All our hand-finished giclee print editions are individually created. You choose the size of either cotton blend 440gsm canvas or Somerset Velvet 330gsm 100% cotton rag paper from the selection below. These collectable editions are created in partnership with our selected Fine Art Printers in Brighton. Using a combination of ultra-high resolution digital photography we are able to colour calibrate to match the original paintings extreamly successfully. This combined with hand-finished detail in gold leaf and added paint detail makes for a stunningly beautiful and vibrant artwork.
The Phoenix Rose - Sacred Geometry Mandala
Mixed medium 200cm x 200cm on canvas
Honey in the heart.
11 Golden honey bee's link wings inside a hedecagram star entwined with Jasmine. The gold paints contain both essence of Jasmine and Raw Honey. The title of the painting is written in Runic Script painted within the copper spokes of the outer Sundisc.
The Phoenix Rose - Zu Studios, Lewes.
31st August 2014: When I start a new painting I am choosing to step into the unknown and this painting was no exception.
I had constructed the two metre square frame-stretcher for the canvas through June of 2014. The first coats of gesso were painted on the 21st June and the canvas left out to dry in the Solstice Sun. I had lived with the blank canvas in the studio for 8 weeks and had fallen in love with the vast deep white space that was so pregnant with potential. Outside the huge vine twisting up the outside of the old warehouse of Zu Studio's gifted us the scent of white jasmine flower. Bee's were buzy flying in and out of the hives on the roof deck. Today was the 31st August 2014 and the day of The Phoenix Festival celebrating community, arts and culture blossoming on the Phoenix Estate in Lewes.
The private studios on the first floor were quiet and closed off to the public for the day. I was again staring into the white blank void of an empty canvas when I had an idea and immediately noticed the beam light coming through the big arch window of my space. "Of course!" I need to invite a woman, as representative of the divine feminine, to help me find the centre of the painting. I jumped out of my chair to go and find someone to help me. Just as I opened my studio door a friend Janee and her daughter Bella appeared at the top of the stairs. We cut some twine from the ball and pined the line to make the 11ft diagonal' s corner to corner. Where the two lines meet is the centre and Bella marked it with a pencil. When they had left I used the twine to measure my reach arms out stretched finger tip to finger tip to fix the diameter of the circle and then went out to enjoy the festival.
Some days later I was again staring into the blank void of an empty canvas but now with a faint circle and centre-point marked on it. Inside the studios were really hot and the scent of jasmine was strong again. Jasmine flowers have 5 petals...I noted. I had just finished reading about Syria, the Arab Spring a story about a girl and a poster in Damascus. I could hear the buzy panic of one the honey bee's caught in a spiders web in the window and was considering giving the bee assistance but decided to leave nature be. Bee's means honey comb, hexagons and all things 'sixy'...I noted. The centre of the painting had been marked by the 'feminine' and the circle had be transcribed by the 'masculine'. That evening the 'subject' of my Mandala painting became 'Honey Bee' and 'Jasmine' (honey hex'=6 sided and Jasmine petals=5 sided). The Geometry of this Mandala became 6+5=11 and an 11 sided polygon is called a Hendecagon.
I have since discovered that Damascus means 'City of Jasmine'.