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.

Woman Unleashed Retreat

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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My Creative Summer 2016

My Creative Summer 2016

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It´s July – that means summer, holidays, free time, sitting outside, having fun with friends, etc. But July is almost over and there is only one week of holidays left before it will be back to school or work for us here in Lower Saxony, Germany. So you already know all about my trips to England and Fulda but what else did I do during this precious time?

Well, I painted, sketched, illustrated, created, etc., you name it.

For the past four months I took part in the MATS (Make art that sells) Bootcamp 2016  where you get an assignment every month and you can create a piece which fits the theme in your own style. There were more than 500 participants and my Facebook feed contained a lot of eye-candy from all these talented designers who were part of the group. The trendy themes of the assignments were: colouring book, ornaments, tarot cards, children´s books, and a journal cover. It was fun to work on all of these very different topics.

Find all MATS courses here

Vicuna storyboard complete

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Another thing which is still going on for me is the #100dayproject on Instagram.

I chose to do 100 Food Illustrations in order to improve my skills in that area and I think it has helped me a lot. You can find all my sketches on IG with #susisveganfoodillustrations

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Then there have been two courses which started on 1 July:

The 30 days portfolio challenge by the German Illustrator  Johanna Fritz is a great opportunity to create more illustrations for your portfolio. Johanna #byjohannafritz #erfolgreichillustrator is a great teacher and she gave us four weekly assignments, including a greeting card, an editorial, a pattern, and a fairytale book cover. It was a nice challenge and again I learned a lot (although there is still so much more to learn).

Portfolio challenge

The other course I am attending at the moment is “Ever after” by Willowing

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The mixed media course runs over a period of four months and involves twelve fairy tale lessons by different teachers. In July we learned about Snow-white, The little Mermaid, and Beauty & the Beast. I am very much looking forward to the next three lessons in August.

Then there was the Global HeART swap organised by Louise Gale.

Global Art Swap

You get three addresses, create an artwork on a postcard-sized paper or cardboard for each recipient and send them off. In return you will get three beautiful postcards from strangers from all over the world who are sending you their art  accompanied by positive wishes. I took part for the second time and this time the theme was:

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I guess that is about it. In August it will continue with the Global  Talent Search and the Make it in Design Summer School.

Summer School

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my creative ventures, next time more Vegan Travelling!

Shape up your Chakras – Starting with the Root Chakra

Shape up your Chakras – Starting with the Root Chakra

When I came home this morning from the usual 7:30 doggie walk, I thought I had to start spring cleaning the house, and so I did … I used an organic cleaner with orange aroma which got me thinking about the chakra system again, and I came to the conclusion that not only the house needs a spring cleaning but me and my chakras could use a good make over, too.

So let´s start with the root chakra called Muladhara which is located at the bottom of your spine and is connected with the colour red and all things basic like eating, drinking, sleeping, drives, etc., everything you need in order to survive. The chakra is also connected to the first seven years in your life, the time where you learn to do the basic things on your own, and also the time when you develop trust.

Now in order to shape up your chakra and bring it to function full on you should try and activate it by grounding exercises, running, dancing, or mindful walking, meditating about your childhood, remembering things you enjoyed in that crucial time, all of these actions can help you balancing the root chakra. In yoga we have all the standing positions which activate the lower chakras.

I decided to put on some upbeat music (Marilyn Manson´s new album was my choice of the day), get rid of shoes and socks, and dance and jump barefeet for half an hour. That was really fun and now I am feeling awesome!

Have a nice Monday! And come back soon when we are shaping up the second chakra! 🙂IMG_8620

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog

Introducing myself

Hi, my name is Susi!

I am a translator, a yoga instructor, a mum of four kids, a hobby photographer, a hobby watercolour artist, a vegan, etc.

In my blog I would like to share with you my thought on Yoga, meditation, education, and lots of other interesting themes. I hope you´ll like it.

I live in Oldenburg, a very nice town in the North of Germany. And for a start I would like to show you some of my photos of my beautiful hometown. Enjoy!

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