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3 July 2014, 17:22

Turning and returning

Some paintings I’ve been working on in the last months have their work-in-progress shots below.

Vesica Pisces WIP 1 Vesica Pisces WIP 2 Seed of Life WIP Solar Center WIP Guanyin in Progress

There are lots of circles; in a manner of speaking I have found a way of working in which I find myself quite comfortable and uplifted, and constantly inspired. Not all the completed pieces will be posted to the site now as I am reserving them for a series, but you can see the ones I am showing in the general paintings gallery. I’ve always admired mandalas but never had quite the discipline or inclination to paint in purely circular/abstract forms, even though I’ve gone through periods of seeing mandalas behind my eyelids and before going to sleep—perks of regular meditation.

Some viewers may recognise the figures and symbols I’m using now as those of sacred geometry. I find the forms soothing to explore, and the organic figures naturally flow from the geometric shapes once I’ve laid them down. It sure takes composition dilemmas out of my hands! (If you’re interested in my spiritual wanderings, feel free to visit Magic & Meditation.)

17 May 2014, 19:38

Long Hidden

I’ve been remiss plugging a project I had the privilege of contributing to: Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History is an anthology of fantasy stories set in the past (1400s to 1900s) with an emphasis on featuring marginalised peoples—characters you may not see often in more mainstream fiction. (There’s a review I recommend of this book from the Lesbrary because, pictures.)

I was given two stories to illustrate. The protagonist for “The Heart and the Feather” was a real historical figure of whom oil paintings existed, so I based my own drawing on these. The other was The Oud (second story in the book), in which the protagonist was a mother with a young daughter—no surprises that I connected with her and found that story especially powerful. I can’t say more—spoilers!

For more information on the book, visit the website!

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