A Note About the Collaboration
Q: What do you get when you cross a Gemini with an Aquarius?
A: A unique, playful, and whimsical Oracle Deck.”
Photo by Heather Arielle
Thom Cummins and I have known each other for quite some time, and our relationship has always been a dynamic and supportive one.
In astrological terms, our Suns (Aquarius and Gemini) form a 120 degree aspect known as a trine. When trines form between two people, a gift is theirs for the taking. But as I like to say, “Just don’t forget to open it.” Well, guess what, I forgot to do just that! I forgot to follow through with one of my most basic tenets.
So although Thom and I share a rich and meaningful history, we never truly manifested the trine—the gift between us—until now with this magical collaboration.
Trines are harmonious aspects because they connect energies that are in the same element. Aquarius and Gemini are both Air signs. As Air signs, Thom and I are verbal, social, and intellectually curious. We delight in exploring and developing ideas through endless discussion and debate.
Our Moon signs oppose one another, Thom’s in Sagittarius and mine in Gemini (like my Sun). Gemini and Sagittarius are playful, whimsical signs and complete one another in the traditional yin and yang way.
Both of these signs honor freedom, and that’s one thing we gave generously to each other. I never interfered or dictated what Thom would paint; and in return, he gave me free reign to put into words my responses to his paintings. By allowing each of us the freedom to contribute our individual talents, we were able to create an inspired work that represents a true blend of our talents and energies.
I thank Thom for manifesting the trine and opening this beautiful gift with me. I hope you enjoy our unique, innovative, and dynamic creation. In the words of the artist Thom Cummins, “Have fun and dance every day.” We certainly did while creating this!
Photo by Aleanna Collins
Heather Arielle is the founder and CEO of Arielle’s Astrology. She offers Astrology Readings, Astrology Counseling, and Astrology Classes and Workshops. Her readings focus on personal, practical, and powerful ways astrology can improve your daily life.
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Heather Arielle is also a Drama Desk-nominated and published playwright. Her plays have been performed at numerous theaters across the country, as well as abroad.
In addition to her playwriting, astrological readings, and presentations, Heather Arielle teaches songwriting for Lincoln Center Theater and is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop. She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University, where she was a Presidential Scholar. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, she was the recipient of two Hopwood Drama Awards.
Artist Statement by Thom Cummins
Photo by Hiromi Cummins
Many people seek the known and take comfort in a favorite color or style; some even like to match their art to their decor. I take great comfort in shapes, lines, colors, and designs that don’t match but still somehow seem to fit together. It means there is a connection among the elements and an environment of order in disorder. Art is a place not only of comfort and control, but also passion, energy, and chaos. A sense of order in disorder, in whatever form it takes, helps me understand the unpredictability and lurking chaos of reality.
My work is a representation of the different forms this order/disorder takes. Beauty and ugliness are everywhere at the same time. Feelings are visible and hidden at the same time. I paint ordinary people and domestic settings as the common denominator in creating an interpersonal environment.
Converting reality into a system of colors, lines, shapes, forms, and opinions is a way of questioning our senses, attitudes, fears, and unwritten/written rules which have formed our behavior within and toward our biased reality. When the vision is clear, then the passion is there and the energy follows.
I like it when a home or art studio has been around long enough so that there is a kind of tension between the way it was originally created to look and the way it looks now, as well as a tension between the way it looks to whoever is living/working there and the way it looks to me. I always loved the life I thought I had rather than the life I really had.
I observe and celebrate the human, the marks we make on our environment. I treasure the free spirit, the self-created, the eccentric, the whimsical, and the ordinary, whatever is made out of creativity and love. I respect what people have built for themselves and what I can build. I can find the beauty in some battered old table or a living area cluttered with books, art, crafts, and other items with personal meaning. I think in terms of human-scale.
I believe the only way to be happy is to be content with and accept who I am and what I can create for myself. I don’t look for a beautiful or perfect place or person. I try to create the most beautiful place on my own terms. If nothing else, it’s a an artistic statement: we laugh, we cry, we are sad, we are bored, we desire material things, we scream, we flirt, we fight, we love; and art should say all of these things without the artist having to speak a word.
I use traditional materials, oils and watercolors on canvas and cotton paper, to capture moments in life. I spend hours thinking about and planning each painting. I visualize an image, and then I close my eyes and imagine it in different colors and designs. I then begin with rapid brush strokes to try to find the passion of the moment and make the image sing. Everything is captured in a preplanned but highly spontaneous dance and movement of the brush.
There is no going back and correcting when painting with watercolors. Oils, on the other hand, allow for endless editing and depth. I much prefer the energy of watercolors to the editing in oils. I believe in close observation and engagement with my subject. I study the subject until I feel that I am getting beyond my preconceived opinions and prejudices.
The challenge in art is to see beneath the surface and beyond the obvious to capture the unique subject for who or what it really is. Some subjects are quite beautiful on the surface, others less so. Until I get beyond that first impression, I cannot see if there is real beauty there. Real beauty, to me, is found in kindness, caring, self-awareness, self-esteem, love of life, and all that lies just beyond physical beauty.
My goal in art is to look more carefully at the world around me and to discover beauty in unusual or hidden places and in unconventional or unique individuals. The most important thing to me about art is how it requires me to really look below the surface in order to find the true nature of my subject.