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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I changed my mind...

‘I am not now, that which I have been.’ ~ George Byron

One day I woke up.

I looked around me and asked... Is this my life?

And I answered... No, this is not my life! I change my mind...

‘The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.’ ~ Ross Cooper

I wanted a beautiful life.

So what would that look like?

I spent a lot of time dreaming and imagining...

I realized, if I want to experience something, I can always go there in my imagination.

A memory is just a memory. The past and future exist only in the imagination...

The imagination is powerful. 

‘I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.’ ~ Albert Einstein

Everything in my life is a mirror of what I am thinking... So I’m thinking beautiful thoughts.

And I see beauty all around me.

Now this is my life...



Just imagine...

I love my imagination. We are best friends.

As a child I lived in the world of my imagination. I could sit for hours daydreaming out my bedroom window... 

Time ceased to exist.

With my imagination I can travel wherever I want. I can revisit past pleasures and visit future dreams...

Sometimes I just say to myself, “Well, I can always go there in my imagination!”

The past and future exist only in our minds. We can change our past and future by what we imagine right now.

Live out of your imagination, not your history. ~ Steven Covey

So when I wake up in the morning I begin imagining my day. I imagine the new painting I’m going to create... Where I might live or travel to... my next project to birth... I imagine all the details of this waking dream...

Just imagine...

If you could be, do or have the life of your dreams ~ What would you create? 

What can you imagine?...

If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it. ~ William Arthur Ward

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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...



When Life Gets Serious...

It's time to seriously get playful!

‘Heaven lies about us in our infancy,

Shades of the prison-house begin to close

Upon the growing Boy,

But he beholds the light, and whence it flows,

He sees it in his joy.’ ~ William Wordsworth

To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play.' ~ Albert Einstein

Here are seven suggestions to ignite your creative spirit:

  1. Call your most light-hearted friend and ask her if she can come out and play...
  2. Find a set of swings, preferably with long ropes and high enough so your feet don't touch the ground... Go as high as you can!
  3. Take a drive... anywhere. Just drive and see where you end up (it's called adventure).
  4. Take yourself on a date. Visit a favourite cafe, a museum, an art gallery. Enjoy a leisurely lunch... buy yourself some beautiful flowers.
  5. Pack a picnic and head to the beach for a blissful few hours of sun, sand and solitude...
  6. Go skinny-dipping! (Especially fun with a friend!)
  7. Write down your dreams. It's a whole other world of adventure... Dreamland is Playland!

I remember calling friends after school and saying, "Can you play?" (I'd wait while they asked their mom)... then off we'd go to build a fort, play Snow Queen or Ice Capades... or maybe just hang-out in the back garden and talk about what we were going to be when we grew up.

‘When I grow up I want to be a little boy.’ ~ Joseph Heller

What do you want to be when you grow up? Can you play?