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Introducing My “Majestic Deer” Art & January’s Sketchbook Dairies

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Since being in New Zealand, I have been so inspired by the natural beauty of animal and nature, especially after four years living in Bangkok city, its quiet refreshing to say the least and I’m loving my new home.

Since November I have been settling in and adapting to my new routine and home. From buying in lots of new items for our home and sourcing out printers for my art and learning everything about the area we live in. Its been a huge change to living in Asia for 4 years. There’s a lot we take for granted, in our lives, and as humans we can get pretty comfortable. Our lives are run by routines and when something changes it can set us off balance for a while, even me.

I’m on my 8th year of traveling so I am getting used to change and I have learnt to adapt, its still not easy, but I don’t take anything for granted. I enjoy my life, but I still miss settling in and nesting. I know most of you who read this have a house with all your creature comforts? I do too, but it belongs to our landlord 😉 So my home is New Zealand for the next 6 months before we head back to our condo in Thailand. So all this is why I have been silent on the web front, but life is all go. I’m now selling my art at the Queenstown Saturday Market Earnslaw Park. So I have had a lot to organise and keep me busy with my stall, every week I’m adding to my stall, and i’m slowly getting there.

I have also done 4 new pieces of art, heres my second peace I created called “Majestic Deer” This peace is about the harmony between animal and nature. Here’s my inspiration behind the art.

Wisdom from the Deer

MajesticDeerMy deer mother and father have taught me grace and peace. My home, the forest, is magical and full of beauty. My parents taught me to be sensitive and intuitive and above to love life. My inner fawn is innocence and I dance in the magical mysteries of life. But don’t be fooled, behind my big loving eyes I have learnt the dance of vigilance, for my mind is always aware. In a heartbeat I can quickly change directions with grace.

If you seek the magic that is within me, come to the forest and learn to dance to the rhythm of the trees and together we can learn life’s mysteries and live in harmony.

Animal Guide

The deer are full of grace, peace, love and beauty. As a spirit guide the deer is associated with gentleness and grace. You have the ability to move through life and obstacles with grace. The deer keeps you in touch with your inner child, and innocence, always sensitive and intuitive. The vigilance of the deer comes the ability to change directions quickly. Welcome to the magical life of nature she/he holds the ability to regenerate, watch and learn living beside nature keeps you in touch with life’s mysteries.

Affirmation

Today I’m full of love and grace, I can see the beauty in nature and my soul is at peace. I have learnt the dance of innocence and vigilance and I can walk the path of Harmony most divine.

Sketchbook Dairies

This sunday at 3pm till 5pm I’m holding a 2 hour sketching session in the Earnslaw Park Queenstown. Come watch me draw or bring a sketchpad to learn some sketching techniques  ITS FREE and a nice way to chill out on a sunday afternoon xxx

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Ocean Heart


The other week I completed the finishing touches to “Ocean Heart“ my mermaid angel of the sea. Looking at the painting above you can see that I finished of the hair and the water, to create more depth and movement in the water I used thin layers of watery paint building up many layers. Finally I used white paint to add some high lights to the bubbles.

Her Goddess name is within you and speaks to you.

“Ocean Heart“ is about honoring our quiet time and simply being you, taking time to be in the moment, to appreciate yourself. Breathing listening to your heart beat feeling everything in that second, within you and around you. When you are at one, within the moment you can feel so much love and your inner voice becomes loud and clear. The pearl in between her hands is the essence of everything, you and all living creatures, in the ocean, on the land, in the sky, within the earth and beyond into our vast universe, its the pearl of all life and love.”Breath in the loving warmth and pass on that glow.”


Thank you for following my journey while creating this painting. Sharing this process with you has been very full filling and has enabled me to give something back. This was the 1st of my art tips and there will be more in the future. There are some lovely gifts now available from my zazzle store now available in ipad, iphone, blackberry, galaxy covers, skateboards, stickers, greeting cards and much more.

Coming soon! Handmade Jewelry from my etsy store

Mermaid Portrait Painting Part 4

It’ s been a few weeks since my last blog post since part 3, being self employed and working on a few projects can hold you back from time to time, which can be a pain, but life never runs how you want it too at times 😉 so we just have to go with the flow and see what lessons we learn 🙂

So back to the painting, as you can see from my last post “Ocean Heart” has come on quiet a bit, in the first images you can see I have began working more greens into the hair and merfins, using a light wash of greens over the hair and building up darker areas to create depth by weaving the hair in and out. This acts as a guide to see where each curl is going. On this particular painting the hair is very complex so I try to map out as much of the movement I can in light layers first, trying to not make mistakes, if I do its means I can correct it early on. Sometimes its easy to get carried away with a certain area of the painting, and miss something because you are not seeing the full picture in your minds eye, this is where mistakes can happen. I try to stay fresh and stand back from your painting from time to time to see the overall feel. There’s nothing worse when you make a mistake later in the painting.

I keep moving from one area of the painting to the next so I can see how her hair merges with the water, and see how the highlights of the healing glow reflect on her hands and face. I really want the highlights to stand out and create a warm inviting feeling, whilst drawing your in, so you can feel the warm of the glow radiate from within you. Because this painting is very moving and is such a strong pose I’m keeping the water background simple as I can while adding more depth to the piece. To create movement and feeling I am merging the hair with the water so she becomes at one with the waves of the water. I loved this part of painting with a flow and working in beautiful swirls with the cirls. She is at one with the changing tides whilst remaining calm with the heart beat of the ocean, forever alert and feeling each moment in the present 😉 “this was a neat feeling that just ran over me, I love it when something inside speaks to me and connects me to the moment.” being connected with our work is being in the moment of life’s awesome pleasures”

In the second picture I have enlarged an area of the hair so you can see how I built the depth in the hair. With the close up of the hands you can see the reflection on her hands and hair, from her warm healing energy.


And finally the last picture is nearly complete and I have started working in air bubbles using them to create a magical alive feeling, hidden messages of the water and the spark of life. There is still quiet a long way yo go yet, more shading to do in the hair, hands, face, and water. Then finally adding some white hight lights to the water bubbles so that they really lift of the painting, this might need to be enhanced with photoshop, but were see how it go’s.

Until next time thank you for reading. I and Ocean heart would like to wish you love in your creations.

Tave

Mermaid Portrait Drawing – Part 3

I have been feeling so inspired with this theme, that I felt the need to start painting her today.

“Ocean Heart” is what she speaks to me.

The paints I am using are Winsor and Newton Acrylic, I use them like watercolor paints and to build up the colors slowly layer by layer, giving it’s rich vibrancy to a painting. I Began with painting a watered down lemon yellow, using it as a wash all over the face, arms, hands and neck. From the photo you may not even see the faint yellow on the hands and arms, but its there, just ever so faint. 😉 I then built up the yellow in the darker areas. Once I was happy with that, I then added some deep turquoise to the lemon yellow and darkened up her mermaid skin tones. I have been mainly working on her face today, along with some subtle colors in the hair, arms and and mer-fins. In between her hands I have used the lemon yellow, this is her healing energy, you will notice flecks of this in her hair and hands and face to add some glow reflecting out from her hands. It is here that I work out by eye, where I think the glows should go.

So far I have a very good idea for the feel of color for the whole piece, but who knows what will happen later in the game. I may get a spark of imagination while I’m in the flow of painting and something new could be added to her at anytime 😉

Mermaid Portrait Drawing – Part 2

Today I have more to show you on how I create flowing hair. I adore drawing long hair and their is so much you can do with flowing locks creating movement and flow.

Above to the right you can see part of Hannah’s lovely curley hair. The first thing you can see is that it is quiet complicated to draw, because the curls are weaving in and out. I’m not out to replicate the hair exactly but I do want to base it on her hair as much as I can. As your drawing improves you will find your flow will improve and your work will become more complex. Another reason I don’t want the hair to be an exact copy, is that I want to add my own personal touch to the feel of the theme. More on this in the next paragraph 😉

What I tend to do when copying hair is pick out the strongest curls in the photo and draw them in faintly. I also look at the weaving of the hair, some of the strands will appear from behind another curl. I also faintly mask out all the hair so that the balance is right, plus it keeps my eye moving around the paper. Building up the curls I can see a flow and I let my pencil play enhancing the natural shape. I keep adding more curls, until I’m happy with the overall feel of the hair. Just to make sure I stand back from the drawing and have a good look at the movement, at this stage I may add some more, after that I then go back into the sketching and start darkening the curls and work out which curls are overlapping. I use an erazor here and rub out the areas where their is no overlapping, this is helpful as a guide when I start painting so I can see the individual curls. A point worth when you look at you look air hair its very rarely smooth and you have bits and pieces that have a mind of there own and I always paint these in later, its one of the finishing off touches to the painting. Layers are amazing, they create depth and the more you have the more luxurious your hair will look.

In the picture below you will notice that the right side of my hair I have not darkened this is so I can add some bubble effects, as she is submerged in the water, these will help create some more depth to the overall painting..

My Mermaid painting is about a deep love of respect for the ocean, sending out positive thoughts to help heal our waters and to clear out harmful toxins. Let me explain a little bit about reiki. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Our hands have energy centers called chakras, and it is here energy is released. In my painting I am going to use color to show you where the energy flowing from the hands, and will add real feeling to the painting so you can feel the warmth and love also.

Some great links for more on reiki.
www.reiki-for-holistic-health.com
www.reiki.org
www.reikiassociation.org.uk
Next Week Part 3
I will talk about my painting technique.