shifting ground

I have spoken before about friendship that have developed via social media, mainly through Instagram, and the creative community that I am part of. Let me introduce you to a wonderful and very talented artist, writer and storyteller, my friend Robin.

Robin doesn’t only paint with her heart wide open. She writes stories that make you shiver or smile… or both… her stories stay with you for a long time…they are like a living thing…growing within you!

It’s because Robin creates from the soul.
She always surprises us. I think she surprises herself as well.

Here is one of her creations, art work and text

Robin art

The ever shifting ground that is our lives.

I believe that impermanence is the law of life. Comfort will transition to pain, ease becomes struggle, joy and grief are inseparable. And all the while darkness and light shift places within our hearts without prior notice or the opportunity to prepare. It’s just the way things are and struggling against what I think I cannot bear or yearning for what I do not have will do nothing but confuse and discourage. Fearless I am not; wisdom consistently shows up late or not at all. But loving and being loved is a grace that sustains hope and the desire for more of life, not less.
Robin

I feel very grateful that we’ve found each other…

tall

meditation

I stand here, present to my feet,
my bones, my spine, holding me.
I stand here, present to my heart,
the blood going through my veins like rivers.
Outside the rain is battling the roof;

I stand here present to my mind,
the thoughts and the hopes,
the melancholy running like a river.
the sound of the rain resonating in my heart.
I stand tall in the storm of my mind.

which inspired me to create this mixed media piece on paper…

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boldness has genius

Here is some wisdom from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

“Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

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slow motion

yes it feels like that and yet days are flying fast…
and before we all know it, it will be Christmas!

I have being playing with collage, acrylics, gesso and Stabilo All Marks quite a bit recently….

and while playing, I got reminded of a good lesson….

when it comes from the heart, things flow…
when i use my head too much and try too hard, things looked rigid and un-natural…

this fits into my work as well. I was reminded by a client, who was acknowledging my therapeutic style…
She felt she could trust me…things were said and taught from the heart she said!

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heart is the wisdom

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fly

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life

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breathing in…breathing out…

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while listening to the cello