Thursday, December 9, 2010
to find something that interests you in your heart of hearts.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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Friday, August 13, 2010
8-year-old painting prodigy is new art world star
It has all happened so quickly — he's still getting used to the spotlight — and Kieron Williamson fidgets a little when he's asked to share his thoughts on art.
"Cows are the easiest thing to paint," said Kieron, who has just turned 8. "You don't have to worry about doing so much detail."
Horses, he says, are "a lot harder. You have to get their legs right, and you have to make their back legs much bigger than their front."
Paintbrush prodigy Kieron — dubbed "mini Monet" by the British press — is a global sensation. All 33 of the pastels, watercolors and oil paintings in his latest exhibition sold, within half an hour, for a total of 150,000 pounds ($235,000). Buyers from as far away as the United States lined up overnight outside the gallery, and there is a 3,000-strong waiting list for his Impressionistic landscapes of boat-dotted estuaries, snowy fields and wide marshland skies.
He has a website and a business card. Strangers approach him at the gallery, asking him to sign postcards of his work. Journalists from around the world travel to his small home town in eastern England to interview him.
Kieron shrugs off the attention. "It feels normal to me," he says.
Kieron was a normal, energetic little boy, and his parents were surprised when he asked for pencils and paper during a holiday in Cornwall two years ago. They were astonished when the then-5-year-old produced an accomplished picture of boats in a harbor. He progressed rapidly to fully realized landscapes, many depicting the flat, open Norfolk countryside near their home.
"Keith and I don't paint, so we find it difficult to know what's going on inside his head," Michelle said.
"We don't understand it. We don't know where it comes from. But he's adamant it's what he wants to do. When your child has got such a gift and a talent, you have to support him."
[Video: Another child prodigy plays piano]
That hasn't stopped the Williamsons worrying about whether they are doing the right thing in exposing him to so much attention. They showed Kieron's work to a local gallery, which has mounted two exhibitions and is helping them cope with the flood of global interest.
"It's not a natural thing to want to put your kid in the media spotlight," Michelle said.
"We've met so many sharks. All they see is the financial element. They don't see the emotional stuff. You can't separate the art from Kieron."
A self-possessed blond boy, dressed in a polo shirt, shorts and sneakers, Kieron doesn't seem like a hothouse prodigy.
He likes soccer — he plays defense for a school team — and messing around on the broad North Sea beaches near his home in Holt, a pretty Georgian town 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of London.
When he talks about his work, it's with a striking mix of the adult and the childlike. He can discuss his color choices and the interplay of light and dark, but also remembers more idiosyncratic details.
"This," he said, pointing at one landscape, "is when we came back from Holkham and we couldn't get fish and chips because there was a line going from the fish and chip shop to the car park."
When he starts to draw, with a confident, relaxed fluidity, all childishness disappears. Working from a photograph of a river at sunrise, Kieron swiftly sketches the horizon, the mounds of trees and the line of the river, then uses pastels to color the yellowy pink of the sky.
His parents are happy for people to watch him work — it disproves any suspicions that the paintings are not his own.
They encountered that kind of skepticism at first, though Michelle Williamson says it has abated.
Critical opinion on Kieron's work is divided. One newspaper headline asked, "Is Kieron Britain's most exciting painter?" But others have wondered whether Kieron's paintings would be so well-regarded if he were an adult, and asked if his talent will endure.
The precedents are mixed. Pablo Picasso famously said that unlike in music, "there are no child prodigies in painting. What people regard as premature genius is the genius of childhood. It gradually disappears as they get older."
Picasso himself was a child prodigy, however, who went on to revolutionize art. The 19th-century English artist John Everett Millais was made a member of the Royal Academy at 11.
But for every Millais — or Mozart — there are many prodigies whose gifts do not survive puberty.
"Most brilliant 8-year-old pianists or footballers don't maintain it into adulthood," said Jack Boyle, a Glasgow-based child psychologist.
He advises the Williamsons not to worry too much. Kieron's talent is unlikely to do him any harm.
"Children like being successful and they like being the best," Boyle said. "My advice? Take the money and run. Milk it for every penny, but don't harm the child in the process.
"Develop his other interests — and sell as many of the paintings as you can."
At the moment, Michelle Williamson is looking forward to the start of the school year in September, when exhibitions and interviews will be replaced by homework and normal childhood routines.
The gallery is offering two new landscapes — Kieron's last work as a 7-year-old and his first as an 8-year-old — by an online auction that closes Aug. 20. A new exhibition is planned for next summer.
Michelle Williamson says she and her husband won't be disappointed if Kieron one day stops painting, as long as he is happy.
"We fully expect Kieron to change his mind," she said. "But we know that whatever he ends up doing, Kieron is going to give it 200 percent."
Kieron says he knows what he wants to be when he grows up — "painter and footballer."
And he is willing to offer advice for other aspiring artists.
"Never give up. Try and keep your buildings straight. And don't do a plain blue sky."
Saturday, July 31, 2010
This is why I love my Inhabitat Weekly Newsletter. They are all about green design, which you know we desperately need in our world today.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thanks Sue. You have a loving and generous heart!
Sacred Circle Mandalas: Mandala of Sacred Hearts: "Mandala of Sacred Hearts - (Love Series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2010 source image -calendula On July 11,2010 there was a solar eclipse that was m..."
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Well!!!! Anyway, I was thinking that it would be such fun to post some the great websites I am continually running across on my virtual travels online. I have in the past posted these lovely jewels in private emails to my varied friends who have a multitude of wide-ranging interests.
So! I thought I would peruse the website or blog and glean out something of interest for all of us. This way I would have a way to keep track of the really good sites and be able to call them up whenever I wanted.
So, here is one I found from Milliande's wonderful site that Vera from the UK passed on to us. Vera was inspired by Collecting Sacred Moments, an article by Annie B. Bond on the website Care2 make a difference.
Now, what to call this series! Any ideas?
Monday, June 21, 2010
I really wanted to share this interview with as many people as possible and also share Dr. Masaru Emoto's prayer for the Gulf of Mexico. We need to change the vibrations to love and gratitude and stop the angry and negative vibrations surrounding the entire spill fiasco. Right now, most of us have the predominantly angry emotion when we consider what is happening in the Gulf. And while certainly we are justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms, if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr Emoto, himself, has proposed.
Here is Dr. Emoto's prayer for the Gulf of Mexico:
"I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton, coral, algae, and all living creatures . . . I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
I love you. "
Please say this prayer again and again for the good of the planet and please do pass this on!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
It's actually best if you have a partner and/or team to share the experience of going through the book. I put it out into the universe that I wanted and needed a partner and the universe provided, of course! I have created a private and safe chat room for us to do our work/sharing. If you would like to join us in the chat room please leave me a message/comment below and I will email you with the address and password.
Cheryl asks us for our first Take Action Challenge to get and start a journal. Our first journal entry is to list 25 things that we are proud of about ourselves from the past 12 months. Here is my first Take Action Challenge;
- Learning how to blog, actually teaching myself how to blog.
- Taking and completing 3 online workshops = building community.
- Acing all the classes for work positioning me for greater earning power.
- Continuing the arduous paying down of debt, 20K last year.
- Preparing for college again.
- Quitting and continuing not to smoke.
- Taking all my vitamins almost everyday.
- Seeing myself grow as an artist.
- Finally realizing I don’t have to fix everything for everybody.
- Standing up for myself.
- Looking inward and listening.
- Pursuing my interests in spite of others opinions.
- Becoming more and more computer savvy.
- Declining invitations that don’t really interest me.
- Connecting with a life coach.
- Making a commitment to myself regarding Extreme Self Care.
- Continuing to eat more organic and local foods.
- Getting more and more exercise.
- Letting go of old belief systems.
- Getting to know the real me.
- Taking bold steps; like blogging for a partner or team to do the 52 weeks with me. = Putting myself out there!
- Building community for myself.
- Getting approved for work study for the Soulcollage Facilitator Training.
- Doing more things alone.
- Being satisfied with the path that I am on.
Note: The book I have was published over 10 years ago so I am only including the resources that are web sites or books.
Brushdance = www.brushdance.com
What You Need to Know Now-a Road Map for Personal Transformation =www.liveyourlight.com
The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor; Gail McMeekin
How Much Joy Can You Stand? How to Push Past Your Fears and Create Your Dreams; Suzanne Falter-Barns
Making Your Dreams Come True; Marcia Wieder
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
We tried to do all the things that are free in the Tempe area. So we took a lot of hikes in the early mornings to awesome places. Tonto National Forest, where the Saguaro reign supreme. We saw multitudes of wildlife and the cacti were ablaze with color, the desert is so alive. Hole in the rock, Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park, all fabulous.
In the afternoons we went to several Museums. We went to Tempe History Museum and learned a thing or two about the area. Information starting from the very early days, prehistoric days right up to what is happening currently in this area. We made a Tempe Town Post Card, it was an interactive software program that took our picture and allowed us to choose some really beautiful scenes around Tempe.
We also went to the library where there are passes for a number of events and happening throughout the Phoenix area and beyond. We got free passes for the Heard Museum. I finally saw great 3-D in a IMAX theater....Oceans, WOW! We had a massage at the Massage School that offers 2 for 1 massages that only cost $25.00 for both!
We ate at home every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner except for the last night of my vacation. Then we celebrated with all you can eat Chinese, we loved it!
All in all it was one of the best vacations I have had. I have lots more photos!
Friday, April 16, 2010
The book is divided into 52 weeks, so there is a chapter for each week. All the chapters are very short and sweet. Cheryl Richardson has divided the chapters into 3 easy parts, first the main focus, second the "Take Action Challenge" and finally the Resources. The Take Action Challenge is based on the main focus for the week and you will journal and do exercises reflecting that focus and the Resources will help you achieve that.
It really is spectacularly easy!
One of the first things recommended is to find a partner or team to share this with and that is the purpose of this blog entry....to find someone who will partner with me on a year long journey or point me in the right direction.
So if you are interested in practical and inspiring ways to improve your life one week at a time join me by making a comment so that I may contact you. We'll pick a date and start!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
'I wanted to play with positives and negatives to encourage people to think twice
Friday, April 9, 2010
I was looking through my emails and ran across this monumental art work! This is so totally awesome. I really wanted you to see it.
It's a giant photo! A composite of a thousands photos of people walking in an urban setting.
I love that he has describes it as, "It is the translation of reality through my own designed camera." I think it's called, Urban Flow and he manages to capture little bits of time in an urban setting. It's an awesome work and a wonderful concept. Go see it at Adam Magyar
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Thank you everyone! This is fun and I am having a lovely day. It's so nice to have so many people thinking about me on my birthday. I am grateful!
Monday, March 22, 2010
I hope you have a super great day and that all the luck you deserve goes on and on forever and ever and that all of your birthday wishes come true!
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Hope you have fun with this!
Grandma loves you.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Here's my dark of the moon project.
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!