Art By Shalley

Using Art to Heal

Art by Shalley

My paintings are a projective experience much like clinical psychology's Rorscharh test. I paint a backgroud of an undefined and ambiguous scene. I then paint the images that I see emerging from this undefined space. As I interact with the images, painting them, amplifying them, dialoging with them, listening to their personal and archetypal meanings, I reveal unconscious forces at work in my own mind. Since the mind has a tendency "to structure ambiguous scenes into personally meaningful images that symbolize underling motives and emotions" (Walsh, Shamanism, p. 202), my paintings are a kind of witness that speak to my life condition, a kind of shamanic journey for healing and insight.
 
Over time my paintings have evolved to include images met in dreams, during meditation and in shamanic journeys.I hold my paintings to be both projections of my own inner world as well as expressions of my contact with spirit beings in the greater areas of non-ordinary reality. They appear in my paintings as a way for me to honor, interact with and integrate these unconscious parts of me into consciousness as well as an opportunity to build relationships with them in a greater sense as spirit beings in non-ordinary reality.

As you view my paintings I invite you to let them speak to you out of your own unconscious. To browse my paintings, click on Gallery.

What follows are a series of painting I did to honor the chakras. Chakras are spinning energy centers in the Luminous Energy Body that receive and transmit subtle energies believed necessary for physical and emotional health.



"Dancing with Pan"

"Dancing with Pan" is my painting honoring the 9th chakra. The 9th chakra is said to be the "seat of the soul." It allows you to access your soul's code and is seen as the door to archetypal energies or patterns that play an important role in shaping our lives. Its color is blue-green. I chose the colors of chakras 10, 11 and 12, pearl white, pink-orange and gold as colors for the overlay background of undefined space for images to appear.



Moon Rising: The Return of the Goddess and the Bull Archetype"

"Moon Rising: The Return of the Goddess and the Bull Archetype" is my painting honoring the first chakra. The color of the first chakra is red. This chakra is associated with the Earth element and our sense of being grounded. Its mental and emotional issues are group safety and security, our ability to stand up for ourselves and to provide for life's necessities and get our basic needs met.

Goddess Rising

This painting, "Goddess Rising," is from my personal work with the Goddess energies and represents the healing energies of the Divine Feminine that is available to us. It is my tribute to the second chakra. The color of the second chakra is orange. It is associated with power, money, sex, fear, fighting, passion and creativity.


"The Hare and the Owl"

This painting is my tribute to the third chakra. Its color is yellow. Its element is fire. It is associated with self-esteem, self-confidence and self-respect, courage, personal power and fulfillment of dreams.


"Secrets of the Unseen"

This painting is my tribute to the 4th chakra. Its color is green. Its element is air. Its mental and emotional issues are related to love and hatred, hope and trust, forgiveness and compassion, intimacy, grief and anger, loneliness and commitment.


"Return of the Jaguar"

The "Return of the Jaguar" is my tribute to the 5th chakra. The 5th chakra is associated with the throat and our capacity for personal expression, following one's dreams, choice and strength of will, finding one's voice, faith and will. Its color is blue.



"The Visionary"

"The Visionary" is my tribute to the 6th chakra. The color of this chakra is indigo. It is associated to the "third eye" and has to do with reason and logic, intellectual abilities, truth, self-evaluation, openness to ideas, empathy, depression and stress-related disorders, enlightenment and self-realization.


"The Opening"
This painting, "The Opening" honors the 7th chakra. Its color is violet. The 7th chakra is connected to our ability to trust life, to selflessness, the ability to see the larger picture. Its element is pure energy and connects us to the transcendent and spiritual illumination.



This painting, "The Guardian" was painted in response to a shamanic journey I took in which I meet a Cougar.



This painting, "Medicine Man," was inspired by a dream where I met a man who told me he was a "healer." On a shamanic journey I met a little boy who needed healing. I combined the two dreams into this painting.



This painting, "Hawk Medicine" was painted in response to a meditation in which I meet Hawk




This painting, "Quetzalcoatl," was inspired by a shamanic journey.
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