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West Hardin: Sharing Bits of Wisdom and Dreams Thru Art

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I grew up among the lakes and woods of Michigan. I have been painting and drawing my spiritual experiences and insights most of my life, as a kind of journal to my development. I have experienced vivid dreams most of my life and have had moments when I see auras, energies and spirit beings. In my 20s I learned shamanic journeying, crystal and stone work and rune lore. I also learned the practice of Reiki and BodyTalk. All of these have helped me understand my relationship to the world more and our energy body more and because of these shifts in awareness they have also influenced my artwork.

Kentucky is a new home for myself and Wildman Studio, my art and graphic design studio. I have been selling my work over the years through different venues, but my website and blog have now become the center point in sharing not only my artwork but also my spiritual experiences with collectors.

The process of creating my artwork is individual to what I seek to create. But the overall reason I create art is that it helps me understand my spiritual experiences more. Sometimes in the creation process I reveal something new that gives me more insight to the experience. My hope in sharing my art is that the viewers are able to connect with the imagery and maybe awaken and stir their own inner vision of this reality.

I have couple of recurring images in my work concentric circles and the monoliths. The concentric circles in my work represent spirit. I had a dream long ago where I remember walking back to my car in the dark and I could feel light behind me and see it in the corner of my eye. I remember saying show your self to me and I willed myself to turn and I saw a group of these spheres zip off into the woods. The monoliths, stone steel forms with their markings are the manifestation of Will with each holding it’s own story.

You can view more of my work by visiting Wildman Studios

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Abstract 123009

Abstract 123009
Watercolor and gouache, 6” x 9”

My abstract works are a process of discovery. I start with wet in wet and let the process unfold. I have no preconceived ideas about what will evolve on the page. Instead as I work and start to see things I bring those parts out a little bit at a time with each new layer.

In abandoning myself to the process, I find it evolves on it’s own. Sometimes these images have recognizable elements in them animals, spirits, or landscapes.

In this abstract I feel like I’m looking up into the upper world and seeing the swiftly moving energy there. Deep inside the central mass of energy of the painting there is a being waiting to be revealed. It could be an angel or ancestor floating above us, watching and guiding.

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Utterance

Utterance
18″ x 24″ oil painting on canvas

This painting tells the story of how I experience Magic. How our words and thoughts are sent out into the world and create. Many cultures have in their creation mythos a great sound that occurred before the world was created. John 1:1 “In the beginning there was the word, the word was with God, and the word was God.” In Norse myths the first being to emerge was called Ymir, which is translated as primal scream or yell. These are just a couple of examples. We need to take care in the words we chose and thoughts we send out into the world. Spirit is more than willing to help up with your call.

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Abstract 122709

Abstract 122709
Watercolor and Gouache, 3.5” x 5.25”

In Abstract 122709 I have connected with the underworld energy. This painting is earthy and yet shows signs of light peaking through. Which shows us that even in the densest matter, light resides.

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Tranceman

Tranceman
18″ x 24″ oil painting on canvas

Meditation and trance are 2 ways that we can reach out beyond our world and touch the multiple dimensions beyond our 3rd dimensions self. Trance Man is the first in a series of layered reality paintings I did in oil.

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Dagvidhr

Dagvidhr
6″ x 9″ watercolor on paper

In most magical traditions a student is given or takes a name that represents themselves. Dagvidhr is a name I had taken to show the new growth and light I was drawing into my life. I was searching for a name in a shamanic journey when this led me to experiencing myself as a tree filled with light. Dagvidhr, in Old Norse can be translated as Day Tree. This painting is of the experience I had during this journey.

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Owl

Owl, The Night Watcher
Mixed media on ACEO watercolor card. 3.5″ x 2.5″

Both Owl and Otter are made on Artist Trading Cards also called ACEO, Artist Card Edition or Original. It allows me to create original art that can fit anyone budget. I love working in these small sizes and I love the portability of these images.

Owl is sitting quietly beneath the moon listening and watching. What do you need to change in your life? What do you want to let go of? What do you need to see that lies in the dark/hidden places of your life?

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Energy Body

The Energy Body
Graphite on Paper 8″ x 10″

When I started this drawing, I was dealing with a lot of frustration about what my art is about. The first thing to appear was an eye and then some energy and more of the face and so on. I was being showed through this drawing what my energy body looked like during an intense moment of ecstasy where my heart chakra surged. This drawing is an example of not having any intent in its beginning and then revealing an important moment that helped me reconnect to the experience.

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Otter

Otter
Mixed media on ACEO watercolor card. 3.5″ x 2.5.”

Otter is swimming deep in the sea. Invite Otter to come and play with you. He can teach you how to roll and play on the crashing waves of life and then dive deep into the darkness and find the treasure you need to bring back to the surface. Otter has been a life long companion for me in my shamanic journeys and dreams.

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6 Responses to “West Hardin: Sharing Bits of Wisdom and Dreams Thru Art”

  1. Kara says:

    I love your shamanic artwork! It is so exciting when someone can express externally what you and I can see on the insider of our heads.

    Perhaps I could use some of your artwork on my blog where I perform journeys for others…

    Kara

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  2. West Hardin says:

    Hi Kara,

    Thank you so much for the comment. I’m really happy you are able to connect with the images and how I express what I see.

    I’d love to talk with you more about using my artwork on your site. Email me at whardin at wildmanstudio dot com.

    All the best,
    West

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  3. Suzette says:

    I Like the Otter very much thats the one that speaks to me.
    Lovely.

    Suzette

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  4. Leila says:

    Hi West, your paintings have a wonderful primal energy to them and I love the strong way you express yourself. Thanks for sharing them.

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  5. West Hardin says:

    Hi Suzette and Leila,

    Thank you for your kind words.
    All the best,
    West

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  6. Jane says:

    Hi West
    Your paintings are lovely and an inspiration. I would love to do this myself to help me express my inner self, my creativity and inspire me to create my soul path.
    Any ideas on how i may start? May be this will help others to express themselves via art
    keep on doing what you are doing as it will help many
    Love Janex

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