Thursday, 19 January 2012

Quiet introspection

It has been a week of hard work and downtime thinking and reflection. I have not stopped and my body is complaining and urging me to both do some exercise (far too much time spent sitting in front of a computer!) and get some rest.

However, I am far too tired for the former and excited for the latter! This combination of emotion might result in a somewhat strange post, but let's just get on with it and see what happens.

Day job in the past couple of weeks has involved everything from changing tattoos on a man's head using PhotoShop to directing commercials and watching men dance along to Olivia Newton John...  I do love what I do!

Come evening, I have been partaking in my new favourite hobby - learning! I am so excited to be taking the Hello Soul. Hello Business course with Beth Nicholls and Kelly Rae Roberts. This week has been about introspection, discovering why we do what we want to do. Taking the time to reflect so we can build the right foundations for our creative businesses.

I was forced to delve deep into my passion for creativity. Why I have I chosen to take this path? What are my motivations? Well, I love to bring interest to the ordinary; colour and fun to the every day. If I can make people smile and take them on a journey of understanding that gives them pleasure and touches their heart and soul, then I'm getting that warm feeling inside of me.

Today was the culmination of weeks of hard work involving a huge team of talented people at Rackspace - one of the companies I have pleasure to work with. We put on an event to set the stage for 2012. Yes, there was PowerPoint involved... but also a theatre, cross dressing, ice cream, stunt doubles, pyrotechnics, drumming, camp performance, wigs, medal ceremonies, singing, a chariot and even an Olympic torch.

I need to transition this post into talking about art now, but am struggling to find a suitable link sentence... so let's just get on with it...

Last night I felt the urge to express through art a little of how I was feeling and this 'self portrait' was the result (I'm not blonde, nor do I have long hair... or indeed actually look like this....). Instead it just felt like me looking in. Quiet introspection. I just ripped a page out of an old book and played with my pastels and pencils. This evening, when I scanned the image in I was rather intrigued to spot a message hidden in the words... A moment of serendipity if you like...

Look closely and you'll spot...


... my name (Lisa. I have no idea who Eleanor is... maybe my Muse?) and then see how it talks about guts and instincts... just seconds after I'd listened to the course audio and heard Kelly Rae share how she believes that her intuition is her most valuable business tool! Serendipity?

(Also sharing this piece with my friends at Paint Party Friday).

48 comments:

  1. Eleanor is a lovely name for a muse. You may have more than one muse. There may be 'muses.' *smiles* Norma

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  2. that's really beautiful art my fren and it does reflect what you feel, the composition right to the prints behind is perfect :) it is good to be excited ... you are living!

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  3. oooo, eerily cool to have that message within such a introspective piece! She is lovely....peaceful and calm :)

    Your job sounds like a lot of fun! Now, get some sleep!

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  4. I agree, your job sounds great and your piece has a lot of softness to it. She's looks as if she is resting for a short time or maybe concentrating on the fact that she needs rest. Hope you get some rest too. Thanks for sharing your lovely piece. Happy PPF!

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  5. You sure do manage to fit a lot into your life - how do you do it? Passion, I think? Instinct, intuition - gut feel - essential tools for a creative soul.

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  6. She looks wonderful! Love it when the magic happens and you find little signs like that. :)

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  7. This is what I love about art. We can express our inner-most feelings with it and you do this so beautifully with the marriage of your words and art! xxoo

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  8. Lovely synchronicity, your name and your muse's in your art!

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  9. Beautiful! I adore her hair.

    Hmmm, I just read a book about Eleanor le Despenser,
    the wife of Hugh le Despenser who got into so much trouble with King Edward II. I'm sure it's not her, although she was quite an interesting person.

    Your class sounds fascinating. The business part of being creative is my weak point, but I should concentrate more on it, I know.

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  10. Wonderful creations ~ love your style and it would seem you are moving through a transition and expanding your life ~namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ~

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  11. Gorgeous work..deeply potent and such stillness and beauty shining through!
    Victoria

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  12. Serendipity indeed- I LOVE when you paint on text- it's very "Lisa" to me! She looks contemplative and like she's on the verge of inspiration- and I love the thought process you share.
    Wonderful!
    x
    Stephanie

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  13. Very pensive piece!Really delicate and pretty! I was wondering out Kelly Raes soul course was! Thanks for sharing... very interesting!Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. What a wonderful post, Lisa. Funny how your muse literally works you right into your artwork. It's a very pretty pastel. I love that you did it over a book page. Work sounds intriguing. I hope your year is off to a good start!
    Miss you,
    Tammy

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  15. Beautiful painting, and how cool to find a hidden message to yourself in it when you were done. I'd be all giddy with delight.

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  16. Your introspective painting is beautiful, Lisa. And what a joy it must be to get paid for working at a job where you like what you do!
    Faye

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  17. your job does sound fun and inspiring, full of play and more.

    love how you found a perfect message for you in your art, that is a gem. also awesome to hear of you playing and expressing yourself in this wonderful piece.

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  18. Ah, so revealing, so thoughtful, so inspiring!

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  19. beautiful 'self portrait' Lisa, I had to laugh when you described her as looking nothing like you!

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  20. Great post and a beautiful painting. Sounds like you've been having a terrific year so far!

    Happy PPF!

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  21. She's really beautiful, those eyelids of her are stunning... and love the blue shades in this piece!

    // -T.W-

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  22. Ooooooh mysterious forces are at work!! I love your work, as always happy ppf xx

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  23. I love how the words show through behind your painting. So beautiful!

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  24. Eleanor is a great Muse name... I wanted to call my daughter Eleanor, but Phoebe won the vote.... mind you she hasn't used it in a long time so could have called her anything... fascinated by the description of your week, pyrotechnics, cross dressing and Olivia Newton John... quite a combo there!!!!

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  25. Serendipity indeed Lisa! Love your new girl! :)

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  26. What a great piece and how fabulous to find hidden meaning within a piece about introspection!

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  27. Oh my... I love your work and how you paint on book pages! I'm now following you and would love it if you'd follow me too!
    PPF xoxo
    Renee!

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  28. Love the light, translucent layers of paint and text. Beautifully done!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  29. I soooo want your job! It sounds so exciting! :0)

    Love this piece Lisa, the blues in her hair and skin tone the expression you have captured on her face and painting on the book page! Absolutely gorgeous and so brilliant that you found that hidden message :0)

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  30. She is beautiful, love the translucence and the words peeking through...Wishing you success in all your endeavors and continued inspiration always!

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  31. You've created quite a lovely piece busy lady! Happy Paint Party Friday #56 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

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  32. I love the effect painting over words brings to this piece!

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  33. She is beautiful. I love painting over text.

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  34. i really like the way you have used so many different shades in this piece with that touch of aqua. really lovely! thanks for sharing,
    hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

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  35. Love the text showing through the painting. :-)

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  36. I like so much the transparent colors, and her dreamy expression. Very sweet

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  37. She is beautiful and I love the transparency to the words in the background, awesome! Your day job sounds fun! At least the day won't drag,you probably get some good laughs in,lol!

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  38. ~good morning my dear friend...everything about this picture is magical indeed...i love the thought of "looking in" a wonderful perspective to attempt to create and you executed it perfectly...serendipity...those moments truly are the best...fascinating that your name is right below her eye..."looking" hhhmmm...keep digging and delving inward cause the more you are finding the more beautiful your art is evolving...be well and much love light and blessings~

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  39. I love, love, love this work. Fabulous!

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  40. she is beautiful...i love that word...serendipity...and yes...it was indeed...xxx

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  41. This mixed media is beautiful!
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

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  42. You know, I do believe in signs.

    Your girl is lovely. I especially like the colors, and here again especially how you mixed in shades of blue in her hair and her face. So far I haven't dared to mix "strange" colors into faces/heads, but your painting is a huge inspiration for me. Ever since I saw your portraits on book pages I've wanted to try that and so far never did - now I simply have to. Thank you, Lisa.

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  43. Lucky you to have a job you love! :)
    Your painting is beautiful!

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  44. This is my favorite!!! Your really captured the feeling and expressed it beautifully in your art.

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  45. What serendipitous bleed through indeed!

    A beautiful introspective girl. I really need to make some time for that myself.

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  46. Happenstance - wow, that is truly exciting. To actually know you are on the right road. I do like the picture on the page of writing. . . . it give intrigue. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  47. LOVE this and the hidden message!

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