31 December 2013

In with the new...

My blogging has been sparse these past few months...in fact, my 'social networking' has all but stopped as I take much needed time to focus my attention and energies upon other areas of my life and world...art, however, is still occurring, bubbling up like the ever hopeful spring eternal that is creation at it's best...


6" x 6" mixed media - Hold Hope In Your Heart


A lot has changed for me over the past few months...new ways of thinking and approaching life are offering me great insights into what is important to me, who I am and where I want to be going...some of these subjects crop up for us at this time of year I know, the winter and the end of another year brings retrospection and focus upon what has gone and what we wish to welcome in...


I love my pencils ♥


As 2013 draws to a close, it is my wish that we may all move forward into the next year, holding hope in our hearts, looking for the good in every situation and finding the courage to move forward fearlessly into the new, embracing it with love, joy and trust...


A snap of 'Brave' - 8" x 16" mixed media...full image coming soon.


As the year draws to a close, I realise how much I have changed, my health is improving, my eating habits have totally changed (lots of green juice and fruit) and I now look forward to exercise! I feel abundant in many ways, although creative time still feels like a luxury and it is one of my intentions for 2014 to correct that, changing it to perhaps the word 'necessary' 'healthful' or even 'vital'...I want art to become part of my routine like exercise has done this year...I'm gradually easing more joy and pleasure into my world as the days go by!

I'm looking forward to having more time to paint again soon...more creativity is the order of the day for 2014...I wish you much love and happiness for your new year, what are you wanting more of in your world?
♥♥♥



7 November 2013

Autumn inspiration...


Most of the gardens I love to visit close around this time of year for the winter, re-opening again in March for all the spring beauties to behold...so I was pleased to be able to do a little visiting this last week, before my floral friends get tucked up for the winter...I think of the perrenials and the trees and shrubs as good friends as I've come to know them in all their glorious stages year after year...I look forward to seeing them again in a few months and to tide me over, I have some images to share through the winter months for inspiration...






There are many things I love about autumn, the striking colour palette, the forms of the branches becoming bare and starkly beautiful, witnessing the final stages of seedheads popping open like miniature sculptures...all so awesome...






Such variety from the robust reds and oranges to the light, fluffy grasses, whispering their secrets in the breeze...






I take heart when I see the abundance of nature in the autumn, the creative organising of provisions for the winter months ahead...and the seeds for the oncoming new seasons, there is hope in there too...the re-assuring eternal cycle of life, so amazing in it's beauty and infinite wisdom...as a wise person once said "the only constant thing in life is change", and for me, nature takes the uncertainty surrounding change away, replacing it with a cyclic wonder, anticipation and trust in the bigger picture of life...






Tortoiseshell patterns and repeating layered forms, so intricate and beautiful all at the same time...I'm finding there is great beauty in change...I hope to see you again soon when I share more autumnal inspirations...enjoy the season ♥


linking with: rurality blog hop

30 July 2013

Hope...


"Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night, emits a brighter ray"
- Oliver Goldsmith




'Hope' 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas




30 June 2013

Summer hols...

Memories of summer holidays as a child for me involve trampolines on  hot, sandy beaches and evening walks along pretty cliff paths watching the sun go down...sigh...lovely times! This year sees us visiting lots of pretty gardens and taking time for ourselves, re-generating and re-connecting, relaxing and creating too...


A different, darker version of my 'Dreamer' girlie 


It's time to take a summer break here, so I look forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks or so...I have lots of new art to share but have yet to scan them...so will wait to share them until I return :)



17 June 2013

Re-Connect {new painting}

I went for a walk, through woods and valley...it was lush and green with a heavenly scent...that of growth, of freedom and of new beginnings...I stood for a while and took deep breaths, feeling my own roots sinking down into the earth to re-connect...


'Re-Connect' mixed media on canvas


Then I came home and I felt like painting...and the painting above is what happened...nature came home with me ♥


A moody day where we live


Our weather is mixed...it's really not like having a summer at all, sort of a spring/summer hybrid, with the spring blooms still flowering amidst the first roses and lupins...


Helebores and spring flowers


I hope you are finding time to get outside and find inspiration in nature...and also finding time to be creative too...it's important, it's good for the soul ♥




10 June 2013

Colour me happy...


Perhaps it's an obvious thing to say but I love colour...the wider the spectrum of materials, be it pencils, paints or pastels, the better...seeing all the colour combination possibilities right before my eyes...I've gotta have 'em! So...the latest in paints are these amazing Liquitex heavy body acrylics...firstly, I love the colour range and I'm finding some excellent colour pairings even before mixing my own colours, which can be so useful! Also, they are thick, as the name suggests, and they work great with stenciling to give a bit of a 3D effect, which I'm loving...


some gorgeous colour combo's...


Also, my ongoing quest to find the perfect 'mixed media sketchbook' is continuing...I have to order the Strathmore Mixed Media pads from the USA (I can get them here in the UK, but they are very expensive, it's way cheaper from the States...crazy, I know!) I want an A5 ring bound heavy duty paper filled book to sketch, paint and use all my markers on too, that doesn't start wimping out on me after the second application of said materials...I'm trying a Rowny one but it's not doing very well, with bobbling after I apply the big brush pens, and I've just got a Fat Pad, I'll let you know how that holds up...so far my Strathmore Visual Journal is coming out tops even though it's under 200gsm...amazing!


The studio with several WIP's...these are all completed now!


I hope you have a great week and find time to be creative...I got some Liquitex acrylic ink at the weekend too...whenever I buy a new product, I always get one in pink as a tester :) so a beautiful magenta ink came home with me, I'm looking forward to testing it out...




2 June 2013

Dreamer {new painting}



'Dreamer'  mixed media on paper


I've been trying some new materials out this week...




Seeing some beautiful flowers lately...the colours are amazing, combinations that really do inspire ♥




Wishing you a happy week :)




27 May 2013

Tell Your Story {new painting}

Have you ever really told your story? Perhaps you've shared parts of it...or adapted it to fit in, to be loved, or to be accepted? It takes great courage and much bravery to tell your story...the honest, unabridged, beautiful mess that is a real true life story ♥ 


'Tell Your Story'  mixed media on canvas


When we accept ourselves fully and deeply for who we really are, I believe it is only then that we can truly tell our stories, because then, we are on our own side and it matters much less what other people think...there is great power in telling our story and first, we must tell it to ourselves...and we must listen, with an open heart ♥


Apple blossom is so many shades of pink!


I find that nature is always a good place to start...with everything, be it getting to the bottom of feelings, gaining inspiration for creativity or just getting back in touch with our own natural rhythms again...nature just does it's thing, it blossoms like this beautiful apple tree pictured above, growing by the side of the road, probably from a discarded apple core, tossed from a passing car many moons ago...we must learn to do our thing too...it doesn't matter where we start because the most important part of our story is the next chapter...and spending time outside helps me to think about how I want my story to go...after all, we are in the middle of our stories, or more accurately, amidst our stories, regardless of age or circumstance...


 The only flower my camelia produced this year...so perfect ♥


Even if, like my camelia, pictured above, (that was only able to produce one flower this spring), things don't go as planned or hoped, we can still choose to see our story from a place of love...to see the good, to change our perspective and allow room for something different to form in the next chapter...I'm sure I appreciated this flower all the more because it was the only one. So, tell your story how it was and how you want it to be...there is great power in storytelling ♥ I hope you have a beautiful week...




20 May 2013

Opening...

Opening one's heart requires strength, courage and trust...it is a necessary leap of faith that if done moment by moment, time and again, transforms the world...both our own personal world and the world at large.


'Opening' 
8x10" mixed media on paper


This painting is about my own process of opening up, of trusting...trusting all of it: myself, life, others...more and more. Putting my art out into the world takes great courage, it's all very different from looking at it at home! I chose to use pieces of an old map purposely in this painting...it's a map of the West country (UK) a place I'd like to live someday and somewhere I've explored and connected with deeply many times...I'm finding that opening is a continual inner journey of similar exploration...there is much beauty and wonder to experience...♥

I have painted several of these 'word heart' paintings now and will share them over the coming weeks, each has it's own word, like an affirmation to read and aspire to, to know and to hold inside our hearts...I hope you like them :)


The beautiful magnolia trees

I've always connected strongly with nature, it's rhythms, patterns and beauty lead me to trusting it's power...be they strapping trees or delicate blooms, they stay true to themselves, never comparing, judging or shaming one another for their different ways of living, growing and expressing themselves, instead, staying true to themselves, they bloom...they are all in harmony together...we can learn a lot from nature ♥


My beloved prismas!

When I'm not painting or wombling about in nature, I like taking pictures of my things...I love my materials, and feel very appreciative of them, be it my pencils (love my prismas) paper stacks or paints...they all seem like friends on hand, ready to manifest the next surprising creation, which often seems to take on a life of it's own in it's unfolding...leaving me to be but a witness to the process once again!


Sunset over the garden gate...

We have finally re-connected with our garden this weekend and it was wonderful to discover all of the beautiful flowers and trees coming into flower and leaf...having a tidy up out there felt very good...on the odd good weather days over the last couple of months, we have chosen to go out and visit beautiful gardens and now it feels good to be tending to our own...I feel a trip to the nursery coming on...




13 May 2013

Find beauty in the little things {new painting}

This last week has been full...lots of wonderful happenings, events and creativity...I painted this picture below...she turned into quite the retro girl, with lots of happy colours...I used paint, pencils and paper, I'm always on the look out for paper stacks going cheap and I now have 2 drawers full! Oh, how lovely! Just having it makes me happy :)


'Find beauty in the little things'  8 x 8" mixed media on canvas


Our trip to some local gardens last weekend (we had a long bank holiday weekend here in the UK) really gave me lots of inspiration, there were some beautiful flowers, the sun was shining and colour was all around...walking amongst these amazing magnolia trees pictured below felt very healing to me, surrounded by beautiful blooms high and low...I stayed amongst them for ages! Can you spot the enormous bumble bee hoovering above the tree? He was gorgeous!


These magnolias are magnificent...such an inspiration...and the scent, wow!


As the painting is flowing more readily, I'm making some textures to use on photographs, to give a painted effect to them...below is a magnolia macro with the texture over it and blended in photoshop...


Magnolia macro using a painted texture I made at the weekend...


In photography, I love macro, getting up close to see into hidden or previously unseen worlds...things take on a different perspective...below are my carrots, prepared and ready to juice! Something I've been trying for a while now is veg juicing, I do spinach, carrot, broccoli and red pepper, sometimes adding greens , beetroot and celery too, depending on what looks good...I have to say that I feel so different since starting this new habit, so much better, with more energy and a clearer mind...I thought my carrots looked wonderful this morning, I love orange but rarely use it in my paintings...


My carrots ready to be juiced this morning



I used RH West textures 'voyage' here to give a dreamy effect...


Below...my little rescue pup Izzy, she is a lurcher...they sleep a lot, a lot, a lot ! She is another source of inspiration to me, reminding me regularly to take a breath (and a nap!) have fun, enjoy the journey and relax more...she is a very good influence :)


Izzle pup snoozing again!


It is my hope to continue forward with more painting this week between work and I hope that you also manage some creative time through the week, I do so look forward to seeing what you've been up to!

If you are on facebook, please do pop over and say hello on my Tawny Moon Studio Facebook page, I'd love some more likes for my page :) thank you for all your support, it fuels me onward each week x


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6 May 2013

Be still...

It's a wonderful thing when inspiration strikes...it comes when it comes, no amount of forcing or trying will work...and when I let go and just allow my process to unfold...it happens beautifully...things start to unfold, just like the blooms I've been witnessing around here lately...have you noticed how powerful nature is in it's beautiful rhythms? We can get caught up in the 'should be's' and the 'if only's' instead of quieting our mind and settling down inside our hearts...the only place where the truth lives 24/7...


'Be Still'   8x8" mixed media on canvas


When I'm not painting or taking pictures, I'm working as a Reiki healer and teacher...something I've been doing for over 20 years, and something that I have practised for my own healing as well as to help others...the combination of self-awareness improving (hopefully!) and working with other people, together with my passion for nature and especially, flowers, influences me in the paintings that I make...this one above is intended to be a gentle, loving reminder that the peace (and love and joy) is always to be found inside our hearts...it is there when it cannot be found elsewhere, it can be depended upon...but we do have to remember that it's there, waiting to be heard and connected with...sometimes, we just need a prompt, to take a breath, just one moment, to re-connect inside once more and to settle in our hearts once again...


White grape hyacinths...who knew?


As I walked around some of the most beautiful and peaceful gardens I know, I came across this amazing Acer below, full of warm tones and pretty shaped leaves, it's one of those trees that I take photo's of every year, some trees become good friends over time don't they? I sure look forward to seeing this one each spring, when it's at it's best...


The beautiful colour combinations of the acer and the blue sky


I hope that you have had a great weekend and that like me, it will fuel you through the coming week...thank you for being here and making the place feel like home :)

p.s I've just heard that Iron Man 3 opened this weekend...can't wait! Robert Downey Jr...a whole other kind of inspiration all of his own ;)



29 April 2013

Nature always inspires...


I'm currently in that non-making phase of art...the phase where I feel like I'm in neutral, waiting to change gears back up into the flow of creating again...I've noticed this happens in a cyclic fashion and I now accept it as a necessary part of my creative process...things are forming, ideas and inspirations are shaping me but the last couple of weeks have been paint free...so I wanted to share the other things that catch my attention during these 'dormant' and decidedly more internal phases of creating...


 Snakeshead Fritillaries -definitely fairy flowers!

Nature has always been my 'go to' for solace, inspiration and clarity...ever since I can remember, I would disappear off for a walk to clear my head and get some fresh air...it always helps and I return anew, with colour and pattern imprinted on my newly inspired mind...


The patterns and tiny details in Grape Hyacinths are amazing...


With the spring finally unfurling around me, I am happy to return to my annual friends, like these Grape Hyacinths, with their intricate bells that unfold after being tightly held in a ball, waiting for the right time...and like them, I am waiting for the right time to paint...in fact always paying attention to the inner pull of my heart, telling me what to do next ♥


A Narcissus with it's beautiful colour combinations...


I'm not one for sketching out in the field...rather, I prefer to photograph what I see...and even though a lot of the beautiful flowers that I witness along my path do not come directly into my paintings, their influence is more subtle, the colour combinations, the patterns and lines are there instead...I remember when I lived by the sea, I would walk my dog there every day...soon after we had begun this routine, my paintings changed...I began a 'Blue Phase'...my paintings became large, over 6 feet by 4 feet and consisted of various blues and greens every time! This was not a conscious move on my part but indeed Nature had crept into me once again and taken charge of my creative direction...there really is no separation between us and our planet and I began to see and feel that connection strengthen in me through my painting...I will endeavor to find some slides of the old blue paintings to share here...I wait to see what Nature has in store for my next painting phase :)  ♥


25 April 2013

Appreciation...


Lately, things have been changing a lot for me...well, I've been making things change...and I feel so much appreciation for the good in my life, for the love, the care and consideration I'm experiencing...yes, there's a lot of happy going on here at TMS...






Over the last few weeks the spring has finally arrived and I'm realising why I was so drawn to find colour in other ways through the long winter...I keep buying colour...any excuse to add to the stash...the latest arrivals being more Neoprene 11 water soluble wax crayons, I love the rich colours and blend-ability...the effects ranging from waxy to watercolour are really cool!






Today was the first morning warm enough to sit outside on the bench with my morning hot chocolate...Izzy having her breakfast al fresco too ;) look at the amazing lichen on the bench, the colours are beautiful...I'd better get the macro lens on and take a closer look!






My darling partner bought me these flowers today and they really are beautiful, full of spring colour and the stocks smell gorgeous...I didn't realise how much I'd missed the smell until it wafted into our home again today...



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19 April 2013

New beginnings...


Hi there, this is my first post here on Tawny Moon Studio...it's all very exciting! I've been working away for some time now, designing this blog and the Tawny Moon Studio facebook page too! Over the last several months, I've been enjoying painting more mixed media paintings and have decided it's time...or nearly time, to open an etsy shop...it's in the works and I hope to have some finished pieces available over the next few weeks...in the meantime, I wanted to just start...there's that part of me that wants to wait for perfection, when the shop is done and stocked and yet I've learnt from experience that's it's so important to have fun along the way...in fact, that's really the only reason for doing all this isn't it? To enjoy the process, not just within the art but within the whole 'putting it out there into the world' process too...so here I am!


'Best Friends' - 8x8" canvas 



Best friends come in all shapes and sizes...and we must learn to be our own best friend above all else, which is what inspired this painting above...the on-going healing process of treating myself how I hope other people will too and in turn paying them the same kindness...the simple things in life really are the most important...



A snippet from a larger painting 


It's so important to hold hope in our hearts...no matter what's happening...I like to add words to my art sometimes as they can really focus the mind onto something positive, funny or beautiful...even if we just catch a glimpse of those words now and again, when we see the picture, it can help bring us back to centre again...

Over the coming weeks I'll have lots more to share and hope that you will subscribe to follow along ♥