Saturday, 8 October 2016

Bali Dreaming!!

Hi Everyone,

I just thought I would tell you all about the wonderful Art Retreat I have recently returned 
from. Tracy Verdugo's Sacred Marks Bali Art Retreat!

Some of you may be aware that I turned 60 earlier this year. Yes a milestone birthday and
 yes I did have a bit of a wobbly over it. So much so, that when my lovely husband, Jack 
asked how I would like to celebrate my birthday, I said I didn't really want to do anything
 much, except maybe a Family dinner with my kids? Which we did, but I did think to 
myself I really should be doing something special and unique before the year ended. That 
was late March.

So when I saw a post from Tracy in June to say she had a cancellation in the September 
Retreat. I knew that was the ideal way to celebrate my birthday milestone!! Jack said "Go 
for it"! I had never been to Bali before and I had felt it calling to me for the last couple of 
years. The Universe letting me know that the timing was perfect. So I didn't hesitate. 

The countdown began.... I didn't have a current Passport, so off I went to organise that. 
Boy! They aren't cheap, I had better make sure I do lots more travelling... Good Excuse 

Come September, I was on the plane. A little nervous travelling internationally on my own,
but still really excited. My Brother and his wife travel to Bali all the time, and they had 
given me heaps of tips and advice, so I wasn't completely clueless. Lots of queues and 
customs. I even bumped into one of my students on the plane! Ha! Ha! Small world isn't 
it? The six hour flight went by quite quickly. 

More queues and bang, I was leaving Denpasar Airport and stepping out into the heat 
and humidity. Drivers holding up signs with an ocean of names. I really never thought 
I would see mine, but there it finally was.. right at the end of the line. It was a relief to 
see it. So my taxi driver loaded me and my luggage into his mini bus and off we went. 

Those of you who have been lucky enough to have already been to Bali will be familiar 
with the traffic. It seems to consist of Mini Buses, taxis and scooters, on mass. I swear 
at the first roundabout, there would have been 100 scooters. All weaving in and out of 
the traffic. They seem to have a collective consciousness. A dance between the cars and 
the scooters although they are all in perfect sinc with each other. It was both mesmerising 
and horrifying at the same time. I closed my eyes several times because I thought a 
scooter was about to be squashed. So much to see and take in, it is funny to say, I sort 
of had a little anxiety attack.

I was happy to find that where our retreat was, in Sanur, it is lovely and quiet in 
comparison to Denpasar.  I was dropped off at the Villas and shown to my room. The 
Sanur Beach Villas are really a boutique accommodation with only enough room  for 
Tracy and her Students. Which meant we had the place to ourselves which was fabulous! 

Bird baths full of flowers grace the Garden beds.

The entrance to Sanur Beach Villas

The view from our Villa

The Sacred Marks Retreat was held over 8 days. We had 12 girls in the September
group. Girls from the UK, US, Canada and Australia. It was so lovely meeting all
these gorgeous women from all around the world. By the end of the retreat we were
all well and truly bonded! 

Our Day One was spent travelling up to Ubud, which is up in the hills amongst the 
rice fields. It is known as Bali's spiritual centre. The scenery on the trip was just 
beautiful. Once we arrived we discovered this beautiful Lotus pond. My inspiration
for my first painting.

We shopped until we dropped!!

Day Two was our first day of painting. How wonderful was painting by the pool!

Yes that is me in the blue! 

This was my my painting by the end of the day. Many layers still to go. I did enjoy
painting with inks for the first time. 

Inspirational group session

Day Three morning was Cooking School. The Sanur Beach Villas is also home of the 
Bamboo Shoots Cooking School. Irma and her team, guide their students through preparing and cooking several dishes. Then of course you get to eat them. I am not a great lover of cooking and I was keen to do more painting, so I opted not to join in. Big mistake I think, 
but I did get to eat some of the lovely food they made.

Day Four was another day of painting.

Day Five was our trip to the Elephant Sanctuary up near Ubud. This was an absolute 
highlight! You all know how much I love Elephants and to see them and touch them 
was just wonderful. 

That trunk weighed a ton. 

There was a ceremonial day on the Wednesday and many homes had
these gorgeous decorative banners displayed in honour of the celebration 
between good and evil. On our trip up to the Sanctuary we stopped to take 

A photo with Tracy 

Day Six was Saturday! More painting! 

In the end some of us opted to paint on our Villa verandas. 

Painting one nearly finished!

Day Seven was our final day of painting. Of course I did have to paint an Elephant.

Still lots more to do

Our Final Group Dinner!! Boy the time went so fast!!

And here we are on the last morning with our paintings!! Aren't they all wonderful?
Thank you so much Tracy for being so inspirational.

I must say I had an absolutely fabulous time. I really enjoyed exploring inks and Tracy's
other layering techniques. Being able to treat myself to another Teacher's workshop
whom I have admired for years, as well as incorporate a trip to Bali, has well and truly
made my 60th Year memorable!!

If anyone is "thinking" about doing Tracy's Sacred Marks Bali Retreat in 2017, I highly
recommend it!! 

"Tempat Suci" (Sacred Place)

"Gajah dan Bayi" ( Elephant and Baby)

Special thanks to some of the other girls and Tracy for sharing some of their images.

Guess what? I have already booked flights back to Bali in August next year!
Jack is coming this time!!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Tapping into the Field of Universal Consciousness

I was pondering on this thought recently. The theory that every living creature shares a connection to the universal consciousness. Which should mean that we all have unlimited potential. We just have to learn how to tap into it.

As my own creative journey evolves and twists and turns, I have noticed time and time again that other Artists and Teachers, are on very similar paths. We seem to share the same thoughts and ideas which is quite amazing. We are sometimes surprised that someone else paints or says exactly what we have just channelled. We can be on different sides of the World with no connection but we have still shared that same thought or idea.

How does that happen? Is it just coincidental? I don't think so. Recently I read Elizabeth Gilbert's book "Big Magic". In it she describes the same concept. That there is a universal consciousness that we all have the ability to tap into.

So how do you learn to tap into this consciousness? 

I know! That old word!

But if we do trust and believe that this is possible , then we open up to the possibility. To connect to that consciousness we will need to let ourselves become a channel. Learning to channel when we paint can be difficult. Our brain keeps interrupting with what it wants you to paint rather than "going with the flow" as the wonderful Artist Flora Bowley is famous for teaching. We need to lose ourselves into our paintings and in this way we really can connect to that universal consciousness. 

This can take practise and I must admit that I also have to remind myself to stop trying to control my creations and just let them happen. My best paintings are the ones where I have completely lost myself in the process. You can start with something in mind if it helps but in the end you just have to be prepared to let the painting evolve into what ever direction it wants to.

Realistically you may get blocked along the way. Our old Monkey brain will skip around and play games with our consciousness. Thats quite okay. Recognise what is happening and take a break. 

Of course there are ways to still our minds and become open to that channel again. We could meditate, do yoga or just practise something else that relaxes our minds. We could even 
"Dance like no one is watching" or maybe just go for a walk.

Channelling, like painting takes practise. Don't force it, just let it happen in your own time.
Remember to have fun and just relax. 

Happy painting!! 
Love Susan xx

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

New Workshops

Hi Everyone,

I just thought I would update you on the workshops I have planned through to August 2016.

We are well into the year now and I have already run four Intuitive Workshops. We went up to QLD and

Northern NSW in March where I taught two weekend workshops. One in Ocean Shores NSW and one in

Noosaville. Lots of beautiful paintings were created! We all had a wonderful time, although it was

unseasonably humid and it did take a bit of acclimatising. We had a lovely break between the workshops

 up in Noosaville. I think it maybe my favourite place now, and the venue at Wallace House was perfect.

Here are the Noosaville Girls with their gorgeous paintings! 

Just this last weekend I held the first Serendipity Workshop in Fitzroy, Melbourne. It was a fabulous

weekend and I think it may become a regular venue in the future. 

Here are some of the girls with their paintings.

I have now scheduled workshops through to August. 

The next Workshop is the 
Serendipity Intuitive, Mornington 14th & 15th. MAY

Taking bookings now!!

Please pop over to my website for the details


Sacred Space Workshop, The Goddess. JUNE

This is a lovely one day workshop that I have created to help connect us to our

"Inner Goddess".  Sunday 19th June . Venue: Mornington

I have also created some special stencils which will be exclusive to this workshop. For more info please

 visit my website


Be quick for this one as it is almost full already. 

In July I am back at the Fitzroy venue teaching the Beyond The Veil technique. JULY

This is where you can discover what lies under your abstract painting. The Workshop is

being held July 9th &10th.

Finally I have  decided to run a Magical Acrylics Workshop on Sunday 14th AUGUST.
"Under The Ocean" at the Mornington venue. In this workshop I will show you how to

 create an abstract background and then feature a special sea creature. Maybe a Turtle?

 Or a Dolphin? Or even some lovely fish? I also have some exciting ways to play with

For those of you who are not local to Melbourne the Serendipity E-Course will run again in

 September. We are currently working on filming the Chakra Tree of Life E-Course.

 Hopefully it should be launching by October? I will let you all know well ahead of time.

In some other exciting news I am now selling a small selection of stencils in my Shop.

 Some are exclusive top me and others are my favourites from TCW and The Stencil Girls.

Thats all for now!! 

Happy Painting!!

Love Susan xx

Thursday, 17 December 2015

2016 is only 2 weeks away!!

Hi Everyone,

Wow!! Doesn't time fly? I can't believe that Xmas is only one 
week away, which means New Years Day is just two weeks away. 
I must say 2015 has been a very productive year for me. Lots of 
workshops, travel and creativity!!

I love spreading inspiration for everyone to start painting. 
I have run 13 workshops in 2015 with over 150 students participating. 
So imagine how many more Artists have been created? I do hope 
everyone has kept painting?

As well as the Workshops I launched the Serendipity Intuitive 
Art E-Course in August. We had students from all over the 
World join us. It was amazing!! Everyone did so well.I am so 
proud of them. If you would like to view some of the paintings that 
were created in the course please click here 

In other news the Serendipity Intuitive Art E-Course February 2016 
is now open for registration. For more info and to register here is the Link.

My other exciting news is we have been working on an update to my 
website. It now has a fresh new look, new logo and a proper Shop were you 
can buy my Originals and Art prints. Enrolling in Workshops can also be 
done via the Website.Check it out and tell me what you think?

Finally just a review of what is coming up early 2016.

Serendipity Intuitive Art Workshop, Mornington Jan16th&17th FULL

Beyond The Veil Mornington, Feb13th&14th.Taking Bookings

Serendipity Intuitive Art Workshop March 5th&6th Byron/Gold Coast. Taking Bookings

Serendipity Intuitive Art Workshop March 12&13th Noosa. Taking Bookings

I am currently looking for a venue to run a Serendipity Intuitive Art 
Workshop mid April closer to the city. Maybe in Fitzroy? I have had a lot of people 
asking if I will run one in Melbourne, so I think it will fill quite quickly. So if you 
are interested please let me know and I will pop you on the list to be notified
 once everything is confirmed.

Finally here is my little Elephant from November's Beyond the Veil.
He is called "Curiosity".

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Love Susan xx

Sunday, 1 November 2015

New Workshops for 2016

Hi Everyone,

Time is flying by and I can't believe that we are now in to November. I have been super busy over the last few months with the launch of my first Serendipity Intuitive Art E-Course in August and two interstate workshops plus three workshops here in my Mornington studio as well.

The interstate workshops were to South Australia and the other to Queensland. Both went extremely well. We had a little break up in QLD and stayed on the Sunshine Coast and had our last night with family in Byron bay. So relaxing and it has given me a chance to rejuvenate and set the plans for the beginning of 2016.

We stopped by Crystal Castle near Byron Bay. Awesome!!
Whilst we were up near Eumundi we met up with the lovely Lisa from Lulu Art Supplies. She was keen to host one of my Serendipity Workshops up there in March, so we have now set a date for that.

I have also had a lot of interest from the south of QLD so I have decided while I am up their in March, to run another Serendipity close to Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.

So here are the details for the two workshops. I am taking bookings now which gives you all plenty of time to plan ahead and lock in the dates. Places are limited, so be quick to grab your place with a deposit. 

You can enrol via my web page http://susanfarrellart.com.au/
with Paypal or email me at susanfarrellart@gmail.com to pay a deposit. 

"Serendipity" Intuitive Art Workshop Byron/Gold Coast
Where: Ocean Shores Community Centre
55 Rajah Road, Ocean Shores
When: Sat 5th March & Sun 6th March
Time: 10am to 4pm Both days.
Cost: $280 Deposit $100

"Serendipity" Intuitive Art Workshop
Hosted by Lulu Art. Sunshine Coast
Where: Up in the beautiful hills of Doonan near Noosa.
When: Sat 12th March & Sun 13th March 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm Both days.
Cost: $280 Deposit $100

Also in January I have a Serendipity scheduled in my  Mornington Studio.
Details are: Currawong Stables Art Room
5-17 Currawong St, Mornington
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th January 2016 
10.00 AM to 4.00 PM Both days
Cost $250 Deposit $100
Kit available with paints, brushes etc. $120

Finally just letting those of you who missed out on the last Serendipity Intuitive Art E-Course, that we will be running the next one from the 6th February 2016 with registrations opening on the 12th December 2015. 
I will send out a reminder early December. :)
That's all for now!! Love Susan xx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Art/Creating as a form of Meditation!

Hi Everyone!

I have been teaching Art now since 2010 and I have made it my mission to enable
 everyone who would like to, to be able to create there own paintings. 
Even people who don't see themselves as "artistic". 

My rewards have been abundant! Watching souls realise that they can make something
truly beautiful is just wonderful. Just the practise of creating is so healing and therapeutic.
Once you become immersed into your painting, it ceases to be 'doing" exercise and becomes relaxing and even can feel like you have slipped into a meditative state.

Thoughts can come and go, you can slip into another dimension, losing yourself 
into your painting. I have been told by so many of my Students, that is exactly 
what happens to them as well. It has made me ponder on whether Art/Creating
 could be looked upon as another form of "Meditation"? 

I certainly believe that it is a "Healing" modality.

We all need some quiet time and we all need balance in our lives.
So if you struggle to do formal meditation, why not try
to create something? It could be just colouring in one of the wonderful
Adult colouring Books? Maybe some cross stitch? Some knitting?
Go out into the garden and plant some seedlings!
Play with paint!!

The most important thing is to relax and tune into your higher self.
Because it is when you listen to your inner knowing that
amazing things can come into your life!

Love Susan xx

Monday, 6 July 2015

Stencils! A New Form Of Art

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to speak to you today about "Stencils".

Over the years I have used stencils in lots of different ways.
As well as being an Artist, I am also a Long Arm Quilter. Now
does that mean that I have extra long arms? No. It is the name of
type of machine we use to quilt with. Long Arm Quilting Machine.

These machines sit across a long table, on rails and can be manoeuvred
in all directions. The Quilter can stitch right through the three layers,
quilt top, batting and quilt back, creating a Quilt. This can be done
by using straight lines or stitching patterns.

An example of how a quilt can 
be quilted.

The other way it can be done is
by using the custom approach.
Which is where the "artist" is
allowed to come out in the Quilter.

We can free hand designs or use
stencils in chalk and then stitch
over them, creating a beautiful
pattern that not only enhances the
quilt but also holds it together
as well.

I have been using stencils for over 14 years this way and have always loved
their versatility. I only really started considering their use in my paintings
a few years ago. They have been used for some time now in mixed media, 
scrapbooking, street art and art journalling but not so much in actual paintings.

There is a bit of a prejudice out there declaring that "stencils" are not really
"Art". That they are cheating and should be left to the scrapbookers. In my
opinion that is rubbish. Art can take on all forms and there should be no rules
dictating what is allowed to be used in your paintings to create a visually
wonderful painting. To me experimenting and evolving is what makes a 
true artist !

Lots of Artists are discovering just what a wonderful tool stencils are, to add
interest and intrigue to their work. What I love about them, is that they are
enabling people who feel they can't draw, or are not artistic to be able to
create gorgeous paintings.

And what is really exciting, is that the Stencil manufacturers are now coming up
with a fantastic array of different images and really creative takes on the "stencil". 
Gone is the stereo type of stencil that looks stiff and contrived. Now
you have to look twice at a painting to see whether a stencil has been used or not.

In the hands of a clever artesian a stencil can become really exciting!!

So why not give stencils a go?

You can have a play at home or join us in the Serendipity Intuitive Art E-Course
which commences 22nd August 2015.  In this 5 week course you can follow me 
along while I create a gorgeous big painting from start to finish. The course is
full of content and lots of HD videos. 
It will be accessible until the end of January 2016.

For more info on the course you can visit this Link below.

Bye for now!!

And remember, I am very happy for you to answer any questions you may have