I’ve been having great fun playing with a new gizmo on PicMonkey – the Mirror tool under the “Effects” section.  I worked with a photo I took of Turkey on the horizon from where we live in north Cyprus. Then I worked with the “Frost” section  in the “Themes” section. The Infinity sign came from Pixlr bag of tricks and goodies.

And the above is the result. I’ve called it “Hallelujah” because it reminds me of the majesty of spiritual experience, however we each view spirituality.

When the Fae Come Out to Play

When Faeries Come Out to Play

I worked with a photo of elm trees in the UK and a photo I took here in North Cyprus of a fig tree coming into leaf.

The resultant image reminded me of a secret land lit by magickal light where faeries come out to play away from the view of us mere mortals.

Homage to Courage

Homage to Courage

With this post I want to honour Sophie and Hans Scholl and other members of die Weisse Rose (the White Rose) student movement in Munich, Germany in World War 2.

I first came across the story of Hans and Sophie Scholl when I was working in Stuttgart as part of my university year abroad.  I didn’t know anyone in the first few weeks so raided the library where I worked and one of the books I came across was  “Die Weisse Rose” written by their sister, Inge Scholl.

Members of die Weisse Rose (the White Rose) organised resistance against the Nazi regime, an act of immense courage given the repression of the fascist organisation in Germany at that time. Eventually they were captured and three of their number – Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans Scholl and their friend Christoph Probst – were found guilt of treason on 22nd February 1943. They were executed a few hours later at 5 pm,  beheaded by a guillotine.

Sophie Scholl’s last words were: “Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter if, through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” What immense courage!

I think the anniversary of the deaths of these young people is a good opportunity not only to remember and honor their courage, but also to remember that there were very brave Germans who fought the Nazi regime – often at the cost of their own lives through execution or transport to concentration camps where they were killed along with the millions of Jews, Christians, gypsies, intellectually and physically handicapped people, trade unionists and others who opposed the Nazi regime.

I also think it’s terrific that the sacrifice of these young people is not forgotten. Their lives were not lost in vain and their courageous activities are remembered and honoured seventy-three years down the track as heroes and inspirational to those today engaged in action for social justice and human rights.


Musical Memories

Musical Memories

I knocked this up for a bit of fun because, when I was looking on YouTube for a link to Moonlight Sonata, I came across another composition by Beethoven: Fuer Elise.

This music brought back some good memories of 1972 when I, aged 25, travelled to Australia with my then boyfriend for a holiday (which stretched into 40 years!).  We flew by jet to Singapore then caught a ship called the Patris to Perth, Western Australia. In those days the ship-jet combination was a very cheap option to fly from England to Australia.

Every mealtime they would play a few bars of Fuer Elise over the loudspeakers to announce food was being served.  I would hum merrily away, completely out of key as I’m tone-deaf.  It used to drive my boyfriend nutso as he had perfect pitch – in fact, it seems to be my fate to end up with guys with perfect pitch as my husband has the same and my off-key warblings drive him nutso too. (I also remember beating my boyfriend at chess – I had no idea of the rules so moved the pieces at random which foxed him completely as it was totally illogical and he was very logical and so couldn’t predict my move. He was also, by the way, a bad loser!).

I think the tone-deafness must run in our family – my mum was very musical, loved playing the piano, but my aunt (my mother’s sister) was tone-deaf like me.  She used to start belting out “Jezebel”  (popularised by Frankie Lane) and we would scatter for cover – much like my husband, the dogs and the cats do when I start hollering away!

In fact, the Patris experience put me off cruises for life – there were no places to sit in solitude; entertainment was arranged in every part of the damned boat; the food was appalling; and it was plain old boring.  Apart from finding out, of course, that Fuer Elise was the name of the music and it had been created by Beethoven.

So remember, when life hands out lemons, make lemonade – in this case, a lovely piece of music which I’ve never forgotten over the many years since my 1972 journey to Australia where, by the way, I created a magickal new life for myself!

In Praise of Trees

In praise of trees

The base image for this piece of digital art is a photo of rainforest. Superimposed are images of what is called The Methuselah Tree, the bark of an olive tree, a ficus tree and the bark of a rainbow eucalyptus tree.

This is simply to honour trees, the role they play in regenerating the earth, and the way in which trees benefit human beings with their presence, their calmness and their reminder that not all things important are about material possessions.

Trees rule, okay?

Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Serenade

I created this from a blank canvas copied from PicMonkey into Pixlr, then fiddled with various Pixlr gizmos to get the background canvas and then, finally, superimposed a photo of grasses I took by the sea at Lambousa, an ancient port close to where we live in North Cyprus.

It’s a tribute to the beauty of nature and the galaxy.

And here’s some lovely music to accompany the image.

Art for Sale: Love Actually


Love Actually

Original artwork printed on lightweight photoblock board, with individual decoration by Yours Truly.  Just added bits and pieces as I felt inspired.

The centre rose is from a photo I took of the Apothecary’s Rose in my garden – it’s an ancient rose native to the Turkish region. The rose is a reminder of the power of love, its longevity and its inspiration in our world today.

The hearts represent the love that resides in our hearts and which we can access with goodwill and intention, while the butterflies represent the transformative power of love

The three-pointed leaves on the right-hand side remind us of the fusion of body, mind and spirit and subsequent optimism, self-expression and connection to the divine flow. There are also three beads radiating out, including the centre bead, which again remind us of the cosmic power of love; between each radial spoke are four beads  which represents the courage to embrace love and all its splendour in our everyday life.

In total there are twenty-two beads, a master number, which invokes spiritual, physical, emotional and mental mastery in one’s life.

The artwork is 16.5″ x 13.25″ (41.75 cms x 33cms).

Price: US$55

Postage & packaging: US$15

Registered post: US22.