there’s a fire burning in my heart.

if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me. – pablo neruda






house of cards.






stars and stripes.





oil on canvas.

I forgot how I much i used to love to paint. I just found a photo of some of my old paintings. I guess I just make photos these days and because it’s my passion, my career, my staple, I’ve kind of put all my energy into that. But I’ve forgotten all the other medians I used to enjoy. I might have to do it again 🙂 Here’s a photo I found of some of my old paintings..

at the end.

“A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man dies just one.”

MANA.

The Haka is so beautiful. “It is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge.” When you see the haka performed, it gives you chills. It is a practice full of mana. I watched the kids from the military school preform the haka today for their family and friends and to watch them harness their power and their pride was incredibly moving.

mamiya

I finally figured out how to use my mamiya. Hello medium format!



mother earth, father sky.

It is not our birth right to consume and waste. It is our birth right to replenish what we use. Indigenous societies had it right from the get go; that we are an inherent part of the natural world, the earth is our mother and the sky is our father – we are all related – so we must treat the planet like our family.

In Hawaii, father sky (Wakea) and mother earth (Papa) make love when the clouds are touching the mountains and the rain is the semen that fertilises the earth. How beautiful <3

done.

I’ve listened to others peoples opinions my whole life and now, I’m done. I don’t care about what you think about me. If it’s negative, I want nothing to do with it. I will not validate it by crying or thinking about it for months and months. I will no longer welcome that sort of negativity into my life. I stand firm by the decisions I make. I am a grown person with my own convictions, I can look after myself. I must take charge of my own life. I will love myself, fully. I will not let you shake the foundations on which I stand.

However, to those of you who are bright lights in my life, who support me and do not judge me, who love me. I am more than grateful for everything you are and everything you have done. Exulted, are you. Liberated, am I.

be free water child.


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