‘Aurora Woods’ – Day 358/365 – R2100

‘Aurora Woods’ – Day 358/365 – R2100

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Inspiration image: artist’s own


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Possibly my favourite place in the world (of what I have yet had the privilege to see ) – the woods in Aurora, where I’ve spent many a Christmas wandering with my cousins and uncle. It’s weird for me to not be in the snow at this time of year, but I can go there anytime with the shutting of an eyelid or the flick of a paintbrush.⁠
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I guess you can explore the whole world, every country, but once your heart has settled into places of love and family, they will forever be your favourites. Is that the definition of home – knowing where your heart feels at peace without needing to eliminate every other place? Probably also a clue to whom you decide to love…⁠
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Frohe Weihnachten to you all and Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating tomorrow.⁠
May you spend it with those you love and carry home in your heart always. 🌟⁠
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‘Awarewolf’ – Day 298/365 – R1900

‘Awarewolf’ – Day 298/365 – R1900

Sale Price of Original: R1900

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Inspiration: artist’s own and common licence photography


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Continuing the Halloween inspired countdown of Scary Reasons Not To Pursue Your Craft (and how I’m facing and learning from these monsters)⁠
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Reason No. 6: ⁠

Being judged for not being “where you should be by now.”⁠
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It’s hard deviating from the publicly accepted norm. I worried that if I jumped in now at age 32 to pursue a thing I felt could be my thing (because when is there ever certainty) and got off the corporate ladder climbing track that saying sayonara to the sizable monthly cheque would mean putting a definite and maybe permanent hold on the ‘maybe house’, ‘maybe kids’ and or occasional travel.⁠
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But then what would any of those structures in my life mean if it wasn’t framed around a life I wanted to be in?⁠
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So in asking myself where exactly it was that I should be I tapped into the powers of the werewolf, a much-maligned creature, that often finds itself transforming when it’s less than ideal to do so. ⁠
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How can the creative pursuit benefit from this?⁠
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By becoming an awarewolf. Deep down you know what really matters to you. If you let that awareness guide you, you’ll be less in the orbit of other deemed important planets, and far happier traipsing around howling at your own moon.⁠
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Aaarooooooh🐺⁠

Sidenote: ‘awarewolf’ is a fun term that popped in my head but that I don’t claim to have coined – found some fun brands out there rocking the term 💁🏼‍♀️ Just wanted to throw that out there. ✌🏼⁠

📸 inspiration pic via a groovy @neilrosentech shot from Unsplash⁠
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‘Ghost Reasons’ – Day 278/365

‘Ghost Reasons’ – Day 278/365

Ghost reasons are the whispers of dreams and desire in the dark of your soul that emerge when you are alone, in stillness. When we don’t heed our ghost reasons they fuse into treesons – betrayals of self-growth – that will haunt your soul until you make right by them.

Sale Price of Original: R1900

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Inspiration image: common licence


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When things settle and the heated business cools⁠ that’s when we hear the voices in a dark night of the soul.⁠
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That’s when movement slows and all those pushed aside ghost reasons emerge. ⁠
The ghost reasons that call into your soul – to make manifest the intangible goings and growings on in your heart.⁠
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When we don’t heed our ghost reasons they fuse into treesons – betrayals of self-growth – that will haunt your very soul.⁠
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This painting is dedicated to anyone out there who cannot bear the whispers of their ghost reasons anymore – to say goodbye to the thing that you know in your bones is no longer meant for you takes immense courage. I’m sending you love and light.⁠
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This painting is dedicated to my friend, my partner in kindness and chaos – you are gentle like water and as strong as its will, your way is soft and sensitive and you will carve your path, meandering and nourishing all along the way until you come to the place where you pool and saturate and can nourish slowly all that is ripe within you. You are my love. I will be your light.💙

‘Winter Wondering Land’ – Day 203/365 – R1900

‘Winter Wondering Land’ – Day 203/365 – R1900

Sale Price of Original: R1900

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Inspiration: common license photography


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I’ve landed in a strange place. It’s bitterly cold and full of doubt. My arms are so sore and hands so unsure, they feel ineffectual at giving warmth much less holding a paintbrush.⁠
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This quote came up on my Chrome Momentum background yesterday (a pretty cool app for beautiful photography, words of wisdom and focused To-Do listing)⁠

“Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities you can’t begin to explore your possibilities” – Tim Fargo.⁠
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And well, I think I’m there. ⁠
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At one point during painting this one I really hated it – like so much my heart ached. I just wanted to stop and slapdash finish it and be done. But something about the cold pain in that quote made me stay. I put on a YouTube track for music for anxiety and tried to slow myself down, painting with more care rather than less… as though the ice on every branch mattered. ⁠
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Then amid all the winter-wondering I wondered: does the patience and love we are able to give to our craft or creation correlate in some way to how much we love ourselves? Is that why I want to rush it? *because* I’m aching?⁠
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I imagined the me who was hurting and feeling all this strange cold inability as a little girl and the me who could paint as an adult sitting in a room with her. Even though I couldn’t just magic her hurt away, I knew I wouldn’t just leave the room and close the door on her. I would sit with her. And I guess that’s why I carried on painting. Towards the end I found some love for this little winter wonderland after all…⁠
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But I’m definitely feeling the storm coming…⁠

‘Hibernate or Evergreen?’ – Day 163/365 – R1900

‘Hibernate or Evergreen?’ – Day 163/365 – R1900

Sale Price of Original: R1900

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Inspiration image: artist’s own/ common license image


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In woods like this, it’s interesting to observe the contrast of those trees that choose to shut down for a period during hibernation and those that remain green throughout. ⠀
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Society makes us feel like we should all be evergreens, right? Just keep going, making, producing, 24/7 as though it were summer all year long.⠀
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Sheer exhaustion made me crave a seasonal existence. Periods of output, periods of total rest and also ones of rediscovery and then trimming that which no longer serves you. ⠀
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But here’s the thing. Pines do both all year long. They are evergreens that can find life in all seasons. They seem to grow and decay simultaneously. No sudden transformations, luminous crowns or complete barrenness. I wonder if the trick is to just grow, but grow slow…⠀
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