Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Stephanie Dosen.

I love this girls music so very much. She's a talented artist and an inspirational blogger. She makes knitting look cool and did I mention how much I love her music. You can find her blog here at Owl in the dark . Her beautiful music is on my mixpod player (on the left bar) and a couple of her early albums are available on Amazon. I know, cos I bought one! Let me know what you think :)

Friday, 26 March 2010

Progress.

It's been an interesting week, with my time being divided by so many things, from poorly hens to busy children and demanding ponies. Somewhere in amongst all of that, I've managed to do a little painting, but no housework, haha! Well, something has to give! The self portrait has been progressing steadily and having undergone several facelifts, now looks nothing like me. Well, isn't that often the case? Having been accused of making myself look too glamorous or too young I've taken the painting down and will take a break over the weekend. A new week and a new perspective is what's needed I think.

In the meantime, it's back to badgers and fairies :)

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Self portrait.

A lot of artists like to capture their own image at some point, and I've been toying with this idea for some time.




This isn't an exact replica, it's simply how I feel I look. I'm sure the painting will be very different and this is just a bit of fun, for me :)

Monday, 22 March 2010

Inspiration.

I have a head full of images this week and lots of ideas for paintings. I don't think I'll be painting any graveyards yet, but this was such a lovely place to sit and gather my thoughts while out on my Artist's Date last week.
It's a small and very old graveyard and holds the graves of some of the Bonham-Carters. Helena's brother Crispin attended a Hogwarts-esque private school not far from here!


This was my favourite, with its gorgeous celtic knotwork, carpet of snowdrops and


delightful name of Sibella.


We spent the best part of Sunday in the woods with the ponies and now my head is full of faeries


and unicorns (of course!).


Today it's back to the Studio, to capture these elusive thoughts on paper.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Changes.

I'm sure you may have noticed, I've been making a few changes. I liked the old look, but it wasn't really me, and now this is getting closer to the look I want. I expect I'll change it a few more times before I'm happy, but I'm testing out the looks here that I want to achieve on the website. It's not easy, this web building lark, but slowly I'm getting there. More than anything it takes time, a lot of time, which is a luxury I don't have at the moment. Any comments on the changes would be welcome and when it's a little tidier I'll post a link to the website and maybe you could tell me what you think of that too. I've added a playlist to the blog, which is lovely, in my opinion, if a little loud! If it proves unpopular then I'll take it off.

Thank you for visiting and do please leave a message as it's always nice to hear from visitors :)

Monday, 15 March 2010

Coming soon!

To the Etsy shop. A selection of crystal necklaces and



prints of the finished Eriskay pony painting.



A sneak preview of something in the pipeline, some little badgers. I'm not exactly sure what I'll be doing with them, but I just have to do something.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

My Muse.

What can I say about this little guy? After I lost my beautiful horse of 20years, I never thought another would mean anything to me, but Merlin was not one to give up.



He is so funny, intelligent and sometimes even a little naughty, but our cuddles are the best. Being an Eriskay Stallion, he is more laid back and affable than your average stallion, but I wouldn't take a chance with someone he didn't know,




and I would never suggest other people allow a stallion near their face either.



Merlin is often my muse, my inspiration and my escape from the stress and strains of the real World. He will often be found galloping through my art and is the model for my latest painting, the Eriskay Pony. But he is also sometimes the reason that I don't have a great deal of time to actually sit down and paint! Well, him and my two children, that is :)

It would be unfair to talk about Merlin without giving a mention to our other pony, Toffee. He is Merlin's exact opposite, where Merlin is a Ferrari, Toffee is a Volvo. He is steady and reliable. The perfect family pony as, apart from my husband, we can all ride him and he is a great confidence builder for children and adults alike. He too has featured in a few of my paintings and I like to use his striking colours as a contrast to Merlin.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Reiki.

Let me tell you a bit about Reiki. Around 6 years ago I was at a turning point in my life. All I wanted to be was an artist, but I felt low on energy and in poor health, so I went to several different kinds of healers. At this point I'd been to the Doctor and was told that at my age, what could I expect! Well! I'm no crone, not yet anyway, and felt that wasn't a good enough diagnosis, so hence the healers. By chance I found myself recieving a Reiki treatment at a Spriritual Fayre and felt a huge shift in perspective. The Universe suddenly opened out before me and I saw infinite potential in all possibilities. I wanted to learn more and began my Reiki training.
Jump forward 6 years and I'm now a Reiki Master and Teacher. The Reiki enhances my art and my art takes me to where people need the Reiki. It balances in perfect symmetry.

Reiki is a beautiful, non invasive therapy using the energy that is all around us to balance and recharge our batteries. The feeling of peace and love is incredible and almost impossible to describe. It isn't always possible for people to have access to treatments though, and so I set out to design something that was portable, affordable and could be safely sent through the post.

The Reiki pouch contains a mixture of herbs infused with Reiki energy to help bring healing to a specific condition. It can be worn or placed under a pillow for the healing to work.



The Reiki book is a little different in that it is simply infused with Reiki and will work for most problems, situations or minor ailments.



Write the problem or ailment on a piece of paper and seal it inside the book until the matter is resolved.



Reiki is inexhaustable and unconditional, but should you buy one and 'feel' that the energy is low, I will recharge it, distantly, at no extra charge.

For many people, this way of thinking requires a huge leap of faith, but believe me, it works and is amazing. I've successfully treated many animals by distance healing and for a while worked on some horses at the Lluest horse and pony sanctuary in Wales. This, by the way is my favourite charity, and I support it whenever possible.

Normally, the pouches will be available for £15.00, but as an introductory offer, they will be in the Etsy shop for £10.00.

I've just received a delivery of the most beautiful recycled felt in some truly delicious colours, but unfortunately the camera flash makes them look quite toxic, so when I get a better picture, I'll share it with you all :)

Friday, 5 March 2010

Etsy update.

Three new cards in the Etsy shop. Healing Tree.

A print from an original watercolour and infused with Reiki energy for healing.


Blue Moon Hare


and Mad March Hare



These are all taken from my own original watercolour paintings and are subject to the usual copyright rules.

Monday, 1 March 2010

March.

Well, the first of March has been a gloriously sunny day and as you can see from the latest Studio picture, the hens were out and having a great time. Soon I'll be able to spend more than a few hours in the studio and hopefully I can start to plan the repairs needed. It's such a juggling act between creating the art and keeping everything else ticking along. I have several paintings swimming around in my head, and the website needs an awful lot of work before it can be considered ready for show.

My journey through The Artist's Way is gathering pace, and that's largely responsible for the inflow of inspiration, long may it continue :)