Archive for February, 2014


This whole journal fodder chapter has been looking at light and dark in your life, from what we hide in the shadows of our life compared to the light and why to who has been inadvertently overshadowed around us by our own light and achievements. I’m not going to go through each of these separately, mainly because as pages go they’re not all that visually stimulating and deal with some very personal issues for me.


I suspect that’s why I’ve been feeling off kilter these last few days, it’s been forcing me to look at what I hide and the imbalance that there is with that in my life. Am I happy? Yes and no, there is still a lot of stuff I need make peace within the process of…


…owning my shadow.


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A few weeks ago I got the urge to paint BIG only I had nothing quite big enough to paint on. A few large sheets of paper and some masking tape later and I had a makeshift surface spanning my living room wall to let rip on. A couple of sessions on, a whole lot of acryllic and a final spurt to finish before today and I finally completed Sweetheart, an acryllic painting that’s approximately 3 x 3.5 feet.

I wanted her finished by today for a couple of reasons but mainly because she was inspired by love and product of an impulsive expression of it. Today, therefore, seemed an opportune time in which to share her.

She’s large, energetic and colourful though a little rough around the edges. I really love how she turned out and I intend to create a smaller section of her onto a canvas to sell in due course.

I hope that, whether you mark Valentine’s Day or not, whether you love or loathe the occasion, she may bring a smile and a ray of love into your life.

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Before you ask, no I’m not going to show you what’s in mine, rather I’m hoping to inspire you to look at what’s in yours. Hidden in this page are images of the things I have hidden away, like dirty little secrets but that shouldn’t be as they are all a part of me. I found myself really surprised to discover some of the things I had stuffed back there and that I was dragging around with me rather than living with them proudly as a part of me; my history, my emotions and the vital components that make me who I am.

Take some time to really look at what you keep in yours, I think you’ll find it surprising what you have hidden in your shadow. Before we can work on those things and accept them we have to recognise exactly what they are.

~A Journal Fodder 365 prompt.

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Look inside… find your heart.

For me that is the core of meditation, grasping peace to gain ultimate, pure access to yourself. They are not words I would have necessarily used until I worked on this prompt however…let me explain.



I began working with the word meditation on a single page, randomly stencilling the letters over scrap papers and paint. I added a poem to the word, something that spoke to me about what meditation is, something that came to me while I was enjoying a coffee in my own kind of meditative state. The page sat that way for a good week and I wasn’t sure what else needed to go there until I was searching for inspiration.



It spread out over the next page, the shape of the heart called to me and I realised how appropriate that was for me. My peace through meditation comes from knowing myself, from connecting with my heart, my truth and what makes me who I am in a way that is confident and without question. Doing this brings me peace, knowing my heart frees me from my insecurities and worries as I know, without a doubt, I can handle anything that comes my way.

Look inside… find your heart. It is beautiful and unique and will bring you peace and happiness.

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