"What an awesome project – this is me and mine and while I’m not sure that we are worthy of anything our story is special needs mom, artist, mom of special needs artist and Covid ICU nurse. The picture of me and my mom 30 years ago was my nursing school graduation when I was green and fresh and the masked LSU hat shot was just last week. My girl likes to see pictures of me every day I work. She is also a very accomplished young artist and joy abides in her work. Thanks for this moment."~ Love, Andi and Celia.
After a little trial and error, I've come to the conclusion that a very mini art kit is the way to go. Easy to pack and take with me anywhere. I fill my pen (this one's by Lamy) with ink, take a sketchbook, a small watercolour palette with 12 half pans, a water brush and a sketchbook. This works for short trips but may need to be adjusted for a bit longer (I'll probably need more ink) but I really like the simplicity of it so far as it encourages me to create on the go a bit more. I may have to include a smaller sketchbook and a small bottle of ink so that it fits into a smaller pack (like my waist pack) for a longer trip.
Last month my husband & I had a great trip to Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park. Though this isn't very far from our home we have never stayed here...it was wonderful. Refreshing. And I'm so grateful for our vintage Boler camper as it is so comfortable and low maintenance...I can't ask for more. Plus taking a very small art kit to work with was perfect as it fit into my purse. Easy. :)
"I am a User Experience Designer in IT for WestJet (not sure if you want that much detail). Six months into my job (March 2020), I was put on LOA due to the pandemic. I love to DIY and build things and I completely gutted our butler pantry and was able to keep my creative juices flowing by doing projects around the house. Fortunately, I was called back 6 months (September 2020) later and returned expecting our rainbow baby. We experienced a miscarriage in early 2019 and then secondary infertility. I found out I was being called back to work the day before we found out we were expecting. It was a relief on all fronts. The pandemic has been extremely hard being from the USA and missing family. I missed out sharing my pregnancy with my family and friends, but I wouldn't change anything to have our daughter. My job for the last 11 months has been Mom and it has been so great. I return to work March 2022, anxious, but hopeful to be able to take on my two roles together. Both require empathy, organization, and work and I think both my roles play off of each other well with shared skill sets." ~ Anna Rosine