My Mindful Moment series are 12 pieces that will directly fund my own therapy this year, I will be releasing a painting on the last day of each month that I've painted mindfully that will directly fund my own therapy and hopefully I can raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma and create some good conversations and support to others.
As I'm still having therapy I still need to raise funds to pay for this service (especially crucial currently with all that's going on in my life). So I've decided to continue the Mindful moment series but with a new theme! This series will follow closely with the seasons that we experience month to month here in the UK. This includes the full moon each month and its meanings, any wiccan/pagan sabbats from the wheel of the year and the correspondences they have. I hope to guide you through a full year of connecting back to nature and the meanings behind old traditions
The July full Moon was referred to as a "Buck Moon" by the Algonquin Native Americans of what is now the north-east United States. This is because it appears when new antlers appear on buck deer. Europeans called it the "Hay Moon" because of haymaking at this time of year. In Celtic, this Moon was known as the Claiming Moon, Wyrt Moon, Herb Moon, and Mead Moon, indicating that July is the time to gather herbs (or wyrts) to dry and use as spices and remedies. The Anglo-Saxons called it the Hay Moon after the hay harvest in July.
However, I wanted to focus on the warm sea in July for this image and paint a minke whale. The minke whales can often be seen between half a mile and a mile off of Yorkshire's shores between July and early October. They are the most common whale to see in the UK and lucky people will catch a glimpse from land as they come in to feed.
The painting is A5 sized, painted with vegan acrylic and watercolour paints on to sustainable bamboo paper and framed in a black made to measure frame (please note this frame has a slight nick in the side but is sold as seen - I don't think it effects the overall look). It will be sent next day delivery via DPD unless collection can be arranged.