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Don’t let anything stop you from making art

Hi, I’m Cassandra—the joyful artist. I hope you enjoy this video where you’ll see me having a playdate. I’m celebrating the arrival of two new blank canvases and dancing with joy. I love to infuse my works, even when the materials have only just arrived, with love, joy and gratitude.

Sometimes, I don’t feel like making art, but then I’m reminded by people like Taylor Swift and other great artists, “Don’t let anything stop you from making art. Just make it!.”

I hope you enjoy this insight into my creative process. As always, I hope it is helpful to you. Please consider commenting, liking and subscribing to my Youtube channel

You may also enjoy this video:

You’ll hear how I remove fear of a blank canvas and see how I feel my way into my paintings, prepare and activate the canvas, embrace possibilities and harness spontaneous joy to create my art.

This fun testimonial is a great reminder that when you show up for joy, you create joy for others too:

Have a joyful day – and don’t forget to play!


I’m Cassandra Gaisford—The Joyful Artist. I’m an award-winning artist, bestselling author and creativity coach. I love painting in the style of abstract expressionism inspired by nature. I create flowers and landscapes using acrylic paints, watercolours, encaustic, pastels and pencils (and other art-making tools). I am fortunate to live in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. 

Follow all my creative adventures on Instagram or Facebook (links below). Feel free to ask questions below and let me know what part of the episode was most helpful to you. If you like this video, please give me a thumbs up. This helps me understand what types of videos I should create. Also, subscribe to my channel so that you’re notified of new videos. 

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You may also enjoy this book about my creative inspirations: The Joyful Artist: Freeing the Artist Within


The Art of Life Inspiration Deck- created by me

You can also find me here: 

Website: https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_joyful_artiste(this is the best place to see all my artwork and behind the scenes videos, etc.) 



Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B016LGWES2

You can find my whole catalogue of books to uplift and inspire here


Friday 27, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October 2023. CREATE AMAZING ABSTRACTS! Join me for an in-person art experience in my beautiful 10-acre paradise to create some happy art. Get all the details and join us for three inspiring, fun days of creative play!

Retreat sizes are limited to 4 people. Don’t miss out.


For those ready to explore the playful freedom of Abstract Art. Play Dates is my 6-week online course that I’ve created just for you!

I invite you to join me on this self-paced abstract adventure across 6 different units and over 20 different lessons. I’m excited to show you so many things!

Whether you are a beginner, experienced or a pro who has lost their flow, I can show you how to loosen up, how to create art that speaks, art you love. I can help you take your art to the next level.

 Would you love to play?

Join here: https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz/playdates/

Looking for creative inspiration?

I thought you may like to join my FREE group The Joyful Artist

A relaxed, comfortable and joyful place to grow in your Artistic Journey. Writing, drawing, painting, mixed media tutorials by award-winning artist and best-selling author Cassandra Gaisford. With 25 years of creativity coaching, art teaching experience and a love of encouraging others to discover the joy and power of creative expression, this is a place to learn and discover the fun of making art from your heart… or simply enjoy learning more about the creative process and what inspires artists

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Don’t let anything stop you from making art

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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