Buddha-Healing Energy

Buddha-Healing Energy

Buddha-Healing Energy My obsession with painting the Buddha's and to try to portray and capture the Energy continues. The original idea for this painting began with the concept of the Chakra's and metamorphosed into a painting that expresses the power of healing energy through the symbolism of a Loving Buddha. I would like to say that I painted it whilst listening to meditative, relaxing music, but in reality, I painted it whilst listening to an audio book of The Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, in which I enjoyed the words of another wise…continue reading →
Patchwork Tote Bag

Patchwork Tote Bag

First Tote Bag My first tote bag is made from fabric scraps & patchwork, very simple pattern. I decided I wanted colour and  for the bag to be lined. Was it difficult, yes! A natural sewer would have made it within a day or much less, but for myself it was a labour of three weeks! Hours of concentration, and I still didn't understand the instructions for turning the bag inside out and feeding the straps through, so ended up sewing the handles inside the completed bag. Found a great 'how to' video…continue reading →

Wall Hangings

Collection of Wall Hangings A selection of some of my wall hangings painted on primed canvas roll. Once the painting is complete I cover the raw edges with binding decorated with attractive ribbon, I choose the ribbon to compliment the painting. I use bamboo rods through the top sleeve to hang them and through the bottom sleeve to give the wall hanging weight.  There is no backing on the canvas. The painting can also be adhered to a backboard and framed, however I personally prefer to keep them as wall hangings.  I like…continue reading →
African Art Quilt

African Art Quilt

African Art Quilt This is another older piece of artwork rescued and turned into an art quilt. The image is based totally on an artwork I admired, (original by Tony Hudson). This one was first done during an experiment with fabric crayons, but they really didn't give me the strength of colour I wanted, so it was abandoned and laid away (for a rainy day)...or in this case, a particularly dry spell when my painting isn't flowing! So I went over the painting with acrylics to strengthen the colours, then just enjoyed finding…continue reading →
Another Art Quilt

Another Art Quilt

I'm enjoying this new hobby and they're great for when I've no time to paint. I don't lay-out the whole quilt, but rather, I put 2/3 pieces together each time. They remind me of my mosaics or doing a jigsaw, just building up the whole, piece-by-piece. They're great for when I haven't got time to paint because I can spend an half-hour here and there just piecing bits of fabric together and then leave it until I have another half-hour spare. Whereas, when I'm painting I like to spend time to absorb myself…continue reading →
Celtic Blessings

Celtic Blessings

A Celtic Blessing May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rain fall soft upon your field; And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. (Traditional Celtic Blessing) Protection and Grace The love and affection of the angels be to you, The love and affection of the saints be to you, The love and affection of heaven be to you, To guard and to cherish you. May God…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 →
Mosaics

Mosaics

Mosaics I spent a whole summer making my first mosaic, I was hooked! I began looking for ‘found objects’, collecting little bits of glass found on the beach, enamelled pieces, crystals, experimenting to see what worked. It was thoroughly enjoyable, intensive, compulsive, obsessive..I would keep just adding another little piece, watching the space slowly fill..in some ways they remind me of the jigsaws I used to enjoy doing as a child, the fascination of watching an image form, a drive towards completion. Mosaics Gallery A good site for mosaics: Joy of Shardscontinue reading →
Site News

Site News

Welcome to Crystal Galleries the beginning… Due to technical difficulties my site crashed and I lost all content, 3 years work gone in an instant! I felt as though I had lost a friend, a daily companion, so much work had been done. A web-site feels like a work of art, the artist works on it, builds it into their own unique creation, and to lose it felt like losing a piece of art, so personal. Best to walk away, sleep on it, which is what I did. In the morning I had…continue reading →