Stay playful

Todays blogger is my beautiful Australian cousin Anna -

When I was 16 I spend a year with her parents and her other siblings in Sydney. Unfortunately Anna was born just 10 days after I went back to Denmark.  

Anna is one special lady – when she was 10 she sold rabbits and her horse to save up money to come to our wedding in Denmark. She travelled all alone and stayed for 1 month – and she really didn’t know any of us that well when she arrived. 

Her mother really wanted her to work in a bank….. can you believe it – besides being a new born artist she is one of Australias best dj’s and was recently named in Sydneys magazines one of the 100 most influential people.  She is currently living in L.A. with her husband enjoying the American dream and is deejaying her way through the country plus she has just released her own music where she is singing as well. 

I am so proud of her – she is pure beauty inside and out – enjoy the read – and take time to watch the little moovie with the 5 year old artist… AMAZING

x

C

Hi! I am Charlotte’s Australian Cousin, Anna. Charlotte asked me to write something that encapsulates the term ‘Everyday Magic’ to me!

The first thing that came to mind was my recently acquired hobby – painting!

Firstly, I would like to add a disclaimer- I am no Pablo Picasso. The last time i remember painting was in Junior school, and even then my Lizard looked like a frog.. but I, like most of you I’m sure have very fond memories of painting at school! The smell of the paint, the colours and the endless possibilities of a white piece of paper! As we grow older doing things like painting or drawing seem a little bit silly and childlike, surely we have much more important things to do, right? That would be a waste of time, when the vacuuming needs to be done and you’re to do list is of the hook, right?

Well, life is also supposed to be fun I am here to give you a free pass to act SILLY AND CHILDLIKE!

I am a firm believer that creativity is essential to all things! Being in touch with your creative brain makes you see problems in a different light, and If you happen to work in any remotely creative field, then the smallest ‘silly’ artistic act can greatly improve your ability to create masterpieces in other areas of your life!

For my birthday this year I bought myself a very cheap easel, a easel paper pad and some kids water paints off amazon (pictured above- it probably cost me only US$20 all up!) and I made a promise to myself to do at least one painting a week. I only spend ten minutes on them, I think very little about what I will draw – just mix some paints and jump into it! I never judge it or think, ‘thats crappy!’ because its purely for the fun of it. The joy of painting and letting my inner 6 year old run wild (swirling the colours together on the palatte is sometimes more fun that putting the paint to paper!)

Sometimes my friends or husband come and do a painting too, It really is a lot fun plus I am starting to think that some of the paintings aren’t even that bad!

If you need further inspiring watch this video of little 4 year old Australian artitst Aelita- how much fun does she look like she is having? LOTS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccPoUrLv4wo

And I know Charlotte will agree with me on this one…..

Happy Painting!!

X Anna

Want to know more about Anna and her work? – Check out her website here.