Every year, instead of making resolutions I choose a word to set an intention for the year. This year my word was Orenda which is an Iroquois term for a spiritual power or "a mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or to effect change in their own lives." The word reminded me to be brave and to share more of myself this year. As I look to the year ahead I've been considering my new word...I think it may have something to do with kindness or letting go. Does anyone else follow this practice?
We have seen you grow and flourish so much these past few years and are so proud of you.
I am thrilled that the Alberta Minister of Culture & Tourism has proclaimed January as the Month of the Artist. When our local radio station contacted me to discuss it, I hadn't yet heard so I was very excited. They will also be offering an annual Artist Residency which is wonderful for arts & culture in Alberta. To read the story visit AIR 106.1 here.
The Alberta Society of Artists fundraiser is now online.
If you are interested in purchasing this piece or any of the others available, please visit the ASA website here.
This is the final week to sign up for the online Art is Magic: Creative Retreat where my contribution includes creating backgrounds and completing a landscape. For more information please visit here.
In college there was a huge focus on starting work with objectives & intent. I understand that and also recognize the value of commitment and hard work, you can't just wait for the muse after all. But I often find that daydreaming and starting the work intuitively, meaning without a particular end in mind, is often the beginning of something new and wonderful. For me that doesn't mean that it comes without its challenges and confusion, but I find that as a visual person I find my way to the clarification of my thought process through the physical labour of it. The chairs (Simple Pleasures), canoes (Sacred Vessel), year-long projects (52 WEEKS) and now these Fashion Plates all came from following what drew my attention and during the work I've slowly been able to put down in words my ideas & inspiration. And then writing about it to create a statement about the body of work helps to clarify what exactly it was that drew me to the subject matter in the first place. If that makes any sense.
I love the 21 SECRETS online workshops and have been very fortunate to share some of my techniques in a few. For the next few days, November 14 to 16, there will be a sale using the coupon code FLASHBACK! It's a really neat platform as there are 21 teachers sharing some of their favorite tips and tricks in each workshop. The ones that I contributed to in this series (Tell Your Story plus The Best of 2014 & 2015) are both part of this sale. For more information or to join, please see my Workshops page here.
"Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery.
There is something to be said about chasing ideas. There are often so many rattling around in my head and I try to pursue several at once. Even though the results or even the process might be less desirable than I had initially hoped for, in the end I tend to learn something valuable. More often than not, just having several projects in progress feeds other ideas and allows me to problem solve on something that might not be connected in any way. Currently I am attempting to make a hat for one of my daughter's projects (The Modiste) and as I found myself stuck I decided to clean my studio. There I found something in progress that triggered a solution and it also inspired me on another project that I've been stalling on. None are directly related - a hat, an altered book and a painting - but they are all creative. That's how my portrait project came about and also my current Fashion Plates.
AIRdirondack Art Project