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New paintingĀ 

Today I started on a new painting! 

It is an abstract landscape, it shows the movement in asthetics from the work I was producing in London (central row right), influenced by the environment I now live in (the landscape photographs).

So far I have done 2 small studies, and started drawing out the large canvas.

What do you think?

Sophie DouglasĀ©www.sophiemayer.com


Doing it for yourself

This week I went to a 3 day residential boot camp. It was an experience I hope I never forget, definitely good and bad bits, but overall worth every second. I think a large part of life is about learning, and here is what I learnt.

The good bits:
do it for yourself: it is your body, your life, be the person you want to be. I can walk farther than I thought, I can do more than I thought, I am stronger then I thought, it’s all in my head.
ignore others: that feeling of others judging you that so many of us have, well they probably haven’t noticed you, and if they have and judge you badly, then they are type of person not worth bothering about in this world, how can you be badly judged for being healthier and happier?
Think before you ingest: If you are going to eat it, know what it started life out as, or as my sister says, if you can’t explain where it came from to your grandmother, don’t eat it. If you are drinking a smoothy and it says “5 oranges, 2 apples, 10 strawberrys, 2 bananas” etc imagine eating that much fruit in one sitting… Understand food better. I have eaten more the last 3 days of Healthy food and feel great, and satisfied. Lazy life style creates self fulfilling endings… If you have low fuel, you have low energy to do things that make you happy, low fuel to make you skin glow and hair shiny, give yourself the best fuel!
our world is obsessed with rushing: in the words of Ferris Bueller “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (Quote sorted from
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ferris_Bueller’s_Day_Off) the world is quite beautiful, especially where I was in the Cotwolds! <br/<br/20130719-085650.jpg

The bad bits:
We are pack animals: Some people complain to much, some not enough, and I tend to get drawn into the complaining cycle. It made me think of scuba dive rescue training STOP, THINK, ACT! Do you really need to indulge the conversation, is there a reasons why a kinder comment or option could be used, but mainly does it actually matter? I refer to the first point of the good bits, be the person you want to be.

Moral of the story:
Challenge yourself: Go to fat camp, do the art course or photography course, apply for the job, or whatever it is that gets you out your comfort zone, or challenges you to do more and be better.

Eat better: it is good for you, the environment, money, life and everything else.

You can do more than you think you can.

The Cotswolds are beautiful and England can be hot!

Thanks for reading! Here are a few pictures




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End of another academic year

So it’s the end of another academic year! Students done well, I’ve tried my best, learnt lots having taught different courses, hope I inspired them for good not evil!
And it ended with a lovely walk through a field with some gorgeous colleagues, and a delicious meal prepared by my husband when I got home, which ain’t bad for a man with a dodgy ticker!
Once again the future employment situation is uncertain, which I guess is felt by allot of teachers in the UK, but I hope to continue to work at the college, and if not let’s hope for new and exciting things to happen. Here are a few pictures of today. Sun keep shining!