My beautiful friend Shan sent me this ethereal portrait she created of me a couple of years ago.
I decided it was high time to portrait~ise her as the elvin princess she is.
Shan and I met in boarding school, bonding over a lot of spirit and art. I fell in love with her dreamy, soulful, vibrant artwork of angels and women, and with her just as she is: deep, laughing, light-filled, honest, loving and glowing.
I decided back then that if I was ever asked what artists inspired me the most, Shan would be one of the answers.
And as I grow older, I realise the best way to be inspired is being inspired to be even more like yourself, just as you are.
And I think that’s what Shan does. She makes everyone around her glow because she sees their goodness and their beauty.
And all I need to be is Leonie, with my own glow and my own way.
May we all be who we truly are, divine hotties that we are, Leonie
Every so often I play little creative games for the day.One happy day was taking photos of every blue thing I saw with my cute old Samsung V3 dodgy digi cam. It’s cute in that kind of four-year-old-digital-appliance-rendered-almost-vintage kinda way. One thing it does do nicely is take good photos of blue.
It was totally interesting to spend one day consciously observing and filtering for one particular colour… I ended up finding about 50 objects and made a blue~matrix of them…
Some of my favourite pics are…
my boss’s water bottle (delicious)
a sign near our food markets…
this dangly-things-for-adults hangs from the ceiling in a shopping centre…
found this in the window of a kid’s store… can that bird be any tweeter?
an observation on the state of blue: currently the trend is for more navy coloured blues than the vibrant turquoise-aqua ends of the field (which are more my vogue). i’m wondering if it’s because i took these during winter and somehow colours are seasonally variable?
It seems so many of us are remembering our own beauty these days.
What if the whole world remembered? How can we remind ourselves on a daily basis of this love? How can we remind each other when we forget?
I have a burning passion of sharing the truth of beauty with the world. I want to set the whole world alight with love. Each creation is a baby of truth and a signpost towards divinity. I see images and feel words and wonder how I might be able to gift and share these out into the world.
I feel this is where art and business intersects as a vehicle for living my purpose and sharing my creations with the world. “Business” can have such funny connotations around it, and yet at the base of it all, everything is energy. Money is an energy exchange and the sharing of art is an energy exchange. When I can create with intention, offer it to the world to be sent out in wildly coloured envelopes or hung on studio walls, and receive an energy exchange back ~ that is a spirited and abundant cycle of inspiration and connection.
Which is a lot just to share ~ It would be amazing to have these messages of beauty, truth and spirit sent around the world.
For those beauties who asked (and every other soul beauty who might be interested) ~ you can buy prints and cards reminding us of our delicious truth here ~
* This letter was published in the Letters to the Editors section of the Proserpine Guardian newspaper on Wednesday August 1, 2007. I have to say just how beautiful it was to see the words “Grandmother Wisdom” on that page, wedged between letters of complaint against traffic lights and various governments. Whilst those things are important, I know which is the most important of all. *
May we all know what is truly important in our lives.