Our muse for Spring & Summer, Megan Cochran. I heard this once, and it struck a chord “transform yourself into that wonderful person you always wanted to meet – you be that wonderful person – don’t search for that.” I want these words to travel far and beyond and to come back to me more than once. So this is your permission, hear them, be them and pass them on to others. On reflection, I find it interesting that we tend to gravitate towards the “wonderful people”. They seem to bring the right collage of themselves to the moment, and live unapologetically in their “wonderfulness”. If you know these people, and can count them on two hands, you are indeed blessed. Megan is one of those people. Her whimsical art, slowly and gently lifts you in the world of “wonderfulness”. The limited edition print for our Spring/Summer seasons is an offering from Megan to your home. We always encourage you to place these incredibly beautiful artworks in and around your home or the space that needs a dash of “wonderful”. A supporting visual to the seasonal scent ‘Daisy-land’, this art will help you experience the scent as a whole. So welcome to the words and wisdoms of Megan. The very powerful connector piece between art-land, daisy-land and your land…. [Amanda]: “Megan, I am absolutely thrilled to be including your art as a limited edition print to every customer for Spring/Summer. It really is the perfect representation of the Daisy-Land scent. Our Rewild Co community really value and crave a deeper connection to this scent adventure they are embarking on. Please do tell us, what was your inspiration when creating this beautiful piece of art?” [Megan]: “Wow thank you so much and congratulations on the creation of this beautiful scent! It really does transport me to a field of daises. Which is where it all began for my daisy paintings; the field (the title of my first daisy painting). Compelled to paint daises for a long time now, it began when I had this vision of a field of blooming wild daisies. It spoke of promise and abundance. As far as the eye could see, there were too many daisies to count. An endless abundance. I believe the vision was about the promise of spring, and that even though winter seasons can be cold and barren there is always the coming of new life, abundance and joy. I believe this promise is for everyone and no matter their current season, spring is coming. I wish to share that promise in this artwork”. Searching for inspiration at her home, Northern Rivers, NSW [A:] “What experiences of our humanness do you believe creates the best art, and why?” [M:] “Such a great and deep question! I believe that it is our range of experiences and the symphony of the ups as well as the downs that create the most vibrant and authentic expressions of art. Everyone looks at the world through a different lens according to who they are and the season they are in, and that is powerful when expressing creatively. For me I tend to focus on the theme of wonder. There is something so pure and powerful in cultivating childlike wonder. Mostly found in nature. I live on Bundjalung Country (the Northern Rivers, NSW) a beautiful, never-ending source of wonder, however I find that the more I take time to look, the more I see and I can’t actually fathom the wonder that is all around me (that goes for nature, people and life in general). It is my desire then to share in my experience of wonder and to hopefully cause other people who engage with my art to stop, reflect and be curious about the wonder of life too.” Daisies, in progress. [A:] “What role does artistry have in society?” [M:] “Another great question. For me quite simply I believe artistry is an expression of the human soul and a communicator to the soul. Collectively each artistic expressions of the soul creates a larger tapestry and if you look throughout history those tapestries reflect that moment in time of where humanity was and is. I believe everyone is creative – it is in our human make-up. There is deep joy and healing in releasing creative expression through outworking it and sharing it. As social beings, we connect on a deeper level when we creatively express then share. From baking a cake for a friend to the great artists of our time, there is a transaction of giving and receiving that is an essential and dignifying part of our human experience.” [A:] “I read something once that said “to be an artist, you just need to learn how to start everyday”. What is the first stroke you make on a canvas and why? And what is your favourite medium to work with?” [M:] “I love this and agree wholeheartedly! The first stroke on the canvas is quite exhilarating. A sense of possibility mixed with a nervousness that comes from surrendering control and just leaping into it. My first stroke is very childlike, very playful because it doesn’t have to be anything yet. I love to just pour out a massive blob of thick paint and just smoosh it around with my palette knife. It is really fun and satisfying, like making a mud pie as a kid. It usually consists of acrylic paint, an added modelling paste for extra structure and sometimes limestone or concrete powder for texture. I really love texture when it comes to mediums. There is something really special when a painting has a 3D element that can be discovered in different lights and angles according to where you stand. Acrylic is my favourite medium as it is easier to clean, dries much quicker (I can be impatient to get to that next layer) and gives a beautiful vibrant result. It can also be mixed with so many other textures and pigments.” [A:] “Such a simple but personal question. One that offers a moment of reflection and possibly even inspiration for others. What is the best advice you have been given?” [M:] “The first thing that comes to mind was something I picked up from a podcast many years ago and it was Kate Hudson talking about betting on yourself. She said very clearly, and it always stuck with me, ‘If you don’t back yourself, no one will.‘ It is really simple but profound because it is an invitation to make a conscious choice to believe in yourself. Its almost like the Henry Ford saying, ‘whether you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are right’. I remember that day I decided that I was going to take the responsibility to back myself. I decided to take my art seriously and back myself in my life-long journey of exploring my artistic voice and expression. It was a ‘line in the sand’ moment that launched me. Of course I still struggle with doubt and all the normal emotions (especially when a painting is in it’s ugly stage) but I know it is my responsibility to back myself and take control of those thoughts and just keep going and trusting the process.” [A:] “How do you balance your creative endeavours and your personal life?” [M:] “I tend to always have a lot on the go and there are many roles I have, hats I wear (like many of us). I thrive with this, wanting to do all the things! I love art, I love business, I love architecture and interiors (which I still work part time in), I run a women’s business group, I love my community and church community, I love learning about investing and finances and I love adventure and being outside at the beach. So there is a lot to balance! If I want to do all of the things I simply have to be organised (hello lists) and be focussed. So what I do to balance it all is have focus days that have corresponding focus lists. So say if Monday is an art day all I do that day is paint and create – no housework or marketing etc. I can only look at that list and if something comes up for another focus I just put it on another list for another time. Compartmentalising the different roles or focuses into different time chunks has helped me so much. I was feeling like my to do list was so long and I was jumping around and not getting anything done and art was taking a backseat because it was the most time intensive. I found there is a lot of freedom in time structuring and planning. It also means you create and control time so that you do get whole days just painting without feeling distracted. You also get to control the fun and rest and schedule in the important things which ultimately feed into creative inspiration.” See more of Megan and her whimsical art at @megancochranart and find your very own ‘Daisy-Land’, here.