Camila Mesquita
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Shakti Power

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She’ got the power

This is a very special project for me. It allows me to give free reign to be as exuberant as I want, creating daring headdresses and jewelry. Every portrait is a love letter to the goddess, the mother of all that exists. I think every woman embody a phenomenal creative power and I want to celebrate that. I want to celebrate our magic, mystery and abundance. Painting these portraits allows me to get in touch with this power and set it free.

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Above is the first sketch of the Maha Gaia portrait, she gained a beautiful headdress on the finished piece, worthy of a goddess (to the left).

Above is the first sketch of the Maha Gaia portrait, she gained a beautiful headdress on the finished piece, worthy of a goddess (to the left).

What I particularly like in this portrait of the Plumed Sorceress is the tree dotted tattoo on her neck. I imagine that it gives her the power of healing words.

What I particularly like in this portrait of the Plumed Sorceress is the tree dotted tattoo on her neck. I imagine that it gives her the power of healing words.

A butterfly just landed on her braided hair, a phoenix gifted her a plume. The moon is full on the forehead of the Spring Sibila.

A butterfly just landed on her braided hair, a phoenix gifted her a plume. The moon is full on the forehead of the Spring Sibila.

I like to see side by side the first pencil drawing of My Beloved Lakshmi and the painting that came later. It is still unfinished, but I can already see how much she has already blossomed.

I like to see side by side the first pencil drawing of My Beloved Lakshmi and the painting that came later. It is still unfinished, but I can already see how much she has already blossomed.

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Just all colors disappear in black,
so all names and forms disappear in her.
— Mahanirvana Tantra
Love the fangs tattooed on the jaws of this goddess. it shows her animal nature. On her final rendition, she appears wearing all her regal jewelry. Of course, I couldn’t help adding a butterfly pendant. I still need to find her name. It will come…

Love the fangs tattooed on the jaws of this goddess. it shows her animal nature. On her final rendition, she appears wearing all her regal jewelry. Of course, I couldn’t help adding a butterfly pendant. I still need to find her name. It will come…

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Seeing.

Seeing.

This SHAKTI POWER project started with this pencil sketch. I love it because it looks very fresh and spontaneous. The tattoos, piercings, exuberant jewelry and prints are perfect adornments for a goddess. And a butterfly…

This SHAKTI POWER project started with this pencil sketch. I love it because it looks very fresh and spontaneous. The tattoos, piercings, exuberant jewelry and prints are perfect adornments for a goddess. And a butterfly…

O Devi clad in white raiment [brilliant light],
adorned with varied gems,
Mother and upholder of the world art Thou.
— Maha Lakshmi Stotra
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The large earrings on the first sketch got varied golden pendants on the final piece of Mother Nyx. The owl appeared naturally as a powerful nocturnal animal and a spiritual guide.

The large earrings on the first sketch got varied golden pendants on the final piece of Mother Nyx. The owl appeared naturally as a powerful nocturnal animal and a spiritual guide.