Allowing the flow of energy in art.

Everything is flowing — going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks… While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood…in Nature’s warm heart.
– My First Summer in the Sierra (1911) chapter 10. – John Muir

Salt Spring Island Sunset with singing stones.
Singing Stones

Each of my paintings take on a life force of their own and tend to flow in the direction that they want to take…

While I was working on this painting, it became clear that the rocks in the foreground were sending out a very strong energetic vibration.

When we think of sacred spaces, temples, churches and stone circles like Stonehenge come to mind. Man made and amplifying the raw energy of a particular area.

All life forms are made up of the same minerals found in the rocks and stones of the earth. This is one of those places where the rocks sing and the vibration matches that of our own bodies, creating a space to rest and relax.

We can be affected by the energies of an area and some places cause discomfort as they alter our mood and connection with others. Seek places that make you feel good and energised whenever possible.

Breaking free from the prism to enlighten the soul.

Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.  – Richard Lovelace

As beings of light and energy, how do we follow our dreams and avoid being pulled down by the expectations of others?

In Amber – The Last Of The Honeybees. 24″ x 24″ oil on canvas.

This painting is for the bees –  the outer destruction of the planets ecosystem reflects a terrible devastation within each one of us.

We are “schooled” into cages while the doors stand wide open. Free to leave anytime… all it takes is courage!

The concrete, glass and steel nightmare of mega-cities and robotics are not mine and nor do they have to be yours. Control and manipulation by another’s vision occurs when we are to scared to dream our own.

The latest onslaught is to build us into a computer simulation. High rise apartments cut us off from the sun and rhythms of nature. Roads and paving ensure the efficient movement of energy, (us) in service.

As co-creators of a new vision, can we unite in a balanced way and work together like the bees to free our hearts and souls?

Slow art like slow food takes time to produce and digest.

“An artist is a person who performs certain things skillfully, but doesn’t really know how he does it. You learn art by methods that you don’t know how you learnt, you can’t describe, because your brain is capable of absorbing all kinds of information that is much too subtle to be translated into words.” – Alan Watts.

Salt Spring Island, wind in the grass
What is on the easel at present and still to be completed – Dancing in the wind- Salt Spring Island.

Alan Watts is correct, it is nearly impossible to describe the process. There are great teachers that can guide someone on the use of colour, design and technique. All these are important tools on the journey as an artist, ultimately that is where it often ends.

Ideas brought from I don’t know where spring spontaneously into being, it is hard to teach that to someone else when you are still exploring the process yourself. I therefore admire those who can bring greatness to another’s vision.

Some days everything flows and other days it is just paint going on top of paint. Ideas come unexpectedly in a matter of moments, driving creativity in a whole new direction.

Each painting takes many, many hours to complete.  There are times when analysis paralysis sets in with a waiting period for something to occur, before the painting begins to take shape. This is why my paintings are not inexpensive. The time and energy that goes into each piece is a labour of love that can never be retrieved.

All the paintings on this website are for sale and limited edition digital prints are available upon request.

Please contact me if any of my art speaks to your wild and imaginative soul.

Wasps

Yellow Jacket wasps
Every summer has its wasps – 11″ x 14″ ink on scratch-board

Oh synchronicity! Having just completed this scratch-board and ink drawing of wasps, one stung me on my hand.

Not a bad sting fortunately, only a tiny burning bump. I was sitting in the garden supposedly meditating while my monkey mind gibbered and absentmindedly brushed away what I thought was an ant.  Was this a note from the universe to cease and desist!

I came indoors and went online to social media as one often does and a post showed up calling wasps A**holes. Here was a perfect opportunity for showing this artwork.

Wasps are really beneficial to our environment, although a little short tempered. Any creature that can build such beautiful paper nests deserves respect.

Looking back, the drawing was inspired by a visitation in early March when I found one on my leg while painting. I have never seen them that early in the year. When a second one appeared in the windowsill it was time to pay attention and do the artwork.

All the paintings on this website are for sale and limited edition digital prints are available upon request.

Please contact me if any of my art speaks to your wild soul.

The Elementals

During our everyday journeys we meet with creatures that we are seldom aware of – maybe we should be?

Of water and land.

A combination of paintings inspired by the landscapes of British Columbia, Washington State , Oregon and South Africa.