Why Am I Creating Faux Koi Ponds?

 

The ultimate goal is to have 3-4 sizes of faux koi ponds available for customers. I am starting with a small slab with molded 3D clay images approximately 24”x18”. After the first mold, the cement one is created.  I believe in always researching for better and more cost effective supplies to create durable lightweight faux koi ponds. That includes finding the b

To help defray the costs of developing something new that I believe is not available in the world for gardens, I am turning to Crowd Funding. 

 

 

 

koi fish eating

 

Why Am I Creating Faux Koi Ponds?

 

I would never had thought of creating faux koi ponds. Working in metal has served me well in my art career making a good living for about 20 years, many of which were 6 figure income years.  With the advent of my husband’s health problems escalating over a period of 5 years, it became evident that we needed to move.  A year ago sold most everything and from Washington to California to be closer to our children. 

We closed down the metal artwork business not knowing what was next to earn a living as artists. My husband can no longer physically help me with the art business.   This last year has been spent getting settled in our new home in Rio Vista CA., getting the doctor care needed and adjusting to a new kind of living.

An artist is always an artist. My intention is to build back to being a thriving artist.  I am always experimenting with different modalities and supplies.  A friend gave us a small painted tile of a koi pond. Our dear friends next door asked if I would create a koi pond for them.  This lead me to creating more for neighbors and friends. 

In preparation for creating their pond, I painted on small tiles of various sizes to practice on. (see some of these at: http://picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24747104 )

Next I purchased a light weight resin faux rock from Home Depot to get ready for the first commissioned one. It is lightweight and easy to ship. My intent is to create flatter slabs out of durable cement/fiberglass which would offer clients more choices. 

Resin Faux Koi Pond- lightweight - Size 30"x25"x5"

Resin Faux Koi Pond- lightweight - Size 30"x25"x5"

For the creation of my first Faux Koi Pond commission, my clients purchased and brought the heavy granite slab to me. It was placed on the strongest table we have, our dining table, to paint. 

 

This is the finished commissioned Faux Koi Pond on the slab ready for the landscape company to set it with rocks and foliage to finish the effect. It is waiting to be installed in their garden by a creative landscape company. 

Caraway Koi Pond

I see the advantages of being able to create strong, lightweight faux koi ponds as a new art business. My intent is to create 3D faux koi ponds from cement/fiberglass that are 3/4" thick. Easy to pick up and deliver. They will be strong and durable for outside.

In addition the he added advantage of what I create is placing Reiki healing energy in the artwork to enhance people's lives for peace.

 What are the advantages of faux koi ponds?

 

#1- The Koi Fish do not need to be fed.

#2- The water does not need to be cleaned.

#3- Predators of Koi fish will not be able to eat the fish. ( Years ago I created a real koi pond, and the raccoons ate my fish!)

#4- Lightweight Koi ponds can be moved to new locations when one relocates.

#5- They are pieces of original artwork by an artist who is an International artist with artwork in collections around the world.

#6- The Faux Koi ponds are unique conversational pieces.

#7- Lightweight faux ponds can be delivered easily to customers. 

#8- They are cost efficient pieces of artwork.

#9 - Perfect for drought resistant areas.

#10- They may also be something that could be hung securely on a wall. 

Developing new products takes time, effort, and trial and error.  My research has lead me to start with products by a company called Trinic. They will create a special mix to produce a durable hard surface to paint on and a backing that is lightweight cement/fiberglass. The faux ponds will only be ¾ inch thick vs. 1-2 “ of regular rock slabs.

Catherine Foster Retiring from Metal Artwork!

When Change Happens- Do you let it stop you cold? Or do you follow your intuition and move ahead?

 

I am moving ahead in my life. With recent changes in the health of my husband, we can not continue to create the frames and the metal artwork.

Pictured below are the two last, except the Peace Kimono (large) that I have unfinished in the studio #148. There will no longer be any more kimonos like these.These are artworks that I developed and Fred, the engineer, designed the support system. It was so much fun to be doing this together as a team. 

Kimono #146 31"Lx30"Wx3"D

Kimono #148

 

The very last in the series that I will create will be another large one numbered #148. I am so excited to be doing the last in this series.  It has been an exciting adventure creating artwork in metal. I am so honored to have my work in hospitals, medical buildings, and private collections all over the world. 

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of my artwork over the 40+years of my career. I am deeply grateful and thankful and hope you will continue to keep in touch as I serve to help guide people to find their creativity. 

Nothing ever stays the same right? So when change happens I move with the energy of that change. I am excited to be doing some heartfelt artwork, coaching and serving in the world in a new way. 

My husband Sold our house in Poulsbo WA and moved to Rio Vista CA to be closer to our children and other family. 

Weaving Series by Catherine Foster

Throughout my whole career the theme of weaving has intertwined with my  paintings, sculpture and beliefs driving my creative process. 

Even though I have explored many modalities of expressing myself throughout my career, weaving has been a common thread in nearly every piece of art I have created. Why has it had so much meaning to me?

Peace Weaving

Our lives are a golden woven tapestry. Each person's experience here on earth is a variety of threads of feelings, experiences, and emotions. We are all connected in this tapestry along threads of these varied qualities. Sometimes there ar vibrant colors that relate to what has happened our life experiences. Sometimes there are holes and loose threads and knots tha thave caused stress into the tapestry. But still we are connected in the golden fabric of life along with every plant,, rock, piece of sand, animal, insect etc. Included in this fabric are threads of various religions, politics and a variety of beliefs. It represents the ever evolving weaving in this golden blanke we call life on earth. 

Each of us has our own separate tapestry that is connected to the larger fabric of life. What happens for one of us is also  connected to the whole.  The threads are interlaced with an event, person and each associated with an emotion. It is these emotions that connect us together in body, mind and soul. We can travel on these threads to connect with everyone and everything for we are all one. 

My friend Anne Sano Keller expresses it very well in her book: " More than a And Whisper- One Woman's Journey Through Pain To Grace".  When I read her words I felt as though she had been reading my mind. Thank you Anne for expessing what is also in my heart.  I could not have expressed it better. 

The Flute Player

 

"Weaving  tapestry with threads of varied colors and textures creates a beautiful picture that tells an interesting story. Some of the threads are dark and rough, perhaps frightening, and often sad. They bring depth to my life's story. Others are light and silken, brilliantly colored, bringing, joy, love and light to the image. Some threads are short and only briefly used and some are lengthy, meandering throughout the whole picture, from one end to the other. Without each and every thread, the tapestry would be incompete." 

Other artworks with images of weaving here Pitcturetrail and : Fine Art 

Fabric of Life Series- "Dancing with the Fabric of Life" by Catherine Foster

This art peice was the last in this series before working in copper and the start of the Kimono series. It has been a favorite of mine and in my personal collection.   Often pieces in my collection talk to me and say "It is time to go to someone else".  So I am putting it out to the world for someone who feels like it belongs to them for them to enjoy the healing Reiki energy that was placed inside the art.  
                                                      Click the arrow below to see the video:

The piece is 36"Wx 54" Lx 2"D with the exception of the fabric at the top that goes over the side 2 .5 inches.   I often leave fabric, threads hanging down or take the collaged pieces outside the boarders of the artwork as a symbol that the "fabric of life" is never completed. 

It is on canvas with collaged fabrics, trims, rope, feathers, sand etc. for texture and painted in oil paints.  I let the artwork tell me what it wants. Whenever I try to control the artwork, it does not work for me. There is an interaction of energetic conversation that happens when I create.  I listen and follow how the art wants to be expressed through me. Often it feels like the artwork is an entity of its own. It is such a joy to be an artist. I cannot ever see me not creating art. I love to sing and dance and it becomes a part of the energy of my process of creating all artwork.

 I find it interesting that there is a Kimono shape in the piece. Maybe that was the start of the Kimono series coming through me?  Sometimes images that I did not remember putting in the artwork show up years later. Maybe it is just that I am looking at the piece from a different perspective in life?

Since the beginning of my art career, I have always worked in Series. In future blogs I will talk about some of the other series and how they started and ended.  I have found that when a series is done it is done! In a way it feels like whatever wanted to be said through me was finished talking. Much like the feeling of the end of a book. There is a beginning, middle and end. 

Through almost all the series I have created, there is one symbol that always seems to be expressed in my artwork. Weaving! Weaving the energies of life, people, animals, plants, insects, sea life, politics, history and religion.

Weaving is an example of how people throughout my life have come and gone and come back again woven in my experience. There is a weaving of family where the fabric is strong and where there are holes and knots when a family  member dies or decides to not be a part of the clan anymore.

Life is so interesting to me in how our life experiences show up in the Golden Fabric of Life.  As I close the door on the Kimono Series, I expect that the symbols of weaving will find another expression in the new modality I am currently beginning. 

 

 

LISTENING by Catherine Foster

How do you listen to your heart to hear what

 

wants to be created?

 

 

What wants to come forth to express your unique self? 

 

This is the second piece in the series "As Time Moves". I call it "Listening".  To understand better,  Click Here  to read how this series of silk fusion/mixed media pieces started.

After creating "Born Once Again", I started creating 3 more pieces. I have to work on more than one at a time due to the fact that it takes days to dry each layer of the silk. Yes, even in this hot weather in Rio Vista, CA, these pieces dry slowly. 

 "Listening" by Catherine Foster 26"W x 35"L x 2"D  Silk Fusion with Paper Sculpture

 "Listening" by Catherine Foster 26"W x 35"L x 2"D  Silk Fusion with Paper Sculpture

 

Originally, I thought this was going to be a piece called "Blooming", but it did not happen! YIKES!  Often a piece is put aside in the studio. I pull it out and keep an ongoing dialog with the artwork.  It just did not want to be what I thought it was going to be.  I stopped fighting with the painting and left it over on the side hidden behind other paintings for a few weeks.  Then out of the blue, it started to talk again.  As I listened, the piece said it was through, finished! Shocked!  It did not want to be what "I" wanted it to be. After all I am the creator of this art piece right?  NOT!!!

 

The artwork has a mind of its own. We may have the inspiration to create a piece a certain way, but if we really listen to what wants to be expressed, it often becomes something different.  The artwork will become what it truly needs to be. 

 

I love when that happens! When I truly give in and listen from my heart, my true self is expressed.  What is current in my life is expressed through my artwork.  You might ask, "What was my state of being when I created this piece?" 

 

As explained in  "Born Once Again"  , there have been major changes in my life and my husbands. I do not regret the move, other than missing the big beautiful art studio I had in Poulsbo, WA. It is just different.  "Listening" is an expression of wiping the mind, soul and thoughts clean in order to start again. Sometimes, things have to fall apart before they can begin to  grow again.  

I love the weaving of the energy of life in all the work I do. The tree is a symbol of possible growth and is in a state of being bare.  My face is in a meditative state as I listen to what is my next step in my career. As an artist, healer, coach etc. I do not give up. There is an inner drive within my heart to go deep and express my feelings. It is who I am and to deny my true self, is to deny the connection with the universe.  In the creation and the sharing of the creation, our gifts to share in the world can be expressed.

As with "Born Once Again"  this piece has an organic feel about it. It feels unfinished because the Fabric of life is never finished.  We are a collective consciousness that is continually being created because God is always in the process of creation.

Nothing ever stays the same in this process. "Everything is in Divine Order"! We just need to trust this. My hope is that maybe my message can help someone else to freely express their talents in a loving and harmonious way too. 

In deep appreciation of you in my life experience,

  "Listening" by Catherine Foster 26"W x 35"L x 2"D  Silk Fusion with Paper Sculpture

Originally, I thought this was going to be a piece called "Blooming", but it did not happen! YIKES!  Often a piece is put aside in the studio. I pull it out and keep an ongoing dialog with the artwork.  It just did not want to be what I thought it was going to be.  I stopped fighting with the painting and left it over on the side hidden behind other paintings for a few weeks.  Then out of the blue, it started to talk again.  As I listened, the piece said it was through, finished! Shocked!  It did not want to be what "I" wanted it to be. After all I am the creator of this art piece right?  NOT!!!

The artwork has a mind of its own. We may have the inspiration to create a piece a certain way, but if we really listen to what wants to be expressed, it often becomes something different.  The artwork will become what it truly needs to be. 

I love when that happens! When I truly give in and listen from my heart, my true self is expressed.  What is current in my life is expressed through my artwork.  You might ask, "What was my state of being when I created this piece?" 

As explained in  "Born Once Again"  , there have been major changes in my life and my husbands. I do not regret the move, other than missing the big beautiful art studio I had in Poulsbo, WA. It is just different.  "Listening" is an expression of wiping the mind, soul and thoughts clean in order to start again. Sometimes, things have to fall apart before they can begin to  grow again.  

I love the weaving of the energy of life in all the work I do. The tree is a symbol of possible growth and is in a state of being bare.  My face is in a meditative state as I listen to what is my next step in my career. As an artist, healer, coach etc. I do not give up. There is an inner drive within my heart to go deep and express my feelings. It is who I am and to deny my true self, is to deny the connection with the universe.  In the creation and the sharing of the creation, our gifts to share in the world can be expressed.

As with "Born Once Again"  this piece has an organic feel about it. It feels unfinished because the Fabric of life is never finished.  We are a collective consciousness that is continually being created because God is always in the process of creation.

Nothing ever stays the same in this process. "Everything is in Divine Order"! We just need to trust this. My hope is that maybe my message can help someone else to freely express their talents in a loving and harmonious way too. 

In deep appreciation of you in my life experience,

PS: Do you have a desire to express yourself creatively?  Do you feel scared to start or not know where to begin?  Have you stuffed your creativity down not feeling worthy of expressing yourself? Or do you have fears that other people will judge you for not being perfect? 

Would you like to clear your path to being creative and enjoying the creative process to enhance your life? 

It is my joy to help others open up to their unique creative gifts. Contact me if you would like a 20 min. free sample of what you will receive when you work on a regular basis to open up to your creativity.  catherinefoster@mac.com

Catherine Foster;

Professional Artist, Certified Master Coach, Expressive Arts Coach, AIWP Ordained Minister, Usui and Shamballa Reiki Master,  Trans-personal Coach, Soul Recognition Facilitator, Energy Healer, Sacred Space Facilitator, Visionary Energy Healer

Catherine Foster

675 Sandpiper Place

Rio Vista, CA 94571

catherinefoster@mac.com