Welcome! ‘Infinite Bounty’, my 7th album is now released! The album includes collaborations with six outstanding musicians from around the globe. Click here to watch the promotional video. I’ve also released a piano instrumental CD entitled ‘Glimmerings’, as featured in the movie ‘Grace’. Welcome to browse my music page to listen to other releases and my abstract painting page to view my art.
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Over a year ago, I posted a blog about my Chinese water pearl prayer beads on Etsy and shared some of the photos that I had taken of each colour. The prayer beads have been popular items and some of the colors are almost out stock (I have one last ivory colored prayer bead and fuchsia prayer bead left in stock). I’m not sure if I will continue making them so don’t hesitate if you would like one of these colors. There are also six other colours still available: sky blue, green leaf, gold, Prussian blue, rose and copper.
Ivory water color prayer beads
Fuchsia water pearl prayer beads
Water pearl prayer beads – all colors
It’s always interesting to see what abstract paintings evoke in people as well as the stories that unfold in one’s mind. For the past few days I have been asking for suggestions for a title for my new abstract painting and am grateful for all the responses I have received. I asked that the word ‘Africa’ be used somehow in the title and the suggestions were very creative. There were several that I loved and as usual it was difficult to choose one. In the end, I chose “African Blaze” by Brent Poirier. Thank you so much for your suggestion Brent.
I have a special connection with Africa as I was raised in Kenya from the age of five and left when I was eighteen. Some of the memories that have stayed with me most are those from travels within Kenya. In particular, I remember visiting the Maasai Tribe and being mesmerised by their jumping dance, the ‘adumu’, while chanting and singing in their colourful red clothing (which represents power and strength in their culture). I also loved seeing their intricate hairstyles and how creatively they use clay and red ochre to colour their hair. This painting evokes those memories for me.
Here is the link to ‘African Blaze’ FOR SALE on ETSY. The size of the painting is: Length 60.5 cm (23.8 inches), Width 30cm (11.8 inches).
And here is the link to the previous two paintings completed: Maasai Gold and Arrival of Spring. Enjoy!
A lovely reminder that we are all one family…
Although it is autumn that has just arrived where I live, my new painting is titled “Arrival of Spring”! Recently I have been painting quite intensively and am now posting my second painting for sale on ETSY. Last week I posted ‘Maasai Gold’ on Etsy which uses a very different style from this one. “Arrival of Spring” incorporates an acrylic paint technique which allows me to play with the blending of colours. And although it is now autumn in the Northern hemisphere, it IS the arrival of spring in the Southern hemisphere so my timing is perhaps not entirely misguided! In any event, spring is my favourite time of year as one sees hints of growth and glimmerings of colour emerge from the earth. This painting evokes for me such feelings and images — I hope you like it.
Here is the link to ‘Arrival of Spring’ FOR SALE on Etsy. Size of the painting: Diameter 50 cm (19.68 inches). Kindly share it with your friends. If you have questions, most welcome to email me through my contact page.
Thank you so much to those of you who offered suggestions for the title of the new painting I just finished. I had intimated that I would like there to be a reference to the Maasai beads that inspired the painting as I was raised in Kenya with lots of colour, crafts and creativity. There were several suggestions made on Facebook and my blog that I really liked so it was hard to pick a winner. A particular title struck me as soon as I read it and stayed with me throughout the process of choosing one so I picked the following: ‘Maasai Gold’ contributed by Bernadette Cortes-Wohlwend. Thank you so much Bernie! I will be reaching out to you to deliver your gift of music. :)
I have just posted the painting FOR SALE on Etsy and will be sharing more soon. There are a couple of different styles I have been working on which come in different sizes and prices. I’ll let you know when they’re up.
Here’s the link to ‘Maasai Gold’ on Etsy. Size of the painting: Length 60 cm (23.6 inches), Width 30cm (11.8 inches) Kindly share it with your friends. If you have questions, most welcome to email me through my contact page.
On another blog post I have shared what inspired me to start painting once again. Enjoy!
About two weeks before we sent our son to university, I started painting vigorously for hours – I had not picked up a brush to paint in the same fashion for years. In fact, the last time I remember painting so intensely was in high school. When I reflect on why I started painting again, I realise one reason is that it brings me a sense of calm and comfort and transports me to a different place. Perhaps it was also a way of comforting myself before our son left for college, and once immersed in painting it was hard to put it aside.
I am sharing with you the piece I finished yesterday and would like your help to give it a title. I will send a gift download of one of my albums to the person who submits the winning suggestion. Please write your suggestions in the comments section below.
Here is the painting inspired by my African upbringing as I was surrounded by colourful Maasai beads in Kenya! (If you’re interested in purchasing this painting, you can message me for more info. My email is on the contacts page).
NOTE: I have just picked the title for the new painting. It is called ‘Maasai Gold’. Thank you for your suggestions. Here is the link to the painting on Etsy.
This quotation by Abdu’l-Baha is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about music…
Turning 15 is a huge milestone on the spiritual journey of life. Baha’u’llah referred to it as the commencement of maturity and in the Baha’i Faith it is the age at which a young person begins to take on for him or herself the practices of prayer, fasting, meditation and the study of the Holy Writings. Through these devotional acts one strengthens their connection with the Creator and lays the foundation for a lifetime of service.
For the last several months I have been preparing some surprises for my daughter who turns 15 today. One of her gifts is a song that I composed in her honor entitled ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’, the words of which are from a prayer revealed by Abdu’l-Baha for women. In addition, I decided to create an album for women that will be dedicated to my daughter and which I will be working on in the near future. I have already composed three of the pieces which I look forward to sharing with you. To listen to ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’, please click below. Even though the link says ‘Buy Now’ you can download it for free (just enter 0 in the amount). As there were production costs, there is an option for donation. Just enter whatever amount you wish after clicking ‘download’ below or ‘Buy Now’ on the website.
Recording ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’ was an emotional experience as I felt inspired while singing certain phrases in the piece. The lyrics that moved me the most while recording were, ‘Make her exalted among the daughters of the Kingdom’. This phrase is repeated near the end of the song and continues to build. I wanted the music to symbolise the angels surrounding and guiding her as she enters this next phase in her life. I was so moved singing this part of the piece as the words resonated deeply within my heart.
A few years ago, I also composed a piece for my son’s 15th birthday. It is entitled ‘Heavenly Wings’ and is taken from two prayers for youth. You can read more details about the song and hear it on a previous post.
My wish is that these prayers will inspire youth all over the world.
Another inspiring quotation by Abdu’l-Baha which is so pertinent today. If only we could all practice this…
An inspiring quote by Pablo Picasso…