This year marked the 110 years since the inception of International Women Day. May we stand for equality continuously and nurture humanity. International Women Day's main focus is to close the equality gap worldwide, fight bias, and counteract stereotypes.
Hello friends, Thank you for being here to shine your light. Like you, I do believe that one day we will reach gender parity and equality.
International Women’s day is important because when we stand for the rights of women we are standing for human rights.
Ladies, if you feel unjust, make sure you stand up for yourself and your genders. It is by speaking up with dignity and asking for equality that we can move the world forward.
Let us rise above hatred, unfair treatments, and bigotries. We need to set an example to our younger women generation, teach them how to gain respect and not to be objectified, and remind them that equality is the ultimate goal for their future.
If we want equality, we have to do our parts every day. Show up as the dignified women that we are and lead by examples.
Actions are powerful. When our behaviors are united with our demands, we are empowered to command respect. Our persistence and our consistency will propel changes, it may not happen immediately, but it will.
As an artist, I choose to stand up for equality with my women's art. My focus is on women's self-empowerment, respect, and love. It is a mission of mine to support women and to help us to rise above discrimination.
My passion is to remind us to stop playing small because the world needs us to shine our light and lead with dignity and wisdom.
Since the inception of IWD, Here is an example of what has happened with the political fabric of the world. Change has been a long time coming, as this timeline shows:
1893 – New Zealand becomes the first nation to enshrine full female suffrage, though women are not allowed to stand for election until 1919.
1897 – The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies is formed in the UK, later to be led by Millicent Fawcett.
1894 – The UK permits single women to vote in local elections, a key stage in the eventual granting of equal suffrage rights in 1928.
1920 – The US amends its constitution to allow women to vote across the country after Utah set the ball rolling in 1896 for individual states to enact their laws.
1986 – Switzerland permits women to vote in nationwide polls.
2015 – Saudi Arabian women vote for the first time, in local elections.
Women may not see full equality today because Gender bias is still widespread, but we must not give up, there is still a lot of work that needs attention, and it begins with you and me.
Women’s rights are human rights, and we deserve to demand justice and empowerment.
With Creative Joy,
With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, love is definitely top on our minds. It doesn't have to be a day for couples only. It can be just be the day to say "I am love".
Hey friends, are you a romantic at heart? I am and I have painted a whole series dedicated to love, called the Romance Series.
I believe in romance so much, that I have collected 28 years of cards that Paul has ever written to me, and I am not kidding!
Why do I believe in romance? I believe in it because when you show someone that you are grateful for them, your gratitude and love will strengthen and improve your relationship. And I know we all desire to have relationships that continuously flourish and bring joy. And here are more reasons why Love Conquers All.
Love is Powerful
Love is Universal, and it never runs out. It is an emotional feeling that surpasses so many challenges. If you love with all your heart, you will manifest energy that is powerful and undeniable.
Love is a Confidence Booster
Love gives a person confidence and security because when a person is loved, she will always have guidance and protection.
Unconditional love can make a difference in someone's life. So give out love from your heart, and you will see someone blossom into the most magnificent being.
Love yourself unconditionally, and you will gain self-acceptance. And the harmful comparison of others will end you will also regain your value and be proud of who you are.
Let's Celebrate Love
Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! Plan a special day and spoil your loved ones because LOVE is worth celebrating.
With Creative Joy,
After such a challenging year, I am grateful to be unwinding for the Xmas Season. This time of the year evokes thoughts of gratitude.
Thank you from the bottom of my Heart.
I want to let you know that I am so grateful for you. Thank you for letting me be in your inbox every week. Thank you for all your love, comments, and emails that you have sent to me.
Why you are the Best Gift to the World.
Most of all, I appreciate you because you are a gift to this world.
Your smile, laughter, love, generosity, kindness, and wisdom are all part of this Universe's energy. Your empathy and compassion are making a difference on this planet. Every positive energy you put out there in this world multiplies, and the world becomes a better place because of you.
So, my friends, you are a very special star. How would you like to shine for the Christmas season and the upcoming year? Would you like to join me and make the world a better place by being the best we can be and share it with our loved ones and the world?
Remember, you are never too small to make a difference. If you have touched one person's life this year with your thoughtfulness and love, that kindness will multiply to abundance.
For Paul and I, since we have recently lost my mother Mei, the grieve is still profoundly painful. We are keeping our Christmas celebration simple but memorable by expressing our gratitude to God and the Universe.
I want to give thanks to my mom, and her love has made a difference in my life. She was an exemplary and selfless woman and mother. I will always be grateful for what my mom had taught me. To honor my mother, I will live my life with gratitude and courage. I miss her dearly.
How would you like to celebrate your season of gratitude this year? Who would you like to honor and to give thanks to during this season?
Once again, my gratitude extends to you for letting me be part of your life, I want to take this time to thank you from the bottom of my heart for connecting with me.
Well, my friends, Paul and I wish you and your family all the best for the gratitude Season, and may it be joyous and memorable.
Stay safe, my friends.
For those of you that are familiar with my art, you know that I believe in miracles and higher energy.
When a person passes on, her body is no longer needed, you may not be able to touch and hug your beloved, but the spirit continues to live on. As a matter of fact, it takes on a meaningful and magical presence in your life.
Hi Friends, My beautiful mother, Mei Wong passed away on November 27th, 2020. Since then, I have witnessed at least one miracle a day.
Throughout my adulthood, I had many suppressed emotional issues about my childhood. I did not know how to deal with my emotional pain, so I buried them instead of dealing with them.
My mother's passing had excavated these emotional issues to the surface. Mei has helped me by aligning unresolved issues to the forefront. After all these years, I was finally able to find a resolution to my suppressed feelings. I am so grateful for my mother's grand gesture of love.
My mom continues to show me that love does conquer all and that she is LOVE.
My grieving has also subsided because my mom came to me with a song.
Since the day my mom Mei suffered her last stroke, I have sobbed like a baby. I am not one that cries. I reserved my tears in hopes that I will remain strong and in control.
But with my mother’s situation, I have allowed myself to be open with my pain by embracing my grief, and the only way I know how to relieve the pain is to sob openly like a baby.
My energy got depleted because of my depression. I was starting to lose focus on my life. All I wanted was to stay in bed all day and cry.
One night, I went upstairs to my bedroom to cry. My husband Paul was downstairs praying to my mom for guidance. He wanted to know what he could do to comfort me.
Before Paul could finish with his request, he started humming this song. Top of the world by Carpenters. When I finished my sobbing, Paul approached me and told me to listen to the melody and the lyrics. My husband told me it is from mom to me. I could not have agreed more.
When someone leaves the physical plain, she will always remain in spirit. My mom will guide me with her wisdom and love. I will continuously talk to my mom and love her forever in my heart.
When my time comes, I know I will see her again. Love you mom.
It is with deepest sorrow, my mom, Mei Ying Wong passed away on Nov 27th, 2020 at 6 a.m. Pacific time, in her care home. Victoria Chinatown Care Centre in Victoria, B.C.
My mom, Mei Ying Wong was an extraordinary woman and I am not just saying that because she was my mom. I know, if you would have ever met Mei, you would agree wholeheartedly with me.
To describe Mei’s life is an impossible task. Her life was rich, adventurous, and fascinating. Mei was a complex and incredible woman.
My mom was a songstress, She relished the chance to sing a song, and that was when her showmanship shone. She had the most beautiful voice. It was powerful, clear, and melodic. When Mei sang, the world listened in awe. One of her contributions to the Victoria Chinatown Care Centre, where she resided was to bring joy and entertainment value to her fellow residents with her singing ability.
Mei was also a devotional and intelligent woman. My mom was fearless, being the eldest of 11 siblings, and coming from hardship, she started working at a very young age, helping her mom and dad with their small businesses, and learned about commerce and entrepreneurship. She remained a loyal and supportive daughter until their passing. And in the eyes of her siblings, Mei was a natural born leader that led with her heart and brain.
Throughout my mom’s creative life, she had a few careers. She was a school teacher, a successful businesswoman and a savvy investor. Mei, the feminist, had a go-getter tenacity, and she was courageous and adventurous, she also loved animals and nature.
Above all, My mom was a dedicated mother that wanted her girls to have the brightest future possible. She wanted us to forge a life of independence and the knowledge that there was nothing we couldn't do. Mei was an admirable mother who loved unconditionally.
If you were to describe my mom, you would have a hard time finding one word that pinpoints her personality. She was truly unique. Her magnetic charisma and beautiful presence attracted so much attention. One could not walk by my mom without doing a double take, Mei was the honey, and we were all her bees.
My mom is in heaven as we speak, singing her lungs out in the meadow of flowers, surrounded by an audience of angels and loved ones. Mei will be greatly missed and loved by all that knew her.
Today, is the Celebration of Life for Mei Ying Wong. Due to Covid Rule, I am not allowed to attend. I will celebrate her life with Paul, my husband and we will be with her in spirit.
With great sadness,
Friends, what is forgiveness? Forgiveness is overcoming ill feelings toward an offense.
Here is a confession, I have done many things in my life that I am not proud of, and one of the things I am not proud of is my unwillingness to forgive myself.
And I know you can relate,
My empathetic heart is very biased, and I am afraid to say, not in my favor. You see, my friend, I am so quick to forgive everyone that has harmed in my life but so slow at forgiving myself.
Lately, during a conversation with a friend, she expressed the same sentiment, and I thought there is a lesson to be learned here for all of us.
If we are willing to forgive others, then there should be no difference when it comes to forgiving ourselves. We need to give ourselves grace, overcome our self-resentment, and work towards self-forgiveness.
If we don't forgive ourselves now, then when are we ever going to love ourselves?
Are we going to lie in bed every night, wishing and hoping that we could have done better?
Or Are we going to lie in bed every night, thanking God for this beautiful life and try to honor it the best we can?
Remember, we are only humans, live your life with purpose and be kind to yourself and others.
Once in a while, you may fall off the cliff, but it does not mean you should self-sabotage, instead learn from it and take control of your happiness by self-accepting. True happiness takes self-mastery, and I am not there yet. :)
Hence the Art series of Self Acceptance is painted. This series is about self-discovery, love, and acceptance.
This collection of Self Acceptance Artwork will empower you to live your life to the fullest by first accepting and loving yourself. You are beautiful.
Self Acceptance will suit any boudoir. This charming and feminine series is perfect for any woman that wants to be empowered by her self discovery.
To view this collection, please click onto the pictures below.
With a Self Accepting Heart,
Hey friends, Do you remember the first time you realized your mom loves you?
My mom is not doing well, and I will continue to celebrate her love with you.
I am thinking of my mom and feeling her spirit all around me. She is sad at the moment, but she is LOVED.
I remember my first memory of what love was, and this painting "Unconditional Love", where a girl is sitting, looking at her mom, the Moon, it tells a story of that day, and what I am about to share with you is the "behind the scene" story.
I was eight years old at that time, and I was no longer living with my mom. I was schooling in Singapore while my parents operated their business in Malaysia.
Anyway, My mom came to visit, and she would usually stay for a few weeks. I was so thrilled to have mom by my side for a little while.
While she was visiting, we would hang out doing nothing in particular, just being with each other was more than enough for me.
One afternoon I came home from school, and she wasn’t around. So I waited for her to return, when she came home she handed me a box, I opened it, and there it was, a pair of shoes! They weren’t anything fancy, they were just regular canvas shoes for school, but it was the thought that counted.
You see, my school shoes were falling apart on me, but I have forgotten to mention them to my mom, but because she deeply cared for me, she has noticed.
In our family culture, love was not expressed verbally nor in grand gesture. Therefore a little gesture like that was a HUGE thing for me.
And that was the precise moment a light bulb went off in my head, and I thought to myself, “That is LOVE!”.
To read the original story of unconditional love, click here: https://www.tingyuenart.com/unconditional-love-print.html
This artwork is perfect for your child's or your mother's room. The original was sold to a lovely lady that had lost her son. I gave a print of this to my mom, it is now hanging in her room in the senior centre.
With unconditional love,
I come to you with a heavy heart today. I am losing someone dear to my heart, my mom, Mei.
I have painted about my mom and have expressed my love for her in my paintings.
For the past ten years, my mom suffers from Dementia. Last week, my mom fell into an unresponsive state and got hospitalized.
I talk to Mei every week, and ever since the Pandemic, her health has declined, so I called her twice a week.
A month ago, my mom called me, which was surprising to me. You see, since my mom has been suffering from Dementia, she does not do that anymore, My phone number is plaster on her wall, but she does not seem to realize that.
Anyway, she called me out of the blues, to tell me that she found my phone number and that she wants to come and see me. So I agreed that she should, although we should wait till the Pandemic is over to be safe.
The following day, I was elated that she had called the night before. That night, she called again, and I was equally impressed. But I also knew it could be the last of her lucid mind.
Subsequently, the phone calls that followed were a mixture of lucidity and confusion.
My last conversation with her was a monologue on her part, and I listened. That was the last time I talked to my mom. Mei fell into an unresponsive state and got hospitalized, she has now returned to her senior center to rest.
I have dove into a feeling of deep sorrow, knowing that the days are numbered.
I did not grow up with my mom since I was 7, I miss out on some life lessons, but I also remember some that are so important that it got seared into my young brain and continued to benefit me till today.
My mom is a complex feminist of many values. She is not perfect by any means. Mei is a songstress with a go-getter tenacity, and she is courageous and adventurous. She was also a successful teacher and businesswoman.
Above all, my mom was a woman that wanted her girls to have the brightest future possible, so much so that she was willing to give up her identity as a mother. She trusted us to forge our lives like she did when she was little.
Her offspring, my sisters, and I bore a lot of our mother's traits, the good and the bad.
During these days of grieving, my sister, Precious Pearl, said to me, when you are feeling sad about mom, try to think of the good times that you have spent with her.
And I have so many. Here is one:
"My mom and I went for a walk. I bought her a coffee maker and some coffee. I wanted to train her to drink a cup a day for health benefits.
That gorgeous spring day, Mei and I were having a good time. On our way home, we were chatting up a storm, oblivious to our surroundings, we got lost.
So my mom and I went to the closest convenience store and asked the clerk to call us a cab. While we were waiting for the taxi, we shared our misadventure with the clerk. The clerk then pulled out a cab voucher and told us that she does not take cabs and that she got it as a gift.
The clerk then passed it on to us and told us to use it. Mom and I felt so blessed that we met a lady with such a big heart (I hope she is reading this) we thought she was just the icing to our adventure. As we rode the taxi home, we reminisced about the kind clerk and laughed about our misadventure."
Love you, mother,
Now, I would love it, if you could share one of your fondest moment about your mom with me below on the comment. Let's honor our moms today and every day. <3
With deep sorrow
" To me, success is making a positive difference through art - making art that affects the world and that changes the way people feel about themselves and the world." Kat Grahan
Hi Friends, thank you for allowing me to visit your inbox every week. I enjoy sending inspirations your way.
You see, I believe that daily positive thinking is viable for a fulfilling life.
Did you know before I was a painter, I was working in the service industry? I wore many hats, from serving to managing to a wine sommelier. The industry did not provide my creative soul the satisfaction that my spirit wanted, but it allowed Paul, my husband, and I to live on Cayman Island. He and I moved there as soon as we got married!
Unfortunately, one fateful day under the big blue sky of the Caribbean island, my best friend, Paul was injured in a car accident. Our life became wallowed in the great blue sky of pain. Instantly, our life dreams and plans crumbled. The two of us felt despaired, discouraged, and stressed.
Paul yearned for me to start painting because he knew it was something that I wanted to do for a very long time, and intuitively he knew it was going to help me to reclaim my sanity.
And that is how I started my journey as a painter. As soon as I opened my first tube of paint, painting became my therapy, and that is how my Artist Diary series was born. I painted every spare minute that I could find, and I became obsessed.
The joy of painting crafted me a life of self-kindness, it awakened my spirit, and it became a heart-led approach to healing. As I heal, Paul did as well.
I am aware that no one has a perfect life, and we all have our own stories to tell, so that is the reason why I paint about life, aspirations, and inspirations. I painted these stories because they helped me to lift my spirit, and when I decided to share my art with the world, the universe brought you to me.
Through my art journaling, we share a connection between kindness and possibility, and we helped each other through our darkest hours.
Your life may have many life events that are similar to mine, and that is how we find our common grounds. I am forever grateful that through my painting journey, we found each other.
This year has been challenging for all of us, and a dose of positive reminders or manifesto is needed, and that is the reason why Paul and I have recently included the painting, Sky's the Limit to our private collection.
You see, during the last few years of transformation, Paul and I have looked at this painting everyday, she reminded us that our potential to true happiness was limitless. Her message and the manifestation of growth that she brought to us was undeniable.
So my friends, when you choose a piece of artwork that you want to live with for years to come, remember it is so much more than what matches your interior design or couch.
Choose wall art that reinforces positivity and growth. One that sets the tone for positive living to your life, afterall you have to live with it every day, so why not let your wall decor do more than ecstatic benefit.
Let your chosen print or painting be the healer and motivator of your life.
The world as you know it may not be ideal, but it is your responsibility to make your life as positive as possible, and sometimes that is to surround yourself with art that reminds you of beauty and goodness in the world.
This week, I have created a compilation of artwork that has made a difference in my life, to view the paintings and stories, please scroll down.
I would also like to know, which of my artwork has spoken to you with light and encouragement and which one brings you transformation. I would be deeply grateful if you would share your comments below.
With Creative Joy,
British Columbia provided our Art Business with endless beauty, but the connection we have with you, our art tribe is what drove our inspiration.
Hello friends, I have to say the last time when Paul and I drove away from B.C., which was about a month ago, it was heartfelt.
As we dove through the mountainous terrain, we reminisced about our past with fondness.
During our time in British Columbia, Paul and I have hiked, skid, and snowshoed countless mountains, we've also crossed many rivers by foot, rode our bikes in the forest, and hung out on our raft on many lakes. It is truly a nature lover's paradise.
British Columbia has been nothing but short of magical for Paul and me. We have grown tremendously as a couple and spiritually.
In business, we have pursued many challenges and our little Art Rush Gallery has grown in size and has become a mighty little business.
Both of us, want to take this time to give our gratitude to British Columbia, a place that has blessed our art business with a tremendous amount of growth.
We would also like to thank you, for visiting and connecting with us at our gallery in various B.C. locations. You have given us the chance to grow and prosper as artists. We appreciate you, for endorsing your trust in our business.
Paul and I will always be grateful for the time we have had in this beautiful province and for all the people we have met there.
You may have walked into our Art Rush Gallery or found us on Social Media by chance, but we believe it was our good fortune and fate that brought us together.
Both of us have always said that, we have the best customers and friends because we believe in similar things, respect for nature, creativity, and humanity. Our appreciation goes to British Columbia for bringing us together in the most magnetic way.
The two of us, are excited about our new beginning in Nova Scotia. Distance is not a factor, as with today’s technology, keeping in touch is a breeze.
We look forward to sharing more of our creations with you very soon. (And the speed of doing that, depends on how quickly our unpacking of the house is coming along.) LOL!
Take care and stay safe everyone.
With Creative Joy,
Ting and Paul
Ting Yuen Art
Hi I am Ting, I am so glad that you are here.