Posted in Abstract

Tapestry of life – a work in progress


This is a painting that I have been working on for months now.  This is a progress photo.  I’ve used acrylics and impasto medium to get the texture and today, I have spent time mixing white oils with linseed oil to layer over it.

The photo doesn’t really do it justice… I think that this painting will take a lot longer to complete as I am making it up as I go along.

When I look at it though, I feel like it is a representation of the tapestry of life and the many interconnections we each have when we relate to other people, animals and nature.  I feel peaceful when I am working on this painting and maybe that is because it is neutral.  In a way, I feel it represents the divine force of life inside me, reflecting back to me the layers and depths that I have yet to discover.

Fascinating stuff.  I do love art!


This is an up close image of the artwork before the oils have layered onto it as the first image is a bit hard to see.

Posted in Oils

Surfer 2009

This painting brings back so many memories for me.  I am not a surfer, although I gave it a go back in 2009.  I couldn’t even sit on the board in the water without sliding down the end and into the gorgeous ocean!

Oil painting of a surfer inside a wave
Created: 2009
Artist: Selina Shapland

I was dating a guy who really loved the ocean and was into surfing.  He loved art and so I created this painting for him as a birthday gift. I’m happy he still has this painting (as far as I know?!).

This painting represents love, freedom and the thrill of doing what makes you revel in this beautiful world of ours.

It also once represented love lost in my internal world, until I came to realise that love is a gift in my life regardless of the length of time that it is there for.  We chose to walk different life paths but I am grateful for the way we laughed together and that we are still pretty good friends.

Until I began to write about what this painting means to me, I did not realise the depth of meaning it still has for me.  Such a strange realisation.  I put a lot of love into this painting because I loved him and because I wanted to share a special part of myself with him through an image that meant something special to him.

I guess I am a romantic at heart…

Symbolically this Surfer represents love, freedom and the greatest joy a person can feel in life!

Posted in Abstract, Oils

Woman in Water 2012

Woman floats in water
Created: April 2012
Artist: Selina Shapland

It seems that 2012 held a theme for me in my art and creativity.  Women and water were a huge feature of how I was expressing myself.

This oil painting was sold to a dear friend of mine who loved it the moment she saw it.

This image was inspired by a young lady leaning against a wall in another tattoo magazine.  I loved the way she looked so relaxed and sensual.  I tried to capture that in this oil painting and provide a sense of movement through the pallet knife and paint texture.

As I painted this woman floating in water, I explored my feelings about loving my body just the way it is, bumpy bits and all.  The water represents the emotions that I often find myself spinning around in, where there is a need to surrender to the tumultuous life experiences and allow myself to go with the flow.

The female body is beautiful and I wanted to spend time celebrating the wonder of the feminine form through my art.