Art and Psyche

A place for artists and non-artists alike to share art and imagery that springs from the mysterious realms of soul and psyche.

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Art and psyche

Started by Susy Sanders. Last reply by Laura Smith-Riva May 30, 2017. 3 Replies

I have been practicing a type of painting that I call emerging image. After making a chaotic background, I stare until I see forms and images. Then I begin to paint. The emerging process continues…Continue

9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop—by Priscilla Frank

Started by Bonnie Bright Feb 25, 2016. 0 Replies

Love this! I'm NOT an artist, and it really speaks to me...9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop—by Priscilla FrankDraw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a…Continue

Tags: creativity, sketching, art

Reconnecting with the Source of Artistic Expression

Started by Denita Benyshek. Last reply by Aleksandar Malecic Oct 26, 2015. 35 Replies

I work with clients who are professional artists, adolescent musicians who compete in international competitions, etc. Presenting problems sometimes include a lack of inspiration or crippling anxiety…Continue

Dream Art

Started by Laura Smith-Riva Oct 1, 2013. 0 Replies

I thought it would be fun to post dream inspired art images along with the narrative of the dream that inspired the image.…Continue

Tags: karla, van, vliet, dreams, smith

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Comment by Denita Benyshek on February 17, 2013 at 10:31pm

Brief article on Types of Creativity by Denita Benyshek, psychologist/artist/researcher.

Comment by Denita Benyshek on February 17, 2013 at 10:30pm

Article on "The Transformative Power of Shamanic Art" by Denita Benyshek, psychologist/artist/researcher, at AY Atelier Art.

Comment by Ed Koffenberger on February 16, 2013 at 6:54pm

By any chance does anyone in this group live in the South?

Comment by Roberta Busard on January 29, 2013 at 11:14am

I am a new member. As an introduction, here is an earlier painting of mine, "Mother and Child" from my "Inner Being" series.

(I hope this isn't a double post, but I am a new member just learning how to navigate this site. Moderator: if this is a double post to this group, please remove this second attempt -thanks.)

Comment by Bianca Daalder-van Iersel on December 31, 2012 at 5:14pm

I thought I was a member of this group, but am not included in this list, how can I remedy that?

Comment by Ed Koffenberger on September 14, 2012 at 6:25am

I am absorbed by your work Les,

Ever come to the east coast of the US? would enjoy seeing your work "in person."


Comment by Leslie Birleson on September 13, 2012 at 3:08pm

Overall view.

Comment by Leslie Birleson on September 13, 2012 at 3:07pm

 Here's another installation of my interpretation of the California dream. The paintings both on paper and canvas are extraordinarily detailed renderings of polypropylene straps that are used in yard furniture. The illusion of the paintings look like the straps themselves on canvas or paper, but they took months and months of tedious work. The sculpture is called useless chair.

Comment by Leslie Birleson on September 13, 2012 at 3:02pm

  I then reconfigured the pieces and created a outdoor installation in Sacramento in the scary part of town. I created five silk houses on stilts elevated 7 feet off the ground, and surrounded them with 24 silk towers 16 feet tall. This created an ethereal fragile world of luminosity and image. The silk sculptures were so fragile in the neighborhood so extraordinarily hard the juxtaposition in contrast was astounding. Thousands of people came out, everyone felt safe and warm for one night.Unfortunately I never got that many good photos.

Comment by Leslie Birleson on September 13, 2012 at 2:50pm

This group is a little quiet, so I guess I'll stir some things up.

This installation is essentially the result of my time and work in Zürich from 1993. After Zürich my wife and I moved to Berlin, I was in a digestive state from over thinking everything. In my Berlin studio I wanted to paint large but have everything transportable. I started working on large pieces of silk, the idea of sending a friend a painting 4 x 6' in an envelope seemed kind of humorous to me. Silk had a fragile quality yet extraordinarily strong and durable with an incredible history. I had no idea what I would do with or how these paintings would manifest. Eventually we left Berlin and came back to California, I was shocked at the psychic and spiritual state of affairs and started to reconfigure my silk paintings into light sculptures. This first one is called Crystal, its essentially a a funeral pyre of sorts. this installation is from 1997 


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