TalesAndFails

Whimsical HAND PAINTED Art and Prints by Mishy Rowan

Leura, Australia 56 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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TalesAndFails

Whimsical HAND PAINTED Art and Prints by Mishy Rowan

Leura, Australia | 56 Sales

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Note from shop owner Thanks for dropping by but unfortunately my shop is closed until late August as I'm currently on retreat.
For the Blue Mountains/Sydney folks, I hope to see you when I return at the Blue Mountains Makers - The Hub Artisan Market, Saturday 31st August 2019, 9am-2pm!
May your day be full of effortless flow,
Mishy

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Last updated on Jul 19, 2019

Thanks for dropping by but unfortunately my shop is closed until late August as I'm currently on retreat.
For the Blue Mountains/Sydney folks, I hope to see you when I return at the Blue Mountains Makers - The Hub Artisan Market, Saturday 31st August 2019, 9am-2pm!
May your day be full of effortless flow,
Mishy

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How a ukulele and a caterpillar changed my life.

Hello and welcome to my shop!

Please come in, take a seat and RELAX with the knowledge that everything you've ever done in your life - every decision you've ever made, has brought you to this exact moment. For whatever reason you are meant to be here. Right now. Connecting through the interwebs with me and my art. When you stop to think about it, it's incredible isn't it?

So... would you like to hear a story? Perhaps the one about how I started painting?

Whilst there are many possible starting points for this journey, today let's start it in India...

"Madam, what is your life's purpose?" a young boy in Varanassi in the north of India asked.

I hesitated then mumbled my way through a sort of non-response. For months after this encounter, the question plagued me. Why didn't I have an answer yet? After all, I meditated. I practiced yoga. I spent my days sitting quietly by the Ganga surrounded by Sadhus. Endless hours of self enquiry delivered some answers but with every answer came another question which lead me no closer to finding out my life's purpose.

Then something magical happened... A strange set of circumstances that will never be repeated in the history of time.

I was stung on my hand by a poisonous caterpillar in India... and well, then I stupidly played my ukulele for hours - but that's a story in itself. Anyway, this combination lodged little caterpillar hairs in my tendon which lead to massive, I-can-see-through-time, painful decaying infection in my bone.

After a few weeks, I eventually gave in and had emergency surgery in Los Angeles (and yes, that's another long story!). After surgery, I expected the pain to go away, yet it only intensified.

Sleep-deprived and foggy brained, I was grateful to be in a safe place surrounded by loving family - with unlimited wifi and nothing to do. By the third day, a massive desire to surround myself with colour consumed my every thought and I intuitively began exploring colour therapy. I started painting every day whilst watching as many YouTube clips as I could about watercolour painting.

Then, in the wee hours of the morning, my intuitive, meditative technique plopped out of my mind's eye and onto the paper before me. Quite suddenly, in that very moment, I knew my life's purpose: To share a little bit of sunshine with as many people as possible through creative expression and random acts of kindness.

Within a few months, I was mostly recovered and I retuned to India where I created the Everything is Possible ~ India Collection, which you'll find for sale via my shop (there's monkeys, elephants, mandalas and even the Taj Mahal!).

It's been just two years since this creative journey began and I've recently returned to Australia. I have a little studio set up in my home in the Blue Mountains where I continue to create my meditative art, influenced by natural environments, meditation,
sacred geometry, street art, and artists such as Jean Miró, Michael Leunig, Ken Done, Mirka Mora and probably in far too many ways, Mr Squiggle.

Perhaps this was not the story you were expecting to read here on my Etsy shop, but it's my story, and well, if you're reading this, I'm glad to have shared it with you dear reader!

Om shanti,
Mishy

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    I'm an artist and art therapist, living in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Australia. I developed my intuitive, meditative painting style after being stung by a poisonous caterpillar in India (true story).

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