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Well, here is another Steampunk painting to stimulate your receptors. Staying with the theme, I opened up the possiblities of a mechanical seahorse submerged within a fantasy Steampunk ocean world, cool eh!
I used a plethora of metalic objects to compliment and enhance the painting. Many layers were added to make various textures and to add interest. You could be looking at the painting one day and notice something totally new the next... I love a bit of mystery.
So here it is, Steampunk-Seahorse.
Hope you like it.
I have always been fascinated with wildlife and the vast ecosystem this wonderful planet of ours has to offer. I was inspired to paint the Serengeti after I was asked to show a class of infant children how to paint a silhouette of an elephant with a sunset. I instantly thought of the Serengeti and the wonderful animals that live in such a harsh land and how they manage to survive nevertheless.
Here is my latest painting, ‘The Serengeti’. This vast plain in East Central Africa, spans about 12,000 square miles and derives its names from the Maasai Language that means ‘Endless Plains’.
At the moment I have been experimenting with different mediums in art such as colour pencils, pastels and pen. This is given me an opportunity to push myself beyond my limits in a short space of time, producing art work, that I have to say, I am quite proud of. I will show the new works soon.
Hope you like it.
I have just come back from an awesome trip to Granada in Spain. I found Granada to be a very inspirational place, full of design features especially in the architecture in the Alhambra Palace.
Granada has such a rich history. Granada means pomegranate and is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The most famous place is the Alhambra a Moorish citadel and palace. It was declared a world heritage cite in 1984 by UNESCO.
There are many churches and a cathedral of Granada built in the early 16th century.
I loved the architecture of all the historical buildings and many of the design features that decorated them. The gardens were especially beautiful with their mediteranean flora and fauna, hidden court yards and fountains found around every corner. A lot of these little fountains were estabilished there for the people for drinking, a perfect relief from the heat of the day.
This place had my favourite things: art, gardens and scenery. So I may do a range of paintings inspired by this trip. Watch this space. Here are a few pictures to wet your apetite.
This is a very quick pastel drawing of a colourful Peacock. It's a draft drawing for a friend which I will be painting soon.
Hope you like it..........:)
This is my latest painting called Proud Peacock. Just practising my birds :)
due to popular demand and the fact that I need to do this. I have not done many animals before so watch this space.
PS: All my paintings are pay as you want. So email me with a sensible offer and it's yours!
Just sat down with my family and started talking about what is going on in the world. One thing led to another and we got onto the subject of eating. Well we watched Jamie Oliver discussing health issues affecting the people of this planet. The main culprit being the fast food industry. You can watch his talk here.
We are living in fast era where time is of the essence or should I say time is money. No one has time to prepare meals, sit down with family and friends on a regular basis and enjoy a home cooked meal, full of wholesome goodness. Instead we have microwave meals full of god knows what, packed with mostly additives, sugar, preservatives, colour the list can go on and on.... Basically what I am saying is we need to think about the future of our children and their health.
I am a great believer in cooking from fresh and like growing my own fruits and vegetables, when I can. I have taught all three of my boys to cook, because it is a life skill and will serve them well. I believe that even cooking is an Art form. If you go to a restaurant you will notice the presentation of the food is of great importance, because you eat with your eyes first. If the food is attractive you will want to sample it. Sometimes when I am preparing a salad I like to add colour to it as I would one of my paintings. I also love experimenting by mixing fruit and vegetables together in the salad, just as I would use different media in my pictures.
I have an Elder tree in my garden and this year I decided to use its bounty to produce my very own elder flower cordial. This went down well with friends and family, who suggested I should bottle it and sell it. I produced so much I had to share it with everyone, even my neighbours loved it. I felt so proud of myself using a resource that most people would have ignored and seen as a weed. If I were to buy this from the local supermarket it would have cost quite a lot of money and would have had preservative in it too. Mine was just the cost of sugar and a couple of other cheap ingredients. I made this cordial within a day, the drink was extra healthy as the pollen from it was present too. Here is a video with the recipe. Try it you will love it.
I also have a little cherry tree, that produces lots of cherries every year. I had so many this year that I made jam out of them and a cherry pie. Here is a picture (not a very good one sorry).
If you have read my previous blogs you will know that I love trees. My dream is to own land where I can grow my own fruit and vegetables. I think I would probably cover it with fruit trees of all varieties, so that I can pick and eat them fresh every day. Can you imagine how healthy people would be if everyone could do this?
Recently I received a calendar from a friend in Australia. It had some beautiful dot paintings in vivid colours. I was so inspired by them that I had to have a go. After doing a little research on Aboriginal dot paintings, I learned that the ancients used to do these paintings on rocks and caves.
The images depicted stories and legends from their religion. A lot of them showed aerial views of rivers, lakes, people sitting around campfires and many forms of animals. Rather like looking at a map.
Well, I thought It would be a good idea to, very loosely, base the next theme for my work on dot paintings.
My first piece, ‘The Balance of Life’, shows the Tree of life standing proud in the middle of the picture. On either side of the tree are two campfires, with people surrounding each one. They represent community spirit and the unity of humankind. The tree provides them with shade and sustenance. The stars up above represent the elders and loved ones, who have moved on, but are still keeping a watchful eye on them. Everything is in harmony, perfectly balanced.
Due to problems uploading the picture, I cannot show it here, but you can view it on my Facebook album page.This painting will be up for sale soon. Watch this space!!!
See you later :) :)
Ok, I am new to all of this so please be patient with me. I have only just discovered what a blog is :)
You are now embarking on a journey of self discovery with me. Welcome.
To start with I like the following:
Lounging around in my pyjamas on a Sunday.
As you already know, painting and photography.
My family (most of the time... he he he)
I love clever recycling ideas.
I am really into the good life, even though I don't have the means to do it yet.
The idea of owning my own land and living off it gets me excited.
I loooooove nature.
I am into healing myself and my friends and family. This is mainly because I have studied alternative therapies.
Most of all I would love everyone to live a stress free life, in peace and love. This list could go on forever, but I should stop before you go to sleep.
So, why am I blogging? Well I thought I would share with you why I started painting. I come from a very creative family. My dad is brilliant at art. My mum was fantastic at designing clothes and sewing them. However she cannot do this anymore due to ill health. She is also an amazing cook. My sister is brilliant at making portraits of people. She actually studied art at A level. I always believed she would be a famous artist one day, and she may well be some day. But me, well, I was ok. I was pretty much an average student. Not bad at art, but not great either. I left school with ok grades. Attended business school and then got married early, to my childhood sweetheart.
Life went on and I had three beautiful, talented, boys, all of whom I encouraged to be creative. I did not have much time for myself. Life was busy as I spent most of my time volunteering at schools, studying ( which is another passion of mine) and managing my family. Fast forward a few years, during a difficult period in my life when my mother was nearly at heaven's gates, I had to give up my job and become her carer. This was a very traumatic time for me. I was slowly breaking down. I could not sleep or focus on anything. My mind was everywhere.
It was during this period, I had an overwhelming desire to paint. I thought I was losing it. Me...? Paint...? I asked myself. But a little voice kept urging me to have a go. Then one day as I was flicking through the T.V. channels, I found good old Bob Ross. He made painting look effortless. It was after that programme I caved in and had a go. I remember using my children's paint brushes that they had no interest in, mainly because their creativity is in other forms of art. For example my eldest is a gifted
writer, my middle and youngest sons are musicians. So, I painted on the inside of a cereal box ( I couldn't find any paper). The result was pretty good. It was then I realised that for those few moments I felt at peace. I had escaped from the daily rigours of life and took a dive into my soul. My head felt lighter as if I had let off steam. Things were clearer afterwards. This was the beginning of my healing process. Art was the start of a new chapter in my existence.
Nature became my master. I also had an interest in photography, which helped my painting too. The idea of capturing precious moments in life forever, is a beautiful thought, and evokes all kinds of emotions every time I look at them. Art is an extension of my soul, uplifting my spirit. It gives me the freedom to express my innermost thoughts and feelings. Sometimes I just stand infront of the canvas and paint whatever comes into my mind. Often I want to paint particular colours, not knowing what will come of it. One such painting is called, 'Blue Horizon'. (take a look :) )
I believe there is an art form for everyone, you just have to express it. Let your environment and your inner self inspire and heal you.
I am a self taught artist who loves and appreciates art and photography. Both capture moments of life with great meaning and beauty.