November 2005

my first day at work as an artist…

by Leonie Dawson on November 28, 2005


finally… the long awaited day…

my first {of many to come} Monday at home as an artist.

on sunday night i had butterflies and nervous energy… it’s the big one ya know – stepping into the job of your dreams. i fretted over what i would do, how i would fill my time, what if i got artist’s block. i even giggled with chris that i worried what my boss (i.e. me) would be like… would she let me take lunch breaks?

the morning arrives.
i wake early. eat a cheese roll and scrummy new yogurt for breakfast.
do some tai chi for 20 minutes.
finish up some digital illustrations.
smudge my studio to free up the energy {it worked a treat}.
meditated in front of my SEED altar {thank you SEED HANDBOOK}
lit some candles, burnt some wildflower essential oil
and got to “work”… referencing my lil book of doodles, i began two mermaid paintings… and finished up Goddess of the Garden.
at lunch i cycled up to the post office to send off some client pieces,
and felt like a *hero*

my first day as an artist.
it was simple and balanced and good.

i know there is so much more to come on this journey…
but i have begun.
i will rejoice in that for a while… i have BEGUN.
no matter what the fears or the what ifs –
they are incomparable to the what if i hadn’t leapt.

love,
leaping leonie

“Use what talent you possess – the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
~ Henry Van Dyke


magic in an old garage…

by Leonie Dawson on November 28, 2005



{click on images to make larger}

I was at a barbeque on Saturday night. It was raining, so we were all sitting on camping chairs inside an old garage. Light streamed through one small window, and as my friends were chatting, I took the above shots.

Who knew that a photo shoot of the oblivious on a rainy day in an old garage would turn out so beautifullly?

Keep your eyes peeled – I have a sneaking suspicion that magic is happening all around us, every moment of every day.

Tia Emma, Julia, Andrea

I also got to meet Andrea and Julia’s aunt Emma who is visiting from Equador.
I practiced my Spanish introduction over and over again. She doesn’t speak English, and I wanted to be able to say something she could understand…
Ola Tia Emma! Como estaz?

We forged a friendship based on that sentence, Andrea’s interpreting and many hugs.
I just love her already!

We are all beings of light and we are here to light the way for each other.
~ the daily om

the creative embers…

by Leonie Dawson on November 25, 2005

leonie & her fairy friends
photo & imaging by juliana
{click on image for large size}

“Keep stoking those creative embers in your womb……….. poking, prodding, nurturing, pushing the boundaries of your self created limitations until they no longer exist…. revel in the feeling of freedom……… investigate the new worlds you have created…………. bask in the delicious warmth of your inferno.”

~ Raquel Clark, artist

This Friday night’s post is brought to you by two dear goddess friends, raquel & juliana, from my womens circle…
may their words, wisdom and gifts seep through from the screen to touch a knowing part inside you.

I am so deeply blessed to know you both, and to have you nourishing my insides with gentle words, loving wisdom, and a wildish living of life.