She comes with gifts.
As the grasses weave around your ankles and the soft bull rushes stroke your skin, let the roots of a tree curl around you like a bear cub. Hear your animal body calling you home to listen as the world spins it’s stories.
The otherworldy creatures in this painting come bearing gifts; the pine cone and the shaft of wheat. The pine cone can symbolise the pineal gland and with it the gifts we discover if we develop our imaginative minds to become rich and fertile, whilst the wheat shaft a place where our creative abundance can be conceived.
As we step outside we can reflect our own imaginations within the natural world around us. We can stare at clouds and see Cumulus, cirrus or stratus but stare a little more, blur our eyes perhaps and we may see a great lion blowing across the skies or an Eastern temple strewn across the sunset.
Staring at a ragged rock face we can trace a face cast across the ancient lines and grooves. Most children can understand this playfulness – they can happily see the dragon’s lair, the old crone’s hut and the wolf’s footprints as they steal across the path. By letting the stories of these places live and dance within us, we may hear the whispers in the woods which will guide us towards the crumbling cottage, the one with a crackling fire and a stewing mug of tea, which has been there waiting for us all along.
Searching for blooms in twilight’s gaze,
We call the time when the sun is just above or below the horizon as twilight. The moment before the sky is filled with either the golden honey of day break or the inky sea of night
Dusk and dawn can be described as thresholds, where the veil between the worlds is thinnest, a liminal state, when the journey ahead is either filled with the numinosity of sunlight or we are plummeted into darkness.
Daylight illuminates new perspectives, expanding our vision, whilst the dark is more disorientating. However, both can bring new opportunities.
In the obscurity of light we move slowly, unable to see the dangers ahead until we are upon them. This slowing down is implicit in our journey as it is during these times that developing our own inner resources and intuition can help guide us. We can take the time to develop the wise old woman within us all and the nimble footed night vision goat. Together they can help lead us towards new beginnings, to the patch of earth where the winter’s first snowdrops have broken through.
” In the wiry depths of the tangled sea. The fisherman’s line tumbled through cool vast echoes of solitude.”
As we find ourselves currently in a time of collective descent, a time of unknowing where our futures are no longer predictable, the life that we may have planned for ourselves is no longer certain. Although I have never experienced a transition collectively in this way I have known what it is like to find myself lost in the forest without knowing the way home. These moments in my life have often been accompanied with times of illness, death of loved ones or when my nicely planned ideas have been thrown up into the air and tumbled like rocks across my path.
It has always been dreams that have helped me connect and find some kind of comprehension during these heightened times.
Like a boat crossing the waters of our unconscious, we are fisherfolk casting our lines out. Our dreams can bring glimpses of the creatures and treasure from our depths that can help inspire and enrich our lives, and guide us on our own unique path.
I would love to offer others a chance to connect further with their dreams during this unpredictable time as I believe listening to our dreams and inner worlds can help guide our paths through the solitudes of night using the images as a beacon to lighten the way.
I am now offering one to one sessions to sessions to anyone who would like help decoding, understanding or connecting deeper to their own dream language.
All you will need is to have a chosen dream you have written down after waking.
These sessions would be an hour long and by suggested (£10-25) donation.
Please do email me or follow the link to my website if you have any questions or would like further information.
“How shall I begin my song
In the blue night that is setting”
OWL WOMAN Translated by Frances Densmore
I have been working on a collection of images all based around the premise of ‘Howling back the Ice’. It has been hard not to be thinking, and feeling pretty heartbroken about climate change and the plight of our animals across the globe who are facing extinction or, who have already sadly, met that fate.
I was listening to a folk tale about shape shifting called ‘The man who became a wolf’ this particular version was read by storyteller & poet Jay Leeming (well worth finding him on podcast- The Crane Bag) The story incubates ideas and thoughts of mans relationship to nature. Our disconnect of these wilder realms can be seen in our profit seeking landscapes which strip the balance from nature and our own inner terrains.
I painted this painting ‘Howling Back the Ice’ which has led me on to create a set of mixed greetings cards based around the idea of the creatures themselves that inhabit the artic calling back those pearly ice glaciers. My sense is the more we can bring images of these creatures and landscapes into our everyday lives, we feel a sense of connection to them which may in turn help us consider our own choices of how to help the current challenges facing us and them globally.
These paintings will soon be available to buy on my online shop, Etsy and at various outlets and pop up stalls over Winter- more information on this to follow shortly.
I will be donating a percentage from each sale of these cards to a conservation charity.
It has been such a fantastic time doing the Open Studios in Devon at Hearn field Pavilion in Combeinteignhead during the past few weeks. I have had some great conversations, met some wonderful people and had a really fun time.
Thank you to everyone who came along, the other fab artists who I exhibited alongside~ Charlotte Biba Bouchard, Niamph Geralty, James Deane, Pippa Radley and Angela Bennett and a big thank you to those of you who bought cards, prints and paintings and general support towards doing what I love.
As promised to various people throughout the exhibition I am going to endeavour to blog a bit about some of my paintings.
I thought I would begin with my painting ‘Saplings & Crown’.
During the creation of this painting over the summer I would drift to sleep with my window open listening to the call of the owls in the inky night. I love the idea of our dream worlds merging and enchanting our everyday lives. A doorway between our inner and outer realities.
“The air was thick and warm as the night spilled it through the cracks of the darkened room. Around the small brick house the trees rose high towards the sky, robed in rustling leaves.
Heavy with sleep, her mind filled with vivid landscapes, ancient ruins and crumbling memories. Through her open window, far in the distance an owl screeched, gently rousing her as it flew into her dreams and dropped feathers onto her mud stained footsteps. As she knelt to pick up a soft plume she discovered it had already taken root and small white flowers had began to unfurl.”
I am currently exhibiting my work as part of Devon Open Studios on the bank of the River Teign in Combeinteignhead at Hearn field Pavilion alongside 5 other artists.
I have Original Paintings, Prints and cards for sale.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 6th to 22nd September every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The other artists include a blacksmith (bringing a forge for live demos, a jewellery maker, fused glass maker, a ceramicist and a potter.
There will be tea and home made cakes available at the Wood Shed Cafe and have a go arty activities including metal work, printmaking and postcard painting.
From the Newton Abbot Penn Inn Roundabout follow signs to Combeinteignhead and continue straight all the way to the village until you see signs for ‘venue 100’ decorated with yellow bunting on the left. Postcode TQ12 4RR.
As a final incentive for visiting….the venue is a swift scenic 2 mins walk to Combe Cellars which is a pub with views across the Teign river.. … if you’ve never been it’s defintely worth a trip…. and perhaps even a pint!
I was very excited to see the culmination of a 6 month project with DAISI watching the window displays I have digitally curated as part of #Daisi’s Reboot Project put up. I have designed these panels from the pieces of work from over 400 children across Exeter from workshops with 5 different artists. @monica_shanta_@tanyamorelart, James Lake, Chris Jelley and myself @inkyforests. I will be embedding AR codes tomorrow so by the beginning of next week you can go and discover more about the project and the Clarence Hotel Fire. Paris Street Exeter . @daisiarts @exeter @princesshayexeter#windowdisplays #collectiveart#childrensart #artseducation #exeterhistory#windowart #artprojects #exetershopfronts#halfterm #thingstodoinexeter#thingstodoindevon #thingstodowithkids#cararoxanneart
Please click the link below to find out more about my inspiration and art processes an interview with Robert Guest.
Interview about my paintings with Robert Guest of Art GallerySW
Folk band Crow Puppets have been busy playing at festi’s and gigs across the West Country including; Lakefest, Bristol Harbour fest, Lostfest, Credfest, Soupstock, Exeter Respect Festival and Glas-denbury. As well as getting to play to lots of lovely folks we got to hear some great musicians too. One of my favourites was blues, folk and roots singer songwriter Matt Woosey.
Check the links below to hear/see some of his live footage. To follow…
More photos to follow soon.