Rachael Chatoor…”Imagine” A Tribute to John Lennon

I met the beautiful Rachael Chatoor on Facebook. Her music inspires me. Her voice is simply gorgeous! I admire musicians as you all know but Rachael is more than a musician, she is a singer, songwriter, artist, mom, inspirational girlfriend and the list goes on! As you will see she is also gorgeous inside and out! Today I wanted to share with you the talent of Rachael as my musical interlude…

Imagine ~ Tribute to John Lennon. 


Performers:
Vocal : Rachel Chatoor.
Backup Vocal : Lai and Rachel.
Ukulele : Lai.

Electric Guitar : Lai and Mary.
Acoustic Guitar : Tim ( Wirzardeal).
Piano : Ben ( dbiribd ).
Drum Program : Lai.
Bass : Lai.
Video&Audio Editing : Lai.How it’s made :
“I sent my backing track to all artists to use to sync our tempo and timing, they all perform their acapella video( backing track was not heard when they film themself) and they sent me their video’s finally I put them together.
Video and Audio fx were used of course” ~ Rachael
Here are a few links so you can keep in touch with the Beautiful Rachael~

Artist ~ Robert Westerholm

Yesterday I chose to write about Artist Kathy Kromer, today I would like to write about another Artist that I have admired my entire life, my Dad, Robert Westerholm. Today is my Dad birthday so I thought it was fitting to write about him on this special day.

Happy Birthday Dad!

My Dad is one of the most creative people I have ever known. Born and raised in Vancouver, he attended the old Vancouver School of Art and is known primarily for his finely detailed pen and ink drawings. I draw stick people. I may not have inherited his artistic talent in the art sense but I know for sure I got his sense of humour and passion for writing, so I’m happy! :)

Since my daughter was very little she loved to sit and draw with my Dad and it’s becoming apparent that she too got the artistic gene from him. My Dad wanted to posted a painting Jordan did on his website when she was 6 and when he asked her permission to display it, her only concern was that he was going to put his name on it and not give her credit! lol Random thought here but have you ever played Pictionary with an artist? You NEVER win when you are paired up with them but man does their picture ever look real! lol Like Kathy Kromer my Dad became an artist through perseverance and practise, which basically means Never Give Up!

My Dad is also a writer, I think I was lucky to get a sliver of his genetics in that department! His words are like reading poetry, so visually descriptive, obviously coming from a man with an incredible imagination! Check out his website Caterwauls or his original blog Caterwauls if you would like to laugh out loud, get lost in his imagination, or be stimulated by his thought process, all of the above will happen depending on how much time you spend meandering through his site. His advice to me when I started on my writing adventure was to just go for it! I have a lot to learn but I think that’s the best part!

His artwork has been in many different Galleries over the years and is recognized by his detailed Vancouver scenes. But if art, music and writing weren’t enough to stir his creative juices, maybe acting will, perhaps you will recognize his handsome face from commercial, print and film work he’s done! What I love about my Dad the most is that he just keeps going, reaching and searching for what stimulates his mind and stirs the creative soul he was born with! I am very proud of my Dad as you can see and love spending time with him just talking about stuff. When I am in his presence there is never a dull moment! He has always inspired me to follow my heart with a wide open mind! I love you Dad! xo

On The Fraser by RC Westerholm (copyright)

The Yoyo by RC Westerholm (copyright)

Western Breeze by RC Westerholm (copyright)

Vancouver by RC Westerholm (copyright)


In Search of the Elusive Soulmate ~

Women are hard wired to find love, some of us crave it like we crave dark chocolate, and why not because love is D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! We are forever on a quest for romance. We are drawn to the intoxicating fumes our elusive lover exudes, as he invisibly drifts by. When we do connect we are completely mesmerized by the chemistry that is created when we touch. When in search of the elusive soulmate it’s important to visualize exactly how you want him to make you feel.

I am reading a new book right now and in it there is a chapter about attracting your soulmate. Before you’re ready to cross paths with this energy whether it be male or female you have to put your order in, the more specific the better. I don’t need male energy in my life but I definitely want it. The search for the elusive soulmate is no different from any other journey we set out on. It’s important to smell the pheromones along the way!

I joked about my journey last month and wrote a post called Eat Eat Eat Pray Love , (got caught up in the eat part a little longer than I had planned lol) I am ecstatic to say I’ve moved forward and feel like I am now on the Pray part, my ass thanks me!

According to the book I’m reading you don’t just have one soulmate. What a massive relief that was to hear! The book is, and don’t laugh unless you’ve read it cover to cover, “The Idiot’s Guide Connecting with Your Angels” I don’t know why I think any of you would laugh because it’s a great book, maybe it’s the Idiot’s Guide part that sounds weird. I walked into Indigo books, and was lead right to it like it was calling out my name, so I had to buy it! I also bought “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Chakras“, and have “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Toltec Wisdom“, are you seeing a pattern here! Either 1) I’m a complete idiot or 2) I love the format of these books because of their reference style qualities and I’m intrigued! Pick one and get the books, you will see what I mean! (I’ve added a link so you don’t have to search for them :) Just click on the picture of the book that is speaking to the idiot in you!)

According to The Idiot’s Guide to Connecting with Your Angels’ to help initiate finding your soulmate you should start by asking your angels to help you on your journey. Then, buy a journal that you’re ‘drawn’ to, think of the qualities you want your soulmate to possess, write one quality on each page, concentrate and read each one three times, ask the angels to fill your wish, trust and believe in divine timing and let it go, oh and don’t forget to thank your angels!

I was going to put my list of qualities I hope he possesses but I am not sure if there is enough room! :) But I will give you a few examples of what’s important to me ~ passionate about me and his work (in that order), great sense of humour, smiling eyes, inner strength and incredible sexual chemistry! Don’t knock it till ya try it!

I found this beautiful silk artwork while looking for a picture to add to my post, it’s called ‘Soulmates’ by Artist Lena Reznikova, I had to add it!

Click on the book that piques your interest!

Flowers of You!

This type of post is usually Jacquie’s territory but when I read about this artist in More magazine I was moved to want to share his work with you.

His name is Robert Blehert and he lives and works in Seattle.  When I visited his website I was surprised at how diverse his art is.  His collections include impressionism, portrait, sports, figurative, still life, animal and floral, but it is his floral gallery that really caught my attention.
His floral website www.flowersofyou.com explains it best:

Artist, Robert Blehert, paints portraits of women – not in the traditional style of painting women showing their physical likeness – but painting them in FLOWERS.  He captures the “essence”  – and paints their “essence” on canvas as he views it.  They are flower portraits done of women.

Robert talks with them in person or by phone, or hears about a particular woman or girl, and then using a highly textured acrylic style of painting, rapidly captures that person’s “essence”, spirit or personality on canvas.

“It is quite magical what happens when I do this”, says Robert.  “Women I have only talked with for 30 seconds and painted in this manner are telling me things like, ‘those are the exact colors I love and use in my home‘, or, ‘If I saw 100 paintings this is the one I would buy‘”.

Many women who have had their “essences” painted in this way, have stated that it made them feel more beautiful, more special, and more confident about who they are.  In this day and age it’s refreshing to hear results like this without the necessity of sprays, lotions, etc.

In Robert’s own words: “It’s the most spiritual pursuit of all my art endeavors”.

“I’ve always appreciated the beauty of women.” says Blehert. “Not just their physical beauty, but the creative beauty.” The project started when he set out to create a gift for a female friend.

What a wonderful concept.  I would love to see his interpretation of my own essence in the form of a floral painting.  A portrait of my soul; how cool is that?!




“It feels loose and free like the flowers were volunteers in a meadow.  Nothing cultivated or manicured!  It has a sense of “Spontaneous”.  I tend to act on emotion and the immediate feeling around me.” – Sharon


Meet Artist Laurie Koss

Laurie Koss

Meet Laurie Koss.  Here is some history for you before I begin.  I have known Laurie’s sister Jane Eagle (Smith) since I was 11.  We giggled our way through Jr High School together.  I spent endless summer days playing Marco Polo in Jane and Laurie’s pool.  Her family was so easy to be around.  I was so excited when I reconnected with Jane recently on facebook  because we were Best friends through some really memorable years.  They both look exactly the same to me which makes me giggle some more.  Jane told Laurie that we had reconnected and the rest is history.  After adding Laurie to my facebook friends list I went to leave her a message and saw her stunning artwork.

I honestly couldn’t decide which painting I liked best!  Here are a few of Laurie’s beautiful paintings~

Laurie Koss Mum 8

Instead of relying on a flower’s most beautiful feature, its colour, Laurie’s paintings are pure and simple in form to me.  You really do see the beauty more clearly.  It’s nature with no distractions, pure and simple!  Laurie creates the neutral tones of her paintings as she works by mixing the paint on a simple palette of the three primary colours  red, yellow, blue and white.

Laurie Koss Begonia 7

“Is a flower still beautiful without colour?”  Yes!

Laurie Koss Begonia 2

And just in case you want a little bit of colour~

Laurie Koss New Mum 1

Laurie developed her love for art from her beautiful Mother, Mary Eagle, who they both get their incredible youthful genetics from!  She educated herself in commercial art, worked in the advertising field and has a Bachelor of Education with a Major in Art.  Laurie also worked one on one with graphic artist Bob Steele who taught her that it is much easier to take a good colour photograph. Once you remove the colour and shoot in black and white you have to rely on the shape, form, light and dark, and movement to make it beautiful.  It is much more challenging to produce a beautiful black and white photograph.  Laurie has also taught High School Art.  You never know who you are going to meet or reconnect with, but we all have an inspiring story if we take the time to see it.

Thank you for letting me show your Artistic Talent here on Tara Cronica Laurie your work is “Beautiful and Pure!”

Laurie’s artwork can be seen at Hambleton Galleries in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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What Makes You Feel Grounded

Bonnie Johnson's PostI think it is really important to ones well-being to feel grounded.  If you do not feel grounded then you feel out of balance, stressed, harried and scattered.

When I was in my twenties and early thirties I often felt like I was ungrounded.  Life just managed to pull me in too many directions at once.  My trick to get back to feeling grounded in those days was to go and stay with my grandparents for awhile.  They always lived in out of the way quiet places and their life style was slow and calm.  It felt so good to melt in with their pace for awhile.  Now that they are both gone I have had to come up with other ways to feel grounded.

I think being grounded means that our body and mind are integrated and to accomplish that it’s important to take yourself out of your own head a bit.  Most of us live too much in our heads and lose awareness of the rest.  I’ve discovered a whole bunch of different ways to feel grounded again and here are a few of my favourites:

1.  Notice nature.  Even little things like walking on the grass barefoot, studying a spider at work in its web, watching a robin pull a worm, playing with my dog, etc.

2.  Hanging out with my best friend.  Talking or not.  Just being with someone you know so well and trust completely can be very therapeutic.

3.  Cuddling with my husband.   Feeling love wrap around you…can it get any better than that?!

4.  Meditating.  Breathing deeply and focusing on nothingness.  Can’t feel scattered when you do that.

5.  Exercising to great music.  That’s why I love going to Zumba class so much.

How about you Jacquie and Tracy?  What makes you feel grounded?

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In high school I remember being introduced to basic psychological concepts having to do with maintaining mental equilibrium and what could happen it they were to suddenly disappear.  We all intuitively accept that when we go to sit on a chair it’s going to hold us up.  We have implicit trust in the structural integrity of that chair not to let us fall.  Sure, sometimes a leg does break and we take a tumble, but we can rationalize that it was old, or a joint gave way, and so we don’t lose faith that the next time we bend to sit that chair will hold firm again.  Can you imagine what life would be like if we couldn’t trust these basic tenets?  Frightening.  We’d be second guessing every step we’d want to take or every move we’d want to make and our nerves would be shot.

So,  faith and trust ground me when I feel I’m starting to float away and lose that gravitational pull.  Faith that the people I love know my heart and understand me, and trust that most people in my life really do have the best of intentions and are honest and intrinsically good.  If I didn’t believe this then it would be like living in a vacuum.

Being grounded is not a natural state for an artist, I think.  I’m always on the move, dreaming and scheming and planning and pushing, and this sometimes leads to feeling disappointed and adrift.  Setting up the easel and painting is good way for me to refocus, but it’s ultimately the conviction of my own thoughts that gets me back on track.   Whatever method you use to eliminate distractions it’s still your own head that makes the choice between calm and confusion.   The trick is to be honest with yourself, even if you can’t be with others.  Ask yourself the hard questions and expect hard answers.  It’s the only way to grow.

TracyGreat topic Bonnie, especially because after spending 10 days with you and John I felt just that.  It’s so important to stay grounded and finding ways to do that is the key.  For a free spirited Aquarian that can sometimes be difficult.

What makes me feel most grounded is when I spent time with close friends.  I always leave feeling grounded and centered once again.  Certain people in my life just seem to have a grounding effect on me.  Life can so easily get out of balance with how busy we make our lives, so you have to take time with those who bring you back to your roots.

My kids ground me daily and show me what is most important in life, which is living in the moment and just opening your eyes to what is right in front of you!

When I help someone I also feel a sense of grounding, it makes you realize that the little things in life that you do for others makes your life feel balance just a little bit more.  Meditation is also a great way to get reconnected to the earth.  My favorite form of meditation is running while listening to inspirational music.  After a good long run I feel like my slate has been cleared.

Transferable Skills

After Bonnie posted that ohhh so yummy article,  A “Shout Out” to the Hard Workin Men, it made me start to think of what attracts me to a job.

I would have to say it’s the people.  I have had many different jobs in my 30 years of employment and it’s not always been about what I did, but who I did it with.  Here are a few samples of the people I got to work next to.  Landscapers ~ nature lovers that are not afraid of getting dirty or hard work.  Actresses ~ a quirky bunch that all dance to the  beat of their own drum.  Models~ equal pretty friends which attract cute guys…no brainer (I was young)  Stand-ins~ otherwise know as ‘second team’ training to be ‘first team’.

You’re probably wondering why I’ve called this post ‘transferable skills’.  Well, let me tell you.  A great friend of mine, Barry Peters (awesome wardrobe guy in the film industry) and I were getting super silly on set one night, having been in the same room with the same air for 12 hours straight, and so we started to think  about what we would do if our jobs suddenly came to an end.  I was ‘standing in’ and he was ‘on set wardrobe’.  A stand-in takes the place of the actor, child or dog for lighting purposes, while the real talent goes to hair, make-up, craft services, or if they just don’t feel like coming out of their warm trailers.  Barry and I started to think of what we would transfer from our jobs into the real world.

Let’s see… I could hold a pose or win a staring contest hands down or walk up to a ‘T’ tape mark on the floor without looking down and come within an inch of hitting it.  I could recreate an entire scene, with or without lines (maybe not as well as the actress hired, but hey, you get what you pay for).  I could  photo double someone.  (For what, you ask?  I’m not sure, either, but I got paid really well to do it in the movies!)  But best of all I could be really really quiet in a room full of people making funny faces at me!  Put that into your computer base and see what job pops out!

Perfect match !!!! Photo doubles make up test

Barry’s transferable skills were primping and dressing someone if they needed his help.  He could suggest outfit combinations, futz with collars and tuck in tags (we’ve all been there before!) and he was exceptionally good with a lint brush ~ and soooo fast!

Barry

Barry and our film set family had a lot of laughs out loud (when they weren’t rolling) so you see, although I didn’t have any real transferable skills it was the people who attracted me to the job, not the ridiculously large pay cheque that I got for doing absolutely nothing! (that’s a joke)

What I look for in a job is pretty basic.  Great people who love what they do!  I think there are certain jobs that you can take anywhere hence ‘transferable skills’  ie: Construction worker, Artist, Musician, Writer, Doctor.  You get the picture.

What attracted me to help create  Tara Cronica with Bonnie and Jacquie was this:  I am exploring with my partners, using my voice while finding lyrical beauty in everyday happenings! (Sounds familiar)  I get to spend time with two beautiful intelligent women! (beautiful intelligent women = handsome intelligent men …again no brain-er! Some things never change) I’ve finally found my passionate purpose and I get to do it with great friends, it just doesn’t get better than that!   Cheers to all of you with transferable skills and passionate purpose !

Tracy