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Green is where the Heart Is

“An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.” ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

The winter months found her in deep hibernation studying the works of Monet, Renoir, Degas and Manet.  These masters taught her that it’s not about just copying the photos.  
There is a poetry in selection of the paint - the flow of colors and light. Beings are light.  The wonderment comes as the light in the painting appears from the figures.  This is the Source of love.
She could also be seen running along the Cape Fear River where she found solace in nature waiting for Mother Gaia to wake up spring.  
She gathered charcoal from the burnt forest, which she used for her primary sketches on upcycled cardboard.   Nature empowered her, uplifting her spiritual connection. 
During this bleak time of winter her goal was to remove herself of ego and prepare to live fully present allowing the natural beauty of spring to contrast by focusing on friends loving each other.  
She planted her seeds by painting her friends looking joyous and happy. It was her way to get things rolling.  The third part of her process was the physical activity of hooping and yoga, which helped her stay in the flow.  “The exercise helped spin the paintings out,” she said. 
The woman I am speaking of is Carolina Beach resident and artist extraordinaire, Wendy Kowalski, known also as Mezzanine.  Kowalski moved here with her son, Blaze, a year ago as she chose to live a simpler life. 
She now walks her son to school taking the opportunity to breath in nature as opposed to the two hours she used to spend daily in her vehicle driving.  She may appear to have checked out from technology having no TV or computer in the home but she gets her news off NPR and checks her email at the library. 
By limiting these distractions, Kowalski says, it has not cut her off from society, but rather the opposite has happened.  She has been opened up more to meet and interact with neighbors. 
She has been pleasantly surprised at the group of progressive thinking parents she has met in her son’s school. 
Her winter’s work has blossomed in a show, “Notes for Joy,” opening reception 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday April 5th at Artful Living Group and continuing through the month of April. 
During the reception DJ Gon will provide electronica – happy, ambient music similar to that which Kowalski listened to as she painted.  Ostara, a group of local women will perform two short belly dances during the reception.
“We are spirits in the material world.”  Come experience “Notes for Joy.”    xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior
design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.