My Morning Routine

Dear friends, it's Friday, I'm sitting in my new favourite place in the garden, behind the delphiniums. It's a beautiful morning, my favourite kind, blustery. Here's a snapshot of my day so far, as you can see it's heavy Read more

The Owl & The End of Fear

Dear friends, if you come here often you know I'm always talking about creativity and how embracing my creativity has changed my life. I'm happier, more fulfilled, more mindful, more open, the list is infinite, results divine. Creative work Read more

5 Ways to Make Your Sunday Special

1. Have a Family Coffee Morning This is basically a way for parents of small children to buy time in bed that would otherwise never happen. It's most likely too early to even think about breakfast yet so we're talking Read more

Summer Solstice - Time To Come Alive

Dear friends, I'm sharing this post with a heart full of love for the wonderful community here at That Curious Love of Green. Those who have trusted me with their creativity, their fears and dreams and those who have Read more

Read A New Excerpt from My Novel

It's been nine months since I shared the first chapter of my novel here on the blog and I can still remember the sickening terror of setting it free. Since then I've made myself sick many more times. I applied Read more

Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me...

Today...I've been editing for my book, it's going well and was much helped by an open window and wind making the curtains billow. I've been reclaiming the house after my weekend away, restoring energy, clearing the pathways. Read more

A Memory

It took quite a bit of searching to find this painting. It’s by an artist called Stepanie Fryer. I fell in love with it about eight years ago at a joint exhibition she was having with well known local artist and friend Sandra Vernon.

At the time I was running a traditional performing arts company and I’d had the idea to match paintings by local artists as large scale projected backdrops to illustrate each dance in our flagship production, ‘Shaylyn.’

The end result was visually beautiful, brought different art forms with different audiences together and offered an alternative exhibition space for the artists. On a practical level it was inexpensive, portable and flexible, you find you do have to think of these things. Plus I built a whole pr campaign around it, as one does.

With Stephanie’s permission I used her ‘owl painting’ as backdrop to a mystical dance set to ‘Silence’ by Delirium (link below) Sandra too let me use samples of her work as well as designing a logo for us I will share again.

Meanwhile Adrian, we weren’t married at the time, tried to buy the painting for me without my knowing. Unfortunately it had been sold but he did buy me another painting by the same artist I love. I was secretly gutted but that’s still why I married him :)

Years passed and I forgot all about it until my owl sighting on Tuesday brought the memory back. And here it is. After much searching through dusty old laptops, not quite so romantic as dusty old books lay the painting that so captivated me, long before I took the owl as spirit guide, or she took me. Long before I ever thought to paint myself…

Complement this with the music to experience what a truly beautiful match they were. Just click on the painting to listen. What a shame we can’t add the dancers…

owl

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My Morning Routine

Dear friends, it’s Friday, I’m sitting in my new favourite place in the garden, behind the delphiniums. It’s a beautiful morning, my favourite kind, blustery. Here’s a snapshot of my day so far, as you can see it’s heavy on ‪#‎creativity‬

Teapot & flowers close

Goodbye Adrian
Coffee
Closed the gates
Fed and dressed children and me
Wrote in my journal
Drafted a blog post and list of blog post ideas,
Fed the cat
Took some photographs
Moved garden furniture
Tidied the kitchen
Daydreamed
Talked to the trees,
Had 40 chats
Researched brewing ideas
Reading
Thinking
Tea

Painting next
It’s 11.30

tea and flowers 2

Every Friday I ask, where in the world are you and what are you doing or dreaming creatively? Please feel free to share your work, thoughts, fears, dreams and ideas in comments so we can shower you with positive energy.

Here’s one I made earlier…I do love watercolours…

painting of girl and table of flowers by mepink rosesgate

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    • A Memory July 3, 2015
      It took quite a bit of searching to find this painting. It’s by an artist called Stepanie Fryer. I fell in love with it about eight years ago at a joint exhibition she was having with well known local artist and friend Sandra Vernon. At the time I was running a traditional performing arts company […]
      Jane
    • My Morning Routine July 3, 2015
      Dear friends, it’s Friday, I’m sitting in my new favourite place in the garden, behind the delphiniums. It’s a beautiful morning, my favourite kind, blustery. Here’s a snapshot of my day so far, as you can see it’s heavy on ‪#‎creativity‬… Goodbye Adrian Coffee Closed the gates Fed and dressed children and me Wrote in […]
      Jane
    • The Owl & The End of Fear July 2, 2015
      Dear friends, if you come here often you know I’m always talking about creativity and how embracing my creativity has changed my life. I’m happier, more fulfilled, more mindful, more open, the list is infinite, results divine. Creative work is a way to know and become yourself but it is also a way out of […]
      Jane
    • 5 Ways to Make Your Sunday Special June 28, 2015
      1. Have a Family Coffee Morning This is basically a way for parents of small children to buy time in bed that would otherwise never happen. It’s most likely too early to even think about breakfast yet so we’re talking everyone in our bed, a tray with the essential coffee for us, drinks and snacks […]
      Jane
    • ‘The Artist’s Way’ – Book Review June 24, 2015
      I’m about a third of the way through reading a book I’ve been meaning to read a few years now, ‘The Artist’s Way’ A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Soul, by Julia Cameron. My thoughts on this can be summed up in three words, ‘buy it immediately,’ or in many, as follows… This […]
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    • Soundtrack To My Morning June 23, 2015
      With small children and busy modern life it can be hard to find moments of quiet and with school holidays starting this week I thought I should capture a moment. So I sat here for an hour with tea and delphiniums, alliums, books, notebooks and roses, just listening. To share in this moment of mindfulness […]
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    • Summer Solstice – Time To Come Alive June 21, 2015
      Dear friends, I’m sharing this post with a heart full of love for the wonderful community here at That Curious Love of Green. Those who have trusted me with their creativity, their fears and dreams and those who have reached out to support and encourage me on my own creative journey. I am ever humbled, […]
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    • Even More Books… June 19, 2015
      Hello dear friends, ‘who all’s there?’ (a very Irish question) Thank you so much everyone who de-lurked and brightened my yesterday. As promised I will get back to you over the weekend. This is just a quick post in the pulse of the moment. A better day, the med’s may be helping. So every Friday […]
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    • Easy Onion Soup & Annual De-Lurking Day… June 18, 2015
      Dear friends. Seeing as how I’m under the weather and all I thought this would be the perfect time to declare a blog de-lurking day. Surely you wouldn’t deny me? In short if you read this blog and in particular if you seldom/never comment then I’m asking you to come out of the bushes and […]
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    • Pneumonia June 17, 2015
      Seems I have pneumonia. Not confirmed but my doctor says he’s pretty certain. I’ve been in the wars for a while and let it go on too long. I just didn’t take it seriously until I had to. So a long running cold turned into a chest infection, compounded by the return of my middle […]
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