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a Lightworks blog

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scroll right to the bottom of the page
to find the post you've clicked on!

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My favourite commission
and some thoughts on
bespoke work in general :)

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a country distraction ~
creating a home for

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To our winged ancestors
from a timeless, summery
Somerset garden.

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A few images
from the state of
mind called Bali

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Another wintery
guest post by
Cathy van Hoppe

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A Christmas dream painting
and a Sweet Chestnut Path
dream timelapse

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the inauguration
of Altair air Abhainn ~
Alter by the water

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Fu Hsi and Nu Gua
Ancient founders of the
I Ching in cast glass

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focus on
the floor of
my studio

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a mandala
to re-set our relationship
with time and our one
precious life

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A creative relationship
with time

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In celebration
of all things light,
bright and summery

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The River Ribble
is the location for a video
of the Rodriguez song

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Two video sketches
from our mistical valley

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The snowy stanes
A little video shot on a
beautiful solstice morning

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An Imbolc offering
to the beloved Celtic
Triple Goddess

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High with me
A dream drawing
timelapse inaugurates
this blog reborn :)

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An Eskdalemuir angel
timelapsed for
the feast of lights

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The long read
An article on dreaming wisdom,
the I Ching and African Dream
Root, first published in Caduceus

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The ancient origins
of the I Ching ~ a
little video, part of my
ongoing work with it.

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ancestral wisdom
A timelapse of following
dream guidance with art

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About the exhibition
Some multimedia musings on the
Shambhala at Shambellie experience.

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A new Animus exhibition
A little about Shambala
and the making of a
cast glass piece.

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If I have a guiding principle
in life, it's death. Music video for
Emma Gillespie's beautiful song.

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A painting timelapse
of a six-foot long piece
for Rennaldburn's
tiniest room

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Illuminating the Book of Love
A music video for the
song by Oisin HendriX

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Cathy Van Hoppe
tells a Winter tale

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first in a series
of dream-drawing timelapses
I'll be uploading now and then.

    The Christmas artist

    I’ve always felt a rich synthesis between dreams and art; a winding track leads from one to the other through beautiful wilderlands, with infinite unfoldments along the way. The very nature of the fusion, though ~ exactly how each permeates and informs the other ~ is largely beyond words; it’s the images themselves which open a space for a deeper truth to grow.

    In an all-encompassing sense, I like to keep the channel open as much as possible between the fertile, star-lit world in which all things are possible, and waking life…in which all things are also possible, but can feel less so.

    More specifically, I love to literally create my dreams. Sometimes with songs or through other mediums, but often by painting or drawing them.

    Here’s an illustration taking form, of a dream I had in the Autumn. In it, I'm given a choice of tracks to follow through a carpet of young sweet chestnut saplings, and choose the middle, least travelled one. It is a beautiful pathway.

    Not long after travelling the sweet chestnut path, I had a dream filled with rich interior imagery. In it, I visit my good friend and fellow valley girl Catkin. She’s absorbed in painting a beautiful miniature arched Christmas painting in a room filled with light, colour and living trees; as well as a Christmas tree, there is a pear and a laurel.

    So many kinds of goodness are embodied in this simple dream scene. A verdant creativity; abundance rooted in a deep inner peace rather than merely matter; an all-encompassing sense of a warm and welcoming home; nature as an intrinsic and honoured part of life.

    May everyone be blessed with a Solstice and Christmas this bright…and a year similarly filled with goodness, creativity, peace and abundance, with the holiness of nature at its heart.


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