Painting The Blues

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Cosmic Womb 22/05/20

As well as trying to get to grips with my cigar box guitar during this time of great change, I have dusted off my oil paints and given them another outing.  Since I started in 1997, virtually every painting I’ve done has been an experiment in trying to find the perfect technique to create the perfect end-product.  I’ve tried acrylics and gouache too, but they just don’t seem to do it in the same way that oils do; they simply don’t capture the vividness of the colours.

This painting I did today is probably the closest I’ve ever got to achieving my artistic goal.  As you would expect, the photo does not do it justice; there is so much incredible detail that has to be seen close-up.  However, I’m really pleased with it and thought I would share it with you all.

Stay safe and happy!

And Now For Something Completely Different

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I thought that I would share with you another one of my interests.  I’m a very lazy musician, I love guitars but 6 strings is too many!  I have acquired a custom built, 3 string cigar box guitar.  It was made by a real craftsman here in the UK.  I’m still getting to grips with it, as it is a bit smaller than I anticipated and I’m struggling a bit still, to stop the box moving as I’m playing.  But I’m getting there with it slowly.  I’m also currently waiting to have a crystal glass bottleneck slide custom made, but the virus situation has put a spanner in the works with that for the time being.  Below are some pics and a video; don’t forget your ear plugs!

Stuff!


Hi people.  I thought it was time I communicated with an update of what “stuff” is going on.  Firstly, my latest book, The Road To Nowhere.  I had some real tech nightmares with formatting, which I thought I’d solved.  As a result I added a temporary cover, which enabled me to order a couple of proof copies for the purpose of checking the interior.  To my horror the problems had returned and I was unable to resolve them.  So, I decided that I would download a fresh template and format the file again from scratch.  I’m in the process of doing this now and I expect to be finished very soon.  So watch this space!

I’ve also been painting again, and my latest piece is shown below.  As ever, the photo doesn’t do it justice.  I really like it; it looks fantastic “in the flesh.”

 

There is also the little matter of the latest edition to my family, namely my four-string box guitar; which is based on the classic cigar-box guitar.  There’s another pic below for you to feast your eyes on.  Isn’t she a beauty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, here’s a little video for your amusement.  Ladeez an’ gennelmen, I give to you Seasick Rich…

Psychic Art In Healing


I thought I would share with you the details of a workshop I ran on November 10.  It had been around four years since I ran a workshop and I wanted to keep my hand in; so to speak.  It was the culmination of a few ideas that I had, that I decided to put together in workshop-form.  It was only a short workshop but it proved to be very successful.  Below is the flyer and a couple of pics.  Hope you find it of interest.

 

Satori Presents

Psychic Art In Healing

At Stroud Spiritualist Church, Lansdown Road, Stroud. 10:00 am Saturday, November 10, 2018.

An experimental workshop with Richard Holmes; the purpose of which is to heal a traumatic experience from the past that is causing pain and suffering in the here and now. Participants are advised not to come with any preconceived ideas about what they believe psychic art and healing to be; as we will not be drawing pictures of spirit guides or engaging in hands-on healing.

The trauma will be brought to the surface via inner exploration, and this part of the workshop works on the principle that your soul, being your only true teacher, knows exactly what your physical self is able to deal with at any given moment. We will then move on to the art aspect of the workshop, which involves you expressing how you feel spiritually through your chosen artistic medium; thus releasing the trauma.
Inevitably, when something is removed a void is left. The healing aspect of the workshop involves completing the cycle by filling the void with Divine Love.
This will not be a whole day workshop, but will nonetheless go on for as long as it takes to complete the process.

You will need to bring your own art materials and preferably something to rest your paper or canvas on. Ideal media are oil or chalk pastels, pencils, charcoal and acrylic-type paints. Oil paints, whilst beautiful, are not advised for this exercise as they can take a couple of weeks to dry properly.

Richard Holmes is an author who writes in the spiritual (non-religious)/self-help genre.

*Please be advised that this workshop may not be suitable for anyone who is experiencing mental health issues, such as depression, at present. You should expect at some point to feel a range of emotions that might include anxiety, fear, and anger; you may also experience a sense of bereavement. With this in mind, you should give careful consideration as to whether your participation would be appropriate, especially if you are currently seeing a counsellor or clinical psychologist. You are also advised not to attend the workshop under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other mind-altering substance, as this could be dangerous.