Saturday, January 29, 2011

What's Love Anyway?

I created new Squidoo lenses today.
My first lens is about inspiring art and has been around for a couple of years.
Today I added a lens on how love is expressed in art.
I imagined it would be easy to find beautiful art on this topic, but with Valentine's Day around the corner, the images do not exceed the simple heart drawings by much. And this topic is of course quite a big one ...
Especially the question of "unconditional love" is an interesting one. I do not like the negative in the "unconditional". It would be more like "real love" or "genuine love" or maybe even "free love", although the last one also has some strange associations ...
Love that just is ...
In reality it is quite a mystery in my view as to why you like/love some people or animals and others you just don't. It seems to be happening in the very first moment and it rarely changes. Even when you start to appreciate and respect someone you did not like to start with, that natural feeling of ease and "unconditional" seems hard to command ... I wonder what your thoughts are on this?


So having started on a quite multifaceted topic, it seems to be even more challenging to find the appropriate art. I find many images of beautiful scenery that are tagged "love". Does that mean that the scenery itself is love? In my view it more reflects the feelings it evokes in the onlooker ...
Wondering why love can be so complicated ...


You'll be happy to find that my other topic is on original art on daily life products, a Zazzle page. I am mainly featuring art by other artists on products. And then just those that in my view enhance the use of the product because of the beautiful art that is on them ... Enjoy! :-)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

News

I have expanded my services for animal healing. Whereas I used to do only healings for cats, now healings for other animals are also available.
Also the Reconnection® and the "in person" Reconnective Healing® sessions are back! :-)
And new is the option to pay through PayPal.


You can find all about it on http://www.annevis.com/. Check it out, the site is completely updated! :-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Magic everywhere ...

Last week I was on a roadtrip south of San Francisco with a friend, when at some point we got lost and decided to ask someone for directions. Little did we know we were about to enter the magical world of Mattie Leeds. The sign just said something like pottery, but this place is far more than that. It goes beyond anyone's wildest dreams. This place talks of passion, color, life, imagination, travel and a sensual sexuality.
Mattie created this fantasy world in collaboration with other people over a period of many years. It was a delight to meet such an inspired and talented artist as well as gifted craftsman.
Oh, and by the way ... Mattie looks about thirty years younger than his actual age and shared his secret with us: it's the clay! Just so you know ...  :-)
Also part of our company was another new friend:
Yes, I know it sounds strange for those of you who have been following my blog for the last couple of years, but I have actually befriended a dog! :-)
As a true cat-person, this is a completely new development.
What happened was that my new friend took me to her house and instructed me on how to handle the dog in the best way. It was quite a long story and already from a distance the barking was audible ... So I have to admit that I did not quite look forward to meeting the dog ... it sounded more like "Beware of the Dog!" ...
So the door went open and the barking was louder and you guess it already: I instantly forgot all the instructions as the dog started to jump up on me! I really do not like it when dogs do that, so I told her off in good Dutch ... and to my amazement she instantly stopped jumping and barking. But even more than that: she turned to show her belly, all feet up in the air ... So tell me ... is it possible to not fall in love at that moment ... ? I was so surprised!

I still blame the horses for the change.

I keep seeing them everywhere.
Even in the city of San Francisco they seem to be all over. Saturday I came across two horses with policewomen in the Marina. They walked right up to me and asked if I would like to say hi to the horses! Then I continued to Fort Mason and guess who were waiting for me as I walked out: the same two horses! They put their foreheads against my forehead, it felt like a warm embrace ...



The horses seem to affect my art inspirations in the sense of creating combinations of different animals:
These images take a lot of time to create and as I am currenly on a laptop, it goes even slower ... please be patient ... new artwork will come, but not as regularly as before ...