In With The New… (especially blue!)

Hello & Happy New Moon!

In with the New | New Moon in Leo | Lion Painting | Tree Talker Art

Notice any changes around here? I’ve finally gotten around to updating and tweaking a few things on the website! I kinda realized I will most likely not have time to sit down and do a big ol’ website redesign… So instead I’ve been sitting down and doing some little tweaks here and there. And I’m quite pleased with how it’s starting to look. I’m loving all the cool blues I’ve felt drawn to lately!

I’ll still be making a few changes here and there… so you’ll have to tell me what you think in the comments and check back.

It’s much easier to do the website in small chunks than one big overhaul… It gave me lots of time to get some painting done!

Misty Trees and forest scenes | Tree talker art

The Untamed Truth Decks came in a week earlier than expected, so I was able to ship everyone else’s decks out a bit earlier than planned, but I still wanted to include an extra gift with some of the orders who were waiting the longest… I was thinking of different gifts I could send out and decided on painting up some mini paintings and ATCs!

Quick Story-

Before I started doing my art for a living, I was really into swapbot. It gave me an excuse to send out fun mail and expect something fun in return. That was when I was introduced to artist trading cards and ACEOs. I found several ATC trading groups and eventually traded and built up quite a collection.

Eventually I had a lot of people telling me to open a shop on Etsy or build a website and charge for paintings, which I eventually did. I always wanted to be an artist, but just didn’t know how I guess… but once I was introduced to Etsy I eventually stopped checking into Swapbot… I didn’t realize how much I missed creating (and swapping) artist trading cards!

Misty Trees and forest scenes | Tree talker art

On my search for the perfect thing to send along with decks and prints, I found my old stash of blank ATC cards!

So I spent the week painting up some exclusive mini series to go with the decks! The series includes ATCs and Mini originals. The ATCs are standard trading card size (2.5x3.5) and the mini originals are slightly bigger. (4”x4”)

Painting misty trees and forest scenes is one of my favorite forms of therapy.

When I laid them all out to give them a final coat of fixative, I noticed that they looked like little pieces of one giant forest painting!

It reminded me of springtime at the cabin… My mountain was always weathery!

Seeing all the paintings like this was pretty inspiring… So as soon as I sent off all the decks and orders, I set aside the next week to get some more mini paintings and ATCS done!

Glow in the dark misty forest scenes ATC by rachael caringella | Tree talker art ATCS and originals

I figured it would be nice to have some ATCS on hand in case anyone wanted to trade… (I am thinking of a way that I can set up a fun trade between friends soon!)

I also wanted to send out an exclusive series to my Patrons this next month! Even those on the 1$ tier will be getting one of the mini glow forest paintings in their mailbox for August as a thank you for the support and for sticking around! It’s been about a year since my Patreon has been live!

My patrons are the best. The readers of my private blog know my glow obsession well. I’ve been using it a lot have finally found a paint I like…

Glow in the dark misty forest scenes by rachael caringella | Tree talker art ATCS and originals

The glow in the dark paint I use is selfmade! And I LOVE it.

I bought some really high quality industrial grade glow powder and mixed it with a few different things to create a paint I’m finally happy with.

It glows a wonderful silver color for several hours with a good charge from light. Not the typical yellowish glow of most cheap paints! I’m in love.

I’ve used it a lot for clay and glow in the dark sculptures I’m working on. I’ve currently only shown these to my patrons… so I figured they deserve to see the paint in real life!

Once I was sure each patron had an ATC, I decided to use up the rest of my watercolor pad for some atcs for trade and some originals and mini originals to add to the shop.

Glow in the dark misty forest scenes by rachael caringella | Tree talker art ATCS and originals

It feels like it’s been a while since I painted a series… or added anything new to the shop really, so it felt like a good use of my week. Plus, I’ve missed painting galaxies and moody forests!

I asked over on instagram and facebook if I should offer prints of the larger ones, and if so, should they have a glow in the dark option? I got a yes to both, so if you choose the glow option, be aware I am delighted to be adding glow stars to your print… but it might take an extra few days to get to you.

It is worth it though. The glow is amazing.

I’ve actually been lugging around a few barely started paintings for the last couple of years because I didn’t like the glow paint I was using!

The moon paintings on my easel in these photos show that gross yellowish color from my original glow paint… and it really turned me off from even finishing them! (Sorry the pictures aren’t the best… I was originally taking photos of the cats using the clean studio as their battle arena.)

I’m excited to finally finish those moon paintings!

Of course, I’ll have to buy more glow powder first… Like I said, I’ve been using it for clay and other sculpting projects.

I’m also hoping to get some of the new larger forest scenes turned into tapestries and bedspreads this next month!

Misty Trees and forest scenes | Tree talker art

I haven’t found a bed spread I liked yet since I moved in, and it wasn’t until I painted the square forest that I realized I really wanted to sleep in the misty trees. Maybe its the fact that I’ve been slowly turning my bedroom style towards paynes gray and misty blues.

Pastel Forest Galaxy Scene | Tree Talker Art

Speaking of styles shifting, I also really wanted to add some more pinks to the shop! After painting with so much gray and blue this weekend I decided to do a fun painting with some pastel colors.

A few deck orders also got a few mini cards and paintings with these pastel colors!

I love a good misty moody forest scene, but I can’t deny my love for pink and purple!

I also thought, it was pretty cool that the day all these paintings go up for sale is the day my bonus class is going live for Effy Wild’s course Book of Days!

For the lesson, I am actually showing a video on how to create a pastel galaxy scene very similar to this… but of course with a fun art journal twist.

You’ll have to check it out. I’m looking forward to being a guest teacher again next year!

I realize this post is getting a bit long… but before you go, head over to the Spirit de la Lune blog!

The Moonthly energy reading is live!

This New Moon in Leo is actually a Black Supermoon! It happens on the same day as Lammas… the sabbat that represents the turn of the wheel of the year… when the veil begins to thin. One day closer to Samhain! (Okay, I might be a little bit excited for autumn season!)

A black moon is similar to a blue moon… and like the blue moon, the definitions are a bit confusing. A black moon is typically seen as the fourth new moon in a season, (normally there are three) or when there are two new moons in one month, like what is happening this month!

SOLD!

SOLD!

A Supermoon means that the moon is closer to the Earth than normal and the lunar effects on the water, tides and our emotions are amplified even though we can't see her. This New Moon  also marks the end of the Summer Eclipse season, helping us to integrate the major karmic lessons of the month prior.

This last month presented us with many opportunities to find lessons through the chaos, but thankfully much of that intense energy will settle as Mercury goes direct this week too!

Untamed Truth Oracle cards and Spirit de la Lune cards | Tree Talker Art

Head over to the Spirit de la Lune blog to read more!

And don’t forget to check out the art in the shop! 3 of the paintings have sold already, but I’m planning on another mini series soon!

oh, AND both the Untamed Truth Oracle and Spirit de la Lune decks are now shipping… I’m doing the shipping for both decks right now, so if you want to buy them both, I’ll be able to refund any extra shipping costs and send them together!

Plus, this edition of the Spirit de la Lune deck features holographic rainbow foil like the Untamed Truth deck! It’s beautiful.

Happy New Moon!

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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.

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.

New Moon = New Art and Another Video!

Happy New Moon!! 

I've been working really hard to get new art work listed in the shop. As part of my New Moon intention, I'm trying to get all my art out there. (No more keeping it in piles!)

I spend so much time creating art, but then I just don't want to photograph it, measure it, list is, and all that other not-so-fun-and-messy stuff.

So it ends up just sitting there for several months.. then I forget about it, and no one ends up seeing it. Which can sometimes be good, because I don't like all of the things I create! 

 

Sharing artwork is so scary. There is such a vulnerable feeling behind showing finished art. (And work-in-progress shots if you follow my instagram) And because I am always painting, and constantly trying to improve my craft, my artwork is always changing. 

There is some work that I've shared in the past that I am a bit embarrassed of now. And I'm sure I will one day look back on this artwork and feel the same! But, I think that's just the way of being an artist. Perhaps embarrassed is the wrong term, because it is a part of my story and my journey and I can't be ashamed of that. There is no shame in progress.

But seriously, to all you long-time-readers, the people who have read my original blog, or were there in the creation of my shop.. and those who are reading now, thank you for being a part of this journey! Thank you for supporting my art, watching it, and allowing it (me) to grow. I don't even think thank you is the right word for how I feel!  Turns out I'm not to good with words... but you guys already know that. 

Here is my newest video. (no words) 

Watching the process of a painting is so much fun! 

In fact, I've had SO much fun with the whole filming process. It's getting so many ideas buzzing around in my head for classes, projects and paintings.

I'll be doing my best to blog about some of the paintings, I listed over 20 new images.. so it may take me a while! But I do want to blog on the process behind each one. 

Here are some of the new listings that are up in the shop! 

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.