zaterdag 21 maart 2015
dinsdag 15 april 2014
maandag 10 maart 2014
There are times, actually most of the time, that there are many idea's in my mind. Idea's how the world can be improved, how businesses can spread messages better, how to tell people why a service and product helps them achieve a better quality of life. My mind really is conceptual so often I come up with marketing campagns, communication plans, how to streamline product development and awesome designs.
The thing is... They all are great idea's. It's not up to me to make all those idea's reality though. It would take a life-time to do that! So what I can do.. Is share the dynamics, and share the conceptual approach and the basics to you can apply it yourself to your projects! Which I will do and continue to do in the future. And on top of that I keep making space to work and co-create special projects at my passion Mirri Designs
I spoke before about the creativity of the heart, about day-to-day creativity and souls passion.
Lately I feel that the conceptual approach I have in my work and I use to help creative people and businesses isn't always something I use for my own passion. Very interesting discovery at least.
My own creative time is often the last thing on my neverending todo-list. That is not something that will last forever, cause without expressing my creativity I simply get tired, depressed and sick.
So I'm going to be my number 1 again. That means in a practically way to get a huge marker and my agenda and create time for me. Over time I learned more about my creation cycle. I need multiple days in a row to be able to manifest my idea's in a fast and effective way. An hour here and there doesn't work for me. Great for playing around but not for the deep creative play and flow I enter when I can zone out for days.
I need active creation time and time to let myself be inspired, to consume media; movies, books, social media, internet and intuively travel the ever expanding world wide web. Than I mix everything and express and create new things with different mediums. That brings me happiness. So that is what I will focus on.
The magic word!
maandag 30 september 2013
woensdag 3 juli 2013
maandag 17 juni 2013
|Miracles are Golden|
I like art so much cause it's about creation, it's fluid and the ultimate fun and playing for me. It knows how to translate the intangible creation in life to such a vivid and alive representation in shape and color.
Every artwork for me means something. It has an intention, sometimes it's even an answer to a question I had before I started. To move objects around, play with color and make it so it feels right, feels like putting all aspects of my life in the right order of the flow.
It's a process that is most of the time unconscious. I love that cause it keeps my brain quiet. In creation I can't use my thoughts. I need that part of me that is sleeping in the back, that knows how to make things happen without any thought. I use my brain for conscious creation. To focus on stuff I like: nice thoughts, taking care of myself and others, sharing, being connected with others and the world.
In doing that I noticed some things. I was reading some inspiring books and watching some movies about creation. And suddenly a light bulb went on! I got this insight that I love to share.
|Happiness, Love and I love you|
One of the things of the conscious creation movement that is not helpful is the belief that you can create the life you want and when it doesn't turn out that way, it's your own fault. Than you didn't believed hard enough, or didn't worked hard enough, focused on the wrong intentions, had blockages or limiting beliefs or didn't let go enough. It's a belief in lack wrapped in a different jacket. It's the nightmare of the Dream that you can be whatever you wanna be, which is really haunting my generation I notice.
Never ever let someone tell you, you are not good enough. We don't have to play that card over and over again. Creation never rewards or punishes.
'You have the power' doesn't mean your superwoman or superman controlling the world. It means you own your choices, your life and value yourself and also know what's not in your hands. There are times life just happens. And it's awesome to surrender to that. To surprises and the unknown. Surrender to not knowing or don't want to know. It can open so many new doors that make life fun! It asks from us to go beyond ambition which is an acting out of forfilling basic needs, it asks from us to do our 'work' in life. To do what we like to do the best, to confront every day, be present and allow ourselves to be where we are right now in life.
|Mirri 4 year|
We became spoiled in a way by determining our path and roads and choosing our own play grounds. When it didn't turns out the way we wanted at first, it must be us, it must be the effect of our own choices or actions. Or we seek the answer outside ourselves, looking for something to blame. That is a construction of cause and effect ready to fail. It doesn't make us any happier when we think that way. It doesn't adds more love in the world or joy. It just makes us very frustrated. It's like being on a haunt for something but never being able to really reach it. Or when we reached the destination the boredom already kicks in, cause we much rather be living and breathing instead of sitting in a waiting room, choosing our next challenge. That will only gives us a temporary satisfaction of creation but isn't really fulfilling.
Letting go of control means for me letting go of the idea of how my life should be. My life is. Just like my art captures a moment of joy and fun, my life captures a flow. I play with it, add some color here and there. That's it. My life is not a Mona Lisa or de Nachtwacht. It's an abstract painting with color and glitter and shiny beads. There are bright parts, glossy ones but there are spots where you can see holes and loose ends.
Makes me wonder: How would my life look like when I paint it? I take on that challenge! I'm sure it will give me new insights.
Do you like to have your own PlAyRT work created by me? Let me know and you can order one that is totally unique.
Happy creation time with a lot of joy!!
zaterdag 1 juni 2013
Indian Red Rose is an art work is from my Digital PlAyRT Series.
I like the free spirit in this one. It just was created and came together while I was playing. I used different apps and software to create this one. I use coincidence a lot in my work. When I was creating this one my laptop froze with the selection square included and I decided to keep that in it. I made a screen shot and voila.
It made me realize to not use an eraser or the undo button which is so tempting in digital designs. Just let it be whatever it is. Trust that it will turn out exactly the best and how it needs to be.
As creator we are in service of what we create while we are the creator at the same time. It's being in service to ourselves in a way while using our skills to make fun stuff and beauty happen.
Indian Red Rose is one of the artworks that can be found in New Energy Art the book. It gives me a nice bohemian free spirit feeling which is perfect for vacation time!
vrijdag 31 mei 2013
This is the first Energy Impression I made in this style. That is one of the reasons it's very special to me. Also the intention and meaning I putted into it when I created it makes it one of my favorites.
This one is about creation, having a ton of idea's and getting the right inspiration at the right time to manifest something. It's what I like the most. Having an idea and just going with the flow and creating it. Anchoring the dream I call it. In those moments there is just being, no thinking or more an ultimate balance between using the mind, the heart and the body while interacting with the world around me. Love love love it.
You can get it here on Etsy as postcard set and as Art for your on your wall
Wish you an inspired day full of great idea's and anchoring of those idea's in the here and now. :-)
maandag 15 april 2013
We all have them. Feelings. What are you feeling right now? Are you connected to your feelings? They can be a source of inspiration creatively but also block us in our creative process.
Our emotions are an important aspect of our life. To be balanced emotionally in connection with our body, mind and spirit improves our well-being.
What I like are creations that are a reflection of an honest state of being. Creations that aren't supposed to be beautiful or polished but I like authentic creations that are beautiful in their essence cause they tell the truth.
Art and creations never lie. It often is the energy and intention behind it that tells the real story. Color and shape represents that energy, focus and intention.
When you create something take a moment to breath and observe what is happening. What do you think? How does that make you feel? What do you need right now?
I choose love. Remember that you are beautiful inside and out and whatever you manifest is a reflection of that.
It rains feelings. Love.
zaterdag 6 april 2013
zaterdag 30 maart 2013
|My awesome book Mirea Dances. I designed my own cover!|
|My Art Book!|
|Or up to the blue my little pony in my studio. LOL.|
|It says: This is the pink rabbit in alternative spelling. It's the logo for my Dutch creative poetry project Lieve Beer, which doesn't mean Live Beer, but Sweet Bear. www.lievebeer.blogspot.com|
dinsdag 5 maart 2013
When is the last time you took some time to listen to your favorite music, dream away in a pile of fabrics, got lost outside walking in the rain, decided to just drive and see where ever you end up?
I asked myself that question, as I was feeling a bit impatience lately with a sniff of boredom, which often is just a lack of expression in my case. And I remembered that it was much to long ago and decided right away to change my schedule for the day and created pure me time.
It's such an important phase in creation: Incubation
When working on something new, when inspiration unfolds into a concrete manifestation, our minds and body get in a certain state. Everything we notice, we see and smell will pick up the vibe of the manifestation we're working on. We suddenly see images that help our creation, we hear something someone says that inspires us, come across a book that adds to the creation etc.
For that we need to give ourselves space. Room to breath in our minds and body. It's essential to take a walk outside, be in nature, get out of our creation pattern, out of our studio or office to let it all flow in a new way. We all need our inspirational water, just like plants do. We also need the sun. Real innovative creations are born when we allow ourselves to be, do something different today.
It creates nice new patterns when we suddenly drag ourselves away from our tablets and do something unexpected. The cool thing is we can consciously create these moments.
Working hard in the same groove, even when we are passionate, is a dead end creatively. It's seen as something nice in society. Working hard, being busy seems to be the norm. I have a tendency to work hard for sure but this year I wanted to do that differently and gave myself the gift of at least 1 day off a week.
1 day to do nothing work related. I also plan play time in my schedule, in the morning or afternoon for a couple of days a week to charge myself with new inspiration, go to the library, watch a nice movie or docu, go on adventure or follow whatever impulse I have that day.
Than creations can be created in an instant. The actual giving shape, the writing, the designing is the least time consuming aspect. But it can't be done without incubation, without food for our soul.
Changing your environment is a huge key. That is why all these innovative work places and future centers are so popular. The space itself invites to do things differently. I wouldn't be as inspired without music, a nice podcast running in the background, a good audio book, flowers, a hug and my favorite outfit. But there are times I also need to adjust that recipe for my ultimate working space. That keeps everything flowing.
We don't need to judge ourselves for not being available 24/7 or responding to emails within an hour. Most things really can wait. Our main focus need to be to take care of ourselves, instead of responding out of fear to loose a client. Most of us became creative entrepreneurs to be free, but we often recreate a system and create high standards. We don't have to be the best, we just have to be ourselves. Forget all about needing to use your talents, earn money and look good. Take time to incubate first. Get inspired.
The new way is the easy way!
dinsdag 26 februari 2013
I'm going to blog some more regularly here. Yay. Most of the time I share my visual creations here. This time I'm sharing some thoughts here about creating and being an artist. Today I'm giving some behind the scenes insights in my flow as artist and creator.
I have been wondering, thinking and feeling about creating what I want. When you know me, you know I'm a non-stop creation machine. I have new idea's everyday. I learned over time that not every good idea is for me to create or manifest. That there are many layers of creativity: The day to day creativity, what I would call breathing. That would be the in between drawing, writing, painting in my case. Than there are deeper layers that make the creation more intense.
For a time I was ok with the 'in between' creation snacks. But soon they weren't enough anymore, as my creativity only grew and grew. Somehow it never becomes less, the more I express it, the more it grows. So it wasn't about the act of creating anymore, or dedicating all my time to creating, it became about the intensity.
The intensity of the flow is determined by the depth of the expression. These days I just can't be fulfilled completely by the basic creation anymore, the doodles, with the just writing in between the dishes and groceries, with the painting. It needs to be supercharged with focus, surrender and purpose.
It's like time has become more valuable than ever. I believe that once we choose our play grounds, when we choose to live in service of expression, of love of unity, everything will make that happen. So to me it feels like that what used to be ok for me before, just doesn't fit anymore.
As artist and creator I have created a life in where I can create 24/7 whatever I want. A huge luxury and dream for many, a pure necessity to stay sane and healthy for me. I need to be aware of my creative flow all the time and express, express and create and create. It's up to me to take care of the artist inside me. Once I'm in a flow I'm totally off the world. I have to make sure I have enough sleep, food, go outside in nature and schedule enough time for friends.
People label inspiration as positive often. I don't experience it always as fun. To me it almost can feel like manic. Being so charged with positive bubbles and energy that I just need to express, asks for an equal intense expression. I used to find it in writing my new book but now that creation is finished there is this kinda new space waiting. I know that creative energy has to flow and I know that it is of no use to blow myself up, charge myself, get in the flow when I don't have space or the tool to express it. Than it creates an inwards flow resulting in depression. It's a very delicate line.
So it never is the question: are you in the flow, do you have idea's, are you working on something new? The answer is always yes. The question is: What's next? The question I ask myself is: Do you had enough sleep, food, air to breath today? How's your energy management? What kind of challenge can I offer you today?
Space. It's about pure creative space, tools and a play ground. For me it's the constant awareness to not hold back. Even if I spit out creations with the minute and people can't keep up. Who cares? I'm not holding back anymore. Most of the time I'm still bored like hell. Who cares that people most of the time can't grasp or understand the pace and frequency of my creations?
Somewhere inside me I want to be understood. I want people to understand that it takes me no effort to do it, and that it's not something to cheer about when it's so easy for me to do. It's not like I climbed a mountain or something. But I also know that I'm blessed with some talents and that it's not about who suffered the most for a creation anymore. It's about pure joy and passion and that should be more than enough to have the right to be and express and create. O yeah. It's not like it's easy for me to take my place in the world.
Sometimes it feels like I have to earn it, that I must work for it to have a right to be. Others told me: you are so fearless in your creations, you don't have any restrictions or are afraid, you dare to do anything. I had to think and feel about it, cause it didn't resonated with me at all. I get physically sick everytime I publish a creation. Especially when I create art or design for clients it can give me sleepless nights. There is nothing easy about that for me. It's more the stuff around creating than the creating in itself that is a challenge for me.
There are times that I awake in the middle of the night, suddenly remembering something I created, did or said and feeling so bad about it. It's not that I like to speak in front of crowds or present. I get sick, my stomage turns around and don't 'like' it all. But there is a force, a passion inside me that is stronger than all the bull shit, than the fear. It's not that it takes me no effort to claim my birthright to be. It's that the passion, the feeling of wanting to express and expansion always wins. It's always bigger than any doubt, any belief I have.
It's also good to address that it's not that I have no fears or trauma's. It's despite of that all that I do what I do, that I am what I am. It's despite or due to all of that that every creation, every breath is a statement of Life. Of Joy of choosing for Fun. While also for me, I have my darkness, equal to the the amount of light and inspiration I express. I don't create with dark or light though, I create with something else: with stardust, that contains both and so much more. It's that stardust that gives me wings and makes it able for me to be so much more than I belief in moment of fear. It's the same stardust that is the base of every heart, soul and molecule in the universe.
I'm just so done with taking a canvas for granted when I want to paint the entire world. I just can't wait what I will come up with. Tons of idea's and directions I can take. Time will tell which flow I decided to swim on as I will make that decision intuitively in an inspired split second. I'm sure it will have a lot to do with expansion, with finally not holding back, it will not be about pretending to be smaller. It will be totally Mirri. Simply wonderfully totally ME.
maandag 24 december 2012
This evening I am collecting some visual candy from Flow magazine the winterbook. I like some of the paper gifts in it.
Being not at my place it recreates the vibe of my studio and collection I have at home right away. With some stickers and glitter they might even become fun gifts or maybe parts will show up in a new artwork.
And when that doesnt work it will be confetti. Lol
zaterdag 8 december 2012
make me happy today. I needed my dosis of color today so much and yay there it was at a rainbow table. I didn't felt like an artist, but like a toddler playing with glue and beads. Creating balls for in the winter garden preparing for a christmas party in the neigbourhood.
Today I'm happy with all things shiny and the glitter on my face and my fingers covered in glue.