This image is composed of three layers – the first is a photo of an iceberg; the second is a photo I took here in North Cyprus of mimosa leaves against a setting sun; and the final layer is a photo I took at a garden centre near here, Gardens of Babel, of water lilies in a pond.
The layers remind me of the fact that often truth can get hidden by layers of deception, but often emerges when we least expect it, often with unexpected results.
This digital art veered into a Homage to Spring after I started working on a photo I took of a fig tree coming into leaf at a restaurant where we celebrated the 37th anniversary on Wednesday of when my husband and I met and fell in love at first sight. The eatery was lovely, right beside a small beach and the Mediterranean sea, with the fig tree stretching over our table to I took the photo with the branches silhouetted against a bright, blue sky.
However, then I added an image of a yellow dahlia with light pouring through it, and it suddenly reminded me of how we brighten up in Spring – it’s such a cheerful time of the year after the cold of winter with snow or rain depending on where you live. Here in North Cyprus, we came across a bush full of orange-brown butterflies, the sparrows have returned, we’ve been watching the swallows wheeling and swooping over the paddock next to our apartment, and at dusk we’ve just started seeing the small bats native to this island. The frogs are also going bonkers with their croaking calls in the rather murky swimming pool at the hotel behind our apartment complex.
So here you go – here’s to bluebells, daffodils, crocuses, strawberries, mulberries, trees in leaf, bougainvilleas flowering, pansies, veldt daisies, gazanias, dahlias and – we hope in our garden shortly – nasturtiums!
I’ve been reasessing my writing and art work and decided to leave the writing of my book as blog for a while. I felt I was getting mechanical and wanted to give myself time to approach my blog with a more fresh outlook.
At the same time I wanted to focus on my art work and set up my on-line presence in a more formal format. So I’ve established another website:
which will be for photos only of my art and photography. I want to continue with this blog as an outlet for digital art but with additional commentary to explain where I started and the steps I took to the final image.
To demonstrate my commitment to my work as an artist and photographer, I’ve also decided to commit to an art exhibition later this year and, of course, by stating this publicly, the only way is forward!
Here’s my path forward:
Set up formal website for art and photos – done
Formalise art set-ups on web – 2 weeks
Set a date for art exhibition – 1 month
Set a date for crystal workshop, including publicity about art exhibition
Hold art exhibition – approximately 6-8 months’ time
Nothing like jumping in the deep end, eh?
So here’s my art piece for today, grasses and sea overlaid on a green background; lots of fiddling with PicMonkey gizmos to add in water and other bits of arty-farty colour and a final overlay of a photo of my Picasso PIcture Jasper expanded to show only the centre. And since I’m talking about new beginnings and more focused action in my art work, I’ve called it: The Fool, the 0 card in the Major Arcana.
I remember once in winter, when I was a kid and walking along the West Cliff promenade in Ramsgate, Kent, England, I suddenly hated the season with its empty-leaved trees, its cold and its bleak outlook. It was a very intense feeling, so strong I’ve never forgotten it. Yet here in North Cyprus, many decades later, I’ve been making my peace with winter during my daily walks.
There’s a grace and simplicity in trees with just the bare branches showing. There’s a wealth of richness in the undergrowth when you look closely – twigs, dried leaves, bits of rock – all quite complex when you choose to open your eyes and marvel at the subtlety which nature offers in the different seasons.
So here are two offerings today. I started a digital art painting which I eventually discarded, it didn’t feel right. But one aspect of it I liked and I called it “The Witching Hour”. The replacement I worked on is quite simple – bare branches superimposed over a flaring light on a green canvas, then superimposed with a photo of winter undergrowth, entitled Colours of Winter.
I was fishing through some old artwork yesterday evening looking at some of the work which had felt unfinished at the time. So here’s one I stitched together of Ripples of the Universe, which I’d created using a Topaz plug-in for Photoshop, and then superimposed a photo I’d taken of the maroon-coloured plant hanging down the wall of my neighbour’s garden.
I was fishing through my photos yesterday and came across one I’d completely forgotten about – water flowing down the rocks either side of the road through the mountains to Dorrigo. We had arrived on the mid-north coast of New South Wales,were staying in a pet motel with our pooch Rosie and went to check out Dorrigo because we were house-hunting.
We rather unfortunately chose to visit Dorrigo when it was pouring with rain, a veritable deluge, and on the way back we stopped to get a photo of the waterfall pouring down the road, under the bridge and down the other side. And Dorrigo? Well, we drove into the town, hated the feel of the place, drove around the roundabout and set off home. When we got down onto the Pacific Highway, we found the rain had been so torrential the road was starting to flood so we ended up creeping home through the floodwaters, still without a home in sight!
This digital art reminds me of the power of water in ensuring a balance in nature, and an emotional balance in ourselves. It has an overlay of leaves from an earlier photo I worked on of maroon leaves on a very sturdy plant in our garden.
A while back I took a photo of the maroon leaves on an amazingly prolific plant in our garden, fiddled with it and produced a nice image of blue leaves.
. So today I felt drawn to return to the digital image and play with it further. I called the resulting piece: Light in Leaves because it illustrates the energy and light in plants, flowers, trees, rocks and so on.
I can see the energy field around trees, not so much plants. I went to an aura energy workshop once which resulted in us choosing a tree to sit under and then to gaze at the energy field of the trees around us. It was amazing – I could see great clouds of energy emerging from the trees and sweeping up into the sky. Absolutely awesome.