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Green is where the Heart Is for August 1, 2012

“As I said to my brother many times, ‘Just take the damn picture.’” ~Mike Bryand

Contributing Writer

During high school Mike Bryand took pictures.  Admittedly he didn’t know what he was doing since he had taken only one lesson.  The instructor told him he had seen too many ceilings as he offered him one piece of advice, which was to crop his pictures as he was taking them.  He learned that the trick was to ‘just do it’ as his eye captured the feeling. 
Twenty four years ago he and his wife, Cathy, moved to Wilmington for no apparent reason except it being the largest city on the coast.  They are not particularly beach people and they came here sight unseen.  His day job was as a ‘transparent glass technician’ but his true passion was capturing memories through his lens.  He is a simple guy without a lot of fanfare who just likes to have fun, evident in his Photo Art.
Bryand is a man who is bringing ‘living green’ into a lot of homes.  It is not because he is an activist for the environment or because he promotes products safe for humans and planet.  Bryand has earned a ‘green heart’ because his art has adorned thousands of walls producing ‘feel good feelings’ as people fondly remember a time and place that made them happy.  ‘Living green’ requires healthy and happy. 
Your home or workspace makes a big impact on how you feel.  By incorporating good feng shui it is important to bring in artwork and icons that are personal to you.  Look around your space right now and notice what you have hanging on your walls and what type of accessories you have adorning your tabletops and flat surfaces.  Subconsciously these items are speaking volumes to you.  “Where and when did you buy this artwork?  How does this make you feel?  Is there a memory associated with this picture?”  Patterns determine satisfaction of life.  What are your patterns?  Do you throw generic things around you to just take up the space or have you recognized the power of surrounding yourself with things that intentionally support you in your dreams and goals? 
Bryand makes memories of a beach vacation in art form.  He produces prints, canvases, coasters and even Iphone covers.  The images are bright and cheery looking even better than the real thing and that is his genius. 
His work will be featured at Artful Living Group during the month of August.  His opening reception will be Thursday, August 2 from 6:30-8:30.  Refreshments will be served as you peruse his work “From Race Cars to Beach Bars.”  Check out his website at and come and meet him on Thursday evening.  In his words, “Just come see the d*** pictures.”  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 FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.