‘Big Little Dreamer’ – Day 219/365 -NFS

‘Big Little Dreamer’ – Day 219/365 -NFS

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With the passing of each tiny painting, I find more and more conviction in the largeness of life that comes from tinier, simpler living. ⁠
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Being an artist and living in a van was a big dream I held as a wee whippersnapper too, before ever seeing other people doing it. And then I closed it in a box when the world told me it was unrealistic, picking up a great many other things before deciding the contents of the box were just too intriguing to forget about. What a crazy thought – if life is a circular journey back to the expansive thoughts that illuminated us as tiny humans….?⁠
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Hmmmm….I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.⁠
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📸Another beautiful tiny #vanlifemoment that snuck into my heart, this one by @flolanni.⁠

’27 Point U-Turn’ – Day 217/365 -NFS

’27 Point U-Turn’ – Day 217/365 -NFS

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Derivative work created with permission from photographer


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I heard a great interview a week ago with Todd Henry, author of ‘Louder than Words’ in which he describes how there’s always a U-shape in creative projects – that place somewhere in the bottom where you feel totally confused, directionless, uninspired and without steam in the middle of the slog.⁠
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I could not have heard it at a better time because it gave me such clarity and perspective on what I was experiencing. ⁠
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Today while painting this adorable bus, which I just had to put on a mini because I so admire this artist living her tiny creative life on this bus, I laughed out loud when it dawned on me why it feels like my creative U-turns always, well ‘turn’ so much slower. I said to myself ‘Drea – you might not be there yet – but your heart is already a creative living on a bus and don’t you know U-turns are a laborious thing on a bus?!’⁠
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So that’s my aha on what possibly feels like the last few hinky-pinky twists in the U-turn.⁠
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For more awesome tiny creative living inspo check out @busgoblin and her awesome mobile home and studio.⁠
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ps: have a listen to Todd Henry’s interview on Marie Forleo – major clarity for creative endeavours.⁠

‘Blue Therapist’ – Day 97/365 – NFS

‘Blue Therapist’ – Day 97/365 – NFS

Artist study. Not for sale.


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I’ve always wondered what it is about staring out at the seemingly endless, glimmering blue, lost in our thoughts, that brings us so much peace?
When we’re lost in our thoughts in the sleep-deprived hours of darkness we lament our thoughts. Yet when confessing them to the ocean, we feel invigorated. Does the nature of our environment determine the nature of our thoughts? .
Henri Roberts knows why we love the sea. “Because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” 🙂
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Nature’s therapy 💙
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Yet another beautifully stimulating shot from @summerofseventyfive ! 🙏🏼

‘The Hippie Hippie Shake’ – Day 96/365 – NFS

‘The Hippie Hippie Shake’ – Day 96/365 – NFS

Artist study. Not for sale.


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If ever there were to be a flag that embodied the peculiar and glorious freedom of van life-ing, I think @summerofseventyfive ‘s pic of their VW bus cruising down Cactus beach in South Aus would be it. Naturally, being the hippie at heart that I am, I had to paint it!
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And I came up with an accompanying anthem too:
Sea shake is to the left
Milkshake is to the right
You do the hippie shake shake
With all of your might, whoa baby
(Ok, so I slightly amended it – thanks Chan and the Beatles for laying the ground work ☺️)
Yup, cough syrup is definitely getting to me.😋
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Thank you for the beautiful inspiration shot @amber.cree 🙏🏼

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