I am hosting another ‘Animal Totem’ workshop this Saturday, which got me pondering all of the animal people that have come across my path lately.
Last weekend my husband and I visited the Margaret River region. I was able to spend some much appreciated time in nature, and found loads of inspiration in the richness and energy of animals and natural landscapes. Without meaning to sound like a nursery rhyme, we saw blue wrens, a lovely family of ducks, a sheep who thinks he’s a dog, and the many cows which grace hillside paddocks. We also happened upon a snake, still a bit sleepy from winter when we went for a bush walk in the Karri forest.
Funnily enough the critter that stood out to me most was the humble wasp. Several times over the weekend, wasp would come across my path causing me to wonder at his attributes. I’m coming to appreciate the importance of bug life to maintain balance and harmony in our eco system. But wasp has other unique things to offer too.
Wasp symbolises becoming active and involved in goals and plans, working as a part of a team, communication, efficiency, fertility, and intelligence. Being a creature of the spring season, it can also mean new beginnings. For me, wasp reminds me to keep on going one day at a time and not lose sight of my dreams and desires. He also shows me the power of clear communication in all that I do.
Recently I made this lovely treasure box which I use to store my homemade affirmation cards. In this afternoon workshop, we will create our own unique boxes. You can make your own cards to put inside or something completely different such as small dolls or animals made from air drying clay. Suitable for school aged children, right up to highschoolers and parents who want to engage their inner child!
‘Join me for an afternoon workshop where we will create a mixed media painting around the theme of ‘animal totems’. An ‘animal totem’ is a shamanic term which has a rich history and can be found in many cultures around the globe. The characteristics of different animals are powerfully symbolic, bringing gifts of healing, encouragement, guidance and self awareness. ‘Animal medicine’ can aid and assist us in fulfilling our unique purpose in the world.
We will be using acrylic paint and a variety of other materials such as papers, fabrics, feathers on canvas to create a meaningful and interesting artwork that connects with your life journey in some way.
All materials are provided, and this workshop is suitable for people with all levels of art experience.
I’ve been exploring astrology lately. It’s been a fascinating topic for me and one that has deeply inspired my spiritual and creative life. With this month being Leo season, I felt propelled to bring a painting honouring the majestic Lion.
From my Christian roots, I am drawn to the Lion symbollism in the sense that he represents the universal Christ energy- the creator and foundation of everything that is. Lion has caused me to think about the Sun in this way too, the sun sustains life, bringing warmth, power and growth.
As a spiritual totem, Lion has so many attributes worthy of considering or meditating upon. Lion, connected with the radiant yellow solar plexus chakra, resounds with a quiet strength, resilience and confidence. Lion is active and vocal. He is determined and focused. His movements are stealthy, sleek and fast- when on the hunt. When at rest he will relax like no other animal, with a kind of self assured, light hearted, leisurely vibe.
Lion can not only give you the heads up regarding problems or conflict on the horizon, he can also gift you with ways of dealing with difficult circumstances. There is so much Lion symbollism in the world of fairytales and myth. Take, for instance the Lion character Aslan, from C.S Lewis’ Narnia series, who is an allegory of Jesus. Here, Lion teaches us that not only does he have the quintessential Lionesque courage, but wisdom and a hugely warm and loving heart that sacrificially gives.
I hope you get so much out of the next few weeks and really take hold of this dynamic energy around us to bring to fruition plans and aspirations, as well as listen to dreams and spiritual guidance. May you, like the lion have courage and wisdom in all you do.
Angels and Archetypes, a Tribute to my SonI’m in the process of working towards an exhibition I have entitled “Angels and Archetypes”. It has caused me to really look at what is at the heart of my artwork and why I am drawn to certain images and themes. Most of the paintings are from 2018, however, there are some I have included from earlier. They are all linked by their archetypal element- people, places, animals and objects that have a symbolic meaning. The archetypes highlight the connectivity of human beings, since they are found in the collective unconscious, a place of myth, legend, dreams and folklore.
This exhibition is dedicated to my son Jordan who died tragically in a car accident in 2016. It feels like a wonderful way to honour his continuing presence in my life, not only as my son but now as a guide and source of inspiration to me. He is a creative soul, blessed with an inexhaustable curiosity about the world and everything in it. I wonder what he is doing now. I hope he is playing music and making new discoveries, free, unfettered and joyful. I know he is beside me always giving me so much encouragement. My creativity will always be a way to connect with him while we are separated in this life.
These classes are perfect for older students to develop their artistic style and skill set. We will be exploring acrylic painting techniques, the effects of complimentary and analogous colour, working with clay and other materials. Students will be inspired to express their own ideas in visual forms in a thoroughly supportive environment that is suitable for a wide range of abilities and experience.
Starts: Saturday 28th of July 2:00-3:30 p.m for 8 weeks.
About the teacher:
I am a trained teacher, and have been teaching art for many years both in a school setting and from home. I am passionate about art not only as a valuable subject area in school, but also as a way of adding a sense of joy and purpose to life in general. I believe all of us have an artist within.
I like to keep classes structured at first, but then a little open ended as I cater for the unique goals and abilities of individual students. Questions/enquiries welcome – you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook messenger.
This painting was created using a lot of texture, from paper to fabric from Jordan’s old board shorts….it’s been interesting using his clothes in such a way, for me it has carried a lot of meaning….creating using something of his, I feel I am sharing with him in the whole process of painting. Jordan has always been involved with my art; from being the subject of Portraiture, to being a model for Jesus for a mural I did once in Bruce Rock….not sure if this one is quite finished, I may add some stardust in the angel’s hand. The angel in this piece has popped up in a couple of paintings now… it always fascinates me when this happens!