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Sacred Seat, 2019

Sacred Seat, 2019

Price: $350.00

Size: 15x14"

Media: Ink on paper

I made this piece while in residence at ModNomad Studio, Sausalito, California. 

I prepared my materials and then began as I always do: I lit a candle, offered incense, invoked Qwan Yin: bodhisattva of compassion, the mother of all buddhas, the divine feminine who I consider to be the trans bodhisattva (she manifests as different genders at will). I sat with paper and ink ready and waited, in connection with my body and the larger world, aware of the ocean waves on the beach in the distance echoing the waves of my own breath. Eventually some impulse arose and compelled me to move. I poured one color at a time, sometimes letting my whole body move with the ink in sudden bursts and gestures, sometimes leaning in close and moving the ink with my breath.

I returned to this piece many times, allowing layers to dry before adding in more. The very last thing was to add the finer brushwork.

About the title

While I worked on this painting I was reading Tami Lynn Kent’s “Wild Feminine”. Kent is a physical therapist who believes that as women living in a patriarchal society, many of us have cut ourselves off from our own root and that if we reconnect we will experience a surge of confidence and creativity. I began practicing her pelvic bowl meditations in which you simply tune into the pelvic bowl to wake up physical sensation there. As I practice this, I have powerful experiences. I started doing this meditations before painting, feeling my root and then sensing vertical energy rising up and down my central column. This painting is in direct connection with that sensation.



In concordance with my heartfelt wish to honor the earth and be living with increasing ecological sustainability, I use frames have been reclaimed! These are high quality frames that once hung in a hotel in Vermont. The frame is made of wood and painted silver and gold. I cut the matte myself to make sure it is the perfect size to show off the original painting and look great in the frame. I use archival-quality acid-free matte. A piece of reclaimed backing material (foamboard, chipboard, or matting) is added in the back to secure the original and the matting inside. That backing is then taped to the frame using eco-friendly tape. I use tape so that it would be possible in the future to remove the painting from the frame. The hanging apparatus is extremely sturdy and will work with a simple nail.


This original painting is available with a window matting, bevel cut. The matte is acid-free archival quality. Color is as pictured. The finished dimensions of the matte are 18x20". If you'd like a different color, different size, or an additional matte, it is possible! Just send me an email and we can work it out: betsy@artmonastery.org. You can also contact me through the online form.


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