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Light and airy for June 1st.

Something light and airy for June 1st. 



Hummingbirds symbolise for me, unseen magic.      

As they seemingly float free of time from one blossom to another, they are a reminder of all the beauty in our world.


Like flying jewels they move before us in a flash ……


There but not there……an incandescent nanosecond of light. 


The hummingbird competes with the stillness of the air…..Chogyam Trungpa


A Bientôt

Earth Rise – Human Universe

Yesterday I watched Human Universe another superb BBC 2 TV documentary hosted by scientist/physicist Brian Cox.

Brian Cox considers how humankind believed Earth to be at the centre of the Universe for such a long time, until human curiosity eventually lead us to explore space.


I was reminded of the extraordinary images of Earth taken by the astronauts on Opollo II.   I was 23 years  old and remember humankind’s collective sense of awe in seeing our planet from another point of view.

By 1969, we had already begun to pollute our planet, however, no one could have imagined the mess we would continue to make over the years…..


A new study released over the weekend confirms that 90% of climate change has been caused by Humankind!          

Will we change our collective ways?    I don’t know.    Sadly there is too much greed and money involved….and where there is greed and money, all good sense seems to disappear. 


Millions of us around the planet are trying to abate and turn the tide, and of course we must continue to do all we can.

Perhaps we need to be reminded more frequently of our place in the Universe, and how from the surface of the Moon we appear rather like a magnificent jewel – one that needs to be treasured.

Speaking of flying jewelsMagical Hummingbirds symbolise the abundance of natural beauty on Planet Earth – a beauty that must never be taken for granted.   A beauty that needs our collective protection more than ever before. 




A Bientôt

Magical Hummingbirds

From tomorrow, 20th September, my little book Magical Hummingbirds will be available through the products page on my website http//www.janetweightreed.co.uk


Through the illustrations and words, I hope to convey the seen and unseen magic that these tiny flying jewels bring to our world.

Since the mid eighties, when I began my Rock and Nude series,  (see Current Work on my website) I have been producing paintings that speak of the interconnectedness of all life and matter.

In 1990, I started to incorporate hummingbirds into my work.    In this large mural (oil on board) painted for an architect’s building in the United States, I first used the hummingbird as a symbolic image.


In the year 2000, when I began work on the children’s book ‘Cristeve the Cat Finds Her Home’ – I used hummingbird imagery to teach children to trust in the unseen help in our world.

In this image, Cristeve the Cat and the Tiger are guided by a hummingbird. 


In our fast paced, materialistic world we tend to focus on the perceived power of humankind.

The tiny hummingbird with its ability to fly forwards, sideways, backwards, up, down, and hover in mid air,  which are only some of its remarkable attributes, demonstrate to us that we can learn so much more from Mother Nature.

Many ancient peoples believed that hummingbirds were messengers between the worlds, symbolising eternity, continuity and infinity.


In my most recent painting a 5′ x 4′ oil on canvas, I have pulled from all the different elements of my life as an artist, to express once again the interconnectedness of our world.    Note the hummingbirds, and yes the painting is now completed.


On the 26th September, I will fly to Boston for a long weekend with my daughter and then to Atlanta to paint watercolour portraits and enjoy the wedding of a young woman who I have known since birth.    Happy days:)

I will be back here the week beginning Monday 14th October, when I will write my next blog about the trip.

A Bientôt