FENG SHUI and FINE
Most people have heard about Feng Shui,
the Chinese art of placement. Many Feng Shui principles can be applied 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
fine art and 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 forest and landscape 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 installed a woodstove system
in my house several years ago 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!
To harmonize and balance the space, 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 (left of the wood rack) 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.
I also enhanced the "Fame"
(fire) area on the opposite side of the room by making a nice display for my
award ribbons. I 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 woodstove will not only mean warmer winters tucked inside the studio
painting, 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
CharleneMarsh [dot] com.