Eye Of Horus: Bird God Sees All

When I fly high
i see all of humanity
locked in its own embrace
trying to curl in
upon itself
and carry on sleeping
but….
its time to wake up
from our slumber
and call to arms
the armies of angelic host
to help us conquor our own fear

Right now

Awaken your vision….

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Before Infinity

large black loopy line with a yellow centre in a sea of trellis blue with magenta square acrylic painting by phoebe thomasson artLoopy fish in a square sea.

Deviation is innovation

I let go

Ideas flow

Unpredictable direction

that I go

Dripping paint is satisfying

Yellow and black

make a seaweed green

like strands of bladder wrack

the drips find their way

down the texture of the canvas

Day Three

The layers of a painting are like the stages of meditation. Deeper we go and at each stage, the challenge of ‘letting go’ presents itself as we transit from the known, into the unknown. 9th March 2015

Abstract Cartoon

Lattice, trellis, gravity defying speed and motion. The loopy yellow fish speeds through the trellis of time. It’s friend magenta square fish is always by her side.

Square sun, time dimension TIME LATTICE  Amoeba,

One half of infinity

Incomplete

Continuum

Half 0.5

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Zen Yellow

abstract painting in yellow and black by phoebe thomasson uk artist

Zen Yellow is the first in a series of paintings called One Hundred Paintings. I’ve set a mammoth task for myself which I needed to focus my energies on exploring limitation, boundaries and to see what happens. It’s always interesting to work with self-imposed limits and it’s not my usual style but I’m loving the process so far.

There is something about the simplicity of this one that really does it for me. I’ve been a wannabe minimalist for a while now but my life is a testament to clutter (all interesting!) so it’s almost a study or a meditation for me to understand the concept behind ‘less is more’. It’s living at the foot of our stairwell right now but is up for sale below if you’re interested in collecting art.

Zen Yellow

Zen Yellow is the start

The centre of everything

Pure radiance

corralled in bold defiance.

There is nothing undone

about the simplicity

of that moment which holds

only now.

I sit at the centre

undying unyielding to time

or memory’s pall

as Buddha sits

eternal on lotus

and moon seat.

I am that which

is the centre of

the Peace of the world.

Simplicity, elegant art

so rare in times

of abundance spilling over

into a thousand rooms.

I long simply to be

uncluttered,

and real

as a dew drop

upon spring lawn

reflecting the world

but not full with it.

Zen Yellow

contemplates

the emptiness

that is filled

with light.

5th April 2015

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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”

 

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

PROJECT: One Hundred Paintings #1

Day One “Zen Yellow”

The ‘day’ is not twenty four hours. It is mine to define. Every painting a day. This is number one. The first painting and the first ‘day’…

I was so happy to receive my new set of canvasses. Nice deal for me with the last dribbles of savings.

I unwrap. I meditate and think about how, not what.

I mustn’t think about the ‘what’; that’s the magic bit and I don’t want to spoil the experience by over-planning, it’s just not my style.

I come downstairs into the studio. I take pictures off the wall. I tidy away the unnecessary items and de-clutter my space until I can focus my gaze on the marvelous whiteness of the blank canvas.

I do not suffer with fear of the blank canvas.

I honor the ‘mistake is a door‘ school of thought and therefore hold no fear for what is not my enemy but my ally…to be respected of course!

Instead, I revel in the exciting dance of probability and possibility as they vie for birthing in the quantum space before me.

Milestones are set by events such as these.

I feel I’m ‘graduating’ from my self-taught school of learning art within life and weaving them seamlessly into one blanket.

I’ve arrived

This is why this thing exists

This is why I strive

This is how I have traveled here

This is my signpost

I grab a large brush and mixed the black paint. So satisfying!

My mind reaches for a new small hog-hair with the intent to paint a doodle…

No!? Before I can interject the large chunky black acrylic soaked brush sweeps my arm around the canvas in an arc…whoa!

Now that’s how to break the ice!

Pop goes the virgin canvas bubble as the surface tension is slashed by the black line of nothing and everything.

The line tells me….courage, conviction, fearless expression, bold demarcation, space boundary, empty corral

…the yellow comes slinking onto the canvas soon after. The lemon perfect in it’s primary simplicity and bright lucidity.

I am awakened!

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

I look towards the horizon and see a magenta spot on it’s way…

That’s a story for another day!
22nd Feb 2015

New Work: Floral Imaginings Series

 Welcome to my first show of digital artwork.

Floral Imaginings 1: Autumn Days
Autumn Days

 I’ve not had much time to create with paint recently, so I launched into an experimental couple of hours with Serif Photo PlusX6 instead.

It turns out it’s no different than painting in that you have to launch in, even if you don’t know what you’re doing and be unafraid to experiment.

 

Floral Imaginings 2: Winter Nights
Winter Nights

I have to say, I’m very pleased with the results and will be doing more of this type of thing.

I must admit, I’ve been reluctant to go there with the digital thing because I love painting in Real Time with real paint and canvas which maybe comes from being a bit of a purist, but as it is it is an exciting blend of Digital/analogue; the painting was done by me and so was the modelling!

Floral Imaginings 3: Spring Days
Spring Days

 

 It turns out that the opportunities to blend disciplines is what really floats my boat!

I’ve always loved to experiment anyway and I feel that having developed a sense of ‘fearlessness’ with my art has paid off.

The ideas continue to flow. I just need to carve out more time to realize them, but as ever, parenting comes first. If I can do digital work alongside my RT painting I think it will help me fill in the gaps.

This is very early work and I hope you like it enough to share and comment. I will be making some prints for sale too so watch this space for links to my shop.

 

Floral Imaginings 4: Summer Nights
Summer Nights

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Original Photography: Adam White

Model/Artist/Creator: Phoebe Thomasson

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painting with ink on a brand new canvas

Putting Fresh Ink on the Canvas

It’s a whole new world. I’ve relaunched for 2015 my status as a professional artist. There is much work in many areas to do before I hit the sweet spot, but armed with my new-found business acumen and determination, creative inspiration and an amazing team behind me I think this time things will rock and roll.

I’ve invested heavily this season in new equipment and stuff that is going to help me along; it is no mean feat being a full-time mummy and an artist and I’ve been perilously close to the edge of burnout (again) recently, which is scary with my history (ME/CFS). But this time (as opposed to 2003) I have so many blessings on my side. Okay, I am having to work harder than usual to break through the blocks to progress which includes becoming a bit of a boring fart so that I  can focus. Going to bed early is something of an acquired taste for me but essential to overall performance.

So why was I up at 5.30 this morning? Pure excitement. Not only do I have a spanking new Word Press platform to play with (and work out how the hell to pull it all together) I have a new laptop on the way. The new beast is for rendering videos that chart my studio progress in 2015 which I will post on You Tube as soon as we configure the new system and put everything together.

Have a stonking Solstice season with everything in it you are hoping for, and I hope you will join me again soon!

🙂

a red woman with a buddha belly sits on a chair. mixed media collage by phoebe thomasson

Art Gallery: Pregnant Alice

This was done for my friend Alice when she was pregnant. It wasn’t what she was expecting but I was wild and free in my Picasso phase and in love with mixed media collage and strong primary colours.

There is something really satisfying about sticking fabric onto canvas; it almost feels rebellious, but then that’s me in a nut-shell. Make rules? Break rules. If the artist cannot be free then what hope is there for the common man?

We (artists) should be arbiters of change, risk and the unconventional…

Too many stultifying rules can kill our creative spirit. This is the gift of children, child-rearing and child-bearing; it’s such an onslaught of new paradigms that we either gird our loins and learn afresh who we are and what we are capable of, or we sink miserably into depression….the good news is that even if we do sink in the beginning of any endeavor, we can always access the strength of the mother goddess (or father god) within and pull ourselves up by our boot straps.

Life affirms life, as long as we don’t give in to the ennui of despair. Anyone can feel it, our circumstances matter little. It’s our habitual outlook that must be changed. Little by little, like the growing fetus, we can add new cells every day to our growth into the person we want to be.

Are you growing?

And are you ready to be born yet?

🙂

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a stylized leaf running with energy in the veins and on the side gold oak leaves are arranged in a line by phoebe thomasson uk artist

NEW SHOP NOW OPEN! Stunning Giclee Prints now available…

Well I’m buzzing! I’ve just opened my parcel roll delivered today from the printers and I have to say I am pleasantly gob-smacked by the beauty of my work in print….and I’m not just saying that because I’m biased! 😉

The printers have done a fantastic job and the paper is gorgeous. I chose a Bamboo fibre/Cotton mix because when possible, I like to be environmentally friendly, and Bamboo is a great new sustainable resource.

As a print medium it lends itself incredibly well to the original oil painting (I chose Shaman’s Oak Leaf) and it looks very similar to the real thing in its matte finish. It has an ethereal quality I’ve never seen in a print before and I might just have to get this one framed and for myself! But I digress…

a stylized leaf running with energy in the veins and on the side gold oak leaves are arranged in a line by phoebe thomasson uk artist
The mighty oak is representative of the strength that grows from humble beginnings.

Art Gallery: tribal earth

Tribal_Earth_Acrylic_Unfinished

The earth is alive with the sound of drumming…

I’m really into the Primal Blueprint/Paleo lifestyle at the moment and paintings like this mean so much more to me now than when first created. I love that about art. It doesn’t always reveal itself until the lens of hindsight is firmly in place. It also reminds me of the Mighty Boosh art which holds much of the same kind of tribal imagery. It’s fun but also mystical and deep. You know what I mean…the earthy colours and the full moon….wanna stomp? You got it!

Copyright © Phoebe Thomasson 2014