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Looking Back and Going Forward

Looking Back and Going Forward


I always find looking back over the past year helps me with my plans for the future. It is good to take a look at what we DID accomplish and not dwell on the things we didn't get to. 

We can then decide if the things that didn't get done are worthy of putting back on the list for the coming year.

Why didn't we get to them? 

Was it resources - financial or otherwise? Lack of time or expertise? Procrastination or discipline? Perhaps fear. 

Whatever the reason,  if we want to carry that goal forward and accomplish it the following year it is good to take a look at why it didn't get done. 

In 2017 I chose to focus on my teaching as my number one priority. FOCUS was my word of the year WOTY for short. 

I like to call it my guiding word and do a piece of art around it. 

I am still deciding on my Guiding Word for 2018. Several have come to mind but I am still pondering to choose the one that will guide me best. 

Reflecting on the past year helps me with that.  

Here are some things that I did accomplish: 

I coached and mentored a private student. 

I hosted 2 adult ART Birthday parties. 

I had a Mother and Daughter private workshop

I taught two workshops in Penticton

I taught two workshops at Gabriola Isle of the Arts Festival

I was a keynote speaker at Gabriola's Isle of the Arts Festival Professional Development Day

I kicked off my "ARTBITE" workshops - 3 hour classes for students to get a taste

I developed my first online course and will launch it in 2018

I had a solo Exhibition for the month of October at the MAC

I facilitated a show for  my Make Your Mark mentorship students at the PCCC

I had work in several juried shows including the Sooke Fine Art Show, and  the FCA Signature Member Show

I mentored 5 students in my Make Your Mark year-long program.

I did two commissions - one to commemorate Canada's 150 with a Saskatchewan theme for Pineview Terrace in Prince Albert, SK. , the other for a private collector in Courtenay

Along with my partner, we built a shed to move all the garden equipment out of my storage space. Yeah!

Set up a designated space for my encaustic studio. 

Had a washroom and water put in my studio. Another Yeah!!

Taught a workshop to special needs children

Taught a children's summer camp

Had 103 adult students come to my studio for workshops

Went in two markets (really cut back on that!!)

Sold 33 paintings in spite of my attendance at markets

Purchased the Ipad Pro and started to learn how to make digital art. ( I also use it for my music scores and to rehearse and perform with - double duty! )

Finished 100 paintings give or take! 

Had one open studio combined with my Affordable Art Sale

Took several workshops

Continued teaching harp

Played a few harp gigs

Worked with a few clients to beautify their interiors

Went to two jazz festivals - one in Saskatoon and the other in Ladysmith

Attended many concerts

What I didn't do that I had hoped to:

 Didn't learn much new harp music

Bought a keyboard to learn jazz piano but hardly made a start

Didn't spend as much time as I would have liked on learning digital art

Didn't paint as much as I would like to

The garden didn't get planted

The TAb trailer never left the yard - many implications due to a new vehicle not being equipped

Canoe never saw water - blame it on the unequipped vehicle

The deck didn't get rebuilt - not for lack of trying to hire someone!

The clutter continued to get stuffed in closets and drawers! 

Our landscape plans for the backyard fell by the wayside


Moving Forward

I am hoping to do a better job getting out into nature in 2018 and taking more time to relax. 

I am planning on being more proactive with my schedule and really focus on the important to me things. 

I am going to work on simplifying things - clearing clutter, both in my mind, house and studio. 

I am going to develop my Japanese themed garden beside my studio

I am going to hire more help to free up my time for the bigger picture! 

I am going to designate some "play days " for myself. 


My guiding word is becoming clearer - I should have it sorted out by the end of the year!

If you want help with yours give me a shout. 






















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Paint from Your Heart

 I recently held my "Paint from Your Heart" intuitive painting workshop in my studio.  I had 7 ladies in total. Only three had ever painted before.  I was blown away by the results. We started by making doodles in black. Then added a layer of warm tones using a variety of mark making tools. Then a layer of cool colours was added. The result is creative chaos.  From this, as a group project, we looked for imagery in the mark making. Everyone sees something different but it is up to the individual artist to make the final decision to take the work to completion.   The painting is developed by using transparent and opaque layers. 6 out of 7 of these paintings were created without the use of any photo reference other than the imagination.    Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.     If you are interested in taking the workshop it is running again on may 11th.  To register click here.     
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When Dreams Change

                               

When


Dreams Change








It was always a dream of mine to become a full time practicing artist.

I made that dream a reality in 2009. At first, I loved it and spent many hours creating. I was going in the right direction to achieve my dream and having some success doing it. That felt right for awhile but I started getting more and more disenchanted with my dream!  

I started to have dis-ease in my heart. 

I was feeling empty. Don't get me wrong - creating is a very important part of who I am. But somehow this dream wasn't totally fulfilling like I thought it would be. 

There was something missing. Being a full-time artist felt selfish and indulgent. The only connection I had was to my art and creativity. I did not have any real human connection. I wasn't serving anyone! 

I am a very introverted person and at the same time, I need deep meaningful conversations. 

I felt empty. I had always been in a career where I served people and this was the missing component. Creativity alone was not filling my heart. 

I needed more!  

I started teaching workshops and helping others learn to paint and access their inner child. This has been very fulfilling for me and I am passionate about it. 

My mentorship program brings me great joy as I work with the participants on a deeper level to help them grow. 

There are still days that I feel like I am riding the wrong horse on the carousel.

These days I am checking in with myself often, going deeper in my thoughts to really get in touch. 

Everything comes back to purpose and values. 

Living a rich meaningful life is my ultimate goal. 

What are the next steps on my journey? 

Time will tell. 


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CreateAbility

This fall I had the opportunity to teach a five week mixed media workshop through CreateAbility for special needs adults. This was an Oceanside Community Arts Council project funded by BC Arts Council. I had a blast and was amazed at the results. These people where a joy to work with and so happy to create a painting! Each week we did a different project. Take a look at what fun we had!   Week Two We learned about Kandinsky today and talked about what makes our heart sing. Instead of doing circles we did Kandinsky hearts. We started with a heart cut out of a paper music score. Next step was to add colours around the heart. Everyone picked a word that resonated with them and we used a rubber stamp to put it on the painting. Lastly we added some bling in the heart for the focal point. Week Three We did a vase of flowers. By starting with a cutout shape of a vase made out of pre-stamped papers. The flowers where fashioned by using a stamp made out of insulation pipe. The leaves where added with a leaf shaped stamp made out of fun foam. The table cloth was designed with a stencil and some of them got over stamped. For adding accents we added buttons to the center of the flower and for some of the tiny blossoms. Week Four Seascapes this week. We started out painting a blue background. We added texture waves with molding paste. At the base natural paper with inclusions of darker paper was torn into rock shapes and collaged on. On top of this some natural sand gel was put on.  We created the final wave spray by using a toothbrush to make a fine mist.   Week Five This week we tackled a big sky landscape with a road. We painted the sky portion first -everyone choose there own palette. Next we did the earth area. Collage paper was added to form a straight horizon line and a road. Dictionary paper was collage on to add some lighter value and interest. Embroidery thread was added to give the illusion of background hills. The final touches of trees, flowers and sunshine was achieved with fun foam shapes.