I have just finished the paintings Inspired by Aboriginal dot art. There are four paintings.
I have a gorgeous Acer tree, in my back garden, which I love dearly. I salvaged it from a shop. It looked like it was dying and crying out for help. Leaving it there was not an option. I always wanted an Acer, so I took it home, nurtured it and now it is flourishing. It has beautiful scarlet leaves, which show up magnificently against the different coloured green foliage of the garden. Here is a photo of it.
My eldest son, wrote a poem about it, after I had painted it. Here is the painting with the poem. Enjoy :) :)
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iPhone 5/5S Case
iPhone 5C Case
iPhone 4/ 4S Case
Galaxy S4 Case
You can use the images from my paintings/photo collection to personalise your phone case. The image will also be wrapped around the sides. You can adjust the positioning of the specific area you wish to be on your case and hey presto, it's ready. Here is a selection displaying some of my images.
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Hey everyone. I thought today I would talk about one of my paintings. This is one of my favourites. I really wanted to try my hand at painting a scene showing off the magical colours of the night and the brilliance of the moon watching over us. I decided that the best way of doing this would be to paint a scene with the moon over the sea, and delicate coloured clouds surrounding it.
Also after finishing the painting I asked my eldest son to do a piece of writing about it. He has an amazing way with words. Writing to him is like breathing, It comes naturally to him. So here it is. The colours of night.
A gift was given to me, of lesser light, to guide my wayward soul through night.
Hung within the barren void, I rest inanimate in a pallid shell.
Till seams appear and rays pour through.
Torrents soak within my being, and grant colour where none resided.
As the rushes end and peace returns, the vision begins to form.
And there you lay, radiant , omniscient - as my lunar guardian.
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.