- Arts and Design
Creating BeanKitty Studio -Triumph Over Evil
How BeanKitty Studio came about...
Yes! My art studio's name is Beankitty, silly and funny, but it fits me.
It grew from an email and the name of my most favorite feline: The Bean.
Years ago, when I bought my first computer, we were in line getting it set up and I was asked to provide a new email.
I had no idea at the time that the word "beankitty" would become so intrinsic and valuable to my life. When I was asked
what I wanted for my email..I drew a blank! So the gentlemen asked me some questions: "Favorite car?" "Favorite movie?"..noooooooo...ok, how about your favorite pet...Yup! That was it..beankitty! and so, firstname.lastname@example.org was born.
As I joined art groups and chats, I began to be referred to as "Hey, beankitty!" or "What's new, bean?"
And as I started to join, and post my work..almost every announcement was "Newest work from beankitty".
The photo here, is one of my first logo drawings. It was the first sketch, and after drawing it, I just couldn't change it because that first impressionistic sketch seemed to capture Bean's personality right from the beginning.
This became the first logo for BeanKitty Studio. It would change slightly and evolve a little over the years, but the happiness and joy of this little cat pretty much described what painting does for me..generates my own internal happiness and joy over being able to start, work and finish an artwork.
I have been an artist all my life, my earliest memory of painting was when I was 5, in kindergarten. One of my paintings was displayed at the Laguna Art Festival that year. That was 50 years ago. Most of my life I dedicated to raising my 2 children and only began painting again in 2005.
Just after I started my 2nd Bamboo painting, something dark and menacing came..and the battle began.
(all the artwork in this lens was created by me, S.Lewis and copyrighted)
The Bean - my most favorite and beloved feline.Click thumbnail to view full-size
A little bit about the Bean
Miss you a bunch!
The Bean was a feisty, funny happy cat, a rescue at just about 8 weeks old. Bluest of blue eyes and silver markings.
He was loved and cherished and lived a rich and happy life until he passed away in 2008 at the ripe old age of 15 years.
Self Portrait, Acrylic 3" x 5" - Yup, sometimes I am she
Unbeknown to myself, after I painted this Fae, I was told by unanimous vote from my online art friends that I had actually done a self portrait. After looking at it for awhile, I agreed. The painting reflects my changing life, from Mother to Wise Woman - seeing the unseen, keeper of the secret knowledge, teacher, spiritual healer, mature, rooted - old.
Always looking inward into the mysteries of Being. In ancient times, I would be called a Seer.
(perhaps the painting also reflects a barely remembered past life)
What is a "Fae"? - Here are some great reads about Fae and Fairy
Best of the Month and it's on Kindle!!
A great, quick read!
A very tough read, kinda scary
Liquitex colors used in this painting - These are also the colors used in my water paintings.
This is my absolute favorite color, you can see a lot of it in my paintings.
I love this copper color, but the metallics have a lot of shine.
BeanKitty Studio Banner - Bamboo in Bloom Pen and Ink Banner, art by S.Lewis (JoslynHighlander)
My First Large Paintings...but, something else came along too...
Bamboo - That which breaks, but never yields...
In 2006, I was given a gift of a set of acrylic paints, a handmade easel and an offer to allow me the time to pursue my lifelong desire..to paint. Unfortunately, I had no canvas, but I was given several very precisely cut panels of drywall which took my acrylics beautifully..and so, I began with Bamboo. I studied every color, type and growing areas around the world.
I learned that bamboo is versatile, abundant and is used all over the world for all sorts of products including building homes. It is also a very spiritual plant. After I finished my second painting, some very strange things began to happen in my home. Things would disappear and reappear in odd places, there was much stacking of household items, and as the days and weeks went by, it became violent and ugly. Below is a gallery of those first bamboo paintings.
Bamboo - that which breaks but never yields - These are the 24x30 large paintingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
These paintings were completed during a very bad time...
So, I will spit this out now..and make it short. We experienced a nasty, violent, rampaging, despicable, raging poltergeist.
This thing was violent and manipulative and destroyed my home around me. We fought the good battle and we lost. It destroyed my home, literally around me. And then it tried to burn it down. That was the end. After a year of fighting this thing, we agreed we could not win and we moved out. I owned this home. When we left, nothing worked..no lights, no plumbing, no electricity, all the appliances were destroyed and the inside of the home was violated and damaged beyond repair.
11 months of hell. There comes a time that you must get down on your knees and pray, and that's what I did. I prayed more than I have ever prayed in my life. And even through all this, I still created..It was told to me once, that my ability to create was a target...well, I can tell you, several of my paintings were targets along with everything and everyone I loved and cared for.
We had pets that mysteriously died during this time, one especially dear to me.There was a period during these months of great sorrow and despair. When I think back, I sometimes wonder how we made it through..
Painted during our haunting.. - Each one has meaning and purposeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Triumph Over Evil -Painting After the Haunting...
Joy is back!!!
Building my life back after the haunting was not an easy thing. I had to be strong. The financial and emotional damage was horrendous. I still had to work full time, and console my family thru the trauma of what had happened to us. We did receive help from many sources, Our rock was our Bible. We felt blessed that we had come away from the "thing" with our hearts and minds still intact and sane, and we learned so much from our experience. As we delved into the paranormal world of online communities and those connected with that society, I learned that I had not failed, in fact, I had triumphed over evil. And so I learned to be grateful...I learned to breathe and take joy in every sunrise. These are some of the paintings that I did during our recovery.
Learning and growing.. - Paintings with LightClick thumbnail to view full-size
Beankitty Studio Survived - Sold and Commissioned Paintings
Beankitty almost didn't make it. I almost gave up, thinking that if I resisted and buried my urge to create and paint, then I would not attract that evil back. But one cannot think that way, that is FEAR taking over. We cannot live our lives in fear.
"Take Chances - Get Messy! - Don't let Life Pass you By" - That is Beankitty Studio Motto..born from a long battle with that in the "otherworld" that tried to subdue me and my family with oppression and fear.
Surprisingly, I actually sold some paintings! A few were commissioned, but most were auctioned, others sold from art fairs.
The painting above is titled "Where We Used to Walk", 24 x 30 on canvas. This painting grew out of my healing and recovery. One day while showing my paintings at an art fair, a young lady came by and could not stop looking at it.
She came back 3 times to ask that I please hold it for her, she just could not pass it up and had called someone to bring her the money to pay for it. By the end of the day, she had purchased it and said to me, that she needed to have it because it was so inviting to travel that path. This path is a recurring theme in a lot of my paintings..the path to light, God, goodness and all things in life that we pursue.
A Very Important Commission - I was honored to be asked.....
One of my co-workers came to me wanting to know if I might consider painting something for his son. I immediately responded with yes!..because I know this young son of his, 11 years old, disabled and wheelchair bound, but a budding artist in his own right. It didn't matter what the subject matter was, I would do this painting for this boy.
I was quite surprised to be asked if I would do a Madonna and Child, and I did not have to question or wonder why any further. This young boy's life probably would not be long and I wanted to create one appropriate for him.
I was deeply honored to be asked to create this. I prepared my self with prayer and meditation and began the initial sketches.
This was the result. I will never forget this painting.
Sold - Carousel Zebra - 28 x 30 on Canvasboard
This was a painting done during my "Carousel" series, posted online and purchased by a very nice lady from the Appalachian Mountains, she is a writer and creator herself.
The Archangel Michael 24 x 30 Acrylic "He who is closest to God" - He who is closest to God
"Through many succeeding cycles of time, as Ray after Ray provided The Pathway for the descent of new Spirits, Lord Michael has remained as the Guardian Overlord of the Angelic Host, the Elemental Kingdom and humanity. He shall not fold his Cosmic Wings about him to return home until the final Angelic Being is freed, the last man is redeemed and the last Elemental returned to its perfect state. This is the love of Lord Michael, who like many others, is a Prisoner of Love to the life he serves."
From -Spirit of Ma'at: "Partnership with Angels" - Vol 4, No 2
A labor of love. I painted this portrait of the archangel in total gratefulness.
Filled with metallics (which cannot be seen thru online viewing), copper, gold and silver.
The tree of life depicted on his tunic, standing with the light of Heaven behind him. This one hangs on my wall and forever reminds me of the great battle.
Liquitex colors used for adding beautiful shine to Archangel Michael painting.. - Liquitex metallics
used with copper in the helmet and staff
touches applied to tree of life
gives a great effect to helmet
Of Water, Sand and Sea - The Joy of Water, and it's abundant creatures and plant lifeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Peaceful Places - Landscapes and peaceful spotsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Fairies - all kinds of FairiesClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Path to the Lake - My Study of Debolt
Painted it, finished it, and it sold in 2 days.
Paintings that tell a story- A Day in California - A Narrative Painting- The Will to Survive
In 2007 we had really bad brush fires in SoCal. One of the most amazing things was to see this little hummingbird
burst up out of the burning brush. It was a Micro moment in time, but I was awed by his courage and will to survive.
How could I ignore this little bird's will and courage..It reminded me of my own struggle. We all have struggles, trauma, drama, sadness and grief to overcome in so many different ways, but our will to overcome is much stronger and we will survive and learn and grow.
Beankitty Studio - thrives - I think I'll keep it!
And so now, working full time, supporting my new grandchild, I often wonder if I will ever have time to paint again, or soon.
The very hot weather here is detrimental, and the new grandbaby takes up a lot of my time...and, I was considering changing the name of my studio, but after all that has happened, it has become quite dear to me, as silly a name as it is.
I Think I'll Keep it..and I think I will not be afraid, and make more time to paint, Thanks be to God that I am here to do that.
Get Messy!!! Take Chances!!! ~Don't Let Life Pass You By~
Art for your home - You don't need to be an artist to paint!
Explore Art for your home at Amazon's Fine Art Store or create your own or buy supplies
Monet - one of my favorite of the classic masters
Butterflies and Bamboo-what better for your home?
These colors are beautiful and would look wonderful hanging on a wall
You don't need to be an artist to create beautiful paintings
I know that some of you are skeptical. That's O.K.! I have already borne the brunt and affects of being called Crazy. LOL!!..But my art supersedes all that. That is my passion. Go ahead, ask!!