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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: EIGHT SIMPLE STEPS TOWARDS SPIRITUAL GROWTH

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: EIGHT SIMPLE STEPS TOWARDS SPIRITUAL GROWTH 4

With alarming news bombarding us every day: worldwide catastrophic events, illness, poverty, mental illness, death...how do we get to live a stress-free life? How do we make our life feel happy and fulfilled?

 

STEPS TO LIVING A HAPPY AND CONTENT LIFE

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Spirituality in art, painted rocks collection by Christine Onward (for sale here)

 

Research shows that connecting with our innermost beliefs as well as actively seeking spiritual growth can help improve our quality of life.  

 

Here are eight simple steps to consider: 

 

1.SEARCH FOR INNER BELIEFS

Before engaging ourselves in seeking spiritual growth it would be wise to actually know what our beliefs are.

For some of us the answers to questions about own beliefs are easy to find. But for most people, the search for "core beliefs" or "spiritual truths" is often a long and challenging pathway.

Knowing your own beliefs will bring you closer to your inner self. It will elevate your spirit and make you feel fulfilled. 

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Spirituality in art, painted rock by Christine Onward (for sale here)

 

2.CONTEMPLATE ON YOUR ACTIONS

The beliefs you have discovered within yourself should also reflect in your actions.

Have you taken time to pray, or meditate, or sit in solitude today?

Have you engaged in an act of knowledge? Or an act of kindness?

These are the types of questions you might want to ask yourself during periods of self-reflection.

The easiest way to acquire personal spiritual growth is to take a moment and reflect: is this the kind of life I want to live? Is this the kind of life that makes me happy or at peace? Are my actions reflecting my own beliefs?

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Spirituality in art, painted rock by Christine Onward (for sale here)

 

3.SHOW COMPASSION

A deep connection with your own spirit can be achieved by empathizing with other people's pain.

Showing compassion and willingness to help others in their need makes us better people. 

As the Dalai Lama says, "Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek".

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Spirituality in art, painted rock by Christine Onward (for sale here)

 

4.PROMOTE PEACE

Once you have attuned your actions to your spiritual beliefs, the pathway to inner peace and personal fulfillment becomes wide open.

It's you who can choose to understand, look beyond revenge and forgive, accept, emphatise, feel good about yourself and build hope.

Always remember that at any point in life you can make a choice. It's up to you what kind of choice you want to make. Consider peace and positive action first.

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Spirituality in art, painted rock by Christine Onward (for sale here)

 

5.SEARCH FOR SOUL MATES

Spiritual growth often relies on the people we surround ourselves with. 

Search for the people who raise you up; the people who encourage you on your endeavours to become a better person; the people who, like you, promote good and positive action and actively search to make a difference.

No man is an island. Choose the people you want to share your spiritual growth with.

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Spirituality in art, painted rock by Christine Onward (for sale here)

 

6.BE THANKFUL

Showing gratitude is the essence of your happiness.

There are always little things to feel thankful for; a new day, the sunrise, a memory, a smile, a hope.

There is no spiritual gathering within ourselves without being thankful for what we are, what we have, and what we can become.

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Spirituality in art, painted rock by Christine Onward (for sale here)

 

7.BE TOLERANT

Evolution has taught us that no two people are the same. Our beliefs, behaviours, preferences, or hopes will always stand differently from one another.

Tolerance will teach us that, by accepting the discrepancies between us as humans, we can grow into better people. 

Tolerance is the key to inner peace, self acceptance and trust in our personal kindness.

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Spirituality in art, painted rock by Christine Onward (for sale here)

 

8.QUIET THE MIND 

Whether you call it prayer, meditation, or quiet solitude, it is a golden opportunity to allow your thoughts to rest in silence.

Cutting out the relentless noise of the outside world and focusing on the inner peace of our soul are golden opportunities to grow spiritually.

Spirituality is so much an act of inner peace and acceptance, it is only a moment of silence it needs in order to grow and flourish.

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Rock collection by Christine Onward. More details Here

 

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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: SIX REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SURROUND YOURSELF WITH ART

CREATIVE HOBBIES AND HOW THEY CAN IMPROVE YOUR WELL BEING

 

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: SIX REASONS WHY WE SHOULD USE ART TO DECORATE OUR HOMES

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: SIX REASONS WHY WE SHOULD USE ART TO DECORATE OUR HOMES 2

Since the beginning of humanity, people have surrounded themselves with all kinds of beautiful objects. Early shelters were found to be adorned with colorful drawings, sculptures, and other decorative artifacts.

But why do we feel the need to add art around us? What does art change within us in such a way that we feel drawn to gathering beauty and colours around us? 

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Art on rock by Christine Onward. For sale here

 

Art gives wings to our inner self

Our home is the place where, more than anywhere else, we need to be ourselves. It is where we feel most at peace, where we are most comfortable. The reason we feel this way is due to the objects we choose to have on display.

By surrounding ourselves with objects of art that we love, we can enjoy the time spent at home even more. We can be ourselves, we can start dreaming, hope, and plan our future lives.

Paintings that we love will share with us their colours, shapes, and stories that have the power to make us feel unique, or happy, or energetic, or daring... it's all in the choices we make.

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Original art, painted rock by Christine Onward. More from this collection here

Art makes our home more human

We are surrounded by a culture that incessantly tells us to hurry.

Art helps us take things easy, to slow down, and breathe. Take your time. Listen to your art.

Most of the things necessary to our home: the furniture, appliances, clothing, etc.  are mass produced, machine made. There seems to be an abundance of 'things' surrounding us that are soul-less, which provide no personality to our spaces. We need fulfilling interactions with the people and things we surround ourselves with. Their stories contribute to our daily experience,

Art gives our home a human soul. With every work of art we add a sense of time, personality, emotion and value to our space.

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Original art, painted rock by Christine Onward. More from this collection here

Art revives emotion and facilitates self-discovery

The art we surround ourselves with can revive powerful emotions. It can evoke cheerful memories, bring comfort or inspire us in most unexpected ways.

Art can be the echoing of our deepest emotions - whether positive or negative - through which we feel connected, understood, and never alone.

The art we choose to keep with us is almost always a flawless translator of our personality. The things we value, respect, embrace, or follow will come through the art choices we make and surround ourselves with.

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Original art, painted rock by Christine Onward. For sale here 

Art brings out the kindness in us

The art we choose to decorate our homes with can make a difference in someone's life.

We may choose these artworks to surround us because of all the change they inspire. They provide support to people who need it most, including the artists creating these works, and the people receiving them. Art is powerful in the many ways it can do good for you, and others.

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Original art, painted rock by Christine Onward. More from this collection here

Art teaches us that everything is possible

There is an act of struggle and bravery in every piece of art.

"By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others" - Satsuki Shibuya

Too often we are overwhelmed by our daily work routine, boring days, lack of expectations to such a point when we begin to forget about our life long passions or hobbies.

To see that someone has never ceased to create and dedicated all their time to pursue their dreams is invigorating. The art we choose to show off with will teach us and the others that dreams and passions are always possible to achieve. 

Art is the best lesson to learn; That in life everything continues to be possible.

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Original art, painted rock by Christine Onward. For sale here 

Art tells a story about us

Art doesn't come in singularity. Every artwork we choose says something about us. Perhaps the colours in the painting are representative for our passions. Perhaps the landscapes depicted remind us about long lived holidays, or childhood memories. Or maybe the painting revives hidden feelings, or memories we long thought forgotten

Art reconnects us with our true selves, our true memories and our thoughts.

With art we are never alone. We are only our true selves.

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Original art, painted rock by Christine Onward. For sale here

 

More beautiful rocks and writings about creative hobbies and how they can improve you well-being HERE 

If you have questions or want to contribute with your ideas to this blog, please contact Christine Onward at: rock_street@yahoo.com.

Thank you.

CREATIVE HOBBIES AND HOW THEY CAN IMPROVE YOUR WELL-BEING

CREATIVE HOBBIES AND HOW THEY CAN IMPROVE YOUR WELL-BEING 5

In these daring times , living in the gloomy days of COVID 19 lock-downs, facing the loss of dear ones, the insecurity of our future, the hopeless inability to express ourselves in our old ways... how do we find a way out? How do we find ways to look forward to tomorrow, to relax, to smile, to live?

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Rock art by Christine Onward. More details are here

Here are a few things I wanted to write to you about today:

Getting involved in an artistic hobby for two hours a week improves your mental well-being

A study published in 2016 involving 700 participants living in Australia showed that engaging in artistic hobbies for over 100 hours a year will significantly improve your mental health and well-being.

This means that only two hours a week of taking part in a creative activity will enhance you mental well-being and general health.    

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Painted rocks of Old Bar, Australia. Simple ideas for everyone.

Everyday creativity improves your mood

An article in the Journal of Positive Psychology, 2016, explains that spending time on creative activities will boost your mood, increasing joy, interest, and alertness and reducing negative moods such as anger, anxiety or fear.

What to take from this? - Daily creativity is the best source to create joy, fulfillment and happiness in our life.

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 My favourite creative activity: rock painting. More details about these rocks here

Engaging in a hobby means you dedicate yourself to something that brings you joy, meaning, and purpose

But what is the best hobby to suit you? 

Your hobby might be either physical (take up a sporting activity), to help others (volunteer activities) or just being creative. 

How do you choose between all the options? Here are some ideas:

- try a new activity each week. When the right choice comes your way, you will not want to engage in a new activity the next week.

-ask friends

-visit a craft or hardware store

-blog

-research locally for options 

-check out educational courses

 

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Preserving natural beauty: painted rock by Christine Onward
 

I recently found myself quite excited about buying a cruise bike. I picked a small and girly one ( I call her Lola!) , to take me to places in Old Bar I never get to see otherwise. Riding along the beach on little roads with almost no-one passing by is heaven! Fresh air, sound of waves whilst dreaming of Cuba, or Italy, or France; Well, that's my best way to end the day.

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"Lola" checking out on some of the most beautiful lookouts in Old Bar

 

But the hobby that keeps me going is my love for rocks and my love for the sea.

The beautiful rocks of Old Bar, with amazing shapes and smooth surfaces often make me choose simple designs, figurative shapes, and monochrome designs.

I want to preserve the natural beauty and energy of my rocks.

I want them to share the beauty and strength of the swirls and the wind that shaped them for thousands and thousands of years, what made them become what they are today: rocks of magic.

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Preserving natural beauty: painted rocks by Christine Onward

 

If you feel driven towards rock painting, do start by making friends with your own rocks. Let the shape of the rocks tell you what they want to become, what they want to inspire and who they want to be with.

The rock you paint can change someone's life. It's up to you to what degree and for how long it does it.

Happy rocking :) ,

                   Christine

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Preserving natural beauty: painted rock by Christine Onward for sale here

 

WEDNESDAY SNAPSHOT - TOP 20 prettiest rocks for this EASTER

WEDNESDAY SNAPSHOT - TOP 20 prettiest rocks for this EASTER 6

A Showcase of the Most Adorable Easter Rock

Designs Worth Trying

 

One of the reasons I love this time of the year is that it gives us, the rock artists, the chance to create and paint the prettiest designs in the brightest colours!

I did a bit of "Easter rock hunting" in some of the most significant rock art groups on Facebook (RockStreet Collective included), as well as Instagram and Pinterest, and here is a selection of some of the most adorable rocks I could find:

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Collage of Easter rocks selected on Pinterest (check link for individual artists)

 

Here are some more designs you might feel inspired to try too:

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PRETTIEST EASTER BUNNIES

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Collage of Easter painted rocks by Kh Ang | Sue Huson | Misty Day | Tracy Joy

 

A wonderful display of Easter bunny rocks to melt your heart:

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Painted rocks Easter bunnies by Lidia Zingerle of RockStreet Collective 

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EASTER IN THE MOST JOYFUL COLOURS

 

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Collage of Easter painted rocks by Carie Schoen | Em Made This | Carrie Hart Sharp |

 

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 INSPIRATIONAL EASTER ICONS 

 

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Collage of Easter painted rocks by Magdalena Neycheva | Sue Huson | Christine Onward |

 

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 MOST EXQUISITE DESIGNS

 

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Easter painted rocks by Lefteris Kanetis | Liam Houlroyd | Isabelle Tamini Esposito |

 

My selection of these rocks was, by no means, based on "quality", "artists' reputation", or financial reward. Some of the rocks were posted on RockStreet Collective by the artists themselves over the last weeks, some rocks have been "heating up" on the Rock Street Pinterest account and some have just smiled at me on Instagram.

 I wish you all days with sunshine and family fun. Happy Easter!

 

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Easter bunny painted rock by Kathy Whitney Conlin | Instagram | Facebook
Disclaimer: Credit was given to all artists who painted the rocks featured in this article. If you intend to use any of these ideas for your rocks, please do contact the artist and avoid copyright infringements. For more questions you can send me an email at rock_street@yahoo.com

 

This is an article written by Christine Onward . If you want to be the next artist featured on our blog, please drop a message on rock_street@yahoo.com.

You can discover and enjoy more art on rocks on our Facebook group, RockStreet Collective.
More painted rocks for sale are HERE
WHAT'S YOUR BLUE?

WHAT'S YOUR BLUE? 5

Christine Onward talking about symbols of the blue colour in rock painting

Colours allow artists to express their ideas and reveal their inner self. For every rock painter colours not only evoke a certain mood, elicit a certain response from the viewers, but also work subliminally to create and send a particular message.

But what are the messages, moods, and inner responses elicited by the blue colour in rock painting?

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BLUE art on rocks by Christine Onward. For sale HERE

 

Today’s article presents a number of different approaches to the use of blue in rock painting. Rocks were selected from the approximately 200 painted rocks posted by the artists of RockStreet Collective to honour our most recent BLUE rock event.

 

Why do we use the BLUE colour when we paint on rocks?

 

*BLUE is used to suggest INNOCENCE and elicit CALM

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Naïve art on rocks by artists Sussi Louise Smith | Pamela CampbellChristine Onward

 

*With BLUE you can create sensations of FREEDOM and EXPANSIVENESS

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Ocean theme in rock painting, different approaches by artists Kishan Patel | Leilani Holverson | Susanne Jensen

 

*BLUE is a universally soothing colour. Many artists embrace a blue palette to elicit CALM and MINDFULNESS

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Mandala world in BLUE by artists Rachel Mitchell | Debby Hurst | Elena Marisol Gomez

 

*Beauty of nature and its fantastic livings are often represented with the use of BLUE 

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A world of BLUE birds by artists Judy Smith | Aberline Attwood陳 泳澖 |

 

*Light BLUE is associated with TRANQUILITY and HEALING

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 Soft BLUES to heal the soul- by artists Yvette Biedermann | Pascale ChevalierRalph Macias |

 

*You may use blue when creating art for those young at heart to elicit SINCERITY and HAPPY MOODS

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Joyful art for the child in us by artists Christel de Laroche | Alex Jade | Danijela Milosevic 

 

*BLUE invites you to MELANCHOLY and RECOLLECTION

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 BLUE dot art in rock painting by artists Lisa Orlans | Emily Clark | Sandra Silva

 

*Oriental cultures have used BLUE to express PIETY and STRENGTH

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 The exotic world of the BLUE rocks by artists Yuk-moy Tan Tapia | Megan Wilhite | Shruti Rachael David

 

*Use BLUE to suggest PURITY and CONFIDENCE

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The wonderful realm of wearable art on rocks by artists Lysa Mignot | Annalisa Cacciatore | Valeria Avossa

 

*All these symbols often intermingle to create calm and purity. If you want to join the art world of healing the mind and body, you can start by using BLUE

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 Fantastic decorative art on rocks by artists Jessica Pederson Stumpf | Misty Day | Diana Lamb

 

In art, colours have endless meanings and significance which translates into rock painting. If you remember, a few weeks ago we looked at some examples of RED symbolism in rock painting. See article HERE.

If interested to be a part of our world rock painting family, you are most welcome to post your creations in our group RockStreet Collective. The BLUE rock event is still happening until the 21st of July when the winning artist (featured on our Instagram account) will be invited to an exclusive interview on this website.

More artful blue rocks for sale Here

I will conclude my short description of uses of BLUE in rock painting here. The most amazing creation I wanted to introduce to you to celebrate the BLUE rock event is that of 5 year old Zarya, Elena Marisol Gomez's little daughter. I’m sure you’ll love her blue ocean, the sky with white clouds, the green beach, and the tomato bush in the corner.

Here ends RockStreet Collectives's BLUE rock showcase. I hope you had a peaceful BLUE holiday to the eyes :) 

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The beautiful BLUE rock of Zarya 

 

 

 

PAGES OF REFLECTION – what it takes to become an ARTIST (LESSON 1)

PAGES OF REFLECTION – what it takes to become an ARTIST (LESSON 1) 2

Dear reader, wherever you may be, whatever language you speak, whichever stage in life you are, I hope you are an admirer of art.

This is because I plan to make the next few blog articles into a reflective journal about my experience of living and creating art. And as inconsistent as I am in general, I am pretty confident that this time I can give my stories continuity and meaningfulness not just for me, but for you too.

I plan to talk about my LESSONS of creating art, as selfish and personal as they may look at first sight. I’ll do it regularly because I’m confident that there is at least one person out there just like me: someone who makes mistakes, someone who struggles to understand their real call, their real style, their unique place in the world; but most of all, someone who fights to make peace with what they are becoming instead of what the world wants them to be.

Today's LESSON 1

How do you grow into a reputable artist without any expertise or previous experience?

This is a question that keeps on bothering me every time I find yet another successful artist on Instagram. It looks as if every great artist of our days has some sort of previous art-related education, hours and hours of guided advice, work with a purpose, and of course, the TALENT.

For instance, check on wonderful Yvette Coppersmith:

-Archibald Prize, 2018

-studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia.

-more than 21 years of experimenting with styles and subjects

-painting self-portraits since the age of 17

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Painting by Australian artist Yvette Coppersmith, winner of the Archibald Prize 2018

 

How does MY art journey ever come close to such a glorious artist?

 

I bet you too keep on ruminating about the same thing as me: Maybe it’s not even worth it. Maybe it’s yet another waste of time…


But this morning I finished painting this:

 

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"After the Dark", by Christine Onward (all rights reserved). For sale HERE 

 

Right through the open blinds a few sun rays started coming in. I watched them dancing merrily on the colours of the painting. That whole world, right there in the paper, was coming to life right in front of me… I was witnessing a miracle.

 

I had created a world that was a reflection of myself. Somewhere in this world someone like me will find themselves in this story, as much as I did. Maybe more in my painting than in other people’s paintings. Maybe I get to make them smile. And that’s the best accomplishment I can achieve.

 

My lesson for today is this:

Every story you create has you in it, your adventures, your memories,  your sadness, your heart. Someone will surely connect with it. If not today, they will surely show up tomorrow.

The more stories there are, the more people will connect with your art. Just keep on creating. Reward will come.

 

 

Loving these stories? Here is a beautiful story from my childhood : Surreal Night in Transylvania

More outstanding products from my latest surreal paintings are HERE 

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