Total Art Soul - for artists

" Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. "
C. S. Lewis

My time at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony is coming to an end.

It is also my last of the three residencies I’ve received this winter. It has been an amazing journey. Weir Farm National Historic Site brought my work to a new level and I experienced many a break through there. Brush Creek in Wyoming was so good for my soul with its humbling majestic beauty. My work strengthened there as well.

Dorland is a truly magical place. ( I will be coming back for two additional weeks sometime this year! ). To wake each morning and look at the vista out my back porch is just an inspiring moment. Here my work in a very short time took a new turn as well. I am lucky enough to return to California and Arizona at the end of next week and I look forward to taking what I learned from the landscape around Dorland into my new work.

I'm not sure how to describe it but there's just an atmosphere here that pushes you to create...and you just can't ask for anything more. Thank you to the wonderful people who make this such an amazing place.

Here are the rest of my paintings completed at Dorland. If you're interested in seeing works completed at Weir Farm please visit my website I will post my work from Brush Creek next week. It is currently hanging at The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria Florida.

Thanks for stopping by!
















Posted by: donnafaber8


The Queen of Swords © February 10, 2012 by Donna L. Faber.  This original at approximately 33" x 25" is significantly larger than most of my work.  I used the very comfortable Prismacolor Premiere markers.  Each paper component, including all pieces of the earring, are separate pieces of Bristol Strathmore brought together like a puzzle.  Each piece of hair is a separate piece, as well.  I began using this technique because it gives me the ability to make changes.  Coincidentally, it gives my work depth.

The Queen of Swords is the third in my series of tarot Queens.  Like the Queen of Pentacles and the Queen of Wands before her, she is one of four minor arcana queens in a typically 72 card tarot deck.  I began this piece long before the holidays last year.  While I got caught up in holiday sales, she waited patiently to be completed.  Now she is finished, and she’s been entered in a juried competition here in Northern California. 

Like a coin, each royal arcana queen has two sides, such as light and dark, or evolved and un-evolved.  Generally, The Queen of Swords is a beautiful woman who has a very sharp tongue, and this is symbolized by the rose and thorns in my illustration.  Swords are indicative of air or thought.  The dragon, rather than a bird, is twirled around her earing, which is a sword itself.  The dragon’s wings are in full display, indicating this queen is at the height of her gifted abilities.

Who is the Queen of Swords?

The un-evolved or younger Queen of Swords is very much like Miranda Priestly from “The Devil Wears Prada”.  She is an aloof, beautiful, and capable woman who is the acknowledged expert in her field.  A real ice queen.  Her success is reliant on the ability to see what the consumer wants before he knows he wants it. This uncanny sight is the nature of her gift. She uses her gifts for selfish reasons, and she does so at the expense of those “subjects” or staff around her, driving them, as she does herself, ruthlessly in pursuit of perfection.  As a result, her life balance is sacrificed to an intense drive to succeed.

Unlike her royal sister, the Queen of Pentacles, whose success is due to personal efforts, or the work she performs, the Queen of Swords experiences success that is due to who she is, rather than what she does.  What she does has a lot to do with it, but truth to tell, no one can do it like she does.  No one.

The Evolved Queen of Swords: She Watches, She Sees

The evolved Queen of Swords is a mature woman of resplendent beauty. She reminds us that youth and beauty are not eternally synonymous, as youth is fleeting and true beauty can endure forever.  This Queen has earned the wisdom of her age.  Her gift is the uncanny ability to see through an individual’s mask directly to the fault line. It carries a huge responsibility, and having once used this gift for personal ends, she now uses it only when necessary and in the capacities of counseling or consultation.
Like her sister the Queen of Pentacles, she is a master of the rational mind.  Yet while her royal sister uses this gift to solve practical problems, this Queen uses hers to solve people problems. There is no point in trying to fool this queen. She can see all your secrets and will cut through your defenses with the razor sharp edge of her intellectual sword. In return, she demands personal authenticity and complete sincerity.

The Queen of Swords in a Reading

When a querent pulls the Queen of Swords, it may indicate a desire to cut through the superficial to reveal the clear truth.  It may also indicate the presence of a mature woman who is in a position to offer guidance or advice.  At the very least, it indicates a need to use clear thinking in problem solving.







Using Rusty Junk to Create a Cross

Posted by: rustiqueart

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Restless & Stressed

Nope it's not a new soap opera, it was how I felt today.

Chocolate didn't even help...although I gave it a good shot and put a good dent in the Ghiradelli milk chocolate chip stash.

I couldn't concentrate on work

no focus. no productivity.

It finally dawned on me what was wrong.

I needed to create something

I needed some studio time

I write a lot in my job...emails, articles and social networking (you feel sorry for me don't you)

I do love my job and I get to work from home and my boss is amazing

all of what I do is creating in a sense.

but sometimes...

I just need to touch some metal. some rust. some wire and make something out of junk.

so I did.

Awhile back I found some great rusty junk at an old rail yard.

like this pile of...rusty noodles :)

and some railroad spikes and some other funky looking things. I was in hog heaven. I brought them home and they've been patiently waiting for their turn on my workbench.

Today I grabbed a few of those rusty items and a metal heart pendant from some old jewelry I had dismantled

I love this metal pendant. It looks "old world" and it has hearts on it. The black stone could be anything, not sure. I have another one too. I've wanted to use them for a long time but just never found anything that I wanted to pair it up with.

Until today.

I went a little off of my usual path of design

no beads. no wire cross.

just some found objects that needed a place to call home

it's simple and minimal and kind of quirky.

Oh I know it won't be to everyone's liking

but that's okay, I don't design pieces based on what other people will like

I just go with what moves me to create...

what I call that "divine" inspiration.

It did calm my restless spirit and I was able to sit and work

with focus and at peace

until I was forced to go to the grocery store in the rain

the injustice of it all.

you know

if you look at it long enough, it will begin to grow on you.

I will list it tomorrow in my Etsy shop and if it never sells

then that just means it's meant to stay here with me.

peace. love. rust.
















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