My Garden Fairy ~ the inspiration of nature, creativity and art

My Garden Fairy ~ the inspiration of nature, creativity and art

One of my biggest joys is spending time in my beloved garden. I talk to the flowers, trees, birds, bees and other animals that visit, but there is another little spirit that resides here that is harder to see…

flower fairy picture

This whimsical fairy was created with watercolours and dried pressed flowers that I picked from my garden: petunia, lilly, rose and pansy petals amongst others. I also included mulberry ink from our beautiful old mulberry tree’s bountiful supply.

flower fairy art

You can see the remarkable detail of the petals’ veins in the prints.

She sits amongst the mushrooms and flowers, keeping watch on all the elements that grow in this magical realm.

garden fairy painting

She is part of an exhibit at The Left Bank Shop & Gallery in my hometown of McGregor, Iowa. The exhibit, “Local Inspiration” features work of selected gallery artists interpreting local themes. She is for sale there, or you can buy a gorgeous archival reproduction print here.

 

garden fairy painting

Thank you for visiting, and have a magical day !

 

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Know what makes you laugh…

 Know what makes you laugh and keep those things close to you.

Know who likes to share laughter and keep them close

to your heart.

~ Kuthumi ~

Wishing Everyone a truly blessed and happy New Year !

Dachshund painting

…one of the things that humans desire more than anything else….

Acknowledgement.

“When you acknowledge another, it’s like you’re just acknowledging your existence in you. It’s so beautifully, beautifully simple…because you’re now becoming conscious of the I Exist, of the Now
moment. You’re becoming conscious of a being to being.”  ~ Adamus ~

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Dawn Goddess – the Light that shines within…

” That light that you discover within yourself  is the very thing that will eventually change the planet.”

Dawn Goddess painting

Watercolour, pastel and acrylic painting.

dawn fire goddess

Begun about 10 years ago…finished now.

Dawn Goddess picture

…when we need more light to shine in this world 🙂

Dawn Goddess art

remember Your own light and Divinity within !

A Knights Templar church in the English Cotswolds

Earlier this year, my husband and I travelled to England to pay tribute to one of our greatest literary loves: Shakespeare. This year is the 400th anniversary of his death and he died where he was born : Stratford -Upon-Avon, a delightful village nestled in the gorgeous iconic English region of the Cotswolds.

northern cotswolds

We had the chance to explore this northern Cotswolds area and visit some beautiful churches, villages and scenic spots.

guiting st.michaels

The most interesting was St.Michael’s and All Angels Church, which still possesses its superb two original Norman doorways. This unassuming little church stands nearby the small villiage of Guiting Power, and was owned by the Knights Templar during the 12th century.

guiting st michales church

Guiting Power, and its neighbouring village Temple Guiting, were built and developed by the Knights Templar who owned the magnificent manor which still exists in this area. They were responsible for building a mill on the Windrush river that flows through the villages and thereby helping to build a flourishing the wool trade.

guiting knights templar

The detail on the south doorway of St.Michael’s church is beautiful. Carved in native limestone which has a distinctive rose-colour, the symbols seem to me very enigmatic. These lovely geometric patterns, chevrons mosaic like motifs were influenced by Islamic and Mediterranean art and hint at a sensibility and knowledge outside of the mainstream religious paradigms at that time.

guiting norman doorway

Above: Hourglass with billet and star carvings – this tympanum over the doorway is a more recent addition.

guiting north doorway

The more simple yet no less fascinating north doorway, again with its distinctive chevron pattern which is characteristic of Norman architecture, a term traditionally used for English Romanesque architecture.

~ Ancient Rome’s invention of the arch is the basis of all Norman architecture, hence the term Romanesque.

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This enigmatic Romanesque Norman style has the largest number of surviving examples in England – seen in a number of surviving churches reflecting a distinctive variation incorporating Byzantine and Saracen influences which developed from the Norman dynasties in Sicily. One such example is Temple Church in London, British headquarters of the Knights Templar.

What fascinates me about this architectural detail is that it seems so out of context in the rural English countryside. Clearly, it is a style that is set apart, and it does not surprise me that all of the Knights Templar Churches that remain in England have this style – further enhancing their mystery….

You can read more and see more about this lovely village here.

 

guiting angel graveyard

A beautiful Victorian Angel stands guardian in the ancient graveyard of St.Michaels and All Angels Church, Guiting Power ~ Cotswolds ~ England.

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You can read more about the Knights Templar here:

Order of the Knights Templar

Knights Templar in Britain

Spiritual origins of the Knights Templar

 

You can read more about Romanesque Norman architecture in Britain here:

Characteristics and features, with examples

History and examples

Thanks for visiting !