Posts Tagged ‘soothe’


Each individual has their own form of outlet to de-clutter their minds and life.  Am sure you can relate to it when I say, there comes a few times in our lives where too many things are on our plate and our life becomes chaotic. It sometimes get to the point that there is just too much to worry about, nothing ever goes  right, everything needs to be done and yet nothing gets done et al. And amidst this sea of chaos, we reach our boiling points and may erupt anytime now, while all we want to do is go screaming out that front door like a banshee.

Having been there a few times myself, I have learnt to recognise the signs, and I immediately grab my saviour which comes in the form of  my trusty old paint brush.

Painting is one of my lesser known passions. I often resort to painting whenever I am a bundle of emotions or feel cluttered. I don’t know what it is about colours, but it has the power to soothe, provoke, create, open and brighten my mind. There is something about lavishing paint on plain white paper/canvas. The action of stroking paint onto paper is so therapeutic. The play of colours have a magical impact on my mind. The medley of colours, the shapes and shadows and light taking on their own meaning, yet they can be interpreted in a thousand different ways by each individual. Such is the beauty of “Art”.

Picture of painting taken in Queensland Art Gallery

Picture of painting taken in Queensland Art Gallery

‘Abstracts’ are what comes to me naturally. Am one of those people who just cannot paint a portrait to save my life. But they intrigue me. The play of emotions, expressions, shadows on the faces, the wrinkles, the laughter lines etc to name a few are so interesting and different on each subject.

Just the other day, I was talking to my mom, I was telling her that I just can’t do portraits at all and wished that I could. Her words were -“Not everyone can do abstract. You should count yourself lucky that you are able to imagine something and put it down on paper”. And I felt good about it afterwards. And I thought that I may as well work with what I have rather than  depict something that is not me.

Picture taken in Queensland Art Gallery

In conclusion, I find that painting helps me feel better, the colours brighten up my mood, and when I do my brush strokes, it lets me ponder on the various things on my mind, helps me slow things down and tackle things one by one. Life can be so overwhelming when everything comes at you the same time, but painting surely does help by providing a form of distraction and reprieve to the mind when the going gets tough.

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Picture this! You are invited to a photo gallery showing. The photographer’s specialty is nature at its best. The colours and shades of each leaf, tree or animal is captured with such life, it feels almost real.

The water drop hanging off the edge a leaf could taste of the freshest rain. The shades of green are so many in number that it cannot be captured and contained in a bottle of paint.The moistness of the wind can be seen glistening on a birds feathers. The curves and shadows of the ferns beckon people to take a closer look at their secrets.

You go on a long drive, you come across so many farms, with unending lush green acres sporting post and rail fences made of solid tree branches with the sheep and horses lazing under the sheer blue sky. Has anyone ever noticed how blue skies and green grass goes so well together like a match made in heaven? And to add to the alluring charm these farms have such long dreamy driveways lined with such tall trees that it gives the feeling of being in the midst of a glade.

Golden sand and black sand beaches compete to get their share of the sea with a blue that uniquely belongs there. And the views from atop the ranges are breathtakingly beautiful. You can just sit for endless moments, gaze into the distance, do some soul-searching or be mindlessly numb taking in the beauty of the world below, losing track of time.

If you think this is beautiful and belongs within the sterile pages of a photo album or a gallery, you are wrong, I just described a sample of the beauty surrounding my life. You have got to come and experience it to believe it. Its way better than the views in that of your postcards, photos and books.

I can tell you quite honestly, no exaggeration at all, I have lived here in New Zealand for almost 3 years and the beauty surrounding me is a balm for tired eyes and minds. It just calms you down and soothes you after a long tiring day at work.

The blue beaches that I mentioned of is such a unique blue that we are yet to find a synonym to describe this brand of blue. Maybe I should name it the “kiwi blue”! What say??!!

Lonely sail at Waitangi

Even if you are the world’s worst photographer, you can never go wrong because each frame will turn out perfect no matter what.

New Zealand is so beautiful, that you don’t need postcards, pictures and paintings of beautiful sceneries hanging off your walls. You will be living in a postcard haven with backdrops of these postcards only life-size. “Haere Mae”! Come and experience New Zealand!

*Haere Mae-means welcome in Maori

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