Since forever, it would seem art has always been part of my life...
I've always been an artist....always had a journal for as long as I can remember. It always felt right when I was either writing poetry or doodling. As I finished school and joined the 'grown up' world I stopped and I only started again when my heart was broken. Only in that moment did I truly start seeking healing.
What I discovered in my quest for healing was that I was telling myself stories that weren’t really my stories. That I 'had to work hard' to become ‘someone’, that I wasn’t good enough and no one would love me. I became a teacher instead of an artist, I married the first person to show interest. I worked hard and never seem to get anywhere.
All through these moments I always went back to my art and writing. There was always a journal to pour out onto. There was always paint. I think it’s been these two things that saw me consistently survive. I always felt different – the loner, the weird one. I always cared about others. I knew that my path was with healing, but how to do it was difficult. From what I was experiencing it seemed to be common that you would go and see ‘someone’ to fix you, and you would feel great but after a while the same issues would come up again. So, I found myself on a bit of a merry go round of healing, until I had a lightbulb moment…I have the answers…My answers are within.
When I created a deck of oracle cards so that people would learn how to gain their own intuition and answers. Wow, what a flop…I would get calls from people who bought them, ‘the book doesn’t tell me what this means’, ‘why isn’t there more explanations to tell me the meaning?’. I think from then on, part of what I do with people is to help them gain their own answers and learn to trust their own intuition. It’s not until you are willing to work on yourself and follow your inner guidance that you truly start to heal.
It doesn’t mean that I don’t seek out others to help with my healing, but I take full responsibility and listen for my inner voice. For example, when I have a decision to make, I know that if I start looking for answers and opinions from others, I’m not in tune or listening. I need to get back to centre, back to writing, back to painting to ‘hear’ the truth. It’s always within us if we are willing to listen.
I now know that I am an artist, I am a healer & I am a teacher.
My experiences through the last twenty years help me to assist you in finding your centre. Help you paint over your old story to create a colourful new future and reconnect with your joy.
"This became so much more than just painting. I learnt to trust myself, silence my inner critic and just be. And by being and trusting the process, my painting came into being and sprang to life. I know more about myself and painting." Libby - Darwin
"Really enjoyed the process, the meditation and working on 'letting go!'. It allowed the time & creative space to be creative but also more importantly 'listen to myself'. I've just begun & will be back for more! Thank you, really loved it. You're an inspiration" Jane -Darwin
About a Spirit Guide Drawing...
"She's beautiful! I don't know why but I feel that she comes from my country of birth (Fiji). I understand her message of not being afraid of who I am- being adopted isn't always the easiest thing but I must admit that I always tried to lie about my Indian heritage because I used to be ashamed of it. It has taken me 25 years to accept who I am and still there are days I wish I could look as Australian as I feel... (whatever "Australian" looks like!). I am an independent spirit myself and while I know my help is there, I am here for the human experience and only call on my angelic help when I feel I need it. Maybe Ariel is the one who keeps playing with the street lights to let me know she is still there! I could honestly keep going! You have a remarkable gift Gisela. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. Love and light."
"First class in drawing and it was incredible!!!!! Enjoyed how we visioned our Muse with a meditation on the first class. Although my final image was not as I pictured in my mind, Gisela guided me as it progressed." Sandy
"Relaxing and enjoyed the theme."Angela
"Once again your class never fails to bring surprises. I thoroughly love the process you’ve taken us through and the challenges each stage can bring. You bring so much passion and joy into your classes and it’s a pleasure to be part of your creative space." Sophie
"I have loved this painting class. I have never really painted before (I’m not very patient) but thank you so much for all your guidance. I really like the layered approach and being able to be messy and splatter paint around. I liked our first session when we visualised our mermaids, they’re all so different, just like us! Here’s to our differences! If my mermaid could speak, she’d probably say ‘Paint More!’ So much fun." Scarlett
"Thank you for 5 beautiful weeks. Looked forward to every Thursday to play. Look forward to the next one." Jo
"As a total newbie to anything painting/drawing I have really enjoyed myself. You provided great direction but with total freedom. Every class has flown by and it’s lovely to get lost in something with a whole bunch of people. I never knew I had it in me to be creative. Thank you!" Sandra
"What a beautiful process! I thought it would be difficult as I tend to overthink and control the situation, but Gisela has such an easy way of sliding into the work, that it all just flowed and before I knew it, I was painting! Wonderful class and I thoroughly enjoyed my painting. Can’t wait till the next one!" Karen
"This painting experience was more than I expected. Gisela gave me the gift of connecting to my spirit and learning from connecting to my creative self. This was a healing experience that I highly recommend." Karen M.
Photography by Amanda Bale