Interview with Avalyn

As part of Share the Love (torch was passed to me by
Marilyn Brown

This is the second interview I was to do and now I pass the torch onto

Red Lake

I love Avalyn’s work, it reminds me of what I imagine the outback to be like, the real colors of Australia. I love her imaginative work and I hope you will as well..

Bride – homage to Arthur Boyd

Salt Lake

Traveling through time

The work you do of water particularly of the “River” where you live now is inspired by the River Goddess. What can you tell us about that spiritual language you draw from there?

I guess I refer to the goddess when I am feeling connected with isolated places and water-ways, because there is space to hear something on an inner level. It is of course a very quiet language and even for all of the new-age cringe using the word goddess – this is a reference to a voice that is nurturing, soft and receptive and is far away from loud urban confinements and constructions.

Big Waterhole

I feel a little mad talking to the river and trees but it is sooo joyous. My skin is often thrilled by tingling energy……….and I do sometimes, through the use of imagination and trust ,see under-water nymphs, and had a medium-distance meeting with a yowie a couple of years ago………… I am quite happy to ask myself : what is real?
I am willing to accept this softer aspect of being……….it certainly is a wonderful alternative to the 9-5 schedule for me. Also having been often exposed to the spiritual texture of the original Indigenous people of Australia I have quite unexpectedly been given white-person custodianship of 2 places in Australia and Aborigines not having a written language I am interpreting a formless script through my own spiritual receptors.

Landscape Houses

What is your process in making art?

Simply, it is through a meditative response to my environment. This can come about quite suddenly when I feel gripped by an energy – a slight shivering – which then informs me of a colour to start, a spot to sit, to write or paint. I often journal a feeling and description before I pick up any materials. And different subjects require different materials I find, so it is a wee bit difficult for me to be very consistent. Materials in themselves have so much content. Ultimately I have to be available for what wants to tell of itself.

Light Through my Window

Like many painters here on red bubble I notice, the most wonderful creative resource is just to be present in the moment and allow.
I will get very particular mind-pictures sometimes but I often don’t follow through with those.

What is your writing process ?

Now writing is a bother sometimes. Had an experience a few years ago when I was woken up every night….the sound of a bell or a thud waking me – and streams of words and numbers pouring through my head. It is a completely different mind sensation and has felt like being instructed. I used to write poetry like that but now I am a calmer being………I hope.


*What would you like people to know about your experience in Jordon in the desert? *

Gosh…….now THAT was an amazing experience…too long for this interview…….ha ha …you’ll have to read the book. I did write The Hadjii about that trip since I went to the Middle East on my own just after my 40th birthday, because of a demanding vision of lying on a barge going down the Nile, during a group meditation.
I used to believe, and act in that belief, that my sexual activity was a divine act and I brought spirit into men’s hearts through intercourse. Such a Scorpio thing hey?!
I found out about the Sacred Prostitute as an archetype and read lots about goddess cults in Palestine/Sumeria etc. But for all the ideas of auto-suggestion, I did meet an Arab man who believed he knew me from a past-life. I became very ill after that journey and until I wrote the book and did a soul-purge, I was haunted by difficulties.

Orange Light

What kind of materials do you like to use?

All I can say to that is everything! Though I can’t use oils since I am sensitive to toxins; unfortunately I can taste them when I paint. I like water-colour for its purity and brilliant unsullied hues.

What draws you to photograph the old, the rusty and abandonded? How do you find your subject matter?

I think I’m enchanted by the stories of abandoned things. I am a junk collector because I like assemblage and the more rust the better. It’s that love of texture and the art of decay and change – fascinating!

Car Wreck

Name the 5 people on Red Bubble that have influenced you?

Squirrel with those lovely simple repetitive images. The houses image inspired me to do Landscape Houses because I felt so strongly a connection to Klee.

Sophie Shapiro because she makes my skin crawl with excitement so often when she throws some sublime image onto her site., and she reminds me to allow the work to be itself.

Yourself for your fine management of your materials and your consistency. Helps me not to do too much, and because I think you must be famous and exhibit around the world.
My original sin because your images are something I cannot do and I love to wander my eyes over your excellence. The romance of your compilations are divine!

Victor because he photographs so much really great stuff from the sky and I love those earth patterns……………..but of course this selection is only a few of the very many who are so wonderful on this site.

Thank you Avalyn for sharing your process with us.

Interview with Avalyn

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Joined August 2007

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