I’ve been having great fun this afternoon working on an original photo I took of a firework exploding in front of our apartment in Alsancak, north coast of North Cyprus. I fiddled with PicMonkey gizmos to add colour and definition to the original photo then saved that image. And here’s the interesting part – I’ve just invested in a really nifty little plug-in by Redfield Labs called Fractilius which produces amazing images so, once I’d got an image I liked, I saved it. Then I returned to the PicMonkey photo I’d saved earlier and added layers of the image saved from the Fractilius plug-in. The final image is below, and the photo of the firework below that.
I read an interesting post on the blog: http://dreamrly.com about patience when working with dreams and how simply working with emotions can help one understand and connect with the messages from our inner wisdom. Very timely for me as I had a dream just before I woke up about talking in public, not relying on written notes, feeling confident and feeling in touch emotionally. So I decided to incorporate these into my digital art and today’s image is the result.
I have layered loads of images of water from the “water” gizmo on PicMonkey, then added in layers from the “paint” gizmo. Over that image I overlaid a photo of a stone I collected from a nearby beach here in North Cyprus which has rune markings on it. It connects me with ancient rock art and ancient wisdom. I then added two layers of a rainbow I photographed yesterday which was sending out rays of light, then added an image of a Celestite teacher’s wand, one of the first crystals I ordered on eBay when I was living in the UK in 2003. I remember being inordinately pleased with myself that I’d managed to work out how to win auctions and also that I’d worked my way through PayPal too. In those days I was a real newbie with the internet and its workings but I picked up a lot through participating in eBay auctions and paying for the crystals I won. So here’s the result of the digital art: Dreaming
Spring is in the air here in North Cyprus. New leaves are shading the empty branches of the hawthorn and pomegranate trees with green, the meadows are green, wildflowers are springing up and fruit trees are in blossom. It’s been an amazingly mild winter so far, just one week of bitingly cold winds and weather from the north, but this morning it was like a balmy spring morning at 18C with brilliant sunshine and a warm breeze. Admittedly we’ve yet to get through February which can be very wintery at times, but the burst of spring-like weather really lifts your spirits.
So to honour this spring energy, I’ve created a piece of digital art from a photo I took of a hawthorn tree silhouetted against a blue sky with the Besparmak Mountains in the background, then I’ve worked on it with layers of PicMonkey’s “paint” gizmo, then superimposed another photo of a hawthorn tree.
Courage to Transform: digital art based on an earlier, incomplete piece of art I created with the addition of a cobra – snake being the symbol of transformation, and transformation takes courage.
Every bare foot walk through country, every breath breathed through spirit, every special sacred space treasured and protected, every season observed and respected, the knowledge of each family member born through our blood line. Every Elder past and present , Every story re -told and shared, every word ever spoken in Traditional language, Every animal and plant that we were introduced to and encouraged to treat as kin, every crystal gifted from the earth, every one of the five children I have delivered into this extended family of knowledge and teachers. All of it comes from culture. The cultural heritage I inherited at birth and the pride with which I live every day of my life.
Aboriginal culture is alive today as it was 40,000 years ago.
I came across a rather lovely lavender bush yesterday, and this photo is composed of various layers of the photograph I took of the bush, plus some playing around with PicMonkey gizmos. I called this digital art “Spirit of Lavender” because it invokes the devic energies which surround this beautiful, healing plant.
Since I mentioned Lambousa in my last post, I thought I’d share some photos of this fascinating piece of history.
Lambousa was an ancient port with around 10,000 inhabitants and was renowned for the wealth of its inhabitants. Unfortunately it used to get raided a lot and eventually its people moved inland to the foothills of the Besparmak Mountain range, which runs parallel to the coast of North Cyprus, and established the village of Lapta which still thrives today.
We live about five minutes away from Lambousa but as it’s tucked away on the coast, we only recently became aware of its existence. We turned off the main road to Lapta and drove down a side road towards the Mediterranean, turning off just before Mare Monte, a former hotel, to head down a dirt track to the coast. There we came across open rock tombs in the earth and further on rock tombs with various numbers of individual tombs dug into the ground within the openings to the tomb space. We also came across a still-existing Roman fish pond where the sea breaks over the edge and stale water drains away at the side, so that fish catches could be kept fresh.
I think what I liked about this site was the very peaceful feeling, and a sense of tranquillity when you walk into the quiet area where most of the rock tombs are situated. I find it fascinating to see history right in front of my eyes, and to be walking where centuries ago people lived, earned a living, went fishing and managed to amass quite a bit of wealth.
Here are my photos: