02 September 2014

Kick Off

The First Ray, Suzanne McDermott, Watercolor, 5 x 7 inches

To kick off my great big birthday month...

I'm opening my online galleries for 3 days!

Today through Thursday, you may click through to my gallery pages to browse and purchase my watercolors.

At end of Thursday, I'm closing up shop on my online galleries so now's your chance to bring one of my watercolors into your world. Browse around and pick something out for yourself or a friend. My paintings are small and beautifully presented so there's always a perfect spot to hang a splash of joy.
"Suzanne, you are a master of color, movement, and expressive forms. Beautiful!"
— Fiore Custode, Faculty at Ringling College of Art & Design
My favorite paintings are hung at eye level in spaces I move past regularly; Coming out of the bathroom, as I turn a corner from one room to another, in the space above where I chop my vegetables...

(I've always kept a small watercolor (of flowers) just to the inside right of my front door, above the light switch, as did my mother and her mother.)
"I own three of Suzanne's watercolors and I can't get enough! Each time I look at one, I feel pleasure and crave more of her intense colors. Beyond merely pretty, her paintings are mysterious and evocative."
— Mary P. Fox, Alexandria, Virginia
Collectors of my work tell me that my paintings bring them great joy and uplift their spirits. May they do the same for you.

Click here to visit individual galleries. Each image links to a unique gallery.

To purchase your painting, click on the link below each painting and include the name and size of the piece.

All Landscape into Art paintings are matted, backed and sleeved in archival board and sleeves. Handmade Paintings and Nunjabi series are presented in clear archival sleeves. Free postage over $100.

If you'd like to purchase a set (these work beautifully in sets of 2, 3, 5), jot down the names and size of each painting and email me.

Click here to email with any questions.

____________________________________________

Join my Tribe and receive ongoing inspiration
  • Creative Wake Up eBook
  • with bonus song download
  • and my Weekly eZine Stroke and Flow
   


26 August 2014

Lavender: A Universal Panacea

Lavender Field, 5 x 7 inches, graphite + watercolor, Suzanne McDermott

I cannot imagine life without Lavender

By now all the Lavender in Provence has been harvested.

I once visited the Lavender capital of the world. That's Digne, or Digne-les-Bains, also the capital of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Their annual Lavender Festival ended yesterday. I'd wanted to visit Digne for many years.

When I finally got the chance, it was November. I boarded the Chemin de Fer and chugged up the side of the Maritime Alps on what started as a beautiful day on the coast. As we climbed into the mountains, the first snow of the season began to fall. Lovely.

By the time we reached Digne, the air was chilled and everything was wet. Lavender season had long passed. No lavender to be found. Everything but a small café was closed and I'll remember that café for having the single most expensive cup of tea I've ever purchased.

Still, I slogged through the slush and rain in search of an historic house I never found and eventually worked my way back to the station for the ride down the mountain with my sopping socks slung over the radiator.

It was a wet adventure but at least I can say that I've been there. Several days later, I did find great Lavender oil at the market in Antibes so all was not lost.

Somewhere in between Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, Yardley of London put Lavender on my pre-teen radar. I have not lived without it since. It was a large presence in Guerlain's far more sophisticated Jicky which is why I must have loved that perfume so. For years, I used the Crabtree + Evelyn Lavender Water but that formula was retired in 2012.

No worries. Now, I take my Lavender straight, no filler, no alcohol, no additives. Just the purest essential oil.

If my ashes can't be scattered at sea, a field of Lavender will do.
‘As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul.‘
— Anonymous
What? No Lavender plants?

I keep a little bottle of Lavender oil at my desk and in my purse at all times. And by my bedside, too.

I had a terrible burn last week and part of my treatment is aloe vera mixed with Lavender and Melaleuca oils. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil is antibacterial and Lavender is analgesic, antiseptic and a skin regenerator.

Lavender is also a great sedative which is why a little bottle lives by my bedside. It helps me fall to sleep when I need a little nudge.

Some people make wonderful food with Lavender. That would not be me but whenever people do this, whatever the food is tends to look and taste particularly lovely.

Lavender makes my clothes smell great (I add it to my detergent and put drops of oil on cloth in the dryer. Lavender also keeps moths away.

But the very best thing about Lavender (for me) is that it smells so good and makes me feel so happy! Oh, did I mention that Lavender is an anti-depressent? It's that, too.

There are plenty more uses, but that's enough for now.

Click here to try a bottle of dōTERRA Lavender Oil. For me, it's the best Lavender to be found outside of Provence.

Or, better yet, pick up a starter set of dōTERRA oils with their Introductory Kit of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint.

Click here if you'd like my help with an order.

Want to learn more? Click here to sign up for a free 10-day Introduction to Essential Oils course.

Work on yourself with me

Want to learn drawing and watercolor as a way of personal transformation? Make sure you're on my waiting list for special notifications. Click Here to add your name and email.

Considering private coaching? Click here to get in touch about 1-on-1 Private Transformational Coaching.
____________________________________________

Join my Tribe and receive ongoing inspiration
  • Creative Wake Up eBook
  • with bonus song download
  • and my Weekly eZine Stroke and Flow
   


19 August 2014

One way to train your mind

Ice Floe, Watercolor, 6 x 6 inches, $95

répétez s’il vous plaît

All situations are passing memory.

That's the First Absolute Bodhicitta Slogan and plenty to turn over in your consciousness for the next week (or for the rest of your life.)

We get stuck so easily. I see it happen all the time with drawing and watercolor. A person hones in on one little section of a drawing and worries it to death. With a watercolor, someone will try to fix a section before the watercolor has had a chance to do its thing and kills the whole painting.

It's simple to point out these behaviors of mind in the learning and practice of drawing and watercolor because those habitual behavioral tendencies present themselves right there on the page.

It's more difficult to check the habitual negative thoughts and ingrained patterns of reactions in the course of our everyday interactions.

One great thing about living at this very moment in time is that we have so many available tools to help us evolve into the radiant beings we are waiting to shine.

If you'd like to learn more about the ancient Tibetan Buddhist approach to mind training with slogans like the one above, click here for the Wikipedia entry on Lojong.
"It's not a matter of simply parroting these slogans once we've developed familiarity with them we have to use them to bring about a real change in our outlook. Words and phrases can have a positive or a negative impact on us, depending on their content. If we really think about these slogans and understand their profound subtleties, they will help to maintain our bodhisattva attitude and interrupt our negative flow of thoughts. According to the lojong teachings, we cannot underestimate the power of these sayings. Every time we remember a slogan, it will automatically help us not to react to things in our usual habitual way."
—Traleg Kyabgon, The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

Make a commitment to yourself

Want to learn drawing and watercolor as a way of personal transformation? Make sure you're on my waiting list for special notifications. Click Here to add your name and email.

If you're considering private coaching, Click Here to get in touch about 1-on-1 Private Transformational Coaching.

____________________________________________

Join my Tribe and receive ongoing inspiration
  • Creative Wake Up eBook
  • with bonus song download
  • and my Weekly eZine Stroke and Flow