“Step into my world of the magical and mystical, the weird and the wonderful, the strange and surreal….”
During 2009-10 I painted my first collection ‘Nature’s Art‘. At the time I was learning how to meditate, and was on a strict organic vegan diet. I would go to the park at 6am every morning, and would spend hours each day with my eyes closed in a deep meditative state. This enabled me to tap into the natural DMT in my brain; I began seeing images and getting ‘downloads’. I also chose the colours for my paintings intuitively, and in the process of painting, healed myself from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression caused by lack of natural sunlight. This led me to study COLOUR THERAPY which I now teach in workshops and on my Retreats. 9 of my paintings have been used to illustrate Journey of a Sister.
You can 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! I wrote poem-songs to compliment some of my paintings, which you can listen to on this page by clicking ‘listen in browser’.
‘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 the process of transformation (click on ‘listen in browser’ to stay on this page so you can look at the painting while listening):
At this point in my journey I learned that whatever thoughts I repeatedly impress upon my subconscious mind, go out into the universe and leave an impression on the screen of space, and are then reflected back to me as conditions, experiences and events.
In the 90’s I used to listen to a song by Sounds of Blackness a lot, called ‘Black Butterfly’:
‘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!’
When you’re feeling drained of energy 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. In Year One of Journey of a Sister, Suzanne has a dream based on ‘Black Butterfly‘. (Download the e-book FREE at the bottom of this page).
Sistars! Download Black Butterfly to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver to reMIND your Self to stay focused on your heart’s desires; the sky is no limit – aim higher!
‘Wings of an Eagle’
‘Wings of an Eagle‘ compliments ‘Black Butterfly’ – I painted them both at the same time! The stars on both paintings are hand-applied diamentes. If you were to order canvas prints of the set, 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 younger, I had a really profound dream of standing on the ledge of a high-rise building. I must have been about 100 floors up, and I could feel my foot slipping. I noticed a man with huge wings standing to my left on safe ground. As my foot slipped and I began to fall, the angel swooped down and caught me, and placed me where he had been standing, then he was gone. (Charles has the dream in my novel).
Recently, I discovered that the angel that 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’.
In Year One of ‘Journey of a Sister’, the protagonist Suzanne has a dream based on these two paintings, and in Year 7, the antagonist Charles has a dream based on ‘Wings of an Eagle‘! Both paintings represent being open to the abundance of the universe, and aspiration.
Brothers! Download Wings of an Eagle to your phone, tablet or PC and use it as a screensaver for a daily reminder to ‘Fly Like an Eagle‘ (listen Seal’s song, and ‘I Believe I Can Fly‘ by R. Kelly).
My poem-song ‘The Preparation’ compliments ‘My King‘. One day I was listening to an instrumental by acoustic guitarist Theo Calliste while focused on the painting, and the words just flowed! (listen in browser to stay on this page):
The poem-song features in Year Two, and the painting features in Year Five of ‘Journey of a Sister‘.
The Adinkra symbol 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.
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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 draw all the detail. It took me three attemps to get it right though:
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 first poetry collection ‘Seeds of Love’ – all 13 poems feature in Journey of a Sister (you can listen to more poems on the Poetry page, and get the Book of Lyrics)
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 the 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 also 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-song ‘Equilibrium’ compliments ‘Blue Lotus’ (listen in browser): Both teature 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 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!‘
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 Colour Therapy in it!
‘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 is what inspired 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 get planted in the dark soil of your subconscious mind; it can take a while before you even begin to see a shoot appear above ground, and eventually, you’ll see the full blossom! (This is when your original idea comes to full fruition, or harvest). The black background represents the dark soil of your subconscious mind. Trust the process!
‘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 in itself is symbolic. 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).
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 called ‘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. It took about three months before I got around to painting it, because I couldn’t relate; I wasn’t feeling broody, and if you’ve read Journey of a Sister, you’ll know I’m not one for a traditional ‘white wedding’!
While I was writing ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’, the significance of this painting became clear – it’s a Law of Attraction tool! If you’re single and it’s your desire to attract your soul mate, get married and start a family, you can 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, and release it to the universe!
My poem-song ‘Love Attraction’ explains the process and compliments Love Bump (listen in browser):
‘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 to help you focus on attracting your soul mate, and to benefit from the Love Energy & Colour Therapy in it!
‘We’re in a place where love flows freely….’
My painting ‘Trust’ compliments my poem-song 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!
Download as many as you like, all I ask in return is that you share your energy with me; make a contribution to my Art Fund using secure PayPal, whatever you give from your heart is gratefully received! 🎨
‘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:
My poem ‘My Artist Child‘ (Parts 1 & 2) explains the uncomfortable process I went through in allowing my inner child the unhibited freedom she needed to create! (listen in browser):
Download My Inner Child to your phone, tablet or PC as a reminder to nurture your inner child!
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In this short video I explain some of the symbolism in my paintings at the Art of Tottenham Exhibition (2012) courtesy of BlackVisionsTV 👇🏾:
I created this slide-show of my art, set to music by ‘Fertile Ground’ which compliments them beautifully:
9 of my paintings have been used to illustrate ‘Journey of a Sister‘.
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Award-winning Visual & Spoken Word Artist|Author|Workshop Facilitator|Retreats Organizer
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