Turning to The Canvas - Art Therapy Through Abstract Art

Abstract Painting Rachael Caringella | Tree Talker Art

(I apologize in advance for the long picture heavy post! Hope every loads!)

When I was little I saw a therapist. I had gone through some trauma as a child (#metoo) and I’m eternally grateful that my parents took me to counseling when I was little. I don’t actually remember the age that I started going, or for how long I actually went. We went to a few different places at first before settling on the one we went to regularly. I loved her.

She introduced me to kinesiology, muscle tapping, and reiki, though I didn’t actually make those connections those things until only a few years ago.

I was pretty young, and trauma has a way of blurring years together.. so I don’t remember much about the sessions, but I do remember I was allowed and encouraged to color. 

Lucky Bones

Each session, she would ask me to choose a crayon from a bin that best matched my mood, then color a shape that matched my mood/emotion, then color it in however I wanted. She would often base our sessions off of what I drew and what they might mean. 

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but it was confirmed from working with her as a child. I learned how colors, shapes and scribbles show us what’s inside, while helping us release it a little bit.

If you follow me on social media and instagram, you may have noticed me talk about my depression and mental illness more lately. I've actually been hoping to find another therapist to work with soon.. but until then, to help express myself and get things out, I've turned to abstract paintings.

I read that May is Mental Health Awareness month, and my mental health has been in my awareness more than ever before. And there are way too many people out there who don't talk about this shit enough, and even looking for help carries it's own stigma. 

..but splattering paint in a nonsensical way has always been very helpful for me when it comes to expressing myself and getting rid of what I'm feeling.

I used to use a lot of these techniques for backgrounds of my paintings before I got super serious about watercolor and colored pencil these last few years. My acrylics and painting supplies have been sitting in a chest calling me for a while now, and I just never found the time (or reason) to answer the call until recently.

I want to do a more in depth post in the future about how abstract helps my depression and anxiety, but for now, I wanted to show you my newest pieces and tell you a little bit about them.

Just Cause it’s a Pretty Sunset, Doesn’t Mean it Will Birth a Good Day

I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit jaded when I started painting this.. Hence the title. Though painting it was a wonderful reminder that good days don't really just "happen" anyways. It usually comes down to the choices we make, or at least the perspective we choose to have... 

Speaking of perspectives, what do you see? I have heard this looks like a volcano eruption, a dragon's eye, and a forest fire. Isn't that the best thing about art? Just like good days, it's all about what we choose to see. 

The photos make it a bit hard to capture some of the details of this painting due to the gloss of the paint, but it features lots of beautiful textures and vibrant reds. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted black

Title: "Just Cause it’s a Pretty Sunset, Doesn’t Mean it Will Birth a Good Day."

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic

Size: 16x20 inches canvas panel

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Of All the Seasons, Spring is the Last that Should be Late

I couldn't just name this one "Spring Time".. because it kept looking like winter every time I went to paint this. So, the matter of fact title, is actually a bit of a plea for the warmer times to come back stay a bit longer. This painting features a lot of fun texture and was done in acrylics and oil pastels with colors that hopefully bring you feelings of spring. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted white.

Title: Of All the Seasons, Spring is the Last that Should be Late

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, oil pastel wood

Size: 16x20 inches on maple

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The Ghostly Hand Unveils the Glow of the Darkest Hour

This painting features abstract elements as well as a layer of snowy trees that hide a tiny amethyst crystal embedded into the painting, planted like a seed. Texture for the roots take up most of this painting... Inside the roots, you will see gold leaf paint and flecks throughout, and when you turn the lights off, the roots of the painting and some snow will glow for you. A reminder that seeds take time to sprout, but there is always some light to be found when we look for it. 


This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painting in matching colors. 


Title: The Ghostly Hand Unveils the Glow of the Darkest Hour

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint, crystals, glow in the dark paint, 

Size: 10x23 inches on maple

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This abstract painting is created with soothing blues and teals paired with cool dark grays and splashes of white that show you a surprise when you turn the lights off. Painted to look like and feel like a cleansing visit to the ocean.. 'Hear the break of the waves and see..' (there is no spelling error there. ;)) is about how often we tend to ignore or not notice some of the "signs" around us, even after asking for them. We tend to forget that the signs we ask for can show up in the most random places. I'm hopeful that this painting will be a reminder to keep a look out for the signs and messages you've asked for. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painting in matching dark grey. 
Title: Hear the Break of the Wave and See

Medium: Acrylic, oil pastel, glow in the dark paint, 

Size: 16x20 on stretched canvas

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Fragile As Fuck

This abstract painting features a layer of gold leaf and gold paint that can be seen peeking out from the orange, reds, browns, yellows and whites as they peel, crackle and crack down the fault line that runs through the middle of this painting. There is a lot of fun texture and shapes going on. 

I titled this one "Fragile as Fuck." The warm fire-like color scheme I chose is a reminder that whatever we carry inside us will show when we DO eventually break... and it's alright to break down. It's alright to let your inner fire rage and destroy, and it's alright to let your inner sweetness drip out like honey. It's all your choice. 
This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted white.

Title: Fragile as F***

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint

Size: 16x20 on canvas panel

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Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover The Sun

Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover the Sun | Abstract Art | Tree Talker Art | Rachael Caringella

This is a smaller abstract painting done in lovely and lonely dark forest colors. This painting has a beautiful shimmer to it that just can't be captured in photos! 

This painting was done on a discarded wooden piece of alder and I'm so happy to give it new life. This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted black.

This one was inspired by a poem I wrote that will be written on the back of the painting for whoever purchases it. 

I will also be posting the poem to my patreon shortly! (Setting that up is NEXT on the to-do list.) 

 

 

Title: Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover The Sun

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint on wood

Size: 6x12 inches on alder

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So, despite the depression, I've also been working on that deck whenever I can. I've added two new cards. Prints are available in the shop. I'm loving how this deck is currently turning out so far! It's definitely got some slightly darker elements to it then my last one. (Which I love.) Working on it has been healing in of itself. 

Lucky Bones

Mourning Song

A wolf in a misty landscape with a storm raging inside him as he howls into the void. Me too... Me too...

Size: 8x10 inch image on 9x11 inch paper. 

 

Medium: Pastels

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It's said that it's actually the back left foot of a rabbit that is lucky.. especially if it's found in a cemetery, AND on a full moon.. So, we are in luck. Also, no animals were harmed in the making of this good luck painting! This one was done for the deck that is currently in the works, but I wanted to release it as a full size print first.

Size: 7x10 inch image on 8x11 inch paper.

Medium: Pastels and pen

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Phew. Thank you for looking and reading! I always think it takes me so long to paint the things, but then I go to post and the entire process takes nearly a month!! (I started this post on 4-13!) I can't decide if time is messing with me, like actually speeding up due to the fact that we obviously live in an alternate universe or something... or it's my depression and dissociation that is slowing me way down. Someone. I need answers. 

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.

Tarot Restless - A deck for the unafraid | A Deck Review

Happy Mercury-Is-Finally-The-F***-Out-of-Retrograde! This last one was killer wasn't it? Lots of break downs and lessons for me over here. Plus, it seemed like it took forever to get just basic simple things done this last month. Hopefully things begin to go more smoothly as we get out of the shadow period over these next few weeks! I've got lots planned for the blog and the art shop!

As a deck creator and artist, I love to explore the creative works of other artists who create Tarot and Oracle decks. I'm beginning a new series on the blog dedicated to reviewing and showing off other self published and indie decks. I couldn't be more excited to share this dark beauty with you today.

The Tarot Restless

Deck Title: The Tarot Restless

Creator: Winslow Dumaine 

About the deck: 

"The Tarot Restless is a unique tarot deck set within a morbid fantasy universe in the midst of an infertility apocalypse. The deck consists of 78 original, hand-drawn illustrations printed on silver-gilded cards, packaged in a rigid two-part box. The accompanying text, Restless Meditations, includes a short story, new interpretations, and new functions for each card.

I believe people should explore their suffering. Understanding the causes of pain is key to growth – if you suffer, and do not learn, you will have suffered for nothing. In creating this deck, I took my experiences with heartbreak, abuse, and betrayal, and retold them on a cosmological scale.

Many cards were inspired by the strong women in my life. Their struggles with abuse and violence helped me understand the abuse I suffered much better, and I cannot thank them enough."

(Read more here!) 

First Impressions:

My first initial impression of this deck was absolute love at first sight... You know me, and how I love darkness, and dark art. I'm a part of several online tarot communities, and I swear we are all looking for the perfect dark deck. I'm very excited to get to share this deck!

Each card is beautifully morbidly dark. There is something new to see on each card with every reading. This deck is a must on your list if you love dark surrealistic art that is full of depth and symbolism.

I connected with this deck immediately. Which isn’t always the case with new decks! I shuffled this deck and immediately felt what I can my “reiki hands” or hand chakras activate. 

I love it when you can tell an artist know's their shit behind each card. It's not just pretty artwork to sell a deck. There is so much tasty intention behind each card. 

This deck does stray from the traditional Rider Waite Smith deck, so I would recommend reading the guidebook to get to know the story behind this deck.

This deck is set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, where Demigods that were once worshiped, have set a curse of infertility that gradually spread across the land causing panic, war, and general upheaval. The dwindling human race is given the gift of immortality by the demons that had once tormented them. Not able to bring new life in, or pass onto death, the human race is torn between the old ways or accepting the favor of their old adversaries. There is quite a bit of nudity in this deck, so I would definitely recommend bringing it to work for readings during lunch break. ;)

The card's stock and thickness is perfect and the deck shuffles like a dream.

It appears the drawings were done with pen and ink, a medium I always love to both use and see. I love all the little lines and details in each illustration. 

Umm also... The flash on the edge of this deck is pretty incredible. I love shiny things, and my camera did this justice. Look at that silver shine.  

Guidebook And Box

The deck comes in it's own little box that matches the deck in size and design perfectly. The lack of words on the box make it perfect for storing it out on my shelf in my tarot space. (Instead of placed in a pretty bag cause the box was made so cheap!)

As much as I could probably try to interpret the cards on my own based on their beautiful symbolism and imagery, the guidebook is golden when it comes to fully understanding and interpreting a reading. 

Winslow takes a unique approach with the guidebook by turning the card meanings into parts of the major story in the guidebook.

While the guidebook does offer quick glance keywords and summaries, I wouldn’t recommend skipping over the story part. Story telling offers valuable lessons. Plus, because these cards do slightly stray from the traditional Tarot, it would be worth it! 

The guidebook is included with the deck and there is talk that it will fit inside the box in the newest edition. 

The Major Arcana

There are twenty two Major Arcana cards like in Traditional Tarot, but there are some differences in both names and meanings. The changes are made to more fully express the chaotic nature of the universe; the new cards highlight loss, despair, doom, but also vitality, regeneration, inner strength and peace. 

The Moon | The Tarot Restless |

The Major Arcana may stray a bit from the original tarot but that doesn’t mean they miss an archetype. The cards are rich in symbolism and the messages are, (to me anyways) quite easy to interpret. 

I loved the Moon Card and connected with this one right away. I even drew it in my first reading. I drew it inverted, which was a sign of cleverness, escpape and nighttime journeys, which was all too accurate given my sleep patterns and dream memories as of late.

This is a card of renewal and second chances, but the true meaning of the card wasn't felt until I read the story aspect in the guidebook. It really shined a new light on what was going on for me, while adding new perspective that previous Moon cards have not held. 

 

The Minor Arcana's

The minor arcana cards are all fully illustrated with unique detailed illustrations and back stories. 

The ace cards, along with a card known as the Void, represent the creation and destruction aspects of the cosmos on a whole, while the number cards will signify several different forces, people and phenomena within the universe.

The suits are Swords, Wands, Cups and Stars, which read the same as the traditional Tarot, except Stars is generally called the pentacle suit, though the suits carry some varied meaning as well. 

Swords signify power, dedication extremity, longevity and division. Seeing a large amount of swords in a reading may mean conflict is rising. 

Wands signify will power, attunment, family illumination, and esoteric knowledge. A large number of wands may mean a great amount of will power and work will be needed ahead.

Cups signify wealth, bounty, practical knowledge sustenance, sacrifice, and memory. A large amount of cups may mean a new discovery of great importance may be coming to the reader. 

Stars signify protection, ritual, duty, eternity, the outer-cosmos and kinship. A large amount of Stars could mean a large ending taking place in your life that brings both satisfaction and disappointment. 

The Court Cards 

The court cards are also a bit unique and stray a tad bit from the typical court cards. Rather than pointing to people in the world, they represent expressions of the values within the suit. 

The Thrall card depicts a lack of an aspect within their suit. The Knight is representational of having attained the satisfaction of this want or desire, the Queen protects it and refines it to perfection, and the King demonstrates the significance and importance of the attainment. 

I love that suffering and darkness is something that is accepted in this deck. I agree that we should explore our suffering, and shine some light on the darkness.

Without suffering there is no growth.

When I'm in a dark place, I don't (and can't) just jump to the happiest thing I can think of. I sometimes have to turn on the most depressing music I can think of, because it at least will meet me in the darkness. Not push me to feel a certain way.. but meet me and sit with me. I feel very similar with this deck. When I'm in a dark place, I need something that will meet me in my darkness, sit with me there, and let me fumble for the light myself. I think dark decks are important. Understanding our pain, and feeling our pain is important for our highest growth. 

The reason I love Tarot and Oracle cards is because they can help give us direction in our lives that me may have not been able to see. Decks that honor darkness, like The Tarot Restless, are to me, crucial when it comes to meeting those dark aspects of ourselves we might be hiding from! You've got to feel things in order to heal them. 

Interested in having your deck reviewed? Email me here!

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.

Never Before Seen Art Work and Announcing a New Deck

So I had really big plans for my birthday yesterday... I was going to post all my new artwork in my etsy shop as well as launch my Threadless shop and my Patreon! 

But Mercury Retrograde had other plans for me. We had a massive snowstorm blow through on the 27th that knocked out the internet, and for some reason they haven't been able to solve the issue yet.

So I'm doing the best with what I've got.

Patreon and Threadless may have to wait until next month, but I was able to get the new art listed in my Etsy Shop!

It may not be the big launch party that I wanted.. but at least there are several paintings here that I haven't shown anyone yet! So that's something. 

Shop Update | Tree Talker Art

I have also begun working on a new Oracle Deck this month!

Many of the new prints in the shop are from this new deck, while other prints I've been meaning to list since January. Head over to my shop to check out the new artwork! In the listing it says if it will be included in the new deck. 

I don't have a lot of time here.. I'm pretty sure I've overstayed my welcome getting the Spirit de la Lune's blog post finished, so this is going to be an incredibly short post..

I will be back shortly with more updates on the deck and the announcement of my Threadless shop and Patreon!

You can check out my full art gallery here.

Don't forget to follow my creative journey on instagram and facebook! 

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.