It was Canada Day here on Tuesday, and also the beginning of the second half of the year. That felt significant to me - like a fresh start, a half-way-New-Years, if you will. The first half of the year was all-wedding-madness-all-the-time. There was also a lot of settling into life as a non-nomad (still getting used to it!). We got an apartment, … [Read more...] about Secrets of the Sea: A new drawing
Every year, I pick a word or theme for the coming months. I'm not into goals and resolutions because those are generally forgotten before the first week of February. But I love the idea of a theme for the year, something to put in the back of your mind and mull over gently for the next 12 months. For myself, I always pick a quality that I want … [Read more...] about 2013: The year of lightness
Proof that every penny I've spent has been worth it. (Studying at Studio Escalier, 2011 - 2012) Find out how to get some art of your own and how that helps me stay in school by clicking right here. … [Read more...] about What 1096 hours can do.
I'm applying for my first Canada Council arts grant today. It's been anything but fun. (Turns out, I would rather have my nails pulled out than write grant essays. I am assuming this feeling lessens with practice.) It's an equity/disability travel grant and I'm hoping it will offset some of the costs of the Paris program coming up in January. … [Read more...] about Sometimes the hard part is where all of the best things are.
After 6 months away at school in France, painting and drawing my little heart out, these are the latest pieces. (My favourite is the very last one!) It's been a year of breakthroughs and light bulbs going on. After 14 months of pushing and studying and practicing, the pins began to drop into place and suddenly everything got easier. I'd pushed … [Read more...] about The latest work from France
(Hello from France! I’ve missed you all so much. Kisses!) I’ve been thinking a lot about perfection and art lately. As I work in class and push to improve and see clearer, I’m beginning to realize that perfect is in the wrong direction of where I truly want to go. I find that in class, I’m often just trying to “get it right.” Get the … [Read more...] about How the search for perfect leads to bad art
The last few weeks have been exhausting. I’ve been working almost round the clock trying to fundraise my tuition money for France while also visiting family and trying to spend quality time with them while I'm still in Canada. I’ve been feeling tired and not a little discouraged. My tuition is due tomorrow and I’m still short $3,500. I’ll be … [Read more...] about How music gave me hope again
"In life, as in baseball, getting on base can be just as important as hitting a home run." As my Sunday deadline looms closer & closer, my anxiety levels keep climbing. I am still $3,650 short of my tuition payment on Sunday. Despite raising over $6,700 in 4 weeks, I’m still not quite there. Hello, difficult feelings For some reason, … [Read more...] about Making peace with “failure”
It can feel so vulnerable dreaming big. To have a vision that feels so huge that some days it can make you feel tiny. To fiercely believe in the purity, power and beauty of your dream and yet… Yet to not be so attached to your dream that you shut yourself off from possibility or worse yet… Let desperation fuel your actions. To let … [Read more...] about The vulnerability of your dreams
I leave for France a week today. (WHEEEE!)) In 6 days, I have to pay my second tuition payment for the year. The first program is almost paid for, but now I have to pay for the second program. I need another $5,400, to cover tuition, rent & food for at least the first few weeks. If I can’t raise that, I can just about make it to the … [Read more...] about Brave Enough
Today is International ME/CFS Awareness Day. I’ve written a lot about my experiences living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed at 12, and the first 5 years were the toughest of my life. Back in 2010, I wrote another post for ME/CFS Awareness Day about how art helped me find purpose in my life and gave me a reason … [Read more...] about ME/CFS Awareness Day: 11 things of gratitude for 11 years of illness
(Royalty-free music courtesy of Dan-o: http://www.danosongs.com/#music) Yesterday, I was sitting in the doctor's office waiting to get some test results (good news! all is well!) when I suddenly had an idea. I knew I had to make this video, to explain in my own quirky way why going to France to study art is so important. I've just spent … [Read more...] about An Artist’s Odyssey, explained with a series of pictures!