That Thing

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My word, last year, was Integrity and in response to this I created this little beauty. I adore her eyes and grow strength from her words.

 

File_000 (11)Integrity: the thing that you do that brings you into your own. Staying true to the person you are today.  Definition Inspired By Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Hello Integrity

Melanie M

 

Live

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I had a rough start to my day. After my second knee replacement surgery I was reminded of the intense pain management that is needed.

Once I pushed through it and finally found a way to rest my pain ravaged body, I awoke from a peaceful sleep feeling very glad that I was given this time to slow down.

Just like my art, time connects you to who you are, who you are meant to be and allows you to breathe.   Medicine for your soul.

Most of the time I can push through my pain by listening to music and or painting. This helps while away the time and gives my heart and soul a cuddle to strengthen my journey. I know I have an ending to all this and it is an ending I know will change my life. I live daily with pain and physical limitations due to the disease which has required my knee replacement surgery. I feel oh so lucky to have been given a new start.  I look forward to walking to the park with my granddaughter, going back to England, scenic walks and getting through my day physically exhausted yet not pain ravaged. So much to look forward to.

I have been making a piece of art through all this and today I calleFile_000 (9)d it done. This butterfly represents a life worth living even if it is short. Living is beautiful and a gift. Give yourself the gift of living even when it is tough. This time that I need to heal, is also giving me time to make my art and that is a gift.

Here is my beautiful butterfly titled simply ‘Live’.

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Hold Your Breath

This journey I took with Kelly Rae Roberts in Spirit Wings was more than about making art. It become a time of self discovery, in my joy, of making art that speaks to you. I made 6 beautiful angels that have such great meaning, joy and love for anyone who sees them. Each angel carries it’s own message of truth, courage, trust, sacred ordinariness, belonging and heart whispers. The journey in creating these angels were more than just paint and paper, the journey was about listening to your heart and finding your truth.  They are about sharing some of life’s lessons that help you grow into the tender, loving deserving soul that you are.

On a practical note, I got excited about making faces. Each time I created the face of my angel my art got a life of its own. The pleasure of seeing her face was truly heartwarming. This pleasure drew me into making more faces so I joined another artist group ‘Let’s face it 2016’ with Kara Bullock.

In this course of ‘Let’s face it 2016’ I have been learning a lot about the technical side to shading and how to draw eyes, noses, lips etc. The ‘hold your breath’ type of art making that can put you off making your art.

What I mean by ‘hold your breath’ is that the hold you have on your art is so tight and rigid it becomes too much about perfection. I prefer perfectly, imperfect pieces of art because that is how I see the world around me.

To get a grip on perfection steals away the magical moments of just being. I like to create as a free playful soul that has no bounds and limitless potential. However, the lessons I am learning, using the ‘hold your breath’ art techniques, only adds to the dimension of my very own art groove.

Finding my groove is why I am here, that is my journey, that is my lesson this is my groove.

 

Hello groove!

Melanie M

Dirty Little Secret

I changed my blog name  to ‘Finding My Groove’ because my dirty little secret was out. I originally called my blog ‘Having an Affair’ because this making art was my dirty little secret. I didn’t want anyone knowing, I felt like an imposter and didn’t think my art was worthy. Now, all that doesn’t matter, it still niggles me, but my heart is enjoying creating and sharing so much, the niggles are ignored, most of the time.

Plus my tribe are liking it too, so that makes my heart proud. Thank you.

Here is a time lapse of me painting this girls hair (scroll down to see her complete). I have been enjoying watching other time lapse videos so decided to make my own until my battery ran out. I loved watching this and I think you will too.

This peaceful beauty is my angel of trust.

Mantra

May you embrace the love and heart of your beautiful messy soul and always, always remember to Trust your wings.

Melanie M

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How I Create and Top Tip #2

img_6643 Recently I worked on 3 pieces. Two I had already started including my 4th Angel from a series I have been working on with my Spirit Wings Painting Course with Kelly Rae Roberts. I also began my 5th Angel fromimg_6633 the same course.

I like having a few pieces on the go because I am impatient waiting for stuff to dry and get tempted to carry on, this will ruin your art pens, yes I know this…..  so I move to another piece. It is kind of fun to work this way because when I mix up a colour for one piece I can also add to another.

 

 

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Baby wipes! Yes baby wipes they are amazing, handy, useful and easy. I use them to wipe my hands as much as I prefer to use my hands to work on my art it is messy, really, really messy. So having baby wipes on hand help clean up messes that are getting in the way of creating. They are also useful for cleaning up stamps, stencils, paint brushes, any tools you might use in your art.

Happy Monday everyone!

See the hero in everyone ……and the unicorn ♥️

The Universe

Melanie M♥️

Mandala Art

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I took part in a week long project #instajoyproject on Instagram and Facebook. It was so much fun, I managed two days and a bit of doodling after that as I am so, so busy with my work. That thing that ‘I have to do so that I can do the things that I want’. I love what I have to do, I truly do. It is an honour to be able to have the job I do, it just isn’t who I am.  So managing two days out of seven is frustrating yet I am pleased I completed what I have. The biggest achievement I made in this project was connecting to some wonderful individuals who shared themselves in more ways than just their mandala’s.

It is amazing how creativity is more than imagination, pen, paper, paints etc. It is who we are. Only we can create our own art. No one else can make art like we do.

Exciting news flash! I am off on a big journey to England to visit family and friends with my partner. We also have a very special wedding to go to. More on this soon. So in my walk on luggage I have packed pens, pencils, eraser and paper with mandala circles drawn so that I can play on the plane. I had put in my compass but after some excellent advice I removed the sharp pointer thing and put it in safely in my baggage. Sharp pointy things are not allowed on planes.

England here I come!

Melanie M

 

What really!

2015-08-30 20.13.51I got hit with a ‘curve ball’ today. It was tough, it rocked me, left me feeling sad, deflated and hurt. My first thought was why did I start pursuing this dream to tell my story and at the same time making mixed media artworks, I am not worthy, it will never become anything and I am totally worthless. These are all the words I was beating myself up with, I would never speak to a friend like this. All because I made a mistake!

In my drive home from work I was trying to bring myself back to reality, I searched my brain for something that I had read in my book ‘Simple Abundance’, to help me to recover from this hurt and my need to feel worthless. (I have written about this book here in another time of need). This book is what it says it is, ‘A Day Book of Comfort and Joy’. I pick it up most days and always read a chapter that I am absolutely ready for. It is much like a soulful kiss on the cheek, that hits you right when you need it, with the exact kiss you need. This time my lesson was to find my blessing in everything – your dirty kitchen floor, your bank balance etc. I thought whatever, there is no blessing in this mess. As I read on, I discovered a little treasure that helped me believe,

‘if you find your blessing in everything then the universe will bless you’.

Wow, that was just what I needed.

I also realised that everything that is happening in this moment, is part of a much bigger picture. Don’t try and understand it, lean into it and find your blessings.

Keep dreaming, find your blessing even on your dark days and dance like you always have.

Make someone happy today, the world needs more happy.

Melanie M

Life’s Canvas

This quote reminded me of a piece I had read in ‘Simple Abundance’.  Each time I read a piece from this book it reminds me of my true bliss and where I will find it, me. I have written about this book here and another post which is still in draft.

‘A Fresh Canvas Every Twenty-Four Hours’

Each day prepare to experience contentment:

Quiet your minds,P1020105
take time to dream,
express yourself,
prepare your treasure map for life,
be aware of whatever brings you joy,
mindfulness.

“today don’t rush through your inner preparations as you get ready to set down a piece of your soul on life’s canvas” Sarah Ban Breathnach

So today and everyday take time to find your joy.

Melanie M

This is me

I blog because I believe everyone has a story to share. It has become a way to help me share my new found love for mixed media art. I am hoping it will connect me to a tribe of like minded individuals. I love feeling connected. I 2014-01-19 14.16.59 HDRlove sharing. I love connecting. I love laughing. Basically I am a crazy connected happy individual who wants to find her tribe.

I will blog about my journey into mixed media art, the good, the bad and the ugly.  It all brings me joy, possibilities, impossibilities.

I will share my renovation stories the mess, the frustrations and the finales. I hate sanding, I love painting. I love my nest.

I will share my musings on life’s beautiful, messy and complicated stuff. The good, the bad and the ugly.

In 12 months time I hope to have found my tribe and we all give each other simple abundance. I love that word, break it up and you have A-bun-dance. Who doesn’t like to dance! I love to dance except my broken knees tell me otherwise.

Anyway, here’s to blogging, dancing and growing my tribe.

Melanie M

I Write Because….

2014-01-22 12.32.31I believe everyone has a story worth sharing and everyone has a writer living within them. Writing has become a journey of self discovery that brings me joy.  It helps me to clarify and find simplicity in the sometimes chaos of life.

I like it and I can.

Melanie M