If you are in my region between 11-26th September please stop in and make yourself known to me, its fabulous to connect in real life.
My Home Gallery
Today we started to hang a few of the paintings I have created in the last 12 months or so, organising my space so I can make my new exhibition pieces easily identifiable for when we collect up to hang at Margaret River HEART next week. I will fill one of our spare bedrooms with exhibition pieces and maybe put another hanging rail in the other bedroom. So much art, so little hanging space.
Apologies it seems like WordPress has an issue with the video. To check out the video head to my Instagram @carol.seeley.art of my art fb page @CarolSeeleyArt
If you wonder why things have been a little quiet here I have been painting up a storm – thirty five pieces are ready for my exhibition in Margaret River that opens on the 21st of May 2021. If you are in the region please check it out.
Art Inspired by: Chapter 19 – The Witch Who Courted Death – Maria Lewis
A great Halloween read – and an artist’s inspiration 🙂
The Witch Who Courted Death
RRP $ 29.99
For some, death is a way of life . . .
Considering her status as the world’s most powerful medium, Corvossier ‘Casper’ von Klitzing and her twin brother Barastin had a pretty normal life. Her unrivalled ability to speak with and control the dead had made her a living, made her notorious … and made her a target.
After a horrific incident in her home city of Berlin, Casper’s life is forever changed. The sole survivor, she is consumed with vengeance towards an enemy she doesn’t understand. The only other person ever to escape the legendary Oct was a witch – so Casper is soon on her trail.
But this witch does not want to be found.
Diving headfirst into the supernaturally secretive world of spells, charms and covens, it’s not long before Casper is crossing much more than just the line between the living and the dead . . .
This time reinventing witches and ghosts with a much-needed feminist twist, The Witch Who Courted Death is a brand new title from the bestselling author of Who’s Afraid?
Another book I am sure that will soon make it on to the small screen – a great ghoulish love story! And great inspiration for this artist.
Description: Chapter 19 ” Arachnia V the Medium ” Acrylic on canvas. Orginal art work by (C) carol seeley
Book Launch: Find Your Creative Mojo – Josh Langley
Yesterday I was privileged to attend the launch of the new inspirational book by Josh Langley. Josh knows how to encourage, support, inspire… all whilst enjoying life’s journey.
I love the heading of the first chapter: “If you have a heart, you can create art.” This says it all.
Thanks Josh for your continued support of my creative journey.
Review: Sisters and Brothers – Fiona Palmer
Sisters and Brothers by Fiona Palmer is published by Hachette Australia. $29.99. Out now.
A poignant novel of heartbreak, adoption and a father’s love by beloved bestselling Australian author, Fiona Palmer.
Bill, 72, feels left behind after the death of his adored wife. He relies heavily on his only daughter, Sarah.
Sarah, career woman and perfectionist homemaker, struggles to keep up with the Joneses. As her husband grows distant, she has no support network.
Emma, a down-to-earth nurse and busy mother of three, always dreamed of having a sister . . . But nothing prepares her for the shock results of a routine blood test.
Adam, a successful florist, was raised by his mother. As his dreams start to fall into place, he can’t stop thinking about the father he never had.
Finally, Michelle is trying to build cake-making into a career. But at 46, has she left her run too late to fall in love, have children and find her birth parents?
These five very different people – all connected but separated by secrets from the past – could be facing their futures together. After all, friends will come and go but sisters and brothers are forever . . . The new novel of heartbreak, adoption, family and a father’s love by the Top Ten bestselling author of Secrets Between Friends, Fiona Palmer
For me this was a very nostalgic read – I loved reading about this era (70’s- 80’s), clichéd as it may be – life was so different then and Fiona Palmer captures the innocence of youth (distilled into the character of the protagonist, Bill) juxtaposed against rapid changes in communications, music, health care, technology, the developing women’s’ rights movement…this is a sociology lesson without the homework 🙂
This is a narrative that is built on a foundation of secrets. It is poignant, reflective and ultimately healing. This is a most enjoyable read but don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or two as you join Bill on his life’s journey. Heart-warming, nostalgic, romantic, love affirming…this book has it all.
PS whilst reading this I was inspired to paint this – don’t you think it shouts 70’s to you?
Post Script: Book of Colours – Robyn Cadwallader
The Book of Colours
Harper Collins Australia
ISBN: 978 1 4607 5221 0
From Robyn Cadwallader, author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Anchoress, comes a deeply profound and moving novel of the importance of creativity and the power of connection, told through the story of the commissioning of a gorgeously decorated medieval manuscript, a Book of Hours.
London, 1321: In a small stationer’s shop in Paternoster Row, three people are drawn together around the creation of a magnificent book, an illuminated manuscript of prayers, a Book of Hours. Even though the commission seems to answer the aspirations of each one of them, their own desires and ambitions threaten its completion. As each struggles to see the book come into being, it will change everything they have understood about their place in the world. In many ways, this is a story about power – it is also a novel about the place of women in the roiling and turbulent world of the early fourteenth century; what power they have, how they wield it, and just how temporary and conditional it is.
Rich, deep, sensuous and full of life, Book of Colours is also, most movingly, a profoundly beautiful story about creativity and connection, and our instinctive need to understand our world and communicate with others through the pages of a book.
‘Cadwallader’s writing evokes a heightened attention to the senses: you might never read a novel so sensuous yet unconcerned with romantic love. For this alone it is worth seeking out. But also because The Anchoress achieves what every historical novel attempts: reimagining the past while opening a new window – like a squint, perhaps – to our present lives.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘A novel of page-turning grace’ Newtown Review of Books
A fantastic read that has a Dickenson like bleakness juxtaposed against the passion and the colour of the limners for their craft; a black/grey existence versus illumination and colour, creativity, life.
In depth research, locations that leap of the page, characters and their circumstances that will touch your heart, this is a great read.
And there is a bonus for all art lovers/creators – each chapter is prefaced with a paragraph or two from a book that one of the character is writing about their craft “The Art of illumination.” I appreciated every word.
I Think I Am Being Sent A Message
Over the past few weeks I have read 3 books; A Place to Remember, True Blue and the Book of Colours, (4 if you include the The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart with its gorgeous cover and flower art between the covers) that have spoken to me about art, painting, creativity and the therapeutic value of creativity. The universe feels like it is sending me a message, to say I have been inspired is an understatement – I cannot stop painting! And I am loving the process.
Post Script: Imagine – John Lennon, Illustrated by Jean Jullien
Illustrated by Jean Jullien
Allen and Unwin Australia
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books In Assoc with Amnesty International UK
Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a journey to spread a message of tolerance around the world. Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s iconic song and illustrations by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. Imagine will be published in partnership with human rights organization, Amnesty International.
5 big stars for this beautifully imagined and illustrated book – this really is art with heart! Call me sentimental, I will agree with you that I am, this book just strikes so many chords with me. A book for those who can remember John Lennon’s important song of love and peace (and for those who still sing his inspiring relevant message even if just in their own heads) and for the next generation – who will love the prose, the illustrations and the optimism.
Buy this for someone you love – young or old.
Post Script: Mulga’s Magical Musical Creatures – Mulga
Mulga’s Magical Musical Creatures
Lothian Children’s Books
Guitar-playing fishes? Gorillas on drums? Fluting kangaroos? Join Mulga in his dreamy jungle jam session, where magical animals play sweet tunes from night till day.
MULGA’S MAGICAL MUSICAL CREATURES is a rhyming picture book for children that answers the question where does music come from? It tells the story of a musician who finds musical inspiration in his dreams. While he’s sleeping he dreams of banjo-playing owls, jazz-fluting kangaroos, trumpeting elephants and whistling toucans, and when he wakes up he’s inspired to write a song.
With a style that is entirely and unmistakably Mulga, this fun and colourful story will delight readers of all ages with its fantastically quirky creatures.
Mulga is Joel Moore, a Sydney-based artist, freelance illustrator and poet who paints murals, designs t-shirts and runs the Mulga clothing label. He draws beards, animals, zombies and wacky characters and has a unique style combining crazy colours overlaid by intricate line work. Mulga runs weekly market stalls across Sydney is regularly involved in live-painting events, group shows, private commissions and shop-front murals. His first book, MULGA’S MAGICAL COLOURING BOOK, was an instant bestseller.
Silly rhyming prose!
You will adore the art, the detailed drawings and your child will love the bright candy coloured images and hearing you read out loud this happy and fun rhyming story.