4 Important Lessons That I Learned From Alex Grey and Allyson Grey

August 21, 2017 / Blog, News / 0 Comments

Alex and Allyson Grey, Zenna (age 5), Xia (age 6), Brian and Jeannine Zickafoose – Photo by Genevieve Wood

It’s a rare occasion that you get to spend an entire week hanging out and painting with your art heroes. 

    In July 2017, I had the honor and privilege to do just that when I travelled to Wappingers Falls, New York to attend the Visionary Art Painting Intensive, hosted by world renowned artists Alex and Allyson Grey at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM). I previously attended the workshop back in 2015 and it up-leveled my art business so significantly that I vowed to return as soon as physically possible, and next time bring my wife and two daughters so they might also experience the magic.
    We convened with 20 artists from around the world for the painting adventure of a lifetime. Our objective — to make substantial progress on two paintings: a self portrait and a visionary painting of our choice.

Sketchbook excerpt – Visionary Intensive Elements of Art – Brian Zickafoose

It began with a prayer to the Divine Creative Spirit.

    Typical daily activities consisted of in-depth lectures on the history of visionary art, portfolio presentations from each resident artist and multiple painting sessions. Open studio in the evenings allowed for my family and other folks to join in the fun and paint. Late night art-ing was increasingly common as the week progressed and painters dug deeper into their works.
    Nestled on a gorgeous stretch of the Hudson River Valley, CoSM was the perfect setting for an artist retreat and the lush property afforded a plethora of natural wonders to stoke the creative fires. Morning strolls on the Wisdom Trail, sunsets at the cistern and watching tiny frogs dance though rays of sunlight at the reflecting pond all made for inspiring moments.
    The Grey’s are talented artists and well studied teachers. Each participant in the course received a personal consultation with an ‘ask us anything’ approach. At the end of the course, the group critique session was filled with love and encouragement and sound advice for improvement.
    There were numerous take home points but these four notes resonated with me the most.

Group Critique Session with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey – Photo by Linzy Miggantz

1. Art IS a valid spiritual practice.

“There is no better evidence of the divine realms than a well-crafted painting by an eye witness account.” – Alex Grey
    Sacred art is one of the most ancient practices known to man. Cave paintings dated over 10,000 years ago depict “mushroom men” engaging in hunting rituals with strange beasts. From times unknown, the World’s great religious and spiritual movements have utilized art as a method for healing and expressing the divine.
    Contemporary visionary artists continue this tradition. We craft our creations with heart and mind and infuse each piece with positive intention, each brush stroke a prayer for the world. In the words of maestro Alex Grey, “People are awakening because we’re coming with the good stuff, AND it heals.”

Visionary Intensive Late Night Art Sesh

2. You are NOT alone.

“Having everyone together in one place is like a creative battery that calls in the angels.” – Alex Grey
    Nurturing a healthy creative and spiritual network can mean the difference between success and failure. The assemblage of talent at CoSM was unrivaled. Making art is usually a solitary act. Immersing oneself in an all encompassing creative environment had a remarkably transformative effect on one’s perspective. Anything seemed possible.
    Interaction with the other artists allowed for in-depth observation of the various technical approaches and the unique influences each artist brought to their work. Deep friendships were forged over lengthy painting sessions laced with banter about philosophy and the challenges of making art. There was an undeniable synergy between all of the creative bodies drawing inspiration from each other.

Entheon – Get In on the Ground Floor – Plein Air 8×10 Acrylic – Brian Zickafoose

3. Dream BIGGER!

“The inevitable consequence of love is the building of temples.”- Alex Grey
    Once upon a time, Alex and Allyson Grey were working artists operating their studio in the Chelsea District of New York City. They dreamed of uniting the international visionary art community and creating an enduring sanctuary of visionary art for all to behold.
   Years later, with the help of many friends, they purchased property in upstate NY and transformed the existing facility into a spiritual epicenter with a functioning bed and breakfast that hosts a variety of art events through the year. Their dream will come to fruition later this year when they open the doors to the epic, three-story art exhibit known as Entheon.
    Step by step, they made necessary moves to make it all happen. Two artists and a lot of love did this. As I pondered this notion, I gazed out the window of the studio classroom at the construction being done on the Entheon structure and I considered the possibility that I needed to seriously reconsider my goals. I needed to dream bigger… much, much bigger.

Zickafoose Family Art Selfie with Alex Grey in the Background

4. YOU are art.

    Having my wife, Jenny and my two young daughters, Xia and Zenna accompany me to CoSM was a dream come true for us all. My wife and I take great pride in raising creative kids and we spend most of our spare time playing music and making stuff together. My heart nearly burst with joy as I watched my children playing with paint brushes in hand, learning and interacting with world class artists.
   My wife and our daughters cherished the unique insight provided by Allyson Grey about the challenges and rewards of being a professional artist and parenting kids. We were reminded all week that the energy we invest in each other matters.
    As we packed up our gear and took our photos on the final day, Alex and Allyson expressed gratitude to my wife and I for bringing our children. They told us that by being a conscious family and by loving one another we were healing broken hearts and teaching lost souls how to love. For me that was the golden moment that validated everything; that simply focussing on loving myself and my family was the greatest expression of art that I could engage. That ultimately being a better artist meant being a better person.

Just Eat Me Already – 24×24 Inch Oil on Canvas – Work in Progress by Brian Zickafoose

It concluded with hugs and tears of joy.

    The Grey’s were gracious hosts who opened up their hearts and home and provided an enriching, family friendly learning environment. Blessed are the brethren who made the pilgrimage to the 2017 Visionary Art Painting Intensive. It was truly an honor to attend and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the community at CoSM.
 

    This program was presented with financial assistance by the West Virginia Division of History and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Check out this short movie about the Visionary Art Painting Intensive by my friend, colleague and fellow 2015 Intensive attendee, Perry Kroeger:


Zickafoose Awarded Artist Professional Development Grant

July 7, 2017 / News / 0 Comments

For Immediate Release
Fayetteville, WV

West Virginia artist, Brian Zickafoose has been awarded the Professional Development Grant to attend the Visionary Art Painting Intensive with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. The Visionary Art Painting Intensive will take place from July 16-22, 2017 at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) in Wappingers Falls, NY.

The annual workshop – attended by accomplished painters from all over the world – is a hands on training course that will provide an in depth study into visionary painting, as presented by world-renowned visionary artists, Alex and Allyson Grey.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission for the Arts.


World Video Premier: Owl Family Self-Portrait

November 24, 2016 / Blog, Multimedia, News, Portfolio / 0 Comments

Owl Family Self-Portrait – A Movie by Brian Zickafoose

Whooo loves to paint? Apparently owls do. Watch as a family of screech owls play and paint the afternoon away at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. Please subscribe to my channel and share if you enjoyed this feature presentation. The links for purchasing prints are below. Thank you for watching.

Movie based on
The Keeper of Twilight : Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
by West Virginia visionary artist, Brian C. Zickafoose.
36″ x 24″ inch Acrylic and Oil on Canvas / Completed 2016 / 200+ Hours in Production

Video Credits
Produced by The Green Touch Group, LLC
Video Production: Brian Zickafoose
Camera / Management: Jeannine Zickafoose
Starring: Xia Yasmine Zickafose and Zenna Yvonne Zickafoose
Filmed Entirely Using GoPro Hero Action Cameras
Audio Author: R1Studio
Track Title: Upbeat Funk
Licensed Through: Envato Network
Painting Imaged by: The Highland Studio – Cold Spring, NY


Candy to the Core :: Painting + Prints

November 17, 2016 / News, Paintings, Portfolio / 0 Comments


Candy to the Core
36″ x 36″ x 2″ – Original Acrylic on Canvas
Brian Christopher Zickafoose © 2016
Approximately 200+ Hours in Production

About the Artwork
Here we have the second installment in the Flight of Fancy Series by visionary artist, Brian C. Zickafoose. Our friend Fancy is suspended inside a torus shaped subatomic chamber as photon beams stream past in blinding speeds. The static of uncertainty dispatches on bulbous monitor screens across the walls of the chamber as we turn the corner ever faster. “Do you see?” –  asks Fancy in a feverish whisper. Limited edition paper and canvas prints are available.


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner – Zickafoose takes two Gold ADDY’s FTW

February 23, 2015 / Blog, News / 0 Comments

For Immediate Release
February 23, 2015
Fayetteville, WV – Local artist Brian C. Zickafoose was presented with two Gold American Advertising Awards at the regional gala held on Friday, February 20 at the West Virginia Cultural Center at the Capitol Complex in Charleston.
Zickafoose scored top honors in the Illustration category for his ice dragon illustration for California-based disc golf industry provider, INNOVA Discs.
Zickafoose also took home a trophy in the Advertising Industry Self Promotion category for his Tarot themed business card.
“I was thrilled to represent for the Fayetteville scene and for independent creative professionals in general because these competitions are usually dominated by the big name agencies”, said Zickafoose.

Gallery :: Adventures at CoSM August 2014

August 18, 2014 / Blog, News / 0 Comments

We ventured north to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, NY over the weekend of August 9-10 for the Annual CoSM Members BBQ, Full Moon Celebration and Lightbody Art Church with our hosts, world-renowned visionary artists, Alex and Allyson Grey. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment.


Artist Signing with Brian C. Zickafoose – Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Ripple in Roanoke Virginia

Raffle to win a signed, matted and framed Octopus Den print at the upcoming art show and signing on Saturday, June 14 at Ripple in Roanoke, VA!
The Art of Brian C. Zickafoose Show and Signing at Ripple in Downtown Roanoke, VA

Saturday, June 14 Noon – 5:00PM

Ripple in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia will be hosting an art show and signing with visionary artist, Brian C. Zickafoose, featuring recent works from his Neptune’s Garden Underwater Series, including framed and matted reproductions, greeting cards, disc golf discs, lapel pins and other collectibles. The free event will have several door prizes, and there will also be a raffle for a signed and framed Octopus Den print from the artist.

Zickafoose, a long time resident of Roanoke, recently relocated his studio to the hills of West Virginia. His work has received national accolades, recently awarded an American Advertising Award for excellence in illustration. His work straddles the line between digital and traditional mediums. Reoccurring themes in his work include, transcendental spirituality, cosmic consciousness, ancient symbolism, sacred geometry, fantasy realms, crystals, birds and other mythical creatures. His work has been published in High Times and Relix Magazine, and he has created poster art for numerous bands and festivals, including 311, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, the Kottonmouth Kings, Floydfest, the Boston Freedom Rally and the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival. He recently partnered with INNOVA Disc Golf in launching their new line of full color golf discs imprinted with his “Fire & Ice” dragon artwork.

Ripple is a counter-culture bazaar, hippie general store and psychedelic boutique, located on the Historic City Market in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Ripple features a revolving selection of local artists, and regularly hosts meet and greets with bands and artists from all over the country.

Short Block of Information
What: Art Show and Signing with Artist Brian C. Zickafoose
When: June 14, 2014 from Noon to 5:00pm
Where: Ripple – 112 Market St. Downtown Roanoke – 540.492.9878
Tickets: This is a FREE Event
Info: View and RSVP to the official event page on Facebook.

Pictured: Neptune’s Garden :: Octopus’ Den – We will be raffling a signed, matted and framed version of this print. Actual print not pictured.


Shop: Infinite Appetite Lapel Pin & Sticker Combo!

April 14, 2014 / Blog, News / 0 Comments

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Infinite Appetite Pins are here! Pimp your hat with an Infinite Appetite die-cast hard enamel pin. These high quality pins are produced for the serious collector and feature deluxe metal clutches to keep your precious pin in place. We are only producing a single pressing of 100 of these beautiful pins, so get yours while they last. Each order comes with a water proof vinyl Infinite Appetite sticker.

As always, you get FREE shipping in the continental US with this offer.

Product Description

– Infinite Appetite 2″ x 1.75″ Die-Cast Hard Enamel, Four-Color Lapel Pin with Double Nails and Deluxe Metal Clutches

– Infinite Appetite 3″ x 3″ Die Cut Vinyl, Full-Color, Water Proof Sticker

Wholesale inquiries are welcome.

Shop now!


GIVEAWAY :: Fire & Ice Dragon :: INNcolor Discs by INNOVA Discs

April 4, 2014 / Blog, News / 0 Comments

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The brand spanking new Fire & Ice Dragon INNcolor Disc Golf line from INNOVA Discs are here! Pimp your disc bag with one of these beautiful edge to edge, full color imprinted discs featuring the art of Brian C. Zickafoose.

The Fire & Ice Dragon was one of four initial designs chosen to roll out INNOVA’s new INNcolor Disc Golf 2014 line and will be available in various weights at authorized INNOVA Disc retail outlets very soon.

Good news is, you don’t have to wait – we’re giving one away!!

Disc Giveaway Contest Rules
Receive a single entry by completing one of the following steps:

1. Sign up for the BrianZickafoose.com email newsletter here. <–
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Receive additional entries when you complete both steps. Tip: when filling out the email sign up form, be sure to include your mailing address so we have somewhere to send the prize. Don’t worry we’ll notify you by email first if you win.

As a snail mail subscriber, you will be privy to great perks like the many freebie mailings that we do for the holidays and throughout the year.

Contest ends at 4:20PM on Friday, May 2, 2014. We value your trust and privacy and will not sell or release your information to ANYONE. 

Thanks for entering, best of luck!


2014 :: All Things re::Born

March 15, 2014 / Blog, News / 0 Comments

Another season changes, winter unwillingly withers away and spring breathes life anew. With all things considered, times have never been better than right now. Truly a blessing, indeed.

With an explosion of new technology, we learn and live to experience new things in our lives every day at a much faster pace than we have ever considered possible as a species. Information is consumed in mind bending heaps at dizzying speeds.

Whether or not we are able to maintain relevancy in this modern age, depends on our ability to embrace change and move forward.

In that spirit, we are proud to launch the new BrianZickafoose.com brand and logo, a spanking new web site and a crazy awesome new product shop chocked with new goodies for the grabbing. I’ve literally poured myself and my resources into this project over the last few months and we are glad to finally have it go live.

Feel free to browse around and check out the new site layout, and if you can please stop in my shop and help support us as we continually strive to offer new products and collectibles in the very near future. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at: zickafoose.art@gmail.com

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check us out. Much love and light – BZ

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