Creative Flow


It’s funny how creativity flows from one thing to the next and back again.
There are a great many things I like to do, writing, painting, drumming, gardening, (card) readings. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do them all.
Now I had been writing for months on end, working on my novels. And suddenly come July, I lost my drive. A bit weird, as I’d been writing for hours a day, every day, and was getting close to finishing the first book of the sequel. But without inspiration, creativity doesn’t work, so I decided to let it slide. For now. I WILL finish my books and publish though!
And then something else comes up. Another passion. Which turned out to be drumming and painting.
I heard “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes on the radio, and suddenly I wanted to get behind the kit! And I did. And enjoyed it tremendously! So much so, that I wanted to play more.
The songs that I used to play didn’t appeal to me anymore, so I started looking for new songs. And I found Metallica “Sad but True”. Pretty awesome to play drums to, and so much fun!
I added “Baba O’Reilly” to my playlist by The Who. I played that before in the past, on a much better kit though. My cymbals aren’t really all that brilliant, I haven’t got a cowbell or a splash. But I did buy myself rototoms two weeks ago. Absolutely happy about that! I use them when I attempt to play INXS’ “Original Sin”.
At the moment I’m playing drums almost on a daily basis. Thank goodness my neighbour is gone a lot, so I’m not bothering anyone with it!

Apart from drumming, I also felt like painting again. I got myself a few canvases and so far have made three new paintings, the last of which I’m still working on. One of them, Full Moon in the Woods, can be found under “Paintings for Sale”.
I’ll show you two of the others here.

This is Winter Night. Really nice to do, with all the blues. I love blue, all shades, and working with mainly blue was … different! It is for sale and can be shipped worldwide. The painting is E65 plus shipment, oil paint, 50 x 40 cm.

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A work in progress, but in spite of that I’m very proud of this work! It’s called “Out of the Woods”. It’s part of a sequel about me and my life. Meaning this one won’t be up for sale when it’s done. Sorry!

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Out of the Woods

I’m working on another one of Mt Shasta, the mountain in northern California with Lemurian connections and energy. But I’m not showing you that one just yet. I will soon though, once I’ve finished painting some evergreens and trees to finish it off!

Now that I’m painting so much again, I decided I want (and need) better brushes. And I wanted some of Bob Ross’ brushes. They seem to work really well, his fan brushes look a lot better than the ones I got, so I figured I’d give them a whirl. Now these brushes aren’t really cheap when I buy them here in Holland. And buying them in the States is pretty pointless as the added customs fees will make them even more expensive than the ones I can buy here. In the end I found a seller in Germany who offers Bob Ross’ brushes for a really good price. Even cheaper than the ones in the States.
I’ve ordered them, and hopefully I will get them in real soon! Can’t wait to see them and try them on the canvas.
I might wait with painting the evergreens around Mt Shasta till I have the new fan brush in 🙂

Have a wonderful day, wherever you are!
Remain positive and enjoy life whenever you can!

Love
Crystal

Doing Card Readings


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Romance Angel Card

Somewhere around November I suddenly felt like doing card readings. I had been drawn to this wonderful Romance Angels deck by Doreen Virtue for quite some time and I decided to get it in. It was my Christmas pressie to self.
My new oracle cards arrived the beginning of December. But the thing with these cards is, they’re about love and relationships and there’s only so much you can ask for yourself, however fun it may be to keep drawing one card after the other.

I decided to offer a limited number of 1-card readings on my spiritual forum and 10 on Facebook. And of course everyone wanted a reading. I started the readings, and I could feel myself connecting to this lovely deck straight away. Within 2 days I had done 20-25 card readings, and yes, that was a bit over the top! But everyone was extremely pleased and some were surprised by the accuracy of the cards. A couple of people were deeply touched by the message of their card, and required a bit of coaching. Very rewarding to do, pleasing so many people.
A few days later I offered another 10 on Facebook, and after that everybody was happy. Including me, because I’d had ample opportunity to get connected to and familiar with my new deck.

Having done those readings, I had an appetite for more! And I was inspired to create my own spread for a New Year reading. I had never really successfully created a spread, but the last time I had tried (yonks ago) I wasn’t as experienced with card readings as I am now.
I decided I wanted to do a spread with several different decks and I succeeded! Using about 5 different oracle decks, my Tarot and Lenormand I did the spread for myself, and was happy with the result.
Of course I wanted to put it to the test a bit more, and I offered it on my own forum. Only three, as this was going to be a lot more work than a 1-card reading. And .. it was very successful! All three were very pleased! Two mentioned that it was a true gift and 1 even said it was one of the best readings she’d ever had. Wow!
In the meantime more forum members had shown interest, but I didn’t want to do more of these large readings, instead I offered to do an abridged version. Using part of the larger spread, dumping some positions, ending up with a 4 or 5 card spread. And it also worked really well!
A lot of fun to do, but also time & energy consuming!

What I got out of doing this:
– Sheer practice
– More experience on how to make a spread, and one important lesson concerning that: you can have too many cards in a spread. Narrowing it down a bit more can still give you accuracy, and it’s a little less time consuming.
– It was wonderful to work with more than one deck, I had never done that before. I feel it can give more insight and depth to a reading.
– And another gem: I finally connected with my Enchanted Map deck! I really, really wanted it, but when I got it, felt it didn’t speak to me. I was even thinking of selling it. Now it opened up to me and I feel it’s one of the best decks I’ve got! Go figure!

In the meantime I got yet another beautiful deck in, the Wisdom of the Hidden Realms. And thoroughly enjoying it!

Love
Crystal

New Year & Feng Shui


One week into the new year, and off to a great start!
I had my own private fireworks show in my garden (the neighbours at the back clearly got money to spend!), we had the full moon on the 5th, which felt really great! In actual fact it helped inspire me to get my new website going, and if you’re reading this, you have found it!

I really felt like making a fresh start, so I cleaned up all the Christmas deco on the 2nd. Normally I am reluctant to get rid of the tree, now it was like cleaning up what belonged to 2014.
Once all the boxes with Christmas deco were back in the loft, I wanted to do something new with the corner the tree had been in. According to Feng Shui, that is the relationship corner, and I felt it could use a boost. I’m single, but I don’t intend to remain that way. So I got out a little square white shelf I’d had for months, my drill and screws, and I got on with it. I put the shelf 50 cm above the floor, like a mini altar, which is what I’d had in mind.
Fountain small I got out my little room fountain and put that on the shelf. The fountain is like a niche with a bench in it, and on it is a love couple, embracing and kissing each other. I put rose quartz tumbles and small red roses around it. Plugged it in and wow! The gentle trickling sound of water, the light underneath the love couple, it felt so right!

I’m also working on applying Feng Shui in my bedroom.
Apparently you should remove family pictures, cuddly toys and the likes from your bedroom. Basically everything that doesn’t have a romantic vibe.
That made me thing of the embroidered cushions on my bed. I really like them, but I also remember my ex’s reaction when he first stayed the night a long time ago. He picked up one of the cushions, decorated with shimmering beads, chucking it out with the words: “I don’t want to wake up in the morning thinking I’m a faggot!”
Even though it made me laugh, I felt he was overreacting. But now, having heard this thing about cuddly items in the bedroom, I’m thinking that maybe I should have taken his reaction more seriously (what did I know? You live and learn, right!) So maybe I should put the cushions elsewhere. I will sulk about that though!

I have a few landscape paintings above my bed, I made them myself. And they got to go somewhere, so why not there? But lovely as they are, they don’t inspire love and romance, but rather solitude and serenity.
I want a different painting there, one that does inspire love, maybe a little passion, as I’m quite a passsionate person. I still had a large canvas to paint, so I prepped it. The theme for the painting will be “Love, Romance & Passion”.
And you know what? I haven’t a clue what should go on there? Isn’t that something! I’m trying to visualize what love, romance and passion mean to me, so I can paint it. And I really don’t know!

For now it remains a white canvas. Sort of like my love life ..

Love
Crystal