Beauty over Cruelty

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I’ve been absent from the internet since New Year as I copped a really ratty virus doing the rounds in North Cyprus. I’ve had severe bronchitis, muscle pains, lousy cough and killer headache which have knocked me for six and left me resting or sleeping for most of the time since January 1st. Great start to the New Year!

However, when you get dealt lemons, you make lemonade: as part of the rest and recovery I’ve been watching both series 1 and 2 of “Art + Soul” with Hetti Perkins, a prominent art curator in Australia. The series covers  Aboriginal art in all its complexity, range and depth from rock art through to modern art forms. It’s brilliant and one phrase struck me: “Beauty Prevails Over Cruelty”.

In these present times where there is so much cruelty, anger and violence, this phrase confirms for me my perspective that the focus of the art I create is to uplift people and offer a perspective of beauty and brightness to counter the negative energies swirling around us.

So I hope your lives are enriched with beauty,  love, joy and kindness in 2016 and beyond.

Karijini National Park Treasures

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Astronomite – Karijini National Park, N-W Western Australia

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d used a photo of Mundjina Rock as the basis for a piece of art. Here are two different type of rocks from the Karijini National Park in the north-west of Western Australia.  Each has a quite unique, distinct pattern which seemed to resonate with rock art. So below them I’ve also posted some photos of Aboriginal Australian rock art which dates back 40,000 years.

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Munjina Rock
Aborignal rock Art
Aboriginal Rock Art
Munjina Art Gallery
Munjina Rock Art Gallery
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Munjina Rock, Karijini National Park, N-W Western Australia: Earth’s Fingerprints
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Munjina Rock, Karijini National Park, N-W Western Australia – Genie & Lamp
Aboriginal spirit Bunjil rock art near Stawall
Aboriginal Spirit Bunjil rock art near Stawall, Victoria

Astronomite
Astronomite
Munjina  Gorge,  N-W Western Australia
Munjina Gorge, N-W Western Australia
Munjina Gorge, N-W Western Australia
Munjina Gorge, N-W Western Australia
Aboriginal Rock Art - Animal
Aboriginal Rock Art – Animal (frog?)

Dreaming

I read an interesting post on the blog: http://dreamrly.com about patience when working with dreams and how simply working with emotions can help one understand and connect with the messages from our inner wisdom.  Very timely for me as I had a dream just before I woke up about talking in public, not relying on written notes, feeling confident and feeling in touch emotionally. So I decided to incorporate these into my digital art and today’s image is the result.

I have layered loads of images of water from the “water” gizmo on PicMonkey, then added in layers from the “paint” gizmo. Over that image I overlaid a photo of a stone I collected from a nearby beach here in North Cyprus which has rune markings on it.  It connects me with ancient rock art and ancient wisdom. I then added two layers of a rainbow I photographed yesterday which was sending out rays of light, then added an image of a Celestite teacher’s wand, one of the first crystals I ordered on eBay when I was living in the UK in 2003.  I remember being inordinately pleased with myself that I’d managed to work out how to win auctions and also that I’d worked my way through PayPal too. In those days I was a real newbie with the internet and its workings but I picked up a lot through participating in eBay auctions and paying for the crystals I won. So here’s the result of the digital art: Dreaming

Dreaming
Dreaming

Agate Dreaming

Today I bought a rather beautiful pendant of Picasso Picture Jasper at our local market.  I consider it an inspirational piece for me in my creation of digital/surreal art because it really does look like a piece of surreal art.

So I decided to work with a base of a picture I created a while back, called Moody, then superimposed a photo of the Jasper pendant over that art piece, fiddled with it all a bit to cheer it up, then added a final layer of an Agate stone in my crystal collection.  I’ve called this: Agate Dreaming because it’s the spirits of Agate and Picasso PIcture Jasper which are dreaming into creation the creative energies abundant in Mother Earth..

Agate Dreaming
Agate Dreaming
Moody
Moody
Agate, Orange
Orange Agate from Agate Creek, Queensland
Picasso Jasper Pendant
Picasso Picture Jasper Pendant

>Nazca Lines & Aboriginal Wandjina rock art

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I was watching a TV programme recently which mentioned the Nazca lines in Peru. These are quite amazing – huge hieroglyphs and lines in the arid region close to Nazca which can only be viewed from the air. The reason I was so stunned was that one of the images is amazingly like the Wandjina spirit drawings by Aboriginal people in the north-west of Western Australia. The images top right and left are the Wandjina rock art hieroglyphs, while the one at right is part of the Nazca lines. I just feel that these are part of the great mystery of living on earth, and who cares if we don’t know exactly when or why they were created.