Sunday, 29 January 2012

An art journal fairytale page....

..... Just for fun! Certainly not a work of art but I had a lot of fun doing this. I painted it to go with my friend Gigli's story about a blue whale and a "wandering" fairy which she wrote for our Mixed Media Scavenger Hunt for February on "Freeing Your Wings" ( Thank you for a wonderful story Gigli! :)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

ATC Swap (Freeing Your Wings) "Home is where the heart is"

Here are the four atc's I made for our New Year Swap in the "Trading Treasures" Group on Freeing Your Wings. ( They were fun to make and I was so pleased to find the little heart charms!

Second project on "Life Book" (Willowing Course)

Our second project on "Life Book" ( a lesson set by Bonnie Rose Ryan. We were asked to work with two goddesses who we relate to and who we feel reflect something of ourselves. It was sort of meant to be two very different personalities but I have long related to Green Tara and White Tara and felt that these two reflect me in different stages of my life in a way. Sot hey are not opposites but they are definitely complementary. Green Tara is always portrayed as ready to "jump in" and help whilst White Tara seems to reflect the quieter side of her. Both of them grew from a tear shed from a great Hindu deity's eye, one from his left, one from his right. They are both deeply concerned with the struggle of life on earth and the pains and difficulties of humanity. I find both of them very beautiful. I think because the green and white are so important I chose to use colour. I certainly had quite a hard time getting the shading on Green Tara's face and know it is not right but I tried hard! In a different way I was reluctant to do too much in terms of shading on White Tara because she is just white....but I did try to show something of the shading. I can see lots of bits I am not happy with but overall I am happy because for me this isn't bad at all! :-) I used gold leaf round the outside. The words are meant to read COMPASSION, COURAGE, ACTION and COMPASSION, STRENGTH, PROTECTION but I couldn't quite fit them into the picture in that order!

Friday, 6 January 2012

My first "Lifebook" page (Willowing course)

After a really frantic week of getting back to normal while still clearing up after Christmas, I finally managed to get an afternoon to myself today and so I did my first page of "Lifebook" - Tam's wonderful new course on "Willowing". See This page was intended to be a celebration of our goddess superpowers and this is what I came up with. I was quite pleased with her but the paintings never come out so well in a photograph do they which I found a bit disappointing...but never mind, I feel pleased with her and I was really pleased I had the little girl on a swing stamp for this piece of work.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Please pop in and meet us all on Freeing Your Wings!

As it is a new year can I just say to anyone who visits my blog it would be wonderful to see you over at my ning site FREEING YOUR WINGS FYW is a mix of creativity including art journalling and a spiritual sort of site where everyone's views and beliefs are honoured and respected. We are really just a group of friends who stay in touch all sorts of ways through our art, poetry, photos, stories, thoughts, discussions and healing intentions. Please do take a look if you think you might like to join us.

Happy New Year!

"We have only this moment sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake" (Sir Francis Bacon) I haven't posted anything since the 5th December......that's what Christmas does for you!! Still I had my whole family with me, husband, children (grown up!)son and daughter in law, grandchildren and little dog....wonderful. I have now finished baking, buying, wrapping and tidying up so back to my site, my blog and dah de art journeys for the new year. I am working on LIFE BOOK with Tam on WILLOWING ( and BOOK OF DAYS with Effy on WILD PRECIOUS STUDIO ( and so looking forward to both. I will also be carrying on with all the little art bits and pieces on FREEING YOUR WINGS(my site) including our TRADING TREASURES group for ATC (Artists Trading Cards) exchanges (run by my lovely friend Angela) throughout the year. We have monthly mixed media Scavenger Hunts on FYW too. So, along with life, minding my grandchildren and all the usual stuff, I hope this year will be a really creative one....that is my plan anyway! Love to you all xx