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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 Drawing – Part 1

Recently I was asked how I draw faces, I have never been asked before and I was honored to be asked. So I wrote back with my advice, while thinking it would be great to start a new painting and explain how I paint from start to finish. I know their are already many videos out there, but it’s alway nice to do something personal for my fans and fellow artists, and a great way to give something to the art community. We are all unique and we all have different experiences to share 🙂

How I draw faces, thats one question that makes me think and a little hard for me to explain in words. For now though words and photos will have to do 😉 A camcorder will be a great addition in the future.

People and faces are a wonderful thing. Many of my paintings are based around the facial expressions and a story. I usually start of with an overall rough sketch, just to make sure it fits inside my canvas. As you can see in the first photo I have drawn a rough shape for the face and I have used a rough lines to help me get the spacing right. I was told that a portrait is egg shaped.
1. So imagine your egg, draw a horizontal line half way through your egg this gives you a line where the eyes go.
2.Then in the bottom half draw another line at the halfway mark and this is where the nose goes.
3.Then half that again and thats where the mouth goes.
4. Now if you half the top part of the egg this is where the hairline starts.
5 Half the bit in between the the hairline and eyes then you have a rough guide for your eyebrows.

On my picture its slightly different as I’m looking slightly upwards towards the face. But this gives you the basics.

After I have drawn my rough guides in I then start to build up the line work slowly. It helps to stand your work up and look at it from a distance to see if it looks okay and the perspective is good. Once I’m happy I usually start with drawing the eyes in then moving down onto the nose, mouth and jaw line. I keep moving around like this, as it helps me get the whole structure right. After that I will start to add the hairline and hands in.

When I begin a new art work I always start off with a rough sketch, to get a feel for the mood and a message I’m trying to convey. Sometimes my models really say something to me so I incorporate that into my work. Healing hands is what I wanted in this piece and when I met Hannah for the first time this is what went through my mind, as it turns out Hannah always has warm hands and she loves giving reiki healing, this gives me an excellent start to my story, from here I let the theme, color and feeling speak to me.

Next Time I will go into more detail with the overall theme of this painting and share more ongoing work as the painting developes.

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Butterfly Kisses Competition!!

The Model in this painting is Lady Amaranth to visit her website look here. She has some amazing photos, she models for many companies and is such an inspiration.

Ummm my first post this 2011 🙂 and it is the season of “Love” so I bring you “Butterfly Kisses” for the gothic valentine in you. For a while now I have been wanting to do something different and this was as good as chance as any. So the reds came out to play 🙂 The model in this painting is called Lady Amaranth and her website is www.ladyamaranth.com. I just let my feelings guide me this month and embraised my darker side and added some beauty with it. I also wanted to create something different with Lady amaranth so I turned her into a zombie, she is like sweet nectar to the butterflies and they love to kiss her. There is no particular story behind this piece I just felt inspired to create what I did, towards the end of the sketching process I felt it fitting to add “The Frog Prince”. Will she kiss her prince before midnight to save her soul? This is the first of my gothic images and I hope to bring you more in the future. Thinking about your write ups has lead me to an idea for a Competition!

The best story or poem for Butterfly Kisses.

I would like you to write a romantic short story or poem for Valentines Day. No more than 150 words. The winner will receive a signed 11×17 print by myself and there poem will be printed on the back of the card credited with your name. If you have a website I will also credit you on my website too. In order to enter add your comment below and on 28th February 2011, I will pick the most fitting story or poem. Any questions please contact me here.

I’m really excited about seeing what you guys come up with 🙂 Good Luck and have lots of Valentine fun X

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Fae Magic “Let the Magic Journey Begin”

This is my latest creation and took me the longest to paint to date, with so much going on this painting took me on my own magical Journey and I loved every minute of it 🙂 A few years back I used to go to a spiritual circle where we were all guided on a path in meditation and this piece took me right back there. My inspiration behind the piece was Tangle Catkin from Fae Nation, she is enchanting and delightful person and also has created an amazing portal to the fae world and next month I’m to be artist of the month for her.

Heres my write up for Fae Magic

“Let The Magic Begin”

The world of enchantment is never far away: Just before you close your eyes and say some loving words of protection, inspiration, love and joy. With a wish, you cast a love so pure for all in this world to see.

Then close your eyes, relax deep inside and let the magic of your dreams come alive. This leads you towards nature on your faerie path; let the scent of the flowers and the forest fill your being with goodness so alive.

Listen closely and you will hear the chatter of the forest, the rustle of the leaves, and to your surprise, a little voice greets you with a smile, and he wishes you the sweetest journey of your life.

Onward along your faerie path you tread, and look at the wonder all around, everything is so pure and perfect. And you are at one with the magic of nature. The love fills you and your heart opens up with an inner glow.

The Faerie Goddess appears in front of you. Watching over you, she sparkles and shimmers in the twilight. Her pure blue eyes speak to you of a world so old, a playground of harmony in life, until with a knowing smile she understands that your return to all things fae a new life will begin.

You see your reflection in her gaze, where you see yourself sparkle brightly with faerie eyes.

With your staff of light, you will go forth to protect what’s close and keep nature safe inside.

This painting was created with Acrylic paints on 300 gsm Windsor and Newton watercolor paper. Using thin layers of color I built them up slowly, to create eye catching colors and depth. Later this month I will be launching some new greeting cards, prints and pendants at my etsy store.