August 2017 ~ Kimberly McGuiness Art & Design

~~Mixed Media~Digital Art~Home Decor~Gifts~~

August 23, 2017

Keeper of the Hope Jar

When I was in high school one of the classes I could not wait to get to was mythology. I loved the stories and the details of how they came to be, one of the reasons I’ve always been so fascinated with Greece I guess and comparable places like Egypt, and others in the world. I just love all the ancient architecture, how they were able to accomplish so much grander in their building skills, color, and art!

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The myth of Pandora’s Box has been fascinating people for centuries, catching the imagination of countless artists, who created frescos, mosaics, and sculptures depicting Pandora and the mythological facets surrounding her. The story goes Pandora was given a box or jar by Zeus with strict instructions not to ever open the container. Her curiosity finally getting the better of her she opens the box only to release all the evils into the world. Becoming afraid of what was happening around her, she quickly closed the box just in time to keep ‘Hope’ inside.

In my latest piece ‘Keeper of the Hope Jar,’ the jar represents Pandora’s box the word on the outside written in Greek means ‘Hope’. The peacock represents new beginnings, rebirth, nobility, holiness, guidance, protection and watchfulness. The woman represents a keeper of that which is sacred, like a mother with her child, forever protecting, guiding and bringing knowledge and hope to dreams and aspirations.
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The ancient Greek ruins represent opulence, strength, courage, and destruction. In the end, for me, 'Keeper of the Hope Jar' is she who reminds us of hope. She, who is forever watchful, guided and guarded by her holiness to always keep ‘hope’ close to spirit, heart, and soul. She who will always remember that even after the most devastating storm, fall from grace, or hurt from one person to another guided by darkness there is and will always be ‘hope’.
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The story of Pandora reminds me of all the things we hope for ourselves, others and all of the humankind. Art gives the opportunity to express all that is deep in my soul with the ‘hope’ each piece will bring a message to each new viewer intended specifically for them. Whether it be techniques or lessons my wish is we listen from where we are today to the whispers and knowledge from the past, and use this wisdom for a brighter tomorrow even if only in our little corner of the world. Always remembering the hope, that through the centuries has never abandoned us but instead been keep safe in our own containers of heart and soul for us to share and bring to others when they need ‘it’, (HOPE) the most.
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This is a mixed media piece on 11x14 smooth bristol paper. I used joint compound, acrylic, watercolor, ink, gel pen. 'Keeper of the Hope Jar' is #2 in my 'Around the World Series'.
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August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day Photo Shoot In The Studio

Besides being an artist, getting my hands in all kinds of things for my next mixed media project, I like to also dabble in photography. I've loved it my whole life. I guess it's something enduring about a moment captured in time. Knowing you will never get the exact moment back live, the visual will be an eternal connection. Nature, flowers, butterflies bouncing about in my garden and any other happenings from the petals and stems of natures canvas are my most favorite to photograph. But today is a photo shoot day in the studio.

I'm photographing my work for my website and some other projects coming up using my makeshift lightbox.


















It's a process for sure because after all of this photo taking things then move to the editing, cropping and Photoshop is my go to for it. I'm not an expert in either Photoshop or photography but I'm always learning and what I do know currently works for me.
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August 3, 2017

Butterflies: A Reminder Time Is Short

Each element from beginning to end in this latest piece of my work is one that was led by intuition and spirit. Birthed from an idea and transformed into meaning and purpose.

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Last year we had a butterfly nursery of sorts in the garden with a host of fluttering little canvases flitting about from flower to flower. We watched as some eggs were laid on the passion flower vines to begin their early life as a caterpillar. Seeing the tiny little things grow from no more than a speck to a very hungry caterpillar munching away on the host plant and fruit is nothing more than amazing.

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We watched as each caterpillar knew when the time was right to find a good hooking up spot. Beginning the process and retreating within the chrysalis where it undergoes a transformation only to emerge reborn as a beautiful winged butterfly.

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For me, butterflies bring hope, joy, creativity and the possibility of transformation we may be seeking within ourselves. We too can experience alteration when we retreat to our own cocoon and open ourselves to receiving the knowledge and magnificent miracle that life can bring. Butterflies are a reminder through its own short splendid and magical life that time moves quickly. The divine presence and magic in all of life are to embrace and tune into the needs to be enjoyed now in every moment, within every breath across all humanity…..time is short.

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I had so much joy in creating this mixed media piece. My hope is you find some joy in it too. I used, repurposed wall paper for the substrate, acrylic, cheese cloth, paper, vintage music, joint-compound, stabilo all pencil, ink, Liquitex gold acrylic, molding paste, 3 coats of protective spray.
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