Monday, 22 January 2018

a playful painting ..

This painting is based on words I wrote in my journal when I spent some vision time sitting out on our land here about 18 months ago  and  I did indeed write them inside a heart shape   

When I came to turn this into a small painting last summer ,   I didn't look back at the original notebook  till the painting was nearly finished ..    and I found I had changed that last word from pray to PLAY ,  which was what had given me the way to finish the text & get ' out of the box'  ,  which is something I like about the painting ...    I can only conclude that my inner CLOWN knew better what was going on than I did ,  and I am ok with that :-) 

Compassion Prayers

Compassion Prayers is the name of this painting . 

I can't get the lines of this post to sit as I want ,  but here goes .. 

It came about as a doodle in my sketchbook after a meditation time ..

I had been feeling how similar the energy seems to me of the Hawaiian ho'o'ponopono prayer  -  
 I love you ,  I'm sorry ,  Please forgive me ,   Thank you  

and 2 Buddhist mantras -  
                                                                                                                                    the one of Green Tara -  om tare tutare  ture so ha 

and the one of Chenrezig ,  or Avalokiteshvara -  om mani peme hung  

and I saw that there was a way of drawing them out in this pattern.

It is a very powerful image for me ,  making that connection at a glance ,  and adding the spiral pattern just completed it ..  

I had it set up with this candle at the time of this photo as an altar holding energy for the preparation of a big ceremony .

I share it in gratitude and as a blessing .


I never posted about a commission I really enjoyed last year ..  for our wonderful local fair trade shop in Newcastle Emlyn - Fair and Fabulous .

( You can find out about them on their Facebook page )

They wanted to have something on the wall explaining the 10 principles of Fair Trade .  What they showed me online was very clunky ..   and I heard myself say " I could do better than that " ,  and so I landed myself in it ..
which I actually enjoyed.  As I wrote in previous  posts below ,  I have been exploring lettering ,  so here was a chance to use my new skills .
I came up with the idea of making the 10 sections into a circle in a square  ,  like  a clock face or a target.   That gave me a way of fitting in all the logos that were needed too ,  and then I took the colour scheme from the central logo  .  It was a challenge to fit all of that in ,  and I am pleased to hear that it has been a useful talking point in the shop ,  as  was hoped .  

So big thanks to Gill & Lenshina for all their ongoing hard work in creating a great shop ,  and for giving me the opportunity ...