18 December 2015

Trust Your Wings...

Butterflies and moths have always fascinated me, so seemingly delicate and yet so strong, able to migrate thousands of miles each year, it seems impossible to imagine, yet it happens...symbols of transformation and inner change, they show us the way...

Detail of 'Trust Your Wings'

I often use three layers of wings, symbolising transformation of the whole being, body, mind and spirit, with the reminder that love is always our guiding light from the centre of our being...

It's a good time of year heading into winter, to take stock, focusing on the good that we have in our lives as well as thinking about what we want to change and to achieve in the coming year. Although winter may appear to be a time of nothingness, darkness and gloom, it holds the power of potential and brings promise of new beginnings in the spring...it is a powerful time if approached in the right way...

On the canvas, it's layer upon layer, creating history and depth...off the canvas it's more a case of delving deep, looking to see what lies under the layers of life experience...I think that's why I've always loved working with mixed media and aged items, exploring to see what's there, wondering what will happen if two mediums are mixed together? At art college, I was always keen on aged materials, and loved nothing more than old rusty things and papers that were nearly falling apart...Twenty some years later, I still am driven by the same things, albeit in a different way...hopefully it's not a sybolic meaning that what lies within me is all rusty and falling apart!

Hope to see you again soon...



19 November 2015

Hopeful Spirit...

Two years ago I painted this picture, I thought she was finished, bar the varnishing...she graced our living room, reminding me daily to take a moment to close my eyes, breathe deep and focus within, to check in with my 'true self' and make sure I was aligned with that...I love to have images here at home to remind me about what's important, pretty affirmations all around the place!

 half way through on my old art table


I've been making a lot of my 'mixed media messages from the heart' lately, and I thought it time to varnish this painting too, but then I started to work on her again, adding some pretty spirals into her hair and adding the words 'hopeful spirit' around her neck...at last, finished! And now varnished too...


Hopeful Spirit 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas


Since my last post, I have a new art space, a beautiful big table for all my materials and good natural light too...


A new work in progress...

Have you ever had a work in progress for years? I've heard it happens sometimes, when we get to a point but are then stuck...I'm learning to move through that more these days even if it involves taking risks (for me, the risk was potentially ruining my painting if I messed up the inking of the words)...trusting the process and letting go of attachment to the painting and moving forward...

A lot like life! See you again soon I hope...


27 March 2015

Brave At Heart...

At last, I'm back to blogging, creativity and social media once more, after a very long break due to some rather unforeseen changes in my life, which took me away from my creativity for too long and which demanded that I put my attention into other areas of my world. I feel like a different person, writing this now, my priorities have changed as well as my perspective on life, so it will be interesting to see how things unfold this year...the painting below is about that knowingness, that you need to move forward and start again but it feels scary, but at the same time completely necessary and wonderful...it takes courage to let go and  discover who you are now...it's a beautiful, messy, complicated process...life!


'Brave At Heart'
A new-ish painting


A new interest that has developed, or rather, returned, is filofaxing...as a lover of all things stationery, it was only a matter of time before I found myself collecting things and organising my new life in a filofax...or 3...strictly an A5 size girl myself, (ok, there may be a vintage pink mini malden acting as my purse and a purple pocket malden as my business filo) I have lots to share about how I set them up and how I use them for creative stuff as well as organising my world...fun! Do you love to organise?


A5 patent pink Domino
- perfect for art as it wipes clean!

My darling girl, Izzy aka 'The Pie' will be 4 this spring...how time flies when you're having fun...and lots of big sleeps too! As a lurcher, she does like to sleep...it's still too cold here to go without pj's...


Izzy grabbing a nap


I hear our tawny owls hooting outside as I'm finishing this quick post, we are blessed with many owls in our rural neighbourhood, including a pair of little owls that come around calling every day, we hear them but don't see them often, but knowing they're there is good enough...living in the middle of nature is a true and constant strength and support for me...this week our hedgehog is awake from hibernation in the garden and there are a few delicate blossoms opening on the cherry tree by the kitchen door...how's the weather where you are? Is spring on it's way for you?

I hope to be posting more regularly now and hope you will visit again soon. I also hope that all is well for you and that you have a wonderful week...here's to new beginnings!

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