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Imagine if you have ideas for paintings, books, music or all sorts of other creative endeavours….but you lack the tools with which to express them.

Compound this with the notion that the luxury of creating is only for a select few – or those who do create seemingly  arrive on this planet with all the necessary skills and talents already formed!

In my last blog, Self-Discipline equals Freedom,  I described how I found the freedom to fully express myself by establishing new and positive habits into my life.    These routines and habits brought with them a daily structure which I still adhere to.    When I live within that structure I feel fulfilled and content…when I don’t, I feel a sense of frustration.

definitions of frustration:

anger, resentment, disappointment, discouragement, depression, discontent, lack of self esteem/confidence

Large symbolic oil on board – mural for public building in USA – circa 1991

One of many large murals I painted after my turning point in 1987.       It expressed my new found freedom of working within daily rhythms…..and at the same time contributed to paying the bills.


I believe that prisons and rehabilitation centres are filled with people who were never given the gift of self discipline or the necessary tools with which to explore their creativity.         With a myriad of ideas running around in the mind, but unable to express them in a tangible manner, a deep level of frustration and resentment builds……

Is it any wonder that some of the most popular TV shows are of a creative nature…cooking, gardening, baking, etc.     These shows help people to focus.   They become involved with the process and often in observing are given the desire to have a go themselves.

Three 18ft hanging mobiles – installation for public building, USA.  –  Using a jigsaw, I cut the shapes for the mobiles from 6″ thick house insulation.    They were then painted white and installed into this 40ft high atrium. 


In my ideal world, men, women and children would spend a period at the beginning of each and every day doing something creative.        This might be one of the solutions for peace and harmony the world:)

Speaking of which.      It was in the mural I have shown in this post that I first began to incorporate hummingbirds as symbolic imagery and so I leave you with  some of their colour and magic.


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