Words of Hope

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Words of Hope is about putting positive thought and energy out there, about not giving up hope, about believing! Castlerigg stone circle which we visited many years ago has been used in the foreground area. A quiet, peaceful place. One can imagine standing in the midst of the stone circle sending out positive vibes/thoughts to the world.

It’s one of a series of colourful, vibrant pieces of Voice Art created and exhibited a few years ago. Words of Hope was inspired by hope for a better world where peace, love, understanding, compassion, tolerance, equality and freedom prevail.

This one was filed away with the intention of tweaking certain parts of it before putting it out there again. Years later I’ve finally played around with it.  I added texture by loosely applying inktense pencils to the raised grain of the paper in certain areas. I didn’t want to risk wrecking such a large, detailed piece by sloshing more watercolour paint around. It seems even more relevant to today’s world than when first created so it needs to be shared rather than hidden in the archives.

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Light in the Sadness

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Light in the Sadness was triggered by listening to ‘Blackstar’ along with other David Bowie albums for many, many hours in the days following news of his death. In the midst of the sadness his evocative music brought me ‘light’ and inspiration. However, there’s more behind the painting than sadness at the passing of a major music hero. It’s also about the struggle to find a way through depression whether that be via music or communing with nature or whatever helps one find some ‘light’ during darker times.

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Hopefulness

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Hopefulness is an atmospheric and imaginative watercolour in the Ness Series. Like the previous painting Quietness it was triggered by playing two albums on a loop for many, many hours. Midge Ure’s new Breathe Again live album and Ultravox’s Lament album. An inspiring combination that opens doorways. Muse music! Their celtic influences took me back to the Highlands where I’ve found peace and hope. The ‘tree of hope’ is symbolic of remembering to hold onto hopefulness during darker times. I’m enjoying being back with the Ness Series and loved creating this piece. The bonus was an almost immediate sale! Always good for the morale!

Quietness

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Quietness is an imaginative watercolour in the Ness Series. It was triggered by playing two albums on a loop for many, many hours. Midge Ure’s new Breathe Again live album and Ultravox’s Lament album. A great combination. Inspirational and very emotive! Their celtic influences took me back to quiet, peaceful wanders in the Highlands away from the noise of traffic and people with their music on my MP3 player for company. I find quietness through music and wandering in the great outdoors…..

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