(Printed to fit A3)
RedBubble calendars are printed on an HP Indigo 5000 (for those who haven’t heard, this is the digital press). Each page is a matte coated print on 170gsm pages. The cover shows your choice of image on heavier 300gsm paper. Your calendars have a hanger and white wire binding.
RedBubble calendars are satin-coated prints on high quality art paper. They’re A3 size (that’s 297×420mm, or 11.69×16.54″)
You can also receive from me a Free An Addendum Wall Hanging to go up next to your Calendar which includes inspirational thinking for each month and why i chose each piece of art – i will send you the file via your email, or you can have it printed up here at red bubble, i suggest getting the largest size you can so you can see the printing easily
For the last few days, I’ve had this feeling that I have something more to say….strange, i was wanting to write something in the form of a poem, but I just can’t put my finger on it….and then I realised I just have so much to say already there, but i’d forgotten to express it…..really the inspired paintings i’ve created say everything about me, about what i believe in, and about what i hope to share with the world.
Yesterday, as a spur of the moment thing, i decided to see whether i actually had enough inpsired works to create a calendar that would really speak to the heart and the soul…something of meaning…..something about the journey of life
Hence the Inspired Calendar was born and uploaded to red bubble yesterday
A collection of my deep and meaningful mixed media paintings…. to read more about the inspiration for each one, please read the description/explanation or click on the linkety links below to see the art more closely
I began the calendar with this one, because it represents the Journey of Life, and here it can represent for you the beginning of a new year, a chance to start over and begin anew, leaving behind the old things and beginning a brand new journey, it is a good time to think about your goals for the coming year and write them down
This one comes next as a reminder that for everything, there is a season, a time to live, a time to die, a time to laugh, a time to sing….and the list goes on and on, you will probably experience most of these things throughout the year, this painting is a reminder that these things come and go, as do the seasons, to help you find strength and resilience to cope…if we know our troubled times don’t last forever we can cope with them better, knowing they are finite, and if we know the good times don’t last forever, we will enjoy them more for every moment they are with us
Mar Hidden Treasure
To remind us to look deeper and go further than just our initial response to a person’s presentation… people are far more complex and interesting once you get to know all the different facets of their nature, to remind us not to be quick to judge, ponder a person a little longer….we can be quick to judge and pidgeon hold people with little regard to how complex life is, and most people are really trying hard to be the best they can…try a little kindness…look for the hidden treasure in everyone
Apr Heart of Gold
We are all searching for people with a heart of gold, people who will be true and trustworthy…they exist, don’t give up and become cynical about life too early, you might be surprised if you keep your eyes peeled, that there is still some good in this world (also heavily inspired by the novel “Sylvia” by Bryce Courtney)
May Flying Machine
A semi self portrait to remind us, that all things are achievable, even things we sometimes never considered before, to remain open to suggestion from others, don’t put up all your walls at once and refuse to listen, be open…listen to advice, use what you can and throw the rest away…don’t allow critisicm to blind you to what good might be hidden within what people are suggesting, but do not hold onto it so that you bash yourself up and become embittered by it…sometimes people have unclear motives and you are best not to pay to much attention to their choice of words..and what they have spoken over you can be a spell that heightens your own dislike of yourself… we are ourselves our own harshest critics in general…so be kind to yourself
Jun Midnight Blues another semi self portrait, but not of my face, this is my soul…the soul/spirit….this is on a blue day, a day when i think large thoughts and ponder the universe…a reminder of the times when sometimes we need a quiet place and a little music to space out for a while under the stars and moon and gain a little perspective on things…..go and live in another place in your mind’s eye for a little while, i often transport myself to the beach and lie on my towel on the sand, absorbing the suns rays, and feel a trillion zillion times better after that…….or i deliver myself to a deserted island where sky meets water in an endless aqua haze, a soft breeze kissing my cheek and hugging my skin, and the rustle of palm leaves comforts me as does the smell of the salty sea and fallen ripening coconuts rotting in the sand…i hear the water as it gently laps the sand, and my heart is made calm
Jul Polly’s Pearls
This one represents the search in life for the greatest treasure of all, the pearl of great price, that thing that we’ll give up everything else for….the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the hopes and dreams that we strive for, and it shows the intensity with which we need to look for it and strive….this is the journey….sometimes fraught with danger, but an important journey nontheless, the struggle against complacency
Aug Titian Blonde
This is like a dreamscape of desire for me, the desire to be free of my shackles and chains… if one wishes to stand on a mountain in the middle of darkness under a starry night, and contemplate flying across the sea with the wind blowing their hair, then why shouldn’t that be a possiblity….come fly with me, across the ocean deep, where troubles dissipate beneath your feet….
Sep Still Waters
to remind us to rest and take it easy…sometimes the waters are still and calm, and we feel a sense of lostness less the business and buffeting of the waves we normally find some resistance in, a reminder to let go, and just ‘be’, a reminder to simply enjoy the silence and stillness
Oct iliki Spirit of Aloha
a reminder to embody the spirit of aloha, to display aloha to others and throughout your life
“Akahai,” meaning kindness,
to be expressed with tenderness;
“Lokahi,” meaning unity,
to be expressed with harmony;
“Oluolu,” meaning agreeable,
to be expressed with pleasantness;
“Haahaa,” meaning humility,
to be expressed with modesty;
“Ahonui,” meaning patience,
to be expressed with perseverance.
These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It was the working philosophy of Native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii.
“Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation.
“Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.
“Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.
“Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
Iliki was also heavily inspired by the novel “Hawaii” by James Michener
Nov Thoughts Become Things
A reminder that Thoughts do become Things, so take time to ponder your thoughts and where they may lead, don’t spend too much time rushing about, sit and be still for a time, allow your mind to fill with new ideas and ways to achieve them, keep up your creative spirit…enchant me, enchant others…bring life to old things…bring joy to others
Dec Cross Your Heart
Remember others, be otherly…but remember to take care of your own heart first, so that it is well and whole and healthy….strive for goodness and kindness and loveliness…our world is troubled, hasn’t it always been though….but through this be a light and a beacon to others, for what other reason is there than this…. take care of you, so that you can share your wellness, creativity, love for life and encouragement with others… and goodness and kindness will follow….like karma….and even when it doesn’t seem to, remember always, that you have deposited some good…and this is enough :)