Saturday, 29 July 2017

Do Not Tear The Cocoon

Do Not Tear The Cocoon
Acrylic on gessoed board
20" x 27.5"
This painting is one of the most direct statements of personal initiation so far.

Conceived in a visit earlier this year to my hometown of Adelaide, and featuring the Adelaide skyline as taken in a photograph by me from the Belair Road hill by the cemetery (cemeteries have played a part in my artwork of this year). As the true yield of the internal process unfolded, so did the painting fully emerge.

The original photo taken as I came from down the hill on Belair Road - note Set statue on my dashboard

The edited photo of the Adelaide skyline featured in the painting

The painting was commenced before Winged Heru and finished after the latter was complete, the image features 9 Netjeru (Heru, Set, Wepwawet, Anpu, Montu, Auset, Nebt-Ht, Serqet and Het-Hrt) and says something of soul anatomy again also (the cars, the cocoon).

The painting is on a gessoed board, acrylic, and measures 20" x 27.5"

Do Not Tear The Cocoon detail: NebtHt, Serqet, Montu, Anpu

Do Not Tear The Cocoon detail: Wepwawet, Set, Auset, HetHrt

Do Not Tear The Cocoon detail: cars and cocoon

Friday, 28 July 2017

Winged Heru

My latest painting is Winged Heru
72" x 48"
Acrylic on linen

The text reads:

Hail Lord Heru
Golden One whose body is sky
And eyes the sun and moon
Lord of the sky
Bone breaker

Grant me the powers
Of strength, courage and perseverance

May this be a million times true now and for eternity

The original sketch that the painting is based on, and which I intended to capture

The outline on the canvas ready to be rendered!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

5 More Essential Oils

Further to my post from last year about my favourite essential oils, I write now of some new discoveries that have really stimulated my ever eager olfactory senses!

I bought these from Eden's Garden, and am really impressed with them.

Muhuhu (Brachylaena hutchinsii)
Native to Kenya and Tanzania the hardwood of the Muhuhu trees is utilized for providing flooring. 

Also known as African Sandalwood, Muhuhu is woody and not unlike sandalwood but take the succinct sandalwood note into a new direction. I felt a different kind of calm when inhaling this, and feel it may even supersede my love for Sandalwood proper!

I have been finishing a large portrait of Heru and felt it was most proper to inhale this scent as I did so.

Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)
Also known as Moroccan Tansy and Moroccan chamomile, this is one that I have wanted to add to my collection for some time. As Blue Tansy was listed in the ingredients of a blend that I recently purchased, I was curious to see if this was the note I could smell and could not identify. It was.

It is related to the chamomile family and so has a chamomile note, but it has a distinctive smell that distinguishes itself from these flowers.

It is a rich bright blue colour that makes me think of the skin of Amon.

Davana (Artemisia pallens)
I had heard about this oil on various sites and publications but was not prepared for the intoxication it brings with it. It has a grape-like smell with a hint of tea, and is very very uplifting. I have read that it helps with depression and has been used in sacred traditions as a fumigant.

The oil is indeed extracted from a plant that bears grapes as fruit, but apparently the whole plant is used in the essential oil distillation process.

Valerian (Valeriana wallichii) 
I have not found use for valerian as a herb when suggested as a sleep aid, but the essential oil is another story. It has a heady smell that is indeed sleep enticing, very calming, and reminds me somewhat of vetiver. There is also a wood note to this oil.

Nootka Tree (Cupressus nootkatensis) 
This oil smells strongly of pencil shavings, and in this manner it is similar to Arborvitae. It has a richer more solid, full bodied aroma however than the latter, and is most .enticing.