Quirky New Designs: Putting Pets to Good Use

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Fur and Feathers

My hubby and I recently adopted a new kitty, Tilly. She had 24 hours before she was going to be put down (yikes!).

We never looked back.

She’s adorable, playful and just a breath of fresh (albeit energetic) air. She looks like she could be our other cats (Purdy) sister as they are both tortoiseshells. Adorbs!!! I find a wealth of inspiration watching these two interact.

Then there are our wild birds…we live out in the sticks of the klein Karoo, South Africa, and we have Cat Christmas Card 1a huge garden full of flocks of different birds demanding feeding morning and night.

We love animals and the great outdoors, so this is all just peachy keen for us. But tuna and sunflower seeds don’t come cheap…

I recently acquired a tablet (with digipen) for my birthday and have come up with some funky designs. I’ve just launched some fabulous products (just in time for some early Christmas shopping too! lol). Let me start off by showing you my Cat Christmas Cards (to the right and below)…Cat Xmas Card

 

I had great fun designing these, as you can imagine.

I’ve got loads of other super products with both these designs (you can browse for yourself HERE and HERE).

What’s your favourite product? I’ve got to go for the coffee mugs, I think those look great 🙂

I’m also partial to the tote bags — imagine doing your last minute Christmas shopping sporting one of those on your arm.

Here are some of my favourite picks for Christmas 2017. The items below make for great stocking fillers and are priced to suit every pocket:

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And, this is one was SUCH FUN to design 🙂 — I call it ‘Balancing Act’:

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My collection is growing every day as I’m having a ball designing these images and bringing them to life by adding them to products. Below are a taste of some of the other designs I have at my RedBubble store that were inspired by my feathered and furry family:

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Thanks for looking and sharing! 🙂 I’d welcome any feedback on these designs.

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Panspermia and Art: An Interesting Combination

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Title:  “Panspermia”
Artist:  Cherie Roe Dirksen  
Size:  800mm x 800mm x 44mm
Medium:  Acrylic and Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas

‘Panspermia’ is made up of two Greek words — ‘pan’ (meaning ‘all’) and ‘spermia’ (meaning ‘seed’).

Panspermia is a hypothesis that suggests that life exists throughout the universe and can be distributed via comets, meteorites, asteroids, etc. It is a theory that even Stephen Hawking subscribed to in a presentation about space in 2009, and a concept that the late archaeologist, Zecharia Sitchin, wrote about in his Earth Chronicles (where he documented his findings about extraterrestrial intervention here on Earth whilst translating the Sumerian tablets).

When I began work on this painting I had absolutely no preconceived idea of what it was I was going to paint. I started out trying a new marbling technique I’d seen on a YouTube video that I thought looked pretty cool. When I’d finished doing this effect on the canvas I began to see ‘things’ in there.

My job then was to extract and give shape and form to what I was seeing. Some things were recognizable and quite common (for instance, the lions face, fish, eyes, a yummy looking chocolate rabbit) but then other interesting forms started to emerge that I couldn’t explain.

The work I did in the top left hand corner came right at the end. As I stepped back from the picture, I got the feeling that this piece was trying to transcend the space/time realm. Then I got the idea to insert the clockwork/gears/mechanisms as if they were falling apart or unraveling as the artwork takes you into the ‘timeless’ realm or what I refer to as the ‘Void of All Possibility’ (as Indian spiritual author, Deepak Chopra, has touched on in his body of works).

The origins of life are strong in the subject matter and one can pick out vague assimilations of sperm, male and female genitalia as well as eggs or ovum. In this quantum soup, you get the feeling that all ideas are stewing — like the potential of a fertile womb.

I love the philosophical works of author and scientist, Gregg Braden, who touches on the Divine Matrix (matrix meaning ‘womb’ in Latin) in his books as being the field of energy that underlies all physical existence. Some of these ideas that are stewing in the painting may come to physical fruition and some may not. Maybe some are the things that nightmares are made of and others are possibility of life that will be seeded elsewhere — in realms beyond our dimension or solar system.

The spirals in my art are always symbolic of the energy that surrounds and permeates our very existence (spirals, patterns and the use of gold and metallic colours are what draws me to the work of Klimt; Van Gogh and his pure energy in motion brush strokes has also added to my fascination with spirals and energy in art). In the top left hand corner, I see glowing, spirit-like beings escaping time and melding back in to the void.

I used bits of mirror in the artwork to entice the viewer to see the piece as a reflection of their own, potentially fragmented soul — what do your eyes see?

In all, I like to express this piece as something that will tell a different story to every individual observer. Hopefully, it will be something that — when revisited — will keep on giving new insights and multi-faceted information.

Let me know what you think of the painting — what thoughts, emotions, feeling does it evoke?

You can own the original HERE

You can buy a print HERE

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Templeton Universe Officially Releases Album Art

TU campaign 2Our (TU) latest album, ‘Between Lies’, has a cover!

The official global release is set at the end of April 2017 but YOU get to hear it first when you CLICK HERE.

The cover art has been taken from the beginning stages of my painting, ‘Guiding Light’ (see further on in article).

Here is the cover:

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What do you think?

The albums theme is along the lines of, ‘the truth will set you free but it will piss you off first’. Savvy? I think a lot of us feel this right now.

Get the album HERE and sing out your frustrations!

Here is the painting in its early stages (which is what we’ve taken for the album cover design):

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Here is the finished painting…see the difference? The original is still available for $360 (incl. shipping) – prints are available too (CLICK HERE):

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We’ve still got around 2 weeks of our crowdfunding campaign left – please help us to reach our goal of $1000 to help with the final production stages of our album (every pledge gets you the new album!). Click on the picture below to read all about it 😀 – we want you to become part of our journey:

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If You Love Trees, You Simply Can’t Miss Out on This New Painting!

I literally downed my brushes yesterday!

This is my latest creation called, ‘Celebration (Tree of Life Series)’ and is an Acrylic and Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas. The size is 75cm x 75cm x 4cm (nice and big!!!).

If you’re interested in purchasing the original — it is available at SaatchiOnline (CLICK HERE) or as prints and paraphernalia at RedBubble (CLICK HERE).

I just did a recent commission of something similar for a client — you can read the blog and see the picture here: PAINTING A FUN COSMIC COMMISSION

So without further ado, here is a picture of ‘Celebration‘ half way through:

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This is the finished painting below:

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Here are some close up shots (spot the mice!):pic-5pic-4

And here is the painting hanging on my wall with my other colourful art 🙂

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If you like tree paintings, come check out ‘Guiding Light‘ (original available HERE) another painting I recently finished: How I Got to Paint ‘Guiding Light’ — Photo’s Included

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Garbage for Energy!

I want to start this article off by giving Sweden a big pat on the back for being huge trend setters when it comes to effective recycled waste management. You can read more about their initiatives here: Sweden Is Recycling So Much Trash, It’s Running Out

Turning Trash into Treasure

I’m a big fan of upcycling and getting people to reuse things they would otherwise throw away (which either leaves our streets dirty, our oceans polluted, our tips full to brimming or — the lesser of the evils — recycled into something else via a recycling depot).

But how about actually earning an income selling your beautiful recycled wares? It’s cheap as you don’t have to lay out much money for materials and the finished products are amazing!

I started running a weekly craft class at the beginning of last year at our local youth upliftment center (called ‘Net vir Pret’ — Afrikaans for ‘Just for Fun’) here in South Africa and it’s been a great journey of discovery. Not only is it a pleasure working with these talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds but I’ve discovered loads about turning trash into treasure (picture to your right is my class making beads out of magazines)!

They are now selling their wares at our local market and this is how you can too!

Life’s All About Learning, Caring and Sharing

We’ve got a bit of a problem here in South Africa with litter. It’s a subject close to my heart ’cause, let’s face it, nobody thrives in an environment strewn with garbage. So, I wanted to offer these kids a fun way to, not only clean up the environment, but to make money with the crafty things they can do with it.

Pinterest was my saviour! You can check out some of the ideas I’ve collected on my board HERE.

I’ve been scrolling the many ideas on Pinterest, in my free moments, gathering a treasure trove of ideas to implement. I want to share these ideas that I’ve tried and tested with all you creatives out there wanting to make a bit of extra cash whilst letting the inner child out to play!

Read related article: 5 Amazing Super Powers You’ll Develop When You Get Creative

Below I’m going to share some of the crafty recycled tit-bits I’ve been making in my classes to give you some quick and easy ideas of how you can turn your garbage into gold. Not only can you sell these but you can give them as gifts or make useful things for around your own home.

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These cards were made out of magazines and polystyrene.

Find a picture you like for the main focal point of the card and glue it to some polystyrene.

Then cut it out and glue to the card for a great looking raised effect.

These really look super in real life and a great way to impress friends and family at birthdays!

Bottles and Bottle Caps

Old soda, beer or wine bottles are great for making these vases or candle stick holders.

(Left photo) I apply my design with an acrylic glass paint tube — let that dry — and then fill in the color with acrylic paint. When that is dry I use an epoxy to glaze over the bottle (now you can safely hand wash it).

These are good sellers and make excellent gifts.

(Right photo) This project is done using any glass jar (this one happened to be an empty olive jar).

You glue the entire bottle with craft glue and then wrap twine or string around the bottle.

Then, to decorate, get some old bottle caps and cut out pictures
from magazines, old cards or wrapping paper — stick them inside the caps and glue them to your jar.

I use a bit of varnish or epoxy to glaze the pictures inside the bottle caps — it gives it a nice finishing touch.

The card is also made using bottle caps.

Magazine Craft

This is an old trick I learned when I was young — recycled magazine beads (see photo to your left).

This is done by cutting magazine pages into strips. The strip is done from the top to the bottom of the magazine page — start cutting at 2cm width and taper to a point.

Apply glue to the one side. Now take a match stick and — with the widest part of the strip — start rolling the strip onto the match stick. Keep guiding the strip towards the center as you are rolling to give the bulbous ‘bead’ shape.

You can dazzle your mates with the fabulous jewelry you can make with these super easy beads.

The white bracelet (also in the picture to your left) is made by braiding a plastic bag and then taking a glue gun and sealing the edges to form a bangle. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Plastic Bottles

This is by far my most favorite thing to make — flowers!

I stick these in my garden and use them in vases.

They are made by cutting a plastic soda bottle in half and then cutting leaf shapes and bending them to form a flower.

You use both sides of the bottle to accomplish this and then glue them together. I also use the bottle cap for the center of the flower. You practically use the entire bottle! How cool is that?

I then use acrylic paint or spray-paint to decorate.

That’s all the recycled stuff I’ve done to date. I hope I’ve given you some ideas about turning your trash into treasure!

Happy crafting!

Cherie Roe DirksenCRD is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment — for article updates). She also has just recently launched her official art Facebook page (Cherie Roe Dirksen – for new art updates).

Cherie posts a new article on CLN every Thursday. To view her articles, click HERE.

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Rocking Art Exhibition and Musical Show Photo’s (You Won’t Believe Who Turned Up!)

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Goodbye 2016! We Rocked You Out…

Last year (2016) was — numerologically (gawd…that was a tongue twister! Does that word even exist? It does now) speaking — a year of cyclical endings (2+0+1+6=9 and 9 is a number of completion). So, it was befitting that my Rocking Art Series was to finally be exhibited in all its glory!

The event took place on the 23rd December at the funky Karoo Art Hotel and we all had a blast!

Big Shoes to Fill (I almost didn’t make it to my own show…lol)!

A big THANK YOU to my gorgeous, Templeton, for agreeing to do the aftershow with me — we rocked out to a song from each artist in the exhibition (unfortunately no video footage was taken but see the photo’s at the end).

The list was a tall order to fill but we somehow made it through and played to a packed-like-sardines audience.

The playlist went like this:

  1. Come Together (The Beatles)
  2. Yard of Blonde Girls (Jeff Buckley)
  3. Young Lust (Pink Floyd)
  4. Lately (Skunk Anansie)
  5. On a Plain (Nirvana)
  6. Anticipation Frustration (Templeton)
  7. Karma Police (Radiohead)
  8. Heroes (David Bowie)
  9. Uprising (Muse)
  10. Ending off with a Queen Pastiche consisting of We Will Rock You, We are the Champions, Radio GaGa, The Game and (because we are musical masochists) — you guessed it — Bohemian Rhapsody (can you see why I almost bailed!?)

Here are the photo’s of the evening starting off with the exhibition:

 

And here are the shot’s of the show 🙂

 

To recap on the whole Rocking Art Series — please CLICK HERE

To view the originals still available and print catalogue list — please CLICK HERE

Here’s a YouTube clip of Templeton and me playing ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ — just so you can get an idea of what we sound like 🙂

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The Long and Winding Road

First off — I am pleased to announce that my Rock(ing) Art Series is about to come to full fruition as I am almost done with painting no. 10 (Queen)! I have already booked the exhibition space at the Karoo Art Hotel for 23rd December 2016 (5pm ’til late).

We’re going to have a rocking party afterwards, with myself and Templeton performing one song, from each artist featured in this collection, live! So, if you happen to be in the area — do come and join the festivities and see these paintings in the flesh.

You can view the whole ‘Rocking Art’ process HERE. For those of you who don’t know, my Rocking Art Series — in a nutshell — is about subliminally painting to music (individual artists/bands) to see what emerges from sound to vision and emotion.

Back to Bowie

Being the absolute mampara that I am, I unfortunately deleted most of my process photo’s from my smartphone before uploading them to my computer. So, the result is I have only got photo’s of the last stages of the painting…sorry.

I will be diving into the emotions and key phrases that came up whilst painting this at the end of the photographic process below. Need I say, this one was very strange and opened the doors to many a question.

Here are the photo’s (some close ups included):

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And…ta-daa…the final product (as hung against my freshly painted green lounge wall):

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Quite a lot to process in this artwork, isn’t there?  Here are some close ups of the finished painting:

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Full view:

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Click on picture above to take you to print sales. The original will only be available on opening night of the exhibition at the end of the year. If you wish to reserve the original, please inbox me for price and information (cheriedirksen@yahoo.com).

Now for the emotions behind the art/music:

Having a Bowie Movement

The painting’s name is Unhinging Society — pretty apt for the late great Mr. Jones.

The keywords that came up while I was painting were:

  • Anarchy — definitely no playing by the rules!
  • Disjointed (Bowie? Surely not! 😉 )
  • Wyrd (read more about being Wyrd HERE — indeed a Bowie trait)
  • White Blood (?) not red…I got a very vivid indication that I must use NO red whatsoever in this painting. Strange, no?
  • Mantis (I shit you not) — perhaps why the green hue was a very big theme throughout.

Riveting Revelations: Where’s Wally?

Can you spot Wally? He is in this picture 😉

A while ago, we got a visitor — a praying mantis — that made its home on our bathroom windowsill. We named him Wally because he was such an evasive character! He would literally play hide and seek with us.

Every morning we’d come into the bathroom for morning ablutions and say, ‘where’s Wally?’

One day, when I was getting vexed because I couldn’t find him, he jumped into the basin from the blinds where he was hiding as if to say, ‘Ta-daa! Got you!’.

Bear with me…this does have relevance to my painting.

I made the sign (in the pic to your right) because a nature-loving friend of mine used my bathroom one day and I saw him carrying something out my front door cupped between his hands. When I asked him nervously what he had there, he showed me and it was Wally!

He thought he had strayed into the house and that I might kill it for fear of creepy crawlies. I had to explain to him that Wally was kind of my dearly beloved pet.

Time to Say Goodbye

Needless to say, I loved Wally.

He disappeared one day and I was heart broken. He used to go out of the window occasionally but he always returned.

Two weeks later he crawled back up our bath plug. I knew it was him as he had a distinctive mark on his back. He looked worse for wear and I held him in my hand. He managed to slowly lift his head and look up at me…and then he died.

I promise you, this is 100% true — I couldn’t make this stuff up.

This happened about 6 months prior to me beginning this painting.

To My Insectoidal Prophetic Surprise

This Bowie painting is crawling with mantis-like creatures. Yeah, I know some of you will say it was Wally subconsciously ‘praying’ (he he, couldn’t resist!) on my mind but maybe Wally was a prelude portend to this painting?

He came to stir up some cosmic knowledge.

Maybe the Universe (or at least, Mother Nature via my garden) brought me Wally for a bigger picture (pun most definitely intended) of what was to transpire — after all, stranger things have happened.

Wally was an omen.

Loving the Alien?

These mantis beings issued out of the painting by themselves — I just helped define the shapes I saw.

It is also interesting to note that in South Africa we have a race of people called the Khoikhoi/Khoisan/San/Hottentot (the originators of Rock Art albeit in a different form 😉 ). These people have worshiped the praying mantis for centuries as a shape-shifting god named Cagn/Kaggen/Kaang. Read more HERE.

Maybe there’s a little something ‘alien’ to all of this? Read more about the alleged Mantis Extraterrestrial Race HERE. What I loved about looking up this information is that it states in this article that this particular alien race’s main focus is ‘weaving color and sound to create and enliven the light web of the universe’. I promise, I only looked up this information after the painting was complete.

The article also states that star seeds of the mantis race born prior to the 90’s had a hard adjustment period in life (very Bowie-esque).

They felt that if anyone really knew what they are like, they would run, so they hid their inner truth in some way.  It has been a difficult task for their angels and other guides to get them to open up and share what they came to share.  Once they do open up, their intensity, art, and ability to know what needs to be done to create the perfect environment is uncanny.  They are usually artistic in some way.  They are writers, musicians, poets, designers of space and events.  They have a knack for bringing pieces of a puzzle together and making it sing.  Their gifts lie in bringing energy, aesthetic appeal, and vitality to whatever they do. They are here to use these gifts to infuse higher frequencies into hearts and environments through form, sound and color.

 —extract from the article

Perhaps David Bowie truly a space oddity — the man who fell to Earth. He certainly wrote a lot about aliens.

“The Mantis beings are masters with vibrations of sound and color. They use this mastery to heal and create.  They are artists of universal light. They dance through frequencies and alter their surroundings as they do so.”

“Sensitive to sound, color, and vibrational nuances, luminous, spiritual, healers, graceful, fluid, artistic, penetrating, influential.”

 —extracts from the article

Maybe I’m grasping at straws here and the appearance of the mantis in the painting are just remnants of my short love affair with Wally…but imagine if there was more to it?

I also got a great sense (from the painting) of bucking authority (showing the bird!), the freedom of unreservedly expressing yourself no matter how strange, going against the norm and of trying to inject abnormal into society just to bring about a bit of normality (if that makes sense?).

Thanks for coming on the journey with me!

Disclaimer: I’m allowed to be loony — I’m an artist!

Dedication: To my dearly departed Wally and the main inspiration of my youth, David Bowie (Jones).

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Tchaikovsky: Messages from the Masters (Video and Free Color Therapy Download incl.)

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For those of you who have been following my recent ‘drawing to the classics’ videos, this latest one is quite unusual. For those who haven’t, you can recap on the previous blogs here:

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In a nutshell: I’m trying to tap into transforming music into art and extracting subliminal messages behind the music we are drawn to.

I’ve been working on a series called ‘Rock Art‘ that takes rock music and dissects it onto canvas in the form of a mixed media painting. You can view that process HERE (see what The Beatles or Radiohead looks like through art — it’s a must see!).

However, in this series, I am tapping into the classics.

Enchanting Tchaikovsky…Not!

I have always been a big fan of Tchaikovsky and remember — as a young girl — prancing, pirouetting and pussy-footing about my home reenacting Swan Lake and The Nutcracker Suite.

So, what came out of this session was not quite what I expected. I thought it would be all candyfloss and unicorns.

I always try to go into these meditative art sessions with no preconceived ideas about what is going to transpire. In this case, I was a bit gobsmacked (you’ll see at the end of the video).

What I could extract from the emotions that came out (see video for full list) was that there was quite a patriarchal overtone. Perhaps, not in a negative way but just in a structured, designed, orderly fashion. Which is a more right-brained approach to life.

Patience as Layers Unfold

We often find ourselves in utter chaos where things seem to be helter-skelter and have no particular order or meaning at the time.

Tchaikovsky’s music gave me a sense of there being a kind of cosmic joke with this seeming disorder.  It’s as if the ‘designer’ of all things is teasing us with the chaos only to have it complete itself or run its course to utter perfection and structure.

Our job is to be patient. Ha ha…not a trait most of us possess in copious amounts!

Nevertheless, patience is the underlying key and is a muscle that we need to train in order to navigate the chaos. Only then will we get to the perfect design that lies at the end of that wickedly taunting but intriguing tunnel.

Enough of my babble…just watch and see for yourself. If you don’t want to sit through the whole art/drawing process then skip to 23 minutes where you can see the explanation to it all!

And don’t forget to download your free copy of the picture below the video — pop on some Tchaikovsky and do some color therapy 😀

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Color therapy picture download (click on picture and save to your computer)

I’d love to hear from you — what feelings or emotions does Tchaikovsky’s music invoke in you? Did you enjoy watching the process? Did the explanation resonate with you, if not, what came up for you?

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CRDCherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can also follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment).

Cherie posts a new article on CLN every Thursday. To view her articles, click HERE.

This article (Tchaikovsky: Messages from the Masters (Video and Free Color Therapy Download incl.)) was originally published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author Cherie Roe Dirksen and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

 

Viva Vivaldi! Connecting Us to Intelligent Design Through Music (incl. Art Process Video)

Vivaldi Art with Cherie Roe Dirksen

Exploring Music and Tapping Into Meaning

In my previous video blogs I explored a haunting tune from Bach (view HERE) and the enticing sounds of Debussy (view HERE) through drawing to their music and seeing what emerges onto my whiteboard (including the feelings that arose).

Today, I immersed myself in the blooming, fresh sounds of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi — the Venetian Baroque composer from the 18th century.

There were several keywords that came up while I was drawing to the music:

  • Growth — the feeling of outward expansion and unstoppable life.
  • Portals — this was a strange keyword to come up but, in hindsight, I was drawing a lot of spirals which were purported to be ancient markers for portals or star-gates/wormholes. Read more about that HERE.
  • Sacred Geometrygeometric shapes and proportions found in nature believed to be the work of God. Also associated with Platonic solids and the golden means ratio (divine proportion). Related article: The Golden Ratio: Phi, 1.618
  • Flower of Life — otherwise dubbed ‘the pattern of creation’.

So, you can see there is a definite theme running here. The overall feeling I got from Vivaldi’s music was a connection to the intelligent design of the universe.

What is intelligent design?

Intelligent design is a pseudoscientific theory that some aspects of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent source rather than an undirected form of natural selection (as preposed by Charles Darwin).

It’s a buzz word that people use to replace the outworn version of ‘God’. I quite like it and it gives some relief to scientists who’d rather not stick their neck on the chopping block by using the G word.

It’s acronym is ID, which tickles my fancy as the word ‘id’ describes the part of the mind in which innate and instinctive impulses are manifested.

Feeling Alone in the Universe?

To conclude this prequel to my video: My gut was telling me — whilst in the process of making the video below — that if you’re feeling alone, losing your faith or connection to spirit or Source, pop on some Vivaldi! Or just go look at a flower — the Creator can be found everywhere in nature if you’re still enough and allow yourself to view the magnificence of creation.

You can also download the free color therapy picture below the video and color your heart out whilst listening to this Italian gem of a composer.

Come join me and watch the whole start to finish process…

Here is your FREE color therapy download (click on picture below and save):

Vivaldi Art by Cherie Roe Dirksen

CRDCherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can also follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment).

Cherie posts a new article on CLN every Thursday. To view her articles, click HERE.

This article (Viva Vivaldi! Connecting Us to Intelligent Design Through Music (incl. Art Process Video)) was originally created and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Cherie Roe Dirksen and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

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What Do Debussy and Quicksilver Have in Common? The Answer May Surprise You!

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Turning Music into Art and Feeling

To recap on the last video blog (New Concepts: What Does a Bach Masterpiece Look and Feel Like? (Video Included)) CLICK HERE.

This week I tuned into another one of my all-time favourite composers, Claude Debussy.

The feelings that came up after listening to Debussy were:

  • Whimsy,
  • Magic,
  • Playfulness,
  • Fluidity and
  • Fun.

Sampling Tasty Meanings

Other words that describe ‘whimsical’ are fanciful, mischievous, fantastic, excitable, unusual, impulsive, curious, mercurial and ‘quicksilver’ (meaning ‘fluid’ — curious indeed as that is one of the words that came up whilst doodling to the music!), changeable, unpredictable and kaleidoscopic (what an awesome word!).

Don’t you just love the tone and feel of those words?

It tends to transport one to childhood — those days spent in the sun, exploring the garden and being in awe over the smallest ant to the splendiferous veins of a leaf.

It’s little wonder that the drawing that transpired whilst listening to Debussy was a tree and garden (the whole start to finish process video is below).

The Importance of Play

subcribe buttonThe overall effect I got from the enchanting sounds of Debussy was expressing the fun aspect of the self — the inner child.

How can we tap into our neglected mini me?

Try incorporate more:

  • Time in nature — go for walks, swim in streams, run barefoot in the sand, hike, climb mountains, get creative in the garden.
  • Be playful — dance like no-ones watching, play board-games, build sandcastles on the beach or mud-pies in the garden after a good downfall! Get your hands dirty and put being an adult on the back-burner.
  • Laugh more — have a good belly wobble as often as you can EVERY day.
  • Be creative — make things, experiment, colour in, let the inner artiste loose!
  • Be curious — don’t think you know everything. Study new things, take courses, try more classes. Never give up on the wonder of the world.
  • Listen to Debussy! — apparently he helps with drawing out all of the above! 😉

Now it’s time to sit back and watch Debussy transform into art.

And here is the art therapy colouring-in page for you to download (click on the picture below and right-click to save):

Debussy Whimsy by Cherie Roe Dirksen

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New Concepts: What Does a Bach Masterpiece Look and Feel Like? (Video Included)

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge” — Albert Einstein

Channeling Music into Emotive Art

Before I launch into my Bach revelation, I want to give you a little bit of background about where I’m coming from: I embarked on an auditory and visual journey in 2012. I decided to try to combine my love for music with art and subliminally paint to inspiring composers/musicians to see what would emerge onto my canvas.

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I wanted to explore this realm of sound and discover why some of us are drawn to certain types of music.

I’d enter a meditative state — trying to blank out my mind with no preconceived ideas — put on the music and let it rip! What transpired since then has morphed into one of the most exciting, mind-bending trips of my life — my Rock Art Series!

 You can take a peek at that HERE (each painting in the series — so far — has a start to finish photographic journal along with a written account of the emotions that arose whilst listening and painting to the music).

In a nutshell, the Rock Art Series was a project I started to probe the bands and musicians who made a huge impact on me — even from childhood. I started off my early life in a rock band as a bass guitarist and was hugely influenced by 70’s rock and the 90’s grunge period. But why?

  • Why was I drawn to their music?
  • Was there more to their music that met the ear?
  • Why did it seem to resonate with me and a handful of peeps but did not seem to impress others?

I set out to do 10 paintings (one for every band/artist). I am currently on painting no. 9 and am still as captivated by this process as the day I started the first painting.

Now, I want to take it a step further…

Air on a Heart (G) String

I want to mine the sacred sound field of classical music. There must be a plethora of hidden meanings and deeper understandings waiting to be excavated in just this one specific genre.

I started this new project off to ‘Air on a G String‘ by Bach. It was the first piece that sprang to mind as it literally creeps into my heart and starts tugging on my tear strings!

What a Feeling!

Below, you will find a video where I talk about what came up for me in this classical masterpiece AND I whip out my whiteboard and draw for you — live — to the music (okay, I’ve sped it up a little cause it took me almost an hour to complete and I thought you wouldn’t want to sit through that whole process! It’s now a neat and tidy 1:30 minutes…very palatable, darling) 😉

I have posted the end result picture beneath the video for you to download and splash with your creative genius — so dust off those coloring in pencils, crayons and pens (or just go and steal them from your kids room) and let that inner child out to play! Pop on some Bach and see what emotions arise in you (don’t forget to leave your comments in the box below).

Just to give you a little teaser, the key words/emotions that came up were:

  • Remembrance
  • Divine connection
  • Divine Flow
  • We are all connected
  • Sorrow of seeming ‘separation’
  • Joy — ‘all is well’

But before I give the entire game away, let’s take a look at the video:

Here’s the picture for you to download and color in (and if you haven’t heard of color therapy yet, read this: Colour Therapy: Taking on Modern Day Stress the Creative Way):

Bach - Air on a G String Color Therapy by Cherie Roe Dirksen

I hope you enjoy adding your unique touch to this picture. Please feel free to share your finished creation on my Facebook wall (@The Art of Empowerment) — I’d love to see them!

Finished AD 2If color therapy is something you are interested in, then — as I mentioned in the video — I am offering a brand new service where you will receive one coloring picture a day straight to your inbox — you can CLICK HERE to read up more about that.

Do stay tuned! I will be exploring some more classical composers in the weeks to come. I also encourage you to add your suggestions of music to explore in the comment box below.

Cherie-Roe-Dirksen_172x200Cherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author and multi-media artist from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can also follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment).

Cherie posts a new article on CLN every Thursday. To view her articles, click HERE.

This article was written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Conscious Life News.

News Alert: Rock Music Art Originals Available to Purchase Exclusively Through Saatchi for the First Time!

Rock Art OriginalsI started the Rock Art Series back in July of 2012. I thought it’d take me no longer than a year to complete.

How wrong I was!

I am still busy with the 10 paintings I set out to create. You can read the WHOLE enticing, dramatic and emotionally provocative story HERE.

I was going to wait until I painted the last one (Queen) before I released all the originals for sale.

What changed my mind?

I’ve been getting SO many requests for the prices of the originals of these pieces that I just decided to bite the bullet and set them free into the wild unknown.

I’ve grown very attached to many of them as they are dotted all over my house — from flanking my bed to gracing my hubby’s music studio. It’s time for me to detach and let someone else enjoy the depths of these works, in the flesh.

So without further ado…here they are all laid out for you to see what they’d look like in a room and to scale (click on pic’s to take you to the gallery where you can check out the prices/make an offer/buy a print at SaatchiOnline):

Rock Art 1

Read more about this ‘Radiohead’ painting here:

What Radiohead Looks Like Through The End of My Brush

Song Playlist — Radiohead Albums That Made The Art

Rock Art 2

Read more about this ‘Beatles’ painting here:

What The Beatles Look Like From the End of my Paintbrush

Rock Art 3

Read more about this ‘Jeff Buckley’ painting here:

Rock Art Series Painting no. 3 — Jeff Buckley ‘Raw’

How I Got ‘Raw’ With Jeff Buckley

Rock Art 4

Read more about this ‘Pink Floyd’ painting here:

‘Dancing in the Void’ — Pink Floyd Rock Art Painting No.4 Photographs

Painting Pink Floyd — Soldiering Through the Minefield of Emotion

Rock Art 5

Read more about this ‘Skunk Anansie’ painting here:

‘Dangerous Love’ — Skunk Anansie Rock Art Painting No. 5

Rock Art 6

Read more about this ‘Templeton’ painting here:

Rock Art Painting no. 6 — Templeton: The Photographic Process and Grand Reveal!

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Rock Art 7

Read more about this ‘Muse’ painting here:

The Resurrection of Muse — Rock Art Painting no. 7 Photographs

Decoding Muse (Rock Art Painting no. 7) — ‘Resurrection’

Rock Art 8

Read more about this ‘Nirvana’ painting here:

Cold Burn to Nirvana? Rock Art Painting No.8 is Something Different (Photo’s Included)

Get Me OUT Of Purgatory! The Emotions Behind the Nirvana Painting, ‘Cold Burn’

Who’s Next Up on the Easel?

I am still effectively busy trying to complete this series.

The next painting I announced was going to be David Bowie. I was devastated to hear of his passing earlier this month and it feels strange now to carry on with my plans knowing he is no longer with us. But, who knows, perhaps he’ll make an appearance in spirit like my Jeff Buckley painting. 🙂

Thanks for taking this journey with me.

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Get Me OUT Of Purgatory! The Emotions Behind the Nirvana Painting, ‘Cold Burn’

Me (on the left) cross-dressing for my 40th as Kurt Cobain (on the right)

Me (on the left) cross-dressing for my 40th as Kurt Cobain (on the right)

Birth, Death and Everything In Between

I went all out this year for my 40th Birthday and decided to throw a 40 Rock party! Everyone came dressed as one of their favourite music icons from the past 40 years.

I chose Kurt Cobain (yip, that’s me above on the left — the beard was drawn on and not grown! Yes, I know what you’re thinking…I may be 40 but facial hair is still at bay).

All jokes aside though, I warned you in last weeks blog that this emotional reveal wasn’t going to be pretty. You can read (or rather look at the photo’s of the painting process) HERE before I begin to unravel the emotions behind the art.

When I paint these rock art paintings, I scribble what comes up for me on the side of the canvas. Usually it’s quite a detailed list of raw feelings.

This one was different. Only one concept kept coming up.

Cold.

Was it Kurt Cobain Coming Through?

The only word I got whilst painting this was ‘cold’. I did, however, manage to pick up 2 phrases:

  • ‘Want to be warm — fire/sun/warmth’
  • ‘Tired of being cold in the dark — womb’

I started to wonder if I was just connecting with my own subconscious mind listening to Nirvana’s music as In Utero (Nirvana) album cover.jpgthere are a LOT of connotations to the womb — ‘In Utero’, their third and final album cover shows what appears to be an transparent angel with all her bits and bobs showing (left).

Kurt is synonymous with having a fixation with umbilical chords and babies, hence perhaps the feelings of being in the ‘womb’.A nude infant swimming in blue tinted water toward a dollar bill which is attached to a string.

Nevermind their second album! Called, ‘Nevermind’ (right) — where there is a baby swimming in a pool on the cover.

Or was I getting more sinister messages from beyond the veil from Kurt himself?

Not Cool…

If I was, there was another presence or even presences with him.

I felt as if he didn’t want to be where he was and he didn’t want to be with these entities either.

Cold Burn Nirvana by Cherie Roe Dirksen LRThe painting started getting twistier and turnier. The ‘dark’ angel that finally started taking shape half way through the painting has kind of an ominous vibe.

The water on top of the painting feels cold and murky, almost as if someone is ‘drowning’ in their emotion.

I was really freaked out when I started ripping up pieces of paper from a charcoal packet I had (conveniently) on my studio floor that said ‘fire’ and ‘brand’ (which is Afrikaans for fire).

What was truly weird was right at the end when I picked up a box of matches and just started striking them randomly and sticking them to the painting. A first for me!

It seemed as if someone was trying desperately to get warm.

Conclusions Leave Me Wanting

Cold Burn Pinterest IconThis painting did bother me on many levels.

I didn’t get an easy feeling painting it. I feared that perhaps Kurt’s soul is stuck in Purgatory or whatever you want to call a type of limbo.

I definitely felt presences that weren’t him but felt like they were holding him there, which wasn’t cool.

I have sat with this painting for over 2 months before I revealed it last week. I really wanted to get answers.

Alas, I have none at the moment. All I can do is pray that this soul gets out and finds the light it is craving soon.

  • What are your thoughts on this?
  • Did you pick up on anything looking at the painting or reading this?

Next Rock Art Painting…

Next to undergo easel/paint surgery is the music of Brit trailblazer, David Bowie.

Have you seen all 8 paintings in the Rock Art Series so far? You can recap on them and their blogs HERE.

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Cold Burn to Nirvana? Rock Art Painting No.8 is Something Different (Photo’s Included)

Cold Burn Nirvana by Cherie Roe Dirksen

 

It’s been a while since I finished the latest edition to my rock art series (if you don’t know what this is, please take a look at this tantalizing, musical artscape journey so far by clicking HERE: pictures, blogs, line up — the whole toot!).

Why has it taken me so long to reveal? God only knows.

All I can tell you is that this one was unusual and what came up was totally different to all my previous paintings in this series.

But enough banter — next week I’ll fill you in on the emotional journey (what I felt and what came up when I was painting this). It’s got me baffled but I think I’m ready to share it now.

Cold Burn is Born!

For now, let me introduce you to ‘Cold Burn’. This was painted to the music of those grunge trailblazers, Nirvana. Below is the start to finish photographic painting process.

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And finally, the finished painting!

Cold Burn Nirvana by Cherie Roe Dirksen LR

‘Cold Burn’ – 28″ x 28″ x 1.5″ Acrylic and Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas – Prints and other paraphernalia (including some really funky graphic t-shirts and iPhone skins available!) CLICK HERE

Thank you for taking the Nirvana journey with me 🙂

Please ‘follow this blog’ to stay tuned to the follow up blog (feelings/inspiration/motive behind the music/painting) next week. I promise you it’s going to be interesting if not a little freaky!

UPDATE: Read about the emotions behind this painting now, click here: Get Me OUT Of Purgatory! The Emotions Behind the Nirvana Painting, ‘Cold Burn’

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Misery Tamed With Mercy Meets My Massive Canvas (Photo’s Included)

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Misery Tamed With Mercy Meets My Massive Canvas (Photo’s Included)

Come see what I did with this painting...Cherie Roe Dirksen

I’ve been itching to get to work on a BIG scale. So, I bought this really large canvas and got painting! It’s a concept that has been brewing in the recesses of my mind for quite some time.

I wanted to mingle masculine and feminine energies together in one epic piece de resistance. I wanted to truly express raw, untainted emotion — gut-wrenching, shadow-self kind of shit. You’re getting me, right?

Then I wanted to balance the energy and…well, you’ll just have to see.

This painting is part of my ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ Series that I think has been stepped up a notch.

I’m not going to waffle on about the inspiration behind this piece as it’s all in the description at the end (scroll to the bottom if you’re seriously that impatient!).

Come be a fly on my studio wall as I reveal ‘Misery and Mercy’ — the painting process below:

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So, the background is now finished — here’s what it looks like:

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And now to add the ‘Mercy’…        10 11 artist with work painting 2 painting

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And voila! The painting is finished 😀

Below is a side view of the painting. The original is currently on exhibition at the Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale. It can also be purchased through Saatchi (click here or on the picture below).

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Original aavilable at Saatchi…click on picture above

There are also prints and other forms of paraphernalia available (such as tote bags, clothing, mugs, skins, etc). Click on the picture below to take you to that highly reputable and dead funky store, RedBubble:

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‘Misery and Mercy’ (Finding Beauty in Chaos Series) by Cherie Roe Dirksen. Acrylic and Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas. 1016mm x 1270mm x 40mm.

Inspiration Behind the Art:

My ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ series was sparked by my spiritual quest for balance in a world that feels like it’s gone completely off the rails.

The background represents the ‘chaos’ of the material world — the concrete jungle with all its emotional graffiti that stains the streets looking for an outlet to voice the misery.

I then try to temper the painting by introducing the ‘beauty’ aspect — nature in all her glorious splendour. Nature always has a way of fighting back and overcoming the odds — not even cement can keep a young sapling down for long.

I was struck by a story told about Mother Theresa by her room-mate of many years. She said that the one trait that stood out the most in her memory of Mother Theresa was her ability to walk down the streets of Calcutta, in all its filth and depravity, and see past the chaos to find a flower growing out of a crack in the gutter. She would then focus on this and smile — it brought her great joy.

Come see what I did with this painting...Cherie Roe Dirksen

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When I paint a flower I feel an overwhelming bliss – an excitement to capture the beauty and magic of what I see and how I feel when I am in their presence.

They are such a primary source of inspiration because I still cannot fully fathom their exquisite beauty. Eckhart Tolle put it in a nutshell when he said that we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants. I could look upon flowers all day and still be mesmerized. They are a true gift to us and to gaze upon their delicate wonder is to look at the unfolding of pure potential in a world where everything seems insane.

There is hope.

Thanks for journeying with me through this process. Please don’t forget to leave any comments or feedback in the box below 😀 You know I love hearing from y’all!

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The Most Insanely Creative Gifts You Can Give Anyone! And Saves on Therapy Bills Too…

Colour in clothing range

There is a wave of creative stress relief hitting the globe in the form of colour therapy — have you caught the surf yet?

I’ve got 2 of these colour therapy drawings to give YOU now, download them for free HERE (Watery Wonder World) and HERE (Fairy Garden).

So what’s this insane gift idea?

Finished AD 2I’m trying to take creativity to new heights with this latest range of colour therapy products. You will never want for lack of ideas of what to give people for presents in the future when I unleash this bombshell.

How about giving someone a gift that they can colour themselves — adding their own brand of uniqueness to their present?

Not only do you solve the ‘what to give’ dilemma but you give the gift of self-expression! Something they’ll treasure forever (and, who knows, get a little ‘relax’/therapy time too)!

Presenting Presents for Present Moment Awareness

Right, now let’s take this concept to its new whimsical heights of boundary pushing…first up is the ‘colour me in’ pencil skirt for that difficult teen girl. Give her this with a set of fabric pens and she’ll be expressing her inner artist for days!

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There’s also the t-shirt to gift that special lady in your life:

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What about giving a bag? Imagine flaunting your fabulous colouring-in talents whilst out shopping or at school?

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Colour in your own home décor! For goodness sakes —now here’s an idea to get that budding decorator a chance to shine:

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Give a birthday card that needs some colour magic (and why not make the present some crayons or khoki pens?):

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This last one is just pure genius! Ever wondered what to do with the family on those long summer vacations when everyone is yelling that they are bored? Why not get together as a team and colour this poster in then get it framed for a prime spot in your home — the piece de resistance!

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Here are some other fantastic products that are available in the ‘Watery Wonder World’ design:

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And here are the products in my ‘Fairy Garden’ design that are available:

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What Artistic Genius Are You Going to Give This Colour Therapy Picture?

color therapy picIt’s been a while since I last posted some colour therapy art, therefore I thought today’s blog should be all about fun, creativity and de-stressing!

I found this drawing I did back in 2002 and decided it would be a good picture to colour in.

So, readers — young and old — feel free to print this out and get to work on making it pop with life as you dust off those crayons and give it your personal artistic touch!

There’s nothing like a bit of colour therapy to get your right-brain dusted off and back in creative action while you give yourself some space to just be (kick that anxiety to the curb!).

Why not get the whole family involved? It’s fun for everyone!

Please e-mail me your finished masterpieces so I can insert them below (send to cheriedirksen@yahoo.com).

Watery Wonder World by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Click on picture and then ‘save as’ or ‘print’ — ‘Watery Wonder World’ by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Got the colouring bug?

Try your hand at colouring this picture too (click here to take you to the next colour therapy pic).  Don’t forget to share with friends and family — you never know who may enjoy this creative activity):

If you would like to GO LARGE, I also have this picture available as a poster (in 2 different sizes) at my print store (you can order yours by CLICKING HERE). What’s more is I have this design available on all sorts of products like mugs, t-shirts, skirts, leggings, so you can even get yourself some glass or fabric paint and go mad!  Or enjoy as is 😀

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The Resurrection of Muse — Rock Art Painting no. 7 Photographs

Header Muse by Cherie Roe Dirksen

If you don’t already know about this series of paintings to the best musicians ever — please check out the other works of art and how I subliminally came about them HERE.

So far I’ve covered (with lashings of paint and canvas) Radiohead, The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Skunk Anansie and Templeton.

I’ve just worked out that it has been a whole YEAR since I did painting no. 6!  Where has the time gone?

Couldn’t Have Planned it Better

I’m a firm believer in things happening in their own time and for the right reasons and this painting just happens to coincide with the hype to the release of Muse’s 7th album, ‘Drones’ — due out on the 8th June, 2015.

I would like to say that this painting was finished a few weeks ago — before I knew what the album was called — and due to unforeseen circumstances (me and my hubby, Mike, having had the privilege of being in the movie, ‘Detour’ being filmed in our town and then us both getting ill on top of that!) I haven’t had the chance to reveal it yet.

Drones, Clones and Blood

What really struck me when Muse released the name of the album ‘drones‘ (and all three of the members having their eyes blacked out on one of the promotional photo’s) was that there were (in the painting) strange clay-like creatures that immediately emerged from the middle of the canvas and I jokingly said to Mike that they look like ‘clones’.

One of these clones even has wide, white, staring, blank eyes…eerie or just proof of quantum revelations?  Can we really pluck things from the ether before they are physically ‘out there’ — i.e. did I tap into what was going on in the Muse studio?

I really dig how this works!

A friend of mine got a sneak peak over Skype as I was in the process of painting this and asked me what all the blood was about in the center of the painting.  At the time I had no idea because, as most of you know by now, these paintings materialize themselves — I’m just acting as the conduit.

Muse just released their first song ‘Psycho’ with a video on Saturday and as it started nearing the end, the penny dropped…

There was blood all over the one characters face and the song is generally about the ‘manufacturing’ of soldiers to become mindless killing machines.

I hope I’m whetting your appetite here.  Cause further down I’m going to take you on the pictorial process — the start to finish photo’s of what is called ‘Resurrection’.

The Evasive Message Behind the Art

In next weeks blog I’ll be taking you through the emotions that came up whilst painting this so we can get a better perspective of what this artwork may represent.

Personally, I’m still a bit in the dark and will have to mine the painting to extract the subliminal message by unpacking the words I jotted down on the sides of the canvas.

So, without further ado…let’s have a look at MUSE on canvas:

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no. 3 no. 4 no. 5 no. 6 no. 7 no.8 no.9 And now for the grand reveal…

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‘Resurrection’ — Muse (Rock Art Series) Prints available – CLICK HERE

As I’ve said before, next week will be the reveal of the emotions or deeper meaning of this painting — so stay tuned! (UPDATE — You can read the next blog here: Decoding Muse (Rock Art Painting no. 7) — ‘Resurrection’)

If you want to see and listen to their latest release, see below:

Please let me know what comes up for you, when you look at this painting, in the comment box below — I’d love to hear from you!

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See My Art That Made It Onto TV!

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Fresh, Fun and Funky with a bit of Ferrero Rocher!

I’ve been dabbling with a new style.  I’m still using my gold spiral patterned backgrounds but the subject matter has changed slightly.

Although I’m still (and will probably never give up) painting my poppies onto these backgrounds, I’m experimenting with contemporary form.  It’s given me a nice new platform to launch some issues and topics close to my heart.

And besides the light-hearted messages in the pictures, I am having oodles of fun with this and I hope you will too when you see them!

The colours are fabulously bright and are meant to pop out and smack you in the face and I have used a lot of mixed media (including some Ferrero Rocher wrappers in the ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ painting amongst others — which, by the way, Ferrero Rocher themselves commented on.  See below the painting for their feedback on the concept).

Inspirations, Valentines Celebrations and Getting on the Telly

Before I show you these freshly produced works of art, I want to encourage you to click on the pictures (below) and read the inspiration behind the pieces.  You will also have the option to buy the original for those of you wanting to invest in art.

I was absolutely thrilled to hear from a dear friend of mine (who has her finger slightly more on the pulse than I do) that 4 of my paintings were featured on SABC’s Morning Live on Saturday the 14th February!

What a nice Valentines Day surprise that was!

So without further ado, here they are (I have written, below the respective paintings, which were featured on TV).

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‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ (Cherie Roe Dirksen) — Featured on SABC’s  Morning Live

Response from Ferrero Rocher about the painting above:

Thank you for sharing this beautiful creation with us!
It’s great to see how Ferrero Rocher encourages your fantasy.
Many compliments. Regards —Ferrero Rocher Team

Gay Pride Painting Original Painting by south african artist, Cherie Roe Dirksen

‘The Pride’ (Cherie Roe Dirksen)

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‘The Melting Pot’ (Cherie Roe Dirksen). Featured on SABC’s Morning Live

Cat Lovers Painting Original Painting by south african artist, Cherie Roe Dirksen

‘Playing with my Heart’ (Cherie Roe Dirksen)

Look Where Else You Can See Them!

To spice things up further — these designs are now part of a funky new range of accessories.  You can start strutting your stuff in the new leggings range, sleep under art, sip your tea from a painting or simply let my art hold your shopping.

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Above is a collage of paraphernalia from this range including:  Clothing, tote bags, scatter cushions, duvet covers, travel mugs, greeting cards, stickers, laptop and iPhone/iPad skins.

There is also the option of having these paintings as prints, posters, canvas prints, framed prints and even metal prints too.  Just click on the pictures below and select the products from the drop down menu at RedBubble.

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Want to View the Originals?

‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ can be seen at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel.

‘The Pride’ and ‘Playing with my Heart’ are both on show at Kunstehuijs Art Gallery, Swellendam.

The other 2 paintings that were featured on telly were:

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‘Rhino’s — Spiral of Life’ (Cherie Roe Dirksen). Currently on show at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel.

and…

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‘Do You Get It?’ (Cherie Roe Dirksen). Private collection.

Thanks for looking!

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Forest Scenes From the Studio

I’m SO getting back into painting my tree figures at the moment and it’s about time too!

After the guided meditation I went through at the beginning of last year (2014), that showed me a myriad of these images and profoundly nudged me in that artistic direction, I’m actually taking the full-on plunge now.  You can read all about the juicy details of that 2014 guided meditation HERE.

As the saying goes, better late than never!

The Lady of the Forest

Here is what emerged onto the canvas and it is followed by a short poem I conjured up in the aftermath, which epitomizes the feelings I was going through when painting this:

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Prints, posters, skins and gifts available – click here

 

Poem behind the painting:

“The cancer is spreading by the roots through the forest — fear is its name.

Slowly consuming all life in its wake — no-one seems to know it’s there.

Who will save them, who even cares?

The one they call Motherby nature, She knows what’s best.

She’ll turn to the light, the giver of life, and deliver the cure through her matrix.”

We are all one, connected by our roots — the tree of life — when one suffers we all suffer, when one turns on the light, we are all illuminated.  I look into your face and see myself.  You are never alone, there is always hope.

The Lady of the Forest

The original painting is for sale through Saatchi Online for $170.00 – Click Here

The original is for SALE HERE or you can contact me via cheriedirksen@yahoo.com for enquiries about the work.

Otherwise, if you’re not ready to own an original yet, you can buy prints, posters (in all different sizes and price ranges) and all sorts of other goodies with this art HERE (or click on some of the items below).

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  • Have your say in the comment box below — what came up for you looking at this painting or reading the poem?
  • Did it make sense to you?
  • Do you have another take or interpretation to offer?
  • Do the colours speak to you?
  • How does the general atmosphere of the painting make you feel?

I’d love to hear your feedback 😀

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New Photographs of Painting ‘Iceland Poppy Mix’ and Art on Duvet Covers!

Back in the Studio

Iceland Poppies by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Prints, Pillows, Mugs and Duvet Covers now available – simply click on this picture to take you to the store.

It feels great to finally be settled enough in my new home to be able to dedicate time to painting again.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” — Pablo Picasso

Spring is well underway here in South Africa and the flowers, especially poppies, are all out in full bloom — so I have been feeling extremely inspired by my surroundings.

This is the latest painting to come off the easel (right) and the start to finish photographic process below (the original painting is currently hanging in the Barrydale Karoo Hotel — a very funky, arty place!):

Painting Poppies - Photo 1

Stage 1 – outlining the poppies

Stage 2 - painting the background black

Stage 2 – painting the background black

Stage 3 - adding the spiral background

Stage 3 – adding the spiral background

Stage 4 - the spiral background is complete

Stage 4 – the spiral background is complete

Stage 5 - the first layers of colour are added to the poppies

Stage 5 – the first layers of colour are added to the poppies

Stage 6 - the second layer of paint and finer detail is added

Stage 6 – the second layer of paint and finer detail is added

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Stage 7 – the poppies are complete and now just the gold stamens need to be added…

 

Finally - the finished painting!

Finally – the finished painting! Acrylic and Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas (24″ x 36″)

I am pleased to announce that this design is now available on single, queen and king sized duvet covers.  It is also available as prints, mugs, travel mugs, laptop and phone skins, bags and scatter cushions (3 different sizes to choose from).

Click on the links below (you can select sizes in the upper right-hand drop-down box):

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Thanks for looking!

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Help Me to Pick the Cream of the Crop

 

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Some of you may have already seen my ‘VegeTate’ Gallery filled with fresh and fruity produce jokes on tees.

For those of you who haven’t, below is a just taste of what’s in there.  However, I need your help…

Decisions, Decisions!

I’m going to be selecting a few from the ones below (my personal favourites) to be printed locally and I would love your opinion of which 4 will make it into the ‘best of’ print pile.

So please can you let me know (in the comment box below) what your favourites are numbered 1-4 or even if it’s just 1 you particularly like.

Thanks so much! (BTW if you are living in the US, these designs are already available for you CLICK HERE to view — they make side-splitting gifts).

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No. 1  ‘Quit Grating Me!’

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 No. 2  ‘All we are saying is give peas a chance’

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No. 3  ‘100% Organic Nuts’

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No. 4  ‘Nice Pear’

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 No. 5  ‘WikiLeeks’

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No. 6  ‘Has Bean’

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No. 7  ‘I’m Beet!’

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No. 8  ‘Lettuce get to know each other better…I’ve turned over a new leaf’

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No. 9  ‘I only have eyes for you’

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No. 10  ‘Warning — I come in many different layers and I can make a grown man cry’

Photo’s: Painting the Extraordinary Life

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New Ideas, New Life

The first week of my move into the country in July 2014, I had this epiphany of a smorgasbord painting of delight!

The image was so bright, vivid and clear in my mind’s eye that I pondered it for weeks.

I finally jotted down a rough sketch and waited for my opportunity to hit my studio running (once my studio was ready for operation, that is — which took an excruciatingly long time, especially when one is itching to blast off!).

Welcome to the Mile High Club!

There was also a strong message that seemed to accompany the vision — the sky is the limit!  Or, more aptly, there are no limits!  And joy is SOOOOO your purpose.

I want to do a series of these paintings to remind people to live extraordinary lives, to think out of the box always, to dream big and to make joy a priority.  The series is going to be called ‘Cloud 9’.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to the painting process and final outcome of ‘The Mile High Club’.

Below:  This is the sketch I did.  Sorry about the dodgy quality but you get the general gist of it.  I did leave out a lot of minor details in the final product just because it was getting too cluttered 😀

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 And then finally…the painting is finished!

The Mile High Club by Cherie Roe Dirksen

“The Mile High Club” by Cherie Roe Dirksen

The specs of the painting are:

Size:  14″ x 18″ x 1.5″

Medium:   Acrylic and Fixed Oil Pastel on Box Mounted Canvas

The original is sold but prints are available as well as iPhone cases, tote bags, cushions, tees, etc (just click on picture to go to store or CLICK HERE).

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Country Bumpkins Make Good

See photo journal at the end of blog!

Well, we’re 2 months into our ‘country move’ and loving it.  We (Mike and myself) started running out of our renovation fund within about 2 weeks of our move — which was, to say the least, unsettling.

We had to come up with cost-effective solutions and fast!

In an attempt to continue with our plans on the cheap, we decided to erect (and design) our own fence and gate.  This was no small task as neither of us are exactly carpenters or builders.  However, we both have a bit of artsy fartsy in us, so….

The Natural Look

We wanted a front fence and gate that blended in with the garden.  The plan is to eventually grow something nice and smelly, like Jasmine, all over the fence.  So we just needed a structure for now.

We sourced a local genius who makes 2m long fences out of branches and that looked really stunning, so we ordered enough lengths for the job (it worked out to roughly $20 per fence and we needed 10).

So, no, we didn’t make the fencing ourselves but we did erect it.

We then sunk our own wooden poles (a job I would wish upon no-one as we had to dig half a meter holes — 10 thereof — and we hit bedrock at about 10cm!).  We then attached the fencing to the poles.

The property is on a slope — so that was also challenging.

We had to raise the fence slightly off the ground so it wouldn’t rot and I neatly packed slate stone at the bottom for it to rest on and because it looked nice! 😉

The Gigantic Task of a 4.6m Gate

We were, at this point, really happy with the fence but we needed a gate to finish off the look and to secure the yard for Purdy (our little tortoise-shell kitty).  The budget was dim and we needed ideas fast.

I ordered some wood from the local co-op and built the frame for the 2 gates (2.3m per side) and we got to work filling it in with repurposed materials.

I used some wood from my empty stretcher frames (from my paintings that were rolled and sent went sold) and some reeds that my in-laws said we could use that were just lying about their garage.  I also had some metal sheeting tucked away in my studio for a rainy day and it was storming outside!  lol…

Well, instead of me going on and on about the process…let me show you how it all took shape:

Sinking the poles

One side is up

Other side up

Pavement view

Pavement view 2

 

Fence from outsideSlateWood is ReadyGate frameMike and gateAssembling reedsPriming woodScrew it inOne side of the gateHanging the gateGateOur new gate and fenceI hope you enjoyed taking the visual journey with us! 😀

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Poppy Art Greeting Cards by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Yup, you read right.  In an initiative to keep my site alive (and to raise $120 for my annual site fee) I have come up with an offer you can’t miss out on!

What You ALWAYS Need

Everyone needs greeting cards — how many birthdays, celebrations and occasions do you have coming up?  I bet at least a couple in the foreseeable future.

So, for just $1 (easily purchased through PayPal with instant delivery) I am offering you 4 custom designed greeting cards (blank for you to fill in your own message) in a ready-to-print template (PDF).

All you’ve got to do each time you need a card is pop some paper in your printer and hit the print button!

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You can reuse these templates over and over again.  And, yes, all I ask is for $1 to go towards my yearly renewal fee for the site so I can keep on offering my free downloads and weekly blogs.

Want yours now?  Great…just click the button below:

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You will be redirected after checkout to my site where you’ll get a download link, if you don’t receive the link to your cards after you’ve completed the checkout, please e-mail me at cheriedirksen@yahoo.com and I’ll personally see to it that you get them.

How to Paint a Quick and Easy Stain-Glass Effect

Doors Are First Impressions!

Stain Glass EffectHave you ever pondered how one of the first things you see about a person’s home is their front door?  I have and that’s why I decided to undertake painting the glass window of our front door (photo’s are at the end of this blog).

Not only does it add some fabulous colour to the inside and outside of your home but it also lends an aspect of privacy (I don’t want any strange faces peering in on me in the night, thank you very much!).

Do’s and Do Not’s of Stain Glass Painting

I used the Dala range of glass paints which are fairly inexpensive.  I also used the gold glass paint liner to do the initial drawing work.  You’ve got to let the liner fully dry before attempting to add the colour.  The liner acts as a container to the glass paint.

Remember that what you are painting is immediately seen on the flip side.  In other words, whatever you put down first is what will be seen on the outside.  There is no such thing as layering (like in oils and acrylic painting).  So think very hard about what colours you want before you apply as there is not going back.

If you are adding writing, you’ve got to write backwards (as in the mirror effect — something I learnt the hard way!).

The first time I attempted stain glass was at our previous house where the glass was already in place.  It was a nightmare as you are supposed to paint the glass on a flat surface not standing uprights — glass paint is watery and runs like crazy.

So this time, I was savvy and just after cutting the Perspex (decided it would be better than glass) I laid it flat and began my painting…here are the photo’s I took of the process:

Door without Stain Glass

Here is the door without the Perspex (there is some plastic keeping the draft out).  See how drab it looks?  And anyone can peer in leaving little privacy.

Perspex cutting

Here is my make-shift work bench as I try to attempt my first Perspex cutting adventure.  Cutting Perspex ain’t easy but I got there in the end.  I reverted to using a jigsaw coupled with a hand-held saw for the more ‘finicky’ bits.

Stained glass door

Here is the work in progress.  As you can see, it needs to be laid out flat so you can easily apply the very runny glass paint.  The thick gold liner holds the paint in place so don’t forget to close off all gaps in your design or the paint will run out.

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This is the finished product!  This is taken from the outside looking in which shows off the design more like a painting (in the next photo you’ll see that the painting takes on a different quality from the inside).

Inside of doorHere is the effect from the inside — the sun is shining right through at this point making for a spectacular colour display.

I hope you enjoyed being a fly on my wall.  I’m hoping to do a few blogs about home improvements, etc, so do stay tuned!

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How to Paint Rhino’s and Evoke Protective Spells

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A Harsh Reality

The plight of the rhino becoming an endangered species is a fierce and emotive topic.

I was disgusted when one night, as my husband and I were enjoying the peaceful tranquility of the Lalibela Game Reserve in East London, we were told that our guide was called out on an emergency rhino reconnaissance as a helicopter was flying over the reserve scouting for these beautiful creatures.

The hard reality really hit me in that moment.

We had just seen these magnificent beasts in the wild, gracefully grazing while the sun was setting – their majesty was overwhelming. Who would want to do harm to such divine creatures? Well, we all know the answer to that and just how uneducated their killers are.


Casting ‘Spells’ in the Painting

Texture 2So I wanted to evoke feelings of love and protection for these animals in this artwork.  

I infused it with the immense sense of calm and tranquility I got from them when I first witnessed them in the wild.  Hopefully, this will be mirrored back to the species — a peaceful life.

The gold spiral backgrounds are my better known trademark and they represent the verve of the sacred geometry of life — the divine blueprint.  So I thought it apt to ‘preserve’ them in this energy.

How I Painted These Beautiful Beasties

In order of application:

  • I plotted out the subject matter with a permanent marker.
  • the background was painted black (2 coats),
  • I applied the gold spiral technique,
  • I used thick textured acrylic (the ‘Dala’ brand) to build up the tough raw hide look,
  • then I used bits of stick and bark to get that wrinkled texture,
  • Lastly came the final layers of definitive detail.

The painting is very tactile which may not be apparent in the photographic representation, thanks to the textured acrylic.  Below are some close-up photo’s of the textured paint:

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And, finally, here is the finished product:

Rhino's - The Spiral of Life by Cherie Roe Dirksen

“Rhino’s – The Spiral of Life” by Cherie Roe Dirksen. Original Acrylic on Boxed Canvas. 42cm x 59cm x 4cm. $300. SAATCHI ONLINE.

The original is for sale through SAATCHI ONLINE or SOUTHAFRICANARTISTS.COM.  Alternatively, you can also buy canvas prints for as little as $95.00 through Saatchi Online (click here).

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Synchronicity, Fashion and Travel

I was approached earlier this week by travel expert, Kendra Thornton — who has been featured on shows like Tyra Banks and Nate Berkus — she is planning a trip to New York with some of her friends and invited me to put together a potential outfit idea for her.

Kendra shares regular tips on planning, packing and numerous other aspects of travel (you can follow her on twitter @KendraThornton).  She is now starting a new project on fashion as related to travel and expressed a liking for my sense of style hence asking me to enter the challenge.

Funny thing is, it reminded me that one of the things I wrote down on my ‘wish-list’ for this year was a trip to New York (remember, that blog I wrote at the beginning of the year? 2014 — The Year to Sculpt Your Life!  I hope you’ve managed to write out your list!).

Sometimes life throws you a little reminder or synchronicity to rekindle your desires that you may have forgotten (read more about synchronicity HERE).

Back to the Challenge — Where to Start?

This is certainly going to be a challenge for me as I live in Cape Town, the laid-back capital of the surfing world — where flip-flops, cut off jeans and tees rule the day.

Who am I to put together and outfit for a night in New York?

Well, after much thought I decided that I was most definitely up for the challenge and embraced the idea of conjuring up a sassy yet feminine, sexy yet comfortable ensemble for Kendra (see bottom of blog for Kendra’s specifications).

I wanted to create something personal and unique for her and decided to:

  • Experiment with my very own trademark ‘spiral poppy’ design to fabricate a feminine flow to the ‘look’.  Not only will this design be right in line with Spring in The Big Apple but it will also be a first in NYC —  it always gives a girl the edge to be adorning something hot off the designers table.
  • Go for some accent European-themed gilded accessories to highlight Kendra’s golden tresses and bring out the spiral design in the top.
  • spirals in the karooAdd a touch of my authentic African roots by accentuating the spiral design throughout the outfit.  Why is this an ‘African’ thing?  Just look at the picture on your right — this is an aerial view of our very own ‘Nazsca’ lines in the Karoo (you can read the article about these strange spiral shapes that dot the Western Cape landscape HERE).
  • Pick a trendy pair of gold high-heel shoes that show a definite sense of urban sophistication yet are comfortable enough to walk about town in without breaking your neck.
  • Throw in a trim, figure accentuating denim jacket to beat the night chill.
  • Compliment that Spring poppy design by adorning the outfit with one of my practical yet glam mini Messenger Bags, and, finally…
  • Finish off the look with some gorgeous hair and make-up suggestions.  For this part you’re going to need to view my Pinterest board.

My Pinterest board has got all the links and prices of each piece used in this outfit which can be seen HERE.

Kendra was kind enough to really get specific about her needs and where she was heading for her night on the town to give me an idea of what to prepare for.

Here’s what she had to say about this project:

Kendra Fashion New York

How many moms do you know that are constantly runway-ready? Chances are that you don’t know very many.

In truth, trying to raise a family takes precedence above everything else. Even though I am in the midst of planning a trip to New York City with my best friends, I have lots of other things to think about. That is why I could use a bit of your help. I need to come up with the perfect outfit to go with a night of upscale dining and drinking delicious wines at the Dream New York.

My friends and I will be dining at Courgette, a restaurant focused on Northern-European cuisine. Located just a few steps from Times Square, you might think that Courgette is just another tourist attraction. This is not so in the least. It is intimate and quiet, yet somehow still whimsical while resting between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

I look forward to feeling like I can slip into this beautiful garden restaurant and mingle with friends in the bistro or bar.

I look forward to enjoying antipasti, prosciutto and a fine glass of wine.

I look forward to the warm atmosphere, surrounded by vintage newspapers and playful pictures.

You really can’t expect to go to New York City without seeing a crowd of people who are very fashion-forward. This city has a unique heart and a style all its own. With so many choices available, I was able to use Gogobot to build my itinerary. Unfortunately, they couldn’t also plan my wardrobe for me! Dream New York is definitely one of the best hotels in the city, and I really want to look the part.

Wearing the right outfit will make my night so much more fun. I want to be trendy and fashionable, yet comfortable. Can you help me?

My Outfit Ensemble

This is what I have come up with — the total amount for this outfit is $389.88 and that includes all accessories, clothes and shoes:

Kendra's Wardrobe

Have Your Say!

  • What did you think of my wardrobe selection?
  • What would you have done differently?
  • Where in the world would you love to travel?
  • What have you always wanted in your wardrobe but never bought because you’d have nowhere to wear it?

To view the individual items on Pinterest and how much they cost, click on the picture below:

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Have you ever walked into someone else’s home only to feel that something is amiss?  They have a nice house, perhaps even nice furniture, but something is definitely lacking — you look around you and all you see is dull.

Perhaps this is your house?  Put your finger on the problem yet?

It’s the lack of colour, verve, spacial compensation and imagination — you need art and you need it now!  Do you know that your décor shouts a loud message about who you are?

Scary for some but true!

You Just Might Need Professional Help!

There is a fine art to balancing correct sizing in an allocated space.

Please don’t fall for the atrocity that has one popping a tiny print on a spacious wall.  Or, God forbid, having a print that is sitting skew in a frame, then there’s that old mount-board that has started to develop mold — these are all examples of BIG no-no’s.

Better to go Zen and have nothing on your wall than have sporadic paintings dotting the horizon in a haphazard formation, drowning in a sea of space. If you have a large wall space you need an equally large picture to balance that space out.

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Yes, I am talking as an artist but I’m also a qualified interior designer and worked for years in the art and framing industry.

You don’t even have to sink your money into expensive original art unless that’s what tickles your fancy.

This is not actually even about impressing neighbours and friends.  It’s about your lifestyle and making your house a luxury retreat and not a place of dreaded tedium.

Homes Are Relaxation Zones

It’s a case of beautifying your domicile for a comfortable and invigorating living space.  Your opportunity to present your unique sense of taste and style.  You too can express yourself through art, it’s not only artists who can achieve this.

Art displayed can give anyone the channel with which to convey what they resonate most with.

If you can’t afford originals right now then go for the alternative — inexpensive prints.  This option can be just as good as the real deal these days with high quality canvas and photographic prints.

But enough talk, let me show you — pictures can paint 1 000 word.

This week I’m going to look at a bedroom scene.  First you’ll see the bedroom with no art and then 4 variations of art examples and how they enhance the space immediately.

Let me know — in the comment box below — which is your favourite:

Bedroom Red

Bedroom 4

Bedroom 2Bedroom 5

Bedroom 6

‘Elegance’ (Lady in Red Dress) print can be viewed HERE

All of the prints above are available (just click on the pictures to take you to the print store).  There are various formats and sizes to choose from.  To check up on the technical specs of this outstanding print store — CLICK HERE. 

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  • Does anybody want to send me a picture of their ‘blank’ space (in your home or office) that you want to see transformed by my art?  If yes, then just e-mail (cheriedirksen@yahoo.com — use heading:  ‘Art in my Home’) your photo (please try to make it a good quality — focused and straight — photo).  Your photo just might be featured in the next blog. 🙂
  • If you have a particular painting/artwork of mine in mind — just send me the link (or title of artwork) to it and I will use that in your ‘mock up’.
  • To view my extensive portfolio of available prints, please CLICK HERE.

*sizes of prints as shown in photographs may vary according to what sizes are available to print

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The Tree of Life — Can You Relate?

At the beginning of 2014 I blogged about an experience I had in a guided meditation.  I saw a picture that I felt I needed to paint.

Well, finally, I have got it out onto canvas.  If you want to read about the deeper message behind this art — please take 2 minutes to read the blog HERE (What Popped Up in a Guided Meditation About 2014…and How it Coincided With Plato).

Here is the painting — please let me know (in the comment box below) what thoughts/emotions/feedback comes up for you:

Affordable prints and greeting cards available – click on picture

Original For Sale

I have decided to make some of my originals available for sale on this blog.  Something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time now.  Thanks to Paypal, I am now able to do this easily — so for anyone who wants to be the owner of this painting, just click on the button below the specs to purchase (please note that this is strictly first come first serve).

The painting specs are as follows:

Medium: Acrylic and Mixed Media (glass paint, liner, ink and oil pastel) on Canvas Board (unframed)

Size: 10″ x 10″ (255mm x 255mm)

Price:  $75

Worldwide Shipping:  Absolutely FREE!

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Interconnected Humanity Quote

I decided to make it into a quote as well — just a little message to try to encapsulate the bigger picture — CLICK HERE to download this as a wallpaper or mini poster print-out (100% free):

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Rock Art Painting no. 6 — Templeton: The Photographic Process and Grand Reveal!

Last week I gave a sneak peek of this painting (you can read it HERE) — I’m now going to take you through the pictorial stages that led up to the finished piece.

So, enough chit-chat — let’s dive into it! 🙂

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Photo 10

Well, there you have it!

Afloat in a Torrent Without a Paddle

The title that came through at first was ‘primordial residue‘.  However, that led me down the rabbit hole of synchronous events, prods and ticklings to another rather obscure name.

What emerged was a plethora of ancient myth;  something about a serpent called Apophis and weighing your soul against a phoenix feather — intrigued?  I hope so!

Next week I will break down the emotions that flooded in whilst painting this and just exactly what lead me to uncover the title of this painting, ‘Chaoskampf Demiurge’.  

UPDATE:  Read “What on Earth is a ‘Chaoskampf Demiurge’? You Seriously Need to Know This!” right now!

For now, the artwork is available as prints in a variety of different sizes and finishes below:

Chaoskampf Demiurge by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Chaoskampf Demiurge by Cherie Roe Dirksen
28″ x 36″ x 1.5″
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas

Let me know what comes through for you when you look at this painting (probably best to do it before I uncover the emotions behind it next week — leave your comments in the box below).

Here are some of Templeton’s videos to whet your appetite for next weeks blog:

Here are the Rock Art blogs in order of release:

10 Bands, 10 Paintings…Let the Rock Art Begin!

The Grand Band Reveal is Today!

Radiohead — A Teaser Pictorial ‘Rock Art’ Peek

What Radiohead Looks Like Through The End of My Brush

Song Playlist — Radiohead Albums That Made The Art

Rock Art Series — The Beatles

What The Beatles Look Like From the End of my Paintbrush

Rock Art Series Painting no. 3 — Jeff Buckley ‘Raw’

How I Got ‘Raw’ With Jeff Buckley

‘Dancing in the Void’ — Pink Floyd Rock Art Painting No.4 Photographs

Painting Pink Floyd — Soldiering Through the Minefield of Emotion

‘Dangerous Love’ — Skunk Anansie Rock Art Painting No. 5

Can Music Jump-Start Humanity’s Awakening?

A Sneak Pictorial Peek at Painting no. 6 in the Rock Art Series

A Sneak Pictorial Peek at Painting no. 6 in the Rock Art Series

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The Collection that Stood the Test of Time

After many moons, I have picked up paint brush and spray can and started painting no. 6 of my Rock Art Series (there are going to be 10 painting all told).

If you want to recap on the grand adventure of subliminal painting to my favourite musicians of all time, please CLICK HERE.

I think I first promised myself that I would have this series done by June 2013 — fat laugh that was!  Then the next D-date was December 2013 — another dashed hope.

Art on Wizards Time 

Just like Gandalf (who proclaimed that a wizard is never late and always arrives exactly when he intends to), I am going to let these paintings emerge in their own divine time (as long as it’s within my lifetime!).

But, at least I can say I am more than half way now!

Yippeeeeeee…so, without further ado — painting no. 6 was produced by listening to the melodious and mesmerizing Templeton (and, no, I’m not just saying that because he’s my husband — go listen and decide for yourself).

You can visit his aural delights here: TempletonUniverse.

Templeton Rocks the Canvas

I am just going to be showing you snippets of the painting because Wednesday’s blog is going to be the start-to-finish photographic process and the grand reveal — so do stay tuned (or follow this blog if you aren’t already) :D.

So, here is a little taste just to whet your appetite:

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Well, I hope you are intrigued.

5Until next week when I get out of the way of the focal point of the painting (see photo on your right where I have cunningly concealed the weirdest thing I have painted to date that has consequently unearthed a lot of Egyptian myth?  Very titillating stuff indeed!  I promise to reveal all) — you’ll have to try to put the pieces together and see what on earth (or, perhaps, not on earth) has planted itself onto my canvas.

Oh, the mystery of it all!  All will be revealed soon though, so hang onto those knickers!!!

Adieu, my patient amigos…

Here are the Rock Art blogs in order of release:

10 Bands, 10 Paintings…Let the Rock Art Begin!

The Grand Band Reveal is Today!

Radiohead — A Teaser Pictorial ‘Rock Art’ Peek

What Radiohead Looks Like Through The End of My Brush

Song Playlist — Radiohead Albums That Made The Art

Rock Art Series — The Beatles

What The Beatles Look Like From the End of my Paintbrush

Rock Art Series Painting no. 3 — Jeff Buckley ‘Raw’

How I Got ‘Raw’ With Jeff Buckley

‘Dancing in the Void’ — Pink Floyd Rock Art Painting No.4 Photographs

Painting Pink Floyd — Soldiering Through the Minefield of Emotion

‘Dangerous Love’ — Skunk Anansie Rock Art Painting No. 5

7 Tips on How to Market Your Art From Behind Your Desk

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Here’s the million dollar question:

How do I get people to notice/buy my work? 

This article can pretty much pertain to every trade out there, however, I will be focusing mostly on art and visual products.

Do you have something you want the world to see and take note of?  How do you get yourself a bit of global attention?

The answer is simple…

Through hard shlogging and perseverance.

Not what you wanted to hear?  Probably not — most of us want to hit the big time and go viral on our first attempt at world domination.  There is no ‘quick fix’ when it comes to marketing yourself.

Eating the Elephant One Bite at a Time (Poor Pachyderm!)

However, all is not lost and not achieving instant notability can actually be good news for you.

Why?

market-your-artIt means that you still have a chance if you haven’t hit the jackpot yet.

Very few people win the lottery and going viral is the same.  Most successful people attained their success by slowly and steadily winning their race.

How to Keep Abreast — Are you a DD?

Truth is, you will get noticed and you definitely can ‘make’ it — you just need to exercise what I call the ‘double d’ strategy — dedication and drive.

If you are truly passionate about what you do — you’ve got the drive.  If you can focus on and strive to do something daily that brings you closer to your dream or goal — then you’ve got the dedication.

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” — Confucius

Let’s Get to the Juicy Bits

I hired a professional marketing consultant when I first started out and this is the advice she gave me:

  • Know your target market/audience — this is who your work is going to appeal to.  You don’t want to be pitching a high-definition print of a formula 1 auMona on Easeltomobile to a 64-year-old woman (unless you find yourself one racy old granny) — your target market would most likely be males aged between 16 – 45.  Likewise, don’t try selling your recipe ebook ’20 Ways to Prepare Fried Chicken’ to a vegetarian.  Do your market research and find out who your product will appeal to.
  • Get Yourself a Website — this will be where you want your target audience to visit.  WordPress sites are really great and easy to use.  You will also need to start building a subscriber list so that you can keep your readers/clients up-to-date with all your latest creations.  I use a really great e-mail marketing site called Mailchimp.  But how to you get people to come to your site?
  • Blog/Guestblog — This is where the real work begins… You need to gain authority in  your chosen field.  So, for instance, if you are a photographer then blog about what inspires you to go out and take pictures.  Then accompany the article with your photos and links to your print store (more about selling your prints later on in this article).  Then you need to look for other sites/blogs in your arena that accept guest writers.  What is a guest writer?  Someone who provides content (articles) for a given site in exchange for publicity.  Most of these sites will allow you to include a short biography and picture at the bottom of your guest blog with a link-back to your site and social networks. You should target sites that have at least 5000 followers/readers and try to write for at least 2 – 5 different sites.
  • Comment/Interact on Social Networks/Sites — this is extremely important.  There is nothing more irritating than someone who only plugs their own wares.  Go and leave feedback for other people on their work and interact with people in groups and social networks like twitter and facebook business pages.  You’ll meet loads of new and exciting peeps and you will expose yourself to what is out there in your field.  Don’t see other creatives as ‘competition’, rather look at them as ‘inspiration’.  Get involved with community boards and share not only your work but the work of others too.  Don’t forget to write back to people who leave you comments.  Treasure the feedback of others!

Right, so that is how to get your creative wares out into the market place.

Passive Income Generators Every Artist Should Know About

Now, for those of you who have something visual to market — these are the 2 sites that work the best for me when it comes to selling your stuff on products, prints, etc:

Redbubble is a print-on-demand site for artists and writers.  You can upload your work onto prints, cases, cards, stickers and t-shirts.  They are really easy to work with and they have a great artist community along with loads of groups you can join and interact with.  Below is a snapshot of my Redbubble profile:

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Zazzle are also a print-on-demand site.  They offer an extensive range of products that you can put your designs on — from lamp shades, cushions, plates, mugs, teapots to puzzles, wrapping paper, clothing, skateboards (just to name a few!).

Below is a snapshot of what my Zazzle store looks like:

ZazzleThen, lastly, I want to recommend you use Pinterest (which is the visual equivalent of facebook).  It is a great tool to use to promote your work and you never cease to get inspiration from what other people put on there!  It is truly a visual wonderland of images and ideas.

Here is what my Pinterest profile looks like:

PinterestYou may have wondered why I have used all of my own accounts in this article and the reasons are:

  1. I am cunningly promoting my own stuff (shameful?…well, not really — this is how you do it!)
  2. I did this so you can snoop around to your heart’s content on how to go about using these sites effectively.  I am leaving it up to you to go and see the way I have set up my accounts and how I use each listing to refer back to my site.

I hope this article has given you the tools to get out into the big wide cyber-world and showcase your masterpieces!

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Valentines Day Digital Art — See How It’s Done in Under 3 Minutes! You Won’t Believe How Easy It Is…

Happy Valentines Day! 

In keeping with the theme of love, hearts and beautiful friendships — I wanted to share this video with you.

Come take a peak at the start-to-finish process of some of my digital doodles in this short clip — go grab yourself a cup of tea and park yourself in a comfy place:

Why not send someone you love one of my free Valentine e-cards today?.  CLICK HERE.

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De-Stress with Free Colour Therapy for You and Your Family

color therapy pic 2Feeling a Little Uptight Lately?

I sure have been!  That’s why I started doodling again (sounds rather dubious, doesn’t it?).

I used to draw fantasy pictures when I was younger (in my teens) to relieve anxiety or tension and it really worked.  I found myself reverting back to it again this week and it really helped me to unwind.

I know this might be a strange blog for me (or maybe not?  Can’t seem to figure out who I am anymore anyway…lol) but I thought maybe you will appreciate it.  I finished creating this ‘fairy garden’ picture (see below) last night and I wanted to get you and/or your children/spouse/best friend/neighbour/dog/cat/hamster to join in with printing it out and colouring it in!

Go on!  Let’s have some fun, for Pete’s sake (Pete could really use a bit of shits and giggles right now).

Dust Off Your Pencil Crayons, Khoki’s and Paints!

So, your homework (or colour therapy work) is to print this out and splash your unique version of hue onto it (scroll to the bottom to see some of the finished pictures I’ve received from y’all).

Then, I would love you to e-mail me the finished version (cheriedirksen@yahoo.com) and I will put them all together in a blog for the whole wide world to see (you can remain anonymous or let the globe know who the genius is behind the crayons!).

Get In-Touch With the Inner Sense (Innocence) of the Inner Child!

Is this a glorified colouring-in blog?

YES!!!  It damn well is and you’re going to have so much fun doing it :)…so without anymore procrastination, here it is (just click on the picture to take you to the bigger version and then ‘save as’ and ‘print’):

Fairy Garden by ©Cherie Roe Dirksen

Fairy Garden by ©Cherie Roe Dirksen – Have fun colouring this in!!!

Have oodles of fun (because that’s the point and don’t lose sight of it!) and I will publish the finished results in a few weeks, so do try to get me your finished piccie within the next week or two.  I am also going to colour this in, in case you were wondering — so don’t feel alone and overwhelmed! 😀

Oh yes, and see if you can spot the 10 fairies, 2 bees, 2 snails and 8 ladybugs.

Isn’t it great to be a child again?

Adios!

Got the colouring bug?

Try your hand at colouring this picture too (click here to take you to the next colour therapy pic).  Don’t forget to share with friends and family — you never know who may enjoy this creative activity):

If you would like to GO LARGE, I also have this picture available as a poster (in 2 different sizes) at my print store (you can order yours by CLICKING HERE). What’s more is I have this design available on all sorts of products like mugs, t-shirts, skirts, leggings, so you can even get yourself some glass or fabric paint and go mad!  Or enjoy as is 😀

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OTHER PRODUCTS AVAILABLE

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UPDATE:  Here are some of the beautiful colour renditions I have received from you and your families!  Don’t forget to send me your finished product and I’ll post it here 🙂

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Received from Anna (5 yrs) — Cape Town

Fairy Garden 1

Received from Mandolin — Durban

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Another version received from Mandolin (Durban)

Thank you for your lovely, colourful and bright masterpieces!

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My Paintings that made it into the Hoyoko Wildlife Foundation Art Exhibition

All in Aid of a Good Cause

In a last minute rush — and with a lot of thanks to the amazing Rupasha Rampersad, for making this all happen, and the awesome staff at Nad’s Art Gallery — I am happy to announce that 7 of my paintings will be on exhibition (opening tonight, 30th October 2013) in the Hoyoko Wildlife Foundation Art Exhibition held at the aforementioned Nad’s Art Gallery (Pinetown), Durban.

Guest speakers at opening night will include:

DIRECTOR OF THE DURBAN ART GALLERY
Mr MDUDUZI XAKAZA
&
Ms Julie Anne Edwards : Founder Hokoyo Wildlife

So, if any of you are in the area, do pop in and have a look — the exhibition will be running until the 6th November 2013 (click here for full schedule).  There are also going to be some fabulous exhibits from a private collection of renowned South Africa artists such as;

Otto Klarr
Malachi Smith
Paul Munro
Father Claerhout
Gabriel de Jongh

For more information about the Hoyoko Wildlife Foundation PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Here are my 7 paintings that will be on show (for those of you who can’t make the exhibition — prints of these paintings are available, just click on the relevant picture to take you to the store):

               

Should you wish to contact the gallery, their details are as follows:

Nad’s Art Gallery

11 Roselle Road, Pinetown

(031) 702 7601

E-mail:  nadsartgallery@telkomsa.net

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The Bald-Faced Truth About Self-Portraits — Photographs and All!

“What deflates your self-image gets inflated with the brush.”

Cherie Roe DirksenI had an idea for a painting — something that combined my love of painting swirly whirly gold backgrounds and the cosmos.  I wanted to show the macrocosm being reflected in the microcosm. I needed to paint a person because I wanted that famous nebulae, ‘The Eye of God’, to be reflected in a human eye.

After thinking long and hard, I decided to fling myself into the fateful venture of doing a self-portrait…yikes!

The photo you see on the right is the ‘pose’ I wanted to portray — that ‘devil-may-care’/’caught-up-in-the-moment’ type look.  It was actually quite a hoot, in itself, to get the photo right but that’s another story.

The Self-Perception Abyss

For any artist out there who has ever embarked on a self portrait you’ll know all about the conflicts of the inner image that emerges like a festering pustule onto that innocent blank canvas.

“I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.” — Salvador Dali 

For those of you who don’t know what the hell I’m banging on about, it’s like this:  When you paint/draw yourself, you tend to subliminally extract or expound on your less desirable traits.  What deflates your self-image gets inflated with the brush.

Noses and Penises (I’ve always wanted to write that subheading!)

NosesEarly on in the game, Mike walked into my studio whilst I was busy — he stopped and looked long and hard at my work of art.  I thought it was getting on nicely.  He then turned to me and said, ‘You look like a man.’

Was it true?  Was my penis envy that transparent?

He went on, ‘For a start, your nose is way too big.’  I thought my nose was perfectly in order!  I have quite a big noggin and that is how I saw myself.  Mike assured me that I had a slightly distorted perception of my honker and I went back to the drawing board.

The Good, The Bad and the Darn Right Ugly!

You’re going to have a good laugh as I unveil the painting progress photographs and how many times I had to repaint my face as my husband constantly pointed out my somewhat warped sense of self.

MouthHowever, after the painting was finished I realized I had, by the end of the process, accepted who I was — imperfections and all!  I came to grips with all those idiosyncrasies that I thought were flaws and turned them into unique attributes.

My small mouth (of course, I’ve always lusted after those luscious lips of Angelina Jolie) didn’t seem so undesirable after all.  My ‘Roman’ nose (as was pointed out and made fun of constantly as a child) was full of character instead of an ugly blob on the landscape of my face.

“A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.” — John Singer Sargent

This painting turned out to be my self-image therapy.

The Painting Process Photograph Diary

Well, enough of me banging on about the painting…let me rather show you what transpired:

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The beginning stage is set and the canvas is painted black…2

In chalk, I outline the ‘Eye of God’ nebula and my frame…

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The ‘Eye of God’ get’s its colour…now it’s time to fill in that gold pattern:4

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With the pattern all done, it’s time to work on my least favourite part — skin tone!

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I love this photo, it’s SO creepy!  Tip:  Never walk in on an artist who is doing their first layer of skin tone…it’s the stuff nightmares are made of…lol.