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Its been a minute since I’ve last written a post. Life has a way of coming at you from all directions. But I wanted to let you all in on what I have been working on. A few years ago I started creating these wonderful intuitive mixed media paintings, not quite knowing where they would lead. I am a strong proponent of listening to spirit, if I don’t, it tends to get quite loud until I do.

The paintings are quite special as I don’t plan what I am going to create. I just listen to spirit and step out of the way. The pieces begin with a message, words of encouragement or prayer. They are then sprayed with essential oils to bless them and allow the images/messages to come through. When I begin to paint its as if I am in a state of meditation. Its with ease that they are created and I am always pleasantly shocked at the end to see the beauty of what has emerged.

Process of the painting; Board with blessing, the beginnings of the backgrounds using paint & papers, the image as it begins to emerge

A glimpse at the mixed media painting of Medicine Woman in process

About 3 years ago I began to feel the nudge as to what direction these special pieces were heading. They would eventually become an oracle deck. Whats an oracle deck you ask? Oracle decks have been around for hundreds of years, some believe that they evolved out of the original tarot decks. The first oracle card deck is believed to have been created by Marie Anne Adelaide (Madame Lenormand). Oracle cards can be used in a similar ways; as divination tools for spirit and guidance. Unlike its predecessor, Oracle cards do not have set rules like in Tarot of arcana, suits, court or pip cards, an Oracle Deck doesn’t hold by any rules. It may contain images, words or messages, something to speak to the reader.

Jessica’s deck with magical animal paintings

My artist friend, Jessica Swift, created a deck with her animal paintings, during the same time I was painting mine, its called “Animal Allies”, she lets the animal spirit world guide us with her beautiful deck. I was so glad to be on that journey with her, I was able to learn a lot.

In January I heard spirit whisper, that is was time to begin to prepare for the birth of the deck out into the world. Wouldn’t you know I had created enough paintings to assemble a deck. Instead of sitting at my paint table and listening to spirit, now I sat at my computer and researched printers, designed the deck and prepped the files. It was a beautiful thing to watch. I don’t know about you, but when I step out of the way and let the universe take over, things tend to run smoother.

Speaking of the universe, it has a funny way of letting you know when you are on the right path. While in the process of beginning to assemble the deck, I came across a book by Tosha Silver titled “Its Not Your Money”. I love to let books that I need to read, come to me when I need them and this one did precisely that. Its about getting out of your own way around abundance. A few days after I began to read  this profound book, I was working on the deck, looking at a set of orcacle cards I use with art by another artist friend, Katie Daisy, titled “The Wild Offering Oracle”. I had seen something I hadn’t noticed before. To my surprise the deck was created by Tosha Silver, yes the same author of the book I had begun reading. The empowering deck is kind of like a companion to the book. I sent Tosha a message telling her the story of the book, her cards and mine and she told me how much she loved it. Talk about kismet.

“It’s Not your Money” book by Tosha Silver, the Oracle Deck by Tosha and Katie Daisy

When the deck is completed and I’m ready to release, the deck will be title “Soul Whisper Oracle Cards”. As of now it will be a 52 card deck, with an image of a painting, title and a few words to guide the reader with their thoughts and journey. I may do a Kickstarter campaign to produce the cards and I will announce that as the production of the deck gets underway.


Mock up of how the deck will appear

In the meantime listen to the universe it has a way of speaking to you that in this noisy world, unless you quiet yourself, you might not hear. Its kind of scary to begin to birth the deck out into the wild, I’m hoping my labor of love will speak to others, from my soul to your soul, may it whisper. Keep listening.

For more info on Tosha Silver, her book and deck go to her website at: https://toshasilver.com/

To order a set of Jessica Swift’s beautiful deck go here: https://www.jessicaswift.com/shop/oracle-cards/animal-allies-oracle-cards/





I am always on the look out for ways to promote my art and my business, so you can imagine how excited I was to come across Society 6, an online store front for creatives. This weekend I managed to carved out a little time from my crazy days lately and spent a few hours getting to know the site, preparing my files and uploading the pieces. By the end of the day I was able to create somethings that I feel speaks to the type of art work I love to do as well as my passions in life.


Framed piece at Society 6

Funny thing is I am usually pretty aware of opportunities, trying always to keep my antennas up for new ones. But I must have had my head in the sand with this one because when I mentioned my new discovery to my 17 year old daughter, she gave me that look only a teenager could do and said “Mom I’ve been using that for a while.” Of course I asked her why she didn’t tell me about it, to only be meet with the rolled eyes and the dreaded shoulder shrug that all teens have managed to perfect.



Technology, tanks and totes

The site allows people to order everything from straight prints to framed artwork, as well as cases for all today’s technology gadgets. T-shirts, tanks, hoodies and tote bags, but my favorite item they can create are pillows. Now I walk through my home not  looking at the walls, but now my couch has become a new place to hang my artwork. I must admit when I found my new obsession I kept having visions of some HGTV star stumbling across my pillows and using them in their next design redo on cable.


Artwork pillows, my couch’s new best friends


Just when I thought I was getting stagnate and looking for a fresh idea, the universe showed me one. But honestly I think the biggest lesson here is the heck with my antennas, I’m just gonna stalk my daughter’s trends. If you would like to see my work at Society 6  please visit the site at http://society6.com/GracefullArtsbyPamHamilton. Maybe you too can hang work on your couch. Enjoy!


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