The Art of Pastel Poppies — Come See the Photo Process

It’s been a while since I did an art blog and it’s been an even longer while since I did one of my pastel poppy drawings (it’s actually been years! I’ve been mostly painting in acrylic these days).

I missed using pastels so I decided to do a BIG poppy artwork and photograph the process so you can glimpse it taking shape.

Here are the photo’s (it took me close to 2 months to finish — I certainly took my time! lol):

Stage 1: It begins…flowers are laid out first, then I fill in the background pattern

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Stage 2: More poppies are added to the mix

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Stage 3: The background is completed and detail has been added to the poppies. I was working outdoors for more light (you can see the famous R62 in the background 😉

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Stage 4: It’s finished (and so am I! lol…)

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For all you art enthusiasts who simply must have the original — you’re in luck! It’s still available through Saatchiclick HERE or click on picture below (you’ll also find excellent quality prints at Saatchi to suit your pocket and needs).

For those on a tighter budget — no worries — you can get high quality prints (or perhaps you fancy a cushion cover or iPhone skin?) by clicking HERE. An extra large photographic print is under $46!!! There are lots of print options available as well as products and clothing with this design on — there’s nothing more fabulous than wearing the art you love! ❤

Stage 6 Finished

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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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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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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

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Rock Art 2

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Rock Art 3

Read more about this ‘Jeff Buckley’ painting here:

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Rock Art 4

Read more about this ‘Pink Floyd’ painting here:

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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!

What on Earth is a ‘Chaoskampf Demiurge’? You Seriously Need to Know This!

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:

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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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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.

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Back in the Studio

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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!):

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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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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!

Never Ending Supply

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.

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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If you would prefer to get this as a ready-made poster — available in many different sizes to suit just about any pocket — click on the picture above

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Catch up on last weeks Rock Art Series Painting no. 6 reveal HERE.

2010_10150014Now you’ve seen the painting, how did I get to the title and what led me to paint the very odd scene depicting pond-scum, moon goddesses, a phoenix and a serpent — just to name a few?!

Battling the Chaos

Chaoskampf is German for the struggle against chaos — demiurge means ‘god’.

What in the blazes is this painting about?

Come stumble down the rabbit-hole with me on this, the most outlandish rock art adventure yet!

The Emotions Whilst Painting

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‘Chaoskampf Demiurge’ by Cherie Roe Dirksen — Rock Art Painting no. 6 (Templeton)

Now, if you’ve just joined this Rock Art journey, let me fill you in on it a bit:  I paint to the music of the selected artist (in this case, Templeton) and paint whatever comes to me in the process (a kind of meditative, ‘mindless’ painting).

I jotted down, on the side of the canvas stretcher, the emotions being stirred whilst I put paint and various bits of other matter to canvas.  It went something like this:

  • Strength
  • Powerful
  • Humble
  • Life by Design
  • Life by Desire
  • Fire/Flame/Phoenix
  • Sea of Emotion
  • Passion
  • Passivity

A lot of these emotions seem dichotomous.  Thing is, I think this painting is essentially about dichotomy and the duality of life — especially the ‘light’ and the ‘dark’. This seems to represent the power struggle of two opposing sides.

Breaking it Down and Dipping into Legend

2So, we have a bevy of beautiful, wistful goddesses bathing in moonlight on the upper left hand side of the painting — a very poignant display of femininity.

We have a pond (no, it’s not a ‘cosmic’ scene as such — I checked in with spirit right at the end and was told this upper part of the painting is water.  I therefore did a blue glass paint wash over it, so in the flesh, it looks more fluid) — the water is imbued with binary code (like in the Matrix), infinity symbols (8) and what looks like giant eyeballs.

1The ‘eyeballs’ feel to me like clusters of cells — the start of life — especially as the serpent of chaos seems to be electrifying it into existence.  Alternatively, the serpent could be giving ‘shock treatment’ to the organism, inducing a perpetual state of amnesia to its true state of divinity.  Hmmm…

Speaking of the little green dude — the serpent, I am quite convinced is our very own Apophis (read more about Apophis — Serpent of Chaos — HERE). He could also be a quantum representation of our dear (sarcasm) Brotherhood of the Serpent (BOTS) — the theorized oppressors of our very existence on this planet.

4In the bottom right-hand corner we have half of what looks like a vortex/void with balls of light/essence of life-forms/spirit being shot out of its center.

Finally, we have a great ruddy phoenix in the middle!  What a surprise that was for me…this painting looks like a lethal cocktail!  Feathers everywhere!

The Rise of the Phoenix

The Phoenix is a mythological creature that lives a long time and is reborn from its own ashes in a cyclical death and rebirth loop.

It is considered ‘the Royal bird’ and is also associated with the sun (in Egypt the bird god, Bennu is linked with being a phoenix). You can read more about the phoenix HERE.

Could the position of this bird in the painting be humankinds hope?  The ability of the pure gold nature of the human spirit rising up to reclaim its sovereignty and put order to chaos?

A Jewish Extraction

I found this excerpt from a site called monstropedia.org — rather interestingly, it states:

In Jewish legend, the phoenix’s name is Milcham. According to tradition, after Eve ate the forbidden fruit, she became jealous of the immortality and purity of the other creatures in the garden. Eventually, she persuaded all the animals except the phoenix to share in her fallen state by eating from the forbidden tree. God rewarded the phoenix by setting him up in a walled city where he could live in great peace for 1000 years. At the end of every 1000-year period, the bird is consumed by fire and reborn from an egg found in its ashes. One variation of this Jewish legend states that at the end of each 1000-year period, the phoenix’s body becomes small and featherless like a baby’s and then he grows up all over again. In any case, the Angel of Death may never touch him.”

The Meaning and Beginning…

So, I think this picture is about our rise against chaos.

The human spirit must be victorious over our ‘invisible’ oppressors and all the illusions they have woven into the fabric of our matrix.

We are standing on the precipice — we must start to own our lives, take responsibility, realize our own divinity and power and take flight.  *Squawk!*

Stick it to the man, people!  We control our destinies and we are sovereign over our existence.  We create our lives, hell, we created the multiverses!!!  Get with the program and claim your divine rights!  Pull yourself out of the ashes and rise — make your stand.

Honouring the Legend

Copy of DSCF2989I give much thanks to the awesome musical and cosmic talents of Templeton — without which I would not have been able to probe into the depths of these mysterious legends.

I have often spoken to him about where he gets his musical inspiration from and he tells me that most of it is channeled.  He explained ‘it’s like getting downloads from the universe in the packages and forms of songs — melodies and lyrics’.

To sample more tasty tunes and get up to speed on information of this delicious man, please visit www.templetonuniverse.com.

You can hear his songs at Soundcloud by following this link: LISTEN HERE FOR FREE

Or you can view and listen to this talent by watching the YouTube videos below:




Listen to the whole ‘Headspace’ album here:

Templeton’s Amazon album downloads below:

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Rock Art Series — The Beatles

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

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‘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

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

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