Articles to Inspire

Wild Wondersome Weeds

WWW… Yes: world wide wonders. I love grasses! All of them. For me they are an endless source of delight and awe… As you know, grasses have been one of the things I paint the most often. Yes… I have a love affair with wild grasses! I can’t stop admiring them, the way they sway

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Connections are us!

While spending a few days in France and meeting with some old friends I was reminded of how essential connections are in the fabric of our lives. Research has shown clearly that the more we feel connected, the more we thrive. We would be a mere shadow of ourselves without the connections we weave endlessly

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Growth, Happiness and Green Willows…

It is such a pleasure these days, every time I park my car under the trees and walk up the ramp to open my gallery ! Spring is blooming: the blue Echium or “Pride of Madeira” have grown at light speed all around, the old willows are hirsute with pale green leaves and the gardener

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The magic effects of smiling

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh Even if my day is not going exactly as well as I’d wish, even if I am out of my comfort zone, I make a point of checking in and keeping a

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Sustaining positive change

This time of the year is when most of us vow to change something in our life. We take life-affirming resolutions, we claim ownership of a better future… We really mean it. This is it! We will exercise 3 times a week, we will save money every month, we will spend less on junk, we

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In the face of darkness

What a better time of the year than now, at the threshold of Winter, sliding toward a long series of holidays, celebrations, rituals, gatherings, to explore inner realms… The days shorten and our gregariousness increases, as we prepare for shared time, offerings, cozy evenings and reassuring warmth. There is that primal need for fire and

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Fluffing the nest

This is a beautiful time of the year, turning season and shifting gears while Nature gives us a riot of colors and a cornucopia of Autumnal foods. Summer is definitely behind us as we look forward to more time indoors. Our homes get more attention and it’s a nice time to fluff our nest before

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Honoring Uniqueness

We are all pioneers of our uncharted becoming. Being a spiritual being incarnated in this human body permits us to experience diversity, separation and growth. It also permits us to bring our very own light into the world, our very own voice, our own strength, our own particular and unrepeatable set of skills. I believe

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Beauty unlimited

It’s hard wired in me, this need for observation, contemplation, and this acute perception of the world around me. It comes with awe, with glee, with reverence, increasingly with each passing year. Beauty, beauty everywhere… The simplest things in our daily life are holding so much beauty in them, it is astonishing for who wants

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Blue spot hunter

I have to tell you, I am a Blue Spot Hunter… In all there is, all that happens, all that becomes, exists a spark, a hope, a goodness of some kind, no matter what. In the darkest moments, a seed of pure light, embedded, awaits our seeking. This simple awareness can make the difference between

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Of true independence

Independence Day…This is one of the most celebrated holidays in USA. People of all ages and all walks of life mingle in the streets all over the States to celebrate what started by becoming free from the British tutelage and has evolved in a popular day of drinking, barbecuing and boasting… I have to admit

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The Art of being here

Simplicity, clarity and mindfulness when applied deliberately in one’s daily life, make for a quality of presence in the moment that illuminates and deepens my experience of being in remarkable ways. I keep forgetting, and reminding myself this. Actually painting can not occur if I don’t remember to be fully present in a non-obstructive way…

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The tricky art of relationing

Relationning: the position, association, connection, or status of one person or thing with regard to another or others While traveling abroad, I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine, someone I always enjoy verbally jousting with and whose point of view I always appreciate. It was precisely about relationships. Our views differed. The

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Art is us

We are living in a world of sensory stimulation. One of the definitions of Art could be “an organized ensemble of sensory signals designed to express and evoke a particular emotional or/and intellectual response in the human psyche”… Aware of it or not, we live in societies were artistic creation is present everywhere. Art is

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New beginnings

As I drove up Route One,  from Bolinas, I realized that in a week time, all the fields had grown a good layer of fuzzy young grass, making the whole landscape turn bright green. I mean GREEN!… Happy young cattle, black and shiny and unaware of their destiny, barely ever raise their heads from the

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Walking through our fears unscathed

There is no growing in the comfort zone. (Except maybe growing complacent) Our comfort zone is basically an ensemble of parameters with which we can function almost on automatic pilot. It’s a paradigm. No matter what it is and what it encompasses, we all have one. Unfortunately for those of us  who want to grow

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Spreading Benevolent Ripples of Ease

In the wake of this symbolic beginning that is the “new year” celebration, many of us set up goals and resolutions for the 12 months ahead. As you might know, I have been learning how to attract, manifest, and vibrate in accordance to my dearest dreams… This year I am resolved to explore and learn

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Wall Art instead of Walmart ?

Holidays. Gifts. Shopping… This is it: we are entering the last 2 weeks before one of the main gifts giving period of the year! Some of us are really good at this and plan ahead, buying, crafting, finding the right item for every loved one and wrapping it lovingly, adding a handmade card and a

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Grateful Jubilation and Spaciousness Within…

It’s not new; many ancient practices, philosophies, and scriptures point in the same direction: to create inner spaciousness brings forth awareness, clarity and empowerment. Which ultimately translate in a greater life, better health and keeps the door open to Serendipity. Scientists have been connecting the dots and it is becoming common knowledge now, that we

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A world with Octobers

Today on FaceBook I read a post that said: “I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Well, I am too! Did you notice how beautiful and bountiful the world is around us here in Marin at this time of the year? And I know for a fact that it is

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The exquisite exhilaration of being…

The other day, as I drove about, enjoying the smooth feeling of my wheels on the asphalt, a part of my brain registering Nature’s wonders on both sides of the road, I found myself having the most delicious feeling of freedom, acutely aware at that very moment of being alive, conscious, and totally in love

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Harvest: honoring abundance

Tonight, I was an invited guest at a local “Dinner on the farm” to be shared in a beautiful old barn with about a hundred other local people, many of them familiar faces, some closer friends, and some that became great new acquaintances on the spot. Waiting for the cooks to finish up assembling the

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Mid-year pause… a balancing act

So here we are: already on the other side of the midyear mark and the summer unfolds its golds, ochres  and tans all over the hills in beautiful Marin County… I realized a few days ago that I had let June go without posting anything and that July was on its way out  ! Time

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Coming to my senses…

I was driving along the Bolinas lagoon this afternoon, with my window open and rather not focused on the scenery,  simply watching the road and lost in thought, when my nostrils were at once assaulted by the fabulous anise smell of wild fennel growing thick and fuzzy along the black top… The smell was so

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