Moving countries is always interesting, exhausting, lonely, exhilarating and I am sure each and every immigrant can add to the list of feelings and emotions I have just mentioned.
I have always been impressed with the way the Brits tackle the subject of emigration. What they do is ... bring their hobbies, habits and pastimes with them in their suitcases . I am going to mention one of their pastimes I love and appreciate enormously ... their clubs!
One of the things one notices in England is the limitless number and themes of clubs and charities one can join .... starting with a simple one like a walking club - and ending with groups interested in the most bizarre subjects you can imagine. Whatever your passion is .. you can be sure to find a group of people who already meet and discuss this topic or participate in related group activities - I call it finding and being with your tribe.
Art is a huge catalyst for change and for creating small communities of common interest. I've been part of many art groups over the last 6 years and this has changed my life in a massive way.
Recently I came across (they found me actually - on line) a lovely group of mainly British artists (Brits who live abroad) from Fethyie, Turkey who meet on weekly basis and paint together. It is more than just about painting as I very well know ... it is about the camaraderie, about the joy and giggles, the sharing of stories, both good and challenging, and about supporting each other.
Today they decided to paint on big canvases, to create paintings inspired by my original art. It is a big compliment and I love seeing their interpretation. The final pieces are going to be ready next week but I am sure you will enjoy seeing the images above - because the story of the images is much bigger than artists painting, its about the art of living wherever you live - and it has been developed to perfection by the nation that is my new home country over hundreds of years. Can't wait to see the final paintings!
Art heals! Art creates communities! Art enhances lives! Art unites people! Start painting! What are you waiting for? Be bold and brave!
"You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Harriet Tabman
I read these words this morning and smiled. No, such messages were not part of my upbringing or the society I grew up in. In spite of this, I was lucky ... lucky to be part of a generation of young women who changed the landscape of Romania after our revolution, after 1989. Yes, by accident of birth I became a part of a YES WE CAN generation ... full of enthusiasm, prepared to take risks, in the front line of new professions, sometimes scared to bits, sometimes down, sometimes living on highs. It's only if you have lived under the greyness and almost drug induced constraint on emotional expression that you can really understand what it's like to be free, to believe that its down to you, that yes, you can.
Are positive messages necessary in the upbringing of young people? Yes, the YES YOU CAN attitude can be triggered in them in many, many ways!