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Lovin’ Pink!

Happy vibes in my portal yesterday working on my very special commission piece, Lovin’ Pink – inspired by the songstress and my wild opium poppies that bloom in my garden. This painting oozes fun and passionate purpose-aided by my favourite hue at the mo, “Magenta”

Magenta is the colour of universal harmony and emotional balance. It contains red’s passion, power and energy, restrained by violet’s introspection and quiet energy. It promotes compassion, kindness and cooperation. The colour magenta is a colour of cheerfulness, happiness, contentment and appreciation. Perfectly complemented by jubilant and peaceful greens, this beauty glows—and she’s only just getting started!

Work in progress. 36 inch x 36 inch acyrlic on canvas. I hope it brightens up an otherwise dreary day – the storm is really hammering home today!

The couple who commissioned the painting are so gorgeous. As I shared in an earlier post, they came along to my exhibition Dancing Through Fields of Flowers.

Pictured: The Flower Girl


‘Put your feelings in there. Don’t just paint some shit like you don’t care.’ ~ Joan Mitchell

My exhibition, “DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF FLOWERS”, was full of feelings! It shares a flurry of colourful, love-infused paintings inspired by my artist’s garden, love of colour and flowers. 

I was in my happy place, a day after the exhibition opened, when a lovely couple wandered through my artist’s garden and headed for the gallery—my ‘portal’ as Karen who came to my art retreat all the way from Australia told me.

🔴 SOLD! I didn’t even have a chance to get these beauties onto my website. “Better When We Are Together”, and “Loving You Loving Me.” Perfect names and the perfect paintings for this beautiful loved-up couple who came to the gallery today during my DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF FLOWERS exhibition.

Each painting is acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
76cm x 76cm x 1.5cm
They loved them so much they didn’t want to separate them.

As I’ve shared before, soft greens and blues make me feel so peaceful, calm and soothed, as do loving affirmations. My current go-to quote is: “The strong, calm person is always loved and revered. She is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land or a sheltering rock in a storm.”~ James Allen

This quote reminds me to be the peace I want to feel. I also invite love, not fear or anger, to guide my day. I’m not saying it’s easy—if it were, the world would be happier and healthier. When I paint, I create my artworks with kind, caring, loving energy. When people purchase and hang my loving pieces these emotions will pour into their life, home or office.

The paintings, as was the sister piece, Feeling Special, which I have sent to Hawera for the  Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award, were inspired by the gift of special flowers by a visiting family from Texas. They have decided to make New Zealand their new home. I was given the flowers in appreciation. “Thank you for making our children feel so special.” I replied, “They are special:)” and then later thought, how special it would be to paint this unexpected gift.

The titles for these paintings were inspired by a suggestion by one of my followers and also a Jack Johnson song. I’m also super grateful to Jenny and Mike for the additional purchase of a commission of my special poppy paintings that they have seen in loved in another collector’s home. I thanked them for loving my art and was so happy when they thanked me for creating the paintings. Love spreads love. Proud to be sharing joy.#golov-20.

Before they purchased their paintings we strolled through the garden and across the expansive lawn and Jenny turned to me, smiled and said, “We want to buy your paintings and take you home with us.” It was such a sweet moment and impacted me so profoundly that I gave her a big hug.

I feel so proud to be a part of something that people say so many nice things about. It’s so rare. I mean, for some people, it’s not that rare, but in my case, growing up I seldom received a compliment.

I can relate to Jennifer Aniston who once shared,

“…watching adults being unkind to each other, and witnessing certain things about human behavior that made me think: I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to experience this feeling I’m having in my body right now. I don’t want anyone I ever come in contact with to feel that. So I guess I have my parents to thank. You can either be angry or be a martyr, or you can say, “You’ve got lemons? Let’s make lemonade.” 

I’m so grateful that what I do sparks joy, unites us and makes people smile.

Scroll to the end to hear one of my students, Karen from Australia, sharing her experiences after her Fun, Fab and Fearless art retreat. I was so proud of her courage and in love with what she painted (as I was the other students)

“Cassandra invites inspiration and then shows you how to make it happen. Informative and value-packed workshops. Her tuition and intuition are totally on point. This retreat furthered my mission to come into alignment with a more soul-based life and artistic expression. The studio itself is a portal to a world of active imagination and creativity. The magical landscape, view and location are the icing on the cake.I cannot wait to return and participate again.Thank you so much for a truly wonderful, magical few days.”

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Who can paint?

It’s my belief that all of us can paint. It’s just that so many of us are afraid to face a blank canvas or pick up a brush. Fearful of being judged, fearful of looking foolish, we hang back…

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It all started with going offline!
Fun-loving Heather came to my three-day art retreat in March and fell in love with Frida. She’s returning for my weekly lessons and Laurie has promised to take her for a ride! 
In this video, I share some tips about overcoming artists’ block, hitting the wall, and how painting with passion improves your mood. You’ll see me working on two large abstract florals, inspired by the Crucifix Orchids that grow wild in the garden. I am painting them as part of my exhibition, DANCING THROUGH  FIELDS OF FLOWERS (details below) I love to listen to jazz as I paint and get into the flow as my muse Joan Mitchell did. I’m listening to Charlie Parker as I paint today:) I love to paint with happy, vibrant joyful energy and to infuse these into the paintings. I hope you love it. If you do, remember to like and subscribe to my channel.

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
Vincent Van Gogh
910mm x 910mm x 35mm
Acrylic on canvas

In this video, I share the reaction when my clients see the painting they commissioned—another landscape from my mind. I love their reaction! Do you? You can learn more about the commission process here: https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz/commissions/
Thanks for reading and watching. I hope you found it uplifting and my musings brought a smile to your life! As always, I never stop appreciating you. Sometimes I forget to tell you that!

Karen found and created magic!

Feel free to share and repost. Spread the love  💕🌸🌞

The Flower Girl

Acrylic on Canvas

1145mm x 1905mm


“In painting a flower, aim for its strength. Strength in delicacy.” —Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

Do you have a boring blank wall you’d love to fill with joyous colour? Magenta is the colour of universal harmony and emotional balance. It contains red’s passion, power and energy, restrained by violet’s introspection and quiet energy. It promotes compassion, kindness and cooperation. The colour magenta is a colour of cheerfulness, happiness, contentment and appreciation. Perfectly complemented by jubilant and peaceful greens, this beauty glows.

This painting was inspired by the beauty of blooms, real and imagined. I painted this piece just for me. Why? Because it made me happy. And guess what? It made others happy, too. Would she look great in your home? On view during the exhibition or shop online:


“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”
Roy T. Bennett 760 mm x 760 mm. Acrylic on canvas.

I have often reflected that when it rains I paint summer. When I painted this abstract botanical that desire was at the forefront of my heart. I couldn’t control the rain, but as the flood waters rose and the gales intensified and a civil emergency was announced in my region, I shifted to creating a summer bouquet, “Summer Will Come Again.” 2023 has been the worse summer recorded and it would be easy to think summer will never come again—hence the painting’s name.

Layered in sultry glazes and gestural sweeps of colour, the palette embodies vibrant pinks and peaceful whites, Summer Will Come Again speaks to the heart. Inspired by the wild poppies and roses growing in the artist’s garden.

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Lovin’ Pink!

The Joyful Artist

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