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Art Sharing #11: Willow Arlenea (traditional media painting)


Willow Arlenea
(contemporary)


Willow's art leaves me enchanted and inspired. Her pieces are multilayered with a lot of detail, yet not cluttered, full of color yet not garish, and upliftingly spiritual. Various pieces express my own beliefs in the most incredible way. Rather than writing more here, I'll put in some comments below the pieces that speak to me in ways that can be verbalized.

Please check out the gallery -- definitely worth looking at.







Authentic Nourishment

the search for that which really satisfies, really nourishes -- love.

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Blessing Ritual

the magic of one person being a conduit for divine blessing.

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Butterfly Fairy

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Celtic Fairy Tree Magic

so intricate and interwoven! speaks to me of magic in small and hidden places, everywhere

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Expansion

I have this as an icon that I call 'blossoming' and it reminds me vividly of the illustration in my old copy of the Velveteen Rabbit where the Rabbit cries, and from his tear springs a flower that blossoms into a faery, who loves him, hugs him, kisses his nose and makes him Real. So in a convoluted way, this piece is about blossoming into one's true self.

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Fairy Tree

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Forest Dance

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Healing the Inner Child

this is (to me) about seeing the perfect spirit within yourself, and taking care to nourish it and allow it to shine through clearly.

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Higher Vision

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Indigo Pool

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Isis

Isis means a lot to me... too much to write down right here. I love this because it is the closest thing I have found that really shows her as I see her.

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Meditation

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Mermaid

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Midsummers Night

I love the "Sheela na gig" nature of this, unashamed magical fertility!

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Ocean Magic

I just love the two mermaids -- it's very romantic to me.

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Passion Dancer

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Rainbow Bridge

Her intentions with this piece aren't the same as my reasons for loving it... it reminds me of the song "colors of the wind" from the disney movie Pocahontas. The movie may have been total falsehood historically, but that song means THE WORLD to me. I believe in it with all my heart.

You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name


You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew, you never knew

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sunsweet berries of the Earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they're worth

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends

How high will the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you'll never know

And you'll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon

For whether we are white or copper skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind

You can own the Earth and still
All you'll own is Earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind


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Self Love

this one speaks to me in two ways. It speaks about the joy and peace that comes with knowing yourself and truly loving yourself. And it also speaks of the beauty and power of sex with yourself, no one else involved (neither physically nor mentally).

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Soul Sisters

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Spiral Dance

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Spiritual Aspirations

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Sun Goddess

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Tantra

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Tara Willow

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Temple Goddess

this one makes me shiver with delight and awe and I can't express why.

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The Beloveds

Willow painted Jesus with a priestess of Isis for her own reasons, but the reason it is important to me is because my spiritual beliefs are a blend and this is a beautiful expression of that blend.

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The Healer

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Trance Dance

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Transformation

to me, this is about people's struggle with eating disorders. (see the skeleton at the bottom?) It seems to me that the dreamer is being spiritually renewed or transformed and that desire for emptiness is falling away from her. I've never had an ED, but three of the most important people in my life have had terrible struggles with them, so it's a part of my experience in a reflected way.

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Tree of Life

I LOVE this. To me it speaks of interconnectedness, how everything is part of the same universe... a very important concept to me.

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Venus Pool

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Wild Woman

Dragonflies are a totem of mine ♥

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Wolf Wisdom

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I made a ton of icons from her art a while back -- if you want to check them out, click:

art by Willow Arlenea, icon by Bel . art by Willow Arlenea, icon by Bel . art by Willow Arlenea, icon by Bel . art by Willow Arlenea, icon by Bel


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