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Most people have heard about Feng Shui, the Chinese art of placement.  Many Feng Shui principles can be used to apply to one's home and work place to create an auspicious, harmonious, living environment.  I took my first course in Feng Shui in 1994 from Seann Xenja and have been interested in this esoteric art form ever since.  The more I learn about it, the deeper and richer feng shui becomes.

I have come to learn that my oil paintings make excellent feng shui adjustments or enhancements to create optimal results for a beautiful, pleasant, and healing environment and, hence, life.  The plein air oil paintings are wonderful for complementing the various parts of the Bagua.  The Bagua is the energy map for the home or property.  The paintings naturally enhance or mitigate the four seasons, the elements, the colors, and the shapes associated with each of the eight parts of the Bagua in our homes or individual rooms. 

I used to tell people to not place a cool, blue water painting over a fireplace because it would douse the fire.  But I have come to realize that that may just be the best thing to gain balance in the space.  For example, I recently installed a woodstove system in my house and the only logical place to put it was in the area of the room that is considered the "Career" area whose element is water and whose season is winter and is enhanced by cool, dark colors, irregular, squiggly shapes, and cool temperatures.  So a fiery woodstove was just the opposite of what was called for! 

After consulting my good friend and colleague, feng shui master practitioner, Bill Land, I implemented several feng shui adjustments.  To balance the woodstove, I placed a hand made rug on the floor in front of it that features dolphins on a blue, water ground.   I hung two paintings featuring snow scenes with running water framed in dark wood frames on one side of the stove and a small fountain beneath the paintings. I had round, black enamel pans full of water on top of the stove to humidify the air and add the water element as well as the round shape and metal element to counter the fire. I also hung a mirror representing water behind the stove.  Nearby plants (wood element) help mitigate the fire as well.  And the black, metal stove and round, columnar stovepipe itself helps balance the fire element.

At Bill's suggestion, I also enhanced the "Fame" (fire) area on the opposite side of the room by making a nice display for my award ribbons.  I also hung two paintings that featured triangular shapes (for fire).  Both paintings had fiery fall colors as well.  



In my "Wealth" area, I hung two paintings ~ one a spring scene in the forest with a running creek and another green summer painting with a reflecting creek.  I also draped a string of small colored lights to brighten the area. 



Within just days of installing the woodstove and implementing the feng shui adjustments, I have enjoyed a number of sales directly from the studio/gallery here on my property and was notified of an award from a regional show.  I am confident that the new woodstove will not only mean warmer winters tucked inside the studio painting away, but that  success will continue to find it's way to my door.

If you would like to know how Feng Shui and Fine Art can help you create a harmonious and auspicious space, please contact me at 812-988-4497 or Char [at] CharleneMarsh [dot] com or Bill Land at 812-630-4675 or bill_land [at] hotmail [dot] com.  Bill is the real expert and would really be able to offer lots of good suggestions.


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