“Step into my world of the magical and mystical, the weird and the wonderful, the strange and surreal….”
I painted my first collection Nature’s Art between 2009-10, inspired by my early morning walks in the park. At the time I was learning how to meditate, and my paintings became creative expressions of my journey. I chose the colours intuitively, and in the process, healed myself from Seasonal Affective Disorder (a form of depression caused by lack of natural sunlight). This led me to study Colour Therapy. Eight of my paintings illustrate my novel, so you’ll be healing yourself in more ways than one as you read!
In this short video I explain the symbolism in my paintings at the Art of Tottenham Exhibition (2013), courtesy of BlackVisions TV. The book has since gone through it’s own transformation: The First Edition was titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!‘ and ended at Year 11. In 2016 I added two new chapters and re-titled it Journey of a Sister! 👇🏾
Feel free to download my art to your phone, tablet or PC and use them as screensavers so you can benefit from the Colour Therapy and Love Energy in them! 💞
Some of my paintings have complimentary poems and poem-songs, you can listen to them on this page by clicking on ‘listen in browser’ – enjoy!
‘Reach for the moon, even if you miss it, you will land amongst the stars’
Black Butterfly is symbolic of ‘transformation of the MIND’. My poem ‘The Black Butterfly Effect‘ explains this process using the metaphor of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly (click on ‘listen in browser’ to stay on this page):
Back in the 80’s I used to listen to a song called ‘Black Butterfly‘ by Sounds of Blackness a lot! It must have made an impression on my subconscious mind:
‘Black Butterfly, you can do most anything your heart desires, freedom comes with understanding who you are, it’s time to reclaim your place among the stars, spread your wings and fly!’
Download Black Butterfly to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver to reMIND yourself to stay focused on your heart’s desires; the sky is no limit – aim higher!
In Year One of Journey of a Sister, Suzanne has a dream based on ‘Black Butterfly‘ and the following painting:
Wings of an Eagle
Wings of an Eagle compliments Black Butterfly – I painted them both at the same time! If you were to put them on your wall, Wings of an Eagle should be hung a few inches below Black Butterfly to the right, as if he’s looking up at her.
When I was in my thirties I had a profound lucid dream; I was standing on the ledge of a high-rise building – if my foot slipped, I would fall and splatter unto the street below! I noticed a man with huge wings standing to my left on safe ground, watching me. Just as my foot slipped and I started free-falling, the angel swooped down and caught me, and placed me where he had been standing – then he was gone. In Year Seven of Journey of a Sister, Charles has this dream!
Recently, I discovered that the angel who governs my birthday is called ‘Sehaliah‘, and the scripture I should say when I want to contact my angel is “When I said my foot is slipping, your Mercy oh Lord upheld me”.
Download Wings of an Eagle to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver to remind you to ‘Fly Like an Eagle‘. Seal’s song of the same title, and R. Kelly’s song ‘I Believe I Can Fly‘ both compliment this painting.
While I was doing my paintings I also collaborated with acoustic guitarist Theo Calliste. One day I sat staring at my painting ‘My King‘, and listening to one of his compositions, which inspired me to write The Preparation. (listen in browser to stay on this page):
The poem-song features in Year Two, and the painting in Year Five of Journey of a Sister.
The Ghanaian Adinkra symbol (in gold) is called OSRAM NE NSOROMMA meaning ‘the moon and the sun’. The sun 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.
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! (Both ‘My King‘ and ‘My Queen‘ greeting cards are available from my Greeting Cards Universe store, link below).
This is the first image that came to me in a ‘flash’ of inspiration: I was about to fall asleep one Spring evening 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 draw all the detail. It took me three attemps to get it right:
The woman emerging from the tulip is ‘blossoming’, as she learns how to uproot negative thought-weeds and replace them with positive thought-seeds (‘blossoming’ also means ‘prospering’).
My poem-song ‘Fertile Soil’ compliments Self Love (listen in browser):
Self Love is a reMINDer that our MIND is a GARDEN, and our THOUGHTS are the SEEDS; in order to keep the garden of our mind well cultivated, we must up-root negative thought-weeds, and replace them with positive thought-seeds, and nip those negative thoughts in the BUD! I used Self Love to illustrate Year Three of Journey of a Sister, which explains this concept in greater detail.
Self Love also illustrates the front cover of my Book of Lyrics ‘Seeds of Love’.
The Blue Lotus is a flower of ‘Awakening’. In ancient Egypt, this sacred flower represented regeneration, as the plant is rooted in the mud, yet rises to blossom, pure and unspoiled, each day. To me, this represents the challenges we face in life, yet each new day is an opportunity for growth through our experiences.
My poem-song Equilibrium compliments Blue Lotus (listen in browser): Both feature in Year Four of Journey of a Sister:
The Blue Lotus flower is native to the River Nile in Egypt; its roots are buried in the mud, which symbolizes our thoughts rooted deeply in our subconscious. The water represents the sea of consciousness our thoughts originate from. I chose to paint the Blue Lotus rather than the more popular White Lotus because the Blue Lotus rises and opens at dawn (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 the fresh 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 inside this shell must constantly 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 the previous chamber as it would no longer fit. This is symbolic of our own spiritual growth; as we journey on our path of spiritual development, we must always be moving forwards, never backwards.
Expand your MIND!
Keep calm and download Blue Lotus to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver, so you can benefit from the calming blue Colour Therapy in it!
Read my blog post: ‘The Blue Lotus Feet of the Divine Mother‘
Black Orchid was inspired by the above black-and-white photocopy which I found lying around at Theo’s 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 is what sparked the whole composition!
I used Black Orchid to illustrate the ‘Manifestation Process’ in Year Six of Journey of a Sister: The black background represents the dark soil of your subconscious mind. Your thoughts are the seeds which are planted in your subconscious; it takes a while before you begin to see the results of the thoughts you are planting, just like when planting flowers. Eventually, a shoot appears above ground (your outer world) and you soon see the full blossom! This is when your original idea comes to full fruition, or harvest – Trust the Process!
I titled this painting ‘Black Orchid‘ but later found out that it’s actually a Morning Glory flower! In 2019 I discovered that the High John the Conqueror Root is from the root of this flower, and that the seeds have a similar effect to LSD, naturally.
‘Moondance’ was inspired by this poster I saw on the underground advertising the Royal Ballet:👇🏾
I painted over my second attempt at Self Love to create ‘Moondance‘, which is symbolic of 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.’
Download Moondance to your phone, tablet or PC as a screensaver, for a daily reMINDer to be open to the abunDANCE of the universe!
I was relaxing on the sofa with my eyes closed listening to a song by one of my favourite indie groups, ‘Fertile Ground‘, 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. It took around three months for me to get around to painting it though, 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’!
While I was writing ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ I got the revelation – it’s a Law of Attraction tool! If it’s your desire to attract your soul mate, get married and start a family, use this painting as a focal point, and imagine that you are the man or woman in this painting. Feel the emotions of being in that situation as if it’s happening NOW, and leave it to the universe to MANifest your desires, while you prepare for him/her!
My poem-song ‘Love Attraction’ explains how to prepare to meet your soulmate and compliments Love Bump (listen in browser):
Love Bump illustrates Year 11 of Journey of a Sister, where Suzanne and Charles are 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 to focus on attracting your soul mate, and to benefit from the Love Energy in it!
‘We’re in a place where love flows freely….’
My poem-song Trust compliments my painting of the same title, click ‘listen in browser’ to stay on this page:
The poem-song 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!
Exchanging Energy! 💞
Money is energy! To share yours with me, order your personally signed LIMITED EDITION paperback (only 1,000 will be printed with my artwork in full colour) or donate to my film project, all contributions are gratefully received, thank you! 🎬
My Inner Child
And last but not least, the first painting I did when I unblocked as an artist (after 15 years) was of my inner child:
The book I credit with helping me unblock as a Writer and Artist is ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron. The following poem (inspired by the book) explains the inner struggle I went through to set my inner child free:
Cezanne (my artist) is a child.
I call to her, and she answers me
With a poem, a dance, and a squiggle-diddy!
She loves to be free, my artist
Free to explore her creativity
With no limitations or boundaries
So what’s stopping her? ME.
Yes ME, the adult
Constrained in what I can see
Stuck in my blocks and adult mentality;
“You can’t do that!” I scold
As she tries to break free.
“I WANT TO PAINT!” she says 🎨🖌
“NO!” I reply,
Frightened of what she may tell of me
As she paints away freely.
“I WANT TO WRITE!” she cries 📖✍🏾
“NO, NO!!” I squeal,
At the thought of MY thoughts on paper, she may reveal!
“I WANT TO DANCE!” she pleads 💃🏾
“NO, NO, NO!!!” my senses scream
At your age, start to….PRANCE?
“PLEASE, CAN I SING?” she begs. 👩🏿🎤
She wants to paint!
She wants to write!
She wants to dance!
She wants to sing!
How can I deny my artist-child these things?
How can I refuse her the right
To be free to express her creativity?
So, I give her the paints – and the time of day.
I give her the dance classes she’s always craved.
I allow her to write when her spirit takes
And to sing, yes to sing with the voice that God gave!
I take her out on our ‘Artist Date’
And feed her images for her to relate
Back to her play-play-work-day
Now my child, GO and CREATE!
Download My Inner Child to your phone, tablet or PC as a reminder to nurture your inner child!
I created this slide-show of my art for your enjoyment, with music by Fertile Ground titled ‘Black Is…‘:
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In your service,
Self-taught Visual & Spoken Word Artist | Author | Soul Purpose Tribe Leader
Touching the Heart…through Art!