Before I was a writer, I was an artist. Before I was an artist, I was me. But every person has layers. What do you get under the surface? Hopefully not this kind of soul! These I painted when I was 16. Much has changed since!

‘Melted Woman’ and ‘Dragon Lady’ – watercolour paint on watercolour paper, A3 sized. Pencil outline to start with, flesh tones and lighter colours filled in next. Shading/ highlighting created by mixing green with a dash of red to create a khaki-grey hue. And remember people, ‘Don’t lose the light’ – in this case, not of one’s own soul, but of the eyes (window to the soul) of the poor tormented creatures in your painting!

Metamorphosis of Woman/ Realms of Man:

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Leilanie Stewart

Joseph Robert

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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