Hooray! I have managed to get 4 original mixed media works online
and into my etsy shop. you can check them out here.
I took some quick photos of these and was asked about prints so for now,
there are also Mini Prints available in my Society6 shop along with a lot of others.
Check them out here.
Lots of healing going on here and recooperating after the tragic loss of my dear mother at the end of August.
Art truly heals and I spent a few good strong sessions on Untitled III (seen below) as the images came to me in dreams while the most raw of emotions flowed through me.
Loss is intense and chaotic and desperate. Loss creates an etching within your being that never really fades away, it just becomes who you are.
I spend a great deal talking and writing about these changes and I cherish the chances to create and express my feelings with the art making process.
Thank you for being here with me. Thank you for loving art with me.
I’ll always miss you Mama. Thank you for giving me this life.
I realized about halfway though my very solitary processes as an artist that i
I really can be my own worst enemy.
The procrastinations, the self-criticism, the ridiculous and never ending distractions….those are all the ones I taught myself to identify over the years. but the big lesson I learned was that I held a very specific expectation of what my art needed to look like, and I would attach myself very firmly to the outcome of me obtaining that exact perfect image with what I had on hand.
So, Wow! way to set myself up for disappointment and a sense of perfectionism I may never acheive..! haha, it was truly eye opening to become conscious of that self sabotage I created for myself!
This was in my youngest art making years when I thought a decade of schooling and the right set of luck would set me on a very easy and successful career learning about art..
it took me years of art practice and self exploration to develop a style and a confidence in my own work, and meditation as well as conscious compassionate thoughts for my work were what helped me through my barriers.
There will be times I will feel the need to loosen up in my studio practices so some deep breaths, some passionately focused presence, and letting the intuitive flow are the guides I follow.
With it can come some really new experiments, a new technique or even a new series idea…so the investment to me is huge.
the flow grows, and it layers together into a whole new story.
as we are guided by our passions and follow our deep desires to do what we love to do the most, the lessons we learn within that, always seem to trickle into the rest of our lives…. and isn’t that what it’s about?
life is art.
hi everyone. a quick little update from me during this glorious summer we are having. I honestly haven’t been in the studio nearly as much as i’ve wanted to, but there are, of course, a million and one reasons (ahem!) for my not creating as much as my big artist muse would like to..one of the bigger (and more exciting) reasons is that I am working on the organizational and business side of my work and that’s been new, and strange (hahaha!) and admittedly overwhelming. this is the dirty work I’ve avoided because I lacked a mentor during the process of getting “real” with my work. hey, I want this to be my main income don’t I? that’s a huge challenge for all artists, including this one. :)
and now I’m gaining allies which only further strengthens my journey as a creative person. Yesterday I met a wonderfully inspiring woman named Harmony who is the executive director at the Langley Arts Council. We met and chatted about what I felt I needed in my art business to become more sustainable (love that word) and it was a true pleasure to hear harmony’s words and perspectives about it all.
Harmony wants me to blog more often. lol! I told her I would try, so here I am….bear with me as I get my blogging shoes on and make sure they’re comfy and fit well. there will be more noise out of me here I hope. and in the meantime I also hope a revamp of this site will commence too. lots of exciting changes around here!
sending out a tonne of love to all who come here to read. i’ve been told I’m a story teller so hopefully I can share more stories with you all. xoxo!
As always I am struggling to get online and post updates for you all. I wear many hats and sometimes I forget to take the first one off before I put the next one on. I am sure there are many mothers out there who can relate.
April is a month of many birthdays, and 3 wonderful friends of mine are celebrating a new year of adventure. Many celebrations and time spent together is essential (I think) in order to cultivate an excitement for the new and fresh, as well as a sense of gratitude and contentment. Aren’t you Springtime babies wonderful! :)
First update is that I am now on instagram, woot! It’s been great snapping quick snippets of my life in, around and amongst my family and creative life.
Find the instagram photo and link to my account in the right sidebar over there.
Follow me would ya?
Second update is that I’ve had to cancel my April 20th felt workshop due to a family affair. Quite honestly my mother isn’t in the greatest health and I am hoping we’re able to visit her for the Easter long weekend. I don’t get enough opportunities to visit with my mother and this will be a great time to reconnect and catch up. Perhaps we’ll see the easter rabbit.
Lastly, I hope this can make up for the cancelled felt workshop this month…
I will be offering a free needle felting workshop and a vessel making wet felt workshop through the Womens Resource Centre called herART. Available here in Nanaimo, B.C. it’s a fun opportunity to take some art classes with people in the community.
I’m going to let the ladies over at this facebook link show you what’s happening with that. :) RIGHT HERE