Art is created in a different dimension

Art is even more than meditation. It transfers us to a different place, it happens in a different dimension and it results in a completely different experience.

I need, just like most of us, to shut off the world here and there.

To recharge, regain energy and clean my internal, soul-bound me.

I know that somebody might say: well, there are important subject and totally unimportant, and trying to paint unimportant things is just waste of time.

It doesn’t really matter, not one small bit.

It is totally possible to forget to eat, to forget what the weather outdoors is; what day it is and whether there are some urgent chores to be done.

The funny thing is that everybody can get into it.

I certainly would advise to let everything disappear time to time.

 

These are my lovely veggies

Love veggies is available from studio, this website and DailyPaintworks site:

$150 plus shipping in Canada $20 and to USA shipping is $25 because this is a large painting Love veggies

At least on my computer, better color balance is visible: ash berries or rowan berries, watercolor, The fall branch is also on DailyPaintworks:

Branch of ash berries

Sunflower sketch

 

I also got finally better pictures of sunflower sketch and ash berries. Well, in order these pictures were normally visible, every picture should be featured at the beginning of post. I just  really do not care about many things, and frequency of posting is one of them. I am in the middle of a creative uplifting swing. I hope it takes me somewhere higher.

I had to forget about art for a while

It’s been a while. Again. I haven’t disappeared, I was just having a surgery because my worsening condition did not provide with a better option. If you are following my secondary blog, you probably know how I had to struggle with post-surgery complications. Updates are here: https://inesepogalifeschool.com/2016/07/18/the-inappreciative-patient-and-my-lost-summer-pleasures/

It didn’t go as smooth as we expected.

It is the first day since long time when I can type a small article. It was rough, that’s all I can say. My student Liz came to see me and brought me some nutritious food when I realistically was unable to do anything. Thanks Liz, that was the best care ever!

Liz and Gord had also left a beautiful flower bouquet, card with wishes to get better soon and a gardening book. Very thoughtful. I do not have many friends here, if any at all, so this was I appreciated sincerely. Here you can see what’s left from the colorful bouquet by now. Honestly, I was so bad I could not even speak with them on the day they came, and I am genuinely sorry for that. The small bird was attached, too, and you know, I just love birds.

health and art 4

Small bit left over from the cheerful bouquet 

Artistic projects and any painting did not cross my mind, although, it helps doing something. I just couldn’t. When I was not in a nightmarish sleep, I was dizzy and shaky, basically side of this treatment are not pleasant. Well, I am just starting to see things clearly and walk around slowly and carefully.

Last class was in first half of June, and that’s how the gallery looked like at that moment.

Art sale Whitby Ontario

Before heading to surgery, I tried to keep calm and work on finishing some small 16 x 20 inches paintings that were left unfinished. I will call them “Idyllic 1” and “Idyllic 2″which means to me a place which is totally different from the current reality. More idyllic images will follow.

Art for your cottage

They might need some work, but I intend to leave them as they are because these paintings are for ever linked to this pre-surgery moment when I needed dreamscapes to avoid the daily anxieties and suffering.

Art for your cottage

If everything goes better and smoother, I could restart some classes as early as in August. We will see.

The sale to raise funds for my treatment was very short because I had to deal with health issues. I would love to invite anybody to either look at Fine Art America site (on the right side is a link), or just scroll through my paintings and the blog. Ironically, when expenses reach peak levels, there is no energy and chance to make any income. If you are somebody who won’t be hurt by spending $50-$100, I could send you some originals, especially small to medium size watercolors. FAA has all kinds of products from prints, phone cases, pillows, T-shirts, purses and bags to shower curtains and more . I receive a little bit, $2-$10 from each sale, but that is still great. I am hoping to recover soon to the point when I can do something: it is so intolerable to just sleep and stay in bed when there is so abnormally much to do. I also hope the crisis is over and, therefore, the future will be definitely better.

Adding color to winter days

… feels right. Or a bit better than simply doing nothing. I was hoping to get done much more, but darkness is very restricting for me. Even though, I’m drawing and painting at electric light, I don’t like that at all. Sensitive colors and shades change insanely in different light, and the only correct painting light for me is the daylight. I’m obviously experiencing shortage of it.

As long as I remember myself, I never liked winter. I feel sorry for myself in winter. I feel that I deserve way better than this freezing air and this wet snow or icy wind gusts from around the corner. I am not trying to get up when I should, and staying up much longer than it is advisable or makes any sense. My productivity is down in winter and I can find all kinds of excuses to justify the wasted time. It might be so that I’m completely dependent on seasonal cycles of the nature. I’m a child of the sun, and darkness and cold are completely arguing with every living cell in my body and every single thought in my brain. Well, I know, I didn’t choose to be in winter, but I have to because of so many reasons and issues.

My only rescue medicine is art. It’s impossible to imagine how I would survive these dark months without colors, paints, sketches, drawings, ideas and paintings! Thankfully, these things occupy my brain and mind completely taking into a meditative state of no reaction to surroundings, problems or issues.

I believe I could show other people how we can fight these upsetting and lazy moods. The only times when I experience real flush of energy are before art classes, workshops and events. These give me wings and I’m bursting with fresh ideas and suggestions. I’m very generous when it comes to sharing ideas and new knowledge.

“Add color to your day” project is coming along, slowly, not without a resistance, but it is developing. I will eventually figure out how to implement three 1.5 hour sessions during the week in order to use only watercolor paints, allowing them to flow, taking away bad emotions, and therefore these sessions will be providing people who have similar winter moods with positive energy and opportunity to overcome the situations they’ve stuck in, that might be health or relationships, or our own nature, whatever. Color and art can cure everything, even people who are unable to physically perform something difficult. New images for these sessions are on the way.

To share with everybody a little bit of warmth, I’m attaching a few watercolors: poured on, washed out without using masking fluid, but the 15-minute ones have pen lines, as well.

January watercolor painting in warm colors

January watercolor in warm colors: we just kept pouring on different layers and glazing, and adding more and more … I know we should have used something like masking fluid, but there was no time to wait until everything is dry

 January watercolor Spring flowers

Sketch of flowers, we used pen and food wrap for this

Pen and watercolor sketch of poppies

Pen and watercolor sketch of poppies: it’s cold outside, but painting in warm colors helps

 

What’s on the easel?

Well, I had not posted anything in a while. The reason is: I was feeling quite terribly. It seems the early fall weather with abnormal humidity and heat at first and with rains and storms afterwards had really got me. I was keeping my schedule to minimum: I gave all scheduled classes since I did not want to disappoint my students, but that was about it.

I thought I would get done some paintings which I started back in August, but that was not an achievable goal. While painting keeps pain at some moderate level, it was still difficult to stay on top of all tasks and duties which I had set for me.

It usually takes some time to recover completely, and my new website and initiation of the other life style blog will have to wait for a better moment. Meanwhile, we have been working on some new projects. I have been doing some painting, too, regardless of all disturbing matters. I have nice frames for most of these paintings, and hopefully the final stage won’t take too long.

One more thing: when photographed, acrylic paintings never look the same what they seem to be on the wall. I am sometimes trying different camera settings, different light conditions, different distances and sizes, but I have to admit that only very large acrylic paintings look somehow similarly to their originals. I have a very good camera with an excellent lens, I’ve been taking photos of paintings for more than a decade, but only watercolors and pencil drawings come out nicely. It is sometimes very annoying because the photo sort of shows completely distinctive colors.

The creativity crisis – there is simple, but magic cure

In addition to all kinds of disastrous social symptoms, we are recently hearing about the creativity crisis. Really? How come? Why do we even need such a personal feature as creativity?

I doubt anybody with more or less understanding of personal development would argue that it is very important to develop our creative side and work on it. Creative activities help lessening different mental conditions and make life more cheerful by raising serotonin levels and, thus, add to our inner balance. Balance is the key to everything: good health, well-being, success and prosperity. Long-term and broad research shows that creative children are more likely to succeed and cope with any situation which comes up in their lifetime, they will feel more confident and less lost if something unexpected happens than those lacking creativity.  Creative activities can make one’s life easier, more interesting, fuller, more exiting and less stressful.

I was reading recently how becoming creative was described as getting into some state of mind and intentionally trying to make that happen. I am very sure it won’t happen that way. Becoming smart, interesting, enthusiastic and creative is not following five easy steps. This takes work, efforts, numerous experiments and perseverance. Creativity is not somebody will pour over you, and nobody can actually teach you how exactly to be creative. There are so many definitions, approaches, tests and scores to detect whether you are or are not a creative person. Creativity has to originate from the inside of an individual. It is possible to get advice, technical and practical guidance in any activities, but the process is up to you.

Creativity is a very attractive feature similar to being interesting, imaginative ability and innovative talent that empowers a person. We all have some desire to be noticed, to be loved and appreciated. By doing something creative we are opening the doors for love, appreciation, new friendships.

Whenever the talk touches creativity, nobody has told so far they know for sure they’d hate to be creative. I am most often receiving completely contrary messages. People complain their life is boring, dull, it is lacking any interesting or magic aspect and they would love to become somehow involved with creative things. So what’s stopping them?

Many people give up quickly anything which does not happen the way they thought it would right away. Some give up activity they just started to find out about because the results did not show after first half an hour or first attempt. Some are feeling sorry to spend any money on what they think is simply a pastime.

Spending some money on creative activities is inevitable. The least costly thing is probably writing poetry or stories. However, writing sad stories or poems, composing sad songs or listening to them can trigger low-spirits and depressive episodes, thus, sensitive people should rather participate in some artistic groups until they feel strong enough to do something on their own.

So, yes, you will have to spend some money for your fabrics or papers, for sewing machine or brushes, for garden or crafting tools. I would say that is definitely less than one spends on fast poisonous foods, useless drinks or antidepressant pills.

Depending on your creative activity, there are also real benefits because we spend way less money for anything we have created than bought ready-made. The creative mind works like this: I have some stuff, I’d need maybe some small bit of other stuff and I probably could make something great out of it. The consumerist’s mind works such a way: where do I get it and how much will it cost?

Where to get inspiration or idea what is that you would like? There are hundreds of options: all craft and art shows, all creativity meetings, local meetings of writers and photographers, amateur song and dance festivals, amateur theater performances, garden shows, musical gatherings like open mikes, galleries, art and craft stores and departments, fabric stores and more. Besides, there are always people at these events and places who will give a good advice on where to start.

Yet, surveys and research tell us, the creativity is dramatically decreasing and something needs to be done to reintroduce more creative activities in our families, schools and society.

It is never too late to engage in creative things. Local people who are interested in art could join my art classes and attend the creative workshops. I am not surprised some of my students love these art classes so much that they return year after year, and they would miss anything else, but the weekly art class. It is obviously doing something good for them!

Painted acrylic scene in sleepless night

My experience after teaching at high schools, colleges, individually, in groups allows concluding the following. The idea of becoming creative most often is present in the family and it is passed over from generation to generation. Kids who pick up arts, crafts, sewing, writing, dancing, playing an instrument in early childhood most likely will continue engaging in some creative activities all life. There is much less depression, anxiety, upset moods, loss of interest in life, engaging in drugs, alcohol and troubles among teens who love creative life style and who paint, write, dance, sing, play an instrument, compose than in those who only spend all their free time on the street, in parties and at computer. The same goes for adults. People who do a lot of creative stuff are much less complaining about loneliness, depression, feeling lost, seeing no meaning or purpose in life than those who at the best go to the bar or sit in front of TV.

2013: Afterthoughts

It seems, it was a small while ago when we celebrated the beginning of 2013. One of my old-time friends asked if I knew why time passed so quick once we have gotten older. I had many possible reasons to list, but she mentioned this one: everything takes longer to get done. However, days appear to me noticeably shorter than they were when I was 20 or 30. Here we go: the New Year is almost here.

I cannot complain, this year was not bad. It was marked by my daughter’s fantastic wedding and our trips to Europe, Latvia and Mexico. Both trips were great, and we have lots of memories to share and hundreds of pictures to look at.

The business was growing, but I didn’t get painted or drawn my own stuff as much as I expected. The more classes I give, the less time I have for doing my own work. I never understood when somebody was complaining they were having no inspiration or some kind of artist’s block, or lack of material for painting. I have instant inspiration, millions of new ideas, concepts and even perfectly worked out projects and plans (all in my head, I don’t write any lists, resolutions or similar intentions). There was NOT ENOUGH time. I was cutting out anything I could avoid doing, I have decreased the TV time to about 2 hours a week or left it for moments when my condition becomes really bad and I can only sit or lie down. I have decreased the computer time: I would only spend the hours I need for my paid medical translations or medical research and blog or advertising, I rarely talk on the phone, I am multitasking every single moment, and there’s still NOT ENOUGH time. I have so often wanted days were twice as long and my energy lasted longer, as well.

Even though money has never been my main concern, it would be so good to have more of it in order to finally do only what I always wanted most: just draw, paint, design, create, disappear in these creations. That is a dream which has not come true so far. My health and daily routines eat up way too large portion of my valuable time, however, I cannot just simply one day refuse from taking my medicines or monitoring my conditions closely. It’s a hassle, but I know, it could be a lot worse. Therefore, I’m really grateful that nobody in our family experienced anything terrible this year, and I genuinely hope, I can look back at the 2014 with the same peaceful gratitude next year. When we have good or at least tolerably good health, so many things become possible.

I have met hundreds of excellent, talented, smart and in any way inspirational people in this WordPress blogging site. As we read about their daily chores, about their discoveries, about their struggles and achievements, we get to know that the world is much wider and broader than we assumed before. We find out there’s always something new to learn and to make happen. Thank you my fellow bloggers for support and instant inspiration!

We were never writing any New Year’s resolutions in my homeland Latvia. I mean, why should we? If I want something strong enough, I will make it happen assuming this depends mostly on me and my input. If I dream about something and this absolutely does not depend on me: I won’t give up and I will keep trying until I achieve what I have decided I should.

I suppose, we sometimes need to write things down in order to see them more clearly and to take off a burden of our consciousness. However, we shouldn’t stop there, even though, it feels like this is almost done after we have put it down. Well, I wish our intentions and projects would match our abilities to carry them out to some extent. Persistence, consistency and patience are good guides in achieving anything.

I wish we all could spend and have more of value time. We shouldn’t have to or be pressurized to waste this time on meaningless things.

Just like every year I’m trying to finish up some paintings.

Small birds: I love them!

Small bird: watercolor

Bullfinch is one of the most loved winter birds in Europe, Latvia.

Frosty December Bullfinch Watercolor on canvas

Painting for charity Birch Walk

Painting for charity event

I hope, the New Year brings more opportunities to create, enjoy and sell art. How about these 2017 or whatever billionaires? If every one of them just bought some 1000 of living artists works at some 100 000 each, imagine how happy these artists would be? There would be lots of artist guys buying new paints and canvasses and decorating all schools, nursery schools, public spaces and hospitals, and old folks homes for free. That’s completely possible. Too bad, billionaires are not aware of this great deal.

Well, ars longa, vita brevis: we should enjoy more of both in 2014!

Happy Mother’s Day to Every Mom on the Globe

I’m on one side of this globe, my mom is on the other. We talk on the phone, and we meet in person every two years. The distance does not scare me as long as I know, I will hear her happy voice on the other end when calling. The best thing is to know that my mom IS THERE. She is going to be 82 this fall, and I hope to meet her around that time.

My mom: 80th birthday

We have one celebration in Latvia, that I’m missing here, in Canada. This day is called Angel’s day or Name’s day. My mom’s name is Irena, and her Name’s day falls together with Mother’s day this year. So, this is a nice reason for double greetings.

The older I’m getting, the more I have started to understand and appreciate my mother and everything she has done for me. I notice more and more features we have in common. I sometimes catch myself acting exactly the way she always is.

There are 2 grandmothers, 3 mothers, 2 daughters and 3 granchildren in this family. How do you think, how many are we? (Answer at the end)

My daughter, my mom and me during their stay in Canada

Too bad, we are never expressing and showing enough love, respect and appreciation to some person while that person is still around. I am never regretting things I have done, things I haven’t done, money I have spent, time I have wasted, but I will always regret I did not say my dad how much I cared about him and how much I loved him while it was still possible. He has passed away now, and there won’t be any more opportunities to do that.

That’s why I’m calling my mom as often as I can, I’m saying her all the best words I am able to find, and I’m showing her how much I care.

White lilies are my mom’s most favorite flowers. I was painting this pastel, and many memories came to my mind, and many good thoughts were implemented in this painting.

This for you, mom!

Happy Mother’s day!

I wish, every mother on this planet experienced some time how much loved, appreciated and honoured she is.

Happy Mother’s day to all Mothers!

Answer to question: We are 5: my mom, me, my daughter, and 2 grandchildren

Wake up and get in mood for spring

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Living in more and more civilized world, we are loosing our ties with nature and seasonal cycles. Light and sunshine are very important factors which can tremendously facililate our energetic resource regeneration and our recreation, but lack of these essential elements causes inevitable destruction and death of anything organic and alive.

Lux aeterna – the eternal light, is the light in its highest meaning, light as a symbol of timeless flourishing and development.

I don’t think, it’s coincidence that “luxury” and Latin “lux” (light) have the same linguistic root. And, yes, the sunlight is a luxury which we are taking for granted.

Animals and plants are more involved in natural processes, and, no wonder, they thrive and bloom, and are at their energetic top-levels in spring. I suppose, humans were pretty much the same, but the artificial surroundings, which allow us to imitate any season and, thus, facilitate our functions regardless of the weather, don’t require us to feel and understand nature any more. Most of us have our shelters, and who actually cares, how long it’s going to rain or snow.

However, those of us who have still maintained the extraordinary sensitivity to underlying processes of nature, would probably agree that spring has not lost its importance as a driving force of the new seasonal cycle.

Nature wakes up, live juices start to circulate in trunks of trees, grasses and weeds lift up their tiny heads, buds are getting bigger and bigger with every second, first blossoms show their faces to the sun, and birds give the best concert of the year, especially when the day is bright and sunny.

Well, it’s really the right time for new initiatives, new challenges and wake-up activities. This is the renaissance time of our town, city, area, land, country, hemisphere. This is such a breathtaking renewal of our mind and soul, and our body shouldn’t be left behind.

We are welcoming the return of spring with our colourful floral paintings in my studio-gallery, and I will show  in my next post how we are drawing and painting these artworks.