Home, Love, Belong: the emotional journey behind a painting

A painting is most definitely a journey… some paintings happen easily without much struggle, others… not so much.  I recently posted some new paintings on my Facebook Nathalie Vachon – Artist page (as works in progress from Flora Bowley’s Bloom True e-course so people could see the many layered steps involved).  Here is a peak into the emotional journey that often accompanies each step:

HOME, LOVE, BELONG

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Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

Another must-see TED talk about vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame

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An Inspiration

As some of you know, my Uncle Paul has always been an inspiration to me.  Where my father encouraged me to be a doctor, dentist, lawyer and stay clear of the arts (of course he meant well, as many parents do) my uncle lived a creative life and was living proof that an artist can not only survive but can flourish.  I wasn’t sure if he really knew how he was a beacon for my own creative dreams but before he passed away this summer I tried to let him know.

And after he passed away I wanted to do something to honour all that he meant to me and to so many others.  This song was written in hopes of capturing how dear he was to all of us.

Written, created and produced by Ross Lynde (hubby extraordinaire) and myself.  Photos care of my also wonderful cousin Pierre-Etienne.

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Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools kill Creativity?

A wonderful Ted.com talk most definitely worth listening to.

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Be Patient…

I came across this quote from Ranier Maria Rilke years ago and it remains one of my favorites to this day:

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
Try to love the questions themselves
Do not seek answers that cannot be given
Because you would not be able to live them
And the point is…
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You Deserve the Best

by Susan Polis Schutz

This life is yours
Take the power
to choose what you want to do
and do it well
Take the power
to love what you want in life
and love it honestly
Take the power
to walk in the forest
and be a part of nature
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Thinking of Japan

As the images of earthquake and tsunami come from Japan my heart aches.  I have never been so deeply touched by a country and am so grateful to Japan for the time I spent there and the friends I have made.

Here is a lovely tribute to Japan on Etsy in honour of all the beauty that comes from Japan…

And below are some images from the Meiji Jingu Shrine (from our two days in Tokyo this past summer), I am sure that many prayers are being hung today.

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Chased by a Poem

Sometimes poetry or paintings or ideas just come.  They appear when we least expect them.  Or all of a sudden loose ends or images that we may have been thinking about surface; they unconsciously tie themselves together to form something new.  In this wonderful talk by Elizabeth Gilbert on Ted.com, the author of Eat, Pray, Love talks about the creative process and creative muses.

One of my favorite parts is where she mentions the poet Ruth Stone.  Ruth, as a young girl said she would be out working in the fields and she could hear a poem coming, barreling across the Virginia landscape.  And she would have to run home in order to get it down on paper.  This speech is under 20 minutes and so worth listening to.   It is confirmation and a little bit of balm for the creative soul.

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