I regularly attend a couple of local life drawing groups. Occasionally, the group decides that they’d like to draw the model clothed. Yawn. Turns out, drawing clothed people bores me to tears. I know, I know. Just last week I was talking about how much I love painting portraits and portraits are, generally speaking, clothed people. But that’s a … [Read more...] about why do you paint naked people??
(This is a work in progress for my one-night show, Bon Voyage on April 14th, here in Charlottetown, PEI. To read more about it, click here.) Grantchester Meadows is one of my favourite places. Not necessarily the main part, full of chairs and tables, trees and people, but through the trees and beyond, to the river itself, sluggishly weaving … [Read more...] about Down by the River Cam: A trio of paintings in progress
This morning, I am sitting and breathing into the anxiety. My calendar tells me that it’s April. I’m not sure how that happened. At the end of this month, I’m moving what remains of my belongings to my parents’ house in Ontario, and then on May 21st, I’m flying to France with a couple of suitcases of clothing and art supplies to study … [Read more...] about Shame & Gold Stickers: Finding peace in the process
(This is a work in progress for my one-night show, Bon Voyage on April 14th, here in Charlottetown, PEI. To read more about it, click here.) I’d walked this path before, on my first night in this rural French town. It was dark then, almost midnight, when we’d all wandered the path around the orchard, getting to know each other. I’d seen the … [Read more...] about Art Stories: The Clock Tower (French town at sunset)
(This is a work in progress for my one-night show, Bon Voyage on April 14th, here in Charlottetown, PEI. To read more about it, click here.) It had been cold, autumn cold, for over a week. Then suddenly, the weather broke and the sun returned like a long lost friend. The sun was setting as we left the studio, dumped our stuff and headed … [Read more...] about Art Stories: Trees by a French River
Welcome to the Sunday Hug! Leave your shame, guilt and sin at the door, and put your Compassion Pants on. Every Sunday, I chat about things we often pretend aren’t there – fear, anger, overwhelm, envy. You know – all those things that make us human. And then everyone gets a hug, because being a human can be hard. We all fall down sometimes. … [Read more...] about The Sunday Hug: Trusting your voice
I was really determined to write a great blog post today. It was on my list. It was my marketing activity for the day. I started writing about 5 lessons I learned about life from the movie, Mulan. It just began to sound cheesy though. So I left it. Maybe I'll go back to it later. Sometimes, the fire goes out. I am pretty exhausted. I've … [Read more...] about Do you honour your need for renewal?
This is just a quick post today, but don't worry - the hug is as gigantic and squishy as ever. I don't know about you, but the first month of 2011 has been insane. Good stuff happening, wildest dreams coming true, releasing e-courses, not to mention house guests. (Hi Jesse's mom!) It's been a real rollercoaster ride this month. I think … [Read more...] about The Sunday Hug: It’s Sleepy Time
First, can we get some celebratory champagne here? We have raised $1061.84 which is the cost of Hannah's dance classes. We are sending the registration form today. Hannah is going back to dance. She is going back to dance. Which is awesome and amazing and so many wonderful things. And Hannah is excited. She is incredibly excited. But … [Read more...] about Helping Hannah Dance, part 2.