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Learn How to Create Your Own Magnificent Mandala.

Learn How to Create Your Own Magnificent Mandala.

I absolutely love making Mandalas.  Mandala means circle.  A mandala represents wholeness, reminding us of our relation to the universe, infinity. Like the circle, the mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Sun, the Moon, the Earth.  Circles are all around us. There are conceptual circles of friends, family, and community. Just look around you and especially at nature and you will see everywhere. The symbol is that life never ends, they are a spiritual tool in many religions Buddism, Hindu and more.  They can be used for meditation purposes, allowing people to become one with the universe. The thing I love most about mandalas is that the whole purpose behind them is the experience of making them and not the finished product.  The power lies in the making, the creating the connection with mind, heart and hand through the process.  Setting your intentions forward through creativity, by connecting hand to heart and mind can lead to a more authentic and meaningful life How to create YOUR personal Mandala piece of blank paper a round plate (for tracing) ruler crayons or colored pencils a radio or CD player for music. your imagination your dreams STEP ONE:  First of all sit with your paper and leave it blank.  This is the most important part. Let go of what you think you should do, or what you feel other people might like.  This piece of art is not for anyone else but YOU.   The whole purpose behind doing this type of creative work is for you to go inside yourself and discover who you are, what you want, what your dreams are and write them down on a piece of paper and then create this symbol of celebration and release of them through art.  Clear your mind of all the clutter, the to-do lists and the negative thoughts we all carry around with us. Put on some soft beautiful music that you love and breathe.  Close your eyes and empty your mind. Breathe and then…imagine all of the things that you love.  What do you love? A beach? Sunshine? Reading? Love itself. Think of the feeling associated with things that you love.  Feel it.  Sit with it for a while and enjoy just that.  Start dreaming.  Think of what you want to see happen in your life this year, in 2017. Love? Friends, Peace? Success?Write whatever words or colours that come to your mind down on a separate piece of paper. It could be anything – Peace, Happiness, Restfulness, Health.  Write them all down – don’t judge it don’t analyze it just write it. Now, get out of your own way…Yes, step back and allow the connection to the life force of creativity that we all share, to take hold.  Write whatever you see without judgment, critique or second guessing it. STEP TWO: Take the plate and trace the circle on the paper.  Divide it into quadrants. (use a ruler) You can choose as many quadrants as you like. Choose 4-6  words from your list that you feel JUMP out at you. If you have more symbols you can simply create more quadrants.  You can use words, colours, symbols, anything that helps you identify with the feelings of happiness that you created in our mind. ( Peace might be...

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Mind Movies are so cool.

Mind Movies are so cool.

Im so excited.  The best thing that I did this entire Christmas season, was to make my very first mind-movie. Mind movies are an excellent tool to use in helping improve your life. “A mind movie transforms a boring vision board into a fun, digital video vision board filled with positive affirmations, inspiring images and motivating music. ” (Mindmovies.com) To start with, I gathered a number of images that I really loved and I also used some of my own artwork that I felt really summed up how I envisioned my life going forward.  Assembling the images into a movie was inspiring, creative and just so much fun.  The whole premise behind a mind-movie is for you to put your desires, intentions and dreams out there into the world.  Once you set your intentions free by writing them down or using your creativity to bring them to life, they begin to  soar,  releasing themselves to the universe, like the seeds of a dandelion,  a beautiful energy that flows, takes hold where it lands, and then comes to life.  A word of caution – be careful what you wish for as it will most likely transpire in one form or another. I used iMovie on my mac, and set my mind-movie to my favourite Adele song, ‘Remedy’.  I had purchased it a while back on iTunes.  You can use songs from your iTunes if the movie is just for your own viewing, and won’t be shared on the internet. If you want to learn how to make one there are many sites that offer apps and programs like the mind movie.com site above, plus there is a lot of different how-to videos on U-tube with info on how to make one.  There are also sites that offer royalty free music for you to use on your movie if you plan to share it on-line. I feel that a mind- movie is a personal exploration and not necessarily something that you would share with others.  You may discover, however,  through creating it, things about yourself and your life that you didn’t know.    I discovered that in  2016,  I really rolled up my sleeves and committed to my personal growth and my creativity.  I was in learner mode taking in as much information as I could. I was working hard and taking an average of 3 classes at a time in intuitive work and creativity coaching in addition to running the Non-Profit society and trying to get in to the studio to do my own creative work as much as possible.  Really focused on my path, while learning to help others, I was also able to also unblock some of the creative blockages in myself and in own work. The most important words that I learned to honour this past year in relationship to my creativity were Consistency and Diligence.  I discovered that if you want to light your creativity flame it takes work, a willingness to look at where your creativity comes from and what you want to say to the world.  I also learned the importance of incorporating daily meditation and daily creativity into my life. Yes, DAILY.  (Even if its only 20 minutes.) I discovered that the creative mind is like a muscle. The more you use it the better it...

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Creating Space for Your Creativity

Creating Space for Your Creativity

  Find a table. Sit down. Start.   Sounds easy right?  Everyone can find a table.   Even though I had been creative my whole life, it took me two years to re-kindle it. My fire has been put out.  I wanted it back. The whole process began years before I started selling my work, and well before I had an art studio. When I began my journey,  I started out working at my dining room table.  I had been working hard in my business as a product designer and importer, but still felt empty and unfulfilled.  I gathered up a few old paints and some paper and I thought I would paint a little. I found out that I really loved it. The problem with working at the dining room table was  that every time I wanted to work on my painting it took 10 minutes to clean off the table, 10 minutes to lay things out and 20 minutes to clean things up.  I had to allow for 40 minutes of prep around the actual painting time.    The dining room was the perfect place for me to create because it had a door.  I could hear the professional art-critics approaching the room.  A door made a clicking sound, allowing for just enough time for me to hide my work under a magazine before the critics peered over my shoulder. I started loving it so much that I became protective of my time and space there and started protecting it fiercely.  I would sneak in, when I knew I wouldn’t be disturbed, sit in a spot where family that passed by the glass doors couldn’t see me and I would work.  If people interrupted me, I would get angry.  I was like a tiger fighting for my territory.  The family soon learned that when I was working at that table to not disturb me, unless the house was on fire. It took me a long time to understand that what people thought of my work didn’t matter.  It took me what seems like forever, to feel that creativity was important enough in my life to actually make my place at the dining room table into a special spot where I could allow my artistic mind to take off and flourish.  After months of secretly working at the dining room table, gaining confidence, and learning new techniques, I slowly began to feel different.  I absolutely loved the time that I was working on my art. It was my time to escape. I slowly began to feel that my creative work mattered enough to start making this time a priority and part of my daily route.  I started taking classes and workshops in technique. portraits, drawing, oil painting, colour theory, plein air and more.  The more I learned the more I wanted to know. I developed my own daily ritual, I would set up my table, pour myself a cup of tea in a china cup and paint for hours.  I learned to honour this time and this little area in my dining room as my very own sacred, special place. It was at the dining room table that  I learned that becoming an artist was a process and that I was not running a race.  This is where...

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Rumi – The Persian Muslim Sufi poet

Rumi – The Persian Muslim Sufi poet

I have to ask myself why am I so drawn to someone who lived 800 years ago?  – Rumi or Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī (1207 – 1273) was a Persian Muslim Sufi poet.  He was a  theologian, a philosopher and jurist, whose works have crossed all national, cultural and ethnic boundaries and still hailed with high regards.  Rumi was regarded as ‘the most famous poet’ in America in the year 2007.   Here are just a few of his words that touch me. “Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?”  “As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”  “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”  “Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”  “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”  “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.” “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” “Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.”  “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”  “Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open?”  “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”  Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” “Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”   “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”  “Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”   “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”  How long will you think about this painful life? How long will you think about this harmful world? “The only thing it can take from you is your body.” “Don’t say all this rubbish and stop thinking.” All Quotes by Rumi All these in essence speak about our inner self, it dares us to look outside the box. to understand and challenge ourselves, it resonates acceptance of this life, and…in I guess in some small way it preaches love and hope. with love, Mary...

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Dale Zarrella Sculptor/Painter

Dale Zarrella Sculptor/Painter

Artists I love Stopped by and had a chat with Maui sculptor and painter, Dale Zarrella this morning at his cottage on the beach, near Canoe Cove in Kihei.  He happened to be out working on one of his latest pieces.  I am a huge fan of Dale’s and must admit have one or two of his wood carvings in my personal collection.  His paintings and sculptures are found in the finest corporate and private collections and museums throughout the world.   Dale spent 18 years as a caretaker in charge of one of Hawaii’s few green turtle sanctuaries on the Big Island.  He would often entertain visiting filmmakers and photographers from all over the world to experience this unique and magical place.  Inspired in 1991 with these ancient creatures of the sea with which he had a deep connection to, he picked up a paint brush to capture their world on canvas. Then he started carving them into Hawaii’s wood.  His first love is sculpting wood and he brings wood into his backyard via helicopter.  He uses natural dried cured wood and shines it with oil.  Now this is Art that I love. I was excited to be invited back to a reception at his gallery/studio at sunset. Check out his site here Dale Zarrella            This mermaid has already taken over 36 months to carve and it is still not done Click image for closer view...

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Doris Duke Shangri La Islamic Art Collection

Doris Duke Shangri La Islamic Art Collection

January 14/15  – “Shangri La” named after the mythical land where no one grows old I had to book this months in advance.  Last year I intended to visit Shangri-La but left it too late and could not get a ticket.  The tickets are only $25.00 and the tour went from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Why Islamic art? I am drawn to exquisite craftsmanship.  Putting radicalism, wars and differences aside,  I love art.   I think art is important to every religion, culture and person.  I wanted to see why this woman, Doris Duke, was so intrigued and so drawn to its beauty. Now I know why. It was my first exposure to the beauty and sophistication of  Islamic art.  The well-hidden mansion of Shangri-La sits quietly nestled down the side of a cliff on the far side of Diamond Head on the island of Oahu.  As visitors we had to be bused in.  It was a 15 minute ride and the bus showed a movie on Doris Duke and her life.  This home had a much different feel from the outside.  I think that this is pure class and shows that she was a very private person. However once you stood in front of the front door you could tell by the beautifully decorated door and its scripture that you were about to enter into a very special, sacred space.   The front door has detailed scripture from the Qur’an which is located in a small roundel and says in Hebrew “In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful.  The scripture above says ” Welcome to Paradise” (Qur’an 15:46). The door leading to the Mughal Garden  is similar to the one leading into the main house and includes, among other verses, the same welcoming phrase, “Enter them in health, secure” (Qur’an 15:46). The Front door     Once I walked through the massive carved front door, I  quickly felt the peacefulness inside.  Every last detail was thought out and placed in its spot for a reason.  Every thing seemed to be in its place for the sake of  seeing it as beautiful.  I could see that light played an important part in the planning of this room and its details and could see that this entry way was going to change with each hour of the light of the day. The back- lit stained glass cutouts that encircled the top of the room near the ceiling would eventually act as a filter through which to fill the room’s floor with a multitude of colour when the sun shone through them in the evening. As I looked around at its contents I could see that this room which looked out  through a massage black marble mali onto a center courtyard, was dressed with things that were loved and appreciated by Doris Duke.  It represented her travels from her honeymoon and more through the countries of Iran, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, Syria, Egypt and India.  All of her most loved countries were all represented by the treasures within its walls.  This entry room set the stage and the tone for the rest of the house and its contents.   The home held a very delicate balance of space and things.  I felt as though it was open and airy  but...

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Painting with Maui Artist Julie Houck

Painting with Maui Artist Julie Houck

I am so looking forward to painting this month with Maui artist, Julie Houck.  I took a weekend workshop with her last January and learned alot. So I’m going back. This time it will be a whole day with just the two of us. Can’t wait. The best part was that we were painting on the North side near Hookipa Beach and these huge turtles started all coming up onto the beach.   I love painting outside especially in breathtaking Maui – at the ocean or up country -it doesn’t matter –  It is one of my favourite places in the world.  Julie also teaches in France every year – something I am tempted to do as well.  Check out her work Here – Julie...

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Everything I do, think and feel is about Art. Thank you all for your support emails and positive encouragement this past year – Thank you to everyone that enjoys my work and to those that commissioned me and to those that purchased as well.   I encourage all of you to create create and create more and to learn as much as you can and to support each other in the journey. The world needs Art. We all need art   Have a creative & happy 2015 my friends...

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In the News

In the News

Check out the Delta Optimist article on Artists in the Village a non-profit Society that I support wholeheartedly. Photo and article by Dave Willis, Delta Optimist http://www.delta-optimist.com/living/keeping-arts-alive-and-well-1.1702651

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