Sunday, 20 January 2013

I'm back!!

It's been a busy January so far!
It's also been unbearably hot and humid.
I can handle the heat but
I don't cope well in high humidity as it causes my arthritis 
to flare up and, with it, comes lots of pain. 

Australia's temperatures are rising.
So much so, that they had to add another colour 
to our temperature map recently.


For numerous reasons, I gave myself an impromptu blogging break 
and, while I didn't get too much sketching done, I did get some art done.
I'll post about it over the next week to avoid this post being over-long.

For today, my salt lamp!

Beau (#2 son) turned out to be my secret Santa in the Christmas family gift exchange 
and he and Steven bought me a Himalayan rock salt lamp.

I love it!

I have it on my bedside table. 
I was surprised at how heavy salt lamps are!

Here it is turned on during the day time.

And at night-time.

It gives off a beautiful warm and tranquil glow.
Just perfect for meditation!
These lamps act like ionisers and also correct imbalances in a room.

Himalayan Rock Salt lamps are made from chunks of crystal salt 
taken from deep within the Himalayan mountains.

And, of course, I sketched it too.
Pencil-free sketch in A5 Holcroft sketchbook 
using ZIG Millennium pen, PITT pens and watercolours.

Another sketch I did of my green Buddha.
Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine sketchbook using ZIG and Stabilo Point 88 pens.

And that about sums up this post.

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful January.
If you're in the cooler regions, 
PLEASE send some cold my way.

~ Love, light and peace ~

38 comments:

  1. that lamp is gorgeous!!such a lovely glow it gives off:)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I often leave it on overnight as I find it helps me have a more relaxed sleep.

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  2. I had never heard of a Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp but now that I've read about them I want one! Yours is beautiful...love that soft glow at night.

    Stay cool, my friend!

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    1. I love mine, Janet! Yes, it a very soft glow....not one you could read a book by but it's so soothing. :)

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  3. beautiful work! I'm sitting in the glow of our Salt lamps right now!! I love how you painted the salt lamp, my gosh it just glows!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! Your salt lamps are lovely! After seeing how heavy my medium-sized salt lamp is, I can understand how the larger size could break your collar-bone....how is the healing coming along?

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  4. Your Salt Lamp is just awesome. I love the way it lights up at night. How great. Lucky you! Glad you are back with your wonderful sketches. I always love your work. Great job on your pieces. Welcome back, take care. My arthritis is really kicking in with this cold weather.29, 30, 39 degrees just kills me. Bye for now.

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! I have missed visiting blogs and hope to be over soon to visit your blog. My arthritis seems to do a little better in our winter months but, bear in mind, our winters are very mild. Our lowest temps don't go below 41°F. :)

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  5. Sorry I cant send you any cool weather either, hot hot hot here too!

    I love your lamp yes it does give off a really nice glow. I was given a piece of salt which looks like your lamp a bit and I know they make lamps with it too, and it was from Poland where they mine salt too in a town called Wieliczka. My dh went there and bought it back for me and I have it in our room and yes it does for some reason make me feel good too!

    love your sketches, as always!

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    1. Salt is a natural antiseptic and cleanser so I can see how it would make the atmosphere of a room feel better thereby making us feel better. How cool that you have a piece from Wieliczka!

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  6. ps good to see you back in this space!

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    1. Serena - just remembered that in wieliczka they say that the salt is very good for breathing and for the lungs. I know when I feel a little chesty I get my salt rock into the room, and while its in the room I feel it does my lungs good too!

      In Wieliczka there is a sanatorium there deep underground too! its an amazing place.

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  7. Those salt lamps are so cool! I'm so happy your got one!!! Love your green buddha sketch!

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  8. First of all the picture of your heat index gave my heart a little stop, that is HOT!!
    I am a fan of Salt Lamps! they are so beautiful and I love the way you have yours set up in that wonderful little vignette. Very tranquil and inviting. Enjoy it!!
    Peace~
    Dawn

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I find the ambience the salt lamp creates is very calming.

      Peace to you ~ xx

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  9. Glad to know that you had a good rest. That lamp is lovely and so is your sketch

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  10. I cannot imagine dealing with that kind of high temperatures and humidity... love the beautiful lamp...take care and welcome back xxx

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    1. It's very hard to cope with our rising temps because it's so uncomfortable without air-con....like being in a sauna. Thanks, Bettyann. xx

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  11. Where I live, it's supposed to be cold but each year the winters get milder. what I wouldn't do for a big snow storm...just one at least. I could kick myself for letting my son sell a salt lamp years ago at a yard sale. We never used it but seeing one again makes me wish we didn't part with it. I'm with you about high temps...hope you find some coolness soon!

    xo
    Jane

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    1. I know what you mean, Jane. We barely have winters at all any more compared to what it was like when I was growing up. They say to leave the lamps on as often as possible to get the best results. We ended up having some rain this morning which helped keep the temps down for today. :)

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  12. Oh, I am so excited to see the rock salt lamp with the lights on and off. That has a much brighter glow than my rose quartz candle lamp. I love it!! Awesome!
    Great sketches. I know what you mean about the humidity and the arthritis! I hope things settle down weather-wise for you soon. Love and hugs!!

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    1. Thanks, Rita, and I'm glad you like the salt lamp...I thought that you would. xx

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  13. Oh my, that sounds awful! Everything above 20 degrees is already getting too hot for me, and humidity makes me feel like a dead fly, and I'm so glad we've got cold and snow here. I hope it's getting cooler soon, and your arthritis better! Absolutely love your sketches, especially the one of your new salt lamp - with the added colours, it's positively glowing from the page!

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    1. It is awful, Kay. I think I need to move to Tasmania. lol Thanks for your kind comment on my sketches. It feels good to be back blogging again. :)

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  14. Great to have you back, Serena! Hope the heatwave won't last too long, nor your pain either... It's snowing here in Norway, would you like a cold vacation? ;o) LOVE, love, love that lamp...I've always wanted one of those...dreamy... ((HUGS))

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    1. Thanks, Tracy...it's good to be back. :) It sounds great although Norway would probably be a little too cold for me at this time of year. ;)

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  15. Glad you are back! :) I hope you get a break form the oppressive heat & humidity soon. Your sketches are awesome, as usual! :)

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  16. Hi Serena, that lamp is very cool. Not sure that I've ever seen one of those before. Your drawings are always so beautiful! Wish I could sketch my surroundings. Very cool! Take care! Tammy

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. I'm hoping to get back into my daily sketching very soon although I still have a pretty big painting project on the agenda which is going to be time-consuming for a while.

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  17. Lovely sketches and the salt lamp fascinates me ~ Glad to see you back ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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    1. Thanks, Carol...it feels great to be back ~ :)

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  18. Serena, I like that lamp alot! I have heard great things about them. I love the dish on your table with your stones. I have a dish like that with my fav stones ;) Your buddha is wonderful as well!
    Sorry to hear about the awful heat. I hope you get some relief soon!
    Love Fran T xo

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    1. Thanks, Fran. I think gemstones are so cool....glad to hear you have a dish of them too. :)

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  19. I have a salt lamp tea light holder on my desk at all times and it helps sucks some of this moisture out of the air around my paper... and I love the soft glow of it... your wonderful drawing of the big lamp is wonderful... I have put one on my wish list for a pressie this year... xx

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