Stone Songlines

I’ve returned again to a photograph of the Standing Stones of Callenish by Dina of The World According to Dina.

In this image I have linked with the concept of Australian Aboriginal songlines. Aboriginal people, as far as I can understand, have songlines which criss-cross the country and relate to physical elements, reflected in song, which act as place markers. An Aboriginal person can sing their way across the country by reflecting on the song and knowing what physical place it relates to. A person can sing a song to another person who can then traverse the countryside solely by the songlines and their relation to physical elements.

I remember watching an Aboriginal Elder being shown a painting created by another Aboriginal artist, and the Elder started singing as he “walked” through the landscape of the painting. It was astonishing and really a cause for humility in that so often we are disconnected from earth energies and yet consider Western civilisation so “advanced”.

In this instance I’ve represented the songlines or ley lines emanating from the Standing Stones of Callenish as ribbons of energy at the bottom of the painting. The white, dotted wheels represent the turning of the wheels of time as these energy lines permeate Mother Earth and connect our whole planet via the ephemeral energy lines.

We are, literally, never alone as earth energies reverberate below our feet wherever we are and anchor us to this lovely planet on which we live.

Happiness Colour Bomb!

I’ve been absent for a while due to back problems and also a feeling of great inertia which I decided to indulge because I felt it was a message to let go and just let the good times roll again when it felt right.  I’ve been creating digital art, can’t stop now, but haven’t felt like blogging at all.

Until yesterday.

I had created the above piece of digital art and couldn’t work out what to call it when I saw a post on a friend’s Facebook timeline which suited this image perfectly – a ray of light and colour in a world which seems in great, grey turmoil at present.  Synchronicity!

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either — not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” ~Robert Fulghum

I’m indebted to Robert Fulghum for his inspirational comment.

Looking for a UFO landing spot

I created this image from a pale violet canvas in PicMonkey, then superimposed a photo I’d taken of grass in front of trees. Over that I superimposed another photo I took a while back of a firework exploding which I’d worked on in Photoshop. Then I fiddled with the gizmos on PicMonkey and BeFunky for this final image. I have no particular final plan in mind when I start creating art, but looking at the rather other wordly feel of the final image reminded me of a UFO casting its light at dusk trying to find a suitable place for a landing spot. Just my imagination, you understand!

Looking for a UFO landing spot
Looking for a UFO landing spot

Optimism

I created this piece of digital art by playing with PicMonkey and BeFunky, just fiddling with the gizmos both these sites offer to see what would turn up.  I finally ended up with this image which is lovely and bright, which is why I’ve called it Optimism.  It’s dedicated to all my blogging friends who’ve suffered through a long, wet, cold, snowy winter to light your lives until spring finally turns up in your neck of the woods!

Optimism
Optimism

A Child’s Adventure

To be very honest, I can’t remember all the steps I’ve taken to create this digital art, A Child’s Adventure. I do know I created a clear violet canvas with PicMonkey, then added loads of layers of the water gizmo. You can put down a layer then move it around so I did this with various layers. Then I added some extras from their “paint” gizoms, and finally popped in a couple of photos I worked on a while back of fireworks exploding in front of our apartment in North Cyprus. I really do owe a vote of thanks to the Merit Hotels (there are two close to here, one on the right at Crystal Cove, and the new one that’s just opened to the left, Merit Royal) because the fireworks displays the two hotels put on provided me with heaps of photos to work on and incorporate into my digital art.

I was a bit uncertain what to call the final image, but settled on A Child’s Adventure, with a nod to the album of the same name by Marianne Faithful, because it reminded me of the fizzy, explosive feeling you get when you’re a kid and you’re just about to embark on a new adventure (particularly if mum and dad don’t know what you’re up to!).

A Child's Adventure
A Child’s Adventure