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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.

    serpent-tailed angels


    A long, long time ago ~ so long ago that nobody can remember exactly when it was ~ all living beings were formed from the dust of stars. If you look deep inside this stardust, you’ll find an illuminated book continually being written ~ by two beings in ceaseless union, their serpent tails spiralling around each other. They are the primordial sacred couple but, being composed of the same matter, are also sister and brother to one another.

    A long, long time ago ~ so long ago that nobody can remember exactly when it was ~ there lived a brother and a sister...

    So begins the story of Fu Hsi and Nu Gua, the original ancestors of the ancient book of wisdom known as the Zhouyi, or I Ching. This sacred work has informed both my life and art for a few decades now, and a couple of years ago I felt called to honour its deep roots in cast glass.

    First I modelled Fu Hsi and Nu Gua in clay, using an ancient carving as reference:




    Then I poured plaster over the cosmic couple, picked out the clay and ~ after leaving enough time for the plaster to become bone dry ~ filled it with glass.
    Here's what it looked like when I opened the kiln:


    The plaster had cracked open during the firing process, leaving a long, undulating, polished ridge running all the way down Nu Gua's body, which I used to illustrate Leonard Cohen's quote:


    Most of the small tales I'll share here will be of artworks that are available...but this one found a home ~ with Kenneth in the North of Scotland, looking out at the Culbin forest:



    May they long continue to bless the space there!

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