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This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

It's Autumn!

Candle wax and W&N watercolour on Aqua 300gsm
Autumn in South Africa

Autumn, oh autumn! How you enchant me with your wonderful colours and cool days! How you inspire with your falling leaves, your magical diversity of combining the best of all four seasons in just a few weeks! Your changing fall foliage never fails to surprise and delight me, getting us ready for winter in the most beautiful way!


  1. That's gorgeous, and your artistic process sounds really fascinating. I'd like to read more about how you do this! It's so intriguing to me, having friends who are experiencing autumn this month, while I am looking for signs of spring!

    1. Thank you Katherine! Yes, it's amazing that, like clock-work, as I'm posting Autumn items, the Northern hemisphere is SO looking forward to spring!

      The candle wax technique is really simple - I just 'draw' the tree trunks with a piece of sharpened white candle and then paint right over it. The paint doesn't take where the candle wax is, very similar to to Friskit, that rubbery stuff one paints on to preserve some white in the painting. But unlike Friskit, the candle wax cannot be removed, once it's there, it's there! Ha ha! Sometimes makes for some interesting outcomes!


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