Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

This image was created from a photo of a tidal area in Australia, and overlaid with a pic I took of a yellow-orange gazania in our garden in North Cyprus.

I called it “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” because there is so much miserable stuff going on around the world, we need to remind ourselves that love,  light and laughter still exist to brighten our lives. And it’s still okay to have FUN!

As the Latin expression goes “Nil desperandum carburundum illegitami”: Don’t let the bastards grind you down!

Shine Your Light

Digital Art from a photo I took of the first freesia flower of Spring: Shine Your Light.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson

Spring is Sprung

Here’s a little ditty for Spring:

Spring is sprung

The grass is riz.

I wonder where the birdies iz!

I wandered around our garden and parking area today and got the following photos, showing that Spring is popping its lovely head up as it’s now quite mild here in North Cyprus, thank goodness.

Hawthorn buds
Oxalis buds – yes, I know oxalis is a week but it’s still very pretty and indomitable.
First leaves of wildflowers – very pretty and delicate when they do flower but I have no idea what they are.
Wild fennel
Winter flowering jasmine
First pink-red roses of the season
Lavender Bush
Lavender Bush
First bud of 2017 for our Apothecary's Rose
First bud of 2017 for our Apothecary’s Rose

Chrysanthemum Blooming (aedm21)

I didn’t manage to post every day in Leah Piken Kolidas’ Art Every Day Month November 2016, had back problems. So I’m catching up on the posts I did manage so I’ve got a record of my art creations.

The photo below is of a bunch of chrysanthemums I found dumped in a bin outside a supermarket we visit occasionally on the east side of Kyrenia (we live on the west side). They were fresh, in great condition, so I indulged my inner bag lady, fished them out, stuck them in a vase and they lasted three weeks. Wonderful!  ]

The pic has an overlay from Prisma, which is an app I use on my tablet.


Blessings of Grace (AEDM4)

blessings-of-the-sacredThis is another variation on the cactus flower image I posted yesterday.  I play with Pixlr overlays and quite often can’t make up my mind, which is why I saved this second image as it brings to my mind the grace of light showering us with blessings in times which are so difficult and challenging.


Mystery in Flight – AEDMN3

mystery-in-flightI created this from a photo I took of cactus flowers when we were living on the wheatbelt in Western Australia. The cactus had two flowers and we just happened to catch them in full flower as they only last a few hours. I’ve fiddled with the original image with Pixlr, and really like the colours and clouds.