Full Moon Christmas Greetings

Christmas New Moon Angel]

I got up this morning at 6am to get a glass of water and let our three dogs out for a run (plus add some food to their bowls for the two cats), and just happened to catch the Full Moon resplendent in the sky as light clouds were moving in from the west.  Grabbed my camera and got this rather nifty image.

It reminds me of an angel with wings outspread or, if you prefer, a bird in flight.

So for this Christmas I’ll leave you with an invocation which I came across when I was living in Boonah, Queensland, from 1994-2002, one which seems to have stayed with me in my memory over the years:

 I am a child of the Light

I live in the Light

I love the Light

I serve the Light.

I am protected, supported, sustained  and illumined by the Light

and I bless the Light.

Joy

Joy

I’m always rather intrigued by the road which opens up for me when I’m working on photos to create digital art.

On this occasion I felt inspired by another photograph taken by David of SmileCalm. As soon as I saw the photo I could see the smiling energy of the water sprite living in the waterfall but I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did.

I had an idea of water energy so started off with images of bubbles, but when I added an overlay of the North Californian Falls No. 2, suddenly it took off into multi-coloured images which inspired so much joy.

So I added the feather with birds flying out of the top to aid the flight of joy, the flower in the bottom left-hand corner for the blossoming of joy, and the butterfly in the top left-hand corner for the transformation and lightness of spirit which joy brings.

And so I wish you all a joyous season, much happiness and many, many blessings – however and wherever they eventuate – for your lives in 2016.

Take care, my friends, and remember that good people, sparkles, glitter and faeries are everywhere!

The Aeons of Art

The Aeons of Art

This is a tribute to all those who have created art (painting, photography, glass, sculpture, etc.,) since time immemorial – to those who have produced a vast array of images over the aeons, from rock & cave art to huge canvases to small pieces to doodlings at home, to paintings on crockery, both large & small sculptures, beautiful glassware, wherever people share their imagination, creativity and joy in art in all its multitude of manifestations.

It doesn’t matter if you’re well-known or simply creating art on small bits of paper at home – you are part of a tradition going back tens of thousands of years. Welcome to the tribe of artistic angels who light our own lives and those of so many others!

This digital art is created from a base of a frozen waterfall in the Smokies overlaid with a photo of a waterfall flowing into the sea at Big Sur. The horse in the bottom right hand corner represents the wealth of rock and cave art which still leaves us dazzled at the creativity and clarity of images. The frozen waterfall represents the images of the past, immortalised in so many ways through canvas, paper and whatever people have chosen as a base on which to create their images, while the flowing waterfall represents the never-ending creativity of humanity.

Credits: Frozen Waterfall, Republic of Ann – Dispatches from the Smokies

Big Sur’s McWay falls touches the Pacific, SmileCalm

Winter Solstice Greetings

Winter Solstice 2015

I’ve spent 40+ years in the Southern Hemisphere celebrating Summer Solstice at this time of the year, but I am enjoying being back in the Northern Hemisphere, feels like I’m home where I feel more comfortable. The seasons are the right way around and I love celebrating Winter Solstice in December where my body and soul feel it “ought” to be!

So greetings to you all for the Winter Solstice. I’ve worked in this piece of digital art in the mystery of life here on Mother Earth, the cycles of life represented by the Moon and, with the bird images, our hopes and dreams for the future.

Donegal Dances

Donegal Dances
Another piece of digital art with the basis a photo of an archway in Donegal.
This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people…
reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.
 
~ Walt Whitman ~
(Dedicated to all the US Republican presidential candidates)

Donegal Dreaming

Donegal Dreaming

I created this piece of digital art from a photo of the sea in Donegal which I saved a while back. I have no idea who the original photographer is so can’t give credit, although the final image is so different from the original photograph, I don’t think it’s infringing copyright!

Harvest of Love

Harvest of Love

This image started out with a close-up of my carnelian necklace, with an overlay of grasses blowing in the wind against a back-drop of the Mediterranean, all orange colours, believe it or not.

Then I happened to come across a gizmo in PicMonkey relating to pink, the colour of love, and suddenly this piece of digital art was transformed from autumn harvest to the harvest of love.

I did this just after I’d been reading about a young refugee from Iraq on the Facebook page, Humans of New York.  Brandon, who operates the HONY page, has been interviewing refugees in Turkey, some of whom have been offered refuge in the US, some not.

As a young girl, Aya saw her neighbour’s house blown to bits and her best friend lying on the ground, with her legs blown off, screaming as she died. This young woman was forced to leave Iraq with her family in the face of death threats and headed to Syria. The story hasn’t finished yet, the Syrian section remains to be told. At present Aya’s a refugee in Turkey and has just been turned down for acceptance to move to the US.

I know this young girl’s story has touched many, many hearts in the HONY community, as it did mine, I sat and cried as I read about the awful experiences of this woman in the wake of the illegal US-led war in Iraq. And I will be honest that I railed against Western leaders like Bush, Blair, Cheney and Howard who sanctioned this warfare and opened a Pandora’s box of immense suffering in the Middle East. They are war criminals who should be on trial in the International Court of Justice because they are no more than scum.

So I dedicate this piece of artwork to all those refugees seeking a home in a country where there is love, honour, justice, schooling, medical care, a roof over their heads and acceptance from a loving, accepting community. Know that those who care about refugees and asylum seekers far, far out-number those who live little, constrained lives of fear, hate and prejudice.

You can see Aya’s story in this interview with CNN:

Aya’s Story: Human’s of New York