August 18th, 2017
How there have been times when I have created 'something from nothing' artistically. Click to read the full blog and remember to subscribe.
August 14th, 2017
One place in Umbria, Italy you should really visit, Passignano sul Trasimeno. My blog sets out just some of the local attractions. Click on the button for more information to read the whole blog.
August 11th, 2017
A look at a new series of three digital abstracts.
August 7th, 2017
My blog looks at the impact reading the book 'Tarka The Otter' had on me as a teenager.
August 4th, 2017
A review of where you can buy my work and a link to a feature about my fine art photography gifts on a gifts website. Click to get more information and read the whole blog.
July 31st, 2017
A glimpse into my creative process as I tell you stories with my photopainting - only this is all black and white, no colour. Click on the button for more info to read the full blog.
July 24th, 2017
My Monday Blog looks at the seaside resort of Eastbourne on the South Coast of England. Victorian architecture, a camera obscura and a wonderful pleasure pier. Click the button to read the full blog.
July 21st, 2017
A new series of photopaintings based on my photographs of pink hydrangeas. What's not to like? Click on the information button to read the full blog.
July 17th, 2017
My blog launches my new Classic Cars and Motorcycles collection - eye candy for the car enthusiast! Click on the button to read the full blog.
July 14th, 2017
My Friday blog looks at the energy of jazz as the Umbria Jazz Festival comes to a conclusion this weekend. To celebrate my love of jazz I am making two images from my Jazz and Blues Collection available on a limited time offer that expires midnight Sunday 16 July. Click on the button for more information.
July 7th, 2017
Click on the link to read my full blog about glorious Italian sunflowers.
July 3rd, 2017
My Monday blog explores the use of white space and low colour - but can it still create a mood?
June 30th, 2017
Thoughts on wall art to enhance bar interior design. Click the button for more information and read the full blog.
June 26th, 2017
What is on your kitchen walls?
June 23rd, 2017
Click on the link to see how I balance creating and marketing art.
June 19th, 2017
I stumbled across a herd of free range Aberdeen Angus cattle wandering on the South Downs - a great photographic opportunity. Click to read the whole blog and see the cute calves.
June 16th, 2017
White walls, splashes of bold colour and sea themed accents - click to read the whole blog
June 12th, 2017
Intelligent with good communication systems - yes I am talking about seagulls. Read more by clicking on the button for more information.
June 9th, 2017
A review of my recent images of Koi Carp - the difficulties in taking the photographs that formed the base for the images and what my thinking behind them was. Click to read the full blog.
May 22nd, 2017
My blog looks at some great images of old Italian wooden doors.
May 19th, 2017
My blog provides an update on my book 'I am Stevie Mouse', a course on developing inner peace that I have worked on with my husband and my new print website 'Imagine Umbria Tuscany'. Click on the button for more information to read the whole blog.
May 15th, 2017
Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Click on the button for more info to read my blog and hear the whole funny story of how I was given a photo opportunity - but it was not easy.
May 12th, 2017
My blog introduces my new poppy collection. Click to read the whole blog and enjoy the images.
May 8th, 2017
We are all storytellers, based on our own experiences, emotional state, state of wellness etc. We all see something different when we look at an image and, as a viewer, we weave the story behind it.
May 5th, 2017
Time for an admission in my blog - yet another obsession! This time using window reflections to create an image. Have a read and see what I have been up to (click on the button for more info to read the blog).
May 1st, 2017
A look at the beautiful bearded iris that are currently filling my garden and land with colour. Click on the button to read the full blog.
April 28th, 2017
If you are an artist/creative you will love this blog about how to develop a marketing plan. Click for more information and read the full blog.
April 24th, 2017
A review of the three day flower market held annually at Cetona in Tuscany, Italy. Click on the button to read the whole blog.
April 21st, 2017
My blog reviews a week of animal portraits - you can see them all and read the story by clicking on the button for more information. Don't forget to subscribe!
March 31st, 2017
I will never look at my two black dogs the same way again. Read my blog to find out why (click the button for more info)
March 27th, 2017
Read all about the development of my new website to sell local prints of my images of Umbria and Tuscany. Just click on the button to read the whole blog.
March 24th, 2017
Don't cut 'em, love 'em. Click on the button to read the blog in full.
March 20th, 2017
Did you know you can measure happiness? Find out all about it by clicking on the button and reading my blog on the International Day of Happiness.
March 17th, 2017
Yes folks, it is true, Ed Sheeran has bought a house near us. Read more in my blog by clicking on the button for more information
March 13th, 2017
A review of three of my latest pieces including Cat Spirit Guide. Press the button to read the blog - remember to subscribe!
March 10th, 2017
How I transformed some old, pre-digital, tatty photographs into art. Click on the button for more information and read the whole story.
March 6th, 2017
Reflections on how hard I find it to produce a self-portrait. Click on the button to read the whole story and how I came to produce my latest self-portrait
March 3rd, 2017
I have been trialing the social media sharing platform CoPromote. My blog reviews the results ... click on the more information button to read the full blog.
February 27th, 2017
My blog launches a new YouTube video, a collaboration between me, OneStopItaly and Johannes Hirschmann. Intrigued? Read more by pressing the button for more information to be taken to my full blog post (which also includes the video).
February 24th, 2017
A blog post on how retiring from one job in order to focus on another led me to a serious spring cleaning episode. Click on the button for more information to read the full blog (and don't forget to subscribe whilst you are there!)
February 20th, 2017
A not entirely serious look at National Love Your Pet Day.
February 17th, 2017
On a recent trip to the UK I visited some old haunts including where I lived when I first left home. My blog is full of nostalgia, have a read of where my memories took me by pressing the button for more information and read the full blog.
February 3rd, 2017
Intrigued by the title? Click for more information and read the whole blog, it is worth it.
January 30th, 2017
Escape the madness, be like a sheep and just graze...
January 27th, 2017
A look at Panicale in Umbria, Italy. My blog includes my latest YouTube video of images from the town. Click on the button for more information and read the blog.
January 24th, 2017
My blog starts with the assassination of the Roman Emperor Caligula and looks at several events on 24 January through history. Click on the button to read the whole blog. Why not subscribe to my blog to receive it direct to your inbox?
January 20th, 2017
My Friday blog looks at the life and work of Hildegard Von Bingham. It includes a video of her wonderful music. Click on the link to read the full post and enjoy the music.
January 16th, 2017
Amazing how a cat manages to get in my shots! Click on the button for more information to read the whole story.
January 13th, 2017
A blog outlining what we have done to ensure our outdoor cats, the dogs and the wild birds are cared for in this horrible cold weather.
January 9th, 2017
My Monday blog introduces the medieval hill town of Citta della Pieve in Umbria. Click on the button for more information to read the whole blog.
January 6th, 2017
My Friday blog looks at the cold weather we are 'enjoying' here in my part of Italy and how the processing is going with some of my newer images. Click on the button for more information to join in the fun
January 2nd, 2017
Happy New Year! My Monday blog looks at the plans I have for my creative side in 2017. Click on the button for more information to read the whole blog. If you subscribe a copy will arrive in your email inbox then you can keep up with my latest work and any special offers.
December 30th, 2016
My Friday blog looks back over the highlights of 2016 - personal highlights that is. Cue cute puppies, cat houses, an art exhibition, cute cats with santa hats and a new outlet for limited edition prints. An irresistible read! Have you subscribed to my blog? Click on the link for further information, read the blog and subscribe.
December 12th, 2016
The story of our journey with our dog Spud who was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia. Click on the button for more information to read the blog.
December 9th, 2016
My blog looks at a difficult period for us in caring for our animals' health and also the launch of a new limited edition print. You can read the blog by clicking on the button for more information.
December 5th, 2016
My Monday blog starts with the Italian referendum, wanders into witchcraft, shimmies into the California Gold Rush and ends up at the Great Smog via Einstein. Intrigued? You should be! Click on the link to read the whole story.
December 2nd, 2016
My Friday blog considers Christmas, whether it is too early for Christmas decorations and includes a video of some crazy drummers. Check it out by clicking on the button for more information.
November 28th, 2016
My Monday blog looks at Mind Mapping Artistic Style. To find out what mind mapping is and why I am writing about it, click on the button for more information.
November 25th, 2016
In two minds about Black Friday - click on the button for more information to read the whole blog.
November 21st, 2016
Hello, my blog looks at World Hello Day. Click on the button for more information and read the whole blog.
November 18th, 2016
Making something traditionally not beautiful, beautiful. Click on the button for more information and read the blog.
November 14th, 2016
My Monday blog looks at the November 2016 Supermoon and some of my latest art work. Click on the button for more information to read the whole blog.
November 11th, 2016
My Friday blog looks at seeing the beauty in everything from a cabbage to the background outshone by an orchid flower. Read it by clicking on the button for more information
November 7th, 2016
My Monday blog looks at what it is like here in Umbria, Italy during autumn. You can read all about it by click on the button for more information.
November 4th, 2016
All about pomegranates. Click on the button for more information to see the whole blog.
October 31st, 2016
An earthquake and the launch of my exhibition - what a weekend! Read all about it in my blog by clicking the button for more information.
October 28th, 2016
Today has been all about setting up for my exhibition which starts on Sunday and the preparations are the subject of my blog. Click the button for more information to see what I have been up to.
October 24th, 2016
The last minute preparations for my art exhibition this weekend and links to where you can buy a book of the exhibition via Blurb and watch a video of the images. Press the button for more information and welcome to my world!
October 21st, 2016
Various facts you may not know about 21 October, including that it is the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster in Wales. Click on the button for more information and read the whole blog.
October 17th, 2016
Why do we not notice the wonderful things we have local to where we live? My blog takes a personal view of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, where I was born. Click on the button for more information to read the blog and see some my latest images.
October 14th, 2016
Inspired by 'Be Bald and Be Free National Day' and 'National Dessert Day' which basically sum up my husband Barnet Boy. Click on the button for more information and read the whole blog post.
October 14th, 2016
My blog introduces Villastrada in Umbria, Italy. You can read it in full by clicking on the button for more information.
October 14th, 2016
As a relatively new Niume user, my blog reviews my experience of it so far. You can read more by clicking on the button for more information.
October 3rd, 2016
My Monday blog looks at the countryside where I live in Umbria Italy - and mentions a concubine ... what? Click the button for more information to read the blog.
September 30th, 2016
My Friday blog looks at driving in Italy and lists ten things you should know before you get behind the wheel on your Italian holiday! Click on the button for more information to read the whole blog
September 26th, 2016
Just 20 minutes from where we live in Italy, with a great Monday morning market, the bustling town of Tavernelle in Umbria, Italy has a lot going for it. You can read more clicking on the button for more information.
September 23rd, 2016
My Friday blog announces an exhibition of my art that will be taking place at the end of October until early January in Paciano, Umbria, Italy. To read the whole blog click on the button for more information.
September 19th, 2016
My Monday blog considers Italian Local Markets - a wonderful opportunity to pick up bargains and soak up some local atmosphere. Do you know what an 'etto' is? My blog tells you all about it ... just click on the button for more information to read it.
September 16th, 2016
Yep, Italian cakes, Italian coffee, cheap prices - bet you feel hungry when you have read my blog! Click the button for more information and read the whole blog - there are cream cakes...
September 12th, 2016
I can highly recommend Copenhagen in Denmark as a place to visit in December - lots of Christmas festivities, great shopping and sightseeing - oh and cheesecake! You can read all about it by clicking the tab for more information.
September 9th, 2016
My Friday blog looks at some of my latest floral images which adopt a pop art style when it comes to using vivid, bright colours. You can read the whole blog by clicking the button for more information.
September 5th, 2016
Boats! Or to be more accurate Brighton Marina which contained an awful lot of boats when I visited during the summer. You can read the full blog by clicking on the button for more information.
September 2nd, 2016
My Friday blog has the lot - a death door, a hidden window, Vikings, Etruscans, Ancient Rome and... scarves (excuse me????). You can read the whole story by clicking the link for further information.
August 29th, 2016
My Monday blog looks at the town I can see in the distance from the back terrace of my house - Castiglione del Lago. You can read the blog by pressing the button for more information.
August 26th, 2016
My Friday blog looks at suggestions for Christmas gifts from one of my online stores and also comments on the recent earthquake in Umbria which was a bit to close to us for comfort. Click the button for more information to read the blog.
August 22nd, 2016
My Monday blog is devoted to where I live Paciano in Umbria, a constant source of inspiration for my art work. Press the button for more information and read the whole blog - comments welcome!
August 19th, 2016
In my latest blog I confess to an obsession with archways - I can't stop photographing them and living in Italy surrounded by medieval hill towns there is plenty of opportunity. You can read more and see some of my latest work by clicking the button for more information
August 15th, 2016
I recently visited Cetona in Tuscany, Italy. Cetona is a medieval town with fabulous views and wonderful old streets - all reviewed in my blog which you can read in detail by pressing the button for more information.
August 12th, 2016
Whether you celebrate the mid August Italian public holiday or not Buon Ferragosto! My blog talks about Ferragosto, the recent article about me as a Featured Artist on Artsy Shark and looks at the the start of my new Images of Tuscany Collection. You can read the blog by pressing the button for more information.
August 8th, 2016
Jazz and Blues music has a particular meaning when you live in Umbria Italy and that has led to the launch of my new collection. You can read the whole blog by pressing the button for more information.
August 6th, 2016
Today we are recovering from last night's dreadful storm - you can read all about it by pressing the button for more information
August 1st, 2016
Art for hospitals, my trip to the UK and some of my latest artwork - all available when you click the button for more information. Come and read what I have been up to and join in the conversation.
July 18th, 2016
What I did when I found a pile of old photographs. Click the button for more information and read the whole story.
July 15th, 2016
My Friday blog reviews progress with my two rescue puppies who are turning into cute art models. Press the button to read the blog and see the cute pictures
July 11th, 2016
My blog this week looks at my recent cat art - you can see it all and read the blog if you click on the button for more information
July 8th, 2016
You can read all about my new clothing range by clicking on the button for more information
July 4th, 2016
My blog looks back over a fabulous weekend of Tai Chi, mentions some newly discovered music and introduces the new book I am writing called 'I am Stevie Mouse'. You can read it all if you press the information button.
July 1st, 2016
My blog looks at a new art group on FineArtAmerica/Pixels that is focusing on images of The City of London. Press the button to read the full blog.
June 20th, 2016
My latest art blog takes a tour of my art studio - you can see the organised chaos within which I work! Click on the information button to read the full blog.
June 17th, 2016
There are good reasons why you can't do Tai Chi in flip flops - all explored in my blog. Press the information button to read the full blog entry.
June 13th, 2016
My blog launches new round beach towels and weekender tote bags available now from my store. Click the button for more information and to read the blog
June 10th, 2016
As usual my blog starts on topics, slides sideways and then is brought screaming back to topic for the conclusion. My first ever experience of iced tea! You can read the whole sorry story by clicking on the button for more information.
June 6th, 2016
Someone asked me how long it took to create a photopainting. Then someone else asked me the same thing. So, what is a girl to do but figure it out? You can see what I came up with by hitting the button for more information and reading the whole blog.
June 3rd, 2016
Wow what a day! One planned trip to the veterinary clinic and one sooooo not planned! Press the button to read the story
May 28th, 2016
Musings on the colour red and its impact including within a school as part of a school uniform. Press the button to read more
May 23rd, 2016
My Monday blog launches my new clothing storefront on Art of Where. Click the button to read the blog and find out more!
May 20th, 2016
A chaotic week in my household all reflected in my blog. Click on the button and enjoy!
May 16th, 2016
My Monday blog looks at cypress trees, the epitome of Italian landscaping. Press the button to read the blog.
May 13th, 2016
The relaunch of an online store on Friday 13th? Are you superstitious? Click on the button to read more
May 6th, 2016
Yep 7 May is World Naked Gardening Day so it made a good subject for my blog
May 2nd, 2016
The title of my blog is Appearances can be deceptive - take a look at what I have to say and join the conversation http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/appearances-can-be-deceptive/
April 29th, 2016
My Friday blog celebrates the birthday of a special kitten, Stevie Mouse. Read about her journey from near death to full health here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/happy-birthday-stevie-mouse/
April 25th, 2016
25 April is Festa della Liberazione here in Italy - so a good day to introduce our new cat portch to the kittens! http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/liberation-day-in-italy/
April 22nd, 2016
My blog looks at the history of Earth Day and considers the 'souls of flowers'. You can read it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/earth-day/
April 19th, 2016
All you ever wanted to know about dog poop and hashtags - or not http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/dog-poop-and-hashtags/
April 15th, 2016
I have spent some time making up room mock ups showing of some of my work. You can read all about it in my blog just cut and paste the following link into your browser or click the button for more information http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/my-art-in-room-settings/
April 11th, 2016
I have produced three new pieces for my healing art collection this week - so my blog looks at how I express spirituality in my art work. http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/expressing-spirituality-in-art/
April 4th, 2016
Who thinks up these national days? Who follows them? Certainly not me! Read more in my blog http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/national-day-madness/
April 1st, 2016
My Friday blog considers my tinnitus as it is driving me crazy today and it is difficult to concentrate on anything else - so why not write about it?
March 21st, 2016
My new collection 'Just Scarves' is now available with a range of my beautiful designs in glorious colours and on crumple free, large, square, soft material. You can read all about it in my blog: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/just-scarves/
March 18th, 2016
A sorry tale of addiction to the colour purple that gets worse as I get older. You can read it all here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/i-am-a-purple-addict/
March 14th, 2016
Being asked to read some of my poetry to a group and having a piece of art created based on it, two reasons why my book The Journey has been brought to the forefront of my mind recently. http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/the-journey/
March 11th, 2016
My blog looks at the general chaos that descended on our household following the discovery of mice in our kitchen in spite of the feline residents! You can read it all here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/i-hate-you-meeces-to-pieces/
March 7th, 2016
Everything we do in our lives has an impact, makes a difference. My blog considers the approach I take to make a difference with my healing art. You can read it all here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/making-an-impact/
February 26th, 2016
Are framed images out of current fashion? What a difference a frame makes is the subject of my latest blog. Press the button to read my blog in full or copy and paste this link http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/what-a-difference-a-frame-makes/
February 22nd, 2016
My blog explores why sometimes I cannot sleep and considers how to deal with unwanted thoughts that keep you awake at night. Why not join in the conversation and join me here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/sometimes-i-just-cannot-sleep/
February 19th, 2016
I am a fan of graffiti but what about you? Visual noise or art form? Love it or hate it? Read more in my art blog by pressing the button for more information or copying and pasting this link into your browser http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/is-graffiti-visual-noise-or-an-art-form/
February 15th, 2016
My blog looks at the things I don't miss, and miss, about living in England since I moved to Italy. Click on the button to read the full blog
February 12th, 2016
The first images from my visit to the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen, Denmark, including two that need a title, details of my new art website - and bet nobody can guess what Barnet Boy bought me for Valentine's Day? To read the blog in full click the button for more information.
February 9th, 2016
My blog looks at the history of Pancake Day and provides a final update on my dog Barnie. You can read it by clicking on the button for more information or copying and pasting this link into your brower http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/pancakes-toss-or-flip/
February 5th, 2016
My Friday blog looks at space clearing, Feng Shui and the KonMari method of tidying. It also provides a link to my feature in CQ Magazine and an update on our dog Barnie. Press the button to read more or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/space-clearing-feng-shui-and-tidying/
February 1st, 2016
Hard to write a blog owing to distractions with our dog Barnie and his serious medical condition. My blog brings everyone up-to-date with his condition. Click to read more or cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/when-life-gets-in-the-way/
January 26th, 2016
My blog is a day late this week as our dog Barney has been very ill. The blog updates on his progress and sets out some of his portraits available on Pixels. You can read the whole blog by clicking the button for more information or by cutting and pasting this link http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/barnie-blarney/
January 22nd, 2016
At the age of 56 I should know better (or should I?) but I still get excited by Valentine's Day ... it all started when I got my first card at the age of 8 ... read more at http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/anticipating-valentines-day/
January 18th, 2016
In honour of A A Milne's birthday and Winnie the Pooh Day, I was minded to write about my very own Toby Bear, author and teddy bear extraordinaire. You can read all about it by copying and pasting this link or pressing the tab for further information http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/toby-bear-is-my-winnie-the-pooh/
January 15th, 2016
Funny old week where I have been more comfortable working with reduced colour - maybe because in my day job I have been ploughing through project plans and designing a questionnaire, they knocked the colour out of me! Read my blog here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/whether-to-use-colour-or-not/
January 11th, 2016
My Monday blog sets out my reflections following the death of David Bowie and at what point in my life I became aware of his music. It also provides a brief update on my latest work including a preview of a work in progress. Click on the button for more information or cut and paste this link to read the blog and watch one of my favourite Bowie music videos: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/wild-is-the-wind/
January 8th, 2016
I often get asked the story behind Barnie Paw Print Designs so my blog tells the tale. You can read it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/the-story-behind-barnie-paw-print-designs/
January 4th, 2016
My blog looks at the strange slob like persona that takes over the well-organised businesswoman when she is on holiday (ie me!). Read about it here:
Art Blog - Time Management?
January 1st, 2016
I start the New Year with a new look to my blog and my first post remembers some of the events of 2015. You can read it here:
December 28th, 2015
Nine days of thick fog and we are stir crazy - fantasizing about hot chocolate - but are being kept entertained by Barnet Boy's new drone. You can read it all here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=563
December 18th, 2015
My Friday blog looks at my recent trip to Copenhagen in Denmark - it is a bit like intravenous Christmas! You can read more here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=553
December 7th, 2015
Paw Prints at Christmas is the title of my latest blog and considers how Christmas decorations and kittens are not a good combination. You can read it here:http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=542
December 4th, 2015
What Does Contentment Mean to You was triggered by the peace and tranquility of my animals first thing this morning set against the turbulent times in which we live. Read it all here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=520
November 30th, 2015
When Does Photopainting Start? I find it sometimes starts before I even take the photograph an image will be based on - read more here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=504
November 27th, 2015
Black Friday Sale! http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=497 #christmasgifts #gifts #giftideas #interiordecor #homedecor #wallart
November 23rd, 2015
Place of Work? My blog looks at what it is like for me to work from home, thinks back to my commuter days on the Brighton to London railway line and previews some of my latest work. You can see it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=490
November 20th, 2015
My blog expresses my delight at receiving the CQ Magazine award 'Best Photopainter 2015', highlights my feature on Artsy Shark and reviews my recent trip to the UK. You can read it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=482
November 15th, 2015
My latest blog considers art for Waiting Rooms. Read it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=474
November 9th, 2015
A poem illustrated with three of my images feature in today's blog - The Souls of Cats. See more here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=467
November 6th, 2015
Colour or Color? Looks at some fun we have had with British and American English and looks at my latest art and written work. Read about it all here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=460
November 2nd, 2015
My blog looks at how stressed I am waiting to hear news of my kitten Stevie Mouse who is at the veterinary clinic, provides the links to the newly re-launched 1stAngel Arts Magazine and introduces a new Barnie Paw Print Design. You can see it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/?p=456
October 30th, 2015
Buildings and Structures my latest blog provides the latest on my writing projects, artwork and a kitten update
October 26th, 2015
Sometimes it is good to go a little outside of your usual style and produce something different. See more in my blog at http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
October 23rd, 2015
My blog looks at the use of red as a highlight colour, looking at selective use of colour and how it can be used to make an image dynamic. You can read it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
October 16th, 2015
My new blog announces my appointment as Chief Editor of 1stAngel Arts Magazine and details a 25% discount code available on my work on my artist website. You can read it here: https://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
October 12th, 2015
My blog looks at some of my Christmas samplers, Barnie Paw Print Designs and a discount code that will be released on Friday. Read it all here www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
October 9th, 2015
My latest blog post provides an update on Stevie Mouse and her little sister Emmy and introduces my new English Cottage Garden collection.
October 5th, 2015
My latest blog is less about art and more about a comment about values! You can read it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
September 28th, 2015
My latest art blog talks about my great weekend visiting Trentham Estate, wire fairies and some new developments. Read it here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
September 25th, 2015
Developing Inner Peace is a new course that I have developed with my husband - a combination of the written word, voice, energy and art. Find out more here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
September 21st, 2015
My latest blog post looks at how I have applied the vintage look to various images. Read it here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
September 18th, 2015
My blog looks at Emmy my new kitten, my refreshed Sunset gallery and my new Tai Chi and Qi Gong gallery. You can read it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
September 14th, 2015
My latest blog looks at my participation in a new art book called Digital Exposure which is available on Amazon.com and Blurb.com. Read the detail in my blog here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
September 11th, 2015
This short blog looks back at my memories of how I heard about the 9/11 attacks. Read it here www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
September 7th, 2015
My latest blog post looks at how autumn is creeping in, sneaks a peek at Christmas and then comments on the refugee crisis. Read it here: https://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
September 4th, 2015
My Friday blog looks at how Italian grappa is made and then staggers on to look two new art website designs. Read the whole sorry story here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
August 31st, 2015
My Monday blog describes the process of wine making (including sampling) and talks about a special discount on tshirts in association with rune-readings.com. Read more here: www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
August 28th, 2015
My Friday blog looks at one of my new pieces 'An Angel Awaits', my contribution to Emotionography and two new special occasion images, one for Halloween and one for Christmas - including a cute kitten with wings. Read it here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
August 24th, 2015
My latest blog post looks at Stormy Weather, our leaky roof and a quick kitten rescue as well as some fun things you can do with pegs/clothes pins. See it here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
August 21st, 2015
My blog looks at different types of relaxation, including my kitten's idea and my own, including removing glue from under my fingernails (which was an unintended consequence). Read it here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
August 14th, 2015
My Friday blog looks at Colourful Floral Images, a future art book collaboration and mentions my new Youtube video that will be released on Monday. Read all about it here www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
August 10th, 2015
My latest blog post considers Halloween, a major market in Perugia, Umbria and wanders into thoughts of Christmas and Valentine's Day next year. Read it all here http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
August 7th, 2015
We all get seduced by colour. My blog looks at how that attraction can be used to create interior design articles for different settings. Read more at http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
August 3rd, 2015
Today's blog looks at the images I have selected for licensing which are now available at Licensing Pixels, reviews my new Textures series and provides an update on my kitten Stevie Mouse. http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
July 31st, 2015
My latest blog looks at the terrible practice of Phajaan, the torture of baby elephants to make them compliant for the tourist trade. I have written a poem and produced an image to highlight this dreadful practice. To read the poem and the story behind it go to http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog
July 27th, 2015
My latest blog considers how we miss so many things by not being aware of our surroundings. To read the blog go to www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
July 24th, 2015
My latest blog announces that my art is now available via three retail outlets including Deck the Walls,The Great Frame Up, and the Framing and Art Centre. It also looks at my latest pieces. To read the blog go to: www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
July 20th, 2015
My latest blog provides a Stevie Mouse (kitten) update, introduces shower curtains and reviews my latest artwork. http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
July 13th, 2015
July in Italy means sunflowers and this blog looks at various sunflower images - and a photo taken during a traffic jam on the M25. www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
July 10th, 2015
My latest art blog looks at images from my recent visit to Brighton. http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
July 3rd, 2015
My latest blog takes a nostalgic look at Wimbledon and talks about a shopping trip in Brighton. Read it here:http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 29th, 2015
My latest blog looks at progress with Stevie Mouse, our kitten, my latest Barnie Paw Print design and a church with a neo-classical pronaos http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 26th, 2015
My latest art blog post looks at images from my local village Paciano, Umbria, Italy and a piece of concept art I produced http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 22nd, 2015
My latest blog looks at pet portraits, a town view and a Barnie Paw Print Sale http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 19th, 2015
My latest blog looks at the sources of inspiration for my healing art. http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 15th, 2015
My latest blog talks about saving a kitten called Stevie - amongst other things. http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 12th, 2015
My latest blog post looks at my work with a cat sanctuary in Italy called Cinni and showcases my latest work http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 8th, 2015
My blog talks about the fun I have been having with storms over the last few days, the antics of my cat Malteser and the launch of my new YouTube video. www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 5th, 2015
My latest blog looks at how I turned to healing and healing artwork to cope with the sudden illness and death of my cat Bluebottle. It also provides an overview of work in progress. www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
June 1st, 2015
Today's art blog looks at my weekend of 'soft furnishings', creating tote bags and planning a trip to Brighton. You can read all about it at www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
May 29th, 2015
An article has just been published about my work that has come out just in time to be featured in my new blog post at www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/ You can see the article at http://www.healing-power-of-art.org/dorothy-berry-lound-balances-spiritual-art-with-spiritual-practice/
May 22nd, 2015
My blog looks at my designs on women's fashion items and my latest artwork. You can find it here www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
May 18th, 2015
My latest blog looks at a snake invading my Tai Chi class, a trip to the vets and my latest art work. To read it go to www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
May 15th, 2015
My latest blog post looks at two new pieces and previews some work in progress. You can find more details here: www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
May 11th, 2015
My new blog looks at a special birthday, red spider mites, fabulous ice cream deserts and local Italian produce. Something for everyone! www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
May 8th, 2015
My latest blog talks about trips to Castiglione del Lago, delicatessens, glass bottles and an outside toilet. Click on the link to read it: www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
May 1st, 2015
My latest blog looks at the work on our bed and breakfast and my new designs. Follow this link www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/ or press on the button below for further information.
April 27th, 2015
My new blog looks at Castiglione del Lago and a series of photographs I took down by the lakeside. You can access my blog at www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/ or by pressing the button for further information.
April 24th, 2015
My latest blog looks at some of my spring flower images, photographs of simple things and a new Barnie Paw Print kaleidescope. You can find it at www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/ or press the more information button
April 21st, 2015
I am Artist in Residence for April at 1stAngel Arts Magazine and as part of my residency I have written a series of blog articles about how we use colour, leading up to a review of my approach to healing art. My latest article, focusing on my healing art work, has just been published and you can access it via this link or the button for further information
April 20th, 2015
My latest blog looks at my shots from my trip to Brighton, Sussex, England, reviews some of my latest work including Tai Chi Basics and looks at some work in progress. You can find it at www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/ or by pressing the button below for further information.
April 17th, 2015
My new blog looks at some of my latest pieces including a new look at presenting a photograph of chains and a work in progress involving Brighton Pier. www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog
April 13th, 2015
My latest blog is now available at http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
It includes an announcement regarding my charity piece in aid of a Parkinson's Disease charity.
April 10th, 2015
My latest blog now available via http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
April 6th, 2015
If it is Monday it is blog day! This one talks about my new kaleidescope collection and some of my photography around the house, including the doors to our old animal rooms. You can read it here: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
April 3rd, 2015
This week's blog talks about a recent piece for a Parkinson's charity for which Barnet Boy was my model, mentions my Artist in Residency for April at 1st Angel Arts Magazine and reviews some of my new pieces. Happy Easter Everyone
Find my blog at: http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
April 1st, 2015
Just a quick update to say that my residency starts today and my first article is published. There will be a new article each week in April so watch out for them!
March 30th, 2015
My Monday blog talking about our local festa, sunshine, my latest artwork and being Artist in Residence on 1st Angel Arts Magazine for the month of April. Check it out via this link http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
March 27th, 2015
This Friday's blog looks at the latest developments on our bed and breakfast (mess rules!), looks at the latest images I have uploaded and announces two new galleries, one based around everyday objects and one based around colour harmony and interior design.
You can find my blog at www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/
March 23rd, 2015
My new blog is now available at http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/ or via the more information button below. This week I talk about bedrooms, death, depression, latest artwork and finger doodles.
March 20th, 2015
My new blog is now available at http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/ You can access it by pasting the link or via the button for further information.
This week I talk about the solar eclipse, patio furniture and the bargains available via my RedBubble site where there is a 25% discount on duvet covers and throw pillows this weekend www.redbubble/people/berrylound
March 16th, 2015
My latest blog is now available via this link http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/ or clicking on the button below for more information. It includes a preview of some new work in progress and mentions my new gallery Umbrian Wild Flowers.
March 14th, 2015
My blog has now been moved to my own website at http://www.shannathshima.me.uk/artblog/. You can also access it by clicking the button at the bottom of the blog for more information. As well as linking my art work to my wider activities, this new blog allows me to show some works in progress and enables people to follow and comment on my work. Do click on the link and join me!
The main part of my blog looks at my new series of images based on the concept of dandelion seeds drifting in the breeze. This is one of the new images I have produced.
March 9th, 2015
I said I would talk a bit today about my new collection 'Tree Layers'. The concept of tree layers is my interpretation of the rings of the tree denoting age, like looking back over its life. So I have created a series of images depicting the life of an old dead tree with the shadows of the past, different stages in growth and how the tree was once a living part of the landscape, overlooking a beautiful view. The collection tells a story.
The first image is quite dark, reflecting that this is a dead tree. This image moves from dark to light, with the suggestion of the seasons the tree will have seen through its life.
With Tree Layers 2 I have suggested autumnal/fall colours, an old tree like this would have seen many such seasons.
The series continues with looking at aspects of the tree's life. Tree Layers 6 has lighter colours for its layers, suggesting the tree in a younger life.
In the latest image I have posted to date, Tree Layers 8, we see the different stages of growth of the tree and the seasons, as well as how it was such an important part of the landscape in which it sat. To the right of the picture we have the residual, lingering energy of the dead tree, showing ghost like and still looking out over the view.
There are two more images in process to complete the story of the tree which I will feature in my Friday blog.
I designed some duvet covers over the weekend - two of them are very tongue in cheek! I hate housework and ironing so I came up with a design where the duvet starts off crumpled which is something of a result!
And finally, if you have always wanted a water bed but couldn't afford it, here is the duvet cover for you, LOL.
Have a good week, see you Friday!
February 27th, 2015
I mentioned in my last blog that I had produced some more images using Scribbler Too software and one of those was a series of images called ‘From the Flower Border’. There are two that are particularly popular one that is a riot of colour and one that is rather more muted, see which one you prefer.
I produced another image using a similar approach which I am rather pleased with. Called ‘Wild Boar Camouflaged’, I wanted to try and show a three dimensional figure emerging from a two-dimensional scene, as if the page was opening like an envelope and something was coming out of the drawing into the outside world. The boar is looking out from one reality to another to see if it is safe to come out into the main picture – it is okay though, I didn’t draw any hunters!
Those make a nice little collection, together with the original ‘Keep it in the Family’ I posted last time.
The other image I have been working on is part of my Red’s Imaginarium healing art collection and is based around the concept of meditation. I posted the original image in my last blog but have been having a discussion with a few people about how to represent different types of meditation. So I created four more images, ‘Entering Stillness’, ‘Crown Chakra Meditation’, ‘Into the Astral’ and this one ‘Distance Healing Meditation’. As a Reiki Master this one really resonates with me.
Talking of Reiki one of my jobs for the weekend is decorating my Reiki treatment room. Now we have picked up our replacement car we have room to go and get some of the things I need, like picture rails for the hangings on the doors!
Have a good weekend, see you Monday!
February 23rd, 2015
A great tai chi class started the weekend but my plans for rose pruning came to nothing as it rained most of the weekend. So, that gave me an opportunity to upload some of my finished pieces!
The first thing I uploaded was a portrait I had taken of Barnie a couple of weeks ago on his fourth birthday. I wouldn't normally post pictures of my animals unless they were particularly cute or doing something unusual (more so than usual that is) but as the founder of Emporium Barnie and Barnie Paw Print Designs (www.zazzle.co.uk/emporiumbarnie*) my boy has his own fan base so a proper portrait was called for! I called it 'Angel in the Making' as Barnie was a horror in his 'teenage' years but has grown up to be a lovely, well behaved dog.
I am always playing around with new techniques, materials and software to see what happens and this weekend was no different as thanks to a fellow artist I discovered the Scribber Too programme. I have several images I created, some with colour still to be uploaded to my gallery but this one, 'Keep it in the Family' where a mother cat is telling off her family of kittens for 'cat napping' was the first I created and my favourite - and judging by the number of retweets and comments on this piece I am not alone!
It is only a small picture and so ideal for a small wall space. Unlike the big vertical piece I talked about in an earlier blog called 'Angel Wings Thin Collage'! I ordered one of those on canvas for our own use and at 7inches by 5 feet it was fun to see the expression on the courier's face as he delivered it! That arrived with' Framed Paw Prints' that was also featured in an earlier blog - great colours and both with black matching frame perfect for the tai chi training room wall.
I also finished a piece entitled 'Meditation Practice' and this has led to some interesting discussion about what is meditation and what does it mean to you. For some people it means stillness, quiet, tranquility - really the impression I have tried to portray with this picture. However, for others meditation means astral projection and a great deal of inner activity. I suggested this with some of the colours and treatments surrounding the figure but I am now working on a second figure, in response to comments, that attempts to show more of the hidden inner activity. That will have to wait until the next blog!
Anyway, a busy week ahead for me, we now have the insurance money to get the replacement car following the accident so that is good news! Be good, see you Friday!
February 20th, 2015
In the news, just before I left Italy for the UK on Monday, someone was wanting to ban leggings and ski pants because they are too revealing. Speaking as someone who both wears and likes leggings (albeit with my bumpy bits covered so no-one posts a ‘free parking’ sign on my butt) here is my considered response.
Welcome to my new range of designer leggings available from my RedBubble shop!
On the tube in London I saw a ‘Visit Las Vegas’ advert with the line ‘where your accent is an aphrodisiac’. Really? On a tube full of tourists who didn’t speak a lot of English and given the range of English accents? Fail!
Standing in the pouring rain outside the hotel at 11.30pm last night I also wondered about e-cigarettes and non-smoking rooms. As we all traipsed soggily back into the hotel (in various states of undress) as the fire alarm was turned off, I heard a young man protesting at reception ‘But I wasn’t smoking it was an e-cigarette’. Dohhh! Epic fail!
I did manage to upload a couple of finished pieces this week. This is one of them, a different perspective on birds at the sea shore.
Have a great weekend everyone, just beware of people with English accents, wearing leggings and smoking e-cigarettes!
February 9th, 2015
I am sitting here trying to warm my fingers up sufficiently to type fluently as opposed to poking at the keys and hoping meaningful words appear! We have just got back from looking at second hand cars and think we have found one we like enough to test drive tomorrow. For those of you who have not kept up with the plot, Barnet Boy had a head on collision recently (not his fault) that wrote off our car (everyone walked away relatively unharmed thank goodness). Anyway, it has been a beautiful sunny day but bitterly cold and after the sun went down we started to think standing in the open looking at cars was not such a great idea as the cold started to bite. So, here we are back in front of a roaring log burner. As always the dog is only a couple of inches away from it.
It has been a funny weekend as I have had a lot of work to do, starting with teaching Tai Chi on Saturday and then trying to draft a strategic plan for the construction industry on Sunday - about as far removed from my art work as you can imagine! However, there has been art taking shape around the edges. I managed to finish uploading my Experiments with Geometry Collection. This one is my personal favourite:
This is the sixth in the series and with this one I have continued with my exploration of the concept of the void, the place between dimensions and between worlds hence leaving parts of the main geometry black, indicative of nothingness. I have deliberately focused on orange for the background as the colour of the sacral chakra, also known as Hara in Buddhism, the centre of being where we connect with our stillness and wisdom. Needless to say, this image is part of Red's Imaginarium - Chakra Collection.
I think I have now got all the geometry and symbols out of my head for the time being!
I finally got around to completing Tristan and Isolde, a piece I have been working on for a long time. The legend of Tristan and Isolde varies but the main element of the story is that they swallowed a love potion that made them fall madly in love with each other. Isolde was married to the King but the potion forces Tristan and Isolde to become lovers. In one story, the King tries to capture them and punish them for adultery but they escape to the forest of Morrois where they take shelter until they are found by the King after which they make their peace and separate.
I first came across this legend at school and it appealed to my young, romantic nature. Many years later I heard The Song of Isolde on the album Eolian Minstrel by Andreas Vollenweider. It is a beautiful piece with a soaring female vocal against the background of a harp. I found it such an inspiration and painted the image I imagined as I listened to the lyrics over and over again. Isolde sings that Tristan should wake up as they have been asleep in each other's arms for a long time as love had cast a spell on them. I imagined Isolde waking up just before dawn and looking towards the beginnings of the sunrise at the edge of the forest and trying to awaken Tristan to tell him danger was coming. I have gone over and over this painting many times over the years and reworked it but more recently I scanned it and used digital software to amend the colour and add textures. I wanted to get across the drive they felt to be together so the red tone is suggestive of lust, sexual drive and a power beyond their control. So, this is the latest version but who knows if I will return to it to amend it in the future?
Today I launched a range of fabrics with paw print designs (available from www.zazzle.co.uk/emporiumbarnie) and the following is the most recent paw print design:
This reflects a new style I am playing with. Bringing you completely up to date, I have just uploaded a new piece of work Deer at Sunset which is also done in this new style. This piece is in honour of the beautiful deer we see near our house, many of which fall prey to hunters.
So, test driving a car tomorrow and a number of new mixed media pieces to finish over the course of the week - should be fun! See you Friday!
February 6th, 2015
A week of departures for me - a nice visit with my parents that came to an end, leaving the UK to return to Italy and a departure from my normal artwork style. So, where do I start?
It is not always easy to do much on your artwork when you are travelling with a tab and you don't have all your files and software to hand. However, I did my best and spent some time working on my Barnie Paw Print designs. As well as being available on FineArtAmerica as prints, cards, throw pillows/cushions, phone cases and the 'odd' duvet cover, I also have a shop on Zazzle called EmporiumBarnie. (www.zazzle.co.uk/emporiumbarnie*). Ten per cent of my designer proceeds from this shop go to The Dogs Trust charity in the UK. I never tire of working on these designs, there is always somewhere new to take them. Anyway, I uploaded some of the newer designs and created some t-shirts and throw blankets including some with this relatively new design:
I created a new gallery of my most popular images (based on sales and comments - http://dorothy-berry-lound.artistwebsites.com/art/all/all/all/most+popular) and I have also been busy making Barnie Paw Print wallpaper designs which is a longer term project but seems to work well with some of the images, particularly this one (if you like busy wallpaper!):
I want to make some of these designs into sarongs as the colours are very striking - any ideas on how to do that welcome! This one would make a great sarong and I wouldn't mind one myself (at least you wouldn't get lost on the beach!):
On the flight home to Italy, there was a dear old man who was trying to get his bag in the overhead locker and in the process his trousers fell down to his ankles revealing a pair of rather grubby long johns. Someone grabbed his bag and he grabbed his trousers and explained that he had removed his belt at security and hadn't put it back on. Once we established he was all right we all collapsed in giggles, even the old man was wiping tears of laughter in the end. That woke us all up on the early morning flight!
Lovely to be home and Barnet Boy's cold proved to just be a sniffle by the time I got here. Very cold though and snow overnight with more forecast so today I have three layers of clothing (which is probably why my mind is drifting to sunshine and sarongs... I have fond memories of it).
The final 'departure' is that I started to play around more with creating purely digital art. My usual style is to paint or sketch and then perhaps use digital software to enhance the image, adapting colours and adding textures. For the first time really I have produced a few images that are just done on the computer. Boy I have a lot to learn about this! Anyway with great pride I have posted my first image 'Fractal Cat' and along with another one of my cat pieces 'Ear Ear' 50 per cent of my artist proceeds on this one go to the Cinni cat sanctuary in Arezzo, Italy.
Bringing us completely up-to-date, today I uploaded the first of a small series 'Experiments with Geometry which I mentioned in my previous blog. I tried to get away from geometry and shapes but got dragged back screaming. I will upload the rest of the weekend. I am not sure if I like this one or if it is just that you need sunglasses to look at it!
I have been working on a piece in my usual style entitled 'Tristan and Isolde' - it is in the finishing stages so I hope to be able to mention that in my next blog. The legend of Tristan and Isolde is one of two lovers who share a forbidden but undying love and my piece is inspired by The Song of Isolde by Andreas Vollenweider. Anyway, I will tell you more about that on Monday. Have a lovely weekend everyone.
February 2nd, 2015
Well the snow trimmed my sails a bit this weekend which meant I could get on with some artwork! Mind you, my Mum and I still managed to fit in a shopping trip at the weekend - I was looking for something Valentine-ish for Barnet Boy of course (not mentioning what I bought as he might read this blog...). We managed several coffees and blueberry muffins in the process (mmmmmmm ... mistake writing about those ... hungry now)
Well the new geometric pieces I mentioned are not yet ready for an unsuspecting world - I need to finish them off with a particular piece of software I have on my computer in Italy so I will have to be patient and complete them when I get home. I fly back to Italy on Wednesday - Barnet Boy has a cold so I am thinking the usual enthusiastic kiss at the airport may just have to be a big hug!
Over the weekend I uploaded two pictures of my old cat Ryan - I have a number of acrylic sketches that I started and never finished, in this case because Ryan died and I never went back to it! However, a bit of playing around with digital software and voila - two new versions of my Ryan portrait, one a bit more traditional than the other, I will leave you to guess which is which!
I have started a new gallery of long, thin pieces (horizontal and vertical) - someone once asked me where she could find a picture to fill an awkward space, I guess this would have been it but there is no going back in time (note to self, meditate on time travel). It has a variety of images in it including cats of course (have I mentioned we have a lot of cats?).
Diverting slightly, an Italian once asked me what it was like to live in a 'cat house'. Choking on my coffee I explained what that meant in English at which point she choked on her coffee. Anyway, back to the plot.
This new gallery includes a couple of new pieces I uploaded over the weekend including this photograph of an otter that I have been meaning to upload for ages:
I also added to this gallery a slightly whacky picture (surely not I hear you cry) that for some reason had me thinking of solar flares (as you do):
One of my favourite current pieces of work though was uploaded recently and has been re-tweeted and favourited across various social media and produced a lot of comments. I was reading a discussion that was a bit doom and gloom and it struck me how the assumption is always that something bad is going to get us from outer space, either an alien invasion or an asteroid is going to take us out. Supposing something good happened what would the headline be? And that led to this piece with the 'news' headline 'Meteor Shower Heals Earth':
Positive thinking rules!!!! Have a good week everyone, my next blog will be written in the comfort of my own home in front of the log burner buried under dog, cats and (probably) Barnet Boy.
January 30th, 2015
I flew to the UK this week to say goodbye to a colleague leaving after working with me for 19 years and to spend some time with my parents. I usually meditate and listen to chanting on the flght as it is a good two hours of 'me time' but the flight was extremely turbulent. They kept the seat belt signs on for most of the flight and I started to get travel sick (the first time since I was a kid!). I went from this calm, mindful person to someone with a mind full of worries, was I actually going to be ill in front of everyone, was the plane going to land okay etc, etc. It doesn't matter how much you work on yourself, when your buttons are pressed off you go, that monkey mind taking you all over the place - mostly places you shouldn't go. I still have a lot of work to do on myself clearly!
Interestingly, before I took the flight I worked on a piece that was about the whole concept of how busy our minds are and not focusing on the moment - if you like an extension of one my earlier pieces called 'Mindfulness'. This one is called 'Repetitive Thoughts' as is based on the idea that you can be looking at something beautiful (in this case a river bank) but you don't really see it because your mind is full of other thoughts and worries.
Anyway, it has been lovely to see my parents, the leaving do went well and I have picked up quite a bit of work so all is well that ends well. I haven't had a lot of time for artwork this week but I have produced a new Barnie Paw Prints design - I like this one because the brightly coloured pads look like butterflies on the ground.
Now for a weekend of shopping with my Mum, but I am also working on some new pieces that I hope to upload over the next few days - including some geometry that I got dragged back to and am enjoying playing with.
Have a great weekend everyone, see you Monday.
January 23rd, 2015
I look back on the last four days and think 'what happened?' In my last blog I said that I had finished my rune commission and was waiting for the launch day for the new website on which they would be featured. Well, focusing on that first the website is launched and the address is rune-readings.com. The final set of runes looked like this:
The website provides a link to my runes gallery here on FAA where people can buy individual rune images - and producing those became something of an event but I rather like them. Here is the first in the series, Fehu:
Unfortunately, the launch was due on Wednesday afternoon but at lunchtime that day Barnet Boy was involved in a head on car crash, luckily walking away with only a few minor cuts and bruises (the car is a write off) but of course I wasn't ready to press the 'open sesame' button on my gallery until the evening. Never mind, it is all out there now!
I finished another series this week called Angels Wings. They are based around a simple set of circles that Barnet Boy thought looked like Angels Wings so I got carried away trying different colours and textures. This one is my favourite though I know other people like the stronger colours!
Anyway, back to some degree of normality today, Barnet Boy is getting over the shock of the accident and I am just tired so it should be a quiet weekend apart from tai chi class tomorrow. I am currently working on uploading some acrylic paintings that got put to one side with the runes etc, and to say they are a different style would be an understatement, check this one out:
I think it is my way of reacting to all the symbols and tight design for the various collections over the last couple of weeks - FREEDOM!
Have a nice weekend everyone, catch up on Monday.
January 16th, 2015
Well after the excitement of last week's World Blog Hop, things have settled down to normal. This week has been all about symbols, so much so I am starting to dream about them!
To start with, I have been commissioned to produce a set of runes to be used in an on-line programme for readings. Runes are the letters in the runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet. I say runic alphabets (plural) because there were several versions, with variations in for example Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Anglo-Saxon areas of the British Isles. Anyway, the point is that runes are used today for divination, a bit like tarot cards. There are 24 symbols, each with a particular meaning and interpretation.
So where do you start with a commission like that? Shapes and colours! I asked the client to define the shape (oval) and colours to get me started. The discussion around colour proved interesting as the client selected one of my Barnie Paw Print designs as an example of the colours he wanted, green and orange. This is the design he selected:
I had already decided that I wanted to use a gemstone or mineral as the base so this choice of colour made me think of Unakite, which is a combination of red jasper and green epidote and the colours and sense of the image are similar to the paw print design he selected. A couple of hours in Glastonbury, England, visiting all the crystal and gemstone shops and I had found exactly what I wanted. Next step is how I am going to approach the lettering.... I will keep you posted!
The other reason symbols are so predominant for me this week is because I have been working on a series of designs based around the mantra OM. A mantra is a phrase or word used for meditation and chanting that work beyond the level of just the words that are used. OM is the smallest mantra but contains the essence and sound of the universe. It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit prayers, recitations and texts. It brings you into focus and grounds you. It is beautiful and I use it many times a day in my spiritual practice. I decided to incorporate it into my artwork and so have created a series of images based around the symbol for OM like this one:
I have created 20 images so far and they look great, particularly on the throw pillows/cushions and the quilt covers available via my website.
Of course, as with all things it doesn't stop there - when we chant mantras we chant 108 times which is the number of energy channels we have in our body. So this piece contains 108 OM symbols.
I really must get off symbols and start working on something else ...
January 12th, 2015
I am very pleased to have been asked to participate in the World Blog Hop by my artist friend Jimmie Barlett. He is based in Texas so the blog has hopped quite a long way to get to me in Umbria, Italy! Jimmie works in oils and acrylics and you can see and buy examples of his beautiful paintings on his website www.jimmiesart.com.
Well, these blogs follow a question and answer format so let’s get going!
WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
I am currently working on developing my range of healing art under Red’s Imaginarium, developing my range of Barnie Paw Print designs and doing some portrait work. I have also been commissioned to design a set of runes. Some variety there!
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
All of my healing art work is created by me – so if I work from a painting and use digital software to enhance various aspects it is a painting that I have created, similarly if I work from a photograph it is one I have taken. This ensures the image carries my intended energy from start to finish. For example, for one of my pieces ‘Mindfulness’ I took a previously created painting (that depicted mindfulness) and took it in a slightly different direction to enhance the colours and textures. This short YouTube video shows the process. My intention in creating the new version of the image was to make the painting have more of an impact at the heart and crown chakra level to encourage centering and, of course, mindfulness.
This is the finished product.
WHY DO I CREATE WHAT I DO?
I am a spiritual healer and I am also very creative. Given that I like to paint and draw it is logical that the two interests would meet in some of my artwork. I don’t just produce healing art of course though arguably all of my pieces will carry some of that energy because of who I am. I also take the mundane and play with it, as with my Barnie Paw Prints designs, all based around the paw prints in wet concrete of a very naughty dog. Here is an example of a photograph of paw prints in concrete that has been touched with my own special fairy dust.
HOW DOES MY CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?
If I am working on a painting everything starts with a meditation where I centre myself and focus on what I am trying to create with the painting. I then start with a pencil and create an underlay of sacred geometry (universal geometric and mathematical designs that are used in the design of everything in our reality). Then, using acrylics I paint the image I am trying to create on top. Sometimes, as I explained earlier, I take the finished painting and apply additional colours or textures using digital software. A good example of this is my painting ‘Ben’s Angel’ which appears on my artist website as the basic geometry, the actual painting and then the digitally enhanced version which I show here:
WHO WILL BE NEXT ON THE WORLD BLOG HOP?
The artist I have chosen to follow me is my soul sister Jocelyn Chalmers. Jocelyn and I have known each other for a very long time, though we have never met and we have never actually spoken to each other. Jocelyn is a wonderfully kind and compassionate soul who is a healer, teacher, poet and artist. She will be posting her contribution to the World Blog Hop on Monday 19 January at her brand new website http://jocelynchalmers.com/my-blog-2/
January 9th, 2015
In response to requests I said I would say a bit more about my healing art in this blog but I don't want to get too heavily into it - I will either be in trouble for putting too much or not enough! Anyway, here goes.
I am a Reiki Master and holographic healing practitioner and I also use colour therapy in my healing work. This is a complimentary therapy that uses colour to re-balance the body's energy. So, not surprisingly this interest spills over into my artwork.
Technical bit (switch off now): each of the seven spectrum colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, resonates with the energy of each of the seven main chakras/energy centres of the body. Colour therapy helps to balance or stimulate these energy centres by applying the appropriate colour to each energy centre to make sure they are working efficiently to ensure good health and well being. How do the seven spectrum colours relate to the chakras? Red relates to the base chakra, orange the sacral chakra, yellow the solar plexus chakra, green the heart chakra, blue the throat chakra, indigo the brow chakra (sometimes referred to as the third eye) and violet relates to the crown chakra.
We all know how colours influence our mood and emotions; we are often drawn to those that we need to create balance in our lives. In creating images for my gallery 'Red's Imaginarium - Chakra Collection' I set out to create a series of images that resonate with different chakras that will appeal to people who have need of healing in that area. I have either taken an existing piece of my artwork and digitally enhanced it to bring out a specific colour or set out to create a piece that is aimed at a particular chakra or group of chakras.
For example, my acrylic painting 'Never Alone' depicts someone walking through the countryside, apparently on a quiet walk but carrying with him/her a range of thoughts and worries, depicted as spheres trailing behind in the chakra colours. This painting has an initial drawing of sacred geometry that I have then painted on top of.
I wanted to use this image as an example for use with the red chakra. Often used in a negative way (to give warning) red catches people's attention and has probably the strongest reactions of all the colours so it seemed a good one to start with. A quick summary of the healing properties of 'red' is that it brings warmth, energy and stimulation, energizing all the organs. So, I used digital software to adapt the colour of the original piece and add some textures to produce a predominantly red image that becomes more 'textured' in appearance as it goes from bottom to top to provide interest. This is the result.
This image looks great on a throw pillow/cushion! I am gradually adding to this collection of images. Occasionally in my blog, when the fancy takes me, I will return to this theme and look at the healing properties of different individual colours.
My next blog will be on 12 January and will be slightly different to my usual style as I am participating in a World Blog Hop having been invited to do so by an artist friend who is also on FineArtAmerica, Jimmy Bartlett. Do check in and see what I have been up to and participate in this event.
January 2nd, 2015
Much of my artwork has the intention of delivering a healing energy to the viewer. But how is this created? For me the process starts with the intention of creating a healing image. I define healing art as images that are designed to impart healing energy through intent, design, colour and the infusion of healing energies using Reiki and holographic healing techniques. The images I paint always have a story, a message I am trying to get across or imagery to make you stop and think. For example, in this one, Never Alone, the point I am making is that even when we are on our own, perhaps walking in nature, we carry with us our baggage of worries, concerns and negative thought forms, in this case suggested by the spheres. The spheres are also in the colours of the seven main chakras to indicate that we carry these thought forms and energies in all aspects of our being.
Many of my images start with sacred geometry. I go through a meditative process of creating a sacred geometry underlay for my painting which sets the size and placement of what I am creating - you can't see this in the final image of course because it has been painted over! However, for this example, I have kept the original creation box, as I call them for a painting called Ben's Angel and I can show you my whole process.
To explain, a friend of mine called Ben had terminal brain cancer. I went to see him one day and couldn't believe the strange angle he was sitting at, it seemed physically impossible for him not to fall off the chair. In my mind's eye I envisioned an angel holding him up. That led to the following painting which is very special to me. I didn't paint any features and the colours are very muted - usually I can see the colours associated with people but Ben didn't have any, I guess he was just worn out. I wrote a poem to go with this painting:
Death was so close he could
He fluctuated in and out of
Like trying a new suit to see how it fit.
If he liked the colour,
But it got harder to maintain an equilibrium.
To remain upright and solid.
And he came to rely
more and more
on the support of
his angel to function.
The creation box of sacred geometry for the painting was this one, all hand drawn as you can see:
Here is the actual painting that I produced from the creation box:
Since then I have worked with the image many times, adding colours and effects using digital software to take the painting into new directions, people seem to like this one in particular:
In my next blog I will talk a little bit more about taking some of my paintings and creating digital images with them, adding colours to work with individual chakras.
December 26th, 2014
I have eleven cats and a dog (oh and Barnet Boy, my husband). Whilst they are not allowed in my studio (well, Barnet Boy is if he behaves) it is inevitable that hairs drift in on my clothes, like fairy dust, to land on whatever I am working on. I decided long ago to just leave them in the paint as added texture - any attempt to remove them makes a mess anyway! It is the only animal hair that appears mind you, as my brushes are synthetic (I am a vegetarian Buddhist - or is that a Buddhist vegetarian?). The only type of painting where it potentially causes problems is when painting on glass - and removing them from that makes a horrible mess. Luckily, my glass painting is not the delicate, intricate work that others are so good at. Mine are grand splodges of colour that run into each other, sometimes with different liquids dripped on to see what happens, or flour sprinkled in places to create a texture - so what is the odd cat or dog hair?
I have rituals of sorts when in the studio - involving extremely loud music to dance to (I dance whilst I paint), a lit joss stick and all my jewelry removed as I regularly end up covered in paint as I use my fingers and hands to create some effects. This was the case with a painting I did of my dying dog Holly - the connection between us was so strong as I painted her I used my fingers to paint her features as if I was stroking her fur.
That is not the case with digital art of course (mind you you still get cat hairs in your keyboard) and over Christmas I have been working on some new pieces that take some of my photographs into different directions using a variety of software. It has been fun playing as with this one:
I have also added to one of my more serious galleries, Red's Imaginarium, where the images have a purpose as healing art. I will talk more about my healing artwork in my next blog.