What Happened to September?

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  • 18th October 2018

Well, September came, the children went back to school and I threw myself into my work. An exhibition proved to be successful, and good old social media has helped me to make more sales and to network. If there is a negative aspect to all of this it has to be the lack of human interaction. I find it incredibly hard to accept invitations to pretty much anything! I have always been quite the recluse, I am not antisocial at all, I love being with people, but my instinct tells me to be alone, in my workspace, in my garden, in the woods.

Attending a workshop (all on my own!) and meeting complete strangers was a brief feast of human company and a real joy. I even joined in with a singing exercise which is something that scares me more than a little. But what a wonderful time I had, listening to speakers talking about ballads, folklore and art, seeing work made by some extremely talented and likeminded artists, then making a little silver talisman as a keepsake of the day. The workshop was run by The Face in The Trees, and I am sure it won’t be the last one that I attend.

I have been following the guidelines in a book called The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. I am writing the ‘pages’ every day (well, almost everyday) as soon as I wake. Not sure how this is helping me, but since I began this ritual I have been more productive and have made more sales than ever before. Perhaps this practice helps to download the unwanted thoughts that reside your head, dumping them onto paper and allowing the space to be put to better use. My yoga practice is also invaluable, my body benefits but my mind really really benefits, my thoughts are ordered and my attitude is positive.

Learning to ignore the negative is not as hard as it sounds. So many people think that what I do is a hobby, or make comments such as ‘if only I had the time to be creative’ or ‘if only I didn’t have to work’. I am not sure why they ignore the very real fact that I have two very real jobs, I am an artist, and I am a foster carer. I might be in my home more often than some, but I am working all day and I am on duty all night, and I love what I do. As a foster carer I know what negativity can do and undervaluing someones efforts is so damaging but I have learned to allow such comments to float on by ……. if you really want to do something you will always find the time.

My work is currently circular, something that reoccurs, I am painting trees, and intend to paint a tree for every month of the year. It is a joy to work on thick handmade paper and use paints made from earth minerals. I feel that I have gained enough momentum to keep on going, no shortage of ideas to progress, and never any shortage of new materials and methods to try. I have finally given myself permission to do what my heart tells me to, and to be heartened by the positivity that is being fed back to me by family, friends, new acquaintances and customers. I am truly grateful.

Here is my tree for November, one month in advance!

Namaste

 

Comments

  1. Jill

    It’s beautiful – will December’s be a Christmas Tree?

    18th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Jill! Decembers tree is still pretty much a sketch, but it isn’t going to be a Christmas Tree …. watch this space! Lots of love x

      18th October 2018 Reply
  2. Jill Launchbury

    Exquisite artistry, thank you for sharing with us Marie.

    18th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Jill for taking the time to look at my work! It’s a pleasure to share, especially with other creative people. Very best wishes. Marie x

      18th October 2018 Reply
  3. Dear Marie,
    I saw your fb comment and came straight here. I love your circular tree picture – love your idea and even more love your permission to yourself which is what I also need to do. So it is very lovely to have met you and feel your positive influence.

    For my part, I have just done a postcard sized picture of fireworks to go into an album for the 100th birthday of a member of our Art Group. The album is an absolute gem and a great idea to replicate.

    I hope you publish your twelve circular tree paintings in book form in 2020 – I’ll buy it!! Love to you from your new friend, Kris

    18th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Ah thank you Kris! I am so pleased that you have taken the time to look at my work. I would love to see yours! I enjoyed our brief time together and I hope that our paths cross again in the future.Look out for all 12 paintings! Love to you! Marie x

      18th October 2018 Reply
  4. Ali

    Truly beautiful x

    18th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to look at my work and words x

      18th October 2018 Reply
  5. Martin

    Hi Marie , apologies for not visiting before . Have loved your work since uni . Great to see biw its all developed since then . This series of trees are gorgeous. I m so pleased you have some good outlets for it all and you seem to be having far good a time producing it all . Well done you fabulous stuff . No need to tell you to keep it up as u know you will only progress .

    18th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Aaaah! thank you Martin! I really appreciate you taking the time to look at my ‘stuff’ I am having a great time making work and caring for the kids that we foster, the two things seem to work together for me, I am inspired by the kids! Hope all is well with you and yours. Still miss you Martin, we did have some good times! Keep in touch, and thanks again!

      18th October 2018 Reply
  6. Claire JR

    We love your art. And your other job too. Both are amazing. ❣

    18th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you for the kind words! I love my jobs, they compliment each other. Hope all is well with you and yours and we look forward to seeing you all soon 🙂

      18th October 2018 Reply
  7. Geri

    Wonderful work as ever Marie ❤️each piece a treasured part of your heart & soul xxx

    18th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Geri! I appreciate your thoughts and the fact that you know just how personal making art can be, it really is a little piece of your heart and soul! Much love! <3

      18th October 2018 Reply
  8. Ilona Bryan

    Thanks for sharing XX

    19th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      My pleasure Ilona. Thank you for visiting my site x

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  9. Gill Tyler

    Beautiful work which feels calm and grounded. xx

    19th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Gill, how lovely that you find my work calm and grounded, something that I had not even thought about, I am flattered 🙂 x

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  10. Love the latest tree Marie. I still have the fabulous flower painting that you did for me all those years ago! Think I may need to add to my collection very soon! x

    19th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Karen and how lovely that you still have a piece of my work!x

      19th October 2018 Reply
  11. Paula gorman

    marie it’s beautiful you are very talented

    19th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Paula! I am glad you like my work and appreciate you taking the time to look at my site x

      19th October 2018 Reply
  12. Tracy

    Stunning work as always Marie xx LOVE LOVE LOVE November, its my birth month xx

    19th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Tracy! I have to admit Tree for November is rather nice! Hope you have a wonderful birthday 🙂 xx

      19th October 2018 Reply
  13. Anna Boldry

    Hi Marie, I’m loving your posts…. If we spend our time doing what feeds our soul, it somehow doesn’t feel like work…. It also brings us into the paths of other equally passionate folk, thereby generating further enthusiasm, encouragement and support. How fortunate are we??

    19th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Anna! For your words and for taking the time to visit my website. It’s been such a long time since we were in each others company, I miss our conversations. And you are right! We are so very fortunate! x

      20th October 2018 Reply
  14. Mark

    Fab work Marie, the meeting of tree and dream catcher in a single image, stunning.x

    19th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thanks Mark! Glad you like my work and really appreciate you taking the time to visit my site x

      20th October 2018 Reply
  15. Sima Petrysyzn

    Love your work love your talent excellent xx

    20th October 2018 Reply
    1. Marie

      Thank you Sima! I value your words and the time that you have taken to visit my website xx

      20th October 2018 Reply

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