Feel the energy!
I turned 60 last year and decided to go back to doing what I love, so I set up a room for my art studio. My seven-year-old grandson was visiting and explained how I could paint on my iPad using ArtRage. After the first try I fell in love, and I haven’t picked up a brush since.
I’ve been a shaman practitioner for over 30 years and use energy patterns to connect to my students and clients to find what blocks them from moving forward. I’m sending you a few samples of individual energy pattern paintings. Thank you for allowing me to share. Ravenwolfe Teu, via email Claire replies Thank you for sending these in, Ravenwolfe. It’s not every day I get an email from a shaman! These energy patterns are a fascinating insight into how you use art to communicate with your clients and visually explain their issues and experiences.
Mourning the forum
ImagineFX is a fantastic magazine – it’s hands down the best magazine for artists on the market. It was one of the factors that got me back into art after a very long hiatus. The second, however, were your forums.
I’m very disappointed with the recent decision to close down the forums section of ImagineFX.com. A casualty of this closure was the vibrant, helpful community made up of professional and aspiring artists from every corner of the world that contributed, critiqued and encouraged. And make no mistake about it: this was a heavy casualty. There was a sense of community that I associated with ImagineFX, which no longer exists.
The reason I visited the magazine website so often was the forums; without them, I’m afraid I have no real reason to return. The possibility of interaction is gone, the friendly banter is gone, as is the constructive advice that over the years has influenced me and helped shape my art. I’m not sure what was behind the decision, but whatever it was, it has created a void.
I know that the forums have migrated elsewhere and with them the many acquaintances I made over the past few years. I’ll go there instead of ImagineFX’s website, but now we’re an isolated community as opposed to being part of something bigger. ImagineFX remains a beautiful, shiny car, but the decision to close the forums has put an ugly dent in its side.
Antonio Fernandez, via email What I loved about ImagineFX was the focus on the art community. The forums were the biggest reason I chose to subscribe to ImagineFX magazine over other competing magazines. They gave hobbyist artists such as myself the chance to be featured in the magazine.
The community on the forums was like no other forums I’d ever seen. All of the members on the forums were dedicated to their art and magazine. But now that the forums are gone, there’s no longer anything that makes ImagineFX stand out from the rest of the magazines on the shelves.
ImagineFX needs to reconsider its readers. The forums were never advertised in the several years I was there as a member. The reason the forums failed to provide any profit to ImagineFX was at the fault of the magazine, not users. Consider ImagineFX magazine one subscriber less. Bad move.
Madi, via email
Claire replies Hello Antonio and Madi. We miss the forum too. It certainly was a great place for people to learn and share their art. The decision to close the forum wasn’t ours to make. It was out of our hands. The magazine is still going strong and my team and I work very hard to bring you the best magazine that we can each month. I do believe that what we offer is completely unlike any other digital art magazine.
The good news is that the great community you speak of still exists, just in another place. The ImagineFX forum moderators have created their own forum, so please go and join the community at
http://cgartnexus.com, where you’ll be looked after by Kaz, Volsupa and Banj. Please send them our regards.
Here’s an example of an energy pattern that Ravenwolfe has visualised using ArtRage.