Let the Children Play!

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THE WAY WINGS SHOULD
 
What will
our children do in the morning?
Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play,
the way wings
should?
 
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
fly?
 

~ 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?

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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:

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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

Tribute to Jo Cox, Slain British MP

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Today we wound up our Creative Play course with a collage which I dedicated to Jo Cox, the slain UK politician. She was inspirational, dedicated to helping people and bringing people together. A real tragedy and a great loss. The water image represents her life on a barge; the image top right represents her travels on behalf of international social justice; the bright flower represents her passionate embrace of life and work on behalf of refugees and other people in need; while the bird represents her flying free, hopefully dropping on people’s shoulders to whisper words of inspiration and encouragement in their ears.

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

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.