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A Pretty Picture Conceals the Story of Birth and Death

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on A Pretty Picture Conceals the Story of Birth and Death

A Pretty Picture Conceals the Story of Birth and Death

The absolute beauty of Mother Nature is undeniable. Her majesty and scope are breathtaking, but she has a gnarly underbelly. This thorny realm is intertwined with and feeds the beauty that we see. “Blue Bird Story” on its face is a “pretty picture”.  Will the bird have a meal or will the moth fly free? Are you rooting for the bird or the moth? It is a tale of life and death unfolding in a beautiful setting. There is another, not so obvious, drama evolving in the background. Do you see the caterpillar and pupa? This never-ending cycle of birth and death is playing out before our eyes every day in nature and yet much of it we don’t notice. In the ultimate story of metamorphosis often we focus on the emergence of the gorgeous fluttering butterfly, a shiny object of distraction so we don’t have to think too much about its origins. But flowers fade, leaves fall, fruit rots and caterpillars putrefy in the cocoon in order to transform. We have all been in the belly of the beast, which is where I find myself now in the face of my husband’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Things are shed and left here. Something always dies; an idea of who I am, an expectation of how life should be, or a story about how we would live happily ever after. For me it is the Illusion that I have control over anything else but the quality of energy that I bring to any life situation. I am grappling with this idea as I try and find my power. Even though this dark receptacle is scary and painful I also see it as a place of grace that accepts and receives that which no longer serves me like fear, worry and powerlessness. I am in the cocoon as it were. The only option is surrender so I may be re-arranged into something new.  Just as the caterpillar is destined to fly I too will emerge transformed. The opposite of death is not life it is birth. Death and birth are portals to life expressed in different energy forms; birth, life, death, birth, life, death continuing on and on for infinity. Nature is showing me the way through if I look closer. I hope my work reminds you of the connection you have to the natural world. Have you harvested her wisdom to navigate your life? Visit my website to the join the conversation. I would love to hear your...

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How Looking through a Tangle of Branches Ignites a New Perspective

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on How Looking through a Tangle of Branches Ignites a New Perspective

How Looking through a Tangle of Branches Ignites a New Perspective

Can you recall the last time you took a moment to look up? What you’ll see is an awe inspiring spectacle. The orb of a moon hanging low against a black mid-night backdrop, or the clouds softly spreading across the span of gorgeous blue. Even a soft dove grey sky creates a quiet more somber mood. Often when gazing up I do so under the canopy of a tree where the tangle of branches stops me in my tracks. These abstract patterns are hanging above our heads waiting to be admired. How do they affect you? From this vantage point the organic meandering contours has capture my attention and inspired a new body of work; Silhouettes, which is about how silhouettes reduce a complex three dimensional object, like a bramble of branches, down to its essential defining outline. These images ignited a question in me; in what way have I reduced and simplified complex things? Sometimes I think I know all about a person or situation, I make assumptions. I only see their silhouette just like looking up through the crisscrossing branches. I hope my work can serve as a reminder of how intricate and layered life is and how we can be aware that our perspective is by definition limited. That means there is always room to see things in a new way. I need to take a step back in order to see the trunk and roots of the tree. This expands my perspective and sometimes that can be as refreshing as a spring shower. I invite you to explore new perspectives using the natural world as a guide. All you have to do is look up! To see artwork inspired by these silhouettes click...

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How Nature and Art Informs Our Lives

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on How Nature and Art Informs Our Lives

How Nature and Art Informs  Our Lives

Nature has been the subject of art ever since humans started expressing themselves on cave walls. Sometimes their art is the only thing left that can tell us about ancient human experiences. Art is a powerful communicator in that it can both express a point of view and invoke feelings. Because I am a visual artist, looking at and being in nature is the way I understand how to navigate my life. I see nature as a teacher. Dual, 9x12in collage on panel – This pieces was inspired by two birds in my garden At first, I was seduced by the physical beauty of nature, its shapes, forms, colors and textures. But as I pondered the natural world and how miraculous the process of a seed growing and blooming is, the profundity of it lured me deeper, past the surface and into the energetic side of things.   Orange Flowers, 24×36 in collage on panel- This piece illustrates the cycle of life with the bud, bloom and fade of the flower. Look closer and you see the stems pierce the petals. Concepts like reciprocity, cycles, process, life, death, release, transformation and abundance are all playing out before our eyes. There are miracles everywhere if we stop and take a deeper look. These natural processes have energies that guide and inform me through the cycles of my life. My intention is to have a visual conversation about the beauty and energy of the natural world through art, so we can remember that we are deeply connected to nature and each other. Life is so beautiful and so are we!  Karen...

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Paper Mosaic Studio

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog, Commission, News | Comments Off on Paper Mosaic Studio

Karen Sikie offers your home, business, or personal art collection beautiful and immaculately detailed collages. Paper mosaic is a highly detailed form of collage which consists of essentially painting with paper. Karen Sikie carries this out by first drawing a complete image, then this drawing acts as the map for her collage. Afterwards, each shape is traced creating a pattern. Lastly, the paper is handcut and placed on the drawing. The final masterpiece comes together meticulously piece by piece, paper by paper.   Karen’s works consist of beautiful portraits of women. She uses an array of pastel colors, dark tones, light tones, and ranges of opacity. Many of the colors in her color palette consist of blues and greens and all the shades and tones in between. Karen Sikie also creates botanical paper mosaics. These consist of plants, flowers, leaves, birds, and butterflies. The colors range from greens, to yellows, to blues and many earthy tones.   Karen also creates beautiful abstract paper mosaics that consist of earthy tones and pastel blues and greens. Her abstract pieces consist of many basic shape elements such as circles, lines and squares. At her studio she also creates pieces using Lucite, which is a beautiful material that is translucent. Karen engraves and carves into both sides of the Lucite to create her designs. The wondrous part of Lucite is that by carving into both sides of the Lucite, it creates a sense of depth and layers by the interaction the Lucite has with light.   Karen’s Lucite works of art consist of botanical and abstract. The botanical pieces are colorful and earthy plants and leaves. There are blues, greens, oranges and red. Her Lucite abstract pieces consist of circles, patterns, and many linear elements that are beautifully intriguing. Paper Mosaic Studios offers commission work as well at an affordable price for the beautifully unique paper mosaic...

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Karen Sikie Brings Art To Life

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Karen Sikie Brings Art To Life

With showrooms in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California, Karen Sikie is a sought after artist for unique pieces for any space. Karen creates art work that is featured in galleries but also works on commissioned pieces. No matter the medium or style, Karen can create a beautiful and unique piece for your home or office. Enhance the ambiance of your environment with a one of a kind art piece that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Paper Mosaics By using paper mosaics, Karen can create unique art pieces, even portraits as she paints with paper. The first step to the portrait process is to have a drawing on a panel. This will be the map Karen uses to paint with paper. Each shape is then traced from the drawing to create a pattern. Each paper is hand cut and applied to the surface, emerging the picture one piece at a time. Botanicals can also be created with paper and Karen creates lovely art work of various botanicals by using beautiful colored paper. She transforms the canvas with the lightest touch as she carefully cuts out the shapes to create the beautiful picture of a unique flower or plant. Lucite Artwork Another medium that Karen works with is Lucite. This material is translucent and with dremil tools and an exacto blade, Karen is able to engrave the sides to create a botanical or abstract design. Both sides of the Lucite are used to create depth and layers to the piece as it interacts with the light. Karen can create a unique piece for every client or art enthusiasts can choose to purchase a piece online. Karen sells Lucite botanicals, Lucite abstract, paper mosaic abstract, paper mosaic portraits and paper mosaic botanicals at her website. The unique pieces will provide visual interest to any space as well as give you a conversation piece to share with friends and...

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Featured on “About a Boy ” on NBC

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Featured on “About a Boy ” on NBC

Featured on “About a Boy ” on NBC

Two Pieces on the set of “About a Boy” – Violets and Passages #1.....

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