Harvesting Dreams

Harvesting Dreams

Autumn is about stepping out, creating, energy and action.

As you emerge with a new sense of self in the world, you are clear on who you are and what you want to create. It's time to reap what you have sown as you harvest your dreams and make them real. 

After Summer’s inhale into Being, Autumn exhales into Doing. This is a time for…

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The heArt of the matter...

The heArt of the matter...

Today I am resting and I’m thinking about what matters most...

When the whirlwind of life threatens to take me away... my studio is my sanctuary.

I can gaze out the window and watch the busy world go by, but inside it's quiet and still.

To create you first must be inspired. But inspiration doesn’t come from busy-ness. It doesn’t come from pushing hard to reach goals or left-brain thinking, planning and analysing...

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Begin with the end.

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Life is a series of beginnings and endings.

(And I do so love new beginnings!) 

To have a beginning, I first must have an ending...

I need to finish one chapter before I start the next.

As I add the final touches to my trees, I’m already thinking about my next painting.

I have the idea, the vision... the canvas...

But...

‘The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.’ ~ Robert Henri

And so, I remind myself...

It’s all in the being. 

Be where I am. En-Joy where I am.

And it will be done...

Meeting inspiration.

The only way to be creative is to create.

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Being creative requires inspiration, but you can’t always wait to be inspired. It doesn’t always come to you... Sometimes you have to go to it. You just have to put pen to paper or paint brush to canvas and create.

'When inspiration doesn't come, I go halfway to meet it.’ ~ Sigmund Freud

When I’m too much in my head I need to move my body, so I go for a walk. Walking clears my mind.

I let go of the puzzle I’m trying too hard to solve... I just walk it out.

I like to wander as I wonder... And somehow just by walking, the pieces all come together. 

‘My work is inspired by two things: the external world and the internal world. A good day is when they meet on canvas.’ ~ Bonnie Mandoe

Sometimes I am inspired to paint, and other times I paint to be inspired. I let my desire to create lead the way, and then I meet inspiration around every corner...

What do you do to meet inspiration?

How to Un-Create

When we want something to disappear from our lives we must un-create it.

When we create something, we have a vision in our minds and an intention to create it. We dream and imagine it coming to be... we keep our attention on it. We think about it all the time... And then we take action.

So how do we un-create?

If I have something that I really don’t like (lets say a painting) and it’s on my wall and everytime I look at it I say, “Oh, I hate this painting. It’s got to go!” If I truly want it gone, then what do I do?

Do I keep looking at it saying, “I really hate this, I wish it would go!!”

I could look at it forever... just wishing it would go away... but the truth is, the more attention I give it, the more emotion I give it... the more it will remain as an ugly painting on my wall.

Here are six steps to un-create:

  1. Be clear that you want this thing (person, experience) out of your life.
  2. Make peace with it. (Thank it for being a part of your life and whatever it has given you).
  3. Imagine your life without it. (Imagine it floating away... or disappearing and getting smaller and smaller.) How do you feel?
  4. KNOW that it is on it’s way out.
  5. Take whatever action is indicated to you.
  6. Now give your attention to what you Do want.

That’s it!

Un-creating can be almost as much fun as creating... and opens the door for something new.

What do you need to let go of?...

What will you un-create today?

 

 

What is Art?

What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Art is beauty, inspiration and magic...

I love creating... transforming the visions in my mind to form on canvas. When I write I transform the words and ideas swirling in my mind and bring them together as an expression on paper. When I dance I express through movement...

Through art I express and create mySelf. I define who I am through what I do and how I express.

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

How we live is an expression of who we are. Everything we do, say, wear, eat, think about... is our art.

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is the expression of our inherent beauty and way of Being in the world.

 

What do you love?

I love waking up to a new day.

I love bedtime too... wondering what adventures I’ll have in dreamland...

I love listening to the rain when I’m cozy inside... or walking in the rain with a brightly coloured umbrella...

I love lying on my big rock that overlooks the sea... the summer breeze whispering over me... tall grasses growing... waves, seagulls... summer...

The letter S, the letters R, A...

The number 5,

The colour red.

Hour-long northern sunsets...

Travelling, adventures...

Mystery.

I love creating. I love the whole process of creating. To create is to Live. Creating is magical...

What do you love?

 

Thinking from the End

When I begin a painting, I've already created it in my mind. The painting is complete and hanging on my wall.

This is what imagination is. It is tapping into the universal mind, or spirit, and visualizing what already exists in essence, and then bringing it into the physical plane. 

It is easy to understand this when you think of making dinner. You first think of what you want to eat. Perhaps you picture the entire meal laid out beautifully on the table, with candles and wine... you imagine if you are sharing the meal with someone... you imagine what it looks like on the table and on the plates; the smell of the food, the taste...

All of this can happen in a flash when you think, "What should I make for dinner?"

Once you know what you want to create, you get out your recipe book, head off to the store for the ingredients, and then you make dinner. Within a few hours you are enjoying your creation!

It is the same when I paint. I create an image in my mind, perhaps as an idea that I want to express. 

I'll picture the size and shape of the canvas, the colours, shapes and images that will express this idea and feeling that I want to create on canvas.

I keep the finished painting in mind, but of course, there are little surprises along the way... I let go of the outcome and allow it to unfold and come to life as it is meant to.

Like giving birth - when the baby is born there is joy and surprise, yet you also feel that you knew this person all along.... everything is exactly as it is meant to be.

Right now I have a few paintings in mind. They are there, just hanging in my mind, until I'm ready to give birth. This is the joy of creating; having a vision and then experiencing the coming into being...