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Chakra Mandala ~ watercolour and ink on watercolour paper.

I finally finished the Chakra Mandala and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I learned a lot about the best way to approach a mandala design in the future and I had such a wonderful time creating it.

The original piece will soon be available from my website to buy as will art print cards of the image on which I can add a custom message. Keep an eye on the news section to see when it’s listed!

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…there’s no limit.

Whether it’s yourself, your friends, family, pets, lover or community.

Love is the one the one thing, in all it’s forms, that never runs out.

Love has no limit, it grows bigger and brighter the more it is shared.

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I finished Sunburst this week and what a week to do so. I apologise for the quality of the photograph. The lighting has been so dull here that trying to get a decent representation of the colours I use in my work has been nigh on impossible. It’s almost enough to make me look into buying a decent lamp for photographing my work. I may have to do so, particularly once we move and settle into our new place wherever that may be.

As I finished Sunburst it really spoke to me, during a week where things have seemed very dark to me it said “Let us hope that the light of tomorrow is brighter than today.” I needed that message this week as I have been struggling to stay on top of my depression and feelings of hopelessness in light of the fact that we have to leave our home by the end of September and I’m finding it terribly difficult to find a property that I can afford and that will accept me and the kids.

I completed this painting the day I was at my lowest which was last Tuesday and while it wasn’t a cure all for how I was feeling it did help to remind me that somewhere in amongst all the negative feelings that have been swamping me there is light, hope, good and happiness.

Sunburst is available for purchase directly from my website. It’ll be posted in the store soon or you can use the site to contact me about it or any of my other work.

Love and light to you all.

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Paint like…

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… you know what will emerge will be good.

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I’m prefacing this post with a warning to say that this is my opinion and I’m not trying to pick on anyone or passive aggressively bitch here. I wanted to post my thoughts on this topic just to encourage others to think about what they direct towards others through thought and deed.

043There’s on thing I find really annoying. I see it all the time online, particularly among spiritual and pagan circles. It’s those times when people use karma as a means to wish ill towards others by saying things like ‘Karma will get them’ or ‘they’ll get what’s coming to them’.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do believe in karma but not as some kind of tally or account that the universe or god or whoever holds against us and is waiting for the right opportunity to collect on.

What if karma is more personal than that? What if it’s more akin to a choice our higher selves make in order to facilitate our own growth?

I don’t subscribe to a victim mentality, I haven’t for a long time. I don’t believe things just happen to us but that we create what we need in our lives for our own growth.

Karma isn’t a weapon to be wielded and thrown into other people’s faces. It’s not a judgement for us to pass on others. It is, however, a powerful tool for self discovery, growth, healing and learning. Concern yourselves with the karma you are creating in your own life rather than that of other people.

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Today I have been adding to my chakra mandala, working from the centre of the flower out to the edges of the paper.

In hindsight I should have drawn it within a circle on my paper but I wanted the sections to be as large as possible and so filled the square of water colour paper instead.

It’s been a wonderful experience to work on this piece. Each section relating to a different chakra and really speaking to me as I approach it with what it wants to look like.

Once she’s finished she’ll be available to buy from my website and with any luck I will be making some cards from prints of her too if she complies with my request. She gives me that feeling of rightness when I concentrate on the spiral centre and guides me into peace.

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