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new website, new direction

This summer has been rich with deep exploration of my purpose in life and my purpose in my work. Journals have been filled with explorations of the threads connecting my work as an artist and my work as a therapist and how both of these aspects of my work flow directly from my values: connection with others, deep play, self-discovery, creative expression, transformation, beauty, and heart-centered living. A desire has been growing in me for the last several months to create a series of online offerings that bring my heart-centered transformational work to a larger audience....

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new print in shop

a photo of a mixed media painting by angela amias

  -from the other side of silence. mixed media on wood panel. 9x12- As I was finishing this painting today and waiting for the title to come to me, these lines from Theodore Roethke's poem, Journey to the Interior were running through my head: On the one side of silence there is no smile; But when I breath with the birds, The spirit of wrath becomes the spirit of blessing, And the dead begin from the dark to sing in my sleep. In other news, I am in the process of setting up my Etsy shop so it will be easier to buy framed originals. I...

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some thoughts

This morning, while preparing a print to ship, I was reminded of why I haven't moved to outsourcing my prints. I just love the look of matted and signed prints, so orderly and clean, ready to be sent off to a new home. I've started putting a little reiki into each print just before I put it into the envelope. I have no proof that this really does anything (though I believe it does); I do it because I love the idea that my artwork emanating good energy to my customers. The other happy part of today was finishing a new digital collage. I've...

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creative discoveries and new prints in my shop

photo of poetry collage

Ok, this may only be exciting to one person (me) but I still have to share. For the last thirteen years, I have experimented with a bazillion ways to combine handwritten or typewritten text with collage in a way that's aesthetically pleasing to me. I've tried printing text on lots of different papers- transparencies, vellum, tissue paper, rice paper, tracing paper, etc. etc.- and I've tried lots of transfer techniques with gel medium and wax and even Chartpak markers (despite the cancer-causing chemical warning- yikes.) None of these methods ever gave me a satisfying result. BUT!...

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best decision of 2016

December Reflections: day 15. Without a doubt, the best decision I made this year was attending Alena Hennessy's Soul Painting retreat in September. It was way outside my comfort zone to join a group of women I'd never met for four days of painting side-by-side. It was life-changing and magical. I wrote about it more here. (Photo by Yuli Ama Luna.)...

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light

       A few photos of a work in progress for December Reflections day 2: light. I finally got back in to my studio today for my first full day of painting in a few weeks. Lately, I've been drawn to explore monochromatic color palettes, as a way to focus more on light and shadow. This one started out with what I felt was a somber mood (or perhaps that was just me picking up on my own somber mood of late) which only intensified as I started shading the face. There's something about the limited color palette and...

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#artistsforlove

Adding my voice to the #artistsforlove movement- a group of artists, writers, poets, creatives, and lovers of all people who have joined together to express love and solidarity.  The poster is high-resolution and free to download and share. And please join in if you feel called by creating your own poster and sharing it on social media. much love, angela...

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what makes me happy today

I'm back in my studio today for the first time in a few weeks, playing with paint. Lately I've been incorporating some handwriting into the first few layers of my paintings- I like the way it brings a little of my daily journaling practice into my painting practice. Something that's been on my mind and in my heart over the last month is seeking more connectedness with others, letting myself be seen, opening my heart- essentially being REAL. As I was writing on my painting, I was overcome by a sense of connection with, and immense love...

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