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The Power of Art: Embracing the Art of Being

feeling special contemporary abstract by Cassandra Gaisford

Feeling Special, Acrylic, on canvas, 50.8 x 60.96 CM


In a world filled with constant busyness and never-ending to-do lists, it’s easy to forget the importance of simply being. The art of being is about finding peace, presence, and a sense of harmony amidst the chaos of everyday life. And one powerful tool that can help us embrace this art is none other than art itself. In this blog post, we will explore how art can guide us towards a state of being, allowing us to reconnect with ourselves and find solace in the present moment.

1. Art as a Path to Mindfulness:

Art has the remarkable ability to draw us into the present moment, inviting us to slow down and fully immerse ourselves in the act of creation or appreciation. Whether we are painting, sculpting, or simply gazing at a beautiful artwork, art allows us to escape the noise of our minds and find solace in the here and now. By cultivating a mindful approach to art, we can learn to observe our thoughts and emotions without judgment, fully embracing the experience of being.

2. Art as a Reflection of Self:

Art provides a unique platform for self-expression and self-reflection. Through the creative process, we can explore our innermost thoughts and emotions, giving them shape and form on canvas or paper. By engaging with art as a means of self-expression, we can deepen our understanding of ourselves and gain valuable insights into our own being. Art becomes a mirror through which we can see our true selves, enabling us to connect with our innermost desires and aspirations. This is why many people love commissioning an artwork that reflects how they are and how they want to feel. Discover more about commissioning an artwork here>>

3. Art as a Source of Inspiration:

Art has the power to inspire and uplift our spirits, reminding us of the beauty and wonder that exists in the world. By immersing ourselves in artistic creations, we can tap into a wellspring of inspiration and creativity. Whether it’s a breathtaking landscape painting or an evocative piece of music, art has the ability to transport us to a realm beyond our everyday worries and responsibilities. It encourages us to dream, to imagine, and to explore new possibilities, freeing us from the constraints of the mundane and inviting us to simply be.

4. Art as a Tool for Self-Care:

In a world that often values productivity and achievement above all else, art can serve as a powerful tool for self-care. Engaging in artistic activities allows us to disconnect from the demands of daily life and reconnect with our inner selves. Whether it’s drawing, painting, or even doodling, art provides a much-needed respite from the pressures of the outside world. It allows us to recharge, rejuvenate, and replenish our energy, ensuring that we can show up fully in all areas of our lives.

5. Art as a Gateway to Emotional Healing:

Art has long been recognized as a therapeutic tool for emotional healing and self-discovery. By expressing our emotions through artistic mediums, we can release pent-up feelings, gain clarity, and find solace in the process. The act of creating art can be cathartic, allowing us to let go of emotional baggage and find a sense of peace within ourselves. It provides a safe space where we can explore our emotions without judgment or fear, paving the way for healing and growth. Discover more about my Fun, Fab, and Fearless Art Retreats and enter the magic portal of all things healing>>

In a world that often pushes us to constantly strive, achieve, and do more, the art of being can feel like a distant and elusive concept. However, art has the power to bring us back to ourselves, guiding us towards a state of presence, mindfulness, and self-acceptance. By embracing art as a tool for self-expression, inspiration, self-care, and emotional healing, we can begin to cultivate a deeper connection with ourselves and the world

You may also enjoy reading Cassandra’s books on health, wellness and creativity. You’ll find the full catalogue here>>

How to commission a painting you’ll love

Wow! Absolutely beautiful!

We absolutely love the paintings. Just so exciting to be part of the process. So great to work with you with lots of fun discussions too. Would highly recommend commissioning a piece of art by Cassandra as a way to depict a landscape from a mind in such a fun and beautiful way.

~ Lee and Cliff Whitelaw, 2023

It was such a joy to create two beautiful pieces for such an amazing, truly loving couple as they prepare to move into their soon-to-be finished new home.

The palette enjoys liberal sweeps of happy, warm vibes — summery blues and greens with dashes of sunshine yellows and a splash of hot orange to warm the soul.

In this vlog I share a little more about the inspiration behind this commission and a video, Fun! Fun! Fun! A landscape from my mind 

Fun! Fun! Fun! New Vlog

Why Commission A Painting?

Knowles Commission, Beeswax on panel, 1800 x 1200mm

You have remodelled your home, built new, or just feel like an immediate uplift. Perhaps you’ve found an artist whose work you love. Maybe you’ve seen their work on social media or met them at an open studio event or exhibition.

Perhaps you’ve been introduced to their work through a gallery and have never met them but their work speaks to you. Maybe the artist mainly works in a smaller format and you have a large rectangle piece in mind, or there is a particular palette or you want, or a reference to a favourite place that holds so many happy memories.

There can be an infinite array of reasons to want a bespoke piece of work made to your taste and this is where you might consider commissioning a painting rather than purchasing an artwork that is already made.


Health Commission

I love to create bespoke, customised work and create with a range of mediums, including oil paints, acrylic, encaustic, watercolour, gilt and more. I adore the mesmerising colours that come from natural pigments enabling an alchemical relationship between nature and the painting. There is a joy and immediacy to my work too and a direct and absorbing relationship with each piece that is really exciting.

Hundreds of hours of work go into the process of building up the many layers of many of my work. Sometimes a painting can take many years to make and during that process they develop a personality of their own. The minimum lead time on a commission is 3 months but for a large heavily layered piece it is advisable to think in terms of at least one year. I’m trying to capture transcendent beauty and capture this as an antidote to our chaotic times. 

My soul purpose is to create something that uplifts spirits and provides harmony, peace and tranquillity. My style is constantly evolving as I keep discovering new paints and techniques and explore the boundless possibilities of colour. I am committed to taking creative risks and pushing things to the edge of possibility—and beyond. I absolutely love working to a huge scale.

Looking for larger art? I love, love, love creating bespoke pieces tailored to your home, lifestyle, goals and dreams. 


Dickey Commission

People often ask me, “How do you commission a painting from an artist? How can you be sure you’re going to get what you want? It must take a lot of trust.”

In this video, I share the inspiration and process behind a large beeswax painting I completed in 2021 for a local Bay of Islands family. You’ll see some of the inspiration behind the finished work as well as video footage during the creation process. You’ll also discover how easy, fun and risk-free it is to commission a truly original painting from me.

I share more about the commission process here: https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz/commissions/

Annika and Tony  Testimonial Beeswax Commission

How to commission a painting you’ll love

Thanks for watching and reading. I hope you enjoyed the insight into my creative process. To discuss the possibility of a commission, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an obligation-free discussion. I share more about the commission process here: https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz/commissions/ including a few questions to help guide your decisions




What are some of the stories behind your work?

How to commission a painting

Landscapes of my mind

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Play Dates: Online Creativity Workshop>> Have fun, explore, enrich your life 


You may also enjoy reading Cassandra’s books on health, wellness and creativity. You’ll find the full catalogue here>>

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The Power of Art: Embracing the Art of Being

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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