This image is based on a special site we found in Pingelly, on the wheatbelt of Western Australia. There were huge granite rocks that had images of frogs in them, they were quite clear. It was an incredibly peaceful place and we later found out that Frog was the totem of the Aboriginal tribe of that area.
I picked up a packet of sea shells in our local do-it-yourself shop (called here in North Cyprus a Yapi Market). I found three beautiful shells, took a pic of them then fiddled with on Toolwiz. This is the result – it reminds me of the songlines of the earth and how we can align with them to harmonise with Planet Earth.
It was actually getting an image of a piece of Ochre in my collection which prompted me to unpack all the crystals I’d stored away a while back. This Ochre comes from Coochiemudlo Island (yes, it’s a real name!) off the coast of Brisbane, Queensland, and it was gifted to me, along with two smaller pieces, by a good friend who now lives in New Zealand.
Ochre isn’t strictly a stone. According to Wikipedia, it’s: ” a natural earth pigment containing hydrated iron oxide, which ranges in color from yellow to deep orange or brown. It is also the name of the colors produced by this pigment, especially a light brownish-yellow.”
In Aboriginal culture, red ochre is sacred. Along with other colours of ochre – yellow and white – red ochre can be used in artwork, body paint and protection for weapons. Although I can’t find any information on the internet, if I remember rightly red ochre is also used for medicinal purposes.
The piece I have is a rusty-red colour, it’s high in hematite as its hard and heavy, while the two other pieces my friend gifted me are a pale pink, much softer and easy to scrape for the pigment. For me, therefore the large piece of ochre is linked via hematite to earth energy and resonates with practical creativity. No point being creative if you don’t actually do anything!
The above image was developed from a photo of my piece of ochre. It represents our links to the stars, but also the long history of ochre being used in rock art with the image of hands re-appearing not just across the sacred sites of Australia but also in other places, such as the caves in France, and in Native American art. It’s why I’ve included a hand-print to link to those who’ve walked on this earth before us and connect with us through their use of red ochre. I also added in the metallic decoration at the top to link to present-day work with ochre by creative spirits and by those working with Aboriginal cultural heritage in Australia.
Below is a link to an Aboriginal artist talking about the sacred aspect of working with white ochre and also how to use the pigment. The second piece is about Aboriginal art while the last link is to Aboriginal cultural stories. Hope you enjoy this information – I got quite homesick looking at all this!
When I lived in Woodenbong in far northern New South Wales, Australia, on the caldera of an ancient volcano, I’d go out at night and look at the stars. There was no street lighting in the small village so no light pollution obscuring the stars, and it was like looking up at a deep cloth of black rich with lights glowing brightly above our planet.
I also remember watching Hettie Perkins, a well-known art curator in Australia, interviewing an Aboriginal artist in the ABC TV series “Art + Soul”. She described how her father would sing the stars to sleep in the early morning light as the rising sun gradually obscured the tapestry of stars above the Earth. And now that artist paints stars on all her creations, bringing them down to earth.
So the above represents birds, the element of air, all flying gracefully as they accompany the light from billions of years ago, from stars in the far distant reaches of earth, reaching down to earth to light up the creativity in our soul and spirit.
Each of us is creative in our own way and we can reach out to the stars to illuminate our starstuff within to bring beauty to our lives, to the lives of others and to all beings on Planet Earth.
This image is to honour our mountains – the Earth Elder Guardians with their magnificence, spirit energies and role as high energy custodians of this wonderful Planet Earth of ours.
The image is composed of photos of four Earth Elder Spirits superimposed, one over the other.
The foundation image is of ancient rain forest at the base is an image of Wollumbin (Mt Warning) in northern New South Wales. I have stood on the base of this mountain and its energies are warm and welcoming, imbuing a peace and reflective feeling of support from this wonderful mountain creation. It is sacred to the Bundjalung Aboriginal people who request that people not climb the mountain due to cultural beliefs but this is generally ignored. And no, I have not climbed it, nor would I out of respect for Aboriginal cultural beliefs and to honour a special place on earth that doesn’t need human feet on it to recognise its power and energies.
Above that is an image of Uluru, the great monolith at the centre of Australia, where Aboriginal people also request that people don’t climb their sacred it, but visitors still do. People often take small rocks from Uluru as a memento of their visit, and the centre is deluged with rocks being returned due to the bad luck people have encountered since stealing from this sacred area.
Above that is Mt Shasta in the US. I don’t know the cultural beliefs of Native American people in relation to climbing this powerful and beautiful mountain.
And finally there’s an image of a mountain in Tibet at sunrise although I don’t know the name of the particular mountain. I do know that the sacred mountain of Kailesh, Tibet, is honoured by people walking circuits of the mountain and not by climbing. Climbing would be considered an act of serious sacrilege.
Although there is no image of it here, I think we all know Mt Everest and the disrespect with which it is treated by climbers who leave litter and human waste on this majestic mountain. Even after the April 2014 disaster when 16 Sherpa guides lost their lives, people demanded that climbing continue because they had paid so much money and completely disregarded the fact that so many local people had been killed.
I believe it is a great pity that so many people see mountains to be “conquered” rather than regarded with respect and esteem as sacred areas of our earth to be lived with in co-existence rather than egotistical domination. So, at the base of the photo are dark clouds which represent the disrespect with which mountain Guardian Elders are all too often regarded.
I have also included with this image one of the Full Moon, which will be happening this weekend, to work with Full Moon energies to release negative energies towards these Guardian Elders, to call for their respect, to remember and align with their sacred, powerful energies and to support connection with the planet as part of our spiritual walk with Mother Earth.
I remember when Ayers Rock – the huge monolith in the centre of Australia, was re-named with its Aboriginal name, Uluru, and all hell broke loose among conservative and reactionary commentators. It was an affront to Western heritage, the sky would fall, the earth would stop rotating, and so on and so on.
Many years later, the recognition of Uluru as a site sacred to Aboriginal people is a matter of fact, and probably young people today have no recollection of the Western name which usurped Aboriginal heritage for far too many years.
Yesterday I came across some lovely photos of Uluru (Ayers Rock), with rare rainfall pouring down its rock faces. It looks incredible: the red rock turns to blues and purples when it rains and waterfalls pour down its crevices and cracks.
So I saved some of the photos and decided to work on one today.
This is the result – quite different to the original photo, but I follow my intuition and stopped quite soon into the digital art creation process as the spirit face above emerged. It’s a strong image which is why I didn’t feel the need to do any more work, except call this piece “Spirit of Uluru”.