Art Alchemy Studio



Mixed Media Art by Chaska Peacock

Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to Judge Art



Thursday, January 02, 2014

God's Art


This is my new passion!  His name is Quincy and is a bundle of sweet goodness.  I adopted him from the Austin Sheltie Rescue, and he is an active, sweet and loving 8 years old.  I have not done any art since he came into my life.........

In the beginning, he jumped every time I brushed up against him, and barked pretty much non-stop.  I feared that I'd made a big mistake.  I was familiar with the goofiness of Golden Retrievers, and THIS dog was very serious and LOUD!  We enrolled in training, and I discovered that it was I who needed it.  :)  He followed all the commands flawlessly from the start!  And, it turns out, he has a great sense of humor!  He is also very nice about being smarter than I am!

No, he has not replaced art.  I am beginning to miss it.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:





The only thing one can give an artist is leisure in which to work. To give an artist leisure is actually to take part in his creation.

 -Ezra Pound


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hung Up on Boxes


You might say that I'm hung up on boxes.  Cigar boxes, wood boxes, metal boxes, cardboard boxes...I turn them into shrines, feng shui altars, mini theaters, and sometimes---a box can be utilitarian and yet special.

A surrender box is a tool to let go of our burdens so the universe can take care of them for us. 

There are times when our minds become too full. Our to-do lists, worries, plans, and dreams may be so crowded together in our heads that we don’t have room to think. We may believe that we are somehow taking care of our desires and concerns by keeping them at the forefront of our minds. In maintaining our mental hold on every detail, however, we may actually delay the realization of our dreams and the resolution of our worries because we won’t let them go. At times such as these, we may want to use a surrender box.

A surrender box allows us to let go of our worries and desires so the universe can take care of them for us. We write down what we want or need to happen and then place the note into a box. By writing and placing our thoughts in the box, we are taking action and letting the universe know we need help and are willing to surrender our feelings. We give ourselves permission to not concern ourselves with that problem any longer and trust that the universe is taking care of it. You may even want to decorate your box and place it in a special place. Your surrender box is a sacred container for your worries. Not only do you free up space in your mind by letting go of our worries and desires and dropping them into your surrender box, but you are giving your burden over to a higher power. Once we drop our worries and desires into the surrender box, we free our minds so we can be fully present in each moment.




Thursday, May 09, 2013

Art Doll

This is Agatha Aqua who made her debut at the Bunkhouse Gallery Show.  She did not go to a new home but other dolls did.  Several Spirit Boxes also went to new homes!  Unfortunately, I was not present at the time and so know nothing about their new owners.  

As I write this, I feel quite crazy because I'm thinking that for me, this was the perfect show.  I received many compliments, including from artists whose work I admire, I had good sales, but still got to bring back enough of my favorite pieces.  I question my sanity because my delight in keeping them and in selling them are equally balanced.  Perhaps, this is because I now spend more time as a holistic coach than as an artist......so I have less time for art.

 


 

 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Art People

I lined up my art "people" before their journey to the Bunkhouse Gallery.  They looked so happy to be together!


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I am honored to be invited to join a group of wonderful Texas painters for a two week-end show.  My art dolls and Spirit Boxes will be exhibited and, of course, for sale. Please come and enjoy  the hill country setting, the music, and the art!

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Friday, March 01, 2013

It's All Art



Choose to decorate our life just as we do our homes.


There are few things more thrilling than having a new house or an empty room to decorate. Our imaginations soar as we consider the many possibilities. In the same way, our lives offer us the opportunity to express ourselves within various contexts, to ask ourselves questions about what we want to see as we move through our days and how we want things to flow. Some people do this instinctively, moving through the various environments they inhabit and shifting the energy with their presence. These people have a knack for decorating life. This can be as simple as the way they dress, the way they speak, or the fact that they always bring a bouquet of wildflowers when they come for a visit.

As we move through the world, we make a statement, whether we intend to or not. We shift the energy one way when we enter a room dressed elegantly and simply, and another when we show up in bright, cheerful colors and a floppy hat. One is not better than the other. It is simply a question of the mood we wish to create. What we wear is just one choice we can focus on. The way we speak to people, or touch them, shifts the energy more profoundly than almost anything else. The words we speak and the tone in which we say them are the music we choose to play in the world that is our home. Some of us fill the space with passionate arias, others with healing hymns. Again, one is not better than the other. We are all called to contribute.  Madyson Taylor


Many artists overlook that their home is also their canvas....so are all the surroundings, actually!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Staying in Passion



“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up & get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part & a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you". ~ Chuck Close

I agree with Mr. Close that art flows more easily if we just keep on doing it, but for many of us that results in the same work over and over.  We all have seen others do this.  It's not for me because I have other equally pressing interests, and I lose my passion when I work on the same idea over and over. 

New ideas and new inspiration reignites passion, and the "work" creates itself as expression of that.  I am gradually coming to accept my process.



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Spirit of Light


My latest work is about the lightness of being, the soaring of one's spirit, when all is well with the world and our light shines for all to see. I think you will find this Spirit Box very uplifting, certainly something we can all use.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

SALE!

Here is a Win-Win!  You get my art at marked down prices.  I get space and motivation to create more.

Please go to "Buy Art Goodies".  Everything is one of a kind, and when gone....really gone!  Contact chaska@ix.netcom.com to let her know your choice. 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

An Ornament Tutorial

You can make this! I have used crinkly gold paper to cover the cardboard heart, then added a cut out of St. Francis, my favorite Saint.  The heart is further embellished by parts of a Dresden star, a bird charm, a red glass heart, a red & copper glass tassel and glitter glue for outlining. The other side of my ornament is an exact duplicate of the side you are seeing.  I only wished that I had had more animal charms for this piece, as I wanted to fill St. Francis's arms!  Spray the finished work with a couple of coats of polyurethane.

Almost all the "makings" were purchased from Silver Crow Creations, my favorite online purveyor of interesting, fun dodads!.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Always


I have never been particularly drawn to angels-- perhaps, because I associated them with organized religion with which I do not have fond associations.  Recently, when I was receiving an energy healing, angels "appeared" and did some surgery on a part of my body which I had not mentioned, but with which I had had trouble for thirty years.  My rational mind wants to reject this experience, but the fact is that I have had no more trouble with this body part since. The healer knew nothing about my condition. Equally strange is that while this "surgery" was in progress, I heard a distant men's choir! 

Angels began entering my artwork.  Could be that they are making their presence known to me....could be anything.  However, this is the second Angel Spirit Box that I have been inspired to create, and a third is almost completed, as well--all within a short period of time. 

I have named this one "Always", based on my current belief that angels are with us always whether we acknowledge their presence or not.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What???

I find the most interesting images on Pinterest, a Facebook application.  I chose to share this one because I like it and because my art does make itself...almost.  The more I am in that famous "flow", the more free of conscious thought or struggle my work is.  

What's funny about this "making itself" thing is, is that I have no control.  No matter how colorful or "wild" I am feeling., my art comes out looking the way IT wants to!  I have no say-so.  And, even though I long to do large, bright and loose crazy splashes of color, or funky, gritty gray and black compositions,  I can't.  I'm just not willing to make this a forced process.  My intention is to be REAL, to be in alignment with my soul.  So, I get what I get, and I feel blessed.

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Blessings of Abundance

Newly created Feng Shui altar features Kuan Yin and many ancient wealth and abundance symbols.  On the top is a large cluster of jade with a koi and elephant to attract abundance. 
Most of us could use this!  

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It's a Joyful Celebration!


This colorful shrine box is whimsical and and light-hearted. Believe it or not, I was singing most of the time that I created it, and now just looking at it makes me smile.  This art piece is now offered for sale.  You provide the music.  Please e-mail me for more information.  Chaska@ix.netcom.com

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