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10 Ways to Live Creatively

As an Artist and new to the world of words Writer I live and breathe my creativity daily. This finds me dealing with classic creative procrastination and feelings of frustration exacerbated by uninspired, yet necessary, daily trivia which gets in the way of my creating. Since experiencing my slow Spiritual awakening which culminated with a mind blowing, slap in the face with a wet Kipper, epiphany last June I continue to aspire to live mindfully and fully present in the moment as I strive to reach the illusive state of Zen. My Gran died when I was only five but I have many memories of this extraordinary lady. One particular recollection always confounded me – my dear Gran used to actually love to do housework. Nothing gave her more pleasure than sweeping, dusting, mopping, tidying, polishing and shining. I recall she always used to wear her pretty floral cotton housecoat as she happily did her chores. Until recent months I never understood. A few months back I was chatting to my Spirit friend Kerrie who …

An Artist To Inspire: Suzanna Scott

I fortuitously stumbled upon American artist Suzanna Scott on Instagram where she has a fantastic feed of her work and art process. You can follow her here (and you can follow me here!) Without knowing this lady I feel as if we are somewhat kindred spirits creatively as we are both, seemingly, fascinated by old things and express ourselves through various disciplines including stitch, collage and assemblage. Born in 1974 Suzanna Scott lives and works in Springfield Missouri where she: …explores visual ideas that are in and of the body. She continues to work with a range of materials, from stone to paper, and frequently incorporates found objects into her pieces… You can discover more about this inspiring artist here.  

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So, what about those negative, self-limiting beliefs? We are often unaware of our beliefs and operate, on a daily basis, without being conscious of our own particular limitless limiting gremlins, the cause, which have the power to influence our experience – the effect. The experience of living a life leaves us all open to the possibility of having our self-confidence and self-image eroded and through this process self-limiting beliefs are born. For some time I have been in the process of struggle to fully identify my self-limiting beliefs. I say struggle as they are sneaky snakes well camouflaged in my deepest psyche. For me, as a newbie to the thinking game , I am having trouble unpicking my experiences to date. Life, generally, is a rollercoaster of highs/lows, successes and failures – (the law of polarity in play) – and my life has been one helluva a ride! My mind is thus having difficulty identifying why at times I tasted success, (and, indeed, what is success?), and why at times I did not – surely …

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Have you ever really thought about the word Emotion? – Until recently I hadn’t and I cannot take credit for what follows; although I should point out it is my present moment interpretation of what I have heard: E-Motion or Energy in Motion. If everything is energy vibrating at different levels then emotion has the power to cause effect. Energy vibrates at many levels and, we are told, attracts the same – bad energy/negative vibes attracts the similar – good energy/positive vibes attracts the similar. On a basic level we all know this but somewhere along the way battling with daily doings our clarity of vision is lost. We may believe ourselves to be positive but underlying self-limiting beliefs hidden in the subconscious can be, unwittingly, responsible for our undoing! That is to say that whilst we may believe ourselves to be cheery individuals with a positive attitude the power of the subconscious has the power to over-ride this perceived state of being and thus the believed positive emotion/E Motion/energy in motion is negated! Whoah! …

An Artist To Inspire: Maurizio Anzeri

The Italien artist Maurizio Anzeri lives and works in London, UK. Born in Loiano, Italy, in 1969 he studied at the Camberwell College of Fine Arts and The Slade obtaining an MA in Fine Art and Sculpture in 2005. Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads… Source. Personally I love stitch as a form of creative expression and appreciate the skill and patience required to sew these works. As an ex Antique Dealer the appropriation of vintage photographs repurposed appeals to my sense of time as a linear affair. By obscuring the face of the subject the works hint at the hidden layers of existence and creates a mysterious energy.  

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The old adage goes: with age comes wisdom and yet the world is full of simple folk of a certain age who willingly or unwittingly live their life without questioning their beliefs and the regurgitated dogma of organised society. People so wrapped up with daily living they neglect to think beyond the immediate – I was one such person, so concerned with paying my bills, being a single Mum and dealing with trivia I was, I mistakenly believed, too exhausted at the end of each day to think into my life and results. Each of us is on a personal journey; we are spirits having a human body experience to allow us to fully experience the polarity of life and allow our soul to grow. We are energy. For that matter all matter is energy and everything is vibrating at different levels, higher and lower, and everything is one and part of the whole – the divine. We can operate on an individual conscious or subconscious basis and we can operate consciously or sub consciously …

An Artist To Inspire: Heather Goodwind

Heather Goodwind is a well-travelled American artist who is, today, based in Portland, Oregon having lived in Buenos Aires and a small Argentine coastal town called Santa Teresita, Argentina for 12 years. In 2007 – 2008 she spent a year in China studying calligraphy and watercolour with various artists which greatly influenced her work. In her own words: I am fascinated by the invisible things in life. Thoughts, emotions and fears present themselves to me as shapes, creatures and landscapes. I am most interested in the tension that exists between these things and the relationship that they invariably have with the ‘other’, myself or the viewer. I give fleeting thoughts as much consideration as monumental ideas: nothing is more important than anything else and every small thing has its place. This gives the works a cumulative effect: the parts clarify the whole. Personally I love the fluidity, faux simplicity and subtlety of colour of her work and admire the boldness of her compositions. I also appreciate the visual sense of slight unease she creates in …

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For many years I have worked hard and often wondered why long hours and a commitment to whatever I was doing at the time did not create financial freedom and long term security. After-all I am not disadvantaged. I come from a stable loving family, I have had a good education and have enjoyed good health. In life I have always been somewhat of a round peg in a square hole refusing to play by rules accepted by the majority of folks. I can be stubborn and yet flighty! I have always had ideas a-plenty but struggled to see them through to their natural conclusion. I have spent too much time looking for happiness and satisfaction through the association with others and self-medicated through darker hours via the vice of drinking of too much alcohol. In recent months I have come to realise that I have never truly hit my stride through my ignorance of myself and lack of engaging the truest power that we all possess – thought! Like most people I have stumbled …

An Artist To Inspire: Albert Ruiz Villar

A. Ruiz Villar is a Catalan artist – born and based in Barcelona. He graduated from the Escola Massana Art School in 1996. … His work is created around time as the most powerful sign of fear. Maps explained under the effects of scars. Scars as the representation of what we learned from injuries. His plastic path shows there is nowhere to go, and no rest. The map changes as much as reality does, so, there is no peace. And that’s the way it should be. Ruiz’s work claims we should never find a certainty. There’s no way to walk free from fear…   Profound and graphic his work is highly considered and engaging and through juxtaposition of colour, form and space creates feelings of balance and unease – the eternal dicotomy of all our striving and lives.