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The Oracle Card – Relaxation

February 2, 2021

WARNING, this might be a little woo woo, not quite my regular post, but I felt drawn to share.

I was doing some self discovery today which included using my oracle cards.  Now I know that can sound a little woo woo, but I find I need that nudge sometimes and the oracle cards help me with that.  I asked to be shown what I need to do right now.  I can get so caught up in my to do list, which I have said before, I become overwhelmed with the pressure I put on myself to get SHIT done.  

So back to the oracle card, I chose the oracle deck, Messages from the Mermaids and the card RELAXATION practically flew out of the deck.  It made me think because I have been building my business on the idea that women need to take time out for themselves, relax and rejuvenate.  Thing is, again, I don’t always walk my talk.  One of the suggestions from the oracle card was to take time out to sit still and meditate.  Again, not my strong suit, my mind can seem like a run away train.  So to avoid that, I decided to listen to a guided meditation.  This guided meditation took me on a journey where I was to visualize a town square, walk down a street and take some side roads.  I will be the first to admit that I don’t always SEE during a visualization and I can beat myself up for this because in my mind, what artist can’t see images when she is visualizing, well me, at least most of the time.  Thing is, during this visualization, I did see, I saw castles, I saw cobble stone streets, I saw beautiful streets lined with colorful buildings, I saw a house on a hill looking out over the ocean and beautiful cliffs along the shoreline.  

As I was seeing all of this, I kept thinking to myself how familiar all these places seemed.  I also questioned if I had ever actually seen them or was this just my imagination, not that either was wrong, just that so much of what I was visualizing felt like I had been there.  When it came to the house on the hillside, I knew that one was one I had seen in person. It was almost 16 years ago when I took a solo trip to visit my penpal Marion, who I hadn’t seen in person for 18 years, we had only corresponded in cards and letters and at that point, the occasional email. Marion and I had talked often about how it would be so great if I could come to visit her in Wales.  So when I mentioned it to Tom and he said I should go (you don’t have to tell me twice), I booked my flight.  At that time, I was working 7 days a week and doing a lot with Mom who was in her 12th year with Parkinsons disease.  I was burnt out and needing some relaxation and rejuvenation.  So when I was given the chance to get away on my own and only have to think about me, I jumped at it.

So back to the visualization.  After the meditation I felt like I had to go pull out my scrapbook from my trip.  I was seriously blown away when I opened it, it had been years since I had looked through it.  The castles, the road trips we took, the cobbled streets, the ocean, the buildings, so much of what was in that visualization, the memories that surfaced.  I was taken back to a beautiful experience, a trip of a life time, a journey my soul really needed.  As I write that, the tears are welling up, I always felt that I had taken that trip because I needed to be rested and ready for what I had no idea would lie ahead of me.  Within months of coming back, Mom would pass away, only a few years later both of Tom’s parents would pass away.  There were so many things we would eventually to go through and I believe that my soul had been so depleted and this trip seriously filled me up.  

So again, if I haven’t lost you yet.  I think I needed to be reminded about how important it was for me to take that time away for myself.  I realize that not everyone can fly across the world to get away for a bit, but even for me, I feel like it’s pointing out that I need to look at how I am caring for myself at this time.  What can I do for now and once we are able to move around more freely again, where would I want to go? Who would I like to spend some time with? Is it important to do it on my own or with someone else?  Do I need girl time? I always wanted to do a trip with Miranda (my daughter).  What does that getaway look like for me?  How long is this trip, a week or a day trip?  And in the mean time, while we are still being limited, how am I showing up for myself right now?  What is possible now?  These are very important questions.  

I saw a really good write up the other day about how people are talking about their self care moments, saying that 5 minutes in the bathroom or going to the store without the kids is a self care moment.  NOT.  That is self preservation.  We need to make ourselves more of a priority, that we get to take hours away from the demands of our everyday lives.  Not to knock men, but they will take off fishing, hang out with the guys for drinks (probably not at this moment, but you know what I’m saying), but ladies, when was the last time you didn’t ask for permission to get out without your kids or your spouse.  Maybe some of you have already done this, are getting better at it, but I know there are still many of you out there that don’t believe you can step away, ask for help, ask for someone to take the kids for a while so you can just do something you want to do without any interruptions.

Believe me, I’m no expert, I am still learning and I don’t even have small kids anymore, but I catch myself getting caught up in what I think I have to do to build my business and so I don’t make or take time to just be.  It’s amazing how you can feel that your to do list is more important than some time for yourself.

So again, if I haven’t lost you, this is where my whole morning thought process went to just because I drew a card that told me I wasn’t relaxing enough and to go meditate.  I actually listened to my intuition and went with it.  Then I felt drawn to share.  I do hope this gets you to thinking about your own self care and what it means to you to recharge and rejuvenate.  We really do need to do everything to put an oxygen mask on ourselves first if we are ever going to be useful to others.  We are not being selfish, we are being wise.  

I’m shared a few of my pictures from that trip.  I am proud of this country girl who got on a plane all alone, flew to Heathrow airport, got on a bus to Cardiff and spent 10 days with a penpal she hadn’t seen in 18 years.  I took a train to Bath for the day on my own, I walked around Cardiff and took bus tours on my own on the days that Marion had to work.  Then together Marion and I did some wonderful touring and exploring of the country.  I felt like I was always meant to be there, I made the most of every minute and it was a life saver.  The memories are precious and I hope I am a good example of getting out of your comfort zone. Just think what I would have missed out on if I hadn’t put my fears aside and gotten on that plane.

Marion and I

What will you do for yourself?  What plans will you make?  What can you do now?  What can you dream of in the future?  Things will get better again and we will be in need of much recharging, put yourself at the top of the list.  I am already thinking of what I can do and I will keep you posted.

If you want to try something this summer, maybe you might consider checking out my Paint Paddle & Picnic daycation.  It’s all about you.  Make yourself a priority.

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Happy Birthday 2021

January 26, 2021

Just like everyone else, this year my Birthday was celebrated Covid style with a little twist.

I decided that even though we were not going out anywhere or having anyone over to celebrate, I was going to make the best of it. So I sent out a message and created a couple Zoom meetings to celebrate virtually. I had a wonderful day. It was a beautiful warm sunny day, much warmer than it normally is at this time of year. The walk out on our property was amazing, the best thing to lift our moods during Covid especially.

I did do something rather unusual, I got up the courage to ask people to send me a Gift. My request was for a word or words that they thought of when they thought of me that I would then use to create a deck of Inspirational Cards. I decided to create them from some sample paint chips I collected to recycle. Though I did get them started, the cards are a work in progress and it will take a little more time to finish them up. Since I wanted more time to get the cards done, I decided to use the words in another way so I would see them displayed. I took one of the canvases with a paint pour done on it and added the word I chose as my word for the year, ATTRACTION, and then I wrote all of the words in gold all around. I feel like it is a great reminder that we do not always talk to ourselves in a positive way and these words remind me that I have so much love and support around me. Sharing words with our loved ones would be a wonderful gift anytime, but making that special effort on a special day is a great option. It was nice catching up with those that joined me on the afternoon Zoom call and the one after supper, it meant a lot that they took to time to chat.

It was a different birthday for sure, but we can always find ways to make it as special as we can possibly can. So until we get to have a larger celebration we will have to be content with dreaming of our dream get together.

What would your celebration look like? I think I am going to start dreaming of my next celebration just to be prepared.

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Christmas Gifts for the Grandkids

January 2, 2021

I wanted to share an art project dear to my heart. This Christmas was different but I wanted to make a few things memorable for the Grandkids this year. I was pleased that I finished them all in time.

I wanted to create a sort of caricature of each grandchild with some of the things they love.

Holden loved the lake this summer, found frogs and snakes and caught the biggest fish.

Piper loves unicorns, pink and wants to build her own castle at the lake.

Amelia loves her stuffy Lindy, the sun shining and being a princess.

Thomas is still showing us what he loves, but we know for now it’s trucks, building blocks and his dog.

I really enjoyed painting these for the kids and I hope to create new ones in a year or two as they change and their interests change.

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Christmas Cheer

December 30, 2020

I would like to tell you the story about how I decided to bring a little Christmas Cheer to the Residents at Princess Court on Christmas Day 2020. 

For those that didn’t know, prior to the Pandemic, I was volunteering at Princess Court in Dryden, ON.  I was going in monthly to do art classes with the Residents.

I was missing volunteering and I was trying to find a way to do something for the Residents when I came up with the idea (on Dec. 1st), of providing a homemade card and a playful gift for each Resident. 

The next thought was, how am I going to do that?  I called my dear friend Carrie, who works at PC and I asked her what she thought and if she would ask for permission and if it was possible for me to do this. 

When Carrie came back with a yes, I was ecstatic. I was even more excited when I was given the okay to go in to help give out the gifts ( I had a Covid test and followed all the rules to be able to go in and help Carrie on the day).

It felt so good to have a mission.  Thing was, there are 95 Residents, so how was I going to pay for this? I decided to contact some of the people on my business email list and Facebook page.  I thought, “I’ll put it out there and see if I can get some donations to help me pay for this.”

I could not have been more surprised and I was overwhelmed with GRATITUDE for the outpouring of support.  I had more than enough money, plus offers of help to get cards made, packages wrapped and some floral arrangements made to do everything on my list and more.

In a very short time it all came together.  I had donations of money coming in, which allowed me to purchase the gifts I had in mind.  I wanted the gifts to be FUN, less practical.  I bought stuffed toys, adult colouring books and markers, toy trucks and tractors, puzzles and more.  We put together floral arrangements ,  homemade Christmas cards and I had help with the wrapping.  I had donations of gifts, some chocolate and even goodies for the staff to show our appreciation.   It really was fun getting to put everything together.

Due to the amazing generosity, I also put together gifts for the Residents in the apartments at Eagleview Terrace in Vermilion Bay and Eagle River Friendship Terrace.  It was wonderful to be able to spread the joy just a little further. 

I delivered the gifts on Christmas Eve to the Apartments.  Then Carrie and I played Mrs. Claus (there can be two right?), at Princess Court on Christmas Day.  It felt so good to be able to make a tiny difference in their day and spread a little Christmas Cheer.

My only regret is that I did not get a picture of Carrie helping me and all the others too. We just got so busy doing getting things done, that we forgot to take pictures. Next time.

It was such a success and I am really hoping we were able to put a smile on a few faces this Christmas.  I am already trying to figure out how I can do it again next year and reach out a little bit further.

Thank you to all these amazing people that helped me accomplish all of this with such short notice.

Carrie Schultz
Vermilion Bay Coop
Shirley Korniak
Lucille Rhyner
Laurel Pilkey
Shannon Elliot
Marion Dennis
Linda Hutchinson
Gail Pencoff
Bill Pencoff
Lorraine Malyk
Julia Estermann
Peggy Corbett
Ruth Jacklin
Jacque Romaniuk
Christine Penner Polle
Brianne Pollock
Miranda Steele
Jeannie McMaster
Debbie Brown
Toni & David Woitowicz
Pakwash Camp – Kimberly Anne Budweg
Shelly Robinson
Erick Ricter
Vermilion Bay Lodge – Suzanne & Gord Bastable
Gale & Bob Extence
Joni Alexander
Val Taylor
Juliette McDonald
Liz Lang
Debbie Lang
Jenna Weibe
Lynne & Gary Tourond
Forrest & Susan Mann
Breanne & Gary Friesen
Sandy Duncan
Judy McEwan
Doreen Leutschaft
Sparkling Dahlia – Erin Braybrook
Bulk Zone – Tammy Pavlin Reid
Mary & Gordon Therrien
Christine Bouchard
Sweet, Lake of the Woods Chocolate Shop – Alexis Pernsky
The Tasty Touch – Nancy Ross
Donna Morton
Vermilion Bay Cadets
Joanne and Kenneth Querel
Elaine Lindgren

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It’s the 5th Anniversary for my Studio

December 1, 2020

It’s been 5 years since I opened the doors to my beautiful Art Studio.  The time has flown by and yet it feels like yesterday. 

I won’t be Celebrating with an Open House this year, but I will still be Celebrating.  I am planning on a full day in my Studio.  I will be going live online and posting videos through out the day, so watch for me on my Facebook page and on my Instagram page .  You are more than welcome to interact with me throughout the day and ask me questions on messenger.   I will be available if anyone does want to come down and say hi, all you have to do is let me know and bring your mask. 

I encourage you anytime, but especially now in the Holiday Season, if you are looking for a Unique Gift, I would be happy to show you around my Studio and see if one of my pieces is a fit for yourself or someone you want to spoil.  Just message me or call at 807-220-3649 to make an appointment.  I will be following the Safe Practices being asked of us.

I am still truly amazed that I get to wake up to this wonderful space everyday. For those who have never been, this room was once a very cluttered junk collecting space, an attached garage on our house. We had talked about renovated many times over the years and at one point we were only going to use about two thirds of the room for my studio and make the rest a master bedroom.  Once we started figuring things out, the space was not going to be large enough and Tom said, “why don’t we make the whole thing your studio?” Trust me, I did not hesitate.  Thing is, sometimes it still isn’t big enough.  I have just a few projects and supplies. So there is still a lot that is stored downstairs, but thankfully, I have room down there.

There have been a lot of changes from the first day I opened.  The walls were pretty bare at the beginning.  Now they are overflowing with my art work, I have rearranged a few times and would happily rearrange more when my art finds new homes.

There are still days when I feel I should pinch myself.  I am so grateful that this is my life.  That usually I can have clients come in and play with all my supplies, get creative and messy with no cares for what is going on outside this space at the time.

Covid has definitely changed all of that.  I am still playing in my room and learning how to adjust to these new times.  I haven’t advertised a lot for classes as I have been waiting to see how our numbers go here.  I will start up again in January if nothing else happens to change that again.  I will be asking people to mask up and use sanitizers while here and I will be keeping everything as clean as I can.  My supplies have been quarantined for a while now, so they are all safe.

In the mean time, you will be able to shop online for many of my art pieces, I have set up an online store to make it a little easier for everyone.

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The Inukshuk

November 17, 2020

I felt I needed to tell the story about how this painting came about.

There is something about how it came about and the meanings I am putting with it.

First the inspiration.  Back in the spring, I was driving home from the cabin in the rain, I had already seen a moose and something else, when I came around a curve and up on rock cut was an inukshuk with two ravens sitting on it.  I remember thinking how amazing this was and I had the biggest grin on my face after seeing it and it just felt so good.  The thought as I drove on was, I should paint that.

It really stuck in my head and I kept thinking it was so weird that these two ravens were sitting there.  It got a little weirder when I went up to the cabin again and again and could not see where I thought the inukshuk was.  I have travelled that road so much and I am still not sure I really saw what I thought I saw.  Then I began to doubt myself.  It was raining, I must have imagined it. (No, there was no alcohol involved).

What I decided was, it really doesn’t matter if it was “real”, there was something about that scene that stuck in my head.  I still felt the pull to paint it.  A little about me.  I don’t always feel I am good enough to paint something without having a reference close by.  Be it my photographs or a picture of something I can change to be my own.  Because I did not have that picture to come back to, I used my photo of the Inukshuk at the cabin, I found pictures of ravens and the background kind of just developed on it’s own.  Some might say it is intuition, but I find I need to give myself permission to allow and trust that creative part of me.  Ok, so.

It ended up taking me a bit to actually start the painting and even when I did, I did not finish it right away.  It is only now, in November, that I came back to it and finally feel it is complete.  I’m happy with it for now.  Fun thing about your own paintings, you can always tweek them again later.

Back to what I saw or think I saw, I believe it has meaning and I have been trying to make sense of it ever since I saw it.  So here is my take at this time.

There is significance in the inukshuk.   The one I used as reference was built in memory of my friend John and as a symbol of remembering our friendship.  When built in the likeness of man it is called an Inunnguaq. One meaning we have adapted to the inukshuk is: “A symbol to remind us of our dependence on each other and the value of strong relationships” or “As a guide for a safe journey through life’s travels.”

The original inuksuit (this is plural) were built in the Arctic by the Inuit for all kinds of reasons, they showed direction, they marked hunting spots and the shapes had meanings too. Most did not resemble humans.
We have seen them pop up all along the trans Canada and side roads and out around the lakes here, but they did not originate here.  It doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate them and build our own, I just like to give credit where credit is due. 

Now there are the Ravens.  Not usually the bird that shows up for me. Some keywords associated with the Raven are: courage; knowledge; magic; creation; rebirth; life without fear; messengers; renewal; reflection.  At least those are the words that resonate with me and seeing two, maybe means times two.

Whatever the meaning, I did a painting I am proud of and like to look at it above my desk. I will continue to look at it as having a meaning for me, it might have more to tell me yet.  I hope you enjoy it too.

If you would like to come enjoy some time away in my studio, message me, I’d love to make that work.

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Summer 2020 was pretty decent.

October 29, 2020

I had a wonderful summer in so many ways. Our children and grandchildren were able to spend time out at the cabin and with everything that was going on with Covid 19, I know how fortunate we were to be able to be together when so many were not able to connect with family.

The cabin is our safe place and nature is it’s own kind of healer. We spent time in and on the lake, swimming, playing, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing. Teaching the kids about nature and their pure joy in experiencing it, finding the frogs, snakes and wonderful water creatures. Even the youngest one will spot the birds flying and just stop in his tracks to take it in. What a wonderful way to grow up.

Kids having fun
Even in the rain, the girls were slaying the fish and kicking butt during our fishing derby and I am pretty sure the whole lake could hear us.

The kids stepped in and helped us do tons of work cleaning up, clearing out the hill to the lake to allow a site line to the lake. It was not about clearing everything out, but more about helping the healthy trees flourish and taking out the trees that could cause damage and fire hazards. Now we have this amazing view and we will add in some new trees again that can grow strong and healthy.

I was out as often as I could be on the lake for myself as well. It was my way of recharging and making sure I was having some down time. I am someone who can find a million things that needs to get done and will not sit still very often. Thing is when I am out on the water, that is the only thing I can do and it gets me to stop, listen, watch, take in nature. The animals, birds, all the creatures that surround me are so inspiring and helps me to see the beauty and diversity around me. It fills up my cup.

Summer did seem to fly by. You blink and it’s gone. I thought we would get so much done again, but not everything on the list got finished.

I am so grateful for out special spot on the lake where we could still isolate but still enjoy the time with our family. We’ve been able to stay healthy so far and hopefully that continues. To everyone, I hope you are finding ways to stay connected and stay healthy. Until next summer, our cabin will be waiting.

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2020 Paint Paddle & Picnics

October 29, 2020

Even with Covid going on, I had three groups that connected with me to come out for a Paint Paddle and Picnic daycation.

My first group was Toni, Sharon and Janice. Friends who have been wanting to come play for the day, but had not been able to make it until now. The weather was gorgeous, the lake was like glass, the weather was amazing, ( the heal flies were not as cooperative, but we survived) and the company was fantastic.

The best thing for me, is knowing I provided a wonderful outing. Being able to get everyone out on the lake, try new things, the paddle boards are dreamy and the kayaks just sail through the water. Everyone painted what they wanted and personalized their paintings. The picnic lunch was tasty and enjoyed to the fullest.

When everyone is in nature, truly taking in the beauty and allowing it to just envelope them, it is the most tranquil spectacular experience.

The experience is very personal, what you and your group wants to take from this is totally up to you. The paddling can be a bit of a workout, or it can be a chance to stop, relax, feel the water below you, take it nature at it’s finest. It is the perfect place to remember you do not have to be doing something every minute of the day and if we just stop and be, we can recharge and rejuvenate. Take pleasure in the self care journey.

The group of 4, this Paint Paddle & Picnic day brought us a little rougher waters, but the kayaks are wonderful on the water, they cut through the waves and allow you to bob on the waves as well. It offered plenty of sunshine and the eagles did show up for us. Jen, Carly, Jordin and Tiffany took this time to connect and support each other. Getting together in this way, taking time to talk without interruptions from the outside world. All that matters in this moment is spending time together.

The third Paint Paddle & Picnic daycation was enjoyed by Barb and her two daughters, Kayden and Kallia. Barb wanted to give her girls a day out learning new skills and making that time for each other. Teaching her girls young that it is important to make that time to spend together and trying new things

Nature provides such beautiful amazing sights and sounds to delight us if we just pay attention. When we go out on the water, look around, we are given the spectacular gifts.

I would love to have you come out for a Paint Paddle & Picnic daycation with me. I will do everything in my power to provide a pleasurable experience that you will want to repeat.

Contact me at or call me, 807-220-3649, to chat about booking you Self Care day.

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Truely how I feel !

October 15, 2020

I have been looking at this poor torn flag for a few weeks. First I didn’t have a ladder to get up there to change it, then it was weather. Today I had everything I needed and I got it done in the cold with a few snow flakes coming down. It bothers me to see our flag so torn up.

So this got me thinking when I drove up to replace this flag. I thought how symbolic it was, how at times over these last months I have felt torn apart. In the last few weeks for some reason, I have been struggling with getting my s__t together. I have been anxious, stressed, depressed, angry, agitated and friggin’ emotional. Yes it could be the moon cycle, maybe my hormones kicking in too, but I also feel like I have managed to keep myself really busy since Covid started and now that I have slowed down and not working at the Coop as much, I have had way too much time to be in my own head, at times a very scary place to be.

Today, something kind of released. I’m not saying I’ve got it figured out, far from that. I am such a work in progress. I was having a hard time seeing the things I was accomplishing and instead was beating myself up for not getting my act together. I wanted to have people come to do art classes, but I wasn’t posting anything. I was reluctant to have people come into my studio I think. I know there are a lot of classes online but I just wasn’t ready to figure out the tech side and put myself out there. I have just been in a very weird space in my head and the flag just brought up these feelings I have been literally fighting with, taring myself up inside.

I am going with a new beginning, that putting up the new flag symbolizes . Tomorrow is a new day, I can always start again. Though the flag was feeling rather beaten up, I am hoping the new one gives the feeling of being cared for and supported as we all move forward in these times. A fresh flag of welcome and a wave as you drive by.

I do believe it is the Covid times we are in that has me in this state, but I also believe I don’t have to stay in this state of mind either. Recognize, acknowledge and move forward. The alternative sucks, so why not?

I wonder how many others are out there suffering in silence? We aren’t sick, for the most part are lives are pretty good and we have tons to be grateful for. If you are feeling any of these feelings, know that you are not alone. If you want to take your mind off these times, contact me for a time to come out and provide a distraction.

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April 20, 2020

I was telling a friend about the painting and she suggested I look into what the meanings might be in the colours I chose, the lotus and the trees. I will offer up a little information about myself at this time. I generally paint pictures from some sort of reference, a photograph or another painting. Just to give me the basics to paint from. With some of my paintings in the last few years I have been trying to paint more from my intuition and just things that pop up for me. These paintings are usually just for me and my way of working through stuff. I donʼt always analyze them but I felt like I needed to dig a little deeper, even get a little more woo woo and see what my painting might be telling me. I did some research on symbolic meanings, so I will add those as I go. I had started it before the virus came about, it was one of those that I could not figure out what it was going to be, the woman had taken shape, but I put it aside for a while. As the news about this pandemic began, I went back to the painting. Though it had started one way, I decided to take my own advice, “itʼs just paint, if you donʼt like it, paint over it” and I did, over and over. It’s not even that I didn’t like it, it just hadn’t finished evolving.

It had started out with a background I had created years ago. I added this woman sitting there with a lotus flower at her root chakra. (The Lotus has many meanings, the ones that resonated with me were that the Lotus is a symbol of creation and the cycle of birth and rebirth. The Lotus grows up out of the mud and muck into a beautiful flower. It helps align our chakras and deals with our intuitions, spirituality and higher knowing.) We are going to need to grow up out of this muck once we are over the hump with this pandemic. There are peddles around her, with words added to them for things I would like to manifest in my life. Becoming who I am meant to be. A green tree began to take shape behind her, but I didnʼt like that, so then it was brown, a pine tree. (The Pine tree can help us to stay the course during difficult times. A renewal of energy can be obtained by sitting under a pine tree). I had been out for a walk one day and all of a sudden thoughts of the tree in the painting came up and I felt like I had to make it a birch tree (The Birch tree may appear fragile, but in fact, it is extremely hardy. This teaches us that in apparent weakness there is often to be found great strength. A potent symbol of purification and renewal, which focuses our attention on our potential for change and on the consideration of new directions and goals to be experienced in our lives) and then the roots had to surround her to keep her grounded and protect her (anchoring her to Earth and at the same time, connecting her to Heaven). Her hair was repainted a few times. It was grey and black. I believe the grey is the wise woman emerging (rather disheveled like me for the most part but also that what is going on is not allowing her to keep it together). Her body started out being purple, (the colour represents the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions, it inspires and enhances psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded) this remains her base but then I wanted her flesh colour, (maybe to represent the human part of her. She is still part of this earth and wants to do her part while she is here) Her hands started out praying, asking for guidance and support, maybe in meditation. But all of a sudden I wanted her to be holding the planet, holding the earth in her hands. Cradling and protecting Mother Earth and all who inhabit her, as we and she go through these tough times. The sky changed a lot too, from bright yellow to very cloudy. The background became very dark and then the clouds lightened up. I feel like the yellow was more sun shine, bright days, but then the clouds came in, made it dark and gloomy, resembling what we are going through right now, but then in the end, though the clouds remain, there is light in them as well and there is blue sky peaking through. We will see better days. Iʼm sure as time goes by, I will see more in this painting, or even add more to it. It is something I would like to help clients to create someday, just begin a painting and allow it to evolve as time goes on and suits whatever is going on in their lives at the time.

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