Windmills of Your Mind

Blue Mosaic

I mainly use the download version of Pixlr for most of my digital art but today I was looking at what PIxlr has to offer on-line. I thought I’d play with an earlier image I’d created of blue light which I use as a base for digital art, poked the “kaleidoscope” button and a couple of others whose names I’ve forgotten and got this image.

It reminds me of the Noel Harrison song “Windmills of My Mind”  so here’s a link to the original version of this song. I’ve used this song before but I do love it, sort of out in the galaxy and lovely and airy. If I remember rightly this was played when Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, in the original Thomas Crown Affair, were swinging around in a glider on thermals way above the earth.

Dark Night of the Soul

Worlds Within Worlds

I based this on a photo I’ve got of the base of a tree truck, have no idea where I got it from. But then I fiddled with PIxlr’s gizmos and ended up with this. It’s a bit wild but I got that “aha” moment when it seemed finished and needed no other adjustments or fiddling.  For some reason, this image reminds me of what you experience when you go through the Dark Night of the Soul – peering into the depths of flames, deep depression and transformation. We finally return to the light of day, different people, with a different, deeper view of life. And if you’re wondering how I know, well, I went through my own version of the Dark Night of the Soul when I was in my late ‘forties, early ‘fifties. Not something I wish to repeat, trust me on that one!

Snow in North Cyprus!

I realise that the minimal snow we got here today in North Cyprus looks quite pathetic beside the deep snow I see in the UK, US and Canada, but hey! we’re entitled to get a little excited here when snow falls because it’s such a rare event. Everyone’s been busy posting their photos on Facebook of the snow that fell this morning – and which was pretty much gone by lunchtime!

So here are some photos I took – of the Besparmak Mountains, of snow on our car, in our garden and on the fan palm in the communal garden. The Besparmak Mountains run parallel to the north coast of North Cyprus and are quite close to the sea, they’re about 10 minutes south of our apartment in Alsancak with the Mediterranean five minutes to our north. Molly, one of our dogs, was not impressed by the snow, our two other dogs, Zoe and Ziggy, enjoyed themselves, but Milly, the smallest and youngest, had the time of her life, sticking her nose in the snow, throwing it in the air, and enjoying skidding on the ice under the snow. We watched from indoors with the heater on as it was bitterly cold outside, something we’re really not used to after 40-plus years in hot climates.

Snow in garden - I seem to have also caught a snow elemental!
Snow in garden – I seem to have also caught a snow elemental!
Snow on car, Feb 2015 - Copy
The snow was already melting on our car when my husband took this photo.
Snow on fan palm, Feb 2015 - Copy
Snow on fan palm in communal garden

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Creative Capers 3: Playing with Pixlr – Mystery of Earth

I decided today to work with another photo today  from the blog, Republic of Ann – Despatches from the Rockies.    (Again, thank you, Ann!)

This time I chose one of ice reflected in water, but you can’t really see it as I started playing around with a new gizmo added to Pixlr’s Overlay Collection: “Skyfell”.  I had enormous fun stuffing around with the various choices and I would urge you, if you’re interested in digital art, to download the programme. It’s worthwhile paying the annual fee of, I think, $15, which is very reasonable considering the tools available on Pixlr. You can use the basic version for free, but when you subscribe, you get extras like the Skyfell collection, as well as goodies like Impala and so on.

Here’s the final result:Mystery of LIfe

And this is the original photo I worked on, which I think is quite brilliant:

Ann's Ice

 

 

 

Creative Capers 2: Pendants & crystals

Amazonite pendant with moonstone
Amazonite with Moonstone
Lepidolite pendant
Raw Lepidolite rock with wire wrap. You can’t see the colour clearly but it’s a very pale pink-amethyst, quite beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to re-energise some of my stone pendants this week as I wanted to work more closely with some quite expensive, but very small, crystals I’ve collected over the years. They’ve all been set out in glass dishes, but I got the distinct feeling they wanted to be out in the open more instead of lurking in the depths of my crystal collection. So here are photos of  my amended pendants and additional stones.

Seraphinite Pendant with Picasso Marble cabochon. I'm not too sure if Picasso Marble is quite the right word as I bought this cabochon years ago. I do know it's rare.
Seraphinite Pendant with Picasso Marble cabochon. I’m not too sure if Picasso Marble is quite the right word as I bought this cabochon years ago. I do know it’s rare.
Elestial Sheet Quartz Pendant with Rose Quartz goddess figurine
Elestial Sheet Quartz Pendant with Rose Quartz goddess figurine

 

Rose quartz pendant w. watermelon tourmaline slice & spinel stones
Rose Quartz Pendant with Watermelon Tourmaline Slice, centre, and Pink Spinel crystals from Burma top and bottom.
Nuumit pendant with silver carnelian stone
Nuumit pendant with silver carnelian stone
Healer's Gold pendant with Congolese Faden Quartz and Rose Quartz chips.
Healer’s Gold pendant with Congolese Faden Quartz and Rose Quartz chips.
Chrysocolla pendant with pezzatoite, a pink beryl. I bought this in the UK and hoarded it as it's so small but decided it would look great on Chrysocolla, Aphrodite's stone.
Chrysocolla pendant with pezzottaite, a pink beryl. I bought this in the UK and hoarded it as it’s so small but decided it would look great on Chrysocolla, Aphrodite’s stone.
Blue Quartz with Moonstone
Blue Quartz with Moonstone

Creative Capers 1: Smudge feather fan

Over the past couple of days I’ve had fun creating a feather smudge wand and altering some of my stone pendants.

I have been meaning to create a wand with feathers to use for smudging sage smoke but the day before yesterday felt a real urge to go out for a walk, stepped out of our apartment building and there, on the field facing our parking area, was exactly the right stick and it had fallen off the hawthorn tree. So I grabbed that, continued my walk around our apartment block and, by the time I’d got home, the wood had separate into two, with one being just right for creating my wand.

I had fiddled with the feathers a few times and nothing worked out quite right, but when I decided to work with the end of the stick which had a few thin twigs everything fell into place really fast, as the twigs made a cradle for the feathers. The wand is created from feathers I’ve collected over the years:

* Crow feathers for deep insight and inspiration, for opening to the sacred and hidden depths;

* Kookaburra feathers for sharp vision and ability to retain a sense of humour, of the absurd and to keep my feet on the ground;

* Rainbow lorikeet feathers to remind me of the vast array of treasures available to us here on Mother Earth.

I have white sage in the garden so, when the weather’s cleared up a bit and the leaves have dried out, I’m going to cut quite a few leaves to make smudge sticks.

Smudge wand

Hope

Desert Rose

I called this digital art “Hope” because it shows a flower combined with a Desert Rose rock formation, with the underlying message that however hard times become, somewhere, sometime an allegorical flower will blossom in your life and you start to feel more positive and optimistic.

The way I work when I’m creating digital art is to scroll through various images I have saved to see what calls to me. Today my attention was drawn by a lovely Desert Rose selenite formation which I have in my crystal collection.  I trimmed it down to a square, then decided to couple it with a photo of a flower. So I scrolled down all the images I have for flowers and the one that again I chose intuitively was a ginger flower I photographed when we were living in Bowraville, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

Then I went through various different blend modes in the texture section of PicMonkey and really liked the image above.  I added a small frame with Pixlr and decided that I that the image was fine as is. Sometimes you can keep fiddling with digital art but this had the “aha” feel about it.

The images I used are below:

Desert Rose
Desert Rose
Ginger flower 2
Ginger Flower