Independence

Balance

This is a piece of digital art I created for my other blog The Crazy Crone – Living a Wild & Adventurous Life.

The post and art relate to what is called ACE – Adverse Childhood Experiences – and the control issues I had with my father in my childhood and teenage years.  The art reflects my very Aquarian need for space, freedom and independence which are essential for me to function comfortably in life. Fortunately I have a husband who understands this and likes his own space.

I thought I’d share it here to prove I’m still alive and kicking in the world, as the past couple of days have been horrendously hot – over 40C and humungously humid – with  a few power cuts due to high demand in this crazy weather which have made on-line life quite difficult. No power, no wi-fi!

Today it’s a bit cooler and I’ve been hunched in my humpy (as my husband calls my workroom) but I’m dog tired from the heat so I’m going to sign off and just enjoy a good rest under the air-conditioner.

Mountain Magic

Mountain Magic (2)

I created this from a photo I took of the Besparmak Mountain range which runs close and parallel to the north coast of North Turkey.  When I look out of my window to the south, the mountain range faces me and I love it because it’s different every day of the week – sometimes clear and sharp, sometimes hazy, other times completely obscured by cloud and sometimes rain.

I learned to love mountains when we lived in northern New South Wales at Woodenbong, high on the caldera of an ancient volcano. The creative energies there were extremely powerful and I became aware of a deep love I had of mountains and high places. I had experienced this. on the moors of North Yorkshire where I’d studied at University and lived in 2002-4. I used to love visiting Haworth, high on the moors, where the Bronte sisters lived but I hadn’t really become aware of my love mountains and high areas on Mother Earth until our time in Woodenbong.

I think here in North Cyprus we have the best of both worlds – mountains behind us to the south, the Mediterranean five minutes away to the north.

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

Yesterday I was feeling somewhat discombobulated as I’d had a lousy night again due to sciatic pain. But I still love to fiddle with arty-farty images because the creative process cheers me up no end. So this is what I created yesterday which reflects the brain fog you get not only with sleepless nights but with fibromyalgia.  Looking at myself now, although I do have challenges with sciatica and fibromyalgia flare-ups, I’ve come a very long way since I first got ill, I manage my health much better and I’ve also learned to pace myself – to do a lot less than I want to do which helps health-wise to stay on the straight and narrow path.

Interestingly, since I started wearing a rubellite (red tourmaline) ring I bought in South Nicosia and paired it with a gel sugilite stone I fitted into an existing ring, I have felt a lot more relaxed and laid-back, and not putting so much pressure on myself to keep working all the time.  I remember someone commenting that now the US had recognised Cuba to some degree, perhaps the Protestant work ethic might start operating in the West Indies and Cuba, and I also thought “God help those poor people” because it’s such a cheerless, driven prospect!

Life is so much more than being born, getting brainwashed by the education system, going to work like an automaton, paying your taxes, getting weighed down by a mortgage or student fees, and then shuffling off this mortal coil. Life is about love, laughing, creativity, rebellion, challenging the status quo, doing what makes your heart sing, singing, dancing, feeling happy – working to live, rather than living to work.

InSight

InSightI originally posted this on my blog, The Crazy Crone – Living a Wild and Adventurous Life

This artwork relates to a nightmare I had after writing about my childhood, and how it acted as a clearing house to process the changes I’ve been going through. If you’re interested in reading this post, the link  is:  InSight

The artwork I used as a basis for the above digital art is one I created in Australia, with acrylics and glitter:

Galactic Spiral

Video of Heart’n’Art Exhibition

A while back I published a video of my Heart’n’Art Exhibition, held on 22nd November, which wasn’t available to view in some countries. I’ve since found it was because I used a copyright music accompaniment, so here is the video again, with a legal (I hope) music background.

 

Wild, Flashy, Trashy

Inner Worlds

I read an interesting interview with the artist Maggi Hambling at the weekend where she quoted an art teacher who said that you don’t choose the subject: the subject chooses you. Ms Hambling also said: “That’s what I love about Rembrandt or Van Gogh or any of the painters I really admire – they are a channel for the truth to come through. That’s very important.” Mind you, I’m not considering myself a Rembrandt or Van Gogh!!!

But on top of that, I just watched a video of Sue Kreitzman, an amazing artist who appeared in the Fabulous Fashionistas, which I’ve raved about. She is a real Golden Oldie.

The reason I’m mentioning the above is that I’ve combined all the comments into my current piece of digital art – it took me places I didn’t expect, led to images which were unexpected and – with the bright red, king parrot overlaid – reminded me of Sue Kreitzman and her extremely bright, vivid artwork.

Apart from her view that beige is death (with which I fully agree), Ms Kreitzman’s motto also included being wild, trashy and flashy with which I also heartily concur. So that’s how this piece of digital art got its name!

(King parrots, by the way, are quite large parrots which are not in the least nervous when you approach them. We used to get them in our backyard when we lived in Bowraville, south-east Queensland.  They’d be pecking away on the ground and you could get quite close without them being at all bothered by your presence. The male parrots are bright red and green while the females are green).

 

 

StarFlight

Future Visions

Yesterday I picked up the prints I’d ordered of my digital art for my art exhibition on 22nd November. I’m thrilled because they look good – simple, uncomplicated and elegant (well, I think they are, anyway!).

Instead of canvas or framing, I deciding to get my art printed on light board.  It’s much cheaper – a huge consideration – but the prints are light, inexpensive to post as presents, and they suit the modernity of the digital art I create.

I got to thinking about innovation, new stuff and so on.  I’m all for the new and the future, mainly because – in astrological terms – I have Uranus (a planet governing the new, the unexpected, the future, new ideas, technological advance, independence, freedom, different perspectives, discovery, unconventionality) in my fifth house (creativity) in Aquarius which, likewise, is about change, innovation, rebellion,  idealism, humanitarian, visionary, freedom-loving, eccentric, genius, independent, individualistic, original, inventive, honest. By the way, these are the good points of both Uranus and Aquarius, I haven’t mentioned the downside!

My husband and I are living on the basic age pension. We are not well off and haven’t been since 1996 when Bryan was invalided out of the workforce due to spinal damage as a result of Ross River fever, spread by mosquitoes. I also copped fibromyalgia in 1999 which in turn left me on a disability allowance.

We have managed to get by, but not having great finances teaches you to be creative, inventive and resourceful. I was lucky to raise $90 in donations on GoFundMe from good people who donated and supported by my exhibition. I think it was a good lesson in learning to ask for help and to knowing that generous people are out there in the community.

Nevertheless, I do have some financial constraints so I’ve improvised. I live among the stars, I love futuristic stuff, fantasy, sci-fi, techie stuff and so on. And so it occurred to me that I could also hold a different type of exhibition – no quiet surrounds, no framed art or photographs, but art and photographs which are on unframed art board; the vision board art I’ve created over the years to cheer me on in activity, writing, dance and art; and the mixed media art on canvas (and unframed) which I created in Australia.  I’m also going to have balloons and streamers, and a friend of mine has kindly agreed to sing at my event.

I admit I have been worried about the costs, but feel far more relaxed now I’ve worked out my own way of holding my art exhibition. It’s why I’ve called this post “StarFlight” because the stars have inspired me all my life and I have enjoyed working out an innovative way to show my art within my financial constraints.  It’s all about thinking outside of the box, but it’s also about linking with the energy of the universe.

To finish, here’s a quote from my e-book “Astro-Crystal Mandala Healing” which I’m revising and which will be available shortly:

“To gaze at the stars is to be reminded again and again that we are creation, creation is us, our song on earth is creativity, the stars are us as we create, they are part of our hearts and souls, and there is no separation in the galaxy at all, we are interwoven and inter-dependent, all sparks of light in a great cosmic thread.”