Artist Mission Statement

Alice Combes is home to my expressive soulful art in a portfolio of drawings, paintings and miscellaneous projects.

I share my interests of art and psychology through written and visual works, stories behind the paintings and snippets of life on my blog.

Join me each month for a new piece in my portfolio and a post on the story behind the art work!

100 things 2016 completed and uncompleted items

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At the end of December 2015 I bought 2016 Create your shining year in life 2016 workbook by Leonie Dawson. I was very excited to reflect and plan in the lead up to Christmas, as I felt it detached me from all the Christmas craziness I used to feel. I also got started on my vision boards early and gave the layout of them a new look.

I connected with others that also bought Leonie Dawson’s book and even hosted a few online masterminds where learning about bullet journaling and the miracle morning changed my whole year for the better! As I used those tools, I gradually stopped using the diary and now have come to realise one point focus is a lot more beneficial and something I need to instil with my goals and daily tasks than the list of 100 things I made in the workbook.

The Leonie Dawson workbooks are a brilliant buy, they served me at a time where I needed something fun, fresh and practical to get me back on track. There are other planners out there that look interesting and Your best year 2017 reviewed here is my favourite so far and there’s The passion planner too, which comes in pretty colours!

The section I continued to follow throughout the year until recently as a one point focus is important, was the 100 things to do in 2016. A big list of silly, joyful, big, small, creative goals. I only wrote 72 and have completed 26.

Here is my list for inspiration to others and links to posts and videos:

Completed throughout year:

  1. Pass my driving test
  2. Buy a car, insurance
  3. Go to Kundalini Yoga festival
  4. Finish Drawing 1 module
  5. Colour madalas
  6. Go to life drawing classes
  7. Go to yoga classes often
  8. Connect with people more
  9. Shine my light
  10. Chris Zydel online course painting with fire
  11. Run a monthly mastermind group
  12. Save money aside for date nights/days out
  13. Find and try out recipes I love to make
  14. Watch Erin Brockovich
  15. Eat more fresh foods
  16. Make my own gf df desserts
  17. Say I love you to myself often
  18. Say yes more
  19. Get a spiritual name
  20. Be mountain bothies and climb Snowdon
  21. Go to Outsider Art exhibiton/Gallery
  22. Visit Norfolk beaches and see seals
  23. Buy, read, use Raw Vision magazines
  24. Develop writing style
  25. Short yoga teacher training
  26. Brighton ghost walkTo completed in the last 3 months of 2016
  27. Watch Ghandi film
  28. Draw mandalas
  29. Go to a Gong bath
  30. Go to Abstract Expressionism exhibition
  31. Have all websites up to date and live
  32. Go on a day out together
  33. Buy my own turbanOther things I didn’t complete (some not of interest anymore)
  34. Go sight seeing in Prague
  35. Learn to oil paint
  36. Make a yoga workbook
  37. Free painting workshop
  38. Make a spiritual workbook
  39. Make 12 free paintings
  40. Make and eat Kimchi
  41. Buy my own set of tarrot cards and learn to use them
  42. Put money in a kickstarter
  43. Try out protein powder in smoothies
  44. Spa day
  45. Complete, publish, share poetry book
  46. Do more youtube videos
  47. Learn numerology
  48. Kundalini clubbing night
  49. See puffins
  50. Northern lights Norway
  51. Go to a conference/event someone I am fan of
  52. Do a creative everyday for a month
  53. Go to a gong bath
  54. Drive a segway
  55. Ice climbing
  56. Giant zip wire
  57. Climb a huge tree
  58. Walk with an alpaca
  59. 4×4 off road adventure
  60. Powerboat southampton
  61. My own pair of irregular shoes
  62. Visit Kew gardens
  63. Dive deep into expressive art, teach it
  64. Attend a Unity church
  65. Pay off car
  66. Watch a play on stage
  67. Short break Berlin
  68. Have a holiday somewhere hot
  69. Go to a book club

Why I’m finding feminine psychology fascinating

I first became interested in feminine psychology while on retreat with The Champernowne Trust, I was flicking through a book called Outside In, Inside Out on Feminist Psychology while in the basement art studio and stumbled on a word that opened up my curiosity and would start a series of art works. The word was autonomous:

‘To be Autonomous, to have a sense of self, to feel nurtured, to feel less insatiable, does not mean one does not have needs; what it does mean is that the basis of the needs has shifted, and that opens up the possibility that they can actually be met’.

Little did I know it then but I was undergoing my own Feminist Therapy, focusing on empowerment and breaking the stereotypes and moulds of tradition that can block personal development and growth.

As I learn more I’m finding it really fascinating, from a female perspective, a lot of lessons and experiences come from other females and western societies pattern of thinking. When you make small, significant shifts to your patterns in thinking, a whole world opens up!

Through what I read, I unraveled, cut out book excerpts and painted around them, totally to 4 pieces of wisdom about/for women.

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To experience feeling love and being loveable – this separates old thinking as a need to be in love. Instead to feel the love from others, around, within.

I am worthy of good things and worthy of living my own life, stating that I already am enough, to look within for approval, not from others.

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It healed some old wounds in feeling controlled as ‘above all it is about being loved by another woman and helped by her to grow and become separate’.

Though I am independent, I have had many times in life where I have felt carried by another, or waited for them to carry me. The ‘grow and become separate’ came a lot later and is a key point I will continue to work on and my future children too.

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To set true boundaries and have the confidence to apply them and work towards an understanding with others.

If you attempt to do all the changing inside your head it becomes a very internal experience. Transforming an experience comes from using all our senses and we can control it in reality.

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When we experience being listened to, we become less needy, less anxious and less critical.

When we build on a women’s sense of self, she can be herself – all of herself, wherever she is. This is especially important as I’ve done and witnessed women become less of themselves, alter themselves and not live in their fullness. Being out whole self and living that is of utmost importance. Why should we change for others? Let’s show up as our whole selves.

‘She no longer becomes the person she feels others want her to be. She no longer compulsively adapts her personality to fit the needs of others in order to feel accepted. She reflects instead her own sense of being alright and secure within herself and meets situations and relationships with this new substantive feeling.’

When a women’s dependancy needs change, that is the game changer. Through life experience whether it be from parents, school, friends, children, we may find ourselves with a dependance, a need for someone or something. Or we may feel others dependancy needs transferred onto us.

When you detach your needs and say ‘I do not need ____ in the same way’ you discover your sense of self doesn’t come through them or it, you have a self already.

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Things I did turning 27….

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I ate a hummus and aubergine wrap at the pop up food stalls in Reading that sell a whole range of food from different countries, a man gave me free Chai tea.

I went to Reading library to see my Dad’s pencil portrait of me on the wall with some other great works from his Art group.

I went to inside Reading Prison.

I went to Nibsy’s Cafe twice, I love the vibe and gluten and dairy free foods, while drawing in there I realised I’ve been pronouncing it wrong all year!

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I played peekaboo with my nephew, so cute.

I went to a Gurdwara for the first time properly! I listened to Simrin and joined in with some Kirtan singing.

Mr.C and me watched Erin Brockovich.

29/10

The morning of my birthday I ate a lot of breakfast – including banana pancakes with maple syrup while I listened to Kirtan singer Qi Rattan.

I was given a lime green woman’s torso for a present – fun art project!

We argued about the washing I didn’t do.

We visited Brighton and had a fabulous time read more here.

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30/10

We played Cluedo with my family, my dad won both times.

My mum made an epic pink three layer gluten and dairy free cake just for me!

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31/10

We carved a pumpkin each, no trick or treaters came so Mr.C ate all the chocolates.

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Happy Birthday in Brighton!

This year for my birthday – turning 27! We were planning on going to Glastonbury, as there are little interesting attractions, shops and cafes. As the 29th was getting closer and pay day came plans changed – we went to Brighton (again). We’ve visited so many times we even know where to park all day for a few pound.

The great things about Brighton are: It’s close enough to drive to in a day, there are always more things to do, each time is different! We first went when we were newly together and visited Preston Manor, another time we went to Sea life aquarium, to the annual Fiery foods chilli festival and a night out one Halloween.

This time we planned to visit Brighton museum and Art gallery and go on Brighton Ghost Walk. The exhibitions inside the gallery are small and there are a few art pieces. It’s something to do indoors to get inspiration from.

Afterwards we ate a great Thai meal at Street Thai and walked round the shops and lanes. I finally saw a Choccywoccydoodah shop in person – it’s incredible what they do with chocolate!

Here are some photos from the day:

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My first birthday cake! A super scrummy slice of three layer pumpkin cake from Scoop and Crumb
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His Halloween cookie with cream filling
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Sunset at Brighton Beach
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Walking and talking!
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We went on the Brighton Ghost Walk – fun use of time, going through the lanes and learning interesting facts!
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Brighton pier is so beautiful at night.
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We went on the rides on the pier! So much fun going on the mini rollercoasters and bumper cars.
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Late night chips back on the beach, so happy and grateful for a fabulous day!

Click here to see more of what I did when turning 27.