Winter Solstice 2020
'Dawnlight at Longsands' Longsands, Tyneside Oil, mixed media and copper leaf on canvas 36 x 24 inch Commissioned piece
Hello Beautiful Ones! So here it is, Winter Solstice 2020. The shortest day followed by the return of the light. The time of death and rebirth, letting go of what we don't need in the darkness to allow the light in. A time for inward reflection and rest so we can return and shine bright in the New Year. We're now entering the final days of what has been a turbulent and upsetting year for so many. Looking back, I certainly had days when I questioned whether or not I would be able to keep working as an artist. But I've worked hard to stay positive (and kept working hard!), and I'm so grateful that it's ended up being an incredible year for me. Huge thanks to each and every one of you who have chosen to invest in my art and to everyone who has supported me in 2020. I couldn't do it without you!
With clear intentions to grow and increase my ambitions, and both my little ones now at school, I've been massively focused on reinvesting my profits in order to take my art career and business to new heights. My gorgeous new log cabin garden studio is now up and running which has already made a huge difference to me! It's really good to have a work space separate from our house, and I can now step much further away from my paintings when I'm checking their progress. It's wonderful! I'm so excited about my plans for the New Year, and this week I found out I've won the Visual Artists Association Christmas prize draw on Instagram, a huge prize, which means I can now take my vision for 2021 even further!
'Riptide' Croyde Beach, North Devon Oil and mixed media on canvas 60 x 40 cm Recently sold from Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe
The Christmas Kiss This year 21 December does not only represent the Winter Solstice. A great conjunction is taking place where the two brightest planets in our solar system - Jupiter and Saturn, come very close together, creating the first 'Christmas Star' in nearly 800 years! It's being called 'The Christmas Kiss' and is best seen shortly after sunset, close to the horizon and looking South West. This is a powerful time of transformations for all of us and our planet. I'm not a Christian, but I've heard it said that the second coming of Christ is when we all start to remember our connection to the Divine Source in each and every one of us. This is the time when we realise the power we have to shape and create our lives through the power of thought and intentions. When we realise that by changing ourselves from within, we change our world on the outside too. We have had so many freedoms taken from us this year, and it's undeniably painful to experience our normal ways of life and familiar institutions crumbling away. We are losing so much, and for those who have now been denied a family reunion this Christmas it is simply heartbreaking. But for new ways of being to come through the old ways have to give way. Trust that by being forced to slow down, you are being granted time to alter your perceptions. Trust that you are here on Earth at this time for a reason. Trust that you have what it takes to be part of this transformation. This is an opportunity for each of us to tune into our greater purpose and start to create the better, more peaceful, loving and harmonious world we all know is possible. I have felt a huge energy shift recently and it's just the beginning. Fingers crossed for a clear night to see the star! Sending much love and strength to all of you. Keep choosing the positive thoughts to visualise and create your new reality. And if you can't see a way through right now, it's OK, the next small step is just fine xx "Thoughts become things, choose the good ones" ~ Mike Dooley
Congratulations to Harry Stevens, the lucky winner of my Winter Solstice prize draw. This lovely Woolacombe Micro Treasure is on it's way to Harry now!
Best of luck!
Wishing a healthy and peaceful festive break to you all