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“Art between HAPPINESS and MEANING” by artist Ann Supan (FreeSpace #2)

23 Apr


CONFUSED by Ann Supan 


“Art between HAPPINESS and MEANING”

” Unhappy men are all alike. Some wound they suffered long ago, some wished denied, some blow to pride, some kindling spark of love put away by scorn – or worse indifference – cleaves to them, or they to it, and so they live each day within a shroud of yesterdays. The happy man does not look back. He doesn’t look ahead. He lives in the present.

But there’s the rub. The present can never deliver one thing: meaning. The ways of happiness and meaning are not the same. To find happiness, a man need only live in the moment; he need only live for the moment. But if he wants meaning – the meaning of his dreams, his secrets, his life – a man must reinhabit his past, however dark, and live for the future however uncertain. Thus nature dangles happiness and meaning before us all, insisting only that we choose between them. ”  (The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld)

I interpret the word “insisting” on above quotation as an implication that even though nature may “insist” for us to choose between HAPPINESS and MEANING, it does not mean that it’s “impossible” for us to have both.

I think that I cannot “always” have both HAPPINESS and MEANING at the same time but as long as I can find MEANING in my life, I know I’ll find HAPPINESS there too “at certain times” no matter how brief or long it lasts.

I know I am happy whenever I make a piece of art simply because I enjoy doing it…but what does that mean? It means…

– not having enough time for other things which may affect my relationship with others because they don’t understand my passion (this includes taking time to make something that is not actually paid for…some people with full time regular paying jobs just don’t understand that).

– giving people more reasons to criticize me.

– putting my ideas at risk because I cannot be an artist by just locking myself in a room drawing all day. Sharing art in the real word is, indeed, “a double edge sword.”

– doubting myself and my artistic abilities because, the truth is, I am not the “best artist” in the world (if there is such a person as “art is subjective”). I am not ashamed to admit that as I know for a fact that there are a lot of great artists out there (living or dead).

– always having the fear of “failing” at what I’ve always thought I am born to do in this world – to be an artist

Despite all this, if I must choose, I’ll choose MEANING as I’m certain that I cannot totally “just” be happy. I believe, just like any other feelings ( e.g. sadness, grief, etc.), HAPPINESS too shall pass…it always does. MEANING, on the other hand, is definite as it gives us purpose…the reason to live “no matter what”. I would rather know that there is a meaning for ALL  the things I’ve been through in life than to be a happy person by ignoring my past that I cannot “just” forget.

However, though I choose MEANING, I don’t live in the present “entirely” for the benefit of my future because for all I know I may die today. I honestly do not desire a longer life. I just want to “live” the life I’m given by learning from my past and doing the best I can with what I have until the day I stop breathing (period).

The SHADOWS series is a collection of portraits intending to show emotions  OTHER than those typical portrayal of  complete happiness and joy as I hope to convey those I believe are “meaningful” part of someone’s life.

As every piece is unique, to read about the description of each piece, kindly click on the corresponding Facebook link below ( “Playing with SHADOWS” album) so as to avoid making this blog any “longer” 😉


***The image (CONFUSED) I used on this blog is the 17’th piece of my SHADOWS series ****


Ann will be returning for her third FreeSpace on Thursday 21st May. She is one of the artists to be exhibited in our The Nine Realms  combined arts experience this  September in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.



What if?’ will always be the question Ann Supan tends to ask herself every now and then. She is an Engineering graduate who knows she wanted to be an artist since she was 10 years old. She is a Filipina visual artist who loves to draw and likes reading as much as travelling. Her main interest in art is portraiture as it is her ambition to express beauty and emotion on her work. She focuses mainly on likeness as her technique and style is simple. Recently, she has been making ‘dual portrayal’ portraits in order to make her work ‘thought provoking’ as well.

She specializes in traditional drawing in the categories of figure drawing, illustration and shading using graphite and charcoal as her main medium. She also likes to use different mediums as shown on her selective impressionistic pieces.

Through years of practice and experimentations her artworks now revolves around on both realistic and impressionistic form.



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In These Fast Paced Everydays by Estrella Azul (FreeSpace #2)

29 Apr



In these fast-paced everydays, also think of…

 by Estrella Azul


It is considered a virtue to love the people around us, but self love should also be considered a virtue. All the more because we ourselves are the objects of our own feelings, thoughts and attitude.

Treasuring ourselves, treating the self with care, respect, looking inside to gain self knowledge is all interdependent. The more we treasure ourselves, the more we will treasure others. So, we should love ourselves enough to do the things we love, too.

During our “left over” 8 hrs, are we going where our heart leads us? If we follow that lead, what would we be doing, who would we be with, what would we be eating, how would we be helping, creating, living, loving, learning?

After answering honestly and realistically (I’d love to travel to Paris and spend every afternoon there crisscrossing the Seine, but that isn’t possible), we should follow through with practical “gifts” to the self to express self love.

What will make the self happy? Would we be in the park, would we be walking around aimlessly in town looking at the buildings and our surroundings through a tourist’s eyes? Would we be with a dear friend, an old acquaintance catching up on each other’s lives, or simply alone trying out that new restaurant we’ve wanted to try ever since it opened two months ago, ordering Baby Spinach, Mandarin and Red Onion salad? Would we be helping out in a soup kitchen, creating written/doodled/photographed art? Would we be living truer to who we are, loving those we met ten or twenty years ago and never openly admitted to our feelings? Would we be learning new skills in a class or simply through reading anything and everything we can get our hands on?

As a closing, I’ll leave you with the following thoughts. Back in March 2013, I wrote someone a letter. After I finished and reread my thoughts, I realized I might as well have addressed it to myself.

“Dear Self,

I know how acutely the sadness of life can be felt. I’ve felt it. I feel it myself. It has the ability to numb one’s mind, to keep one from moving along. It makes one cry themselves to sleep.

But we have to get out from there. Walk out and follow our own yellow brick road leading us to where we should be: in the present. I think that is where Dorothy was heading. From a place of sadness, through the world of her perceptions, imagination and dreams. Into the present.

Where wonderful things can happen if we allow them to unfold. We have to wake up to being right where we are supposed to be.

There truly is no place like home; the home provided by leaving behind worries of the past and future!



Go on, write a love letter to yourself. Then follow your own yellow brick road, your heart’s advice, and give yourself a “gift” of self love.


Estrella Azul

Estrella Azul is a writer, passionate about reading, floral art and photography, with an artistic personality and a soulful outlook on life, who shadows well. Estrella shares with her readers some of her thoughts and daily happenings, along with her creative writing on Life’s a stage – WebBlog©.


You can find Estella’s Weekend Showcase here and her last FreeSpace here.


Estrella’s third FreeSpace will be on Monday 19th May, and tomorrow you can catch up with what’s afoot with an ArtiPeeps Update tomorrow.  As always, thank you for your interest. 


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Inspiration Point: My Morning Wiggle

15 Sep

I have had a firmly established morning meditation practice for well over a year now (which I now wouldn’t be without; indeed, where would I be without it?) and alongside my practice I have several rituals and habits that make my mornings start off in a really positive, playful way. They set me up for a good day ahead, or, at least, the intention of having a good day ahead. If I start off the way I do even if my day is rough it can’t be too bad for too long.

One of my habits/rituals is what I call ‘my morning wiggle’ . There I am in the middle of my kitchen, arms about to flail like an octopus, feet  poised to slip-slide like a duck’s webbed feet on ice,  anticipating that particular part of ‘I’m walking on sunshine’ by Katrina and the Waves, the song to which I always wiggle  every morning whether I feel like it or not. And then it comes, the part actually comes, and every part  of my body lets go and  is wiggling in a care-free dervish. Granted, it’s fleeting-it’s there and then it’s gone- but it  makes me feel good, it’s a brilliant moment. If I’m feeling a bit down it shakes me out of it-the movement clears out the cobwebs,  it makes me feel connected to my body and to the positivity that sometimes gets locked in there when we’re stressed or busy, or not paying attention to ourselves (n.b. we need to always pay attention to ourselves).

In that moment (when Katrina is singing ‘I feel a love, I feel alive, I feel a love that’s really real’ I feel it too, and my body and my spirit join into a kind of dorky moment where I’m connected too- to all that life and all that love..and yes, yes, it is, it’s really real…). It all gets  released out into my kitchen with only the pots and pans to clitter-clatter their applause.  It’s not elegant, I’m not Darcey Bussell, but it feels good, it’s just fun, playful and I always have a smile on my face whilst doing it, and it often resonates into the rest of my day.

Now, I’m someone who lives very much in their head, and I’m British to boot, (not known for our ability to let loose). I think a lot, process, mull things over, even ruminate sometimes (god help me) so to escape into a suruptious wiggle is quite liberating.  I highly recommend it. It’s worth a go. It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s more about how it makes you feel while you’re doing it.  Try it and see what happens….

With this in mind there’s seriouslythemovie.com’s Dance Where You Are Day on the 18th September where all you have to do, whereever you are and whatever your doing is to just start dancing at 12 noon. The details can be got by following this link seriouslythemovie.

It might be a really good opportunity to start your own morning wiggle ritual at 12 noon (who knows) …

N.B Seriouslythemovie is , as they put it ‘ a creative documentary that turns the work ethic on its head and reveals how vital play is to our health, happiness, and the future of life’. You’ll find the taster video for the movie here in one of my posts.

Now, here in England that will make it some ungodly hour (I think) but the idea is a good one: it’s about being spontaneous and alive and wiggly and playful; and, playfulness is always a great conduit for creativity which can never be a bad thing.

Inspiration Point: PLAY! Seriously!

28 Aug

Something to think about and be inspired by:

Check out the Seriously! Website

ArtiPeeps’ Inspiration Pointers

6 Aug
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  • Follow Your Bliss- Bring Forth What Is Inside You
  • Be You-live for something
  • Connect to Source
  • Enthusiasm brings Creative Energy
  • Love, and do what you will
  • You Are Not the Roles You Play
  • Separate Your Thoughts from the Situation
  • Exercise Your Mind With Strong Determination: diligently, patiently persistently (and playfully). Choose with awareness, equanimity & Wisdom
  • The soul attracts what it loves and fears
  • Cherish Your Vision- Follow with Courage and Self-Reliance
  • Until You Face how You Feel Not What You Should Feel Healing Can’t Begin
  • Counter Your Negative Belief With A Positive One
  • Every thought matches what you give back
  • Creator or Victim/ Procrastinator or Creator?
  • Be-Do-Have- Happy With that Which We Are
  • Sit With Discomfort without trying to fix it
  • Flexibility and openness bring strength
  • Prefer the choice to not doing at all, then do it wholeheartedly
  • Have a safety net of compassion
  • Be kind. act like your ideal of your self: now
  • Connect to your intention-with discipline, wisdom, love and surrender
  • Say Yes To Life
  • How can you serve?
  • Use Your Signature strengths every day (see Authentic Happiness link in  the link list)
  • What one can be one must be
  • Embrace your imperfections
  • Count Your blessings
  • Plunge In, not to fear mistakes
  • Embrace Uncertainty
  • Live with Integrity Following your Source
  • Relate to your vision with deep knowing and not fear
  • Never let a negative thought complete itself
  • See only what you wish to experience

Inspiration Point: Happy Books

1 Aug

 Click on the link below and find a list of some interesting books to read on  HAPPINESS 😉

Happiness Books

I’ve also posted two new videos on the Inspiration Page: one your calling and another of Viktor E. Frankl on man’s search for meaning.

Frankl was a  psychologist who survived the holocaust in Auschwitz and then wrote a classic book called ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’. It’s a real must- read.

Here’s a great quote:

‘Don’t aim at success-the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run- in the long run- I say ! success will follow you precisely because you have forgotten to think about it.’

Some Inspirational Quotes

12 Jun

The Ultimate source of a happy life is the attention we pay to our inner values….The Dali Lama

Lean into Fear,face it head on, trust your courage and life will create options for you……

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