Life is what you make it!

Hello on this steamy Friday Morning – the morning after the first full moon of 2017.  I didn’t get a chance to see it unfortunately as our sky was a stormy one last night hence the steamy morning but I sure have felt her energy.

I hope that the start of 2017 has been kind to you all.

I have been busy trying to get a little tidying done especially in my art room in preparation for a busy creative year ahead and to allow the new to flow more freely into my life.  Yesterday as the heat had me sweating like a pig and I reached a point of – almost done but I am pooped  I decided to take a little time out to PLAY.  The first new journal prompt over in the Australian Art Swap Group was inviting me to do just that – the prompt ‘JUST HAVE FUN’  So I reached for my large Dylusions Journal and using a couple of left over die cuts from projects last year found in my clean up I created my page getting a little messy with color to match the butterfly.   Now I have a little extra tidying up to return to.

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The left over words are perfect to reflect on as we start the new year.  Life truly is what you make it!  You get to choose.  Choose what thoughts occupy your mind, who you wish to spend time with and how you wish to spend that time each and every day.

So what are you creating in your life right now and for the year ahead?

In numerology 2017 is a one year –  a time of new beginnings and each and every day you can start over if need be, so Dream Big and Be Brave and go after everything your heart desires this year as the energy truly will support you.

Danie xx

 

 

#AASG30DAY Painting Challenge Day 1

Over in the Australian Art Swap Group they are holding a 30 Day Painting Challenge where you work on the same canvas for 30 days.  This means that each day you have to add something to the painting and it encourages the painter to not become attached which is similar to the teachings of Intuitive Artist Flora Bowley.

I decided to play along as I wanted to get into my painting a bit more and hubby actually brought me home a new canvas last week even though I told him I would simply go over an old one I wasn’t entirely happy with.  The one he brought home was huge bigger than any I have painted before so this would be a challenge in itself.

So today as I began painting and decided that for the 30 day challenge I would paint on two canvases.  The new one hubby brought which measures 36 inches x 36 inches and a smaller one (around 1/2 the size) which I painted over very roughly with black gesso allowing some of the old color show through.

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I began with some cool tones, my favorite blues and greens and roughly covered in the white space.  Then I went back for a second layer filling in some of the left over white space with Purple and Red.

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This canvas is a bit too big for the easel, so the floor became my work surface.
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A layer of some purple and red completed day 1 of painting.

 

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My rough coat of black gesso allowed some red, blue and green to show through from the previous painting, so I then took similar colors an added new detail.

 

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I covered an old painting over with Black Gesso allowing some color to still show through.

 

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I then added further red, green and blue to the gesso layer to finish my play on Day 1.

There is quite a few members playing along with this challenge so I encourage you to pop over to the Facebook Group or search the hashtag #aasg30day to see what everyone has been painting and I do hope you will pop back and follow my painting journey here throughout August also.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Danie xx

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Pink – is it the Elephant in your Room?

This week over in the Australian Art Swap Group on facebook, one of the members started a photographic color challenge.  The criteria is simply to photograph the set color as you encounter it in your world or daily routine. The first color chosen was Hot Pink!  So I started to take stock of this color in my home and environment and I soon realized there was more of it then I first thought. This inquiry then lead me to think more about the meaning of this color.

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Artwork (by Donna Sharam) in my home with Hot Pink.

Pink is one of those colors you either love it or hate it…….for me it is literally the elephant in my room, and one of my favorite colors.  I especially love it when it is paired with green which is exactly how nature loves it too.

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So what does pink say about you?  In a positive sense it is feminine, romantic, and nurturing and speaks of kindness and compassion.   It exudes confidence – well lets face you may need it to wear this color, especially Hot Pink.  It is playful and can also encourage action.

If you are feeling overburdened, you may find you are attracted to the color desiring a more carefree life, and happiness.

This color can aid depression, alleviate stress and reduce anger, aggression, grief and poor blood circulation.

Crystals that are pink in color such as Rose Quartz, relate to unconditional love, compassion, and the heart chakra.

In October Pink is widely recognized, used and celebrated as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Is there too much pink or not enough in your life?  This can be a sign of some of the negative aspects of this color which can include immaturity, lack of will power, low self esteem, being over emotional or naive.

 

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Using pink for a little creative play and to brighten a wet day.

I think pops of pink are uplifting to the soul!  I love it teamed with Turquoise and Teal Tones, and Black and White too.

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Taking stock of this color in my world, it literally was the elephant in my room (an artwork I purchased last year), Flowers in the garden and that I love to photograph, the cover of my diary, the drop sheet I use when I paint, my craft tote, and warm winter favorites – my bed socks, my fleece jumper and snuggy along with a few other ornaments and pieces of clothing that adorn my home and my body.

I am now looking forward to the next color challenge, to see where it takes me.

 

 

February a Month for Seeing Red!

Earlier this week I touched on the Chinese New Year and the COLOR red.  Red is definitely the appropriate color to focus further on this month as it is not only a color which symbolizes Good Fortune and Happiness for the Chinese, but also the color of passion and seduction associated with cupid and St Valentine’s Day.

Red is warm and energizing.  It can signify anger, danger and the need to stop, as well as courage.  It is the color of blood, and vitality,  and is also associated with the element of fire and the devil.

OUR CONNECTION

We all have a connection to the color of red through our body.

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Red is the color which represents our Root/Base Chakra located at the base of our spine and pelvic floor.  This chakra is associated with our sense of security and survival and our connection to our physical body, environment, the earth, our ancestors, family and origins.

Keeping this chakra in balance helps keeps us grounded, mentally and emotionally stable.

Some signs that you may not be grounded include:

  • Feeling lightheaded, dizzy or spaced out.
  • Forgetfulness, losing or misplacing things
  • Feeling unwell, fatigued or lacking energy.
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Feeling nervous or overstimulated.
  • Any ailment connected to our legs and kidneys, even feeling more comfortable sitting cross legged  can also be a sign that we are not grounded.
  • A dislike of this color, therefore it is not present in your environment at work or home, or your wardrobe

I posted a few days ago that connecting with the earth, ie.  walking barefoot on the grass, or at the beach can help us to ground, however we can also use CRYSTALS to aid us in grounding our energy.

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The energies of both Red and Black Crystals are good for helping us to stay grounded.

Crystals that are red in color such as Red Jasper will help to give your energy a boost if you are feeling fatigued or lacking energy, while black crystals such as Black Obsidian are good if your energy needs to be calmed down when you are overstimulated.

You will find that black crystals are also often protective stones, which assist us in shielding our energy fields from negativity, electromagnetic pollution, physic attack and the like.

Each different type of crystal and color stone has a range of different attributes which when you start to utilize and work with them can energetically assist your well-being. That is why I love them and I hope to help introduce you to them some more over time here on the blog.

Today however we were talking about the color red.

MORE RED FACTS

Here’s a few more interesting facts about this color.

  1. Red was a widely used color pigment (iron oxides) used to paint on cave walls in pre-historic times while in early civilizations fabrics such as silk were dyed with pigments extracted from plants and insects.  Some of these methods are still used today.
  2. Only 1 – 2% of the world’s population are natural red heads.
  3. Red is the most popular colors used on flags with 77% of the world’s flags having red on them.
  4. About 8% of the world’s male population and 0.5% of the female population are color blind (have a vision deficiency) and can not visibly see this color correctly.
  5. In European Culture, red is the color used to describe an area of the city (district) that sells pornography and sex.
  6. Being known as a stimulating color it has been proven to elevate blood pressure and increase heart rates in some people while a flashing red light can cause convulsions in some people suffering from epilepsy.

RED THE COLOR OF LOVE

The main association to the Color Red in February is Valentine’s Day which is celebrated this coming Sunday.

From it’s religious beginnings celebrating one or more of the Christian Saints named Valentius, there has been many adaptions to the origins of St Valentine’s Day and many a tall tale told.  However it was first officially associated with Romance upon the conception of ‘Courtly Love’ in the Middle Ages. Originally conceived for the entertainment purposes of nobility the ideals behind ‘Courtly Love’  soon attracted a wider audience and developed into an occasion where people expressed their love for one another by the giving of gifts.and hand written notes/cards which were called valentines.

Today symbols of hearts, doves and winged cupids are used to mark this occasion and mass produced greeting cards have replaced the handwritten note.

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A popular gift to give on this day are Red Roses which symbolize love and passion.  It is said that one rose symbolizes Love, a dozen signifies Gratitude while twenty five are given as Congratulations and fifty symbolize Unconditional Love.

It is a great blessing to be shown you are loved, but whether or not someone gives us roses on Valentine’s Day, it is important to remember that we all are loved and that we try wherever possible to live from a place of love – our hearts.

Love and Light to you all.

Danie xx

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year & Happy New Moon!

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Today the 8th of February marks the start of the Chinese New Year for 2016.  This year is that of the Red or Fire Monkey.  Each Chinese Year is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac along with one of the five elements (earth, wood, fire, water and metal). With each Zodiac and Element combination only occurring once every 60 years.

The Chinese New Year is always celebrated on the New Moon at the Start of the Chinese Lunar Calendar Year (which combines both lunar and solar systems) and which commences with the Sign of the Tiger and the Start of Spring.

If you want to find out exactly how the Year of the Monkey will effect you personally you can head over to this page which will give you a glance at each Chinese Zodiac Sign’s Predictions as it depends on the year you were born and your lucky element.

For anyone born in the year of the monkey this year is said to be one that will bring you bad luck.  It is believed that each year represented by the zodiac sign of your year of birth is one that will be bad luck for you.  I guess we are all lucky it’s a twelve year cycle and not a one or three year.

If you are a monkey perhaps it’s wise to read up on all the things you need to know about the year ahead such as your lucky numbers, colors and directions.  I have linked to one page containing this and much more information about the Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey here.

I always love reading up on traditions and rituals that have transpired the ages and the internet is always a great place to start looking at this and I definitely didn’t expect to find so many superstitions associated with the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Here’s a few things that it is believed should be avoided on the first day of the year.

THINGS TO AVOID ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR:

Taking Medicine, Eating Porridge, Washing Your Clothes, Washing your Hair, Sweeping, Leaving the House if you are a women, Using Sharp Objects, Killing Things/Spilling Blood, Wearing Black and White, and Giving Gifts of Clocks, Scissors and Pears.

THE COLOR RED AND THE CHINESE NEW YEAR:

For the Chinese Red is the COLOR associated with the element of Fire and is one of the luckiest colors.  It is their National color and represents happiness and good fortune.

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Both homes and businesses are adorned with red lanterns and it is a color widely used for weddings and other celebratory events.  During the Chinese New Year Celebrations and other special occasions Red Envelopes stuffed with money are given as gifts with the red packet symbolizing good luck.

Is red one of your favored colors?  If not perhaps you should become more acquainted with it for 2016.  It may just bring you good fortune!

We will explore the color red in more depth a little later on this month.

I did mention that today is also the New Moon (well in most of the world it is on the 8th)………but it actually occurs at 1.38am on 9th of February Sydney time as we are ahead of most other parts of the world.

The time of the new moon is about setting intentions and manifesting, a time to think about what is it you want to achieve or acquire over the coming month/cycle.  It is the perfect theme for your reflection or meditation today or tomorrow, see where your thoughts take you, make a list and see what comes true for you.

Be sure to join me back here tomorrow as I CONNECT with Spirit (the angels and my guides) I will be doing a New Moon Reading tonight and tomorrow I will share with you what you can expect for the coming month.

Blessings

Danie xx