Journey of self discovery

a painting journey of self discovery
Faceless (with angel)



Dawn Lim, Faceless, with Angel, January 2022.

Artist statement of this work: From time to time, paintings take shape because of a spiritual relationship I have with the art, the earth and the metaphysical spirits in every living thing. This painting is a reflection of two individuals who are spiritually connected, and are about to share something of great worth. My paintings work best when they come through inspiration and personal discovery.

This piece may be purchased at the online Gallery Bluethumb

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Spiritual Paintings?

I have painted a few insightful maybe spiritual paintings.

Last week I started an abstract painting and finished it with wax medium. I added 3 little blue marks at the corner, in my mind I thought of the Godhead after they were applied. Come Tuesday I went with my husband for him to have growth removed. I had taken a photo of his ankle after the biopsy and to my surprise, when I got home and looked at my painting again, I saw the same thing in my painting as I saw on his leg. When we got the biopsy results we breathed a sigh of relief, it was benign. I felt I was inspired when I painted.

unnamed painting

Creative Intuition:  

Sometimes art speaks through me; it is can be almost as if my subconscious is the creative force as I work with the paint and canvas. For example, one time, I created a subliminal painting and was pondering how the inspiration had evolved. As soon as the painting was complete, I learnt of a friend’s passing. I was very shocked!   

The next morning a dear mutual friend came to visit. As soon as she saw the painting, she perceived that it was of a spirit going into the spirit world, saying goodbye and helping us all to move on. The painting helped her to process our loss and allowed her additional strength to let the memory go in peace. 

Meditation is spiritual inspiration 

I often pray or meditate before I begin painting. This helps me to clear my mind, and put me is a space of pure love. I love the colours, all of the colours. I love the use of colour, and the restraint used so as to not overstimulate when simple colour patterns are best.  

What do you see when you look at this? 


Looking at the Earth 

In early 2019, I felt drawn to paint the earth as though I was looking at it from above. After I did this, I felt it was not quite finished. What is the earth without people to love and care for her, and for each other?  

And then, I thought of COVID 19, and how we will only get through it by connecting and helping each other. I painted that feeling into the work, and felt that it was at last complete.  

Leaving or coming to Earth

Weaving a baby blanket

What is the value of lockdown if you do not try something new? For me, I am teaching myself to weave. I have a new loom, in addition to my Ashford rigid heddle. I created a baby blanket as a gift for a friend using hand-dyed wool. What do you think?  

Watch me weaving on YouTube:

acryllic and wool woven baby blanket
the newly woven baby blanket on the Ashford 8-shaft table loom

My coat

One of my favourite musicals is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  

My coat is not of many colours, (though I can see why Joseph’s brothers would have been jealous—hand woven and hand-dyed coats are a major work!) but it is a luxurious and regal purple. I love it. It is scheduled to be shown at the St. Arnaud Gallery in April 2022, COVID pending.  

You can view my coat on YouTube here:

early morning very seriously lol trying it on.

The Coat

I have made the coat. I had exactly the right amount of fabric and I did it on my own. From woe to Go it took 2 months of actual work. Although there was a lot of time in between. I haven’t shown it being worn because I Took it to be dry-cleaned and it shrunk a few sizes!!! I got such a shock. But its Still wearable when I loose a few more kilos. Apparently, it should have been agitated when washed with baby shampoo before I made the coat up. It is very unusual to make clothing from home weave.

still waiting for black embroidered toggles to finish it.

Squiggles and yarns

86 x122 cm mixed media on paper
on the Loom.
Last two weeks Work.

I have a lot of fun and love making things, especially working with my coat. So much goes into making a coat- sourcing the correct lining, finding a pattern that works with hand-woven wool, and sewing hand-woven wool which is a skill on it’s own!

Painting again

Wax medium and oil paint on canvas,

Sometimes a canvas speaks to you—whether it be from linen or a past work! I need the mediums to speak to me, to help me feel my spark again.

figure, Pulled out of the Marks already there. Linen board.

Ready for the next step

I finally finished weaving my cloth for the coat I’ve got in mind. Hooray!! Next step is buying some lining. Then learning how to sew it all together I’ve a pretty good idea but need to learn about lining and collar, and making a pattern. I did make a pattern to fit with my first weave before and learnt how to shape the shoulder for this next time.

the finished weave, there’s 6.60 metres altogether.
The coat pattern i admire and wish to emulate.

Apologies 💞

Im sorry I have neglected the blog I’ve been busy weaving for a coat. And seeing another artist smudging paint on his portraits, which was what I had in mind I lost heart with my portrait searching idea. I couldn’t bring myself to disfigure my work. I’ll share my weaving instead. But I have another idea brewing for my next painting 🙂 hopefully tomorrow.

First finished weave
fabric airing after a wash
a third panel

Searching, as a painting subject.

drawing for next painting.

As an artist, I feel like I have different styles within the body of my own work. These are not academically labelled or styled, but different ways in which I feel my work is developed from within me. This work is a combination of two of my interpersonal styles. I am not sure it worked, what do you think?