Art Takes you to that place BEyond..

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Above are some of the images from sections a two paintings I have recently done.. Over the next few posts I will be exploring more of each section and sharing with you some of the thoughts I had while I sat with paint brush in hand..  And it may even weave into a story.. I don’t know yet.. I am still going within the flow of it.. 

If I appear quieter than usual, this is what is keeping me busy at the moment.. 

Have a Beautiful Weekend.. 

~Sue~ 

“When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.”

~Keith Haring

Harmony

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 While I was absent from WordPress as I gathered together my thoughts and energies I spent some time painting in watercolours..

I had been given a wonderful gift by my friend Cynthia Sageleaf over at her Intuitive and Spiritual  Website of downloading a colouring book  of Mandala’s that she had created.. So I decided to print one off and paint it with watercolours.. 

I have spent many minutes gazing into its middle depths as I meditate,  I seem to get sucked into the flower within its centre.. Reminding me of the Lotus .. 

The lotus grows in muddy water,  it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the muddy murky waters to achieve enlightenment.

Most of us have often found ourselves confronting our own shadows from time to time.. Its only going through our own dark places that we then begin to rise up as wake up to the Light which surrounds us all..  Only the brightest of light enables us to see our own shadows. And it is often only going through those darker days do we then begin to rise up to see our truth worth.. 

I found a meaning of the colours here of the Lotus flower the site is linked below.. 

“The color bears importance in the meaning of the lotus flower in Buddhism. A white lotus flower refers to purity of the mind and the spirit. If a lotus flower is red, it refers to compassion and love. The blue lotus flower refers to the common sense; it uses wisdom and logic to create enlightenment. The pink lotus flower represents the history of Buddha and the historical legends of the Buddha. A purple lotus flower speaks of spirituality and mysticism. Finally, the gold lotus flower represents all achievement of all enlightenment, especially in the Buddha.”

I had no idea of the meanings of the colours while creating it.. I just went with my own intuitive flow.. To me the colours of harmony are represented in earthy colours too. The center golds and oranges of the wheat-like shapes, to me represent corn and the importance of planting and harvesting. Not only through our gardens but the seeds we sow with our our thoughts and words which are followed through by our actions.. Reaping what we sow is what we harvest back in the deeds we have sown.  

The green which threaded its way throughout the mandala spoke to me of the grass lands.. The many species of grasses which are a staggering  11,369 separate species which bind our earth together.. I can not image  a world without its meadows and grasslands.. 

The coloured circles represent to me completeness, because it has no beginning, no end and no direction. Its also the shape of many seeds of creation reaching out with the blades of grass growing in-between. 

The outer petals containing the rainbow of colours that bent and sways like the ripples of the waves in the ocean with the inverted flame.. Forever burning in all of our hearts..Should we care to rekindle it.. 

I did not know what Cynthia thought as she drew this wonderful Mandala.. But I hope my own interpretation and coloration did her wonderful artwork justice.. 

This is the first Post of the New Year and its Heading is fitting.. For I so Wish for Harmony to prevail in all of your lives this year and well into the Beyond of all of our futures for we are One with Each other along with our Earth Mother.   

May 2017 Bring you your Dreams, Your Desires, and as you take each step 

If we are Facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking” ~Buddha~

Love and Blessings for a wonderful New Year 

~Sue~

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://buddhists.org/buddhist-symbols/the-meaning-of-the-lotus-flower-in-buddhism/

http://www.kew.org/data/grassbase/news.htm

 

And they say she was a Dreamer

dreamwalker

Upwards and outwards she travelled,

 leaving her earth body far below

Knowing all and everything her mind exploded

 like the stars in a firework show

~~

She whizzed through space walking on air

 that was no longer needed

She knew now that through all of her struggles

She had more than succeeded

~~

Her third eye glowed in a body now blue

For now, she was the stars in an ocean of new

The blue dot glowed in the distance of time

And no longer did she dream for her light was Divine

~~

In Oneness she merged with All and every heart

She was home and completed

Of all that ever had been and all yet to come

She surrendered to the Cosmos

Knowing her Mission was now done.

By Sue Dreamwalker

The above Image was created by Tom over at Beyond The Sphere, Tom created this image back in July in honour of my blog in a post entitled Dreamwalker 

Tom is on a mission of his own as he attempts to post 2,000 posts before New Years Eve.. Toms blog is both humourous  and entertaining as well as artistic as his stories and images capture our imagination of Life within the Mansion and his view from the Window..

This post is to acknowledge Toms generous gift, sorry it has taken so long Tom and I am also  taking  part in his Monthly Challenge.. So I thought to combine his art gift with a poem of my own in his August

Monthly Theme of  Mind Walking

Where there are still a few days left in August for anyone wishing to take part you will find his not so complicated details  on the above link.

I now need to head over to Toms my self and do my usual Long catch up..

Thank you Again Tom.

And I hope all who end up visiting will have a Mind Walking Experience also.

Love and Blessings 

~Sue~

Travelling Back Home.~ Well Dressings~

Well Dressings 2016

Please click the photo’s to enlarge.

I travelled back to the place I grew up last weekend. It brought back so many memories for me. Of a time when I was a young girl with no idea of where life would take me.

Each Sunday I would walk the 15 minutes  distance of the village from our home to walk up to the Chapel where we would go to Sunday School in the Methodist Chapel.  Often we would walk it twice a day on Sunday as we went to afternoon service and evenings on a special occasion, such as Easter or Harvest Festivals..

I  being the eldest of 5 siblings  would  lead my bother and 3 sisters by the hand as we would  Sing in the choir, often being the only choir some weeks. I often think we were made to go, just so as my Mother and Father could get some peace for a couple of hours.

Old Methodist Church Stoney Middleton Now a private Dwelling

Old Methodist Church Stoney Middleton Now a private Dwelling

 

On my revisit last weekend I walked that same distance, today however the chapel is no long a place of worship  but converted into a private dwelling.

At one time I would have been able to name every one who lived in our village by name.  Now apart from a few relations and old family’s  still there  most are  now strangers,  

 

Below is where I did the Maypole dance when I was a child with the village junior school. Weaving in and out holding coloured ribbons we would dance in front of the Parish Church St Martin’s. Bunting was spread out between the houses as it is now. We would practice long hours at  Stoney Middleton Primary  School so as we would not get our ribbons all twisted wrongly as we made our webs and patterns  with the ribbons around the Maypole as the boys and girls skipped around.. 

The Nook was where I would do the Maypole as a child

The Nook was where I would do the Maypole as a child

 Back then the older children of the village were allowed to help make the boarders of the main Well Dressing, while the adults created the main body of the wells. I am unsure as to how the village now organises its creation.

So what is a Well Dressing?  

Stoney Middleton Well Dressing 2016

Stoney Middleton Well Dressing 2016

A Well Dressing is an old custom that the Village of Stoney Middleton has now been taking part in for the last 80 years. It is the Thanksgiving for the Spring water supply that dates back to ancient times of 1600 BC when the Peak District was occupied by a tribe of people called the Brigantia’s  who took their name from Brigantia ( the Holy One ) a Goddess who was a protector that formed a bridge between the Spiritual and Material Worlds.  Below her lay many lesser’] ‘Deities’ who were believed to be embedded in stone and Trees. The most special of these were the Rowan and the Oak trees. But also Water that sprung from the wells from out of the Limestone and grit-stone was revered

Many of these Springs were warm.. And the one in Stoney Middleton  pictured here with this beautiful  Woodpecker which my nephew  designed Here  is a Thermal Spring. ..

Welldressings over Natural Spring This spring feeds the old Roman Bath House the temp' of the water is a constant 63 degrees,

Well-Dressings over Natural Spring. This Thermal Spring feeds the old Roman Bath House the temp’ of the water is a constant 63 degrees.

 These springs were thought to come from the fiery underworld. The Spring Here is a constant temperature of     63 Degs even in winter. And today as back in my  younger days, many of the villages would take there cars to the trough that overspills onto the road leading to the cemetry and wash their cars in warm water.

So back in those ancient times effigies were placed along with offerings near these caves and springs as the water was felt to have healing properties .  Which led to the wells being dressed on May the 1st as an offering to the spring festival of Beltane  as springs of flowers and branches would be left to honour Spring. The custom progressed within the  Christian Churches  which is carried on today called Well Dressing Week.

Children's Welldressing made by the village school chidren. This years theme is Noah's Ark

Children’s Well-Dressing made by the village school children. This years theme is Noah’s Ark

Many of the villages grow flowers in their gardens and allotments specifically to collect the petals and leaves.. The frame is made and filled with clay mixture.. When I was a child the adults would soak the clay in the local brook. And Everyone would have to work quickly, often we as children would carefully peel the petals so they were separated and we were allowed to do certain parts.. While the main picture was done by the adults who knew what they were doing. All of this is done voluntary.

 

Events are scheduled throughout the village week.. With Tug of War,  Brass Bands, Maypole Dancing, Treasure Hunts, Cake stalls and competitions, while others have made cards, sell plants, and seeds and all proceeds are shared out among village projects  and charities.

Below you can see the separate Petals used, and the seeds, pebbles, bark, leaves and stems used to create the Picture forming the Well Dressings.

Bluetit created from petals and feathers , Bark is also used.

Blue-tit created from petals and feathers , Bark is also used to create the tree branch.

Here is the restored Roman Bath House..

 More can be found here about the Roman Baths and Stoney Middleton HERE

We walked around some of the village reminiscing as we went . Here I used to walk to the shop which was at the time of my childhood one of two in the village. We also had a Post office and 3 Pubs back then.. Sadly this is the state of the front of the Old shop now..  There are no shops or Post Office in the village now.. The nearest shop and post office is in the next village or local Town..  And there is only now One Pub left in the village which is the Moon Inn.. which is steeped in its own History and Dark Past which can be found HERE.  A sad state of the times as people bought the house attached to the back but as yet have let the front shop fall into decay. 

Old shop and One time Post office

Old shop and One time Post office

Before we left we went to say goodbye to some old family and friends who are  no longer with us but who are close to us in spirit, And I said good bye as I reflected how quickly these last 41 years have sped by since I left the village for good when I got married in 1975..

Reflections

Reflections of a time so loved..

If you want to find out more and see more of past well dressings you can see the progress of how one is made then click the link  Here

All Above photo’s were taken by myself

Source’s:

http://stoneymiddletonwelldressing.org/Gallery/building_a_well/

http://www.derbyshire-peakdistrict.co.uk/stoneymiddleton.htm

 

Cats and Art .

 

 

Watercolour Cat Moods Art by Sue

Watercolour Cat Moods Art by Sue

#WorldWaterColorMonth Day 11

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It seems I have come across a few Cats upon my rounds of blogs this morning, so taking this to be yet another ‘Sign’ I thought it about time I did another post.

I recently started to follow Charlie over at Doodlewash and decided to post just one of my watercolour paintings to add to the  WorldWaterColorMonth in July.  So thank you Charlie for inspiring me, I will  use one of my previous paintings to contribute. As I have substituted paintbrushes for gardening forks recently lol, and although I would love to get out my paintbrushes again, I have a huge load of berries that have been picked that need cleaning and freezing.

Cats have played a huge part in my life from being a child, and have brought their own brand of Love into mine and my families lives throughout many years. Their presence  and personalities are such a joy once you get to know all of their moods.. Here are some of their Moods, These paintings are not my own cats, they have now long since departed and are often in our thoughts, especially one who lived until she was 21.. Yes in our years.. She was special and very much loved and part of our family as she grew older as my children grew into adulthood.

Some of you may have seen this art before as I posted last year.

Watercolour Sleeping Cat

Watercolour Sleeping Cat

Turning their back on you

Turning their back on you

Playfulness Art by Sue

Playfulness Art by Sue

Watercolour Thoughtful Contemplation

Watercolour Thoughtful Contemplation

There is still time for any of you to take part, just follow the links to take Part HERE

Wishing all of you a wonderful week full of playfulness, Love and Peace..

~Sue~

Sacred Jewels

Rainbow Angel.. Some of my more abstract art

Rainbow Angel.. Some of my more abstract art

 

Sacred Jewels

Tell me as I sit here and ponder life’s rules

What is the most sacred of precious jewels?

Which gem of green, yellow and red?

Would you chose to adorn your head

 diamond-heart

Would it be Ruby- rich and deep?

Or maybe its Topaz yellow you seek

Emeralds and diamonds sparkling lure

Or could it be gold of carat pure

 diamond-heart

Treasures of wealth mankind doth chase

Trampling over each other –a greedy race

To line one’s pocket with all his fill

He borrows and steals and some even kill

 diamond-heart

All of the plunder of Earthly Treasure

So some can sit and lap up their pleasure

Tell me as I sit here and ponder life’s rules

What is the most sacred of precious jewels?

 diamond-heart

Could it be the Cry of a new babe born?

Or maybe it’s the sunrise of tomorrows new dawn

What if the rules were about to be re-written

Whereby all the things man thought important in life

Were swept aside,

Gone

What Strife!

 diamond-heart

What if tomorrow all you had were gone?

Tell me, how would you feel?

What’s to be done?

I will show you how that must feel

Come with me to the African Fields!!

 diamond-heart

So tell me as you ponder life’s rules

What is the most sacred of precious jewels?

©  Sue Dreamwalker 2011- 2016 All rights reserved.

Have a wonderful Weekend Every One

~Sue~

 

Art~Cats in Pastel

Merlin

Merlin

  This is Merlin who is part of my daughters feline family

Cat

 

 I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend.. 

If you wish to see a series of photos of where I went walking last year I am posting a series of

7 Days of Nature Phototgraphs over at Dreamwalker’s Garden to run for the next 7 days in a row.

The first set started Here today

Love and Blessings for a Beautiful weekend

~Sue~

Follow your Heart

Butterfly in oils

Butterfly in oils a small Painting I did over the weekend as I experimented with oils.. ( not my favourite medium ) but I am happy with how it turned out. Even though my camera skills need much to be desired 🙂 

Butterfly, Butterfly, Dancing on the breeze

You flit through the heavens, and among the trees

You fly through the air, like a leaf upon the wind,

Tumbling and turning, beating your soft wings

~~

The meadow is your haven, with flowers of nectar sweet,

I watch you fly to heaven, while I sit upon my seat.

Your message of transformation, as I let go of old

And I watch your new freedom as I ask to be bold

~~

My sorrows held within me, as again I give a sigh

You hypnotise me with your beauty, as you fly on by

You whisper in my ear, to trust in all that’s good

For your lifespan is so precious, so live it as we should

~~

You never waste a moment, searching for your mate

For time for you is limited, yet here I hesitate.

Teach me to trust and let myself fly free

And push away the dark clouds, and let myself be me

~~

The Daisies are many, gathered all around

Each one pure perfection, pushing through the ground

They nod their heads together, all in unison

Their fragrance on the wind, smiling at the Sun.

~~

Nature at her best, she neither worries nor does toil

She just keeps on growing, and pushing through the soil.

And even when the ground is hard with all the frost

The flowers push on upwards, and nothing is ever lost.

~~

And so my Butterfly, as at last you’re flying free…

Of caterpillar’s drudgery, of munching under tree

I know you hold a lesson for all of us to share

Your wings are made in heaven and are beyond compare.

~~

And when we see your beauty, we’re reminded of all good.

How each can transform our lives, learning how to love.

So flit around the world, and spread your love and light.

For when I see you on my path.. Then I know I’m alright.

 ~~

The above poem I wrote in 2011, I have witnessed many butterflies since the time of writing when I was at a lower ebb in my life. 

We are all of us transforming right now, as we flit through our various stages of evolution.. The Butterfly always is a great reminder to me, that it was once a caterpillar munching among the cabbages, not knowing there was a whole new world beyond the cabbage patch .. 

But it needed to pass through its own stages of evolution before it transformed and flew..It never worried when it spun its cocoon around itself.. It just went with what it’s instincts had taught it to do.. It just went with the flow.. 

I am just going with the flow, and trusting that as we hold the Light of love in our hearts we too can help transform the world..

Keep the light of Love in your hearts

More artwork soon to follow 

Love

~Sue~

 

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