Thursday, September 17, 2009

Artist Statement

Laura Murphy For over ten years Laura has been consciously creating, professionally exhibiting and selling her work in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. She has experience in collaborative work with adults, children, and with outdoor and indoor murals. Her artistic goals include creating beauty while being of service, sharing ideas and inspiration, facilitating a safe studio for healing and growth, and participating in creative communities. Laura has shown her work at:

SOBO Gallery, Tulsa Oklahoma, 1999
Shoestring Gallery. Prescott, Arizona, 2001
Gold Award Recipient, Tulsa Community College, 2002
Art show curator and participant, Living Arts of Tulsa 2004
Brainwash, San Francisco, California, 2006
Sabor Y Cultura, Los Angles, California, 2008
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Los Angles, California, 2009
Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic Silent Auction Benefit
Day Dream Republic, Los Angeles, California, 2009
Psychobabble, Los Angeles, California, 2010

Laura’s work is generally abstract and often expresses sacred geometry, figurative studies and interpretations of human anatomy, relationships, animal symbols, prayers and positive affirmations. Through these expressions she sets intentions for her life and the world. Working from a mixed media approach, incorporating collage and found objects, three dimensional designs, painting and more allows her the creative space she needs to convey messages of world peace, appreciation of Mother Nature, discovery of authenticity and self worth, idealism and spirituality.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Divine Paradox"

My very newest piece, finished last night, 9/13/09 is a mobile made of found objects from Nature in my neighborhood and Griffith Park. I have incorporated seed pods painted with affirmations written on them and the Smudge Sticks are a bundled variety of sage plants from Ojai, CA.

"A Visit By An Ancient One"

This is one of my newest pieces, finished 9/1/09. It is an image of an ancient Hindu God called Ganesha. Ganesha is known as the God of fire, success, knowledge, wealth, wisdom, and as the destroyer of obstacles, all evils, vanity, selfishness. He shines the light and forges the way on the eternal path for humanity.
I am honored he came through the creative ether's to be in this painting, as I did not plan to paint him. I am reminded again and again that as the artist I am a channel for a creative entity to birth through. It is a humbling and beautiful experience in which I am very grateful to participate in.
I knew very little, and still do, about Ganesha but what I have learned affirms that I am on my journey moving through obstacles of all kinds, trying to be humble, to open up to learning new things, to give and receive compassion, and to invite success into my life. When I am ready to learn, to move to the next level, the teachers I need always appear. Thank you Ganesha for appearing in my art.
"How joyful to look upon the Awakened and to keep company with the wise.
Follow the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear. But if you cannot find friend or master to go with you, travel on a king who has given away his Kingdom, like an elephant in the forest."
From the Dhammapada
Sayings of the Buddha

Friday, August 14, 2009

Please Check Out My Web Site

Not you Average Art Class!!!

Conscious Creativity:
Inspiring Art Classes where the Studio Comes to You
Instructor: Laura Murphy

Sessions begin with five minutes of simple Yoga stretches, five minutes of meditation, and five to ten minutes of journal writing and reflection. Music making is optional.

Six work-shops available:
Acrylic Painting from Emotion: painting emotions, experiences, memories, dreams, and developing expressive symbols on paper and canvas
Life, Perspective Experimentation and Abstract Drawing: still life, copying photographs, and drawing from imagination with graphite, charcoal, oil and chalk pastels on paper
Collage, Textiles, and Mobiles: transfer techniques using cut-outs from magazines, photos, sketches, textiles, and 3-D objects on wood board; mobiles will be made with found natural treasures and other materials
Mixed Media Approach: an expressive, adventurous mixture of materials from all workshops
Murals: designing and painting indoor or outdoor murals
Goddess Adoration: a special spin on creativity and expression through body temple adornment and sensation. This work shop is relaxing, healing, unifying, includes a creative project and is perfect for female rights of passages and other special occasions.

Class Fees: $35 per person, per class, and the fifth person is free. This is a base fee and includes all materials and light refreshments. Extra supplies costs, extended classes, and travel expenses beyond the LA Metro area will be added. Murals are $105.00 per person for nine hours of instruction (this price is equal to a regular three week class).
An hourly fee of $30.00 will be added if project exceeds nine hours.

Introduction to Conscious Creating with Laura: 1- three hour session
Regular Class: 3 – three hour sessions for three weeks

Recommended group size is 4-5 or more. I teach children, youth, adults, senior citizens, families, and at home schools, after school programs, recreation centers, senior citizen assisted living homes, and more.

Creative References:
Chris Torres (323)241-2181
Jamie Stokes (808)982-8891
Dodie McGere (503)550-5767
Rashaan Cruzé

Contact Laura:
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Seed Pod Mobiles...Let Peace Begin With Me

This is my World Peace project...ambitious, not really, just conscious creativity. I paint and write messages on these natural treasures and give them to others to spread love and joy one pod at a time. This really works to improve my life as well, for my personal wealth grows as I am able to share what I have with others. I encourage others to utilize this idea or any variation of it because there is an abundance of free supplies out there falling from the trees and they make lovely, unique gifts. The people I give the pods to read the message and feel good. I am told often that they are sitting on a desk or shelf to be seen over and over and the pods serve as a reminder to value love, self, the Earth, and more. That can make a difference in some one's life. The smallest bit of love and kindness plants a seed that has the ability to turn into a beautiful garden, field, grove, and even forest over time.
The seed pods in the circle are from a Jacaranda tree and the others I am not sure, but they're all over my neighborhood! This piece is a mobile I made for my friend's was especially made for a very special person.