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triangle flower mandalaI am not a triangle fan. They’re too pointy and pokey for my liking. I, however, did not decide on the starting shape for this mandala. I let my daughter choose and she picked a triangle. I suppose it didn’t turn out too badly considering. I daresay I could have done a better job of evening it out as well so the middle is less disjointed feeling to me and yet it is what it is.

That middle cluster of triangles is like the muddle in my mind most days, having it’s effect on the outer whole of the flower around it. It has a certain amount of beauty to it, however, and if you look close enough even the muddle is it’s own form of organised chaos.

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ATCs 11 - 13

The scanned image doesn’t really show off the texture in these three ATCs but textured they are. I had a lot of fun with these playing around with modelling paste to create some random textures on the small cards. Once dry I went with a combination of yellow, pink and red watercolour washes to add colour to the bases and then ink bordering to help the miniature abstracts to ‘pop’

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Playing with black and white is something I like to do from time to time. There seem to be two camps with the colours (or non-colours depending on your point of view), those are to use them or not. Black especially seems to get a bad press in the art world, I think, but I also think it’s important to experiment with how they work and could be used both on their own and with other colours. These three play with that theme; black on a white base, white on a black base and black and white on a coloured base. All worked in wet on wet layers.

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Oracle Card Flower

Keywords: Beauty, thorns, opening, softness, bloom, result, reward, fleeting, inspiration.
Thoughts: The FLOWER does not bloom and compare itself to the other plants, it just is. In it’s beauty and self it inspires poets, artists, writers and photographers just by being itself. In opening itself to the world and expending all of that energy on it’s growth and journey it gives something precious back and in turn helps to sustain the world. The FLOWER may not be in bloom for long but it is appreciated and remembered for what it is in that time. It also protects subtly against those who would bring it’s gifts to an end. The integrity and beauty of the FLOWER is in everything, we just need to see it and stand tall.

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Oracle Card Fern

Keywords: Hidden, shy, wall, reservations, flow, energy, midway, experience, survival, sensitivity.

Thoughts: The FERN knows that it must keep working and concentrating, pushing all of it’s energy into it’s current goal to open and reap the benefits of opening itself to the world and experiencing the elements. There are times when a touch will make it curl and hide but it knows that in order to survive and live it has to take that chance and open itself again. Do not let your growth be stunted, keep unfurling. It takes bravery to make yourself vulnerable but you will wither if you do not open yourself to experience.

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Oracle Card Seed

Keywords: The start of something new; idea, situation, relationship, venture, journey. Sustenance, growth, germination, potential.

Thoughts: No matter how tiny the SEED it holds everything required for the the growth and success of the plant it holds as long as the plant puts in the energy to act. You too have all you need within for success but only you can take the steps to make it so. Reach for the light, bask in the warmth, take your time and allow yourself to grow.

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ATC 2

ATC (2) ~ Acrylic and ink

These small works of art (artist trading cards) will all be available to buy from my website or through a message to my Facebook page. There is only one of each of these cards as each piece is created intuitively by hand in various mixed media.

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