I am not alone when I paint! I am surrounded by Painting Angels! These are my Twelve Painting Angels. I feel like I am constantly communicating, thinking, laughing and emoting with a lot of company. I am now giving them the visual element that brings them to my utmost awareness. It's such a personal story but still it's fun to write about and share for those that seem to want to be in my path. In this time that I have been in Miami, I opened and closed a beautiful gallery and I got myself a budget conscious space to call my studio at the McCormick Place building downtown. It's tiny and it took me awhile to adjust to such a small space after closing my beautiful Gallery. One fine day I decided to put a lot of love into it, brought in some curtains and ribbon, decorations and snacks until I finally dropped the barrier that kept me from doing what I love so much, and started to PAINT! I wanted to paint Abstracty Art. Loose and free and energetic. I particularly got this space so I can paint with oil on canvas since I really couldn't smell up my apartment. What JOY!!! I can't even begin to describe the piece of Heavan on Earth that I experience in that space. I am more inspired than ever.
So, I start my day releasing all the junk, the negative thoughts, realigning myself, praying until I clear all the space for creation. Before you know it, I am painting and singing and dancing and laughing and when it's time to wrap up, I look at my palette and I started seeing angels on it. I use the left over paint, add a dab here and there and give life to these adorably vivid creatures, my painting angels. They each seem to have a mood or a theme that goes along with the day and the energy of the painting. Now I am surrounded by 12 of them and I am so pleased to introduce them to you...they are PRECIOUS to me.
They are each (9" X 12") on Wax Palette sheets all done with palette knives and mounted on white boxes. I am trying to figure out how to bring them to you, if in a Set of Twelve Cards, or as Set of Giclée reproductions on paper or canvas. Let me know if you have a preference. Send me an email because i value your opinion. firstname.lastname@example.org I thought they should all stay together and travel as a set. I think as humans, we need each one of them at different times.
They happened in this order too!
Angel of Female Joy
Angel of Barriers
Angel of Song
Angel of Love
Angel of Clarity
Angel of Compassion
Angel of Nature
Angel of Union
Angel of Higher Love
Angel of Forward Movement
Sharing the good news
I prayed for joy during the Christmas holidays and God is answering my prayers…and it is with this great joy that I share with you through my art and with the story that goes with it, this good news. It’s a true and heartfelt story about Ultimate Peace and how this artwork came to find it’s final completion.
At the bottom of the artwork you will see two dates. One is June ’84, during which period I painted the watercolor part of the Peace Sign while at UCSB and in my very first art class. It then sat in a portfolio case and later in an art drawer until May 2013, the second date. That’s, let me do the math, 29 YEARS!!!!! I loved the piece but somehow it never reached completion and being framed (and I was a framer!)
When I moved to Miami and opened that dream Gallery that I had wanted for 14 years, I spent a good part of that time putting together the art pieces that became known as The Love and Abundance Series. A lot of them are a reflection of my Christian testimony as I came to understand the real meaning behind Jesus and His purpose and it was the missing part from my spiritual practice…a huge part was missing indeed!
As we get in the Christmas spirit, I urge us all to Honor Our God above all and celebrate His presence on Earth as man, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from the fall. I urge us to wrap ourselves in this amazing love God has for us, an undeserving love, and learn thru His Word, in the Bible, of all He did for His people in preparation for His coming, His birth, His teachings, His kindness and compassion, His forgiveness and His death and resurrection in order to grant us the access to be with Him in eternal life. When I learned of that, and I am still reading the Bible, and when it touched my heart as deeply as it did, I came to see all that was missing in this piece of artwork from 1984. I had found real peace and I reworked the art and added all I had learned artistically and spiritually and called it Ultimate Peace because through Christ Jesus, I have found hope and salvation for eternal life. It also gave me more strength and motivation to live more purposefully in this world. Now, more than ever, the prophesies of the Bible in Apocalypse are being seen and felt and there is much tension on our planet, more than ever. The time is now to welcome Jesus into our hearts, renew ourselves from the inside, grow our faith, and get in God’s will and spread the good news among our friends and family. You may want to share this blog. I would be most grateful if you did. I have been changed, my work has changed and my purpose has changed and I care that you get on board. You may visit my website and see more of my Blogs and know that I will be more active blogging as I love to write and I have a lot to say always!!!
My work is also evolving in new directions…I started painting in an abstract expressionistic way and using brushes as well as palette knives. I am finding myself very inspired presently and also wanting to teach. I have lots to do still.
So…this is what I share with you on this Christmas season.
May Christ be with you and may peace be with you and your loved ones always.
It's about time that I realize that I am not alone! I spend so much time alone, and really, I never feel alone. I feel like I am constantly communicating, thinking, laughing and emoting with a lot of company. I am now giving them the visual element that brings them to my utmost awareness. It's such a personal story but still it's fun to write about and share for those that seem to want to be in my path. In this time that I have been in Miami, I opened and closed a beautiful gallery and I got myself a budget conscious space to call my studio. It was so small that I found that I never would go there until I finally dropped the barrier that kept me from doing what I love so much, PAINT! I particularly got this studio so I can paint with oil on canvas since I really couldn't smell up my apartment and force my children to live with that toxic smell. Even I couldn't. After many months, I rearranged it, made more space by the window, decorated it with my utensils for painting and started at it one fine day. To add to my story, I finally started back again painting abstract oils on canvas. What JOY!!! I can't even begin to describe the piece of Heavan on Earth that I experience in that space. And after spending almost 5 days straight seeing art during the Art Basel week, I am more inspired than ever.
So, I start my day releasing all the junk, the negative thoughts, realigning myself, praying until I clear all the space for creation. Before you know it, I am painting and singing and dancing and laughing and when it's time to wrap up, I look at my palette and I started seeing angels on it. I use the left over paint, add a dab here and there and give life to these adorably vivid creatures, my painting angels. They each seem to have a mood or a theme that goes along with the day or the week. Now I am surrounded by 5 of them and they make me so happy! I'll introduce them to you...they are PRECIOUS to me.
They are each (9" X 12") on Wax Palette sheets all done with palette knives. Don't mind the arrangement. It's not happening but they are in order!!!
Painting Angel l
Indian Chief Angel ll
Angel of Barriers
The Singing Angel
The Angel of Love
Welcome to an artful method of healing!
I still consider myself new in the community of Miami as of almost 2 years. I have been an artist all my life, schooling and living in Santa Barbara, California and after 28 years there, I am more at home here in two years. I grew up in Brasil, from Argentinian parents and born in America. I have been a tropical landscape artist specializing in collage and making my own papers to work with, using the traditional Japanese Papermaking technique for 24 years. Art is all I have ever done! What a blessing! The changes started in 2007 and soon Art became also a healing tool for me. I got caught in a life crisis during the long lasting financial crisis and a 5 year Sabbatical led me through an introspective artistic period that coincided with the departure of the fruitful tropical niche artwork, which so defined me. I was exploring new media and came upon a heart that I pinched out from crinkling grocery paper bags. The lights went on! I began using these hearts as an art form and eventually they became a tool for the healing journey.
Many paintings on hearts followed, each with a theme, a prayer or an intention, and this became the beginning of my new workshop,
PAINT YOUR HEART OUT.
The one on the picture above, A Heart in Christ, was painted recently as I was looking for a Logo for this side of the workshop and because I really have found that my life goes better when I pray before anything I do. I need Christ that much.
I began sharing it with kids, teens, men and women, and saw some amazing results. People were being asked to get in touch with their hearts, something more sensitive, more intimate, a surprise for most, but a delightful one. Some people brought hard stories and I encouraged that because I have been thru a lot myself and developed a great sense of awareness and compassion. I have experimented with many healing practices and none came so close to healing me as did powerful prayer and surrendering to God’s will. It became an tool to start a healing process, for students to think, write, talk and practice self expression, giving a voice to feelings that may have never been fully expressed and encouraging them to develop a greater personal relationship with God. Transformation and healing is the goal. Acknowledging it is the first step. It was for me, anyway. I realized I held a lot of things inside and came to experience the detrimental dis-ease of that behavior. I now want to help others identify a starting point, help them thru their difficulties, offer further healing by encouraging them to bring back their painted hearts, if I feel there is a need, and through however many sessions it takes, get that painted heart to reflect the healing instead of the initial pain.
“I want you to take home a Heart that you painted and hang it as a witness to the courage, power and beauty of getting on the road to healing.”
I have had a total and complete REBIRTH and by that I mean that I was plucked out of what to me had been the demise of my existence. I underwent huge changes in my life, my status, my geographic location, my philosophy of life and most significantly, my purpose and it all is reflected in the NEW ART I developed these last two and a half years. Let alone that I went through an additional 5 year forced Sabbatical that I used to move out of the Tropical Landscape Paper Collage Niche, that so defined me, and I consequently explored various media combinations by which I got to the Love And Abundance Series. It has been a journey of tremendous growing pains to say the least. I am grateful for all the changes! I love the new ME and I am thrilled to be here in my NOW, actually.
This Opening Reception of the Love and Abundance Series took place on May 18th, 2013, 6-10pm on Gallery Night at the Bird Road Art District, at what was my new Gallery/Studio space on 4678 SW 72nd Ave. Miami, FL 33155.
Andrea Beloff FINE ART
I wanted the whole world to see it…I don’t ask for much!!!! So I wrote,
“Please don’t miss it. I may not be all ready as I would like to be but you will be amazed no matter what.” I hadn’t quite finished The Joy of Love and Abundance but I’m proud to say, it’s now finished.
First, I found the LOVE or really, the LOVE found me, and then I had the bright idea to manifest something that resembled abundance. Hence the journey through the much treasured Foreign Currency of the world. It is a world in itself and I am honoring it in my own artisctic way by plucking out the beauty and meaning and poetically transforming it into something beautiful. I find great meaning in it also because in my trees or my world, the diverse countries coexist in harmony, like Heaven on Earth.
I just wanted to take a few minutes to explain how the Love found Me: God found me. God loves us so much first that He goes after his children. Acceptance by God is a gift and I received the gift. Yes, He loves us that much that when we get so lost, He comes around to find us. And I revisited all I knew about God and learned that He came to earth as man, Jesus and then I took some in depth Bible Study classes and I found the missing links to my existence and I was saved. I was saved from my own death and given forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ. I knew i had been touched but as I learned more and more, I was deeply moved, deeply moved. Isaiah 53: 10 It was the Lord’s wish to crush him and cause him to suffer. All of this was for our sins of the past, the present and the future. God’s plan was impeccable. And my faith was more and more firmly planted and continues to be as He shows me continuously how He never abandons me and how the more I are with Him, the more He is with me and there is such comfort in this. I live to be comforted by this. It gives me strength and conviction and it makes me want to tell everyone how Great is our God and the important things to know.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
On October 20th, I celebrated the long awaited dream of opening my own gallery after 14 years wanting it. After one year, I found it best to close it. It all has been difficult here in Miami since I moved here, yet, I am happy as can be. I called it Bitterweet Gratitude because I was so grateful to God for allowing this gallery to open during a year where my two children were not with me, much to my heart’s discontent, shock and I can’t even begin to tell you all the emotions that went along with that. I got thru 9 months and after the Opening of the Love and Abundance Exhibit, I went back to California to get my children. That’s a whole other story. Back to this heart I had intended on painting in Gratitude of this gallery…I was driving to work two days before the event and I was still not fully inspired about how my painting presentation was going to go. As I was driving, I prayed to God to help me get my ideas together and it dawned on me that as I thought about it, I also started crying because no one in my family would be there to support me. My children weren’t with me on such a big day, my brother had died 8 months before, my dad was in such depression, he couldn’t even travel and my mom had been dead several years back. I felt so all alone that I added the Bittersweet to really show how I felt, after all, this was what Painting Your Heart Out is all about. It’s about checking in and being true to your emotions and feelings and facing them and working through them. I painted to a great set of five songs picked by spirit for me because that same day that I was driving, the next three songs on the radio were played as if just for me. So I started of course with Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here,” Another song was “Lola” by The Kinks and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Tom Petty. I can’t remember the other songs but I have the Cd and it was rad. I Painted, I cried, I prayed, I hid behind my hair hoping no one would see the mess I was inside, finally I busted out crying and explaining that I knew this would happen and that these Paint Your Heart Out workshops could be intense like this but then I got it together, I thanked everyone that had come to support me and during the painting part, we popped the Champagne, toasted and I put the cork into the art too! And now it sits here at home as a lovely memory of the Gallery I loved and once had.I now hold these workshops at my studio at 111 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33130 by Appointment. For the harder stories that one might want to work thru, I offer Spiritual Healing thru Art. Check out that Blog.
It’s my birthday today and yes, I just got a t-shirt from a girlfriend that shows that my heart is complicated at the moment! What’s to hide? The sooner you meet with your emotions and give them the life they are asking for, the sooner you resolve it. Our problems and our solutions to solving our problems can be blessings to others. This approach to doing it in an artistic way has some very unique features to it and can be so enjoyable at the same time. This recent Heart that I painted and added paper college into was a journey with a blessing. I am honoring this moment in time instead of stuffing it and repressing it which could have very negative effects in our body.
LOVE KNOTS is on display now at Arthur Earl Winery in Los Olivos for the months of January and February. 2922 Grand Ave.
Workshops will be held Saturday, February 11th, 2:30 – 6pm and Sunday, February 12th, Noon to 4pm.
Come pour your heart out with Andrea and Brenda, honor where your heart is at with one of the workshops. Heartache loves company and so do all kinds of other emotions you may wish to interpret artistically!
Also see Brenda Marquez’ Heart Art hanging at the Alexander & Wayne Winery! She can really pour it out! She will be there too!
A natural born artist with the capacity to pour her heart out through ART like nobody I have ever known as well as a dear friend of mine, former Apprentice of four years and painting hearts alondside me for the last two years. We have had so much letting it all hang out!
Do not miss one of the most powerful HEART ART Exhibits!
BRENDA CORAZON MARQUEZ showing alongside ANDREA BELOFF at the Alexander & Wayne Winery and Arthur Earl Winery in Los Olivos the months of January and February, 2012. 2922 Grand Ave.
This is one of my most recent commissioned pieces of art using my new techniques of combining watercolor and my handmade paper as well as the pop out copperwired, paperwrapped elements as seen in the flower, leaves and wings. The beauty of this peice was in it’s creation as the client went along with me using her throw pillows as inspiration for a three piece floral series for her living room. She had no idea what I was going to do and even though we knew that that general design was going to be the middle piece, I was learning the self healing art of Reiki and that design just seemed to have similar elements of the Chakras of the body so I combined the two concepts adding the Chakra energy colors into the art. It just had the most wonderful flow and creativity was at its peak! This is what I mean about expressing and healing through art!!! There’s an intention in the art…a healing intention!
The best part is that now this image is available as Box Sets of Blank Notecards, six (6) cards and six (6) envelopes for $15.00 through the website.