KarisMa, Goddess Artist

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Happy Halloween everybody! I just love the energy of this day of the year. The veil is really thin and I do feel more presences around than usual. The air is thick with spirits – you watch out 🙂
Timing couldn’t be better for my newest piece. I wanted to give you a sneak preview of “Plutonia”. Plutonia is like a female version of Pluto, the God of Underworld. It is my unofficial mythology. Since I create Goddesses and not Gods. Enough of Gods. Enough of father figure divinities… God this and God that.

Since Halloween has its roots in Celtic lore, I thought also it was appropriate to celebrate the
“Goddess Below” as it is called, the Goddess that resides in Underworld. Just because she is in Underworld, and she is dark, does not mean that she is evil. Maybe terrible – perhaps, sometimes, but certainly not evil. She was also an inspiration for the piece I am working on. And faeries… did you know that two times a year they change their residence, on Samhain (Halloween) and on Beltain (1 May). It’s supposed to be a dreadful sight,  to see them move around, and woo to those who see the Faery procession… they can be snatched away to Faery Land or be turned into stone. Maybe that’s how it came about that Halloween is a spooky day. If you ask me I would stand outside screaming, “Hello, take me, take me!” but it did not happen until now. All those Halloweens I spent outdoors… they could not care less. Sigh.

I was asked to tell and show more of how I actually make IT. The Art. The answer is I dunno. I just make. There is no technique as such an no magical formula. I can share photos of pieces as they progress, I can answer some questions.  “Plutonia” is now half-way there, I still need to make some figure adjustments.

© Karisma, Plutonia, 150x100cm

Today was a blessed sunny Halloween day, I even had no heating on in my studio. My black cat Aschi was assisting me by lounging in the sun rays…and now candles are lit, I am sipping my tea as I write this post and once I send it, I am back to my studio to flow with the Spirit of Samhain.


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Isis the Mighty Mother
Isis the Mighty Mother

This is my very first art blog ever! Exciting! I am going to dedicate it to my two most favorite subjects – Art and Magic.  What do you get when you combine Art and Magic? You guessed right, Magical Art! Art essentially is magic; when we create, it is as if we become the co-creators with the Divine… creating our own unique universe.  There are moments of a profound mystical revelation that come upon me when I open my mind and soul and let the energy of the Universe flow through me.Isn’t magic really an application of one’s will to mold the forces of Nature? Isn’t that the same we engage in when we paint or sculpt or use any other media for our creation? We can bind our heart’s desire into the image, and that image becomes a talisman. It becomes a trigger for our subconscious mind. It becomes a battery, it becomes a point of attraction for the Universal forces, harmonious with the subject of our magical artwork.  Higher the force we invoke when creating our magical art, better the result would be… some sort of invocation of the Divine is compulsory when creating a magical piece of art. It need not be complicated: it can be a prayer, it can be an appeal to the Divine to assist with the task ahead.  Some of you may already be experienced magicians with a ritual of their own which they may perform before creating their magical art.

I personally like to appeal to the creative force of the Universe, to the Divine Feminine, which for me is the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Goddess of magic AND of art (they are the same). So… I simply say “Isis is all things and all things are Isis” and try to bring her powerful creative energy from beyond the aethyrs, into the crown of my head and let it flow through all my chakras; as the energy reaches each chakra, I vibrate the name of Isis.  I see it as a blue scintillating Light, and as the light hits the chakra, with each vibration I feel the chakra grow bigger and brighter.  I try to charge up my chakras as much as possible and then, when I feel that the power is sufficient, and I could not hold it anymore, I let it burst out of my hands into the canvas… Of course it is better to have an idea of what would you like to paint. To have a sketch is advisable…

The Priestess of Isis

The Priestess of Isis

I am not going to get into a great detail on how to make a piece of magical art. Not now. Instead I am going to spread it out in a few blogs, and if you are interested in how to create your personal,magical, talismanic work of art – subscribe and check in regularly! There are many exciting ways to do it and the results can be life-changing!

Naturally, I am going to share the magical art I am working on. Actually right now I am working on this huge piece, 150x100cm, oil on canvas with gold and silver leaf. It depicts the Goddess, it is kind of a mixture of maybe two or more goddesses – Isis and Maria, and also Sophia of the Gnostics. It conveys somewhat the idea behind the tarot trump “The World”.

Please also have a look at my earlier pieces in line with the subject of Isis, the patroness of art and magic. “Isis, the Mighty Mother”. That piece was actually exhibited in Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien The Art Academy of Vienna, Austria ( I live in Austria). It was a part of a common project and the subject was the resurrection of the works of art that disappeared during the WWII… and only the short descriptions remained.  However we were open to interpret them however we wanted. The piece I was to resurrect was by Domenico Puligo, a Renaissance Italian painter of Florentine school. The subject itself was “Madonna with child” and what I came up was something like this piece, which I later called “Isis,the Mighty Mother. It is made with a Venusian palette of old rose and turquoise blue and the crown of the Goddess is sprinkled with Swarovski crystals. I also used a lot of golden leaf (Sun) and silver leaf too, for the Moon and the decoration of her mermaid tail.

This other piece was made this summer, it is called “The Priestess of Isis”. Have you noticed I am an Isis fan? 😉 there should be a fan club.  I shall start one! This painting is dedicated to the brave, enchanting, illusive, magical, beautiful, fascinating women who kept the flame of Isis cult burning from the time of Ancient Egypt to the modern day: the Priestesses of Isis. With the reign of Christianity, Isis worship went underground; the cult has become occult; once venerated priestesses have become mere witches in the public eye and ignorant burned them at stake. However they survived and they live on, reincarnating from one life to another, to keep the Isis flame burning on this plane for the benefit of humanity. I made this painting as a tribute to these women who are not celebrated enough, mentioned enough and through the retrospective of our historians, they hardly existed at all… the knowledge of them is so scarce.

Here I also used the combination of rose/turquoise oil paint on canvas, as well as I used golden leaf which I tend to use a lot.  The Priestess, clutching the Ankh to her chest, stands in the middle of a giant lotus, which emerges from the torrid waters around.  She seems to be so vulnerable, and fragile, however she is protected by the giant lotus petals closing around her (Isis will always take care of her own) and also she holds the key of power – the Ankh.  The lotus flower is also very fiery looking, it was meant to allude to the stake that the priestesses, accused of witchcraft, were burned at. So though it seems that she is burned at stake and should be suffering, in reality she has all the knowledge, protection and power over the elements, symbolized by the Ankh she is holding. Despite multiple offers, “The Priestess of Isis” is not for sale at least for a while, until I express my passion for Isis in some new found way. However you can view almost all my magical art and easily make a purchase at www.karismartic.com

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