Dare to Dream! Dare to Act! Dare to Fly!
A tribute to Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globe awards.
I finally managed to track down a very nice, ergonomically designed office chair late yesterday, which was delivered at lunchtime, so back in business. Sort of. Because we had a 14-hour power cut, just in our area of Alsancak, so nothing could be done internet-wise.
When I finally managed to get back on-line, I decided to go with a piece of acrylic art I created when I was living in Victoria, Australia. The body was composed of tiny, tumbled stones, it had a black feather hanging on the right for the flight of power and a clear quartz point hanging on the left for clarity of purpose and vision.
I was like a woman possessed creating this, I felt quite driven. Turned out she came into being at the beginning of a week when temperatures rocketed to 47C and on the Saturday huge bush fires swept through parts of Victoria, including close to wear I lived at the time. Close to 200 people died in the fires. It was a huge painting and eventually I gave it to a woman who said how much she loved it at a psychic fair where I was displaying various art pieces. She had no money so I gifted it to her as we were leaving Australia for North Cyprus and the Raging Lady couldn’t be fitted into our luggage.
The recipient said she was going to hang it in her bedroom which I thought was somewhat odd, she certainly wouldn’t send me to sleep or, if she did, she’d create nightmares. Anyway, she popped into my mind today and I simply couldn’t resist adding “Nasty Woman” as she really looked quite nightmarish in the original art piece and I would love to see her fronting up to Donald Trump
I fiddled with this image for quite a while, creating an earlier piece of art which didn’t “feel” right. So I left it and when I returned, while I liked the background image, I didn’t like the graphics in the centre. I decided to turn to my trusty folio of flower photos, and came across this one of orange freesias which we planted in our garden in spring this year. It reminds me of the passion each of us is born with in our hearts and life’s journey to recognise and release that passion, whatever it is. The dark flowers in the top left and bottom right corners are an acknowledgement of the challenges and sometimes dark places we visit as we work through life’s challenges and re-connect with our core inspirational values.
This is another piece of digital art created from another photo of my carnelian necklace. I worked differently with this – working briefly in Photoshop with the “liquify” gizmo to balance out the photo and blur the individual stones. Then I switched to PicMonkey, BeFunky and Pixlr, stuffing around with all their gizmos until this final image emerged: The Fire of Passion. We all know what it’s like when we’re passionate about something – we are fired up, energised, burning to create or act. And that’s what this digital art is about!
Okay, relax because this is not an x-rated post! I have been playing with a photo of our first passion-flower on the vine we bought three weeks ago. We have a bare concrete path running to our small shed that runs along the fence between our apartment and the paddock next door. So we decided to cheer the area up with two bright red bougainvilleas and a passion-flower vine. We had one of these in our garden in Fremantle, Western Australia, years ago. Well, actually, we first planted a moon flower – these are gorgeous, fast-growing vines which, as dusk approaches, suddenly unwind their tight blossoms into huge, white, saucer-like flowers within seconds. Unfortunately this vine was rampant in WA’s climate so eventually we removed it and replaced it with a passion-flower which also has the most beautiful flowers. Sadly this too was rampant, and eventually we had to take it out and replaced with a wisteria, far slower-growing and easier to manage. So we know the passion-flower will cover our empty fence quickly and it’s already started shooting out in all directions.
My husband got one good shot of the first flower and today I’ve been playing with the image. I created a pale blue canvas in PicMonkey, then added some overlays in Pixlr. Then I blurred the edge of the passion-flower photo and added it as an overlay to the amended canvas. I got one image with the passion-flower clear in the centre. But when I was playing with the various levels of overlay, I got one that looked really dark and mysterious, so I added a second image. I added an overlay from the PicMonkey “Space” gizmo, and then decided to call the image “UFO” because it reminded me of being underneath a UFO coming into to land with all its lights on!
Here they are, four images of our gorgeous passion-flower: