Speaking through colour

I was chatting with my spiritual healer friend the other day and mentioned in passing that I was waiting for an order for art materials to arrive, amongst it some cobalt blue oil paint I need for my erotic landscape. I said that it was very expensive to buy and she asked why and I said that some paints are, depending on what they are made from. For instance French Ultramarine used to be made from Lapis lazuli and was incredibly expensive in the old days. “Oh” she said “I’ve got some of that, would you like to see it?” and indeed I did, very much! So, she brought out her crystals and I sat like a child in a sweetshop enthralled with all the colours, shapes and shiny stones infront of me. She picked out her pieces of Lapis lazuli to show me, and I sat with them in my hand, looking at their particular shade of blue, flecked with gold. How beautiful they were. I pictured the guy who had crawled deep underground to find it, had first seen it, had recognised it for what it was, had brought it into daylight, where it had been sent away to be cut and polished and sold, before finding its way into my hand where I could stare in amazed wonder at it…. And with the Lapis lazuli were other stones, equally as beautiful, a myriad different colours and shapes, all polished and shiny in their settings, they shone and gleamed in the light and enraptured me with their beauty. For I could see their colours and could relate to them for that, but my spiritual healer friend could see their energies and knew their individual powers. And we discussed what we each could see, and learnt from each other of what the other saw. And further into our discussions, it made us wonder about the properties of these stones and crystals, and especially Lapis lazuli, because if it is used as a healing stone, surely there must be something of its power still within it even if it’s ground into pigment to paint with? Could its energies be chanelled to the artist and held within the canvas and experienced by the viewer? Healing art? Mmmm…. is that likely? Interesting thought…….. so, here are the healing properties of Lapis lazuli:

It is deep blue flecked with gold, and can be found in Chile, Italy, the Middle East, Russia, Afghanistan and Egypt. It opens the third eye, and balances the throat chakra. It stimulates enlightenment, enhances dream-work and psychic abilities, and facilitates spiritual journeying. It releases stress, brings deep peace, processes enormous serenity and is the key to spiritual attainment. It encourages taking charge of life, releases repressed anger in communication or throat. It allows self expression without holding back or compromising. It brings honesty and compassion, encourages creativity through attunement to the source. It aids in expressing own opinions, harmonises conflict, teaches value of active listening, bonds relationships in love and friendship and aids expressing feelings and emotions, dissolves martyrdom, cruelty and suffering, alleviates pain, especially migraine. Overcomes depression, benefits respiratory and nervous systems and the throat. Cleanses organs, bone marrow and the immune system. Overcomes hearing loss, purifies blood, alleviates insomnia and vertigo and lowers blood pressure.

Wow! So, then, if that’s the case, will looking at a painting with French Ultramarine in it give you a better nights sleep, make you a better communicator and make you feel happier? Somehow I’d love to think so. But I won’t feel any of the above by using French Ultramarine, whether it’s in oils or watercolours unfortunately. The reason I know this? Is because Lapis lazuli isn’t used nowadays to make paint, its too expensive, the paint is made by a synthetic substitute now. What a shame. It would have been lovely to experience the inner peace the stones can give. Mmm… perhaps my spiritual healer friend will let me look at hers every so often instead….. or maybe I should get some of my own to hold!

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

Comments (26)

  1. Vi
    Feb 27, 2008

    Mate, if it does all that, I’d be grinding it up and swallowing it!

  2. Spiky Zora Jones
    Feb 27, 2008

    sweetie…oh, that was lovely. I love the spark of fire that grows brighter and bolder when you talk of the things you love.

    Honey, where can I get a lapis lazuli stone.

    I loved your post…Ciao babes.

  3. nitebyrd
    Feb 27, 2008

    There is something magical about holding or wearing certain stones and crystals.

    Get some of your own so they’ll absorb your own special energy.

  4. Racy Redhead
    Feb 28, 2008

    I have a beautiful Lapis and silver necklace and earrings set which I haven’t worn yet. I think I may start to wear them now though. They may get me out of my current blue funk – and into blue jewellery instead!

    Great post! x

  5. Vi's Biggest Fan!!!
    Feb 28, 2008

    WOW! No wonder you’re an amazing artist, you’ve got an amazing passion for the paint and colours themself! I also believe that different colours effect us in different ways!

    Awesome post! 🙂 xx

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 28, 2008

    Vi – Well it does do all that, so you better get some!

  7. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 28, 2008

    Spiky zora jones – Wow, I know I speak passionately about the things I love, I didn’t realise it shows so much!

    I don’t know where you would get a lapis lazuli stone in Hollywood. I know in England they sell them in new age type shops. Try the internet, there’s bound to be someone selling some somewhere!

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 28, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Yes, I’m starting to find out about the magical energies in stones and crystals, and i would certainly like some lapis lazuli of my own. I adore the colours of them.

    As for things absorbing my own special energy, I hope my paintings do!

  9. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 28, 2008

    Racy redhead – Yes, I think you should start wearing them, they sound gorgeous! And, maybe they’ll even help you…..

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 28, 2008

    Vi’s biggest fan – I have passions for lots of things! I’m glad it shows through in my art though, and yes, I adore some colours, and am definately affected by certain ones!

  11. Indigo
    Feb 28, 2008

    Yeah I loved it to.. I’ve got my own stone, well one of many..Tiger eye, brings out the feline spirit in me.. but has other properties too. It’s like my angel that I carry around with me..

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 28, 2008

    Indigo – That’s really good to hear that you have your own tiger eye stone to keep close to you. Very special, and just for you!

  13. Indigo
    Feb 28, 2008

    Yes Jackie, we all need a guardian angel with us if not in human form then in crystal or stone form.. mine’s a fish shape Tiger eye, I wear in on a leather lace around my neck.. one of the many things I make in jewellery

  14. nitebyrd
    Feb 29, 2008

    Jackie, I know for a fact, your paintings have absorbed and project your energy. 🙂

  15. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 29, 2008

    Indigo – Clever girl, how talented you are!

  16. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 29, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou, I’m so glad you can see it, and feel it in my work.

  17. Indigo
    Feb 29, 2008

    So can your crystal healing friend recommend something to relieve emotional baggage? To empty the mind of unwanted love, remnants left behind, not longer needed?

  18. Indigo
    Mar 1, 2008

    Thank you Jackie, you’d be surprised at just how far my talents reach…!

  19. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 1, 2008

    Indigo – No, she can’t. Only you can do that by finding a new love. If your talents reach that far, I’m sure you’re desired by many!

  20. bittersweet me
    Mar 1, 2008

    you reminded me that i am part way through a book called ‘Colour’ – it is fascinating to read the origins of paint and dye.

    yes – i did reply to your email. Let me know if you still haven’t received anything for me 🙂

  21. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 1, 2008

    Bittersweet me – oooh that book sounds interesting! I think the origin of the pigment “Indian yellow” is the one that amuses me most ………. Its made from cows urine!! (and its a gorgeous colour!).

    Ok, will re check my emails and get back to you….

  22. Indigo
    Mar 1, 2008

    Indian yellow? .. cow urine? I’m milking 300 cows tomorrow afternoon.. would you like me to capture a few gallons off 426 for you Lol..

  23. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 1, 2008

    Indigo – Er… funnily enough…..NO thanks! 🙂 I’ll continue to buy mine from Windsor and Newton, it might come in smaller amounts, but it doesn’t smell as bad as your variety!!

  24. Indigo
    Mar 1, 2008

    Nowt wrong with cow sh*t love… excellent for ya rose beds..Lol!!

  25. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 2, 2008

    Indigo – I didn’t say there was, in the right place, and I prefer roses in my rose beds…….!

  26. Indigo
    Mar 2, 2008

    I love red roses in my rose beds and women in my bed…

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