murals, pop art, portraits by Maria Beadell

2016, a time of transformation. A new era is upon us!

20/01/2016 13:27

I have added two new pieces to the gallery, both inspired by the new year. Every New year brings with it new challenges, hopes, resolutions. After a particularly fruitful 2015 for me both in terms of creative output and spiritual development, I had (and have) high hopes for 2016 being a special year, not just for me but for us all. Therefore I felt compelled to start 2016 with an inspirational piece. Start as you mean to go on, as they say.  

Ouroboros 2016

Ouroboros is the ancient Egyptian and Indian symbol of transformation, rebirth and unity; depicted as a serpent eating its own tail. It is featured in many religions and philosophies and is connected to the number 9 in numerology. The number 9 has been significant for me in the past year.  I have done a lot of self-reflection in the past year and decided that I too needed to be 'reborn' into my true calling. My spiritual development in 2015 has also caused me to connect with the universe on a deeper level and feel my unity with it. So, my version of Ouroboros is a brightly coloured snake against a neon universe/milky way background.  By looking at it, I am always reminded of what I need to achieve.  I hope it is as uplifting to look at as it was to create. 

Extinct animals commemorative plate

On a less positive note, 2015 was of course also a bad year for many, not least the hundreds of species of our planet that are being wiped out on a daily basis. I was shocked to learn that significant, large animals such as the Javan Tiger and West African Black Rhino have become extinct in relatively recent years. I think the world is recognising that we need to do more to save our planet from total destruction, and that we can no longer sit back and depend on our governments to do so. Slowly but surely, a collective conscience is being formed. I was fortunate to attend a recent Climate Change rally in London. The atmosphere was electric: urgent, imploring, but also one of joy and unity. We can all come together to save our world. The commemorative plate I painted is a seemingly sad homage to lost species; and could be viewed as almost a dark parody of commemorative plates to celebrities you can collect in such choice publications such as 'the Daily Mail'.  But for me, it's also a symbol of hope. Yes we've lost, but we can also use this loss to take action to prevent further losses. Let's hope we do.