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Breaths of Love….

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While I have crafted my new web site Jane Thorne Design and a fresh painting creativity has started to flow forth, several thoughts have floated up.

I have not got here alone and it is the ‘Breaths of Love’ that have carried me this far: loving support from family and friends, shown in so many ways, each and every day. Love for what I am doing flowing through as I paint and create. Love for where I live, as I sit here surrounded by the familiar, listening to the oh so comforting everyday sounds of the farm.

In these ‘Breaths of Love’ I thrive and create and I am grateful.

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Love on the walls…

Butterfly love

There are so many higgeldy-piggeldy apartments here that we have a rustic mail box set-up under the trees in the courtyard where we park. It works and I have learnt to be quick off the mark in collecting my post when it rains. I go up there first thing each morning and a few days ago there was a little package waiting for me. When I opened it there were all these butterflies nestling in pink tissue paper and a little note on top from Emily, my daughter, saying ‘These are to match your paintings Mum’.

I look around my home and Emily is everywhere and each creative piece evokes memories. From the paintings she created especially for here, to the ceramic tea-light church and bowl she made as a child. Some of her marbles are in a vase here and their buddies are in a hand decorated Kilner jar that she uses as a door stop at Uni. Loving links and memories are everywhere.

One of my paintings

When Em was three I had a little business where I painted terracotta pots for garden centres. She’d stand by the understairs cupboard asking me what I needed ‘size wise’ and she learned to count with those pots. If I close my eyes I can see her doing it now. Often she would sit beside me painting her own. I used to leave them to dry on the kitchen windowsill and we had lovely neighbours Dave and Flo, aross the way. Dave would come up the garden path and kneel down to chat to Em. ‘What have you been making our Em?’ he used to say and she’d show him her pots. He would commission her to paint him some and she’d put the earnings into her moneybox. Dave always displayed her pots in his garden where she could see them when we walked past. We all adored him.

Both ‘us girls’ comfort, balance and work things out in life by creating. Emily has been creating lately and her paintings are on a whole new level.

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Vision

I sit here looking at her butterflies and remember the loving moment that breathed life into her latest creations. At her Dad’s there are some gorgeous new ‘grandchild’ members of her extended family. The little brothers were visiting recently and the toddler was bored, so Em got her paints out and started making pictures with him. They made a ‘handprint’ picture which he loved, so Em involved his baby brother and his Mum. There is a special video of Em holding the baby’s hands as she placed them on the canvas where he is chuckling and chatting away to her, with his little legs kicking out, and not once do his eyes leave her face. Those moments captured on film are very precious. The main canvas with all their handprints is a work of love and Em joined some of the hands as butterflies. I know their Mum will treasure those paintings and from this Em started to make butterflies and 3D paintings with hearts and butterflies.

Family Love Paintings

They are a work of love and I now have love flying on my walls. May you always create Em and flow with love Darling girl, for you will always have my love.

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Trying to master the art of letting go and relaxing …..

So much change and upheaval in such a short space of time and logic dictates that I really must try and kick back for a few days. I am loved as family here and daily ‘my family’ are insisting that I rest. Note to self: that means letting go of the worry, blessed lists and just being… I am making the discovery that I need to master this because so far I am swinging from fear, the need to control, tears and a complete mind blank on what I need to do next.

Nothing is the answer so maybe I need to chose an activity that helps me to let go?

When we try to do something that feels totally alien it is best to break ourselves in gently.

I think back to Sunday and our walk around the beautiful reservoir with the wildlife, little streams, sunlight filtering through the surrounding woodlands and the diamonds and boats on the water. There was also a derelict farmhouse we discovered and as we stood on the hill and looked back down to the water the peace of the place seeped in.

An idea….I will create and lose myself in that for a couple of hours.

Whether you are moodling, creating, working, living, coping, whatever you are doing have fun somewhere in it…….

We all need some fun in our lives, the sunshine in our souls that laughter brings…that spontaneous explosion of mirth as someone touches a funny bone….

It rejuvenates us, puts a spring back in our step and tops up energy.

So……

If all around you is looking a bit murky and dark
When you crave a giggle or a bit of a lark
Then remember what you used to do for fun…
What sparks the laughter bubbles in your soul
And create the space for it to happen as onwards you stroll….

Last thought; IMOM your one liner yesterday was hilarious and is still causing chuckles at this end – the best kind of misinterpretation x


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