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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Precious Mosaic

'Precious Mosaic'
"You are not broken.
You are a Precious Mosaic of experiences.
You are beautiful."

Words: © Sept 15 2015 By Shiloh Moore
Artwork © Jan 2016 By Shiloh Moore
Watercolour and Pitt Pen on A4 Paper

The words to this piece came to me after reading a beautiful meme on facebook by Rebel Thriver, quoting Matt Baker's words:  "She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she's won." (meme seen below with link to Rebel Thriver's post on Facebook.)

I don't resonate with the image of being in a battle, but I certainly go through a lot, as do so many people, so I adapted the words to something I could say to myself or to someone who is struggling:
"You are not broken.
You are a Precious Mosaic of experiences.
You are beautiful."

© by Rebel Thriver (Facebook Link)
Used with permission

I didn't know how to approach bringing my words to life visually.  I don't have the energy to make a real mosaic.  And I couldn't find an app or program to make a mosaic from an image I've already made.  And then I came across this image on Facebook by Leonie Dawson:
Used with permission

The image struck me as something I could do, a creative way to make an image like a mosaic.

Here my version is before colour:
This is the first image I've been able to sit up and paint in many months, and I'm still recovering from the effort, but I got lost in it and it was so fulfilling to do.  Hopefully soon I will be able to do more.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

To Cry Out

"To Cry out
is not to admit defeat 
or failure.
It is to be human" 

Words © 2016 by Shiloh Moore
Painting: 'Woman of Rain' © 2011 by Shiloh Moore
from line drawing © 1998 by Shiloh Moore

Monday, January 4, 2016

Heart Of An Aussie Owl

'Heart of An Aussie Owl'
© 2015 by Shiloh Moore
December 2015
Pitt Pen on Watercolour Paper 

I sell (and give away) cards I've made from cardstock, scrapbooking materials and stickers.  In October a friend wanted an owl card (of which I had many!) but he did not want a 'horned' owl or owl with heavy eyebrows - 'they're American.  I want an Aussie Owl!'

Of course all the scrapbooking materials I can find only have 'horned' or 'heavy browed' owls.  So I looked at Australian Owls at www.owlpages.com and fell in love with their almost heart shaped faces.  So bit by bit throughout December 2015 I drew my own version of an Aussie Owl.

'Heart Of An Aussie Owl - Step by step Collage'
© 2015 by Shiloh Moore

This was the evolution of my drawing. 

May the heart, the essence, the wisdom, the power and the beauty of an Aussie Owl be with you :)

May this owl welcome you to the New Year.