Eco Bricks Just Might Help Save the Planet and YOU Can Start Yours Today!

A small way to help with any community or town’s recycling challenges is a fantastic new thing (I’ve recently discovered via my facebook feed) called ECO BRICKS.

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Finding Beauty in Chaos Art Workshop and Soul Retreat

It's my great pleasure to announce my first art workshop! The workshop will take place between the 27th July 2018 and 29th July 2018. The event is going to be held at Ruth62 Guesthouse, Barrydale (see photo's below). Details of the course: This is an exclusive 3 day art and soul retreat for those of... Continue Reading →

Proudly Flaunting the Indigenous Protea!

As many of you may know, I'm South African. And, what you may also know is, our national flower is the beautiful Protea. I've been dabbling in painting (see painting on your right) these magnificent flowers and decided to start the new year off with a Designer Protea Product Line (below) — I hope you like... Continue Reading →

Quirky New Designs: Putting Pets to Good Use

Fur and Feathers My hubby and I recently adopted a new kitty, Tilly. She had 24 hours before she was going to be put down (yikes!). We never looked back. She's adorable, playful and just a breath of fresh (albeit energetic) air. She looks like she could be our other cats (Purdy) sister as they... Continue Reading →

Panspermia and Art: An Interesting Combination

‘Panspermia’ is made up of two Greek words — ‘pan’ (meaning ‘all’) and ‘spermia’ (meaning ‘seed’). Panspermia is a hypothesis that suggests that life exists throughout the universe and can be distributed via comets, meteorites, asteroids, etc. It is a theory that even Stephen Hawking subscribed to in a presentation about space in 2009, and... Continue Reading →

Make Money Creating Beautiful Recycled Goodies Today!

Garbage for Energy! I want to start this article off by giving Sweden a big pat on the back for being huge trend setters when it comes to effective recycled waste management. You can read more about their initiatives here: Sweden Is Recycling So Much Trash, It’s Running Out Turning Trash into Treasure I'm a big... Continue Reading →

Viva Vivaldi! Connecting Us to Intelligent Design Through Music (incl. Art Process Video)

Exploring Music and Tapping Into Meaning In my previous video blogs I explored a haunting tune from Bach (view HERE) and the enticing sounds of Debussy (view HERE) through drawing to their music and seeing what emerges onto my whiteboard (including the feelings that arose). Today, I immersed myself in the blooming, fresh sounds of Antonio Lucio... Continue Reading →

Photo’s: Painting the Extraordinary Life

New Ideas, New Life The first week of my move into the country in July 2014, I had this epiphany of a smorgasbord painting of delight! The image was so bright, vivid and clear in my mind's eye that I pondered it for weeks. I finally jotted down a rough sketch and waited for my opportunity... Continue Reading →

Out-of-the-Box Arty Outdoor DIY

Country Bumpkins Make Good See photo journal at the end of blog! Well, we're 2 months into our 'country move' and loving it.  We (Mike and myself) started running out of our renovation fund within about 2 weeks of our move — which was, to say the least, unsettling. We had to come up with cost-effective solutions... Continue Reading →

Creating an ‘African’ Statement for the City that Never Sleeps!

Synchronicity, Fashion and Travel I was approached earlier this week by travel expert, Kendra Thornton — who has been featured on shows like Tyra Banks and Nate Berkus — she is planning a trip to New York with some of her friends and invited me to put together a potential outfit idea for her. Kendra shares regular tips... Continue Reading →

De-Stress with Free Colour Therapy for You and Your Family

Feeling a Little Uptight Lately? I sure have been!  That's why I started doodling again (sounds rather dubious, doesn't it?). I used to draw fantasy pictures when I was younger (in my teens) to relieve anxiety or tension and it really worked.  I found myself reverting back to it again this week and it really... Continue Reading →

Painting Pink Floyd — Soldiering Through the Minefield of Emotion

Avoidance and Pain "Sometimes our garbage makes the best fertilizer." I just want to express from the get go that this has been one of the most difficult paintings for me to bring into manifestation.  I started off this journey with hopeful optimism which soon turned into pain, anguish and avoidance.  I literally avoided my... Continue Reading →

What Always Helps Me Out When I’m Stuck in ‘The Void’

Lost in a Forest of Doubt "Trees are amazing life forms as they are grounded and rooted to the earth yet their branches are always caressing the sky — the ultimate metaphor for balance (as above so below, as within so without)." At the beginning of last week, I found myself in a bit of... Continue Reading →

How to Artfully Get into Your Element

"Life is the power that's greater than I can ever comprehend. The way life runs through everything, even the tiniest elements of nature - that makes me humble."  — Michael J. Fox  Handel With Care No, the sub-heading is not a typo.  I decided, this week, to paint to the music of classical composer, Handel.  I'm... Continue Reading →

Healing Through Art — The Gates to Wonderland Just Got Flung Wide Open

Lust For Life I started off my career in art exploring what I like to call ‘decorative’ painting.  You know the sort;  flowers, trees, butterflies, sunsets, whatever tickled my fancies.  There is nothing wrong with this kind of expression and it paves the way for mastering specific techniques and mediums but I always felt a... Continue Reading →

How I Got ‘Raw’ With Jeff Buckley

Explaining the Painting 'Raw' in the Rock Art Series Please recap on the last blog here, "Rock Art Series Painting no. 3 — Jeff Buckley ‘Raw’ As I go further and further down this rabbit hole that I labelled the 'Rock Art Series', I am beginning to uncover a quantum field of bizarre and amazing coincidences... Continue Reading →

Rock Art Series Painting no. 3 — Jeff Buckley ‘Raw’

To recap on Painting 1 — Radiohead, please CLICK HERE To recap on Painting no. 2 — The Beatles, please CLICK HERE To recap right from the conception of the Rock Art Series, please CLICK HERE Hoorah!  I'm back in the saddle with my Rock Art Series.  It's been a while since I've been back... Continue Reading →

Can Using Yellow in Art Enhance Your Mood?

Lemon Twist I'm going to start bringing out some art blogs with colour themes.  I know I've done this in the past but this time I'm going to have a twist. The catch with this is looking at art from a zesty new perspective with regard to colour and emotion. A Spiritually Colourful Palette As most of... Continue Reading →

Dripping Art, Dragonflies and Mood Enhancing Facebook Timelines

What Magic Mushroom Have I Licked Today?! Couldn't think of what befitting title to give this Fridays artsy fartsy freebie blog — that one was quite a mouthful...now let's see if it's a visually compatible with your palette (whoops, it's a pun!...art palette, mouth palette...oh OK, I'll shut up)? I was tinkering about earlier this... Continue Reading →

An Artful Splash of Colour For Your Facebook Timeline

My niece came up with a great idea the other day, she asked me if I had any of my art on Facebook headers/timeline covers (or whatever else  you want to call them — you know, that strip of space behind your profile pic?). So I came up with these 4, for now, which you... Continue Reading →

The artwork above and below come from an interesting article I picked up from the Fast Company website (click the link below to take you to the article). 100 Years Ago, French Artists Predicted The Future With Eerie Accuracy  I think some of the images were indeed, very strange, but some were eerily smack on the... Continue Reading →

Song Playlist — Radiohead Albums That Made The Art

What I Listened To... As promised in last weeks blog, I will reveal today the albums I listened to during the creation of 'Escapism'.  If you have been following this Rock Art Series blog then great, if not you can recap by starting here. "As we were walking and talking about this I caught a... Continue Reading →

What Radiohead Looks Like Through The End of My Brush

When I started out with this 'Rock Art' project, I had no idea how it would turn out and tried to have no expectations of what to expect from myself. To recap on this series, please read: 10 Bands, 10 Paintings…Let the Rock Art Begin! The Grand Band Reveal is Today! Radiohead — A Teaser Pictorial ‘Rock... Continue Reading →

Radiohead — A Teaser Pictorial ‘Rock Art’ Peek

Please read my previous 2 blogs in this series: 10 Bands, 10 Paintings…Let the Rock Art Begin! The Grand Band Reveal is Today! Now to continue... A Work in Progress Ok, I know, I was supposed to have at least one finished by today — it just didn't happen. However, I have made a definite start and... Continue Reading →

The Grand Band Reveal is Today!

The Shortlist of Muso's to Make the Grade I launched my new idea for an art collection last week, please read it here to recap. The bands and musicians that I am going to explore auditorily and interpret visually on canvas are (in order of my being introduced to their music): David Bowie Queen Pink... Continue Reading →

10 Bands, 10 Paintings…Let the Rock Art Begin!

Coming Out of a Black Hole and Having Revelations Yeah, the global energy of late has been intense.  Making us all bunker down for some quiet time, and if not, forcing you to cease and desist. Have you been lacking inspiration, creativity or get up and go?  Well, I have. These last few weeks since... Continue Reading →

It starts off with a simple yet witty design... Then you add the coloured T-shirt: ...and Voila! A perfectly good gift for that special geeky someone...yes, you know the one! Get yours here: "2 Peas in a iPod" T-Shirts & Hoodies by Cherie Roe Dirksen | RedBubble.

3 Motivational Tips on Getting Back into the Artistic Arena

I am back from my trip to Egypt and what an adventure it was!  More about that on my Thursday blog though. Inspiration and Chaos It was a whirlwind of events, inspiration, emotion and culture shock but inevitably, on the plane home, I started processing my experiences and began to drift into the abyss of... Continue Reading →

Finding Yourself and Your Purpose

Here are some quotes and pictures from my book 'Creative Expression — How to find your inspiration...' (download the entire book FREE here) to help kick-start your week and ignite your passion and zest for life: Pushing the envelope of creative expansion breaks down any illusion of limitation.  Once you step out of the box, infinity... Continue Reading →

The Zen of Art

What better way to gift yourself than to spend some quality time creatively expressing your inner feelings?  "The Dreamers Night Sky" by Cherie Roe Dirksen I have only recently allowed myself to truly 'let go' and I found my form of expression which is more abstract than traditional (see above).  It has been a liberating... Continue Reading →

Digging Even Deeper…Inner Art Expression

Please read the past articles relating to this blog HERE (Going Deeper...Inner Art Expression) and HERE (Got It!  Inner Art Expression Expressed). The Cosmos on a Canvas A couple of weeks ago my hand, brush, paints and right brain hemisphere took my canvas on a journey into a very colourful cosmos.  Here is the outer manifestation of... Continue Reading →

Got It — Inner Art Expressed!

Please recap on last weeks article HERE. I left off with saying that I still felt something was wrong.  An inner imbalance, something was crying out! What Could Possibly Be Amiss? I sat on my couch looking at my painting, still feeling that something was out of alignment.  Do I still have to dig even... Continue Reading →

Going Deeper…Inner Art Expression

Please read last weeks art blog HERE to recap on this interesting new artistic expression I have discovered in me. Boring... This week I started off doing my usual weekly art schedule.  Painting pretty pictures (you know, the ones that 'sell') and when I got to the end of the day this one popped out.... Continue Reading →

The Space Within Series — Inner Art

Artistic Frustration I am experimenting with what I like to call 'inner art'.  I have always been intrigued with abstract art and especially art that explores patterns, sacred geometry, space, shapes and colour. "This series is going to be a reflection of how I feel inside, what is desperate to come out." But, professionally, I... Continue Reading →

Fun with Fruit and Vegetables!

As promised, I am continuing with the unveiling of my Vege-Tate Gallery in today's Art Blog. If you missed out on last weeks blog — here is a recap:  How many carrots does it take to screw in a light bulb? Here are the last of the designs (for now — I see this as... Continue Reading →

How Many Carrots does it take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

I'm not too sure what the answer to the joke is...perhaps none as they were all rooted to the spot? The Vege-Tate Gallery — Beginnings... My idea for a Vege-Tate Gallery grew into full blossom when my husband and I decided to try and plant a vegetable garden around the back of our house. This... Continue Reading →

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