19 photos of orange-ish flowers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


stay tuned (below) for way too many photos (19 to be exact) of orange-ish, yellow & red flowers - calendula, coreopsis, coneflower & my new favourite annual cosmos bright lights + I gotta tell you that first photo - omg sigh, that first photo says absolutely everything that brings joy & love to my heart + I love the dream like out of focus quality - xoxo Susan + gang

a perfect quote in my inbox this morning from Mastin Kipp & the Daily Love crowd, speaking directly to me

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.

Fate is how your life unfolds when you let fear determine your choices. A path of destiny reveals itself to you, however, when you confront your fear and make conscious choices.

I am convinced that the deepest desire within each of us is to be liberated from the controlling influences of our own psychic madness or patterns of fear. All other things—the disdain of ordinary life, the need to control others rather than be controlled, the craving for material goods as a means of security and protection against the winds of chaos—are external props that serve as substitutes for the real battle, which is the one waged within the individual soul. Caroline Myss





















intuition & mixed media

Monday, August 25, 2014











































early on, no collaged paper added - I think, it feels like I like this best .... or do I? who knows ?

In these times I don't, in a manner of speaking, 
know what I want; perhaps I don't want what I know 
and want what I don't know. Marsilio Ficino 

Mixed media art, painting, drawing ... any non digital creative work is scary because the very next move you make - the next collaged piece you glue down, that extra bit of drawing you add, the paint that seemed like such a good idea, mushed on with fingers, could well be the move that causes you to think "oh great !! I've screwed it up - it's ruined, I've wasted all that time".

I do think it's the reason I've fallen so in love with assembling & building my collages in Photoshop because it's almost impossible to make a mistake. Phew ! I don't need to hold my breath. All that said I know without question that it is super important for my creative growth to dive in, hands on (non digitally), without expectations, for fun, for play & just mess around. If this brave creativity is something that resonates with you I'd recommend the following 3/4 e-courses.

Kelly Rae Roberts - Hello Soul / Mixed Media Mantras
Flora Bowley - Brave Intuitive Painting (LOVE, love, loved)
Mati Rose's - Daring Adventures in Paint or in Collage (or both !!!)

I've taken all 3 & loved all 3 because the assignments force me to be intuitive, to trust my intuitive voice (remember I was trained & still have my feet firmly planted in a graphic design background which I would suggest is not quite so intuitive). It's good for me to force myself to not have a plan, to just begin, to not care about the end result but to enjoy thoroughly the journey. - I say that last sentence oh so casually - it's hard work to not have a plan, expectations or a desired end result but it truly is the key to creative growth & freedom !! hooray for freedom ;-)

My scapegoat is I scan as I go - every subtle new layer or change I scan it, I guess it doesn't really matter whether or not I ever use that scanned stage/layer but I've documented it - which somehow gives me great comfort. So for all you braving the hands on, mucking about with paint, gel medium & paper - who knows how this might/will turn out. Scan as you go, scan every minor change. Scan each step or layer ... at the very least it will make you feel good ;-)

Can't say enough goodness about Kelly Rae Roberts and her e-course Mixed Media Mantras starts Sept 8th












































where I ended up - not so crazy about this layer - but that's an important learning/lesson also