the art of self acceptance book project

if you’d like to contribute, pls join my ning site: www.willowing.ning.com and then this group: collab art.

The Art of Self Acceptance – Book Project

One of THE biggest challenges you will face in life is; loving yourself. Sadly, we are conditioned, raised to think of ourselves as less than others, a lucky of few of us had awesome parents who showered us with unconditional love, but they are few and far in between! So for many it is a struggle to love, hey, even simply like ourselves at times!

I personally think that a lack of self acceptance lies at the core of a lot of our personal and global problems. I think that a world with people who truly fully and totally unconditionally accept themselves is a utopic one and would sort out a whole load of the problems we currently have in the world!

So, why not make a book about it? I hope that this book full of your work and explorations around self acceptance will work as healing to all of us somehow! :)

Ok, so what to contribute?

I imagine each artist to get a max of 2 page spread. You can fill this spread with anything you want as long as it relates to art and self acceptance/ love/ kindness towards the self.

Examples of what you might do:

1. Submit an art journal entry which has a self love theme. With this you can write a little story about how art journaling helps you be kinder towards yourself.

2. Do you take photographs? Perhaps you take self portraits and jazz them up in photoshop? Do these projects help you with your self acceptance? Explore, describe, submit!

3. Do you write poetry? Oscar Wilde once wrote that we would all have the wildest (;) love afair with ourselves, what do you think? Submit your self love, or struggle with self love poetry to the book!

4. It doesn’t have to be solely about how art helps you with your self acceptance, perhaps, you have a really really hard time loving yourself, darker entries around how it’s all just not working out is also ok, perhaps submitting that dark piece of art will actually help you with your self love growth?

5. Do you sculpt, make puppets, carve wood? Do your creations helps you somehow, some way towards a happier you? Pls submit photos of your creations and share with us how and why your creations or your creative processes help you!

6. Do you make junk art? Bags? Scanner art? Knit, crochet, sew? Use polymer clay? Do any of these activities make you happier and/or help you get in touch with your you-ness and make you feel happy? Share it with the world in this book!! :-)

Ok, I am going to set a draft deadline for 20th February 2010! That gives you a month and a half to produce some ideas/ drafts!

When you submit work, try to scan it at high quality pixels (tiff format would be best, but high pixel jpeg is fine too). If you can only photographs your work, pls try to take high quality, high pixelation picture with nice lighting (best would be in natural sunlight).

Pls also submit:

1. a photograph of yourself that you love!!! ♥ (high quality again if possible)
2. any website links/ urls you’d like to have printed by your section
3. a little blurb/ story on your self love journey (no more than approx 500 words if it’s accompanying a/ some pieces of art), if what you want to submit is prose then it can be larger!!

Ok, hope that gives you some great ideas you guys! Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Please send your submissions to: willowing [at] gmail [dot] com.

If you have any other great ideas to contribute, pls let us know in the comment section! x

Big hugs
Tam x


extra info:

Oooh, I’m so excited by all your responses! This book is going to be great! I can feel it in my bonessss! :)

Ok, so I’m just going to respond to some of your questions/ queries in this section here so that everyone can read it.

@rhomany; blurb is a self publish site like lulu and everyone will be able to buy their own copy!

@ingrid; Hi ingrid! I hope for this book to explore how art and self acceptance go together or not and for people to contribute art in any form (so could be paintings/ photography/ poetry or a simple piece of prose or ancedote about your own journey into self love/ acceptance). I would LOVE IT if you could contribute something! :) x

@heather: hi heather! it’s ok to submit a photo, although it’d be important to take a high quality photo of it so that it would print properly! so excited that you’re interested to contribute, yay! x

@julia; i love your idea about an art conversation! how do you envision that, pls tell me more!

Ok, so a bit more detail about what I have in mind, and let’s think of a first draft deadline! The other thing I’m looking for is one or two co-editors! Anyone interested in that role?

Posted on Dec 23rd 2009:
Hi Guys!

So, I’ve been brooding on this idea for a while now! In the new year, I want to publish a book via blurb about Art & Self Acceptance, possible title; (The Art of Self-Love or The Art of Self-Acceptance).

I envision a book with art from all of you guys that is themed, or explores the idea of self love/ acceptance/ kindness towards the self.

The art could be in all forms; paintings/ mandalas/ photography/ 3d/ poetry/ story writing.

I am thinking of hoping to find about 30 or so contributing artists/ writers/ photographers, each gets a two page spread or less if they want to contribute less. Photos of the arists and their own journey/ stories of self acceptance in relation to art will be added and links to your websites too!

I’m hoping to produce a book that people can relate to, feel inspired by and may even find some healing through. (Perhaps a little like the post secret books although more involved with more variety and styles and different stories/ contributions).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comment section! And let me know if you’re interested in being one of the contributing arists! :)

Thanks !
Tam x

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Fabulous Faces – Registration now Open!


Registration for Fabulous Faces is NOW OPEN!

Learn how to create your own pretty portraits!

Download the Course Outline & Supply List HERE.


How to sign up and what happens:

1. Pay your course fee (£45 GBP) by clicking on the ‘buy now’ button – but make sure to write in the email address you want to sign up with (or have already signed up with):

£45 (GBP)

Enter Your Email Address:



Or by sending £45 (GBP) to my paypal account: tamara[dot]laporte[at]gmail[dot]com, making sure to let me know in the comment section which email you’d like to sign up with!

Pls note: if you don’t have a paypal account but you do have standard credit cards like mastecard/ visa card/ swift etc, you can still pay via paypal as a guest, you too should click on the ‘buy now’ button. If you don’t want/ can’t pay via paypal and don’t have any major creditcards, pls private msg me so we can work something out!

2. I will send you 2 emails, one is an invitation to the workshop, the second is an email with a welcome pack pdf.

3. You need to accept my invitation to the group (follow the
links in the email).

4. Voila! You are a member!

If things are confusing and you can’t figure things out, pls email me on tam[at]willowing[dot]org. Or check out the FAQ page over here: FAQ

Workshop 5 – Fabulous Faces – Course Leader: Tam (Willowing)

This course will run for 6 weeks with a full length video & pdf file per week!

Course skill level: beginner & intermediate
Course fee:
£45 GBP

Course outline

week 125.01.2010Drawing & shading a front facing portrait in graphite – basics.
week 201.02.2010Shading a front facing portrait in colour – various materials.
week 308.02.2010Drawing/ shading a 3 quarter portrait in colour.
week 415.02.2010Drawing/ shading a profile portrait in colour.
week 522.02.2010Adding items/ objects etc to your portrait piece + looking at different mixed media styles to create your portrait (such as drawing a portrait on top of bookpages or music scores, as an example).
week 601.03.2010Integrating your portrait into a mixed media background – going over some layering styles too.

Videos can be downloaded throughout the 6 weeks, don’t worry if you’re not available on Monday”s; all videos remain online for the duration of the course.

Your pdfs will contain technical guidance on the techniques covered in the videos.

Note: once you have paid and signed up for the course, you will be sent an in depth welcome pack which lists materials and other details of the course.

SIGN UP NOW! £45 (GBP)
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my 2009

I sit here in the wee hours of the morning of the last day of 2009. I always feel nostalgic, or at least, melancholy when I think another year is about to end. I bond with a year, weirdly, with the number, that is, and somehow mourn that that number is going by, dies, or fades like a burnt out star in the sky. See, I’m all poetic about it.

My child and husband are still asleep in the other room. I marvel at those two words; “child” & “husband”, those who have read my journal since its inception will attest to how I wasn’t the type of person who you’d imagine ending up with a ‘child’ and a ‘husband’. I now think; ‘how could I ever NOT’ end up with those two amazing creatures in my life? I am hugely blessed. :-)

2009 was an incredible year for me;

I got married (albeit not with a lot of noise).

I was pregnant for 9 months and then gave birth to a child (with a LOT of noise ;)).

mummy & dylan

We moved to a bigger house;

(this is the view at the back)

I ran my first ever online art course;

We had a wonderful time in Spain:

and it snowed! (twice this year).

feb 2009:

dec 2009:

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so those were my highlights. :-)

i hope to write a bit more in the new year as with dylan i’ve had much less time in the last 4 months to write and connect with my buddies here in the internetverse. i miss that.

current pre-occupations; i’m working hard on my next online art course ‘fabulous faces’ (registration opens next week some time) and we’re trying to get the house ready with all the unpacking. still a lot to do, and every project/ task gets slowed down by little dylbee, but hey, such is life with an infant! :)

oh! i finished the commission for mark () and you can see it be created in my latest youtube art video here;



i wish you all a spectacular 2010 with much love, health, abundance, joy and ‘being-here-now-ness’.

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Akmal Shaikh

Feeling utter despair at the thought of this man being executed. Please help by sending a msg to Gordon Brown. I desperately hope the British Government can intervene.

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TAKING ACTION TOGETHER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
 

Less than a week to save Akmal Shaikh

Akmal ShaikhDear Supporter,

Akmal Shaikh is facing imminent execution in China. There are reports that his execution has been scheduled for 29 December 2009. Akmal, who is 53 and a father of five from north London, is believed to be mentally ill. He was sentenced to death for drug-smuggling on 29 October 2008 after an unfair trial.  Although he appears to have suffered for many years with mental instability and is likely to have bipolar disorder, the Chinese authorities have refused to allow him to be examined by a doctor. According to Article 18 of China’s Criminal Law, a mental patient who commits a crime, and has not completely lost the ability to recognise or control his own conduct at the time, still has criminal responsibility but may be given a lighter punishment.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Call on Gordon Brown to urgently intervene on Akmal Shaikh’s behalf. Please write your own appeal or copy the text below and send a message via the Downing Street website.

Dear Prime Minister, As you know Akmal Shaikh, a British national is facing execution in China on 29 December 2009. The Chinese legal system has not taken into account his serious mental illness. I am appealing to you directly to make immediate representations to China’s President Hu Jintao.


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for your amusement. :)

for your amusement. ;)


xoxox

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hello the world!

julie, sophie and lucy on a carousel

julie, lucy and sophie on a carousel. :)

we’re moving to a bigger home on tuesday! been crazy busy packing for the last couple of days and can’t believe how much crap i have accumulated over the years!

physically not been great, RA flares keep happening and because Dylbee is still not sleeping through the night, i’m generally a bit weaker to deal with it all. i’m on new meds though and they should kick in, in about a month and a half.

i’m working on my next online art course and have just finished a commission painting for which i’m doing a youtube vid as well.

obviously, 90% of my time is spent with one of the most amazing loves of my life, lil dylbee boy, who is now smiling, shouting, giggling and as off today; sucking his thumb!

proof ici;





i love this little boy so much, at times it makes my brain explode.

also been making cute polymer clay houses and lil doggies, but not painted yet.

been up and down mood wise but had a brilliant ‘accepting what is’ moment today which helped me ground again.

want to do more nvc vlogs and more, but all my projects now take so much longer with lil baby around as he is priority numbero uno, bien sur jah.

i miss my online clan and connections, but this is how it is, and how it is, is ok. (the secret to life, according to tori).

i sincerely hope everyone out there is well with love in my heart for you. ♥

i’ll be off line (although on twitter via iphone @willowing via iphone, for a week i think, depending on how quickly they reconnect us in the new house.

new house, here i come.

merry xmas lovelies. x



sleepy strawberry boy on Twitpic snugabuggabugga on Twitpic in the park cafe with mums from baby classes :) on Twitpic

sleepy prince

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tea party with cupcakes

hallow lovely world. :-)

quick update!

dylan has had 2 nights now in which he slept SEVEN whole hours! omg! i haven’t slept that much in a row since he was born!! crazy. he’s also done 6 and 5 hrs on some nights and other nights he wakes up every 2 hours again but it’s going in the ‘right’ direction. :)

motherhood is possible THE most incredibly beautiful thing that has ever happened to me! every day i wake up filled with such wonder and love for this little boy, ohmygod.

look at his smoochie facey!!!

he just fills me with love and wonder every day :D on Twitpic recording 'silent night' with dylan. :) gonna do it in englis... on Twitpic yes yes, Dylan smiles in his sleep, hee hee on Twitpic

i just overflow with looooooove ♥ eheehh.

oh, i recorded ‘silent night’ in dutch and english, listen to it ici if you like;



and i did new art! (dylan sleeping 7 hours is giving me renewed energy! wheeee!):

i enjoyed doing these sisters a lot, the beige/ pinky salmony colours were just lovely to work with;

2 sisters

and some new whimsy art;

tea party with cupcakes!

all originals are still for sale! (msg me if you’re interested) and prints can be had too! check out my etsy shop for prints (although the pink girls aren’t up yet).

oh, just a quick reminder! if you want to buy a calendar and have it arrive before xmas pls order before 30th nov!! (thanks to all that have bought one so far!!) :)

ok, gotta go to bed now and hopefully have another 7 hour sleep with dylbee!!

hope everyone in the states had a lovely thanksgiving!
big hugs. x

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masquerade mask, willowing calendar and xmas cards! :0)

masquerade mask

hellooo! :D

so, here is my latest youtube art video in which i make a masquerade mask!





masquerade mask

masquerade mask

masquerade mask

it is for sale in my etsy shop!

and as promised, here is info on the calendar and xmas cards!

BUY A WILLOWING 2010 ART CALENDAR!

PRODUCED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME! :-) yay! I’m so excited!

This calendar is an exclusive calendar which contains a

whopping 22 images of my most popular paintings!

(I will only be producing this calendar once, next year will be another one)

Its simple and sleek design will fit nicely in any home, office or bedroom!

(Scroll down for images & behind the cut)

10% of each sale goes to “Friends of the Earth” a UK based charity that aims to;

“Make life better for people by inspiring solutions to environmental problems”

www.foe.co.uk

Order before 30th November to receive this calendar in time for Christmas!

(pls allow for 2-3 weeks for delivery as I take pre-orders first before ordering a big batch)

Any orders after 30th November may not arrive in time for Christmas,

but will definitely reach you in January!

Buy Now!

£20 + Shipping












-front cover-

(pls note; box will not appear around title!)

Size: 21cm x 28cm (approx. A4 or 12″ X 8″)

Paper: 250gsm premium card

Pages: 13 pages

Layout: Month-by-month view

Bind: Spiral bound

Art Images: 22 images

When the year is finished you can cut out the images, frame them and hang them up or use them as postcards!

(pls note; box will not appear around wording under images)

aaaand i now sell xmas cards! i created these 5 little xmas girls especially for this year’s xmas! packs are sold in sets of 5 or 10. if you want to order many more, email me; tam [at] willowing [dot] org

xmas girl angel

you can buy them HERE

i’m also doing some special xmas offers in my shop! you can buy multiple prints for reduced prices!

and here endeth the xmas offer announcements! :) x

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reasons why i love life

.reasons why i love life.

the expansive feeling i get when driving in a car with andy and dylan, the music on loud, darkness outside, streetlights going by. unsweetened apricot jam on crunchy warm toasty bread. fluttering butterfly wings and bumblebees on lavender branches. soft andy beard hair tickles on my cheek’s skin. dylan’s beautifully rounded button nosey. clay on my fingers. messy mixed media layer art. the excitement that comes from new artistic ideas bubbling up on the inside. dylan’s heavy, warm, sleepy body sleeping on me and his curled up legs. vanilla perfume scent sprayed all over me. rain showers. packages in the mail. making clay puppets. autumn smells. fake fights with andy. compassionate friends. daddy & dylan over the sea songs. finding inspiration in beautiful children’s books. orange, brown, red, golden and yellow autumn leaves. percussion. compassionate heart connections. feeling cosy inside while violent rain storms rage outside. making smoked tofu with avocado and pine kernel salads. finding and using new art supplies. crisp winter days with bright blue skies. roasted chestnuts. snow. soft windy breezes. sparkles & glitters. purple little whales. kindness. topaz, lapis lazuli and rose quartz. little clay birdies. floral patterned fabric and felt. the way dylan looks ecstatic when he breastfeeds and his soft, porcelain skin. tree bark. laughter like bells. andy’s care, compassion, kindness and love. soft kisses. preparing and sending packages to customers. soft graphite pencils. basil. nonviolent communication and its potential and power. scissors. heartshaped everythings. gustav klimt. the beaches on ko nang yuan. dylan’s eyelashes. finding freedom in the present moment. unconditional love. a busker playing an irish folk song on a violin in hove.

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we’re moving! :-) we found a 3 bedroom semi-detached house in brighton (a little more inland than we are now). it has a huge garden with a pink blossom tree in it, the rooms are spacious and the living room is big too. we’re so excited! it will give us a lot more space than we have now and we really need it with dylan who brings so much stuff with him!

otherwise, sleeping has been very tough in the last week and a half. even though he’s now 13 weeks (nearly 3 months old), he’s actually become worse sleep wise! they say that babies tend to sleep for longer in the nights roundabout this time, but dylan’s has become worse! for the last week and half he’s woken up every 2 hours! it’s really tough when that happens. i can cope with 2-3 days of that, but more really means i walk around like the living dead. last night he did a stretch of 3.5 hours which was encouraging, but it may just have been a fluke again. we’ll have to see. andy helps out here and there feeding him formula, but we don’t want to do that too often, particularly now that he’s just had his 2nd set of vaccinations. i want the breastmilk to help boost his immune system … so we go on. it’ll change, i know. so i’m too down about it. :-)

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i’ve also been going through a phase in which all the suffering in the world just really gets to me. i couldn’t even watch the news without bursting into tears reading about boys raping boys, then; children with leukemia, people being murdered, suffering in asia etc. at times, i just don’t know what to do with this information and can get quite down because of it. i feel so helpless and incapable of changing it.

byron katie & eckhart tolle helps with this though, a lot. last night i had a real clarity moment; when i read about children with leukemia and i don’t want them to have leukemia, i suffer because i resist reality. that way, i cause more suffering on top of the suffering that already exists which is useless and only makes the world a more miserable place. if i accept reality, i am in a place of strength, calm, love and acceptance and can do a lot more to alleviate other people’s suffering.

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i’ve done some new art in misty mawn-esque style, i’m on her current course which is inspiring. so far no new techniques for me though, but that’s cool, i enjoy just being on her course to see how she melds all her work together, i look forward to when she’s going to add portraits.

home

i also took this macro shot of dylan’s beautiful face yesterday which i just love! ->


dylbee angel

and, i’ve been making little clay sculptures which i’ve enjoyed doing, but must admit; painting on rounded surfaces is much harder than on flat!! :D




i have also been making a masquerade mask! but i’ll only show one pic of it because i’m doing an art video of it and don’t want to spoil all the fun! :D


pretty no? to me it looks venetian. :-)

lastly, i am now selling a willowing 2010 art calendar (10% of each sale goes to the charity; ‘friends of the earth’) and willowing christmas cards! but i will be doing a separate blog post announcement for those soon. if you want to take a peek in the mean time clicky on the links.

big love to everyone out there.

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the science of motivation

finally someone who speaks out on how punishment and rewards stifle creativity and work as limiting! this is one of the reasons why we will NOT use mumbo like star charts/ punishment and rewards for Dylan.

this video looks at what motivates people from the angle of business & economy, but is also relevant to the human spirit and what it is we all really need in life.



to read about this from a parenting perspective, read anything by Alfie Kohn, in particular his heavily researched book: Punished by Rewards

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