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Counting down the days until October 1st!

Brush bouquet

Brush Bouquet

More or less exactly a year ago I was counting down the days as well for at least two reasons:  First, for fall break, which meant 2 weeks off work :), and second, for the start of the Ecourse “Creative Spark” by Tara Leaver, which turned out to be beyond bliss. In case you’re interested in this, go to The same Tara Leaver (and I might be allowed to add that by now I am the very happy and proud owner of one of her original artworks) is my very – sorry for the woo woo word – Guru of creative Inspiration. Why am I telling you this? (Because it’s my blog and I could even write about my neighbour’s goldfish and there wouldn’t be anything you could do about it ha ha, no) Because – in this jungle of free here and free there, and “oops, yes, it’s free but you migh need a sum of 130 $ to get your art supplies” and gorgeous Workshops who somehow went unnoticed – this one I am going to link here is for someone interested in creativity like 200% candyland. It’s the structure, and I can tell you after having experienced Tara’s amazing ability to connect people, it will be about the encounters and the exchange as well. Go to Treat yourself. Best to all of you –                                                                                                      wpid-IMG1560.jpg – Nic                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Sunshine in my heart – thanks to a wonderful blog-friend and her nomination of the sunshine award

When in this year’s April I started Blogging, I had no idea how much fun it would be, how many wonderful connections there would grow and how interesting and inspiring the exchange with like-minded People would be. Generally I wasn’t sure if Blogging would work for me.

Not only does it work, but it really has become something I very much enjoy doing and which adds up so well to my interests such as photography, mindfulness, General, buddhism, psychology, Meditation, artmaking, creativity, Music, enjoying some sort of simplicity Lifestyle…and and and so much more 🙂

To me personally it’s not actually not too surprising that one of my deaerst Blogger friends here on wordpress is from Canada (simply because I wonder if I have been a Canadian in another life, and maybe lived in Toronto or Ottawa, pretty much the only cities in the world where I didn’t get lost so far, besides my hometown….^^)

Sherry Galey, who nominated me for the Sushine Award, and I met here on wordpress through our mutual love for photography and generally what I’d like to call a “contemplative mind set”.. (I hope this works for you, Sherry)

I so admire her blog posts, they warm me from the inside and there have been quite a few days yet when looking at one of her posts with those outstanding photos have accompanied me all day, or inspired me for a photo-stroll or a graphite-pencil drawing.


Thank you so much, Sherry !!

I humbly and thankfully accept this wonderful Award.


As part of the Award Sherry has come up with 10 questions she is asking the nominees. Here they are (and I like what you came up with, Sherry!)

1 If you could learn one skill that you’ve never had, what would it be, and why?

Hard one, I guess it’d be to be way way better in hanging up Picture Frames. My dearies always say “nice Picture- but what happened to the Frame?” ; ) This and being less afraid of technical things around the household. Repairing things in the household and all this. Why? Because – for the Pictures – I love it being not too sloped – it sure is nicer. I just have hard times taking care of it myself ^^. And as for the repairing …I like being Independent.

2 What do you love more taking photographs or writing? 

Tough choice! It very much depends on my mood and the circumstances. I often have the camera with me as well as a bunch of pens and at least one Notebook.

3 Are you an extrovert or an introvert? 

Definitely an introvert!

4 Do you have a fear that you have not yet conquered?


5 Do you have a dream you’ve suppressed due to life commitments?  

A sabbatical – preferredly in Canada. It’s not off the list yet though. 🙂

6 Are you a night owl or a morning person?

Very cleary a Morning (-Meditation) Person.

7 What book has made a huge impact on you?

Definitely – about 2 years ago – I read “Buddhistische Psychotherapie” (buddhistic psychotherapy) by a very talented psychologist/psychotherapist from Bielefeld who links Western therapy methods with Basic Buddhist teachings in a very effective, unique, mindful way.

“Tuesdays with Morrie” – after dealing with a personal loss which was quite a bit to handle.

  8 If you could travel to any place in Canada, where would it be? 

Well, starting in Toronto (and taking my longboard this time!!  at least partly) and strolling around with the camera for weeks, going towards Lake Ontario, for example Coburg, up to Québec, Forillon National Park (L’Anse au Griffon) then back to Ottawa, staying there again for a couple weeks, strolling, Tim Horton’s hopping :), going to the Gatineau Park, and of course spending lots of time at Byward Market!

9 What qualities most touch you in a person? 

Compassion and a good sense of humour touch me very much, as well as sensitivity, and being able to commit to the things they love. I also love a certain kind of “keeping it simple”, I love when People are able to enjoy a Cup of tea and see beauty in everyday things. I find a certain degree of “craziness” appealing, too.

10 What do you do when inspiration to create leaves you?

though one. I am doing my best to follow the advise of Tara Leaver, who suggests to bake or cook something. This enables you mostly to follow a recipe but yet you are creating something. So, mostly it turns out to be cooking a soup. 🙂


Part of accepting the Award is to nominate 10 People, drop them a lovely comment about them being nominated for the Sunshine Award on their Blogs and post their names and the links of their Blogs in my post

Dear nominees, if you like to accept your Award, this is how you go about it. 🙂

1. Include the award logo in a post or on your blog.

2. Link to the person who nominated you.

3. Answer 10 questions about yourself and write 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

Here are ten People, whose blog posts inspire and amaze me again and again. Thanks to you guys for that!

  1. Lijuin –
  2. Cristina Reyeros of Ambition in the City:
  3. Sarah G. of centered Spirit:
  4. The guys of kindnessblog:
  5. David N. of course:
  6. Dennis Cardiff of Gotta Find a Home:
  7. Charlotte of the wonderful blog strictlyholistic:
  8. Karl Duffy of Mindfulbalance:
  9. Michelle
  10. Iceland Penny  from

Soooo, dear nominees, here are the question I came up with:

  1. What’s your favourite place to be?
  2. Do you play an Instrument, if yes, which one?
  3. If you did a sabbatical, what would you do or where would you go?
  4. What is creativity for you?
  5. Do you like to write handwritten letters, journals and notes, and if yes, why?
  6. Do you have a Motto or a theme song?
  7. Do you have a favourite, Kind of “lift-me-up-quote”?
  8. Do you do any kind of Meditation practice?
  9. Which song, book or film sticks with you for a Long while already?
  10. Which is your favourite kind of landscape? The sea, mountains, Woods or something else? Do have a preferation at all?



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Just looking at the paintings made me grab the art supplies after weeks of no-art-making…

Hi again,

it’s been a while. Like a few times lately, but now that the summer break has started (a triple yay for that!!!!!!!!!!!!!) let me just drop you the link of a blog post by Tara Leaver, who happens to be a heavenly inspiring Artist.

I haven’t touched a brush in weeks and my easel would ask me for my Name if only it could talk (well, sometimes I am quite glad it cannot ^^)

but just by getting the first few glimpses of Tara’s blog Posts I went to get my sketchbook.

Thanks for that, Tara!


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Back from the arts supplies store. Ready to play : ) … and introducing Michael Nobbs “Drawing your life”

New toys. horray!

New toys. horray!


Just getting back from the Arts supplies store (before that: a visit to the farmers’ market including Caffe Moccha and rhubarb streusel cake, buying fresh flowers for the Loggia-slash-studio and multicoloured veggies)

So a good part of today’s noon to early evening will be spent mixed media-ish… not only on the canvas, but by mixing a new tape to accompany the painting, painting with lots of other things besides brushes (well, like old toothbrushes, rugs, fingers, old credit cards….)

This post is quite inspiring today’s plans:

And today, after having listened to “Cerulean” by Ben Leinbach for about 10 times… we’ll see what happens

A Quote came up today, too…’s really mixed media all over:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anaïs Nin

Big and courgeous words to me.

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Here Comes a more everyday-life but yet very very unique way of approaching the Topic of art:

Let me introduce Michael Nobbs to you.

Michael Nobbs, well, his blog Kind of popped up… somewhere….I do not even remember where…but it’s amazing it did. He released a book  he developed during a time with low energy. he was diagnosed with this “chronic fatigue Syndrome” and had to rest lots. That’s when he started drawing, there, right in this bedroom. As he had not too many possibilities to get around, he draw everyday things.

That’s where he got me! I love the Magic of simplicity, the beautiful of your personal still lifes like just a Cup of tea on a coaster or something…just imagine your favourite Cup on your favourite spot and you can probably already tell that there are colours, shapes and generally impressions mixing right there!







Here you can get a Little taste of what it is like to get into Michael Nobbs’s world of ideas. I was happy to read that he refers to Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and very curious about a book called “The Zen of Seeing” by a dutch author I am yet to check out.

In the Video Clip you can see that the book is for drawing, doodling, scribbling in it. 🙂 Fun to be had!

One of my favourite pages is a double page, where he says “treat yourself to a breakfast in a Café” and then you are to draw your table and condiments and then your breakfast on the next page.

With my dearest Inspirations at the Moment, namely the book “Creative Spark” by Tara Leaver, as well as looking at her online Gallery or reading her Poems, Flora Bowley’s Approach to Artmaking, Michael Nobbs’s way of cherishing the simple everyday life through painting… Susannah Conway’s take of photography …all this Closes the circle between my Intention to find different ways to practice mindfulness and making art. why?

I pay Attention to the very treasures in the very present and just where I stand or sit.

Partly this leads to taking photos or drawing.

Which again might lead to a painting.

All this keeping me quite in the very Moment.

Which is intense.

And fulfilling.

And emotional.

And so worth it!

Let me Close today’s post with a Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote which happens to make me feel Kind of adventurous:

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and  leave a trail.”

Ralph  Waldo Emerson

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