Intuitive Collage
October 18, 2016

In late August, I attended an Intuitive Collage workshop being offered by Ann Bidstrup of Heart Art . The purpose of the workshop was to gain a greater appreciation of what is significant to us at this time through a process of inquiry leading to the creation of a series of collages. From time to time, Ann offers workshops based on art therapy practices where the process of creating takes precedence over the finished work. Another similar workshop was Inspirational Beads which I attended in 2011.

The process of creating the collages was simple, but intense. The first stage of the process was collecting images from magazines. Putting the logical part of our brains to one side, we cut out images which attracted our attention. No over thinking here, just collecting images which said ‘Pick me, pick me.’

The next stage was sorting through the images and selecting a few which had the strongest attraction. Choosing one image to work with, we began the process of internal inquiry, imagining ourselves within the image and exploring how it had meaning or significance for us. We wrote down our thoughts until we could give a name to the image which signified its connection to us at this time.

The final stage was assembling the collage using other images which complemented the theme of the dominant image. The images were glued to card 13cm x 20cm.

During the full day workshop, I created three collaged cards.


This first card is titled ‘Phoenix’.

As my role of aunt has diminished, I am undergoing a period of transition, letting go of the old and creating new roles for myself here in Castlemaine.


This card is ‘Joy’.

The cheeky frog represents the joyful aspects of my life at present. I chose the hot, happy colours to complement this theme.



The title of the final card is ‘Survival’.

I am reminded to pay attention to those things in life which assist with my survival – which keep me functional in this world.


Yoga Inspirations
March 7, 2015


On Tuesday mornings I travel to Mt. Franklin about 25 minutes from my home to attend a gentle Dru Yoga class in my teacher’s studio on her rural property.

The class is attended by 4 mature aged women.  Dora adapts the yoga postures and movements to accommodate our abilities.

Yoga encourages the quality of mindful presence. The attention is focused on the movements of the body and the breath which can allow us to engage more deeply with how we are feeling in our bodies and with our emotions.

During a recent yoga class two of the sequences proved to be especially powerful on the day.

I had the vivid experience of the image I have drawn during the Tree of Transformation sequence

There was a sense of complementary pieces locking together to form a harmonious whole, the energy of which generated the shining light.

Whilst performing the Salutation to the Four Directions sequence, we were asked to concentrate on the qualities we wanted to have in our lives at present. The qualities which manifested for me were:

Power – self mastery, standing in my power

Gratitude – acknowledging my gratitude for the good things in my life

Compassion – for myself and others

Play – making sure there is a healthy dose of fun, play and creativity in my days.

Gazing At The Moon
January 2, 2014


Gazing at the moon,

Singing to the stars,

We stare into the night,

Small specks on the face of this earth.DSCN2689


The Eye
August 25, 2013

DSCN2444This painting was created by applying acrylic paint to canvas and then glad wrap (cling wrap or cling film depending on where you are from) was laid over the wet paint and scrunched and folded so the paint gathered in the folds. The glad wrap was left on the painting until  (semi) dry and then peeled off.

I made this painting at a workshop and each student had fun seeing what shapes had been created at random. In my painting, there was the unmistakable shape of an eye which stared down at me at work for a number of years and then joined me at home when I retired.



Collage: Reiki Flowers: 20th August 2012
July 28, 2013

DSCN2414This recently completed collage reminds me how reiki can open our hearts and minds to new possibilities.

If we become deeply relaxed during a reiki healing, the normal constraints and barriers of our thinking may fall away giving space for new ideas, altered attitudes, creative solutions and new perspectives to emerge. Walls we have built around our hearts may dissolve allowing us to feel openly and deeply in a safe, nurturing space.

This collage is inspired by imagery experienced during a reiki healing.

Now Castlemaine is my home, I am seeking ways to practise reiki in this community. I am interested in using reiki in a volunteering capacity and in sharing reiki healings with other practitioners.



Charcoal Drawing: The Downs of Change
October 17, 2012

Messrs. Fear and Anxiety, my old friends, why are you visiting now?

Here I am pursuing my next adventure full of confidence and excitement

When you decide to remind me of my vulnerability and deep seated insecurities

Giving me a sharp reality check

Gnawing away at my belly

Robbing me of rest, peace of mind and my appetite.

I know when I set the right course,

You will release your grip and depart.

And I can get on with it.

I have sold the house where I have lived for 25 years and am in the process of packing up and moving to Central Victoria. Last week, it all became too real and I have been dealing with a sick, anxious stomach. Some things never seem to change. 

My internal landscape over the past week – not good!


Heart Song: 13th September 2012
September 25, 2012

Mary is making magic with her cello

Weaving a tapestry of sound

Passionate, emotional

Sobbing, singing, subdued and swelling

We listen in rapt attention

The music surging around us

My heart joins the song.

Mary Knights-Rutten conducts a sound healing group at Selby Community House. 


Reiki Egg: 30th July 2012
August 19, 2012

When we are receiving a reiki healing, we may become deeply relaxed. In this state, memories and emotions which are normally part of our inner landscape may rise to claim our attention.

We may be deeply moved by the experience and tears will be shed.

In some instances, the memories or emotions are challenging or confronting. Reiki is benign, creating a safe space to deal with and release these memories or emotions.

Some people may need to do further work with the support of a counsellor.

This drawing is inspired by imagery experienced during a reiki healing.


Sound Meditation, 22nd May 2012: Mountain
August 5, 2012

Standing upright, we embody our mountain qualities

Far sighted, clear sighted

Rooted deeply in the earth, our summits in the cool, clean air,

Within our core lie hidden treasures awaiting discovery.

We have weathered the onslaughts of flood, fire, storm and earthquake,

Yet, we continue to stand firm on our foundations.

We provide shelter and sanctuary for many,

Protecting those who depend on us.

For eons, we have observed the passing of night and day,

the passage of sun, moon and stars.

We are beacons of light

Banishing shadows and illuminating our world.

The art work and writing in this post were inspired by the theme of one of the meditation classes I conduct at The Basin Community House.

I incorporate the sound of healing bowls in the meditations.


In Memory
July 24, 2012

The Glory of Life is Love

The Glory of Life is not that it endures forever,

 but that, for a time,

it includes so much that is beautiful.

It is a tree to those who grasp it,

and happy are all who retain it.

Its ways are ways of pleasantness,

and all its paths are peaceful.

We do not demand that the flower shall never die,

nor that the song shall never end.

Nor would we be angry with life because one day its beauty will be dust,

its music silent, and all its laughter and tears forgotten.

Life, the reality, is ours: we would shape it as nobly as we can.

We will not linger, like timid sailors in port,

but will live dangerously, devoting ourselves with vigour

to what seems to us good, beautiful and true.

The Glory of  Life is Love. Unending.

This reading formed part of the Fernlea House commemorative celebration held on the 8th of July 2012 to honour the memory of those guests, staff and family members who had died over the past 12 months. 

I dedicate this reading to the memory of my aunt, Anne, who died of cancer on the 16th of July 2012.

 Anne and I took great pleasure in wandering around gardens which opened during the Festival of Gardens held every two years in and around Castlemaine.

We lingered and admired the gardens lovingly created by their owners,

We sniffed perfumed blooms and picked dead heads from the irises,

We sat on garden seats, gazing dreamily into the distance deep in contemplation,

We chatted to the owners, patted their cats, dogs and alpacas and startled the goldfish,

We sipped cups of tea and sampled scones and slices.

Anne’s day was not complete until she returned to the car laden with the plants she had purchased.