GAIA ORION

Art for a peaceful and flourishing world

One Of My Paintings… Lost And (Not) Found

One Of My Paintings… Lost And (Not) Found

I was on my way back from Hungary where I exhibited my art at the Integral European Conference. I had been travelling from early in the morning with a heavy suitcase, a backpack and my rolled painting in hand. Every time I got out of the taxi, sat down at the airport café, boarded in the plane, etc… all day I checked and doubled checked that all three items were with me at every move....

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Creation of the painting Integral Map 1.0

Creation of the painting Integral Map 1.0

I have to admit that it took me a long time to grasp the full scope of Integral theory (and I am still working on it!). It is primarily  a comprehensive map of a complex whole while being beautifully simple and elegant. Many of my themes already explored the stages of one’s life in a spiral motion so when I came across the integral world it felt only natural to tackle the ambitious task of...

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Article in the Reiki News magazine

Article in the Reiki News magazine

Exactly 10 years ago I was officially starting my art career and one of my first emails was in reaching out to William Lee Rand to possibly illustrate the Reiki News.  It was really joyful when I received a positive response and my regular contribution to the magazine started. At this point of my life my acquaintance with Reiki was not extensive. I had just taken a level 1 course and I...

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From Visionary Art To Integral Art

From Visionary Art To Integral Art

One of the first articles I wrote on my blog was entitled ‘Finding my family in the art world’. In 10 years working full time on my art I have realized now that visionary art in the art world is still avant-garde and is not well represented in galleries or museums around the globe. We do have our own movement and prestigious exhibitions are hosted by various curators and visionary...

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He Awakens and She Awakens

He Awakens and She Awakens

My two oil paintings She Awakens and He Awakens are sold! I am especially happy because they were created to be together and a collector in France saw that!   I would like to share a few photos that shows the evolution of these paintings as I created them. He Awakens started as a small ink pen drawing, my main idea was to have an eye and the cosmos with a multiplication and fractal feeling....

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Yoga and Art Retreat In France : FAQ

Yoga and Art Retreat In France : FAQ

  Also check out the fb event! When is the retreat? We are hosting 2  5-day retreats in May 2016: The first one from May 10th to May 15th will be in English. The second one in French is from May 17th to May 22nd. If you wish to be  immersed in French culture and even its language, then sign up for this one! Where is it in France? In Saint Savinien which is a small touristic village in the...

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Interview with art critic Edith Lassiat, Montreal, October 2015

Interview with art critic Edith Lassiat, Montreal, October 2015

In this interview (in French with English subtitles) artist Gaia Orion talks about her understanding of the word spirituality and how it ties into all the themes of artwork, her art being a visual for the creation of a new conscious world. For more information about Edith Lassiat go to...

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My connection to the word “spirituality”

My connection to the word “spirituality”

As I am writing this article I am immersed in what I feel is the  most spiritual place: nature. I am camping on a point, on a lake among the spectacular colours of autumn in Ontario, Canada. Last time my husband went to this spot, I love what he said when he came back: “Gaia, I feel like I have been on a meditation retreat, but this is not it; It is when we meditate that we feel  like it...

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Is It Heartbreaking To Sell An Original Painting

Is It Heartbreaking To Sell An Original Painting

Before I was an artist I always assumed that letting go of a piece of art would be heartbreaking for the creator. I was surprised that for myself it wasn’t so. I remember the first piece of art I ever sold. I exhibited 6 of my ‘funky mushrooms paintings’ at a little private art event and sold one of them. I was ecstatic! I even woke my parents up in the middle of their night...

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Facebook is a great tool for artists – PART 2: Tips and tricks I have learned

Facebook is a great tool for artists – PART 2: Tips and tricks I have learned

When I started using facebook I quickly realized that my effort and time spent on facebook was not rewarding and effective. I paid a local marketing expert that specializes in social media to teach me individually about all the tricks of the trade (her name is Lynn Martin from Mark Us Marketing) . We ended up spending 5 hours together and she taught me how to bring my client database into...

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Article on Artsy Shark, U.S.A.

Article on Artsy Shark, U.S.A.

I have been painting and presenting my work professionally to the world for 10 years now and I am just starting to really understand who I am and what my art is trying to convey. I feel my life journey and artistic career are an example of what ‘living your dream’ could mean. At a personal level, I have let go of the regular routine job life, I have been home with both my husband and...

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The power and potential of facebook: A great tool for artists

The power and potential of facebook: A great tool for artists

There are a two blogs on art marketing that I really like to follow. 1. The Artrepreneur by Renee Phillips. She is the director of from Manhattan Arts International and The Healing Power of Art. Her e-book “How To Create Successful Art Events ” is a very important reference that I have been using for developping my art career. 2. Jason Horejs is the director of Xanadu gallery in...

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Why I Turned Down A Louvre Exhibition

Why I Turned Down A Louvre Exhibition

Sometimes seemingly good opportunities can be guaranteed disappointment in disguise. I first heard about this Louvre exhibition because a local artist was invited by an agent to Paris with her art. She is a very talented artist that paints in the style of the old masters and I thought that her art was a great fit for the Louvre. I never thought for a second that my art could be considered for...

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I am an artist and my husband is not a dentist

I am an artist and my husband is not a dentist

I am shocked at how often I am asked “what does your husband do?” It’s like they think even though I am very serious and ambitious with my art, this couldn’t be the whole deal. They are obviously thinking that someone is supporting my expensive hobby. Well, breaking news: No one is! As a matter of fact my husband is an artist too (a crafter, poet and musician). We support...

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TV Interview on Art Happens, May 2015

TV Interview on Art Happens, May 2015

Interview on Soundcloud : A highlight of Art Happens interview where Gaia talks about her life as an artist. Art Happens Interview: This short interview gives a great overview of Gaia’s art process and life journey. May...

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Before I am an artist: I am a mom. My view on  managing our creative impulses with the demands of being a parent.

Before I am an artist: I am a mom. My view on  managing our creative impulses with the demands of being a parent.

This year me being a mom is going through a transition. My son Tao will be turning 18 and will leave the house to travel and study. When kids come into our lives, the first lesson we are taught is to “be at service”. We may plan to sleep in, watch a movie, read a book, start painting, talk on the phone with a friend… but let’s face it, for many years parents simply...

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Life is miraculous :The synchronicities around my new painting Weaving Her Journey

Life is miraculous :The synchronicities around my new painting Weaving Her Journey

I’ve enjoyed immensely working with many of my clients and over time some have even become good friends. Sarah O’Rourke from Sacred Change is one of them. Together we have co-created three paintings. When Sarah contacted me with her idea for our last project it came at a perfect time in my creative process. In 2009 I had created Our Journey, a painting describing man’s journey...

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From little sketches to gallery walls… and dreaming big!

From little sketches to gallery walls… and dreaming big!

Ten years ago my art was just little sketches on restaurant napkins and pieces of scrap paper. What does it take to transform ideas into a big dream? First I had to think to myself that it could be possible. I meet many talented artists that show me their sketch book, and I often tell them ‘see this one if you made it in big on a canvas it would look amazing’. That’s basically...

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