Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gyrotonics and Kirtan Yoga

During the past two weeks I was given the opportunity to experience two very different experiences of Zakar Art. The first was a result of painting during the Zumba fundraising event benefiting The Butterfly Project. At the benefit I met Dorian, a wonderful energetic woman who is opening a center for Gyrotonic Exercise in Flemington, NJ. She asked me to visit her studio and paint her clients working out on the Gyrotonic equipment. The second experience was painting during a Kirtan Yoga session at Easton Yoga in Easton, PA. The Wild Lotus Band, based in New Orleans returned to Easton Yoga, offering us an incredible opportunity to experience the energy and balance of their rhythms and vocal chants.

What continues to delight, amuse and amaze me is the different strokes and flows that come out of me with different music, movement, people and environment. I was like a newborn heading into the Gyrotonic experience. How would I incorporate a machine with a body and be happy with the balance of the flow? How little I trust my instincts and the thirty odd years that I have held a brush in my hand. How little I trust the forty three years of meditating. Perhaps I will learn to trust that it will pour out of me as long as let the energy of others pour into me.

Thank you, Dorian. Thank you Sean and the Wild Lotus Band. What a privilege to have been asked to paint to your dedicated energy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


On Friday evening I was introduced to the world of ZUMBA, a fabulous combination of aerobic exercise, Latin dance, Belly Dancing and simply letting it all shake, rattle and roll to inspiring rhythmic music. The event was a fund raiser for The Butterfly Project. A portion of all sales of the paintings done that evening will be contributed to the Children's Cancer Research Fund. The paintings may be viewed and purchased at www.chriscarterart.etsy.com.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Butterfly Project

Painted during The Butterfly Performance at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on June 6th, 2009. The performance was sponsored by New Jersey Arts Collaborative in association with Children's Cancer Research Fund.

"Praying Mantis"
Music by Kevin Fernandez
Choreographer: Meagan Woods
Dancers: Meagan Woods and Nicholas Ruiz

Link to Etsy Store featuring the complete collection of June 6, 2009 Butterfly Project Paintings

Monday, May 25, 2009

Padmasana Yoga Art

Padmasana Yoga Posture
Watercolor and Pencil on Bristol Board
Painted during Sunday morning Ashtanga class at Easton Yoga, Easton, PA
Link to listing on Etsy.com: Chris Carter's Etsy Store - Padmasana

Monday, May 18, 2009

Belly Dancer at Easton Yoga Hafla No.4

Link to listing on Etsy.com: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25241629

More of the paintings from the May 16th Hafla will be posted soon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Back to Posting

I'm back.

I am adding new pieces to my Etsy store, both yoga art and dance art.

After an inspiring trip up the Rhone River in France, I am returning to a better balance of "live" painting and studio painting.

Link to Etsy Store - ChrisCarterArt.Etsy.com