This series, Of Sky and Earth, is an exploration of the Jungian notion that our outer world is a reflection of our inner state. The intention of the paintings is to stimulate conversation and awareness to a deeper inner connection to Nature and Her presence in a time of global chaos and an ever threatening climatic landscape.
Stephen Linsteadt is an artist, writer, and poet. His creative work is an ongoing exploration into the study of Cosmology, Alchemy, and the archetypal symbolism of Carl Jung. He is a published poet and has published articles on health, consciousness, and emotional well-being in various magazines. Stephen is the author of the non-fiction books “Scalar Heart Connection” and “The Heart of the Hero” and the poetry collection “The Beauty of Curved Space” (Glass Lyre Press 2016). His paintings can be seen at StephenLinsteadtStudio.com.
I try to capture my dreams on paper: My current process involves me painting or marbling paper, and merging parts of it with my photography. Once printed on watercolor paper, I continue to embellish the image with water color, oils, pencils, crayons, gold embossing, and/or Indian ink, essential oils, charms, and spells. The final outcome is a way to tend to my dreams, and to practice my little form of alchemy for my daily practice of healing.
Brenda Littleton is a full-time professor at a Community College, where she teaches writing and counseling classes in college success: kind of a mini-forum of group therapy.
The first painting is titled An Alchemical Intuition and the last one is Supermoon Eclipse (featured on this edition’s cover).
Both of these paintings were done as intuitive paintings allowing the colors to dance and swirl together so that they could create a new texture of expression. When I painted these I had no idea what I was creating and my only intention was to keep my paintbrush moving in the rhythm it needed to tell a story. After awhile, I dropped my paintbrush and began smearing the paint with my fingers and turning the canvas clockwise until I had painted from every angle.
“Creative Block” is the first in a series of three paintings that came about from using active imagination in relation to a creative block I was experiencing. When I started painting, I knew I was engaging with my block and engaging it to life, a process that ultimately transformed it, resulting in a painting of a snake at the end of the series.
Joey Paynter has traveled extensively to over 40 countries as a counselor, healer, lecturer, and photojournalist where she has provided therapy to refugees, orphans, prostitutes, victims of trauma, and has also run support groups for those that have been affected with HIV/AIDS. Joey holds masters degrees in Clinical Psychology and Depth Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Jungian and Archetypal studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute.