Spring Buddha

Spring Buddha

This painting started off as a black and white painting, with the intention of repeating a project I have been enjoying, Zendoodles. I had drawn a Buddha as a Zendoodle and I wanted to carry out the same idea on canvas with acrylic paint, it lasted for a day, and then I sneaked in a bit of colour, and then another and another, and the painting took over, and became an expression of the coming Spring. I noticed that the colours coming through were expressing themselves to match the yellows and greens of…continue reading →
Zendoodles

Zendoodles

Doodles, zendoodles, zentangles and zendalas, all encompass the relaxing art of doodling. Doodling seems to have been with us from the very beginning, we are always making patterns in our imaginations. When we are staring idly at the clouds, creating delightful shapes meandering across the blue sky, or making hand-shadows on the walls, the quacking duck that delights us as children or the scary spider as our hands crawl menacingly across the ceiling, ending in shrieks and hiding under the bedclothes. Scribbling away on our jotters at school, marking the desks, graffiti on…continue reading →

Lotus Blossom

This painting took a while to complete, interruptions kept coming and it would sit for a few days, even a few weeks, and I would return again, trying to find the flow. My original intention was to show the lotus blossom within the heart of the Buddha, interlinked with all of Nature. I practice tai-chi and as the painting progressed, my understanding increases of the feel of the chi, playing within the dance, the energy links all within and without. The aura, the energy that surrounds us is the chi, learning that in…continue reading →
Twitter Art Exhibition

Twitter Art Exhibition

I'm really pleased to be taking part in an exhibition which raises money for charity by inviting artists to contribute a handmade postcard of their art. Top marks to the organisers, it's a great idea! I've taken part in various projects like this before and it always enthuses me. I love seeing the collective movement of the participating artists who are suddenly brought together from all over the world to collaborate in a project. Details and links below for anybody who is interested in participating: TWITTER ART EXHIBIT: LOS ANGELES WHAT  Twitter Art Exhibit:…continue reading →
Dancing with Rainbows

Dancing with Rainbows

Dancing with Rainbows This painting happened during a particular chaotic period when major changes were taking place. I followed the painting where it wanted to go, colour became the main focus. I wanted to make the painting brighter and brighter, finally abandoning the work when I felt I was just going over and over the colours. I laughed when I read the following quote, realising it to be so true. An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it. ~Paul Valéry Rainbow dancing swirling forth Calm within chaos Changing energy explodes!continue reading →
Rainbow Buddha

Rainbow Buddha

Rainbow Buddha Rainbow Buddha was an experiment to use as many bright, primary colours as possible. I wanted it to be a relatively quick painting, with bold, colourful strokes, using colours reminiscent of a rainbow A beautiful double-rainbow after an April shower. The sheer amount of light the rainbow showered over the houses wasn't picked up by the naked eye, it was a pleasant surprise that the camera had captured this illuminance of light.continue reading →
Art Step by Step

Art Step by Step

Art Step by Step I wanted to keep a record of this painting step-by-step, allowing me to view the different stages and its development. When doing a painting of this kind, I only begin with a very basic concept of what I would like to paint…in this case, I had envisioned a Buddha sitting under a tree. From that basic premise, the work begins. I like to allow the painting to flow where it wants to go, and when I see a pattern developing, I try to develop it. The paintings have meaning…continue reading →