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Sunday, August 30, 2009

People are treasures

In one of my many communications this week was a lovely gem from a fabulous lady called Sharon who owns the Longueville Gallery and is organising a child cancer fundraiser.

"One of the nicest things in this life are the unexpected treasures you meet in people that cross your path"

What a fabulous saying and so true - it is one of lifes unexpected treasures - and one that people don't seem to value enough.

Friday, August 21, 2009

In Ya Face

My very good friend and extremely talented artist - Tony Brown - is having a solo exhibition at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna in September. This is a must see of his fabulous portrait work - in his own unique style - like no other. Opening night is Wed 2nd Sep 6-9pm - would be great to see you there.
You may wonder why such a title - In Ya Face - Tony and I were mulling over a title for this exhibition a few weeks ago - just throwing phrases around, and having a general chat about nothing in particular and then he said to me - "In Ya Face" ... and I went - "that's it!!" And he went "what?" - I said "the title" ... something catchy - something people will remember - and something that refelcts the exhibition ... not only are the artworks portraits - but they are larger than life.
A bit more about Tony and his art ....

Tony Brown offers us all a vision of perseverance and triumph over turmoil. An enthusiasm to forge a better life is what fuels Tony’s passion to create works that inspire powerful and emotive responses: “I want to reach out to people who are stuck”.

Tony’s paintings, which are deeply inlaid with a locality and familiarity and in some cases, are intimately provocative, grapple with issues such as depression, loneliness, adoption and sobriety. Tony’s dark and raw works show an artist who interprets issues with an innate sense of compassion and individuality.

Through a process of rehabilitation, Tony rediscovered art as a form of expression from childhood and values the emotions he is able to stir within viewers of his work.

Tony does commissions on a frequent basis - please contact him for more information.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Title: Passion
Media: Mixed Media Painting
Artist: Sophia Elise

I was sent this email today be a very dear friend who simply said - "this reminds me of you" - after reading it I was felt very humbled ....

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet. --Kojiro Tomita

Inspiration of the Day:
"Through a long series of coincidences, this 'art box' finds you. When I had to give a gift for my sister, I realized her two loves. Her first love was art, the joy of creative expression, the connection with a subtler force. In her high school graduation speech, she used a quote that summed up her perspective: an artist isn't a special kind of a person but every person is a special kind of an artist. Her second love was helping people, especially artists. To my little sis, art was always about giving, but she would sometimes doubt -- if an artist gives everything away, how do they survive? How will their spirits continue to soar? She sure is an innocent spirit. :)" What follows is an account of a touching act of anonymous kindness by a "happiness entrepreneur." [ more ]

Be The Change:
Support someone's creative expression today: listen to a song, share a notebook, encourage.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Forever - mixed media abstract

Title: "Forever"
Artist: Sophia Elise
Media: Mixed media - black, red, metallic gold
Size: 20cm x 20cm
For Sale: $85 contact

The inspiration for this piece is love - how often do the words love you forever get spoken and how often is that true .... ?

There are many forms of love - friendship, family, romance ....

However it's true of all types of love that even if it does pass you are never the same.....

No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever - Francois Mauriac

Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever - June Masters Bacher

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to new understanding
with the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for awhile,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never ever the same.

- Flavia Weedn

And true , deep genuine love is summed up by this ....

Love is the only force known to man which it is not possible to vanquish by any threat , however dire, in any ordeal, however terrible, to which it may be put. In its purity it inspires to the most wondrous sacrifice. - N Sri Ram