Book Review: Soul Alchemy by Elizabeth Foley

Soul Alchemy ~ A Vision Quest

By Elizabeth Foley

Genre: Art & Poetry

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Artist’s Statement about Soul Alchemy 

For me making art is a spiritual practice.  It makes me feel alive, centered, and connected to something greater than myself.

Much of my work explores feminine archetypes from warrior and muse to medicine woman and inner child.  Each painting is an expression of my own journey to reconnect with these parts of myself.

At the core of each painting is something I seek to discover, an intention I am exploring.  What does my inner artist need in order to feel free to express my unique voice?  What does the idea of the Muse mean to me. How do I access her inspiration?  What would my life look like if I thought of myself as legendary?

As I progress through a painting I enter a dialogue with the emerging image.  What message does it have for me each step along the way?  What does the way that this layer or that drip of paint interacts with each other have to tell me about my inquiry? 

Each brush stroke is made with intention.  Dots become prayers. A line reflects a trauma or long held desire.  Deeply personal symbols are created that reflect a broader universal language.

I believe that at the core of the problems that plague today’s world – human suffering and environmental degradation – is greed, apathy, and a lack of compassion.  To solve these problems what we need isn’t just a legislative or a scientific response but a spiritual and cultural transformation. 

We need to wake up to our interconnectedness with each other and with nature.  To create real change we must awaken compassion, empathy, and understanding.  I envision my art as one voice in a chorus of voices that will catalyze this shift in the consciousness in humankind.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The paintings in this book are alive with vibrant colors. In one of them, She Who Calls Circles, I felt like she could actually see into my soul. There are so many details in each painting that you can spend a long time on each one trying to get everything out of it that the artist is trying to say.

The poetry that goes along with the paintings is also well done. It’s obvious that Elizabeth Foley is passionate about the strength of women and empowering ourselves to become the best that we can be. The poem below was my favorite because I found it inspirational. It accompanies the painting from the cover of the book.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for some inspiration through art. It will touch you.

This poem accompanies the piece titled Elishaba ~ Visionary Warrior


You Are Legendary.
 
Dive deeper within yourself.
There are gifts awaiting you there.
Dive Deeper.
 
Inside you lives one who is patient and powerful.
One who is focused, fearless and fierce.
 
Dive Deeper.
 
Inside you lives one who owns her truth.
One who is boldly authentic.
 
Dive Deeper.
There are powers untapped within you.
 
Inside you lives a cosmic warrior
a visionary queen,
a healer,
a sage.
 
Dive Deeper.
 
Inside you lives one who is consecrated to the divine.
One who embraces determination.
 
Trust.
Trust a little more.
Trust even more still.

Trust your intuition.
Trust that you are on the right path.
Trust in your vision.
Trust that if you take the leap
You will come floating gently down into the valley of your dreams.
 
You are meant to show others the way.
You are meant to lead others to greatness.
You are meant to shine light in the darkness.
 
You are one with the universe.
You are a supreme being of infinite wisdom.

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About the Author

Artist, Elizabeth Foley helps women feel more joy and fulfillment by experiencing creative expression.  She offers online and in person workshops, retreats and one on one coaching.  Elizabeth has been passionate about creativity since childhood and believes that we are all creative beings whether we claim the identity of artist or not.

Elizabeth is a painter, potter, poet and creativity coach.  Currently her medium of choice is acrylic paints.  Elizabeth studied fine art and ceramics at The University of Oregon and apprenticed to accomplished Oregon potter Gil Harrison. She has studied with award winning artists Shiloh Sophia McCloud and Amber Kuileimailani Bonnici.  Elizabeth is a certified Intentional Creativity Instructor and a Cosmic Smash Book Teacher in training.

Elizabeth loves getting her hands dirty with paint, clay and in the garden.  When she isn’t busy in her studio you’ll find her climbing a mountain or relaxing by a waterfall in her hammock.  Elizabeth is grateful to make her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC.

Book Review: Figure Drawing for kids by Angela Rizza

Draw inspiration from everywhere and everyone—a beginner’s guide to drawing people for kids.

Grab a pencil and an eraser—it’s time to explore the world around you and illustrate the people in it! Featuring a simple, step-by-step format for budding artists, Figure Drawing for Kids is a great way to start sketching friends and family, pop culture icons, and epic superheroes—one easy-to-draw exercise at a time.

Along the way, you’ll learn helpful terms and essential drawing concepts like proportion, negative space, point of view, composition, crosshatch, and more. Figure Drawing for Kids is an action-packed activity book that will surprise and delight kids at all skill levels. Drawing for kids has never been so awesome!

All you need to know is in this drawing for kids’ guide:

  • Practice makes perfect—From sketching basic shapes and shading to advanced skills like perspective drawing, you’ll master 13 figure-drawing activities at your own pace.
  • Draw diversity—Get inspired by a wide range of human sizes, shapes, skin tones, and abilities.
  • Photo fun—Discover how to draw from a photograph, how to set up a model station, and even how to draw the world around you!

Dive in and let the doodling fun begin with this great beginner’s guide to drawing people for kids.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Although it says that this book is for ages 9-12, I think that teens and adults would benefit more unless the 9-12-year-old has some artistic talent. I have no artistic talent, and I practiced on the first activity for quite a while. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m going to learn how to draw a person no matter how long it takes!

Not only does Figure Drawing for kids teach how to draw people, but it goes into the details of how to show movement, make a scene, draw faces and much more. Shading is discussed also. It has always fascinated me how an artist knows how to use shading to make an illustration look completely different.

I recommend Figure Drawing for Kids for anyone of any age who wants to learn more about drawing people.

About the Author

Angela Rizza graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in 2011 and since, has been creating artwork in Mahopac, NY. Her work is inspired greatly by the wildlife around her home, and her favorite stories she read growing up. When working on children’s books, she creates images that appeal to her inner child, drawings with lots of details, color, and quality that captures the attention of the viewer. The intricate work is hand-drawn in ink and color is applied digitally, and she is greatly influenced by classical storybook illustrators and her favorite plants and animals.

Book paintings by Pierpaolo Rovero

Pierpaolo Rovero makes amazing paintings using a unique technique. ” First, he creates the digital artwork. Then he prints it using a special technique – the file is being damaged to achieve the desired effect. Finally, he retouches the work with a stylus.”

Visit his website to see his portfolio. You can zoom in on the paintings and see the amazing details. I could spend hours looking at his art!

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