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The Spiritual Meaning of the Tiger and Poppy

The Spiritual Meaning of the Tiger and Poppy: The tiger puts a special emphasis on raw feelings and emotions. The tiger spirit animal symbolizes primal instincts, unpredictability, and ability to trust yourself. The Poppy is a recognised symbol for peace, sleep and death. A known source of opium it is synonimus with sleep.The vibrant red colour is evocative of blood and death in battle. In Northern France the fields of the First World War battles are cheered by this native fragile wildflower. In Greek and Roman mythology Poppies were offered to the dead. Source.  To see more of my illustrative work click here. Be Happy xox

The Spiritual Meaning of the Elephant and Mouse

In the kingdom of animals the spiritual meaning of the elephant signifies strength, honor, stability and tenacity, amongst other attributes. To the Hindu way of thought, the elephant is found in the form of Ganesha who is the god of luck, fortune, protection and a blessing upon all new projects. The mouse symbolises the ability to survive the toughest of conditions. Relevant to both light and dark interpretation it may represent innocence or be seen to be a symbol of disease and black magic. This illustration is an original digital collage which I created using Adobe Photoshop. It is available to purchase as a stylish metal canvas here.   If you are interested you can view more of my illustrations here. Be Happy xox

The Spiritual Meaning of the Koi and Water Lily

Below, I briefly explain the spiritual meaning of the Koi and Water Lily which inspired the  recently completed illustration you see above. The Spiritual Meaning of the Koi and Water Lily In the kingdom of spirit animals, the Koi is emblematic of Transformation, Motion, Intuition, Motherly attributes, Patience, Courage, Focus and Prosperity. Revered in Japan these serene fish are recognized not just for their beauty, but for their ability to transform the observer into other-worldly states of perception. These altered states of perception ultimately lead to the attraction of high energy. And this manifests in the form of prosperity of all kinds in our lives. Water Lilies return after rains and as such are associated with optimism and rebirth. They  symbolise fertility, sexulaity and creation. The white flowers are synonymous with purity, peace, pleasure and spiritual enlightenment. The Koi and Water Lily You Can Purchase a Stunning Metal Canvas Print of this illustration Koi and Water Lily Here. And view more of my illustration work here. With Love xox  

Of Bottletops And Barnacles

I have been reviewing my work and thought I would share some of the small body of paintings and sculptures I entitled Of Bottletops And Barnacles which I created back in 2012. The work appears whimsical but is a serious comment on the waste and filthy habits of man. Each piece took inspiration from beachcombed finds from the shorelines of Catalonia, Spain and creates interest from scavenged rubbish.

The Power of Google!

So, as a creative you send your work out into the world and have little idea as to it’s subsequent journey. I have always had a vague idea that my work lurks in dusty forgotten corners and so it was a nice surprise to, completely out of the blue, receive an email from Simon:  Dear Linda    In the early 1990s, which is scarily now 25 years ago, we were passing  through a fair in Ripley and met a young artist who was selling her work.  We took her card as we were penniless at the time having recently got  married. My wife however then phoned and organised to buy a painting  which the artist did to order which was given to me at Christmas by my  lovely partner.  I often wondered what became of the young artist who we chatted to and  who told us about her work. I wonder if it might have been your work?  It’s signed L Dacey and dated ’92. If not, I’m sorry to have bothered  you. If it …


As an artist I derive equal thrills and pleasure from an eclectic and diverse range of art practice. I love to sit calmly and stitch pseudo complex textile forms or create spontaneous, hell just go for it Linda, monoprint drawings! Recently I have been battling with acrylics on plywood – I have never liked working on stretched canvas as I am perturbed by the inherent spring. I find the process of painting surprisingly time consuming and rather frustrating as just when I think I am done I tend to balls up and realise that I must continue my painterly wrestle! When I start a new piece I have a very vague idea of the composition and subject but through the process of tickle and coax am often happily surprised by the end result. Today my work is domestic scale but I look forward to, one day, having my vulgarly large studio so as I can scale my work to serious proportions and make a disproportionate daub and splatter mess with a clear conscience. Happy days.

Gallery Now Open

Big news! Like most things I do it took me longer than anticipated to get my Gallery live – but live it now is! It is an ongoing affair and I will be loading work on regularly, although I am struggling to get decent images as much of my work is super subtle, white on white which comes out a blanket dreary grey. Thank goodness for photoshop I say! My art practice is a varied affair with hybrid creations featuring a diverse range of techniques and materials. Easily bored I live to experiment and each piece I create is 100% unique. Selling art is never easy as it is a luxury non essential item for most people and selling art online is even harder as it can be difficult, if not impossible, to capture the nuance of texture and colour. All work offered for sale is domestic size and comes unframed. After alot of research I opted for a simple interface provided by Bigcartel which is an intuitive shopping cart aimed specifically at small indie …

Psst – I have a Secret or Two.

I lived and worked as an antique dealer in France for 10 years before selling up and buying a Finca about an hour south of Barcelona, Spain. I love Spain and the Spanish people, with their love of life and living outdoors with siesta and fiesta high on their list of priorities compared to the French who, in the North at least, live behind closed doors and keep it in the family. However, with regards to making a living, Spain has proved to be a less than easy nut to crack. When I bought my l’il finca I carefully cut my cloth accordingly but by 2011 selling vintage online was a doomed and done deal due to the proliferation of folks hopping on the bandwagon, (the cow was truly milked), and today I live with Rick in a touring caravan in Felixstowe, UK – a temporary arrangement as we rethink/regroup in readiness to return to the olive and almond Finca in the sun. So, number one secret sssshush – I am, for now, a kind …

I am Busy

Things are pretty hectic here. I am busy tweaking this site and organising imagery for the Portfolio section which I am keen to start to populate by the end of this week. I am busy building a gallery/shop in which I aim to offer for sale some of my work as well as quality art materials.   I am busy conceiving both free and paid for online art courses for your consideration/delectation!   I am busy writing emails for those of you who wish to really get to know me and my marvellous life diddlings! (This valuable content is only available to my ‘Inner Circle’ – if this is of interest to you you can join me here and download for free my Creative Living Resource.  Why not see if you relate to my ramblings and if not your bag you can super easily unsubscribe – no hard feelings, go on your happy creative way, adieu). I am busy being creative working on smallscale paintings. I am busy reaching out and building my network. I …

5 Common Traits of an Artist

This is something that I have been considering since age 11. What does it take to be an artist? – (not: What does it take to be a successful artist? or perhaps what is a successful artist!?) – Oh boy I can easily tie myself in knots with this one. Artists come in many creative guises but I believe we all share certain traits. here are my top 5 traits: Artists don’t have a choice: I firmly believe that something, some other energy source outside of me, drives my creativity. I often feel that being an artist is a burden that I would prefer not to carry. Please don’t get me wrong, I love creating and when circumstances align I am happiest when busy in my studio; but there are many days of self doubt, lack of inspiration and lethargy. If I am not creating I feel a heavy weight upon my shoulders. Being creative is crucial for my well being and good health – I am obliged to continue come what may. Artists are …