Thursday, 11 June 2015

Summer of Color - Week one - aligning my chakras

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'Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)' - mini canvas 3x3 inches (7.5cm x 7.5cm)

So, my favourite art challenge – the summer of color is back for the 5th year and this will be the 4th year I’ve taken part in it. I'd been looking forward to taking part this year but wasn’t sure what I would do that could fit only a couple of colours as most of my art these days uses every colour in my paint supply!




As fate would have it, I was at a reiki share day a couple of weeks ago and we were learning more about chakras. My reiki master had a light bulb moment and said she could see me painting my miniature canvasses of each chakra symbol using my textured impasto style and, as there is a little shop at the spa she runs, she kindly offered to stock them for sale as she felt they would be popular with the clients who come to the spa for reiki treatments. 

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close up of the symbol

Chakras are the energy centres of our bodies that energy flows through. We have them all over but there are 7 main chakras which run down the middle of our bodies from our crown down to our base chakra which is located around and about our tail bone.


Each one represents different physical, mental and emotional issues and has its own symbol and colour associated with it. Often if you feel out of sorts or have physical aches and pains it's because there is an energy blockage in one or more of your chakras. 


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Even if you are reading this with eyebrow raised at a skeptical angle, thinking it’s a load of new age hokum, it’s worth having a reiki treatment and chakra realignment done because it helps to release blocked energy and even if you don't believe in it as long as you are open to the possibilities then it's a wonderfully relaxing and energising treatment that can only leave you feeling better.  

Because the colours for week 1 are two shades of blue and one shade of green, I'm showing the chakra paintings out of order. The blue one is the Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) which is represented by the colour blue.

I’d already finished this when the colours were chosen and I didn’t want to add green to it just for the sake of the challenge so I’ve used some artistic licence and photographed it on a green background!! Technically there are more than two shades of blue here but only because I added white to lighten each one by degrees so I did start off only using two different blues - cerulean and primary! 


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Without the green!

So that's SOC Week 1 and because the chakra colours basically follow the colours of the rainbow I'm hopeful that I'll be able to use each of the chakra paintings in the challenge, with one to spare!

I'm also linking up with Paint Party Friday and will look forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with that is taking part in Soc 15. 

27 comments:

  1. Love the texture on your lovely mini canvas Nic!
    Great take on the colors of SOC!
    oxo
    Susi

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  2. What a great idea Nic. I'm sure you will sell many. Good luck. I have a book about Reiki and really haven't read it but it does sound very interesting.I have also heard about Chakras. Very nice job on your piece. Look forward to your other pieces.

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  3. Super textured project, look forward to seeing your next pieces too. X

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  4. this is beautiful and fascinating, I truly believe in the powers of Reiki!!!

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  5. This is a very inventive idea to make chakras into little artworks! I have a dear friend who is a reikki master she told me about chakras and body balance I did think after my fracture I would go and see if it helped in healing but so far I seem to be pretty ok. I would definitely consider it. The idea to sell them in the spa is a super one. Hope they fly!

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  6. An awesome expression of color and symbolism!

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  7. Summer and colour they do go together well.
    Merle..........

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  8. Interesting subject and beautiful artwork. I still don't get how reiki works although I've heard of it. I'm all for relaxing and releasing energy, and I've yet to have a professional massage. I think it's time for a little pampering! :)

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  9. This is amazing! I love the background and how you used this week's SOC colors! HUGS!

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  10. What a delightfully creative SOC project - I look forward to seeing each of your pieces. Happy SOC and here's to healthy happy chakras.

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  11. Nicely done on the colors. I had a reiki treatment once, but nothing happened. Actually, I can't say that. The way the person positioned me, it hurt my back and stomach. Maybe the person working on me wasn't as experienced as I thought, or maybe the pain outweighed the healing properties.

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  12. Fabulous idea! Glad the teacher suggested it.

    Hugs Giggles

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  13. What inspiring symbolism, love the impasto texture and the colour itself is calming - wonderful artwork supporting wellbeing too.

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  14. i certainly believe firmly in all of the so called "New Age" practices and really love this piece. it certainly raised my vibrations!

    and thank you for you very kind words on the steemas and other work, much appreciated.

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  15. I love art with symbols! Great job Nic.

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  16. Love your chakra for SOC, Valerie

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  17. haha, great solution to make a picture on top of something green :-D
    It looks great, would love to run my fingers over it ....

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  18. Wonderful way to enter the Summer of Colors challenge, Nic. Thanks for your lovely comment concerning my art on the PPF page. I am not attending the party this week. I hope I get the SOC piece done, thug.

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  19. Truly like your take on the colors. I have longed to find a reiki practitioner but don'e know hoe to find one who is licensed.

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  20. This is lovely, amazing texture!

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  21. Ooh... how did you get that raised edge? Texture paste? Gel? It's gorgeous!!
    Okay - hands up, I am a bit of a skeptic... that said, I was willing to cling on to anything when I was 37,000 ft in the air and I swear your Reiki helped me to focus on warmth and fuzziness rather than dropping out of the sky and being reincarnated in to a Pizza! So I am open minded! ;0)

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  23. Did you draw it of your own? Its so beautiful! I guess, may be this chakra is your favorite one. right? Thats why you draw this one. It can be enjoyable for open chakras beginners

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