Friday, December 12, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Monica N. Galvan

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have another interview with a talented Enchanted Visions artist for you.  Please meet the delightful

Monica N. Galvan


Enchanted Visions Artist, Monica N. Galvan
Enchanted Visions Artist, Monica N. Galvan

Who is, Monica N. Galvan?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a teacher, fantasy writer and illustrator from Spain. I'm a versatile artist who uses traditional and digital media; inks and water colours are my favorite along with CG. I'm currently working in some comic projects and role-playing games, but I started seriously in this world... illustrating my own novels and fairytales.

Art is my passion in any form, I also enjoy reading historical, fantasy and mythology books, listening to classic and folk music...

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

I was invited in 2010. I never heard about it before, but I considered it a lovely and inspiring project and instantly decided to join.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.

Each year I used to create a series of 13 pictures, each one with a very different style and technique. I wanted to do something new, like a collection. At the moment I have started my fifth series based in fairytales.

You can see all of my series and their works here: http://monicang.com/en/galleries/enchanted-visions-project/

These are my picks to share with you:

La Fata by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
La Fata by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
La Fata - "The Arrival of Spring" This was my first contribution to EV. It's a sort of self portrait in faery form. I always wear that celtic necklace. Her counterpart is a witch "Darkness Falls". This was something very special, and part of the first series I made for Enchanted visions. This series featured faery creatures with a very stylized comic style, red cheeks and heavy jewels, made with traditionally inked drawings and digital colours.


General of Riga by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
General of Riga by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
General of Riga – "New Beginnings" This one is my personal favourite right now. She's one of my most loved novel characters, part of the Third Series I did for EV. The theme suits a very tragic part of her story and her rise from ashes. It's completely digital from scratch. Here is the process of this work:  http://monicang.com/portfolio/general-of-riga-ev-new-beginnings/


Frija Aretai by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
Frija Aretai by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
Frija Aretai – "Wonder" This is one of my latest contributions to Enchanted Visions. She's another of my novel characters, and probably the incarnation of one of my muses. Here we have a double wonder, Frija's magic and the tower behind her. Here is the process of this work http://monicang.com/portfolio/frija-aretai-ev-wonder/

EV has a monthly auction of the work created. Do you sell your work there?

I tried to sell there some times, but I have no luck with it. You can buy my art in my stores or personally request a print of any EV art I posted, I have all my stores listed here: http://monicang.com/en/shop/

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

Sharing a project with many artists has its good and bad parts. Sometimes you loose a lot of visibility when a project becomes 'huge' (many artists, many pieces), so you try to do your best in every illustration and shine. And then it turns into a competition (I hate that). I love to create my pieces with freedom, for fun.

The hard part is choosing the right idea for the theme. I like open themes because in these ones you can see the most original approaches. When I studied illustration one of my teachers showed us how with themed artwork most of us, without a previous study, ended up with the same cliché idea. I try now to avoid these clichés, trying new techniques, experimenting a lot. EV is not work and I'm pretty happy with that.

How did your personal art style evolve, that thing that makes people say, oh Monica N. Galvan painted this?  Was it identifiable right away?  What inspired you on your way to your own personal style?

When I began years ago in EV I created my first series with random characters and these pictures were very generic and sometimes many artist had the same ideas, colors, compositions... In the following series I started to have my very own interpretations, with my novel characters and the theme that suited them. These paintings were more unique, and I tried to find a balance between what I loved and what my public wanted to see.

I started to develop my own painting style, a very painterly one, some years ago. I was just experimenting with digital colouring, trying to get the same effect I got in oil paintings, using strong contrasts 'chiaroscuro', and textures. People started to identify my work thanks to its style, the face features... And then, even if I changed the media, my work had my fingerprint. I know that I have to evolve, to refine my skills. I learn a lot in every piece I create. But start to have your own personal style is awesome.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?


Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan's art studio
Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan's art studio
At the moment my studio is this room. Here I paint most of my work right now (I love to ink watching films on the sofa though). I create my digital work with a double screen PC and a Wacom tablet. The rest of the room is full of furniture, where I store part of my traditional media. I also have a wall full of fanart from my readers and friends, and shelves full of all kind of books.

I would like a bigger studio with lots of natural light (mine it's so dark) and space for painting more traditional media. Or... maybe a little house hidden in the woods, or a castle with a courtyard full of flowers..

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

Curious. Loyal. Passionate. Witch. Faery. Pre-Raphaelite. Bookworm. Bard. Warrior. Freak.


Thank you so much Monica, for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Monica's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Monica's art, you can find her at the following links:

Website: http://monicang.com/

FB: http://www.facebook.com/monicangalvan.art
Twitter: http://twitter.com/monicang
Tumblr: http://ltnnog.tumblr.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ltnnog

Friday, December 5, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Rowan Lewgalon

Hello all my wonderful friends.  Today I have another interview with another fascinating Enchanted Visions artist.  Please meet the lovely

Rowan Lewgalon


Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon
Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon

Who is Rowan Lewgalon? Tell us a little about yourself.

I wrote a poem some time ago, titled “The Song of my Soul”. This probably fits here.

I am soothing sun
and raging fire
I am warmest smile
and burning desire

I am the tender touch
and the cruel sword
I am a loving kiss
and a fiercly lord

I am sweet comfort
and bitter revenge
On the wings of love
I come to avenge

I am softest compassion
and most dire wrath
I will make thee stumble
to find back to thy path

Angel or demon
what dost thou see?
Open thy eyes
It is always just me

In the here and now I am a visionary artist, a writer, a photographer, a history nerd, a hotspur, a cleric, a Druid, a flame-keeper, a past life regressionist....

I am a self-taught artist, and I draw and paint for as long as I can think. It was always a thing I loved, but I never went to any art-school. For some time I suddenly stopped painting though, a lot was going on in my life then, and only started again back in 2007.

Apart from being an artist, in what people call “normal life” I've been a management assistant in publishing, a nursery nurse, and a civil servant.

After a severe disc prolapse in 2008, I'm still not able to work again. This holds a hidden blessing though as I now have time to do what I love: paint, draw, write, photograph, walk my spiritual path.
I'm a cleric in minor orders in the Old Catholic Apostolic Church and intend to be a priest one day; a Celtic Christian priest who mixes her Druid and Celtic Pagan beliefs with the old Christian faith. This and painting really fills my soul with song.

I love history, especially the middle ages and Anglo-Saxon times - I can be a real nerd here and rant about historical incorrectness in films for ages if no one stops me. (Braveheart is the film that must not be named.)

Rowan Legalon, Enchanted Visions artist
Rowan Lewgalon, Enchanted Visions artist

My alias, Rowan Lewgalon, is derived from my tree, the rowan (shown to me by Brìde/Saint Brigid) and my spiritual affinity to the English middle ages resp. Great Britain. (Lewgalon is the Welsh word for “Lionheart”.)

I was born near Cologne in Germany and engaged myself in the Otherworld virtually from the cradle. Contacts and encounters with the spiritual world encompassed me as long as I can remember, and I am strongly associated with my angels, spiritual guides, and other souls and beings. From the age of twelve, I was dealing with witchcraft, magic, spiritual beings, rituals, divination, etc., but I would not call myself a medium, witch, or channel. For a time, I did call myself a witch, but this somehow does not fit anymore and never really suited me. I think I grew out of this term. I am just myself and don't think I can be pigeonholed.

In over seven years, it was granted to me to learn more about my past lives and the origin of my soul – something I'd never want to do without again. Although it's often bitter, it caused me to understand a lot of things better, helped in my spiritual and personal growth, and brought me one step further to myself every single day. I love nature and the little treasures life gives us and I'm a real Brit at heart ...or it's the soul of an Irish lass inside of me.

I am 41 now and share the flat with my best friend, anam cara, and co-artist Tricia Danby and four rescue cats: my Merlin, Tricia's Merlin, Lily, and Piers. I live in Germany in a lovely, rural area close to Cologne.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

I cannot recall when I first heard about EV, but it was many years ago. I loved the idea of so many different artists who create art together. For a long time I did not dare to apply because I thought I'm not good enough (I still think that fairly often, but I think I'm in good company with that.) Finally, I took heart and applied with my watercolour paintings. And oh goodness...I was accepted!

Unfortunately, I've been unable to upload anything to the site due to some technical problems and so, when I came to Facebook and found Enchanted Visions there again, applied again. I think three or four themes later I was accepted, and I am happy and proud to belong to a group of such lovely artists. It's always encouraging and inspiring to work together with you.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.



Rosh Madai by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon
Rosh Madai by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon

When I read the theme “Anima Sola” at SketchFest, he was immediately there. I knew that his name is Rosh Madai, he is trapped in his sorrow and drama and does not realise that his chains are broken. His wings burn, but they are not consumed by the flames. He's in his own purgatory of sorrow, regret and fear.


Shateiel by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon
Shateiel by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon

Shateiel came to me when I read of the theme “Silence”. He probably inspired the "creation" of the Greek God Sigalion - or is the very same.


Ashriel by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon
Ashriel by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon

Ashriel is a very personal painting. I did it for the theme “Inbetween” and it sums up my poem from above.

(Yes...I do paint females, too.)

EV has a monthly auction of the work created. Do you sell your work there?

I have to admit that I never put up my pictures for auction there. I don't even know why, I always forget about that.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme? Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

The knowledge to create art with many other artists for the same theme is a wonderful thought. I love being part of that group and it is always exciting to see how others interpret the themes, what thoughts or beings came to them and are portrayed. It is funny that we sometimes even use the same colour palette.

Are you a story teller in your painting, using your imagination to create fiction with your art, or is your art a way to express feelings and emotion and/or portray the inner you?

That depends, I'd say. Most of the time I do not choose what to paint. The souls and beings come to me and show that they want to be painted.

Sometimes I am inspired by nature, music, places...and a picture pops up in my mind and won't leave until it's brought to (digital) paper. Most of my pictures tell some kind of story or carry the energies of those who are portrayed. Some very personal works show a lot of me though, and I suppose there's a bit of me in every painting I do.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space. What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

I'd better not show my desk...it's messy, scattered with post-its, notes, and stuff. My dream work space would have much more room for everything, but it's fine as it is now. I only should tidy up a bit more often..but when I do, I spend lots of time searching for the things that used to lay around on my desk.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

Compassionate
Nerdy
Hot tempered
Know-it-all
Faithful
Blessed
Creative
Bright
traveling between the worlds
nature loving

Thank you so much Rowan, for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Rowan's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Rowan's art, you can find her at the following links:

Website: http://tir-anam.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TirAnam
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TirAnam

Friday, November 28, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Melissa McClanahan

Another week has passed already!  I hope everyone in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I'm so happy to be able to introduce you to another Enchanted Visions artist.  Please meet the lovely and talented 

Melissa McClanahan


Enchanted Visions Artist, Melissa McClanahan
Enchanted Visions Artist, Melissa McClanahan

Who is, “Melissa McClanahan"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a lot of things to different people: A fairy godmother to some, tech-support, web designer/developer to others.  Mainly to myself I’m an eclectic dreamer.  I try to stay curious about life and the world.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

I found EV through browsing blogs, and coming across an artist and piece that I really loved. They had mentioned that the piece was done for the “Enchanted Visions art project.”  I thought that sounded super interesting - so I went and checked it out.  I was having a really bad round of art block at the time, and I was looking for something to light the creative fire back up in me. Im so glad I was accepted, it has really helped!

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.


Anima Sola by Enchanted Visions artist, Melissa McClanahan
Anima Sola by Enchanted Visions artist, Melissa McClanahan
To see without the censor bar please visit Enchanted Visions

AnimaSola - when I saw the words “Anima Sola” My brain interpreted it as some kind of animal spirit / or solar animal spirit.  When I looked up what it really meant, I liked the theme even more.  I strayed a bit from the traditional Catholic concept, but I really love the idea of reaching above your current situation. Which as I said before, artistically I was in a very stagnant/dead place when I came upon Enchanted Visions.  This was my first attempt to get myself out of it.


Silence by Enchanted Visions artist, Melissa McClanahan
Silence by Enchanted Visions artist, Melissa McClanahan

Silence Sometimes you have to noodle around with a theme. Sketch it, write about it, meditate on it.  Sometimes an image just pops into your mind. That happened with Silence. I wanted to render a more active, vibrant aspect of silence. Which is why the chrysanthemum is in the woman’s mouth.  Sometimes to really open up, you need to shut up and shut out the outside world - so the inner world can expand. This piece is going to be in my first gallery show in December.


Balance by Enchanted Visions artist, Melissa McClanahan
Balance by Enchanted Visions artist, Melissa McClanahan

Balance This September’s theme.  I love September, and I love balance (I’m a Libra to the teeth).  I went with showing the balance of Day and Night here.  But the faery of the daylight here is handing over his power to the Night.  Which is more-or less what happens around the Autumnal Equinox.

EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

Not yet!  This is something I plan to do when I have a bit more time to dedicate to EV themes.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme? 

I would say it gives me momentum. I love seeing other interpretations of a theme, the different styles ect. I see EV themes as a collective coming together vs. a competition.

Are you a story teller in your painting, using your imagination to create fiction with your art, or is your art a way to express feelings and emotion and/or portray the inner you?

I wish I could be a story teller - those people amaze me!  I’m more of an evoker.  I get a feeling or an emotion that needs to get released, so I put it out there. Its my hope that it evokes something in the viewer.  It doesn’t need to be the same as me, everyone’s different and will react to symbols in their own way.  But if even one piece evokes something, anything, in a viewer - I feel successful.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

My current workspace is one of the bedrooms in my house.  For the most part I really love it - save for the cat box in the closet space.

My dream studio would be some creaky old Victorian house in the woods. It would have to have giant north-facing windows.  Plenty of space for large drawing desks and another place for cutting and matting.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

moody, passionate, fae, stubborn, mischievous, independant, loving, affectionate,  intellectual, badass.


Thank you so much Melissa, for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Melissa's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Melissa's art, you can find her at the following links:

http://liminalworks.net/

https://www.facebook.com/liminalworksart

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Katerina Koukiotis

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I missed posting this yesterday, but I couldn't let the week pass without giving you the pleasure of meeting another wonderful Enchanted Visions artist.  This week, meet the lovely and talented

Katerina Koukiotis


Enchanted Visions Artist, Katerina Koukiotis
Enchanted Visions Artist, Katerina Koukiotis

Who is, "Katerina Koukiotis"?

I'm a traditional fantasy /portrait artist , I'm Greek but I'm based and  lived most of my life
in beautiful New York Area.  I have always been a creative person since childhood and once I decided to pursue my art I knew this is what i was meant to do.

I work in different mediums pencil graphite, charcoal,color pencil,pastel watercolor and acrylic.  I would love to do some oils too and even try digital art some point even though I have a hard time with it.  I like giving my artworks a soft dreamy look and illustrate many different themes with portrait and fantasy being main ones, in recent years I even tried less realistic style in anime and manga and found a style I really enjoy.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

I heard and was invited by  Coriander many years ago.  I wanted to be part of it because up until then I haven't heard of anything like this before.  I liked the idea of having a monthly theme to illustrate that brought together many artists.  A lot time artists get artist block and the monthly theme is a great way of getting your art juices flowing again.  Also it was invented by Amy Brown and Jessica Galbreth, two fantasy artists I highly respect.  I feel very lucky to be part of it.Many thanks to Coriander for opening up EV to many artists .

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.

Forgotten Summer by Enchanted Visions artist, Katerina Koukiotis
Forgotten Summer by Enchanted Visions artist, Katerina Koukiotis

I have done many pieces for EV some more technically hard than others, but a few stand out to me for personal reasons one of them is "Forgotten Summer".  I remember drawing this and trying to capture the feeling of a hallucination.  The whole idea was inspired by a favorite movie/book scene out of Twilight when Bella was underwater,  Edward was a hallucination in Bellas mind,.. I kinda had this in mind when i did this drawing, but i wanted to illustrate something more intimate and with a mermaid theme ofcourse ;)  Pastels & Pencils on 5x7 Canson Mi Tientes, 2010.


Winter Lullaby by Enchanted Visions artist, Katerina Koukiotis
Winter Lullaby by Enchanted Visions artist, Katerina Koukiotis

"Winter Lullaby"
Color Pencil , 8 x 10 on Acid free Drawing Paper , 2012
Fantasy Elven Painting , this drawing was completed after going through an awful storm that year ( storm sandy) and it took me weeks to be able to get back in my art, artwise i was very pleased with this drawing really wanted the lullaby to come across, taking away all the  bad stuff .  I wanted the lullaby to be heard :)

Crimson Wings by Enchanted Visions artist, Katerina Koukiotis
Crimson Wings by Enchanted Visions artist, Katerina Koukiotis

"Crimson Wings"
Completed on 4 x 6 Arches Hotpress Watercolor paper , 2010. Watercolor/Gouache
For this theme I decided on one of my favorite animals to paint draw are cats/kitties and couldn't resist painting  "Titania" this white fluffy kitty in Christmas holiday theme she also has an EV connection "Titania" belongs to Coriander Shea ;)

EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

Yes i do Originals and prints, on my website, artfire.com store,  You can  also find monthly themes for sale at the monthly fantasy art auctions hosted by Monika Holloway

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

Its inspiring to me.  All artists who participate are talented artists and good friends some of them I have known them for many years.  Its exciting to see so many artists from different backgrounds and styles illustrate the same theme and to see how each of us interpret the theme .

Are you a story teller in your painting, using your imagination to create fiction with your art, or is your art a way to express and portray the inner you?

A little bit of both, I always say I like for the viewer to make up his own stories when they view my art, and I have been told that many times by fans of my art,  but yes Ii always tell a story and I think that's what art is all about.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?


Enchanted Visions artist, Katerina Koukiotis' studio
Enchanted Visions artist, Katerina Koukiotis' studio

I'm very content and happy with my studio i have been very lucky for the past 5 years to have my own work space.  I'm a very organized person and like everything to be in order I try and keep my studio the same way :) Work Space I think will always be an issue for artists.  I don't think there is enough space ever to keep hold  all the art materials..lol..  In the picture I provided it's just the area I work in.  When I'm working on a painting or drawing it doesn't look as neat .lol. but the entire studio is bigger and having a closet to hold all my art stuff helps so much.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

  I rather other people describe me im always to shy to list things about myself and I dont like talking about myself a lot  ..lol i have been told some of these words about me so here we go..

Caring
Friendly
Kind
Sweet
Trustworthy
Funny
Dedicated
Sensitive
Talented
Thoughtful

Thank you so much Katerina, for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Katerina's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Katerina's art, you can find her at the following links:


Friday, November 14, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Coriander Shea

Happy Friday everyone.  I'm so happy to be able to introduce this week's Enchanted Visions artist to you.  Please meet the extremely talented and fabulous 

Coriander Shea


Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea
Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea*

Who is, "insert your name here"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I am very deep and complex. My mind is constantly shooting in many different directions, simultaneously spinning threads in multiple webs at once, weaving my creativity into them in a myriad of sparkling, evolving patterns. Also, there are a lot of shiny things. :D

I can't usually talk about this in public so I will also settle for "Professional Weirdo." Close enough I suppose lol.

Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea 2
Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea *

You're the founder of this group of Fantasy Artists and the driving force behind it.  Why did you decide to bring Enchanted Visions to life?  What is your vision for Enchanted Visions for the future?

Why did I bring it to life?

I am much more jaded than I used to be, but I believe my intentions at the time were that the two who started it amongst themselves were among the very few who first sparked the magick of the Faerie inside me. They essentially helped me find my purpose. I wanted to share my intense gratitude with them in a way they could understand and give back, and create and celebrate the magick of the Faerie together. My next thought was why keep this from others who need that vitality in their lives as well?

I believe my thought processes at the time were if we worked together we would create a synergy that brought the Faerie back into the pop culture spotlight. The Fae were briefly in pop culture in the beginning of the 2000s but were quickly swamped by the Zombie craze. Vampires have been steadily popular for decades, but made a resurgence when the Twilight movies were released. Between the two, Faeries were bumped into the background and forgotten...this led, in turn, to less demand for Faery art as well as less career security for Faery artists.

At the time, I thought if we worked together our synergy could bring Faeries back into the pop culture spotlight...because, at the end of the day, it's accepted knowledge that everyone is constantly steeped in subconcious stimuli from pop culture themes, including and especially children. So on one hand you have themes of fierce independence, wildness, and a deep spiritual connection to Mother Nature. On the other hand, you have themes of carnage, brutality, and the mass de-valuing of human life with all it's emotional complexity, capacity for critical thinking and innovation down to a mere source of food. So...which themes would you rather have your children exposed to?

What is your vision for Enchanted Visions for the future?

It's quite obvious from the various branding I've attached to Enchanted Visions where I plan on taking it. That being said, if I had a choice between artists who are accepted by society as famous and artists who are very talented, but under-appreciated because their FB fanpages happen to have under 1000 likes which seems to somehow automatically render them invisible to society...then I will choose the latter every time. I have no patience for sycophant politics and I am not interested in coddling over-inflated egos. Whereas, working with "invisible" artists has consistently been an enriching and wonderful experience not only for me, but also for Enchanted Visions as a whole.

So, if you are one of those "invisible" artists who feel like you are talented but under-appreciated because of the unfortunate hierarchical setup of our current society, then feel free to apply. We'd love to have you join our rebellious art party of Faery & Fantasy happiness. ;)
http://www.enchanted-visions.net/guidelines.html

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.


Hidden Treasures by Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea
Hidden Treasures by Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea

Hidden Treasures-

I am deeply committed to my own Soul's continued, constant evolution. They call this process "ascension" in spiritual circles. During the course of my journey, I have come to interact and immerse myself with the consciousness of everything & nothing all together. It calls Itself the "Universe of Universes"...but that is a total mouthful so I just say "Universe". The Universe manifests itself as golden energy that is very shiny & sparkly & shimmery...so of course I'm going to pay attention lol. The more I interact with this super-shiny golden energy, the more awesome stuff happens. I believe they call this "spiritual alchemy", turning base metals into gold as a metaphor for turning slow-vibrating, 3rd dimensional bodies into golden, deliciously shiny body thingies.

I attempted to water down my process as much as I could to share it with others, so that they might find it useful... It didn't work out so well. Most people just thought I was weird-er. I am thankful for the few who embraced what I wrote, however.

This piece basically visually describes one of the cool shiny things that happens when you interact with golden Universe energy. It fills you up like a chalice, and eventually overflows as most cups do when you overfill them. When it spills out around me, it creates this super shiny golden web....it's really shiny. Have I mentioned that it's shiny?.....SHINYYYY. *breathes heavily*


Forgotten Summer by Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea
Forgotten Summer by Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea

Forgotten Summer-

This piece is about the myth of Hades & Persephone. I loved this myth growing up and when I discovered that Persephone's name in Greek is "Kore", it made me love the myth all the more.
At the time in my life when I created this, I felt naked, vulnerable, overwhelmed, and bewildered. Just lost and in a lot of pain. I needed the strong, bedrock energy of Hades to help me secure my foundations in an existence I found to be incredibly hostile. This artwork was like my clarion call for help...I never got what I needed though, so eventually I learned to make do on my own. I seem to have adapted rather well.

This is obviously one of my more intensely emotional pieces.


The In-Between Handler by Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea
The In-Between Handler by Enchanted Visions Artist, Coriander Shea

The In-Between Handler-

Like most normal humans, I pay attention to famous people. I find it curious how much they seem to be the neo-evolution of ancient gods & goddesses, with the air of shininess that seems to permeate their every action (the real reason I pay attention, the sheer SHININESS) and how fans respond to that in ways that are quite close to the way worshippers used to behave towards their beloved deities in ancient times. There are many similarities and my mind adores matching patterns wherever I find them.

During the course of my obsessive compulsive comparisons, I noticed a ghastly trend of women breaking emotionally, lashing out, and quickly being silenced by those around them that held positions of respectability in society, like lawyers and managers. Usually there was a group that handled their finances for them in their "emotionally fragile state" and one person who took care of them and was with them constantly. I heard whispers of these singular individuals being described of as "handlers". I also heard whispers about what those handlers would do that caused the curious emotional reactions in these women; the rumors ranged from the bizarre to the downright abusive. Either way, I was very pissed off...and upon seeing just how frequently this allegedly happens right under people's noses, I became downright ENRAGED
.
This artwork was my rebellious response. I intended on learning what psychological devices they used from observation, then...I intended to use their tricks against them. What you use to hurt others can also be used to heal if you are inventive enough.

Muse - Which definition works for you?
1- to reflect or think about, usually in silence , or 2- a physical source of inspiration?

Words can be imbued with any manner of subtle meanings and twisted every which way . This is a basic form of magick. It also is the reason why puns...and advertising still exist. "Muse" means whatever you percieve it to mean and can simultaneously hold as many meanings as you percieve it to mean, however large or small that definition is indicates how expansive or close-minded your own view of reality is.

Which do you rely on to create your art? What happens if your "muse" isn't working?  How do you break through?

When you start to make a habit of interacting with super shiny Universe energy, the issue is no longer 'what happens when it's not working' but more along the lines of 'how in the heck do I stop time so I can express all the ideas that are constantly appearing in my brain?!'.

If my "oomph power" is not oomphing properly, it simply means that I am exhausted and need a nap...this is not an uncommon occurence.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?
Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?

Not at all. It's simply wonderful. Though sometimes I feel like that out-of-touch soccer mom at their kid's home game screaming loudly and waving around pom-poms at inopportune times, totally embarassing her kid but with good intentions. So, I try to tone down my emphatic excitement haha.
Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?
If you're asking do I compete with the other artists, then the answer would be no. I compete with myself. I am constantly aiming to be the utter best I can be. I take my participation very seriously in Enchanted Visions as I believe it is a subconcious sign of my dedication to the group. I am very dedicated to our little rebellious Faery gathering, and giving Faery & Fantasy artists a safe haven against the pitfalls inherent in any creative career that revolves around an individual's skill, and thus their ego. Let these artists keep their simple, innocent love of all things Faery & Fantasy, because that is when the art they create is the purest and strongest. Once you start bringing in the egos and fights that inherently rise from egos bumping into each other, you become disenchanted and that will affect the quality of what you create.

Enchanted Visions continues to exist so that there is a space where you can create because you love to and that is it, the end.

Is your art hanging or displayed in your home.  If so, where and how?  If not, why not?  What type of art (besides your own) hangs on your walls?

I have a few of my own pieces on the wall. I am a odd one, so busy expanding myself and furthering the foundations of my career that I have little time left to do the normal human ritual of re-decorating. I should, I am an artist...but most of what I do have up is rather unceremoniously displayed hehe.
Let's see...I have a piece of the god Set on my mantle that was a gift for my Soul-brother, I have a few colored pencil pieces from my early career displayed on a cool divider thingie that was designed to look like Asian doors until I ripped the paper backing off so now it's all see-through and evocative and all that jazz, "Enchanted By An Emerald Flame" and "Valhalla Rise" are staring at me from my side table (which also supports the creatively mutilated display lol) from behind a Ganesha statue. My "Ganesha" ink sketch is nearby. Behind my head are all 12 Sidhe Queens from my :Faery Trouble: series displayed as such to silently judge everything I do hehe, and leaning on the back of where I sit are works-in-progress of a Kitsune done in warm grey tones, a smaller piece of my Reiki friend as a Faery, a bare-bones gesture sketch of "The Unwanted Ascent", and my sentimental sketch of Daenerys winged like her dragons that will be proudly displayed in my future Fan Art gallery. To my left is a work-in-progress graphite of the premier piece from my upcoming new series :Phantom's Masquerade:. This series is monumentally special to me, as it will feature my namesake re-imagined with totally badass wings and...stuff. You'll see! ;)

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

Current work space:
 Wherever I plant my butt pretty much. Right now it's my "throne" aka a really dinged up pleather loveseat. I choose this spot because my kittehs are like rambunctious 5 year olds when not monitored and also because it's closer to the music hehe.

Dream work space:
In normal human terms my ideal work space would be in a house on the beach in one of those sun rooms at the back of the house with floor to ceiling windows yielding a spectacular view of the ocean at all times. It makes me smile just thinking of it...

If I could have any work space in any perspective of existence...then it would be a vast, grand room with the floor and pillars built of light-colored marble with golden veins that sparkled when the light hits it, built in the Grecian style. The areas in between the pillars would lead to an open expanse where you could see a panoramic view of the Earth at all times. It would have color-changing ambient light set in metered spots on the floor and vast curtain-like cloths would roll down that displayed any static or moving image I wanted, along with music that seemed like it drifted all around you from nowhere....it would be kinda like the place where the gods hung out in the newest "Clash of the Titans" movie. That would be a totally badass studio once I got through with it. I wonder if they're renting?

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

Cat Lady
Elegant
Impish
Odd
Hermit
Pragmatic
Ingenious
Rebellious
Unrelenting
Vicious
Tenacious
Ferocious
Malicious (when I'm forced to)
Beyond Stubborn
Sensitive
Considerate
Proud
Obsessive
Monumentally Open-Minded
Psychic Oracle (and other assorted words)
Compassionate
Protective
Kind
Multi-Faceted
Truthful
Jaded
Grounded
Perceptive
Cosmic
Neverending

Thank you so much Coriander, for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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