creativity takes courage...

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La Leçon de Piano by Henri Matisse
will appear in Sotheby's London 
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale on 3 February.  
It has been 90 years since it's last entrance to the market.  

Sotheby's has created a charming short film 
based on the reflections and memories 
from a hypothetical Matisse. 

If you would like to slip into Matisse's world 
and feel inspired, I encourage you 
to watch the film clip below. 

To view on You Tube.. view here
To go behind the scenes 
to see this film come to life... view here

Words to ponder..

"Exactitude is not truth
I do not literally paint a piano
but the emotion it produces upon me.
Seek the strongest colour effect possible...
the content is of no importance
With colour, one obtains an energy
that seems to stem from magic.

It has bothered me all my life
That I do not paint like everybody else,
Creativity takes courage.
Cling to that freshness of vision
which is characteristic of extreme youth
when all the world is new to it.

I slowly discovered the secret of my art.
What it its?
Would it not be best...
to leave room to mystery?"

I feel about you?

The Parakeet and the Mermaid
Henri Matisse, 1952
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If you are feeling the urge 
to grab a pair of scissors
 a bundle of bright colourful paper.. 
you might like to read about 
Matisse's technique here

Happy Creating!

Putting your life on 'EDIT'..

Latest creation at Tahilla Farm... 'Beatrice of the White Plains'


I am putting my life on 'EDIT' 
and I am starting with my blog. 
Sometimes you have to go back to the beginning 
to determine where you are going next.

Over and through the woods we go...into 2016

Along the Tahilla Trail..

Dear Friends..

Happy New Year! Goodness...anyone else feeling like time is whizzing by? It's been an absolute whirlwind in my neck of the woods...literally. How about yours? We had our big event..the long awaited and much anticipated Christmas family reunion and it was a BLAST!  My new Aussie daughter-in-law, Cherie (Mrs. H Jr.) is now an official member of the American clan. She had quality time (days and days) with both sides of our family and was an absolute trooper. Mind you, all this happened in the midst of their honeymoon, a month long trip across America. Our families were  unable to attend the wedding in Australia so the honeymooners came to us. One big happy family! ;)

Merry Merry from Tahilla Farm!

It's the wee hours 
of the morning, 
the kiddies 
are sleeping, 
Mr. H is stirring
 and I could not start 
my Christmas morning 
without popping in 
to wish you 
a Happy Christmas!

Tumbleweeds and Birthday Wishes...latest from Tahilla Farm

Path to the mountains...Tahilla Farm

Good Morning!

Some of you may wonder if I stepped off into the woodlands never to return. Some days feel like that, but I am here, still running around Tahilla Farm with workmen coming in and out of the nest every day. It's been a month since I returned..and I look around and think how much there is still to do. And then I stop....look out the window and think..maybe I'll work on it tomorrow.