Carrie MaKenna

Anam Cara Studio & Gallery, Denver Colorado

Project Campaign for
The Flower Guide: Messages from the Flower Kingdom

by Carrie MaKenna

     Here's more information than you'd ever want about The Flower Guide and this Project Campaign. This project is ongoing. We are seeking at least $20,000 in pledges in order to complete it for an exhibition in May of 2017.

THIS IS NOT A DONATION!
YOU CHOOSE REWARDS LIKE NOTECARDS, PRINTS,
JEWELRY, AND ORIGINAL ART FOR PARTICIPATING.
Click Here to get to the Flower Guide Pledge Page
to see the rewards.
Thanks so much for your interest and support.

READ ON FOR MORE INFO AND DETAILS ABOUT THE PROJECT.
AND CHECK OUT THE SHORT VIDEO TO THE RIGHT.


So, What’s It All About? 

I'm creating 78 paintings and writing intuitive messages gained from the Flower Kingdom
to show as an exhibit called The Flower Guide.

The Flower Guide is both a visual and spiritual guide to the major flowers of the world. The flower kingdom is presented through 78 vibrant and dynamically painted portraits of individual flowers. The Flower Guide project provides practical wisdom and spiritual insights from the flowers along with exercises and affirmations for integrating the flowers’ guidance into one's daily life.

How Did This All Got Started?
     It was a call from the flower kingdom itself that started it all. My direction in fine art had moved toward illustrating the soul images of people and of universal energies – literally the internal invisible information within a person or energy system.

     At the same time, in my Native American studies I was doing a particular type of meditation process called a plant blend. This involved doing specific preparations with a particular plant and then sitting in a prolonged meditation. The result was to strive to blend with the plant and actually feel what it is like to be that plant thereby gaining insight into its life experience and what it has to teach.

     In 1999 the flower kingdom began nudging me to sit with them and allow them to share their wisdom for the benefit of human kind. I kept pushing the request aside feeling that I had no business doing that level of work on the intuitive plane. I felt I was unqualified in so many ways. I had no formal training in botany, herbalism or gardening. In addition, I felt I didn't have the skills to accurately or consistently hear what the flowers might say on the intuitive level. In short, I didn't believe I could do it.

     The flowers didn't give up. I kept getting the call. In November of 1999 I met with a friend who I felt had all the qualifications I thought I didn't have and we sat with a live Pansy. We both asked the same question and both got very similar images and answers. "Hmm," I thought, "maybe I can do this." After we had worked with a couple more flowers I felt I could indeed answer the call.

     The approach that seems to work best is to sit with a live, growing flower and sketch it first. This is a way of honoring it and letting it know I am paying full attention to it. Then I ask it to tell me what message it would like to convey. These are often a surprise to me.

     I continued to be uncertain about what I was doing until the Poppy used a word I not only didn't know but didn't even know how to spell. Then I was sure I wasn't just making it all up in my own mind. The flowers really were speaking and I was really hearing them. It was after this that the flower kingdom acknowledged me. I was the right person for this job. The flowers felt that because I didn't have formal training or other knowledge about them I was less likely to get caught up in what I had learned about flowers already and more likely to really listen to them. I feel fortunate and grateful for their confidence.

This project is ongoing. We are seeking at least $20,000 in pledges
in order to complete it for an exhibition in May of 2017.

To get to the Flower Guide Pledge Page and see if there's a reward level that's right for you Click Here

What Do People Get Out of The Flower Guide?
     The Flower Guide offers people an alternative avenue for having a relationship with flowers in their lives. It provides a very intimate experience in which the flowers themselves offer information, guidance, and consolation. Looking at the vibrant flower images alone can have a significant impact on the viewer (see sample images and messages to the right).

     But the viewer also gets a message that has come directly from the flower itself. Each flower image includes a quote on the topic of the flower, the flower message, the meaning of the flower, an exercise and an affirmation to enhance the flower’s message in one’s life. This creates an intimate relationship with the flower that can be carried into daily life. The deepened awareness of the messages from the flower kingdom can also impact one's experience of gardening as well as when giving and receiving flowers in the physical world.

What’s Unique About The Flower Guide?
     The most notable delineation from other projects on the topic of flowers is that this one focuses on the messages the flower kingdom has to offer human-kind. Viewers of the Flower Guide get the chance to explore a deeper relationship with the flowers as well as find resources and guidance for themselves and the challenges in their lives.

     Certainly there is an abundance flower related artwork available. The Flower Guide makes a significant difference by offering the actual words from the flowers themselves. It is not simply the human interpretation and traditional meanings, but the actual words of the flowers from the intuitive level. Additionally, the paintings are guided by the flowers themselves as the artist paints them.

What Makes You Qualified To Do This?
     I was called to begin this project with the flowers in 1999 (yes, it’s been in the works a long time!). Because of my unique connection with the flowers I was able to paint the flowers' portraits and request them to share their messages for three reasons. First, I have over 15 years of training in Native American and Celtic spiritual traditions. 

     These include intuitive development, plant, element and animal knowledge, as well as a wide variety of other nature oriented studies. Second, I am also able to create the images needed for this project, because of my personal relationship with the flowers themselves as well as my ability to bring forth the flower's intent through image, color and texture. And third, because I have developed the keen intuitive senses needed to communicate with the flowers and hear their messages without bias.

This project is ongoing. We are seeking at least $20,000 in pledges
in order to complete it for an exhibition in the spring of 2017.

To get to the Flower Guide Pledge Page and see if there's a reward level that's right for you Click Here

What’s It Going To Look Like?
     With funding from this project campaign I can devote up to one year exclusively to painting and writing.

      The original paintings themselves will be created on 11x14 canvas with a 2-inch edge using acrylics. The written text will be printed on card stock to accompany the original paintings in an exhibition. Interviews with people who are interested in The Flower Guide have indicated that paintings are preferred over photographs for this project. The paintings are felt to give a warmer, more personal experience of the flowers. The paintings and writing for eight flowers are completed at this time.

The Flower Guide Recap

     The ultimate goal of this project is an exhibition of the paintings and writing. Eventually, it is my dream that this will result in the publication of The Flower Guide Book and Card Deck. But, this will come at a later date.

     The appeal of The Flower Guide is broader than the typical paintings of flowers. It opens a new avenue of relationship to flowers than most people have experienced. 

    The paintings included in this proposal are done in oil pastel, but I will be doing the 78 paintings for this project in acrylic using the same color palette and style.

     My formal education includes a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, and a Master's Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology from the Naropa University. In addition, I have a life-time of private study in a wide variety of additional fields.

     One of my heroes is the 12th century German Catholic mystic, Abbess Hildegard von Bingen, who herself was a writer, artist and musical composer of mystical experiences. Von Bingen also wrote many treatises on the healing properties of plants, and the importance and value of remaining in close spiritual relationship with the earth.

I have also had a series of mystical experiences throughout my life, including a near-death experience as a toddler, which I believe opened my perception to the intuitive world at a very early age and has allowed me to pursue these spiritual paths and receive the flower kingdom's messages.

     I’ve had a 30-year career in graphic design, copywriting and marketing, and corporate management. In other words, I understand deadlines. I’ve also written and published my own newsletter on topics of spirituality and healing and have written for other community magazines and newsletters. I have been a frequent guest on local live television and I have experience preparing and presenting workshops and speaking to audiences as large as two thousand. As an artist I’ve been showing and selling my fine art in group and individual shows for over 30 years. I’ve also done illustrations for advertising and marketing projects.

This project is ongoing. We are seeking at least $20,000 in pledges
in order to complete it for an exhibition in the spring of 2017.

To get to the Flower Guide Pledge Page and see if there's a reward level that's right for you Click Here
What Flowers Are Included In This Project?
     This is the current list of Individual Flowers I plan to research and paint. Of course, some changes may occur during the process. Each flower will include the common and Latin flower name, a characteristic word, a quote on the topic of the flower, the flower message, the meaning of the flower, an exercise to enhance one's experience of the flower and an affirmation to use with the flower. One of the benefits of contributing to this Project will be access to the ongoing revelation of the flower portraits and their messages.
1. Acacia (Acacia) also Mimosa
2. African Violet (Saintpaulia)
3. Alstroemeria (Alstroemeria) also Peruvian Lily
4. Alyssum (Alyssum) also Lebularia, Sweet Alyssum, Carpet of Snow
5. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
6. Anemone (Anemone)
7. Aster (Aster) also Michaelmas Daisy, Purple Aster
8. Baby's Breath (Gypsophila)
9. Begonia (Begonia) also Elatior, Wax Shrub
10. Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia)
11. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) also Coneflower
12. Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
13. Bluebell (Endymion)
14. Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea) also Paper Flower
15. Buttercup (Ranculus) also Fair Maids of Kent
16. Calla Lily (Zantedeschia) also Arum Lily
17. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) also Claw Cactus
18. Christmas Rose (Helleborus) also Hellebore, Lenten Rose
19. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum)
20. Columbine (Aquilegia)
21. Cornflower (Centaurea) also Knapweed, Persian Cornflower, Bachelor's Button, Yellow Hardhead, Mountain Knapweed
22. Cosmos (Cosmos)
23. Crocus (Crocus)
24. Cyclamen (Cyclamen)
25. Daffodil (Amaryllidaceae)
26. Dahlia (Dahlia)
27. Daisy (Bellis)
28. Delphinium (Delphinium) also Larkspur
29. Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum)
30. English Primrose (Primula) also Drumstick, Japanese Cowichan
31. Evening Primrose (Oenothera) also Prairie Primrose, Mexican Primrose
32. Flax (Linum) also Blue Flax
33. Foxglove (Digitalis) also Digitalis, Sweet William
34. Fuchsia (Fuchsia)
35. Gardenia (Gardenia) also Cape Jasmine
36. Geranium (Pelargonium) also Hardy Cranesbill
37. Gladiola (Gladiolus) also Sword Lily
38. Gloxinia (Gloxinia)
39. Goldenrod (Solidago)
40. Hibiscus (Hibiscus) also Rose Mallow, Rose of Sharon
41. Hollyhock (Alcea)
42. Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
43. Iris (Iris) also Japanese, Bearded, Siberian, Pacific Coast, Dwarf, Crested, Yellow Flag, Roof
44. Jasmine (Jasminium)
45. Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja)
46. Lavender (Lavendula) also English Lavender
47. Lilac (Ceanothus)
48. Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria)
49. Lotus (Nymphae) also Water Lily
50. Magnolia (Magnolia)
51. Marigold (Tagetes)
52. Morning Glory (Ipomoea)
53. Orchid (Cypripedium)
54. Pansy (Viola) also Viola
55. Passion Flower (Passiflora)
56. Peony (Paeonia)
57. Phlox (Phlox)
58. Plumeria (Plumeria)
59. Poinsettia (Euphorloias)
60. Poppy (Papaver)
61. Protea (Protea)
62. Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea)
63. Red Clover (Trifolium) also Clover, Shamrock
64. Rhododendron (Rhododendron) also Azalea
65. Rose (Rosa)
66. Russian Sage (Perovskia)
67. Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum) also Pyrethrum, Painted Daisy
68. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
69. Sunflower (Helianthus)
70. Sweetpea (Lathyrus) also Pea Vine
71. Thistle (Cirsium)
72. Tiger Lily (Lilium hombodtii)
73. Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)
74. Tulip (Tulipa)
75. Veronica (Veronica) also Speedwell, Hebe
76. Yarrow (Achillea) also Moonshine Daisy
77. Yucca (Yucca)
78. Zinnia (Zinnia)

Why Do You Need Help From this Project Campaign?
     What has become clear is, I can’t do this all by myself. A few years ago while traveling on an airplane I thought, "If I died today, what would be left undone that needs to be done." The Flower Guide is the only thing that came to mind.

     I need the financial support to bring this important project to the world. It’s bigger than me and it needs more than I have alone to give. I need your help.

     This is a big project and it needs the time and financial support to focus on it without the distractions of daily business interruptions. The paintings alone take about 20 hours a piece. That’s 1,560 hours, 260 days working
6 hrs a day, 52 weeks, 1 year. 

This project is ongoing. We are seeking at least $20,000 in pledges
in order to complete it for an exhibition in the spring of 2017.

To get to the Flower Guide Pledge Page and see if there's a reward level that's right for you Click Here

How Will the Money Be Used?
$10,000 covers studio rental and time for up to one year to focus on sketching and interviewing the flowers, painting the flower portraits and writing the descriptions, messages and other information. The paintings alone take about 20 hours a piece. That’s 1,560 hours, 260 days working 6 hrs a day,

52 weeks, 1 year.

$2,500 covers the cost of 78 Gallery Wrapped 11x14 Heavy Duty Canvas with a 2” rolled edge, art supplies, brushes and paints, and hanging hardware. (This goal has been achieved thanks to pledged received!)

$1,500 covers scanning the original paintings, sizing and editing them for re-production purposes.

$3,000 goes toward the exhibition design, space rental and design and production of promotional materials both printed and online. The exhibition will be held in the Denver-metro area in May 2015.

$3,000 is for payment processing fees, as well as the production and fulfillment of campaign rewards.

     $20,000 is really the bare minimum need to get this project done. The funding from this campaign will make it possible for me to complete and exhibit the 78 original paintings along with the written messages from the flowers one year after the completion of this Project.


So, don’t be shy.
     I'm excited about getting back to painting and writing.
So, won't you please pledge and get us well over the goal. Let's see if we can get to $30,000 and make this project a reality! Please check out the great opportunities to back this project and the awesome rewards you can receive!

This project is ongoing. We are seeking at least $20,000 in pledges
in order to complete it for an exhibition in the spring of 2017.

To get to the Flower Guide Pledge Page and see if there's a reward level that's right for you Click Here
Beyond This Campaign.

     Funding from this campaign will make it possible for me to exhibit the 78 original paintings along with the written messages from the flowers in the May 2017. 

     This project’s second phase is the publication of The Flower Guide as a book and a deck of cards.

     Phase Two will be approached as another project once
Phase One is complete.



Risks and challenges

     As with any creative project, there is the risk of delays. Any delays in the creation of the writing or artwork should not create delays in the fulfillment of most of the rewards, because the writing and painting will proceed at the same time and there will always be new completed images available to work with.

     Any rewards that would be impacted by a delay will simply be postponed and rescheduled once the artwork is available. Backers will be kept apprised of the progress and timeline throughout the creative process.

     In the unlikely event that I get hurt or cannot continue to paint or write, backers could choose from hundreds of existing prints and notecards from this project and my other artwork that is available now.


So let’s get started!
     I'm excited about getting back to painting and writing.
Please head back to the Flower Guide Pledge Page and check out the great opportunities to back this project and the awesome rewards you can receive!

This project is ongoing. We are seeking at least $20,000 in pledges
in order to complete it for an exhibition in the spring of 2017.

To get to the Flower Guide Pledge Page and see if there's a reward level that's right for you Click Here

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Calla Lily - Simplicity

"I keep to stillness and silence. Simplicity calls for balanced responsible action."
Iris - Sovereignty

"I empower you to empower yourself.
To claim your right to sovereignty over your
own life."
Poppy - Peace

"This is a time when you need to focus your attention. Come to a centered place. Now focus your attention on that which will further your goals and dreams."
Shasta Daisy - Strength

"I share my secrets of strength in the labyrinth pattern of my stamen to those who are willing to look, see and walk the journey."
Tiger Lily - Protection

"My trumpet sound is a call to stand firm and tall to thrive with beauty, grace and strength of character."
Tulip - Boldness
"I often brave the turbulent weather before last snow is gone. I represent youthful exuberance, innocence and willingness to try new things."
Morning Glory -
The Call of Spirit 

"I am the trumpet sounding the call to all spiritual warriors to service."

This project is ongoing.
We are seeking at least $20,000 in pledges
in order to complete it for an exhibition in the spring of 2017.

To get to the Flower Guide Pledge Page and see if there's a reward level that's right for you Click Here

GOAL
$20,000


Received

$3,360


Pledged 

$4,445


Remaining

$16,640


as of July 23, 2014