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Back in the Saddle


Eumm, The End, II


I kept looking and looking at my first large painting.  Well, medium painting, really.  And it just didn’t quite suit.  Too namby pamby, too wish washy, too not so interesting.  So I jazzed up the book, warmed up the wall, and really shadowed the shelf.  Finally happy.  Or are you ever really done?  Hmmm.  Last vase

Here’s what it looked like before I decided to finish.  What do you think?  Is it more interesting before or after?  Vase Final

Progress over two weeks and. . . . done!



I had a big canvas this time and a month between paintings.  Wow.  Much more complicated than I’d realized.  I took photos each time.  I like that I realized early on that if I put much more work into the glass, it would just mess things up.  I am able to tell when I want to add something.  And I can see that certain things anchor and draw the eye.  (Thanks, Jo Farris!  You were right, art teacher, I needed more table reflection to break the line.)  Vase Real Vase First Vase First 2 Vase Middle Vase Final

A Quote for Young Artists


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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

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Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.
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Six Senses Walk


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In our society there are endless distractions which tends to overload our senses – we quickly become desensitised. This makes us less aware of the truth of the moment, what the energy is really revealing to us so we don’t witness the magical wonders and synchronicity of life. So how do we turn down the noise and reconnect so that we may feel the truth and beauty once more? This six senses walk will help…

Pick a walk that you like to do of about 2 miles or so in duration. Ideally it should be in nature but it could also be done in a city park or along the banks of a river.

The eyes tend to focus on the most prominent object in front of them. It is possible however to see all in the periphery too. If we can switch to delocalised viewing by seeing everything in the periphery, there is less tendency for our consciousness to be locked into the point of focus. So walk for a few hundred yards seeing as much as possible in your complete field of view without focussing on any one thing. You may find you’re suddenly drawn to something – like a bird for example – but then quickly move back to the place of expanded vision. Observe colours, shapes, contrast, shadows etc.

For the next few hundred yards, focus on the sense of hearing. Listen out for birds or the rustle of trees, the flow of water for example. Practice connecting with subtle sounds too like the breeze across your face or the beating of your own heart. It helps to have the mouth slightly open because the sounds reverberate around it.

Take a piece of your favourite fruit with you. Stop in a quiet place. Before you take a bite, contemplate the fruit deeply, feel yourself connecting with it. Observe the colour, fragrance and texture. Move your consciousness into your mouth as you bite into it. Focus on the tongue moving it through the food as you chew. Be fully in the taste of the fruit and chew fully before swallowing.

The sense of taste and smell tend to go hand in hand so move to this next. Focus for the next few hundred yards on breathing deeply through the nose and picking up all of the scent that you can.

Pause for a moment and connect with how your body is feeling. Your muscles for example or the rise and fall of your lungs. Then expose one of your arms and gently run your finger tips up and down it as lightly as possible. Do the same to the other arm. Now focus on your walking – be fully connected to the experience as the weight moves gently from one leg to the other. Be fully in control as you lift and place down the feet. Be fully conscious of every feeling within the movement. Do this slowly for about 50 yards.

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Next bring everything you have practised together taking in as many of the sights, sounds, flavours, smells and feelings you can. Be fully observant like this for the next few hundred yards. You may find you tend to focus on something in particular but if so, keep moving back out to expanded, non localised observation.

Sixth sense: Intuition
By now, hopefully you should find the mind has become much more still. In this place, it is easier for our higher selves and guiding consciousness to ‘speak to us’. This may be through the movement of an animal, insect or bird. It could be through cloud patterns or even the number plates on passing cars. The purpose of such guidance is to help us release tension and efforting inside so that we may feel more joy and unconditional love for all life.

So as your attention is ‘pulled’ to the circumstances surrounding you, have ‘one eye turned inwards’ and notice how it is making you feel. Attune to these feelings and over time they will help you unfold your authentic inner beingness.

This process can be used to answer a specific question in life that is important to you at the moment. This can be initiated by posing the question internally “what is the energy of the moment revealing to me now?” Then if you feel yourself being drawn to something in particular, just make a mental note of exactly what you notice without necessary trying to understand the purpose – be patient though, it requires much perseverance to fully understand what is being shown to us. It is very similar to learning a new language.

In my experience any guidance received always invites us to confront and release inner attachments that we may unfold and expand our inner authentic beingness.

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