I received the most beautiful snail mail today, from my sweet earth gem sista, Sezolas. She found this exoskeleton of a leaf on one of her walks…
She said it divinely reminded her of the preciousness of life, and the wisdom of the Crone.
It is so delicate, you can see right through it. it is now a part of my dreamboard collage, and a thread of my heart.
I’ve been spending so much time in my studio…
meeting those artist fears of what to do, and how to be. I am learning to give myself the same advice as I give to others:
You are the greatest thing you’ve got.
“And no one could ever bring me down
Maybe I never understood
And nobody needs to save me now
As if they ever really could
I never felt so free
And never been so alone
Everything’s how it ought to be
Here in the great unknown”
In The Great Unknown lyrics ~ by Mary Fahl
:: google earth
:: tine, wild woman artist of the elephants
:: the frasier episode “Out with Dad”
commissions for purple goddess…
“You have no conception of the limits
you have placed on your perception,
and no idea of all the loveliness that you could see.
Perception can make whatever picture
the mind desires to see.
In this lies either Heaven or hell,
as you elect.”
~ The Course in Miracles
“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”
~ Alice Walker
Telstra Tower on Black Mountain in the early morning, with rising sun.
Unconditional love cat street art in the city. (I know who does these!)
Tree against a building across the street from where I work. Late afternoon.
Things are delicious and big and busy at the moment.
No writing for me tonight ~ things will be unveiled gradually,
in a striptease of the spirit.
Just one thing though:
The best thing on a Sunday afternoon is hot chocolate in Deb’s kitchen, just yakking, while she bakes caramel fudge walnut brownies… then proceeds to dish up hot brownies with ice-cream just for afternoon tea.
sigh. sunday arvos shouldn’t be without.
This week’s Illustration Friday topic is TRANQUILITY.
“Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats.”
Here’s a preview of my book ~ for all those who haven’t been able to download it.
“It’s F A B U L O U S. Pure delight. You are such a STAR. I love to watch you G L O W.”
~ SARK, author of “Succulent Wild Woman”
“A fabulous glimpse into Leonie’s World.
This a wonder-filled book by Leonie. I settled down in my garden to read – what a pure delight! The words bounced off the page with colour, life and sparkle. I treasured every morsel, every word, picture, thought and feeling.
Thank you Leonie – for such a precious gift.”
~ Penny a Tudor Rose
“Incandescent, Luminous, A Kaleidoscope of Color and Feeling…
This STUNNING work by Leonie Allan has simply taken my breath away. I absolutely love the colors, the artwork, the photographs, but it is her words, her heart, her soul that radiate warmth and love and joy on every page, even the ones that express her sorrows and hard times, because in the end, Leonie’s heart is ever triumphant and you SOAR with her. I have carried this book around with me like a talisman since the day it arrived. When I needed it most, through the hardest of times, I’ve only to open a page and Leonie floats me on her words. I’ve read it at stoplights while driving. I take it with me everywhere. It has become a touchstone for me. A touchstone full of grace. Thank you Leonie, for the gift of your beautiful heart.”
~ Maitri Libellule, author, fiber artist
“The world has found a new precious voice…
Leonie Allan’s “Today I Grew Like a Wildflower” is a sweet-scented manifesto of a “life well-lived.” Allan shares with us her enthusiasm and curiosity for the world and takes us into a spiral, a labyrinth of self-discovery. Captivated by glorious artwork and welcomed wimsy coupled with intense reflection, we come away feeling like we are better human beings – because we are exactly who we are: splendidly flawed, beautiful human beings.
Leonie Allan has birthed this book; now the universe has accepted this new voice, a voice we will surely be hearing more from in the future.”
~ Lisa Marie Brodsky, poet
“A warm, magical book
This book is an absolute delight to the eye — full of gorgeous color and inspiring artwork. It is bubbly and joyful and genuine — an honest love letter from a very open heart.
It’s not all fluff and rose-colored glasses — the author shares her struggles as well as her triumphs.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for innocent wonder, candid expression and wild inspiration.”
“Uplifting and Brilliant!
This book is uplifting and inspirational. I found myself immersed in Leonie’s stories. It felt more like a I was having a conversation with a good friend rather than reading a book.
I emerged after finishing it feeling stronger, braver and inspired.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a boost to the heart and soul.”
~ Dawn Taylor
“It was everything I expected and more – I couldn’t put it down.
While I read it I smiled, nodded, paused, pondered and laughed.
I wanted to give the book a hug when I finished.
I feel uplifted and wiser for reading it!”
~ Lile Koneska, jewellery designer
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You can do so here.
“Today I grew like a wildflower” is still available for sale ~ click here to order!
Deepest blessings to your day,