Hey it’s December 

My last post was in August! Life got pretty hectic since then with study, work and well..life. In five days, Christmas…where the year has gone? I had to slow down my art practice as my studio became a study for several months… but I’ve been back in the studio since mid October, and boy, it felt good. Not only succeeding my first two units in play therapy, but to  get my hands dirty again, with new challenges…

To start my retrospective of the last five months, here’s a poster I created for my study. It was truly fascinating not only to learn about Self regulation, but to imagine and create this poster. If you want to know more about self regulation, I found this wonderful accessible book, Executive function and child development, Yeager and Yeager, 2013. 

And then, some lovely layers, part of LynnWhipple online workshop. 



And…I’ve sold this piece to a dear friend! How cool..

Some yummy details


I bought some sunflowers at one of my fav coffee shop. I just adore the time they start getting tired, perfect for sketching. 
Trying to reproduce an intuitive and quite spontaneous drawing into a painting..
The joy of experimenting and creating in my studio is so energising and a place of comfort. It’s been a tough year with many ups and downs,  but with great success as well. 

A moonsonal rain is upon us…wet season has truly started here in Darwin with an eventual cyclone forming… see you in a bit!

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feeling

How to deal with disappointment?
and where does it lead us…

I was so looking forward to this camping trip. I couldn’t wait to be far away, disconnected, in a remote place. In the W i l d. 

We prepared for some time. We talked about it. So many times. And prepared more.
We were so ready, organized. All the gear, the extra stuff that you need when you go remote. The spare tires, the fuel, the extra fuel, food, good food. R e a d y !

I had bought myself a gorgeous watercolor paper Moleskine art journal and planned to take with me Jo Bertini – Fieldwork, a beautiful book about sketches and gouache she made in the desert, as my inspiration! I visualized myself being immersed in the endless scenery, the wilderness, the absence of connection, the nature everywhere, feeding me…

  
I could see myself drawing the landscape, sitting in the shade of a gum tree, chasing the flies away, drawing, feeling, drawing, breathing….

 
 
But the camping trip was cut short. Two smashed tires on a hard gravel road. So we came back earlier. Darn!
And here I am reading blogs, checking my phone, pesting against the walls I am entrenched in.

I will paint instead, and meditate; will wait for the next trip…
for the next adventure.

I am weary.
 

Camping studio 

Ole

I recently saw a wonderful documentary about brain capacity and how our brain keeps developing special connections when we practice a sport, a music instrument or a task over and over.

What our brain does is that more we practice, more our brain builds up connection so that we keep getting better and better at this thing! 

I know this as I use mindfulness and neuroscience theoretical modalities all the time in my professional practice however watching this on tv stroke me. The emphasis was on the repetition and commitment to a certain practice. 

Does it give you hope? it certainly does for me…

A recent exchange with my friends Anne and Jeanne Marie on Instagram was a great reminder of that.

Jeanne Marie commented about a book she had read, the Talent Code, which talks about practice and talent and how talent is grown by practicing…

Great syncronicity… I think I needed this reminder for my art practice!

Here is another reminder of some sort!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA 

Ole to you! Keep showing up!

Have a great Easter everyone xx