Cezanne’s Art

‘Step into my world of the magical and mystical, the weird and the wonderful, the strange and surreal…’

I painted my collection ‘Nature’s Art‘ between 2009-10; most of my paintings have poems that compliment them, and 9 feature in my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘.  All are creative expressions of what I was learning at the time; how to meditate, and Universal Laws.

I was a blocked writer and artist for over 15 years; the book I credit with helping me unblock is ‘The Artist’s Way‘ by Julia Cameron; I’ve now developed the ‘Nurture Your Inner Child’ Retreat based on the techniques I learned in this book.  Watch this slide-show of my art, set to ‘Black Is…’ by Fertile Ground:

Another amazing thing happened while I was painting; I intuitively healed myself from the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a form of depression caused by lack of natural sunlight.  ‘SAD’ mainly affects people of colour because our high melanin content requires more vitamin D, which we get from the sun.  If you lack energy, feel moody, find it hard to motivate yourself, and generally feel ‘under the weather’, you could be suffering from SAD! I used to have these symptoms, but since hanging my paintings on the walls, I don’t feel ‘SAD’ at all!

This led me to study the effects of colours on the mind and emotions, known as ‘COLOUR THERAPY’.  I learned that colours have the ability to influence mood, perceptions and even the ability to concentrate.  For instance, red is known to stimulate the senses, while blue has a calming effect. So you see, my paintings aren’t just good to look at 👀,they will also have a positive effect on your mental and emotional well-being! Download them to your phone, tablet or PC and use them as a screensaver so you can benefit from the Colour Therapy and Love Energy in them! As a small exchange of energy, feel free to make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to enable me to provide a safe space for us to HEAL in the Gambia, or purchase your Limited Edition signed copy of Journey of a Sister which features my artwork and poetry…

Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly‘ is symbolic of ‘Transformation of the Mind’.  Before you can transform into the person you wish to become, your MIND has to go through a transformation!  My poem ‘The Black Butterfly Effect‘ compliments this painting, take a listen:

When you’re feeling drained of energy (especially during the cold winter months) the colour red provides power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Red is a passionate, stirring colour which relates to happiness, life and courage. It is a highly emotional and energizing colour.

 Download Black Butterfly to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, so you can benefit from the Colour Therapy in it!

‘Black Butterfly’ was used to illustrate the First Edition of my novel, and is featured in Year One and Year Seven of ‘Journey of a Sister’, order your copy below!DIVIDER

Wings of an Eagle

Wings of an Eagle‘ compliments ‘Black Butterfly’ – I was painting them both at the same time!   Both are 4′ x 5′ in size.  The stars are hand-applied diamentes.

In Year One of ‘Journey of a Sister’, the main character Suzanne has a dream based on these two paintings, and in Year 7, Charles has a dream based on ‘Wings of an Eagle‘!

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This one’s for the men; download Wings of an Eagle to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, and be inspired!

Make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to help me create a safe space for us to HEAL in the Gambia!

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‘My  King’

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My poem ‘The Preparation’ , was inspired by ‘My King’; I was staring at the painting while listening to The poem features in Year Two, and the painting in Year Five of ‘Journey of a Sister‘.

The Adinkra symbol used in ‘My King‘ (in gold) is from Ghana and is called OSRAM NE NSOROMMA meaning ‘the moon and the star’.  The star represents the masculine principle, and the moon the feminine principle.

It is the symbol of LOVE, FAITHULNESS, LOYALTY, BENEVOLENCE, and FEMININE ESSENCE OF LIFE.

Download My King to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, so you can benefit from the Love Energy in it!

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Self Love

This is the first image that came to me in a ‘flash’ of inspiration:  I was about to fall asleep one spring night in 2009, when the image just flashed in my mind!  It was as if it left an impression, because even though it was only for a split second, I was able to remember and draw all the detail.  It took me three attemps to get it right:

from this:

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to this:

My poem ‘Fertile Soil’  compliments ‘Self Love’

Self Love is symbolic of your MIND being a GARDEN, and your THOUGHTS being the SEEDS; in order to keep the garden of your mind well cultivated, you must uproot negative thought-weeds, and replace them with positive thought-seeds.  I used Self Love to illustrate Year Three of my Self-help novel Journey of a Sister, which explains this concept in greater detail. It also illustrates the front cover of my Seeds of Love’ Book of Lyrics (You can listen to the poems on the Journey of a Sister YouTube channel) 

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Symbolism and Colours 

The blue sky represents inner peace and harmony. Blue is a mentally-relaxing colour, which has a pacifying effect on the nervous system and brings great relaxation.

Yellow has the power of the sun and gives clarity of thought, increases awareness, and stimulates interest and curiosity.  The sun represents the ‘solar plexus’, (solar meaning ‘of the sun’) which is the organ of your subconscious mind.   Its purpose, among other things, is to distribute energy to the body, and radiate energy from the body.  When you are generating enough energy, you become magnetic (also known as ‘personal magnetism’), represented by white light around her.

The colour green relaxes muscles, nerves, and thoughts. It cleanses and balances our energy, to give a feeling of renewal, peace and harmony. Green connects us to nature, unconditional love, and is used for balancing our whole being. Green is associated with the heart chakra, and when we concentrate on the colour green, it attracts whatever we need to feel nurtured and calm. The green stems and leaves represent a relaxed mind and body, and unconditional love for Self.

The woman emerging from the tulip is ‘blossoming’, as she learns how to uproot negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. ‘Blossoming’ also means ‘prospering’.

Download Self Love to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, so you can benefit from the Colour Therapy in it!

Make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to help me create a safe space for us to HEAL!

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Blue Lotus 

 My poem ‘Equilibrium’  compliments ‘Blue Lotus’, both the poem and painting feature in Year Four of Journey of a Sister:

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The Blue Lotus flower is native to the River Nile in Egypt.  I chose to paint the Blue Lotus rather than the more popular White Lotus because the Blue Lotus rises and opens at dawn, and at night closes and sinks underwater (whereas the White Lotus is a night-blooming plant).   The ancient Egyptians recognized it as a symbol of the sun, and of creation and rebirth.

The woman is seated in the Full Lotus, an advanced yoga position named after the flower. Part of the power and effectiveness of the Lotus Position comes from the triangular shape the body assumes. Many Eastern cultures believe that a triangle shape, such as those of the pyramids of Egypt, harnesses life energy.  By turning your body into a mini-pyramid, you can tap into this mystical energy and stay grounded at the same time.  Triangles symbolize knowledge, will, and action – three key aspects of Yoga practice.  To work your way up to this very advanced pose, it is said that you should ‘let your Lotus bloom slowly’.

The ancient Egyptians used to use the lotus flower as a tremendous resource for meditation, dream interpretation, creative art, spiritual healing, and esoteric study.  In fact, the essence from this flower helps to accelerate spiritual evolvement and enhance healing on every level within the system.

The Nautilus Shell is a powerful symbol of spiritual unfolding.

The Nautilus shell in my painting is symbolic of expansion; The sea animal that lives in this shell must constantly throughout its life, create a new chamber as it outgrows each existing one.  The increasingly larger chambers form what is known as a ‘logarithmic spiral’.  The nautilus can never go back to a previous one as it would no longer fit. The chambers are symbolic of our own spiritual growth; as we journey on our path of spiritual development, we must always be moving forwards, never backwards.  We change, renew ourselves and are transformed over time.

Expand your MIND!

Download Blue Lotus to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, so you can benefit from the calming Colour Therapy in it!

Make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to help me create a safe space for us to HEAL!

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Black Orchid

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‘Black Orchid’ was inspired by the above black-and-white photocopy which I found lying around at a friends house; as I studied it, I could see what looked to me like a woman’s body in a long, flowing dress (bottom left) which was the starting point for the whole composition!

I used ‘Black Orchid’ to illustrate the ‘Manifestation Process’ in Year Six of Journey of a Sister: When you plant a thought-seed of desire in your mind, there’s a process it has to go through, it takes TIME before you eventually see the full blossom! (The black background represents the dark soil of your subconscious mind, into which the seed is planted). Trust the Process! 

Download Black Orchid to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, so you can benefit from the Colour Therapy in it!

Make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to help me create a safe space for us to HEAL!

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‘Moondance’

‘Moondance’ was inspired by this poster I saw on the underground advertising the Royal Ballet:

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I was also inspired to try painting see-through cloth after visiting the National Portrait Gallery.  I painted over the second version of ‘Self Love’.  To me, Moondance represents Mental Freedom:

‘To be mentally free is to think and act for your Self, without overlapping other people’s thoughts and ideas over your own.’ 

‘Moondance’ features in Year 12 of Journey of a Sister, with a short poem.

Download Moondance to your phone, tablet or PC as a screensaver, for a daily reminder to be open to the abunDANCE of the universe!

Make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to help me create a safe space for us to HEAL!

Love Bump

I was relaxing on the sofa listening to the track ‘Fertile Ground’ by Fertile Ground (one of my favourite indie groups) when this image just flashed in my mind!  Just like ‘Self Love‘, it left an impression on my mind, and I was able to draw all the detail. However, it took about three months for me to get around to painting it because I  couldn’t relate to it; I wasn’t feeling broody, and if you’ve read my book, you’ll know I’m not one for a ‘white wedding’!

Funnily enough, this is the painting that people comment on the most; it is a positive image of Black Love, and Commitment to raising a family in Love and Unity.

My poem ‘Love Attraction’ compliments this painting:

‘Love Bump’ illustrates Year 11 of ‘Journey of a Sister‘, where Suzanne and Charles are finally celebrating their first year of wedded bliss, and the imminent birth of their first child together!  

Download Love Bump to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, so you can benefit from the Love Energy & Colour Therapy in it!

Make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to help me create a safe space for us to HEAL! (Or buy the book)

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‘Trust’

‘We’re in a place where love flows freely….’

Trust‘ is the title of both my poem-song and painting;  the poem features in Year Two of Journey of a Sister, while the painting features in Year Twelve.  

Download Trust to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, so you can benefit from the Love Energy & Colour Therapy in it!

Make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to help me create a safe space for us to HEAL!  (To contribute using Paypal: www.paypal.me/cezanne121)

Prefer Prints?

Order your set of 9 A3 Prints for £29.99 (UK only) with FREE postage!

1) Black Butterfly, 2) Black Orchid, 2) Self Love, 4) My King, 5) Blue Lotus, 6) Love Bump,  7) Trust 8) Moondance and 9) Wings of an Eagle  set of 9 glossy A3 Prints which you can frame and put on your walls to brighten your home, office or venue – they make great gifts too!  (They come rolled in a tube for easy transport).

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‘My  Inner Child’

And last but not least, the first painting I did when I unblocked as an artist (after 20 years) was of my inner child:

Cezanne’s mission is to ‘Spread LOVE through Creativity‘! 

Listen to my poem ‘My Artist Child‘ (Parts 1 & 2) which explains the uncomfortable process I went through in allowing my inner child the unhibited freedom she craved to create!

Download My Inner Child to your phone, tablet or PC and use the screensaver as a reminder to nurture your inner child!

You can also read The Story of My Inner Child on this website, and join me on the Nurture Your Inner Child Retreat in the Gambia!

  Here’s a short video of me talking about my art at the Art of Tottenham Exhibition (2012) courtesy of BlackVisionsTV:

(Click on the image above to order the First Edition, ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’)

Order your Limited Edition signed paperback of the Revised Edition, Journey of a Sister which includes TWO NEW CHAPTERS!  (For more info and to read Year One FREE visit the Books page)

Download my ebook to learn more about the Colour Therapy & Symbolism used in my paintings (FREE if you’re an Amazon Prime Member or just 0.99):

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