About Me …I never get tired of painting the sky. Everyday all I need to do is look up and there is another piece of art. I take a lot of pictures and have never painted plein air mostly because I love working in my studio. It is cozy and my view is spectacular. With a cup of tea in hand, if I’m lucky a chai latte (addicted) I somewhat plan out my paintings loosely and without any rigid drawing. I may start out with an idea in mind and midway through decide the art wants to take me in a different direction and I’m cool with that. It’s all about the “flow”. Most of my best work has been created this way. I never premix my colours but allow it to happen on the canvas. I love the spontaneity and excitement of what The work will show me. Asking me to stop creating art is like asking me to stop breathing … not going to happen .. at least not yet!
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‘Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment.’~Thich Nhat Hanh
Everyday I do my best to remain centered. Notice I said “my best”. Sometimes that’s enough and some days it just “is what it is.”
When I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and things feel like they are spinning at little bit faster than I would like ( like now) I crack open my favourite book “The Tao Te Ching” translated by Stephen Mitchell or I head directly to Leo Babauta’s blog “Zen Habits”. Both seem to smooth over my rough edges and shift my perspective to a much more calm state where breathing becomes so much easier.
So as I head back to pack some more boxes I will leave you with one of my favourite Leo posts which ties in perfectly with my love of the word “flow” ….The Wisdom of Allowing Things To Happen I wish you a day filled with just that ….
As 2011 has now come to a close and we are starting off the beginnings of 2012, I have had a few friends ask me what my “word” for the new year will be.
Without taking a breath or even thinking about it…I said “Flow”.
Flow is one of my most favourite words as just hearing it said conjures up visions of cool clear waters, gentle breezes on a warm summer day and ultimately a connection to being at one with life. I believe the word flow has the ability to set you free. Maybe it resonates with me so strongly because it is in essence what one of my favourite books the Tao Te Ching speaks of.
“If you look to others for filfillment, you will never truly be fufilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
Or maybe the word reminds me to step back a moment, take a breath and calm down when my day seems to be running off without me. I know whenever I’m in the studio and am struggling it’s almost always because I am just pushing way too hard, trying to force things to happen instead of trusting in myself and the process. If I simply take a a “time out”, regroup and clear my mind it will generally work itself out. Flow reminds me of that …..
What’s your word for 2012?