‘Facing Everest’ – Day 160/365 – Gifted

‘Facing Everest’ – Day 160/365 – Gifted

Have you ever wondered if the dog you get is the dog you’re meant to get? I believe dogs are guides to the parts of ourselves we struggle to find. And if we allow them to, the unique personality of the one that comes to you will reveal the part of yourself that you’ve gone looking for. Maybe that’s why they say dogs look like their owners – we’re drawn to what they reflect back at us.⠀
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This is Everest, the faithful companion of one @roam4wild. And I’d hazard a guess that his journey would not be what it is without this dog guiding him to such extraordinary places.⠀
Thank you, Jeremy and Everest, for the magic you two put out into the world. I for one, remain inspired.⠀

‘Rebirth in Death’ – Day 129/365 – Gifted

‘Rebirth in Death’ – Day 129/365 – Gifted

This painting is a gift in exchange for an Afrika Burn Ticket

Inspiration image: mushrooms (not even joking). Read full story.


ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE

The Burn has some strange and profound ways of bringing deep wounds and healing space into your…well, your Binnekring (Burn pun and also ‘inside circle’ in Afrikaans).
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My lovely ticket gifter, when told that I would like to paint her best memory as a thank you for her ticket, decided to honour the still-developing creative in me, and simply said “Paint what comes to you under the theme ‘Death and Rebirth’. This was a relevant theme for her, because of her work in safe birth practices.
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I held space for this concept in the desert and waited for the painting to come to me.
By Sunday’s Clan burn, my spirit was ripe for some unfolding, and through a series of interesting events, I arrived at this point in the night, with a sobbing heart, and a shaking grip on reality. I was reliving the loss of my dad as a little girl. In the miasma of light-adorned humans, I let him go all over again. The wind exhaled hard over the burning structure. As I watched the side-swept flames turned into long, fiery feathers. My Phoenix was emerging.
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I don’t think healing from the death of a loved one will ever be a linear journey. As we move through our lives, maybe edging closer to our own deaths, we’ll be offered many chances to revisit the truths that lie in it. If Death were a guru I imagine her to be a Phoenix Being with pendants to lay over your head as you find acceptance for her many teachings. And on this night, by this fire, I found the courage to rise higher by letting go of his sleeping hand.
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Swipe to see the pendant that came to me in the desert. Synchronicity like that makes my heart glow hard, people! (you can’t see it hear – the pendant is of a feather that says ‘burn’ in cut out letters)

@fieldsofdaisy this is your painting. Thank you for my gift into the desert.

‘New Beginning’ – Day 128/365 – Gifted

‘New Beginning’ – Day 128/365 – Gifted

This painting was gifted to a perfect stranger

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration image: artist’s own


ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE

This is the last of my three paintings done at the burn – but I have a confession to make. I only started the background at the burn and then had to pack the paint kit away on Saturday afternoon because the dust storm that came through was REAL, guys. So I completed this little guy today, and not being at the burn anymore, decided to gift it to a friend who has never been but is eager to experience her magic. This is Andries. ⠀
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I gave him the final burn gift of the Karoo road (R355) at sunrise and asked him to name her what going to the burn would mean for him. It certainly marked new beginnings for me and I’m sure it will for him too.

‘Making a Living’ – Day 127/365 – Gifted

‘Making a Living’ – Day 127/365 – Gifted

This painting was gifted to a perfect stranger

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration image: artist’s own


ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE

Tankwa is a great place to recharge your spirit and your heart. But it’s also a beautiful recentering of how you’re shaping your life. After a magical artwork stroll, I headed back to camp to paint another desert miniature – fully recharged with creative energy. I got thinking about the phrase ‘making a living’ and how, while I might not be there yet, there is such joy in literally using your hands to make – create, build, shape, craft – to make your living, that is the essence that sustains you both financially and emotionally.⠀
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During a dance session on Sunday, I got chatting to this groovy character. His name is Jacques and he’s a Jack of all trades – a builder. We connected over the material art of “making a living” – the hard work, the labour and the reward of pouring of your physical self into your work. I waved him goodbye with this painting, Saturday’s child, in his pocket – because Saturday’s child works hard for a living.⠀

It was like the desert knew whom to bring me for my gifts. Lekker.

‘Giving Spirit’ – Day 126/365 – Gifted

‘Giving Spirit’ – Day 126/365 – Gifted

This painting was gifted to a perfect stranger

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration image: artist’s own


ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE

Some people cross your path to give you direction. Others give you hope. And yet some even give you the feeling that you’re on the right track. This is James. We had a lovely conversation about tiny art and just this simple act gave me the feeling of being seen and acknowledged for the big little tiny things I see and paint.⁣

I gifted James my Friday painting of this colourful crowd grooving in the desert beside the spirit train. He is now the parent of ‘Friday’s child’ – a painting destined for the spirit of loving and giving. ⁣

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