From home to home.. to home again.

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It’s four in the afternoon and I am sipping on some red wine because in my body it really is closer to 9pm. I’ve never really suffered from my travels back and forth through different time zones but this one hits differently! Haha!

We left Reunion Island last night around 9pm and made it to Cork, not without some twists and turns, this morning at 11.
The way home was long and that carbon footprint is etched in my soul, but we made it in one piece. It’s nice to be back in Cork!
(We are looking into offsetting options to make up for those very much needed trips to my family six thousand miles away. I wish things were simpler sometimes or just cleaner, I guess.)

Our holidays were amazing. Very hot but enjoyable.
We only went to one museum as most of the time was spent home with my family and down by the ocean. My mom adopted a new dog, Foxy, and he has the fluffiest of butts, we were all head over heels for him.
We got a lot of rain too so we played a lot of Uno with my brother.
However, on our way to the airport, we were oh so very lucky to get a look at the volcano’s eruption as it just started!!

We only took two pictures of this and they don’t really show much:

If you want to see more of the Piton de La Fournaise’s latest eruption, you can head over to Facebook to check the observatory’s page or just look it up on the internet for some professional pictures of this beauty!

I don’t have many stories to share with you, they all belong in my heart and mind but I have some pictures as promised, don’t worry!

I will just put them all here in a little slideshow as I don’t have much time on my hands right now. I hope you enjoy them and they maybe inspire you, some way, somehow.

It was wonderful to be with my family for so many days and to have Billy with me too.

It made me really happy to finally introduce him in the flesh to my mom brother, sister and nephew (and of course the cats!). I had never felt like my family was really whole until now and seeing all of them together was something else..

Time flew really fast but I think we did make the most we could out of it. I cannot wait to go back again or maybe fly them to Cork this time, now that I actually have more than a fiver in my pockets at the end of the month haha

It wasn’t too sad to leave for once because I was leaving home but also coming back to another place that I call home. I will miss my mom and my ocean and everything in between. But I’m okay here too, safe and happy, and that’s a wonderful feeling.


The next post I will publish after this one will be the last of this blog, guys. I’m afraid that’s why it’s been harder for me to write ”proper” posts as I am used to lately; I guess I really need the fresh environment to start expressing myself again.
Don’t worry though, I will explain where else to find me in that post when the time comes so you can still read my stories and about my life and art if you want to.

As always, thanks for your time ❀

First paintings in months

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As stated before, I haven’t really been myself these past few months. All the struggling ate away at my free time and I never felt free enough to do anything creative.

So, after so many months of silence, I finally picked up the brushes again! I am at my mom’s for my holidays right now and it’s been raining all day so there wasn’t much to do.

I borrowed my mom’s acrylics and painted a rain-themed tree and a tiny little landscape to save the rest of the paint.

Keep an eye out for my upcoming posts for loads of pictures of the ocean and mountains if you’re looking for inspiration or just want to see some beautiful Nature shots ❀

Also, I will remind you that I will stop using this blog soon so if you are interested in seeing more of my art as I slowly get back on that horse, you can head over to my art blog at https://chloeriviereart.wordpress.com/. πŸ™‚

Little details make everything bigger..

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We have a little jackdaw that keeps visiting us. We usually only see him on the weekends or my boyfriend does on his days off.

He comes up to the balcony and peeks inside, and I always wave at him.
One time we were in our bedroom, sleeping in and I heard him cry out. I opened the curtains and there he was, on our bedroom balcony, as if he knew exactly where we were in the house!

He is a cutie and I love the light I see in his eyes. It’s mysterious, inspiring and never fails to make me smile.

If you look below, you will see a picture of him last Sunday with a blueberry in his beak.

I was having a down day but still cared enough to put some blueberries out in case the little bird would show. And he did!!
At first I heard him cry out the window, as if politely asking for permission. I waved at him and then resumed my position in the couch so as not to disturb him. I knew he wouldn’t eat if I looked.

And so, a couple minutes after when I looked him grab another blueberry and he had brought a magpie friend, it made my day.

Those little birds on my balcony, enjoying blueberries. I might not know much, but I think that this is what happiness is.
It’s the little things, it’s moments; it’s those little sparks that you sometimes catch out of the corner of your eye or that catch you when you’re busy with a frown.

I don’t think it’s this big bright thing that makes you all warm and dizzy. That’s more the job of the sun. Ha ha!

I think happiness is two birds eating blueberries. It is the little things that can only be captured between two blinks of your eyes. It is all the little details that make the bigger picture. It is the millions of sparks that you can only truly see in the night.

I am just gonna leave you with a quote from Andrea Gibson’s Yellow bird as I have no idea where this post was supposed to go and I was mentioning stars in the night sky ?

β€œPicasso said he’d paint with his own wet tongue
on the dusty floor of a jail cell if he had to.

We have to create.
It is the only thing louder than destruction.
It’s the only chance the bard are gonna break,
our hands full of color
reaching towards the sky,
a brush stroke in the dark.

It is not too late.
That starry night
is not yet dry.”

New Bob Ross pastel!

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Hey there! I tried another Bob Ross tutorial last might and it felt amazing!!

It was such a nice way to end my weekend which had been so lovely already! I did mess up the sky a bit! Because, I forgot how pastel worked, and I got some of the brown and black stuck in the sky but it’s alright! Hehe

Also, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this already but I have an art only blog now! So if you’re just here to see my art and don’t care about the life updates and stupid songs and weird stories, head over to @chloeriviereart to get only the delicious paintings, drawings and sketchbook peeks! πŸ˜‰ It’s a little wobbly as I’m still figuring it out but it’s just the good stuff πŸ˜›

Two acrylic paintings

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Waterfall in the clouds on cardboard.

And then, we have some clouds which I painted in my sketchbook as a test to see how it handles acrylic paint!

That little painting session on the patio this evening was a really nice way to end the day!

I didn’t have time to write about yesterday as I came home really late last night and I was exhausted!

I went to an open mic session to see a friend I met back in February in the vocal workshop, and she introduced me to everyone. I didn’t perform, but I had a lovely time! And now I feel like next week I can actually go and perform!!!

And on my way back, I had the best taxi driver ever, he just made my night even better!! We had a really nice conversation and he made me very comfortable & happy. (And, if you’re reading this, I’d like to say thank you again for being so nice!!)

So, I had a lovely time and hopefully next week I will be performing in that pub! My first real performance ever!!!

To be continued…

I hope you enjoyed the painting!

Until next post, embrace being late! The Universe made you miss that bus for a reason! πŸ˜‰

Untitled pastel drawing, 06.29.18

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Finally got started in this new A4 sketchbook I bought a while ago!

I can’t believe it is past midnight!! That evening just slipped right outta my hands although I did nothing at all! I had a very satisfying vocal practice this morning&afternoon though. So it’s fine! I’m going to bed now because I’m tired and I need to make the most out of my last day of complete free time!!!

Here’s to yet another chapter! ❀

Untitled acrylic painting on cardboard, 06.20.18

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Have been encouraging my mom for so long to go back to creating and today, after one year of me having given her some art supplies, she made something!

When I arrived last Saturday, she was really excited when I gave her a brand new canvas and was already dreaming of what she could paint on it. And, last night, I showed her a Bob Ross video and she was both, blown away & inspired! So, this morning, after neverending chores, she painted something.

It was her first time ever truly painting (something other than the house’s walls and tables haha) with acrylics. She did it on a 180gsm piece of blue paper which could have not ended well, since she was using a little too much water. But, she nailed it!

She was really proud of the results and had loads of fun. Now, she keeps talking about practicing until she gets the hang of it so she can paint on the canvas. I mean, look at her!

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Lots of love for my mom! ❀

Blessed.

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I went to the Fota wildlife park with Esther today. We spent a solid five hours in there just walking around and contemplating the immense beauty and wit of Nature.

It was such a magical experience! I saw so many animals I had never ever seen before like kangaroos, giraffes, lions and penguins.

Now, most of the animals there are endangered species which is a heartbreaking sight. They are all so beautiful and mighty and oh so deserving of the love & life the Earth unconditionally provides. And it is a terrible fact that they are struggling to still be a part of it all..

But I’m happy to know that there are places like Fota where they can be safe and treated like they deserve.

So, it was a really beautiful day out there, with my dear friend, E! And I feel so inspired now.

This was our last Sunday together before she goes back home! Which is pretty sad but I have yet to come to terms with the feelings, as I know that we will meet again on Thursday, the day before we both leave. And, therefore I know that the last goodbye hasn’t been said yet so it’s almost like it’s not happening..

Denial aside, I’m gonna miss her! And beautiful weekends like these together also!

Anyways. I’m really tired from the whole day walking so I’m off to bed early. Can’t wait for tomorrow so I can work on music again!

I’ll end this on the sweetest picture I took today:

This is all too precious. I am thankful beyond words. It brings tears to my eyes to think of how beautiful the universe is. I swear, this is so intense! Haha

Until next post, spread the love ❀

My pastel attempt at Bob Ross’ Serenity

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Yesterday was a rather slow and empty day for me, having been left rather shaken by my Sunday adventures. So, as I was looking for some peace of mind, I figured it was the perfect time to go on another art-venture with Bob Ross. If you haven’t seen my previous one, just click here.

I am still really proud of it. Although I recognize it lacks that shine and magic. I think the main issue here is that I didn’t start with a dark enough background which now leaves it looking pretty dull. Since he was working with black gesso, I was scared that if I made my pastel background too dark the other colors wouldn’t show. I guess I should’ve been bolder!..

Anyways, once again it was a lovely hour and a half. I did get a little bored towards the end (as you can see by the grass’ quality haha) but that’s just because yesterday I was in a very bad mood.

Gotta appreciate that little bit of water though, it looks marvellous! It’s just simple strokes, yet it still looks like water!! I think for the next one, I will try one of his ocean paintings, try out some waves!

Bob Ross rocks!!