Sparrow1

J.J. said that “…freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose…”

To me freedom means that I can choose live (and love) unconditionally…some would say that’s not possible, maybe it’s not for some, but it is a great goal and I believe I am getting stronger and better at it everyday. ūüôā

If I live unconditionally that means that no matter what is happening around me I will not allow it to steal my joy. My joy is not dependent on my circumstances. I can always reach for the thought that feels best to me in the moment and choose to stay the course, choosing one good feeling thought that leads to another good feeling thought; then I gather momentum with the good feeling thoughts, and then those thoughts actually turn to good feelings. (keep reading you will see my explanation below)

What I have been discovering is that when I keep that series of good thoughts going (momentum), then I keep the series of good feelings going as well and as a result it becomes easier and easier to ride that wave no matter what comes my way.

When I can find joy in the smallest things, it is then easier to pull out of a downward spiral; it doesn’t have to be something big to lift me into joy. I know that every time we think a thought that is good or happy or a thought of appreciation, then my brain (and yours) is creating chemicals that make me/us feel good, happy and appreciative. I also know that if I think a judgmental, bad, or negative thought that my brain makes chemicals that get me feeling that way too. The judgmental, negative thoughts are self destructive and that is why we want to be filled with compassion, love and joy because we want to, not only love ourselves, but love others as well and this is what the world needs most.

So knowing this is very empowering and knowing that we can train our minds and grow new neurological connections, moulding our mind, to be uplifting, loving and creative reminds me that we were given power, love and a sound mind.

It feels so good to love and encourage others and it costs nothing; don’t you agree?

This little painting is of a sparrow (another awesome symbol) in flight.
I have always loved birds and to hear them sing gives me such a sense of freedom and because of this I often listen to tracks of just birds signing while I’m painting…I’m as free as a bird ūüôā You can go to the link below to hear what I listen to.

Please click on my Vimeo account with that little icon in the bottom right hand corner; I would be so thankful if you commented and shared on there too because even though many have seen this video, it isn’t showing that on Vimeo. ūüôā

Freedom, love and respect to you.

 

Videos of Paintings


Cheryl

Well I have been a busy bee painting and making videos. I am planning some online classes that I am going to launch soon. In the meantime I have been busily creating videos of paintings that I did some years ago. I recorded the videos because I had intended on doing these online classes all along but never got around to dong it.

You can contact me via my website. http://www.heatherdawnfineart.com

I am actually very excited about creating these classes and I am looking forward to seeing what kind of paintings I will do as well as the paintings my students will do.

I would really appreciate if my work could be shared.

Thank you so much.

Here is the link to the latest video on my channel:

 

#FASOrocks


I want to share my experience with my website provider FASO. Today I decided to rework my website and add a category of new work. Everything was going great until I made a huge error and messed up my entire website. I immediately asked for help from their Customer Support staff, and as usual I was helped right away. I usually choose one specific person to work with (a nice option to get to know the staff) her name is Becky. Becky makes you feel like you’re talking with a helpful friend and I like that. Not only did she immediately put everything in order, but because she perceived that I was experiencing some amount of stress so she helped by making the website categories the way I wanted ¬†and she shared some links that will help me in the future.¬†

I have to say that I really appreciate all the support that I have received from FASO which really is valuable to me. 

They offer a 30 day trial and are always supportive in that area as well. Here is a link if you want to check it out.  http://faso.com/ref/62441 

Thank you FASO 

Visceral
Visceral

This is a result of my new work which I have been experimenting with. You can see  more on my page at https://heatherdawnfineart.com

Imaginal Cells/ Transformation


10 x 10 inch

Lately I have been going though many changes. I mean there are some things that are difficult to come to terms with, like a cherished belief, letting go of a lifelong habit, removing some favorite, yet not so good things out of my life. These things are hard to do, but I have found that they are usually for the better; I mean I usually find that after the turmoil and struggle, I can see how the whole incident was a fruitful one.

I have read that unless a seed falls to the ground a plant cannot grow (paraphrased from the Bible). It is so true that in order to grow sometimes one has to fall, become nothing, become no one, become empty.

I had taken 15 years off from myself and became someone else in order to home-school my children, be available for many not-for-profit services, and attend to the extensive, and at times, urgent needs and wishes of many other people in my life. I had to put myself on hold or just allow myself to become a servant for many years. Although I often struggled internally with that (even unknowingly) I still had to remind myself often that this is what I HAD to do for my family and my commitments elsewhere. I can hold my head up and say that I did the best I could in any given situation and I always tried to do what was right (or what I thought was right). I didn’t always do well, I often made huge mistakes, but deep down I can honestly say that I did my best. My heart and intention were in the right place. However, even so, the results were not always what I had envisioned or hoped for.

While I was homeschooling, one common subject in elemenatry school was the study of butterflies and their life cycle. As most parents, we purchased some chrysalis that were ready to hatch so that we could see this whole amazing event, and it WAS amazing.

One thing I didn’t know at that time was the deeper truth about this transformation. I only learned about it in the last year. This is the subject of imaginal cells. I am in such amazement of the imaginal cells that I actually can see how I have been going through much the same process and have even included that into my website’s artist’s statement. http://heatherdawnfineart.com

Well the story of imaginal cells, as told by me ūüėČ is that the cells of the caterpillar (while in the chrysalis) “think” that they are being invaded and attacked, these cells start to protect themselves from the cells of the butterfly by killing the butterfly cells so that those cells do not take over. But after some time, the caterpillar cells cease to kill the butterfly cells and allow the butterfly to grow. Well this is so interesting and such a deep subject that I am using this metaphor in my new work. I’ve been experimenting with some new things and I am using layers to achieve my desired effect.¬†

I’m including a painting of a butterfly to signify that there is new work in the making. This is such a joyful yet somewhat scary transition. I am going to enter my new work into a competition so it will be some time before I post any photos of that. Currently I need sponsors and patrons so that this work can continue. If any of you have insight into how I am able to connect with people who love the arts and would like to help in any way, I would appreciate it if you could send a message to me on how to do this.¬†

Thank you so much for always being so loving and encouraging.

I am so grateful and thankful for all that I have and for all of you sharing my work with others. You are so very special. Thank you.

 

Vessel of Light


Bowl of Light

“Vessel of Light”

Hand formed and carved ceramic bowl Made in 2004

I often ask myself, and I encourage you to ask the same, “am I being a vessel that bears light or darkness, love or hate, peace or fear, health or disease?

About 30 years ago I had discovered that who or what you spend time with rubs off. In other words we emulate and even physically, emotionally and spiritually change to become like those we spend the most time and energy with. We know this is true because we have proof, for example, when we look at programs that help people break free from addiction, one of the first things they teach is that the addicted person can no longer hang out with the same people who shared in their addiction in any way, they also have to get rid of any “triggers”, anything that reminds them of the activity that was familiar and linked to the addiction (s).¬†We see this in commerce where the sales team are told that if they want to be millionaires, then they have to start hanging out with millionaires.¬†

Beyond the obvious, we also know that we have the power to physically change matter just by speaking or thinking. A Japanese scientist and photographer, Masaru Emoto, proved that we alter matter by how we speak. He did this when he took water and spoke hatred and angry words to the water, he then froze the water and took photographs of it under a microscope. The form of the water looked like unstructured blobs. He then spoke loving and positive words to water (from the same source as the previous) and conducted the same steps of freezing and photographing it. This time the water had magnificent crystalline shapes which were beautiful to behold. 

Today I would like to point out that we humans are made up mostly of water, what kind of effect do you want to have on your body and mind? What kind of effect do you want to have on the minds and body’s of those around you? How are you allowing other people to affect you and those that you love?

This is a very short and very simple explanation of something that has been on my mind and heart for a very long time. I desire to spread this great news in more detail soon.

…whatever is true, whatever honorable, whatever is right, whatever pure, whatever lovely, whatever of good report, if of any virtue, and if of any praise, think on these things. Ph. 4:8¬†

We are all connected, we are all affected by each other. I say it’s high time we realized the power of our words and thoughts and that we start being the change we want to see in the world.

Best to all of you. Love and kindness. ‚̧¬†

Thanks for stopping in and for your encouragement. 

 

 

Leah


Leah

 

Over the past years I have come to the realization that a painting is not just something captured on a board or canvas to look at. It is the experience that the artist has encountered, it is time¬†which the artist has captured and held still onto the surface in order to be revisited over and over again. A painting to¬†inspire, or stir up one’s emotions or speak out against tyranny…or simply is beautiful to behold are all meaningful and historical pieces ensuring¬†perpetual¬†discourse to as many souls as possible.

A painting or any other art work is antiquity, fleeting moments that are stilled and preserved for years to come.

This is a piece of the artist, drawing snippets and morsels from their life experiences that has brought them (me) to that particular point in time. What value can we place on that?

This is a session that I had with a beautiful young lady named Leah. She is a nurse who works for Pure North S’ynergy Foundation http://www.purenorth.ca/ she works so hard, most often at the homeless shelter http://www.theseed.ca/ starting in the wee hours of the morning in order to help the vulnerable¬†before they head out the door for the day.

Leah is also co-founder of an orphanage called  Darja Foundation here is the link. https://www.facebook.com/darajafoundationinc?pnref=story  http://www.daraja.ca/

Daraja means bridge in Swahili, isn’t that lovely? Isn’t that what life is all about bridging relationships between fellow, flesh and blood human beings? ¬†ūüôā

I met Leah at Pure North (which is another story for another time but please read about them, the founder of this program is a very generous and caring man Allan Markin) and have had the pleasure of spending time with her creating our artwork.

Leah lost all of her art supplies (among other things) in the Calgary flood that happened in 2013 and that is why she comes to paint with me at my studio. She paints her artwork while I paint her. We spend our time working and listening to music while we get to connect and share our experiences in life.

This thing called art has brought me in touch with a lovely young lady who has blessed my life.

Thank you Leah and thank you to all of you who stop by and take the precious time to read and comment.

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