perfect love and perfect trust, our journey becomes easier and our lessons more profound. And although so often we can feel alone within our path, truly we never are. For all of us our walking our path at the same time, they coincide, paths cross, we meet in the middle, we help and guide one another. People and Guides are placed strategically along our path. Sometimes they stay with us for a life time, and sometimes only for a particular curve in the journey. Irregardless, our lives are the richer for it.
As my visit ends each time with the horse, I honor him for the wisdom and gently stroke his face. 
We will meet again.

The Original Painting is listed in our Etsy shop here:
Painted Horse Original Painting on Etsy 

There are also Art Prints available of it in our Fine Art America online shop here
Painted Horse Art Print 
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