Leanne Barrett: January 2024

Friday 26 January 2024

Creative Life: Week 4 2024 - Activating My Senses

Week 4: Guidance - I will ask for professional help early. (SoulSistersToo - Soulfilled)
Intention Setting: Be open to help that you need. 

Living a creative life for me is also about activating
 all of my senses. This reminds me to stop and be fully present in each moment. 

This week being present was about acknowledging feelings when they surfaced and then reconnecting to what ever was happening around me. Like taking time to stop to smell, taste and look at my bergamot tea that the doctor recommend me to drink.

Friday 19 January 2024

Creativity: Week 3 2024 - Re-energising My Creative Flow

Week 3: Rejoice - I will celebrate the small things I achieve. (SoulSistersToo - Soulfilled)
Intention Setting: I will take moments to pause and celebrate before I move onto my next project or task.

Some weeks are in between weeks, where my creative energy needs a replenish. This mostly happens upon our arriving at our Canberra home*. This week has been a week of catching up on all of the admin stuff and appointments I don't do while in Gerringong.  

To re-energise my creative flow I;
  • listen to podcasts
  • journal
  • see friends and family
  • plus doing some creative play

On this trip to Canberra I found a bundle of recipes from magazines on my art table. So I decided to create a folder that could travel with me between homes. 

I created the folder using a large piece of thick paper, copy paper, washi tape and tombow brush pen. Now I have a Cooking Joy folder - a collection of recipes to inspire creativity in the kitchen - that can be popped into my work travel box that I take back and forth between homes.

*I am fortunate to have the opportunity to live part of each month in our two homes, one in the NSW coastal town of Gerringong and the other in Canberra.

Friday 12 January 2024

Creativity: Week 2 2024 - Yummy New Cotton Threads

Week 2: Self-Assuredness - I believe in my abilities. (SoulSistersToo - Soulfilled)
Intention Setting: Spirit guide me in knowing that I have what it takes to make my dreams come true. 

Yummy new cotton thread ready to be added to my painting that wanted to be more. 

Some of the DMC stranded cotton colours I selected are;

  • light cornflower blue
  • bright turquoise
  • pale lilac
  • light violet
  • very light tan
  • light pistachio green
  • very light pistachio green
  • light khaki green
  • mahogany - ultra very light

Friday 5 January 2024

Creativity: Week 1 2024 - Play...play...play

Week 1: Self Control - Stop! Be calm and relax. (SoulSistersToo - Soulfilled)
Intention Setting: Enjoy each moment of the day. Let go of what you cannot control.

I have an inkling that my recent patchwork paintings and using thread in my artwork is not yet done. Seeds of ideas are forming but not yet concrete for my next series. What I do know is that I would like to;

  • combine paint and textiles
  • explore blue, white and grey
  • explore clouds and pattern and movement 
  • but also explore shapes and irregular patterns. 

And while reflecting upon this in my journal I spied out of the corner of my eye two unfinished acrylic painted canvases. For two years I've been asking them questions:

  • Are you finished yet?
  • Am I truly happy with you?
Then a new question formed. With cotton thread could I add texture, line, something that will make them more? Play...play...play.

Monday 1 January 2024

Affirmations for January 2024

Affirmations for January 2024

This year I will be sharing a whole month's worth of affirmations at the beginning of each month. This will be followed up with weekly sharing my creative life, instead of monthly and weekly collages. 

Monthly Affirmation: Assistance - When I feel overwhelm accept help. (SoulSistersToo - Soulfilled)
Intention Setting: Spirit assist me in seeking assistance before I feel overwhelm.

Affirmations: Year 2024 - Uplift

Affirmation for the Year 2024: Uplift - I choose relationships that build me up. (SoulSistersToo - Living)

Intention Setting: Spirit assist me in seeking out healthy relationships that support me in achieving my Ease-Filled Stepping Stones.

Phrase of the Year 2024: Ease-filled Stepping Stones

Phrase of the Year: Ease-filled Stepping Stones - Health, Creativity and Spiritual Connection.

Intention Setting: May spirit guide me over ease-filled stepping stones that will evoke health, creativity and spiritual connection.