The Grace of Devotion

I was looking through Van Gogh’s vast gift of his artwork to humanity and pondering the fact that, despite all his hardships and lack of financial success while he was alive, this amazing artist persisted with his bountiful, wonderful paintings.

It surely is a reminder to us all that inspiration arises from the Divine, from the creative gifts inherent in us when we incarnate on this earth, and we need to honour that which graces our lives to raise us to our highest selves.

No matter whether we are acknowledged publicly for our creative efforts or whether we are financially successful, as long as we listen to and act upon our inner spirit, when we are true to ourselves, we have lived our lives fully and to the best we can.

Images of Van Gogh’s prolific artwork

Van Gogh’s life – Wikipedia

A Walk on the Quiet Side

We had a power cut this morning which meant that all things technological ceased functioning. So I decided to enjoy the quiet time, read my kindle, then took myself off to bed for a couple of hours as I had severe sciatica in my left hip and leg. When I awoke, the pain had eased, so I continued enjoying the peace and quiet, with Maggie Mae’s head on my lap and stroking her and feeling so relaxed. Maggie Mae is the young Border Collie we are currently fostering while we search for a home for her.

When the power came back on, I created this image to honour our need for down time and to enjoy that time WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY!  We don’t need to be doing something all the time, we can spoil ourselves and nurture our body, mind and spirit with a bit of rest and relaxation. It does us a power of good and helps our creativity and self-healing.


Let the Children Play!


What will
our children do in the morning?
Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play,
the way wings
Will they have dreamed the needed flights and gathered
the strength from the planets that all men and women need to balance
the wonderful charms of
the earth
so that her power and beauty does not make us forget our own?
I know all about the ways of the heart – how it wants to be alive.
Love so needs to love
that it will endure almost anything, even abuse,
just to flicker for a moment.  But the sky’s mouth is kind,
its song will never hurt you, for I
sing those words.
What will our children do in the morning
if they do not see us

~ Rumi ~
(Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)


On the Shoulders of our Ancestors

on-the-shoulders-of-our-ancestorsThis is an image I developed from a piece of digital art I created on my tablet with my Pixlr art editing suite.

The original, created with the Prisma app, is below but what I wanted to  portray is the power and creativity we inherit because we literally stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. The moon reflects our collective emotional memories of past existence.

The hand print represents all those before this generation who used hand prints to confirm their presence on this planet and to leave images of their existence.  We also need to remember that our successors are going to be standing on our shoulders – what gifts are we going to leave them?


Playtime – Having Fun

Today I played around with new art apps I’ve installed in my new tablet. I’ve had a bit of a difficult time, as I mentioned in an earlier post, but hopefully things are calming down now which is why I decided to take time out, switch off and just have FUN.

This is my first foray into electronic gear apart from my computer and I’ve been having the time of my life trying out new apps and playing with the ones I really like.

My favourites are Zen Brush,  Magic Fluids, Flowpaper,  Magic Art and Prisma.  They’re all quite different but so much fun to use. Zen Brush is very calming and very earth-connecting. Magic Fluids drips colour all over your screen. Magic Art is my favourite as you can create lovely images while listen to beautiful, calming music. I love Flowpaper where you can create dreamy images using the menu which is very easy to understand. And Prisma I love because it offers a range of overlays based on different art forms. So you can have an image which is quite different if, for example, you use an overlay of The Scream.

Below are images I’ve been playing with today, letting go of stress and dancing around in my second childhood:

expansion-1 fish-in-seaweed kindness light-connections mondrian red-for-life urban-light

Blessing of the Magickal Tree Spirits

Magickal Tree Blessings

I have a photograph of a magic tree where you can clearly see the tree spirits within the trunk and branches.  As I created this piece of digital art, I felt strongly that the tree spirits were/are sending out blessings to humanity, radiating kindness and compassion when times are so challenging.

And then I thought of “Blessing” by that wonderful Irish poet, John O’Donohue. It’s well-known but it seemed particularly relevant to the magickal tree and its good thoughts for human beings.

“Beannacht / Blessing

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, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom