Monthly Archives: March 2013

don’t put all your eggs in one basket

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These are not typical Easter egg shots. There are so many beautiful things to observe: shape, pattern, contrast, colour…it’s good to step out of what we consider to be the main focus. No matter our passion or subject matter, by shifting our perspective (or routine or ritual) ever so slightly, we create the opportunity to capture something more…be encouraged today. Happy Spring & blessed Easter!

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Ponder the path of thy feet…

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and get thee to a local historic site!

There are many places to see in my adopted homeland, most of which I’ve yet to explore. Circumstances and responsibilities will always try to detour these kind of excursions, but it’s usually worth the effort. Make it your goal this week to see a bit of local history you’ve not seen before. You may find some inspiration and hidden treasure to share!


the art of waiting

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Let’s face facts. Sometimes, may times, waiting isn’t any fun…

We’d waited months for our eldest daughter’s hospital appointment. We packed 5 days worth of stuff into bags and drove into the city, relieved to go ahead and get this started. We sat in a ward for hours waiting for the doctor to come. Every minute that ticked by said we might be waiting some more. It wasn’t fun. I’ve learned to be prepared to wait, so I whipped out my trusty Sharpies and a plain pocket calendar that I’d packed to pass the time. We talked, I drew. I drew, she watched. We waited. Four hours later…the doctor didn’t show – he was sick. That was hard. But I pointed my child in the right direction, towards the door and to hope…that good can come of waiting even when we don’t know the “why.” I carry this little reminder of our time spent. And I choose to believe it was for the good, for the better. If you are in the waiting room, I hope this little piece encourages you today.

We have been rescheduled in record time…not long now. And yes, I will be repacking my pens!

through the looking glass

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or how to paint “En plein air” from the comfort of your kitchen…

I’ve never done this before (painted outside, yes. painted up on my window, no.) I’m not even sure where the idea came from! I think it’s one too many tracing projects with the kids’ homework. However it came about, this simple painting exercise brought me to a place of observing and consideration that I wasn’t expecting. I was discovering subtle and intricate shifts of the view, the light, the paint and the paper. These were only moments, ones that I usually miss. What am I saying? schedule some time to stop, look and listen. This is not about making a masterpiece, but it is about influencing and strengthening your ability to see one in the making. Because I was already set up, I could drop the laundry or the paperwork or the phone long enough to appreciate the changes going on around me, to capture some of this movement in a creative way. Be encouraged today.

The kit: one piece of large white tissue paper, simple watercolour pan paints, tape, water, different sized soft brushes, markers and a window!

The process: start light and paint some washes of colour. Be gentle and thoughtful with the work, or it could tear. Leave it to dry and come back at different times of the day to observe the changing light and colours. Paint and draw as you wish, be willing to shift as the scene moves through the day. Look up close, see. Stand back, see through. Move in close again. Leave the room. Come back at a different angle. Repeat.

These photos start from morning light and go through to evening’s dark.

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