Art Alchemy Studio

Mixed Media Art by Chaska Peacock

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Born Free

It was in Tanzania that I saw animals in the wild for the first time in my life.  They were totally unafraid and non-aggressive!  Although I never set out to make statements with my art, somehow that happens anyway.  12" x 12" on wood. Hand carved wild animals on a collage of lei lines and encircled by a beaded collar similar to those worn by African villagers.

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Friday, March 09, 2018


Although this work began with my Saint Francis, I named it "Promises" for everything that my favorite saint represents.  A 13" by 13" wood shadow box, it can stand or be hung up.  Wood, stone, metal, and composite.  Contact me for more information.

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Saturday, March 03, 2018

Feng Shui Abundance Altar

This is a Feng Shui Abundance box altar.  I've used ancient symbols and colors said to bless you with abundance.  I can't guarantee this, of course, but I can say for certain that this altar makes me feel both peaceful and joyful.  It's available for purchase for $130.00

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Support the Arts

I've always surrounded myself with art, that of others as well as my own.  No piece of anything else I have purchased has ever brought me the joy that art has.  Art has an immediacy, a aliveness that no piece of furniture or anything else we have in our homes.  I think living flowers have similar energy, but art has the benefit of being more permanent.


Saturday, February 24, 2018


Featuring a bronze cat in a yoga pose, I have placed her in a garden-like setting and named the work "Peace" because of how I feel when I view this shrine box.   It's available for purchase!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Meditation Altar

This altar came together from items I had on hand in my studio, and it really looked much better than this photo I took.  The first person who saw it, purchased it!  That enabled me to buy some art supplies as well as keep my excitement high.  After four years of not doing any art, my vision has changed.  I'm not only working on a larger scale, but I am more deliberate in what I choose to go into each work. Each item is vibrationally correct, and the viewer can feel that.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Buddha Cat

I created this Cat Buddha shine box for my daughter Christmas 2017.  My motivation was the thought that she was the only family member or close friend who did not have any art that I had done. What if I died?  She loves cats, and though not Buddhist, does try to follow Buddhist teachings.  After my 4 year hiatus from art, I think I left her astonished.  She said she loved the red color.  :) 

It left me astonished, as well, but not because I loved the red color.  I actually loved this piece, and it virtually created itself.  My passion for art is back!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Dry Spells

For me, this is a perfect illustration of how I feel when I am experiencing artistic dry spells.  Picasso referred to these as "sterility", periods when you find yourself running on empty.

It's easy to get impatient, but chances are that we have simply shifted from one kind of creativity to another.  (In my case, it has been studying animal communication and working with my own dog, Quincy.)  

Perhaps, it was time for something new, but now I'm getting a little itchy and indeed feeling like my illustration!  I don't even want to try the activities I know of for getting going again....but, if you do, here they are:

Change your media, change your tools, look at lots of art, and exercise your body.

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


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 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!


Art Show!

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 are all the surroundings, actually!