A while back a good friend in the United States asked me to create a painting of Kali, the Goddess of death, time, and doomsday. Just after this request, I visited a market and came across a small mask which, to me, embodied the essence of Kali. I had to paint in the red tongue which is the symbol of Kali but, once I’d got this central figure sorted, the rest flowed very easily. I really enjoyed creating this painting.
Kali is a fearsome figure, associated with violence but she also embodies feminine energy, creativity and fertility. I’d forgotten about this painting and came across it yesterday so thought I’d post the different images I created from the original artwork. These are reproduced with the permission of the painting’s owner.
I’ve just been reading a really interesting and inspiring series of interviews of the singer/poet/artist, Joni Mitchell, by the journalist, Malka Marom.
Ms Mitchell talks of a circle of magicians in relating to the musicians she’s worked, and her words reminded me of the circles of magicians in my life – all the women I’ve met over the years whether in places I’ve studied, lived or on-line courtesy of the blessings of the internet.
So this is a post to send my love and deep gratitude to all those women friends – magical circles – who have lit my life. I’m not going to name names, you know who you are, you are all wonderful. Your presence in my life has provided me with inspiration, laughter, support and kindness. I am indeed very blessed!
Below is another version of the above digital art, again, couldn’t make my mind up which I prefer.
I created this image by re-working digitally a painting I created when I was living in Australia. I used the “liquify” gizmo in Photoshop, then blurred the image I had of a mystery lily, again taken in Australia, and finally superimposed the lily over the new piece of digital art.
I called it “Being Kind to Yourself” because this morning I realised I’d underestimated the effects of fibromyalgia on me because it’s been so long since I copped it – close to seventeen years now. Sometimes you forget how all-pervasive it is and the different ways it manifests from day to day. I read someone else’s post on FM and I just twigged that I’d been criticising myself and trying to do too much, which is affecting my health and my attitude.
So this painting reflects the passion I feel for my work, but also the flower in the middle reflects my need to temper that passion with care of my body and soul.
I created this image from a photo I took of grass against a background of the Mediterranean sea. I’ve played with it and noticed on the right hand side a faint image which I imagine is a ship sailing to unknown horizons – towards a port far away, in hope, in excitement and, hopefully, in safety.
Yesterday I read a blog where the guy was going interviews with refugee children from South Sudan. The young girl’s dream was to be a doctor. And so often when children in refugee camps or living in poverty are asked about what they want to be when they grow up, they say “Doctors”, “Teachers”, “Scientists”, “Surgeons”, and so on. All wish to contribute back to society and to the well-being of others.
So this piece of digital art is dedicated to those young dreamers – those who live in hope, yearn for the freedom to follow their dreams, and who remain optimistic regardless of the difficult circumstances they are living in.
In late 1995 I had a Tarot reading where the lady predicted I’d do a short painting workshop and then start drawing images for people. At the time I thought she was barking mad and I’d done my dough because I was utterly hopeless at art. But shortly afterwards, in February 1996, I attended a 2-day mandala workshop and I was off and running art-wise: I found that my forte in art is symbols. I started off with mandalas for friends and then for personal orders. Then I started creating what I called “SoulSong” art which portrayed the colours and shapes I see around people. And now I’ve returned to creating symbols for people through digital art.
I am therefore now offering customised digital art for individuals. You can order and pay on PayPal and all I’ll need you to do is send me a photo so I can tune into you and create your own piece of digital art. The cost is US$25 and, when it’s completed, I’ll e-mail you the image. You can then print it out, or get it printed onto canvas or as a poster via one of the many websites offering this sort of service. Please remember that I live in North Cyprus so there are time zones to take into account when waiting for me to get back to you. If you decide to buy digital art for yourself, please send me a photo of yourself at:
PERSONALISED DIGITAL ART – $25
If you’d like it framed in plain beige board with protective envelope and posted, it will be an extra US $20. Please note too postage from Turkey takes two weeks and getting the print framed takes another week as I can only catch up with the framer at the local market. The button below is for the $45 option.
PERSONALISED DIGITAL ART – FRAMED AND MAILED – $40
I have no idea why this piece of digital art reminded me of “Dream of Olwen” but there you go, the mysteries and vagaries of the Universe. “Dream of Olwen” was the theme music of a 1947 film called “While I Live” about a young composer who tragically falls to her death leaving her composition unfinished. It involves themes of regret, obsession and reincarnation. Although the movie had the title “While I Live”, the musical theme that ran through it became so popular that it became known as “Dream of Olwen” rather than its original title.
I used to love the theme music as a kid and somehow this piece of digital art brought it back to me. For me it has a mystical effect, bringing to the edge of my consciousness hidden memories. “Dream of Olwen” is a piece of deeply personal art for and I have no idea why! When I look at the artwork and think of the music, I get emotional, get goose pimples and butterflies in my stomach. Interesting stuff!
I have included below the theme music, hope you enjoy it. There were various versions but I liked this one by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra because of the artwork used to illustrate the music..
I created another blank canvas this morning with a pale violet colour, then browsed the photos I’ve taken of flowers. I never know what I’m going to settle on, just follow my intuition. So today my attention was taken by a wild flower that my husband found growing near the apartment we stayed in when we first moved to North Cyprus. I have no idea what the flower is, it’s a heather pink in its original form, but I was poking away at dear old PicMonkey’s gizmos today and really liked the colour change which is in the photo I finally settled on after playing with BeFunky and Pixlr.
I’ve called this Bright Blessings because the flower seems to be radiating out energy and I thought it might be a bit of encouragement in a world which seems to be in a bit of turmoil. Hope this cheers your day up! Below the artwork is one of my favourite poems by the Irish poet, John O’Donohue, Beannacht.
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.