Comfort Zones: Embracing the Beauty of Awkward and Uncomfortable

When you fling yourself out the door of familiarity into the wild and exciting wilderness, always remember that there is never failure only feedback. #comfortzone #selfhelp #cherieroedirksen

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The Fine Balancing Art of Yin and Yang

Tried and Tested — A Tale of Two Countries In the past 2 years I have experienced the delights of visiting Thailand and being bowled over by their inherent sense of beauty and creativity to their humble way of life and their desire to please.  I have also recently been to Egypt and have encountered,... Continue Reading →

Incredible Inspiring Art by Stephen Wiltshire

I just had to share this with my readers when I saw it circulating on Facebook.  What an inspiration this man is! The below extract is taken from Stephens site, you can visit that here to see more from this incredible artist. Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes. He has a            ... 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 →

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 →

New Beginnings…Building up an Art Collection from Scratch

Faith Repaid A couple of weeks ago I had a buyer who practically cleaned out my stock of paintings.  This was great as I was still trying to source funds for a trip to Egypt I had already booked.  My theory behind booking the holiday before I had the funds was: I am using the... 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 →

A Look Behind the Scenes — Painting an Abstract Landscape

Photographing the Stages of Painting an Abstract Landscape I photographed the process of painting one of my big landscapes.  I thought it would make an interesting pictorial blog. I have done a detailed description at the end of this blog outlining the inspiration and details that went into the piece, along with the title and... 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 →

Art Commissions — The Soulworks Project (Part 2)…the Prelim Sketch

Please read Part 1 HERE The Sketch The next step of the commission process is to provide the client with a rough colour sketch of the proposed artwork along with a detailed description of how you got there. With all the specs my client gave me (please see Part 1), I came up with this... Continue Reading →

The Universe is Expanding – Are You?

The Universe is ever expanding and gives rise to new opportunities for creating and orchestrating planetary and galactic development. So, if the Universe is pushing ever on outward, why set boundaries for creativity on any level? Never limit yourself because anything can be achieved if doubt is removed. The Universe is not set - why... Continue Reading →

Ignite Your Creative Flame!

 The search for purpose or meaning in our lives is rooted in the deepest feelings that stir within. To find our unique spark, that will ignite the flame. That which burns to give birth to creation. For it is creativity that leads us to fulfilling our dreams and stokes our fires. A world without creativity would be... Continue Reading →

Christmas Gift Ideas…Part 3

A Recap In the past 2 weeks I have discussed great sites such as RedBubble and Zazzle for creating your own gift designs, whether it is from photographs or your own personal artwork.  See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Need inspiration? Today we are going to go behind the scenes and discuss getting... Continue Reading →

Christmas Gift Ideas…Part 2

A little bit of silliness never went astray! Over the past couple of months my husband and I (no, I am not the queen) have been trying to plant our own vegetable garden.  This is not as simple as it would usually sound as we live near Cape Point and have baboons for neighbours.  And... Continue Reading →

Painting Dolphins

As promised, in my previous blog about whales (read here), this art blog is going to be about painting dolphins.  As I explained in the 'Why you have to love whales' blog - I live in Cape Town and am privileged to see these beautiful mammals expressing their joyous souls on a regular basis. I... Continue Reading →

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