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Golden Watch
©2017 Suzanne Belair
Acrylic on canvas 30 X 30 in

 

From the corner

Golden warmth is keeping watch

Over the forest and its inhabitants

Have no fear

There is protection

For all that live within

Its boundaries

As long as you submit

To nature’s laws.

 

©2017 Suzanne Belair

 

 

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Indomptable
©2017 Suzanne Bélair
Acrylique sur toile 30 X 30 po

Man wants to subdue the forest

To his power, to his needs

Man wants to tame the forest

But the forest is fighting

Each time it resists

After each attack, it regenerates

Indomitable, secret, new

Each time it reveals itself

Despite the assaults

Every time it relives

 

©2017 Suzanne Belair

 

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Forest travels by Suzanne Belair

Forest travels
©2017Suzanne Belair
Acrylic on canvas 30 X 30 in

Today I am sharing a new painting finished in January. Forests are one of my favourite subjects and I really enjoy painting this new series.

 

The traveller is moving towards the other side of the trees, towards the future. So it is in life, where we are forced to move constantly and become someone new everyday of our life.
Change is constant and our travels through life are life changing. Learning something every day, being kind to others, progressing, building, changing ourselves or something.

 

Painting and writing are metaphors for life. We strive to do our best, we have to confront our fear of committing to color and shapes just as in life, we often fear committing to something, we fear making decisions.

 

A good example is related in a book I have been reading authored by Joseph T. Hallinan, “Why we make mistakes”. The author relates a scientific study that concluded that when faced with the choice, students prefer not change an answer on a test (i.e. prefer doing nothing) rather than make a decision to change their answer even when they suspected the change might end up being the right answer. In follow-up interviews, it was revealed that it is the notion of regret that influenced the students most. They were afraid of regretting taking the wrong action and they regretted less not taking action and leaving the wrong answer.

 

So often, we get stuck in this way in our life, being afraid to make a decision we might regret, we prefer not to do anything which in itself is a decision but is not perceived as such by the brain.

 

In conclusion, be bold, dare to step over the threshold into the unknown, for this is what life is all about. Travel fearlessly through your life’s forests.

 

Ref: Hallinan, J.T. 2009. “Why we make mistakes”. Broadway books. New York.

 

 

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The light will find you ©2017 Suzanne Belair Acrylic on canvas 30 X 30 in

The light will find you
©2017 Suzanne Belair
Acrylic on canvas 30 X 30 in

Today I am sharing a new painting recently finished. It speaks of the light that is in everyone’s life and that will come out after any episode of sadness.

 

When you are feeling sad, discouraged, in a rut, it is better to stop and take a few moments to think about it and feel it fully, than to keep on going, making believe it is not happening. It is important not to run away from your feelings.

 

Here is something that I do and that makes me feel better every time.

 

When you get a chance during your day, stop what you are doing, sit down or lie down and feel these feelings fully. It might feel like heaviness in your chest but it could also be the panicky sensation we get when fear wants to insert itself into our life, when indeed it has. What can we do to help this?  It all starts with mindfulness and acknowledging what is happening inside you.

 

Breathing slowly and becoming aware of the physical feelings and calming these, is essential. Here’s how I do it. I sit down and close my eyes and I imagine a beautiful space surrounding me like a lush garden or a deep blue sky.  My own preference is I see myself sitting in a forest beside a tree near a small river, and I hear the water flow and it is very calm. Once the image is clear in your head, start breathing mindfully.

 

Breathe slowly through your nose. Breathe in your sadness, feel it in your body, around your heart, and then release it with the out breath, feel the sadness get out of your body with the breath and vanish in the forest (or whatever space you created). Continue this for a while until you truly feel the release (minimum 10 breaths).

 

Continue the slow mindful breathing: Others are also feeling sad, so think of them also, feel their sadness at losing a loved one or at their situation. Breathe in their sadness through your heart and breathe all this sadness out toward your beautiful image surrounding you, toward the vastness it, feel the sadness dissolve around you. Visualize your out breath carrying the sadness away from you.

 

While you are doing this exercise, be present to how you feel when you release the sadness in the nature surrounding you. Be present to your feeling of compassion for others and your feeling that you are not alone.

 

Be aware that all in temporary, life is impermanence and your sadness is also temporary. The light will find you.

 

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I have been out of the blogosphere for a few days: My new and first grandson arrived on Monday. He’s absolutely perfect !

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Waiting for him was a very stressful time for me, having lost a healthy girl at birth 34 years ago, I constantly doubted a happy outcome. Thank God my daughter did not have to live through this horrible experience and all went well with her and the baby.

I started a series of small canvases during her pregnancy and here are two that express the expectations but also the total unknown that opens up once you know you are growing a life inside of you.

Le voyage ©2015Suzanne Belair Acrylic on canvas 10

Le voyage
©2015Suzanne Belair
Acrylic on canvas 10″ X 10″

Le voyage (The trip)

The mother is entering a forest
Walking towards a small lake
There are clouds of uncertainty ahead but
Hope is carrying her throughout this journey

Vers l'inconnu (Towards the unknown) ©2015 Suzanne Belair Acrylic on canvas 10

Vers l’inconnu (Towards the unknown)
©2015 Suzanne Belair
Acrylic on canvas 10″ X 10″

Vers l’inconnu (Towards the unknown)

The mother leaves doubts behind her
She will come out of the forest of uncertainty
With confidence towards a new unknown world
Filled with love, enchantment and devotion

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Almost one month since I last posted… Time is flying by and with the holidays coming, everyone is really busy…

It has been really cold in this part of the continent. This morning, we saw the thermometer  plunge  at -28°C. Yes very cold for this time of the year… This however gives us more time to create with an incentive to stay indoors with our paints, canvases and books and computers.

I had talked about my 3 canvases used for an exercise of non-attachment and posted the first one in November. Here are the other two.

These 2 paintings have become important to me. They are so different from my usual work and I feel they reflect exactly my concerns at the time of creation.

Little Angel ©2013 Suzanne Bélair Acrylic on Canvas 18 X 18

Little Angel
©2013 Suzanne Bélair
Acrylic on Canvas 18 X 18

With “Little angel” I expressed the plight of abused animals, cattle and pigs used and often brutally abused for our consumption without regard for their feelings, the unborn babies destined for slaughter.

Vortex ©2013 Suzanne Bélair Acrylic on Canvas 18 X 18

Vortex
©2013 Suzanne Bélair
Acrylic on Canvas 18 X 18

“Vortex” expresses how hectic and out of control our lives sometimes become when we let outside demands pull us from all directions. There is fire and flames for speed. This painting expresses a lot of energy.

This process (see: Creativity and attachment on November 2nd) also helps with the action of banishing our worst enemy: our inner critic. As artists, we must stay alert to our tendency to take our work too seriously and become once again the perfectionist some of us have been brought up to be or have developed on our own in search of success.

We must remain vigilant of not letting old patterns take over and start with the auto-critique or rather self-criticism as it often turns out to be. I for one easily fall prey to these thoughts and must work at excluding them from my mindset when I work. I have often taken a framed painting and reworked it, even after it has been shown. Not a good practice and one that keeps me in the same place instead of moving forward.

We must move on. Who are we trying to satisfy anyhow? We live with the illusion that someone will see the same way we do, but everyone’s perception is different from the other. We must expect the best of ourselves while still enjoying the present moment and surprises our art will bring us and the viewer.

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This question was asked to me by my son yesterday and I had to wonder… Play? What is play for me?

Yes I like to play but maybe not in the sense that most people call play.

I like to play by learning new things, I love being in nature and observe the small animals interact with each other. I like to visit art exhibit and talk with friends. Maybe I should start competing in Candy Crush J

A few weeks ago, I talked about the exercise on non attachment I had started by painting freely on 3 square canvases. When I approached the exercise, it is true that I was fuelled more by the need to learn something again, than by playing. I approached this with a fearful attitude instead of thinking “this is only a canvas and I am here to play and have fun”. I was curious and leery about what would come out if I let go and experimented freely. These were meant to be completed in one day which turned out to be impossible.

As I continued working for a few more days with the paintings because they were not drying fast enough, I enjoyed it more and more and was surprised by what ended up on the canvas and what I expressed.

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Vacation Dream
©2013 Suzanne Bélair
Acrylic on Canvas 18 X 18

Here is the 1st one. Interestingly enough, it can be positioned as one chooses since there are many organic shapes that can be identified depending on the angle you choose to view the painting. Completely different from what I usually do.

That was fun and I plan on playing more with this.

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