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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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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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circles

  December Reflections day 4: circles Today was the first snow of the season. As soon as I opened my eyes this morning, I knew it had snowed. The quality of the light filtering through snow-covered skylights gives my bedroom as womb-like feel, cozy and hushed.  I wrote many times last winter and the winter before about my struggles to maintain any sense of cheerfulness and energy during the later winter months. That's the association with winter that stays in my mind throughout spring, summer, and fall. So I forget how much I actually love the first snow- how...

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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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a Kansas City love-bombing, micro-poetry adventure

So, this is what I've been doing the last few days with my best friend and general co-conspirator, M. We hatched an idea for a spreading love and joy and beauty (aka what I'm now calling *love-bombing*) by leaving micro-poetry fortune cookies in public places for people to find. We chose Kansas City as our first city to love-bomb, why? Because we LOVE Kansas City (and, also, my fabulous cousin happens to be getting married here this weekend.) Using prints of my paintings for the paper to make the cookies and lines of poetry I've written, (M....

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