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Oshilaja Hemsley

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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

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