Colour Energy Play: Red

by Louise on September 14, 2014

in color, Red

Red collections colour energy workshop ©Louise Gale

Last week, we embarked on a new session of my Creative Colour Energy class. It is such a joy to completely soak ourselves in colour. I love to revisit and play along with my students when I run the class live, so here are a few of my little red creations as part of our vibrant red energy immersion. Orange coming up next!

red journal pages colour energy workshop ©Louise Gale

red colour play pages colour energy workshop ©Louise Gale

Colour Energy: Red is the colour of the base chakra, associated to the element ‘earth’. It represents connection and preservation. “I have” is the vibration of this chakra.

Colour Therapy: Red is applied to the body to warm and improve circulation of oxygen into muscles, which in turn encourages extension and movement. The colour red also stimulates the kidneys and adrenal glands causing them to release adrenalin into the blood stream.

A tiny peak into a selection of my red energy artwork and photography……


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Bali Adventure – Kite Festival!

by Louise on September 6, 2014

in Bali retreat

Transporting kites

On the Sunday after our first session of “Sacred Marks”, we were enjoying our wonderful breakfast by the pool and saying our last goodbyes. All of a sudden, we heard the loud noises of cars, motorcycles and people cheering as they passed our entrance way along the road. You could see big structures moving along and giant flags waving down the road.

Colorful kites

We had the main traffic for all the contestants for the final of the local kite festival driving along! So much colour, characters and vehicles laden with people with giant flags, we had to step back from the pathway incase we were knocked by the bamboo structures that were oversized and stretching across the road!

Kite festival poster

Off we went to the beach to investigate and here are some of the images I took. It was hot, dusty and noisy where the beach was full of thousands of teams about to compete in the kite competition. People setting up small fires to cook their satays and sell drinks to the passers by.

Sanur kite festival

Peanuts anyone!

Peanut seller

carrying the kite

Kites festival scene


Balie kite colourful

Lots of colour and beautiful kites from all the different teams that took part.


Be Nice Soup

Kites in the sky

Below is a short video someone made from the festival in 2011, so you can get the idea. :-)

Lots more inspiration can be found on google images here

To finish off all of the excitement from the festival, we took a lovely walk along the beach. Around the corner from all the chaos, I spotted these lovely people praying on the beach. How wonderful!

Praying on the beach in Bali

Below is a little sneak peek into my painting section that was inspired by the Bali kites. (more soon on the process of the painting below)

bali kite inspired painting ©Louise Gale


More blog posts from my Bali trip (and more to come!) :-)

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TropicalSecretGarden_process_image ©Louise Gale

I am now back home and reflecting on my wonderful month in Bali. It has been so amazing to dedicate this time to explore, meet new friends and of course create! I was so fortunate to be spending time with my gorgeous friend and artist Tracy Verdugo on both of her Sacred Marks retreats and a group of amazing creative women.

Spending relaxing time in a new environment can do wonders for our creative spirit. I have been soaking up all of the colours, the shapes and patterns which are influencing my imagery and work here, both on the canvas and in my altered book, one of the creative sessions I hosted (a work in progress blog post here)

I created four paintings whilst in Bali, so wanted to show you my first painting from week one in this series of start to finish images where it was most certainly all about the colour blue!


Nature Sketches from Bali

We spent time sketching the shapes around us and collecting nature that had fallen (just as we do in my Nature Trail Sketchbook class) to help us get started with drawing out some symbols as a first layer onto the canvas.

Bali painting work in progress ©Louise Gale

Getting Started Painting

I drew out the shapes in a deep purple “knowing” colour and added in some blocks of this hue to help define the shapes a little more. It was lovely to work in this colour alone for a few hours as I walked around the canvas. The next step was to add vibrant inks.


Above, I am reflecting on my painting so far after adding some bright coloured inks, letting some of them drip and run down the canvas. I also added some words and felt “calm” and “Tranquility” summed up how I was feeling in this magical place. I loved the energy of all these bright colours but knew that I was being called to pull this all together somehow with more of a monochromatic look and feel.


So I chose the marine blue which seemed to be calling me right from the start that day. I layered the blue and consciously left little suggestions of the other bright colours underneath. I loved how the pinks and reddy purples peeked through.

It was so wonderful to paint outside in this beautiful place with Tracy who was such a huge inspiration and a group of creative women. Below, here I am in my element. (thank you so much Chrystie Hile for the photo!)


I spent a few hours adding variations around my motifs, creating shadow and light. Below are a few close ups. I also felt called to add some gold to this painting which added some warm glow and sparkle of course! :-)

bluepod ©Louise Gale blues close up ©Louise Gale goldburst ©Louise Gale

To finish the painting off, I wanted to add something more uplifting so chose the pureness of white. I remembered a gorgeous flowing plant that was hanging over one of the hotel entrance ways in Sanur, so decided to go for it and paint my interpretation from memory to add to the final painting. Here is some of the white detail.

white detail on lotus ©Louise Gale white detail with pods whitedetail and gold motif ©Louise Gale

It was such a joy to create this piece and spend so much time dedicated to a creative practice with Tracy and these wonderful ladies.

Bali retreat

The creative energy was vibrant and overflowing in our little sanctuary.

Here is the finished painting

Bali expressions painting ©Louise Gale

My finished painting “Tropical Secret Garden”


I also added this painting to a few of my Society 6 store products. Hope you like them.



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We will explore and play through:

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Creative Challenge September 2014: Streets and Alleyways

September 1, 2014

Hi everyone and welcome to this months creative challenge! This month, is all about Streets and Alleyways JOURNAL PROMPTS: Before you start creating, take some time to think about any streets you have seen before that make you think of Spain or Europe. What colors come to mind, what scenes of beauty have you seen. […]

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August 2014 Creative Challenge Gallery {Spanish tiles}

August 31, 2014

This month, I set the challenge of “Spanish tile” full of colour, pattern and possibility!  Here is the info on the challenge for August if you missed it. Below are the lovely entries from this months challenge. Inspired by an Arabic tile by Christine Aseka Faux tile created with a tile stencil by Eva Macie […]

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Bali Adventure – Altered book in progress

August 12, 2014

When Tracy invited me to host a couple of creative sessions at the ‘Sacred Marks” retreat in Bali, I just knew that creating a journal to record all the inspiration around us would be perfect. Initially, I thought we could create a hand-made book (similar to the ones I create for my rainbow joy journal […]

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