Painting Preview.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may already be familiar with these images, but for the rest of you, here is a little overview of all the paintings I've been creating over the past few months.  I've had great fun experimenting, and although most of these are images of works in progress, most are almost finished.  I will post finished pictures soon and most will be viewable and/or for sale at the Indo British Fair in September.

The most exciting news!

The tail end of last week was a whirlwind of awesomeness. 

On the same day my eldest daughter turned 17, I received a message into my Etsy inbox. It was inviting me to be one of 35 exclusive Indo-British artists, designers and labels.  My first thoughts were that I could never afford it (hiring a table at the event is not cheap) and I'd never have enough stock etc etc.  I shared the news on Facebook with friends and family and within about 15 minutes I'd begun to start thinking about how I could do it. Everyone was so supportive and enthusiastic.  I began to see the potential benefits of attending and being part of this niche event. A few people suggested I set up a Gofundme page and ask for donations. I decided I had nothing to lose.  I set up the page.

Within 12 hours I had raised half of my £500 target. It was truly unbelievable. Wonderful friends and family donated, along with complete strangers.  24 hours after setting up the page, I hit my target and the stall was booked!  I am still taking donations as there is a lot to organise.  I have never done a show before and need everything!  If you feel you'd like to help, please click on the widget above.

Indo-British Fair on Oxford Street, London,  21st-23rd September 2015.  
More info -  www.travelistaindia.com

"The event will be an exciting mix of eclectic products and cultural activities with Indo representing the east, gypsy, tribal and boho and British the west, vintage, retro and contemporary. There will be interesting activities like vintage fashion booth, British tea sessions, henna art, block printing workshops etc."
"The fair will be showcasing 35 curated exhibitors offering the best of British and Asian and gypsy fashion and culture. ."

To have my art chosen and described as Indo-British is such an honor. My Anglo Indian heritage has always been a big part of my life and my love for the county and culture often flows through into my art.  To be known as an Anglo Indian (or Indo-British) artist, to exhibit among others influenced by similar things would be a dream come true.  I am very proud of my heritage, and as Anglo Indian communities are dying out all over India, I feel passionate about keeping the memory of the Anglo Indian people alive.

So, watch this space for more details.  I have a summer of painting and sourcing products.  

My table is booked for the opening day on 21st September 2015.  I am very excited!

Trying something new.

This spring has seen a change in direction for me.  I've been inspired by dot painting, simplicity and colour.  My inspiration is in no doubt Elspeth McLean and her beautiful creations, and I'm enjoying playing around with dots and colours...  

In other news, I now have a volunteer job with Mind at their local Wellbeing Centre.  Its a wonderful opportunity to work with people, share art and creative ideas, offer Reiki and teach meditation.  Hence the late update!  Finding time to sit on the computer, volunteer and create is becoming a challenge, buuut... Variety is the spice of life, and I'm enjoying the feeling of being needed and useful!  

If you follow my Facebook page or Instagram, you may have seen these, but I'll leave you with an overview of the paintings I've been creating over the past few months.


Kali 2014

I finally finished the Kali painting I was working on.  

This was a spontaneous creation started just before the Virgo New Moon last month and finished under the Aries Full Blood Moon Eclipse this week. 
I've certainly felt her energy with me, the fire, the transformation, and the shedding of the old. The timing also coincided with the Durga Puja festival.

I am also about to embark on my first Kundalini Yoga teacher training weekend this weekend, so it feels like the transformational energies are still around me.  I'll let you know how it goes!

Acrylics, Oil Pastels, Ink Pencils, Gold pen. A2.


Kali

I find myself in a state of transformation.  Big things are changing, opportunities presenting themselves.  This article on Kali and the Equinox really resonated with me and inspired some deep work.  Spontaneous creation.  Allowing myself to be free and experimental...

Work in progress.

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“If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind’s clothing
with more sooty knowledge.

No, I have something else in mind.
Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.
There will be no damage control today.

For God is in a mood
to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you
will be a tendency to shine.

So don’t just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.
For this is no campfire song
to mindlessly mantra yourself to sleep with.

Jump now into the space
between thoughts
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.”

~ Adyashanti

(http://www.rebellesociety.com/2014/09/19/fall-equinox-brings-kali/)

Happy Birthday Phil!

My brother is an amazing artist.  It was his birthday recently, and as he gave me a wonderful original piece of art for my birthday, I felt I should create something for him in return.

Phil works a lot with the concepts of healthy and safety in the environment, and creates amazing dazzle graphics while experimenting with shapes and geometry.
You can see his work here http://www.fineartphil.com/

As we often find inspiration in each other, I experimented and prepared some watercolour paper using yellow and black paint.  I then began adding details using fineliners and more of the same coloured paint.  I worked using the zen mandala or zentangle principles, of just allowing doodles and images to flow out, continuing until I felt the image was finished.  I am very happy with the results and so was he!

It speaks of creation, the energy resonates outwards.  There is a tension, and a harmony. There is light, there is dark, busy-ness and balance.  The organic meets the organised.

Earlybird price extended!!

As I'm entering the joyous July season of birthdays and summer events I thought I'd extend the earlybird price of £35 for my Mandala Painting Workshop!

Any bookings made before midnight on Friday 4th July will still get the discount.

Saturday 26th July 2014  10-5pm

Friends Meeting House, 16 Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LH

Mandalas have been created and used for centuries by many different 
cultures.  From ancient carvings, monuments, rose windows in churches, Native American medicine wheels and Tibetan sand mandalas.  The Circle plays an important part of our spiritual history and development all over the globe.
Used as a tool to aid meditation and spiritual growth, Mandalas are an easy, enjoyable way to connect to your creative and spiritual side,  even if you haven’t drawn a thing since you were a child!
Mandalas work symbolically as a container for energy, intention and vibration, and can allow the creator a space for non-verbal expression.

No previous drawing skills are needed!  All are welcome (16+)
You will design and paint your own mandala in a secluded and peaceful 
setting.  All materials and lunch provided.

Price £40 (Earlybird £35 before July 4th) 

More information - http://chaoticat.com/workshops/mandala-painting-workshop2672014

Butterfly in progress

I'm currently working on a vibrant rainbow coloured butterfly!  You can see more pictures on my Facebook page.

Mixed media on handmade paper

Works in progress.

Fish on gold marbled handmade lokta paper on canvas.  Relief liner and acrylics.

Hearts on pink handmade lokta paper on canvas.  Relief liner and inks.

Been busy!

I have managed to achieve some things on the drawing and creating front, but I have had very little time to share what I've been up to here.  I've also been suffering from some technical problems with regard to moving from one computer to a new one, so it's all been a bit complicated  All in good time as they say!  I will devote some time to sharing the new things I have been working on art-wise soon.

For now, have a peak at the table tops I just recently spruced up for my local Pagan camp.  They were just rough sterling board before, with some simple designs painted on them, so I gave them a facelift!  The next job to do is to create mandala outlines on the reverse side ready for more seed mandala workshops, and a good coating of varnish!

I used left over emulsion and acrylics, so all in all, it's been a free make over!

Cupcake Kitsch

Acrylics on canvas - December 2009.

Poppy

Acrylics on box canvas.  October 2009.