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During our time at home my daughter and I started looking at words and considering their derivatives. Let me give you an example:

Rest – Restore

Resign- Resignation

Regulate – Regulation

While I’m sure when I return to work my English colleagues will assist in the term for this – it lead me to think about this pair.

Revolve – Revolution. It was also followed closely by the words “Sometimes the world doesn’t revolve entirely around you”

Interesting stuff?

Well it got me thinking about the way we see things impacting our lives. We all see through our own lenses.

He’s not interested in me because he’s ignoring me… well actually he’s worried about a lump that he found in his hand and is too scared to talk to anyone about it.

Why is she letting the kids just run wild over there? Doesn’t she know anyone else is around… er well she’s just found out that her husband has died and is trying to muster up the courage to talk to her children about it.

And then there’s the OMG he just cut me up on the road Do they not know how to drive?… Well his son has just had an allergic reaction and has swollen up like a balloon and needs to get to A&E fast.

My point is we don’t know what is underneath the surface.

When we see with just our eyes we forget that there’s a whole load of other things going on with other people too.

The word revolve acts as a reminder to see thing differently.

Turning around. Making a shift.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Wayne Dyer

Why did they say that to me…? becomes… what I wonder what they were thinking why they reacted like that.

We will never know the reasons so we have to act in good faith.







As with anything. The best way to start is by working on ourselves.

I believe it takes practice.

So mindful art helps me to do that. Click here for the latest video

It helps me to not get so hung up on the judgements.

Oh I made a mistake… so that must be bad.


Think about it. The Earth moves around the Sun. Slowly but surely. Different seasons. Different time zones are made. Night and day created.

Life is one cycle. Constant change.

In today’s work of art you will see me demonstrate that exact same thing

I make a mistake in creating it live. Well it’s not a mistake it just involves taking a moment to realign and see things differently. How can I best make use of this. How can I adapt it? Well you can see how I deal with it!

So this week you will need about 50 minutes of you time.

You will also need a pen or pencil, circular object and a plain piece of paper.

You can download your pattern sheet and template below

If you prefer to use the template skip to 10 minutes and the drawing will start.

As always I would love to see your art work. Tag it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #systobart and don’t forget to comment below.


Love always



“Remember first that everything you think, say, and do is a reflection of what you’ve decided about yourself; a statement of Who You Are; an act of creation in your deciding who you want to be.”
― Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 2 Taken from goodreads.com

Well I have decided to represent myself using my artwork as a medium for expressing myself.

My Dad asked me what I would have taken for A levels if I had the chance to do them all over again. I said I would choose Art.

My Mom responded by saying ‘You never did anything arty”.

I said ” Yeah but I had never been exposed to it, so how would I know if I was any good at it?”

She went on to say “Yeah but we had felt tips in the house”.

I smiled.

It got me thinking.

My art knowledge consists of a secondary school education, GCSE in Graphic Design and an understanding of how my art work helps me express myself, keeps me mindful, present, calm and alert- all at the same time. It’s taken me on a journey to complete an Art Therapy course and then create this.

I know that my heart feels alive when I walk around an art gallery.

I have a huge sense of warmth when I see work that people have created.

I can sit for hours creating something not knowing where it’s going to take me but just having a go.

I have a natural affinity with the subject. Why not explore it further?

Over time I continued to just have a go. Do things that were outside of my norm.

Art has become my therapy. It’s my mindful tool. Along with a few others, but it represents my state of mind. My feelings. My ability to connect with the world around me.

At a time like this we need moments in our day that allow us to connect.

Mostly with ourselves.

At the time of writing this we are in a world that nobody has ever experienced in their lifetime. I haven’t lived through a world war. The closest I’ve been to experiencing major disruption was 911 and the Ash cloud. This is new. It’s a state of adjustment. It’s the next stage in our adaptation to life on this planet.

This is forcing us to strip away our identities.

It’s taking us right back to our skeleton.

It’s allowing us to think about what we represent. What we stand for. What we believe. But most of all, going forward how do we want things to be?

So this is super scary- but I’m sharing things with you.

Sharing my methods. My journey. My ideas. Things that are unique to me… but may be of benefit to many out there, and if not many- at least 1.

So, this video should be the first of many. I’m keeping it simple:

Mindful Art with Sy Ep…

Watch the first episode here. Mindful Art with Sy. Ep 1: Representation

Here’s how you can help

  1. Have a go at it.
  2. Email a picture of your work to info@systobart.com
  3. Upload a picture of your work to Instagram with the hashtag #systobart
  4. Upload a picture of your work to Facebook with the hashtag #systobart
  5. Write a comment below about your thoughts on how you are starting to think about how you represent yourself will things change for you?

Thanks you for your support