Helping others

Art, Belief, domestic abuse, Expressions of art, Faith, Growth, Helping, Helping others, Hope, Inspirational cycle, Inspire, Kindness, Nature, Reconnecting, Share yourself, support, writing

Hi all, it’s good to be here. I hope you are all keeping well and if you are currently being challenged as I am then I hope you have some support to keep you on your path.

I think I have a previous post about this however my desire to help people just keeps growing stronger. I support children, teenagers and adults in my work as a mental health counsellor which I love. This is a different kind of desire. This comes from deep down, deep within my soul. When I am going through challenges in my life, my opportunity for growth, this is when the desire burns stronger. I spoke to a lovely friend of mine the other day about my ideas for helping support more people. When I told her some of my ideas she said how kind and selfless they were. I know this was a compliment, however I actually disagree slightly in that on some level I feel that helping in these extra ways will help me also and so can not be purely selfless. I guess the difference now is that I am not trying to make myself ‘feel better’. I just empathise with people and their challenges, especially when those challenges leave you feeling isolated. This is a feeling I have had many times and I know how hard it is. I also now know that reaching out to others is a way of connecting. There is a deeper will to want people to know that by offering what you can, a simple message of encouragement or small token that ‘you are not alone’.

To feel this compassion from people is a feeling that can not be replicated. At Christmas time, my daughter and I were invited to an event held by Harv (domestic abuse charity) where we were shown all the donations that people had left for Christmas presents. It was very emotional for me as it was a very powerful message that people who had never met you wanted you to know that they care, you are in their thoughts and to remind you that you are not alone. There is no greater feeling.

The truth is, no one is alone. We are all connected to one another, to nature, to our universe. We either do not realise this yet or we have become detached, disconnected. The good news is that we can all connect again. Disconnection is temporary and in a way not even real. It is more of a perceived feeling as we can never truly be disconnected to who we are at our core and if we keep that with us always this will always keep us going. I feel the need to reiterate this as it is a very powerful statement. “We can never be disconnected from our core. If we keep that with us always, this will always keep us going”. I love this.

I can feel the flow more now in my words. Sometimes it takes time for the flow, sometimes it comes immediately. I just remember that it comes when it is ready, when I settle into myself and into my thoughts. When I am in the moment, in the here and now and being mindful. I can only be me now.

I just remembered what I started my post about and that was helping others. I am reading a book I got from a charity book shop in Hexham about compassion and it really is helping me cement my desire to help in a bigger way than I currently am. I know there is something a lot bigger in me and the ideas and thoughts are all coming to the forefront. I need to collect all of my ideas and put them together in the best way to showcase empathy, compassion and a willingness to support. I know I will use my art within this as art has got me to where I am now. Art was a huge influence for me. Art helped me to connect to my feelings and to reconnect with myself. Art helped save my life and I owe a lot to the arts.

I am going to put together an inspiration board to collate my ideas and thoughts and see how I can best put forward my plan. I want to show what can be done in your local community, how every little helps and how if we all share a bit of ourselves then we can all make this a better world for us all.

With hope and healing

Sophie Marie xx

The Making of Mellow Yellow

Abstract art, Abstract art for sale, Art, Colour, Contemporary abstract art

Welcome to the making of one of my most recent pieces Mellow Yellow. I started work on this about a year ago adding purely green to the length of the canvas in sweeping motions. I was always lost in a forest, the shade of green acrylic mixed with gloss medium added to the mystery in terms of the sheen coming from within.

I picked up this piece recently as I felt it was time to add to the love and create more meaning to really bring it to life. Dabbing motion was used carefully to gently blend the yellow with the green. The yellow not only maintains its vibrancy but now takes on a new dimension. The colours are rich, vibrant with a secret envelopment of relaxation. Mellow Yellow is aptly named as it is a piece to conjour up all of the senses to create a feeling of tranquillity. Walking through the forest barefoot. You and thousands of simple yet stunning flowers. You look around and feel safe, relaxed. You are at one with nature and therefore you are at one with yourself.

Mellow Yellow Acryclic on canvas 39.3 x 27.6 x 1.4″ or 99.5 x 69.5 x 4cm Comes ready to hang The canvas itself frames this piece £150

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Sharing your multidimensional self

Abstract art, Abstract art for sale, Art, Contemporary abstract art, Share yourself

I know I have come a long way in terms of talking about myself as an artist as I can actually say the words now. Am I all the way there, hell no but I am trying every day and that is the main thing.

I have written a lot over the years about chasing perfection and how this eats away at people (myself included). I have learnt over more recent periods how to not only accept not being perfect or anywhere near but to use what you don’t know to your advantage.

I used to think “I can’t do that until I know more”. “I can’t put that out there until it looks more professional”. “I can’t breathe until I breathe more…”. You get the picture and for anyone (I know there are lots) who lives like this I urge you to say this to yourself often. Stop. Stop. Stop.

You may think this one tiny word has no benefit however used over time can be used to bring you back into the present moment. Mindfulness. It is only when you stop at these points do you give yourself a little time to realise how much you are torturing yourself and for what, for whom?I feel very blessed that I can say with honesty “I use my pain and past experiences as a tool for growth and to become me in all my glory”. I used to hide myself, really hide as I was constantly saying “I need to work on this”, “I need to sort this out”. Being diligent is great however diligence is not constantly waiting for the right time, the right moment, the perfect website. That is stupidity and falls into the mentality of “when I get more… everything will be better, sorted”. Nonsense.

One of the first comments I wrote on my first art site, my then facebook art page was “if you wait until everything is perfect you will never start”. This was a big moment for me and one which has stayed with me ever since. For me I just had to shout that voice down, feel the fear and anxiety and do it anyway. There is no other way.

The true beauty of people is their soul. What makes you sad, happy, desperate, alive? I want to know. I’ll share mine, will you share yours? As I sit and write I know that my power, my true beauty is in my innocence and my vulnerability. It feels nice and kind to see the words, to hear myself say this and most importantly to believe this. What I used to hide from the world, hide from myself I know use and show and share. I do this as my story is my power. My pain is my power. My struggles and frustrations are my power. I am my power and when I connect with myself I radiate something special to the world. Wow get me today, you go girl.

What I love about you all are the parts of you that you hide, that you are ashamed of. Real and raw are two words that I use to describe myself and these are the characteristics that are so unique to you and so beautiful. You exactly as you are is what makes you beautiful. I don’t want to know how amazing you are now, I want to know your pain and struggles and what makes you get through the day. I want to know your reality. I want to know what made you you and what keeps you you. I want to know all the parts that make you your unique self.

One of my favourite pieces of my original art is titled “Double headed beauty” (see gallery) and with this piece I include my caption “Why be one dimensional when you can be your true multidimensional self”. What makes you unique is what makes you more beautiful and I work hard every day to share more of myself with you in the hope of inspiring you to do the same.

My art is very unique. People need to see me, to hear me and get the whole experience from me. My abstract pieces are a reflection of all that is missing from the world and what I hope to grow in the world. I want to share these experiences with you so you too can connect with me, my art and consequently yourself. That is when life really begins.

I have unique ideas about my art. I have created it and only I know and understand it. I would like to invite you into my inner world so you can get to know me more. I want to share my experience with you and I want to continuously work on my confidence as an artist and promote my art to sell. It is always a work in progress for me however I believe in me so I know it will happen. If I keep following my creative path and living my creative life my work as an artist will grow. Use what fits, lose what doesn’t. I find inspiration from other artists, not necessarily other abstract artists just artists in general. I know that when I truly connect with an artist it is because I can see and feel their soul and that for me is a magical experience.

When you connect with an artist you connect with their art and vice versa as the connection is within two people, two souls and what those souls represent and radiate. I used to be scared and worried that if I sold my art I would be selling myself and this was not something I could detach from. I am now further along in my own spiritual practice and my thinking on this is very different. I want to sell my art now as they no longer belong to me. I have learnt, grown, healed and developed internally through the experience of the art creation and now it is time to set them free so you too can be set free.

With a huge smile on my face and immense pride at what just came out of my soul.

Immense love

Sophie Marie x


Is your home a reflection of ‘you’ or a copy of the latest trends

Art, Inspire, Interior Decoration, Interior design

Here is my most loved piece of furniture standing proud against the depth of the purple wall, my gallery wall. In order to show the piece in its glory I have chosen a few personal items to bring it to life. The colour of the green in the plants looks stunning with the purple and picks up the green in this original, abstract piece above. The striking orange sits beautifully with the other items, the real treasure being how none of the items are lost. You can see each piece separately and the effect of the whole story.

Photo frames are of different design, all bringing to the table something different, something unique, me. Try not to be afraid of mixing styles up, this is what creates visual impact. I do not normally use more than one of the same item however in this example a standalone plant of this size would not have created the same impact.

I do not believe in matching in the basic sense of the word, this makes a home look ‘uniform’. This vintage bear I found at a car boot sale, at only a few pounds looks perfect stood next to the photo frame. My answer to a lot of my interiors and to my life in general is “why not”.

Interiors should be about personality and all of the areas of your home should show yours. I think a truly beautiful, inspiring home is one where you walk in and you immediately know who the home belongs to. You can see that person or those people in it.

Your home should not be a ‘show’ home, it should be ‘your’ home. Sophie Marie

If you walk around your home, do you see things or do you see people? Things being used to describe items that are ‘in vogue’ or the latest colour. It is apparent when this has happened as you will see lots of that type of item and lots of items in that particular colour, overkill.

Less is always more and although there are a few items on this sideboard, the items are carefully chosen to create a feeling of oneness, happiness and in keeping with me. The people in a home should always be at the forefront of how and what you decorate or design not just material things for the sake of decoration. If you only have one or two items of decoration that you love, just use those. You do not have to ‘fill’ a room, doing so will lose character and this is the essence of what you are looking to create.

I believe that is when you go from a house to a home. A home is filled with you, the people that you love and all of your personalities echoing in each room.

Next time you buy something for your home ask yourself “do I like it or is it me?”. I guarantee if it is you it will be cherished and kept for a long time and not updated with the next season.

The world is not throw away so why should your home be. Sophie Marie

Original, abstract piece available for sale (see Gallery)

‘Somewhere’  Acrylic on canvas 30 x 24.5″ £75

 

With inspiration

 

Sophie Marie

 

Intimate Interiors

Art, Colour, Interior design

I have often been at a loss as to how to decorate this intimate space under my stairs and it was only after I moved some furniture around at Christmas time that I uncovered the beauty that is this area.

The depth of colour in the purple walls is a stunning backdrop to a couple of carefully chosen items displayed on a beautiful vintage writing bureau. My bureau has very special emotion attached to it as I always remembered one in my nanna and grandads house and a special feeling that it created in my memories.

The spotlight shines down on the front of the bureau, showing its true wood in all its brilliance. The copper colour radiates my being creating a warm, enveloping hug. To finish off this beautiful area a bespoke, abstract art piece hangs above, the dramatic yellow in the piece as echoed in the angel below jumps off the wall and transcends you into another world.

Original, abstract art piece created by Sophie Marie

Acrylic Resin on canvas 24″ x 18.5″ £100

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