Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’


It is September and close to the end of another year for me.  And what an incredible year it has been…

I have traveled to far flung places.
Seen, heard and felt things that will have forever changed me.

I have lived fully.  The meaning, the moments and the memories.

I have felt deeply.  The wonder, the awe, the overwhelming passion for love and for life

I have loved completely.  With my heart and with my soul.

I have enjoyed simply.  With my toes in the water, my sights set on sunrise and sunset.

Another year marker will soon be here.  If change helps us to grow, then I am open to all the growth that my next year on this earth has in store for me.




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Day 156 - Kandinsky-esque

Wassily Kandinsky is one of my favourite artists. I love the complex simplicity and combinations of shape and colour.

I also love the way the work of artists like Mondrian and Kandinsky can be used to inspire and stimulate creativity in children.

This Kandinsky-esque creation in purple is the work of a child aged 7/8.

I’d certainly be happy to hang it on my wall…

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Day 37 - Purple Blues

‘For me, the ultimate form of expression is blues.’ ~Scott Henderson

The ultimate form of musical expression, inspiring the ultimate form of dance expression? Some would say so…

I might be one of them. But so it is in music it shall be in dance… Variety, variety, variety… Despite the musical inspiration, for me, physical impulse, aspiration, muse, motivation and stimulation is also required.

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Day 32 - Pebbles

One day, the words will come to fit this space.

Today is not that day.

Today I just wanna say, feely stones!

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Day 31 - Purple Beckons

‘The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.’ ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

‘Whatever you want in life, start today. Not tomorrow – today. Let it be a small beginning – a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today – every day.’ ~JLH

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Day 27 - Bare Naked Music

Artist – Toni Thorne

Let me offer you this piece by a favourite artist of mine and share with you why it calls to me (aside from the obvious – purple!)

There is a feeling of being completely lost in the moment about these musicians that breathes such life into it, so that it makes complete and utter sense as a visual whole. Yet when I try to look beyond the whole and into the individual aspects, suddenly it all begins to feel quite bizarre…
The guys are naked, the poise, shape, angles and positioning of the bodies feels all wrong and where I’ve assumed these are two men, when I look at the one sitting down, I can’t tell if it is male or female after all.

The colours soothe and entice me, the facial expressions delight me, the beautiful way the head of the guy in the foreground and the head of the guy in the background curve around each other, such that perspective plays tricks on me.

I am fascinated at the complexity of the emotions that I read into the faces of what are, essentially, cartoon characters. Is the piano player lost in a beautiful moment, or drowning in melancholy? Is the horn player oblivious to the possible suffering or playing it? So many interpretations.

Toni Thorne captures time, spirit, movement and emotion in a very unique way, and her tributes to Michael Jackson as well as her clear love of music and the musicians that create it are a joy.

Take a look as some of her other work…


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Day 25 - Bridges

‘Sometimes, if you aren’t sure about something, you have to just jump off the bridge and grow wings on your way down.’ ~Danielle Steel

Someone very dear to me is doing just this very thing at the moment, and I am so incredibly proud of her. She has the strength and courage that I attribute to her great-grandmother and I take great joy and delight in every step of her journey.

I also feel somewhat humbled by the fact that I have my own bridge to throw myself off of, and my own wings to grow, but still I allow fear to hold me back. A recent conversation has reminded me that fear of the unknown is not a good enough excuse…

While I ponder the way forward, perhaps you’d like to join me as I indulge in memories of my grand-mother.


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