From City to Paradise : Oils on Canvas

I created an oil painting live on Facebook (23.01.22)

I prepped. But my own struggles coping/not coping with a dark, murky January in England and ready for its end. #SAD

We’d earlier that day travelled to Birmingham on an errand. Talking of the need for nature. We are not a fan of the greyness and concrete of cities.

Unfortunately we got trapped in the football traffic (Nottingham Forest V’s Derby)

I likened the sat nav taking us directly into the tornado, the hurricane. This led to me losing my shit. As felt incredibly trapped. When I crave nature and open spaces.

Bored of chuntering on in my self hosted pity party. But…The months without a decent long break, working in the NHS…luckily creating art and music keeps saving the day.

Saying that.. Things are occurring that simply don’t ring true with a few people. I’m miffed at the Universe for a couple of situations. Hope resolution occurs soon.

Get up.. it’s dark… go home.. it’s dark. With staffing shortages… 10 day (for us) isolations…. it is relentless workload and issues.

I’ve not slept well recently. I suffered ringing in my ears, raised blood pressure, sinus ear issues. (Luckily it’s getting a bit better now)

Use of Headspace app, more exercise, continued healthy eating. Sad lamp!

But I have discovered Avocado and peanut butter is amazing!

My resilience is waning… I’ve bitch fitted. I am not a zen being! I must try harder with the tools and gifts at my disposal.

So I painted a paradise on the concrete jungle to calm my soul. It worked. It’s very music keep taking the red pill for the city. Unleash freedom from the Matrix and take the blue pill…

Watch the Facebook live video here >>

‘From City to Paradise’ Oils on recycled canvas ‘22

This piece is the sister to. ‘Rapture’

Really enjoy creating them.

SUNDAY – We are off for a real life nature walk to recharge. Going to make it up to Ange for being an absolute mardy arsehole yesterday!

~ Claudine


Anatomy of a Tree. Oils on Canvas

Oils on canvas 32″ x 24″


Read my inspired Tree Blog ‘Tree Inspirations’

Anatomy of a Tree -Oils on Canvas. Claudine West 2022

Inspired by my love of trees. I began this piece in 2021. Left it a while to dry. Then on a dark January evening. I added blossom, gold, silvers, greens and yellow. Drying before its varnish. I also used a recycled canvas. Watch the making of it below.

Chakra Balancing

It’s 2022. We made it! The story behind my reasons to create.. is ultimately well-being. Whilst leaving a legacy for others to enjoy. Accompanying my art creations with my music fills my with rapture and pride. Your enjoyment of my work is a beautiful thing.

After a December of various viruses. (Non covid…but who knows!) Far too many lateral flow tests and nose twitching. I’m blessed to have my own office in my day job. But mask wearing in a hospital, a cinema, a shop is relentless and unpleasant. No colleague hugging or fuddles at Christmas. MS Teams meetings are now the norm. Whilst some can work from home.. some of us picked the short straw in chosen career.

We spent Christmas in Portsmouth with Family. The sea air is a fantastic recharge. And a bug was typically super spread. I’ve got over being pissed off about it now.. as it’s inevitability was obvious….Keep folk in a bubble, but as soon as they are let out.. we catch everything. It’s not practical to live in a space suit forever. Humans thrive with love and touch. Whilst we are testing negative. I’ve very thankful and have been lucky so far, whilst being as careful as is practical in any given situation during these times. One wrong lick of a wall, a finger dab, a puff of covid juice that tips my immune system over the edge… and … well I pray for mild and no illness for all who succumb to exposure. I’ve had some rotten viruses this far in life.. Sustained wellness is a beautiful pleasure. Aim to overload oneself with happiness, good times and good health. We have little control when the bad time and sad times touch us sometimes.

In a world where movies ‘Don’t Look Up’ and ‘Songbird’ portray horrifying events close to the bone. What is one to do? Hermit life felt too isolating after the first year. Whilst productive..Illness has put a dampener on the new year. R&R, sleep and fresh air is doing wonders over my 3 day weekend break. Before I head back to work into carnage…

Today I needed to create… in between intermittent coughing and sniffling…Ange my partner has fared far worse this last week.

I painted ‘Chakra Balancing’ accompanied by a track of the same title from my Earth Tree Healing album Reiki. 2022 I’m investing in my art and music career. A bigger focus on wellbeing. Our wall planner is getting fuller with work, projects and play. 2 years of studying for a work qualification and being restricted slightly during the covid pandemic has been nothing short of challenging with bouts of anxiety, doom and relief.. it’s time to move further forward with positive intentions.

Once you let the ‘system’ control you – whether that be rebelling, protesting against it… letting it affect one’s mental health! The ‘woke’ actually living in anger and fear rather than peace and happiness. Focusing on what we can control. Sometimes ad-libbing is far more fun and making the best of things. As we do.. cracking on with our life’s work and ambitions. Art and music are colourful creative freedom. Meditation takes me away, my dreams are adventures. Just walking through a forest brings revitalising escape.

I meditate to enhance balance. I dream in colour. I see colours during spiritual sessions, reflexology, south therapy, gong baths. I’m experiencing wonders. Focus brings sweeter things. It’s simply makes me feel good.

I don’t strive for perfection or position creating a piece. The perfect circle, measurement, spacing. The expression of shape and colour. Infused with energy and delight for they eyes. Texture for the feel. Bringing new life to someone’s unwanted old canvas.

Chakra Balancing. Oils on Canvas. 22.5” X 22.5”

Time to take the red pill. Unplug from ‘They Live’ and adventure….

~ Claudine

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