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Aug. 26th Embracing Imperfection

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You realize that one is ever-changing; but there are times in one’s life when these changes are more stark. Since doing my yoga practice I have calmed my anxieties and am in a better disposition. As I practice & contemplate I realize that the strongest feeling is to experience life as it changes. As I sit to reflect, I recognize that even the easiest posture can create suffering or for that matter the easiest art technique create the most clarity. These are micro-opportunities to let-go physically & mentally, allowing life to unfold.

Dolphin Pose


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September 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Aug 19th Layering (not just about clothing)

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We consist of many layers. We need to pay more heed to what is happening deep down as it usually is reflected on our surface layer (our body). When we stretch and bend the body causes us to breathe deeper and calmer. Remember to calm down breathe OUT (think how good it feels to sigh).

I have been getting better at doing yoga practice and now am able to do at least 3 days a week. The weather is too hot some days to actually do the poses as I don’t have AC in the house. I also am finding it difficult to motivate myself to paint especially in the heat. I find refuge at the library where I sit, read, write some notes and refresh myself.┬áHere are some images of paintings that are starting to change in style again!

I can't even do this Crow Pose but hubby can!

This is almost cartoon like.

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September 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

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A Glimpse at my studio space

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I tried painting in different parts of the house but this space I found to be the best. It is a great room with good light, ventilation and a washroom close by:)

Studio Space

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August 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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More Paintings – update

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Cobra Pose

This one was done just before the print method. I was working on another series which was inspired by the Australian Aboriginal art and thus the dots. It portrays contemplation while in the pose.

Low Lunge Pose

It is interesting how the darker lines come through (in the Low Lunge) when using a couple of paint colours on the print image.

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August 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Update on New Paintings

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Half Frog Pose

I find it difficult to motivate myself to paint on a daily basis but I have managed to get to 11 paintings now. Since all of these paintings are original it is difficult to figure out how each one will be different, aside from the poses. My intention was to create these paintings using my style which isn’t realism but rather depicts reality in an abstract way. In this way it mimics yoga itself. The physical body does the asana but the mind is going beyond….

These last few paintings were interesting because I came up with a slightly different method – of course not expecting to. I drew the poses on another piece of paper, used paint on them and then printed it on the canvas – sort of print method. The result is almost an x-ray like – ethereal appearance. I don’t know where the next batch will lead to!

Bound Pose

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August 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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Art as Yoga

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August 9th

Just as when the body is standing still, the movement does not cease (your muscles re working to keep the internal systems functioning); so too when you are creating artwork. You sit, you ponder & the creative juices flow (hopefully)! Creating is a form of introspection as is yoga. Yoga encourages introspection through meditation and creativity encourages introspection through concentration/contemplation. Both of these forms all one to access different states.

Once you learn a pose you don’t forget it but it doesn’t mean you can’t improve upon it. Over time the more you do the basic moves the more the moves reveal & your knowledge and awareness increases. Similarly when creating art. My approach is circular without expectation and it continues to reveal new ideas. When the mind works with the body there is beauty and harmony both in yoga and creating art. The body is refreshed and the new wisdom attained informs the mind. One comes to yoga and creating art as you are, without any expectations. The poses and artwork offer no judgements. It offers flow and a personal current. It offers introspection from the inside out. Yoga allows you to become friends with your body and art with your mind; and they both help you love yourself!

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August 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm