With Hello friends,
life has it's ups and downs. But sometimes you might be stuck in the downs for a long time, you try to be brave and endure the negativity. You may lie to yourself and tell yourself that things will get better. But sometimes it just doesn't.
Remember you can't change a person or a place but you can change your attitude and your situation. So my friends if you are caught in a predicament that have lasted for years, it is no longer a predicament anymore, it is your life.
I have met many girls that have made the necessary changes to find happiness. It takes courage, but is so doable, and I am proud of those ladies that have picked up their courage did the right thing for themselves. Bravo my friends, find your wings and soar high.
This painting is called Courage, it was painted because it was inspired by a girl that fought for her happiness.
This is the story that goes with Courage:
"In this painting, the girl is gaining energy and courage from the moon while surrounded by a kaleidoscope of dragonflies which symbolize change. Courage was inspired by a customer of mine, who wrote me recently expressing how some of my works have inspired her to make the adjustments that she needed in her life. She explained to me with much sensitivity how her old lifestyle wasn’t serving her well anymore and she knew she had to make some drastic changes. So she picked up her courage, gathered her energy, abandoned her familiarity and forged into the unknown with fearlessness and determination. Her strength has prevailed and now she has made the transformation into self contentment and happiness, hence Courage was painted. "
I hope you have enjoyed this my friends, remember to take courage to make the necessary changes in your life. You are worth it!
Please share this with a friend that might just need a little reminder. Or if you have taken the steps to find happiness through courage, please leave me a comment below I would love to hear from you.
With honor in mind and in spirit,
Hello friends, You may be an artist, a spiritual healer, a musician or a writer, whatever vocation you are in, remember to create work from your heart.
When you create with a sense of purpose and in a place of service, your work will speak volume and make lasting impact that nourish the world. Show your vulnerability because your words and wisdom may be someone's saving grace.
My painting journey started when I was going through a challenging time of my life and I needed an outlet to express myself and since writing was not my choice of communication, I decided to give painting a try. The moment I picked up a paint brush, I felt like I have "come home" so to speak, it just felt right and that is how I started painting my "Artist Diary" series.
Naturally as my work progresses, I started selling my art and it became my livelihood. That is when I began to write the stories to go along with them. At that time, I was a terrible writer but through practice, my writing skills did improve and I am forever grateful for what I have learnt through my art journey.
By doing the duo skills of painting and writing, I have discovered that the expression and meaning of my stories are just as important as my images. The stories breathe life into my work, they are the connecting factor, they also eliminate the guessing game. From that stand point, I started marketing my work through the combination of both visual and words because it is effective. It helps me to share my messages with the world
I am very fortunate that my work have helped many people through hard times or served as a catalyst in their transformation. I may be doing a small service for my audience but to me no matter how small it is, it is worthwhile.
As an artist I do feel very fortunate that I live in a country where I have the freedom to express my vision. I choose to make my work meaningful and share my vulnerabilities because through my joy, pain or accomplishments, I may find a common ground and connect with my tribe.
So I implore you to think about your art as your platform to be part of a positive growing society. Relate with your customers and ask them what it is about your work that speak to them. You may be surprised that it may have nothing to do with the image but everything to do with the meaning.
I think as humans, we really just want to connect and relate. So use your art as a catalyst for positive impact, use it to guide and educate. I know if we use our gifts to raise the universal consciousness, we will be able to make a difference in the world with our art.
with honor in mind and in spirit,
Hello friends, I have been away for a couple weeks, visiting my parents. It was an emotional time for me because both my parents are elderly. I know my time with them is limited and I tend to get emotional about people that are dear to my heart.
Today's topic is not an easy one. The painting above is about my mom Mei, she has dementia. Mei lives in a senior centre in Victoria, Chinatown. She is losing her memory slowly and she comes in and out of reality throughout the day. My mom had a fall recently and had recovered from her hip surgery but it had definitely affected her memory condition.
It is very hard to see my mom in this state because she was such a strong person before, she had all the courage in the world and the tenacity and the wits to go through the most difficult of time. Seeing my mom deteriorating is extremely heart breaking. So if your loved ones suffer from dementia, remember to call or visit them more often because the more contact you have with them, the better it is for their mental health. Even just a phone call a week will make a difference. We need to keep reminding them that they are loved and ever so treasured in our hearts.
Although it was a difficult visit but it was so nice to see her. My mom loves dessert and of course we spoilt her with many little treats from the Chinese bakery. My husband, Paul was so guilty of that, my mom was showered with boxes of treats the entire visit. Now that we are back home again, mom has returned to her regular diet and so have we. :)
I know I am losing my mom soon and I am having a hard time with it. I would like to hold on to mom much longer but it is not up to me. So my friends if you have a relative that suffers from Dementia, remember treasure the time you have with them because they are not going to last forever. Please share this with a friend that may need a little reminder <3
With honor in my mind and in spirit,
Ting Yuen Art
Hi I am Ting, I am so glad that you are here.