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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
Rennaldburn's
starlings

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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.

    Bal-iiiii!


    "Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word
    in their language for 'artist' or 'art.' Everyone is an artist."
    ~ Anais Nin

    This is how Bali struck me when I went there aged twenty one: visiting a land where spirituality and creativity live at the heart of life had a formative and transformative effect on me. (That journey was one in which I ended up shipwrecked on a small island in the Indian Ocean…but that’s another story :)
    This time round, I was going for a month with my betrothed, in the faith that he would feel this unique, vibrant spirit too.
    “Baliiiiiii!” is how someone in security at gargantuan Jakarta airport pronounced it; playfully, but with the feel of a mythical, sacred place. And we were enchanted from the very first morning, when a stroll along a Kuta beach, minutes from the airport, revealed a multitude of wildlife…including a very handsome pair of snakes we filmed from up close, only discovering later that they were sea snakes with a lethal venom.


    We’ve arrived back inspired to move forward with our various works, so I won’t turn this into too epic a post…but just share a few snapshots into Bali life as we experienced it:



    jungle temples...




    sacred monkeys...




    horse-washing at dawn...




    loving daily offerings...

    (this one by Ketut Sumiarti, our homestay hostess. Here's the link if you ever want to stay with a lovely family high in Bali's mountains :)



    shrines by every doorway...




    a cats-only island...




    painting with Mada, Ketut, Wili & Putu...




    ...and misty mountains beneath us as we flew North again.



    Sometimes, the inner truth of a journey unfolds after returning home once more...and, with dreams of flying turtles and extravagantly coloured butterflies, Bali is still working its magic on us as we walk by Rennaldburn's clear waters and frosted swathes of snowdrops. Now is time to get creating again :)



    Mada swinging on a vine at sunset


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