I’ve been pumping out the prints and they’ve been selling well which is nice. All are custom designed from my original artworks, printed on quality matt artboard to standard 8"x10" or 11”x14” sizes and mounted on 5mm foam backing board for easy framing, individually signed with love : ) and posted to your door.
(Note all prints sold on-line are unframed)
I was asked by a local pre-school to paint a farewell gift for Amy who along with her lovely family is moving to the coast.
The brief... blues and teals, a beachy vibe, the pre-school star, plus we decided to incorporate a very special jacaranda branch and first bloom from "Poppy's Tree", all in my usual bright happy fun style of course.
Yep scary stuff! All I could do was trust and believe and begin and hope that the art gods would come to my rescue. They did of course :) Everyone loved it especially Amy which is just so amazing and special.
The brief: "I love, love this painting Phillipa! Can you do another one for me?"
Now you'd think I'd be cool with that.. just do the same again. Nope! Aaaah.. exactly how did I create those roses and get that background gradient just right? I remember I painted the roses and vase first then added in the background last leaving a white hightlight around each flower. Hmmmm... hopefully I can do it again! Yep... thank you again art gods and thank you Linda :)
Ok so what's been happening on the crazy home front...
My Albie suited up for his Year12 Formal. He then spent 10 days creating the most awesome priceless memories while cruising the Pacific Islands with 9 of his mates for Schoolies… what an amazing experience that was for him. I survived it too which was excellent. So proud of us :)
I read this book. Hmmmm. What can I say. How do I sum this one up in a paragraph? My mind has a mind of it's own.. it is forever off somewhere other than where I am NOW... planning, striving, doing. I have been lost in my thoughts of a better future for so long that I didn't even know I was missing. Until I tried to love again... it seems love can only exist in the here and now, that amazing lose yourself in the moment love... it demands we be present. But how ever do I switch off my mind? How do I just be, relax and enjoy today. I couldn't. Of course this book found me when I needed it, it's not an easy read, very deep and spiritual but it's basic priniciples are simple... I am not my thoughts. I (the real true authentic me at the core of my being me) exists underneath my thoughts. Therefore I can choose to be me or I can choose to be the thinker. I can choose to be me here now in this moment. I can even switch from one to the other whenever I want. It takes practice, for me lots and lots of practice, but I'm learning. I'm learning The Power of Now. I'm learning to live for today, and to love again... it's very nice! I know.. you're probably thnking I've lost my mind entirely but I'm learning not to care about that :)
"Be the silent watcher of your thoughts. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain." Eckhart Tolle
Merry Christmas everyone! I truly hope it delivers you a wicket or two (or three :) Have fun, play hard but fair and try not to get smashed all over the park :) Mostly tho... be kind to yourself, remember your needs matter too. Catch ya next year.