I have just a quick post today – sharing some of the highlights from my trip.
A surprise greeted me as I walked in the front door!
Welcome Home - Thanx Gracie!
This New Year’s day photo possibility caught my eye.
New Years Day
After many days of very dismal sunsets we were finally treated to a stunning one…..
This was taken standing on the deck of our bach ( Kiwi for beach house). Simply stunning!
Well here we are at the top of the Eiffel Tower and WOW the view is SO WORTH IT!!!
Eiffel Tower View
The amazing thing about this experience was that it created a new benchmark for me about what I thought I could or couldn’t do. Now every time I struggle with something, I compare it to that experience. And I’m grateful to my friend. I suspect that sometimes we need a little nudge into being the best we can be. And perhaps the authentic thing to do is to acknowledge our fear and then make a decision about whether or not we can face the fear on that day. Again there is a fine line here between the action we take and the reason we take it.
When we act inauthentically we tend to place meaning onto what other people think of us and act accordingly, rather than considering what is true to ourselves. I have done this in the context of my painting. I remember one occasion when against my better judgement, and to please a partner, I changed something in a painting – which had a bad out come on the work, and I never could quite manage to recapture the effect I had previously. That did teach me a lesson however about listening to my inner voice and what a work needs or doesn’t need – I didn’t trust it very much in those days. No I rely on it completely.
Picture Credit: Traveler Folio
Authenticity – What is it? How do we know when we are being authentic?
It’s a thorny question really and is there a right answer? To illustrate my point I’d like to share a short story. The scene – Paris September 2005.
We have an iconic landmark. Very pretty it is too – looks great from a distance.
Probably the further away the better I was thinking at this point in time. Not so my friend however, who’s pushing me to go first. This is the me who gets dizzy looking over a first floor balcony. Enter from stage left – a great dilemma – what’s more authentic for me to do at this point? Should I step out side my box and onto the elevator ? Its looking P-R-E-T-T-Y scary from down here. Every fibre of my being is screaming at me to stay on the ground…… Perhaps I should just give into this and regret and excuse my missed chance for ever after.
Or do I close my eyes, grit my teeth and pray to all gods great and small that all will be well if I do this thing?
Now you might argue that I was being inauthentic because I was succumbing to peer pressure, which I certainly did. Or you might say I was being truly authentic in my endeavour to become a better human being by overcoming my fear. If we don’t push our boundaries we limit the extent of our human experience, and might never know just what we are capable of.
The same arguments can be extended to the arena of art and creativity. We are constantly being challenged to extend beyond the boundaries of what we know. Are you brave enough to get into the lift of your personal Eiffel Tower – what ever it might be?
Picture Credit: Joe Bonita
Today I want to share the work of an artist I came across recently, that really appealed to me. Her name is Eva Macie. She works mainly in acrylics doing contemporary abstract paintings. She works as a painter, photographer and art instructor using a combintaion of mediums including not only acrylics, but also, water colour, mixed media and oils.
Now even if you are not a fan of abstract contemporary work, I urge you to take a look at hers. She has an intrinsic sense of balance and design in her paintings. When you couple this with an expert use of colour the result is a series of quite beautiful works.
I think what strikes me most about her work is the way it seems to be infused with light. There is a wonderful vibrancy to it. In Journey II – you could almost say she has captured the quality of joy in the combination of colours used and the way some of the brush strokes seem to be floating above the surface plane of the canvas.
Thank you Eva for sharing your wonderful creative work with the world!
Well after my last post I thought I would go on a bit of a hunt – see what kind of spaces other artists are working in. Here are some wonderful studio spaces I found. Do you have one of your own you would like to share – please send a photo or link – Im always fascinated to see other peoples creative spaces.
Cool And Quirky Studio
I thought this was pretty cool – recycled subway cars turned into studios in London
Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio
This studio looks to have really beautiful light.
Porthmeor artists' studios: crumbling beauty
I love this space – “Porthmeor artists’ studios in St Ives is the oldest such complex in Britain. It is also in an advanced state of decay and in urgent need of funding.” Emma Thomas – Sunday Telegraph
At the moment all is upside down in my world!
Moving turns the world upside down
Sometimes life has a way of giving us a boot in the proverbial B….. Its my turn now! Sometimes we know we need to change things and don’t for what ever reason until we get no choice – the universe steps in and goes – Hmm here’s a gentle (or not so gentle) push to get you going!!
Change = All is in a state of flux
The biggest challenge with this for me seems to be learning to think forwards not back. Backwards (upstream) contains all the bad old habits and things that don’t work which I for one seem ever ready to cling to at the first opportunity. It’s all about change management. How graceful are we with all of that? Navigating the waters of change requires letting go of the oars and stopping that frantic upstream paddling. Why? Because at the end of the day the stream will have its way and if I’m facing up stream my eye will not be on the opportunity that is coming up.
So all of this means I’m looking for, among other things, a new studio ……. Artists Studio Wanted!!! If you hear of one going – please let me know – you know the kind of thing…. roomy, high ceilings, south facing light, lots of natural light, ocean waves in the distance, trees, limed and polished floorboards, couches, easels, big open fireplace or pot belly stove at one end store room off to the side, toilet, shower, ……. well I know – I’m just letting the universe know what would be nice. – I’ll keep you posted on what comes up!
What would your ideal studio look like?