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Art Shaman; In The Woods

We can get lost in the woods
just like we get lost in ourselves
in our thoughts of future
in our regrets of past
in our longings
in our desires
and the dysfunctions of life.

But if we stop
just long enough
to listen to the silence
we may hear the guiding spirit
the still small voice
gathering us
into it’s arms
waiting patiently in the moment
now.

P.T.
3rd Oct 2016

 

Yesterday was hard. Lots felt wrong. My friend Adam, didn’t feel like taking photos. We were all tired and slightly grumpy after another late Saturday of jamming excellent music. It was a glorious day; not to be missed and by four o’clock, I had rallied myself to capture the moment anyway, trusting that the spirit of kind positivity would bring us through.

We found a small camp in the woods and I set to painting my face with memories of my gigging days floating through. We got the last remaining rays of sunshine and I posed and made shapes in the shards of setting sunlight in the glade by the path. It somehow worked out, and then there is the uncanny sense, at least after the ‘event’ that everything went according to plan; as if you had one! The spontaneous plans are always the best!

It always amazes me how healing creative experiences can be. Once you have processed the shame and embarrassment of scaring passers by with your blacked out face, the thrill of the moment becomes more playful. ‘F**k It’ is our profane mantra in these moments. I’m not being bad. Just playful, irreverent, goodly dangerous to the status quo of holding and fear. The fear in our culture is all the more easy to see and feel when you are driving along looking like a coal miner back from work…. surreal!

Never mind the bollocks. The little shoot went well. I always have to overcome my fear of looking stupid or weird and I think it paid off in the end. I love the results and it illustrates the nature spirit of the woods as part of my Art Shaman theme of the present moment.
Enjoy.
It’s all temporary anyway.

New Photographic Work: ‘Fugitive in The Woods’ by Adam White Photography and…me!

Hybrid Skinhybrid skin photo art by adam white photography hooded figure in the woods

Hybrid Skin is a collaborative Photo Art project between myself and my dear friend Adam, a brilliant photographer. For more of his work please go HERE

We had a lovely outing in the woods at the base of Hardy’s Monument in Dorset the other weekend where Adam captured me doing some interesting poses in a cloak.

Walking down the hill in the dappled light I felt like something out of Lord of The Rings. Somehow wearing a cloak felt very natural, like I was my own ancestor. Of course I believe that our cellular memory contains all the experiences of our ancient history. As an old friend of mine used to call it; DNA food.

This was a DNA experience for me.

a silhouette dances on the land with the moon in her hands
model: phoebe thomasson | photo art: adam white

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Poet

I dream of standing
speaking my words 
from soul song
into your eyes,
direct line
from mine;
channels open
beneath me
is my heart,
throbbing
lust into my words.

I dream of standing
alone in the void
uncluttered
at ease,
a million to one
chance of
survival
embodied, 
emboldened
by you
and you
joined.

What am I doing?
here it is again
that 'run out' feeling
where am I?
escaping to
the inner countryside
where my cottage in the sun
waits patiently
for me
to flee
the city's gravity.

Its ok
I'm fine!
my feet firmly planted
this time,
this song
all mine.

I rival her
but with a twist
for rivalry
is not really my style at all
is there something I've missed?
It's more of a sharing 
a collective bean-bag of thought
each thought is a tiny polystyrene bead
like quick silver
it weight something
is highly toxic (to most)
and endlessly alluring

only the experience
need apply
for the position
'poet'.

PROJECT: One Hundred Paintings

Premise: to create a large series of work based upon the themes of…

  • Evolution
  • Mark Making
  • Meditation
  • Relationship
  • Relativity

Each painting will represent a ‘day’ in my life as an artist. The day is not twenty-four hours but is mine to define.

I will post each piece with a diary recording related notes that arise in the time period represented by the painting.

Each painting will contain the same elements plus one. This will be explanatory when the series is under-way and displayed chronologically.

name zen yellow bright bold black line encompasses a bright lemon yellow centre the epitomy of simplicity and bold minimalism gives you space to think and uplifting colour representing the inner sunshine healthy ego self acrylic on canvas by uk artist phoebe thomasson
Day 1: The story of “Zen Yellow”