‘Step into my world of the magical and mystical, the weird and the wonderful, the strange and surreal…’
Inspired by my nature, I painted my first collection ‘Nature’s Art‘ between 2009-10; nine of my paintings have been used to illustrate my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘, some also have a complimentary poem. However, I put this slide-show of my art together with the song ‘Black Is…’ by one of my favourite indie groups, Fertile Ground:
How I Healed Myself from Seasonal Affective Disorder
An extraordinary 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’re not getting enough natural sunlight you may lack energy, feel moody, find it hard to motivate yourself, and generally feel ‘under the weather’. 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’, which I now teach on my Retreats. 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 too! As an exchange of energy, make a contribution to The Self❤Love Retreat Fund to enable me to set up a Retreat Home in the Gambia, and offer subsidized places on my Retreats!
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.
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‘Black Butterfly’ was used to illustrate the First Edition of my novel, ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’ and also features in Year One and Year Seven of ‘Journey of a Sister’, you can order your copy of both books below!
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‘!
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!
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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 represents the feminine principle.
It is the symbol of LOVE, FAITHULNESS, LOYALTY, BENEVOLENCE, and FEMININE ESSENCE OF LIFE.
I painted ‘My King’ first, and the words to ‘The Preparation’ was inspired by it! I was staring at the painting while listening to music by Theo Calliste (I wrote lyrics to 11 of his compositions) and the words just flowed with the music! The poem features in Year Two, and the painting in Year Five of ‘Journey of a Sister‘.
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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:
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)
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’.
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My poem ‘Equilibrium’ compliments ‘Blue Lotus’, both the poem and painting feature in Year Four of Journey of a Sister:
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!‘
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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: Your thoughts are seeds which gets planted in your subconscious mind, and there’s a process they go through before you eventually see the full blossom! (The black background represents the dark soil of your subconscious mind). Trust the Process!
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‘Moondance’ was inspired by this poster I saw on the underground advertising the Royal Ballet:
I was also inspired to try painting see-through cloth after visiting the National Portrait Gallery. 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 (only in the paperback).
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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 novel, you’ll know I’m not one for a ‘white wedding’!
Funnily enough, this is the painting that people comment on the most; it portrays 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…
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‘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.
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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:
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 needed to create!
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Here’s a short video of me talking about my art at the Art of Tottenham Exhibition (2012) courtesy of BlackVisionsTV:
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