Friday, 10 February 2017

3 female goddesses ..

In this 4th and last post (for now  ) are 3 larger paintings that have emerged alongside the ones in the previous 3 posts ,  over recent months.  Like the other work ,  they couldn't grow without the support of my spirit teachers,   the support and  sharing of those i sit in circle with regularly,  and many soul feeding conversations with like - minded people   thank you all . 

The 1st 2  arrived one after the other as a pair .  This 1st one  ' The song of connection '  started off very different ,  and was a real surprise in its final form, letting me know clearly when it wasn't right yet ..  and then when it was finally finished ,  as paintings often do . The eyes in the hands are a reminder  of Chenrezig ,  also known as Avalokiteshvara ,  the  all-seeing buddhist  god of compassion,  who has  11 heads and 1,000 hands with 1.000 eyes ,  and therewith enough compassion for the whole world ..

I was told that the next one,  a companion painting,  was called ' The dance of connection '  and it came in quite quickly ,  then stalled for weeks while i worked on others ,  and finally was finished only this week ..  and like those posted previously ,  it harks back to my vision quest day last year .  There's no knowing quite when those experiences will bear more fruit ,  they  pop back up and surprise you ..

And finally ,  this is what has become the third partner in this group of paintings.   Although started last ,  it was completed between the other 2 .  The initial drawing  came from a shamanic journey and is part of the answer to a question about the wild juicy nature of creativity  !  -   soon afterwards i realised she was demanding that  i develop her into a painting .  She is called ' The Creatrix '  and  also said to me 'You don't have like me ! ' .. 

new lettering ..

this painting is another one  that came from my vision quest last year -  and the thoughts and words that came to me about being connected ,  by which i mean connected to spirit , to whatever you call the divine ,  that which is bigger than us ,  and holds us in love .  Always.

after the work i posted just before this , i realised i needed to explore lettering more creatively ,  which i am thoroughly enjoying .  It has opened a new world of options ,  lots more to learn ,  and allowed me a new playfulness  in completing this painting .. and will lead to more ..
once again the 2nd photo is to show the overlap round 1 of the edges .. (oh and the lines coming off the painting are just my hanging system )


Painting from a poem ...

This next post is about one painting -  which came about as a result of a retreat with fellow OneSpirit minister -  you know who you are .  We were read a poem called ' Meditation for  the fully realised woman '   by Karen Andes,  and asked afterwards to write down key words , or phrases ,that had stood out to us .    I did a drawing .  Which  later ,  back home in the studio , became this painting .  And then i did add a phrase from the poem round the edge of the canvas ...  all is in these photos ..drawing ..  1st stage of painting ,  finished painting ,  and text on the edges 

Time to post some paintings ...

Its been a while since i used this blog , and now i would like to make some posts with the paintings i have been doing , please click on them to enlarge them .   I have moved into pieces with text in , and here in the 1st of them , from earlier last year .  Its about thanking that part of me that had been busy with holding on to old stuff where my energy doesn't need to be ,  and welcoming that energy forward into my current life .  Letting all that energy that was tied up in outdated struggles ,  which  could  make me very negative -    what i called my bitch voice -   come forward  into my life now ,  in a positive way  and become  my beauty voice  now instead. This painting came from thanking my beauty voice for all its strengths  that i can use now ...  

these next photos are of a sketchbook page from the time after I spent a vision quest day out on the land here ,  thinking  a lot about connectedness ..  feeling my connectedness with the place where i sat for 8 hours ..  and this felt pen doodle became a painting .  It goes round the edge of the deep canvas -  the way i often work ..  
( this text has decided to centre itself in the middle .. I like this colour ,  but i can't remember how to set the text back to the side ,  it seems to have a mind of its own .   I am clearly  more at home in my painting studio ...)


and finally ,  another progression from pen sketch to paintings -  this one came to me when i was driving down a country road ,  and i heard it from the old oak trees on the hedges ..