About Cherie Roe Dirksen

www.cherieroedirksen.com Self-empowerment author and multi-media artist.

Anthropomorphic Animal Art: Introducing Pigeon Holmes

Pigeon Investigator Holmes was hand painted and cut out of layers of cardboard to give him that 3D feel. He’s going to be one out of a collection of anthropomorphic animals I’m hatching! So be sure to follow this blog as the next little critter is a doozy!

The design says, “Pigeon Investigator Holmes was conducting his investigation going on the crumbs his client had left. Holmes was keeping abreast of the case.”

Holmes is a perfect fun gift for bird watchers, especially those with an aptitude for pigeons. And if you’re partial to detective novels and famous sleuthing characters, that’s just an added bonus.

Let pet detective Holmes put a smile on your face. You can enter my shop to investigate further HERE

I’ve got a range of over 90 products with this design to choose from. All made to order, so it’s carbon neutral and all made in safe working conditions so you can feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Here is a taste of what my store has to offer:

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5 Easy Exercises to Create a Positive Life!

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5 Ways to Create a Positive LifeWho’s in Charge?

You’re probably familiar with the saying ‘what you think you create’ but how can you seriously filter every bad thought? There is a way, I promise. But before we delve into the amazing powers each of us possess, we have to get one thing straight.

There’s only one person responsible for what you think and do and that’s YOU.

If the thought of being the creator of your reality scares the willies out of you, then read on…

The Freedom to Be Happy, to Be You

Can you remember learning how to swim or ride a bike?  Can you see how determined you were to succeed because you knew the pay-off was going to be huge?

You may have started off with water-wings, splashing about aimlessly— gulping in water — or peddling your heart out whilst trying to maintain your balance even with the training wheels on!  But that child never gave up.

Then what came next once the wheels were removed?  Probably scrapes and bruises the first week but did that deter you?  Did you give up then?  Probably not.  You wanted to ride!  You were hell-bent on feeling the wind on your face and the freedom that would bring with it.

Same goes for swimming — gliding about in the water refreshes and frees your body of weight.  You knew that swimming was going to be the biggest trip ever!

Where am I going with this?  Your thoughts need training wheels/water-wings if you want to experience the same freedom from negative thought.  And here’s how you’re going to do it…

Getting Real Right NOW

Here are a few things you can start to do today to become more aware and proactive with your thoughts:

  • Morning Motivation — When you wake up, give yourself 5-10 minutes to think about what how you want to see this day play out.  See if you can catch any worrisome or negative thoughts before they take hold of the exercise.  Put up a STOP sign in your mind and gently kick those blighters to the curb.  Then bring your focus back to visualizing your positive day ahead.  Try to smile and see/feel yourself enjoying this bright new day.  Emotions back your thoughts into manifestation.
  • Marrying the Mind — When you start to get a hold on your thought stream and just how much power you DO have over it, you can start to have a better relationship with your thinking.  You are now in control and you can focus your inner dialogue on what serves you instead of calling in all the unwanted experiences.  Start your affirmations off with a strong ‘I am…’.  For example ‘I am going to have a great day today’, ‘I am going to have a safe trip’, etc.  Try avoid the phrases ‘I desire’ or ‘I want’ because it only brings more desiring and wanting for the future.  When you use ‘I am’ it is in the present tense and is happening right now not in some future timeline.
  • Mind Mangle Cleanse — During the day (if you are but a mere mortal) you will probably find yourself slipping into worry, blame, anger, despair and an array of other harmful mind banter.  You may even find that your head is throbbing because of all the distorted ‘mind mangling’ that’s going on up there.  Here’s  your chance to hold up that STOP sign again and see if you can look at things from a different perspective.  Most of what we worry about never comes to pass and most judgments/situations when seen from a different angle can evoke empathy instead of anger.  See if you can alchemize your thinking — in other words, find the treasure in the trash. Read related article: 3 Ways to Alchemize Chaos
  • SmartSelectImage_2022-11-01-15-09-45Re-Member — We often get lost in ‘doing’ and not ‘being’.  Try to remember all the things that make you happy and bring you joy. Start a gratitude journal (see my gratitude journal to your right and you can get yours by clicking on the picture) When you smile the world smiles with you.  So, remember to feel gratitude for life, nature and the people that make your world spin.  Look at every magnificent dawn or sunset as a blessing, every fragrant flower or birdsong as a gift, every smile or hug as a gesture of love and draw on those experiences when you’re in a negative frame of mind.  See if you can remove yourself from a negative situation and sit under a tree or listen to some soothing music.  Seek out those small but beautiful moments in your life and embrace them.  Hold them close to your chest and bring them out when you need to.  It’s bound to make you smile. You can always alter your reality at any time.  Don’t forget that.  If you choose to stay in the gloom, then just know that ‘this too shall pass’.
  • Over and Out — At the end of the day, review what happened and see if you can pick out any situations that you have turned around in reality.  Did you manage to have a good day?  Did things turn out like you affirmed in the morning?  Or close to?  Or can you do better tomorrow?  Keep trying and if you do see results it’s going to make you more determined — just like that little tike on the bicycle, gearing up for the next day’s practice.  Because you know that practice makes perfect!

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” — Joyce Meyer

You will get a grip on your oh-so-powerful thought stream and you’ll be able to eventually steer those thoughts to benefit your life in ways that will make your head spin — in a good way!

Now it’s up to you to give yourself a reason to smile every day.

CRDCherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality.

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My Top 7 Tips to Beat Inflation

Inflation affects us all. I wanted to share a few simple tips that helps my household budget withstand all the recent price hikes.

  1. Set a weekly budget. I can’t stress enough how important it is to know what you have to spend, what you need to put away for bills and, hopefully, what you can put away for a rainy day. And DON’T spend what you don’t have! This is something that was instilled in me by my parents from a young age and it is advice that has worked well for me. If it’s worth having, it’s worth saving for.
  2. Cook at home. Back in the day, my hubby and I loved dining out but since we made a commitment to save and spend more time and money beautifying our house and garden, I don’t miss it at all! Especially the bill at the end of an evening of merry culinary frivolity. I’m also much healthier now and know what is going into my body, an added bonus.
  3. Turn your hot water cylinder on for 2-3 hours a day, don’t leave it on all day long. This trick has saved us so much on our energy bill. And it gives us plenty of hot water for 2 people showering and doing dishes, etc. We also have a lot of energy saving bulbs and solar lights which help too.
  4. Fix things. Instead of always buying a replacement for a broken item (which I’ve been guilty of in the past), get a tube of superglue and/or get sewing. I’m amazed at what can be fixed, as good as new, around the house. And the clothes I’ve darned and repaired instead of throwing out are worth all the needle pricks (and there were many). I suck at sewing. But practice and even thee shall endure!
  5. Cancel unnecessary subscriptions. Entertainment doesn’t only come in the form of Netflix. Get reading again and dust off that library card! Most libraries also loan DVDs and puzzles too. Board games are a really fun way to pass the time with family and friends, when was the last time you played Chess? Exercise your brain. Read related article here: 8 Life Strategies That Playing Chess Has Taught Me
  6. Save with nature’s gym. Walking is my go-to all over body workout and it’s free. Do yourself a favour and, if possible, walk in nature and get some sunshine too.

I hope these tips help you to thrive even on a limited budget. Do you have a great savings tip? Please share in the comment box below. Oh, and, one last savings tip! I’m having an unbelievable sale at my store with up to 50% off. Please see below.

Up to 50% Off – Think Christmas!

My artsy cushions are only $12.57 each! You can click on the pictures to take you to the store. Funky socks, cool iPhone cases, hoodies and blankets are on sale too! Christmas gift shopping isn’t looking so bad after all! The sale is on from 7 -11th November 2022.

Check out my top cushion Christmas Picks 2022 HERE.

Thanks for looking!

Beastly Ideas: Put the ‘grrr’ Back into Your Wardrobe with this Unbeatable Sale!

“I just found out it takes 5 sheep to make one wool sweater. I didn’t even know they knew how to knit.”  – Anon, coolfunnyquotes.com 

I’ve just launched my Cherie Roe Dirksen Designs TeePublic store and to celebrate, my tees (and other products) are on SALE. Get up to 35% off all products! Grrr, baby!

I’ve chosen some designs from my beasty collection to whet your appetite. ALL TEES ARE $14 UNTIL TOMORROW EVENING 4//11/2022.

From Zen baboons, bee’s with attitude and cute chubby pandas to feisty chickens, Schrodingers cosmic tortoiseshell and big cats on the prowl, there’s something for everyone’s taste. And at $14 a pop, why not take advantage and get yourself a new summer look? Not forgetting that Christmas is just around the corner! Click on the picture below to take you to my store:

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Do you have a favourite design? I’d love to know. Please leave a comment in the box below 🙂

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4 Cures for Negative Thinking

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. ~Robert H. Schuller

My friend and I were out walking this morning around the neighborhood when we noticed some magnificent landscaping and flower beds to die for!  We were also, funnily enough, talking about having foggy, congested heads (physically and mentally) because of the amount of time we are spending on our computers.  We both happen to be writers.

I found that looking at these spectacular gardens really opened up my heart space and led me to think about this concept of the mind/garden metaphor.

If we can just give ourselves time in our own gardens (minds) to prune back, weed and cut off any dead branches and scrape up old leaves off the grass, we would be able to temper that stuffy headedness.

Back to my morning stroll…we then went on to discuss how meditation, exercise, getting out into nature and yoga work to unclog this tightness and tiredness in the head.

So, some good practices to follow when you feel your thoughts aren’t being honorable paying guests in your head are to:

1. Gift yourself some time for space and clarity

This doesn’t have to be for very long stretches (however long you want) but make sure it is at least 10-15 minutes of down-time.  You can sit in your garden, park or in a comfortable quiet space and reflect on your thoughts.  Realign them to what you feel comfortable with.  Then simply let all your thoughts dissolve and sit in stillness.  Observe what comes up and then put it aside.  Enjoy the space of just being.  We are human BEINGS not human DOINGS.  Don’t forget that.

More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity. ~Francois Gautier

2. Assess yourself and think gratitude 

If you are having a lot of negative, worrisome thoughts, ask yourself if they are really necessary?  Is worrying about it going to change anything?  How can you steer them onto a different more nurturing path?  Can you list a few things you are grateful for? Better still, get yourself a gratitude journal and make it a daily practice.

There is a basic law that like attracts like. Negative thinking definitely attracts negative results. Conversely, if a person habitually thinks optimistically and hopefully, his positive thinking sets in motion creative forces — and success instead of eluding him flows toward him ~ Norman Vincent Peale

3. Go for a walk or do some yoga

Any kind of exercise can actually give you a huge boost.  I know a lot of people who are tired and worn out from a hard day’s work don’t particularly care for physical movement.  Perhaps you think it is the last thing that can help but it really can.  Just 20-30 minutes can really get you to shift stagnant energy and get your system up and firing.

Walking is a man’s best medicine. ~Hippocrates

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~Raymond Inmon

4. Breathe properly

Take a few good and hearty breathes.  This is a wonderful grounding tool and can get you into balance very quickly.  Most of us breathe very shallowly, not allowing for the body to become fully oxygenated.  Try to take in enough breath as to fill your lungs and spill over into your stomach (you should look like your pregnant — that is an indicator that you have got in enough air). Breathe in to the count of 5, hold it to the count of 5 and then consciously breathe out to the count of 5.  This enlivens and awakens your mind — try it, you’ll see.

Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within. ~Author Unknown

Kick out fear, worry and drama to finally start renting your headspace out to positive, nurturing and creative thinking — the paying guest.

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What Exactly Does a $3,000 Arty Puzzle Look Like?

I’m so happy to announce that The Waterford Puzzle Company have selected 4 of my artworks to add to their custom puzzle collection.

They range from $325 – $3,000, which may seem a bit on the high-end but they boast bespoke wooden pieces that include shapes, like animals or your name, within the puzzle (see details below).

Such fun!

Which is your favourite one of the 4 below? I’d love to hear from you.

Get yours here or click on the picture below:

Drawing a Bee With a Single Line

I finally decided to try my hand out at single line drawing. For those of you who don’t know the technique, it’s simply drawing something without lifting your pen/pencil.

For my subject matter I chose a bee ’cause my garden is swarming with them at the moment and it felt appropriate as we head into spring in South Africa.

So without further ado, here’s my first ever single line drawing called “Beeline.”

“Beeline” by Cherie Roe Dirksen

I’d love to know what you think, please leave a comment 🙂

Have you ever tried your hand at single line drawing? Why don’t you send me a link in the comment section? I’d love to see!

I’ve got a selection of products featuring this design, I’ve selected a few below to whet your appetite. Just click on the picture to take you to the store:

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Weathering the Storm: Best Quotes and New Painting

We’ve all heard of the old saying “the calm before the storm“, the anticipation of, well, the manure hitting the proverbial fan. It can be a time of great excitement or anxiety, whichever way you choose to perceive it.

The thing is (actually two things): firstly, anxiety is pretty much the same energy as excitement. Try alchemizing your nerves to excited anticipation next time the opportunity presents itself. And secondly, ‘storms’ help us to grow.

Here are three beautiful quotes to embody this concept:

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
― Vivian Greene

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“There is peace even in the storm”
― Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

You can Read more “storm” quotes here: Storm Quotes

Before the Storm Painting

I have just finished a new painting called, “Before the Storm“. It’s a moody, colourful piece that I hope evokes a sense of that excited anticipation and awe of a passing storm.

I’m experimenting with using different colours. Here, I stepped out of my usual comfort-zone palette to incorporate pinks and purples in the sky, they liven up the feel of the building deluge.

The original and prints are available HERE (or by clicking on the picture below) – please note that the international courier is inclusive in the price.

If you are from South Africa, you can view my SA gallery HERE, where I offer complimentary courier within SA.

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Botanical Illustrations and the Beauty of the White Lavender

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I’ve been having fun with some still life drawing.

I gathered a bunch of flowers and foliage from my garden for my dining table centerpiece and, one day whilst taking in the beauty of the flowers, decided to draw them. You can see my vase of delights to your right.

I really love vintage-style botanical pattern in design so I tried my hand at creating one of my own with these lavender and poppy illustration I had done.

Are White Lavenders a Thing?

I’ve had many people ask me if there really is such a thing as a white lavender. I’ve got to be honest, I would’ve been disbelieving too if it wasn’t for a few years ago when I saw my first white lavender bush in someone’s garden on one of my morning walks.

I had to have one!

For the naysayers out there, let me introduce you to my gorgeous white lavender bush (you can see my regular purple lavender bush next to it for a colour comparison) in my little Karoo garden in South Africa…

My white lavender bush 🙂

Isn’t it magnificent?

Below is a close up snap:

Close up snap of the White Lavender

And yes, they smell as good as they look!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever seen or own white lavender? I’d be interested to know. Please also include where you come from.

Back to the Illustration…

So without further ado, here is my botanical illustration featuring the white lavender and poppy combo:

White Poppies and Lavender Botanical Design by Cherie Roe Dirksen

I really had fun creating this botanical pattern and it’s even more rewarding when you start designing various products and get to play with background colours – I especially like the teal background.

Below are a few of my products with this pattern, if you would like to visit my store and see all the available goodies, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

I’d love to hear which product stands out for you – let me know in the comment box below 🙂

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I’ve got a new Mandala Colouring Book for you! Click on the pic below:

Imagination is a Powerful Tool

It’s so very important to keep your dreams alive and your imagination well-greased, as the quote below suggests.

Click on the picture to get your dreams and desires journal!

Of course, not the dreams where you’re in your underwear being chased down town center by a T-Rex or rocking up late to school without your PE kit. No, I’m referring to those personal goals and ambitions.

Lately I’ve been musing on my dreams and desires and have found some sneaky outdated ones.

And that’s okay.

I’m entitled to change my mind about what I want now. I thought that maybe not following through meant I was a failure. Upon reflection, I think I was failing at being true to where I’m at now, and clinging onto outworn ambitions has definitely been holding me back.

New dreams pop up like mushrooms. And it’s healthy to assess which ones to keep and which ones to spring clean.

I’m a person that feels the need to follow every idea through to conclusion, to my detriment. I’ve come to face it though, that’s just a recipe for burnout. My new mantra — like the old adage, ‘pick your battles‘ — is ‘pick your dreams.’

An Easier Way to Dream Up a New Objective

The best tool in your manifesting basket is your imagination.

Imagination isn’t just child’s play, it’s a potent projector. It’s a really beneficial practice to engage in some proactive imagining or lucid dreaming (where you get to control where the dream goes) for say 15-30 minutes a day, give or take.

Do it over a cuppa, or when you’re having some downtime. It’s important to be comfortable and to not be interrupted where possible.

Let your imagination soar and explore all possibilities, outcomes and scenarios of your most heartfelt dream. Keep imagining and strengthening your belief in that particular path.

You’ll be amazed at what you can manifest!

Have a Good Cry (If That’s What You Need To Do)

Funnily enough, after I had reassessed where I wanted to point my compass, I had a bit of a…well, you know…meltdown. I went through all the things I was doing ‘wrong’ and had a bit of a tearful moment and, of course, a ‘poor me’ pity party (and, yes, my stoic husband had to sit through the rant).

I was aware that I was being very negative in this rather dark doldrum but I let it happen. Purge time!

You guessed it, literally 15 minutes after I released my tears and fears (yep, ‘shout, shout, let it all out’ moment), I received a very unexpected business phone call that just confirmed the Universe had opened a floodgate for me (yes, very punny seeing I had just released my own tearful floodgate).

I hope this little blurb has ignited a ‘dream spring clean‘ if that’s what you need in your life right now. Share your thoughts in the comment section below 🙂

If you’d like a reminder of using your imagination to pursue your dreams, the illustrated quote above is available on posters, cards (remember cards also serve as mini prints ;D) and magnets, and also a plethora of other products (click here).

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How to Find Peace with Uncertainty

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“There is only one thing for us to do, and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives; To use our best judgment, and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hands.” ~Orison Swett Marden

Trusting the Universe Has Your Back

One of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz was to ‘do your best’ in every moment. It’s a great philosophy to practice. Always do your best and make sure you’re following your highest excitement — which simply means you have no resistance to what you are doing, and in most cases, you are actually having fun with what you are doing (singing while cleaning the toilet type stuff or getting excited about the lunch you just made yourself).

Another key aspect to having a great life is to dream big and take action where you can. However, this does not mean that you have to manipulate or control every step of your journey. There is a huge facet of ‘letting go’ involved.

Sometimes we think we have to be in charge of every minute detail but that only gets you bogged down and farther from realizing your dream.

Why?

This happens because, in my experience, you only think you know how to get somewhere or how you want something to play out. In fact, you only have one tiny graphic mental picture of what your dream is. The Universe (or quantum field/Higher Intelligence, etc) holds the blueprint and has the birds eye view of what is going on. You, on ground level, only perceive what is necessary.

Your job, ergo, is to take whatever action is necessary and then ALLOW for the Universe to do the rest. This usually never looks like what we visualize because we are usually directed to something even greater than our little pea-brain can conceive.

However, if we want to insist that the pea-brain version is what we want we will limit ourselves and our manifesting prowess.

Result

Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you’ve dreamed up something wonderful and you’ve taken appropriate action to tell the Universe you mean business, then relax. Even if what you wanted doesn’t happen in the way you think, it could be ushering you to something even better.

And when you think that way, you open up to receive so much more great stuff. Remember to inject gratitude even into the ‘future’ so that you can just snow-ball and enjoy the way your life unfolds. Be in awe when things go even better than you think.

If you liked this article, you may consider starting a gratitude journal. Every day write something you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. You’ll see your life start to change when you focus on the positive!

Get your gratitude journal today (click on this link or the picture below) for yourself or for someone you know who’s starting out on a self-empowerment path and could use a bit of motivation!

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These gratitude journals can be purchased lined or blank (depending on whether you prefer drawing what you’re grateful for or writing it). They are 13.2cm x 18.6cm – a handy pocket-sized journal!

Why We Need to Preserve Earth And Our Humanity

“We are humanity and we are totally and utterly dependent on the Earth.”

Don’t you feel like a lot of people are losing their connection to the Earth (and to reality)?

Of course, it’s understandable in our current climate; we have lost loved ones, we are faced with division every day, financial stress, emotional strain, the toughest decisions, inhumane lockdowns, relentless talking heads punting fear, the breaking of the Nuremburg Code — I don’t need to remind you, I’m sure.

With all that is going on, we need to, now more than ever, ground ourselves and be more present in nature. Spend more time staring at a tree than your device. Spend more time listening to bird song than listening to iTunes. Spend more time contemplating a glorious sunset than your next post.

Meta-Fascistbook: Name Changes and Game Changers

And now, trumpets sound and angels sing, Mark Suckerberg wants us to join him in the ‘Metaverse’. The Metaverse reminds me of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

No thanks. Talk about Mark of the Beast!

“They Tried to Bury Us, They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds” ~ Dinos Christianopoulos

We are humanity and we are totally and utterly dependent on the Earth. We don’t need more distractions and fake realities, we need to get down and dirty, with our hands and feet in the soil of our very real planet who needs our help and our attention — ALL of our attention — because we ARE the Earth. We are made of the Earth.

We need the trees for oxygen, we need the soil to grow food, we need the flora and fauna to sustain us (whether chosen for fuel or for clothing), we need to work in symbiance with nature to truly be happy.

Let’s Weigh In

On one hand we’ve got “Mark of the Beast” and his Meta-whatsit, luring us into an AI world of bullshit and triviality while our planet needs our love and attention. And on the other hand, we have the Earth, to whom withouteth we cannot liveth. No-brainer, eh?

I’m sure Mark’s Metaverse, as lame as it looks now, will — in a few years — be like the holodeck in Star Trek. I’m sure it’ll be very tempting indeed to escape reality and get sucked into Suckerberg’s world of machinastic cyber frivolity.

But, please, let’s not forget that we are flesh and blood and our humanity is on the line. The more we get duped into staying glued to our devices and the more we are welded to our social media feeds, the more we take a step away from what is real, what makes us truly happy and what sustains us. And I think most of us can agree that this is found in the wilderness, it’s at the seaside, it’s in a jungle, it’s waiting for us in the garden or park, it’s beckoning to us in a forest, it’s outside just waiting for you to say, ‘hello’.

I’ll Be Happy When I’m Rich, Famous and Thin

Money, although useful, doesn’t make us happy. Having ‘stuff’ can be cool for a while, but soon loses it’s thrill. Fame certainly ain’t all it’s cracked up to be (just ask any celeb who, and there are many if you look, have had their hand caught in the cookie jar or whose hypocrisy has back-fired). And, of course, trying to fit the societal ideal of ‘perfect’ certainly keeps you at arms bay of ever being happy — in fact, it can make you darn right miserable.

People search for happiness when, really, it’s right underneath their noses.

Happiness Is…

Happiness is sustainable if you know where to look. Happiness is sustainable if you remember to connect with nature. Just the act of staring at ‘green’ has a soothing, calming effect.

Read this article by Christi Wharton to learn more about the colour green: The Psychology of Design: The Color Green

The Great Resignation

If we can take just one positive thing from this pandemic, it’s that a lot of people woke up.

They woke up to how much time they’re missing out on with their family and loved ones. They woke up to how much is taken for-granted. They woke up to how much wool is being pulled over their eyes. They woke up to how much time is wasted sitting in traffic on their way to work. They woke up to how much time is wasted at work, especially working at a job you do not care for. The Great Resignation is upon us!

If you don’t know about this latest phenomenon is, please read the article below:

What is ‘The Great Resignation’? An expert explains.

I bet the powers that were didn’t see that one coming! Which reminds me of a line from a Greek poem:

“They Tried to Bury Us, They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds” ~ Dinos Christianopoulos

We can even go a step further and say, not only did they bury us but they shat on us and then wept with laughter…and we all know what happens with seeds, manure and water!

New Ways of Expressing My Love for the Land

I’ve been dreaming of creating something new with my art. Something that explores a diverse range of styles and mediums. My desire was realized when I came up with my new series called, “KAROO ELEMENTS.”

This one is the first painting I did called, “If These Rocks Could Talk.” Click on the picture to take you to my store where you can get prints and products with this design.

KAROO ELEMENTS takes physical pieces of slate (shale), pods, quartz, tin, bark and other fascinating things I pick up on my hikes in Barrydale, Klein Karoo in South Africa, and merges it into an authentically telluric landscape.

I want you to smell the hot, baking air, experience the nutty aroma of the Acacia trees, touch the slate and quartz crystal that’s been around for thousands of years. Come take a walk with me every time you glance at this piece.

My hope is that this new series of art, that takes physical aspects of the landscape, keeps the channel of love, appreciation and fascination of nature wide open. May we never give up our awe for nature and our love for our beautiful planet.

May we never resign our humanity.

“Unity in Diversity”

Here is a picture of some of the artworks in my new series, they are currently on display at the Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale. Don’t forget to follow my blog to receive new updates.

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Did You Know that the 21st October is Back to the Future Day?

Dust Off Those Nike’s and Don Double Denim

I know I’m not alone in absolutely loving the Back to the Future Trilogy. Everything about these movies transports me back to my youth and the wonder of time travel being a possibility in the future (and the mind-bending dichotomous perils that doing so implies).

What is your favourite scene from this trilogy? I’m going to reveal mine later on in this blurb.

But let’s get back to…er, the future? Why is the 21st of October Back to the Future Day?

Well, because that is the date Marty McFly originally travels to the past and catalyses this epic existential time-traveling adventure.

The quintessential moral behind the trilogy revolves around Marty’s pride and caring too much about what people think of him, which get’s him into a heap of trouble. He ultimately relinquishes this egoic pitfalls and becomes self-realized (in an 80s adventure movie kind-of-way).

Read related article: 7 Ways to Tame the Ego and Become Instantly Likeable

Another more touching aspect of the movie is the love-across-time theme. And who could forget Huey Lewis and The News’s gigantic hit, The Power of Love? Well, let me tickle that memory just a little bit with this video:

I recently collaborated with UCS LLC & Amblin and Redbubble to come up with an illustration/ digital design for the Back to the Future franchise and I picked my favourite scene of the movie, which just happens to be the opening scene.

Yip, you guessed it, it’s Marty plugging into Doc’s amp and blowing himself away. I can’t help wetting myself every time I see it. So, I chose that to be the main element of my design, with one tweak — the amp had to be the flux capacitor, seeing that Marty was just about to embark on his epic life-changing journey.

Here it is, what do you think?

Here’s the scene to refresh your cache:

Don’t forget to let me know what your favourite scene is in the comment box below!

Here are some of my favourite products with this design:

Video: Come See Where I Live and Why it Inspires Me So Much

I’m absolutely delighted to finally be able to show you around Barrydale, where I live, and why it is such an inspiration to my work. This short little 3 minute reveal will give you a great idea of the area that inspired my new print collection. You can now put a (terra)face to the art and get to compare the landscape to the creations.

Just cllick on the picture below to view the video 😉 Please feel free to comment, I’d love to hear what you think of this remote South African slice of heaven.

Be Aware of Your Inner Creativity Inhibitors

Read the full article here. 5 Tips on Getting back in the Groove.

If you liked the visuals in this quote, you may like my paintings below:

Start-to-Finish Photo’s: Painting Abstract Underwater Scenes

I haven’t painted for a while as I’ve been concentrating more on my graphic design work. But a couple of weeks ago I felt the creative bug bite me in the derrier, I just had to get my hands dirty.

I recently watched My Octopus Teacher (I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet). It was filmed just around the corner from where I grew up. The spectacular cinematography got me all inspired. So without much ado, let me show you the photographic process of my double painting duo, “Tentacle Soiree“:

I had a really great time experimenting with the different metals and foils I used in these pieces. The finished paintings are below and available to purchase – just click on the picture below or HERE.

Thanks for coming with me on this octopuses garden journey!

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Prayer Flags of Hope Set to Soothe Community Anxiety

A recent initiative to rekindle hope and celebration in our beautiful community of Barrydale, South Africa, has resulted in 944 prayer flags being made by the children of our disadvantaged community along with residents and local artists alike.

In combination with this uplifting flag installation, the team at Net vir Pret worked with the University of the Western Cape and their Centre for Humanities Research to bring the world, Reboot Eden: Celebrating Ten Years of Puppetry in Barrydale.

Reboot Eden will be an online program of four new puppet performances that will be available online from the 16th -19th December 2020, so follow their Facebook account to tune in and watch these incredible life-size puppets in action!

The prayer flag committee first met early August of this year to brainstorm a way to bring the community together in a creative and positive way, and this is what transpired…

Article below published by News62 by journalist, Mickey Mentz.

Barrydale streets to be decorated with 944 Prayer Flags of Hope

Photo courtesy of Mickey Mentz, News62

They set out to create something positive, something artistic, something creative, something that the whole community could be involved in and as a result of an astounding group effort, 944 Prayer Flags of Hope will line the streets of Barrydale from 14 to 19 December.

The children and interns of charity orginisation Net vir Pret painted most of the flags under the guidance of their teacher, Cherie Dirksen, while the rest of the contributions came from local artists, businesses and villagers.

In fact, to illustrate just how village-focused this initiative became, we can today reveal that radio presenter turned axe-man Rueben “the screwman” Hart serves on the hanging committee.

Earlier this year Rueben played his axe in the Dung Beetle and Country Pumpkin restaurants and he is now part of the flag hanging committee that will in charge of decorating the Karoo Art Hotel and other places of interest.

The project is the brainchild of the prime genial Mez Karoo Kitchen owner Michelle Berry who, during the early days of lockdown, rediscovered a box of prayer flags she had made for a Barrydale in Bloom celebration of years gone by.

She instinctively knew it would be of great value and relevance as the world entered a strange space in time.

With her foresight a group of about 40 people united and focused their energy on sending out a message of optimism during the most uncertain winter in human history.

“A prayer flag has a positive connotation and during this time we thought it would be appropriate to do something that brings hope and reminds of the dreams we have,” said Michelle.

She was quick to point out that everyone she had approached to help with this idea had jumped at the chance to contribute. One of the first persons was Cherie and subsequently her under privileged art students became involved.

From sometimes unsung heroes at Net vir Pret like Herman Witbooi and Clarisa Esau to seaming sensations Richard Panaino and Katye Lovegrove, the willingness to contribute was overwhelming.

Businesses support worthy cause: Picture: Cherie Dirksen

Even the local poetry society pitched in and their work will form part of the 10 flags from the town’s artists that will be on display at the Karoo Art Hotel in what is a very fitting reminder that the Barrydale Art Meander will also be in full swing during this time.

“It was a real community effort and we owe a lot of gratitude for a lot of people,” Michelle added.

She highlighted that a donation of table runner material by Arran Bastable of Barrydale Hand Weavers was very generous indeed and with the contribution from Colour Screen Fabric Paint in Cape Town they were all set for action.

As always, Ant Chidrawi of The Hub also contributed in his unique way by providing stencil work at no charge.

Flags of Remembrance

He will be missed. Gari Crawford. Picture: Facebook

Just a few weeks prior to the finalisation for the Prayer Flags of Hope, Net vir Pret and the community of Barrydale suffered a huge loss when beloved and respected music teacher Gari Crawford passed away following a stroke.

Gari had just completed a compilation of 10-years of music Net vir Pret created as part of their annual Puppet Parade.

“There was a general consensus that we wanted this project to be about hope and celebration of last 10 years of Net vir Pret, but we did not expect this sad setback,” Cherie explained.

Cherie made it her task to ensure that that flags representing the love that exists for the mentor Gari were created and that in doing so, the music maestro’s life would be celebrated.

She fought off her tears when she explained just how moving this final tribute to a much loved turned out to be.

A final tribute to the inspirational Gari Crawford. Picture: Cherie Dirksen

Flags can become part of annual event(s)

Due to Covid related reasons the annual Puppet Parade was cancelled, although some of the the puppets that donned the streets of Barrydale over a decade will be on display in pre recorded puppet shows that will be broadcast online at certain times as part of the Barrydale Art Meander (BAM).

The 944 Prayer Flags of Hope that were created will be sold in bundles of 20 from the Magpie Art Gallery on December 19 and should any of these reasonably priced items go unsold, they will be utilised for 2021 celebrations.

All proceeds wil go to Net vir Pret.

Michelle noted that the flags will not be expensive and that Cherie might as well brace herself for the pressure related to producing such great volumes of excellence.

Inspirational Prayer Flags of Hope

Cherie unofficially confirmed that they would double the number of hand crafted flags next year and fully supported the idea of creating these decorative gems annually.

“I was taken aback with Michelle’s idea and I immediately thought this could become a yearly event.”

“What a lovely theme for attracting tourism back to Barrydale. It is something positive, something artistic, something creative, something that a whole community can be involved with.”

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Article by Mickey Mentz and published on News62

Now wouldn’t it be great if YOU could start a prayer flag initiative in YOUR community? Let prayer flags and messages of love, hope and unity go viral globally!

Below you’ll find some more pictures of the giant puppets and some of the flags that will be on display:

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Cherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can follow Cherie on Facebook(The Art of Empowerment — for article updates). She has an official art Facebook page (Cherie Roe Dirksen – for new art updates). You can also check out her Facebook band page at Templeton Universe.

This article (Prayer Flags of Hope Set to Soothe Community Anxiety) was originally written for and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author Cherie Roe Dirksen

Relax: Let Me Take the Stress Out of Your Holiday Shopping

  • Are you in an area affected by limited shopping avenues?
  • Do you feel like you want to avoid any unnecessary stress or outdoor trips this festive season?
  • Concerned about how to get your Christmas shopping done?
  • Looking for unique, tailor-made gifts for that someone special?

I’d like to share my Christmas 2020 catalogue with you.

With unbelievable savings this Black Friday, all you’ve got to do is point, click and get ready to receive your delivery!

And you get to feel all warm and fuzzy inside as supporting products like this is supporting independent artists like myself 🙂 PLUS the fact that all products are made to order and not in bulk, reducing the festive carbon footprint exponentially.

Let’s start off with prints. Get a whopping 41% off when you buy 5 or more metal prints at Displate — I have a great selection to choose from:

Here are some fun and funky ideas for the babes, kids and tweens in your life — from Llamageddon comforters, Ninja Santa backpacks to Mary Christmas and Santa Claus jigsaw puzzles:

            

                     

For more gift ideas, please click HERE.

Here are some gift ideas for that special lady in your life; be it your gran, mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, colleague or friend. Spoil her with something different:

                                                                    

See more products you may like by clicking here.

It’s really hard to buy for the men in our lives, isn’t it? Here are some unique gift ideas for those grandpas and distant uncles you see once a year. Or perhaps it’s closer to home; your fathers, husbands, brothers, friends and fellow workers:

                                                                                            

Need some more shopping inspiration? Click here 🙂

And, lastly, you’re going to need some gift bags and Christmas cards!

           

Don’t forget that tea towels make great wrapping paper too (and a little extra gift!)

 

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed this years collection selection and may it take some of the legwork out of your Christmas shop this year.

 

Art Process: The Making of ‘Sister Africa’

Here is a start to finish process of my latest illustration, ‘Sister Africa’ – a tribute to the beauty of the people, flora and fauna of South Africa.

And the finished product:

You can get all sorts of prints and products of this artwork by clicking HERE or on the picture above.

 

Growing Food Gives You Hope

It’s spring in the Karoo and I did all my vegetable seed planting yesterday before the last of the winter rain hits. I love getting my hands in the dirt, it’s a very grounding, calming experience. Do you grow your own veg? Here’s why I think you should…

Right click to download for free as wallpaper for your device 🙂

If you would like a greeting card of this, click here. I also have kitchen prints for sale here. And let’s not forget the gardening aprons! You can get those here.

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What Can Roses Teach Us About Boundaries?

Natures True Beauty

The roses in my garden 🙂

We have the most gorgeous roses in my little Karoo garden. We have red rose topiaries that flank our driveway. These roses (see pic to your right and below) are so red that they actually hurt your eyes when you stare at them too long.

I set out to sketch these roses for a design idea I had for my store.

What stood out for me was that these beautiful roses had massive, massive thorns.

Big ones and little ones — so you can’t even think of touching them. And to pick them, you’d have to don some serious gloves!

Beauty and Boundaries

It got me thinking.

Such fragile and glorious flowers but you can’t touch them…lol. Nature has a great sense of humour!

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s natures way of protecting this grand creation.

After all, if roses weren’t so thwart with sharp sticky outy bits, we’d probably desecrate rose bushes instead of letting them be and leaving the admiration to pure sight — look, don’t touch.

Roses have some pretty strong boundaries.

Our Own Thorns

This is the design I came up with 🙂 For a limited time only, you can get these cushions for $20.83 when you buy 2 or more.

We, as human beings, can be pretty prickly too sometimes.

Occasionally, it takes the care of someone handling us with gloves and taking the time to have proper pruning sheers before they can get to us 😉

Through whatever experience we’ve gone through in our lives, we can sprout thorns on demand when we feel in danger of being torn down or stomped on. Perhaps even when we feel threatened by our own beauty (inner or outer) that can shine out and attract unwanted energy or attention.

It’s a thorny issue (corny, I know).

Some people may call us bitches or bastards for this inherent trait but, upon reflection, I think it could be nature’s very own way of helping us to set boundaries when our innate is telling us someone or something is not serving us. Or, possibly, we could be in very real danger, whether it is emotional or physical.

Sometimes thorns are needed.

My roses seem to be telling me to trust my innate sense of wisdom, it’s there for a reason. Or maybe they’re telling me I’m a prick.

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6 Reasons to Garden Your Anxiety Away

“There is an unspoken communication between you and the natural kingdom.”

Lockdown Blues

Yep, we’ve probably all experienced the Groundhog Day phenomenon at some point this year. What comes with boredom, isolation, worry and stress is a copious amount of anxiety, right?

I’ve had my ups and downs during the whole COVID-19 experience.

What kept me sane was (and is) my garden.

Relief is Green

I can’t express enough how therapeutic being in the garden is. If you don’t have a garden, being in a park or in a forest or trail will boost those positive endorphins just as much.

Get out as often as you can.

Gardening Aprons $20

Here’s why:

  1. Fresh air — especially mask-free fresh air. Go somewhere where you can safely breathe as nature intended (preferably where there are lots of oxygen making trees). Oxygen livens the cells in your body, giving you a vital boost.
  2. Exercise — whether you’re gardening or walking in nature, you’re getting the blood flowing. Extremely important for combating depression or a growing couch-potato waistline! Healthy exercise also distracts you from cravings or snacking through boredom.
  3. Well-Being — Communing with nature gives you a much greater sense of aliveness, grounding and vitality. If I’ve been chugging away behind a computer screen for a couple of hours and I go out into my garden for some respite, it only takes a couple of minutes before I feel my stress melting away. If you are working, make sure to take your lunch hour outdoors, even if you sit under a tree for 15 minutes.
  4. Connectivity — when you garden and get your hands in the dirt, you are connecting with the earth, she feels you. There is an unspoken communication between you and the natural kingdom. I talk to the insects, the birds and my plants. You may think I’m crazy but it feels good to me and I feel connected to everything when I’m out there with grit underneath my fingernails. If you don’t have a garden, start a patio garden. If you don’t have a patio, start a windowsill garden. To grow is to believe in the future.
  5. Problem Solving — I often find that when I’m in my garden, solutions arrive as quick as you can blink. Whenever I feel challenged about something, I turn to my garden, or a walk in the countryside. There’s nothing better to clear your mind and let in all the helpful ideas.
  6. Inspiration — then there’s the motivational factor. I don’t have enough hours in the day to get out all the creativity I glean from being outdoors. There is a wealth of ingenuity out there to be plucked from the ether.

Speaking of which, it was a couple of months ago — when I was navel gazing and felt at a loss as to where my career was heading — that I stumbled upon the idea to get designing. Now, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m primarily a paint and canvas type of artist. I’ve not delved into the world of design fully and whole-heartedly, not yet anyway.

I felt now was my chance.

My Little Karoo Garden

My inspiration? You guessed it! My garden.

I’ve been having a ball walking through my garden, getting inspirations for designs. So much so that I even opened a store of my own, especially dedicated to my life in the garden. I’ve called it “My Little Karoo Garden“. It’s got a real ‘African’ edge to it 🙂 Dung beetles et al!

I hope this bloggy blurb has inspired you to get outdoors more often and to even get planting! Gardeners always have something to look forward to. I’d really like to hear your gardening stories — how does being in nature inspire you?

If you want to take a stroll through my store, click the logo to your right 🙂 I’d love to know what you think. It’s still in the beta stage but I’ll be adding new designs as they flow in.

Don’t forget to hit the follow button in the sidebar!

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Creating a Forest Getaway in Your Lounge

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One of my favourite places to be is in a forest. How about you?

The comfort of being surrounded by trees, the freshness of the oxygenated air, the coolness kissing your skin, the aroma of organic mulch and the sound of a trickling stream.

Nothing like it.

It’s rejuvenating, refreshing and lets you truly feel your innate connectivity to Gaia. Thing is, not all of us can get to stroll through a forest every day.

This is the reason why I love to create woodland scenes on canvas. It’s my bit of escapism into an imaginary world of forest fantasy. Below is my latest painting called, ‘FOREST CHARM‘.

I’ve tried to capture all of the above-mentioned forest characteristics using a cool, pastel palette. I hope it evokes some of the pleasures of the woods for you.

The original is for sale at Saatchi Art (click here). I also have prints of all shapes and sizes available to fit every budget at Redbubble (click here).

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“FOREST CHARM”

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Acrylic and Oil Pastel on Canvas Board

Anticipation Frustration: New Music Video for Templeton Universe!

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Indie Rock Awakening Song

We’ve got a new music video for our song, ‘Anticipation Frustration‘ off our album, Headspace (you can check it out HERE). This is one of my personal favourites, especially to perform live 🙂

Aniticipation Frustration is about having an awakening experience. Getting a massive slap in the face about the nature of reality and the part we play in it. It’s about the yearning for a massive shift in perspective for humanity and the planet.

Here is the video:

Here are some more of our videos:

Disenchanted? This Music Video from Indie Band TEMPLETON UNIVERSE Says it All!

A Song Dedicated to Anne Frank

Latest Release: Templeton Universe (my band) has a New Video for ‘Weatherman’

A local Capetonian filmmaker did most of the video clips, she is really talented (Taryn Elliot – her website in the list below).

A big thank you to the video footage provided by the filmmakers at Pexels — you guys rock!:

Taryn Elliot (www.peanutbuttervisuals.com)
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Molnar Alex
Joao Adao
Magda Ehlers
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Ricardo Esquivel
Caleb Oquendo
Gam Ol
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Going Digital with Flare

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I’ve been really getting into drawing on my tablet recently. It’s great fun and a good way to be productive away from the confines of an office, studio or sitting behind a computer. I get creative sitting out in the garden or while I’m hanging ten with a cup of tea.

But is it cheating?

The Artist Debates

A lot of people in the artistic community feel that digital painting/drawing is basically cheating.

Well, yes and no.

I don’t think anything can replace the energy, vibrancy and feel of original art painted with real, genuine paint! But I do, as an acrylic and mixed media artist, feel a certain freedom on the tablet.

For one, there’s no mess. No mixing of paint or scrambling to find that sharpener for your blunt 3B pencil. I absolutely love that perk! But I also like the zoom and extensive texture features. You can experiment and really take details to new dizzying heights.

In saying that, I will never stop physically painting. I sometimes like the grotty side of it and getting to smeer paint onto canvas with my bare hands and play with metals and different materials.

However, digital painting is a great tool and can get you to explore and discover new techniques and avenues without expense or time constraints.

The Water Nymph

This  is my latest digital artwork, all drawn by hand, called, “The Water Nymph“(right).

Pop in at my online shop to see, “The Water Nymph“, on lots of cool and beguiling products – click HERE. I have listed a few of the product designs below too. Let me know what you think 😉

Good to Know

Did you know that RedBubble is a print on demand shop where products are made one at a time reducing over-production? They are carbon neutral, have safe working conditions and a small footprint. There are 70+ high-quality products that are made in the most responsible ways possible. Plus you are supporting a global community of artists.

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, right?

Baboons: A Thrilling Tale of Chaos and the Art of Alchemy

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Most of you may know, I live in South Africa where, of course, wildlife is abundant. Especially a particular type of mischievous (as well as dangerous) primate called a baboon.

You may even recall an incident I had many years back which involved me, a tub of butter and an alpha male baboon. You can recap on who won that particular battle here: The Baboon and the Butter — Part 1 .

I moved away from Welcome Glen in Cape Town, where baboons terrorized the locals, to start my sustainable living adventure here in Barrydale. Barrydale didn’t have the baboon problems of where I’d come from. Or so I thought.

Yes, I was insanely wrong about that.

Although we had a peaceful first four years, things started to change rapidly once I started a successful fruit and veg garden.

Utter Ruin

I got hit hard by a solid week of visitations by troops of baboons in December 2019, and the truth hit hard too.

I had beautiful crops of almost ripe onions (which take around 6 months to grow), potatoes, apricots, apples, almonds, peppers and Swiss chard. They didn’t stand a chance. The baboons ravaged my crops in minutes. I was devastated after putting in so much hard work, as you can well imagine.

To add insult to injury, they don’t even eat chard or peppers but they pulled it all out and left it on the ground. Pfft.

Problem vs Solution

Needless to say I was livid and despondent. I don’t wish any animal harm, so I would never hurt them but I  couldnt see a way out of this gigantic problem. Someone suggested I give up my dream of an edible garden. No way, Jose. I’m probably a sucker for punishment but I can’t do that either.

After an excessive period of feeling incredibly sorry for myself, I decided to try and find a way to alchemize this situation. Here’s what I came up with:

  • Baboons aren’t all bad. Yes, they’re smelly, destructive and deadly dangerous with massive fangs and no fear for women (known fact look it up. Utterly sexist little maruading bastards). However, they are very amusing amidst the mayhem. I’ve had many a giggle watching them frolick in their troops, play daredevil on the R62 with oncoming traffic and torment the tourists by grabbing their freshly acquired snacks in an ambush.
  • Their babies are incredibly cuuuuuuute. Ag vooitog (Afrikaans for ‘Oh bless’ or something like that).
  • I can’t think of a third plus but let’s just say the world wouldn’t be the same without a bumbling band of baboons!

After my above conclusions I decided to:

  • Concentrate on growing things they don’t eat like herbs, green spinach, beans, chili’s, peas, lettuce, etc. They seem to prefer root vegetables. They also didn’t touch my grenadillas or my gooseberries, which I found strange but somewhat comforting.
  • Make myself laugh rather than cry. After reminiscing on all the funny moments they have provided, I came up with ‘ZenBoon’.

The Zenboon Revelation

I’ve decided to put pen to paper, brush to canvas, digipen to screen and I’m drawing my cheeky little friends in an attempt to shed a more humorous light on the whole ordeal. The idea of a Zen baboon is ludicrous and certainly dichotomous (A word that irrelevantly rhymes with hipopotamous). However, these monkeys have gained mastery over mischief. Aka ZenBoon is born, my way of alchemizing my low-lying mood.

So, my lesson in all this is don’t let it (insert your problem here 😉) get you down, let it get you thinking ANEW. You always have a choice.

Here are two designs I have already come up with below, I hope you like them ☺🐒 These crazy fella’s are available on all sorts of products from posters to shower curtains (see below). You can see the full shop scope here and here.

   

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BAM 2019: Come Visit Me At My Studio This Weekend!

I’ve decided to join the BAM (Barrydale Art Meander) event this year and open my studio to the public 🙂

If you are in the Barrydale area between the 13th-16th December 2019 and you want to pop in and have a cuppa while perusing some art, please contact me on whatsapp – 084 245 0821 or e-mail me at: cheriedirksen@yahoo.com. Viewing is by appointment only.

There is a lot going on over this weekend in the picturesque and arty town of Barrydale, so bring your walking shoes and camera! Programs are available at the Magpie Art Collective, 27 Van Riebeeck Road, Barrydale.

See the posters below for the wild and exciting BAM events:

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Some of my available art you will see in my studio include:

Cherie Roe Dirksen pictured here with her painting Zebra Code - South African Artist Art

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White Poppy Painting Original Painting by south african artist, Cherie Roe Dirksen

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      White Poppy Painting Original Painting by south african artist, Cherie Roe Dirksen

See you there!

And if you won’t be able to make it in the flesh, you can view my portfolio at Saatchi Art.  If you’re in South Africa, please visit Bid or Buy for prices in rands.

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It’s Colour Therapy Time! Download This FREE Pic Today

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I’ve been working on some new colouring doodles and wanted to share this one with you.  Just click on the image, right click and save, then you can print it out as many times as you like or colour it in on your device (the free app Sketchbook works for me). All I ask is that you do not resell this image or change the image in any way, it is for your personal use only. The image is copyrighted.

It should keep you or the little ones busy for a while 😉

If you enjoyed coloring this, then maybe you’ll like my Mandala Colouring Book, click on the picture below – it’s an instant download/printable – and you can get colouring straight away! Did you know that colour therapy is proven to reduce stress and anxiety? You’ll find everything you need to know about the impacts of colouring and your health in the introduction of this book:

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Is Assumption Destroying Your Relationship?

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One of the Most Poignant Taboos

I would like to delve into the ‘spiritual taboos‘ – maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe you haven’t.  Either way, they are significant enough to address (or re-address as the case may be).

These are concepts put across through the masterful words and teachings, derived from Toltec wisdom, of Don Miguel Ruiz

He sweetened them up by calling them the ‘4 Agreements’ whereas I have used the word ‘taboo’ as a mere marketing ploy to attract your attention.  As shameful as that is, I did it with the noblest of intentions.  We need to hear this – over and over if that be the case.

“To ‘sin’ is to go against your self or to ‘miss the mark’.”

Before we start with these tantalizing taboos, I want to address what it means to sin.  To ‘sin’ is to go against your self or to ‘miss the mark’.  So, go easy on yourself if you see that you have been performing or have been lured into the web of some of these sticky concepts.

Guidelines Along Your Path 

You are on a path to enlightenment (consciously or unconsciously — preferably the former) and when you embark on such a journey you need a basis of comparison.

We have chosen this particular journey into the realms of the soul, so acknowledge your choices and correct them if it suits you.  These guidelines are merely a way to steer you to counter balance your integrity if you do ‘miss the mark’.

The key is to be aware at all times and to realign when you need to.  Oh and did I forget to say FORGIVE yourself if you slip?  These taboos are difficult to master but they can be mastered.  When the seed has been planted as to what they are, it will be up to you – consciously or, sometimes, unconsciously – to water them into fruition.

Assumption — A Deal Breaker!

In this article we are going to address the one spiritual taboo called ‘assumption’.  It is a much overlooked and yet one of the most predominantly adopted characteristic of modern-day society.

A more lighthearted look at this word sees the word ‘ass’ ‘u’ and ‘me’…”

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To assume is to not be in full command of truth or fact.  When we assume something we try to interpret, through sometimes limited knowledge or resources, what the truth might be.  We then run with this perceived outcome, sometimes even starting to believe it to be factual without proof.  It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?  It is.

A more lighthearted look at this word sees the word ‘ass’ ‘u’ and ‘me’.  How succinct, seeing as assuming does normally make an ass out of one or both parties.

Alas, all humour aside, it is something we do too frequently without much thought of the consequences of our minds presumptuous actions.  This is not only dangerous but it is a detrimental factor in limiting us in relationships and with life in general.

Our minds are powerful, this is something most of us know and are starting to quantumly comprehend, so when you mentally construct a truth and play it out over and over in your mind you can either

(a) entirely convince yourself of it’s truth or

(b) bring that scenario into play in reality – in other words, give form to your thought (Law of Attraction).

“When we assume we are potentially shutting a door to further knowledge or clarification.”

Assumptions cloud our discernment and play on our fears.  When we assume we are potentially shutting a door to further knowledge or clarification.

Assumption at Work

Let’s say you assume your husband is having an affair because he has lipstick on his collar.  You do not confront him, fearing the truth to be what you imagine.  You start to treat him differently, as if you are positive that his activities are dubious.  He has no idea why you are acting this way.

Cold shoulders and snide remarks rule the roost.  This could go on for days, weeks or even, God forbid, turn into years of total distrust if it goes unconfronted.  There could be so many reasons and outcomes to this situation but let’s take a look at just three potentials:

  1.  He was having an affair
  2. A lady bumped into him whilst he was travelling in a lift leaving a trace of her lipstick on the side of his collar
  3.  If the latter was the case – you could have irreparably alienated your husband and driven him into the arms of another through your assumptions and unfounded suspicions.   So in this case, you have actually given form or materialized the original fear based on an assumption that was not the truth.  You have forced the undesired outcome.

“Any situation can be resolved.  You never choose any experience in this life without there being a solution.  The only thing standing in your way is your perception of what you want the outcome to look like. “

Don’t assume.  You will undoubtedly pay the consequences.

Always ask.  Communication is one of the keys to living in your integrity.  Always steer yourself towards the light of truth, no matter how hard the truth may be.  Burying the truth will always lead to more pain eventually.

Any situation can be resolved.

You never choose any experience in this life without there being a solution.  The only thing standing in your way is your perception of what you want the outcome to look like.  Sometimes only time can tell whether something serves us or not.

Assumption can lead to a lot of unwarranted unhappiness.  Ever heard of ‘stewing in your own juices’?  Don’t do it!  Rather get to the core of the situation – the source, the truth.

What’s the Alternative then? 

An exercise to try out would be to identify and stop yourself when you are assuming something (big or small).  See if there are any alternatives to your assumptions.  In other words, we often tend to gravitate towards being more negative with our assumptions.

An example would be:

Your friend hasn’t called you in ages, she normally phones you regularly.  You assume she no longer likes you or you have said something to offend her when in fact there may be several reasons for her lack of communication – none of them even involve you!

“You form ideas based on it (assumption) and then your neural pathways fix and that idea becomes your ‘reality’.”

So, try to either get the facts or quell the desire to reach an assumed conclusion.  When you go into this more deeply you will begin to unravel a lot of ‘baggage’ that your mind sets up through the act of assumption.  You form ideas based on it and then your neural pathways fix and that idea becomes your ‘reality’.

Harmful ‘Petty’ Assumptions

Let’s say that you see your neighbour shouting at his children.  You assume that he has anger issues and that he is a bad father.

The truth of the matter may be that you have just caught him on an incredibly stressful day –  he could be father of the year for all you know – but there you have made a mental construct, not through years of getting to know him, but through a momentary reaction that has now tainted your view of his personality and parental skills.

You may even do further damage and air your opinions about him to others leading to an even greater adverse effect on his reputation based on your unfounded assumptions.

“If you can just come to the realization that you are assuming you can begin to change it…” 

Now, how often do we do this?  If you can just come to the realization that you are assuming – become conscious of this behavioral pattern in yourself – you can begin to change it and in doing so you can save yourself a lot of anguish that, more often than not, leads to so much heartache and misunderstanding.

What stories of assumption can you identify with and tell us about?  Are there any you are making now and don’t know how to stop?  Share your experiences and feel free to ask any questions.

If you liked this article and you want to start really anchoring a new positive future, you may consider starting a gratitude journal. Every day write something you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. You’ll see your life start to change when you focus on the positive!

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Crafty Kids: Making Robots Out of Tin Cans and Recycling

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I run the craft class in my local youth upliftment center (it’s called ‘Net vir Pret‘ which is Afrikaans for ‘Just for Fun‘). We mainly use recycled material (aka household trash) for our projects.

I’ve had so much interest with people visiting the class that I decided to share what we do with the world. I get a kick out of these classes and what’s possible to make out of waste, I hope it inspires you to do the same and it’s a great project to do with the kids during school vacations.

There’s nothing more important, in my mind, than a child who is encouraged to use their imagination and creative expression. And to couple that with using rubbish to produce fun and quirky creations, well, that’s just a bonus!

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So, in today’s blog, we made robots. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A glue gun.
  2. Cans (we used beer/soda cans for the arms and legs and tuna cans for the feet and head).
  3. A 2l water bottle for the body. Hint: use an eco-brick as it gives it more weight and you recycle more rubbish! Find out what an eco-brick is and how to make an eco-brick in my article: Eco Bricks Just Might Help Save the Planet and YOU Can Start Yours Today!
  4. Acrylic craft paint and brushes. You have to use acrylic paint or spray-paint for it to stick to the bottle and to last. OPTIONAL: use an acrylic varnish for sealing and protecting once you’ve finished painting.
  5. Bottle caps, plastic spoons, etc (for accessories, eyes, ears, etc). The sky and your imagination are the limit here!

To begin, take your glue gun and make the structure of the body by gluing the arms, legs, feet, head and any other accessories you want to use.

Paint.

It’s as simple as that and your kids are going to love it!

Here are some photo’s of my students in action (to find out more about Net vir Pret click here) 🙂

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10 Peculiar Pigments That’ll Turn Your Stomach!

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Most of us take color for granted — from the rainbow spectrum of the flashiest Pink Floyd t-shirt to the electric blue Slurpee you are drinking. Let’s not forget the paint used in the most beautiful master artworks such as Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ or Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’.

Most paints or dyes come from organic pigments made from natural, inorganic (chemical reactions) or synthetic organic (petrochemicals) sources.

However, did you know that the origins of some of our most beloved hues came from the most insane things? Some deadly, some just plain revolting.

Tyrian Purple. I am wondering if Tyrion Lannister (a rich and somewhat powerful character from the popular HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’) perhaps got his name from a color called Tyrian purple. Tyrian purple denoted power and wealth, used by both the Greeks and the Romans. It was difficult to make, cost an absolute fortune and involved using the secretion from thousands of Murex snails.

Although, it may have been a status symbol for royals and wealthy folk, on-lookers may have had to clutch their noses. Why? The clothing — dyed in a mixture of mucus membranes from mollusks behinds — retained a bit of an unpleasant, pungent odor. It just shows you; ‘designer’ clothing is not all it is cracked up to be!  Read more here…

Tyrian purple is, much to the mollusk community’s appreciation and to the public’s relief, no longer in production.

Blood and Urine. I had to put this thrifty artist on the list because, well, his methods are just so avant-garde. Make sure you have a bucket on hand as what you are about to read may entice a gag reflex.

Vinicius Quesada, a street artist from Brazil, uses blood and urine with which to paint. His art, although very impressive and comes with a strong message, has a rather sinister dark red and dirty yellow hue owing to his choice of pigments. He is adamant that he uses his own blood in his creations, insisting that fans who offer to bestow their own blood to use in his work rather donate to blood banks and hospitals. Suffice it to say, look up his series titled, ‘Blood Piss Blues’ — it is actually pretty amazing considering his macabre palette. Read more here…

Carmine Red. Carmine is a deep red color obtained from the carminic acid produced by certain scale insects (such as the cochineal and the Polish cochineal beetle). Read more here…

What may turn the stomach of most vegans, vegetarians and the slightly squeamish, is it is still being used in the manufacture of paints, rouge (blusher to the Western folk), yogurt, various other types of cosmetics, food and beverage additives (check those labels, my hippie friends!), and crimson ink.

Scheele’s Green. Green wallpaper could have killed Napoleon Bonaparte. He died in his prison home, Longwood, in St Helena in 1821 — a home kitted out in lethal green wallpaper. This toxicity was due to the deadly arsenic found in the green pigment. Jessica Haslam described this pigment as the ‘accidental killer’ in Deadly Décor: A Short History of Arsenic Poisoning in the Nineteenth Century. It is enough to make anybody a little green around the gills. Read more here…

Scheele’s Green (discovered in 1775 by Carl Scheele) was a very popular décor color in the mid-19th century (read more here). As oil lamps replaced the common candle, it became more fashionable to adopt darker colors for walls as domestic lighting became brighter. Grace Elliot, a historical blogger, went on to estimate that in 1858 there were 100 million squares miles of green wallpaper in Britain alone. Uses of this pigment included the making of fake flowers and as food coloring until the discovery of its harmfulness.

Orpiment Yellow (King’s Yellow). Up until the end of the 19th Century, a mineral found in volcanic fumaroles (an opening in or near a volcano) was a major source of the orange pigment called orpiment (from the Latin auripigmentum (aurum, “gold” and pigmentum, “pigment”) (Read more here).

Unfortunately, it had a major health drawback — arsenic. Yes, arsenic has made its second appearance in this list.

This mineral bore a strong resemblance to gold. It is little wonder then that alchemists flirted with orpiment, which they believed could be a component to the much sought after Philosophers Stone (which, as we all well know thanks to J. K. Rowling, was a source of longevity as well as turning base metal into gold). Read more here…

Clearly, this noxious yet appealing pigment was a source of great allure to alchemists and artists alike. Paolo Veronese painted his ‘Allegory of love – happy union’ (about 1575) using the toxic King’s yellow (another name for orpiment). This work is on display at The National Gallery in the United Kingdom. Read more here…

Mummy Brown. No kidding with this one — so, brace yourself! Ground up Egyptian mummies (not the bandages, to be clear, the actual flesh) were used to produce a certain popular brown pigment called, ‘Mummy Brown’. It is even believed that the French artist Eugene Delacroix and his emancipating artwork ‘Liberty Leading the People’ — made popular as the CD cover of Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ album — used Mummy Brown in this creation.

Shockingly, ground mummy, believed to have healing attributes (from epilepsy to stomach ailments) and/or supernatural powers, became a popular form of medicine and balm. Fuel for steam engines and crop fertilizer also were some of its many uses (read more here).

Mercifully, the mummies dried up around the early 20th century and the practice stopped.

Dragon’s Blood Red. The deep, dark red color that is Dragon’s Blood comes with a whacky origins story. Okay, the short version: According to a medieval tale, a dragon and an elephant walked into a bar; have a bit of a scrap and the mixture of their liquid life force makes the ‘Dragon’s Blood’ pigment. Capeesh — well not quite…

Here is the full version:

 “[Elephants] have continual warre against Dragons, which desire their blood, because it is very cold: and therefore the Dragon lying awaite as the Elephant passeth by, windeth his taile, being of exceeding length, about the hinder legs of the Elephant, and when the Elephant waxeth faint, he falleth down on the serpent, being now full of blood, and with the poise of his body breaketh him: so that his owne blood with the blood of the Elephant runneth out of him mingled together, which being colde, is congealed into that substance which the Apothecaries call Sanguis Draconis, that is Dragons blood, otherwise called Cinnabaris.”

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It was quite obviously a yarn spun to add flavor (and gold coins) to the merchandise.

Dragon’s Blood actually comes from plant resin — a group of tropical trees called dragon trees to be more specific. The substance has great health benefits, most commonly used for digestive health, as well as being a pigment used in incense, dye and paint (read more here).

However, tales of dragons and pachyderms does still excite the imagination.

Menses. Some may think this is another ‘reach for the bucket’ moment but when you see the painting in question of a certain POTUS, you may just forgo the grossness in lieu of a quiet chuckle at the irony. Enterprising artist, Sarah Levy, gives Vinicius Quesada a run for his money with her rendition of President Trump called ‘Whatever’ painted with her menstruation blood.

The painting is a reference to the present Commander in Chief saying moderator Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” during the first GOP primary debate (read more here).

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Therefore, we can probably add Menses Maroon to our palettes…period.

Indian Yellow. Indian Yellow is believed to have originated in Monghyr, India during the 15th century. To create the color, cows ate an exclusive diet of mango leaves and water. Dark yellowish brown lumps formed in the sand after the cows urinated. These ‘lumps’ were collected, powdered and purified to produce the pigment.

This inhumane diet reduced the cow’s longevity, leaving the bovine near starving and in pain due to the leaves’ toxicity, exponentially making ‘Indian yellow’ another cruel anecdote of humanity’s lust for hue at any cost. Mercifully, the practice was abolished and it disappeared around 1908. You can still get a modern substitute paint under the name ‘Indian Yellow’.

Read more here…

Elephant Dung Brown. The numero uno pigment peculiar has to be pachyderm poop. Now the reason I slotted this in as the pinnacle colorant is that a painting — that was created from elephant dung — sold for a staggering $4.6 million at Christies London in 2015 (read more here).

Yes, Turner-prize winning artist, Ofili, and his rather dubious depiction of ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’ caused controversy but also made him a man whose experimental and winningly excremental art has fertilized the minds of many.

I hope you enjoyed this intriguing yet disturbing list — may it entice you to read food labels more thoroughly and pique your interest in the titillating world of art and color derivatives.

Written by Cherie Roe Dirksen

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Templeton Universe Get Blitz Review!

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We were REALLY happy to receive this amazing review from the team at Blitz Radio USA last week! There are a few phrases in this that I’d like to have etched onto our tombstones!!! 🙂

You can read the review below:

Templeton Universe Makes Blitz Debut!

 

Today I had the distinct pleasure to hear a new sound that was a party to my ears! Michael of “Templeton Universe” reached out to Tom Slick to share a couple of their latest tracks and was I ever pleasantly surprised by what I heard! In a day where it seems most bands are trying to simply just be louder than everyone else comes a sound that harkens back to a time when radio sounded great. From South Africa,“Templeton Universe” has harmonies that would make the Beatles jealous. I say that with 100% confidence. Whatever it is this band is doing, they are certainly doing it right!

When we started Blitz Radio we cautiously entered the waters of indie music concerned we would be experiencing nothing more than bad “American Idol” of course that wasn’t the case, we had heard so many incredible artists over the last decade that makes mainstream music ashamed, as they should be. Instead of following their instincts to create the music in their hearts they sold out to the corporation to release noise that the industry calls music.

This is certainly NOT the case with “Templeton Universe” songwriter Michael Charles Dirksen aka Templeton...and his bass player Cherie Roe Dirksen have tapped into a magic rarely captured in today’s music. It is artists such as these who will become the saviors to the future of music. It is my sincere hope that to those who are turning on to music for the first time will discover that there’s something else out there besides the garbage that mainstream is selling them.

If you do one thing before the day is out, I ask you to give “Templeton Universe” a moment of your time, believe me, your ears will thank you. And once you’ve heard the harmonic sounds of this band you will be forever changed.

Tune in Thursday October 10, 2019 to the Morning Brew with Tom Slick and Arabella Fox, and you will be treated to “Never Seen” the first of two tracks will be showcasing. Monday we will be bringing to you the track, “Exhale”  from their albums, “Between Lies”  “Headspace” and Tom Slick promises you that you will have discovered a new band you didn’t even realize you couldn’t live without. The proof is in the listening, as I’ve lost count how many times I’ve now heard, “Never Seen” as it’s been on repeat while writing this article. Yeah, it’s just that good!

Read more HERE.

Thank you all at Blitz Radio for a great review and for the airplay!

You can follow them on Facebook HERE.

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Going Large: The Start-to-Finish Photo’s of Painting ‘Woodland Stream Gathering’

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It has always been a dream of mine to paint BIG. Although I have painted a few large scale paintings during the course of my career, I am now sold on the experience of painting big.

It’s really going to be my prime focus now as it was such an enjoyable (albeit daunting) project.

This painting was all about fantasy, magic, mystery and letting the imagination run riot.

Without further ado, here is the photo process of making ‘Woodland Stream Gathering’:

This was the start of the first layer.

The background trees now make an appearance — layer 1 of 3 layers of trees.

The second and third layer of trees is established. Now it’s time for detailed branches!

It’s hard work and my arm felt like lead weight.

Then came the stags (one is hiding behind the tree) — can you see it?

Now comes the details in the background and foreground (flowers and grass)

And lastly, the figures of the man, woman and child need to be brought out…

Here I am with the painting to show the size:

 

These were the photo’s I took during the painting process. Please see below for the finished ‘professional’ shots for more details 🙂 As you will see, the colour varies quite a bit according to time of day. In the photo’s below, the colour is more true to the original.

“Woodland Stream Gathering” by Cherie Roe Dirksen Acrylic on Canvas 120cm x 90cm

The original is for sale HERE

You can get prints of all sorts and products like blankets, bags, mugs, etc HERE

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Below is the Poetic Description of the piece:

Deep in the heart of the forest,
an interconnected trinity is anchored
as mother, father and child.
Reminding us of our connection to nature
and to each other.
The roots reach out underground,
forming an unbreakable lattice.
The branches reach upward,
towards the heavens
touching the sky and the moon itself.
The watering stream is where life is drawn,
from stag to dragonfly.
dipping in and out of the life-giving vein.
Ever flowing, moving and alive with vitality.
Poppies dance in the moonlight,
and hint at the fragile beauty
of the mysteries the natural realm emits.
Cloaked yet waiting for willing eyes to see.

Here are some close up details of the painting:

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Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed the painting process journey with me.

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Simulation Life on Earth: How to Play the Game

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Let me play devils advocate and say that we’re in a matrix or holographic universe. You can liken this to being in a computer game.

If you’ve ever engaged in a computer game, you know that you’re playing a game.

The only problem with our collective perceived reality is that we’ve forgotten we’re in the ‘game’.

Quiet time quote by cherie roe dirksenWhen you’re immersed in a computer game, you’re physical body is the ‘player’ and can be likened to the higher mind (or HQ). Your avatar body (the dude/dudette in the game) is like your physical body in the matrix taking commands from the ‘player’ of the game (or HQ in the spirit realm).

Your physical body in the game conceives of your moves ‘cause it has the ‘birds eye view’. Your avatar body within the game responds to the prompts from the physical body.

I think our HQ — in so called ‘reality’ — can see what’s ahead as it sits on the mountain (or in the etheric plane) and views the quickest route to any destination.

We, in the physical plane, only get to see what’s dead ahead  or in our peripherals and therefore can’t conceive (the job of HQ) of how we will get somewhere.

When the HQ sends down its ‘command’, we receive the prompt and take action through perceiving and playing the game.

We need quiet time — or meditation/nature time — because this is when the higher self can communicate the plan to you.

Volunteer or Victim?

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I think we volunteered to play this game of life. Through forgetting we are the players immersed in this virtual reality, we became ‘victims’.

There’s a BBC cult classic comedy called ‘Red Dwarf’ that I absolutely love. There are many didactic and philosophical moments to this series.

One of the best episodes was when they were playing a game called ‘Better Than Life’. They were wired up to the console and the computer read their deepest desires and then produced their realities from that.

Out of the four characters playing the game, one had his subconscious mind sabotage his happiness at every point. He could be likened to the majority of humanity. He believed deep down that he didn’t deserve ‘good things’ so his psyche would initially give him what he wanted but then would take it away in the most heinous and gruesomely inventive ways.

The game played out his every horror while the others were in their own personal heavens.

In conclusion, don’t you think it’s time to stop letting the game play you? Instead, you need to start playing the game!

If you liked this article and you want to start programming your game with positivity, you may want to consider starting a gratitude journal. Every day write something you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. You’ll see your life start to change when you focus on the positive!

Get your gratitude journal today (click on this link or the picture below) for yourself or for someone you know who’s starting out on a self-empowerment path and could use a bit of motivation!

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Cherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author/columnist, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment — for article updates). She has an official art Facebook page (Cherie Roe Dirksen – for new art updates). You can also check out her Facebook band page at Templeton Universe.

This article (How to Play the Game) was originally written for and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author Cherie Roe Dirksen and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons.

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Why Gratitude is Future Projecting a Positive Outcome

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If worry projects a negative future outcome then I think gratitude is its antithesis.

If you have insane gratitude for what has not even happened in your current NOW, you are investing positive, expectant energy into your future NOW. Read related article: Simply BE in Gratitude

Bursting at the Seams

gratitudeI recently had my hot water cylinder burst. Instead of having a hab-dab about it — I got on with boiling a kettle and doing the necessaries to carry on with my life (washing the bod and doing the dishes sort-of-thing).

The plumbers could only come out on the Monday and I had the weekend to look forward to with my new kettle-heating regime.

I actually had fun with it. I became outrageously grateful for having a kettle and running water. Even more gratitude flowed at the thought of a new, swanky hot water cylinder that was soon to be mine!

Give Yourself a Reason to be Happy

how to future project a better outcomeI also like the adage that things happen for a reason. When the plumbers left, they told us that they had to replace the pipes as they were not up to standard and would have created further problems.

I now have a new and working hot water system and it looks like we dodged a bullet that could’ve been an even bigger headache. I’m as pleased as punch.

No-one likes inconvenience but how about transforming even irritants into solutions and something to be happy about? Future project a positive outcome by being grateful for even those broken hallelujahs (read related article: Why Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Is The Ultimate Thanksgiving Song (You’ll Be Amazed By Its Meaning!)

If you liked this article, you may consider starting a gratitude journal. Every day write something you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. You’ll see your life start to change when you focus on the positive!

Get your gratitude journal today (click on this link or the picture below) for yourself or for someone you know who’s starting out on a self-empowerment path and could use a bit of motivation!

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How to Get Things Done and Create More Space for Things You Do Want

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Just Do It

Apart from the subtitle sounding like a Nike advert, never a truer word was spoken.

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We’re all faced with a pile of stuff from time to time (or all the time) that we just don’t want to face up to. Our back-burners have buckled under the weight of ‘to do’.

Trouble is, it can literally weigh us down (I know this sounds bizarre but as I clear out my sh*t, the more weight drops off) as well as figuratively — causing a weight on our shoulders.

I’m quite a neat person (although my husband would protest) and apart from being one of those anal Virgo’s, I’m also slightly OCD. However, I’m just as guilty as the rest in putting things off.

The other day I really noticed it in myself (the inner sloth). I was watering my garden and every flower bed I hit I found my inner dialogue repeating, ‘I must pull that weed out sometime‘ or ‘I must put that back, the wind blew it over‘ or ‘I need to re-pot that poor, dying plant‘.

This scenario may not seem like the end of the world to most but it’s representational of many little things that stack up to form avalanching mountains in our minds.

Back to the Garden Revelation

So, as I was clocking up a list of ‘to do’s’ in the garden I stopped. The inner voice said, ‘why don’t you do it now?’

What a novel idea!

There was another voice in my head that protested that I didn’t have the time now (that voice crops up a lot). I thought about it for a sec and then just bent down and pulled out a half a meter weed (one of those little ones that I kept on telling myself to pull that grew into a small tree).

And there is my ‘ta-daa’ revelation.

Just do it. Don’t think about it. Just DOOOOO it.

Other Applications

I started trying this ‘just do it‘ approach to many other things and was actually quite startled at how LITTLE time it truly takes. I’ve been putting things ‘straight’ as I see them now and — for goodness sake — why have I not done this before?

It really doesn’t take a lot of time to do smaller chores around the house, garden or office and when you act in the moment you save yourself a lot of time, bother and burden.

Maybe you do this already and I’m just a slow learner — kudos to you. But if you are a procrastinator that always delegates odd jobs to another time — I challenge you to the ‘just do it‘ system, see how it works for you.

The great benefit of this is it’s addictive — the more you ‘clear up’ and see how nice it looks, the more you want to achieve. It also clears space (headspace and clutter) so you can make room for more awesomeness to enter your life.

Go on, just do it!

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The Pastel Poppy Process (and Some Cracking Illiteration!)

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I haven’t done a ‘fly on the wall’ blog for ages, so I thought I’d show you the creative process behind my pastel poppy artwork called, Orange Poppies on Blue’. Yeah, I know…really original title. Named so because:

  1. the poppies are orange and,
  2. it’s been done on blue Canson pastel paper.

Where do I come up with these tantalizing, cryptic names?! lol…

It’s really interesting to see how the flower literally blooms on the paper, so without further blurb, here are the start-to-finish photo’s of my creative process.

The first step is always about planning and mapping it out…

Outline of the poppies in pencil.

Start filling in the gold swirly spiral patterns.

Laborious work.

Very laborious work…

Now it’s time to get to work on the poppies…

Blending…

Adding details… (clearly I had to do something at 6:30? But what was it…)

Almost there…

Maybe I had to finish it by 6:30?

And, finally, the artwork is done!

This piece was recently featured in the grand opening exhibition of Heart Space Studio. The original is part of my private collection but I do have lovely, high quality prints for you. Please click on the picture below to take you to the framed prints (beneath is a link to canvas prints and photographic prints if that’s more your thing).

Here’s the link to the canvas prints: ORANGE POPPIES ON BLUE CANVAS PRINTS (starting at $62)

Here’s the link to the photographic prints: ORANGE POPPIES ON BLUE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS (starting at $12)

Thanks for looking!

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