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The ASLI interview, meditations, camping and painting batik styley

 

Do what you love

 

So, a month or so ago I said I was doing an interview with ASLI and here it is, in all its   glory :

https://artsaveslivesintmagazine.com/2016/07/14/artist-of-the-month-acrylic-ink-artist-kate-woodley-smith/

This is my first interview, and it was a bit scarey doing it , to be honest.

I find it hard to write about my work, and that is the first time I had to really think about what I do. It took a long time to write it ( it was a written interview, not spoken)

So, now to take action on all the things I talked about. The Summer hols are well under way, I have been meditating every day and I am really beginning to understand the importance of being calm, as in really. When we come from a place of calm we can achieve more, be more centred and just generally be in a  better state of mind- better than stressed out all the time . Stress has its place, but not for 6 weeks during the holidays!  Within my meditation  practice Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche says that being in a calm is a very important thing to learn. Take a look at my calm inducing images below, from a recent camping trip, within the Meon valley. It was a beautiful place- owls in the trees at night ,and the moon glowing brightly above our tents. Being with good friends and meeting some lovely new folks made it all the more enjoyable.

 

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So, in other news I am now working on 5 commissions (early mornings and evenings and nap times for my littlest) It’s a good thing that most of these folks do not need the paintings next week. Creativity takes time, daaahling. But, seriously, I am grateful for a bit of breathing space. It’s what I need right now.

I have been painting batik styley. I painted batik scarves way back in 2002 whilst travelling around Malaysia. I want to produce more batik products such as cushions, pillow cases and duvet covers. Watch this space for more on this , they will be available before Christmas      ( did I just say that? )

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Image based loosely on my design I did on a scarf back in 2002

 

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The white outline represents the wax resist of a batik painting.

It is a lovely way to paint, I am finding. I love to work into pieces, making some areas of my paintings fairly detailed and other parts more textured. I use other materials at times , such as a fineliner, to work into paintings.

Best get painting!

 

 

 

 

 

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