Beautiful Christmas time

Beautiful Christmas time

BirdMandala

Namaste, dear friends and followers!

The year is almost over and it has been a busy year indeed. I taught lots of courses and workshops, created lots of new artworks, held a couple of successful exhibitions, and made lots of new plans for the year 2018.

You can have a look at all the new courses and workshops on my Sun Salutations site.

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If you still need a lovely individual present for a good friend, family member, or yourself please have a look for high quality prints in my  Etsy shop 

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I also sell watercolour art calendars, mugs, and a variety of Christmas cards.

A3 Calendars are priced 30 Euro, A4 15 Euro.

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Of course you can also buy original art. The prices will go up considerately in January so if you are a collector of unusual pieces you got to act fast 🙂 Please contact me for all the paintings which are available.

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Above you can see: Willow and Oak, watercolour, 60 x 80 cm, 2017, 120 Euro

Last Sunday my daughter Debbie and me held our annual Vegan Café at our house and it was not only a very lovely afternoon with friends, delicious food, and live music – but we were also able to make a little money which we are going to donate to the local animal shelter. Thank you for helping us with this project! xx

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I hope you have enjoyed this post. I am very grateful for everybody who is interested in my art and my progress.

Thank you, have a magical Christmas time and an amazing new year 2018!

See you! xx

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“Sommerwind” – Part 3

“Sommerwind” – Part 3

Hi there! Thank you for your interest in my paintings!

In Part 3 I am going to show you the rest of the paintings which are currently exhibited and are for sale.

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16. Mandala Night, Watercolour, 40 x 50 cm, 2017IMG_5693

17. Herzblut, Watercolour and markers, 60 x 80 cm, 2016

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18. The little Mermaid, Watercolour, 50 x 100 cm, 2016

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19. Let your dreams take flight, Watercolour, 40 x 50 cm, 2017

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20. Buddha´s Garden, Watercolour and Pastels,  60 x 80 cm, 2016  (sorry, bad photo)Buddha´s garden

21. Breakthrough, Watercolour, 50 x 60 cm, 2016

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22. Be the change, Print, A4, 2017Buddhaquotes5

23. What you think, Print, A4, 2017

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If you like these prints please have a look in my Easy Shop

There you will find more of them which look splendid in a gold frame.

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I hope you enjoyed my post and will return to see more about #art, #veganfood, #yoga, and a lot more.

Namaste!

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“Sommerwind” – Part 2

“Sommerwind” – Part 2

Hello again! In “Sommerwind” – Part 2  I would like to show you more of my paintings which are currently exhibited in Rastede, a small town in the North of Germany.

8. Tree of Life, Mixed Media, 70 x 100 cm, 2017

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9. Intuition, Mixed Media, 90 x 120 cm, 2017

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10. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu, Mixed Media, 50 x 100 cm, 2017

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11. Quiet the mind, Mixed Media mit getrockneten Blüten, 60 x 80 cm, 2017

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12. Chakra garden, Aquarell, 50 x 100 cm, 2016

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13. Arngaster Leuchtturm, Mixed Media, 50 x 70 cm, 2017

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14. Willowing & Oak, Aquarell, 60 x 80 cm, 2017

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Please come back to have a look at Part 3 which will be available in a couple of days.

May your day be filled with blessings! Namaste!

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“Sommerwind” – Part 1

“Sommerwind” – Part 1

Yesterday the art exhibition “Sommerwind” (Summer wind) showing my latest pieces of art started in the beautiful town of Rastede. I have already been teaching English and Chakra Meditation at the adult education centre KVHS Ammerland for a couple of years and this year I have also been asked to start teaching art workshops 🙂 And hold an exhibition! Yay!

The vernissage took place at the new building of the VHS, and so I am the first artist to be able to show their works there! On Friday it was “Hanging Day”.

I arrived in the morning with my paintings and found that there was a brand new hanging system and it proved to be difficult to get the frames up onto the walls. But with a lot of help from my daughters and  the staff of the VHS we managed to get it all done. It looks great!

 

 

The vernissage was very nice, I met a lot of lovely people, and received lots of positive feedback. Thanks to everybody who came!

Here you can see the paintings which are currently exhibited and for sale:

  1. Today is going to be awesome, Mixed Media on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2017

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2. The White Raven, Watercolour and plaster on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2017IMG_5695

3. Manifest, Mixed Media on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2017

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4. Muladhara, Watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2016

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5. Swadhistana, Watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2017

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6. Manipura, Watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2017

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7. Anahata, Watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2017

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Part 2 will follow soon!

If you are interested in buying any of my paintings or prints or patterns, please feel free to contact me!

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Namaste! May you have a blessed day!

 

Extra sweet potato curry

Extra sweet potato curry

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When you have to cook for children AND adults it is often hard to find something everybody likes so we often have to prepare different meal for our beloved family members.

Today I thought that something sweet might be suitable as it has been really cold the whole week and the children are having a short end of term break here in Germany.

Most children like potatoes if yours do not then you can take pasta, I guess. I cooked the potato curry in one pan and prepared some extra (hot & spicy) veggies for the grown ups in another pan.

This is my recipe for the extra sweet POTATO CURRY

1 kg potatoes peeled and diced

1 l water

1/2 cube vegetable stock

50 gr red lentils

1 small onion

1 small clove of garlic

400 gr pineapples diced

1/2 bell pepper

1/2 can coconut milk

2 tb sp maple syrup

1 tb sp curcuma

a pinch of salt

Please feel free to replace any vegetables your child doesn´ t like with some they do like e.g. carrots, fennel, etc

First cook the potatoes with the stock, lentils, onion, bell pepper, and garlic for 20 min.

Then add the other ingredients and let it simmer for another 15 min.

Enjoy your healthy meal!

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If your child still doesn’t´t want try it, put it all in a blender and serve as potato mash.

For the hot and spicy veg take a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and cook them with stock, onions, garlic, salt, and add chilli sauce to your gusto.

Bon appetit!

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Tree Affirmation Cards

Tree Affirmation Cards

img20161230_13573452Between the years I participated for the first time in the “Woman Unleashed Online Retreat” by the wonderful Amber Kuileimailani Bonnici. It is a free retreat where you can watch lots of amazing lessons ranging from Art via cooking classes to beautiful meditations.

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One of these lessons war hosted by the inspiring Alena Hennessey whose art classes are always brillant. The picture which evolved after that lesson is the one you can see above: The oak tree.

After I finished that picture I drew some more trees, the willow, the birch, the maple, and then I thought I should turn them into a series of affirmation cards which represent the chakras.

So here they are:

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These are now available as greeting cards in my redbubble store

Namaste! May the new year 2017 bring you lots of happiness and prosperity!

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December wishes

December wishes

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Another month has started, it is December! Everybody is getting very busy with the Christmas preparations, and so am I.

But for me the Advent time always starts with a little downside. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of my little brother Jan, he was only 10 years old when he died on  2 December 1986. That was a very tragic event for me  -and of course even more for my parents – which had a great impact on my life. Very often the choices I make are a result of the feeling that nothing lasts forever and you should enjoy life now and not wait until tomorrow.

After the unbearable funeral of my brother my parents moved out of the family home for about six months and left me alone in our house. Being a young girl I felt very afraid and vulnerable suddenly on my own and definitely still in shock about the events. And then came Christmas Eve which has indeed been my darkest night ever. Being alone on Christmas Eve is the worst feeling somebody can experience.

That is why I would like to ask you this year to have a look through your contacts and if you think somebody might be alone on Christmas Eve please move forward and invite them into your home or spend some time with them. Please be kind and give somebody a lovely Christmas time.

And – VERY IMPORTANT – if you love somebody just tell them today – because tomorrow they might not be here anymore.

This year I am very lucky to be able to hold an exhibition of my watercolour works in the palliative ward of a local hospital and so I would like to use the opportunity to dedicate this exhibition to my brother. The exhibition is called “Love remains” and can be visited from 7 December 2016 until 7 February 2017. The Vernissage will take place on 13 December at 3 pm.

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Find my latest works on Behance

 

I hope you will have the best Christmas time ever this year!

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November dreams

November dreams

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Today we were greeted with the first snow of the upcoming winter season. Although the arrival of snowy weather  almost always gives me migraines I tend to find snow very calming and  soothing. The blanket over the earth enables us to look inside rather than outside and search for our deepest wishes and hopes for the next year to come.

At the moment I am taking the e-course “Do what you love” by the amazing Beth Kempton and she teaches us to dream big and visualise your future as detailed as possible in order to bring your dreams into reality. If you want to change your life for the better I can honestly recommend taking this course as it offers you tools to detect your desires and shows you ways to implement them. Also the online community is incredibly supportive and I found a couple of lovely new friends there.

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What are your goals for 2017? Do you want to be more loved and respected, do you want to get better paid for your work, or do you want to quit your job and start your own business? Now is the time to do some serious planning ahead. Write everything down, make lists of what you want to change, what to want to keep. Map out your future and send your wishes to the universe. Making positive wishes for everybody in your life will transform the reality and soon you will be living the dream.

I started this year by making lists of want I want to achieve, where I would like to go to, negative things I would like to get rid of, etc. And I must say, most of it has already come true because I had visualised it very clearly before.

Now I am planning to put all my knowledge of visualisation into a brand new workshop that I am going to offer in early 2017. The workshop will contain elements of yoga and chakra meditation as well as encouragement training and mindfulness tools.

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Artistically I am working on more recipe illustrations for They draw and cook. I love to come up with new vegan or veganized recipes and am grateful for having to possibility to show them to the world via this fantastic website.

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There will also be another exhibition of my yoga / meditation paintings in my hometown Oldenburg in early 2017. More details coming soon.

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Last but now least I would like to inform you about my new yoga courses which will start in January. There will be a course for beginners on Tuesday nights and an open class on Sunday afternoons. You can find more details on

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I hope all your November dreams will come true, don´t forget to make a wish on 14 November when there is a potent full moon in Taurus.

Namaste!

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Vegan in Oldenburg

Vegan in Oldenburg

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Now I have been a vegan for 5 years, time really flies .. I vividly remember writing

Now I have been a vegan for 4 years, yay!

Well, what has happened since then? What has changed within the last 5 years?

For one thing it is more common now to eat vegan food. Lots of restaurants here in the beautiful city of Oldenburg offer vegan options now while 5 years ago they would just look at you and ask: But you eat fish, right?

And friends don´t panic when you are coming to dinner – by now they know that you can eat “only” vegetables.

So where do I go when I would like to eat out?

Well, I really like Peter Pane – formerly known as “Hans im Glück. They offer 4 kinds of vegan burgers even one without bread which is great at night when you don´t want to many carbs.

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Then we have got the Veggiemaid Snackbar which offers a great brunch at the weekends.

When I am on a shopping tour in the city I like to stop at Woyton for a matcha soy latte and / or a vegan bagel.

Of course, there are lots of other great locations in the city but in Summer it is nicer to take a short drive to  the lovely Beachclub Nether where you can sit and watch the wakeboarders do their tricks until sunset while enjoying a Beck´s blue and a blindside burger.

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A little bit further North on the North Sea coast you can find Sonnendeck Dangast but I have told you about it before. 🙂

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Shopping food gets easier, too. Not only Denn´s Biomarkt but also Edeka, Rewe, Netto, Aldi, even Real offer a wide choice of vegan / organic options.

Although I still like to order some things (like heavy 10 kilo bags of dogfood) at Alles vegetarisch a great online store with an enormous range of articles.

Yes, you heard right, the dog has become a vegan, too. Good old Romeo has been living vegan for three years now and is feeling great like me!

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For me becoming vegan was the best decision of my life and I hope that I will live to see it becoming “normal”. So if you haven´t tried it #govegan  – at least give it a try for a month and you see how good it makes you feel!

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I hope some of these links are useful to you, in case you have other great suggestions about restaurants which offer tasty vegan food, feel free to leave a comment!

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Find some of my illustrations here

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Vegan Travelling: Day trips to Hamburg and Dangast

Vegan Travelling: Day trips to Hamburg and Dangast

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Hamburg is always worth a day trip especially in summer when there is a feeling of easiness in the otherwise so busy Hanseatic city. As we used to live in Hamburg for seven years we always try to come back here during the summer holidays. Last Tuesday we took the train in order to go on our annual shopping spree which is mostly connected with a visit to the Musicals. This time we went to see the show “Best of 2016” presented by the graduates of the Stage School of Hamburg in their brand new theatre called First Stage.

But let´s start with the best part of travelling .. the food!

When we arrived at the station in Hamburg we came across the CityDöner shop which is very popular. I asked for anything vegan and expected to see some eye-rolling or ignorance about the difference between vegan and vegetarian. But I was positively surprised when the shop assistant told me he could offer me two kinds of Börek – one filled with spinach and one with potato. I chose the spinach bored and was even more surprised when I had to pay only 1,10 Euro for it. It was huge, and utterly delicious! So this is truly an insiders´ tip. Unfortunately I was so hungry that I forgot to take a photo.

We had a great day, it was sunny, we had soy latte at Starbucks, the show was fantastic, the only negative thing was that our favourite restaurant “Waku Waku” had been closed. At the Waku Waku you could get delicious freshly prepared organic vegan wok dishes so let´s hope they will reopen their restaurant soon at another venue.

There are of course lots of restaurants which offer vegan food in Hamburg and another top notch place is the  Syrian restaurant Saliba in the beautiful  Alsterarkaden.

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Dangast is a small village on the North Sea coast. It is not far from our hometown Oldenburg so when the weather is fine what could be nicer than to cruise to Dangast and enjoy a day at the seaside.

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If you want to eat something vegan in Dangast you can either go to the old Kurhaus where they offer vegan cakes on Sundays or you can visit the Sonnendeck Dangast which has become a very popular place over the past few years.

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The Sonnendeck offers for example  cocktails, organic lemonade, sweet potato fries, and a very tasty and very filling vegan burger. There are often concerts in the evening or you can rent the whole facility for your party. Last year I even held a yoga class there. 🙂

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This was indeed a very special Sunday treat and we enjoyed our day at the sea a lot.

 

Now the summer holidays are over and it is back to school and work. If you are interested in my work please have a look onto my website

Sun Salutations – English for everyone & Yoga

Maybe there is a course for you, too. 🙂 See you soon!

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Next time: another  vegan recipe!