Muse-Fusion Walls with Art & Feng Shui

3  ways that Art and Feng Shui can empower your Home and Office.

Environmental Affirmations

Original Art Carries Potent Chi

Match Art to Room Function and Bagua


1. Environmental Affirmations

Art reflects aspects of yourself that can lift you up or drag you down. Art that engages with positive feelings through subject matter, color, or texture creates a wonderful environmental affirmation within your home. Whether you take the time to consciously enjoy it as you sip your morning coffee or unconsciously lose it in your rush out the door, art is always speaking on your behalf with its subliminal message. Advertisers drive their multi-million dollar industry on “fuel” provided by the power of inferred and subliminal messages everyday.

Take a moment to look at the art you have around you. What part of you is it affirming? Do you like what you see?

2. Original Art Carries Potent Chi


Art directly from the artist’s hand – whether a specially commissioned piece, a purchase from a local gallery, a gift or from your Aunt Martha, carries an increased amount of Chi.


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Seen through the eyes of a seven-color palette.

Irene Rose Finished Portrait


Irene Rose.
Seen through the eyes of a seven-color palette.
Alizarin crimson and
ultramarine blue compete for starring roles
while bristle brushes encounter the terrain of a prepared canvas.
Piercing blue eyes of subject and artist
mother and son
struggle to make peace with 96 years
while filberts #4 and #6 solicit to capture a wordless truth.
Each application of paint renders layers of
Guilt. Innocence.
Disappointment. Hope.
Expectation. Acceptance.
Until the last piece of paint pronounces
Irene Rose.

Bernadette Rose Smith


Ray SquaredMy preference, in doing portraits, is about the relationship I develop with the subject I paint. When I ask myself the RIGHT questions, they give me the answer. Uncovering that abstract story … emotion … beauty … THAT is the joy of creativity. – Ray


First StrokesWhen Ray told me that he wanted to try his hand at portraiture in oils, I was curious.

When he told me his mother would be his first subject, I was surprised. When he said he needed to start and complete the portrait before the summer was through – well, he had my full attention. (Oddly, she fell and broke her hip about a month after the piece was completed.)




Moving AlongA portrait can capture a likeness or an essence.

What Ray captured in ‘Irene Rose’ is an essence not often seen in our day-to-day life with Irene – and that is what I love about this piece. He was able to rise above all the negative conditioning that often presents itself in this relationship with his 96-year-old mother to see and paint the woman without the fears that have driven her to drive others. (Anyone in a challenged relationship with a parent knows what I’m saying here.)

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Have Red Umbrella Will Travel

Journey of the Red Umbrella

Title: The Journey of the Red Umbrella
Muse: Ray Smith
Gift Giveaways: Fine art giclee print of pastel painting with double matt. Image size is: 7 x 9 3/4 • Matt size is: 11 x 14


Muse-Creations for Our Forgive it Forward Giveaway – Because forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, Ray and I thought it would be fun to spice up our 35-day Forgive It Forward project launch with a focus on the arts. So, we sent a call out to the muses among us for a little assist and some inspiration.

Between June 14th and July 19th, we introduced artists, sculptors, potters, musicians – and more – who forgave it forward with us by donating a gift for a random drawing giveaway. Each muse answered two questions and shared a little bit about their creative process and passion. We hope they inspire you.

Obviously this muse post is going to be treated just a little differently … Ray says he has to do his part to represent the guys being that all the muses who stepped forward for our forgiveness project were women. Well, except for Andy Irwin who is a singer-songwriter-storyteller-performer. He offered a CD in the first ‘call for all muses’ but we haven’t been able to catch up with him since!!! (As for all the other guys, don’t worry. Ray forgives you forward!)

Close-up Red Umbrella

Let’s start with a few words from Ray about his gift:

Architecture that reveals a history, that tells a story through distinctive texture and character inspires me. I found inspiration for this painting in Savannah, GA, a city rich with these qualities and in my memories of Savannah as the place Bernadette and I chose for our first artist escape after the experience described in her book.

The young character ‘journeyed’ from a previous pastel I had done for her. The human form always introduces a distinct energy to any painting. The raincoat and red umbrella are rich in spiritual metaphors and I love the anonymous innocence and questions this character brings to this piece.

Then let’s go to a few words from Ray about his creative process: Okay, I copped this copy from his gallery page. I knew you’d forgive me forward for not writing something new.

Ray Smith

In 1965, after completing my Christmas shopping, I came upon an art store and found myself just standing and gazing in the window. I followed the impulse inside and walked out with $50.00 worth of basic art supplies. That New Years Eve I sat alone and drew my first pictures. I will never forget the experience of following my creative instinct. That new way of seeing the world around me led down many creative paths but did not honor my true nature as a fine artist. I was always at the party but never took the floor. Now, to dance with the lady I came in with is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! Read more

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Art in the Making: A Confession


If you’ve spent any time in Ray’s gallery, you know his medium of choice is pastels. (Chalk, as some of you call it.) If you’ve seen any of his pieces “in person,” you also know that he paints with great deal of detail that is not typical among pastel artists and that his subtle way of layering pulls you energetically into his work.  His fans say he is extraordinary at what he does and I agree. He says he has much to learn – that he has not yet mastered the “it” factor that he wants to experience with pastel.


So, when he said his muse was leading him to try his hand at oils, I thought “Why?” Well, actually it was not that simple and that is the confession part. It was more like“Why the #@!&! would you want to start at the beginning with oils when you can do with pastels what you can?”
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Ray’s Seniors on Display – With a Zest for Life!


“It is time to look beyond the stereotypes to glimpse what creativity makes possible for all of us.” – Gene D. Cohen M.D., Ph.D, from The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life


Senior Art Exhibition Offers Each Of Us That Creative Glimpse: Over 100 pieces of art are on display at the Newton County Public Library, after which the exhibition moves to the Turner Lake Complex for a One-day Sale and Raffle Drawing to benefit the art program at Newton Senior Services.


Come see what a little creativity can do for all of us – no matter what our age!


Opening Night “Meet & Greet:” Meet the artists, their art and creativity coach – Ray Smith – and the Newton County Senior Services staff. November 8 from 6 PM to 8 PM. Newton County Library.


Fund Raiser Raffle: Limited Edition Print donated by Ray Smith, entitled Journey of The Red Umbrella is on display at the library. Beautifully framed and matted. Valued at $400. Tickets on sale now through NCSS at 770-787-0038, and Art Class members. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to treat yourself and support the art program at the same time.


Art Exhibition & One-Day Sale: Many framed and matted pieces, as well as limited edition prints, will be available for sale at NCSS on Tuesday, November 27 from 10 AM to 5 PM.


Give the gift of art! Proceeds benefit the Newton County Senior Services Art Program. Please consider becoming a sponsor or giving a donation to the NCSS Art Program. When you support your local seniors and the arts, you support yourself and your community.

What Students With No Previous Drawing Experience Are Saying 

Kristine’s Portrait Studies on Right

Kristine, 60’s •  I have been in the field of decorative painting and crafts but have no experience drawing. I have always found that art of any kind lifts you out of your circumstances. There is satisfaction   Read more

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