I think since asking for participation from others to find a space and voice to express themselves regarding how it has felt to be facing SARS-COV-2 otherwise known as COVID-19, it’s equally fair that I share my own experience. Again like everyone else this is a personally reflective piece and only belongs to me and … Continue reading My Own Lockdown Experience And Covid One Year On
I am currently updating this exhibition with peoples stories. There are a lot. When this has finished the page will once again become public. Eventually each image will fin a new home within the current skeleton of my website as I continue to build it. I ask for your patience. All of this will take … Continue reading The Page For ‘The Stories We Tell’ Exhibition Is Temporarily In Draft
Call out for previous and new participants for an upcoming exhibition, the last in a series. All that is required is a quote about how you are feeling in lockdown one year on and submission of a selfie which will be digitally altered to maintain your confidentiality. Please take a look on the link above … Continue reading Call Out For Global Participants
Having a little hiatus for health reasons, I’m good just recuperating from medicines that didn’t quite work for my body very well. There’s much coming up beginning in a month. Firstly I will be putting a call out for my ‘Being Human In Lockdown’ exhibition to see where people are at a year on. This … Continue reading Lots Coming Up Soon
Matching the smile on my face. After a long awaited duel it quietly petered out like a wet whimpering lump. Finally I have a new form that actually works. What was wrong? you may ask and the truth is that I actually have no clue. I tied the old deactivate delete and reinstall my plugin … Continue reading Contact Page Finally Working
Please click here to enter the exhibition: https://stacieamelia.com/digital-story-telling-set/ Everyone’s perception is their own and is informed by a multitude of factors. What do your eyes see? What is your story?
So it is the eve of the release of ‘The Stories We Tell’ exhibition which is the biggest release of my works to date. I appear to be having an inner meltdown. Questioning who the heck am I? There are incredible artists well beyond my ability (so, so many). Imposter syndrome has set in and … Continue reading The Eve
I know this year is very different for most of us so I just wanted to reach out and make connection with all of you. For some this will be a welcome rest or an opportunity to have a different day, for others it may be very lonely, heartbreaking or worrying. Regardless how it feels … Continue reading Merry Christmas/ Holiday Season
On the back of the Being Human In Lockdown 2020 exhibition and Six Months On I have been conversing with many. It is becoming clear that people are feeling a real emotional fatigue and experiencing increasing fear as the pandemic continues on. The theme of escaping into some sort of fantasy place has been arising, … Continue reading A New Exhibition Coming Soon
I have offered an interactive introduction to ‘The Stories We Tell’ exhibition which will launch in January. A special introduction that highlights 16 spooky images specifically for Halloween. Each image holds within it a story, since we each perceive things differently based on our own experience and senses I would like you to tell the … Continue reading Halloween Themed Excerpt ~ An Introduction To My New Exhibition At The Beginning Of 2021
Visit https://stacieamelia.com/being-human-in-lockdown-2020/ to view the artwork. After request I shall release a Part 2 of the exhibition on September 30th. You will find this release on the same link above.
I have been working on a particular painting since 2016. It began with a deep feeling but no idea where the piece was heading. I just knew something needed expressing. There wasn’t a knowing about anything just in the moment experiencing of an emotional world. The painting has been through many stages. I would engage … Continue reading The Unfinished Piece
Today I was wonderfully reminded of a quote that was incorporated in an earlier post In Search of Meaning (ii), it still resonates deeply and was a delight to read once more. It is still as pertinent to this creative journey I am undertaking, so much so I wanted to share it once again. “The … Continue reading Meaning Making
©️ User 326726150 · Poem - Inadvertent Incognita ©️ This poem was inspired by an interpersonal exchange this week. Inadvertent Incognita When you think, feel and know that you lived, there’s a story of what happened but nothing to prove that it did. Nothing of substance than can be touched to say for sure ‘yes’, … Continue reading What Is It That Exists?
Recognize that Who you call ‘I’ Is merely a consolidation of memories And a voice of hope. ‘I’ am but an idea Afraid of its flimsy reality. And so …Live Like You Don’t Matter Recognize that Who you call ‘I’ Is merely a consolidation of memories And a voice of hope. ‘I’ am but an … Continue reading Live Like You Don’t Matter
I am working in partnership with the NHS to host this community art studio. The aim is to help people find the space to explore, express themselvesand grow both interpersonally and creatively.
A poem by a friend of mine. I just love it and wanted to share. Can you share the whole, real you? You will find her here if you would like to read more https://www.facebook.com/haikuofireland/
~ a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon Stumbled upon this today and thought it was so beautiful. Can I? So simple to shut out all the extraneous clutter of the street, lyrical airwaves, garden sounds flying through the windows buzzing, quelling even what my mind is captive to, captivated by, placed on hold, but can … Continue reading Can I?
Finally a breakthrough 🤲 After five years of not connecting with music properly something has truly shifted. Music was always a go to within, a place to feel and find voice for the inner world. Since diagnosis of MS in 2015 I had always thought that this loss of interest or connection to music was … Continue reading Music
Pre Virus As you will know from previous posts I have been undergoing treatment with a chemotherapy tablet, this means that I have been sheilding. It has been 16 weeks now (4 whole months). I began ‘quarantining’ off my own back early in March (official lockdown began on the 23rd) The Virus Unbeknown to me … Continue reading Covid-19 Experience
Another wonderful poem by Paul Cannon! Very much exploring similar questions as myself in the form of poetry. This is all Paul's work I just had to share, I hope you enjoy, you will find the weblink below. Am I? Am I just a shade, a phantasmic abstraction beyond punctuated reality, projected on cracked walls, incorporeal spaces ever shifting as rising … Continue reading Am I?
THE GRACE IN BEING HUMAN The Beginning Of What Felt Like The End “Ashes” a song by by Celine Dion https://youtu.be/CX11yw6YL1w It has been 5 years since my life and all of the hopes and dreams I had imagined were blown apart. A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and simultaneous relationship and a close friendship (for … Continue reading Life Lessons
#blacklivesmatter movement “Beacons” song by Nik Ammar https://youtu.be/TFCeHJSe5Dc There are many conflicting understandings out there about this movement and people are battling back. Firstly I need to say I am not black, I can lay no claim to personally understanding the ingrained generations of experience that are coming into public awareness right now. I do … Continue reading Black Lives Do Matter
There has been so much that has occurred since the end of last year that has deeply and profoundly affected my heart and being. I don’t want to get into detail for now but it has me thinking about our lives and when we are no longer here. Where is the evidence of our story? … Continue reading Our Map?
I will not die an unlived life.I will not live in fearof falling or catching fire.I choose to inhabit my days,to allow my living to open me,to make me less afraid,more accessible;to loosen my heartuntil it becomes a wing,a torch, a promise.I choose to risk my significance,to live so that which came to me as … Continue reading Dawna Markova 💗
So my painting (unfinished at the time but now complete) was shown up at Shambellie House for exhibition from 15th-30th Nov as part of an add on to the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS) exhibitionMy piece was just one of a few that were exhibited from local artists. It was nice to be included, I feel … Continue reading Exhibition (2019)
~ by Oriah Mountain Dreamer ~ It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, … Continue reading The Invitation
So it is that time of year again. I begin the follow up rounds chemo treatment in November. I feel prepared. This will be the last for a few more years (or at all). It is amazing how treatments for long term immune conditions are improving. I am wondering what it will bring this time … Continue reading Being Present
We want to understand ourselves, the world around us, and what it means to be alive on Earth. We want to discover who we really are, and we want to understand our suffering. Understanding our suffering gives rise to acceptance and love, and this is what determines our quality of life. We all need to … Continue reading Thich Nhat Hanh
I often reflect on the moment in Alice in Wonderland when the caterpillar asks 'who are you?' It is such a big question. Her reply is "well I'm not sure, I'm not myself you see, I'm not the same person I was when I woke up this morning!" and " How puzzling all these changes are! … Continue reading Identity
~by Danna Faulds ~ There is no controlling life. Try corralling a lightning bolt or containing a tornado. Dam a stream and it will create a new channel. Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet. Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground. The only safety lies in letting it all … Continue reading Allow
Why here? Why now? Why at all? This blog post is more on a personal note than the others. It is more a pulling together of everything to date so I can consciously move forward into a fuller focus and commitment to this work. I hope naturally though that the posts that follow are more … Continue reading In Search Of Meaning (ii)
~by Ella Wheeler Wilcox~ Don’t look for the flaws as you go through life; And even when you find them, It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind And look for the virtue behind them. For the cloudiest night has a hint of light Somewhere in its shadows hiding; It is better by far … Continue reading As You Go Through Life
It has been an arduous task trying to define most precisely what I have been aiming towards with this work. I have spent many months in a sort of hibernation, tossing and turning towards understanding my real intention here. This is it. Fundamentally I am searching to understand how each of us make meaning of … Continue reading In Search of Meaning (i)
When you pick a flower it dies quickly. It becomes more temporary. Let it be and it will seed and another form will regrow each year blooming, bringing joy and delight each time. I am not a flower to be picked off from my roots because I looked good. Enjoyed only for someone’s temporary pleasure. … Continue reading The Flower
"But who in the world am I" - Alice In WonderlandIn order to begin exploring the labels that we attach to our sense of identity we must begin by exploring what sense of identity is, asking what is it that 'I' am attached to and the 'stories' given behind that. This is the beginning of … Continue reading Who Am I?
~ by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr ~ A mighty wind blew night and day It stole the oak tree's leaves away Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark Until the oak was tired and stark But still the oak tree held its ground While other trees fell all around The weary wind gave up … Continue reading The Oak Tree
Very recently a long time friend of mine turned up at the Community Art Studio with the above gifts. A little hand decorated box filled with some shamanic love. I have been lost for words other than thank you for some time. In this past week these have played a beautiful part in preparation for … Continue reading Taking A Step
Finally today I begun my chemotherapy treatment. It has been a long time in the waiting, many hurdles none of my own making however the day has been and gone the first two pills taken. I have not been one for medicines as previously mentioned but I just have to believe this will make a … Continue reading D-day
~ by Jeff Foster ~ Love is not a feeling. If love were a feeling, it would come and go, like in a great drama. Love is not a thought. If love were a thought, it would have an opposite. Love is too small to be contained in thought. Love is not a belief. If … Continue reading Love
Loch Ness you deliver time and again, a genuinely special space. So I have had the wonderful gift of amazing profound teachings this weekend on retreat. Made deep connections with people (both here and elsewhere) Spent time contemplating and learning what this human life is and a framework from which to take forward exploration. Offerings … Continue reading Here and Now
Yesterday I began travels once more, this time to attend a mini retreat up in the hills of Loch Ness, this is my favourite part of Scotland, not only the vastness of space but the concept that this loch exists as a result of a fault line where two continents meet. I had always considered … Continue reading Traveling
Ok there has been a delay with regard to some treatment I was expecting to have had already for my illness. I have twice tried to come away in the past few weeks, first time I was not really in the best position to leave home and the second time I was sharing a hostel … Continue reading Well…
~ by Stacie Amelia ~ An abyss falls within, an unwelcome weight, pulling down into darkness where the other lost wait. Each soul is crying in heaviness of grief, (There is hope though for that pain to fall away ...like a leaf) It takes time for each soul to find their own special way out, … Continue reading The Passing Of The Lost Lands
Some behind the scenes work. Using my wheelchair past couple of days to help manage the fatigue caused by intermittent medication whilst I await news of my longer term treatment (the saga that seems endlessly in the hands of NHS finance, however I shall know for sure by tomorrow) I have to say the chair … Continue reading Making Art
This woman's words resonate deeply and bring such visual imagery to the fore of mind, I have really enjoyed many of her works and look forward to finding more.💖⭐️ 🥀😔 🍂🌘
From seeds once planted So much has happened, so much experienced and processed. Life has a wonderful way of occurring regardless. I'm forever writing and rewriting this blog post and yet not publishing it. I have been in and out of heart and thought, everything keeps shifting, changing and I'm forever doing my level best … Continue reading Seeds Planted
"In transitions, we must learn to be still. Being still is, in part, about learning to be comfortable with ambiguity" ~ Janet Rebhan, Creative Options For this past while I have been considering different creative methods and trying my hand at some new approaches. I love working with clay, oil and acrylic paint and have … Continue reading Reflections On Ambiguity
This process between heart and mind can be pretty messy. I have always struggled with uncertainty and have needed things to make sense. But I have been learning these past few years that things mostly do not make sense, that there isn't always visible or easily detectable rhyme or reason. There is logic there however … Continue reading Existential Beauty
It has been such a long time since I last posted, there have been many reasons for this not least a loss of confidence in my very being. After many attempts approaching this work I have found it challenging as it is asking me to both look deeper into human nature and therefore also deeper … Continue reading Best Laid Schemes O’ Mice An’ Men
Just a share from a moments reflection on the experience of emotion. What is emotion? What does it mean? Are there key experiences that each of us share even if the way in which each of us make sense of our feelings differs? The offer of a poem and a quote. Poem This beautiful poem … Continue reading When Great Trees Fall
After much contemplation I am thinking (not 100% certain just yet) of focusing on 'emotion' as the theme to explore this year or at least emotion being a big part of the theme. Emotion, we all experience it; we feel it, express it, embrace it, hide from it, distract from it by engaging in another form … Continue reading Potential?
~ by Stacie Amelia ~ Outside grew a storm in the midst of the night It's arrival insidious, its impact a fright. It grew above so selfish, so dark It's rain dampened all connection and spark. Quietly in sleep it let itself in Came in the night carrying sacks full of sin. Slowly pouring its … Continue reading Poem – The Thief in the Night
It has been a while since I have posted. I have been quietly working away and feeling the enormity of the task I have set myself in exploring this art project. I need time, however, to integrate all of what has arisen so far and to be realistic in recognising that it is more sensible … Continue reading For Now
Emotion It seems more often of late that wherever I turn I find a heart offering from the universe. It got me thinking about emotion, what is it? How does it affect us? How does one capture and express it? Dictionary definition Emotion is a strong feeling deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with … Continue reading The Heart Of It
Part of my life turning upside down was learning I have both a rare health condition called Transverse Myelitis as well as Multiple Sclerosis. Neither condition can be cured, the Multiple Sclerosis may or may not get worse and I now need to help sustain my current health by injecting medication. Having been someone whom … Continue reading Vulnerability
In earlier posts I have found myself contemplating the concept of time, that there has been a past which isn't happening now whilst simultaneously being aware that there is a moving on from right now, that there is no static. People, circumstances, objects all change form, nothing is as it was and nothing will stay … Continue reading Evolution Through Time
I have had to hold and work with a lot in this life, as too have so many others. There comes a point where we say enough! When we begin to chose what is important to our hearts, we chose to work with and through what matters most dearly at the end of the day. … Continue reading Adversity and When Enough Is Enough
In the still moments I find I am sitting with much grief. Grief has to be the most painful emotional experience of them all, feeling attachment to something we hold dear whilst simultaneously knowing we can not be connected to that anymore. The swirl fleeting between feeling the yearning for and the feeling of loss, … Continue reading In The Still Moments
So I have returned home to have some down time and create some newly commissioned artwork. On the journey back I was sat next to an interesting lady of 82. Quite a character and happy to chat. Often she chose poetry or phrases from the bible to convey her sense of meaning which was … Continue reading Entertaining Angels Unawares
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust This first trip has two purposes, to explore the 'beingness' of humanity and also to find some space within myself to be with my own soul both of which are to aid emotional deepening and … Continue reading Connection
Travel around the islands was a challenge so in day two I hired a car and the choice offered vast opportunity. The views along each road were breathtaking! The journey between Lewis & Harris had me driving high up in some very large hills and the were hills rolling for miles. I managed to spend … Continue reading Lewis, Harris, the open road and I
Gorgeous day to have been on a ferry, managed to get some amazing photos of mainland Scotland. Incredibly stunning! To anyone whom hasn't been up to the very north of Scotland I invite you to add it to your travel list. The further up you travel the more beautiful it is. Decided this trip … Continue reading All Aboard To Lewis and Harris
Still on the 'time' question I was thinking about my stay at Loch Ness these past couple of days. The loch itself was formed upon a huge fault line where two parts of land have come together and are moving into each other, the sides are as steep as the mountains that overlook it and … Continue reading Between A Rock And A Hard Place
For the first time I have experienced travel sickness, the plan for today was a trip to Durness' Smoo Cave however a short leg of the journey had me unsure. Seems the roads are more twisty than I was prepared for. Adjusted the itinary and have settled for a day of down time in Ullapool, … Continue reading Question of Time in Ullapool
As the sun sets on Drumnadrochit I am grateful for my day. I spent some time on Loch Ness (which so far is my most favourite place when I need to find space) and had a visit to Fort Augustus to sit on the banks of the water. Not much reflection this evening just a … Continue reading Goodnight from Drumnadrochit
Arrived in Drumnadrochit last night to find I was invited to share a very special birthday moment with someone I had just met. The backpackers lodge has just been taken over by new management (and their adorable baby), they had prepared a birthday cake for a member of staff and just as I arrived in … Continue reading Existential Moments
The journey begun early and after some cinema in Glasgow I am now aboard my connecting bus to the first stop of this trip, Drumnadrochit. I was surprised to discover I am travelling on a luxury bus! A nice flow of free refreshments, I'm feeling fortunate. Discussion so far has focused on the the natural … Continue reading The Journey Begins
As part of Luminate Scotland's Creative Ageing Festival I hosted an Exibition of my work on Growing Older in the Stove Dumfries. The exhibition was a huge success with thousands of people participating across the globe. My work can be found in the Growing Older section of this website. Some behind the scenes images: Thank … Continue reading Growing Older Solo Art Exhibition October 2015
From the 25th May this year for four weeks I had three pieces on show at the "Queens" exhibition, one of which was a video of a small community celebrating the wedding of Will and Kate in April 2011. The exhibition was celebrating the Jubilee, 60 artists to celebrate 60 years of our Queen and … Continue reading PART OF A SECOND EXHIBITION!!! (2013)
My very first exhibition was held in the Virginia Gallery, Merchant City, Glasgow from April 27th 2011 and my work was on show with a group of other artists for three weeks. It was themed bond, the things that bonded and connected us. Below are some pictures from the preparation and opening night... This was … Continue reading My First Opportunity To Exhibit (2012)
This is the beginning of a brand new website so please bare with me whilst I build it up to be more singing and dancing, For now there is this page and eventually all will fill out. Thank you for your patience. In the meantime you can find some videos of my artwork work in … Continue reading Welcome!