Ratty the Water Vole’s View of the World (Wind in the Willows)

I created the background image on this canvas a while back but wasn’t inspired to finish it. Then I returned to it yesterday,added in a layer of Mimosa leaves I’d photographed against the sky,  fiddled with the colours a bit and added in the bubbles. And an image of Ratty, from the Wind in the Willows, fossicking around in rivers came to mind, I could see him clear as daylight, so here is Ratty the Water Vole’s View of the World!

Ratty the Water Vole's View of the World
Ratty the Water Vole’s View of the World

Spirit Soaring

I created this with a blank canvas and a photo I took of a pansy with a centre which looks like an eagle in flight. An eagle aloft not only gives you perspective, it  shows how strong you are when you following your own songlines home to your soul. When your heart sings, when you are in alignment with your heart, your spirit soars and you feel at peace.That’s the essence of this piece of digital art.

Spirit in Flight
Spirit Soaring


I started off with a pale pink canvas in PicMonkey, switched to Pixlr where I deepened the colour and added some effects, then switched back to PicMonkey and added a layer of bougainvillea flowers, followed by a layer of a white hibiscus.  I kept it simple as I don’t think anything else was needed (for once!). So here is “Peace” and there won’t be any postings over the weekend as I’m holding a crystal workshop tomorrow and will rest and recover on Sunday.  Hasta la Vista!


Bright Blessings

I created another blank canvas this morning with a pale violet colour, then browsed the photos I’ve taken of flowers. I never know what I’m going to settle on, just follow my intuition. So today my attention was taken by a wild flower that my husband found growing near the apartment we stayed in when we first moved to North Cyprus. I have no idea what the flower is, it’s a heather pink in its original form, but I was poking away at dear old PicMonkey’s gizmos today and really liked the colour change which is in the photo I finally settled on after playing with BeFunky and Pixlr.

I’ve called this Bright Blessings because the flower seems to be radiating out energy and I thought it might be a bit of encouragement in a world which seems to be in a bit of turmoil. Hope this cheers your day up! Below the artwork is one of my favourite poems by the Irish poet, John O’Donohue, Beannacht.

Bright Blessings
Bright Blessings


On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

~ John O’Donohue ~

(Echoes of Memory)


I decided to do something different today – created a deep green canvas with PicMonkey, added some depth with the water feature which really cheered up the basic canvas, then switched to Pixlr to use their gizmos. And ended up with a piece of digital art called: “Hope”.  I felt is showed the optimism and brightness we feel when we’re hopeful.

This is also dedicated to all the kids you see interviewed in developing nations who, when you ask them what they want to be, aren’t interested in celebrity or superficial stuff, they all want to be of service and help others. They invariably say they want to scientists, doctors, nurses, teachers, inventors – but they  have so much hope, light and enthusiasm in their faces that you wish so much that their dreams come true. here’s to the kids with dreams – big and small!


Rose Radiance

I keep returning to roses in my digital art, not sure why, except that roses are such beauitful flowers and are universally loved around the world. We have in our garden a rose bush called the Apothecary’s Rose, an ancient rose from this region, which has a huge, unusual centre and I love it, it’s dark red.  Further down our apartment block, one of our neighbour’s gardens has a pink rose bush and a red rose bush, whose flowers I have also photographed. And beside our communal swimming pool is a lovely yellow rose, I took loads of photos of this as it blossomed day by day. I can also get hold of essential rose oil at a very reasonable price here because Turkey produces so much rose oil and interestingly, while I couldn’t tolerate rose oil in Australia, here in North Cyprus I can’t get enough of it.  Definitely Aphrodite’s Isle of Love!

So here’s another piece of digital art, featuring a rose, to remind us of the radiance of love, how it fills our hearts and lights our lives. Consider this also an early offering for Mother’s Day.

Rose Radiance
Rose Radiance