Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Fear Within

In the fall of 2015 I followed thoughts into fairy tale forests and followed the fears that were bound up within, and fearing my feelings might gobble me up, I found a small clearing for them to roam free. And once they were free they could feel. And once they were felt they were free. And the fear within turned to freedom within for now I feel fine in the company of wolves.

polymer clay wall plaque, painted with acrylic and oil paint
                                                                       h 11', w 7.5''

This piece has been exhibited in Obsidian Gallery and I intend to display it in some upcoming exhibitions this year. For inquiries email me info@virginialee.co.uk

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Diplomat

The Diplomat
oil on paper

For any inquiries about this piece or any other, please email me at info@virginialee.co.uk

Wishing you all a peaceful day!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Portals to inner worlds

Recently I have been venturing into the mysterious realms of my belly. The place I so rarely want to dwell in for long but a place where treasure is hidden within the turbulent seas and under dark swirling skies.

As a way of drawing my attention back this place my creative urges have been leading me to combine my sculpting and painting. The sensual physicality of the sculpting creates a frame and a vessel for the inner illuminations of my painting. I am finding this combination quite satisfying, here are just a few of examples as wall hangings. I hope to be making more of them.

'In the light of the Hare's moon'

wire, polymer clay, acrylic and oil paint
height 12''

'The Storm within'

wire, polymer clay, acrylic and oil paint
height 6''

'Into the path's embrace'

wire, polymer clay, acrylic and oil paint
height 6''

These sculptural wall hangings have been for sale in my etsy shop. More of them will be making an appearance in there soon so keep an eye out and visit often if you are interested.

A wave and a kiss from my world to your world.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Acorns and chestnuts

Seeing from the heart of a child
opens old minds to the infinite wild
nature's unfurling destiny
from a cradle of domesticity

There was a spark of recognition as a character revealed itself to me within the creases of the clay.  Something of the spirit of my grandmother felt present. Sweet in nature, forever youthful, singing somewhere over the rainbow.

She sits in her oak rocking chair on my bedside table under the canopy of my Merfolk lampshade.

A burgeoning prayer for peace from a seed held within nut, within husk, within my hand, made by my hand.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mother to bee

It would be fair to say that I wandered quite far into the wilderness to discover this piece.

A commissioned piece, the theme of which is 'Bumblebee'.
Sculpted in polymer clay, painted in acrylic, complete with vibrating bees and housed within a 8''x8'' box frame.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Mythic burgeonings..


To bring you a bit more up to date with my meanderings, I can reveal in monochrome that....

I viewed life from within a nutshell..... 

Looked straight into the eye of the Minotaur.....

Ventured to illuminate hollow ground...

And pondered the intricacies of love...

After an abundance of rain there came an abundance of bluebells this May, how generous nature is. There also came much needed tonic of visitors who coaxed me from my festering nutshell and went out to revel in the beauty of the land in which I have the privilage to reside in.

Following the bluebells that were following us...

and found my own nook amongst all the crannies in Wistman's wood...

But even after passing the prancing pony...

and the three wise sheep...

I still needed to get my bearings...

Luckily I managed to find our way home..

To purchase some of the originals and prints featured here, please visit my Etsy store here. Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Cornish wonders.

   Last week I went on a Cornish adventure, visiting the coves and harbours that tickle this tiny foot of old England. I took with me my copy of 'The secret History of Mermaids’ an illustrated guide to the wonders of oceanic folklore, compiled by the respected Professor, Ari Berk. On my travels I was hoping to meet a Cornish Merrymaid or two or hear the call of the Mermaid of Zennor or discover some Atlantean treasures in a smuggler's cave. These remained elusive to me on this occasion except for one evening, whilst dining in a seafood restaurant,  I was disturbed to see that on the menu "Hagfish" was the "catch of the day".  I refrained from ordering it as it bared a striking resemblance to my grandmother, god rest her lemon sole. 

Here are a few of my depictions of Merfolk, some of which feature in the book.

There were some quite dramatic seascapes in Cornwall too

The very spot where a fisherman witnessed an apparition of Archangel St. Micheal, on his mount, over 500 hundred years ago. Not too hard to believe really..