Recently I received the most wonderful news...I have been juried into the Alberta Society of Artists! It is such a privilege to be recognized as a professional artist by my peers and to be able to proudly add 'ASA' to my signature. I'm looking foward to becoming involved with this group of artists whom I have long admired.
A professional artist is someone who:
a) Has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in an academic institution)
b) Is recognized as such by peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and
c) Has a history of public presentation or publication
With half of my family currently travelling in Europe, I was so grateful to meet my eldest daughter in Banff to spend the weekend. One of my favorite people in my favorite place in the world. I think I was about 5 years old the first time I visited and it was a very long trip from northern Manitoba. Although we lived in a rugged place surrounded by the Churchill River and boreal forest with occasional visits to town by bears and wolves, visiting the Rocky Mountains felt so different. I moved to Alberta as a teenager but after meeting my husband returned to Manitoba, this time to the south. A year later my husband and I spent our honeymoon here which made him begin to think about relocating us to Alberta where we have happily raised our daughters. It's still the most soul-refreshing place I have ever been. I'm so fortunate to only live an hour away from this beautiful place.
So...I've noticed a few things about faces:
♡ Even though I know that no one's face is symmetrical, I never realized that I'm not the only one with a crooked smile - I feel oddly relieved.
♡ Now I also realize that I'm not the only one with a round ball at the end of my nose...funny how you notice these single bits about yourself but with others you see their features as a whole.
♡ Neither age nor hairstyle or anything else detracts from or adds to a person's beauty...it shines from within.
♡ Recently I read that people tend to be drawn to photographs of faces online, just like babies, this is naturally how we connect with others.
♡ I am drawn to photographs that portray a feeling of contentment & joy.
Photo courtesy Kate Funk