The Soul’s Song


This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people…
reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.

~ Walt Whitman ~


(Excert from Preface to 1855 edition, Leaves of Grass)


Integrity of the Heart

What I’ve discovered from my life experiences  (I’m 66 so I guess I’m entitled to look back a bit!) is that you need to be true to yourself in order to live with integrity and honour. I spent a long time trying to pretend I was someone I wasn’t – an extrovert, always on the go, always agreeable, worried about offending people – but when I moved to North Cyprus, it felt as if I’d come home to myself.  I enjoy company but I love being close to sea and mountains nad having quiet times by myself. I don’t feel driven any more. I’m at peace with myself because I’m living with integrity and in line with my heart and soul.  I am incredibly happy creating art and writing my book as blog (which I’m resuming shortly). I enjoy silence and being alone at times (although I love my husband’s company in case you think we’ve had a major blue!).

So this painting is inspired by the joy of being yourself, living an authentic life with integrity, walking your talk, and talking your walk. I created a pale blue canvas with PIcMonkey, added a photo of a cactus flower, then doddled around with some gizmos on Pixlr. And voila – here’s the result:  Integrity of the Heart. When you are true to yourself and honour who you’re meant to be, your heart flies with happiness.

So for today’s extra, I’ve included a video (produced by Fatboy Slim) of the actor, Christopher Walken, as a man who awakes to himself, finds he can fly, but then retreats in fear to being a bland, faceless man again. An example of what not to be and do! Apart from Christopher Walker being a very nice piece of eye candy (yeah,yeah, sexist – so sue me!!!), he’s an incredible dancer and even more, manages to dance brilliantly togged up in a three-piece suit!


Integrity of the Heart


The Soul’s Light

I’ve been having great fun this afternoon working on an original photo I took of a firework exploding in front of our apartment in Alsancak, north coast of North Cyprus. I fiddled with PicMonkey gizmos to add colour and definition to the original photo then saved that image. And here’s the interesting part – I’ve just invested in a really nifty little plug-in by Redfield Labs called Fractilius which produces amazing images so, once I’d got an image I liked, I saved it. Then I returned to the PicMonkey photo I’d saved earlier and added layers of the image saved from the Fractilius plug-in.  The final image is below, and the photo of the firework below that.

Soul Light
Soul Light

Spiritual Healing – Art Every Day Month November 25

I thought I’d do something a bit different today for AEDM: some digital art and accompanying music.

I’ve called this piece of digital art: Spiritual Healing, because it reminds me of swimming down into the depths of emotions, releasing that which holds us back from our essence, and opening to unconditional love which fuels our heart and soul. It is created from a seascape, a spirit figure which emerged from a photo of a firework, and a piece of rainbow obsidian with a double heart.

Spiritual Healing
Spiritual Healing

I was actually opened up to the concept of unconditional love when my gorgeous little dog was run over by a bus and killed back in 1993. The night after her death, I saw her walking away from me in golden light. She turned to look, as if saying a final goodbye, and a voice said: “She came to teach you unconditional love, and now her work is done. She needs to move on.” And then the golden light and image of Chloe faded away.

That dream changed my life and this digital art is a tribute to Chloe and her role in opening my heart up.

Then I decided to add in one of my favourite reggae songs: Spiritual Healing by Toots Hibbert.


>Artwork: The Soul At Play


I’ve been pottering with a painting these past couple of days and it’s turned out quite gentle and playful:
I find the process of creating paintings really interesting.  I can go for ages without getting the urge to do anything and then suddenly get an image in my eye or feel the need to paint, and then see what comes up.
In this instance, I started off with sweeps of pastels in various shades of pink, blue and violet over the canvas. Then I added some gold, silver and violet interference powders which I spread with my fingers. I left the canvas for a while, then got an urge to just draw freestyle with pink, purple and silver luminescent pastels wherever my hand wanted to move.  And I finished off with pale gold, white pearl and white pearl mixed with purple acrylics mixed with lots of water than splashed on the canvas from my paintbrush.  Now this latter play with splattering really took me back to my childhood, enjoyed it no end, although I did get a plaintive plea from my husband not to splash the white walls in the process.  And no, all I managed to splash was my worktable which cleaned up really easily.

This painting feels light, spiritual and playful which is why it’s ended up as; The Soul At Play.. My husband looked at the painting and reckons if I carry on like this, I’ll be giving Jackson Pollack a run for his money!