of the otherworld

“We live in two worlds… the world into which we were born,
and the otherworld that was born within us.”
– a druid homily –


There is a place that I feel most comfortable, it’s an “other world”.  I go there when I’m quiet, usually sitting somewhere on my property, perched on an old tree stump or a rock – that’s my favourite place to sit…with mother earth.  Every now and again I might hug a tree that speaks to me.  Most often I find looking at all the tiny detail in a so called “weed” more interesting than the pretty flowers…or the bark on a tree – humming with life, you can feel its spirit.

And when I’m in this place I feel the presence of others…it’s comforting.  I close my eyes and my imagination then creates stories – it’s magickal.

My “people” are there…in that place.  I’m not one to have lots of friends, have never felt part of a “sisterhood” or “tribe” or whatever you want to call it.  I am a loner, I do my own thing…always have.  But what I do love is my world away from this earth bound existence.  Oh don’t get me wrong, I have a great life here where I live, just I prefer the other.

I find I am spending more time there as I look for peace in this world.  I am landscaping some parts of my place, so I can sit among the rainforest plants and trees, because that’s where I converse with my girls, my soul group, my sisters.  They have been with me for all time, lifetimes, even before time.  It’s like they are a part of me, they are me.  We are all one after all.

This part of me is finding its way more into my art, I feel compelled to draw and paint that otherworld, or how I perceive it to “look” – if it has a look.  I mean in reality it has no “look” just a feel.  So I’m painting that feeling….and this class has that feeling.  The beings from that otherworld.

And there is something about watercolour and the powdery pigment of soft pastels that embodies the soft lovely feeling of that world, that’s inside all of us, our soul.  Loose sketchy lines, no borders or boundaries….it all merges into one.

If you feel that otherworld too why not come and share my journey to create these three lovely girls…Oh, and the hare, and the moon, and the owl.

class is now open for immediate arting!

click here for class info

For more information and the supplies list click below

To celebrate I am giving away a complete set of three 8×10″ prints of the artworks above (includes worldwide shipping).

To enter do both 1 & 2 below:
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Also for an additional chance to win!!!  you can comment on my facebook post as well as this post ….just visit my page here)

I will draw the winner by random number generator in 3 days time.

53 Comments

  1. Thank you so much everyone I have loved reading through your beautiful comments 🙂 Congratulations to Julie May who is the winner of the giveaway!

  2. This looks like a magical class… shared with several “art sisters”… I’d love to win the art… it’s wonderful… signing up!

  3. I would be delighted to win three of your beautiful art prints. This class sounds amazing! Thank you for a chance to win.

  4. Toni, I’m so excited to go in this magical woodland journey with you. So glad I recently found you and your work. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talent. ❤️👩🏻‍🎨

  5. I love your art so much. I’m a Lone Ranger nature lover and want to take your class. ❤️ Thankyou for this opportunity

  6. I so relate to “the other world” & feel really connected to it whenever I walk thru “Hidden Grove” just minutes away from where I live where there are ancient giant trees, maple wetland & startling rocky promontories….I often speak to my friend about the elves & faeries living there…love your art & would be thrilled to learn more about your style & technique in painting these ethereal glimpses of fairyland.

  7. Love your story, I feel that way too! I would be stoked to win your prints, they are gorgeous! Shared

  8. This class looks super special! I’ve loved your work since I first came across it when moving to Australia a couple of years ago! Your progression since then has been just amazing to witness! I love this magical world you have and the works are just WOW! Thanks for this opportunity! xxx

  9. Toni,
    Thank you for an opportunity to take one of your wonderful classes. Learn so much for each lesson.

  10. I too have my “other world”….I love your work. Please continue to share it with us all! 💕

  11. I just love your classes! My daughter cherishes the journal I made for her from your class. Your instructions are so well done and you answer all questions with sincerity. So we’ll meet again in In the Other World.!

  12. Toni , what a beautiful blog post & feeling you have shared through your art . I too know exactly what you talk about when you describe “The other world ” & sometimes I prefer that place than here but know that I am here to make a difference & bring peace and love but know I can always escape to this place when I need to , it’s very comforting.

  13. That hare! This class might be my birthday gift from me, to me next month. Did I mention the hare?? 💙💕❤️🐰

  14. Toni, I love your art. So soft, warm and inviting. Would love to win this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  15. This is absolutely stunning! Would love to have the opportunity to learn from you… thank you for this amazing opportunity! ❤️

  16. Thank you for offering this wonderful giveaway, Toni! I love your process and this class look like something that would bring me much joy. I love all things, bunnies! I was born in April, so as a child people would always give me stuffed bunnies as gifts.

  17. I love Toni’s art! If you are thinking of taking a class do it. She teaches so well. It’s like your standing beside her and she is giving you her undivided attention and knowledge .If I could I would take every class that she offered and own every print she sells!!!!!! Her work is amazing!

  18. your work is very intriguing, I would love to incorporate your techniques into my work. I love how “otherwordly” it is!

  19. This class is just so magical! How I would love to win – and my daughters and I would be so grateful for the prints. Thank you Toni!

  20. Beautiful works of art! Just gorgeous! I’ll have to look into your class; it would be wonderful to learn some new techniques and I’ve not worked with pastels very much.

  21. If you are trying to decide whether to take a course from Tony, DO IT! You won’t be disappointed. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the classes I have purchased. I can rewind and watch parts over and work through the techniques at my own pace with no pressure to keep up with anyone else. This class looks like it will definitely get your creativity flowing! I love the magical qualities of the subjects. Thanks, Toni, for sharing your talents!

  22. Hi I have just discovered your wonderful classes and have rediscovered my love of drawing and it has given me so much happiness escaping into my own world of imagination . Looking forward to trying these out and enjoyed reading and understanding more about yourself . Thank you and good luck everyone 🙂

  23. Dear goodness!! Im in love! I would love to win a spot, your art is so wonderful! <3 messengers is my fave as it reminds me of my 4 bunny children. 🙂

  24. Toni, thankyou for sharing such a beautiful story about your ‘other world’ , I found it beautifully touching.
    This class, like all your others looks wonderful, but I think this one has something extra special in it for us to be able to find our own ‘magickal’ world. Am putting it on my ‘to do’ list for sure. Or maybe I’ll be lucky to win the prints, how delightful!!

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