Art is a State of Mediation it’s Where We Connect to the Source.
2012 was full of flying around, losing a loved one, trying out a new career move, that did not work out, and organizing my wedding. On a waking moment basis I’m constantly battling with making a living while traveling because I have so many areas I can work in. I’m lucky to be a gifted person who can pretty much do what I set my mind to, whether its painting, drawing, making jewelry, crafting and cooking or just coming up with ideas my mind is always on the go, but this is also my downfall because I’m always moving from one job to the next and never doing something exceptionally well, and I often find myself exhausted and still struggling to be an artist.
As the year was at an end, I sat quietly and thought about my year and how I felt about my experience. Was I happy? Did i make others happy? Did I achieve the things I wanted? And if not why what happened for me to disconnect for a time. And this is how “Earth Soul” came to be. I was a wanting to be still and go back to the basics. Just using a graphite pencil to create and still my mind and meditate on going back to my roots.
Earth Soul is about going back to basics and learning from the ground up connecting to our roots. We all have times when we need to reconnect to the earth and feel at peace within ourselves after a busy day. Or maybe we want to spend a few minutes at the beginning of the day just to centre ourselves for the day ahead. Earth Soul is just that she watches and listens to the world within herself and around her and connects to the divine source as she becomes one with the earth. Many mediations start off or finish off with a grounding exercise. An ideal way is to imagine you feet growing roots and feeling all the goodness from the earth. As you breathe in you fill your body of all the goodness of the earth and as you breathe out, you release all the stresses, and any negative emotions of the day. The more you do this the more your roots travel and the more refreshed you will feel, ready to take on the day ahead, or relax at the end of a long day.
I’m still chasing my tail with different projects and trying to calm my mind, like what do I write next and will I achieve what I want at the end of this day? I’m sure many of you are asking yourselves the same questions? Does it really matter that I don’t achieve all I set out for my day? Will I punish myself if I don’t? Yes is the most likely answer, but today my message is to enjoy everything. So with that in mind its time to take a shower and grow my roots and reevaluate where I am heading today.
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.
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
Anyone interested in a signed print please contact me here. As its Valentines this month I decided to release this design on free desktop wallpaper. In order to recieve this and many other free desktop art simply sign up to my newsletter. Every month I give away a new design to my subscribers along with a 15% discount on your first order.
Coming Soon! signed prints, greeting cards, bookmarks, jewelry, iphone covers, ipad covers and much more.
Autumn is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I love watching the trees change color. Its natures grand finally like firework display of dazzling colors from greens to darker greens, browns, yellows, oranges to reds. Its a season of celebration and harvesting. The leaves eventually and leave a blanket of color that slowly breaks down enriching the earth for next’s years cycle of birth.
The goddess of Autumn is Demeter she is goddess of harvest within Greek mythology. Demeter resided over barley and the harvest, she was also associated with the poppy. Here I have depicted her with faerie like features, she is greeting her faerie friend who lovingly dances around her casting out love and appreciation of earthly fruits.
The golden colors change into oranges and reds and you can feel the warmth the colors glow. All around you, you start to here the forest sing with the russell of the leaves from the gentle wind. You can feel the cold coming in, but your face is touched by the warmth of the setting sun. You open your eyes and see your faerie friend dancing around you singing. You glance around and see natures bloom of wild mushrooms and fungi, fruit for the forest animals and forest folk. You spot a long lost friend the Red Squirrel who is gathering for the winter, flicking his bushy tail he moves off busy harvesting as he go’s.
I want to thank John at Ophrys photography for kindly letting me use his wonderful Red Squirrel photo. His site is so worth checking out, he is an amazing photographer, don’t just take my word go and have a look at his site here.
Today we see less and less of our old friend the Red Squirrel but thanks to many charities the Red Squirrel can be found in some parts of the UK still, today you will find them roaming in parts of Scottish Highlands, Anglesey in Wales and the Isle of Wight. A great site to look at for information on helping protect the Red Squirrel is RSST the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. Here you will find projects that are set up help to reintroduced the Red Squirrel back into certain areas in the UK. The Lizard in Cornwall is one of them. There is plenty we can do by helping out the Red Squirrel from becoming a friend or donating there are also other options as well, like volunteer work and spreading the word. As my business grows its my plan to become a friend, but to start I want to help spread the word. At present I already plant one tree for every painting I create and over the coming months I fully intend to do more. Maybe organizing competitions and prize draws to help a charitable cause. So I’m sure you will here more from me over the coming months. A special thanks goes out to Helen at the RSST for her help in telling me what I can do to help.
Introducing my first ever Calendar! This has been a project that has been on my mind for a while, and thanks to some gentle persuasion from a friend I decided now was the right time 🙂 Along with the fact that this year has been a great year for creating art. I have so totally loved the time I have had for my creations, and what better way to show it off in a Calendar. Its also a great way of collecting my work and is ideal to frame too 😉
I released my Calendar with zazzle and it features all of this years latest works.
Over the last few weeks I have decided to dedicate more time to my shop here for a few reasons. Besides acting as a great showcase for my work, zazzle enables me to offer more choice for you too in a wide variety of really cool products to chose from. Plus regularly offer great discounts and free shipping from time to time, so through my twitter account and facebook account I will keep you posted on as many offers from zazzle as I can. Another reason that zazzle is so great for me, is I don’t have to worry about carrying stock around with me. As a full time traveller this is great! and I don’t have to worry about shipping. Lastly they also except returns, which is great for my customer, its essential that you are 100% happy 🙂 Over the coming months I will be adding skateboards, binders, mugs, prints, t-shirts and much much more 😉