‘Jungle Fervour’ – Day 349-365 – R1900

‘Jungle Fervour’ – Day 349-365 – R1900

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Inspiration: artist’s own


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You cannot express what’s in the jungle of your heart, if you’re afraid of things getting a little wild.⁠
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This is the view into the corner of our garden – but more what that view makes me feel than what it looks like, leaf for leaf. I painted this painting with one brush only – a long, thin floopy one – to help me tap into feeling rather than detail.⁠
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Also I left out the wall – because who needs more walls in life?!⁠
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‘Fibonacci Fern’ – Day 276/365 – NFS

‘Fibonacci Fern’ – Day 276/365 – NFS

The central experience is essential to the consequent unfoldings. Everything we need, our entire life’s future unfolding is already in us. It will unfurl, like the individual tightly rolled leaves of this fern, when it’s time is right to do so.
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Could it be that the sacred geometry in nature is more than a divine principle?
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Is it an aesthetic code drawing our attention not only to its existence all around us and in us but as nature’s way of saying ‘look at this, study this, make sense of this.’ I’m sure nature has said this to many people and I’m only now waking up to it.

To me, nature’s sacred geometry is saying this:
‘Understand why it’s significant to your awakening that this pattern governs this creation in this way.’ When I observe the fern’s unfolding, I tap into this:

The reason we can’t suddenly be or have ‘the large unfolded fern’ (having “arrived” by societies definition) is that it takes time to unfold the main stem first. .
The central experience is essential to the consequent unfoldings.
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You can’t skip ahead or the smaller leaves (your achievements) will have nothing to hold onto.
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The central stem is all the seemingly random, “useless” experiences we gather. They are the primary feeding stem to what will come.
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This is why when something comes together down the line of our lives, we often get a sense of ‘hey I’ve come full circle from that thing that happened way back when’. Because you have unfolded many times over.
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If this parallel holds truth – then all future unfoldings of your life were with you from the start, bundled up tightly as the shoot broke through the soil into the world or as the baby broke through its embryo. (Not so coincidentally a foetus contains the Fibonacci spiral too)
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It’s no longer about trusting that everything we need is already in us. Rather, it will unfurl, like this fern, when it’s time is right.

I’m literally baked on miniNature right now!

‘Internal Flight’ – Day 271/365 – R1900

‘Internal Flight’ – Day 271/365 – R1900

Sale Price of Original: R1900

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Inspiration image:common license & artist’s own


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Do you believe in spirit animals? A friend of mine once said mine is a hummingbird because I derive my peace and balance through movement, like yoga or hiking or fluttering about the house cleaning😂.⁠
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Today I discovered that the long-tailed hummingbird is sometimes also called a Sylph – an imaginary spirit of the air. And while painting this, one of my favourite Estas Tonne tracks, ‘Internal Flight’, came on my playlist… and I thought… yup.. spirit animal indeed. ⁠
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📸 inspired by an @licole shot on @Unsplash

‘Growing Into You-th’ – Day 265/365 – R1900

‘Growing Into You-th’ – Day 265/365 – R1900

If you want to remain young, keep reaching up toward the en-light-enment and keep learning new things and just like this branch, you’ll keep growing into YOU-th.⁠

Sale Price of Original: R1900

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Inspiration image: artist’s own


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One of the trees growing in our garden is knobbly, long-limbed Eucalyptus cinerea or silver dollar. Their sage-green leaves are often used in flower arrangements. I’m super lucky to have one and always use it for cuttings in our home, come pruning time.⁠
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While trimming branches, I noticed one stem containing the full spectrum of growth – dark, brittle, leaves at the base with curled brown tips, deep vibrant leaves in the middle – perky and full of confidence and tender, mint green buds shooting out from the very end.⁠
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Omg – ‘this branch is how we actually age?!’ I said to my cat. She didn’t seem to care so I’m going to tell you instead.⁠
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Our society (while slowly shifting – wooohoo) still favours youth. And since those years only last briefly at the start of our lives, we have a tendency to cling to our past with romanticized longing while resenting the fading allure of our ageing, physical selves.⁠
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But in truth, in each new chapter you undertake, you are sprouting new, vibrant leaves. As you grow through it those leaves age and become part of your sturdy undergrowth.⁠
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It is only our young selves that age. Every day, every season, every undertaking is a new spurt of you-th that grows from your old, young self.⁠
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If you want to experience age – curl your branches backwards, starve them of light, lament on what was and you will stagnate in your present.⁠
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But if you want to remain young, keep reaching up toward the en-light-enment and keep learning new things and just like this branch, you’ll keep growing into YOU-th.⁠
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Ironically Eucalyptus oil heals a myriad of health problems. Maybe it really is the tree of youth?⁠
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‘Rays of Indo’ – Day 32/365 – NFS

‘Rays of Indo’ – Day 32/365 – NFS

Bali, a land of utmost gentility, where even the shadows show you the way.

Artist study. Not for sale.


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You know that expression – “be so happy that the sun shines out of your face”? I thought of that constantly while painting this green, hilly scene of West Java in Indonesia. I don’t know of a single soul, myself included, who’s been to Bali or elsewhere in Indo, and who hasn’t returned beaming, glowing from the inside out. It’s a land of utmost gentility, where even the shadows show you the way.
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Inspiration from the photography of: @blacktoner_5150

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