Friday, 23 October 2015

The clocks of time

Thankfully the British Summer time clocks go back, but not far back enough for me. Fall is my favourite time of year because of the changes nature goes through and watching it happen is something special.
So I can't wait for my extra hour and always want to do something in that hour instead of missing it as I normally do.
Boy, do I need spare time.

What is spare time?
I have no idea, it keeps going out for a wander and taking my mind with it.

But if I had any spare time at all, it would be to go bungee jumping in Honolulu, scuba diving in the Maldives, or climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro. Actually that sounds all wonderful but how it would really go is someone like this. I would have a lazy morning in bed with the sun singing through welcoming the day in. The sheer thought of knowing I'm not going anywhere in a hurry or doing anything in particular sounds like perfection to me. Just taking the time for myself to have a mosey around the garden, speak to the cats/kids when I bump into them and the most worrying thought would be along the lines of deciding what time to go on a nature walk later that day.

In fact it is a bit of a shock to me when people who say they are bored, are not at the very least learning how to speak Swahili, Mandarin Chinese, or knocking out Mandarin Caprioska for breakfast Mary Berry style.
Jokes aside, this time lark is a funny old business.

Time is indeed going quicker and quicker, for me anyway, and I thought it was because my life was so fulfilling, but apparently it isn't!
The reason why it seems that time goes quicker can be explained scientifically. (Leans to skeptic side here) Scientists explain it like this: As you get older your memory capacity shrinks and you have less memory cells, so you don't hold as much information.

Therefore the older you get, the less time you think you have, because you don't store it as well. But you wouldn't remember all that anyway, so let's not worry too much.
I still feel as if I am missing out, hmm.
It doesn't impress me  and thank you Miss Know it all, who was so keen to tell the 'oldies' she worked with.
We had only happened to mention how Christmas/Easter comes around so much quicker these days (when you are over 40).
Read links at bottom of this blog to find out why you may think time is actually fleeting you as you get older.

An extra hour's luxury In October.

As I sat writing a blog on the day the clocks went back in October 2014  (yes, and time has flown by since then) I realised the day had once again completely disappeared.
 I could have sworn I was only onto my second cup of coffee since awakening from a refreshing sleep (which was an hour longer, so I had to have noticed that surely).

Nope, I slept right through that particular luxury. On checking times on mobiles and clocks and so forth when I first awoke, the time showed the usual time I get up, which was 7.30am, and first thoughts were good.
I still had to change the clocks back as I had forgot to do so before retiring to bed. Oh how lovely I thought, an extra hour to do what I wanted to do, in a time that I had to do it, and all at a leisurely pace. I had really looked forward to this time all week, as I am always rushing about and never ever have enough time in the day etc. So this was going to be me right back on track, this extra hour. I would spend it meditating, soothing my mind (and it needed soothing) and easing it into the day with a leisurely lie-in and an even longer coffee time before the world started to nag at me.  But the clocks had tricked me. They had automatically changed back themselves! How very dare they! Wasn't I in control over when they changed. I could set it 2 hours back if I saw fit. I didn't. My mind still lives in the days where you had to manually change them back yourself, none of this internet signal lark. Otherwise we will be sitting up waiting at 2.00am to see if they have changed automatically, because we will not be entirely sure that they will do so!

So I would like to decide what goes on in my house, thank you very much Greenwich Mean Time, and you can take your signals through the airwaves, or whatever changes the time automatically these days and put your heads together to think of something more useful to do, like tell the correct time, and not adjust it twice a year.

So where does this time go? The time leaves us and goes to the young ones, as they seem to have oodles of the stuff.
What do I do with my time? I create and work on 3 websites, write, blog, illustrate and promote, Then I schedule so many items in on 10 sites it is scary. So I have to schedule everything in really well to get through my work load. All subject to change of course, as it is with any family and also when life gets in the way. I also spend time in my amazing new group colouring with colour (I go here to get away from it all but don't tell anyone).
I love to illustrate, watercolour, colour, design templates and learn new skills in design and video. But most of all I love spending time with the family, looking at art and nature. Autumn is my perfect time, so I am taking time out to enjoy it. After all it will go by so quick, won't it?

I'm not entirely sure if  they even have the talking clock now.

When you need to know the precise time to the second. I hope I find the pause button soon, because it is definitely on fast forward at the moment. Time is a game played expertly by children, and over too soon for many.

Now in March we are told it should came in like a lion and out like a lamb ...but mostly it always seems to go out like a lion too. But they say the UK is going continental now. The little tin island is looking uncannily like the continent in a manner of speaking in regards to the weather. And who listens to the weather forecast these days anyway? Well, we still find ourselves looking it up online, or listening to it on the TV or radio. But we know they are mostly wrong. We know we have as much chance of getting it correct as those in the know with their satellite systems.
Because they are always wrong, and we are always right. You should always listen to your Auntie Mary when her arthritis plays up. You know there is a storm heading your way when she hollers.

Years gone by were totally different. It rained all the time. That all started the year that number 1 tune came out about 'brella ella's' I will not mention the full title in case it.. you know.. changes the weather again.
Although that year we did get a freak week of sunshine somewhere in the middle. So I will try not to be too English and complain about the weather too much. I shall complain about the time instead. Yes, those sleep robbing gits! Do us out of an hours sleep in March.  That's a vital hour for most people. The farmers these days have a lot more high tech equipment so they do not need an extra hour daylight! What do they do with it anyway?
I know!
They are spending the extra hour in bed!

Read some fascinating links about the science behind the reason you actually think time goes too
quick.                      why-time-goes-by-faster-as-you-get-older

Why Time Feels Like It Passes Quicker as You Get Older

Links of interest to time.


Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Monday, 12 October 2015

There are no mistakes in art, find yourself and lose yourself at the same time. Art therapy.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton

For those who have never picked up a pencil or a paintbrush before, I hope you do after reading this.There are no mistakes in art, none, you are unique, free, and amazing
Article by Karen Emma Hall 

                                  Colouring in with Color

                If you were not aware by now, 'colouring in' is not just for children.

 'Coloring therapy', 'art therapy', 'colouring in' however you call it, is one of the newest crazes for adults to relax and soothe the soul. Adults all over the world are picking up art materials for the first time, be it a pencil, highlighter, gel pen, or the grand kids crayons and colouring in pictures from colouring books.

 Colouring has been shown to have so many benefits to the brain - learning, relaxation, stress relief, and neurologists say how it is recommended to their patients for better brain activity. It aids recovery of illnesses and gives us a better quality life, and can also deflect pain in some people as it is a distraction.

 Would you be at all surprised to know that colours and colouring in art takes us to a more chilled place, where the brain can take time to recuperate, heal and offer us pain relief? 

Your brain like a grand central spaghetti junction carries the trains with signal pulses to other parts of the body and brain. When stress jumps on board, the train speeds up, and can get jumbled up and even crash, like thoughts at high speed crashing around in your mind. 
Stress lowers your pain tolerance level, and those suffering have turned to adult colouring therapy art as an alternative way to distract the brain from the pain.
The stress train slows down, and you are more in control again, and before you know it stress has jumped off way back yonder. 


Colouring is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Anyone who is creating by colouring or sketching or painting for example, is expressing their own artistic skills and once undertaken are greatly improve with use. 
Pathways in the brain then open up and tasks become easier or better controlled. 
What you notice is a great improvement of hand and eye co-ordination and fine motor skills, dexterity and the ability to do that task easier and quicker! 
Your co-ordination can improve and your precision. So when you have been colouring for a little time, you may see the difference between your first piece of art and your latest piece. Your latest piece may be neater or more intricate, showing you have improved your precision skills. The ability to make the pen flow better across your surface and in the place you want it.

The worlds gone colouring crazy, wooppee, we can all be a part of it. 
You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive the benefits. Never before has there been so many people picking up a coloured pencil for the first time! Yes, we are hunting out our children's/grandchildren's felt tips and pencils and crayons and using them ourselves! We have never had a better excuse to buy crayons and colouring books for the kids as we do now. Only this time, we are colouring in for OURSELVES as well. 
Every week we get many who are new to colouring therapy to our group. 
 Colouring in with color

The colouring treatment

Counsellors, therapists, and neurologists have understood and learned how colouring books can be used in treatment and rehabilitation. The way we feel and the benefits through massage and touch can be thought of in the same way as colouring and looking at art, as scientists and therapists have discovered. Only this time with colouring you are self healing.
Let me tell you this: brain scans show blood flow increases when doing some form of art or looking at pictures, and this means that health can be greatly improved when blood gets to certain areas in the brain and pain can diminish. That is a scientific fact and that can be a bit of a healing factor in someone's disability or pain. Remember these pathways are opening not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. When these three things work in unison, we have the right formula for a happier healthier quality of life.

Build up self-esteem 
If we build up a child's self -esteem by praising their newest artwork and pasting it on the door or on the fridge, why can't we do the same to our own? It is good for us and it is good for the children to see us more confident. After all we rub off a lot on them! 

Boost your own self-esteem by doing the same with your colouring or art as you would with your own child.
While you are creating you are managing your behaviours and feelings, and improve your self-esteem and awareness. What a lot you are learning while relaxing and stroking colours of your choice on paper. 

Counteract any negativity with positivity 
Anyone who pours a little negativity on your new hobby or your current colouring book hobby has not learned or understood the vast benefits of this art and should research to understand. Once they do they will be soon colouring themselves. 
Never let negativity of others bring you down especially if you are already vulnerable with one pain or another. Remember it is their negativity and it stays with them to deal with. Just distract yourself into a world of colour, and how you know it is working is when you go into another place, like a soothing balm of tranquillity, where pain is diminished or abates.

What a lot you are learning while relaxing and stroking colour of your choice on paper.
-Karen Emma Hall 

Creativity can take discontent and turn it into a wonder before your eyes 
-Karen Emma Hall 

The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.” ~Ezra Pound

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton


We have not long started this colouring group and we currently have 1.3K in the group already. Everyone is enjoying the free colouring pages on offer as well as the support and advice and mainly to take time out for a moment in the day to look at all the amazing posts and photos that get posted.
Posted from people like you, who may have just started colouring, or have enjoyed it for a while now.

Some just like to observe and enjoy others photos and pictures. Some like to post their pictures, and we love to see these (your older work and your work in progress also). The more pictures the better. We also offer people who are colouring give-aways and competitions regularly, details are always available in the group. Any questions please feel free to ask and you will find me there most days, a zen place for those new to colouring all the way through to advanced, we support each other.
We have had some amazing artists as members of colouring in with colour, Joanna Basford, Marjorie Sarnet,  Dover publications, Steve Squidoodle TurnerBennett Klien, Karlon Douglas, and many more I will be adding here in time. 

Since starting out, a friend and admin Carolin Palmer has started designing colouring books and is soon to have her first published colouring book. (All this in less than a month of the group opening)
Leigh Emery Shearin admin and friend is a photographer and posts some of the most awesome photos of her work as a Baker and Farmer ...well all I can say is  you must see them. I fell in love with them the moment I set eyes on her work and love it. Leigh's instagram photography of winterrestfarm
Tammy Atkinson is admin to the group and she is so supportive and loves to see your work and accepts many into the group. Tammy does some beautiful pictures. 
Steve Conoboy is an author and admin at Kid Literature.

 About Founder Karen Emma Hall 
I am an author/artist, founder of the kid literature platforms above on the menu bar.
I  love art and nature.
I have recently shared some FREE colouring pages with the group only and I am working on a colouring book. 
I love owls and cats and they appear in my books a lot. I have an owl  facebook page and an artist facebook page also. Both are on twitter and pinterest.

Pictures of  selected group members work will be going up soon and I can't wait!
Please join us here to see peoples colouring for the first time, to the advanced.
See what we are doing, what give-aways are taking place, and enjoy.

                                    Coloured by George Gordon from Colouring in with color group CIWC

  Coloured by Heidi Berthiamume from CIWC  group 

Coloured by Eustacia Robinson Pratt from CIWC group 

Coloured by Vermailene Joyce Barrios Artist Narelle Craven 

Coloured by Kirsty Wright from CIWC group.

Coloured by Lynn Rose from CIWC group 

Coloured by Sharron Wass from CIWC group

Coloured by Marti McArthur from CIWC group 

Coloured by Kaila Karg from CIWC group

                                            Coloured by Rachelle Jo Neihardt from CIWC GROUP

Coloured by Terri Tinkel from CIWC group 

Coloured by Anli Vd Merwe Engelbrecht from CIWC group 

Coloured by Holy Osler from CIWC group

The first give-away prizes. (Which has now finished and the draw has been done, and prizes posted and received).  Come and see some of the colouring we have done, post your own colouring, or photos of inspiration or art supplies. We love photos of your pets also. It is a very happy welcoming group and you may be inspired to colour yourself. Here we are > Colouring in with color group