maandag 30 september 2013
woensdag 3 juli 2013
maandag 17 juni 2013
|Miracles are Golden|
I like art so much cause it's about creation, it's fluid and the ultimate fun and playing for me. It knows how to translate the intangible creation in life to such a vivid and alive representation in shape and color.
Every artwork for me means something. It has an intention, sometimes it's even an answer to a question I had before I started. To move objects around, play with color and make it so it feels right, feels like putting all aspects of my life in the right order of the flow.
It's a process that is most of the time unconscious. I love that cause it keeps my brain quiet. In creation I can't use my thoughts. I need that part of me that is sleeping in the back, that knows how to make things happen without any thought. I use my brain for conscious creation. To focus on stuff I like: nice thoughts, taking care of myself and others, sharing, being connected with others and the world.
In doing that I noticed some things. I was reading some inspiring books and watching some movies about creation. And suddenly a light bulb went on! I got this insight that I love to share.
|Happiness, Love and I love you|
One of the things of the conscious creation movement that is not helpful is the belief that you can create the life you want and when it doesn't turn out that way, it's your own fault. Than you didn't believed hard enough, or didn't worked hard enough, focused on the wrong intentions, had blockages or limiting beliefs or didn't let go enough. It's a belief in lack wrapped in a different jacket. It's the nightmare of the Dream that you can be whatever you wanna be, which is really haunting my generation I notice.
Never ever let someone tell you, you are not good enough. We don't have to play that card over and over again. Creation never rewards or punishes.
'You have the power' doesn't mean your superwoman or superman controlling the world. It means you own your choices, your life and value yourself and also know what's not in your hands. There are times life just happens. And it's awesome to surrender to that. To surprises and the unknown. Surrender to not knowing or don't want to know. It can open so many new doors that make life fun! It asks from us to go beyond ambition which is an acting out of forfilling basic needs, it asks from us to do our 'work' in life. To do what we like to do the best, to confront every day, be present and allow ourselves to be where we are right now in life.
|Mirri 4 year|
We became spoiled in a way by determining our path and roads and choosing our own play grounds. When it didn't turns out the way we wanted at first, it must be us, it must be the effect of our own choices or actions. Or we seek the answer outside ourselves, looking for something to blame. That is a construction of cause and effect ready to fail. It doesn't make us any happier when we think that way. It doesn't adds more love in the world or joy. It just makes us very frustrated. It's like being on a haunt for something but never being able to really reach it. Or when we reached the destination the boredom already kicks in, cause we much rather be living and breathing instead of sitting in a waiting room, choosing our next challenge. That will only gives us a temporary satisfaction of creation but isn't really fulfilling.
Letting go of control means for me letting go of the idea of how my life should be. My life is. Just like my art captures a moment of joy and fun, my life captures a flow. I play with it, add some color here and there. That's it. My life is not a Mona Lisa or de Nachtwacht. It's an abstract painting with color and glitter and shiny beads. There are bright parts, glossy ones but there are spots where you can see holes and loose ends.
Makes me wonder: How would my life look like when I paint it? I take on that challenge! I'm sure it will give me new insights.
Do you like to have your own PlAyRT work created by me? Let me know and you can order one that is totally unique.
Happy creation time with a lot of joy!!
zaterdag 1 juni 2013
Indian Red Rose is an art work is from my Digital PlAyRT Series.
I like the free spirit in this one. It just was created and came together while I was playing. I used different apps and software to create this one. I use coincidence a lot in my work. When I was creating this one my laptop froze with the selection square included and I decided to keep that in it. I made a screen shot and voila.
It made me realize to not use an eraser or the undo button which is so tempting in digital designs. Just let it be whatever it is. Trust that it will turn out exactly the best and how it needs to be.
As creator we are in service of what we create while we are the creator at the same time. It's being in service to ourselves in a way while using our skills to make fun stuff and beauty happen.
Indian Red Rose is one of the artworks that can be found in New Energy Art the book. It gives me a nice bohemian free spirit feeling which is perfect for vacation time!
vrijdag 31 mei 2013
This is the first Energy Impression I made in this style. That is one of the reasons it's very special to me. Also the intention and meaning I putted into it when I created it makes it one of my favorites.
This one is about creation, having a ton of idea's and getting the right inspiration at the right time to manifest something. It's what I like the most. Having an idea and just going with the flow and creating it. Anchoring the dream I call it. In those moments there is just being, no thinking or more an ultimate balance between using the mind, the heart and the body while interacting with the world around me. Love love love it.
You can get it here on Etsy as postcard set and as Art for your on your wall
Wish you an inspired day full of great idea's and anchoring of those idea's in the here and now. :-)
maandag 15 april 2013
We all have them. Feelings. What are you feeling right now? Are you connected to your feelings? They can be a source of inspiration creatively but also block us in our creative process.
Our emotions are an important aspect of our life. To be balanced emotionally in connection with our body, mind and spirit improves our well-being.
What I like are creations that are a reflection of an honest state of being. Creations that aren't supposed to be beautiful or polished but I like authentic creations that are beautiful in their essence cause they tell the truth.
Art and creations never lie. It often is the energy and intention behind it that tells the real story. Color and shape represents that energy, focus and intention.
When you create something take a moment to breath and observe what is happening. What do you think? How does that make you feel? What do you need right now?
I choose love. Remember that you are beautiful inside and out and whatever you manifest is a reflection of that.
It rains feelings. Love.
zaterdag 6 april 2013
There are those days you know you have to make decisions. You just know it's needed in a project or aspects of your life to generate a new flow.
Not always easy, when there are so many options and when there is no clear potential or road that shows itself. The dream is already dreamed in great detail. The focus is clear. The future obvious. And the now is floating in between. Give yourself some space to let solutions pop up on those moments. Trust is the key.
Perhaps sleep is needed. More rest than sleep. The kind of rest that is synonym to falling into a comfortable bath of all is well and safety.
I for example can be amazed with how bored I can be at times. The lack of acceptance about what is, is just funny. At the same time there is flow in my life, the easy way, love and friendship. There is so much passion when I work with people or create with them. There is emptiness when I drown in the sea of potentials and dreams yet to be manifested. I drown in the books yet to write but flow on the waves of the alphabeth when I start writing. Intuitive Decision making is an art in itself.
It's not always about fun and easy. I belief life supposed to be fun and easy but life also presents us challenges. There are ups and there are downs. Intuitive Decision making is more than just choosing for fun and easy and being up. It also is about respecting certain dynamics in our lives. It's honoring manifested passion, instead of just the more etherical passion. It works together with our bodies, with the systems of the world we live in. It likes us to eat well, excercise, sleep, love and take care of ourselves and others. There are times in where we need to change the energy we're living, working and playing in to get a new perspective.
What we need on those moments where we feel stuck in choosing is short term hope. Not hope for the future or the past but the hope that gives acceptance for now, for tomorrow when we wake up. Perhaps that is why people pray?
My way of praying is different. I don't pray to a god or to the sky. I tell myself all is well. Wrap myself in creation, in love and in I believe in miracles. I don't create the longing, I create the manifested wish and vibe around me so it can be amplified. That makes it possible for a new road and a different vibe to present itself.
zaterdag 30 maart 2013
Deadlines, goals and creativity. Are they opposites of each other? Friends? Is real creativity killed by deadlines?
In my experience there is not just one answer to all these questions. It will be different for everyone. I like to share my take on it.
Creation and Inspiration are different things although related to each other. We have the etherical inspiration, the energy that we find difficult to grasp, that is a sensation, a feeling.
Than there is the practical application, the materialization of that energy.
In my creations I noticed that both Inspiration and Creation are very much connected but need a different approach.
Creation likes time and space. It wants to be materialized in matter, in time frames, it wants to have shape, color and show itself. Inspiration is more like a feeling that you want to experience inside yourself, in your thoughts or being. It doesn't need a time frame, words or want to know details. It wants to be.
The way I create I need both a lot. I need the practical stuff. My buddy time allows me to have a schedule, a plan and time frame in where I dedicate my energy to a certain task, person and creation. In my previous blog I wrote about the importance of incubation. So that might be something interesting to look into when you feel like your so busy and swamped in work and to do lists.
Project goals allow me to manifest. When there wouldn't be a deadline it's not very likely I would ever accomplish anything the way I do now. It gives me a Focus. Remember that word.
It's the frame in where I can go wild with all my idea's. I believe it's a myth that creative people need to get all the "freedom" to do what they want. Often that "freedom" means: an excuse to not share your creations today, being afraid to show color, to really be and make a statement. Isn't it much easier to work forever on something than sharing whatever it is right now with others?
|My awesome book Mirea Dances. I designed my own cover!|
I will give you an example. In 2011 I wrote a book, which until that point really was my life's work. Dutchies: Check it out here. I'm a perfectionist in a way so I wanted it to be perfect at first, which was a huge creativity killer. Imagine that. Writing the perfect book. Waha. People don't write books. They start with a letter, a word and when you connect them you get sentences, paragraphs, chapters perhaps, and than eventually a collection of words who when you print them, put a cover on it is called a book.
I shall share a secret: it's not so difficult actually. You just have to be committed to dedicate time, space and energy to it, surrender to the inspiration and make it happen. Somehow most of us don't forget to eat every day, we would be dead soon when we did forgot that for a week. But often we don't think it's as important to manifest our souls wish and create moments for that in our lives.
I won't go through all the possible steps and phases of writing and publishing books right now, but when you really want it, you can do it. Be prepared to not let yourself be limited by your own fear and beliefs and dare to break your own patterns. In other words: stop complaining and making up excuses: Just Do It. Now.
I was afraid that my book would suck. That it would be weird, to much out of the box, even for my out of the box and get rid of the box friends, that it would be not good enough, full of typo's, that the book made no sense and so on. Well that kills all the fun in advance. Perhaps it doesn't need to make sense I told myself, perhaps it supposed to have typo's in it to show a new way, perhaps it just is what it is and that's the best it can be. I choose love and creation above fear.
|My Art Book!|
When you want you can identify some special grammar and creative constructions that you could call a typo in my book. So what? Isn't the whole point of being who I am, that I am what I am, and that what you see is what you get and that it's just about being authentic instead of conforming to a standard that isn't really mine? Isn't it all about creating a new standard, inventing new words and enriching language, speech with a new lingo and vibes? Yes!
It would suck when it wouldn't be a choice and when I wanted it to be something else, but I made a very clear intention about what I wanted with the book, and it's not up to me to judge my creation. It's up to me to make it happen, do my best, creating the best circumstance's for it to be manifested and the rest is up to... the wind, spirit or whoever.
|Or up to the blue my little pony in my studio. LOL.|
I wrote articles for many years in English. Full of typo's on some moments. I knew that from the start. I was aware of it. I write and speak Dutch fluently and can learn a lot lot when it comes to English. And did it matter? Nope. I would not have had hundredths thousands of readers when I would limit myself and not publish them, create delays cause I needed to have it checked by others. Some of them where checked by native speakers, most of them not. I chose to publish them the same day I wrote them cause I didn't liked to have a delay, or be polished. I wanted to share it straight from my work place. Simple with one button: Publish.
Would I keep the same typo's in a book? Probably not but that would be a different creation, another flow, another manifestation.
Was I aware of it? Yes.
Did I got lot's of comments about it? Sometimes. It's really funny how typo's can piss people off.
Did I care? Nope. Cause I also touched so many souls with my stories. And I could write in Dutch so when I needed to be miss "I write perfect" I could get my shot of ego from my Dutch articles and poetry. ( I was elected and a finalist for the best Poem of Holland and Belgium among famous poets)
|It says: This is the pink rabbit in alternative spelling. It's the logo for my Dutch creative poetry project Lieve Beer, which doesn't mean Live Beer, but Sweet Bear. www.lievebeer.blogspot.com|
Back to the book: I wouldn't be able to complete it without a deadline. My creativity would be without focus, frame and float here and there and not really be so intense and dedicated. It would miss the link to the actual materialization, which is a huge key in creating magic!
Our body is the key. It's the tool that makes it all possible. It's the here and now, the today that makes a new creation, your souls wish happen. It's the action, the dreaming, the doing, the wishing that are ingredients of your Master Piece, that creation that is your souls wish, the thing that makes your heart dance and jump.
You don't have to look for it, cause it presents itself. You only have to listen and be aware. Take action than but don't force anything. Just let it present itself to you. Create moments so it can come to you. Dare to be open to all possible outcomes. Surrender to time, space, deadlines and goals. They might be your new creative friends!
dinsdag 5 maart 2013
When is the last time you took some time to listen to your favorite music, dream away in a pile of fabrics, got lost outside walking in the rain, decided to just drive and see where ever you end up?
I asked myself that question, as I was feeling a bit impatience lately with a sniff of boredom, which often is just a lack of expression in my case. And I remembered that it was much to long ago and decided right away to change my schedule for the day and created pure me time.
It's such an important phase in creation: Incubation
When working on something new, when inspiration unfolds into a concrete manifestation, our minds and body get in a certain state. Everything we notice, we see and smell will pick up the vibe of the manifestation we're working on. We suddenly see images that help our creation, we hear something someone says that inspires us, come across a book that adds to the creation etc.
For that we need to give ourselves space. Room to breath in our minds and body. It's essential to take a walk outside, be in nature, get out of our creation pattern, out of our studio or office to let it all flow in a new way. We all need our inspirational water, just like plants do. We also need the sun. Real innovative creations are born when we allow ourselves to be, do something different today.
It creates nice new patterns when we suddenly drag ourselves away from our tablets and do something unexpected. The cool thing is we can consciously create these moments.
Working hard in the same groove, even when we are passionate, is a dead end creatively. It's seen as something nice in society. Working hard, being busy seems to be the norm. I have a tendency to work hard for sure but this year I wanted to do that differently and gave myself the gift of at least 1 day off a week.
1 day to do nothing work related. I also plan play time in my schedule, in the morning or afternoon for a couple of days a week to charge myself with new inspiration, go to the library, watch a nice movie or docu, go on adventure or follow whatever impulse I have that day.
Than creations can be created in an instant. The actual giving shape, the writing, the designing is the least time consuming aspect. But it can't be done without incubation, without food for our soul.
Changing your environment is a huge key. That is why all these innovative work places and future centers are so popular. The space itself invites to do things differently. I wouldn't be as inspired without music, a nice podcast running in the background, a good audio book, flowers, a hug and my favorite outfit. But there are times I also need to adjust that recipe for my ultimate working space. That keeps everything flowing.
We don't need to judge ourselves for not being available 24/7 or responding to emails within an hour. Most things really can wait. Our main focus need to be to take care of ourselves, instead of responding out of fear to loose a client. Most of us became creative entrepreneurs to be free, but we often recreate a system and create high standards. We don't have to be the best, we just have to be ourselves. Forget all about needing to use your talents, earn money and look good. Take time to incubate first. Get inspired.
The new way is the easy way!
dinsdag 26 februari 2013
I'm going to blog some more regularly here. Yay. Most of the time I share my visual creations here. This time I'm sharing some thoughts here about creating and being an artist. Today I'm giving some behind the scenes insights in my flow as artist and creator.
I have been wondering, thinking and feeling about creating what I want. When you know me, you know I'm a non-stop creation machine. I have new idea's everyday. I learned over time that not every good idea is for me to create or manifest. That there are many layers of creativity: The day to day creativity, what I would call breathing. That would be the in between drawing, writing, painting in my case. Than there are deeper layers that make the creation more intense.
For a time I was ok with the 'in between' creation snacks. But soon they weren't enough anymore, as my creativity only grew and grew. Somehow it never becomes less, the more I express it, the more it grows. So it wasn't about the act of creating anymore, or dedicating all my time to creating, it became about the intensity.
The intensity of the flow is determined by the depth of the expression. These days I just can't be fulfilled completely by the basic creation anymore, the doodles, with the just writing in between the dishes and groceries, with the painting. It needs to be supercharged with focus, surrender and purpose.
It's like time has become more valuable than ever. I believe that once we choose our play grounds, when we choose to live in service of expression, of love of unity, everything will make that happen. So to me it feels like that what used to be ok for me before, just doesn't fit anymore.
As artist and creator I have created a life in where I can create 24/7 whatever I want. A huge luxury and dream for many, a pure necessity to stay sane and healthy for me. I need to be aware of my creative flow all the time and express, express and create and create. It's up to me to take care of the artist inside me. Once I'm in a flow I'm totally off the world. I have to make sure I have enough sleep, food, go outside in nature and schedule enough time for friends.
People label inspiration as positive often. I don't experience it always as fun. To me it almost can feel like manic. Being so charged with positive bubbles and energy that I just need to express, asks for an equal intense expression. I used to find it in writing my new book but now that creation is finished there is this kinda new space waiting. I know that creative energy has to flow and I know that it is of no use to blow myself up, charge myself, get in the flow when I don't have space or the tool to express it. Than it creates an inwards flow resulting in depression. It's a very delicate line.
So it never is the question: are you in the flow, do you have idea's, are you working on something new? The answer is always yes. The question is: What's next? The question I ask myself is: Do you had enough sleep, food, air to breath today? How's your energy management? What kind of challenge can I offer you today?
Space. It's about pure creative space, tools and a play ground. For me it's the constant awareness to not hold back. Even if I spit out creations with the minute and people can't keep up. Who cares? I'm not holding back anymore. Most of the time I'm still bored like hell. Who cares that people most of the time can't grasp or understand the pace and frequency of my creations?
Somewhere inside me I want to be understood. I want people to understand that it takes me no effort to do it, and that it's not something to cheer about when it's so easy for me to do. It's not like I climbed a mountain or something. But I also know that I'm blessed with some talents and that it's not about who suffered the most for a creation anymore. It's about pure joy and passion and that should be more than enough to have the right to be and express and create. O yeah. It's not like it's easy for me to take my place in the world.
Sometimes it feels like I have to earn it, that I must work for it to have a right to be. Others told me: you are so fearless in your creations, you don't have any restrictions or are afraid, you dare to do anything. I had to think and feel about it, cause it didn't resonated with me at all. I get physically sick everytime I publish a creation. Especially when I create art or design for clients it can give me sleepless nights. There is nothing easy about that for me. It's more the stuff around creating than the creating in itself that is a challenge for me.
There are times that I awake in the middle of the night, suddenly remembering something I created, did or said and feeling so bad about it. It's not that I like to speak in front of crowds or present. I get sick, my stomage turns around and don't 'like' it all. But there is a force, a passion inside me that is stronger than all the bull shit, than the fear. It's not that it takes me no effort to claim my birthright to be. It's that the passion, the feeling of wanting to express and expansion always wins. It's always bigger than any doubt, any belief I have.
It's also good to address that it's not that I have no fears or trauma's. It's despite of that all that I do what I do, that I am what I am. It's despite or due to all of that that every creation, every breath is a statement of Life. Of Joy of choosing for Fun. While also for me, I have my darkness, equal to the the amount of light and inspiration I express. I don't create with dark or light though, I create with something else: with stardust, that contains both and so much more. It's that stardust that gives me wings and makes it able for me to be so much more than I belief in moment of fear. It's the same stardust that is the base of every heart, soul and molecule in the universe.
I'm just so done with taking a canvas for granted when I want to paint the entire world. I just can't wait what I will come up with. Tons of idea's and directions I can take. Time will tell which flow I decided to swim on as I will make that decision intuitively in an inspired split second. I'm sure it will have a lot to do with expansion, with finally not holding back, it will not be about pretending to be smaller. It will be totally Mirri. Simply wonderfully totally ME.