I returned to this collage today to brighten it up as it was looking a bit faded. I created it before we left Australia in 2012 to move to North Cyprus. I had a lot of cards I’d kept from people I loved – friends and family – so decided to cut out images (rather than take every card, there were lots!) and created this collage as a tribute to my memories of loved ones in my life. The two decorations at top left and right were created by our granddaughters for our wedding cake when we got married in the UK in 2004 just before returning to Australia. I added silver, pink and purple glitter as well as rose/gold paint.
Way back when I lived in Woodenbong, on the far north border of New South Wales, I ordered a wooden box for my essential oils. It was well-made, heavy and great for my oils until we moved to North Cyprus. I pulled out the partitions and packed all my jewellery inside as it was so sturdy, and used a plastic box to hold my oils.
And then a couple of weeks ago I saw someone decorating woodwork and though it was time to cheer up my wooden box which was very plain indeed. I had been using it for jewellery but, as with the essential oils, my jewellery decamped to a plastic box.
I painted my box purple (what else????) but found a brush didn’t provide proper cover so used a sponge which really did the trick. Then I dabbed on some pink glittery paint blobs. I had just received in the post some sew-one patches to hide holes and stains on clothes I love and really can’t throw away, but missed putting away a white butterfly patch which one of my dogs chewed. I managed to salvage the remnants and they went on top of my box along with bits of jewellery I’ve collected over the years and various stick-on decorations.
The catch on the box has been decorated with a pendant by my artist friend, Tammy Vitale. I thought having something with “Live, Laugh, Love” on it, blessed the intent of my box and also re-affirmed for me the power of friendship with so many lovely people around the world.
So now I have a Magickal Blessings Box in which I put all sorts of odds and sods which have personal meanings for me, or remind me of grace in my life.
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
Is a suspended blue ocean.
The stars are the fish
I sometimes hitch a ride on,
Have forever fused themselves
On this Wild Playground,
Reads the same.
In the Beloved’s Divine
The original, created with the Prisma app, is below but what I wanted to portray is the power and creativity we inherit because we literally stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. The moon reflects our collective emotional memories of past existence.
The hand print represents all those before this generation who used hand prints to confirm their presence on this planet and to leave images of their existence. We also need to remember that our successors are going to be standing on our shoulders – what gifts are we going to leave them?
Today I played around with new art apps I’ve installed in my new tablet. I’ve had a bit of a difficult time, as I mentioned in an earlier post, but hopefully things are calming down now which is why I decided to take time out, switch off and just have FUN.
This is my first foray into electronic gear apart from my computer and I’ve been having the time of my life trying out new apps and playing with the ones I really like.
My favourites are Zen Brush, Magic Fluids, Flowpaper, Magic Art and Prisma. They’re all quite different but so much fun to use. Zen Brush is very calming and very earth-connecting. Magic Fluids drips colour all over your screen. Magic Art is my favourite as you can create lovely images while listen to beautiful, calming music. I love Flowpaper where you can create dreamy images using the menu which is very easy to understand. And Prisma I love because it offers a range of overlays based on different art forms. So you can have an image which is quite different if, for example, you use an overlay of The Scream.
Below are images I’ve been playing with today, letting go of stress and dancing around in my second childhood:
All art on my Fine Art America website is now available as: prints; canvas prints; metal prints; posters; pillowcases; tote bags; iphone covers; round towels; beach towels; throw pillow; duvet cover; shower curtain; purses.