Kali

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.

Original painting of Kali

 

Art for Sale: Singing the Stars to Earth

Singing the Stars to  Earth
Acrylic art with feathers, glitter, small rose quartz chips, Swarovski crystals. 19.5″ x 23.5″ x 0.5″ (49.5cm x 59cm x 2.5cm).

I created this piece of acrylic artwork when I lived in Australia and it’s always seemed a bit dull to me, so I returned to it today to add more life.

I think, metaphorically speaking, it also represents me returning to life and the magick, sparkles and glitter of the wonderful Planet  Earth on which we live.

I’ve been feeling out of sorts for ages, depressed, tired and lethargic. Last summer’s heat here in North Cyprus (40C most days through late July- early September) really did a number on me; I’ve had a few kidney infections; a lousy bout of the ‘flu which lasted about 5-6 weeks in early January, plus a stomach bug.

I’ve come to realise that one thing which really kicks me in the gut and starts off kidney trouble is animal abuse and cruelty which turns up out of the blue in Facebook posts as well as the terrible images of refugees and asylum seekers seeking shelter and safety. I have taken steps to minimise this as much as possible for self-preservation and my physical health.

I can tend to be a serious person, and god knows there’s plenty of suffering in the world to take very seriously. But today I realised I’d lost touch with the fact that there are stars in the sky, there are star songs which surround us at unknown levels, there is so much love around, so many people doing good deeds and spreading kindness, lovely art, good people, laughter, joy and happiness if you care to be open to it, and suddenly I felt the power of magic in my life again.

So to return to my original artwork, I’ve added colour at the centre to represent the power of a strong, loving heart, feathers in two corners to represent the flight of hope, Swarovski flatback crystals for the magick in our lives, tiny rose quartz chips in two corners to represent loving kindness, and of course glitter abounds to represent the stars, the starstuff within us and the power within all of us to sing the stars to earth.

Magick, glitter and the song of the stars rule!

(Artwork price: US$75; postage US$25)

 

 

Shaman of the Winds (AEDMN17)

Shaman of the WindsYesterday I had to revamp one of the paintings I created when I was living in Woodenbong in northern New South Wales. We lived in the mountains on the rim of the caldera of an ancient volcano and it was a time in my life when I really was absorbed in Goddess and Earth energy.

The original painting had a barn owl’s wing resting in a piece of wood I found when I took our little Jack Russell, Rosie, for a walk.  I used to let Rosie (now sadly over the Rainbow Bridge after 16.5 years of her lively, loving presence) go where she wanted and often found material for my artwork in our ramblings.

I came across the barn owl lying beside the road when we lived in Pingelly, on the wheatbelt east of Perth, Western Australia (yes, I know, we’ve moved around a lot), and I kept both wings (and yes, again, my husband thought I was stark, staring mad!).

I felt the wing fitted well into the wood when I’d fixed it into the artwork and it’s stayed that way until I noticed yesterday that the wing had fallen to bits. Some insect had got into it and eaten a lot of it away, so I had to remove it and look for a replacement.

In earlier times, I would have ranted and raved about losing the barn owl’s wing, but now I’m a lot older I simply view it as another step forward in the road I’m treading on earth. So I hunted around and found a feather fan I’d created a while back, with local wood, feathers from Australia, and clear quartz stones wrapped around the wood. It fitted perfectly into the wood, in place of the barn owl feather, along with some of the remaining feathers from the barn owl’s wing, and I felt it signified a shift in energy to shamanic work with the winds of the earth.  I am very connected to air, wind, feathers and birds as – in astrological terms – I have nine air signs, so my motto is:  “I think, therefore I am!”

I use the term “shamanic” with some reservation as I certainly don’t see myself as a shaman, nor do I wish to appropriate symbols from First Nations people for whom shamanic work is a life gift (or curse, however you wish to see it) which is not in the Western spiritual tradition. However, working with the energies of this artwork and the other artwork I created in Woodenbong seems best suited to “shamanic” in a very, very broad sense.

Previously I called this artwork “Woman of Power”, and now I’ve named it “Shaman of the Winds”. Other symbols included in the artwork are: a piece of hollow wood to represent ability to act as a hollow bone to bring spirit into being at the earth level; mookaite stone (Australian jasper) to represent Australian energies;  spider – representing creativity and my Totem; red, wooden petals at the base intermingled with small tumbled stones for earth energy; gold glitter for wisdom; centre wood for grounding; and a gold network over the base paint to represent the net of light which connects us all.

All change – toot, toot!

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Heart’n’Art Exhibition

I am so pleased to say that my Heart’n’Art exhibition went really well on Saturday. It was held at the Black Olive Cafe & Studio in Alsancak, west of the historic port of Kyrenia, and made a great venue.

There was a steady stream of people, not huge crowds, but enough people to make it really worth while and I met some lovely people I hadn’t met before. I had had in mind the idea of separate groups for all the different types of art, but it turned out to be mix’n’match which worked out fine.

My husband, Bryan, did a great job of banging in nails for the pictures, as well as tolerating all my running around and nervousness in the lead-up to the exhibition. My friends, Helena and Marilyn, who really encouraged me to hold the exhibition, came and helped me set up the paintings. They did a great job of sorting out all the art and getting it organised.

Dawn Buyukertas, a local entertainer, did a great job of singing to us, she’s got a lovely voice, and Vicki Karaca – who runs the Black Olive Cafe & Studio where the exhibition was held – added her usual flair and exuberance to the proceedings.

View from Black Olive Cafe over coast, with Turkey visible on the horizon
View from Black Olive Cafe over coast, with Turkey visible on the horizon

I broke even which I think is good for my very first exhibition. I’ve now got a second exhibition on the cards in Spring, again at the Back Olive, but all day with Vicki providing her fantastic afternoon tea with yummy cakes and sandwiches. All in all, it took a lot of work and I surprised myself by being efficient and not procrastinating but it was well worth while to see all the art I’ve ever created in one space. The studio attached to the Black Olive is airy and spacious, a great venue.

The video at the end was taken by my own fair hand, hence its shakiness, and also due to the fact it’s the first time I’ve managed to work out how to take videos on my Lumix camera. Helps if you read the instructions!

 

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Vision Board Art
Art Exhibition 10
Vicki Karaca, owner, Black Olive Cafe & Studio
Nicki, Dawn & Hazel
Nicki, Dawn & Hazel – friends of mine
Mo at art exhibition
Me having a well-earned break
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Dawn who sang for us at the exhibition
Art Exhibition 11
Another photo of Dawning singing (she picked all my favourite songs!)
Art Exhibition 9
Vicki with digital art
Art Exhibition 8
Digital Art
Art Exhibition 6
Vision Board Art
Art Exhibition 5
My friends Helena & Marilyn who helped me set up the exhibition
Art Exhibition 4
Marilyn & Helena looking at my art
Art Exhibition 3
Board-framed digital art
Art Exhibition 2
Board-framed digital art
Art Exhibition 1
Board-framed digital art
Art Exhibiiton 8
Digital art on photoblock

 

 

 

Request for Help – Art Exhibition

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Mo’s Art Exhibition – Donations

On 22nd November I shall be holding my first art exhibition at the Black Olive cafe which is near to where I live and has a large studio attached to it.

I intend to display art I created in Australia (mainly acrylic, mandala and vision board) and the digital art I’m creating here in North Cyprus.

However, I need some large canvas prints of my digital art and photography which is difficult to afford on an age pension. Also I can’t afford to import prints from the websites where I sell my art as the transport costs to North Cyprus are huge ($100 for one large canvas print, even before I’ve paid for the print itself). Sadly, transport companies consider Turkey as not part of Europe and postage costs skyrocket as a result.

I am – like many – not good at asking for help, but this time I’ve decided to bite the bullet and ask for help with printing costs. So I have started a GoFundMe campaign to ask for donations to help me with the printing costs of digital art and photographic canvases.  For anyone who donates $10 or more, I will create a piece of personal digital art which I can e-mail to you and you can print out at home or get it printed on canvas or whatever takes your fancy.

Any contributions, however small, will be greatly appreciated and I do thank any donors in advance. You can donate at the following link:

http://www.gofundme.com/mozartexhibition