FINE ART PRINTS
From the original artwork hand painted by Tania Crossingham on calfskin parchment using watercolours and gold leaf.
Approximate Image size 14 x 18.5 cm
The text is about understanding that the Light of the Divine is within us. The very essence of who we are at an energetic level is a piece of the Divine itself. That Divine Essence has all the attributes of the Divine, and has chosen to experience the material world using a physical body so that it may learn and become more of itself. To discover that essence requires us to walk the spiritual path that is guarded by the symbolic Griffon and Dragon. Both of these stand as guardians of the hidden treasures that lay deep within. The inner urge inside us that struggles to be more, understand more, and be better than we were before is the Divine plan in action. This is symbolised by the Phoenix that rises from the ashes of the past and represents reincarnation, eternal Light, immortality and is the symbol of the desire for change and transformation. The unicorn is a symbol of purity and magic and has the ability to bestow wisdom to those who are pure of heart. The collar with the broken chain represents breaking free from bondage. This symbolises breaking free from the prison of our own thoughts that have limited us and kept us small. The pansies in the miniature are a flower that represents thoughts and meditation. Contemplation and meditation are the keys to exploring the spiritual path that leads to the Divine.
This piece is based on manuscript designs in the international Gothic style from the fifteenth century.
Words by Tania Crossingham.
Many people have the desire to connect with the medieval era. The artwork I create allows people to do this by enjoying the beauty, detail and colours while others are attracted to the message. These illuminations bring together the magic and symbolism of the medieval era with empowering messages for the twenty-first century. Some of the images are just for pure visual enjoyment. Others are designed to inspire people to explore themselves on a deeper level, learning self mastery and finding an internal balance. Through this deeper understanding of Self, an opportunity for direct connection with the Divine opens up.
I believe the modern, materialistic world is crying out for meaning, deeper connections, and a sense of the sacred mystery. These works aim to inspire this in people.
I've just loved and admired your work all the years I knew you; fascinated and wishing I could do art like you. Your work has inspired me to find and follow my own call, meaning and purpose. (J. Nix)
Your work for me was like a guide post lighting part of my journey discovering Celtic mysticism, spirituality and art! Thanks Tania for your art and inspiration! (N. Moore)
ARTIST, TEACHER & MYSTIC
I have been a lover of books and all things miniature since I was a small child. While studying art at teacher's college I stumbled across a book on medieval illuminations and I have been hooked ever since. There was no one to train me in this art, so I taught myself by studying images in books (before the days of the internet.) For thirty years I have been creating my own illuminations and commissions for clients all over the world. As a student of mysticism, my art reflects what I am learning and experiencing for myself. It is my fervent wish that these illuminations will be beacons of light, inspiring you to walk the Royal Road of self discovery to create a deeper understanding of yourself and a stronger connection to the Divine. I am truly passionate about Illuminated manuscripts and the joy and wonder they gift to people.