Last week I was invited to take part in the national Freedom to Read week at our public library and got to get cozy by reading a previously banned book out loud...The Great Gatsby. I love books & reading so it was an honour. Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. At the beginning of the week a book was selected from the pile and one reader after another read throughout the day for a continuous reading of banned books. It began on Tuesday at 9.30am and ended Friday at 8pm throughout Reading Week.
Last month I went on an incredible trip to San Francisco with my daughter who was attending a Neuroscience & Education conference. While she was busy I walked around and painted, and when she was free we walked even more. What a workout those steep hills were. We took a ferry to Angel Island, saw Alcatraz & the Golden Gate bridge, walked through Chinatown & Little Italy, stayed in the Cultural District so there were lots of galleries to frequent, and we even saw a Diego Rivera mural at the Museum of Modern Art. I kind of fell in love with the Bay Bridge...something about it was so beautiful to me. The weather was incredible the entire time we were there so we felt very fortunate. It was so nice to do something so special like this with my daughter.
Five years ago I took part in The 100 Day Project when I created 100-8x10 inch portraits over 100 days...Nasty Women. I loved that project but it was extremely difficult. So, beginning on February 23 I decided to take part again but this time in a much smaller way. I cut 100 pieces of 2.5x3.5 inch watercolour paper and decided that I will use watercolours to create mini portraits of female artists. I'm quite excited about this little project...it even fits into mint tins. :)