Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
I have called this piece "The Mountain Watches" as the photo from which is is based on was taken at the summit of Mt Wellington, one of the volcanic cones in the Auckland region. The Maori name for Mt Wellington is Maungarei which means "the watchful mountain", hence the derivitive of my title for this. It is oil 800 x 600 x 40 and will be for sale on my website shortly and also if not sold prior, will be heading to The Original Art Sale next month.
I also did some final tidying up of this one over the weekend so I can now say that it is finished. It is oil on canvas 400 x 200 x 40 and will also be listed on my website for sale shortly too.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I was reading a book last night called The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women (really good book by the way - would definitely recommend it). In the chapter I am currently reading, it talks about prosperous thinking and scarcity thinking and what does it mean to feel prosperous. I thought about it and realised that I am so incredibly lucky and so very very prosperous in all aspects of my life. I have a wonderful husband who is also my bestest friend and we have the most beautiful children in the world. We live in a nice house, have enough to eat, drive nice reliable vehicles, have a great dog and cat. We are self-employed so responsible for creating our own work environments and we live in New Zealand which has to be the best place on earth to live.
So many people equate prosperity with money, whereas that is such a small part of life and is given so much more importance than other factors. How many people work in jobs they hate, purely for the money. How many people focus on what they don't have rather than what they do have. That is scarcity thinking, about how everything you don't have impacts greatly and diminishes your gratitude for what you do have.
When I think about what is happening in the world right now, the earthquake that has just occurred in China with thousands of lives lost and many more affected. The tragic situation in Myanmar/Burma and the people that are going hungry and are dying purely because a selfish regime that will not let go of their egotistical power in order to save their people. How grateful am I? Exceptionally.
One of the exercises in this book is to think of 5 things every day that you are grateful for. I think I can name hundreds, from my family to the beautiful cold crisp sunny winter's day outside to my cat purring in my arms through to the soft couch calling me to have a nap right at this very minute while my wee girl is sleeping.......
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Each fortnight the NZ Art Guild has a photography challenge for its members with a theme which they can interpret any way they want. The last theme was 'Beauty' and I am really pleased that one of my entries (we are allowed 2 entries) won the member's choice award. This is it - called 'Clouds of Beauty'. Taken on Monday with my Nikon D40X standing on top of Mt Wellington. The clouds were just incredible that afternoon and as my husband and I were driving to the accountants, I just had to get him to make a detour so I could take some photos. You can see Auckland city down at the bottom and the skytower absolutely dwarfed by these incredible cloud formations.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Please keep in mind that this photo was taken in full sunlight which is not ideal so the colours seem more vibrant than in real life. The sides are wet so I couldn't put it in the shade as I would have spread paint around in places where paint shouldn't go again!
A week or so ago I managed to track phathlo turquoise throughout the house all over the carpet. And our house is fairly new as we only built it when I was pregnant with Carter. After quickly clearing that lot up before DH saw it, I managed to do the same thing the following night and then a couple of nights ago I finally got paint over the nice new beige couch. Go me!