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She emerged whilst I was exploring acrylics which is a new medium for me. These are exciting times for those of us in the arts and healing business. At last after so much talk about arts and health, there are now practical demonstrations of the important role creativity plays in our wellbeing. Up and down the country there are special programmes that have expanded the range of venues for the arts. Programmes and projects that take various forms of the arts into hospitals, clinics, retreats, and businesses ranging from medium sized companies to huge corporations. There are also innovative GP/Artist referral programmes happening in cities like Bristol, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh… Continue reading… 0 comments

In submitting an article to a spiritual magazine, the question of what constitutes spiritual and healing art came up. And a quick browse on the web brought up the usual perceptions and presentations of humanoid angels, a very blonde Jesus Christ (who we know from historical facts that he could not have been fair skinned and blonde), airbrushed or Photoshopped dolphins, and Disneyesque ___stairways to heaven___. How did we get to subscribing to this Hollywood rendition of spiritual art? And why do we love to limit ourselves so, either through language or through perceptions. Has anyone thought that we could all be angels and we could all be carrying our own wings in various shapes and colour even though we can__™t see them? (Perhaps that__™s another article in itself… Continue reading… 1 comment

When it comes to expressing ourselves we know our verbal language can be so limiting, yet we get hung up on having the right words___Why? When there can be so much communication in the silence of absorbing a painting? I am creating things out of ether at the moment and whenever I look at Mystique, she reminds me of the pot of magic we have deep within us all. I am inspired___to inhale and then to breathe it all out. I am just a channel allowing for what may come forth… Continue reading… 0 comments

Bless Blurb and all who work there! They make it so easy for artists and photographers (and indeed anyone with something to say) to publish pristine editions of their work. You can design and print one book, brochure, catalogue, or album, or you can have a hundred... either way, it doesn't cost a lot. And of course there's a whole community of support from book designers and sellers. I recently joined this merry band of Blurbites, and have just taken delivery of my first publication which gives a visual snapshot of my work spanning over 15 years. This little book is a great tool to have on my travels as I meet people who aren't familiar with my eclectic works. It's also very necessary for art fairs and trade shows. Have a look, and enjoy - www.blurb… Continue reading… 1 comment

This painting is like an ode to the creative process. Potters have often spoken of how sometimes the wheel turns itself, and artists speak of how the painting painted itself. This is often the case in how I work when I am in the Flow. ___Flow___ is what I call that space where I am taken when painting, where intellectual skills are not applied to the job at hand. To create a true emotional landscape means going into a state of being. This is far different from mind imaginings or fantasy paintings which require some degree of ___thinking___… Continue reading… 1 comment

I love it when I put ideas "out there" and see where they land or what they stick to! I had written a response to an article (in one of my groups on Xing) on "Doing The Work We Love", and naturally that led me to one of my favourite quotes by Joseph Campbell: ______if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.___ I should think that most artists can relate to this "field of Bliss"? For me, that is where my art comes from… Continue reading… 0 comments

An abstract figurative piece that oozes sensuality. A pastel painting of two figures layered with blue, indigo, purple, dancing between sheets of magnolia and whispers of pale pink. It is a dance of the physical as well as a meeting of minds... intimacy on all levels. This is a painting that stimulates all our senses as it reflects energy in motion… Continue reading… 1 comment

This painting was created in pure abstract expressionist tradition of facing a blank "canvas" (in my case, acid-free paper) and painting for the process, massaging the pastels into the paper, and allowing whatever needed to be expressed to surface. The result was colours of the season and colours that light up a symbolic christmas tree. Hallelujah! As soon as December days hit the 27th/28th, I feel the weight of this season__™s madness lifting and all around me is awashed with a new energy, making me keen and ready for the New Year and all the goodness I know it__™s going to bring. It__™s as if my whole body heaves a huge sigh of relief! I__™ve never understood Christmas… Continue reading… 1 comment

Chakras Everything we do begins and ends with our energy centres, our chakras, and I am beginning to understand importance of this more and more. Having recently had my Reiki I attunement, my senses are even keener, the colours I see and feel are more extraordinary. The actual process was a truly beautiful experience with my space being filled up with translucent golden light. I was also awestruck by an indescribable sound of ___a tuning fork______ like a piano being tuned___ very high pitched but soothing. If my senses were keen before, it now feels as if they have been totally recharged. Colours are more vivid and senses more alert (for want of a better word). The symbolic expressions of each chakra in these little paintings (11 _ 14ins… Continue reading… 1 comment

A small painting that speaks volumes. An observation of our humanity, inspired by a 60 year old man throwing a tantrum. My favourite colour of indigo is present. Some people talk of being "blue with rage" but I don't see it that way... Rather, there is a lot of pathos in the composition, and indigo is the true colour of healing… Continue reading… 0 comments

An expression of how we use our whole bodies to communicate when we are fully conscious. This painting is an ode to my Witching-Hour. On restless nights usually around the time of a full moon, I__™ll stay up with a notebook or a sketchpad and just ___watch___ (and listen to) the creative ideas and visions that pop into my head at this time (usually between 1am and 4am). Sometimes, they are outrageous, but I__™ve learned not to discard anything immediately. Instead I do some freefall writing or drawing. This wonderfully ripe period is really about ditching egos and intellectual thinking and simply falling into the flow. For someone who__™s always been a ___why?-child___ it__™s taken years of practise to tune in to all my senses… Continue reading… 0 comments

Saying hello to everyone

by theartofoh , November 14, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: ArtId, introduction

This is a tad late, but I have been having pc problems and after a couple of weeks, it seems things are back on course, so I want to say a huge ___Hello___ to the ArtId team and a huge thank-you especially to Betsy and Carla for their wonderful emails. It was so funny when I signed on I kept staring at Betsy__™s picture, and she kept staring at mine, and then we realised that we knew each other and had a few belly-laughs years ago in London… Continue reading… 1 comment

A summer solstice painting that came from a meditation. Pure indigo colours highlighted in pale lemon and white. The first time I did what I call a pastel panel was out of necessity more than creative experimentation. It was back in 1999 and around the time of the summer solstice. I simply ran out of paper, but ___MG___ (as I fondly call her) came to me live and in Technicolor and changed my life forever. She marks a turning point in my career as an artist. She comes to all who call on her with her silver book of profound dreams and memories guiding us on our soul-journeys with a nudge here, a pat there, or a ___I wouldn__™t if I were you___ where necessary… Continue reading… 1 comment