I am so excited to introduce you to our new sponsor,
of Deva Luna.
Though I have yet to meet Krista in person, I have been a long time admirer of her soulful artwork. The colors, the images, the feeling I get when I look at each painting…. wow, her art is powerful and speaks deeply to me. I feel blessed to have her as a sponsor. Being so moved by her artwork, I was curious to know more about Krista.
I’ve loved hearing what she has to share and find her very inspiring.
She is not only an artist with her paintings, but also an artist in how beautifully she expresses with the written word. Be prepared to have your spirit stirred by these images! I hope you’ll all enjoy getting a peek into her world as much as I have!
I’ll let her introduce herself.
Krista in the Apple:
This was taken inside of a beautiful apple tree that was gently pruned so that it formed an umbrella shape, full leafy green looking from the outside but one could step into the bower and stand inside among the fruit hanging down. Really magical.
So, how is it that I find myself an artist who shares her work with thousands of people? It is certainly a calling but it blossomed very slowly and organically. Being a sensitive and strongly intuitive person, I have always gone by feel. Even when I’m attempting to mastermind something, I only move when my heart says yes. So even though I’ve been doodling forever….ever since I was a toddler fiddling with color crayons way back when and all through school (I was that kid who was “good at drawing”) I spent many years intimidated by the word Artist. I just didn’t feel I measured up to that occupation. Artist seemed like a very particular and serious identification, a lifestyle and persona that felt bigger than who I saw myself as. After all, even though I was wicked smart, I was untrained and naïve about the big bad art world. I wasn’t an egoist or a game-player and I was not interested in disturbing people or pushing their buttons. The intellectual and caustic bent of most modern art that I encountered left me unmoved.
Fipple Wind in Studio:
This is the painting Seed Moon, Fipple Wind in process. I often start on a dark background, build up my image in white with all the light and dark tones and then lay in glazes of translucent colored paints.
The finished canvas. About 36” x 42”. I like the allusion to music that came through here with the notes like seeds launching on the air.
So, it wasn’t until many years had passed and I was a mother, spiritually cracked open, experienced and empowered through living a natural unconventional lifestyle, herbal pregnancy, a beautiful homebirth and the trials and joys of parenting a young human did I finally feel the fortitude to stand up and say this is what I do. My life is my art. I create! Nurturing environments, altared spaces, love food, flower gardens, kitchen witchy earth magic, crafty gifts for dear friends, herbal medicines, time for my children, poetry, songs and yes…the painted image. The way I see the world gets poured into the images I make which express my love and connection to the natural world and the wisdom and magic I see humming right there for the benefit of all. That to me is the sacred feminine making herself known and it’s what I feel passionate about reclaiming and promoting in a quiet profound way through my work.
My First Painting Moonspell:
This was one of the very first canvases I finished. I started with a dark red background and worked from there. I wanted it to be an image about women and their connection to the moon, water, fishes and just the Flow in general.
Smallworks in Progress:
I like to work on these small canvases. It feels good to offer affordable originals and the small size makes it easier to play around. Not so intimidating as a great big canvas!
Bee: One of my small worx that someone took a shine to right away. It now has a new home but I offer prints of this one. I like to look at this as a reminder to take a moment and “just bee…”.
My deeper self took advantage of this serious time I was putting in and the images pushed through with a fury. Soon enough, when my body of work had grown, I invested in a printing of art cards. It was a serious step and costly (I had 2000 cards each of 12 different images printed! A lot! A pyramid of boxes full of cards!) but I felt intuitively that an affordable art card was a sure way to share my painted visions widely with the most people. I created a website and named my studio Deva Luna, two words that came to me sing-song in a dream and expressed my soul connection with the plant devas as well as that natural connection I, as a woman, had with the moon. These were, after all, images that told universal mythic stories about how humans can get back to seeing and listening to the wisdom of the heart and the earth. Magic, intuition, emotion and growing things…and in my book, these have to be some of what will heal the world.
Playing guitar is something I do for pure relaxation. I’ve been plunking for about 15 years but still don’t ever perform for anyone! Just enjoyment.
I enjoy painting on things: bags, boxes, shoes and old cases.
Oregon Country Fair Booth:
I’ve been selling my work in Booth 68 at Oregon Country Fair for about 16 years. Such a wonderful event held in Veneta, Oregon on the second weekend in July every year. I call it a kaleidoscopic jubilation of joyful self expression!
Beyond my other passions of playing guitar, building altars, playing with earth magic and keeping track of the most fragrant flowers and oldest trees in my neighborhood, I paint throughout the year in my little studio with the flickering woodstove and redwood beams.
I love observing the Day of the Dead and almost always host an Open Studio at that time of year. At home I build an altar to loved ones who have passed over and adorn it with pictures, candles and offerings. In the studio I make an altar to honor my artistic ancestors, those ones who have walked the creative path before me and given me inspiration. This one includes a photo of my own grandfather who was also an artist as well as the local sign painter in my hometown for decades.
I open it up on occasion to let visitors peruse and poke about through big paintings, small works, prints, cards and various painted “artifacts”. I also set out whatever magical offerings I feel inspired to make at the time like healing candles, energy elixirs, spellboxes, creative licenses and other curiosities. (If anyone lives in the Sonoma County, Northern California area, I can put you on my mailing list to let you know when I open my doors for one of these). Much of what I create is available online at www.devaluna.com. 36 card designs…$3 each and no shipping! Also, various prints from $10 to $18. You can even get a Creative License, a Poetic License or even a Luscious License if you wish because I want to give everyone permission to pursue creativity, inspirational vision and the voluptuous “Succulence of Ambrosial Ambience” in their lives! I often say that I am a one woman Bureau of Fruitful Endeavors because here I am making, making, making beauty in one form or another, following my heart and encouraging others to do the same!
Thank you Krista!
Krista is generously offering a giveaway today to one lucky Wooly Moss Roots reader!