The Rivergoddess emerges


Right out of the gorgeous, sunny, cold Washougal River.

It was a weekend of firsts. My first out of town commission, my first round painting, my first onsite job… It was supposed to be a mural, but Heather had already painted the green mountains and purple skies(I just added the snowcaps) and we decided stripping and sanding wasn’t going to fly, so happily, the idea of a circular canvas popped up.

Such a cool format! I love it, love it, love it! The perfect frame for a goddess. There will be many, many more now that I’ve jumped outside that little box-whassup with all the squares and rectangles anyway?


I wanted her to be doing something musical, since Heather is such an amazingly musical woman and she just happened to have the perfect instrument.


It’s a drone, a shruti box. Makes a lovely accompaniment to a song, or chanting, as I found the next morning when Heather urged me to try it(upon overhearing my green Tara mantras). So fun-I’ll have to get Sam one. He’d LOVE it!


Voila! The Shruti Goddess was born.

Thanks so very much, Heather and Dave, for the awesome hospitality of your welcoming, inspiring home, Heather, for birthing this whole wonderful creative endeavor, Josh fer the ride an’ the excellent roadtrip companionship, my rythm section…


…for the magnificient painting ambience and, my gratitude also to the sparkling river, the biting wind, the brilliant sun, the hot tea that sustained me, and the great horned owl who kept me company in Danni’s Princess bed by WHOOing all night long whilst I snuggled down under the plush, green, velvety covers.


I love my freaky friends!

6 Responses to “The Rivergoddess emerges”

  1. Jenny Says:

    I meant to post a comment when I first saw this… that is absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE the round canvas! You captured a fantastic serenity and strength in this piece.

  2. Zan Says:

    That’s a lovely compliment, thank you!

    It was pretty inspired. Heather’s house is an amazing place, full of beautiful musical instruments and energy and the Washougal is such a powerful river… The painting came easy.

    I’m really excited to do more round paintings-it’s so perfect for goddesses!

  3. Jenny Says:

    Ooh… Maybe you can do a round painting of a round goddess next time! ;-)

  4. Zan Says:

    sounds good-maybe Tawaret, the hippo goddess…


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