June Practice: Be full of life, jokes, love & plans. . .

08 June in On-Line Journal

Welcome to June! Let's simplify during this full on month. What better time to practice being full with yourself! Ha, so funny actually yes? What do you mean by being full with yourself?! Well, go ahead and see to what degree you are full of life? What about full of jokes? Do you joke with yourself? What about love? Are you full of love for yourself? and let's not forget about being full of plans. . .what is next on your goodie list? In taking my own advice, I am digging in deep and discovering what is at the essence of what I most like to do, to share, to make a difference. Needless to say, I am practicing efficiency with my time these days. Over the last year, I have seen how I absolutely cherish SMART sessions. This is mostly because it is the best of the world of intuitive...

May Yellow and Blue Make Green . . .

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Welcome to May! Welcome to being embraced by the color GREEN! Ever think about the qualities of this color? Can we get any closer to SPRING than green!? Thanks to the collaborative effort of Yellow and Blue. Green shares common attributes with both! It's a combination of cheerful warmth from the sun with calmness and serenity of both sea and sky. Green is after all the direct metaphor for nature!...

April: Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees. . .

01 April in On-Line Journal

Sending big waves of creativity from Amsterdam, and introducing Noah, who was born like a rocket on March 14th! We are all doing very well and eager of all that spring has to offer! Jewel Akens captured this seasons vibrations in his lyrics . . .The Birds & The Bees! Here we go (go ahead. . .a little Karaoke for you - hear song on youtube): . . . Let me tell ya 'bout the birds and the bees / And the flowers and the trees / And the moon up above / And a thing called 'Love' . . ....

March: Through Rose Colored Glasses

02 March in On-Line Journal

What if changing our perspectives was a matter of changing our glasses. Consider putting the concept of rose colored glasses to the test. What would we notice about the world now? What about this will expand our thoughts, feelings, senses. What new insight might motivate us to jumpstart that project sitting on the back burner? What might these rose colored glasses have to do in enhancing our creativity? It is my opinion that Rose coloured glasses have much in common with creativity. When we are creative, we get to create new worlds, new realities, point of views, standpoints, statements etc. We get to brainstorm new ideas, disrupt the status quo, let go of old ideas and get a new energy burst that will ignite a seedling of an idea into full bloom . . . read more . . ....

February: A window into yourself

01 February in On-Line Journal

Now, in flow with my board, I am being reminded of my desire to simplify the meaning of paintings as a window into our inner workings. Of course my book SMART goes all into this in depth, however what if I were to simplify it to the next notch? This is the perfect topic for a video series! Yes! So, as you know me well by now, that's exactly what I'll do! Therefore, my tip this month offers a glimpse into the discovery of how art can offer a window to look inward. Really, like a window looking right into your space. You get to look in from outside. Not unlike having x-ray vision. See what makes us tick as individuals. . . .and you could see this window as the window that you filter the world through. In other words, you are in your space and looking out at the world...

January Diamond in the Rough. . .

01 January in On-Line Journal

Welcome 2016! A new year is ahead of us. . .one that I am particularly excited about. While in Iceland I have been absorbing inspiration all around. In particular, I was struck by the gorgeous transparency and reflectivity at one particular lava beach. You see, this lava beach is the receiver of countless stranded iceberg chunks that get washed ashore by the sea. From a visual perspective, these natural ice sculptures are fascinating beyond belief to witness them up so close. They vary from a striking teal blue to complete transparent and opaque surfaces. Walking along this black beach with glowing sculptures got me thinking about how each one reminds me of an individual raw mega chunky diamond floating within a all encompassing cosmos. . .Read more. . ....

December Food For Thought. . .

01 December in On-Line Journal

December is traditionally such the time of togetherness! Though it's getting colder outside, inside is getting all chummy, making some time to be together for all sorts of meals. Company gatherings, family gatherings, friends, both old and new allow for some extended holiday meals and the feeling of doing something special for yourself and those around. Creativity is once again key! Speaking of which. . .some food for thought this holiday season. . .and a perfect ice-breaker at meal gatherings of any scale is to. . . see your "after you have finished eating your meal" plate as a work of art .. . Read more. . ....

November Foliage Drumroll

01 November in On-Line Journal

Let's hear the drumroll. . .drrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrd. . .for the beautiful expression of the leaves going on! This is such another time of year that I love. . .in the Northern Hemisphere we are in full Autumn. . .leaves bursting out into all shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. The wind coming in and letting these leaves soar as a carpet formation onto the earth. What would your sketches, paintings look like if you acted like nature during Autumn. . . Fully expressed and letting go of any inhibitions, feeling confident that its all meant to be?...

October Inspiration . . .

01 October in On-Line Journal

Internal inspiration comes from out intuition, our own driving force. It can be a feeling, sensation or emotion that rises up to the surface, that wants to express. At the studio, we often use this sense of inspiration to steer our way into intuitive/ expressive painting. External inspiration, I believe comes from a stimulation from our senses. . .think about seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. How wonderful that we can use any one of these senses to get moving. It's just so much fun to discover how we can translate external stimulation from the perspective of our inner worlds. . ....

September Buzz . . .

02 September in On-Line Journal

Feeling the September buzz in the air? Most schools in the Northern Hemisphere have just started. So exciting being in a new class or seeing your fellow classmates after a summer break! A new notebook perhaps? What else? At the studio, spatters of paint form layers of being an intuitive painting studio for over the 36 years. . .These painting boards have been cleaned, scraped and reused over and over and over again. What we see now is a board full of inspiring energy to create further on to. It is welcoming to us. It doesn't worry that it will get ruined because it knows that it is a support for a stream of inspiration. Is says, come come come!...