annie b. on creating artwork that helps us feel love and joy

annie b. is one of our most prolific Earth Pathways contributors, having contributed to no fewer than 7 diaries and 3 calendars! Is that a record? It could be! Here she writes for us about the mediation and connection practices she uses to prepare herself for painting … and about how words from His Holiness the Dalai Lama inspired her to create her children’s books.

I am an artist, illustrator and children’s author. My aim is to create artwork that helps us all feel love and joy, so that we all may dance in harmony together, be mindful of mother earth and each other, and know the Divine Oneness we truly are.

I always start my painting with a meditation, tuning into my guides, angels and spirit animals, then paint intuitively from the heart, allowing the colours to flow and the magic to begin, starting a creative journey I never quite know the destination. I teach this method of painting in Cornwall in my garden studio, in my ‘painting with mindful meditation’ creative workshops, which are suitable for all levels. I also tune into my guides and angels to create Spiritual Portraits for customers- a painting of your Divine higher self and purpose to help you see who you really are and the path for you.

I had a light bulb moment many years ago whilst taking teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, At the end of the last teaching session, His Holiness asked if we wanted to ask questions. Many people waved their hands in the air, but the question that struck me the most was, “how can we stop all the awful terrorism and killing in the world?” To which he replied something along the lines of, “we cannot change the past and what has happened, but we can change the future. Our children are our future and we must teach them of love and compassion…”
I knew from that moment that it was my true divine purpose to help teach our children (our future) of love and compassion, and the importance of friendship and kindness. I could do this by illustrating positive children’s books with spiritual teachings woven into the story.

My first book published is ‘The hare and the wise old apple tree’ and is a heart warming story about how a wise old apple tree befriends a lonely, sad Hare and helps him see that things are always changing and that having an open heart and gratitude really can make life beautiful and that we can never loose the love we have felt. My second book is due to be published September 2018 – ‘The hare and the song bird’. A story about a little song bird who has lost her song. She meets Hare, and they go on a magical adventure across the woods to find it, learning about the healing powers of nature and mindfulness as they go.

For more information or to get in touch, please visit my website or email.
Many blessings of love and joy from the heart, annie b. xxxxx


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