How the Art Happened
Kim A. Flodin’s artwork, which is marketed under the name Keleki Love, glows with color, energy, excitement and healing and has been described as “psychedelic” and “inspirational”.
“I have no idea how it happens or where it comes from.” she said, “I’m as surprised as anyone when I finish something and see the results.”
As an energy healer and intuitive, she says she can feel the healing flowing as she creates the art. The art definitely has been a healing for her at a time when she needed it most.
“I was in a very big life transition. Many simultaneous endings all around the same time. Since then, I’ve had crazy adventures, traveled all over the country (driving alone back and forth 4 1/2 times), lived in some absolutely stunning places and met all sorts of very interesting people. Along the way, the art showed up..”
In late 2012, in response to a difficult living situation, she began looking for a hobby and stumbled upon Zentangle, which sparked something. She put pen to paper and hasn’t stopped since.
“I basically needed something to do. Something else to focus on. I googled hobbies and realized I probably would never make it at Parkour (she laughs), but I could maybe do something with Zentangle. I’m a creative person,” she continued, “and my mother paints, but I’ve never considered myself an artist.”
She looked at a few Zentangle resources on the web and loosely practiced a few patterns, but never became enmeshed with it. She doesn’t know the names of the patterns she uses, nor does she concern herself on with pattern ‘technique’. According to her, it just happens and most often not in how she thought it was going to.
”The artwork has been an amazing gift – Zentangle talks about the stress relief of drawing patterns and of course, coloring is therapeutic – I’ve sort of combined the two and created this. And people started noticing and complimenting me. It was crazy.”
“One of my first compliments came from a classically-trained artist who was shown my work by a mutual friend. Her response was classic: ‘Hmph, it’s good.’ It made me laugh because she seemed so surprised.”
“I’ve also had the pleasure and delight of receiving an informal endorsement from the Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, FL, which happened when a friend started sharing my art with them. It’s been a trip!”
Kim’s art continues to evolve. She's now offering an assortment of coloring books for adults, including her best-selling Sweary Mandalas, which can be found on Amazon.