recently i was asked: 
"what makes your heart sing?"

the simple things i replied...

since then i have challenged myself to come up with a 100
things that make my heart sing.

what makes your heart sing?

let your heart sing via

On my isle

i've been struggling with proportions lately.
so it's literally "back to the drawing board" for me....

I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle. - Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing


On taking photos

i pretty much always carry a camera with me, 
and sometimes i wonder what is it that i love so much 
about  taking photos?

is it the memories, the result, the action itself? 

and then the other day Britta unknowingly answered my question by asking me 
with great passion:
"don't you LOVE looking at something and wondering how best 
you're going to frame it with your camera?"

YES, i do! 
that is what i love so much about photography! 

how to frame, capture and translate 
that little magic moment in time.

all photos by mon Laviste


I Worried
by Mary Oliver

I worried a lot.  Will the garden grow, will the rivers 
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not, how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven, 
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well, 

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it, 
am I going to get rheumatism, 
lockjaw, dementia? 

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing. 
And gave it up. And took my old body 
and went out into the morning, 
and sang.

poem by Mary Oliver via Misty Mawn
photo of the social weavers birds nest by me

happy friday 

in the studio...

messy journal page while finding the courage 
to start painting those faces... 

i like giving myself some limitations or boundaries. 
for these ladies, only 3 colours allowed + white and some charcoal. 



around here

a little instagram tour of what's been happening around 
here lately... 

i've been cooking
(the pretty bottle makes all the difference ;)) 

i'v been painting

i've been soaking up the beauty of this season 

and i've been playing around with some self portrait... 


Year of the giraffe

while in Etosha 
i "had to" see some giraffes

 and on the last day a whole family came running towards us.
the most incredible sight.
gracefully running across an open