hamsa hand art. Hamsa Hand: Everlasting Love by Kristen Palana

New Year, New Artwork, Fast and Slow…

Hi! I hope your year is off to a good start.

I recently just returned from a two-week artist residency at Driftwood Studios just outside East London, South Africa.

It was a blissful time being surrounded by nature and having access to a huge light-filled studio also visited liberally by curious monkeys.

I started drawing some mini Hamsa (healing) hands and a new, larger Unity/ sacred geometry piece. This is as far as I got so far…

unity South Africa art in progress

Do you know which ancient symbol of unity this is?

The blue patches on the left and right represent the two South African coasts, the Atlantic and Indian oceans and the colors were mixed with water from both. 🌊

I’m aiming to put in the language speakers of South Africa’s 11 official languages. I’ll also put in the land regions/ biomes. 

Anyway, stay tuned. This one might take another week or two! I’ll post the latest on my blog.

Fast Art, Slow Art

But to contrast my detailed larger drawings that take weeks, I also began a series of mini Hamsa hand art drawings that usually are completed within a day or two.

hamsa hand art: safe travels by Kristen Palana
Hamsa Hand: Safe Travels

This Hamsa hand, Safe Travels, was made for explorers, travelers, and the chronically lost. It can be used to help navigate to any destination with ease. (*I made this one after getting lost with my son Lukas driving 35K in the wrong direction due to a wonky GPS!)

Hamsa hands are ancient healing symbols that can be found in many cultures and in all major world religions. Meanings vary slightly, but in general when they are placed facing up, they protect from negative energies and thoughts against evil. When placed facing down, they bring positive energy, prosperity, good luck, and abundance.

The pink and green one at the top of this page is for keeping and attracting Everlasting Love.
I’m slowly adding them to my website. The four that I made are now available as prints, mini originals (unless already sold), and gift shop items. Come have a look!

Here are some more:

hamsa hand art
Hamsa Hand Art: Malawian Chitenge Vibe
Hamsa Hand Art: Happy Birthday!

Well, that’s all for now.

So, what do you think of the new work (and work in progress) so far? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you all the best!


P.S. See more work in progress and pics from my latest artist residency by following me on Instagram or sharing your own art and experiments in my private Facebook Creativity Group. See you there!