Wednesday, 30 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 30 !!!

I may have been 6 or 7 years old when Monet and I first met through an art book which illustrated photos of his lily ponds and lotuses.  The images were love at first sight for me.  His compositions were so beautiful that I never dared to paint a lotus until tonight.  Since that day, somewhere deep inside me, I held a belief that lotuses are never to be painted again as they will never look as beautiful as Monet's. 

Twenty years later, I was introduced to the idea that a lotus is well loved all around the world.  This mystical flower holds many meanings in different beliefs. 

Last week, I strolled through a local gallery shop and noticed beautiful paintings of lotus ponds by a local artist.  They inspired me.

Today, for my final daily painting I created my very first lotus.
To me it symbolizes; Beauty, Rebirth, Enlightenment,  Fortune. 

Thank you for viewing my month of painting fiasco!  

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sunday, 27 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 27.

Playing around with shapes and colours for a bigger Under The Sea themed painting.

Friday, 25 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 25.

Little Goddess 

This painting started with just playing with the background while chatting.  I was almost going to put it down for the night, because nothing else was coming.  Then boom, she popped out.  I can see myself with that crazy, blue hair.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 24.

Oh La La!  
The Dollar Store ran out of my usual size canvases.  
So these tiny, photo size ones will do for now.  

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 23.

                                                               - Bashar

This 30 painting challenge as my opportunity to make some of my favorite quotes beautiful.  I am scattering the quotes around my apartment as decoration and reminders. 

Love this quote!  YouTube suggested an interview to listen to by Lilou Mace speaking with Darryl Anka.  Turned out it was exactly what I needed to hear that day. 

Check it out if you get the chance:

Monday, 21 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 21.


The Big Orange Bridge is the pride and joy of the town I currently live in.  Despite being only half orange (the other salmon for some reason) it is painted, drawn and photographed by every artist in this little city.  Today I went to the beach with my paints and initiated myself into the local artistic community by painting B.O.B.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 20.

Another quick one due to a tiring work day.

Black is not my usual choice.  I don't even like using black ink pens.  Today was the day to explore Black.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 19.

Another practice with dots and lines. 
I am looking forward to making a large painting along these lines. 
So vibrant.

Friday, 18 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 18. Road Blocks.

Block in a Being

This is my current understanding of a person's energy field.  

There are many roadways that lead into the nucleus of the energy field.  Every roadway is responsible for an aspect of this person's life; love, relationships, career, money, spiritual purpose........  There are so many of these roadways it is almost impossible to count.  Sometimes the roadways get blocked.  A block can be cause by a negative event in one's life.  For example, a teacher making a negative remark about a child's singing voice may cause a blockage in this child's roadway of  Music.  From then on, energy will flow slower through that roadway and the child's experience with music may not be developed to its full potential as he or she grows.

Some roadblocks can catch other negative fragments as they come into a person's life.  The initial block and the fragments can get overwhelming huge to a the point of shutting off energy flow completely.  This can take a very long time, but eventually if not properly unblocked, the roadway will shatter.  Loosing a roadway is like loosing a limb.  A person can adapt to function without it, but not as well as with it.  This is life altering stuff here.    

The good news is that fragments can be uncluttered, blocks can be cleared.  Even roadways can get reconstructed!  Anyone can have their energy flow restore with a bit of internal cleaning.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 16.

A quote from The Inspired Heart, by Jerry Wennstrom.

This is one of my very favorite books, which inspires and motivates me to keep trusting in the Universe no matter what is happening.  Jerry describes his personal and artistic adventures as he leaves behind his old-self and transforms his being into something more true to himself.

I have the audiobook version and often listen to it as I paint.  

The book came to me through my partner, one summer, a few months before I got really ill.  I listened to this book while doing a large painting that split before 3 canvases.  So much of the book resonated with me, despite the fact that I could not fully grasp all of his experiences.  Part of me yearned to experience this type of life altering adventure and the other part was terrified about surviving even 5% of what Jerry went through.

For two years, I often thought of Jerry when I felt like life has abandoned me crawling through a scorching desert without hope of an end or water.  Just the thought of his story gave me new strength.  This summer, armed with paint and canvases again, I am re-listening to the book.  To my surprise, it is almost like a brand new book!  His stories are touching me in a different way.  I understand through my heart so much more of the lessons he is trying to share with his readers.  The above quote is something I never noticed the first time around, but today it jumps out at me like a grasshopper out of grass.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 13.

Dream Catching

Another quick, fun one since it's a work day.

This one is inspired by last nights Super Moon , the full moon.  

Dreams from the Moon

This year I waited until 10pm to see the moon before passing out exhausted in bed.  Living on a hill, in a valley surrounded by mountains, 10pm seemed like the wrong time to watch for the moon.  It might have not yet traveled over the mountains to a higher spot in the sky.  So I went to bed without seeing it.  Before falling asleep I apologized for missing the Moon and asked if she could send me her messages through my dreams.

My first dream was of walking down a dark path and all of a sudden saw a beautiful, full moon rise over the horizon right in front of me.  In the dream I remember thinking, "Oh there your are."

My second dream was less about what happened and more about the feeling of it.  I felt like everything I attempted to do turned out smoothly and perfectly.  I had the knowledge and confidence that anything I want will work out beautifully.  This dream had absolutely no fear in it.  It was a beautiful and powerful feeling.  I woke up feeling confident and happy.

This second dream has been the opposite of my experience in the last couple of years.  While many wonderful, magickal things have been occurring in my life during this time I have often felt blocked from accomplishing anything in the physical world.  Instead I have been putting a lot of energy, time and attention towards growing my inner self and that has so far been a very positive yet intense experience.

I thanked the Moon for giving me the Power of Success this night.  The phrase "Over Night Success" came to mind.  I feel like this might be an invitation to start balancing my inner life with my physical world.  So excited to play with my new power.

Friday, 11 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 11. with Invisible Friends.

The Fox

First there was a baby Chic, then appeared the Fox and then a Duckling.  These 3 were my very first friends in life.  We played, shared stories and they gave me advise.  We went everywhere together.  If by chance I would forget my Chick or Fox at home, I had to turn around and walk back to get them.  My poor mom had to oblige to these demands in order to avoid a tantrum. 

By the time I hit 4 and 5 years of age I was slowly introduced to the idea that my best friends were "imaginary".  Imaginary!  Apparently no one else could see them and my family were all pretending for my creative benefit.  What nonsense, I thought.  

As kindergarten came into my life so did new (human) children whom I eagerly befriended.  My animal friends had to compete for my time and attention now.  This did make me feel guilty for some time, but eventually they just stopped appearing.  They turned into a story of "Once, as a kid I had imaginary friends".

Thirty years later, at a cross roads in life, I ended up a proud adoptive human for 3 rabbits.  I did not realize that at the time but they came into my life as a representation of Fear.  I was starting on a major self-growth spurt which often included looking at and overcoming my fears.  As a part of this process I needed to learn to meditate.  In one of these meditations, I broke through some invisible barrier to find a very excited Fox running towards me.  My old friend from childhood, all grown up as well!!!  Fox appeared with excitement, happiness and a promise of a magic future.  I could see Fox's every movement so clearly in my mind's eye!

It didn't take us long to reconnect and from then on Fox was always there when I needed help.  In the physical world, Fox's presents manifested itself everywhere around me.  I saw the image of a fox everywhere; stickers, cartoons, t-shirts, book... you name it! 

For two years my old friend helped me learn about myself and my place in the world beyond the physical.  As a tribute I wore a necklace of a fox around my neck as we worked together.  I learned how to move between the worlds that surround me more smoothly and with less fear.  As the Fears subsided Happiness flowed in to fill the empty spaces.

 I owe a lot to my imaginary friend!

Today's piece has a slight Photoshop cheat in it.  I only painted 3 bunnies and copied the same ones onto the other side so they can be even.

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 10.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 9.

The title of this painting came to my mind last month.

"At The End Of Change"

It sounded like a good title as any other and a fun project to create a painting based on a title.  This one is my first quick try.  Quick due to a strange morning that spilled over into the day.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Monday, 7 July 2014

Sunday, 6 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 6.

The Big Smoke.

The idea behind this experiment was to create a painting within minutes without having to think.... of what is right, wrong, sloppy, unfinished, crooked, stupid, poorly matched, and so on.
 The results are: it's a volcano.

8"x10" Acrylic on Canvas.

Friday, 4 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 4.

The Moon Rising.

8"x10" Acrylic on Canvas.

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 3.

A bit of relaxing colour fun.  
I am playing with painting without much planning or scrutiny for detail.

8"x10" Acrylic on Canvas.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 2.

Flying Away Into The Sunrise.

Acrylic on 3 - 4"x4" canvases.

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. DAY 1. Canada Day!

Happy (belated) Canada Day to all!

This beautiful day was spent with a coffee on an sunny patio, magically purchasing all the groceries ever desired thanks to my dad, and starting the first day of the 30 Day Painting Challenge.
Woot Woot!

Day 1 of this challenge is inspired by Zaya (black + white), one of my 3 lovely bunny friends. 

This is how Zaya might look like if she was actually pink and purple and from a different planet.

*disclosure*  There may be more rabbits to come in the next 29 days.