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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SPIRIT-MEETS-PATTERN-CHALLENGE #25

I am a big fan of art that looks like written on chalkboards. With my todays pattern I tried to pick it up and bring my own vibe in. First I started with a black backround but then I liked grey more because it didn´t look too harsh to me.


The quote is so true. People we attract into our lives show us what topics we have inside of us. If we don´t like aspects in other humans then this is the absolute sign that we have an issue with it ourselves. Most people get upset about others and don´t realize, that there is a lesson for them in this encounter with the other person. If we don´t look at it, we affect people in our entire life with the same unsolved issue. We don´t have to live with it all our lives because there are many great tools in this world to heal and dissolve these themes.
Have a magical day,

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SHE

With this weeks design I found a quote I am really fond of. In the last 18 years I witnessed so many situations that showed me how true this phrase is. Wonderful female teachers explained life to me and helped me to see light and shadow in my life. I also met wonderful women who did the same and together we discovered our inner healer and still do.


I am a woman in a family system. In my ancestors lines were truly wonderful foremothers with strong healing powers. More and more life prepared them to forget about this potential, many of them gained pain in their hearts through lifes journeys and weren´t able to heal themselves anymore.
Descendants took the pain over in their hearts and passed it on from generation to generation. This happens in all family systems by the way because children help their parents carry soul topics out of love.

I was born with clairvoyant abilites and could feel all the pain of my foremothers which wasn´t mine. With great help I closed and healed the wounds and the pain dissolved. With that I also healed the topics for my daughter because she doesn´t have to carry them in her life which is a magical feeling.


Of course, men are also lovingly involved. With healing female subjects I help men in my family in their relationships to women because they don´t have to project unhealed topics on to them any more.
Herz.Licht.

BEING A SLASHIE

Last week I stumbled over a new word creation while reading an interview with Alexa Chung in the Vogue magazine of July. She was named a Slashie and I instantly had to find out, what a Slashie is.

A Slashie is a person who does more jobs than one. It means a creative person whose day job isn´t the real job. Most Slashie´s have three jobs: One to pay the bills, one to keep the juices flowing with play and one to provide a creative path no matter of financial gain (and with lots of hope to earn a living with it someday).


Bilderquelle: http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/work/2014/03/03/art-slashie-2/
With that in mind I realized there is a word for my doing. I am a Slashie. I have three different jobs.
1. I am a teacher (this is my bread job, pays my bills and I am very thankfull for it)
2. I am a designer and a coach (they both keep my juices flowing, I am able to play in both and I truly
    work on earning a living with both in the future).

I think in the future we´ll all be more and more Slashies because we still do our daily jobs to have an income. More and more we feel the need to listen to our inner potentials because they want to be seen in this life of ours. When we follow our potentials and do things we love, then we ´re able to feel the flow. If we spend more time with our flow and give attention to it, things get bigger and new opportunities show up.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY "THREE"

My design for this weeks Illustration Friday is also done. The topic is "Three" and first I wanted to draw the three wise monkeys. Since I also like these cards that are used for eye tests I finally decided to go for one of those.


I still love grey-yellow-combinations so I couldn´t resist. I wonder if this will change one day. Not so very soon, I guess. Okay, with this test, the number won´t be very hard to find but designing it was fun. It could be the start of something new. Let me have a silent minute to think about it.
Bye for now,

PATTERN-MEETS-SPIRIT-CHALLENGE #24

There is a heatwave rolling through Germany and I make my designs at night. During daytimes my brain works too slow and I need to stay in the pool for hours. Luckily we have one to cool down when the sun is burning hot. I guess it is part of global warming. We have 3-4 very hot days and then there come these terrible storms with horrifying thunder and lightning.
Here is my challenge for this week. I like the circles that change colour when leaving the blue backround. Right now I love listening to a famous german singer while drawing. I never liked him very much a couple of years ago because he mumbles his words in a certain way I couldn´t stand.
Lately he did some good songs with a great message and somehow I got into it.
His name is Udo Lindenberg and you can see him here.



Have fun watching,
lots of love,

Sunday, June 18, 2017

SHE

Today is the last day of germans holidays (Pfingstferien) and tomorrow morning I´ll sit by my desk again talking to students about their grades. It is my bread job and pays my bills and allows me to do wonderful designs afterwards. I am really thankful for it and have these professional, supportive and humorous workmates. With three of them I have a band which is so much fun. We meet during school days whenever we all four find time to come together and play songs we like. It is such a lovely project and always makes me realize how important music is for me.

With my last holiday-day in mind I have made a new design for my SHE-PROJECT. I drew all these teardrops and combined then in a pattern. They symbolisize all the tears that women haven´t allowed themselves to cry because they always had to be strong in their lives.


These days are over now. The new women don´t have to be strong all times. They are allowed to cry when they need to without feeling ashamed of showing weakness. Tears should come as naturally as laughter. Both help to clean our souls which is important to live a life in balance.
Have a wonderful day,

Monday, June 12, 2017

PATTERN-MEETS-SPIRIT-CHALLENGE #23

Before I allow myself to fall into my bed I absolutely want to post my latest design here tonight. I can hardly keep my eyes open and my head doesn´t want to put words into correct lines for building a sentence. Well, let´s keep this short. Here comes # 23 of my challenge.

As you might notice I love clean designs that don´t have much colour in. It reminds me of my childhood were scandinavinan designs played a huge part. I am also a big fan of scandi-interieur-design and tried to bring a clean style into my home. Our architect always called it "The White House" because I wanted white to play the main part.
Good gosh, I really need to put myself to rest.
Have a wonderful night with pleasant dreams.
XXOOXX,

Saturday, June 10, 2017

THE GARDEN OF OURS

It´s me again. Today I´d like to show you some impressions of my garden.
We built our house in 2011 and our garden just started to be made in summer 2014. We are still far away from being set but the first corners look quite nice. Our pool is nearly done and so is our chill-out zone with a neat fire-place. Normally there are soft cushions on the sofa and candles on the table but we had storm and rain the last couple of days.


Last year we put up some raised beds because of the always hungry snails around here. This year we raise tomatoes, salad, zucchini, carrots, peanuts, eggplants and savoy. We also spread out lots and lots of white flower seeds but they haven´t showed up yet.

Last week we started a dream of mine. I proudly present: The hill of herbs.


We have this steep mound on the side of the house and there was weed growing all over the place, especially dandylion. In the early morning hours we climbed up and got rid of the weed. My husband made trails into the hill and we planted all these gorgeous, good-smelling herbs like orange-vervain, paisley, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, dill, woodruff. By now we have 34 different herbs and we still have one row left. The laurel in the front left side of the picture is the biggest one and I planted him four years ago. He had the size of the small herbs in the backround and I am so happy how things turned out. I hope, the little ones will grow eager, too.
Herz.Licht.

RAW STRAWBERRY-CHIA-JELLY

It is strawberry season and since I don´t eat sugar I missed warm buns with strawberry jelly in the last couple of years. A solution was found in the internet and I couldn´t wait to try it myself. I proudly present strawberry-chia-jelly which is paleo, raw, vegan and without refined white sugar.


This is how I made it. You just need:

500g fresh, organic, dark-red strawberries & approx. 1 tblsp. chia seeds
(If you want, you can also add some vanilla, cinnamon or cardamom for the flavor).

Wash the strawberries gently and remove the green. Pour them into a mixer and mix the berries to a smooth consistency. Scoop the chia seeds in and let the jelly stand for about 10 minutes until the seeds soaked up some fluid and got bigger. Pour the berry-chia mix into glas jars and keep them in the fridge until you desperately want a jelly-bun or sandwich. I also love to stirr some of it into my vegan joghurt or just it like it is out of the jar.
(I haven´t tried how long to keep but since it is fresh without preservatives I think the jelly should be eaten in 1-2 days.) Next I´ll try it with apricots, peaches and strawberries. Mmmmmh!
Have a lovely day,

Thursday, June 8, 2017

SHE

I love Matroschkas so much. As a kid I was always fascinated by them, opened them all up to the smallest one and lined them all up. We never had a set of them at home but relatives of mine had one so I had to play with them whenever I went there.
Nowadays I have a stylish version in my bathroom of them in black and white. I don´t play but dust them every now and then. Things change when people grow up.
When I found this quote I thought immediately of this set of dolls and had to make a pattern out of them.


I lined the Matroschkas up as I did in my early childhood years, imagined my daughter as the smallest one and myself as the next one in size. Then I thought of all the female ancestors that stand behind me in a line. My mom, my grandmothers, my great-grandmothers, etc. What a warm and cozy feeling having them all standing behind me, practical & spiritual, soft and powerful.
Herz.Licht.

PATTERN-MEETS-SPIRIT-CHALLENGE #22

Dear wonderful human,
my todays motif is for you. I picked a smilemaking quote for this one. Maybe nobody told you about this before in your life. So I will do this today and make it up for you. Are you ready? Yes? Then open your heart, read the quote on my pattern in 3....2....1......now!


How does it make you feel? Can you feel the love I am sending with my design to you? May it fill your heart with love, peace, joy and happiness. You are wonderful, unique and you are one of a kind.
Herz.Licht.

"12" INSPIRING DESIGNERS: LOUISE GALE

June just arrived and it is time for a new, fantastic designer interview. This month I´d like to introduce you to the inspirational, artsy, creative: LOUISE GALE


Louise is a British mixed media artist, with a passion for color, nature and mandala making. She creates in her art studio in south Spain overlooking the sea.

Her work is expressive, colorfull, full of energy and she loves to share her techniques and inspiration with others through free resources, publications and online classes.

Louise co-authored her first book Mandala for the Inspired Artist´ through publisher Walter-Foster in 2016 and has a second art instruction book all about "Botanical Mandalas" being released in Spring 2018.
You can find out more about Louises artwork on her homepage: http://lousegale.com/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouiseGaleArtandDesign/ or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louisegale/



A warm hello to Louise and welcome to my series of "12".

1. When did your interest in design/illustration/art first start and how did that come about?
I have always been a creative person since I was a child. My brother and I would make things and craft with my mum so we always had a creative project in process, especially during the school holidays in the summer! I then went to art school at 16 to do a foundation art course where I worked on lots of different mediums, so this is probably where my interest in mixed media comes from! After Artschool I went to study ceramic design in the potteries area of the UK in Staffordshire, so really loved the whole process of creating something with plaster moulds, using slip clay, firing and then decorating with surface design. I still have a love for ceramics today and lots of different mediums.



2. What steps did you take to get to where you are now as a designer/illustrator/artist?
Goodness! It has been a patchwork of twists and turns to be honest! After I studied ceramic design, it was a challenge to find a design job so I ended up becoming a buyer for a store and for the next 15 years or so, I moved from job to job, building up some great foundational skills in business and technology, working in a few different industries. I always seeked roles that had some creative elements to them and worked on my own art projects in my spare time. I also traveled and generally enjoyed the adventure of life! Then when I was living in the USA, (about 2009) I started to feel like I wanted to make creativity a more prominent part of my life, so I put a little plan together to leave my corporate job and start my own business. This was the best decision I made as I now have created a balance in my working life where I enjoy working for other creative people and my own creative projects. I beleive a lot in the universe so believe that when you follow your heart, doors open up with lots of opportunities.


3. How would you describe your style?
My style is very expressive and colorful. I am inspired my nature so love to use natural elements in my work and be inspired my the constant beauty that surrounds us every day. Als I like to use lots of different mediums, my style can look a little different, but I have had others say they recognize my work, so that is really good to hear!

4. Who are yor favorite designers?
Oh, this is a tough quesion! I have always loved art deco design and sway towards architecture that is very organic and a little quirky! So Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gaudi and Gustav Klimt were favorites of mine in my younger years. I now love to seek out smaller independent designers who inspire me in many mediums such as painting, ceramics and other design. I also have a long list of expressive artists such as Flora Bowley, Tracy Verdugo, Dreama Tolle Perry and Amira Rahmin, plus so many more in my art community that all are a mixture of abstract and traditional artwork that brings me joy.

5. What kind of designer/artist do you want to be known as?
I would love to be known as a colorful, expressive artist. Someone who enjoys life to the full, works on interesting creative projects and inspires others to be more creative.


6. What is your favorite medium you like to work with?
When I am painting large on canvas, I love to work in acrylics and inks. I usually create a new series of work every 1-2 years. Currently I am working a lot in watercolor, but am also diving into many other mediums as I wrote my book and record video for the online class. (see question 7 below)

7. What are you currently working on?
I am currently writing and creating art projects for a new art instruction book, coming out in Spring 2018. It is all about connecting with nature and creating mixed media botanical mandala designs. There will also be an ecourse to accompany the book where we dive deeper into mixed media projects inspired by nature throughout the year.



8. How do you fuel your inspirations?
I spent a lot of time in nature and try to live in the present moment as much as possbile, which can be a challenge some days with a long to do list. I try to dive deep into different subject matters as there is so much to explore! For example - there is so much inspiration in a single flower with it´s colors, shapes and stages of growth. So for me, it is about finding that deeper connection with nature and using that to fuel my creative process and projects. I also try to take a long trip every year where I can spend a good chunk of time soaking up inspirations in another country and gathering lots of ideas for projects and artwork.

9. How does your creative process look like?
As I mentioned above, I love to connect more deeply with nature to be inspired and my creative process usually begins with drawing and sketching, capturing colors and from there designs and artwork emerge. I try not to plan too much about what something is going to look like on completion as I believe that part of the creative process is discovering along the way and sometimes making little 'mistakes' which lead you down a completely new and inspiring path! This is where my best work has emerged.

10. What are you major goals for the next years?
For the next 1-2 years, I am focusing on publishing the Botanical Mandalas book and delivering the online program. I would love a seperate studio which is much bigger than what I am working in now (which is a studio in my home) so this is goal of mine so I have a bigger, more dedicated space to create in. I also work with other creative people so another goal is to continue working with my existing clients (who I love!) on new exciting projects, visiting beautiful places, that inspire creativity for many around the world!


Thank you so much, Louise for answering all my questions. I truly feel like coming down to you to Spain right away, spending hours and hours of creating inspirational, new artwork while looking out on the sea. I am crossing my fingers for a new studio of yours. You will find the perfect place for you.
Lots of love,

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TIGERNUT ENERGY BALLS

Today I really want to introduce you to my favourite treat - Tigernut Energy Balls. They are vegan, paleo, sugar-free, healthy and so very good. Once you´ve started to eat them you cannot stop. I often double the recipe because my family loves them as well.


The main part is the Superfood grounded tigernut. I purchase it in the whole food shop here in Germany. The flour is sweet like almonds and I often sprinkle it on my muesli in the morning because the taste is just lovely and looks like this.

Picture Source: http://www.erdmandeln.com/produkte/erdmandelmehl/

Tigernut flour is gluten-free, non-allergic, low in calories and fat, and counts as a great source of potassium, iron, vitamin E, and unsaturated fatty acids.If you like to find out more about tigernuts, here is a wonderful article in "Vogue" from Sept. 2016

http://www.vogue.com/article/new-superfood-tiger-nuts

For the recipe you need no more than five ingredients and the balls are done in a flash.

100g grounded tigernuts

100g medjool dates

100ml water

1/4 tsp vanilla

cocoa

Get the pits out of the dates first. Put the dates, tigernut flour, water and vanilla into a blender and mix it until you get a smooth dough. Make balls out of the dough the size you prefer and roll the balls in cocoa. (You can also dust the balls with cocoa before serving if you like that better). Store the energy balls in the fridge (I am sure, they won´t be long in there).
Have fun mixing, rolling and enjoying as well,
XXOOXX,

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY "MIND"

Another Illustration Friday is rolling by and I fixed a new design for it. This weeks topic was mind and I had to think of my own one. Sometimes my mind is so crowded with everydays life that I´m not able to store everything properly.  I guess this happens to many women out there who have a family, a job, a house with a garden, a social life.


Very often I feel like travelling with high speed without the chance to go slower. I dedicate this to all men and women out there who feel the same in their lifes. Don´t forget to stop sometimes and put yourself first. Pick some flowers, go into the woods and make sure, you take good care of yourself.
Have a wonderful Friday.
Herz.licht.

SHE

"She makes everything around her beautiful". After reading this quote I thought of all the women going to Ikea buying lovely things for their homes. This is so ladylike. I also imagined women in the stone age picking flowers and collecting rocks for making their caves beautiful.


It´s in our genes and we do it since the start of the first existence of humans.We don´t have to do it but we love to do it and it makes live so much nicer, doesn´t it?
So, have a wonderful day arranging flowers, decorating candles or vases and bringing lots of cushions in your home.
Lots of love,

PATTERN-MEETS-SPIRIT-CHALLENGE #21

Hello there! Nice to see you. I was so busy designing the entire week and it made me so very happy.
Here is a wonderful motif for my challenge.


I love the green. It looks fresh and fits to the colour of the year 2017 which is Greenery. "You are capable of amazing things" says my quote and I designed an almost similar one a couple of weeks ago. It came into my mind while roaming in my art-room. I found all these lovely things stored away for different kinds of creative things like silkscreen-printing. I realized it is up to me to get them out and create wonderful moments while using them. So I will braver giving myself some extra-time with these lovely things.
Herz.Licht.