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artist therapy

please post your art works on this group,it could be poems,writing or paintings,please share your talent with others,lets create a group of peoples creative works namo amida bu

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Comment by Nimisha on January 2, 2013 at 17:19

Hello! I'm new to Tariki, and will probably post my poems, paintings here to share. 

Comment by Gina Howard on January 2, 2013 at 19:20

Hello Nimisha, so good to see you here. I am spurred on to share some of my creative expressions. Recently I have been involved along with a retired art teacher in setting up a group of folk getting together to "have a go" at different expressions.

I have spent years painting portraits of people and pets to help support the family but am exploring this much more free expressive form of mark making without the need to feel I must perform to certain standards or expectations.

Many of the people in our group have been sadly restricted in their creative expressions from childhood and are now ready to "break out" and like me are experimenting with all sorts of ideas and mediums.

It is truly therapeutic and so many of us feel so much less constrained and judgmental with our own and others' creative expressions.

I look forward to seeing some of your work.

http://www.creative-expression.moonfruit.com

Above is the web page I set up to show some of the work the group have been doing.

Comment by Nimisha on January 2, 2013 at 19:30

Hi Andrea! We are following each other :) It is so nice to be here! My first day on Tariki and I'm loving the camaraderie. 

Hi Gina, I paint for pleasure (at the moment!) and find that when friends try to commission a painting from me, i get very stuck and hit a mind-block almost immediately. I have never been able to paint on demand, or to timelines! I love creativity - i attempt poems as well, or at least did, in my youth which i will share with you all. I love the idea of free- spirited expression. I will visit the website and am very excited to see whats out there already. 

Comment by Nimisha on January 3, 2013 at 21:14

Hi Gina, here is some of my stuff...posting these here makes me want to go back downstairs and throw some more paint onto canvas :)...loved the website! great pics!

Comment by foto-SH on January 5, 2013 at 9:02

oh .. Nim ... its so beautiful .. I love the red .. more soon .. I found some friends I do paint in a special rythym .. I m glad that we both know us so long but gete closer by sharing things here .. have a good weekend .. I m going on a party soon ..

Comment by Gina Howard on January 5, 2013 at 11:05

Wow Nimisha these are amazing. The flow of colour and shapes, they are exciting images. Thank you so much for sharing these. I can see why you want to throw more paint on canvas you have a real talent. I have posted some of my work in the photo section under the album Creative Expressions but how you have posted here is such a great idea because it makes it available in this area and doesn't get lost amongst a whole bunch of other photos. Such a good idea. I will give it a go myself. Hope to see more of your work.

I am interested in exploring and experimenting with all sorts of mediums and techniques which is so freeing and fun. It has helped me to loosen up physically and mentally about art in general and in life. So different from my usual portraiture which is precise and detailed which reflects my other way of being. It has just dawned on me that it seems I can now be open or tight depending on what the moment needs, its great to be able to move from one to the other and that is really therapeutic for me.

Comment by coleen carpenter on January 6, 2013 at 17:38

Hey Gina - I wasn't allowed to do art at school because they wanted me to do languages and science. So I don't even have basic skills, but I'd like to just play here if i may? I love the pictures on your website.

My partner bought me a paint box and a sketch book on Tuesday and i've been making a lovely mess in it.

I've been playing with textiles for a few years - i like textures and bright colours. Again, it's not skilful stuff - but really good fun and very therapeutic. This is about the only drawing i've done since adult - i did it when i was in hospital and too weak to do anything else.

Comment by Gina Howard on January 6, 2013 at 20:51

Wow this is just great Coleen.What a lovely image and so fresh.

The bigger the mess in the paint box the better. I do much of my work on 1000gram wall lining paper, really cheap and can go very large.

I use childrens' ready mixed gouche paint straight from the bottle or cheap acrylics again straight from the tube and start squirting, brushing, rollering, getting my fingers in, sponging, scraping and just about anything I can think of. With such cheap materials I don't get precious about the work or the results which really helps me to loosen up. Have fun.

Likewise I didn't do art at school or college, my parents didn't think I could earn my living with art. But creativity will out when given the opportunity and its only recently that another side of creativity has emerged.

Hope to see more of your work.

Comment by Nimisha on January 8, 2013 at 22:32

I love the art on show here......I too never did Art at school. I never thought I was good enough...but it helped me relax, and it was therapy during a very tough period, and so i continued doing it for fun....I am only now starting to contemplate mixed media Gina, and look forward to relaxing about my work instead of being too measured and controlled. It is time for me to have some fun ! 

Comment by Gina Howard on January 9, 2013 at 12:46

Hello Nimisha, Did this a short while back. Its really big done on the lining paper with layers of ready mixed poster paints (gouache) and then scrapped with various palette knives. When doing it I felt a real sense of freedom and movement. And the result is just fine.

Enjoy having fun. Gina x

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OBITUARY- PERRY ISODORE IGOE

Friends, family and loved ones: greetings, and thank you for joining us for this celebration of the life of Perry Isadore Igoe.

Though we gather here today, bound by sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We were all privileged to live a life that has been touched by Perry. He possessed a number of extraordinary gifts, which he shared with us freely. None of these gifts, however, are more remarkable than his capacity for love in its purest, most sincere, and honest form. Love for his adored wife, his beloved daughters, his precious friends, and for nature that surrounds us all, especially the life breathed into us by the trees.

Perry was born August 1st 1963 and was very premature so spent the first six weeks of his life in an incubator where he captured the hearts of the nurses and midwives with his cuteness. The trademark infectious Perry smile is well known by all his friends and family so without a doubt, even as a baby he could melt hearts.

Growing up, he went to school in Braintree in Essex, where he lived with his mum Carol, his younger sister Tracey, and older brother Wayne.

Perry was severely dyslexic, so, as a young man, in a very lean job market, he looked for a practical career. He joined the RAF at 16 and served with them for 17 years in Biggin Hill, Brize Norton, Germany, and the Falkland islands. Perry was a peace loving soul and had no desire to ever take up arms, harm, or kill anyone. Since however there had been no wars for a long time, it felt like a fairly safe career for a fit young man. It suited Perry who loved to be part of a team.

When he was 23, Perry managed to search for and finally find his father, Isadore Griffin, who was Black American, which led to several visits to his father in the USA.  Sadly his father also died at an early age a few years later. But Perry has continued to keep regularly in touch with the American side of his family – he was always telling Liz that one day soon they would go to visit, what he jokingly called, - ‘the dark side’!

Perry then worked in logistics and stores for the RAF and was promoted to corporal but, as the Cold War ended, promotions in the RAF were increasingly hard to come by. So after 17 years Perry took voluntary redundancy, left the RAF and went to work for Motorola in Swindon. He bought a house with his then wife, Carrie, and lived in it with his two daughters Sian & Kylie and rather a lot of strange pets. 

Perry was a great believer in investing in property and at one point when he found his work hours cut down, he took on two other jobs and bought a house in Avebury, which he rented out for a while. He later moved to Avebury with his wife Antoinette and ran a B&B there. 

Avebury was a spiritual home for Perry – he loved the standing stones and he enjoyed the succession of eccentric, visiting tourists interested in the stone circles as well as the many crop circles that pop up in Wiltshire fields in the spring and summer months. Whilst Perry was there he was a member of a Wiccan coven and later a shamanistic group.

In 2007 Perry decided to train as a counsellor with the Buddhist Organisation, the Amida Trust – now re-named - the Tariki Trust. This was where he met Liz and they became good friends.  In 2009 they both qualified as counsellors. In his usual ‘speedy’ fashion Perry had completed the course in record time – under 2 years. He went on to work for an organisation which helped educate young people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perry worked as a counsellor for several years before he finally fulfilled a life-long dream of buying a property ‘somewhere warm’.

In 2013 Perry moved again, lock stock and barrel, to the Serra De Estrella Mountains in Portugal where he quickly made a lot of friends among the ex-pats from the UK and Europe, all busy restoring old buildings and farming the land.

Perry and Liz met again accidentally in 2014 at the Buddhist House. They fell in love during a marathon 17.5 hour dinner and talked through the night and most of the following day. Since then Perry and Liz have been busy restoring their house in Portugal, affectionately named ‘The Ranch’ and have gone from having baths by candlelight in the goat shed, to a beautiful home with 3 bathrooms. Perry was never happier than when he was walking around the land working out watering systems and making sure the 150 trees he’d planted were growing well. Indicative of his altruistic personality and philosophy of sustainability, all the trees he planted at ‘The Ranch’ have been selected to provide for the next generations. A fan of tree nursing myself, I would often ask him about his trees and we would share videos and ideas for them. On a specific topic of his latest project, the Pecan trees, he mentioned how the earliest the small, 1-inch saplings would grow to bear fruit in 10 years, and it might be a good 20 before they reach maturity. “Perry,” I said, “that's ...a really long time.” To which he replied: “They aren't for me.”

And this is the type of person Perry was - always thinking of others first. Planning for the long term, working for a sustainable world, a world that works with nature, not against it. To paraphrase an ancient Greek proverb, “a wise man plants trees in whose shade he knows he will never sit.”

Perry had a great love of nature and the natural world, which he attributed to his Native American ancestors. His great love was trees, which he believed really spoke to him. So Perry returned to the Buddhist house to train in eco-therapy and shortly thereafter Perry and Liz started running eco-therapy and tree planting holidays in Portugal. Alongside his projects in Portugal, Perry joined several local eco-projects in Bristol.

On the 10th of July 2016, Perry and Liz married at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire in a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony with over a 100 family and friends. Neither of them stopped smiling and laughing all day long, and Perry tore up the dance floor in what seemed like a union of John Travolta and Patrick Swayze. Since then they have spent six months of every year at the Ranch in Portugal and have welcomed many family and friends as visitors there.

Perry loved life – he just loved being here on this earth. Many people on this Earth believe in a higher power or greater purpose. Perry was content being himself, in this world, right now, enjoying the greatest and the smallest life has to offer. A true “Zen master”, as I like to describe him to my friends.

Perry was the most gentle and kindest of men – a true gentleman. Perry never had a bad word to say about anyone – not a criticism or judgement ever passed his lips. He didn’t swear, he didn’t argue, and he also didn’t drink alcohol, smoke, or even take tea or coffee. That is one reason why his death has been such a shock for all of us. Perry’s life was about love, acceptance, and working with others as part of a team, and he lived that out with every breath he took.

We have been lucky to know Perry in this life, we regret his passing on so soon, and so young, but his spirit and his legacy will remain among us – youthful, lively, fun, and full of love, and that oh-so-special smile.  We honour him.   

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