New Year, New Art, New Start

Snowed In - Desert Off Grid Life - Tree Talker Art

It seriously felt like January lasted forever!

It just seemed to drag on despite starting off so rocky. I’m not complaining or anything… it was just a really overwhelming month full of the unexpected.

Last year I had pulled a year-ahead-spread for myself with the Untamed Truth Oracle, and I feel like that gave me some perspective that I enjoyed and used last year. I’ve really missed that so far this year! I guess it’s not too late to pull a new reading for myself… cause WTF.

I did the New Moon Blog post for Spirit de la Lune for this month, and while I wrote about expecting the unexpected, it is still a tricky thing to do.

I remember last year’s winter out here in the desert wasn’t bad at all. We got a few inches of snow, and I felt a little bit bad for the desert life out here. But everyone said that’s the typical winter for this area. So,I used last year’s winter as my example for preparing for THIS Winter…

Oops!

New Mexico got hit with quite the snowstorm!

Just before the drive, I made a mental image of a hawk facing a snowstorm… I didn’t know it would be days before I would get to actually paint it!

Just before the drive, I made a mental image of a hawk facing a snowstorm… I didn’t know it would be days before I would get to actually paint it!

On our way back from visiting family for the holidays, Gavin and I got caught in the blizzard just hours away from my house. We spun out in the ice totalling a borrowed car and stranding us in the storm.

Gavin and I have been dating long-distance for a few months now, but we’ve known each other for a long time. We work together really well… probably because we worked together when we were younger. (He was one of my first crushes!)

Anyways… After hitting the ice patch it took us several days and several tows to get ourselves back to the Santa Fe area, where no one was prepared for this year’s winter either.

The trip was now lasting much longer than I prepared for, and I had cats at home! (Luckily I had cameras set up to watch their food and water levels)

By the time we made it to the Santa Fe area, I got word from a neighbor that my house had about 3-4 feet of snow up there. No tractors could get in and out, and no car rental places had any cars with 4 wheel drive!

We finally were able to secure a truck with 2 wheel drive and the determinitaion that we would be hiking in the snow to the house.

It was an adventure. We had all of our luggage from the trip, our food, and the dogs with us! This was quite a journey walking back and forth in the 4 feet of snow. I gave Gavin my snowshoes for one of the trips and he was able to smash us a path. I at least had snow boots!

When we finally reached the house I was thankful the house was relatively warm. I knew they had enough food and water, but I’m thankful my cob house has thick walls to keep the winter chill out.

Snowed In - Desert Off Grid Life - Tree Talker Art

We couldn’t stay and rest for too long, we had heard that a new storm was coming... and like I said, I was not prepared.

Plus, our rental was marooned in a snowbank and we had to go shovel it out… When we got there, we heard many of the neighbors were snowed in or needed help or supplies delivered.

It was inspiring to see a bunch of other off-grid hermits come together to help each other like that.

I love meeting fellow off-gridders. We love to share tips and advice to make our lives easier. We gave rides, and helped deliver supplies and shovel people out for most of the day, then ran into town with my neighbor for more supplies.

We had to be careful with how much we brought back because we had a long ways to hike in all the snow.

I’m very thankful for Gavin! He carried back firewood, propane and so many groceries… often at the same time! I felt pretty bad following him with my load which felt tiny in comparison to his.

He was also able to play around and fix with an old propane heater we found in my back room.

That and the firewood helped the house stay so nice and toasty… even when the snow came in through the front door!

Because of the solar panel system we weren’t able to get a full charge on a some of the days it snowed so much. This resulted in some fun cozy candle lit nights with audio books or card games.

 
Snowed In - Desert Off Grid Life - Tree Talker Art
 

I am very thankful Gavin has come back into my life. I feel very lucky to be loved by him… He’s inspiring and supportive of me and my work and I can actually create around him. (Which is big for me!) He helps me expand my ideas and encourages my creativity while helping me in so many other ways too. I finally admitted to him that he truly does make the best burritos. (A minor 14 year old debate finally resolved.)

I don’t think I would have made it through this winter without him.

He carves stone and wood himself and helped give me some of the confidence I needed to begin carving my own stuff. Carving wood eventually led me to felting and other forms of fiber sculpture. It’s been a lot of fun exploring new ideas and mediums. Carving and felting have been a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting to do them for so long, but just haven’t felt like I’ve had the motivation or inspiration until lately. Here are some samples of what I’ve been up to, but I do have more in the works!

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Felting Animals - Snowed In - Desert Off Grid Life - Tree Talker Art

I’ve been working in my art journal almost daily. It’s very therapeutic for me, and I can tell when I need it. I’m hoping to finish up this current art journal by my birthday, which actually won’t be too hard to do… I’m teaching in Effy Wild’s Book of Days class this year! There are tons of lessons and art journaling prompts to follow! This is the only class I’m planning on teaching this year, and I’m really excited about it.

If you can’t tell, I’ve really been digging glow in the dark paint so far this year! I’ve been using it in a lot of my journals and 3d works.

It was a busy month indeed, but I did get six new art prints in the shop! Two of the new prints will feature hand embellished glow in the dark paint.

Painting Titles: (Starting At Top Left) Hazy, LightEater, Smolder Out, Phoenix - Of Lighting and Flame, 3 Wolves Howling, Exhale, (Glow samples of Smolder and Phoenix)

Painting Titles: (Starting At Top Left) Hazy, LightEater, Smolder Out, Phoenix - Of Lighting and Flame, 3 Wolves Howling, Exhale, (Glow samples of Smolder and Phoenix)

I’ll be posting some new art and a new blog post next month! My plan is to check in here at least once a month with some of the new stuff that’s been going on.

I’ve got my brand new Spirit de la Lune planner to help keep me organized and on top of things this year!

(You can still order your planner here!)

Remember to follow me on instagram for more photos, and on patreon for the private blog, behind the scenes pictures, downloads, discounts and prints.

xx

Rachael



Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Faeries & fantasy | Magic in the Making

Shooting Star Mushroom Ring Ink Painting by Rachael Caringella

In case you haven’t seen on Instagram… I had a busy October.

For the most part I was able to keep up with the Inktober challenge. Which to be honest, is a pretty huge achievement for me right now.

I’ve had tons going on over here, with Spirit de la Lune as well as preparing the cob house for Winter.

This year for Inktober, I chose a faery theme.

… and I love what came out of it. I have been wanting to sketch out and draw fairies and fantasy creatures for a long time now.

I usually keep them to myself in my art journals, so this was a great excuse to practice them all month long and then actually post them.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in... Sorry about that. I do mean to write more. I swear. I’ve been reading some articles lately about the different ways that trauma changes and PTSD has been affecting me more than I’d like to admit… But, like I’ve been saying for years… I’m thankful for my art and art journaling. I’m also incredibly thankful for the understanding and accepting people I have in my life right now.

 
 

The Art Shop is Updated!

It took me a little while, but I’ve listed all 31 new prints in the shop, and turned some of them into print sets so you can buy them in packs at a discounted rate.

Right now, I am even having a sale in the shop!

I don’t usually like to celebrate black friday or Thanksgiving, but I haven’t had a sale in a while… and with all the new prints, I figured now would be the perfect time for a weekend sale.

I’ve got 20% off AND Free Shipping going on over at my shop until the 25th of November.

No coupon necessary… free shipping and 20% off will automatically be applied at checkout!

 
 

I had a lot of fun matching the prompts up with other prompts to create these sets. I really am such a nerd when it comes to Inktober... I buy myself a new pen set and a sketchbook each year. Though this year, I have so many leftover pages, I may keep up the fairy theme for next year’s inktober or another art challenge.

 
 

It took me a lot longer than expected to get everything scanned in and listed online this year… but in my defense, this is the first time I was able to finish Inktober in years, so I had 31 drawings to scan in and turn into pretty giclée prints along with all my other fun stuff.

I love inktober because it’s so inspiring for me… I’m excited to explore the crystal tree, red cap and jackalope ideas more! In fact, I’ve been teaching myself how to to needle felt and create fiber sculptures because the jackalope and caravulope creatures were so inspiring for me! (You can see the progress on my fiber sculptures over on my patreon!)

Luckily I will have more time to explore those ideas because we’ve finally finished the Spirit de la Lune Planner!

We just launched pre-sales, but I wanted to let you know over here as well because we are having a Black Friday sale for the planners right now!

The planners include such gorgeous soothing colors, fun and useful stickers, coloring pages and holographic printing! There are weekly lunar guides to help you stay connected to the lunar phases, info about crystals, astrology of the week and so much more!

Marissa and I had a lot of fun creating the planners and I can’t wait to use it next year!

Head over to Spirit de la Lune to read more!

I also have some more exciting news… I will be teaching a bonus lesson for Book of Days course 2019 with Effy Wild!

You have no idea how excited I am to be a part of her classes! I’ve admired her and her work for years and was actually feeling very timid about teaching with her that I initially turned it down!

I’m glad I changed my mind… The teacher line up looks amazing and I’m so honored to be teaching among such great artists this coming year.

I will be teaching one of my favorite art journaling techniques, I can’t wait to tell you more about it in the future!

Learn more about it here!


Tree Talker Art Desert Snow
Rachael Caringella Tree Talker Art

The winter season is creeping in slowly over here. This will be my second and final winter here in the desert. But I’m excited. There really is something special about the winter season. I’m looking forward to things slowing down a bit as I plan the year ahead.

I’m only planning on teaching one class this year and hopefully taking time to just make art and plan my next move.

If you are interested in keeping up with me, my patreon and instagram get updated the most!

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Hidden in the Details - A look into some of my newest work

I was originally hoping to have this posted on the Full Moon when I had my shop update- but I was slowed way down by a migraine on that day. Naturally I want to blame the eclipse or Mercury retrograde... but I'm probably a little late posting because I schedule most of my deadlines with the Full and New Moons. 

This is usually pretty beneficial because that's how I schedule my projects and deadlines with Spirit de la Lune, but paired with that AND the lunar energy, things can get a little overwhelming... I'm trying to make adjustments.

I was able to get my shop updated for the Eclipse, and I also got quite a bit of new work done this month!

And I got myself a new camera too! So I was able to photograph all of my new stuff as well as some of the older stuff that I finished up in June. I know that this post is a bit late, but I still wanted to post my newest work here.

Tree Talker Art Shop Update

I wanted to also go into a bit more detail about each painting over here real quick before I get started on all my August projects!

I talk about each painting in more depth over on my Patreon. That's where I show a lot more of the work in progress photos, (even more so than on instagram,) I even show paintings that never get seen any where else. I also give early access to my shop updates and get help naming paintings or brainstorming other ideas! It's a lot of fun over there... so I sometimes forget to check in over here. 

Here are some of my newest paintings... Click on the photo to see a larger version. Links to purchase will next to the image. 

Sol

I finished this one in June for the Solstice but sadly wasn't able to photograph it until recently. 

This one started because I got really sick of my paper falling apart when I painted on it. I work in many layers...  so this time I tried a layer of gesso on my mixed media paper and  experimented with some colors... and this is what formed. 

I named it Sol. It's a figurative representation of the Solstice. Though I definitely outed myself as big conspiracy theorist while trying to explain just what I was trying to convey with this one. but I'll save all that for patrons. ;) 

Click here for the Original & Prints

Done

This one was finished early July. Started off as a way of just putting some emotion down on paper. When I don't know what I'm feeling I like to paint it out or at least get some of the colors that I'm feeling down onto paper.

I posted this one without a title and after some input on instagram and patreon, we decided it was simply called "Done" since that's what everyone said she made them feel. I'll take it. 

I love a simple title with a  good complimentary color scheme.

This painting is available in the shop along with prints

 

Lunar Eclipse

I began this one kind of on a whim! The Lunar Eclipse was coming up and I had a day or so that I totally could have used to finish up this post...

but I decided to paint the Lunar Eclipse instead. We didn't get to see it here, but I was feeling the energy for sure... especially since the Solar Eclipse on the New Moon!

So, I decided to play with the Eclipse idea. It's been a while since I've done any stars and night time scenes, and the moon IS one of my favorite subjects, so I decided the blog could maybe wait. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out! The Original is sold, but there are prints available.

Laurel Tree

This one was an experiment with Gesso, gouache, and red and green complimentary colors.

I didn't use any blacks for this one. Instead I just kept mixing red and green for the dark tones I needed. 

I love the feel that that gave. 

I worked with her expression for days. Seriously I washed this one's face off and started over again many times. I wanted to give up several times, but I'm glad I didn't. 

I think I finally got her expression right. 

The original and prints are available.

Meretseger, She Who Loves Silence

This one was a lot of fun to get to know! I posted the transformation over on patreon... it went through some major changes! Some really ugly.

I got some help deciding on the name of this one too. I LOVED the input I got from everyone... but I ended up settling on "Meretseger" which was an idea from a close friend of mine. 

Meretseger was a powerful and feared Egyptian Serpent Goddess. It was believed she would strike down or inflict blindness, or cause a snake or scorpion bite to anyone who broke an oath, or committed a crime. So that's was pretty cool to find out after having painted and gotten to know the energy of this one! Read more about her here.
The Original Painting and Prints are for sale.

Misty Trees

This one was done as a meditation... I just wanted to kind of relax my mind and get lost in some misty trees.

I had another one like this that I worked on and posted on instagram that got several positive responses... BUT I didn't see them until AFTER I cut the painting up to use in a collage which I haven't really touched since. 

I really should have scanned it in first, but I also enjoyed creating this one on a bigger sheet, with some green tones.

Green can be a really tricky paint color to use, especially when you mix your own paint like I do! (It's even worse if you use it straight from the tube though!) 

The original and prints are available.

The Night Time Watchers

I've been missing my aspen friends from the cabin for a little while now! Aspens hold such magick for me. So I decided to paint some aspens. 

This one is rather small at 11x14 inches, but it inspired me to pick up a HUGE canvas so I can do a larger painting like it. 

This one was done with acrylics & alcohol, and water-soluble pencils on canvas. I love connecting with aspen trees and painting them is almost the same thing.

Original painting and prints are available.

 

 

Hidden In the Shadows

I posted this one to my patreon and asked if everyone could see the same face I saw... Then I got super busy and swept up in life that I didn't get a chance to finish it until recently.. but I love the way it turned out. 

This one was an intuitive acrylic abstract painting... I loved watching the face, hand with the flower and the little moth appear. I'm so in love with the process and how it turned out! I will definatley try for more like this in the future.

The original painting has been sold, but I am selling a few prints of this one. It was done on an old cabinet door, so it was a bit tricky to photograph for prints, but I think I figured it out. 

Photographing New Artwork | Tree Talker Art | Shop Update

Today I woke up bright and early today to re-photograph everything so I could get the highest quality prints possible. Photography day is a lot fun and sometimes requires me to string up lots of white curtains and wake up before the sun gets too bright.

I'm SO glad I retook the photos though! It was worth waking up early for. I was able to get the size and quality I needed for large prints... but the images in the shop and online still look great. Just not "printable" which is kinda the point. If you are interested in my process of photographing art, check out the tutorial I made!

Thank you SO much to those who purchased prints and originals from me for the shop update! I love sharing my work with everyone online, but it feels extra nice when I get to send it out physically! 

I have TONS of fun projects I'm up this August so I may not be able to do a shop update.  Join me on Patreon or follow me on instagram to see what I'm up to! 

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Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.