GAIA ORION

Art For A Peaceful And Flourishing World

Before I am an artist: I am a mom. My view on  managing our creative impulses with the demands of being a parent.

Before I am an artist: I am a mom. My view on  managing our creative impulses with the demands of being a parent.

This year me being a mom is going through a transition. My son Tao will be turning 18 and will leave the house to travel and study. When kids come into our lives, the first lesson we are taught is to “be at service”. We may plan to sleep in, watch a movie, read a book, start painting, talk on the phone with a friend… but let’s face it, for many years parents simply...

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Life is miraculous :The synchronicities around my new painting Weaving Her Journey

Life is miraculous :The synchronicities around my new painting Weaving Her Journey

I’ve enjoyed immensely working with many of my clients and over time some have even become good friends. Sarah O’Rourke from Sacred Change is one of them. Together we have co-created three paintings. When Sarah contacted me with her idea for our last project it came at a perfect time in my creative process. In 2009 I had created Our Journey, a painting describing man’s journey...

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From little sketches to gallery walls… and dreaming big!

From little sketches to gallery walls… and dreaming big!

Ten years ago my art was just little sketches on restaurant napkins and pieces of scrap paper. What does it take to transform ideas into a big dream? First I had to think to myself that it could be possible. I meet many talented artists that show me their sketch book, and I often tell them ‘see this one if you made it in big on a canvas it would look amazing’. That’s basically...

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Living With Conscience and Integrity

Living With Conscience and Integrity

Here is how I encountered what these words even mean! I was at a restaurant when I just started dating with my, now, husband; when it was time to pay, the waiter gave me back too much change. Before I was about to gladly put the extra money in my pocket, Dolphin called the man to let him know he had made a mistake. This natural gesture of integrity was totally new to me. At that moment I...

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The Origin Of My Name

The Origin Of My Name

Someone asked me one day to write a story “to explain the origin of my name”, so as promised, here is the story. My name is Gaia Orion. “Is that your real name?” I am asked often. It all depends what we mean by “real”! I was born Anne Marie Cecile, a classic French and Catholic name. I married a Canadian man named Gabrion Orion, so this gives the Orion of my...

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“Do the art that you want to do”

“Do the art that you want to do”

I was at a local art show and an older lady beside me was selling her artwork as well. She is a very talented artist and her subject matter was Canadian landscape and wildlife that she painted on wooden objects like canoe paddles, boxes, candle holders etc. As we were getting to know each other she told me that she loves my art and in a slightly embarrassed voice she said “my art is kind...

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Married and happy. The support of a lifetime for my art. The 12 keys of our successful relationship.

Married and happy. The support of a lifetime for my art.  The 12 keys of our successful relationship.

I often remind my husband that without his support, his encouragement and the foundation of our relationship, I would most likely have never been an artist. Here we are today, 20 years later after we met on a bus backpacking in Morocco. Meeting couples that stay together for a long time and that are happy is increasingly rare. Passing the 20 year mark since our meeting this year makes me reflect...

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Who The Devil Are You?

Who The Devil Are You?

Being raised as a catholic, the figure of the devil has had quite an impact on my life. The first nightmare I can recall, I was 5 or under, the devil was on the roof of our house in Comoros Islands, we were closing all the windows and the doors so that he wouldn’t come in and I was petrified in my bedroom. Then growing up, catechists would tell stories describing in details what hell was...

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Tips for ‘living the life’ on an ‘artist’s budget’

Tips for ‘living the life’ on an ‘artist’s budget’

A lot of people wonder how our family can make a living from the revenues of my art and our tie-dye in the summer. I am too really amazed that we have created such a great life for ourselves and I would have never imagined that this was possible 20 years ago. I feel that by sharing some of the keys to our success could be inspiring to other aspiring artists and beneficial to anyone that is...

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Why I Shaved My Head!

Why I Shaved My Head!

First, let’s make things clear, this is no big deal for me as it is the 4th time that I have cut my hair all off like this in my life. But it seems to cause so many odd looks and questions that I will share why I do it. 1. It feels amazing, clean, practical and comfortable 2. It symbolizes a passage, a change, a transformation 3. It heightens my sensitivity and awareness (just for a while!...

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