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I surrendered and this happened…

Date: 8th May 2022, Posted by mollie

Happy Mother’s Day from New Zealand! I hope you have the best day.

I couldn’t resist sneaking out another painting for my ‘Bloomin’ Mad’ exhibition which opened on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022. Created in a moment of passion, I decided to name this yummy piece “Sweet Surrender.

Scroll down to see the image later in this post:)

As an intuitive artist following my inner joy, I know the magic in painting (and in life) is to remember that you just have to surrender to it and just go with it. In the end, despite much frenetic energy, (including reworking an earlier painting) there really is a calm in the whole concept.
I also love the following: “It’s my choice to be joyful. I’m giving up on sorrow”,  Trevor Hall, Jupiter’s Call
This is why I’m creating happy art. You may think,” gosh how does that help anyone?” but it does …believe me I know from the 20 years I have spent as an art, couples and child therapist, that creating art helps with anxiety and despair and depression and I know people who receive my paintings tell me how much joy they bring to their lives so that’s how I show up. I bring the gift of colour.

So far, I’m having the best Mother’s Day this year! LOL. (Every day should be Mother’s Day. We rock!) First I received a lovely call and message from my daughter expressing how proud and happy she is to see me painting again and making so many people happy. And thanking me for encouraging her to follow her passion❤️💕

Then today I met a beautiful new collector on holiday from Sydney visiting her family. They made a special visit to see me in the gallery. People love meeting the artist I have found and learning more about the urge to create.

“My sister fell in love at first sight with your painting ‘When Love First Tasted Your Lips’” her sister, Claire told me when she called.

The painting had only recently been hung at Ake Ake restaurant and winery here in The Bay of Islands.

Clients often love the story behind the painting. Here’s a little blurb, from the inspiration which was the writings of Anais Nin and the reminder that something better can emerge after a painful ending.
My new collector shared with me that she had recently divorced her husband. So perhaps this is why this painting spoke to her.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Anais Nin

Layered in sultry glazes and gestural sweeps of colour, the palette embodies vibrant pinks, love-hewn reds, wonderful whites, glorious golds and sunny yellows, When Love First Tasted Your Lips speaks to the heart.

Many of love-stories contain art-inspired themes. Very often the heroine’s have endured a heart-hurting breakup. Have you noticed? 

Books like:


Sweet Surrender.

Yipee! Crazy For You is now available in audio on Amazon and Kobo… written and narrated by me. Do check with other retailers and libraries just in case it’s now live elsewhere.

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If you’ve read and enjoyed Crazy For You (or any of my books), would you please leave a review? Reviews are so helpful for independent authors like me.

Reader reviews

“Very Cute”

“Very cute short story. Liberty and Alessandro are immediately attracted to each other. Well written with vivid descriptions. A good epilogue that neatly tied everything together. I enjoyed this quick read. I received a free copy of this book and this is my voluntary, honest review”

“I kept turning the pages”

Crazy For You, set in New Zealand, is a very quick read with lots of details and vivid imagery.  It’s a short contemporary romance and the story has a nice pace and flow as I kept turning the pages to see what would happen next.  This is Liberty’s story after she calls her wedding off the day before. We learn about her relationship with her ex and it sounds like she should have been running a long time ago.  The story takes place over a couple of days.  I liked how color played into the story since she’s The Colour Girl and I loved that she called it her superpower!  She and Alessandro, the owner of the boutique hotel she’s staying at, have chemistry when they first meet at the hotel.  They hit it off and it was love at first sight.  There is a happily ever after and I loved the epilogue that gave me the closure I look for. There are excerpts from some of the author’s other books at the end and several of them I haven’t read yet. It definitely left me wanting more. I loved the cover. Ms. Mathews is an author whose books I’ve enjoyed. I look forward to reading more of her books.”

Inspired to read this fun and flirty love story?
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Last Christmas, art therapist Issy Riley was jilted by her fiancé. This Christmas she’s running away. A week with a client on his private Fijian island promises to save her from cheating men and the London festive season. But when the client turns out to be a gorgeous and magnetic Italian billionaire, he threatens her resolve to never again trust her heart to the wrong man.

Milan fashion house leader and avowed bachelor Massimiliano Balforni has no intention of taking a vacation, despite his sister’s insistence that he subject himself to an art therapy retreat following a minor heart attack. With an important collection due, he intends to fire his therapist and work, instead. But the determined and striking Issy gives his heart palpitations of a far more dangerous kind.


instantly gripping dynamic

“Mollie Mathews has created an instantly gripping dynamic between Issy and Massimilliano that beautifully blends their animosity and their undeniable attraction, making the tension soar.”

~ Laura, Harlequin Mills and Boon

an excellent read

“I really enjoy Mollie’s style of writing – it’s in the 21st century and relates to every woman who has been trashed by a bloke.  The abandonment issues experienced by Max are also so relevant to our current world, so many have been emotionally stunted or abandoned.  This is a story that resonates with me and I could not put it down.  Mollie is just such a good writer with enormous appeal in her story – an excellent read on a rainy day.”

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