Holidays are a perfect time to slow down to snail-pace, breath, imagine, create.
This painting is the first of my ‘microorganism meets art’ series. This piece was a bit of an experiment as I wanted to use only non-toxic, handmade paints. I originally purchased some earthy Australian clays and colourful mica mineral powders to make natural make up and detoxification skincare. But then I had a little arty idea spiralling in my mind for a few days, so I thought I’d see if I could use the powdered beauties to make my own toxin-free artist paints. My first mix of paint was a gluggy, gluey failure, but second-try yielded a much better paste that was easier to manage. Still not as smooth and pliable as acrylics, but I still have some ideas of other natural materials to try.
This painting is not perfect, as I’m still trying to master using a different texture of paint. But the act of creating was fun and both emotionally and physically therapeutic, as it helped to unpeel a build up of stress from the demands of work, mummying, and self-inflicted perfectionism! In my quest for achieving holistic body-mind-spirit wellness, I have found that embracing earth-inspired creativity is a key. We live in a busy, stressful, toxic, technology-driven and money-driven world, and there is a real and urgent need for every human biome to take time out to disconnect from this way of living (which can become detrimental to our entire beings if we continue to stay trapped in this cess-pool of stress. Earth-inspired creativity helps you to disconnect from the pressures of capitalist living, and reconnect with the earth, while also supporting a healthy body-mind-spirit through creativity, slowing down, meditation, and self-realisation and healing. It is a beautiful and energising thing to rekindle your creativity. Creativity taps into the unconscious mind, where healing can take place.
What are you CREATING these holidays?