I have just recently discovered a cool website that will put my art onto lots of different products such as cushions, phone cases, clothes as well as on wall art and even home furnishings like bedspreads. It is very satisfying to see my designs on these products and it would be lovely to know people were buying my artwork in some form. The only trouble is, much like trying to self publish my books, I don’t seem to be able to generate any traffic to my sites. Please check out my artwork on redbubble.com and my books on Lulu.com And just as importantly, please share your enthusiasm of my creative endeavours with your own followers and friends as this will help me to gather some interest in my work. Thank you. Here are some links to my work and some examples of the products…
Pretty Collage Cat Cushion on Red Bubble
The Fall Leggings on Red Bubble
A Little Piece of Heaven Canvas Print on Red Bubble
Pretty Boy Dress on Red Bubble
Oh God my Rock Acrylic Block on Red Bubble
The Realm of the Purple Dragon Fantasy novel (paperback) available on Lulu.com and Amazon.
Vision – Space Between the Universes. Poetry and Prose (paperback) available on Lulu.com and Amazon
And don’t forget my 1 Little Dragon Nursery books and infant story books to help you teach your little ones numbers, letters, shapes, colours and animals and to have adventures in fantasy. These books are also set in the Realm of the Purple Dragon.
Thank you for showing an interest in my creative endeavours and please do buy some of my work and share my links around as I would just love to see people enjoying my visions through my art, stories and poetry, and don’t forget to come back here or find me on Facebook and tell me what you think of my art and writing and also review the books on Amazon and Lulu and Red Bubble. Thanks guys – love you all and keep creating…
I realise that I haven’t updated for a while, so I just thought I would add this post to show some of my new paintings. I will also be adding a post about an Arts exhibition that I was involved in recently, so please look out for that.
A while back I posted about a dream that I had and posted what I thought God was speaking to me about in it. You can look back at that post if you would like; it was entitled “The Reluctant Time traveller and the Orange tree in the Garden.” Just click the link below, read and come back here…
Eventually I was inspired to paint some imagery from this dream. So here it is; it is entitled “God the Gardener.”
I was also at that time looking at Genesis. So another painting I have completed recently is entitled “The Fall” and as you can see it is Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Lastly I want to share my most recent painting entitled “Blue Jay and Jacaranda” and it also was inspired by a dream; this was a dream that I had many years ago, over 20 years ago in fact. In that dream I was actually shown a little blue bird in the Tree of Life, which had every fruit possible in it ( I didn’t include the fruit in this painting but it had the feeling of the bird in the tree. ) In the dream the bird told me what fruit to eat to bring me healing. And it did heal me.
So, a little while ago I was ill with a strange vertigo bug and after having healing at church, which led to me being on the floor with the Holy Spirit working in my head ( my eyes behind my closed lids were going nineteen to the dozen and I knew God was healing me.) This wasn’t an immediate healing, although I had no dizziness the next day, I did still have it on and off for a while but I definitely felt the healing. But after this healing I was reminded of the dream and took the fruit I had been told to have in that dream as part of my healing. Then I painted this picture.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my new paintings and as you can see they are all very much to do with God the Gardener, who once walked with us in a garden that he created just for us! He walked with us and talked with us and gave us the job of looking after the garden and everything in it.
Unfortunately we let sin into the garden which polluted it. One day we will be given permission to eat from the actual tree of life once more; God really does want to walk and commune with us again as it was in the beginning.
That snake Satan may have reached out to bruise the heel of Man but Jesus, though bruised has crushed that snake’s head once and for all and he will not enter the garden again. I for one cannot wait to walk up that golden path and reach out to pluck the fruit from the tree of life and spend an eternity communing with God -my creator who from the beginning had amazing plans for us, his beloved children.
Wow! We just cannot imagine the amazing things in store for us in the garden our Heavenly Father has prepared for us.
I see the hand of Jesus
At work in ALL he’s made.
He is reaching down from Heaven
– God’s glory will never fade!
“MY flesh and MY heart may fail me,”
Because I AM weak indeed!
But the LORD’S strength will be MY portion,
HIS strength is ALL we need.
“The Lord IS our refuge and strength,
An ever-present help in trouble;”
So when your fears are overwhelming,
PRAISE God! And his grace and mercy will double!
Reach OUT to the hand of Jesus –
Take hold of EVERY promise he has made,
For you can do nothing by your OWN strength,
As this WAS designed to fade.
But Glory, Hallelujah!
God is HIGH and lifted UP!
He IS above EVERYTHING –
So look up! Look UP! LOOK UP!
There is nothing in God’s creation
Visible or not,
No rulers or authorities are above him,
HE is above the lot!
He is ABOVE the foolish notions,
He is ABOVE every trouble, every trial,
Give him ALL of your devotions
Because the JOY of the Lord is your strength- so smile!
Holy! Holy! Holy! Is the Lord God almighty,
His Glory IS forever but it fills the Earth TODAY.
His Glory is in his Spirit,
So let him enter in YOUR heart, I pray.
Yes, the Earth is FILLED with his Glory,
In US, his CHURCH, in YOU;
HIS strength is made perfect in OUR weakness;
So let him Carry you through.
When you become aware of all your frailties,
Then let your strength come in through Christ,
And he will use YOU for his Glory;
WE ARE his Kingdom and his choice.
Another Psalms inspired painting and poem :-
Today I am thankful for my Shepherd
Who leads me on my way.
I’m thankful for my Shepherd,
So I look up and say:-
“Lead on my Lord – I’ll follow,
I am your faithful sheep,
Lead on my Lord- I’ll follow,
I trust my soul you’ll keep.”
Yes I will follow faithfully
By those waters still and calm,
I will follow you to the ends of the Earth,
And even through the storm,
Or through the darkest valley
Where shadows make men fear –
Lead on because YOU’RE with me
And in YOUR light the path now clear.
And yes I may well stumble,
But I will never leave your side,
Because YOU are my protection and my safety,
My Lord, YOU are my guide.
How comforting to see that rod and staff,
Gently steer me back onto your path,
And even as a weapon –
No fearsome beast can pass!
So I can lay down now to sleep
In pastures green and lush
While you become the very gate!
– and so in you I put my trust;
And WHEN the WOLF comes calling,
With YOU I have no care,
You make my Spirit so secure
Just knowing that you’re there.
Lead on my Lord – I’ll follow,
I am the safest in your flock.
Lead on my Lord – I’ll follow,
With you there will be no shock
Because YOU protect me and direct me,
You always keep me near
And if I tire or I stumble
I have no need to fear…
…On your shoulders you will carry me,
Until I can walk again,
Because it is in your nature
And it is in your name;
So I will follow you, my Shepherd,
Lead me to your feast
Where I shall sit around your table,
And be at perfect peace.
So I will follow you, my Shepherd,
Lead me to your cup,
May it fill to overflowing
As I lean in to sup!
The enemy may try to trick me
And say my future ISN’T clear,
But he cannot steal my joy TODAY,
Because I know you’re here.
Another poem and painting from my ‘inspired by Psalms’ collection…
I am in a battered boat
Drifting on tattered tides,
In the midst of a troubled sea
My destination hides.
The ocean roars about me
And splashes in my face,
My vision clouded by the storm
As darkness now gives chase.
I battle on through the windy wake
And row until my arms are weak,
Soon my strength will leave me
– safety I MUST seek!
Life is like that ocean,
Stormy, rough and tough to sail,
And lonely is that journey
When you’re battling through a gale.
And it’s hard to seek God’s presence
When the waves are driving you back,
It’s hard to look upon his promises
When your focus is your lack.
But when you see salvation
Is just within your reach,
God’s beacon is so beautiful,
His light so bright and rich!
That lighthouse is your protection,
It will be your shelter through the night,
Have confidence in its security
And not upon your plight.
God’s presence is your protection,
The stronghold of your life,
Have faith and trust he’ll guide you
And surround you in his light.
God IS that bright beginning,
He IS that cleansing light,
Let him fill you with his blessings,
Just keep him in your sight.
His light is his presence and his glory
And with him you can dwell,
Take heart upon the story
I’m trying here to tell;
Gaze upon the beauty
Of that lamp that guides you through –
Jesus is the light to follow
And HE is calling YOU.
After a very blessed week spent with God on my week off work, immersed in the Psalms, the result was 4 poems and 4 paintings, which I presented to my church family Sunday via video ( Video now posted below). I will share one poem and one painting every day this week. I am not sharing them in any particular order . This poem and painting are equally titled ‘Oh God, my Rock’:-
What am I but flesh
To lay out my life in portions?
Time and a half to this and that,
Like the Earth to its seasons…
But you, Oh God, my Rock,
The largest portion of all,
In you my seasons rest,
My soul lies still as the winter’s snow.
Each thought I partition off,
Like pebbles on the shore;
But you, Oh God, the largest Rock,
On you I rest my aching heart
And I am sure…
…sure, that every memory,
Every tear and every sigh,
Every moment of my life,
Though weathered by the tides,
Return to you, lapping gently
In the rhythm of YOUR heart;
And though my life, but a tiny drop
In the vastness of your ocean,
You add my tiny portion
To the whole – of your creation!
And you, Oh God, my Rock – YOU never weather,
You stand the test of time;
My Rock, YOU never crumble,
It is us who are but sands of time;
We can be Moulded into castles by your hands – I am yours Lord, please be kind.
What am I but flesh
That withers, rots and festers?
But you, Oh God, are the Rock that never changes;
You, Lord, that Rock,
Baked hard and warmed in Heavenly Glory,
You ARE that never-ending story,
That carves your children’s names on the tablets of your love,
As chords to your heart.
And together, there, stand firm forever,
A monument of hope,
That none can move and none can part.
Oh God, my Rock!