I was lucky enough to be by my grandmother Mamere's side as she passed. In a way , it was a broken heart that got her - and she went on to meet back up with her love- my Pops! I made this image the next day -- all the elements of what her heart contained - and of course they are universal . .
I’m not making this up, it really is true – you’ve got the whole universe right here with you.
You’ve got the universe in your hands. Let me explain the way hearts and stars may understand.
Each star in the night, just like each grain of sand,
is made of the same stuff as each woman and man.
And each woman and man and all of the children
and every dog, every cat, and every sweet little kitten,
are all made of the same UNIVERSE, far and wide.
The very same UNIVERSE that IS you and I.
Now, you don’t have to believe this, though what you believe may matter.
The TRUTH is you are made of the STARS as they scatter.
You are made of the SUN and of this EARTH.
But it is of the great and holy words
“ I AM ”
that we all came to birth!
You are made of the winds, and the waves in the sea,
of the endless vibration, sweet deep harmony.
You are made of LOVE and of POWER and STRENGTH.
Of so many things for which we all give thanks!
So GIVE THANKS!!!
Thank your parents, your ancestors ‘n’ the stars;
and give thanks for LOVE, CONSCIOUSNESS, CREATION, CREATOR…
Give thanks for Love ‘n’ YOURSELF, for your come-to-life powers!
And give thanks for the fish, the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.
For the high snowy mountains and the sacred, fertile valleys.
And for all the good things that have brought you to your feet!
And all the things that may bring you to your knees.
All that is, all that was, and all that ever will be.
And for reminding you, if you wish,
some sometimes think to thank me, but I’m just like you; look through true and you’ll see…
How I love you so, ever so … oh so dearly.
And I will always be here, and you will be too…
…F O R I A M T H E U N I V E R S E…
And so are you.
The inspiration for those words came through when my then 5 year old cousin, Emma asked me to tell her a bed-time story . I didn’t know a single one to tell her. But her request was persistent and so, wanting to meet her awesome innocence and trust- I went out on a limb (where the fruit is) – and I reached …
I began with “You’ve got the Universe in your hands . . “ and the rest just flowed through. (Thank you Dr. Seuss!)
When I reached the end, I almost felt like I was being spoken to.. Felt like I was catching a star. One that I’ve only edited slightly since then – and am glad to be able to share with you.
I’m in the process of illustrating this poem and making it into a full color children’s book . Planning to print sustainably – and make it available as a downloadable pdf book as well … And possibly even as an interactive I pad/ tablet book someday …
It’s a project that is in progress – one that you can help support – and a sweet download/ print/ cut/ fold book that you can own today!
Check out the campaign at : http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/you-ve-got-the-universe-in-your-hands--2
I create art for possibility. I create for expression, freedom, intelligence, consciousness and love. For color, movement, spirit and life. I create for you, for me and for creation itself.
Each session with someone is special. Each is an opportunity to recognize and awaken the magic in someone’s being. And so, I do more than paint; I see the spirit in each person who steps into my field – and I reflect it with paint, touch and intention… Before picking up a brush, I remind my participants that for thousands of years and more – people all around the planet have been painting their bodies… Different decorations depending on culture and purpose. People have painted themselves and one another for prayer, ceremony, celebration and... for battle… The one thing all these people have had in common – is intention.
I often invite my participants and new friends to call in an intention – something which they want to embody… Some inner transformation that my paint can be the outer reflection of. They may speak it or keep it to themselves.I invite them to recognize the ways in which they are a warrior – and to be empowered in rising to meet themselves at their greatest potential. Then, I allow intuition to guide my choice of color and pattern… There is no book of designs to choose from – I may offer a color choice if I cant get an easy read on someone in some moment – but for the most part, I work best when simply trusted to let it flow. I have an arsenal of handmade, laser cut and found stencils which I work from in combination with free hand brush strokes. I am often surprised by the different images different souls call forth from me.
In addition to painting, I am aware of the energy I am shifting with the touch of my brush, stencils, feathers and spray … Spirit really does work in mysterious ways. I love the people who I have the pleasure of painting. I have seen amazing shifts in the blessed expressions of those whom I have had the pleasure to work with. During my sessions I have witnessed the release of tears and fears and belief systems. The realization of my intention to create transformational sacred space.. I really do give it up to spirit(s) for playing such an active part in guiding my hands, words and thoughts in this intimate art form, and I give so much thanks for having been guided towards this gift to share! Too much fun. Life is amazing.
In the majority of the photographs here, these sweet souls were invited to be in prayer before a photograph was taken. May all of your prayers be answered.
Peace does not necessarily mean stillness - all the stars and planets are endlessly moving in deepest peace . A dove in flight represents not only peace, but freedom as well.
One of my first muses . . . A bird in flight . . . A thousand ways to paint this ...
Price range $600 -$3000
Please contact me when interested.
- Courageous Healer (Lion)
A wise man once said "fear is a dangerous thing , it'll take your good god filled soul and fill it with devils and dust..". But you were born with a heart that has access to more courage than even the fiercest of beasts.
He's humble, but he has a lot to be proud of. His family, his friends - his tribe, his pride. So many artist's, seekers, healers- lovers and dreamers. Those that rise and rise and wont let themselves be knocked down by circumstance or story. For the courageous heroes of today! Those with the HeART of a lion!
mixed media solvent transfers, watercolor, india ink, airbrush and acrylic on wood. 33x33 $900
7x7 feet - $ 10,000
A woman at a party described two of my paintings - and asked me if I had a painting that kind of had elements of both. One with birds - the other with a goddess . . I said - "no -- but I could make that"
I sometimes send people to this page to show them what a "spirit portrait" looks like...
To commission a portrait of a loved one ( which can definitely include YOURSELF! ) - Prince depends on size , and can vary depending on request ... $500- $3000
Dawn Of the Buffalo , A spirit of abundance!
The Native American Lakota tribe believes that the buffalo symbolizes gratitude, abundance, consistency, strength, stability, blessings and prosperity. The buffalo totem, or spirit is also sent to remind us of the gravity of being human, and how our presence impacts and influences everything else. With this kind of power, comes great responsibility.
These pieces are carbon transfers on wood with UV resistant polymer gloss.
I took a photo of this bison walking north out of yellowstone park a number of years ago. Blessed moment!
The small pieces are 33x33 - limited edition. $450 each -
The large Bison is 6x6 - $3000.
I can also recreate this piece in various sizes per commission/request- It's an image I am happy to revisit.
Grateful to the Love who inspired this series.
Blessed meditation tree in Santa Cruz . . .
Mixed Media - acrylic, watercolor, india ink and solvent transfer prints on wood..
All of these pieces are sold... Might not mind revisiting this composition again someday. Special thanks to our dear friend Robbie Ryan for embodying his meditation for this one...
" I AM "
It is of the great and holy words 'I am" that all things come to birth...
One of the first images that I knew had to be in the universe book . . That of a child jumping for joy simply for being alive.
This 5 panel piece is approx 33 x 55 - mixed media on wood. Materials include - solvent transfers of carbon prints, acrylic, watercolor, india ink, enamel and UV resistant archival polymer gloss on high grade pine. Here's to the indigo generation!
I am so moved by the courage, honesty and power which Bernie Sanders speaks. He truly is a voice for the movement for and by US -the people. Apparently a little bird thought so too... Grateful that my friend Zipporah Lomax happened to snap a photo of the moment from which this design was made. Currently available as a set of free downloadable posters to support the movement here - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h8din5vg6beo47j/AADI1xAIUOxVtqaj7rvVD2fJa?dl=0
and as A t shirt by clicking here- threadmeup.com/AFutureToBelieveIn
Humming the Hearts song . . . The humming bird is said to be the messenger of spirit...
This is a mixed media series based on a single composition.
Materials used include solvent transfers of carbon prints, acrylic, india ink, watercolor, airbrush, hope, prayer, gratitude and UV resistant gloss on wood.
Prices range from $1200 - $5000 depending ...
Several of these are still available , and the series is not complete yet. New pieces are being made in color and preference of commission. Drop me a line if interested - RyanBCurtis@gmail.com, 315-256-7918