Turn to Love – Never Been a Better Time


Jesus Offering His Hand  by  Jaison Cianelli  ©2008

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There has never been a better time in history to remember peace and love.  To embrace your friends and neighbors and to work the land so that you are better suited to live without money.  A bigger government can not solve our problems, infact it can only create more rules and complicate things.    Confucius once said, “To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; To put the nation in order,  we must put the family in order; To put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life;  To cultivate our personal life,  we must first set our hearts right.” 

So make sure to set your heart straight in peace and love and help your brothers.  Acknowledge the Great Spirit of God that abides in everything and nurture that faith that everything is in His hands.  To quote Jesus: “love one another, as I have loved you.”


Abstract Art & The Need For Expression


Abstract Art by Jaison Cianelli

Abstract Art by Jaison Cianelli

As human beings we create nothing of our own, but only partake in the great creative process as conduits.  So the creative position of the artist is a humbling one.  The artist is essentially a channel.  This can’t be any more obvious than in the abstract expressionist artist.  

As you probably know, abstraction indicates a departure from reality.  The need to produce and be a part of something other than the “real world” is a natural desire especially in bad times.  In Europe before the 19th century abstract art wasn’t even considered art.  And it wasn’t until World War II that the Americans considered the idea or perhaps just found a need for this form of expression.   Jackson Pollock was at the helm of this new direction later called abstract art expressionism.

While caught in the moment, an abstract artist is often times unaware of just exactly what he or she is creating.  Exploration, uncertainties, and emotions all play out on the canvas.    Pollock once said, “My method of painting is a natural growth out of a need.  I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.”  So for the expressionist, the visual outcome is important, but so too is the entire action of painting.  The action is like therapy for some – a means to channel feelings that need to be expressed for whatever the reason.

People question whether abstract art is actually fine art.  It’s hard for some to get past the sometimes carefree appearance and non traditional methods of applied paint and foreign matter. But at the same time there is a huge following.   Perhaps the intrigue comes from a simple truth  – that abstract art is a very raw and unique visual language, appealing both in its form and substance from which it came.

Abstract Landscapes – Painting From The Inner Light

bursting_sun_600The Impressionists were a genre of artists from the 19th century whose intent was to capture the effects natural light had on the landscape. To achieve this, they set their easels up outdoors. They called themselves “en plein air” artists which is a French expression that means “in the open air.” Some believe that painting outdoors expresses nature in a fuller way and allows the artist to capture the needed vibrancy and spontaneity in their work. Today the contemporary landscape artists are very much still “en plein air” artists, but there are a group of landscape artists that, while painting indoors, paint a light from a slightly different source.

These landscape artists tend to create work that is abstract or slightly abstract. And to understand their source of light, you have to understand the abstract artist. The abstract artist has a painting style that is all together very different. The general consensus is that the abstract artist paints from within where there is more emotional and expressive energy. So if indeed these artists are painting a light source it would make sense that they are painting not the natural light on the outer world, but an expression of the inner light from within.

Artists and critics have yet to classify all the genres of abstract art. So at this present time there does not appear to be a classification for abstract artists painting “the light from within.” But what does it really mean to paint this way?

First of all, not every abstract landscape artist attempts to paint an obvious light source within their work. And, those that do are generally unaware as to why they are doing it other than the fact that it may look intriguing. But considering what the light source represents from those abstract landscape artists that have spoken about it, it is something very soulful and connected with the individual. One way to explain it would be to say the light represent their our own souls connection with its source.

You see, without trying to re-create reality, some abstract landscape artists go within themselves to reveal on the canvas an essence of nature and also the source of nature, all while they are aware that the two are a part of themselves. The end result is something they consider spiritual, uplifting, or possibly healing. Of course, this is not to say that “en plein air” artists do not have these same emotions when painting, it’s just a different way to express the light source.

Abstract Landscape Painting – “Bursting Sun”


Bursting Sun by Jaison Cianelli ©2009 
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Treasure Upon This Earth


Hand Heart by Jaison Cianelli ©2008 
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While you don’t know it, the heart of this universe, this one long song, goes on loving you.  When you look to the stars, let me shine in your eyes.  When the clouds put out the sun, keep warm, but don’t close your mind.  Be that which you are, a treasure upon this earth, and you will know how good it feels to be alive.

Quote of The Day

“Life is change, growth is optional-choose wisely.”

~ Karen Kaiser Clark

Kokopelli Art – Signed Prints with Free Shipping

Kokopelli Jam
Original medium: Oil pastel on board ©2005
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A few years ago I became interested in the Native American Hopi people that now live on a reservation in northeastern Arizona. The word Hopi means “The Peaceful People.” From what I can tell from the books I have read, they had a beautiful culture, connected to the Spirit, and were skilled in agriculture. In these books I saw many different Kokopelli drawings that they created.
To me, the Kokopelli figure shows a fun loving side to these people, which I believe is a reflection of the Hopi way of life. The Hopi had a total reverence and respect for all things. They did not believe in war. They believed in honoring the precious, sacred essence contained in all things in all their actions. This was how they honored the Creator (God). They even had instructions from Maasaw, the Creator or Caretaker of Earth, that showed them the way to live at peace.
Harmonizing 3
Original medium: Oil pastel on board ©2005
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I created these paintings because I was inspired and wanted to pass on my own Kokopelli art to share the message of opening up the heart. Unlike the typical Kokopelli, these Kokopelli figures are together sharing in oneness. They are symbolically sharing in music, laughter, positive energy, and anything that frees us from what is rigid.