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What children can teach you

Children are the best fans ever!!! My new 5-year-old collector returned to the gallery today to show me her drawings. She drew me some beautiful flowers and, inspired by my painting I Love The Way You Blush (pictured below) which her parents purchased for her; Molly signed hers in gold (as I did!). I will get it framed to join my tiny collection of gifted paintings by children.

Pablo Picasso famously said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Children can teach you to be fearless, seize an opportunity and show your work!

You may love my other tiny paintings. View the collection here:  https://shop.cassandragaisford.com/product-category/art/small-works-buy-now/

Molly holding I Love The Way You Blush, Cassandra Gaisford, 2023

As a teenager, I would blush prolifically when anyone showered attention on me. I love the way flowers blush unashamedly – hence the name. Flowers speak a universal language of love–and nothing says it better than roses. Layered in sultry, juicy globs of love-infused acrylic on a bed of amethyst, I Love The Way You Blush embodies love, joy, happiness, beauty and peace.

And wee Molly loves it!

New Work Feeling Special

Feeling Special
Acrylic, on canvas
50.8 x 60.96 CM
20 x 24 inch


Feeling Special

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. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land or a sheltering rock in a storm.”~ James Allen

This quote reminds me 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 you purchase and hang this loving piece, these emotions will pour into your home or office. The gift of special flowers by a visiting family from Texas inspired the painting and the title. 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,” they told me.

I replied, “They are special:)” and then later thought, how special it would be to paint this unexpected gift.

The painting has been created on canvas with a double coat of UV-resistant semi-flat varnish, protecting the longevity and enhancing the vibrancy of the colours.
It comes framed in a contemporary white frame (Framed by Peter Sharp) and is ready to hang.

Take a peek at some of the images and/or purchase to take this beauty home.

My spontaneous clearance ends in two days.

What joy. This beauty created during the pandemic to soothe my soul just sold to a repeat collector. I love communicating directly with my buyers, and it’s always such a joy knowing that they love the joy-infused vibe I pour into my art.

The First Blossoms of Awakening

“A blossom of awakens” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Raw Pigment, Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas
1400mm x 403mm

The above quote from spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh inspired the title.

I love’ the light language of flowers in this piece…

I adore this painting and will be sad to see it go, but happy my special lady will love it.

Molly’s parents purchased this painting for her yesterday.  This is a photo of her delightful Chinese grandparents. Not a word of English was spoken, but we shared three hours together!

Such a memorable day with the new owner of I Will Always Love You and her family who were visiting my gallery from Auckland with their parents visiting The Bay of Islands from China. 

I still have some beauties at sale prices.  

Dm or click the purchase links to save today. Sale ends March 8

1.My Wee Blossom
1215mm x 600mm
Was $1500
Now $925

My Wee Blossom by Cassandra Gaisford

2. I Will Always Love You—SOLD
910mm x 910mm x 35mm


Look What Love Made 76 cm x 76 cm
Was $1150
Now $795

The First Blossoms of Awakening 140 cm x 40 cm


Hot House Flowers(1 and 2)
was $600 now $325


hot house flowers 1


Be The Sunshine
was $330
Now $260


Be The Sunshine


There’s still time!! One Spot Left.
Come and paint with me ❤️🖼🥰🌈
3-day Fearless Abstracts retreat, Fri 17, 18, 19 March

for details…


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What children can teach you

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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