Colours of Life…


“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
Georgia O’Keeffe


A Vancouver spring is all about colour and rain.  Everywhere I go my camera comes with me because timing is everything.  The first to awake are the crocuses, then daffodils, tulips and now azaleas and rhododendrons.  Just the other day,  I was so excited about taking a photo that I literally fell into the garden as I was bending over to capture a subtle yellow flower.

Our lives are surrounded by colour.  As children, we see blue for the sky and sea, green for grass and trees, browns for the warmth of Earth, yellow for the brightness of the Sun. We intuitively seek colour in our gardens, paintings, photographs, home designs and clothing.  Our moods and attitudes are profoundly influenced by the colours around us.  From the very beginning, we have linked colour to seasons, planets, the elements of wind, earth, sky and fire. In Greco-Roman mythology, the rainbow was considered to be a path between Earth and Heaven; in Norse mythology a rainbow connects the realms of Ásgard, home of the gods, and Midgard, home of the humans,

This week I want to focus on our creative relationship with a colourful world.  Edouard Manet once said, “There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.”  Paul Cezanne agreed, “Pure drawing is an abstraction.  Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.”

In the end, we are all the children of nature, always searching for the colours of life.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.”

Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Listening to Learn


Listen to Learn

“Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person.  In other words, to learn from the child, we much have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.”

Alice Miller, Polish Psychologist and World Renowned Author


The study of language begins before we utter a single word. We learn to speak by listening. It is the first step in our education.

We relied on others to give us our voice.  And from that moment, we were well on our way to expressing and articulating our needs and desires.  Sometimes with strident persistence and at other times, with calm assurance or anxious concern.

Time serves as a formidable obstacle.  With only so many hours in a day and a fixed supply of energy, we are limited by our finite existence.  This is when we must be selective and chose those conversations that inspire and challenge us to live bold lives.  Listen to hear the heartbeat of the universe.

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”

Rabindranath Tagore.


Singing is Universal …


When a child sings, we listen.  We are awed by the purity and joy captured within the soft tune created by a young voice reaching out to their world. Our hearts respond, without reservation, for we recognize it as our own.


“Music is the purest form of art… therefore true poets, they who are seers, seek to express the universe in terms of music… The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.”
Rabindranath Tagore