Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Words To Live By

"Consciously 'seize' every moment, because an idea only takes seconds and a few seconds can change your personal universe entirely"

~Anthea Paul Girlosophy

Sometimes we forget that life is about doing, enjoying, experiencing, and adventuring.  It's not about having, owning, gaining, or acquiring.

What's the point of all that really?  Ask yourself, does it really make you happier to have more stuff?? In my view more isn't necessarily good, sometimes is just...well...more!

It's the way we really live our lives that matters the most.  Richness comes from the soul, not from the pocket.  It's the beauty in every hidden moment that is wondrous, not the label on a bag.

Fill your life with positive energy, make every moment count. Set your goals in meaning ways, do something every single day that moves you forward, and open your mind and heart to beauty.

Be what is beautiful in the world, because beautiful people create beauty.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Curious Mind

The curious mind is the mind of the future, it is curiosity that helps us engage in the world in a productive and critical way, plus it is the natural state of all children.  But I wonder why so many adults are largely incurious?

I love to explore history, philosophy, and the human brain.  I'm exceedingly curious about the human condition, science, the mysteries of the Universe, and the meaning of life, and I am deeply saddened when I find that so many people today refuse to question anything.

In my experience, an inane lack of curiosity goes hand in hand with inflexibility, cynicism or pessimism, and unabated self-righteousness.  It is the closed mind that has a resistance to change or learning, a low tolerance for difference, ambiguity, or uncertainty, and a fear of all that is different.

Has life  becomes so complicated that it's easier to be disengaged, unmotivated or lack initiative rather than be open minded, questioning, and amazed by the possibilities of the mysterious world around us?

Religious extremists are a perfect example.  I have found that fanatically religious people of any kind or denomination have the least amount of curiosity.  The extremists are largely defensive, argumentative, and severely judgmental-- particularly of things they don't understand.

I also think a lack of curiosity goes hand in hand with a lack of creativity.  Therefore, I implore you to open your mind to the wonders of the Universe around you, question everything, be powerful, positive, amazed and creative.

(This spread of Cone Flowers was done in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook, using Peerless Watercolors, pen & ink.)

Thanks for checking in. xx

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Joys of Friendship

Friends are important!  In the past year I have been fortunate enough to have met and made some wonderful new friends.

Through a shared love of outdoor activities I have fallen into a beautiful group of women who have truly enriched my life.

There are four of us, we are like four points on a compass, all different, all unique, but all well suited to each other. 

The other three have know each other a very long time, I am the newcomer to the group, having recently moved to this town.  But it's as if I have known these women all my life and have been a part of their lives forever. 

You know how I know they are true friends?  Because they bring the best out in me, and that is hard.  Not many people do that. You see I'm an introvert at heart, painfully awkward in crowds, and clumsy in conversation.  What's worse is that the events of the past few years have made me challenging to be around.  Reflective, obsessive about my kids, and worried all the time.

But these women get me. In fact they do more than accept me, they make me a better person just knowing them. They are all unique and beautiful, wise, fascinating, caring, supportive, loving, nurturing, and giving.  

These are women who inspire me to be a better person, to be a better friend, and I am profoundly grateful to have them in my life.

This page was done in their honor, together we are like a garden of spring flowers, glorious in our own unique colors and form.  It is done in watercolor and ink in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook.

Remember your friends today and be thankful for them.  Thanks for checking in. xx

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Beautiful Hobby

I've always found it very powerful to pursue a hobby that allows me to create beauty.

Art is beautiful in all its forms.  The diversity of artistic pursuit is wonderful and makes the world a much better place in which to live.

Artists are beautiful, in all their forms:  The crafter, the decorator, the writer, the musucian, the actor, the sculptor, the poet, the painter. 

Art makes the world more beautiful, and artists make it divine. Follow your heart, share your art, pursue your passion.

Don't be afraid, don't compare, don't compete.  Nurture your creativity and share this part of yourself openly, generously, and willingly.  I love your art, it enriches my world, it inspires me, it makes me happy.

Thank you for sharing, and thanks for checking in. xx

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Scales of Light

This week is my turn to offer a simple bonus lesson as part of Life Book 2013Life Book is a beautiful year long mixed media art-journaling program where participants get 2 large workshops a month, and bonus lessons and prompts every other week.

 It's an amazing artistic journey through technique, art-play, and self-exploration.  At the end of the year, we bind all our pages into a special book...our Life Book.

My big workshop as part of this program will be offered in May, but this month I am giving participants a simple technique lesson on creating scales of light.

The program is only in week 4, if you haven't signed up, then please do so.  The program offers some amazing workshops from some amazing teachers over the coming year.  Click here for more information or to register.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sparkling Winner

 I'm excited to draw the winners of my 21 Secrets sparkling giveaway. 
 Thank you to everyone who entered.



Congratulations to both the have each won a "Sparkle-arkle" pack consisting of a Stillman & Birn Alpha Series Sketchbook (5 1/2" x 8 1/2"), a full size pot of Luminarte's Silks Acrylic Glaze, a full size pot of Luminarte's Twinkling H2O, and a little pot of glitter.   

Please contact me, diondior at yahoo dot com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and thanks for checking in. xx

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sea Change

My mother is visiting from Australia right now and it's been just delightful hearing about all the comings and goings back home.

She lives by the sea on the Bellerine Penninsula in Victoria, surrounded on three sides by ocean.

It's a beautiful sleepy little fishing town most of the year, but crawling with holiday makers in the summer.

I love to visit there and enjoy long walks along the windy beach path during winter.

I often dream of a Portarlington sea-change, closer to my family, it makes me yearn for home.

This journal page was done in watercolor & ink in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series sketchbook.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for checking in. xx

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Goals & Ambitions

I am an avid follower of Anthea Paul's "Girlosophy".  Not only for myself, but for my daughter as well. Anthea shares many pearls of wisdom on her website and in her books and some of it I like to share here.  Anthea is wise beyond her years and a beacon in the lives of many young women.

She talks a lot about goals.  She believes that setting goals for ourselves is a smart and necessary practice, something I have done for most of my life.  Goal setting can be challenging, but it can also be fun, clarifying, and energizing.  Having focus in our lives goes along way to making us effective citizens of the world.

However, she cautions that naked ambition is not the same thing as goal setting.  Don't be confused, we don't all have the world at our feet, we are limited by our thoughts, prejudices, beliefs, and abilities. We need to tread lightly and honestly when we are expressing our desires to be 'something'.

Good goal-setters often recognize their own limitations, they follow their hearts and they acknowledge that others contribute to their success, they recognize their gifts, and play to their strengths.  Effective goal setters recognize that success comes with honesty, helping others along the way, and accepting diversions as a natural part of the journey.

We all need to be cool-headed and push forward through life quietly and effectively.  We don't need to be bulldozers to get where we want to go, we just need to set achievable goals and keep a light heart.

This journal page was done using Neocolor II Watersoluble Crayons, pen & ink.

Thanks for checking in. xx