Nature Magick

I’ve been taking part in the Art Every Day November challenge run by Leah Piken Kolidas, and this is my final image.

I revisited a photo I took of a nature park when I used to live in Bowraville, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia. The park was established by an Aboriginal Elder and it was quite other-worldly when you walked into it from the road. All the traffic faded away, there were no sounds, and you could feel the nature spirits around you. It was incredibly peaceful and I wanted to try and capture the other-worldly feel of it. A really magickal place!

What a Wonderful World!

I look around the internet and see so much creativity bursting forth, the path to a new world where all people can live up to their potential and where an individual’s talents are recognised and honoured, whatever they are.
We are in a great transition from the industrial revolution to the creative revolution, building a whole new, compassionate, loving, tolerant society.

 

Another world is not only possible,
she is on her way.
On a quiet day,
I can hear her breathing

– Arundhati Roy

All You Need is Love (AEDMN2)

All You Need is Love 3

Once again I revisited an earlier painting I created in Australia and this is the result. Pixlr, my favourite editing suite (you can download it and pick up heaps of extra goodies for the princely sum of $15/year) has just introduced two new gizmos in its “Stickers” section so I’ve had fun playing around with them.   Below is the original painting and I’m including the originals so you can see what can be done with digital art tools on the internet.

Flowering heart, transparent

Starwalker (Art Every Day Month November (AEDM1)

Starwalker

Art Every Day Month (AEDM) is held every November by Leah Piken Kolidas, with the aim of encouraging creativity by posting art every day or whenever you feel the muse inspire you.

I missed posting this piece of digital art yesterday, but that’s okay as I’m learning not to put too much pressure on myself. I re-visited an acrylic painting I created in Australia, worked on it and the above is the final result.

I was wondering what to call it, felt like it had something aspirational to do with the stars, and then saw a post by my friend in Australia of a video by the wonderful Buffy Sainte Marie singing “Starwalker”. And so, synchronistically,  the title of this post was born.

And to add to the artwork below is a link to Buffy Sainte-Marie singing this song live as well as a photo of the original artwork I created back in Australia before moving to North Cyprus.

Breakthrough
Breakthrough

 

And here are the words to Starwalker:

Starwalker, he’s a friend of mine
You’ve seen him looking fine
He’s a straight talker, he’s a Starwalker
Don’t drink no wine
Ay way hey o heya

Wolf Rider she’s a friend of yours
You’ve seen her opening doors,
She’s a history turner, she’s a sweetgrass burner
And a dog soldier
Ay hey way hey way heya

Holy light, guard the night.
Pray up your medicine song.
Oh, stake dealer you’re a spirit healer,
Keep going on.
Ay hey way hey way heya

Lightning Woman, Thunderchild
Star soldiers one and all oh
Sisters, Brothers all together
Aim straight, Stand tall

Starwalker he’s a friend of mine
You’ve seen him looking fine
He’s a straight talker, he’s a Starwalker
Don’t drink no wine
Ah way hey o hey…

Aya hey hey heyo way hey heyo
Ay hey hey heya
Hey way hey way heya
Heya wey yoh
Ay hey way hey way heya

Hopes & Fears

When I’m creating digital art, I mostly listen to my intuition. So today I created a deep blue canvas on PicMonkey and tweaked it a bit with PicMonkey’s gizmos, so that I ended up still with a fairly dark canvas but with a bright light in one corner shining brightness into the canvas. Then I added a photo I took a while back of grass growing beside the Mediterranean, and finally added some effects from PIxlr.

I named this “Hopes & Fears”  because the bright light denotes our hopes, while it also shines a light on the fears that lurk in our emotional depths.  Sometimes we need to be brave and circumvent these fears so we can take action, shine our light and release our creativity. Sometimes we need to heed those fears because they can represent commonsense and also an intuitive feeling to tread carefully in following our hopes.

However, when you know your hopes are heading you in the right direction and you know you have to walk your talk and talk your walk, below is the famous poem by the brilliant American Poet, Mary Oliver: The Journey.

Hopes & Fears

 

“The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.”
Mary Oliver

Kundalini Risen – Art Every Day Month November 30

LAST DAY!

Phew, wiping sweat from brow, can’t believe I’ve managed to blog pretty much every day. The days I did miss were when I got skittled by my dogs, had a bad fall and needed a couple of days to get back on my feet and stop aching so much.

Today I’ve been playing around with an earlier image I created of spirits dancing in a stone found under a boab tree in the Northern Territory, Australia, and – for the first time – an image that isn’t mine. It’s one I came across of a cobra coiled and ready to strike, and I really liked it. So I added more colour to the cobra image then superimposed  over it just one spirit dancing that I cut out of the original artwork of three.

To me it represents the rise of kundalini energy through the body via the spine to connect with Divinity:

Kundalini Risen
Kundalini Risen

Tearing Down the Walls: The Path of the Heart – Art Every Day Month November 28

It’s amazing the highways and by-ways you end up exploring with digital art.  I started off with one image that I’d worked on a while back and left for a while, decided it definitely wasn’t quite what I liked, then started working to add layers and more layers.  I finally ended up by adding an overlay of a photo of the Apothecary’s Rose in our garden – a rose which is ancient and historic to the Turkish region, along with butterflies for transformation.  For the first time I added in a layer of wall and when I’d finished – and I know I’m finished when I get an “aha!” moment – I felt that this was about tearing down the walls we put up between ourselves, between nations, between religions, between young and old people, between people of different colours, and so on.  Underneath we are all the same and the urgent work is to open our hearts and tear down the barriers between us all.

Tearing Down Walls...The Way of the Heart
Tearing Down the Wales – the Way of the Heart