Spirit shines through sexual beings
Hello art lovers!
I love women. I totally appreciate the beauty natural to feminine energy. Is it evolution, societal suppression, or a fearful – hardwired in our brain – need for monogamy that drives our endless mission for connection, sex, love, and wholeness?
What makes this attainable for some and so elusive for others? Do we block ourselves from a fully feeling and passionate life when we sometimes block our very real need for sex and touch? What happens when we let go and allow sensuality into our lives?
Finding freedom in collective sexual awareness
After a lonely weekend at Seattle's annual erotic art festival, where I submerged myself in an amazing smorgasbord of high-end, highly creative erotic art (my own included), I found myself immersed in a deeper spiritual awareness of what it means to embrace, live, and feel the energy, power, and beauty that pours through our sensual and sexual energies. In order to dive a bit deeper into these reflections, I spent time observing and talking with many of the interesting people and artists I saw at the festival. I intuitively heard and understood subtle core beliefs and attitudes underpinning fascinating perspectives on feminine and masculine energies, sensuality, sexuality, and eroticism. I felt embraced by the collective desire to transcend conditioned thinking on these human realities in order to reach something higher – something much more fulfilling.
Erotica in Action
A woman clad in fantastic rubber bondage to a St. Andrews Cross draped in a full bodied hooded cat suit, blindfold, and wearing a corset allowed patrons to touch and pet her. Oh my God! How erotic it was, this anonymous woman totally surrendering to the hundreds of hands sharing the chance to pet her. I really enjoyed this opportunity to touch the hot rubber on a hot woman's body heated up – yes, it did turn me on! To be able to touch a sensual woman and then to feel sexually alive is delicious and healing. A variety of gender based themes were among many of the displayed works of activist groups, gay, lesbian, and transgendered organizations. Poetry, literary art, sculpture, erotic animation, and erotic paintings moved the emotional body and stimulated a much welcomed sensory experience.
Sexually charged human expression
Live shows, performances, demonstrations, music, dancers in cages, naked and barely naked sexy people, amateurs, and highly experienced cosplay action served to excite and rouse the senses. I also enjoyed watching various Acro-yoga performers, as the core of this beautiful sport and art form is trust and connection. There was so much sexual energy in tow! It was everywhere, and it served one purpose: to connect, awaken, and inspire. A figure drawing session of two men wrapping a woman's figure in rope in an edgy and cool way inspired me to create a painting of rope erotic art. Opportunities for sensation touch, painting on women's bodies, and people watching kink performances fueled the magnetic erotic energy, and its rippling impact gave me a heightened creativity and many new resulting ideas. Raw conversations unafraid to reveal primal drive – need -- behind human sexuality ignited personal revelations while adding notches to our cultural evolution.
One lively and intellectual conversation I had with a tall and distinguished looking blond woman radiating a dignified elegance in her black pants and matching blouse led to an illuminating observation about the event. First she said she loves to people watch. Then she proceeded to share a book title with me called "The Female Brain" that sheds light on the shift in the way the male brain is becoming more feminine and how science is exploring the evidence behind this realization. Could this be a new start in the evolutionary process – taking into consideration cultural trends – of a willingness and greater openness to accept any type of sexual orientation?
Humans are continually evolving. Religion, politics, hunting and gathering (we now hunt at supermarkets or, in some cases, dumpsters), personal and collective sacrifice, farmers, the industrial age, wars, peace seekers, sexual freedom in the 1960's, rock and roll, technology, and so much more, have served to move us forward on a continual expansion of what it means to be human here on earth. We are still evolving. We are still learning. We are still discovering what it means to be free, to love unconditionally, and to live with light and passion. We are still learning who we really are. We are still integrating all the aspects of our being on a mission to wholeness.
One woman I met at the festival's end said she had many relationships with men and women who were not into the "act of sex." She said she shared this real need for intimacy – for human touch – and then asked to engage with others outside these relationships cold with sexual emptiness. She would leave to find connection and freedom found only through sensual and sexual expression. This is a journey all of us take. Where the journey leads is a result of our choices and how deeply we go within.
Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24
Hello, art lovers!
American artist Jeff Koons once said, “I demand the right to express my own sexuality, and I believe artists must exploit themselves and take the responsibility to exploit their viewers. Ilona and I were born for each other. She’s a media woman. I’m a media man. We are the contemporary Adam and Eve. I’m not involved in Pornography. Pornography is performing a sexual act. It really has no interest for me. I’m interested in love, I’m interested in reunion, I’m interested in the spiritual, and to be able to show to people that they can have impact to achieve their dreams.”
Feel connection with the finest erotic art in the world
Inspired by Koons, I am excited that two of my erotic art pieces will be displayed at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival running April 22-24. This fascinating three-day event takes place in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and includes a curated selection of the finest erotic art in the world. This is my second time displaying art at this event. I sold one naughty piece last year. Expect live shows, music, and many sexy people dressed to impress with sensual energy in tow. This magnetic erotic energy encourages heightened creativity, art purchases, and sparked conversations that ignite personal and cultural evolution. This event alone could change your view of art and turn you into a connoisseur! Visit https://www.seattleerotic.org/the-festival/ for more.
Powering through fear
Hello art lovers!
Sometimes I look at a blank canvas and then decide to go mow the lawn.
That is fear for you. Or is it?
Dealing with the feeling of being frozen in front of a blank canvas, or the artistic medium of your heart, is an experience every artist deals with during the creative process. Known as the "creative block," it is quite daunting when it happens. And it will happen, probably a lot. The feeling of a block can render an artist into a creative funk with great resistance as a result.
It doesn't have to be this way. The primary solution: Face the fear head on and just get moving on your creation, even if it is just a line on the canvas or a dot on the page.
Move through fear
Fear is crippling and stops the flow of creative energy, which is always there even if you lose temporary access. So embrace the block, really lean into it, and don't judge it. In fact, stop judging yourself. Just take a deep breath and remember why you are a creator. Now it can be effective to step outside or take a day away from your work all together to reignite creative inspiration. And sometimes it is just a matter of taking the pressure off. But in the end, it is about allowing the gift of 100% self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-love that will assist in moving through the stifling suffocation of a creative block.
Return to the creative flow
Forgive the block, own the block, and watch it dissolve. Your inner critic will give you all kinds of negative feedback when you are in the middle of a creative block but just laugh at that critic. Transcend it. You can do it. Just don't follow the negative thoughts. You can see them there – be aware – but then choose to not engage with the ego and the psyche. Instead, go into your heart space. This is where inspiration lives.
Keep it simple
Allow the energy you feel during the creative block to be present without judgement. This is important because it creates a space for a sense of peace to return. Remember, this happens to every artist, and it is normal and expected.
What are the three to five most important things that have to happen in your day? Create a list with these items. Make sure you pen only three to five items. The idea here is to re-establish a sense of control over your day – while also maintaining a sense of balance -- without sparking more stress and creating stronger blocks. These priorities could be as relaxing as stretching a bunch of canvases for a sense of productivity. Reward yourself for any accomplishment.
Meditate or reflect
After I create a daily priority list to wipe out a block, I will meditate on it to see if it is resonating with my intuition and aligned with my life purpose and mission. Meditating alone can release a creative block simply because the inner work sparks a renewal, which usually leads to inspiration. Remember to remain flexible with your lists.
Trim it down
Try trimming the fat off your day or removing nonessential things to do that don't actually serve your mission or keep you on track with your specific artistic goals. I mean, do you really need to check your e-mail every 15 minutes? Or would twice a day work better? There are many ways to eliminate stress and wasting time, which can vampire creative energy and result in those dreaded creative blocks.
Just take one small step
Take any immediate step when you feel inspired action, however small, as it is through this action that your momentum begins to build and your intentions become more clearly defined. This is where you feel freedom in your heart. And this further fuels creative flow. It's like magic when this happens, so just enjoy it! Don't question your movements when they come from this kind of heart space. Don't get in your own way. Instead allow the energy to move you forward. You just have to let go and trust yourself.
Take a moment each day to reflect on your artistic mission and your purpose. Remember to cherish the reasons why you want to create art. These reflections alone will spark a sense of vigor and energy. Connect with your heart each day and know that your work matters because you matter. Create with joy first, and the rest will follow.
Connection inspires my art. And the beauty of the human form exhilarates me. I create large scale oils of bridges and urban landscapes, working heroes, and figurative works using various techniques to mimic the old masters. Color, dramatic perspective, light, and unusual points of view reveal exciting realistic and abstract renderings.
Christopher B Mooney
REALLY I want to inspire you about the intricacies of the art world, its forms, and people. And I want to share the fascinating -- and somewhat mysterious -- aspects of my journey as an artist.